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Thought your "private" myspace comments were really private? Well think again! This simple code lets ANYONE view all the comments on your PRIVATE profile. With a simple variation you can also view "private" pictures.
Digg-poster Kevgig nailed it when he wrote: "There is nothing private about the internet, period. Just goes to show that if there are parts of your life that you do not want to share with the world, keep it to yourself."
It appears this hack is restricted to friends seeing others friends private info. Even so, this is a major security flaw and if not fixed immediately, could spell disaster for MySpace AND some friendships. Hahahahahahahahahaha!
Welcome to Writely
Writely, the web word processor from Google says.
Can I ... upload from Word? YES!
Can I ... save to my desktop? YES!
Can I ... publish on the web? YES!
Can I ... post on my blog? YES!
Writely was purchased by Google some time ago and is now poised to do for document creating what Gmail did for email. To take the application off of your desktop and make it web accessible. You can also share a document with a group for collaborative editing. Read up on the terms of service when deciding how personal you want to make your documents.
|"Doug Engelbart giving the "mother of all Demos" |
Watch as the computer mouse is introduced, back in December of 1968
Goodbye Southwest Regional Spaceport. Hello Spaceport America.
New Mexico officials planned to unveil the new name Monday for a proposed $225 million space hub where British billionaire Sir Richard Branson hopes to send paying tourists on suborbital flights.
The previous name was a mouthful to pronounce and didn't reflect the cutting-edge vision of the project, said New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans.
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DoubleCommand is software for Mac OS X (a kernel extension) that lets you remap keys, in other words change the way your keyboard works. Often used to make a PC keyboard more comfortable with a Mac, swapping the Alt (Option) and Windows (Command or Apple) keys, since they are in swapped positions on Mac and PC keyboards. DoubleCommand is a quick and easy way to fix this if you use a PC keyboard with your Mac.
I bought a spill-proof PC keyboard for my mac recently (since I went through three non-spill-proof keyboards recently) and this software works great. I can see windows switchers using this to make the transition from win-dose to mac more comfortable by remapping the mac keybord keys back to what they are used to on a windose keyboard.
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XNA Game Studio Express, a set of (dumbed-down) development tools that will allow hobbyists and their ilk to develop games for both the Xbox 360 and the PC. Initially, these homebrew (is it still considered "homebrew" if you're using official tools?) games will only be playable to other coders part of a so-called "Creator's Club," a nice way to say that Microsoft will charge you $99 for a one-year subscription to play such games.
Still, $99 to play as many games as you like and the chance to develop your own with like minded folks? Don't sound so bad to me. I would even consider getting a PC for that.
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Need to make your own custom google map? With "ShowMeWhere", you can
- Drop markers or draw lines.
- Annotate markers or lines with any HTML you want.
- Send your map in an email, or host map on your website.
- Open your map directly in Google Earth.
Show Me Where is a point-and-click interface to creating customized Google Maps. Want to place a marker on a map? Just click there. simple stuff.
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At ScaledComposites—home of the privately financed and built SpaceShipOne that made atrio of piloted suborbital flights in 2004 under the rubric of Tier 1—thefabrication of a fleet of passenger-carrying space planes and huge carrierlaunch planes is underway. This activity is labeled Tier 1b.
Burt Rutan,head of the firm, is chief design maestro leading a spaceliner workforce. Whilehe’s not about to roll out blueprints or show you factory floor hardware, hegave this reporter a squat down, legs folded, but relaxing beanbag chairinterview in his office to discuss the business of public space travel.
What does visionary space frontiersman say about his planned fleet of space tourism crafts?
“I’d loveto be working on going to the Moon. I’m doing this really because I don’t thinkI can convince a funder to go out and invest in an orbital system that we’renot sure would work.”...
...Along withlots of windows, a close second on the “must have” checklist is for customersto experience weightlessness. A person in SpaceShipTwo will feel just fourminutes of freefall, so having a great big cabin is extremely important, Rutanpointed out, “to be able to stretch out your arms and legs and float around.”
