March 31, 2010
Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables

Why You Should Never Pay More Than $10 For HDMI Cables. Something to pass on to your Monster Cable loving friends and family.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:03 PM
jQuery Plugin To Crash IE6

Not that I'd advocate this of course, but the Crash jQuery Plugin is there to use if you need to for some reason.

Seriously though, crashing someone's browser isn't cool, cause lets be honest, the people that are still running ie6 are either a) people like your grandmother who doesn't know any better, or b) people have have to because they work with some sort of antiquated company or software that requires it.

Course, these people aren't going to be surfing to sites that will have jQuery enabled anyway....

Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
IBM Has An introduction to Rails 3

IBM Developerworks has a great article with An introduction to Rails 3.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:47 AM
Gaming In The 4th Dimension

For those xkcd fans out there, you'll be hapy to know that the game from the last comic, 'flatland' is
real. If you don't get any of this stuff, check out this video of Carl Sagan explaining it for us mere mortals. Bonus: or this.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:16 AM
March 30, 2010
MacBook Pro SSD/HDD Performance Comparison

Holy crap! After seeing this MacBook Pro SSD/HDD Performance Comparison I'm thinking that if a 200G SSD drive wasn't $799 CND I'd be picking one up in a second!

Posted by Arcterex at 11:00 PM
Routes in Rails 3

The Engine Yard guys go over The Lowdown on Routes in Rails 3, for those rails folks so inclined.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:25 PM
Reminiscing the User Friendly April Fools Day Prank

Well, reddit asked the question about about your best April Fools Prank gone wrong and I decided to reminisce the infamous User Friendly april fools day prank from 1999.

Ahh.... memories....

Posted by Arcterex at 04:13 PM
Elementary Resource-Locking Strategy

An awesome explanation of elementary resource-locking strategy. Hilarious.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:51 PM
Google Chrome Getting Integrated Flash

Google Chrome Set to Gain Integrated Flash Player Plug-In. Not sure if I like this, or if I should attribute this as a poke at apple's lack of flash support on the mobile platform from google.

As a first step, we've begun collaborating with Adobe to improve the Flash Player experience in Google Chrome. Today, we're making available an initial integration of Flash Player with Chrome in the developer channel. We plan to bring this functionality to all Chrome users as quickly as we can.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:00 PM
50 Inspiring, Awesome & Stylish Mac Setups

Via @curtismchale (again) comes 50 Inspiring, Awesome & Stylish Mac Setups. Mac fanboy or not, these are some sweet setups. I particularly like the iPhone holder in this shot.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:01 AM
Breach Gameplay From PAX10

Very cool video of a game called Breach. It's a first person shooter that also uses a cover system from 3rd person shooters, and has a destructible and degradable environment. I think my mind is blown.

This game will be available for a mere $15 on XBox and PC this summer, and has also been the victim of some drama lately with an attempted source code theft.

More info on the website.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:49 AM
March 29, 2010
World's Most Stunning Data Centers

Via S comes this fantastic collection of images of the World's Most Stunning Data Centers. Ah, I can dream...

Posted by Arcterex at 01:04 PM
Kids Sing Portal "Still Alive"

I don't care if you're a gamer, love or hate Portal, but this video of kids singing Portals "Still Alive" will make your Monday just that slight bit better (crappy camera work non-withstanding).

Posted by Arcterex at 08:21 AM
March 26, 2010
The IE Song

Christopher Blizzard blogged a beautiful expression of frustration, a really great song about the frustration of web devs and IE :) Funny and catchy.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:14 PM
Steam on Mac - Beta Application

The Steam on Mac - Beta Application is now open. Note you will need to do this from your mac so you can send along the 'about this mac' information.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 AM
March 25, 2010
Learning Git Online

Git Ready is a site that looks to collect and display tips and tricks for learning git for users of all levels.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:38 PM
Video - Rush Hour Dream

Pretty epic video about hanggliding: RUSH HOUR DREAM. Ah, I wish.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:37 PM
The Definitive Netbook Hackintosh Guide

Moving up in computer size, we go from smartphones to netbooks, with a link to The definitive Netbook Hackintosh guide, which lists what parts of what netbooks will work if you want to turn a netbook into a hackintosh running Mac software.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 AM
The HTC HD2 (Updated)

Sounds like the new hotness is The HTC HD2 from T-Mobile. Short story is it's a chunk of sexy hardware (iPhone-esque), running a sexified android Windows mobile.

