March 31, 2009
Lifehacker Interviews Adam Savage

MythBusters: MythBusters ' Adam Savage Talks Tech, Obsessions, and Science in a lifehacker interview.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:24 PM
Chrome For Mac Close(r)

Chrome for Mac Sees Progress, according to OSNews. Still very alpha from the looks of it though.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:52 PM
Annoying Email Addresses to Spell

Via Daring Fireball: E-mail Addresses It Would Be Really Annoying to Give Out Over the Phone. Use one of these to guarantee that you don't get an email back :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:39 AM
March 30, 2009
Red Dwarf Viral Bits

Bits about the Red Dwarf upcoming return to the screen(s) found at io9: Red Dwarf Crashes Into The Internet.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:55 PM
Skype For iPhone Details [Update]

The Apple Blog has some details on Skype for iPhone, including screenshots. Basically it looks a lot like the normal iPhone phone app, which is good. I'm interested to see how it works like in real life. I've had the Fring app which allows VOIP connection on the iPhone via Skype, but I honestly haven't ever actually called anyone on it :)

Update: It's here. Well, in the US app store anyway. Hope it comes to Canada soon.

Update2: Seems it might not. This CBC story has this:

Chaim Haas, a public relations representative acting on behalf of Skype, said the application is available in every country in which the iPhone is on sale and in which Apple has an iTunes Store — with the exception of Canada.


Posted by Arcterex at 10:36 PM
Terminator Timelines

io9 does a good job explaining the 10 Different Timelines From The Terminator Universe. This is why I didn't want SCC to be honest, diluting and polluting the Terminator universe, yessiree.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:53 PM
Battlefield 1943 Screenshots

I hadn't even heard it was announced, but the Battlefield 1943 Screenshots (think the classic BF 1942++) look pretty hot.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:17 PM
'Dead Pixel in Google Earth'

The Map Room: ‘Dead Pixel in Google Earth’.

Edit (Arcterex): Sadly this piece of conceptual art is not actually visible on google earth, as it is just ... conceptual art.

Posted by aryk at 06:37 PM
Cool Resume

Reddit is right, this is the the coolest resume ever.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:19 PM
Ruby on Rails 2.3 - 10 Cool Things

Any Ruby on Rails programmers out there will know that version 2.3 was just released.... Railspikes has 10 Cool Things in Rails 2.3 to wet your appetite about what's new in this release.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
ermm..I think your dog has melted

Pic of a very pillowy pooch.

Posted by aryk at 11:09 AM
For the geek who has everything.

Sakurako Shimizu

Posted by aryk at 11:01 AM
MythBusters' Adam Savage Talks Tech, Obsessions, and Science

MythBusters: MythBusters ' Adam Savage Talks Tech, Obsessions, and Science

Posted by aryk at 10:38 AM
Earth Hour 2009

Click on the images to see them fade...
Earth Hour 2009 - The Big Picture -

Posted by aryk at 10:34 AM
The Las Vegas Strip, Before and During Earth Hour

Iotd: The Las Vegas Strip, Before and During Earth Hour

Posted by aryk at 10:26 AM
March 29, 2009
A New Service.... So there are a ton of "tinyurl" services for use on IM networks, Twitter, etc. Someone took the initiative to create something a bit different at

In other words, feel free to check out this awesome site:

Posted by Arcterex at 09:42 PM
More Free Music from NiN

NIN|JA 2009 is a place where you can get a free sampler pack of music from NiN, Jane's Addiction and Street Sweeper (who I've never heard of). Like the last couple of NiN projects, this is free, DRM free music from MP3 to FLAC to uncompressed WAV files. Pretty awesome, great to see that they "get it".

Posted by Arcterex at 10:42 AM
March 28, 2009
Rumor: Palm Pre Beta Tester Gives April 30th as Planned Release Date

Rumor: Palm Pre Beta Tester Gives April 30th as Planned Release Date

Rumor: Palm Pre Beta Tester Gives April 30th as Planned Release Date

Posted by aryk at 10:41 PM
Time Travel RTS Footage

Found some early footage of a time travel based RTS over on shacknews: Time Travel RTS Achron Revealed. Not sure if I would be able to wrap my brain around all that stuff though.... I'm more a "shoot things" kinda gamer :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:13 AM
March 27, 2009
Call of Duty 6?