“Theimpression you get is that it’s important to know why you’re floating, so youneed windows. You want to fly…you don’t want to be strapped in. And toexperience weightlessness in shirtsleeve is important, not being bothered witha pressure suit or tied down to a cable or having a helmet on,” he said.
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The tall, thin robot, called Ballbot, sits on top of a ball, which it controls using a pair of rollers. Balance sensors feed information to an onboard computer. This continually moves the ball to make sure it is always under the robot's centre of gravity. Ballbot can also move in any direction, and regain its balance after a push, by making minor adjustments to the ball beneath it.Click through for cool video clips
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Panoramic heads can be very expensive – in the $300 to $500 range for “name brand” heads. Several designs for closer to $100 are available on the web, but look a tad on the flimsy side.
Building your own panoramic head for an SLR isn’t too hard or expensive. The parts for the design shown here cost about $10. Every part here is available at a store like Home Depot.
Once you get past some of the misinformation out there, the only really hard part is figuring out the dimensions. The downside is that the mount is only useful for a specific camera/lens combo. On the other hand, you can’t mistakenly mess up one of the critical adjustments once you’ve built it, and the homemade mount is as light as a couple small pieces of wood.
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TECH - interview with Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
WHYY's Marty Moss-Coane from Radio Times recently interviewed Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. Chris is the current Editor-in-Chief of the tech-centric Wired magazine. I caught the podcast of her show this afternoon while installing some house stuffs and was immediately distracted by what Chris had to say. He does an excellent job of putting the Long Tail into layman's terms. If your interested in the possible direction of popular consumption, this would be worth a listen for you.
DESCRIPTION: How the internet is shaking up the traditional supply and demand model for business. We'll talk with CHRIS ANDERSON, author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. Anderson says, the internet is allowing less popular products to have longer shelf lives, creating a new class of retail niche markets.
I'm glad to see that space tourism is finally here. I'm not happy about the price tag. 35 million dollars will buy you a space walk, in space. 20 million for a week on the international space station and an extra 15 million for you to venture out into space in a suit. But take heart simple commoner, Virgin Galactic's $225 million spaceport in southern New Mexico will be taking people into space later this decade for a mere US$200,000.
illustration by roryobrien.org
LUKIRA describe themselves as "A home of superawesomeness. A practical pop culture guide for kids with really, really cool parents." and I would have to agree. This site manages to find great snippets of inteweb that's fun for the whole family. From obscure cartoons from the sixties to the modern kitsch of the Fish N' Flush Toilet Tank Aquarium Kit, this site seems to be off to a great start.
Tourist Remover is a web service that will automatically remove people (or any non-stationary object) from your vacation shots. The caveat? You need to plan ahead and take several shots of your landscape so Tourist Remover can ascertain what shouldn't be there. Still, with a little pre-planning, you can get that perfect vacation shot you've always wanted.
"Kees Boeke's Cosmic View is a classic on learning about the scale of things. It is similar to the Morrison's Powers of Ten, but aimed at a younger audience. Its legacy includes Charles Eames's film Powers of Ten, the resulting book by Philip and Phylis Morrison, and several similar books which followed. Unfortunately, the problems Kees hoped to address, including peoples' understanding being fragmented by scale, remain as pressing today as they were in 1957." Some dude scanned in the entire book, it consists of a series of 40 illustrations with text and captions.Here's a link
Created by Charles and Ray Eames, 1977's "Powers Of 10" zooms from the hand of a picnicker out to the edge of the universe and way back into the hand for a view of a molecular core. This animation follows "Cosmic Zoom" created in 1968 by Eva Szasz which was inspired by Kees Boeke's book, Cosmic View
Zoom out from a group of kids playing in a square to the edges of the known universe. A modern take on Charles and Ray Eames 1977 "Powers of 10". This clip is half the length of the original version but is updated with today's knowledge and animation capabilities.