Some more info and video at Engadget, Gizmodo, or you can check out the official site. Looks nice, though not sure how YAABH (Yet Another Android Based Handset) will do against the iPhone. Also the Gizmodo review is titled "A Tragedy", but I'd be interested in ya'lls take.

Update: OMG apparently I'm an idiot. I was told last night about this and that it was android based, but actually reading the articles now it's Windows Mobile based (not WinMob7PhS based, but Wince 6.x based). Oh my.

Update2: The one I was actually thinking of was the HTC EVO 4G, which is actually the Android powered one :)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:08 AM
March 24, 2010
Sneak peek of Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

Ok, assuming that this Sneak peek of Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop is included in CS5, that's totally worth the price of admission, says the photographer in me, especially the one that loves panoramas. Watch till the end to be sure.

If you remember the Content Aware Scaling from CS4, this is sort of the opposite, basically the ability to fill in an area that has a non-simple surrounding. Healing brush works well for the simple case (ie: a dot on a grassy lawn), but if you're trying to do something more complex, it's a huge PITA. This looks to be an epic addition to your photographers toolbox.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
Is This How 3D Will Work On The Nintendo 3DS

Video of how the Nintendo 3DS might do 3D, based on a DSI game.

The game in the clip above is called 3D Hidden Picture. It's a DSiWare puzzle game, available in Japan, that uses the DSi's camera to track the movement of the console, and adjust the image accordingly to make it appear "3D".

It's entirely feasible - taking into account Nintendo's obsession with keeping the cost of its hardware down - that Hidden Picture is a pointer towards how the 3DS will work.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:25 PM
Modern Warfare 2 Challenge

Step 1 - duplicate a Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 map
Step 2 - see if a real soldier can do it better than a gamer can virtually
Step 3 - Profit!

Check out the video.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:57 AM
Instapaper on iPad

Cool screenshots and thoughts on the design process on the Instapaper Blog.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 AM
March 23, 2010
Lightroom 3 Beta 2 Now Available

Saw on Camera Dojo that Lightroom 3 beta 2 is Now Available. Native canon/nikon tethering, improved performance, and support for managing video files. Looking forward to playing with this!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:42 AM
Portal 2 Character Concepts, Screenshot

Shacknews has some Portal 2 Character Concepts, and a Screenshot. Looks like a triumph, I'm making a note of this.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:31 AM
Opera Mini submitted to the App Store

Seems that Opera Mini has been submitted to the App Store. Now to see if/when it shows up on the other side. Google voice is in a perpetual state of not-rejected-not-accepted, while other app updates have been coming through in 24-48 hours. Guess we'll see if Opera Mini violates the "no duplication of iphone app functionality" clause. Assuming we need another browser on the iPhone that is. Not that Mobile Safari is the be-all and end-all, but do we need 2 (or 4, or 100) mobile browsers for the iPhone?

That said, looking at the video on the page, the UI is pretty nice, and if you don't mind sending all your data through the Opera caching servers, the speed does look dramatically better. Ok, I'm sold, gimme Opera Mini!!

You can keep up with how long it's been with the Countup page.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:15 AM
Pervy Bubbles

This bubbles perv video is probably NSFW, but it's also pretty funny. And pervy. But really funny.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:06 AM
March 22, 2010
Well-Placed Pixels

Well-Placed Pixels is a collection of shots of beautifully designed software. Some of it can be as simple as an iPhone currency calculator, but it's more a celebration of visually great apps (all iPhone or Mac mind you, not sure if that's cause it's a bunch of fanboys running the site, or just cause.... well, I'm just sayin'). Via The Grubinator.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:48 PM
Using CoverScout To Fix Up Your Tunes

No, not shameless promotion, but if you picked up the latest MacHeist you got CoverScout, and you might be a bit of a dummy (like me) and need a good tutorial on how to Tidy Up Your Album Artwork. Like that by default it only looks in your ~/Music directory instead of where your music might actually be stored (like say, having it on a NAS drive, like me). I thought it was working way too fast...

