Archive for May, 2010

Unnecessary How To Articles

wikiHow is an interesting site with some pretty informative pages. However it also has some things that are just outright amusing, questionable, or potentially capable of giving you a nosebleed if you try to read them. I’ve went through many of them and found some of the hidden gems. Here are some of my favorites […]

Google Pac-Man Hacking

Quick Hack Here’s a literally 2 minute hack for the Google Pac-Man tribute on the homepage right now to put your own face on Pac-Man (pardon my poor photoshopping): To try it add the following bookmarklet to your browser by dragging the link below to your bookmark bar: raccettura-ize pacman Now go to Google and […]

From Blog Post To Dictionary

A 2008 blog post of mine with one of my favorite titles ever “Object Oriented Masturbation” has led to someone creating an Urban Dictionary entry. My official stance on this is that I find it amusing, and want to accelerate the adoption of this new term. object-oriented masturbation ob-jikt | o·ri·ent-ed | mas⋅tur⋅ba⋅tion the stimulation […]

WebM

In August 2009 after the On2 announcement, I suggested that Google might open source a codec in hopes of derailing OGG which it feels is inferior as well as h.264 which is patent-encumbered. Google took VP8, the successor to the popular VP7 codec and started The WebM Project. To quote the project page: WebM is […]

Bad Capacitors

A few weeks ago, one of my work PC’s decided to just died on me. It was able to reboot but crashed late in the boot process. Eventually it turned out that one of the video cards (NVIDIA Geforce4 MX4000) went bad. Pulled the card and I just threw it on a shelf. The other […]

Facebook “Simplistic” Privacy Settings Coming Soon

I’d be nothing but a jerk if I didn’t post this considering I’ve spent a fair amount of time criticizing Facebook’s privacy policies. Facebook head of public policy Tim Sparapani as quoted in Wired: “Now we’ve heard from our users that we have gotten a little bit complex,” Sparapani said in a radio interview Tuesday. […]

Victoria Secret – You Like This

I couldn’t resist posting this one. Apparently Victoria Secret has a free “limited edition” (with store purchase of course) panty with “you like this” printed on the back with a thumbs up, an obvious homage to Facebook. Countdown to sexual harassment for unwanted “clicking” or “liking”? I’m sure some genius will get into trouble for […]

Why “The Geeks” Are Upset About Privacy

Pete Warden on why everyone should pay attention to “the geeks”: So why are the geeks so upset? They’re looking down the road and imagining all the things that the bad guys will be able to do once they figure out what a bonanza of information is being released. Do you remember in the 90’s […]

Google Should Use Google Wave Against Facebook

Google should use Google Wave against Facebook. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I will be the first to say I was unimpressed by Google Wave from a user point of view. I should note Google Wave was pitched as an email alternative, and it’s not great at that job. The technical perspective was […]

Favorite Blogs – Edge Cases Of Intelligence

I decided I would periodically share a few blogs that I’ve found particularly interesting for various reasons. Some educational, some just comical and amusing. I’m not sure how often I’ll do one of these, but it’s unlikely more than quarterly. The particular theme for this edition is “edge cases of intelligence”. Read on and you’ll […]