September 30, 2009
Panasonic Suspends LX3 2.0 Firmware

Maybe that recent update for the Panasonic LX3 wasn't so great. Seems they are suspending the LX3 firmware update and have announced version 2.1 for October 20th. Via 1000 noisy cameras.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:37 PM
Google Wave First Look

Lifehacker has a Google Wave First Look. Sorry folks, guess the only interesting news I've found today is Wave related.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:17 PM
Power Loader Exoskeleton Gives Superhuman Strength

From Aryk comes a lin kto the Power Loader Exoskeleton which I totally need. The assholes who walk down the sidewalk four abreast while I'm trying to get to my train would move aside if I had a set of those badboys.... :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:49 AM
All A-Twitter About Google Wave

Well, this morning is the big Google Wave release of 100,000 accounts, and the internet is all a-twitter. Amidst the porn spammers and link-baiters it looks like some folks have their accounts, and if you don't have one you can buy it on eBay.

Sadly I don't have one, but would appreciate one if someone's got a spare so I can do up a review :) Any of my readers get one, or are interested in wave at all? I see it right now a bit like tablet PCs.... a super-cool technology, if you have the right application. For google wave it looks like the right application is having a bunch of people in the same group all with accounts.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:46 AM
September 29, 2009
Leica M9 Review

Steve Huff has posted a fantastic 13 page Leica M9 review. Wonder if I can just email them and if they'd send me one to play with?

Posted by Arcterex at 04:05 PM
Dropbox iPhone App

Dropbox has their own native iPhone app now.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:39 PM
Lighthouse SQ7 Tablet

Along with the latest round of Apple Tablet rumors, Aryk pointed me to the Lighthouse SQ7 which is a 7" tablet used to post to your social networks via voice recognition and transcribing, and will ship early October for $249. Gizmodo has more details. It runs on Ubuntu so it will be infinitely hackable.

The idea is very cool, but I'd like an onscreen iPhone-like keyboard and a touch screen (stylus? how 2001!). The price is a bit high also. I think at $99 I'd snap one up in a second, as this is perfect for my sitting-in-front-of-the-TV-surfing needs

Posted by Arcterex at 01:20 PM
Everything You Need to Know About Tomorrow's Google Wave Preview Launch

Everything You Need to Know About Tomorrow's Google Wave Preview Launch, via @scobleizer.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:04 AM
Thermaltake Level 10

I've seen stories about the Thermaltake Level 10 computer case around the net all yesterday, and yea, I'd take it if offered. Not Apple-sexy, but more Sci-Fi sexy. WANT!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:25 AM
Dramatic Readings of Celebrity Twitter Updates

Twits: Dramatic Readings of Celebrity Twitter Updates is possibly the most awesome thing ever.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:10 AM
Algorithm Generates a Virtual Rome in 3D

Popular Science has a neat article on how they had an Algorithm Generate a Virtual Rome in 3D from 150,000 Flickr Users' Photos. Pretty amazing stuff.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:56 AM
jwz on Palm and their App Catalog Process

JWZ writes up on his ongoing Kafka-esque nightmare of dealing with Palm and their App Catalog submission process. Lets just say he's not impressed.

Update: Fake Steve Jobs has weighed in on the conversation.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:00 AM
Microsoft's Security Essentials Free to Consumers

A sneaky inside source in the Microsoft world pointed me to uhm... well, already public information about Microsoft Security Essentials, which will be available to the public tomorrow, free of charge. MSE is Microsoft's integrated anti-malware, anti-virus solution, which I'm sure that McAfee, Symantec and friends are going to be happy with.

The original version was open to only 75,000 users, but if you knew where to look *cough*softpedia*cough* you could still find the download from the Microsoft site. Now they have announced that it is available now. No fees, no registration, no renewals, no nothing. OMFG, have they done this right? One might argue they should have done it sooner, shouldn't have done it at all, should just fixtheirdamnOSdammit, and the like, but a couple of people that I respect greatly in the security space (including Steve Gibson of the Security Now! podcast have given it a thumbs up (and if you know how paranoid Steve Gibson is, who just recently upgraded from Windows 2000 to XP... though that might take away some credibility :) ) that's quite the endorsement).

I've got this installed on my new Windows 7 install instead of AVG for the first time in years, and so far I can say it hasn't gotten in the way, has warned me of a couple of infected keyge... uhmm... files, and hasn't appeared to suck up too many system resources. I'm giving it a cautious "works for me" so far.