Good stuff on the AppStorm website for putting up the tutorial. Now to wait for 33,000+ songs to get indexed.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 PM
Build your own Drobo-Replacement based on ZFS

Nice little article on how to Build your own Drobo-Replacement based on ZFS. Of course, there have always been ways to replicate what a Drobo does in Open Source, and lots of criticism about the high cost of the Drobo, but the fact is that I have one and recommend it freely (though if DR wants to pay me I'll pimp it out more!). You are paying for the ability to plug in a black box (in the literal sense as well as the software sense) and have it Just Work and do what it should when you pop in some new drives, instead of mucking around at the command line to expand your raid sets or deal with resyncing.

If you can't afford the drobo though it's a good article on how to set up something that does mostly the same thing (in some ways better, in some ways worse).

Posted by Arcterex at 04:47 PM
The "Buttons on Left" Discussion @ Slashdot

In a story entitled Source Is Not a Democracy, Slashdot takes on the debacle that's been created by Ubuntu moving the window buttons from the right to the left in the latest iteration of their Linux Desktop release. Probably the most best comment is the one entitled -1 Troll, where Ubuntu is noted as just a contributer with a very popular source tree, and it's noted that everyone who runs Ubuntu also has the ability to change the buttons to be wherever they want (where or not they can or not is another question).

Personally I think this is the biggest non-story to create a story in the open source community, but then again, I'm a linux and mac fanboy who can deal with buttons on either side of the window, as long as alt-f4, ctrl-w or alt-tab work like they should :)

Posted by Arcterex at 04:34 PM
TextMate/Emacs/Vim Color Theme Generator

Very awesome Color Theme Generator for Vim/EMACS and TextMate from a link on reddit. Great work from Sweyla.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:29 PM

WELCOME TO INTERNET! (warning auto playing sound) is cheesy and awful, but is totally going to be my new home page. From reddit.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:10 AM
New Roomba "Neato" Doesn't Vacuum Like A Drunk

Heard on TWiT this morning that the Neato XV-11 from Roomba is the new hotness (in a very boring way) in that it's a Roomba that cleans in a back and forth line instead of the drunken circles that the normal Roomba's do.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 AM
March 21, 2010
Watch "Captured By The Light" (Photography Seminar) Free

Hows this for a good deal, if you're into photography you can watch Captured By The Light, a 2.5h webcast, free. Sweet! Kudos to David Ziser for making this available.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:41 PM
March 19, 2010
Predators Trailer

Before you watch the Predators Trailer embedded below, make sure you hit the '720p' setting, and turn off the lights, and turn up the headphones. I'm really looking forward to this one :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:21 PM
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1

After a slew of Alphas, the latest release of Ubuntu has hit Beta. You can see more information at the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Technical Overview page. Looking forward to seeing how this works on my home machine!

Posted by Arcterex at 11:36 AM
College Humor Internet Troll Skit

Awesome sketch from College Humor on Internet Trolls. Best 2 comments are the "usenet flame war of '99" and the Steve Jobs one. Great stuff as always.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:20 AM
Stellar Work From Stuck In Customs

I don't normally pimp random photos, or Trey Ratcliff's work in general, as I assume that everyone already reads his blog. However the latest shot is frikkin' amazing, and best viewed large and on black (click the image to view it). Amazing detail and beautiful HDR work.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 AM
The 20 Greatest Shows Canceled By Fox Before Their Time

Great list of The 20 Greatest Shows Canceled By Fox Before Their Time. Some real classics in there, but some that I've never heard of (though the 'counting with Bruce Springsteen' sketch on the Ben Stiller show clip is great).

Sadly it looks like most of the video clips have been pulled by.... Fox. *sigh*. Tell me again how video clips of cancelled shows is going to threaten them?

Posted by Arcterex at 08:48 AM
March 18, 2010
2010 Winter Paralympics @ The Big Picture

Another great set of images of the 2010 Winter Paralympics at The Big Picture. Pro tip (thanks MacBreak Weekly) you can use the j and k keys to move up and down the pictures.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:37 PM
Chat Roulette Video

This chat roulette video from Casey is good and goes in and defines what this new phenomenon is all about.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:59 PM
Alpaca on a Surfboard

Snuzzy has a video of an Alpaca on a surfboard.

Sometimes the world really just doesn't make sense.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:24 PM
Get a Real Human On The Phone is a directory of numbers and tips to get a real person on the phone when calling those big companies.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:19 PM
"No Dashes Or Spaces" Hall of Shame

John Gruber points to the "No Dashes Or Spaces" Hall of Shame, showing off stupid sites that can't figure out how to parse CC numbers with spaces or dashes in them.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:17 PM
Happy Meal One Year Old

Boingboing has a horrifying story about a Happy Meal that shows no decay in a year on a shelf. Either it's terrifying that that stuff is eaten (cause it's so damn good) or good to know it'll survive the apocalypse and sustain the survivors....

