Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Running Vista on a Mac?

Okay, so you probably know about Parallels, the application which allows you to run virtual machines in OSX, works a treat running WinXP, but seems like it's not quite there yet with Vista...

Vista on Intel Mac With Parallels: Not Quite There

So the obvious question to all you OSX fanboys out there is... "Why the heck would you want to run Vista on OSX?" :)

blog/podcast of the day: camera position

Jeff Curto is a lecturer at the College of DuPage in Illinois, teaching the history of photography (you may have heard me speak of that podcast before). He also has a blog/podcast that deals with the creative/technical side of taking pictures:

Current podcast/blog entry is on the topic of 'the Zone system' which is a way of thinking about scenes in terms of exposure and how the light sensor in your camera works. Very educational and useful.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

hipster shuffle

You may have heard of the Hipster PDA (if not, description is after the link)... but have you heard of the Hipster Shuffle?

British Get-A-Mac Ads...


From the Tubes of You...

Get a Mac - Watch The New (British) Ads [via Gizmodo]

Monday, January 29, 2007

Adobe Lightroom to be released mid-Feb

For those of you looking to spend lots of money on a photo-workflow app:

Feb 16 19 is the target release date, and the price is USD$299

Which, coincidentally, is the exact same price as Apple Aperture is RRP'ing for.

Mmmmmm... Caffeinated Donuts... *drool*

This will solve the lack of time for my usual morning coffee/brekkie dilemma... *drool*

Scientist develops caffeinated doughnuts [via Gizmodo]

Ultimate Apple Fanboi...

Now this guy would rank pretty high in the Apply Fanboi Stakes...

My basement Mac collection (Flickr Set) [via Gizmodo]

Time: Reviews Vista

TIME magazine knows all

Why Vista is irrelevant.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

I'm a Mac. I'm a PC - PC bites back

LOL. To be fair, I actually like Apple's "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads. But these are classic and probably more honest.

um, any of you mac dudes got a unicycle ?

Friday, January 26, 2007

Wildcat Rap

Brings back memories of my youth :)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Smile! You're on Google Maps!

Apparently both Google and Microsoft have separately announced flyovers to occur on Australia Day in which high-resolution photographs will be snapped.

Australia Day 2007 on Google Maps and Look Up and Smile

Great Japanese Ad...

From the Tubes of You of course...

Skid Mark Briefs...

The "Brief Safe" is an innovative diversion safe that can secure your cash, documents, and other small valuables from inquisitive eyes and thieving hands, both at home and when you're traveling.

Items can be hidden right under their noses with these specially-designed briefs which contain a fly-accessed 4" x 10" secret compartment with Velcro® closure and "special markings" on the lower rear portion.

Leave the "Brief Safe" in plain view in your laundry basket or washing machine at home, or in your suitcase in a hotel room — even the most hardened burglar or most curious snoop will "skid" to a screeching halt as soon as they see them — wouldn't you?

Made in USA.

One size.

Color: White (and Brown).

Buhahahahah! White! (And Brown!) :)

Skid Mark Brief Safe [via Boing Boing]

Steve Jobs made of icons

Steve Jobs made of icons
Originally uploaded by tsevis.

iPhone - its everything

We've been hours and hours without an iPhone message - whats wrong ? Don't worry, here we have apple's latest ad for the iPhone.

Transforming Nike Shoes!

Wow... Officially licensed by Nike (according to the website anyways), these 1/2 scale transforming Nike shoes transform into Megatron and Convoy...

Hrmmm... I think Transformers are coming back in fashion, but even I think this is a bit ridiculous... :)

Convoy & Megatron Nike Free 7.0 - Set of 2 [via Gizmodo]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Optimus Prime Papercraft

This is way cool... as it transforms as well!!!

Print, Punch, Cut, Glue, String, and Enjoy! Repeat! :)

I wonder if they do a cool Megatron one as well?