Anyway, Microsoft Security Essentials is out, free, and available for download now. Guess the next step is to wait for the reviews to come out and see what the other experts think of it.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:28 AM
Tweetie 2 for iPhone Previewed

TUAW has some info and links for version 2 of Tweetie, a popular iPhone twitter client.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:16 AM
September 28, 2009
'Nightmare On Elm Street' Teaser Trailer

Pretty awesome: Jackie Earle Haley In 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' Teaser Trailer. If you're into that sort of thing.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:20 PM
Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' Featuring Stephen Hawking

An actual good use for auto-tune... check out Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:14 PM
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-LX3

Just a quick note that if you're one of the lucky ones with an LX3, there's a firmware update to version 2.0 ready for you. The list of improvements is impressive as well, faster AF, a new aspect ratio, new scene mode, etc.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:55 AM
September 27, 2009
Windows 7 Party decision tree (for Mac users)

If you're an Apple Fanboy you may have been invited to a Windows 7 release party.... either to be converted by your Windows loving friends, or just for the heck of it to laugh at the fact that Microsoft has to bribe people to have parties for Windows 7 (lets be honest, no normal person would think of having a Windows release party on their own). Either way, here's a cool Windows 7 Party decision tree for Mac users.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:10 PM
September 26, 2009
I'm Pretty Sure I'm This Guy

I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm this guy.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:31 PM
Halo in 5 Minutes

Someone has done a good job of condensing the plots of the 4 Halo Games in 5 Minutes. Laughable to people who have played the games, but to those who haven't (such as myself) it's a nice summary.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:18 PM
September 25, 2009
AT&T Activates MMS Functionality for U.S. iPhone Users

AT&T Activates MMS Functionality for U.S. iPhone Users. Welcome to the world of MMS my American friends. Course, up here in Canada we've had this since the original iPhone OS 3.0 release. I've used the functionality exactly twice, once to see if it worked and the second when I received an MMS of what looked like someone's butt from a friend testing to see if their MMS worked. Hope ya'll use it more than I do.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:24 PM
Whitespace Programming Language

Check out this Whitespace Tutorial for a look at probably the most dastardly and horrible idea for a programming language, ever. So dastardly it might just work!

Posted by Arcterex at 12:23 PM
New Phoenix BIOS Starts Boot In 1 Second

Slashdot story about a New Phoenix BIOS Starts Windows 7 Boot In 1 Second. Technically this has nothing to do with Windows 7, but more about the BIOS getting to the point where it can start booting the OS, whatever it is. I think that this type of BIOS (EFI) can boot MacOS on Intel, so this would really apply to whatever OS you want (though MS has definitely optimized their WIn7 bootup).

That said, I'm not sure how really relevant this is anymore. When was the last time you booted a machine? My windows server at work stays on 24/7, my MacBook just gets it's lid closed when it's not being used, and my Linux server is... well, a server. All my machines really only are rebooted when they have software updates that require it, so reboots are pretty few and far between. Not that I wouldn't mind a 20 second boot when it does happen of course :)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:42 AM
COMBO Amazing Stop Motion Video

COMBO is another amazing stop motion animation/video.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:38 AM
September 24, 2009
DIY iPhone Paper Clip Stand

Nifty little DIY iPhone Paper Clip Stand.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:40 PM
Evernote Windows Beta

Evernote has releasd their Windows beta for version 3.5. If you've been playing with the Alpha when you restart it will ask you if you want to update.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:58 AM
Ha! Shit Creek Consulting

I have loved Gaping Void for a while, but the latest comic, shit creek consulting tickles my consultant heart (with the nagging question of if these are the guys someone call after they deal with me! But I doubt it... ) :)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
Better Version of the Microsoft "How To Host Your Party" Video

This It's Party Time! video, with light editing in just the right places, I think is far superior to the original. If you don't know what this is, this is a video that Microsoft and House Party put out to help promote people having their own Windows 7 launch parties. Via reddit.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:06 AM
September 23, 2009
Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac. 'Nuff said.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:41 PM
Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet

Gizmodo has the First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet - Courier tablet. This is of course not a real device, and it has a lot of things that could be potentially be amazingly awesome, if it emerges and acts and looks anything like the concept video.

Of course, it looks awesome and the video shows it working perfectly for that example, but remember how the demos for tablet computers and the UMPCs that MS was all about a couple of years ago looked, awesome, yet that buzz kinda died. If they can pull it off though, and if it works in real life as well as it does for the very narrow use case in the video, hell, I'm all over it :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:04 AM
OMFG Funny: Darths & Droids - D&D Comedy Cartoon

Darths & Droids is really hard to describe, it's a comic with the subject as if there was a star wars D&D campaign, but the people in it are star wars characters, but there's a voiceover.....

Whatever, just read it and laugh out loud at work like I have been, and many thanks to Halkeye for pointing me to it.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:53 AM
SGI's 'Personal Supercomputer' Hardware Porn

Fellow geeks, I think there's no shame at admitting that when you read about SGI's 'Personal Supercomputer' that Handles 80 Cores, 1TB of RAMM you got short of breath and started to sweat just a bit more than is normal for the effort of reading a webpage.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:32 AM
New ATI HD 5000 Video Card

ATI has some details on the new Radeon HD 5000 GPUs, with a stunning video on the second page. WANT!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 AM
New GPU Load Balancing Technology

Via reddit comes a pointer to the Lucid Hydra 200: Vendor Agnostic Multi-GPU. From the article:

At a high level what Lucid's technology does is intercept OpenGL/DirectX commands from the CPU to the GPU and load balance them across any number of GPUs. The final buffers are read back by the Lucid chip and sent to primary GPU for display.

