November 24, 2015
The Hacking of Hollywood

The Hacking of Hollywood:

Hollywood’s hacker war began on February 19, 2004 with a simple phone call. It happened at a T-Mobile store near Los Angeles. The caller told the salesperson he was from the T-Mobile headquarters in Washington. “We heard you’ve been having problems with your customer account tools?” The caller said.

Great little read, and I love the fact that most hacks basically consist of calling someone, telling them you are someone important, and they tell you their password. No exploits, no wild, four handed typing, just some kid saying he’s looking into something and give me your username and password.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 10:40 AM
November 19, 2015
November 16, 2015
Media Manufactured Outrage

Excellent article - 5 things the media does to manufacture outrage. A more concise dissection of how stupid things are blown out of proportion by the media to get more clicks I haven’t seen.

Not sure how me linking to the article talking about how the media talks about the media talking about things online counts, but whatever, I’m here to amuse.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 04:52 PM
Rdio Is Shutting Down

The streaming music playing field just got a bit smaller… seems that Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps. Wonder how this will turn out.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:59 PM
November 10, 2015
Remembering BBS life at 2400bps

Great article on Modems, wArEz, and ANSI art: Remembering BBS life at 2400bps by Lee Hutchinson over at Ars Technica. I grew up with this stuff, it was my first exposure to connected computers in a day when a 386 was hot stuff. Good memories in there.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:13 PM
November 09, 2015
Dalek Relaxation Tape

Nothing could put you to sleep and get you more centered and focussed for the day than this beautiful Dalek Relaxation Tape.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 02:18 PM
October 28, 2015
Sunrise Apps Dead :(

The Sunrise team blogged today that work on their apps was going to stop. There really wasn’t ever any doubt when they were acquired by Microsoft.

Now here comes the sad news. As the entire team is completely focused on the Outlook for iOS and Android apps, we won’t be updating the Sunrise apps anymore. We won’t lie, it’s tough for us to leave behind the apps we’ve been working on so passionately for the past years.

Sadly, any blog post that starts with “we’re excited to announce” and says “we’re not going anywhere”, you know the next blog post (in this case a couple down the road, but under a year later) would be how they’re sunsetting the app and working full time on the acquiring company’s work.

From what I’ve heard, Outlook for iOS is a great app and the Sunrise team did amazing work on it. Still, sad.

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 AM
October 23, 2015
Astronomers Unveil a 46-Gigapixel Photo of the Milky Way That Took 5 Years to Make

Astronomers Unveil a 46-Gigapixel Photo of the Milky Way That Took 5 Years to Make

Last year, NASA released a 20-gigapixel photo of the Milky Way that was made up of over 2 million infrared photos. Back in January, NASA published a 1.5-gigapixel photo of the Andromeda Galaxy. If you thought those were big photos, get this: German astronomers have created the largest astronomical photo ever made: a ridiculously big 46-gigapixel photo of the Milky Way that took 5 years to make.

Uhmm….. wow.

Space - Posted by Arcterex at 02:37 PM
October 15, 2015
October 12, 2015
Aurous - Popcorn Time For Music

Aurous - Free Music, Whenever, Wherever. I’m just going to leave this here.

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 01:52 PM
October 09, 2015
LastPass Joins the LogMeIn

LastPass Joins the LogMeIn Family

It’s a big day here at LastPass. We’re thrilled to announce that we’re joining LogMeIn. As one of the world’s leading SaaS companies, we can’t imagine a better team to align with our values and product-driven mission. With their experience in growing successful brands like, we’re excited to join LogMeIn in delivering the next generation of identity and access management for individuals, teams and companies, with LastPass at the forefront.

I’ll reserve judgement, but you know that blog post announcements about acquisitions starting with “we’re thrilled to announce” are generally bad news for everyone but the founders of the company.

LastPass is the free password manager I recommend to everyone who asks about one, lets hope that they continue as they have been doing.