Transforming Optimus Prime papercraft [via Boing Boing]

Star Wars space battle re-enacted with hands

The final space battle from the original Star Wars movie uses nothing but elaborately posed naked hands... Nekkid Hands!!! :O

Star Wars space battle re-enacted with hands [via Boing Boing]

group pranks

Got this via email, so of course it is on the Tubes of You:

New Sony Bravia Ads...

So you've probably seen the original ads (named "Balls") with those millions of coloured bouncey balls... (Original Ad on the Tubes of You) [High def version here]

So here are the new ones, with like a choose your own adventure type ending on the website...

Sony Bravia TV ads [via Gizmodo]

Oh, and there is a followup to "Balls" called "Paint" [high def version here]

How To Make a Wii Laptop... Part 1...

If a have a Wii handy, and want to make a pseudo-portable gaming device... this might be for you... a WiiSP.... :)

How-To: Make a Wii laptop (part 1)

P.S. Worth a look if you're interested in seeing the guts of a Wii...

vista vista vista vista vista

how many version of vista are there? yes, this is old news, but it is still amusing to us apple fanboys

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Have a heart this Valentine's Day

Not your usual chocolate heart...

Anatomically Correct Chocolate Heart
[via ps -aux]

Worth the 5am start for this picture

A Police Officer walking past two of the shipping containers washed up on the beach at Branscombe, Devon following the beaching of the cargo ship MSC Napoli after it was holed during storms on Sunday, 21st January 2007. The ship is carrying almost 2,400 containers, about 150 of which are said to hold hazardous chemical substances. The drifting vessel was being towed to Portland Harbour in Dorset for a salvage operation, but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency decided to beach it in Lyme Bay, near Sidmouth, instead, following the structural failure. The area is a World Heritage Site and also known as the Jurassic Coast,

Optimus Prime iPod Dock!

I'm getting awesome flashbacks to my youth with this one...

iTransformers... More that meets the i... :P

Optimus Prime iPod Dock [via Gizmodo]

How to wash a cat...

2 suggested approaches...

2 effective Methods on bathing a CAT [via #!/usr/bin/girl]

Origami Yoda...

C'mon... you know you want to...

Origami Yoda [via #!/usr/bin/girl]

Futuristic Rocket Engine

So some private company is developing a rocket engine fuelled by liquid methane and liquid oxygen (LOX) for the space programme funded by NASA...

Just thought it looked like a Bad-Ass Rocket WMD for the next big FPS game... :)

Private space firm tests futuristic rocket engine [via Gizmodo]

for those annoying fellow plane passengers.

The next time you find yourself on a plane, sitting next to someone who cannot resist chattering to you endlessly, I urge you to quietly pull your laptop out of your bag, carefully open the screen (ensuring the irritating person next to you can see it), and then click on this link.


ping pong inspiration

This is an oldy but a goody:

Just thought I'd post this as a reminder since Pascoe Stadium is now complete.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Chocolate ... with added SQL

Something that popped up on the DailyWTF.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

spiders on drugs

dude with his trinket holiday

kinda like trooper, but with a much biggerer budget.

soviet bus stops

Not just Russian ones, plenty of others too.

nice scottish pic - highland cow


SCOTLAND A young Highland cow, a hardy breed, was up to its neck in icy snow in Carronbridge

Friday, January 19, 2007

iPhone Ringtone!

More iPhone related hype and the like...

Some guy extracted it from the keynote, cleared up the static, then made it available...

iPhone Ringtone [via Gizmodo]

P.S. Gizmodo reckons it sounds like "Holy Angels Tinkling"

google authentication thingo - classic !

if it is a real capture that is ....

Thursday, January 18, 2007

german wii sports golf hole in one

Yes, the congratulations message in German makes me giggle:

TMNT Movie

This actually looks like it might be good?

TMNT Trailer 2

microsoft groupshot

wow, i'm posting a microsoft link!

This is a tool that lets you take two shots of the same group - perhaps one shot has Sam blinking - and take the best parts from each shot and paint them into one photo. Apparently it is pretty cool. Although I've only seen screenshots. There's video of it on youtube.