Obviously more interesting for serious gamers, but still very cool technology, if it works as advertised.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:31 AM

Surviving the World - Lesson 41 - Pedestrians. It's like he reached into my brain and could see what I was thinking.... I come across this every day walking to the train from work.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:12 AM
September 22, 2009
New iPhone Photo App: Best Camera

Great photographer Chase Jarvis collaborated on a hoity-toitily named new iPhone app called Best Camera. Coincidentally enough, he also has a new iPhone photo-only book called The Best Camera coming out.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:48 PM
iTunes 9.0.1 Is Out

iTunes 9.0.1 looks like the random crashing and becoming unresponsive bugs are fixed (yay).

Posted by Arcterex at 10:07 PM
Cool Wallpaper Switching App

John's Background Switcher was pimped out on Lifehacker as a very cool utility for giving you some more variety in your Windows wallpaper. My only request to it would be I want combined functionality of it and Display Fusion and it's great multi-monitor support. Maybe even an option to only download dual screen formatted images and automatically set both monitors. Still, noted here for coolness and freeness and usefulness.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:16 PM
Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 Available

Lifehacker has the details of Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 which just popped up as available.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:43 PM
Picasa 3.5 New Features

Picasa 3.5 is out and the desktop software now brings, among other things, the same facial recognition software available in the web version. Looks very cool! I just wish some of the features were in/integrated with my current image management solution, Lightroom.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:27 PM
Google Chrome Frame

The Chrome team has set up something called the Chrome Frame, which allows other browsers to use the HTML5 engine from other browsers automagically, based on a meta HTML tag. The video: Introducing Google Chrome Frame has more details. I assume you must have to configure IE to use the plugin, and wouldn't someone geeky enough to do that just use Chrome anyway? I guess the exception would be if you're required to use it for work/site access or something, but if they're that strict, they probably restrict you adding in plugins to IE all willy-nilly and higgledy-piggledy.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:13 PM
September 21, 2009
Accordion Guy On Microsoft

Joey DeVilla talks about his 11 Months as a Microsoft Man.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:17 PM
Sometimes The Bull Wins....

Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the bull, and sometimes you're the victim of an epic bull WIN that gets your junk displayed to everyone. I like it when the bull wins.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:47 PM
1998's "Ultimate Gaming Machine"

Ha ha, silly technology, don't you know that you get older as time passes? That's what makes this The Screen Savers "Ultimate Gaming Machine" 1998 pretty amusing. Also Leo LePorte looks like a young whippersnapper.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:57 AM
Neil Patrick Harris Mocks the Internet at the Emmys 2009

Dr. Horrible is awesome, as is Neil Patrick Harris, so this video of Neil Patrick Harris Mocking the Internet at the Emmys 2009 is great.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:55 AM
New BMW Concept Car

BMW EfficientDynamics tells the tale of a new BMW concept car that does 90mpg and has BMW M3 performance. Now I don't truly know that much about cars, but I've watched a lot of Top Gear lately and know that a) M3's are good (though not cool anymore), and b) rarely do concept cars become real cars. With rare exceptions of course :) Warning, don't watch that last link after eating.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
September 20, 2009
How To Rip Your Music Like a Pro

Gizmodo has the goods on how to Rip Your Music Like a Pro and go beyond clicking "import" in iTunes/WMP.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 AM
Three Keyboard Cats Howling At The Moon

If you've ever wanted two memes smashed up on your t-shirt, check out the Keyboard Cat howling at the moon t-shirt.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:15 AM
September 19, 2009
Shock: Idol Screws Over It's Winners

I know it's shocking, but seems that "Idol" (in this case Australian Idol) screws over it's winners such that they somehow didn't make a cent on 300,000 CDs. Either all the CDs were comped out to industry execs and the winners' parents, or the deal you sign screws you over. Either way, interesting article.

Posted by Arcterex at 05:59 PM
GIMP 2.8 User Interface Changes

Details on GIMP 2.8 and its (huge) improvements to the User Interface. Mostly related to going to a single window paradigm (finally giving in I guess). Don't despair though, looks like there's lots of hybrid single/multi-window options :)

Posted by Arcterex at 05:55 PM
September 18, 2009
Whats in the Box Testfilm

Whats in the box is.... uhm..... cool, other than that I have no idea.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM

If you've ever had the question of what happens when you put an OLPC in a microwave, well, now you have your answer.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:59 PM
Supermarket Bans Jedi Knight

While I sympathize with the store having to deal with crazies, banning a Jedi Knight is a bad thing to do....

Posted by Arcterex at 02:43 PM
Wither RAID?

Neat look at what may or may not be ahead as RAID's Days May Be Numbered. Basically RAID is old tech, and CPU and hard drive capacity has grown a lot since it was first around. Question of course is what's around to replace it. ZFS maybe? SSD?

