Since I’m a tad preoccupied with building a house and all I’m going to use that as an excuse to dump some links here to stuff I ran into over the last couple of weeks that are interesting enough to share with you, my dear blog reader:
- Such as a web site where you can search for an open source alternative for commercial/proprietary software you’d like to replace. It also has all the OSS software nicely sorted in a bunch of categories, making it easy to find new and exciting new OSS goodies as well.
- If you like a laugh, check out 27bslash6.com. He replies to emails and it’s hilarious. You might know him from emails such as the 7 legged spider.
- Or how about some mash-up business? Been a while since I ran into a good one. This one takes stuff from twitter and turns it into a newspaper! Seriously. An online paper that is, at Paper.li. I made his one on stuxnet for example, by pulling links from the twitter hashtag. You can create one by tracking a user’s followers, lists or as mentioned a hashtag.
- Stuxnet on it’s own is a topic worth reading about as a geek. It’s amazing how much pwnage this software worm has in it’s tiny bytes. Symantec has a very detailed and good read on it.
Photo by jef safi, cc-licensed.
Clicking away through various Flickr groups and user accounts finally landed me on this old computer modem ad, telling us how damn sexy that particular piece of hardware really was. I never particularly found any computer hardware sexy since it’s way too uncurvy for that, but a huge square top box set like that was never sexy in anyone’s book I reckon. Never the less, these ads show how fast technology is moving forward, and this makes these vintage computer ads quite funny to watch. It just makes you wonder if we will be looking back at our current ads for the iPhone, mp3 players, or whatever in 20 years or so and find them equally hilarious. There’s more, in SA_Steve‘s vintage ad collection (not all geek).
Since we can now post videos, I shall do it a second time! But I’m not doing it just because I can (even though it would be a valid excuse) but because the awesomely funny lads from Monty Python have decided to put their own clips up over at YouTube in their very own Monty Python YouTube channel.
Instead of suing the ass off their fans who have been posting their copyrighted clips over the last 3 years in crap quality, they blow their nose at them and instead post the clips themselves in high quality, as they where intended to be viewed. How cool is that? Eat that RIAA and Metallica I say!
Instead they only want to use this opportunity to sell their DVD’s and movies. A bloody good idea in my opinion. Thanks to that, we can now enjoy the French taunts in high def.
I don’t ussually jump on internet memes, and post about them in my blog. There’s plenty of other blogs for that, and some are dedicated purely to pictures of cats with funny taglines, so why would I reproduce just that?
Well, when it’s fringe enough like something related to drum’n’bass mixed with religion, then it’s something that has enough relevance to be posted here, and IMHO funny enough as well.
So without further ado, here’s some church folks raving over some classic drum’n’bass and junlge tracks.
The intro of this one is excellent:
This is the first part of the previous one:
Good syncing in this one. I love it when that amen drops after 30 seconds.
And my personal favourite, because Messiah is such a fitting tune and those comments:
Pic by CatCubed, cc-licensed
Twitter. It’s kinda fun. It’s also fun to see how much apps are popping up all over the place doing something with the public data from the twitter feeds.
Stuff like Twitterholic for instance, which gives you an overview of which twits have the most followers. Barack Obama is clearly at the lead there. Unless you’re fanatically being followed as well (you need over 2.559 followers at this very moment), you’re probably not in the list. You can hack the URL though by adding your own twitter name at the end like this http://www.twitterholic.com/twitter/n3wjack and see your own stats. Sweet!
More stats? Well okay, how about Tweetstats. Yet Another Twitter Stats tool, but it puts it all into a nice colorful bar charts, and bar charts rock. It seems to be rather popular since it’s queueing people to render their stats at the moment. Heh.
How about the really useful stuff? Hey, this is Twitter remember, don’t get your hopes up too much. Twittertale gives you all the pottymouths out there for instance. Always interesting to know which rude words are popular these days, so check em out.
Can’t get enough? No problem, there’s plenty more where that came from.