Posted by Arcterex at 01:12 PM
March 17, 2010
Ruby Best Practices - Full Book Now Available For Free!

Ruby Best Practices - Full Book Now Available For Free!

That about says it all! Kudos to the author for doing this, and please donate and support him!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 PM
Top 10 Things That Annoy Programmers

Another great find from Aryk - Top 10 Things That Annoy Programmers over at Kevin Pang's site. I agree with all of these.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:24 AM
March 16, 2010
IE9 Info From MIX'10 (updated)

From MIX '10 comes some Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview Info. Short story: HTML5, hardware acceleration, and a public download that's appears to be available (Vista SP2 + only).

Personally I don't care about the IE9 rendering engine that much, even if it's faster than chrome/webkit/mozilla by a factor or 10x. What has put me off IE again and again is the user interface that sits around the rendering engine. The feel of it is sluggish and feels just.... "bleah". The big long list of icons to the right of the tabs, the menu bar sitting in the middle, the weird button/dropdowns for things like suggested sites, the little icon that pops up every time I select something and the huge long context menus.... Yech! I'm sure some of these things can be turned off, but honestly I don't get far enough to even bother, cause I just use IE to download firefox/chrome.

However for you fine readers, I'll take a bullet and am installing it on my home machine and will give it a run and report back. Who knows, maybe MS has taken the Windows 7 and Zune approach and hit one out of the park this time?

Update: OK, so the download is a tech preview, of no use to "normal" users as it is basically a rendering window with no UI. Only 55/100 on the ACID3 test, and the one quick test of the HTML5 site I tried (this canvas experiment) failed. The YouTube HTML5 site also doesn't work, but that could be a browser detection issue. Still, I have hopes that the speed/html5/css3 demos that they are showing off turn out being real in the end. Bringing these new technologies (blah blah not an official standard yet blah blah) to the browser that still (somehow) has 70%+ of the market (or whatever it is these days) is a Good Thing.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:52 AM
10 Funniest Wedding Fails has a good list of 10 Funniest Wedding Fails.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:28 AM
Death Star/Force Comparison Chart

Kudos to James Strocel for pointing me to the Death Star vs Force comparison chart.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:14 AM
March 15, 2010
Chat Roulette Improv Piano

College Humor has a great Chat Roulette Piano video. The guy doing the piano has got some good skillz too!

Posted by Arcterex at 02:50 PM
Flickr Color Picker

The ColorĀ Fields Colr Pickr allows you to select a color, and it will show you images from Flickr with that color. Pretty simple, but really cool.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:38 PM
Leo Laporte Crowd Surfs @ Diggnation

Kevin Rose has video of Leo Laporte crowd surfing during the Diggnation filming. I anticipate more of this when the Diggnation episode comes out on Tuesday.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:35 PM
Rock Climbing Photography

Nice video showing some great Rock Climbing Photography. Well, the videos are ads for Nikon, but the video and stills are awesome, and the scenics out at Yosemite are gorgeous.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:33 PM
The Difference Between Firefox, Opera, Explorer & Safari

Aryk sent over a comic on The Difference Between Firefox, Opera, Explorer & Safari via The Next

Posted by Arcterex at 12:12 PM
Props for Vimcasts

I have to give Vimcasts some advertising and props. I've been using Vi/Vim since I was introduced to Unix in 1994 or so and learned new things in the first podcast. That's either a great compliment to Drew Neil or saying something about my ability to learn new things over almost 15 years :) Either way, if you use vim at all, this is a must-subscribe.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 AM
March 12, 2010
Apple iBook Feature Page

Apple has put up their iBooks page with some extra details on the (available for pre-order today!) iPad iBooks software. Nice that they have a built in dictionary/wikipedia access, and it also has text to speech. Wonder if Apple has the same (stupid) restrictions on some books allowing text to speech and some not? The Apple Blog has more details on the iPad features.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:56 AM
Top 20 5 Second Films

Found the Top 20 5 Second Films where you get 2 seconds for title, 1 for end titles, and 5 for content. Some stinkers in there, and some NSFW language/content, but more gems than stinkers.

My favorite is the guy waking up late... FUUUUUUUUU.....