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 04:04 PM
iOS Podcast Player Overcast 2 Released

This morning Marco released Overcast 2, a huge internal revamp of Overcase, his podcast player for the iPhone. Streaming, new options, recommendations, and best of all it’s all completely free, moving from the ‘free with in app purchase’ model it was before. Marco’s moving to a patronage model where you can become a supporter for $1/month, but it’s completely optional. He feels that he’d rather everyone using the best version of his app, which is a good way to think of it.

Well done sir, you’ve made my favorite podcast player that much better.

Apple/Mac , Software , iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 10:47 AM
October 06, 2015
Soap Studio Tumbler TVC and Demo - YouTube

Who hasn’t wanted to drive the Batman’s Tumbler? Well now you can… check out this video:

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:28 AM
September 24, 2015
Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Released

The newest version of Ubuntu, 15.10 has been set upon the world. As usual the ReleaseNotes has most of the information that you’re looking for.

Linux , Ubuntu - Posted by Arcterex at 04:49 PM
September 23, 2015
Pebble Announces Round Smartwatch

Pebble Round appeared on the Pebble Smartwatch site today. Basically it’s what you’d expect from Pebble, it’s a smartwatch, using the same colour e-paper display, battery life measured in days, iPhone and Android compatibility, etc.

Looks like they got around the ‘flat tire’ look of the Android round smartwatches by making the bezel wider (probably hiding a square(ish) display behind it that only uses the circle). Also they specifically say “battery life measured in days” and not the “7-10 day battery life” from before (though I don’t remember 100% if that’s how they said it before). Maybe the smaller profile means less battery by a bit? Who knows.

It’s a bit of a surprise to those of us who backed the Pebble Time on Kickstarter, when not everyone has all their rewards yet, but we do get an interesting discount deal (details in the blog).

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
September 17, 2015
AVG Now Can Sell Your Browsing Data

AVG anti virus just updated their privacy policy. it says that they can and will sell your browsing history to 3rd parties.

As the first comment says, time to look for a new anti-virus if you’re on windows and care about your privacy.


Security - Posted by Arcterex at 12:44 PM
September 16, 2015
9th-grader Arrested In Dallas For Bringing Homemade Clock to School

America, you’re turning into a parody of yourself.

Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school.

[…] So the 14-year-old missed the student council meeting and took a trip in handcuffs to juvenile detention. His clock now sits in an evidence room. Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.

The number of things in this article, and I do urge you to actually read it, that should jump out and grab you are astounding.

  • He’s still suspended
  • “School Police”? Is this the new normal now?
  • Arrested for a ‘hoax bomb’.
  • Handcuffed - “his hands cuffed behind him and an officer on each arm” - is that really needed for a 13 year old?

But he’s a brown kid so it’s all ok right?

Seriously this is messed up. The kid wants to invent stuff, does invent stuff, and because he’s not white (and let’s not fool ourselves that that has nothing to do with it) he’s getting screwed over because of a bunch of stupid scared people. But it’s ok I guess, “He’s vowed never to take an invention to school again” and if the scared people of Texas are lucky he’ll stop inventing things completely, hide any smarts he has and work a nice safe factory job away from any sort of intelligent thinking at all. Cause we wouldn’t want him to be smart and think or anything like that would we?

News - Posted by Arcterex at 07:19 AM
September 08, 2015
Ardbeg Brews Space Whisky

Ardbeg’s space whisky tastes “noticeably different” from Earth-matured whisky:

The biggest difference was in the tasting, though. In the triangle tests conducted, almost all participants picked out a difference between the space whisky and the mundane Earth-matured control.

As a relatively new Scotch and Whiskey drinker, I’d appreciate Ardbeg sending me a sample to test, please and thankyou.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 10:34 AM
September 02, 2015
Videos of Ships Going Through Storms

Mesmerizing Videos of Ships.

I’m just going to say “no” right now.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 03:55 PM
August 19, 2015
New Trailer for The Martian

The Martian was an excellent book and looks to be just as good a movie. Can’t wait for this one!

