Most personal finance software focuses on keeping track of expenses, managing investments, or creating a retirement plan. But a new program called Financial Fate helps you peer into the future to see whether you're headed for a comfortably solvent life—or bankruptcy. Developed by Aydren Simmons and Monty Hothersall, former corporate cash-flow experts, Financial Fate first asks you to enter 10 categories of data, such as income, mortgage, other debt, annual expenses, investments, and projections for future years. The software then tells you how you will end up financially. By making adjustments, such as increasing your projected income, you can see what you must do to achieve your desired results. The program is $69.95 at financialfate.com.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Posted by Chismillionare at 4:45 PM
New 'Tron' races on
Kosinski will program Disney sequel
By Borys Kit
Sept 11, 2007TORONTO -- Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to develop and direct "Tron," described as "the next chapter" of Disney's 1982 cult classic. Sean Bailey is producing via the Live Planet banner, as is Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film.
Kosinski, who last month signed on to helm the remake of "Logan's Run" for Warner Bros. Pictures, will oversee the visual development of the project and have input on the script, which is being written by "Lost" scribes Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Story details are being kept secret.
The original, about a computer programr thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create, is remembered for its sci-fi gladiator-style battles and groundbreaking special effects. It was the first movie to use computer-generated images instead of models and other optical effects in conjunction with live action. The arcade game based on the movie was so popular that it earned more than the movie.
When making the original, in order to convince the studio to take a chance on a first-time director, Lisberger shot a test reel, financed by the studio, involving the deadly Frisbee battle. In a case of historical synchronicity, sources said one of the things Kosinski will be doing is working on a sequence involving the movie's Light Cycles to work out his vision for the movie. Sources also said visual effects personnel, for many of whom "Tron" was an inspiration to enter the business, already are jockeying for pole position to work on the sequence.
Brigham Taylor is overseeing for Disney.
Kosinski is a former architect whose specs caught the attention of director David Fincher, who convinced Kosinski to move to Los Angeles, where he joined the director at commercial house Anonymous Content. Kosinski then moved quickly up the ladder, eventually directing award-winning spots for Nike, Apple and Nintendo that gained notice for their use of computer technology that erased the lines between reality and CGI.
Kosinski is repped by Endeavor and Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros at Anonymous Content.
Posted by gjblass at 10:12 AM
Desktop Factory 125ci 3d Printer
Imagine being able to download the three-dimensional plans for your child's favorite toy, then pressing Print — and out comes not a picture, but the toy itself. That's the idea behind Desktop Factory, a 3-D printer that melts a mixture of nylon, aluminum and glass into durable (albeit small) objects. The technology is still in its infancy, but it's the first of its kind to be marketed to individual consumers.
Posted by Chismillionare at 9:36 AM
At first glance, Morpho Towers may seem static — two metal spirals lounging lazily on a plate resting in a magnetic liquid saturated with iron particles. But crank up your stereo and prepare to be dazzled: The ferrofluid will creep up the towers, forming a viscous, organic sculpture that grooves to the tunes and forms a stunning variety of shapes. Heavy metal will never be the same.
Posted by Chismillionare at 9:32 AM
1933: Physicist Leo Szilard gets the nuclear age rolling, so to speak, by conceiving the idea of a nuclear chain reaction while standing at a red light.
Szilard, a native of Budapest and a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I, left Hungary for Germany to escape the postwar rise of anti-Semitism. Originally an engineering student, he switched to physics after moving to Berlin and studied under Albert Einstein, among others.
His decade in Berlin was fruitful and Slizard was engaged in a number of projects, including development of the linear accelerator, cyclotron and home refrigeration. But with the rise of the Nazis, Slizard found himself on the move again, this time to London.
Not long after his arrival, Slizard read an article in the Times of London rejecting the idea of any practical use for atomic energy. So incensed was Slizard, the story goes, that he stood right there at a traffic signal in Bloomsbury and dreamed up the nuclear chain reaction. A year later he patented the concept.