Posted by Arcterex at 08:27 AM
March 11, 2010
New Robin Hood Trailer

Yahoo has the Robin Hood (2010) trailer. Looks like another must-see.... Ridley Scott FTW it looks like.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:42 PM
Gay marriage: The Database Engineering Perspective

Passed on through an IRC channel is Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective. Really it has almost nothing to do with Gay Marriage, but more the act of iterating through a (seemingly) simple problem for a database design. A good read.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:28 PM
Doctor Who Alignment Chart

Darren threw me over the Doctor Who Alignment Chart. Interesting placement of the last Doctor IMHO, but someone has to go in that slot I guess. More over on metafilter.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:45 PM
Mozilla Account Manager Concept

The Mozilla Labs blog has a great series they started called the Concept Series, essentially a "hey wouldn't it be awesome if...". The first one is the Account Manager, where they write about a world where we've moved beyond the boringness of logins and passwords, and are outside the complexity of OpenID. There's even an alpha plugin to check out.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:06 PM
Day In the Life of a Programmer

This image is great, the day in the life of a programmer. I'm somewhere just past the "coffee++" at this point.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:40 AM
March 10, 2010
Kimmel - Handsome Men's Club

Pretty damn funny skit from Jimmy Kimmel: Handsome Men's Club. 10 minutes long, but worth it. Thanks S for the link.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:31 PM
New Twist on Google Reader

The google reader folks have published Google Reader Play, a new thought on the reader. Not for me personally, but pretty cool idea.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:02 PM
Code Bubbles Project: Rethinking the UI of IDEs

Interesting new look at the IDE: Code Bubbles Project.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:58 PM
Pentax 645D Announced

The Pentax 645D has been Announced. Again. I think. The 645D is a medium format digital camera with 40mp of resolution, backwards compatibillity with film Pentax 645 lenses, and a price point of under (a bit) $10,000. A bit pricey, but compared to the Hallelblad at $23,000, not all that bad if you're in that business :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:39 AM
"Unlimited Detail" Technology Video

Cool video on the next stage in computer graphics, called Unlimited Detail Technology, where we can (theoretically) stop using those boring old polygons and start using point clouds.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:13 AM
Real Time Earth Wallpaper 'GloboCarbon'

Great Real Time Earth Wallpaper 'GloboCarbon' showcased (with install instructions) over at OMG Ubuntu. Not really polished, but if the screenshot on the site is any indication, it's pretty damn cool looking. Linux only.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:05 AM
Corey Haim RIP

Damn, just got into work and saw that Corey Haim was Found Dead of an apparent overdose :( That sucks, I watched him in a ton of great 80's movies... curse of the child stars maybe. RIP Corey.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:01 AM
March 09, 2010
Picturetweeting Bathroom Scale

The perfect gift for your wife, husband or loved one is this picturetweeting bathroom scale, assuming of course, you want to be killed. Thanks boingboing.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:37 PM
Steam on Mac FAQ From Valve

The Team Fortress 2 blog has answered a bunch of questions about the just announced Steam-on-Mac which I've written about a couple of times. IE:

Q: Is it just some crappy emulated version of TF2? A: No! Also: How dare you! Mac users aren't getting a crappy emulated version of the game. TF2 will run natively on OSX, like an actual big boy game for adults.

Sadly it's not the full steam catalog, but the Source engine games. Still, that's a fair number of games and people like some people I know can worry less about their aging win-boxen's hardware.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:12 PM
Boing Boing on Real and DVD Copying

Boing Boing has a great commentary on Real and how When RealNetworks Settled on DVD Copying, We All Lost, the RIAA and the death of fair use. Not that anyone would have used the RealNetworks software anyway, why bother when something like Handbrake is out there, but still, like the iTunes music store it's something legit for people who want to follow the law with their media.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:27 PM
Github Explorer Preview

LumberJAPH (awesome title btw) has a preview of github explorer, a visualizer for github projects using the github API. Very cool.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:53 PM
Energizer Battery Charger Contains Backdoor

I read this story about how the Energizer battery charger contains a backdoor and I have a few issues with it. First, agree with Reddit in this is why the world needs open source. Second though, is WTF do you need your battery charger to plug into the computer, or have it do anything but pull power from the USB. Seriously, am I an old fogey when I say that back in my day you plugged your battery charger into the wall socket...