I should mention that it is FREE... or I think it is. Oh, there's no such thing as a free lunch? Well I'll be honest... the cost is that you have to run windows to use it.

I feel better now.

Porsche convertible?

link in case the image doesn't work

Wierdest Japanese product ever

Inflatable Pant Swan Lah

Subverting AJAX

Interesting whitepaper about some potential vulnerabilities when using AJAX...

Since I don't develop using AJAX, I can't comment on the content, but thought others might be interested in the potential threats and the Slashdot article make mention of a possible Web Worm that "lives in the very fabric of Web 2.0 and could kill the Web as we know it."... Oh no... keep a look out for the 4 web horsemen riding on the back of this web worm...

Subverting Ajax [via /.]

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

OpenMoko Smartphone


Did Apple borrow some design concepts from this Linux-based smartphone?

OpenMoko Smartphone [via Gizmodo]


"It's like instant-messaging for your stuff,"...

Too hard to explain, and too late to try and go through the all the details...

The Magic of Tubes [via /.]

Windows Mobile iPhone?

More iPhone legal shenanigans, this time revolving around Apple suing developers of skins for Windows Mobile using the iPhone icons... making it 'look' similar to the iPhone. They go even as far as going after bloggers who link to the screen shots and sites that host the skins...

Ooops... I suppose we'll be expecting a nice letter from Apple's lawyers soon? :)

iPhone skins irk Apple [via /.]

SMS Widget

Okay, just to balance out the posts today, here is an SMS widget that would allow you to send SMS's free (apparantly) around the world... Works with OSX and seems like there are equivalent ones for Google gadgets (which you can customise on your Google Homepage...)

SMS Widget [via Gizmodo]

Note: Apparantly the messages are public... SMS Peeping
Note 2: Found the website the widget uses... Callwave Free Text Messages

for the iphonatics

Flickr Screensaver!

Okay... this might not be news to everyone, but there is a Flickr screensaver (for Winblows only unfortunately) called Slickr...

Came across it whilst doing some research about trying to turn my old Pentium 200 laptop from 1998 (my first major computer purchase when I started working) into a DIY digital photoframe...

Slickr [via Popular Science]

Monday, January 15, 2007

First Wii-related death...

I know we've done the Wii-related injuries to death... (sorry pun wasn't intended) but here is the first reported Wii-related death... :(

Woman dies of 'water intoxication' after radio contest [via digg]

Friday, January 12, 2007

iPhone unboxed!


First iPhone unboxed in the wild... :)

iPhone Unboxed [via Engadget]

P.S. This amused me...

A pool filled with non-newtonian fluid

corn starch I believe. perfect friday afternoon office fun.

Which new DVD format will reign supreme?

I'm sure you are aware of the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD format war, so who will ultimately win in the format war? Apparantly the adult porn industry was a huge factor in the VHS vs Beta format war, so will history repeat itself?

Adult Film Industry Chooses HD-DVD

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Junior is back

Indiana Jones is coming back to the big screen.

In a long-awaited announcement, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg revealed today that the fourth installment of Indiana Jones will begin production in June 2007. Harrison Ford returns in his role as the daring Dr. Jones for the new adventure. The film will be produced by Lucasfilm Ltd., directed by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures throughout the world in May 2008.

Full article..

iPhone Omega

OK, this is the last iPhone post from me unless one of us actually gets one... next year. has a print-out version of the iPhone so you can pretend you have one (its quite small!) as well as a countdown until its release.

How the iPhone avoided getting leaked...

Amongst the hype of the specs, thrills, spills and all things cool that is related to the release of the Apple iPhone... here is how they prevented it from getting leaked prior to the keynote...

How Apple kept its iPhone secrets [via Engadget]

OK last iPhone video

No, its not video about the cisco products... sorry! I know we're all really excited about Linksys/Cisco's telephony products.

