January 28, 2015
Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers

Looks like up here in the frozen north we were feeling left out, luckily we now know that the Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers, so we can be just like the big boys in the US.

That assumption has today been blown completely out of the water amid revelations that Canada’s top electronic surveillance agency has been spying on millions of downloads from more than 100 file-sharing sites.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 11:53 AM
January 23, 2015
January 21, 2015
Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset

Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset. Probably the best explanation of what the new sci-fi stuff that Microsoft announced today (along with some other boring windows stuff).

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 03:39 PM
The Onion Fact-Checks The State Of The Union Address

Fact-Checking The State Of The Union Address:

“Wages are finally starting to rise again”: This is false. What we perceive as “time” is merely an illusion created by the limitations of our own consciousness. All is now.

Lots of amazing gems in there.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 02:26 PM
January 20, 2015
A Mac user's weird experience buying a PC laptop

A fun article on Macworld on buying a non-Mac laptop: The opposite of Apple

The next model over was $1,179, but you could get it for $749 “After Instant Savings.” I have no idea what the point of having “eCoupons” or “Instant Savings” is unless it’s to give you the feeling of a toupé-wearing car salesman who would love to set you up with a laptop today, but he has to talk to his manager first.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 02:49 PM
Evernote Ends support for Hello, Peek, and BlackBerry

Evernote Blog: Evernote to end support for Hello, Peek, BlackBerry 7, and PlayBook

As of February 7th, we’ll be retiring Evernote Hello, Evernote Peek, Evernote for BlackBerry 7, and Evernote for BlackBerry PlayBook. This means they’ll no longer be available for download and we won’t be making any further updates to them. It also means that the apps or features within the apps, including sync with Evernote, will no longer work.

Unsurprising, most of the functionality from these apps has been supplanted in the main app or others, or just isn’t as relevant anymore. And I hate to say it, but no one uses a blackberry anymore…

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 02:35 PM
"The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation" | Hip Hop Is Read

Found The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation through a reddit discussion on evil coprorations, where someone brought up that the US privatized prison system is engineered to get as many people in jail as possible.

[…] told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop.

If any of this is remotely true it’s absolutely amazing.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:30 AM
January 15, 2015
Lightroom mobile for Android Available

Lightroom mobile for Android phones is now available.

Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your Android phone once it is connected to the internet. Any changes you make in Lightroom mobile will be automatically synced and updated back to the Lightroom catalog on your desktop.

Very handy program to have, glad it’s made it’s way to Android now as well. Really this fulfills the biggest dream I had when I had both an iPhone and Lightroom, rating photos on the toilet :)

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 12:29 PM
January 14, 2015
New Google Translate app Introduces Some Powerful Features

The new, more powerful Google Translate app integrates a couple of very cool technologies. The first is WordLens, an iOS app which would (in real time) show you a translation of a live feed from the camera (ie: you pointed the app at a page and it would show you a translation as you moved your phone over the page, or pointed it at different street signs, etc. The second is (almost) real time audio translation, letting you hold the phone between you and a foreign speaker, and it will listen and translate whichever language is being spoken and display and speak the translation.

The Translate app already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Now, we’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.

I just showed this to a Spanish speaker in my office and he was amazed and it allowed us to have a (short) conversation in our native languages.

Google - Posted by Arcterex at 01:27 PM
Google Introduces Snooze in Inbox

Snooze in Inbox basically Sherlocked a ton of alternate iOS mail apps.

Snoozing the alarm in the morning is so satisfying. You get those extra few minutes of sleep without worrying you’re going to miss anything. That’s exactly what snoozing in Inbox is like. Whether you’re in an inconvenient place or simply need to focus on something else first, you can snooze away emails and Reminders to a better time or place without worrying you’re going to forget.

Google - Posted by Arcterex at 01:22 PM
January 13, 2015
HowToGeek Installs The Top 10 Download.com Apps

Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Download.com Apps.

