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Skip to the Best Part of a YouTube Video

Skip to the Best Part of a YouTube Video

You already know that with a little URL-hacking, you can skip to a certain time in YouTube clip embedded on your blog. Now you can do the same within the comments on a clip at the YouTube site. The TechCrunch blog describes how: To specify a point, append a tag to the end of your video link with the following syntax: “#t=1m45s” (you can [...]

HOWTO: Order pizza from the command line

HOWTO: Order pizza from the command line

Pizza Party is a free text based software package for ordering pizza, or for throwing pizza parties. Pizza Party has many features to make ordering pizza easy: Can order pizza with only a few keystrokes. Can save pizza preferences. Can use batch files for ordering many pizzas. Has easy to use flags for ordering different [...]

Codeweavers Gives Away Premium Version of WINE, Today only!

Codeweavers Gives Away Premium Version of WINE, Today only!

Some background on the "bet" from the Star Tribune... In July, St. Paul software developer CodeWeavers came up with the gimmick to make its products available free for a day if any one of five positive (but seemingly unlikely at the time) things happened during Bush's last six months in office: gas drops to $2.79 a gallon, milk drops to $3.50 a [...]

How Bars Can Use Microsoft Surface Tables to Get You Drunk Faster

It’s a well known fact, the perfect time for bar staff to offer a new drink to their customers is when their glass is almost empty. So to help bar owners who have a surface table inside their establishment, Microsoft is currently working on experimental “Surfaceware” that can detect how much liquid remains inside [...]

Rumors resurface of a Facebook music store

Rumors resurface of a Facebook music store

As anyone who has held up a lighter alongside friends during a second encore can tell you, social networking and music are meant to sing together. MySpace reminded everyone of its roots last month with the launch of MySpace Music, and inside sources say that Facebook may finally rock out with its own duet soon. Music has always been one of [...]

GMail adds feature to stop users emailing while under the influence

GMail adds feature to stop users emailing while under the influence

"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called [...]

HOWTO: Create a Secret Data Stash with a Fake Phonejack

HOWTO: Create a Secret Data Stash with a Fake Phonejack

While not as grandiose as having your own secret bookshelf door, constructing a hidden USB data stash won't take a whole weekend and involve a table saw. At the DIY website Instructables there is a step by step tutorial on hiding your data behind a phone jack plate. By wiring a USB cord to the phone plate and making a USB cord with a phone jack [...]

Metal plates send messages to airport x-ray screeners

Metal plates send messages to airport x-ray screeners

One of my favorite artists, Evan Roth, is working on a project that will be released soon - the pictures say it all, it's a "carry on" communication system. These metal places contain messages which will appear when they are X-Rayed. The project isn't quite done yet, Evan needs access to an X-Ray machine to take some photos and document. If you [...]

HOWTO: Bybass Windows 98 ‘s elite security system

HOWTO: Bybass Windows 98 ‘s elite security system

“Notorious” Movie Trailer

Completely off topic but, if you grew up in the 90s, this movie is going to be epic... and I'm using that term loosely.

Rumor: Rare Bringing Goldeneye to Xbox Arcade

Rumor: Rare Bringing Goldeneye to Xbox Arcade

The folks at Xbox Evolved are of the belief that Rare will be bringing N64 classic Goldeneye to the Xbox Live Arcade. Citing "very reliable sources," as well as "seeing evidence ourselves," the site suggests that Goldeneye will make it to the Arcade shortly before Activision releases the new Bond game. Goldeneye would naturally sport revamped [...]

Google planning “data barges” at sea… away from national laws and taxes

Google planning “data barges” at sea… away from national laws and taxes

Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”. The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore. The “water-based data centres” would use wave [...]

Get Your FBI File

Get Your FBI File

It's probably worth noting that if the FBI DOESN'T have a file on you, they will no doubt start one when you do this... ... ever participate in a civil rights march? How about a Vietnam war protest? ... ever sign an edgy political petition? ... ever know a guy named "Joey the Horse?" (Ever help him take out any heavy garbage bags?) ... ever [...]

Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Color: Plastic Discoloration in Classic Machines

Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Color: Plastic Discoloration in Classic Machines

Great writeup about how and why plastics turn yellow over time. Sure, consoles age and get dirty. Heck, I remember a suspicious incident involving my Super Nintendo (SNES) console and a can of Coca-Cola in the early ’90s that left my SNES looking more like a moldy loaf of bread than a video game system. But around five years ago, I noticed [...]

Wordle

Wordle

"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or [...]

The regular expression required to validate an email address according to the respective RFCs

The regular expression required to validate an email address according to the respective RFCs

click for full email validation regular expression Cheers to the persons using /.+@.+/ as their email validation regex... I like to try "root@localhost" to see if it'll take it. Realizing this, some people suggest we stop validating email addresses by computation of any sort. Instead, they say we should just send a validation email to the [...]

More Defcon Madness: Massachusetts transit authority sues subway hackers

More Defcon Madness: Massachusetts transit authority sues subway hackers

Las Vegas (NV) – Three MIT students probably won’t be giving their scheduled Defcon speech on getting free subway rides.  The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority – the agency in charge of the Boston T subway – sued the trio for computer fraud and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent them from presenting [...]

Defcon’s Hackers TURN OFF pacemaker remotely!

Defcon’s Hackers TURN OFF pacemaker remotely!

The Defcon conference is the wild and woolly version of Black Hat for the unwashed masses of hackers. It always has its share of unusual hacks. The oddest so far is a collaborative academic effort where medical device security researchers have figured out how to turn off someone’s pacemaker via remote control. They previously disclosed the [...]

Al Franken is a Geography God

Al Franken is a Geography God

Al Franken draws a map of the United States freehand from memory while answering questions about healthcare and other topics at a fundraiser for his Senate campaign at Capitol City Brewing Company, 14 Jul 2008. He later auctioned off the map. Source

Patches for iPhone QRcode scanning

Patches for iPhone QRcode scanning

John Young has written some cool projects for Make, such as this helmet-mounted water gun. He just alerted me to another nifty thing he made: Commando Nerd patches, which can be scanned with an iPhone. Here's how he describes them: You have an iPhone. And that means you're just HOURS away from being able to put a QRcode reader on it (there's [...]

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