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 fulfill 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
April 14, 2015
Flashlight is an amazing Spotlight Extension for OS/X

Found Flashlight — do anything with a keystroke via this MacStories post. Works as advertised. Very cool addition. Big question is now do I/can I dump Alfred for Spotlight + Flashlight?

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:32 PM
Apple Releases ResearchKit

ResearchKit is now out there on github. I’m sure the Apple haters will still complain, but it’s out there and available, and (in theory) will help researchers do great things. Now how about that FaceTime Apple…?

Apple/Mac , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:23 PM
April 13, 2015
uTorrent Hopes to Regain Trust After Bitcoin Mining Controversy | TorrentFreak

uTorrent Hopes to Regain Trust After Bitcoin Mining Controversy

The Bitcoin miner was quickly suspended until further notice. Based on the negative backlash from users it was recently announced that the “offer” would not be reinstated.

Guess we’ll see…

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 05:21 PM
Awesome Peugeot Car Commercial

This ad for the New Peugeot 208 GTi is really nothing short of “epic”.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 03:45 PM
April 10, 2015
Coding Horror On Code Security

Jeff Atwood digs deep into security, bugs, and perceptions and misperceptions in Given Enough Money, All Bugs Are Shallow.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 02:13 PM
April 07, 2015
Last Week Tonight on Government Surveillance and Edward Snowden

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a fantastic segment on Government Surveillance, including an interview and some amazing footage. Here’s the embedded:

Regardless of what you think of Snowden, this is a fantastic bit of video, and an amazing interview.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 02:56 PM
April 01, 2015
Happy April Fools' Day 2015

Happy April Fools’ Day 2015, at least a mini-round up.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:58 PM
March 25, 2015
March 24, 2015
Super Troopers 2 On Indiegogo

Super Troopers 2 is going the crowd funding route:

Several moons ago, we made a little indie movie called Super Troopers, which we debuted at Sundance in 2001. We’re proud of how it turned out and apparently it struck a chord with many of you out there because almost daily we get asked “Who wants a mustache ride?” (“Who doesn’t?”) or “Did you chug real maple syrup?” (“Yes, and we will never, ever, ever do it again.”) or “How is the view from sugar heaven?” (“Sweet.”)

This is awesome, contribute now. Super Troopers was awesome, I can’t wait for Super Troopers 2!

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 01:16 PM
March 23, 2015
Mission: Impossible 5 Trailer and Commentary

First of all, the new Mission Impossible trailer:

Next you’ll notice the plane scene at the end of the trailer, and you think to yourself, wow, that’s a cool effect, of course there’s no way they’d let a big star like Tom Cruise actually do that in real life, right? Well…. he said that the Plane Scene was ‘The Most Dangerous Thing I’ve Ever Done’:

The scene in question, which can be seen at the end of the brand new trailer, sees his character Ethan Hunt strapped to the side of an Airbus A400M plane as it takes off.. and Cruise was doing it for real.

You can’t help but respect the man.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 09:42 AM
March 17, 2015
Universal Music Hijacks YouTube Videos of Indie Artist | TorrentFreak

Universal Music Hijacks YouTube Videos of Indie Artist

Universal Music Group has hijacked several YouTube videos of Bjorn Lynne, an independent musician from Norway. The world’s largest music corporation is now running advertisements on videos of music tracks Lynne created, and is refusing to correct the mistake.

Seriously a nightmare scenario, combining huge bureaucracy, tons of money, and a real David vs Goliath fight, except I suspect in this case David isn’t going to win.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:48 AM
March 13, 2015
Google Code shuts down

Saw that Google Code is shutting down. This is a bit sad to me, I always had thought it was nice to have a google backed system for source code hosting. I wonder where everyone is going to? BitBucket? GitHub? Anyone know?

Google - Posted by Arcterex at 02:25 PM
March 10, 2015
uTorrent *MAY* Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner, Users Complain

TorrentFreak reports that uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

The complaints mention the Epic Scale tool, a piece of software that generates revenue through cryptocurrency mining. To do so, it uses the host computer’s CPU cycles.

The guys at uTorrent say they’re not aware of any issues, but if you’ve noticed that your uTorrent-running-computer has been running more lately, it’s something to look at for sure.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 12:31 PM
March 09, 2015
BitTorrent Sync 2.0

Sync 2.0 is out, and looks pretty damn good.

