Karaoke

Posted in General on December 14th, 2008 by Deems

I enjoy karakoe every once in a blue moon – but then only when people singing actually have the talent to do so. But why is it that people who are tone-deaf and have a very monotone voice insist on singing karaoke? I have one such neighbour who insists on every now and again singing karaoke from home – all I can do to drown out the monotonous drone of his voice is to turn up the volume on the radio/amplifier. Do these types of people just not understand that they’re causing noise-pollution?


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Twitter Gadget for Gmail

Posted in General, Technology on December 12th, 2008 by Deems

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Do you use Gmail? Do you use Twitter? Well now you can have the best of both worlds. TwitterGadget has just introduced their Gmail gadget that embeds Twitter into Gmail. Voila both applications in the same window and they’ll follow you wherever you go. All you need to do is log into Gmail, go to your settings and then labs and enable Add Gagdet by URL and then once you’ve saved your settings go back to settings and you’ll see a Gadgets tab, click on it and add the TwitterGadget URL. [via Lifehacker]

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Google Chrome officially out of beta!

Posted in General, Technology on December 11th, 2008 by Deems

I guess I need to eat my words. Only yesterday I told you about Google Chrome being ready to come out of Beta, but I wasn’t sure as to when it would happen (since GMail’s been in Beta for over 4 years).

Well time for me to have a helping of my own words – Google Chrome is officially out of Beta. My previous version was 0.4.154.29 and the new official version is 1.0.154.36.

We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met but our work is far from done. We are working to add some common browser features such as form autofill and RSS support in the near future. We are also developing an extensions platform along with support for Mac and Linux.

100 days for a beta – not bad, good going Google. [via Lifehacker]


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VOTD: Robot legs pushing cart

Posted in General on December 11th, 2008 by Deems


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Google Chrome coming out of beta (soon)

Posted in General, Technology on December 10th, 2008 by Deems

google-chromeEarly on in September I told you about Google Chrome being launched and subsequent to that I gave you my first impressions regarding Google’s browser. Today I read on TechCrunch that Google Chrome, after nearly 3 months, will be coming out of beta. As to the exact date that this will happen still remains a myster – according to Google VP, Marissa Mayer.

Incedentally, today was the first time that my copy of Chrome has crashed (while viewing Google Reader as an application).  Coincidence? Did they build in a use-by-date in their beta? I’ve not looked at the source, so I’m not sure. 

As far as betas go when it comes to Google, I’m not holding my breath, since Gmail has been in beta since it’s public release back in 2004.

Extensions for Chrome (also coming soon)

I was just about to publish this post when I spotted another Chrome article on Gadget Advisor about the future of extensions for the Chrome browser, like there is for Mozilla’s Firefox. 

One of Google’s developers made the announcement that Google is looking into integrating third-party browser plugins for Chrome. They also released a design document that provided an outline for what needed to be done in order to add plugin support. 


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Make Your Own Ringtones

Posted in General, Technology on December 9th, 2008 by Deems

Are you one of those who likes changing their ringtones to your favourite song of the moment? Do you have that song you always liked but could never get on your mobile phone? Are you worried about subscription services that will hook you in after you’ve downloaded that one and only song from their service?

Yeah, I know, this is starting to sound a little like one of those infomercials. Well it’s not, it’s just me rambling.

Well there seems to be a painless, easy and FREE way to do it (and according to their registration details they’ve been around for at least 3 years). It’s not a subscription service, you don’t have to even provide your mobile number, carrier, or even your email address.

It’s called (very original) MakeYourOwnRingtone.com – It’s got a nice intuitive interface that’s easy to follow – simply click the upload (eject icon) button, pick your favourite song you want to convert (it appears to cater for a number of MP3, WMA and OGG source formats), wait for it to upload, select the start and end point and if you’re feeling adventurous, play with a few settings, click the Make Ringtone button and your file is downloaded to you in the selected format. Easy as 1, 2, MP3 :-)

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I’m not really one of those that changes their ringtone every second week or really bothers about ring tones, in fact my ringer is set to vibrate first before ringing and some of the times it’s permanently on silent vibrate anyway – but I was asked my opinion of the website and it’s service and about mobile ringtones, so here’s my 2 cents. Maybe you’ll find it useful too.

If you have any problems, be sure to read their FAQ section for help. [via Connie]


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Listed on RedOrbit as Red Hot blog of the day

Posted in General on December 4th, 2008 by Deems

Just noticed from my referral history that some people have been visiting my blog from RedOrbit and realised that I’m currently listed as one of the Red Hot blogs for the day – thanks! :D


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Online gambling, cheaters unmasked

Posted in Games, General, Technology on December 4th, 2008 by Deems

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We all like playing games in some or other shape or form – some more challenging than others, some more intelectually challenging than others. But one game that is becoming more and more popular is poker. And with the advent of the Internet and more and more connectivity to it, it’s now become easier than ever to play online poker, either through your local casino, having their own online gaming website, or other international gaming website, not affiliated with any casino. 

In the United States, online gambling is illegal, but since almost all of the gaming servers are hosted in countries outside of the US jurisdiction, there’s little that can be done. 

Last weekend I bought myself a 1000 chip poker set to play with at home with friends and family – I’ve always wanted a set of my own. Now, I’m by no means a gambler – I don’t play the poor-man’s-tax (lottery) and don’t visit the casino (a big one just 5 mins drive from where I stay) but I do like playing with friends the odd game or two for fun – or as a charity event with a few colleagues. Some people are obsessed with it and spend their own earnings, and those of others without the blink of an eye (after all they don’t want to show their tell).

It has become so easy (availability of sites to play on) to play online poker these days that everyone can do it – and if you don’t want to just play for funny-money, you can simply use your trusty plastic credit card and purchase some credits to play online. But even then, because you’re not dealing with the physical chips and money in front of you, it almost doesn’t seem real – well that is, until the end of the month when you get your credit card bill and you don’t know how you’re going to pay it off!

As with things like death and taxes, there is another thing that is inevitable – cheaters.

pokercomputerCBS’s 60-minutes recently did a story on how some online gamblers found out that they were being cheated out of their money by a player who kept on winning, no matter how they played. And, as they say, when the chips are down and the cards are dealt, it was uncovered that the guy cheating people out of their money, was none other than an ex-employee from the online casino, who had managed to find a work-around for the software that as an administrator could see all the other player’s cards on the table and thus would always end up the table winner.

You can read the full report on CBS’s website or view the video. Maybe next time think twice before playing online, for money.

Thanks to Connie for spotting this one and passing it on to me.


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VOTD: Japanese human art – why is my girlfriend unhappy

Posted in Funny, General on December 3rd, 2008 by Deems

I just saw this now and thought I had to share it with you – reminds me of the game show episode I saw a while back called Matrix Ping Pong – take a look below – they’re really good – enjoy!


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The real peridoc table of elements

Posted in General, Photography on December 3rd, 2008 by Deems

I’m sure you remember the periodic table of elements from school – but back then those posters were pretty bland. The usually only had the shortened form for each chemical and it’s atomic weight. Now a creative guy has made a real model of wooden drawers with each of the actual chemicals and metals or representations thereof and made a nice poster out of it. You can even order them from his website as large prints. 

Theodore Gray has been making the ultimate periodic table, a one-of-a-kind wooden table with real samples that sits in his office. For the rest of us who don’t visit his office he has he has created an incredible (and very tastefully designed) photographic poster “after four years of collecting and photographing samples of all the chemical elements, months of struggling to select the very best example of each one.” [via Boing Boing]

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Click on the photo above to visit the website and get a better look

 


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