"The power of 10" remade by the Simpsons. The original Power of 10 was done back in the 70's that used animation to visually show what the power of 10 represented using scale of size. The original went from a picnic goer to the edges or the known universe back to the picnicker and into his hand for peek at his molecules. the Simpson's version adds a little twist to this. Watch the clip to see how.
Globe4D is a 4 dimensional direct manipulation device for globe viewing. The 4 dimensions are height, width, depth and time. Imagine a giant old-school mouse with a mouse ball turned upside down. Then manhandle the ball around. As you do that, a projector projects a globe onto the ball which moves at the same rate you move the ball. So the effect is that you are moving the images around. What sets this apart from any library globe that you can spin, is the fact that you can also rotate the base of the globe -holder like a record and see the image of the globe reflect the change. So for example, you want to see the movement of the tectonic plates move away from each other through time, spin the base clockwise, watch them merge back into Pangea, roll back time by rotating the base counter clockwise. Take a look at the video to see how they pulled this off.
Fifty animated shorts from the 'National Film Board of Canada', including several animation classics, can be accessed directly from this section. You can search them by title, director and year of production. Select a film and watch it now!
I never intended Bloated Trout to be anything more than a hobby. It's a way to explore new web tools, new technology and to keep abreast of what's going on in the internets. But since BloatedTrout has had over 2,000 visitors since I've been keeping track, (mostly from people doing searches for the misspelling of Gnarls Barkley), I've grown curious to see who's been a visiting. So, if you have a moment, add yourself to the Bloatedtrout Frappr map. It's one of those "web 2.0" projects that takes advantage of some GoogleMap code. It's a simple way of seeing where you hail from. You can find the map near the bottom left of this page. So, ah, start frapping.
Following the success of DIGG comes a website that borows DIGGs essence and uses it to provide folks a way of spreading the world on tutorials.
Tutorialism is a social bookmarking website for all kinds of graphic design and programming tutorials, including tutorials for the famous Adobe Photoshop program as well as PHP, HTML or Javacript help. All the tutorials are submitted by the users and the users do decide as well which tutorials are promoted to the frontpage: If enough people like you vote for a tutorial they like (by using the Vote! button) it gets published on the frontpage of Tutorialism!
Bob Sabiston, Creator of the proprietary animation software for such movies such as 'Waking Life', a small bit of 'I Am a Sex Addict' and most recently 'A Scanner Darkly', was at MIT and gave a demonstration of the software behind his rotoscoping animations. The video clip also contains snippets of his other works. An interesting watch.
Bill Steele writes "Admittedly the machine is just a proof of concept -- it performs no useful function except to self-replicate -- but the basic principle could be extended to create robots that could replicate or at least repair themselves while working in space or in hazardous environments, according to Hod Lipson, Cornell assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and computing and information science, in whose lab the robots were built and tested."
Watch Hod Lipson's creation move in the following video...
Some say it's Kraftwerk's most innovative promo video of all times featuring CGI. It was released in 1986. C.G.I. used in this context stands for "Computer Generated Image", meaning no hand drawn cartoons here. Although today, this type of imagery could be easily rendered on a cell phone, back then it was bleeding edge tech and only a handful of folks had the capability to create such images. Oh, and the music is cool too.
The Pong clock is the mostest ultimate timepiece in the history of gamegeekery. Designed by award winning Dutch design studio Buro Vormkrijger, Pong Clock went on sale Monday and quickly sold out. Buro offered them for $285.85. The ten left from an original run of 400 are to be offered up on EBAY. 25 % of the sales go to the warchild charity which helps kids who have become a victim of war, back into a normal life. Try your hand at bidding on one of these or wait until someone from Taiwan knocks off the design so you can pick one up for a crackin' discount.
Why read the manual when you can let someone else do it for you. This site boasts many insightful tutorials that will help get you get a leg up on the following: 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Cinema4D, Swift3D, Maya, plus several miscellaneous tutorials. Do yourself a favor and give it a quick looksies.
I've been lazy with the posts lately. Google is one of the reasons. Google offers new free and paid software that allows anyone to create satisfying 3d scenes with minimal effort. It ties in directly with Google earth when you want to put your building, park, or whatever you've built on the virtual globe. The tutorials are built directly into the scene and, as a result, are extremely easy to follow. The above image is a simulated version of my backyard I whipped together over several hours while learning the software. You can also upload your 3d creation to what they call the 3d warehouse. A repository of 3d models that you upload to or download from with just two clicks. This is great when you need to quickly put trees or cars into your scene. New content is being uploaded every day so a tree you could not find today might be there tomorrow. SketchUp was amazing software before google bought them and now its even cooler with all of the benefits Google brings to the plate. This software is well worth learning.
Indo Asian writes, "Hubo, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and its creator Jun-ho Oh will be introduced to viewers during CNN's roundtable 'Future Summit: Of Man And Machine', starting Thursday evening."
CNN's Michael Bay writes, "Originating from Singapore, the one hour program will focus on the long-term impact of research into the fields of robotics, cybernetics, genetics and stem cells...
...We've asked our panelists to share some of their insights into the impact of research into robotics, cybernetics, genetics and stem cells."
A full show description can be found on CNN
The program is to air tonight and will have repeat telecasts June 17 and 18.
It appears that spaceports might be popping up all over the place sometime soon.
James S. Tyree writes, "The Federal Aviation Administration this week approved an operator’s license for the Oklahoma Spaceport in Burns Flat. The spaceport is a former Navy and Air Force base now called the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark with a runway exceeding 10,000 feet...
...Rocketplane, a company based in Guthrie, is expected to begin test flights into the lower reaches of space early next year, and the company plans to take passengers into space later in 2007."
Spotted from Digg. DJ dangermouse of "Grey Album" fame along with long time American hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B musician Cee Lo dress up as Star Wars characters in their collaborative effort, Gnarles Barkely, performing their You Kay hit "Crazy" with Chewbacca on drums.
Jim Fitzgerald from the The Associated Press writes "Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console.
Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foot-tall steel-blue robot raised its hand.
"You have a question, Achim?" said the teacher."
How long before I can send a mechanical Martoon to my office? Entire article here.
New York Times article re-blogged from hatch.org
TECHNOLOGY is having a double-edged impact in the workplace, says Ed Reilly, president and chief executive of the American Management Association. It improves productivity, he says, but it may also be a distraction that prevents high-quality thinking. Here are excerpts from a conversation:
Q. Do all the distractions mean that people don't have time to think deeply about what they're doing?
A.There is no arguing that productivity has been improving at a historically unprecedented rate, particularly in the past five years. Look at the things that are enabled by improved technology. In retailing, look at how Wal-Mart has combined information technology to set their supply chains against other people's supply chains and to allow for outsourcing and offshoring that they've been able to do. The Internet has driven down pricing in lots and lots of industries. From a consumer point of view, eBay is the ultimate in pricing transparency. If you want to sell a watch or an antique piece of jewelry, it used to be very difficult. Now you can put it on eBay and 10 million people look at it.
Read the rest of the article here.
(image borrowed from this modern world)
BBC news states "US scientists have created a sensor that can "feel" the texture of objects to the same degree of sensitivity as a human fingertip.
The team says the tactile sensor could, in the future, aid minimally invasive surgical techniques by giving surgeons a "touch-sensation".
I think it It would be interesting to see how this technology scales in the future. Imagine "feeling" the rocky mountains or "feeling" the eyeball of a fly.
My 80 mile a day commute is wearing on my car and my attention span. To pass the time, I turn off the radio and turn on the podcasts. Podio Books is the newest addition to my morning syncing ritual. They house about 40 different books that you get served a chapter at a time. The best part, once you register, you get to pick the schedule of when you want to receive the stories. Once a day, once a week, once a month or any combination in-between.
Current Podiobooks I subscribe to:
What if the cataclysmic Tunguska explosion of 1908 was caused, not by a meteor or a comet, but by a microscopic black hole? What if that fantastic object - smaller than an atom, older than the stars, heavier than a mountain - is still down there, orbiting deep inside the earth, slowly consuming the planet? What if only a rookie government agent and an uncannily-insightful consultant stand between a renegade Russian billionaire and his plans to use the black hole to change history - or end it? What if it's all true?
Sonic Fiction features an eclectic mix of authors from a range of ages and backgrounds. This collection of short stories is a true potpourri of genres. From fantasy to noir, to modern-day struggles with relationships, this book spans the gamut of human emotions and experiences, from the ancient past to the far-off future. Featuring works of Science fiction, gritty war tales, murder and intrigue, comedy and farce, this is a book for any fan of short fiction.
In a time when gamers have been clamoring for bigger and better and more polygons and denser textures, it's refreshing to see someone pull together a home-brew that is just fun to play. It's been a while since I played an exciting, fun, old-school platformer like cave Story. It's an impressive freeware game you can download to your computer to play, Mac or PC. The learning curve is smooth with new weapons introduced just in time for beating down the next big boss. My lousy screenshots do the game no justice. The motion is smooth, graphic are pixel, the music is midi, and it all comes together to make an awesome experience. Authors description: Cave Story is a jumping-and-shooting action game. Explore the caves until you reach the ending. You can also save your game and continue from where you left off. His description does the game no justice. Play and be amazed.
Launch Interactive Buddy in your browser and you'll have at least 30 minutes of guaranteed lost productivity as you spend time unlocking all of it's bonus items. Clicking around causes the Buddy to react to what ever you throw at it, literally, baseballs, bowling balls, grenades, fireballs and more. The catch? Most of the items need to be purchased and you can earn money several ways at first. By tickling the buddy, but that does not earn you as many points as quickly as when you use the grenades. Sound sadistic? Sure. Sound Fun? You bet!
I first spotted this on a TV show called "cinimatech" on the kiddy video game cable channel, G4. It's an addictive Japanese flash game that has you launching some kid VIA chick-on-mountainbike across the landscape. the further you go, the cooler you are. You will bounce off the ground back up into the sky, and if your lucky, you will land on one of the characters that just stand there waiting for you to land on them, so they can give you a power boost VIA punch in the gut. A better description of the game is here. My best so far? 10,000 meters.
What happens when you extend the ass-end of your favorite mountain bike by about two feet? You get an Xtracycle. An awesome idea if you need a handy way to get the groceries home without spending a bundle on gas.
"This kit transforms a regular bike into an SUB (sports utility bike) by extending back the rear wheel and adding a seat and baggage platform. I've had my SUB for two years now. I find it makes owning a car completely unnecessary! I've transported my folding kayak on it. I've taken my girlfriend and her Australian Blue Heeler on it. I've moved furniture. It's crazy how stable it is. In many ways I prefer how it handles to my regular bike! And for giving people tours around NYC people just LOVE it."
They made an animated short using open source software and tools. Then they gave it away on the internet. But that's not all, they also released the models and source files used to create the film so you can remake or unmake your own version. It's a bizarre story of an old man walking a younger man through an ever changing environment of machinery, wires and gears. I'm not sure what it all means, but it's certainly an impressive look into the future of open sourcery and the creative frontier.
- Reblogged From AskRoland
There are some days I just can't get through the barage of work-related e-mail I receive. Check out this list of 12 tips for better e-mail etiquette from Microsoft Office Online. It's a great reminder of how to use email effectively and get your concise message through.
1 - Be informal, not sloppy.
2 - Keep messages brief and to the point.
3 - Use sentence case.
4 - Don't forget your job numbers in the subject header
A video with Rahzel talking a little about Beatboxing and his new album.
Rahzel, born Rahzel M. Brown, is an American musician. He is a hip hop MC who specializes in beatboxing (he calls himself a 'vocal percussionist'). He is probably best known as a member of The Roots. He is also called "the Godfather of Noyze".
