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April 06, 2008

send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

via PoE News | Times of London | Coming soon:...

April 05, 2008

Russian home-made truck

Street Use: More Homemade Trucks

OpenLife: the open source Second Life

Openlifegrid.com A Global Community 3D Metaverse built on Open Source Technology

Rumored to have been reverse-engineered from the Second Life engine, and then improved upon. It's a free, quasi-private, less-dystopian version of Second Life.

April 04, 2008

Neal Stephenson's "In The Beginning Was The Command Line" is outdated yet awesome

InTheBeginningWasTheCommandLine - spack.org/wiki

It's also online free. Here he is comparing Windows and Mac OS (pre-OSX) to cars:

The analogy between cars and operating systems is not half bad, and so let me run with it for a moment, as a way of giving an executive summary of our situation today.

Imagine a crossroads where four competing auto dealerships are situated. One of them (Microsoft) is much, much bigger than the others. It started out years ago selling three-speed bicycles (MS-DOS); these were not perfect, but they worked, and when they broke you could easily fix them.

There was a competing bicycle dealership next door (Apple) that one day began selling motorized vehicles--expensive but attractively styled cars with their innards hermetically sealed, so that how they worked was something of a mystery.

The big dealership responded by rushing a moped upgrade kit (the original Windows) onto the market. This was a Rube Goldberg contraption that, when bolted onto a three-speed bicycle, enabled it to keep up, just barely, with Apple-cars. The users had to wear goggles and were always picking bugs out of their teeth while Apple owners sped along in hermetically sealed comfort, sneering out the windows. But the Micro-mopeds were cheap, and easy to fix compared with the Apple-cars, and their market share waxed.

Eventually the big dealership came out with a full-fledged car: a colossal station wagon (Windows 95). It had all the aesthetic appeal of a Soviet worker housing block, it leaked oil and blew gaskets, and it was an enormous success. A little later, they also came out with a hulking off-road vehicle intended for industrial users (Windows NT) which was no more beautiful than the station wagon, and only a little more reliable.

Since then there has been a lot of noise and shouting, but little has changed. The smaller dealership continues to sell sleek Euro-styled sedans and to spend a lot of money on advertising campaigns. They have had GOING OUT OF BUSINESS! signs taped up in their windows for so long that they have gotten all yellow and curly. The big one keeps making bigger and bigger station wagons and ORVs.

On the other side of the road are two competitors that have come along more recently.

April 02, 2008

How to: reduce the size of your Mac OS

Xslimmer - Your Mac, on a Diet!

* Remove unnecessary code from fat binaries. Xslimmer determines which code your machine needs and removes the rest. This is achieved by removing the code inside the Universal Binaries that does not fit with your machine's architecture, a code that never gets executed and just wastes your disk space.

* Strip out unneeded languages. Safari is available in more than a dozen languages, Adium in more than 20. This is great, but how many of those do you need? Xslimmer allows you to select how many languages you want to preserve in your apps and will remove the rest, recovering lots of precious free space from your disk.

How to: Control your Mac's fan

smcFanControl

This looks like a very useful program.

A population map of Second Life

New World Notes: Jade City: Mr. Broek's Population Map Of The Metaverse

It's one thing to note that Second Life's maximum concurrency has surpassed 65,000, far more than three times what it was 12 months ago. It's another to show that population on SL's dynamic map, where each in-world Resident is represented by a green dot. Jeanricard Broek just did that on his blog, and it reminds me of the moment when an East-bound jet cuts through the clouds on the final approach to New York, and Manhattan suddenly appears in a blazing constellation of lights. Click the image for the larger view, which actually truncates a few outlying islands around the edges of the known world.

March 31, 2008

Has CGI conquered the uncanny valley?

Creepy Flash-Based Woman Who Follows Your Mouse | Laughing Squid

Looking at this, I'd say maybe yes.