Posted by Arcterex at 11:35 AM
Edit places using Street View images

Google has enhanced their Street view to allow you to Edit places using Street View images, for example if an address doesn't show exactly where the location is supposed to be. Sadly the 'edit' for me is greyed out, but looking forward to being able to tweak google maps a bit. Good on google for crowd-sourcing.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
Doggy Vs. Potato Chip Bag

Sometimes you get the chips, sometimes the chips get you.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
Different View of the IE6 Funeral

Just met Ralph on IRC (freenode #fv.rb if you care) and found this great picture from the IE6 funeral. Glad there were at least some protesters :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:40 AM
Tron Legacy Official Trailer

As promised the official Tron Legacy Trailer has been posted. The youtube embed goes to 1080p and it runs for a glorious 2:13.

Many thanks to grizzled for sending me this at the start of the morning.

Update: Official site link with 1080 downloadable goodness.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:15 AM
March 08, 2010
Chat Roulette Analysis

Photo Basement has a pretty accurate Chat Roulette analysis up on their site. If you don't know what Chat Roulette is, it basically turns on your camera and connects you to another random person. Hilarity ensues. And by hilarity, I mean "mostly you see a big picture of a penis".

Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 AM
Iron Man 2 Trailer

New(?) Iron Man 2 Trailer.

Awesome, can't wait!

Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
March 05, 2010
Portal 2 Officially Announced

Portal 2 Officially Announced. Not much more to say, other than "Dear Valve, when can I please give you my money?"

Main site seems to be down so here's the cover shot thanks to the reddit folks.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 AM
Jon Stewart and Friends Use Chatroulette on The Daily Show

As usual, Jon Stewart takes on big media coverage and Use Chatroulette on The Daily Show. Hilarious and JS at his best.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:10 AM
Awesome iPhone Looping Performance

The title this is under is: This is possibly the coolest thing I've seen one man and an iPhone do, and while I don't understand the french it's being done in, damn, that is pretty awesome.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
March 04, 2010
15-Year-Old Sven Junga Creates Starships From LEGO Bricks

IO9 has a gallery of pictures from 15-Year-Old Sven Junga who Creates Starships From LEGO. Wow, I miss being 15 :(

Posted by Arcterex at 03:05 PM
Judge Joe Brown & Cheap Wedding Photographers

Kudos to Nicolesy for this great find: Judge Joe Brown & Cheap Wedding Photographers. I'm not sure if His Honor Brown really knows his camera gear or is just repeating what his staff has researched for him, but it's entertaining and surprisingly not dumbed down camera lingo. Well worth the 10 minutes to watch the segment, regardless of your opinion of stupid shows like the "Judge [name]" and it's ilk.

Yet another reason I'm terrified to become a wedding photographer :)

Posted by Arcterex at 02:47 PM
Internet Explorer 9 To Love HTML5?

People seem to think that Microsoft will Double Down on HTML5 With Internet Explorer 9. If this is true, and they can deliver, then all the power to them.

But we should expect Microsoft to go on the offensive at its upcoming MIX 2010 developer conference in Las Vegas, where, it has been speculated, the company will demonstrate the first beta builds of Internet Explorer 9 and possibly offer a preview release of the browser to developers. Several clues point to the possibility that the next version of IE will include broad support for HTML5 elements, vector graphics and emerging CSS standards.

However, MS seems a bit big of a company to steer on such an altered course, and what about all that talk of people relying on HTML widgets (I know that a 2 year old accounting program I use has an IE widget in it that's broken on Windows 7)? Hey, if they can do it and make a clean break and not keep one foot in the IE6/7/8 world with some sort of funky backwards compatible engine, all the power to them. Course, if they're going to make a clean break, maybe why not just use the mozilla or webkit engines? I know it's NIMBY and all that, but why re-re-re-reinvent the wheel (again)?

Posted by Arcterex at 12:05 PM
First Crysis 2 Screenshots Released

Get your wallets ready for a new computer system (or a trip in a time machine to 2015 to get a system that'll play it) cause the First Crysis 2 Screenshots Released and they look gooooood.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:54 AM
Ubuntu Re-Branding and Ditching The Brown

Brand section of the Ubuntu Wiki has been updated with some of the nice and fresh look that they are teasing for the next LTS version 10.04.