We installed the top 10 apps from Download.com, and you’ll never believe what happened! Well… I guess maybe you might have a good guess. Awful things. Awful things are what happens. Join us for the fun!

Shockingly (not really) download.com is not the useful utility and site it used to be back in The Good Old Days(tm).

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 01:17 PM
The 'Muslim Birmingham' Fox News Claim Trail of Tears

BBC News - Apology for ‘Muslim Birmingham’ Fox News claim.

I can’t. Just… wow. Make sure you watch the full video of his “apology”. And then head over to #FoxNewsFacts on twitter to see the Internet mocking Fox News.

Then head over to see the original report where the whole thing started, with the bastion of Fair and Balanced says that Birmingham (a lovely English town) is “all Muslim” and how there are “hundreds” of no-go zones where non-muslims don’t go.

Keep an eye on the female anchors face when he talks about how anyone who goes to Birmingham who doesn’t dress according to Muslim law get beaten.

And finally read how traumatizing this ordeal has been on him.

If you told me this was a comedy parody from the Onion I would believe it. Yet some crazy huge percentage of the US population relies on Fox for actual news.

WTF?

News - Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
January 12, 2015
Inside a Rolex Submariner

Seeing inside a Rolex is a pretty awesome sight. The video is beautifully shot, and shows just why (I guess) you have to pay Rolex an extra arm when you get your watch maintained (or so I assume, having never owned a super-fancy watch).

Also I had no idea how many specialized tools and gizmos there were for watches.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:32 PM
Paris Daily Photo Ends After 10 Years

The End of Paris Daily Photo, after 10 years of posting an image a day. Pretty fantastic, I’m only sad that I just discovered the site a few months ago.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 10:44 AM
Fox News Hashtag #OverIt2014 Backfires Big Time

Fox News Hashtag #OverIt2014 Backfires Big Time. This is why you don’t try to create “grass roots” movements on the Internet when you’re not grass roots.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 09:45 AM
January 09, 2015
2014's News Blooper Reel

News Bloopers from 2014. Some are pretty damn funny.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 05:04 PM
January 07, 2015
Fastmail intrudoces JMAP A new EMail Protocol

JMAP is a new protocol that is introduced by FastMail as a proposed replacement for IMAP (and friends) for an open standard solution to doing push updates to email.

While I completely agree with them, this is needed, currently there’s no universal solution, etc etc. However it ticks the same box as most “we could stop spam dead” solutions…. everyone would have to adopt it.

Not only that, but it’d have to be added to all the existing (boring, unfun) infrastructure code (like postfix, exchange, etc) to provide the services to all the mobile providers.

Will have to see if it goes anywhere.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 03:39 PM
Ant-Man Teaser Trailer

Reddit was where I saw the 1st Full Look at Ant-Man teaser trailer.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 11:05 AM
January 06, 2015
Video of An Explosion at a fireworks factory

Explosion at fireworks factory:

Amazing and terrifying at the same time.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:46 AM
January 05, 2015
How Americans refer to their bros

The dude map shows you how men the US refer to their male friends.

Also, merry 2015!

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:32 AM
December 19, 2014
How we spent your money - Cards Against Humanity

Just Cards Against Humanity being awesome again, and saying How we spent your money.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
December 18, 2014
December 16, 2014
Building Your Own OS Out Of Boredom

On Imgur: Was isolated from 1999 to 2006 with a 486. Built my own late 80s Operating System.