Via OSNews.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:26 PM
Software Detection of Currency

Some really interesting stuff on how Photoshop does it's Software Detection of Currency with examples and various method used to try to defeat it (jpeg compression, histogram manipulation, etc).

Posted by Arcterex at 08:56 AM
September 17, 2009
Finer Things in Mac

Finer Things in Mac is a cool (though sometimes overly fanboy-ish) collection of some of the little things in the OS/X system that makes it a joy to work in (most of the time).

Posted by Arcterex at 02:53 PM
Programmer Jokes

Stack Overflow asks What is your best programmer joke?

Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
Metzger on the Beatles Remasters

An audiophile reviews the Beatles Remasters.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 AM
Gigagalaxy Zoom

Gigagalaxy Zoom is a gigapixel, zoomable / interactive image of the milky way.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:59 AM
Microsoft's Zune HD Gets Accolades From... Mac Fanboys?

The Zune has gotten it's first few reviews, and I have to say, I was impressed that it took up a large chunk of this week's MacBreak Weekly where the guys (all Apple fanboys) gave it pretty much nothing but accolades! Not only that, but it made me want to buy one (well, if I had cash put into my hand of course, not with real money). Andy Ihnatko's review is similar (Andy is on MacBreak Weekly if you didn't know).

Not all are impressed though. The apps that are available with it come with pre-roll ads which would f-ing infuriate me. I know they're free apps, but at launch having to sit through a 20-30 second full screen video ad? No thanks. Even the free apps on the Apple App store are either small banner ads or splash screens. 20 seconds isn't long in the grand scheme of things, but check the videos to see just how crazy it would make you to have to sit through them.

That said, it's a 1.0 product from Microsoft, I have no doubts their App and store experience will get better.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:41 AM
Video Game Gun Replicas

Man I wish I had this sort of talent... check out these hand made replica weapons from video games. First the Portal Gun and then the Fallout 3 Laser Rifle.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:14 AM
September 16, 2009
Fly Gabe Newell Raises $3000+

Remember the Fly Gabe Newell site, raising money to fly Valve founders Gabe and Erik to Australia? Well, they got $3000+ in a few days, and are making arrangements to fly the duo out.

Honestly I think it's amazing, though I don't know what they're being flown out for, something about a campaign. That a mod of some sort for one of the games? Seriously, I don't know.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:15 PM
3 Pixel High Typeface

Check out the First handmade subpixel type family, ever. Pretty amazing when you consider just how small it actually is, and how readable it is still!

Posted by Arcterex at 04:40 PM
Live Traffic comes to Mobile Navigator

The iPhone app that's battling TomTom is getting Live Traffic, slated for announcement tomorrow. Sadly not free, it's an in-app purchase for $19 for a month and then $25 afterwards (no monthly fees). I think it's probably a good purchase a) if it works well (duh) and b) if you're in a big city. I have a feeling that the Fraser Valley outside of Vancouver, where I live, won't get the same benefit as say, San Fransisco or New York would get. Still, nice to see upgrades coming to give value add to the services, even if it's not free.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:20 PM
Ars Has Hands-on Haiku, Open Source BeOS

Ars Technica has a nice Hands-on: Haiku, the open source re-implementation of BeOS.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:31 PM
How I Feel As An iPhone Owner

Is it wrong for me to feel like this C&H cartoon whenever I pull out my iPhone?

Posted by Arcterex at 12:50 PM
4 Awkward Moments in Facebook "Likes"

"4 Awkward Moments in Facebook "Likes"" by Brian Murphy on CollegeHumor. Presented only with the comment that number 3 is my favorite :)

Posted by Arcterex at 12:44 PM
The Zune HD Browser

Seems not everyone is happy with the Zune HD web browser. My evaluation copy from MS must have gotten lost in the mail :)

I did try out the new Zune software yesterday and have to say I did not like it at all. It looks fine if you have a music collection, but as a "I just want to play this one mp3 I downloaded" it's completely overkill (much like iTunes is. I have reverted back to plain old WMP for those.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:05 PM
XKCD Book - Volume 0 - Available

XKCD's book, xkcd: volume 0 is now available.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:59 AM
Opera Mini 5 Preview

Lifehacker has a nice overview and preview of Opera Mini 5. I gotta say I love browsing on the iPhone, but the new Opera Mini 5 does look pretty damn nice, especially the tabbed browsing.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
Waze: Real Time Community Updated Traffic Information

Dammit! I thought about this exact idea about 4 months ago, thinking that users submitting traffic map data would be a cool way to give real time traffic routing. Course, having no skills at iPhone/Android programming was a downside at the time :) Anyway, I encourage checking out the app that I might have written: Waze.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:00 AM
My Kanye West Conspiracy Theory

Everyone knows how much of a duchebag Kanye West is for stealing the moment from Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Here's my conspiracy theory:

It was a setup, or at least pre-planned on some level, maybe not by Swift, but look at the results of it all:

  • Taylor Swift is getting huge kudos and sympathy (probably resulting in more sales and attention)
  • Beyonce is getting huge kudos for being such a class act. Also I'm sure her video is getting huge "heat" and attention after it is proclaimed as "the best ever".
  • Kanye gets huge media attention and just has to fake a few tears and say I'm sorry a bunch. Who was thinking about him before a couple of days ago? Also I understand he does this sort of thing a lot, so it's not like it's out of character for him or a big change from the status quo....

