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The Complicator's Gloves - The Daily WTF

16/01/2007 @ 23:01 UTC

wearehugh : The Complicator's Gloves - The Daily WTF - 'take a good, hard look at your first revision and just say to yourself, "gloves."'

Rod Begbie : The Complicator's Gloves - The Daily WTF - Best Daily WTF in a while. "Take a good, hard look at your first revision and just say to yourself, 'gloves.'" #

deusx : The Complicator's Gloves - The Daily WTF - "The reason that this "hand warming system" does not exist is because most people have found a pair of gloves to be a perfectly suitable way for keeping one's hands warm."

WillPate : The Complicator's Gloves - The Daily WTF - the next time you find yourself designing software, be wary of The Complicators

The law is on their side - The Boston Globe

16/01/2007 @ 19:02 UTC

Rod Begbie : The law is on their side - The Boston Globe - Turns out that I was mentioned in the Boston Globe the other day (in their local blog roundup column), and didn't know about it. Not sure what to make of the sentence construction "Rod Begbie [...] writes on his Groovy Mother", though. #

Basing the Design of History on the User’s Memory

16/01/2007 @ 08:02 UTC

joshua : Basing the Design of History on the User’s Memory

Rod Begbie : Basing the Design of History on the User's Memory - Really interesting concepts in changing the history tab in Firefox (which is currently near useless for finding something you remember from a couple of days ago). [via#

rc3.org: Defining your music collection

15/01/2007 @ 21:00 UTC

wearehugh : rc3.org: Defining your music collection - "I wouldn't mind not "owning" tracks so much as long as I could include the fact that I'd listened to them in my history."

Rod Begbie : rc3.org: Defining your music collection - Interesting thought: Is your "music collection" just your audio files, or is it all the ratings and playlists and stuff that go along with it? Is Apple's DRM less of a lock-in than just the time spent organising your music *just so* in iTunes? [via#

jQuery: jQuery Birthday: 1.1, New Site, New Docs

15/01/2007 @ 19:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : jQuery: jQuery Birthday: 1.1, New Site, New Docs - New version of JQuery cleans up the API and reportedly speeds things up. #

Simon Willison : jQuery 1.1 - jQuery 1.1. jQuery is one year old. The latest release features API improvements and some significant optimisations.

Lines From Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," Modified to Actually Make them Ironic

14/01/2007 @ 21:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : Lines From Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," Modified to Actually Make them Ironic - "An old man turned ninety-eight. He won the lottery and died the next day... of chronic emphysema from inhalation of the latex particles scratched off decades' worth of lottery tickets." [via#

net.bugs: Computer bugs in the year 2000

14/01/2007 @ 21:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : net.bugs: Computer bugs in the year 2000 - A marvellous find -- A USENET discussion from 1985 about date bugs. I love the idea that there was a mini-Y2K on Jan 1st 1970 for all the places using one digit to represent year. [via#

Best of Bootie 2006 CD

14/01/2007 @ 01:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : Best of Bootie 2006 CD - Some stonking mashups on this album. The Bon Jovi vs. George Michael "Careless or Dead" is a particular favourite in this household. [via#

Stupid Comics

14/01/2007 @ 00:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : Stupid Comics - A collection of first panels from the annuals of British girls comics such as Bunty and Mandy. All the ponies, photo stories, and boarding school hijinx you could ever hope for. [via#

Send a Message to doozer, my Nabaztag!

13/01/2007 @ 01:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : Send a Message to doozer, my Nabaztag! - Type in your message and your name, and my rabbit will read it out loud to me. #

Wired News: Skeptic Revamps $1M Psychic Prize

12/01/2007 @ 20:02 UTC

Rod Begbie : Wired News: Skeptic Revamps $1M Psychic Prize - James Randi tweaks the rules for qualifying for his $1m prize to aim at psychics/frauds who have a "media profile", rather than everyday deluded Joes. [via#

NME.COM - Girls Aloud and Sugababes to duet

12/01/2007 @ 20:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : NME.COM - Girls Aloud and Sugababes to duet - This cannot fail to be BLUDDY GRATE P!O!P! #

NabazLab

12/01/2007 @ 17:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : NabazLab - Proxy for Nabaztag which allows you to control your rabbit without having to go through the central servers (which are decidedly flakey at the moment) #

CrashPlan

12/01/2007 @ 03:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : CrashPlan - Impressive looking network backup software. Straightforward to set-up, you can either pay CrashPlan to backup to their servers, or use local or friends' hard drives for free. Lots of nice touches, like using Bonjour to discover local backup destinations [via#

nelson : CrashPlan - Friend recommends this backup software

Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords

11/01/2007 @ 20:00 UTC

wearehugh : Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords - give up now. technology will win this one.

