Monday, November 15, 2004

Cheap Web Hosting

I've been using to host They're $10 per month. Their service has been good but their price seems high compared to others I've found. My all time cost leader is They're REAL cheap ($1/month for 25 MB) and hosted in New York but their support is in New Delhi and somewhat hard to interact with. The good news is that once you get them up and working, they work real well.

Most recently, I've come across They're in California. Their current rate is $7.95 per month for 2.5 GB. They regularly run specials and I got it for $3.98 per month for the first year. I'm looking to move my photos from to my own site.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Sport TV Gadgets

Ever wondered how the yellow first down line works on football games? How about the call-out boxes that follow the NASCAR cars around the track? As it turns out, one company does both: SporTVision.

Here's a link to a clip of the NASCAR technology (TV, not cars obviously). Here's how they do the NASCAR stuff.

Here's how they do the yellow first down lines. I was surprised that the calculations take so long that they have to insert a delay in the audio to keep things synced up.

A related gadget is Skycam from CF InFlight. Here's what it looks like:

And here's how it works.

Interestingly, in a recent Formula 1 broadcast, they had a tachometer overlaid on the screen. The RPMs were over 19,000 which is pretty high even for an F1 engine. The commentators pointed out that the RPMs were calculated from the frequency of the exhaust sound.