Mar 01

f*** my life

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Painfully, holarious site that I found.  It is made by a bunch of French guy.

fmylife

fmylife

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Mar 01

QR Code

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Found this site that has a QR Code generator and QR Reader Application for cell phones. I tested it on my Sony Ericsson K800i.

Quick Response Code

Quick Response Code

Site

May 21

Google Mourning Sichuan Earthquake Victims

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Google usually commemorating holidays and events by altering their logo. For three days google.cn has displays to “关注!汶川地震牵动亿万人心,第一时间追踪全国最新抗震救灾情况” which means “Attention! The earthquake in Wenchuan is affecting hundreds of millions of people. Track the latest situation in earthquake relief”, and it links to the search results of “地震” (earthquake) in Google News.

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Feb 23

Stuff White People Like

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An interesting blog devoted to listing the things white people like.

Stuff White Poeple Like

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Feb 12

22 year old Student who speaks 35 languages

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22 year old student, Sebastian Bonner Heine, learns three to four languages per year. As of now, he is fluent in 35 of them, including Aramaic, Uzbek and his favorite language, Pashto.

 Sebastian Heine

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Oct 12

Maglite LED Bulb Upgrade

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Maglite brand 3 Watt LED Flashlight Bulb replacement for Maglite 3C or 3D LED Upgrade module for Maglite 3 C cell or 3 D cell flashlights Model No. SH32DCW6 Package size 6.5 inch x 4.8 inch x 0.5 inch Upgrade your existing 2, 3, and 4 C or D Cell Maglite flashlights to the new MAG LED Technology. The benefits include Intelligent Energy Source Management (patent pending) Extends battery life. Balanced Optics provide a focusing, 3 watt LED, optimized to produce a powerful projecting beam. The Maglite LED Upgrade Modules are available for all 2, 3, and 4 Cell C and D size Maglite flashlights. The kits are cell number/size specific i.e. 2 Cell, 3 Cell, 4 Cell and must be matched to a 2, 3, or 4 Cell Maglite flashlight. Unlike LED retrofits that are not made or approved by Mag, these Upgrade Modules were engineered by Mag and are factory authorized. Their use cannot adversely impact coverage under the Maglite flashlight Limited Lifetime Warranty. Upgrading any C or D size Maglite flashlight, (2, 3, or 4 Cell) is as easy as 1, 2, 3.Step 1Unscrew the Maglite flashlight head assembly. Step 2 Unscrew the retaining collar and remove lamp. Step 3 Insert LED Module and replace retaining collar and head assembly. Maglite LED Upgrades 2D 3D 4D Model Number SH32DCW6 SH33DCW6 SH34DCW6 LED 3 Watt 10,000 hour rated life rated life Energy Management, Balanced Optics, Projecting Beam, Focusing Beam, Batteries Required (3) D size alkaline

Maglite LED Bulb Upgrade

Oct 05

Save YouTube Videos To Your Hard Drive

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YouTube and other video sharing sites provide endless hours of wholesome, time-wasting entertainment. But what if you want to watch movies without the browser? There’s no direct or easy way to download YouTube videos from the site, but thankfully there are ways to make a local copy for personal use. A number of tools exist to save a video for playback on your computer, iPod, iPhone, PSP and even your boring old DVD player.

Using Firefox

The easiest solution if you’re a Firefox user is to install the Download Helper add-on. Download Helper can handle much more than just YouTube — in fact the add-on can grab just about any media file from nearly any source and download it to your machine. There are also a couple of other Firefox plugins, notably Video Downloader, though the latest YouTube site update seems to be interfering with Video Downloader’s ability to grab video for some users.

Using Other Desktop Software

If you’re not a Firefox user, don’t worry, there’s some other options. My Video Downloader is a Windows program that will download movies from YouTube, though it will set you back $30 (there’s a free trial that allows for 10 downloads so you can test it).