It's just a theory of course, I'm just looking at the downsides for everyone involved, and I'm not seeing a whole lot!

Posted by Arcterex at 08:46 AM
The Future Is Now (again)

Most of this Digital Photographers, Welcome Back to 1999 is about what's going on in the digital photography world, but at the bottom are a few good Youtube videos about how OLED and Harry Potter style newspapers are (almost) here.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:43 AM
Taking Street Photos

Almost every photographer I know (mostly noobs like me) says that their weak point is taking pictures of people and especially strangers, and I also have never had the balls to ask some random strangers to take their picture. Zack's Street Portraits video shows how to do it and how damn easy it is.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 AM
September 15, 2009
The Bacon Chart

S pointed me to the Geekologie bacon flowchart.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:57 PM
iTunes 9 Smart Playlists Get AND/OR Matching

The Apple Blog notes that in iTunes 9 Smart Playlists Are Now Smarter , in particular, you can now mix and match the ALL and ANY match operators, so you can say that I want all 4+ rated songs from any of these x,y,z artists. Previously you could only apply either the AND or the ANY operator to smart playlist rules, and you had to hack things (ie: create a separate playlist of your ANY artists and then another one that uses the source as that playlist, and then apply the ALL rule). Or something like that. Look at the screenshot and you'll be happy if you've made a lot of iTunes smart playlists :)

Posted by Arcterex at 03:10 PM
Zune HD Launched

If you were looking at the calendar this morning and thinking "I just know there's something happening today," and when you got into work still couldn't remember? Well, it's the Zune HD release day! Also Microsoft has released new Zune software. Optimized for Windows 7, a smart DJ mix feature similar to the iTunes Genius, mini mode, and more.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:36 AM
Adobe releases Lightroom 2.5 & Camera Raw 5.5

A new version of Camera Raw and Lightroom are out. Nothing particularly exciting in either, more camera support, blah blah.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:35 AM
DC Protest Footage

Call me a commie, but the level of credibility of the folks at the DC Tea Party March is.... how do you say... "lacking". That said, I'm in Canada. Definitely an amusing look at the folks who go to this sort of thing. Cherry picked I'm sure for the more amusing/radical/crazy folks. The guy with the "Joe Wilson for President" sign saying "well, I don't support Joe Wilson for president" was particularly amusing.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:21 AM
Flickr Releases Galleries

The Flickr Blog has details of Galleries, the latest feature on the site. In a nutshell, galleries are like sets of other people's images. Currently you can use Sets to collect images of your own, Galleries allow you to collect up to 18 images from other people.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:12 AM
September 14, 2009
Send To Links in Google Reader

The fine folks over at Lifehacker have gone to the trouble of collecting a bunch of good Google Reader with Send To Links for you.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 PM
New Google Experiment: Fast Flip

Google Fast Flip is the latest from Google Labs, basically a new way to view the news, using thumbnails and a fancy AJAXy "flip" (kinda like coverflow) to view the full screen images.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:23 PM
DropBox Tips and Tricks

Some very cool ideas on how to Use Dropbox for More Than Just File Syncing from LifeHacker.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:50 PM
Mosspuppet discovers Auto-Tune

On the Secret Diary of Fake Steve Jobs he has Mosspuppet discovering Auto-Tune. Funny.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:29 PM
Awesome Vim Tip - Diffing Files

So I've known forever that the 'vimdiff' program does a diff with two files in Vim, but it's always annoyed me that I have to run that as a new editor instance. The Daily Vim tipped me off that you could run ":vert diffsplit filename" from inside your currently running vim instance. Pretty cool.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:44 AM
iPhone OS 3.1 Update Causing Crashes On iPhone 3G's

Sounds like the iPhone OS 3.1 Update is Causing Crashes On iPhone 3G's so sayeth the Apple Blog. I've noticed mine has gotten a bit less stable, and my iTunes 9 has gotten really bad, as well as I've been hit by this bug, which seems restricted to only Canadian accounts.

Hopefully Apple will release a couple of updates to get things back to the stability of iPhone OS 3.0 and iTunes 8.x.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:11 AM
September 12, 2009
Imagining the Tenth Dimension

Very cool video: Imagining the Tenth Dimension which is pretty much guaranteed to turn your brain to goo.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:37 PM
September 11, 2009
Facebook Punks TechCrunch

Techcrunch describes how Facebook pwned them with the 'Fix this picture' joke the other day. I saw it pass by the news feeds but mostly ignored it. TC took the joke in good stride at least :)

Posted by Arcterex at 04:27 PM
Fly Gabe From Valve To Australia

This needs some attention..... the Fly Gabe Newell campaign, with more details at, is raising money to get Gabe and Erik, of Valve Software fame, flown to Australia.

