This past weekend, the Maker Faire hit the Bay Area. In the name of all things tech, DIY and awesome, I grabbed a camera and headed down to the San Mateo County Event Center to check it out. The Maker Faire, in the slim chance you're not familiar, is where all things DIY, tech, electronic, crafty, engineered and genius come together for one glorious uber-geek festival. And oh, is it ever a sight to behold. Covering everything from bikes and solar power, to robots, LEDs, 3D, rockets, crafts, steam punk, DIY, health and more, it's easy to lose time wandering the Maker Faire-grounds.
Despite my camera battery dying suddenly, I tried to capture as many photos as possible of the wide varitey of sculptures, activities, costumes, demonstrations, exhibits and offerings. Four hours was apparently not enough time since I sadly missed the Life-Sized Moustrap, MakerBot and Mondo Spider exhibits, but at least I managed to say hi to a group of R2D2s, discuss zombie domestication with the steam punks and watch a cupcake chase a muffin. (Yes. Really.) At Maker Faire, anything can cross your path. Click through to check out some photos!
God is pissed. At least we think he's pissed. Actually, we're not really sure if he's pissed or just mildly bummed 'cause of that whole James getting booted off Idol thing. But one thing's for sure – he's putting the big kibosh on good old Earth. This Saturday. Round about dinner time.
So, like, if you're planning a hot date, do it Friday.
Considering that next week at this time we'll have been bounced off the planet by colossal earthquakes, what better time could there be to look back at all those other world-altering and population-obliterating prognostications and events that, for some odd reason, never materialized.
We had a really good time last month with our Photo Awesome#20: Name That Hardware - such a good time in fact that we decided to do it again, but bigger. We sent our very own Gordon Mah Ung on an expedition to find ancient, old, antiquated, aged hardware. He's searched high, he's searched low, and now we present to you ten new opportunities to prove your superior tech knowledge and geeky credibility.
Check out the following images and then post your answers in the comments - those with the most right answers will win some Maximum PC coins, or a Maximum PC tshirt! We'll be picking winners Monday, so be sure to post by then and good luck!
It was a herculean task. Team Maximum PC at this year’s Comic-Con International consisted of only two people, and there was no way we could attend every packed panel at the event. So instead of bringing you movie and television panel reports you’ve probably already read on SlashFilm or AintitCoolNews, we wanted to be your eyes on the show floor. And that meant showing you what stood out most in the 500,000sq ft space of the main exhibit hall: the cosplayers. Our quest to document as many unabashed costumed geeks as we could find yielding 400 photographs of comic-book, anime, fantasy, science fiction, and film characters. We saw dozens of jokers and batmen, numerous video game-inspired outfits, and even steampunk-era Ghostbusters. The impressive level of creativity and enthusiasm that we saw in these cosplayers was an awesome reminder of why we love geek culture. We hope you can appreciate it as well.
Click through for, yes, all four hundred photos -- each in thumbnail and full-rez formats. Can you name all of the characters?
CNet's Ina Fried reports that Microsoft has decided to remove Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, and Windows Mail from Windows 7. Given the fact that Microsoft continues to upgrade its Live replacements for Photo Gallery and Mail, and added Movie Maker to the Live family, as we reported last week, this move seems to make a lot of sense.
As someone who's been recommending that Windows Vista users replace Windows Photo Gallery with Windows Live Photo Gallery ever since Live Photo Gallery was launched, I think that stripping Windows of utilities that only some people will use makes plenty of sense. Here's why:
1. Faster development of operating system releases. As Windows Live general manager Brian Hall told Fried, "It [this decision]makes it [Windows 7] much cleaner."
2. Fewer worries about antitrust actions. Lawsuits by the EU forced Microsoft to distribute EU-specific versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista that are missing Windows Media Player. By dropping other multimedia features, Microsoft makes Windows 7 even less appealing as a lawsuit target.
3. New partnership opportunities. According to Hall,"We can do things with specific partners to enable really great experiences that might be hard in Windows." We might see Windows 7+Adobe, Windows 7+Corel, or Windows 7+open source bundles from various OEMs.
4. Fewer opportunities for compatibility problems. As anyone who has ever wrestled with Windows Vista multimedia tools being broken by installing third-party tools (I recommend the freeware Vista Codec Package, available at http://shark007.net, if you can't burn CDs or DVDs in Windows Vista anymore after installing a third-party DVD burner), the possibility of reducing the chances of a "codec war" or other compatibility problems is a welcome one.
So, what do you think? Do you like the idea of choosing your favorite free or commercial photo, video, and email clients right from the start, or do you prefer the current method? Are you more likely to buy a preinstalled version of Windows 7 if it had a well-integrated third-party media and email software bundle, or do you prefer to create your own "best of breed" combination? Do you have a horror story of third-party apps and Windows butting heads? Tell them now before Windows 7 does away with them. Hit the jump for your chance.