Rod Begbie : Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords - Choose better passwords through understanding how brute-crackers work these days. #

Simon Willison : Choosing Secure Passwords - Choosing Secure Passwords. Bruce Schneier describes the state of the art in password cracking software.

SitePen Blog » Offline Gmail and Blogger Using the Dojo Offline Toolkit

10/01/2007 @ 20:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : SitePen Blog » Offline Gmail and Blogger Using the Dojo Offline Toolkit - First stages of the Dojo "offline toolkit": Mockups imagining how it could be used to make GMail or Blogger usable when you don't have an active net connection. Looks like it could be a game-changer. [via#

Simon Willison : Offline Gmail and Blogger Using the Dojo Offline Toolkit - Offline Gmail and Blogger Using the Dojo Offline Toolkit. These are just mockups at the moment, but they’re a useful illustration of how offline browsing modes for Web applications could work.

BBC NEWS | Public can purchase $100 laptop

10/01/2007 @ 20:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : BBC NEWS | Public can purchase $100 laptop - Fantastic if it pans out -- The great unwashed will be allowed to buy (on eBay?!) an OLPC laptop, so long as they simultaneously pay for a second one to be shipping to the developing world. Sign me up! #

O'Reilly Radar > TurkTunes?

10/01/2007 @ 18:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : O'Reilly Radar > TurkTunes? - Combine Amazon's various webservices to create a "hum a song into a microphone and find out what it is" system. Most cunning feature: Using the "Mechanical Turk" artificial-artificial-intelligence service to use humans to identify your humming! #

Mii Buttons

10/01/2007 @ 03:02 UTC

Rod Begbie : Mii Buttons - Badges made with your Mii and your Wii Number to make it easy to find new friends for your Wii. [via#

Apple - Apple TV

9/01/2007 @ 21:02 UTC

Rod Begbie : Apple - Apple TV - This is going to hurt Squeezebox quite a bit, I imagine. The second someone works out how to stream DiVX files from off-of BitTorrent to this without transcoding, I'm in. #

Apple's official iPhone site

9/01/2007 @ 21:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Apple's official iPhone site - inspiring industrial and UI design

jkottke : Apple introduces their iPhone - Apple introduces their iPhone. Keynote info here.

Cameron Moll : Apple iPhone - For the two of you that missed the news, the Apple iPhone.

Rod Begbie : Apple - iPhone - All respect to Apple: this is a beautiful thing. If I win the lottery, I'll be sure to buy one. Big question for me: How easy is it to write software/widgets to run on the phone? #

Order your Apple TV now!

9/01/2007 @ 19:02 UTC

Rod Begbie : Order your Apple TV now! - Amazon have Apple TVs ready to ship right now! #

Wild Charge Hands-On: Really Does Charge Wirelessly - Gizmodo

9/01/2007 @ 18:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : Wild Charge Hands-On: Really Does Charge Wirelessly - Gizmodo - I hope this works -- It would be great to have a "charger mat" on the table next to my front door so my wife and I can just drop our cellphone there and have it charged the next morning, rather than having to faff around with our incompatible wall warts. #

Bloggers unite! Yahoo! joins forces with MyBlogLog

9/01/2007 @ 08:01 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Bloggers unite! Yahoo! joins forces with MyBlogLog - Bloggers unite! Yahoo! joins forces with MyBlogLog: It's official: Yahoo (Developer Network) + MyBlogLog

Rod Begbie : Bloggers unite! Yahoo! joins forces with MyBlogLog - Yodel Anecdotal - Yahoo buys MyBlogLog (no, really, etc.) [via#

xmpp4moz - Trac

9/01/2007 @ 04:01 UTC

deusx : xmpp4moz - Trac - "A browser connector that provides rich user-to-user communication and interaction to web applications, in real-time and without server hacks."

Rod Begbie : xmpp4moz - Trac - Yowsers! A Firefox extension that enables simple asynchronous webapps, using Jabber's XMPP prototcol. If this gets legs, it could be the birth of some wicked cool stuff. [via#

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