Basically Valve are flying people who are bitching about the new Left 4 Dead game and boycotting it out to play, someone complained they weren't being flown out, and Gabe responded that he was being boycotted. Just read the site, makes much more sense there :)

Posted by Arcterex at 04:02 PM
First-Person Shooters Get Their Own Turing Test

Turing Test for FPS bots doesn't get a winner, but someone gets pretty close!

Posted by Arcterex at 03:41 PM
Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins

Wired has a great Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins . I find it funny where "Lust" is concentrated....

Posted by Arcterex at 03:18 PM
September 10, 2009
Navigon Updates The GPS App

Integrated iPod control, text-to-speech, auto-day/night mode, and other stuff is what the Navigon GPS app updated with their 1.4G update.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:40 PM
September 09, 2009
OMFG Awesome! Zero Punctuation Reviews Wolfenstein

Once again Yahtzee has proven that he is brilliant as he reviews Wolfenstein. Must watch. Now.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:39 PM
Post Apple Event Steve Jobs Interview

Some cool Q&A with Steve Jobs after the Apple event, where he clarifies some of the decisions made for products (ie: why no camera on the Touch).

Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 PM
Operating a Tor Exit Node

Why you need balls of steel to operate a Tor exit node details some of the things that might happen if you run a Tor exit node. Now personally I'm glad that Tor exists and think that it is an essential part of society/internet/etc, even though some of it's uses are completely unsavory. Still, after reading this I have to applaud the people who do take on the responsibility.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:28 PM
Google Earth 5.1, Now Faster

Google Earth 5.1 has been released, now faster, better memory management, etc.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:58 PM
Chromium Extensions Ready To Go

The Chromium Blog notes that extensions are ready to go and are on by default in the dev channel now. They also have some sample extensions. So far they are just little UI details I miss from Firefox, and no, sadly no adblock (yet).

Posted by Arcterex at 02:54 PM
Linux Anatomy Poster

Grumpy Old Man pointed me to this Linux Anatomy poster which looks really cool.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:03 PM
An Example Of Bad Code: The Ultimate State Selector

I don't normally post to the great stuff on The Daily WTF because I expect anyone who reads regularly to already be subscribed there too, but this post about The Ultimate State Selector struck me (as amazingly bad). Anyone who has done any web programming has seen this problem more than once, but I'm sure that most everyone has figured some way to avoid the solution that this particular user found.

Wow, that's all I can say...

Posted by Arcterex at 01:28 PM
Leica Announces the M9

The camera nerds will probably drool over the newly announced Leica M9, and balk at the price. Still, full frame sensor, classic range-finder body, compatibility with what people claim to be the best lenses in the world, etc etc. Anyone got a few months of mortgage payments spare that they can give me to buy one? Pretty please?

More details and pricing ($7k!!!) here.

Update: Hands on preview over at DPreview.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:54 AM
Apple Announcement Recap

So it's all over and it was.... pretty good, but not spectacular. Ars has a nice wrapup. Basically nothing really new, like a tablet, but:

  • New iTunes 9 with enhanced cover-art, sharing, new genius stuff, and app organization, and updated store, available today
  • New iPhone OS 3.1, available today.
  • New 64G iPod Touch with faster processor
  • New iPod Nano with a 640x480 video camera, FM radio, and some apps
  • New 160G iPod Classic
  • Lots of price changes on Touch, Nano, etc.

Sadly, what we don't get is a camera on the iPod Touch, and no Jesus-Tablet :(

So not a huge amount to get excited about, but a nice update to the entire lineup. Explore around to see more details and goodness. Also pretty much every tech blog will have a similar update.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:21 AM
Slashed iPod Prices Prior to Media Event

In case the case for new iPods at the Apple media event today (link link) wasn't a sure enough thing, MacRumors points that apple has slashed iPod Prices Prior. Drops are from $120 down for a 32G Touch to $20 down on a Nano.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:19 AM
'Don't Copy That Floppy' Sequel

Well, they're sort of lampooning themselves, but the gaming industry has released a 'Don't Copy That Floppy' Sequel which Warns of Piracy; Includes id Software Cameo, and Klingons. Also with the same rapper DP. Seems to concentrate more on people selling software and music, instead of the original which was more talking about trading. Interesting shift, sadly not nearly as cool as the original, though the "you'll get raped in prison for copying music online" was a nice twist.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:13 AM
September 08, 2009
Big Daddy Costume To Die For

OMG, what an amazing Big Daddy costume (from BioShock). Complete with pics, plan and video.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:21 PM
Apple Event Prelude

Yup, tomorrow is 9/9/09, and John Gruber has some info / speculation in the It's Only Rock and Roll Event Prelude. He's got the sure bets, the long shots, and the who-the-hell-knows bets. Looking forward to tomorrow though!