Seems Call of Duty 6, (or Call of Duty 4 part 2) is announced and will be born as Modern Warfare 2. As I've said before, CoD 4 was one of my favorite games that I've played recently, and if this is going to be like that, then I'm excited :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
Wanna Be Duke Nukem'?

And not in the "not seen for a decade" sort of way. The Duke is Back site is looking for someone to play Duke for ..... well, some reason anyway.

We're reaching out to the fans with a 3 city nationwide search to find the next real life Duke Nukem.

As Darren says, Vaporware awards don't win themselves!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
March 26, 2009
Caprica Clips

Geeks of Doom has some more clips from the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Prequel ‘Caprica’.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 PM
"Landscape" Aquariums

Holy crap! Check out these "Landscape Aquariums". How the hell does that survive after you put the water in is what I want to know!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:07 PM
March 25, 2009
X12 Stun Gun Freezes People From 88 Feet Away

Weapons: X12 Stun Gun Freezes People From 88 Feet Away

X12 Stun Gun Freezes People From 88 Feet Away

Posted by aryk at 07:41 PM
X12 Stun Gun Freezes People From 88 Feet Away

Weapons: X12 Stun Gun Freezes People From 88 Feet Away

X12 Stun Gun Freezes People From 88 Feet Away

Posted by aryk at 07:41 PM
Iron Man vs Bruce Lee: FIGHT!

Iron Man vs Bruce Lee: FIGHT!

Posted by aryk at 07:41 PM
Video Monkey - Free Replacement for Visual Hub? [Mac]

Just heard about Video Monkey via MacBreak Weekly as a theoretical replacement for the now-defunct VisualHub video converter software. Definitely going to check this out tonight!

Posted by Arcterex at 02:30 PM
Carmack on iPhone Wolf3D

Very cool article by John Carmack of iD Software on porting Wolfenstein 3D Classic to the iPhone (now available in the app store).

I love the note on the main page for the app which claims "* not responsible for damage to iphone caused by awesome action overload" :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:33 PM
Super-Cute Baby Leopard Pics

Super-cute pics of two baby Leopards born: Rare Cubs Born Against the Odds is the title. Seems that in captivity the mothers often do damage to their cubs, which I wonder is an instinctual thing based on being in an undesirable place to have offspring (ie: a zoo) or if it's something that "just happens". Regardless of this, those babys are damn cute!

Posted by Arcterex at 12:16 PM
Interesting new Firefox New Tab Page Design

Cool article from Mozilla labs on some new Firefox New Tab Page which uses something called a "Cognitive Shield".

No matter where we put the links to your most visited sites (and their latest news), it always seemed to be a distraction, based upon our own perception and the feedback from thousands of testers. Given that the bulk of those testers are multi-tasking-adept early adopters, we’d expect that feedback to be even stronger from more mainstream users. Our original thought was to place the links along the bottom of the page — outside your foveal vision. In practice, the peripheral vision proved too strong, and the links still drew your eye and interrupted your cognitive flow.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:00 PM
March 24, 2009
GNOME to go GIT?

Interesting tidbit about the GNOME linux desktop project from OSNews.... seems they are Migrating to Git for their revision control system.

This is interesting, as git was created for the Linux kernel developers after the non-free software that was being used (BitKeeper) went to a for-pay scheme. Git semed to explode as the Ruby on Rails project (with GitHub and friends), and this seems to be a second (that I know of) major Linux project to adopt git for their SCM.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:58 PM
March 23, 2009
Twitter Intro (Funny Video)

Funny introduction to twitter in the video twouble with twitters. Thanks for the link Len (who doesn't get it either).

Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 PM
100 Movies To See Before You Die |

Not a bad list actually...