- Posted by Arcterex at 10:09 AM
August 18, 2015
WordPress 4.3 "Billie" Released

WordPress 4.3 is out in the world.

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 01:08 PM
August 17, 2015
August 14, 2015
Read Scott Kelby's Lightroom Book Online

Scott Kelby has put his New Lightroom Book Online for Free, so head on over and read it now!

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 10:52 AM
August 13, 2015
August 12, 2015
The Hateful Eight Teaser Trailer

THE HATEFUL EIGHT, the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino has a teaser trailer out.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 12:47 PM
July 30, 2015
Mapping the United Swears of America

Some pretty awesome data - Mapping the United Swears of America&utm_content=FeedBurner). Obviously some strong language :)

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:07 PM
July 27, 2015
The Verge Drives A SuperCar

Things I learned driving a supercar for the first time:

Driving a car like this onto an incline — basically any driveway — is a surgical procedure that requires hyperactive situational awareness and a thought-out stratagem. Driving slowly and deliberately isn’t enough: if you don’t plan correctly, that just means you’ll scrape the undercarriage in excruciating slow motion. (And I don’t want to know what happens if you bottom out at high speed.)

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:21 PM
July 20, 2015
Evernote Brings On New CEO Chris O'Neill

Meet Evernote’s New CEO Chris O’Neill:

Today, Evernote has 150 million users worldwide. Each of these individuals is raising their hand, looking for a different way to get work done. The need is massive. Evernote’s potential is enormous. We’ve proven the potential. Now we have to fulfillĀ it.

Kudos to Phil and the Evernote team, this is a big step. I’m a huge Evernote user, most everything in my life goes in there in some form, work, receipts, documents, photography… the whole thing. Evernote feels like it’s stagnated lately though, not that the apps are bad, but I’d love to see more. I’m sure that Mr. O’Neill will take the great system it is now and make it even better.

Business - Posted by Arcterex at 11:55 AM
What's Up With Perl 6

This Interview with Larry Wall has a nice look at the State of the Onion on what’s up with Perl 6, in development for 15 years, and due to be released at the end of this year. Do I believe it? Maybe. Is perl still a relevant language? That’s for you to decide.

Perl - Posted by Arcterex at 10:27 AM
July 13, 2015
Ash vs Evil Dead | Official Trailer

Just when you thought the trailer parade was over, check out Ash vs Evil Dead, with Bruce Campbell in what looks like the perfect way to come back to the series.

Can’t wait for this one as well!

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 12:39 PM
Awesome Trailers From Comic-Con 2015

Lots of amazing posts lately. Lets go!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Deadpool’s trailer leaked. It’s horrible quality, and may be deleted soon, but it’s still awesome.

Fear the Walking Dead has got an official trailer. My wife hates zombie shows, so this one I’ll be watching alone.

Last, but definitely not least comes a long trailer for Batman vs Superman, possibly the most awesome one yet. I don’t care what you naysayers say, Battfleck looks great and this looks like a great follow up to the previous (and not that well received) superman movie.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 12:31 PM
VirtualBox 5.0 Released

I don’t use virtualization as much as I have in the past lately, however seeing that VirtualBox 5.0 has been released makes me happy.

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 12:21 PM
One-Minute Time Machine

One-Minute Time Machine is a pretty amazing little video about time travel and a (you guessed it) one minute time machine.

- Posted by Arcterex at 12:19 PM
July 08, 2015
Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex

Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex is yet more proof that everything is more awesome in slo-mo, or in this case, super slo-mo.

Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
July 03, 2015
No, Apple is not adding DRM to songs on your Mac you already own

Just in case you are a new Apple Music user and have read the latest Apple centered techo-panic, No, Apple is not adding DRM to songs on your Mac you already own.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:50 PM
June 24, 2015
Street View Up El Capitan

No, not a plug for the new Mac OS operating system, but a super cool view using street view to go up (vertically) El Capitan in Yosemite.