His early attempts at triggering a reaction, however, failed. He tried using beryllium and indium to no effect and, in 1936, he assigned his chain-reaction patent to the British Admiralty to ensure secrecy. Soon thereafter, Slizard accepted a teaching post at Columbia University in New York, and moved to the United States.
There, he met Enrico Fermi and, reacting to the discovery of nuclear fission in a Berlin laboratory, the two men realized uranium was the agent they needed to produce their reaction. Working at the University of Chicago, they produced the world's first controlled nuclear chain reaction in December 1942.
Posted by Chismillionare at 9:18 AM
Apple started selling iPhone ringtones for $2 apiece through its iTunes store last week, but if you aren't afraid of a little tinkering, you can get that "Hey Ya" or "Sexy Back" ringtone without shelling out the extra bucks.
Users have to pay Apple $1 for a song, plus an extra $1 to convert that song into a ringtone. Of course, hackers immediately set out to find a way to generate iPhone ringtones for free. In a classic game of cat and mouse, Apple has spent the last few days trying to block iPhone owners from installing free ringtones on their devices -- only to watch hackers come up with workarounds just hours after each patch is released.
Apple has continued to update its iTunes software (which syncs with the iPhone to add ringtones) to block the specific loopholes uncovered by the hackers. In fact, iTunes was updated almost immediately after the first loophole was uncovered Friday.
Despite Apple's best efforts, the chase continues. The most-popular desktop applications for installing custom ringtones were updated this weekend, in one case only hours after Apple updated its software to block them.
Mac users can rely on applications like iToner ($15 from Ambrosia Software), which is a full-featured ringtone manager for the iPhone. Windows users can get similar functionality from iPhoneRingtoneMaker ($15 from Efiko Software).
These options feature drag-and-drop ringtone management, including the ability to use just about any sound file and the option to set specific songs to play when specific people call. The latest iTunes update appears to have crippled iPhoneRingtoneMaker for some users, but the developers at Efiko are working on the problem. IToner is currently up to date.http://www.wired.com/software/coolapps/news/2007/09/ringtone_hacks
Gizmodo 8 ways to get ringtones on iphone
Posted by Chismillionare at 9:15 AM
The promise of gene therapy has long been held up by the lack of a safe and effective way to insert the desired therapeutic genes into the right cells. To solve that problem, MIT researchers have developed a new polymer for gene therapy that is as effective as viruses, the standard carriers, but it seems to have none of the risks of viral treatments. The researchers have successfully tested a version of the polymer in mice with ovarian cancer, and they believe they can further modify the polymer to target virtually any cell in the body.
Gene therapy works by delivering to a specific group of diseased cells copies of a gene that corrects what ails them. "If you could get it [a gene] where it's needed, you could treat many diseases," says the MIT Center for Cancer Research's Daniel Anderson, one of the leaders of the polymer research group.http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/19367/
Posted by Chismillionare at 9:11 AM
Posted by Chismillionare at 8:44 AM
FRANKFURT, Germany — Thank heaven for automotive manufacturers like Bugatti that specialize in wretched excess. How else could the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show provide the appropriate balance for all those size- and horsepower-challenged microcars like the Toyota iQ and the Volkswagen up!?
And thanks, too, to Bugatti for rendering its latest creation, a special back-to-nature edition of the Veyron 16.4 supercar, dubbed Pur Sang (French for "thoroughbred").
The Molsheim-based maker of subdued 16-cylinder machines has elected to offer a model sans exterior paint, enabling the underlying raw materials to show through. That means the monocoque is rendered simply in clear-coated carbon fiber, wrapped in body panels of polished aluminum.
The effect, needless to say, is stunning. The price? If you have to ask...
What this means to you: How else would you expect Bugatti to one-up its sister brand Lamborghini and the new 1 million-euro Reventon?
Posted by Chismillionare at 8:28 AM