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by Gina Trapani When was the last time you backed up the important files on your computer? Last year when your best friend called in tears after the Blue Screen of Death ate her thesis?
Detect human faces and recognize facial features in your applications with Luxand FaceSDK. Facial feature recognition allows automating post-processing such as red-eye removal and skin tone adjustment, creating 3D head models and morphing tools. Luxand FaceSDK 4.0 (.exe, 76 MB). Released on 12/07/2011. Luxand FaceSDK 4.0 (.tar.bz2 archive, 390 MB). Released on 12/07/2011.
by Adam Pash Click to view I love a good DVD as much as the next guy, but the whole optical media world has been on my shitlist lately. I'm sick of renting or Netflix-ing a DVD, getting an hour into it, then hitting the scratchety-skip zone that freezes up my DVD player and leaves me unable to finish my stories. My solution to this problem is to rip every DVD I rent to my hard drive as soon as I get it. In my experience, a rip smooths over those un-renderable sections of the DVD without issue, so when I'm ready to watch the ripped DVD, it's certain to be scratch and skip-free.
You want access to your home computer wherever you are, whatever you're doing, whether that's via a remote desktop connection, SSH, FTP, web interface, or any other remote access you've set up. The catch is, you don't like throwing money away to an always-on system . Luckily you can have your digital cake and eat it, too, and today I'll show you how to boot and shut down your system remotely so that it's ready for you when you need it and it's not wasting energy when you don't.
Windows only: Face recognition software Blink lets you log in to Windows through your webcam-enabled computer. It also grabs a shot of everyone who successfully logs in, by face or by keyboard, so you know who's been up to what. The login history is useful for seeing who's used your computer recently, as well as seeing anyone who's managed to look enough like you to break through the app's touted recognition algorithms. Food for thought: if you could somehow save the photos automatically to a folder, and have it synced to Dropbox , could you make your own home-brewed tracker for laptop thieves?