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Funeral Being Held For Internet Explorer 6 Today

Posted By Ben Goulding, 4 March, 2010 | permalink

More than 100 people, dressed in funeral attire, are expected to attend the funeral of Internet Explorer 6 today. The aging web browser’s offspring have taken over from their father in recent years, leaving ie6 a dead browser.

The funeral is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek event, hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado. Guests will gather round a coffin, carrying a ‘body’ with an Internet Explorer 6 logo as the head. They will then share remembrances.

Here’s what ‘Robert’ had to say about the browser:

“IE6, where do I begin? You were so trusting, sometimes to a fault. I’d tell you I’m going to miss all the hours we spent patching holes in your code, but I’d be lying. There is and was so much redeveloping to do because your younger counterparts are much less credulous. Do you remember your 0-day in January? I lied to you; I actually did want to spend the holidays with my family. I hope heaven is hacker free.

R.I.P my friend”

Will you miss Internet Explorer 6, or can it rot in hell? Let us know your experiences with the browser.

Link Via CNN

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OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” Video Is Incredible

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 March, 2010 | permalink

Ok Go’s new video for the single “This Too Shall Pass”, which was released today on YouTube, is probably the most complicated music video ever created. My explanation couldn’t do it justice, so just feast your eyes on pure genius from the band.


(Youtube Link)

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Drawing in Microsoft Excel

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Excel’s for spreadsheets and numbers right? Wrong. Well, actually it is, but Youtube user shukei01 can use it to create some incredible drawings. This one took 12 hours 56 minutes to complete, but the time-lapse video has squeezed it all into just under 5 minutes.

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Quick – 10 Billionth iTunes Customer Wins $10,000 Gift Card

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

Since 2003, the iTunes Store has become the biggest legal music retailer in the world, accounting for 70% of worldwide online digital music sales, but now Apple iTunes is about to reach another huge milestone – 10 billion song downloads, and that’s in just seven years!

Details of the most downloaded songs of all time from iTunes are in the link. Oh, and if you happen to be the 10 billionth customer, you’ll win a $10,000 iTunes gift card. You’ve got to be quick though – times running out!

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CodeOrgan Turns Websites Into Music

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

CodeOrgan is a very clever website that allows you to turn any website into music. You simply type the URL of any site you want and using a very complicated algorithm, CodeOrgan turns it to music. It’s a very cool website, although not totally accurate, as it didn’t play ‘I’m Too Sexy’ when I typed in pigjockey.com. Oh, well.

Anyway, here’s some more details on how it works:

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‘Irresponsible’ Website Tells Robbers When Victims Are Not Home

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

A website which provides real-time updates on the location empty homes has been criticized by privacy campaigners, who say it is ‘irresponsible’ and a “one stop shop” for burglars.

PleaseRobMe.com provides minute-by-minute updates on people who have just left their house and their current location. It does this by tracking Twitter user’s activities in real-time as they tweet.

The Dutch website, which was launched last week, has hit back saying they were simply highlighting the dangers of the newest social networking craze.

So, is this website an aid to robbers or an aid to our safety? Surely everyone knows that there are many potential dangers to using social media, but is providing criminals with a sorted database of opportunities the right way to go about helping us become aware of our privacy?

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Yahoo! Owns Google?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 February, 2010 | permalink

Yahoo vs Google

Yes, that’s right, Yahoo! dissed Google on Twitter after Google launched ‘Google Buzz’. When will these internet giants ever grow up? There’s only one way to settle this – RAP BATTLE!

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Google Ad Spoof: Is Tiger Woods Feeling Lucky Today?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 February, 2010 | permalink

As Tiger Woods recovers from a car accident and contends with reports of philandering, Slate V imagines what the golfing great might be typing into that familiar white search bar (with apologies to Google’s new ad campaign).


(Youtube Link)

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Hacked Wiimote Keeps Your Keyboard Alive

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 February, 2010 | permalink

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We’ve all had to suffer the pain, anger and frustration caused by our computers going to sleep at the worst possible time, but how do we solve this problem whilst remaining energy efficient, as well as productively efficient, on and off the computer?

Well, Todd Harrison has used some pretty neat physics to combat tired computer syndrome. Here he explains all:


(Youtube Link)

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Via Hacked Gadgets

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Wikipedia In A Book

Posted By Ben Goulding, 9 November, 2009 | permalink

wikipedia book

Created by Rob Matthews, the ever popular online encyclopedia has been put into book form. It’s 5,000 pages long and 1ft 7ins thick.