Yahoo’s 100 Movies To See Before You Die | /Film

Posted by aryk at 08:51 PM
Some iPhone Wallpapers

Via comes a nice set of 50 iPhone Wallpapers for Design Lovers. Some better than others, worth a look anyway.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:02 PM
Terminator 2 Sweet Collectors Set

Co-Editor Aryk pointed me to a super-sexy Limited Edition Terminator 2 Complete Collector’s Set. Decent pre-order discounts from Amazon and hey, wouldn't you love a glowing-eyed Terminator skull in your bookcase????

Posted by Arcterex at 09:42 AM
March 22, 2009
"Caprica" Commercial

IO9 (again) has a sneak peek trailer from SciFi for Caprica. This one actually makes it look interesting!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:59 PM
BSG Finale Wrap-up

Chock full of spoilers, but a nice wrap-up and summary of the season finale episode of BSG over at IO9's Battlestar Finale Review: As Battlestar Ends, God Is In the Details.

Note - there are spoilers, so if you don't want to know, don't click.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:35 AM
March 21, 2009
As Battlestar Ends, God Is In the Details

Battlestar Finale Review: As Battlestar Ends, God Is In the Details

Posted by aryk at 04:45 PM
March 20, 2009
New Linux Firewall - nftables Alpha

New Firewall for the Linux Kernel via OSNews. I've never heard of nftables before. Sounds interesting, creting a distinction between userspace and kernel space. Even more detail here.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:46 PM
Coolest Jedi Car EVER!

Found a series of pics via Reddit of the coolest Star Wars Car you will see this week. I promise.

Now to do this to my car......... :) (I wish!)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:40 PM
12 Plotholes That Must Be Filled in the Battlestar Finale

Burning Questions: 12 Plotholes That Must Be Filled in the Battlestar Finale

Posted by aryk at 07:58 PM
Surviving A Lynch Mob - AIG Internal Staff Memo

Leaks: Surviving A Lynch Mob - AIG Internal Staff Memo

Posted by aryk at 07:56 PM
New TPB Personal RSS Feeds

Interesting development on noted by TorrentFreak. You can Download Torrents Remotely With Pirate Bay’s Personal RSS. Basically you add a torrent to your personal RSS feed from anywhere on the web, and have your home system watching the RSS feed for new torrents to download, and does so. Very neat!

Posted by Arcterex at 03:46 PM
"Spacebat Tribute" Video Will Make You Cry Like "We Are the World"

Spacebat: "Spacebat Tribute" Video Will Make You Cry Like "We Are the World"

"Spacebat Tribute" Video Will Make You Cry Like "We Are the World"

Posted by aryk at 01:06 PM
Reverse Engineering Obfuscated C

Awesome article from the Microsoft site on Reverse Engineering the Twelve Days of Christmas written in obfuscated C code (circa 1998).

Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
Subversion 1.6 Released

Looks like Subversion1.6 has been released. Hit the link for changes/info/etc.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:48 AM
Amazing amateur photography from a balloon

Another case of putting a camera in a big-ass balloon and sending it to the edge of space.

Posted by aryk at 10:05 AM
Baby Name Win

While Failblog shows this as a Baby Name Fail, I say it's a complete and udder win! In other news, I've found the name for my first-born.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
Palm CEO Confirms That, Yes, There Will Be More WebOS

Obvious: Palm CEO Confirms That, Yes, There Will Be More WebOS Phones

Posted by aryk at 09:26 AM
March 19, 2009
BSG Frakmap

Battlestar Galactica Frakmap is exactly what you think it is.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:17 PM
GMail "Undo Send" Feature

GMail has announced a new feature in their "Labs" area - Undo Send. Basically it doesn't send your mail for 5 seconds, giving you a chance to reconsider it :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 PM
IE8 Final Announced

Microsoft announced at Mix09 that IE8 is available now, via Ed Bott. The IEBlog has some info on making your IE8 experience more pleasurable as well.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:03 PM
iPhone OS 3.0 First Look

The Apple Blog has a First Look at the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta. Lots of screenshots and impressions there.

