Archive | July, 2010

MARRIAGE – A MUST READ *rolls eyes*

I suppose a good opening to this would be to quote that bit from The Princess Bride, but I will save you that predicability.  I recently clicked on a Facebook link demanding that I “must read” the following interminable passage regarding marriage.  I will now inflict same unto my dear readers  (although, I think I’m […]

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Android App Inventor – Do-It-Yourself Mobile Apps from Google

A modern age saying goes “Where there’s a will, there’s a way and there’s a mobile app for that”. It seems Google has taken this saying a bit too seriously. The company has recently launched the Android App Inventor, a do-it-yourself mobile app creation software which lets anyone create an Android app without requiring any programing knowledge.

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H.R. 5741 – Bill Submitted to Instate Mandatory National Service

Chris Hunkele sent us a link to bill H.R. 5741 “Universal National Service Act“, introduced to the House on July 15, 2010 by Senator Rangel and applies to any US citizen age 18 to 42. The tone of the bill absolutely seems to be one targeting military service (bold added for emphasis): To require all […]

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Crosswalk Button Taken to the Max

Caught this on Digg: It’s cute for the people that realize what it is, but much more entertainingly is waiting to watch for folks that think it’s legit… and see if they still press it.

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Size Comparison of Apple Magic Trackpad to MacBook Pro

Matt Gemmell (via @alblue) posted to his Flickr account a shot of his brand new Apple Magic Trackpad ($69) right next to the oversized trackpad most of us have on our MacBook Pro’s to give an idea of the size: At first I thought the image was clipped and overlaid, but as it turns out […]

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Cooking Times are Past Their Prime!

When I was younger, I was always fascinated with cooking.  In particular, baking.  Being from South Carolina, originally, I was surrounded by tons of women who just KNEW how to cook, if you follow me.  Hands down, they were Paula Deen before she was even a concept. One of these great cooks was my grandmother.  […]

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Science and Magic as One! Apple releases the Magic Trackpad!

Apple has announced their latest peripheral today: the Magic Trackpad. The new trackpad is essentially the same thing you’d get on a Macbook Pro (which is what I’m writing on right now) only it’s 80% larger and the entire surface is clickable, not just the lower half. The new trackpad is also tilted in a […]

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Java IO Faster Than NIO – Old is New Again!

Alex Blewitt tweeted an article by Paul Tyma titled: Thousands of Threads and Blocking I/O: The old way to write Java servers is new again. Paul is the Founder/CEO of ManyBrain, the creator of Mailinator. Paul’s 65-slide presentation is a fast read for anyone interested in Java I/O, especially in a client/server setup. What makes […]

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Hey, At Least We Don’t Have THESE!!!

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Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X Centralized Backup Guide

GUEST POST: Occasionally we post stories contributed from readers, and today’s contribution is from reader John Hirt. Thanks John! My home office setup uses a networked hard drive to save scheduled backups for multiple computers with different operating systems. The setup uses pretty much standard residential components for home networking and is a combination of […]

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US Govt Legalizes iPhone Jailbreak & Unlocking

Update #1: The world-famous Chris Hunkele has summarized the new rules for us: Allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers. Allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws. Allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name Would Be Really Pissed Someone Couldn’t Get the Name Rose Right

Okay before I start this I just want to throw out that it will be very self centered and whiny so if anyone has beef with that then feel free to see your way out now. For the rest of you, here we go. I am not sure why it is so goddamn hard to […]

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These Are Not Kittens, And This Is Not Cute.

I don’t drive.  Please note that I said “don’t” and not “can’t.”  I have a driver’s license, but I have never been able to get past the crippling and overwhelming fear I have of riding in cars, let alone actually driving a car.  There has never been a time in my life when I have […]

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FFmpeg’s VP8 Decoder 62% Faster Than Google’s

The FFmpeg team has completed the initial implementation of their new VP8 decoder and early benchmarks are showing it up to 62% faster than Google’s own VP8 decoder: libvpx. A few weeks ago we covered the announcement that the FFmpeg video-codec team had decided to build their own VP8 decoder and did an initial implementation […]

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Incredible Diagram of the Sizes of our Planets, Galaxy and Galaxies Beyond

To look at this and deny life beyond our planet is cause for concern… you might have had head injuries, I’m not sure. Looking through our planets that we know the best (orbiting the sun) is interesting, especially when you get to the size of the outer planets. Then going beyond that and looking at […]

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Salt Movie Review

Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, is a great many things but probably the thing it is the most is absolutely preposterous. The basic conceit of the story is so out there that if you can’t suspend your disbelief there you will be done. If you are able to just accept it and move on, you will […]

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Motivational Poster Friday

It’s Friday and you need some motivation to get you through the day and thanks to my cousin, here you go!

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SWTOR Multi-Player Combat a Different Kind of Tactic than WOW

A lot of people are trying to compare BioWare’s new MMO, Star Wars The Old Republic (SWTOR) with the MMO standard set by Blizzard’s beefcake revenue generator, World of Warcraft (wow).  Sure, they’re both MMOs and they both offer the opportunity for PVP and cooperative play, but that’s about where the similarities end. First off, […]

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Break Time! Kittens Falling Asleep

It’s 7:20am and it’s time for a little break… so watch this:

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How to Enable MMS on 2G iPhone with 3.1.2 Firmware and Native MMS

If you have the original “2G” iPhone (EDGE-only) and have the 3.1.2 firmware installed on it and want to get MMS working, this is the guide for you. Alternatively, if you have the original 2G iPhone and don’t have the iPhone 3.1.2 firmware on it yet, but want to know how to get it on […]

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Review – Arizona Grand Resort

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then prepare yourself for about 10,000 words of what could possibly be the coolest place in the state to escape during the long, hot days of an Arizona summer.  I am referring, of course, to the Arizona Grand Resort, located at 8000 Arizona Grand Parkway in Phoenix, Arizona. The […]

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Holy Awesome, Batman! Sequel to The Dark Knight to be shot entirely in IMAX!?

News came out today via that the sequel to 2008′s absolutely amazing “The Dark Knight” may be shot from start to finish in the IMAX format. For those of you who remember (lay off the alcohol and it’ll come back to you) “The Dark Knight” was shot only partially for IMAX screens. The total […]

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Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 – Incredible New Physics Engine at Ubisoft

Update #1: The author (that’s me!) jumped to an incorrect conclusion that just because Thiago, the author of the Lagoa Multiphysics engine, is an Ubisoft technical lead, this didn’t necessarily mean that the engine was Ubisoft’s property and going to be integrated into their game-engines in the coming years. Sorry guys, I got too excited; […]

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Kinect: Official Pricing and Our Thoughts

According to an email from Microsoft and updates on Amazon, Gamestop and Best Buy, Microsoft has announced official pricing. With a release date of November 4th, Microsoft plans to launch a couple of  different official options for those looking to dive into the world of controllerless gaming. For just the standard Kinect sensor bar with […]

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