Posted by Arcterex at 03:24 PM
Windows Vista/7 Remote BSOD

Saw via slashdot that there's a Windows Vista/7 SMB2.0 Remote B.S.O.D.


Looks like you can send malformed SMB headers at a fully patched Vista/Windows 7 server and "poof", BSOD. I haven't tested this of course, but something to be aware of, I'm sure a patch for this will be coming out RSN.

The saving grace is that SMB2 is probably not going to be a) enabled on a server connected to the net or b) allowed into a corporate LAN from the outside. Still a danger though...

Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
Merry Day After Labour Day!

Just a quick note to say that after a busy long weekend, the staff (that'd be me) is back at it, and ready to face the post-labour-day week, kids going back to school, and so on. Hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend and is all ready to get back to the grind! Hopefully I'll be able to entertain you just a wee bit during the day. Thanks again to the couple of thousand of you who visit the site every day. Remember that the site is now iPhone friendly (if you're visiting on the go) and there's also an auto-twitter that you can follow at @ufies.

Have a great week everyone!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:56 AM
The Stuff Of Nightmares

Seriously, do not click on this link if you hate spiders, or specifically, nightmare inducing huge ass probably-from-space spiders...

Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 AM
September 07, 2009
Comparing Windows 7 & Snow Leopard Icons

Neat look Comparing Windows 7 & Snow Leopard Icons. A neat look at not only the beautiful icons in W7 and SL, but also to look the different philosophies of how to present the icons.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:50 PM
September 04, 2009
Doctor Who Victimsight Premier Tonight

Just a reminder that the premier of fan film Doctor Who -Victimsight is tonight, both live (if you're in the Fraser Valley region, check out the Facebook fan page for those details if you are in the Fraser Valley area in BC, or on the website if you're not.

My good buddy Eldon has been working on this film for a while now, make sure you give him some support, eh?

Posted by Arcterex at 04:41 PM
UFies Mail Using Different RBL Lists

Just a quick note that the mail server has switched from a long list of probably-not-all-correct mail servers to a shorter but better list sent over to my movie reviewing buddy from an ISP. Hopefully this will cut down on spam coming into the server. Please keep an eye out for any emails you miss and email me if there are any, and I can see if they were accidentally eaten by the system.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:01 PM
Live-Action Halo ODST Trailer

Holy crap! Check out this Halo 3: ODST Live-Action Trailer! Looks great, wish it was a real movie, that's something I'd be able to get behind :)

Posted by Arcterex at 02:28 PM
Hidden Refinements in Snow Leopard

Tidbits has a nice article on the Hidden Refinements in Snow Leopard. Of all of these probably the biggest one for me is the time for screensaver lock. It lets you be asked for a password when the screensaver comes off, but NOT until after X amount of time. So you can set it so that you don't get prompted for the password if the screensaver comes on for a minute while you're having dinner, but it will after the screensaver has been on overnight.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:41 PM
Kubuntu Gets Some Much Needed Updates

OSNews points out that Kubuntu Gets Some Love in the latest "Karmic" Alpha 5 that was just released. It's up to KDE 4.3.1, lots of improvements all around, etc.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:27 PM
September 03, 2009
HOWTO Bild a Retro Tube Clock

Seriously, who wouldn't want to make this Glowy retro tube clock. Assuming you don't electrocute yourself in the process of course. Warnings abound...

Posted by Arcterex at 10:32 PM
How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish

Awesome article at LifeHacker on How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish, including hardware, partitioning, etc etc. Might be time to upgrade for a bit less than Apple charges for their insane hardware :)

The only danger of course, is some random update somewhere down the road will render your nice $800 Hackintosh rig a brick. Course, at that point you can just install Windows 7 on it!

Posted by Arcterex at 04:24 PM
Computer Repair Flowchart

BoingBoing pointed to some pretty awesome Computer Repair Flowcharts.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:41 PM
Scope Animation In Urban Terror 4.2

Some cool stuff coming up with the New Scope Animation for Urban Terror 4.2.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:13 PM
30 Rock Salutes Science Fiction On IO9

IO9 has nicely collected the great clips where 30 Rock Salutes Science Fiction. Truly great stuff.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:13 PM
The Classiest Star Wars Action Figure Displays

Green with envy describes me in terms of some of these Star Wars Action Figure Displays. I'm not an action figure collector by any means, but man, some of those just look awesome!

Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
AT&T Bringing MMS for iPhone September 25

WTF? AT&T doesn't have MMS and Tethering for iPhone yet? Seriously? But we have in Canada? What is this bizarro world of which you speak!?!?!