Update: More screenshots here. Lots of great detail about how things work, excellent read @ iLounge.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:02 PM
Rubyist Magazine

Along with the free Rails Magazine available, check out The Rubyist which has two issues and a free PDF download.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:36 AM
March 18, 2009
I For One, Welcome Our New Spacebat Overlords

Shuttle-Riding Bat Dies The Most Glorious Death Imaginable.

Really not much more to say, other than thanks Len for the link.

Oops, dupe! Sorry about that :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:20 PM
GNOME 2.26 Released

Check out the GNOME 2.26 Release Notes for all the new goodness that's been revealed in the latest release. Short summary is better disk burning with Brasero integrated, better file sharing with the integration of webdav and bluetooth, Evolution mail client upgrades, more PulseAudio integration, easier multi-monitor configuration, better IM (including video), lots of other minor tweaks.

Again it is (IMHO) an evolutionary upgrade, with not a lot of really new stuff or quite frankly, exciting stuff. It is good to see the improvements, improved developer APIs, internationalization, etc, but there's no huge jumps that I've seen, or really compelling reasons to upgrade. Of course I will, as I'm a sucker for pretty much any upgrades :) In fact, I'm looking for the Ubuntu packages now :)

Congrats to the GNOME developers and contributors on another great release!

Posted by Arcterex at 01:10 PM
Bad Dreams [XKCD]

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that this happens to. Another brilliant XKCD cartoon.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:27 AM
Adam Savage on Obsession

Great video of a presentation from MythBusters Co-Host Adam Savage on Obsession. Via @gatewayy.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:18 AM
March 17, 2009
Windows 7 New Beta UI Changes

Via Paul Thurrott at the WinSupersite I found a UI changes from Windows 7 beta to build 7057. Mostly tweaking and filling out it looks like, but some other interesting changes.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:25 PM
Pre-Alpha Linux Chrome Available

Tombuntu found that there is a Pre-Alpha Chromium Browser Now Available. Even better? It actually contains a working browser!

This is very very very pre-alpha and should be almost called an Omega version (for me so pre-alpha it won't run :) and running probably isn't a good idea, as most likely it'll blow up and give you a bad impression. It is nice to know that things are progressing towards Linux and Mac builds though!

Posted by Arcterex at 11:00 PM
Google Earth Mars "Live" Imagery

According to the updates on the Google Earth Blog, there is now Live Imagery from Another Planet. According to the update there is a layer available on the mars imagery that contains the latest data from satellites which can be as fresh as a few hours. Not quite live, but close!

Now we need that on earth, for all our non-alien stalking needs.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:23 PM
Tribes Coming to In-Browser Play

According to Shacknews, Tribes (remember that, way back in the day?) has been Ported to Browsers.

A web-based version of Dynamix's classic team-based multiplayer shooter Starsiege: Tribes is soon coming to browser gaming portal InstantAction.

I've actually been playing Quake Live (quake 3 in a browser) and a bit of Battlefield Heroes (cartoony battlefield 1942 in a browser) lately and have to say it's pretty good. Even though the browser is just shelling out to an executable, it feels more convenient than shutting things down, finding the CD, running the game, etc. I'll be interested to see how well Tribes has held up after all these years.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:15 PM
Shuttle Launch from the ISS A Plane

How cool are these pics.... the Shuttle Launch Seen From ISS a Plane. You may remember a similar view from a plane a while back.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:04 PM
Rails Magazine Issue #1 Available

If you're interested in Ruby on Rails, you'll be happy to know that Rails Magazine Issue 1 is now available. Free digital download, or you can order a dead-tree version.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:58 PM
The Geek Handshake

I've been an advocate of something like The Technical Support Secret Handshake for ages now.