Somehow this makes me incredibly happy that the spirit of geekiness lives on. I seriously contemplated doing this in the late 90’s in university. Got a book out of the school library called something like “write your own OS in assembler” and was hell bent on doing it. Never did, but at the time, why the heck not.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:52 PM
Great iOS Apps on Sale

Tweetbot, Drafts, Day One, and Other Great iOS & Mac Apps on Sale for Christmas, listed out and with links over at MacStories.net. Personally I have a lot of these already, and plan on picking up a few that I don’t.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 12:26 PM
December 15, 2014
Crazy Ski Run Down The Mountain

Most insane ski line:

“Sphincter tightening” doesn’t start to describe it.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 01:02 PM
December 12, 2014
Liam Neeson will seriously endorse your 'particular set of skills' on LinkedIn

Liam Neeson will seriously endorse your ‘particular set of skills’ on LinkedIn

LOS ANGELES — It takes a very particular set of skills to get us interested in a movie’s social-media marketing these days, and in this case, 20th Century Fox has acquired them — on the most boring social-media site in the world.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:50 PM
December 10, 2014
Twitter Clients for iOS in 2014

Fantastic article by Federico Viticci over at Macstories: Twitter Clients in 2014: An Exploration of Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and Twitter for iOS

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:47 AM
December 04, 2014
Terminator Genisys Trailer

The Terminator Genisys Trailer has been released and holy crap it looks amazing.

I don’t care what you say, this is going to be amazing.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:12 PM
Rapid River Whitewater CGI = WOW

Houdini - Rapid River Whitewater is a great example of, as my buddy Darren put it, CGI’s grown a bit.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:58 AM
December 02, 2014
November 28, 2014
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Really, who cares about anything today other than the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 12:58 PM
November 27, 2014
IOS 7 Concept (old but funny)

I randomly came across this IOS 7 Concept video from over a year ago. I’m sure when it came out (before iOS 7 was released) it was looked at as possible and probably a really cool idea and completely possible. However now iOS 7 (and iOS 8) are out, some of the ideas can be seen as simply ridiculous. Just as the iOS 9 concept that popped up today will look completely silly in a year or so.

iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 10:44 AM
November 26, 2014
The Origin of the Wilhelm Scream

Where Did the Wilhelm Scream Come From and Why Do So Many Filmmakers Use It? is the best article on the Wilhelm Scream I’ve read so far.

Now I know what I’m looking for, I can’t un-hear it.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
November 25, 2014
Jurassic World Official Trailer

Yup, it’s finally here, the first trailer for Jurassic World.

A natural progression, probably horribly predictable, and you can bet I’ll be there opening day!

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 10:51 AM
November 20, 2014
AnandTech Previews Windows 10

Windows 10 Technical Preview First Impressions:

But now we come to Windows 10. Windows 10 is ditching the “One Interface to Rule them All” mentality, and moving to a more user friendly model of a single store across all platforms, and multiple interfaces to the same OS depending on the current usage model. We have not seen all of this in practice as of yet in the Technical Preview, but Microsoft has demonstrated their solution to this change in input mode with a feature they are calling Continuum.

Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 04:46 PM
Very Cool Map Of Vancouver

Archie’s Press: Vancouver is a fantastic city map that explains Vancouver like I’ve never seen it before (and I’ve lived here all my life). On their products page there are most other major North American cities available.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:57 PM
November 19, 2014
MusicBrainz Announces The AcousticBrainz Project

The MusicBrainz Blog: Announcing the AcousticBrainz project:

The AcousticBrainz project aims to crowd source acoustic information for all of the music in the world and make it available to the public. The goal of AcousticBrainz is to provide music technology researchers and open source hackers with a massive database of information about music.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:37 PM
November 10, 2014
NASA Supercut of Amazing Space Footage

Hollywood Can’t Compete With This Supercut Of NASA Footage. I agree with the original poster, watch this on the biggest screen you can.

Space - Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
November 06, 2014
Panic on The Future of Unison

Panic blogged today on The Future of Unison (their Usenet client), and showed why they are classy and do what’s right.

The new version is:

  • New, with bug fixes and updates
  • Free for all users
  • Unsupported, as it goes into the sunset

So they update an app that’s basically at End Of Life, and instead of letting it wallow, broken on a new OS version, they make sure it’s up, running, useful, and then make it free so anyone who would like to use it, can, as they’re not selling it anymore. The only thing that they haven’t done is open source the code, which they address in the comments saying it’s not practical (probably shared libraries with other products or something like that), but if issues arrive in the future, they’ll consider it.

