The Force is with Eyespot in ‘Star Wars’ Clips Deal

The latest big-name content producer to team with Eyespot Corp. for authorized online mashups of video clips is a biggie — George Lucas’ Lucasfilms, which will release a treasure trove of Star Wars clips for fan mashups Thursday at Starwars.com.


While Eyespot co-founder David Dudas emailed us Wednesday night to say a press release was on the way, we were already reading the deets of the deal online, in a story set to appear in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal.

Quickly: There will be about 250 clips, some as long as a minute in length, and mashups can be shared and embedded elsewhere (all details courtesy of the WSJ story). Eyespot will monitor videos to help keep things clean (no nudity, profanity, etc.), and of course there will be pre-roll advertising. (Silly photo courtesy of the Starwars.com site, which has had authorized still-photo mashups for the past year.)

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Notational Velocity

Here’s one for the GTD’ers out there. It’s sort of an ‘Oldie but Goodie’. Notational Velocity is a couple years old, and has received no attention seemingly since it was released on the world. Yet it’s a strong application that I have yet to have crash on me, nor do I see need for updates on this powerful yet simple program.

Notational Velocity is little more than a note-taking program. There’s a text entry field, a pane that shows the current notes you’ve got, and a space for the body of the note. The text entry field plays two parts, where it will search for notes already in Notational Velocity, or if there’s no match it records it as the title for a new note. Once the note has a title you enter the body of the note and go on your merry.

The interface is simple and concise. It’s as responsive as it can get. The best part? It stores your notes within a database so it’s not a bunch of files all over your hard drive. you just open up Notational Velocity and it’s all there. Don’t like the closed storage schema? No problem – it’ll allow you to export your notes, all separately, based on their titles, into txt files.

Last thing that makes this tool so great – There’s a Quicksilver plugin* that allows you to add and search notes right from within Quicksilver. Doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re looking around for a nice note-capturing tool, I highly recommend Notational Velocity.

*EDIT: So Grant asked where the plugin is available. I misspoke, so thanks for making me check it again Grant. The plugin you’ll need within Quicksilver is the Services plugin. Notational Velocity puts a couple of Services in the general OS X list. The Services plugin for Quicksilver makes this available to whatever text you’re working with.

3G Wireless PC Card from Novatel

FCC OK’s UMTS-based Novatel’s Merlin: Novatel got approval from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its Merlin U520 Wireless PC Card Modem based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) technology. That’s a big mouthful for 3G. The Merlin U520, jointly developed with Lucent Technologies, will enable customers on 1900 MHz band 3G UMTS (also known as W-CDMA) networks in North America to access email, the Internet and corporate Intranets at speeds of up to 384 kbps. The Merlin U520 will be used for 3G UMTS network trials by Cingular Wireless in the Atlanta market. I cannot wait for this, because it would mean that I don’t have to deal with disparate pricing schemes of WiFi operators who are just bleeding me dry as I try to get a wireless connection on the go.

One chip fits all

The growing popularity of new features such as inbuilt cameras, digital music players, messaging clients and stream video playback software, the demands of the processors inside the handsets have never been higher. Till recently the guts of a handset were made-up of two core processors, the digital signal processor (DSP), [which performs signal processing functions], and the microprocessor [which handles call processing.]
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