Posted by Arcterex at 01:40 PM
iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event Details (Updated)

Again with the Apple stuff, will it never stop?! You can keep an eye on the iPhone OS 3.0 event today by checking out either Engadget or the @macrumors twitter stream. If you're a twitterer you probably you that doing a search for #iPhone will probably garner you some good stuff as well :)

Highlights from the event are below (hit the read more):

  • In-app purchases (ie: buy another 10 levels, or extend your subscription to a magazine app).. for paid apps only. Hopefully not abused by developers
  • Peer 2 Peer connectivity - seamlessly connect with local devices running the same app. Sounds pretty awesome for gaming.
  • More hardware access for accessories. Blood pressure readers that work with the iPhone, or an FM transmitter that automagically talks to the iPhone (or iPod of course) to tune to the right station, or speaker that can control the EQ on the iPhone.
  • Maps can be embedded right into apps.
  • Turn by Turn Applications - wooo! Course, I think that not having this was a rule from apple and not a restriction in the hardware, but whatever :) Have to bring your own maps though (WTF?). Guess this is a statement on sending someone into a lake because google maps haven't been updated. Huge download size I'm guessing :( Oh well, still, good to finally have.
  • Push notifications so that applications can get updates without "running". Completely re-architected to deal with performance and battery life issues. Now "good to go" though.
  • In-app voice and video APIs. Yay, no more shelling everything to youtube!
  • Copy, cut and paste. Finally. Geez... was starting to get mad that they could do scalling, streaming video but not a simple text operation that's been around for 30 years now.... The UI is nice, but not a 2 year development effort I'd hope. Shake to undo (very iPhone-y), copying HTML, images, works in all apps, etc. Nifty, welcome to 1984!
  • Landscape keyboard support in all core apps. IE: Mail.
  • More big stuff.... MMS (multimedia SMS) will let you send photos/contact vcards/audio/location over SMS.
  • More little stuff... calendar has ICS subscriptions now, stocks have a landscape mode and support for news details at the bottom.
  • Global search!!!! Well, "key applications" search anyway, so mail, calendar, etc. All nicely integrated in something familiar to Mac people called "spotlight" :)
  • Sync your notes, auto-fill, youtube accounts, stereo bluetooth headphone support (finally again!).
  • Developer beta available today (cool), full release available in the summer (meh, want it now), it's a free update for the iPhone (yay) and $9.95 for the iPod Touch (boo (but standard apple fare if you remember the 2.0 upgrade)). No MMS or stereo bluetooth for 1st gen iPhone users (boo (not affecting me though)).

So that's the end of the bulk of the announcements. My thoughts? This brings a close to 99% of the complaints that people have about the iPhone. Copy and paste, background notification, global search, MMS, turn by turn GPS, all fixed. There are still a couple of holes, such as flash and tethering.

I'm fairly excited to be honest, I'm looking forward to what people can do with this in their apps, and I'm happy there aren't any silly "new feature XXX only will work on our new iPhone 3.0 hardware" restrictions. At least not yet :) I'm also glad they haven't radically changed the iPhone, but have added to it significantly. I'm especially interested in the spotlight app, and seeing how it works in practice and how well. It sounded like it was an 'always open' app in the leftmost screen, which makes it more useful than a search app you have to open up each time.

Still, we'll see :) Going to download the SDK tonight and start programming something to make my millions with!!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:28 AM
March 16, 2009
iPhone 3.0 Wishlist

Tomorrow Apple will give a sneak peak at the 3.0 version of the iPhone firmware. No clue so far as to if this will be on a new hardware platform (ie: version 3 of the iPhone handset) or just an upgrade to the current version. Hopefully some of each (ie: I don't want to buy a new $500 phone to get access to whatever new features there are).

A lot (lot) of "3.0 firmware wishlists" have appeared, mostly fueled simply by wishes, practically none with any actual inside information on them (some might argue that there are leaks who do go to people like Kevin Rose with details, but again, who knows. Anyway, one of the good lists I found was from Frasier Speirs, who has his own iPhone OS 3.0 Wishlist.

My list is pretty simple:

  • Cut & Paste
  • Background tasks/notification/whatever... anything to let me have an IM/Twitter running at the same time as I'm surfing or whatever
  • Some sexyness in the UI, nothing too chromey, but with some sort of update to make things look a bit more modern. Maybe a skinnable system?

