September 30, 2014
Spotify Officially Launches in Canada

Spotify Officially Launches in Canada. Finally.

Spotify has officially announced its launch in Canada, as the music service no longer requires an invite for those wishing to try it. Canada’s launch marks the 58th country that now has the music service.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:23 AM
September 29, 2014
Stop Bending the Apple Store's iPhones

Stupid kids bending the Apple Store’s iPhones:

[…] the kids not only recorded themselves breaking thousands of dollars worth of hardware for all the internet to see, but they round it all off with a solid “I don’t even care to be honest, because it’s Apple’s fault.” Except that no, it’s not.

I really hope these little dickheads are arrested, threatened, and made to pay every cent. If they’re underage, then their parents should be made to pay every cent, and let the parents deal with their dumbass, asshole kids as they feel is appropriate.

Note: if they did this in a Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, or any other store I’d have exactly the same reaction.

Seriously, what a couple of little douchenozzles.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:45 PM
OS X Bash Update 1.0 Download Released to Address Security Bug

Apple has released an OS X Bash Update to address the recent “Shellshock” and “Aftershock” BASH bugs.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:54 PM
Interesting Camera Bag Kickstarter: The Top Shelf

THE TOP SHELF claims to be the Fastest, Most Functional Camera Shoulder Case. It’s a kickstarter project that has some pretty interesting potential.

Definitely worth looking at. Thanks Jim for the link (even though I poopoo’d it as too big when I first saw it) :)

Posted by Arcterex at 12:22 PM
Photoshop now available on the Google Chromebook

Photoshop comes to the Chromebook:

This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It’s always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there’s no need to download and re-upload files—just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud. For IT administrators, it’s easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team’s Chromebooks.

Some will have big objections about “renting” software, and that’s their right, but many don’t, and this makes the Chromebook a bit less of a toy platform to work with.

Now the question is: Are the people who are the type who will pay $10/month (or more) to subscribe to Adobe and do Photoshop work the same kind who will have a Chromebook instead of a “real” computer?

Posted by Arcterex at 12:05 PM
September 25, 2014
Bash shell 'Shellshock' flaw

Bash shell ‘Shellshock’ flaw opens OS X, Linux, more to attack, called ‘bigger than Heartbleed’

Well, this isn’t good. Akamai security researcher Stephane Chazelas has discovered a devastating flaw in the Unix Bash shell, leaving Linux machines, OS X machines, routers, older IoT devices, and more vulnerable to attack. “Shellshock,” as it’s been dubbed, allows attackers to run deep-level shell commands on your machine after exploiting the flaw, but the true danger here lies in just how old Shell Shock is—this vulnerability has apparently been lurking in the Bash shell for years.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
September 24, 2014
9 Bizarre Russian Dash Cam Videos

When you see the title of Bizarre Russian Dash Cam Videos, you think about the sort of things you’ll see. This has them all. Just what you think. I do recommend if you’re only going to watch one, watch the embedded one below, acts of good samaritans caught on video, though the others are awesome as well, but in a different way.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:47 PM
GNOME 3.14 Released

GNOME 3.14 has been released, and if you head over to webupd8 you can See What’s New.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
September 23, 2014
How Badly Fox Screwed Up 'Firefly'

I know that fox Fox Screwed Up ‘Firefly’, but I didn’t realize just how messed up the whole deal was:

In fact the whole production was almost derailed before it started by a disagreement over a basic plot point.¬†Fox executives didn’t like that Serenity spaceship second-in-command Zoe (Gina Torres) was happily married to pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), with no romance between her and¬†Captain Malcolm Reynold’s (Nathon Fillion).

Posted by Arcterex at 01:52 PM
Manual for iPhone

Manual for iPhone is one of the new breed of apps that can utilize the iOS 8 full access to the camera API.

Great video as well, and a no-brainer to grab. Author is just a bit east of me as well, in Victoria BC. Give him some love over at @willw. Great job sir, great job.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:38 PM
September 17, 2014
iOS 8: Tips, Tricks, and Details

If you upgraded yourself to iOS 8 today, you’ll probably want to check out this list of iOS 8 Tips, Tricks, and Details on, along with their other excellent iOS 8 coverage of apps and reviews today.

Posted by Arcterex at 05:24 PM
September 16, 2014
Guardians... Fan Fiction Told from Groot's Point of View

I Am Groot is definitely one of the dirtier fanfics I’ve read. Very creative though.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:19 PM
September 15, 2014
Yes, we're being bought by Microsoft

Notch confirms: Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft

It was reassuring to see how many of your opinions mirrored those of the Mojangstas when we heard the news. Change is scary, and this is a big change for all of us. It’s going to be good though. Everything is going to be OK. <3

So now Minecraft is owned by Microsoft. Let the freaking out (or happiness) begin.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:31 AM
September 11, 2014
Link: I Think I Should Get More Credit for Killing Hitler

A fantastic essay entitled I Think I Should Get More Credit for Killing Hitler, which addresses the issues of what would happen if someone went back and killed Hitler.

I think I should get more credit for killing Hitler. And I know you’re thinking: “Who’s Hitler? I’ve never heard of a guy named Hitler.” But the only reason you’re saying that is because I went back in time and killed him.

Good / quick / funny read.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:52 AM
September 08, 2014
Man Stands Very Near An Active Volcano With A GoPro

First of all, the original title is Man Dives Into An Active Volcano With A GoPro, Calls It A ‘Window Into Hell’, but my title is more accurate. There’s no “diving” involved. However, other than that, there’s not much more to say about this, other than “holy poop balls!

I can see where the Christians got their idea of hell though, looking at this makes me want to convert….

The meaty bit of the video is about 1:45 in, though I kinda seriously wanted to see them go to the top edge and say “nah, we’re just kidding, that’d be crazy”.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 AM
September 04, 2014
Cup Of Brown Joy - The Best Song About Tea Ever

Cup Of Brown Joy, by elemental.


Posted by Arcterex at 09:18 AM
September 03, 2014
Galaxy Note Edge

Saw the Galaxy Note Edge with an entirely new kind of curved display and it definitely looks interesting. I’m an iPhone guy, but I have to say they pulled a cool trick with the curved LCD. However from my experience with most Android phones I’ve played with, I agree with Thom’s conclusion:

It looks kind of neat, but as always with Samsung, I’m pretty sure their software is going to ruin it and turn it into even more of a gimmick than it already is.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:38 PM
Vancouver City Lights Timelapse

Gorgeous timelapse video of my hometown by Daniel Chen: Vancouver City Lights Timelapse on Vimeo

Vancouver City Lights Timelapse from Daniel Chen on Vimeo.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
September 02, 2014
GLaDOS ceiling lamp that moves

Found a GLaDOS ceiling lamp that moves on reddit. Holy crap I want this a lot.

Posted by Arcterex at 06:06 PM