Classy.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 03:01 PM
November 05, 2014
Dropbox Partners with Microsoft

Dropbox: We’re partnering with Microsoft

We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and Microsoft Office to get work done. In fact, Dropbox is home to over 35 billion Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. That’s why we’re partnering with Microsoft to help you do more on your phones, tablets, and the web. Soon you’ll be able to access your Dropbox directly from Office apps, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.

Very interesting. I suspect this won’t affect other platforms, but still, a bit worrying. I wonder how much money was offered (they famously rejected a bid by Steve Jobs at Apple a few years ago).

Software - Posted by Arcterex at 02:57 PM
Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

David Pogue reviews Android 5.0 Lollipop. Overall cool and different, but not without some issues.

On this Settings screen, for example, some lines of text are buttons (tappable). Some are just labels; nothing happens when you tap. One makes a pop-up menu appear. One opens another screen full of options. Can you tell by looking which is which?

Android - Posted by Arcterex at 12:28 PM
Chappie Trailer

The first Chappie Trailer has hit the web. From the directory of District 9 and with a similar tack.

I’m amazed at how good CGI is… I really didn’t not believe the main character for a second, and if you think about it, it’s all created inside a computer. Amazing tech.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 AM
November 03, 2014
The Suitsy, The Men's Business-Suit Onesie

A Men’s Business-Suit Onesie? I need one of these!

Maybe not for $300…. but still, looks classy and comfortable!

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 12:21 PM
Great Honda Ad Video on Youtube

Honda has a great video (ad) on youtube. Pretty innovative use of the technology and really well done.

So good you have to watch it twice (no really, you’ll see what I mean).

A nice behind the scenes look at the editing and filming side of it.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:08 PM
My cousin Oskaar on Daylight Saving Time

Via Staticred comes My cousin Oskaar and some of the best commentary on Daylight Saving Time that I’ve seen so far.

Note: naughty language.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 09:29 AM
October 31, 2014
Drone footage of an airport

Drone footage of an aiport shows what you can do it you’re allowed to fly a camera drone at an airport. You can’t in the US and (I assume) Canada, but in Mexico, where this was taken, the filmmaker worked with the airport and tower to make sure everything was safe, and produced a very cool video.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:27 PM
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

A great time lapse film of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014. If there’s something that always works well in time lapse, it’s hot air balloons…

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 AM
October 29, 2014
AT&T, Verizon Using 'Perma-Cookies' to Track Customer Web Activity

AT&T, Verizon Using ‘Perma-Cookies’ to Track Customer Web Activity:

According to Forbes, AT&T is testing a similar code insertion program that will allow websites to track AT&T customers. Like Verizon, AT&T has plans to make the tracking codes temporary as a “privacy-protective measure,” but according to one of the researchers that discovered the tracking, Kenneth White, the codes that AT&T is sending to some customers are persistent.

Marco also has some succinct commentary on this too.

Seriously, this is a horrible breach of trust, and because of the monopoly (well, lack of choice, definitely not a monopoly, that’d be illegal…) many customers have no choice but to deal with this.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:33 PM
October 28, 2014
How To Smuggle Secrets Online

A fascinating article on how Edward Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger:

On May 13, after creating a customized version of Tails for Greenwald, I hopped on my bike and pedaled to the FedEx office on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, where I slipped the Tails thumb drive into a shipping package, filled out a customs form that asked about the contents (“Flash Drive Gift,” I wrote), and sent it to Greenwald in Brazil. He received the package two weeks later, it having been delayed in transit, for what I believed to be bureaucratic rather than nefarious reasons, and the blue thumb drive actually made a cameo appearance in “Citizenfour.” For a technologist, this was a dream come true.

Security - Posted by Arcterex at 05:09 PM
10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

Anyone who thinks that 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman is easy and fun should watch this. I had no idea (as a white, middle class male) that things were like this. We suck.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 04:41 PM