Monday, December 25, 2006

Picture Perfect - How Rumours Start in the Office

Big WebOS roundup - 10 online operating systems reviewed

From the article:
what is a WebOS (not to be confused with another definition of the term, see here), or a Webtop, anyway ? Here’s a simple definition: WebOS is a virtual operating system that runs in your web browser. More precisely, it’s a set of applications running in a web browser that together mimic, replace or largely supplement a desktop OS environment. It’s a tough field to start in for a Web 2.0 entrepreneur, because to be successful you need to create several applications that are at least as good as other competitors, and you need to connect them all into a usable bundle. What’s also expected by most users is that all this looks decent, operates similarly to a “real” OS and behaves as a real “OS” would, and is relatively bug-free. Simply put, to gain real everyday users, your WebOS has to be damn good. We’ll see how these newcomers fare in the following months and when (and if) some big giant like Google decides to create their own WebOS.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

How to fold a shirt in japan


Application Spotlight - Desktop Wikis: Wikidpad and Notebook

I am a bit of an information whore. If I find something interesting, useful, or even potentially helpful online, I save it to my computer in case I ever need it again. I have developed a fairly sophisticated directory structure to organize this massive amount of info (and with programs like Copernic, it is almost never too difficult to find). But lately, especially paralleling my ever increasing appreciation of Wikipedia, I have thought it would be really nice to start linking together all of the information I have in a wiki style format. With this as a goal, I went looking to see what was out there. Basically, I wanted a free (preferably open-source) self-contained wiki style program that would make it easy to format and link together various documents without having to set anything up on an online server. I found three programs, and I've tested two. The programs I've tested are Wikidpad and Notepad (the third program I found is Zim, but it appears to be early in development and requires a bit of work in order to install it from the source code).


This is the most complete program of the two. Also, it appears to be under continual development, which means it going to get better. That said, the program still feels like it is in a beta stage. The Preview Mode does not always match the Export to HTML output. Also, certain meta-characters are not hidden in the preview mode (like << and >>). Second, it seems to lack a number of features it should have. For example, it would be nice to be able to embed images. Additional formating options would be nice. In particular, I wish there was a way to generate mono style characters that span just a few words in a sentence. Finally, it currently only works on Windows, but given the fact that it's written in Python, it seems possible that there could be multiple versions for different platforms.

A final note: A number of features are easily missed due to the fact that they are not made transparent:
(1) The program initially seems to lack an undo feature (which would be bad), but it is available when you right-click the edit screen.
(2) The main search feature only takes you to page, but it doesn't say where the string you were searching for is in the page. In order to find the precise location, you need to press: Ctr-F or F3 (press F3 again to find next match).
(3) Finally, the documentation needs to be worked up (How, for example, do I make table headers? I have yet to figure this one out).


This program is the most straightforward and lest buggy of the two, but it has two main things going against it. First, it lacks certain features with it should have, and second, the development pace of that application makes it uncertain when such features will be included (it doesn't appear to be developed since early 2005). With regard to the features it is missing, it does not support support tables (!) or numbered lists (!!). There are some user-contributed scripts that have been made available on the website to support these features, but I had difficulty getting them to work.

Homestar Runner - Everybody to the Limit (Come on, Fhqwhgads)

I self smarted myself

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Speed Climbing over 400 feet in 4:25

Pretty freakin' amazing. 2.1

You can download it here. Updates include:

* Multiple monitor support for Impress
* Improved Calc HTML export
* Enhanced Access support for Base
* Even more languages
* Automatic notification of updates

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Application Spotlight: MusikCube 1.0 Released

I've been looking for a lightweight mp3 player that makes it easy to modify tags, search through thousands of tracks for precisely the song I want, and offers useful options to help build playlists catering to the mood that I in at a particular time. MusikCube is close. Last time I tried it, it still had a number of bugs that kept me using WinAmp. Hopefully they have been fixed. Here is a link and a screenshot.


I thought slipping and falling on my ass was embarrising, but this has got to take the cake.

Bowling Idiot - video powered by Metacafe

Build a Three-Column Blogger Template

Though it took a bit of tweeking, this post is very useful. Now I'm going to try and find out how to add Categories to this site.

Saturday, December 02, 2006 There are 299,968,595 people in the U.S. How many have your name?

Robert Wright interviews numerous leaders in the fields of science, philosophy and theology, all of which can be watched online at the MeaningofLife.TV site hosted by Slate.

God’s formula: e^(i*pi) + 1= 0

Check out this post here.

Printer Woes? Why not just xerox the screen like this man!

Dude Flips Out On Copier - video powered by Metacafe

Best New Music

The Crane Wife by the Decemberists

From the Pitchfork review:
Meloy's taletelling will always define the Decemberists, but The Crane Wife puts as much weight on the music as on the lyrics, and here the band gels into a tight, intuitive unit. The musicians give each song a particular spark and character, not just reinforcing the lyrics but actively telling a story.

Check out some of there songs on MySpace (here).

Political Science - Randy Newman