2 Men With Their Cellos covering one of the greatest rock songs ever.
Things get going around 1:00 in, if you feel the need to fast forward.
We all learned in elementary school about how water has three states, solid (ice), liquid (water) and gas (boiling). How about this Mysterious Fluid that Appears to Freeze and Boil at the Same Time?
Witchcraft I say!
37 Pictures That Prove Australia Is The Craziest over on buzzfeed.
I think I’ll just hide at home.
Microsoft Office for iPad Review from Paul Thurrott.
The rumors are true: By the time you read this you should be able to download Office for iPad, the first full-featured version of Microsoft Office for a mobile platform. As I had expected, Office for iPad fills a useful niche between Office Mobile for smart phone handsets and the more full-featured Office we see in Windows and on the Mac. But Office for iPad has been written from the ground up for Apple’s device. And the only thing holding it back, really, is Apple’s antiquated mobile OS.
Now there’s a lot to think about here. I don’t like that it looks like it’s an origin story, and how (I’m guessing) they’re going to explain the turtles. They don’t need explaining. They’re teenage mutant ninja turtles. Nothing more needed. Then there’s Michael Bay. I see lensflare in the future. Though I see some good here.
If you’re looking for more, check out the reddit discussion thread.
Twitter introduces photo tagging, multiple photos in a single tweet, without affecting your character count.
Interesting to see how this will change things (I can’t wait for the twitter image tag spam to start). Wonder if other apps will follow suit with similar updates and support (I’m looking at you Tweetbot).
Jim at Loop Insight calls it a Harrowing rescue. I call it an OMGWTFHSOMGOMG rescue. Make sure you watch it to the end, it’s not over when you think it’s over.
You can grab the code and re-live the world of single user, single tasking, not having to worry about shutting your computer down, rebooting to “fix” things, or just search through the source code comments for naughty words.
Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout Video is Live. I wish I could express how excited I am that this is posted.
Not a huge number of improvements it seems, some nice tweaks and under-the-hood improvements it looks like though.
A second trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past was released this morning.
Looking forward to this…
Our objective here is to create a perfect maze, the simplest type of maze for a computer to generate and solve. A perfect maze is defined as a maze which has one and only one path from any point in the maze to any other point. This means that the maze has no inaccessible sections, no circular paths, no open areas.
If you’re bored today, here’s something to pass the time.
In my opinion, the current state of Bitcoin ATM machines are a stark reminder of how raw bitcoin is at the moment. It is simply not ready for normal consumer use yet.
Here’s the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Final Trailer:
Microsoft Surface 2 LTE is out and is the next logical step for mobile computing. Kinda. Tablets have had LTE for a couple of years now, but the Surface 2 (being a bit of an odd duck stuck between tablet and laptop) is getting it now.
Microsoft announced today that a long-expected new Surface model, the Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE), will be available for purchase starting to tomorrow. This LTE-equipped version of the Windows RT 8.1-powered Surface 2 device commands a $130 premium over a similarly equipped Surface 2, and will retail for $679. Whether this new model is worth such a heady sum is of course up to the buyer.
Read about the Pono player from Neil Young and think there’s something suspicious about it but don’t have any references to convince your audiophile friends chomping at the bit (pardon the pun) for this? Check out the great collection of reading material on Pono that @marcoarment put together.
Oh wow: Dji Phantom flies into Volcano
Behind the Scenes of Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” is a great look at how they got the president to play along and really embrace doing the show. Pretty amazing.
To find out exactly how it happened and what it was like to work with the Commander-in-Chief, we spoke with Scott Aukerman, host of IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! (the third season premieres on IFC on May 8) and executive producer and director of “Between Two Ferns.” He talks about how the White House let them get away with basically everything, how the president was easier to work with than some celebrities, and what it was like to give notes to the most powerful man on earth.
Pretty sure I’ve posted the Bad Words Official Red Band Trailer before, but listening to Jason Bateman being interviewed on the Howards Stern show made me watch it again. And share it again. Oooh yea.
If all I did was listen to what the critics were saying, I would have assumed that Neil Young would have difficulty raising money for his new Pono Player. But contrary to expectations, Mr. Young is crushing it, at least financially.
Currently over $1,000,000 of the $800,000 goal with 34 days to go. However, from what I can tell it’s going to be a bust (outside of the kickstarter backers).
It is an odd shaped (triangles?), FLAC playing (don’t most android phones play FLAC already?), device that will cost $400, and have it’s own store. So you end up having to re-buy all the music you already have from iTunes / Google / CDs again, and hope that the music listening experience is as mindblowingly different than your 320kb ripped MP3s, without having to spend $900 on a pair of audiophile-approved headphones.