Posted by Arcterex at 01:06 PM
When Advertising Goes Wrong

Macenstein asks: What the hell is Best Buy selling? I'm pretty sure that when Apple released the new Mac Mini they didn't stretch it out like that. Really, I have no idea what they were thinking, other than maybe people expect a 2.0 product to be bigger?

Posted by Arcterex at 09:30 AM
March 15, 2009
Hot Hot Hot BMW Designed Gaming Computer

BMW DesignWorksUSA designs ultimate gaming rig. Hot.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:10 PM
March 13, 2009
Changes in Windows 7 RC

Paul Thurrott weighs in on the changes from Windows 7 Beta to RC. Not all good news IHHO.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:38 PM
The New iPod Shuffle UnBoxing

iPod Shuffle Unboxing and Hands On from the Apple Blog.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:42 AM
March 12, 2009
Images of what life will look like as our climate changes are often disturbingly beautiful.

Dystopia: The Gorgeous Terror of Global Warming

Posted by aryk at 05:21 PM
Images of what life will look like as our climate changes are often disturbingly beautiful.

Dystopia: The Gorgeous Terror of Global Warming

Posted by aryk at 05:21 PM
Boing Boing on the new Shuffle

Boing Boing Gadgets reviews the iPod Shuffle (Third Generation).

[...] The new iPod Shuffle is Apple's worst product in years. Its headphone module-interface fails because it's really about physical appearances: it does nothing to improve the experience of listening to music, and is in fact irritating until you've learned how to use it.

They do go on to say that even though the new shuffle is the worst out of Apple in years, it's still pretty good.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
OS Design 1981-2009

Cool visual look at Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009. From Xerox PARC to Vista.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
March 11, 2009
A video detailing a complete and absolutely cool Star Trek: The Next Generation makeover for Apple's cellphone.

DIY: Star Trek iPhone Is the Definitive iPhone (If You Are Picard or Jason Chen)

Posted by aryk at 12:15 PM
Watchmen Screenwriter Begs You To See It Again

Watchmen: Watchmen Screenwriter Begs You To See It Again

Watchmen Screenwriter Begs You To See It Again

Posted by aryk at 12:10 PM
Apple News - New Shuffle and Upcoming iTunes 8.1

Two bits of mac news for the price of one!

  • iTunes 8.1 "Coming Soon". Claims to have a speed boost for large libraries (yay) and to have expanded the Genius feature for movies and TV shows (meh).
  • If you haven't seen the new iPod Shuffle you haven't read your RSS feeds yet this morning. Smaller form factor (didn't realize that was possible), 4G of storage, and the new "VoiceOver" functionality which will speak you the name of the current Artist/Song as well as the playlist (of which you can have several now). At $79 that's not bad. I like that they're putting more functionality into the shuffle still.

I also note they waited until after this week's MacBreak Weekly to announce these things. I'll bet Leo is pissed about that :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:06 AM
High Res Animal Wallpapers

Some cool Animal themed Wallpaper images.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:47 AM
March 10, 2009
Signs your Coders don't have enough work to do....

xkcd - A Webcomic - Not Enough Work

Posted by aryk at 09:46 PM
Woz on Dancing With The Stars

The title of OH… MY… GOD should tell you something about how Woz looked on DWTS last night. Still, I must say that the geek troops should rally to keep our man in!

Posted by Arcterex at 06:35 PM
How to Delete Accounts from Many Websites

How to Delete Accounts from Any Website - Features by PC Magazine

Posted by aryk at 06:02 PM
Nunchuck Fail

Nunchuck Fail on Fail Blog. Hilarious, even though you know exactly how it will end, and it does, badly.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:58 PM
If Browsers Were Women

If Browsers Were Women.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:11 PM
March 09, 2009
Smeg Off!

This brought back memories of spending most of highschool watching endless reruns of Red Dwarf. Smeg.

