Category Archives: Technology

NI Week – Day One

I always thought it was very cool when people go to a conference and daily log their activities. So I’m going to try to do the same.

I woke up early today and went with my sister, Marcos, Alejandro, Andres and Raffaele to Las Manitas Mexican restaurant to have breakfast. Then we headed to the convention center and got good seats to see the keynote.

The keynote was very cool with very nice demos. The one I liked the most where a Compact Fielpoint system controlling 3 inverted pendulums. Another very cool one was a bearing sorting machine using Vision and Motion products.

Then I went to a presentation from the and they got me really interested into open source development. Perhaps I could try to create a LabVIEW based application, and put it out there as an open source project.

I had lunch with the Integration Services group at PF Changs, and now I’m here waiting to hear a presentation called: Designing Plug-in User Interface Modules in LabVIEW.

Later at 4pm my group will be giving a presentation so I’ll be there as backup.

And at 5:30pm I’m going to be working as a RoboLab mentor for the RoboLab challenge. I hope that works fine.

Mac OS X Essentials

A friend just bought one of the new 12″ PowerBooks and since this is his first mac, I wanted to send him a list of some applications that I use all the time.

Here is the list:


Application launcher


Video player.


Another videp player


Download your Hotmail email to


Talk with your friends (supports multiple OSs)

Microsoft Messenger

Microsoft Remote Desktop Client

Connect to PCs running Windows XP.


Text Editor

Gimme tha PowerBook!

I looked today at Apple Store special deals website and found that they had a very cheap refurbished PowerBook:

Apple Certified PowerBook G4 12-inch TFT

PowerBook G4 1.33GHz/ 256MB/ 60GB/ SuperDrive/ AP Extreme Card/ E/ 12-inch/ Aluminum – Apple Certified

Original price: $1,799.00

Your price: $1,299.00

� Save 28% off the original price

So I told Kirsch about it, because I knew he was looking to buy one. Then he says to me: you should buy it!

I've been wanting to buy a new Apple computer for a while, since my iBook G3 600MHz is almost 3 years old, and I told my mom I was going to give it to her. So the idea of buying it started jumping in my head, until I finally decided to buy it.

But wait! there is more!

Now Marcos is suggesting me that instead of giving my iBook to my mom, I should sell it on eBay and with the money I can buy a Mac Mini for my mom… that actually sounded like a great idea.


I'm writting this update from my new PowerBook!

Impact 128 MB SD Card and Pentax Optio S4i don't work!

During the thanksgiving weekend I purchased an Impact 128 MB secure digital memory card for my digital camera (Optio S4i) at Walmart, because the price was really low (U$15). My friend Vanessa also purchased two memory cards of the same brand.

When I tried the memory in my camera, it seemed to work ok, but I noticed that the camera was taking more time to record the pictures. But then after taking a few more pictures, the camera displayed a black screen with the following message:

“Memory card error”

Vanessa also tried her memory and both cards failed with the same error message.

I even tried to format the memory card with the camera and it failed to do so.

I want to try the memory with a different type of camera to see whether the problem is caused when using that type of memory with an Optio S4i, or if it is a problem with the cards.

I have another memory SanDisk and it has been working great for the last 6 months.