Posted by Arcterex at 01:19 PM
Awesome Classic Coder Story from Daily WTF

A great story over at the daily WTF about a coder on a doomed game back in the day. Some great and funny stuff in there, like this:

Another fun bug caused the enemy AI to do your work for you. A rogue enemy plane would suddenly reject his mother country and start shooting down his own teammates. That is, until his wings fell off the plane since he was firing his guns. Then he'd kamikaze his plane into the ground, which would launch the plane into outer space that the MicroProse executives probably didn't find nearly as funny as I do.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:16 AM
Los Angeles Fire On Flickr

Some amazing shots and time lapse movies of the Station Fire, Los Angeles over at the Flickr blog.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:09 AM
GNOME 3 Behavior Changes

OSNews points to some good details about how the upcoming GNOME 3 Launchers Change Behaviour towards a bit more like how MacOS and (possibly) Windows 7 deal with some of their application launching.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
September 02, 2009
Is It Wrong To Lust After The Panasonic DMC-GF1?

I just saw the Panasonic DMC-GF1 Hands on Preview at DPReview. I have the LX3, but this one is a) 4/3rds sensor and b) not that much bigger. Seexxxxxxy.......

Posted by Arcterex at 02:51 PM
Zune News: Current Zunes To Be Discontinued

Let it never be said that I, or the site, is rabidly anti-Microsoft and only ever put up Linux and Mac news! In this I want to make it known that according to the SuperSite, the Current Zunes are discontinued, it's just the Zune HD from now on, so if you have to have one of the "classic" Zune's, get it now.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:37 PM
What Does It Take To Get a Petabyte

The fact that there are articles out there about Petabytes on a budget tells me that they're coming, and coming soon.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:35 PM
Ars On Dock vs Taskbar

Somehow I missed this article on ars technica on The Windows 7 Taskbar versus the OS X Dock. Nice article, goes into some of the UI issues with either method, as well as the design differences and similarities.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:55 AM
September 01, 2009

The latest from Canon has appeared. Check out the Canon EOS 7D at DPReview. Updated are the viewfinder (100% @ 1.0x magnification), integrated speedlight control, 18mp sensor, 8fps, 24fps full HD movie mode, DIGIC 4 (that's one better than DIGIC 3), and other bits. See the link for way more details.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:48 PM
Battlefield 2 Patch 1.50 Released

The Battlefield 2 Patch 1.50 has been released. Some paid addons are now free, widescreen support, ability to use more than 2 G of ram, and lots of tweaks. Big download, get in line now :)

Posted by Arcterex at 04:13 PM
Guild Season 3 Premiere

Felicia Day points that the Premier of The Guild Season 3 is up. Sadly still an "exclusive" MSN Video thing. Bleah.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:21 PM
Consumerist Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read

The Article Cash4Gold Doesn't Want You To Read is a good read, if you've been seduced at all by the companies high cost ads.

The actual offers, however, were miserly. Cash4Gold sent back checks ranging from $7.60 to $12.72 (or 11% to 18% of melt value), the lowest amounts of any firm. But others weren't far behind: GoldKit offered $7.81 to $20.59, and GoldPaq $8.22 to $13.11.

Best comment on this was on, where a commenter stated "pro tip: don't do business with a company that substitutes the number 4 for the word 'for'.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:34 PM
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Review and Comment

First of all, the Ars Technica review of Snow Leopard is exhaustive, going into about every detail you'd want. Here's my take too, if you care:

I'm a bit underwhelmed to be honest. I know that Apple hyped this as "no new features" and that there wasn't anything to really expect, but I still felt a bit empty after the install. However:

  • Saved 10+G of space (from 73G or so free to 90-something)
  • Feels faster (could be just the effect of a new install though)
  • New expose features
  • My multi-touch trackpad now supports the four finger expose actions
  • Exchange support in mail (meh)
  • Quicktime X is pretty sexy
  • Some little tweaks, ie: an 'ignore' button on the 'mounted drives can't be found' dialog, and the oft-mentioned CD ejection improvements :)
  • Hey, it's only $35.... that's practically the cost of a trip to Starbucks these days! Definitely less than the price of entry to a Windows 7 install, or a brand new Mac OS X Leopard disk (which as an aside, you don't need to have to do the Snow Leopard install).


  • Some apps aren't updated for 64bit operation yet

    • I have a couple of extras in my control panel that require a control panel relaunch to access
    • Flip4mac doesn't work for playing WMV files through QuicktimeX (but I can play them through

  • I still have to get used to the way that expose does it's things, I was starting to get used to how it arranged windows before, now I'm going to have to re-learn
  • The 4 finger gestures for expose and show desktop can be .... twitchy. Half the time doing the 'undo' move (ie: swipe down to show expose, swipe up to un-expose) when I take my fingers off it re-exposes. Either I'm operating the trackpad incorrectly, or it needs to detect the difference between taking your fingers off the trackpad and doing the movement again.
  • I can't say I see the huge and noticable performance changes other people say. Yes it feels faster, but I can't say that after a few days of using Snow Leopard I can still say it feels faster than before.

My consensus, hey, it's $29 and as long as you realize it's basically a service pack and roll up of tweaks, you'll be fine.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:29 AM
Opera 10 Released

Opera 10 has escaped from it's bonds in Norway and now touts some nifty new features. Turbo charge mode (basically proxied image de-rezzing), a very sexy thumbnail bar, and overall beautified UI.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 AM