This is a video from the Nightline show where they have Jobs, Pogue, and consumer responses, as well as some footage of the device itself that looks good.

Cisco Sues Apple for Trademark Infringement

Suit Filed to Protect Cisco's iPhone® Trademark

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 10, 2007 - Cisco® today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc., seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco's registered iPhone trademark.

Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after completing the acquisition of Infogear, which previously owned the mark and sold iPhone products for several years. Infogear's original filing for the trademark dates to March 20, 1996. Linksys, a division of Cisco, has been shipping a new family of iPhone products since early last year. On Dec. 18, Linksys expanded the iPhone® family with additional products.

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission.

"Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand," Chandler concluded.

With its lawsuit, Cisco is seeking injunctive relief to prevent Apple from copying Cisco's iPhone trademark. For more information on the Cisco iPhone product line, please visit



wii efficiency


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

one more interesting take on the iphone

iPhone is defining a new consumer category

they at least agree with me that v2.0 will be worth getting excited about.

The evolution of iPods has been awesome - the price came down and features and design went up. The iPhone probably won't appeal to anywhere as many people as a video iPod does, but still, if Apple can evolve the iPhone as fast as they did the iPod it will sell well.

David Pogue: iPhone hands-on


click for pogueness

I'm just passing time. Boy am I sleepy. Keynotes are at such awkward times.

iPhone: the Time magazine story

An interesting read,8599,1575410,00.html


OK its just a phone... but oh what a phone!

and very very expensive too!
Its a startrek communicator on steroids!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

must be missing my coffee

must be missing it more than I realise. I'm salivating just looking at these gorgeous latte artworks. some new ones. site in Russia, a bit slow.

LEGO Mindstorms factory builds... LEGO cars!

Awesome LEGO factory made out of Mindstorms components which builds actual LEGO cars!

RoboFactory [via Engadget]

You have to click the link

I found this amusing. That's because I'm immature:

Because some things need to be clicked and seen to be believed

Monday, January 08, 2007

David Pogue: singing

Is there nothing David Pogue cannot do?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

ClearType and XP - how come I never knew ?

OK, only for those stuck in the real world who use Windows. Further only really for those using a LCD monitor or laptop (although my CRT has a new lease on life too).

Microsoft have implemented sub pixel rendering for LCDs and made ClearType fonts that look gorgeous. It feels like I've just put my lost glasses on. I can't believe that I never knew this was in XP all along (I'm only 5 years late).

I started to wonder what was going on when IE7 was rendering pages beautifully and Opera was kinda splodgy.


So I turned on ClearType rendering and voila the laptop looks gorgeous and the CRT is perty too.

The official example.

Amaze your friends, win contracts, enlarge your loins -ok it won't enlarge your loins.

Heaps more info here ; 

Friday, January 05, 2007

College Saga

A well done parody of the Final Fantasy roleplaying games, based around college life.

College saga part 1

(sorry, haven't worked out yet how to embed the video... must need to log in or something on youtube)

google searches that find nerdlink

so people are staring to find the biscuit crumbs that are nerdlink. Thanks to the sitemeter link (new Nick ?) here are the links that have found our little garden.,SUNA:2006-02,SUNA:de&q=pimp%20the%20bizhub

german search for "pimp the bizhub"

Bulgarian search for "sony mdr-r10 king"

Spanish Search for "asus r2h "sticky keys""

Search for "GotchaBox" although I can't seem to get this one to work.

ZFS - file system goodness?

It takes a bit of a geek to think a filesystem is hot, but ZFS certainly sounds full of awesome hotness:

And, of course, the rumor being that it is built into Mac OSX Leopard as an optional filesystem (mostly useless for laptops IMO).

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

RSS your Comics...

I was searching for a Dilbert RSS feed and there is no official one, but I did come across this site which is a directory of feeds for online comics.

Tapestry Comics

Enjoy! :)

for those who love Transformers

neato looking possible transformer prototypes


Sam, this one is for you.
Another mac mini carputer: