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March 30, 2007
Amazing MSPAINT Artist
I have seen amazing things done with Photoshop. I even know some Photoshop tricks myself that look impressive. Over the years, I have also used the program that’s been included with Windows — mspaint. It is short on features, very basic, etc.
This video is the artist creating the Mona Lisa. It took two and a half hours for the artist to create. This video is sped-up and takes 5 minutes.
March 15, 2007
Goodbye For Now — zefrank
You may know zefrank. He has a daily webcast that is very thoughtful and usually pretty funny. What you may not know is that this is the last week of his show. I don’t know if he has said exactly what he is doing next, but I bet it becomes big news.
The “popular shows” part of his site has some pretty good episodes.
September 22, 2006
Why I Use(d) Bloglines
There are many solutions to reading RSS feeds. From browser-based to Outlook add-ins to stand-alone applications. There are merits to all of the different approaches. For the past few years, I have been using Bloglines.com. Bloglines happens to be one of the web-based solutions that renders all of the feeds in your browser with a navigation outline on the left of the window. It is not a bad way to go and really works well if you switch around between multiple computers.
I have been tempted to switch from time to time, especially when Bloglines was having some technical issues a while back, but the primary reason I have not moved on is their Bloglines Mobile feature. Bloglines Mobile is an amazing, light weight version that strips the html to work really well on small screens and mobile devices. I have access to all the feeds (or a subset if I choose) and can start reading exactly where I left off on my desktop.
Bloglines just added an additional new feature to the mobile reader. They have integrated Skweezer technology to optimize web pages for your personal handheld mobile device. So the key development here is pages from links on Bloglines are now also optimized for small screens.
When you click on a link while reading a blog post in Bloglines Mobile, Skweezer will compress and reformat the content so you get it faster and better looking on your small screen. As you surf, the content will continue to be skweezed.
Business Week Story on Click Fraud
The cover story in Business Week is about Click Fraud.
The article states that the amount of fraud this year is over one billion dollars. They do a good job explaining the issues.
“Paid to read” rings with hundreds or thousands of members each, all of them pressing PC mice over and over in living rooms and dens around the world. In some cases, “clickbot” software generates page hits automatically and anonymously. Participants from Kentucky to China speak of making from $25 to several thousand dollars a month apiece, cash they wouldn’t receive if Google and Yahoo were as successful at blocking fraud as they claim.
September 7, 2006
Trick Still Works on Vista
There was a trick during the Windows XP install, where if you got bored (and wanted to play pinball) or needed to minipulate or find files on your disk, you could pressF10 and get a cmd.exe prompt. You could then do all kind of command line activities.
Well this works also on the Vista RC1 install.
To play pinball on the Windows XP install, the commands would be:
- SHIFT-F10 for command prompt
- cd \
- cd “Program Files”
- cd “Windows NT”
- cd Pinball
I did not see pinball copied over during the Vista install, so not sure if you can play it, but you can play anything you can launch from the command line.
August 16, 2006
Comverse Ex-CEO on the Lam
According to Red Herring,A former executive of a billing software company has apparently become a fugitive.
In another interesting article on the subject, Business Week has the CEO from Network Appliance calling the SEC investigation a “Witch Hunt”.
June 23, 2006
New Term Coined – Freedbacking
Chris Pirillo coined a new term today – Freedbacking. It means fostering open feedback between users and developers. Providing feedback to technology companies.
Freedbacking is not in Google as of this post. It should be soon.
May 18, 2006
Good article in The New York Times about Salami. Dry-Cured Sausages: Kissed by Air, Never by Fire – New York Times
We are lucky in Seattle to have a world-class Salami place called Salumi. Its a wonderful place. Line for lunch starts at 11am and its packed for hours.
May 8, 2006
A Silicon Valley Legend Files for Bankruptcy Protection
For a long time, SGI made the computers that many lusted for…
April 25, 2006
On McNealy leaving Sun
Been hearing rumors for a while, but I was not able to really picture him leaving. McNealy has been very entertaining to watch over the years. Remember his Java ring?
C|net has some McNealy quotes from over the years. I have a couple of favorites:
“I’ve always argued the best way to keep your teenager off drugs is buy him a Pentium Pro, give him NT and Microsoft Office and a printer, and tell him you get $500 if you can print something out of PowerPoint on that printer. That will take him six months of drug-free activity. I think that’s probably the best thing you could possibly do for your teenager.”
“I enjoy my wife enough to now have four children.”
April 20, 2006
The New York Times has an interesting article on the productivity gains of using multiple monitors. I have been using multiple monitors since the mid-80’s on Concurrent-DOS from Digital Research. It is indeed hard to go back to a single monitor setup.
XP’s Little-Known ‘Rebuild’ Command
If you have ever had a machine start to boot up and see “Missing or corrupt HAL.DLL,” “Invalid Boot.Ini,” or “Windows could not start…” it is not a good day.
Here are the steps to fix this.
Here is a new one about getting powders to disolve well in liquids.
New Media Player for Windows
Microsoft is on track to release the Windows XP version of Windows Media Player 11 before the end of June and is building it into the Vista operating system.
The software will offer better synching with portable devices, make it easier to scroll through long libraries of music and is tightly integrated with a new subscription and download music service.
March 22, 2006
Justification For Large LCD Monitors
Apple has a great document using productivity gain ROI to justify the purchase of their 30 inch LCD monitor. Worth a read.