Mac users looking to go from YouTube straight over to your video iPod or AppleTV have a couple options. There’s Podtube 2 which will download and convert files from YouTube, Daily Motion and MySpace. PodTube 2 is $5. TubeSock 2.0 offers similar features, though it only handles YouTube videos, and costs $15.

The latest RealPlayer(version 11, a beta release, is $30 and supports Windows XP and Vista only) has the ability to download and burn videos clips from YouTube and other sites like Google Video and MySpace Video. The player will automatically add a “Download” link button to video pages in Firefox and Internet Explorer. Once downloaded, you can use the player to watch the videos or burn them to a DVD.

Although it hasn’t been released yet, there’s also a lot of talk surrounding Tubular, which looks a bit like iTunes applied to YouTube. Look for Tubular to enter the public beta phase later this year.

And finally, the most primitive — but definitely free and working — method is to use SaveTube.com. Just paste in the YouTube URL and SaveTube will find the cached file and give you a download link.

What to Do With Your Downloaded Video

Unless you’re using one of the all-in-one solutions listed above, once you’ve pulled down the Flash FLV file from YouTube or another video sharing site, you’ll need to convert it to another format for viewing in QuickTime (which includes iTunes and AppleTV) or Windows Media Player.

Alternately you can just use an FLV capable media player like the excellent and free VLC (all platforms).

To convert your FLV file on a Mac you can use iSquint, which is free though limited to output in MP4, or through the aforementioned TubeSock. For Windows folks there’s Super, which is free, or Zillatube, which costs $30. Both support a wide range of output options.

Mac and Windows users can also try MPEG Streamclip, though Windows folks will need to download the Windows version of Apple QuickTime, which is also free.

Linux users can turn to ffmpeg(which also works on OS X and Windows). You’ll need a little command line juice, but this conversion script should get you started:

ffmpeg -i myFile.flv -ab 56 -ar 22050 -b 500 -s 320×240 myFile.mpg

And there you have it, now you can watch your YouTube favorites anywhere you’d like in nearly any video format you can name.

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Oct 05

DYMO DiscPainter

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Printing on CDs and DVDs can be an arduous task and it usually ends up looking terrible. Correct me if I’m wrong. The software tends to be shoddy and it takes forever to do. Dymo’s DiscPainter CD/DVD printer makes the ordeal fun and easy. You see, it spins from the inside out at about 600 DPI a minute. The demo was impressive and even when prints were set at 600 DPI a minute the quality didn’t really diminish as opposed to printing at 1200 DPI in about three minutes. The DiscPainter hits retailers in October for $279 and that includes a USB 2.0 cable, AC power supply, three inkjet printable discs, and a full-color ink cartridge, which spins out about 100 discs.

DYMO DiscPainter DYMO DiscPainter

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Oct 05

InselKampf

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Inselkampf is a browser based game where you build up your island, research weapons, and send your fleets of ships to raid and pillage other isles! The new .com server was started a few weeks back, so everyone is in the same boat. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes of you time every day.

My Island is located at Sunasia (13:72:23) (BenSun)

InselKampf

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Oct 05

Hacker’s project sends media-filled hard drives to troops

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A network engineer going by the hacker handle ‘Deviant Ollam’ has taken it upon himself to send care packages of a different sort to troops serving overseas, with him ditching the usual goods in favor of hard drives filled with movies, music and other content. That’s the basis for his Traveling Terabyte Project, which is apparently still operating on a relatively small scale, although “Ollam” hopes it’ll pick up once he gets a website up and running. The hard drives themselves are packed in an appropriately olive-drab Pelican case, which also includes all the necessary USB cables and international power adapters. As the name of the project suggests, the hard drives aren’t intended to stay in one place forever, with recipients of them encouraged to add their own files before sending ’em on to another location. For their part, the troops that have received the hard drives so far seem to dig the idea, especially considering that high-speed internet is hard to come by in many of the locations they’re stationed.

THE TRAVELING TERABYTE PROJECT Pelican Case

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