All of the core functionality we introduced in version 1.4 last August still exist in 2.0, letting you securely share folders across all platforms, with visibility into who has access.

A bunch of new functionality has been added, from enhanced user interfaces across desktop and mobile platforms to a new certificates-based security model with even greater control and ease-of-use. Go here to check out all the many new features in Sync 2.0.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 04:15 PM
Crapware Bundling with Java Now on Mac As Well :(

Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs:

As with its Windows counterpart, the Java installer selects the option to install the Ask app by default. A casual Mac user who simply clicks through the dialog boxes to complete the installation will find the app installed and enabled in their browser, with the New Tab page changed to one with an Ask search box.

Ugh :(

Here’s more details on how it works:

For the purposes of Gatekeeper, Apple verifies the identity of the developer, but not their intent. It’s up to you to ensure that the applications you install and run on your Mac come from the people you think they came from, and we’ll show you how to do that.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 04:13 PM
#Fury325 Roller Coaster Test Run POV

#Fury325 test run POV

Holy crap.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:16 PM
March 06, 2015
Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns

Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns. Man science is pretty awesome.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:03 PM
February 24, 2015
Pebble Introduces Pebble Time

Pebble is back on Kickstarter with Pebble Time, their next generation smartwatch.

Highlights:

  • Color e-ink display
  • Up to 7 days of battery life
  • Microphone
  • Waterproof
  • A “timeline” feature (the “Time” in “Pebble Time”) which lets you see what’s coming up and happening.
  • Ships in May

I’m pretty excited about this one, but honestly, I’m wondering if I’m going to wait to see what the  Watch looks and feels like. Not because I think I’m getting one, but because I’m wondering if it will simply blow everyone else out of the water or not, and if I’ll feel like I’ve got an old and busted thing on my wrist.

That said, I wear my pebble most every day, so….

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
February 20, 2015
Confessions of an iPhone 6

Confessions of an iPhone 6 is a hilariously written article on life from the point of view of your iPhone 6.

Kyle put a giant case on me today. It looks like a fat suit. He said it is because my battery does not last long enough. Never mind that Kyle forgets to charge me all the time and then tells his friends it’s because my battery “sucks.” Field Notes made fun of me. I am ashamed.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:56 AM
February 13, 2015
Android Dev 'Punishes' Pirates of His App

Android Dev ‘Punishes’ Pirates at the Behest of Reddit.

“Today Calendar Pro has a 85% piracy rate, so the way we’ve chosen to combat that is to have the app randomly insert pirate-themed events if the app decides the install is pirated,” Underwood told TorrentFreak.

Honestly a pretty good solution.

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 12:31 PM
Google and Mattel to Bring View-Master Photo Viewer Back for Photospheres

Google and Mattel to Bring View-Master Photo Viewer Back for 360° Photospheres

Google is partnering with Mattel to reboot the iconic View-Master stereoscopic 3D photo viewing device. Instead of static photos with circular film reels, however, the new View-Master offers an immersive digital experience that puts people inside 360° “photospheres.”

Huh.

Google - Posted by Arcterex at 11:46 AM
Facebook Photo Delete Vulnerability Found and Fixed

How I Hacked Your Facebook Photos is the story of how a ridiculously simple “hack” let you delete anyone’s photos, public or private, from facebook.

I decided to try it with Facebook for mobile access token because we can see delete option for all photo albums in Facebook mobile application isn’t it? Yeah and also it uses the same Graph API. so took a album id & Facebook for android access token of mine and tried it.

Kudos to the fast response from Facebook in fixing this.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 11:32 AM
February 05, 2015
Apple Finally Reveals Photos For Mac

The Verge has the scoop: Apple is finally killing iPhoto — and this is the replacement

Photos for OS X, the modern photo library that Apple built from the ground up for Mac computers, is making its debut. A developer seed version of Photos is being distributed to developers today, the company said. It will be followed by a public Photos beta, with the final Photos product delivered to Mac users as part of a free software update this spring. (Check out our complete hands-on report here.)

Well, “scoop” in that the embargo on the press for the pre-release is over.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:44 PM
Jimmy Fallon Re-creates 'Fresh Prince' Opening With Sitcom's Cast

Jimmy Fallon Re-creates ‘Fresh Prince’ Opening With Sitcom’s Cast. Awesome for people who grew up with Will Smith as the spunky punk kid living in Bel-Air…

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 01:58 PM