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Looking for some geek advice here ... I have been wanting a simple device which has an RCA audio output for my high-end stereo, and will recognize my external USB drive (with 1000s of MP3s on it) and will show me a listing (ideally via composite video output) for ease of music selection. But, this does not seem to exist. My desperation solution is to buy a $100 used laptop on eBay and play it through a digital-analog converter (to do better than the laptop sound card) such as the $169 Audiengine D1. Any better ideas? Note, anything specific to an iPod is not relevant, as I don't have one; the storage is inadequate.

Just got this from Vint Cerf / Google:

A closed-door meeting of the world’s governments is starting today. The future of the internet is on the agenda. Some governments want to use this meeting of the International Telecommunication Union to increase censorship and regulate the Internet.

I am concerned, and I am not alone. More than 1,000 organizations from 163 countries have raised concerns about this upcoming closed-door meeting in Dubai. They are joined by hundreds of thousands of Internet users who are standing up for a free and open Internet. These people are in just about every country around the world — take a look.

If you agree and support a free and open Internet, join them and raise your voice:

Together, we can protect the free and open Internet. Please make your voice heard and spread the word.

Vint Cerf

Any ideas why "Report a Problem" would be grayed out on Google Maps? Maybe Google is still on vacation today.

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My publisher asks me to "slather this link around" so I guess I will, at the risk of annoying friends with tawdry self-promotion. But--so cheap! Maybe I'll buy one.

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I so want to visit China.

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Presumably just about everyone on G+ knows about this, but, just in case--

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No matter how many books a writer writes (43, I think, in my case), there is always something very magical about receiving that big heavy box of author copies from the publisher, and leafing through the physical book for the first time. In the case of Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, I have some additional pleasure because I created every schematic and photograph, as well as the text. And I have to say, the book version, with two columns per page and color throughout, looks even more beautiful than the iPad version.

Thank you O'Reilly Media for trusting me to create this entire project. And thank you Adobe Systems. I cannot imagine tackling a project like this without Photoshop and Illustrator. I have a recurring nightmare of an alternate universe in which Microsoft dominated graphic arts software.

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Barack Obama stated the following in his latest press conference: "What we do know is the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago." Precisely the opposite is true.
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Anonymous hacks into Greek government accounts and finds (what a surprise) about one-third of the six-character passwords are "123456". Also, a significant number of passwords are derived from the person's username. Some passwords ARE the person's username.
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