Check out the Google Maps article here.

Google - Posted by Arcterex at 05:15 PM
June 19, 2015
DOOM - E3 2015 Gameplay Trailer

DOOM - E3 2015 Gameplay Trailer

I’m not gonna lie. This could get me back into gaming. Here’s a longer gameplay video with more detail and a better look at the environment and look of the game.

Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:00 AM
June 18, 2015
Red Bull Barnstorming

I know these are really just big ads for gross tasting sugar and caffiene water, but this Red Bull Barnstorming is pretty damn amazing.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:23 AM
June 10, 2015
Original Star Wars Script Found, Solves Long-Running Mystery | TIME

Original Star Wars Script Found, Solves Long-Running Mystery, but it wasn’t ever really a mystery was it?

… one of the most interesting revelations resolves the case of the shoot-out at the cantina. In the original, Solo fires at Greedo without warning. The 1997 version of the film altered the scene to make it look like Solo was acting in self-defense. It was a move that enraged fans (though not as much as the introduction of Jar Jar Binks). But librarian Kristian Brown, who discovered the script, told CBC, “Based on the script, I can tell you 100%, Han shot first.”

…. was it….

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 04:03 PM
June 09, 2015
Summer Glau Imitates Popular Animal Memes

Holy crap, if you are a crazy person and don’t love Summer Glau, after you see the video Summer Glau Imitates Popular Animal Memes you will.

If you don’t, you’re really a crazy person.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 10:39 AM
June 03, 2015
Camera Instructor Offers Free and Interactive Online Photo Courses

Camera Instructor Offers Free and Interactive Online Photo Courses

Camera Instructor offers courses on different photography subjects. The only one available at launch is Photography 101, but classes on Portraits, landscapes, and Weddings are on the way.

Pretty awesome resource to have available.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 02:55 PM
May 25, 2015
B-Roll From Max Max: Fury Road

Great little video showing a lot of the practical effects and setups that were used in Max Max: Fury Road via this B-Roll footage.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 02:42 PM
365-Gigapixel Panorama Becomes the World's Largest Photo

So yea, in case you were wondering 365-Gigapixels is a lot of gigas…. :)

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 01:56 PM
May 21, 2015
Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos

Ok, this new talk on time lapse mining from Internet photos is possibly the coolest use of technology I’ve seen in ages.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:49 PM
May 12, 2015
Last Week Tonight On Paid Family Leave

Living in Canada, at an awesome company with a great family paid leave plan, I didn’t imagine that the good ‘ol USA, so awesome at everything, was so incredibly fucked up. This Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Paid Family Leave really brings it right up to the front.

Seriously America, WTF?

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:32 AM
May 11, 2015
Watch two crazy people fly jetpacks over Dubai

So apparently personal jetpacks are pretty real now. Watch two crazy people fly jetpacks over Dubai in 4K.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:02 PM
April 27, 2015
Conversation With a Tech Support Scammer

Via Daring Fireball is this great Conversation With a Tech Support Scammer. Amazing what these guys go through to get you…

When investigating an incident that involved domain redirection and a suspected tech support scam, I recorded my interactions with the individual posing as a help desk technician and researched the background of this scheme. It was an educational exchange, to say the least. Here’s what I learned about this person’s and his employer’s techniques and objectives.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
Security Advisory: Multiple WordPress Plugins

Security Advisory: XSS Vulnerability Affecting Multiple WordPress Plugins. Keep your fingers on that update button folks.

Multiple WordPress Plugins are vulnerable to Cross-site Scripting (XSS) due to the misuse of the addqueryarg() and removequeryarg() functions. These are popular functions used by developers to modify and add query strings to URLs within WordPress.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 10:30 AM
April 20, 2015
Jurassic World - Official Global Trailer (HD) - YouTube

The just released Jurassic World - Official Global Trailer shows a bit more of the plot and while I’m not convinced, I know I’ll be there opening weekend regardless…

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 11:25 AM
April 15, 2015