Honestly I don’t think that this will be a blip on the radar of anyone outside the audiophile community, who pay $200 for gold plated connectors anyway. Honestly even if it is mindblowingly different, is that enough for the common man to put another device in his pocket, just when he’s gotten rid of his iPod and replaced it with a smartphone?
Guess we’ll see.
The linked critique is indeed fairly scathing, and honestly, not unexpected based on where it’s coming from.
Pono Music was launched by Neil Young and its easy to see that this device was created by old school music big wigs with very little knowledge about technology or design.
Check out his hilarious PSA below, in which he calls the under-30 crowd out for not truly understanding how hard life was back then. At least he doesn’t mention having to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways.
Any Synology users in the crowd? You’ll be happy to hear that DSM 5.0 is out.
TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Synology® today announced the availability of the official version of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, the latest NAS operating system that runs on DiskStations and RackStations. “Designed with an entirely new interface and loaded with a myriad of new features, DSM 5.0 is built to redefine how people think about NAS,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology Inc. DSM 5.0 offers: [….]
Looks like a standard day for me….
The biggest change is that the Timeline for Pages now puts all posts into one column, just like on user profiles. As a result, posts will appear the same on your Page as they do in the News Feed.
Looking forward to this. I’m still waiting for the March 2013 announced new timeline look though too.
Remember you can follow UFies over on Facebook as well, if you’re interested in that.
Well, I’ve been checking all week, and today Apple releases iOS 7.1. Lots of fun stuff and improvements.
As we previously reported to expect in March, Apple has released its iOS 7.1 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The software update delivers a number of user interface tweaks and much needed bug improvements and dramatically faster animations and transitions.
As with most things, I’m upgrading without even looking to see if people are having problems first. That’s the sort of daredevil that I am :)
Most of what I know about Bill Gates is from the Dark Days of the Linux / Windows battles of the late 90’s and early ’00s. Reading through the list of stuff he’s done I have to say he sounds like a pretty kick ass guy. Though I don’t know about his kids ‘making their own way’ with only the $10m…..
William Shakespeare Presents: Terminator the Second is probably the strangest thing I found for you this morning.
Flying the world’s fastest plane: Behind the stick of the SR-71 is an amazing writeup about flying one of the most awesome planes built, ever.
To keep Evernote at your fingertips, Carlos A. Sztoltz has created a fantastic workflow we’ve been using daily alongside Evernote.
Newsweek has found The Face Behind Bitcoin by, shockingly, looking him up.
“I don’t think he’s in any trouble,” I say. “I would like to ask him about Bitcoin. This man is Satoshi Nakamoto.” “What?” The police officer balks. “This is the guy who created Bitcoin? It looks like he’s living a pretty humble life.”
Turns out Satoshi Nakamoto is the guys real name.
If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system. I’ve linked to items like this before, and I will again I’m sure. It’s fascinating to see just how tiny we are in the universe.
A really interesting look at Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface from someone moving from an iPad
Basic things that should really not be complicated are borderline impossible on Windows. For example, how do you create a bootable clone of your hard disk, so that you can boot from an identical external USB hard disk in case the internal disk goes belly-up? On a Mac, you just download Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper17 and run it. In case of emergency, connect the external disk, start the Mac, hit Option, select the external disk, you’re done.
That’s not an isolated example. Finding software for Windows is a nightmare. Windows users sometimes complain that Mac software is expensive. Maybe it is, but on the plus side, it generally tends to work, and typically doesn’t fill your computer with adware and browser toolbars and background processes that install weird buttons in the toolbars of all of your freaking windows.
It’s definitely not a Windows 8 / Surface hate-fest, or an iPad love fest. He finds lots wrong on both sides of the fence, with the conclusions reached fairly interesting.
Sadly open source isn’t invulnerable to security bugs either, even with source code seen by hundreds of eyes. A Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping since 2005:
The bug is the result of commands in a section of the GnuTLS code that verify the authenticity of TLS certificates, which are often known simply as X509 certificates. The coding error, which may have been present in the code since 2005, causes critical verification checks to be terminated, drawing ironic parallels to the extremely critical “goto fail” flaw that for months put users of Apple’s iOS and OS X operating systems at risk of surreptitious eavesdropping attacks. Apple developers have since patched the bug.
However, fixes have started rolling out already.
Now that Radio Shack is shutting down, you may want to reminisce by going through an archive of Radio Shack Catalogs from 1939 to current.