So, If you don’t have the internet and you’re a student, this is a must have. It also makes you realize the power of the internet to store masses of information in nothingness. Wonderful!

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Google Maps Navigation (Beta)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 October, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

A demonstration of Google Maps Navigation (Beta), an internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 phones.

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XKCD Pays Tribute To GeoCities

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 October, 2009 | permalink

Online comic site, XKCD, have done a perfect GeoCities redesign on the day Yahoo closed the web hosting site forever.

XKCD GeoCities

Here are some more GeoCities tributes, for all you old school kids. It brings a tear to my eye.

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Internet For Kidz!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 October, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Learn everything there is to know about the internet with this guide for kids. Oh man, that theme tune’s going to be in my head for days now.

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Top 5 Scary Wake Up Pranks

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink


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These are the top 5 wake up pranks from break.com. All these poor fools are terrified out of peaceful dream states with the rudest of awakenings. So funny.

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Google Street View Guys

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 October, 2009 | permalink

A funny video from College Humor about the Google Street View guys. The Google guys drive around in the Google vehicle taking shots of every street in the world. They should make this a series.

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How Much Is Your Twitter Account Worth?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 15 October, 2009 | permalink

New Twitter Homepage

The massive growth of Twitter has opened up a whole new advertising platform for businesses and individuals all around the world. The degree to which Twitter can be a successful advertising platform, however, depends on how many followers you have, your reputation amongst your followers and how focussed your follower group is.

With the recent news that Drew Carey will donate $1 million to Livestrong if his account @drewfromtv reaches 1 million followers by the end of the year, it got me thinking, how much is my Twitter account worth? It turns out mine’s worth just $551, which is more than I thought. How about you? How much is your Twitter account worth? Click the link to find out.

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Woman Arrested For Facebook Poking

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 October, 2009 | permalink

facebook pokeThe Facebook poke – a harmless tool used to interact with your friends, flirt with someone or let someone know you’re thinking about them. Well people, the virtual poke may not be as ‘harmless’ as first thought. In fact someone’s been arrested for doing it.

Granted, Shannon D. Jackson wasn’t arrested last week strictly on charges of abusing Facebook’s most annoying application. In doing so however, the 36-year-old poking perp from Hendersonville, Tenn., violated an order of protection — one that stipulated “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.” Jackson faces up to 11 months, 29 days in jail and a possible fine of up to $2,500.

No doubt Jackson’s offending Facebook poke was just the latest in a long string of harassment, part of which likely occurred in meat space. Alone, the Facebook “Poke” is simply not criminal — though there are plenty of Facebookers who’d gladly join a FB petition group to see such a law enacted.

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Photoshop + Image Recognition = PhotoSketch = Win

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 October, 2009 | permalink

PhotoSketch has got to be the coolest program that I have ever come across. It’s a piece of software created by five Chinese Computer Science and Technology students at Tsinghua University and the National University of Singapore, that uses Photoshop and image recognition technology to create a picture based on your sketch.

Here’s how it works:

“Step 1. Draw the outlines of the figures you want in your picture – anything from seagulls to a Mercedes, whatever tickles your fancy,

Step 2. Add labels for each of the items, as well as for the background.

Step 3. PhotoSketch will then find real-life images to match your doodles and put them together in a Photoshopped image that will make your jaw drop.”

Here’s an example in which a cheetah and a motorcyclist have been sketched with a desert background. PhotoSketch then gets to work and conjures up a mind-blowing picture.

Before:

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After:

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This video explains how it works.


(Vimeo Video)

Wow, just wow!

Via Mashable

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Shady Optical Illusion

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 October, 2009 | permalink

Watch what happens to these 4 shades of blue when a pencil is placed in between each shade.


(Youtube Link)

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Google Logo Celebrates Barcode Anniversary

Posted By Ben Goulding, 7 October, 2009 | permalink

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Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent of the barcode and to celebrate, Google has changed it’s logo to a barcode, which when scanned with a barcode scanner would read ‘Google’.

The first patent for the barcode was filed by inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver. The original patent applied to a system that encodes data in circles and can be scanned in any direction. Through the years, this system has evolved into the rectangular barcode with strips of black and white line which is what we normally see on various items.

Via Search Engine Journal

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