The new style of Ubuntu is driven by the theme "Light". We've developed a comprehensive set of visual guidelines and treatments that reflect that style, and are updating key assets like the logo accordingly. The new theme takes effect in 10.04 LTS and will define our look and feel for several years.

I have to say that I like it. The brown isn't 100% gone, but it's mostly left, replaced by a clean look, with some sections (the menu bar and dark-grey on white icons) taking their cue from the Mac menubar (IMHO). More examples are here.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:37 AM
Collection of Information About the Portal Updates

Someone on Digg has put together a nice list of what is known about the Portal updates. The biggest thing found here is either

  • a) the internet is amazingly resourceful, able to brute force reverse MD5 values, and extract images from sound files or
  • b) there are all sorts of Valve plants out on the internet "helping" push people in the right direction.

Either way, I'm excited to hear what's going on.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:35 AM
March 03, 2010
Portal Gets Updated Ending

According to a shacknews article, the original ending of Portal has changed.

It seems pretty obvious that Valve is bringing Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 to the Mac. The big question is, will they pull it off. Imagine if Valve could bring, in one foul swoop, all the games on Steam to the Mac. Let's be honest, gaming on the Mac is restricted to a few titles, Wow, iD software games, and a few others that no one plays, except to say "but there is gaming on the mac!"

If suddenly Valve had all the games on Steam on the Mac, with a tried and true delivery platform, that would be huge.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 PM
Valve Heading To Mac

MacNN has some details of a couple of teasers indicating that Valve confirms intends to produce games for mac. Namely, an image with Gordon Freeman with a Mac logo on his chest is a pretty good indication :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:24 PM
March 02, 2010
Crossover 9.0 Released

Got the press release that CodeWeavers have released Crossover 9.0 (Snow Mallard), the first ground up revamp of their software since version 1.0. Crossover, if you don't know, is a commercial wrapper around Wine to allow you easily run windows software on Linux.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
Squeeze For Mac Is Free Today

Thanks to my Coworker Randy for pointing out that through MacHeist that Squeeze for mac is free today. Hit the MacHeist page to generate a key. You'll of course have to sign up for MacHeist and give them your name and email....

Posted by Arcterex at 02:52 PM
Blockbuster Brings Back Late Fees

Great job Blockbuster, Bringing Back Late Fees after all the big "no more late fees" marketing campaign. Of course, they claim they aren't "late" fees, they are and "additional daily rate". Yea, I totally see the difference there.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:56 PM
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Movie Trailer 2

Another trailer for the new Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:56 PM
Edward Tufte On Windows Phone 7 Series (WP7S) UX

Edward Tufte has some interesting things to say about the Windows Phone 7 Series (WP7S) interface design. Basically this is phase 2 in the new product introduction series, where the initial "ooohh! look how nice and cool it looks" fades away and some actual usage thoughts come in. IE:

On a small handheld device, screen real estate is extremely valuable. So the content-free big black band on the right margin is a puzzling waste of space, resulting in a 20% downgrade in screen resolution.

This is going to be interesting, as this is one area that (IMHO as a fanboy) the iPhone (main competitor of the WinPhone7Series, or at least what'll be compared most to it) has maintained well in. For example, yes, cut and paste was introduced a year after the iPhone's release, but when it was done, it was done very well. I've heard that cut and paste in Android is nowhere near as good. Same with the little details like deleting apps. In the iPhone you hold down the icon till it jiggles, hit 'x', confirm, and then 'no thanks' to the rating (the last step is annoying to me). In Android deleting an app is (apparently anyway, I have yet to use it myself) a long series of steps akin to windows, that is control panel, add/remove, find it, select, delete, confirm, etc.

It'll be interesting to see the W7PS in actual use to see if the "oooh shiny" holds up in terms of real world usability.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
Vancouver 2010 @ The Big Picture

The Big Picture from has put up part 2/2 of their Vancouver 2010 series of excellent pictures. For me #3, #6, and #38 and #39 of course (sorry USA :)

Thanks again for the great shots

Posted by Arcterex at 08:10 AM
March 01, 2010
GitHub Introduces Compare View

The GitHub blog just Introducing GitHub Compare View. Nice way to view the differences between branches for projects hosted at GitHub.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:59 PM
Happy Holi!

To all my Indian friends, happy Holi (the festival of colours)!

Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
Crytek 'i3D 2010' Tech Demo

A gorgeous Crytek 'i3D 2010' Tech Demo. HD video recommended for full awesomeness.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:26 PM