The Peugeot Design Contest was the first major design contest to be held on the internet and it fuelled the imagination of designers all over the globe when it first hit in 2000. Here was an opportunity for a young designer with vision to bypass everything on the way to global acclaim – the winner received significant prizes and the ultimate reward was to have their concept produced as a working vehicle and featured on the Peugeot stand at the world’s premier motor show, the Frankfurt Show. This year the third Peugeot Design Contest saw André Costa carry off the first prize for his outrageous two-seater electric concept car, the Moovie.
André Costa’s words that described the car went as follows: "What shaped the visual look on the vehicle was the two big electric wheels with a hollow rim, these wheels are hollow in the middle, this is where the doors of the car are located, the vehicle has like this big doors allowing the users to have enough space to enter and exit the vehicle." The link takes you to some impressive photos of the completed car.
Imagine a platformer like Mario but instead of Mario, your a deformed cat. And instead of jumping on top of the enemies to knock them out, you burp and or poop on them. If your burping is good and your pooping is pure, then the enemies will get sick and pass out, clearing your way to victory. Space bar burps. Shift key poops. Arrow keys for left, right, jumping and ducks.
Techblog found this video of what Brian Jepson from make magazine said about the Vectrex. "This week is E3, so in the spirit of gaming, we’re going to do a bit of gaming coverage, of things not at E3, MAKE style, like this video from our very own Brian Jepson showing off the Vectrex, one of the most stunning systems in the history of gaming" I have one of these antique systems, so I can contest to the fact that it does take several attempts to insert a cartridge just right so it will play.
I like to take random photos. A lot of them. Enough so that the percentage of the pictures that come out somewhat decent are somewhat acceptable. Then I save them for no good reason, but to take up space on my hardrive. Recently I had the realization that these random shots might make for good desktop wallpapers. So if your in need, you might want to consider one of these. I had 385 to upload onto flickr, but it only accepted 36 of them before my bandwidth allowance was used up. I will load up the next batch 30 days from now.
Let's say you have a blog, like I do. Let's say you would like to get into podcasting, like I do. But then you realize you hate talking, like I do. Then you find a website that will have a robot read your blog postings and have them served up VIA podcasts for free as long as they get to plug their service at the end of each post because your too cheap to invest any money in your blog, like I am. Sign up, sit back and giggle as everything you type turns into machine accented audio files, like I do.
To see an example of how it works, click on the "<)) Listen Now" link over there on the right. You can also subscribe to bloatedtrout using iTunes by clicking one of the two links below it.
Modern Mechanix has 5 pages from an article about the furture of robots that ran back in 1958
THE AGE OF SCIENCE has made the word “robot” the focus of popular fears and hopes. The hope is that machines with minds, machines that can talk, think, and work like men, will give everyone a life of leisure. The fear is that robots will replace mankind, that they might run amuck and destroy their masters, that the robots will get us if we don’t watch out. What was conceived as a work-saving machine has become the popular bogeyman of the age of science...
Play this game in your browser using the flash plugin. Your object is to defend your castle using an arsenal of weapons against wave after wave of Bowser's evil minions. Collect coins to buy ammunition and weapons upgrades. Attach turrets to the castle walls for assistance.
Free Music - 22 arrangements - Kong in Concert is a collaborative arrangement project born from the music of Donkey Kong Country and created for the purposes of reviving, reinterpreting, and rearranging its entire soundtrack with our combined talents, honoring those who originally composed it, and reawakening the nostalgia and love for a landmark videogame.
We recorded video games from 1982 until 1988. Fortunately I managed to save all fourteen audio tapes of video game sounds and arcade ambience which were recorded from a variety of locations in the U.S. Most of the recordings are from Ithaca, NY, Albany, NY, Lancaster, PA, Ocean City, MD as well as Key West, FL....
Clips are in MP3 format. You need an MP3 player (such as WinAmp or MusicMatch Jukebox) or QuickTime to listen to them. Most files are less than 1mb.
Lookit - Save your delicate plazma screen for those pirated DVDs. Unplug your crappy cable connection and tune in nightly to throwawayyourtv.com where every evening is a surprise clip from the outskirts of interest as a concerned Canadian documents the United States as it spins itself out of control. Whoop wooooooop!