Stuff we came across recently, not worthy of a full post but fun, interesting or sweet enough to get stuffed together in an orgy of hyperlink goodness.
- Lemmings the oldskool computer game rewritten for the web. If this gets you excited you are probably old. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s probably something you won’t really get thrilled over. Move along youngsters, nothing to see here. (via Angelo)
- The story of stuff is a 20 minute online video about how our consumer society is eating up the planet, and the people with it. You will have heard most of these facts before separately, but when the puzzle is put together it sheds a new light on the situation. Well worth the 20 minutes of your time IMO. Makes you think, or at least, it should (via Ine).
- Another one, on a much lighter subject is The Nerd Handbook. If you have a nerd around, or are a nerd and feel like people might benefit from reading the manual, then this is something for you. The funny thing is that it’s actually quite accurate when it comes to nerdish interaction and logic. Hell, I can tell. (via Lifehacker)
- Face On, a photo exhibition occurring in cyberspace and meatspace at the same time. Browse through the virtual exhibition room and check out the portraits or add your own to the mix. (via Pietel)
- Rat Trap, an interesting article about drug addiction, and how the drugs are not the problem, but our enviroment. (via Jungletrain.net)
Belgacom and Telenet are the major broadband providers in Belgium, and both are still upholding archaic bandwidth limitations for their users. This makes us Belgians look like 3rd world internauts and with more and more bandwidth gobbling sites like YouTube, Flickr, streaming radio or television becoming mainstream, it’s getting harder and harder to stay within those pesky limits.
However, here’s a little list I compiled just for those suffering from those ancient limitations, containing 7 handy tips and tricks to make sure you can keep your bandwidth usage in check:
- Don’t install the Flash player. Most of those movie players are written in Flash you know, so if you can’t run those, there’s no way they will be using your precious bandwidth. Preciousssssssssssssssssss!
You’ll also get rid of that nasty auto-playing MySpace music by doing this, which is an added and welcome bonus!
- If you’re listening to streaming radio, switch the channel off as soon as something is on that’s not 100% you liking. Yes, you can be a hardcore critic. Switching to a lower bitrate is also a valid option, and will certainly degrade your listening experience, but will squeeze out yet more bytes to spend on other, more important downloads. If you have crappy speakers anyway, 28kbps is the way to go!
- Don’t download any games, movies or music. Have other people do that for you, and then tell them to copy all that stuff onto a portable USB drive.
Heck, this will also keep RIAA off your ass, since they can’t find your IP if you’re not online right? Sweet!
- Using Flickr? Great! Just don’t look at the full quality and large pictures. Thumbnails are fine, I swear. If you put your screen in a low resolution, they will look a lot bigger too, so there’s no need to go for that wasteful 1280×1024 resolution!
- Uploading pictures to Flickr? My God, you really like to spend those bytes don’t you? Here’s a tip though, downgrade all your pictures to 640×480 resolutions, and tag them with “cellphone”. Nobody will know the difference. Do put a big pic up now and then to brag about your expensive Nikon or Canon camera, but only on Sundays ok?
- Torrents? Only if you really really have to remember (see tip 3), but if that’s the case, it’s leeching time! Figure out how to minimize your upload, and maximize your download by tweaking your Bittorrent software settings. As soon as your download is finished you kill that seed quicker than a fox.. on speed.. with a pepper up it’s arse! With bandwidth limits like that you are allowed to leech dammit!
- The library is a great place to freeload. All those links to must-see YouTube video’s and whatever pictures are the new tubgirl or goatse of t3h intahnet are excellent to watch on other peoples machines. Cybercafés work as well, or what the heck, you can even watch some of that stuff at work during your lunch break if you’re lucky.
That way you don’t have to feel left out when your buds are talking about that girl doing that thing with the vegetables and the horse while drinking a beer in the pub. Nice!
So, until those limits are lifted you can use these great tips for prolonged surfing “pleasure”.
It might not be worth it any more though, but you can’t have it all right. Not in Belgium.