Posted by aryk at 06:00 PM
Secrets of the CGI Boobies

Cracked has their 7 Special Effects The Stars Want to Keep Secret.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:39 PM
Trippy Papper Sculptures

The trippiest set of Paper Sculptures you'll see today.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:24 PM

Great find via RSS.... a flickr account where the owner has a pet AT-AT. Well, picture of one as it if were a pet anyway :)

Posted by Arcterex at 02:40 PM
75 Albums Everyman Should Own

Best Music Albums Ever, well, at least according to Esquire. Thankfully not an album-a-page, but it's flash, with ads inserted randomly. Interesting list though.

To get around the ads every 5 albums, hit the back button (the one in the page, not the browser back button) and then forward again, and you can continue.

Sadly the list is a FAIL as there's no inclusion of any U2 (ie: Achtung Baby or Joshua Tree). At least they included a Johnny Cash album, which got a tiny bit of cred back....

Posted by Arcterex at 11:11 AM
Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!

Ok, Now I feel old...*Hides his Tapes...
Happy 30th Birthday, Compact Disc!

Posted by aryk at 10:51 AM
What To Do With a Box Full of SSD Drives?

Great video from some guys (probably a viral video from Samgsung to be honest), who got to play with a boxful of Samsung SSD Awesomeness. SSD = Solid State Drive of course. All I can say is "me want".

Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 AM
March 08, 2009
Retr0Bright Restores Yellowed Vintage Plastic to Factory Fresh

DIY: Retr0Bright Restores Yellowed Vintage Plastic to Factory Fresh

Retr0Bright Restores Yellowed Vintage Plastic to Factory Fresh

Posted by aryk at 02:19 PM
The Fossil Record Now Includes Outdated Personal Electronics

Modern Fossils: The Fossil Record Now Includes Outdated Personal Electronics

The Fossil Record Now Includes Outdated Personal Electronics

Posted by aryk at 02:18 PM
March 06, 2009
Secrets of the Apple Store

Confessions of an Apple Store Employee has some insight into how things work inside the Apple stores from a former employee.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
March 05, 2009
Adam Savage to Answer Reddit Questions

Adam Savage, or MythBusters fame, will answer questions.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 AM
Readability Bookmarklet

Via my buddy Fozbaca is a very cool bookmarket system called Readability.

The concept is super-simple, setup how you want to read things (font size, style, margins), and then when you go to a page that's filled with crap that interferes with the content (ie: 99% of the webpages out there, except of course), hit the bookmarklet button, and boom, perfectly readable with no crap around it. Pretty awesome stuff. Another blog entry about it here on if:else.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:03 AM
The Battlestar Galactica Reboot You Didn't See

Battlestar Galactica-ish: The Battlestar Galactica Reboot You Didn't See

Posted by aryk at 10:00 AM
March 04, 2009
Watch the first part just to see what a VR Maya would look like...

Concepts: The Holodeck, As Re-Imagined in 2009

Posted by aryk at 06:26 PM
I'm not usually one that's interested in desktop themes, but this is pretty cool...

Featured Desktop: The Notebook Desktop

Posted by aryk at 01:40 PM
March 03, 2009
Server Update

Yesterday evening, the UFies server expanded to two servers (yay) which will give us a server to use for the database and for backup. However at the same time (well, a couple of hours later) the main server suffered some stunningly catastrophic hardware failures. The RAID array lost 2 of the 4 drives, and the hot spare never worked. Luckily there is a nightly backup which Fred and I managed to get access to (after some heart stopping "no such device" messages).

I spent today and this evening transferring over settings and data and reconfiguring all the old system stuff (from a gentoo install) to work on the new server (a ubuntu install).

Probably 90% of that is done now. User accounts have been moved over, along with data, mail appears to be flowing, DNS, ftp and some websites are back online. Please email me at if you see oddness with your stuff.

Sadly not the controlled transfer from old server to new we were wanting, and no chance to clean up dead user accounts and websites, but better (way better) than losing everything (again).

Remember folks, backup regularily!

Things still needing to be fixed:

  • webmail - working other than some php errors, need to upgrade to a newer squirrelmail version
  • https
  • some tweaks in pop/imap
  • smtp-authentication

Let me know if I missed anything.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:20 PM