Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Asus Eee PC 900 now on Ubuntu

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After trying to live with the original delivered Linux from Asus for a week, I've decided to reflash the whole thing and now it's running on Ubuntu Eee.

The stock system is too restrictive and way too many hacks to perform for someone who likes to peek under the hood. In the end, I get too bogged down by all the changes, multiple windows manager, and Asus Launcher (the simple interface you see on every Asus Eee PC) trying to be more than just a overlay program.

What I gave up is the option to go back to the original state (unless I have an external DVD drive) and the boot up time (super fast in the stock Eee 900). What I gain is the option for a better user interface and a simple way to upgrade application software (like OpenOffice, Firefox, Adobe Flash player, etc) without resorting to circus tricks.

Now I am happier with this new toy.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pirelli's Calendar From The 1960s to 2009

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Remember those sleazy calendars at the auto mechanic workshop in the past? Here is a more artistic one from Pirelli through the years (NSFW).

(via Autoblog)

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Flying Car Footage

Imagine driving this noisy car home after midnight. And drunk...

Parachute Snowboarder Gets Airborne For Almost 40 Seconds

The snowboarder must be really sick after this episode.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Story of LED


MAKE presents: The LED from make magazine on Vimeo.

A quick tour on LED, light-emitting diode. Learn - who invented it, how to use it, and how to make your own.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Best Free Video Documentaries Site


The Knights of Malta and many other links to free video documentaries on this site.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Smart Car Doing A Wheelie?

(via Autoblog)

Watch this if you don't believe me. It's the Suzuki Haybusa version. Coming from a bike company, it no wonder doing a wheelie is part of it's bag of tricks.

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Scraps And Morsels 20081123

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What's been keeping me busy the last 2 days



I've been playing around with my new Asus Eee 900 netbook. Got it because it was cheap (at least way cheaper than the an XP netbook with a hard drive). This netbook's has a 20 gb (4 + 16) SSD drive.

Although much easier to setup than an XP netbook, I found myself spending way too much time tweaking small little things, like adding the option for an advance desktop, maximizing Firefox's screen space, font size for different applications, etc.

I'm still undecided now whether to spend even more time loading any Linux distribution, primarily because this netbook currently boot up almost immediately. Any other Linux distro while it may look better then the Eee's Xandros Linux would not be able to beat the boot up time.

Guess I'll just hack around this delivered OS for a while.

This blog post was done via the Eee 900 with ScribeFire on Firefox. Typing on the keyboard really isn't that bad after some practice. ScribeFire isn't that bad, but nothing beats Windows Live Writer.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

On YouTube testing videos with resolution up to 1280x720

(via googlesystem)

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Imagine taking this video from Matt all the way up to 1280x720. I've tried this on my more than 2 year old notebook and it started to skip frames when I switch it to full screen. See if your machine is powerful enough to take it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY (standard format - mono, resolution: 320x180)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&fmt=18 (stereo, resolution: 480x270)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&fmt=22 (new format - stereo, resolution: 1280x720)

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Model with pictures from age 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60

Source: Miss at la Playa

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And she doesn't seems to age much after 40.

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Bruce Lee Lookalike Playing Ping Pong With Nunchucks

Guess what this commercial is for?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Mathematical Joke

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third, a quarter of a beer. The bartender says "You're all idiots", and pours two beers.

(via derdritte)

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The New Monty Python Channel On YouTube

Finally, the official Monty Python Channel on YouTube.

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No Thanks, I Rather Pay Cash

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(via Jean's blog)

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On The Great Global Warming Swindle - Documentary Film

(Source: Garage TV)

For a more balanced point of view.

Controversial director Martin Durkin said: "You can see the problems with the science of global warming, but people just don't believe you - it's taken 10 years to get this commissioned.

"I think it will go down in history as the first chapter in a new era of the relationship between scientists and society. Legitimate scientists - people with qualifications - are the bad guys.

"It is a big story that is going to cause controversy.

"It's very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bollocks.

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Secret Confessions of Singapore Office Workers

Not exactly the kind of confessions one would expect in these economic times, but very well done nevertheless.

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Cat in a Roomba

Just that, nothing more.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

On iPhone automatically attaching image to emails

(via Apple Discussions)

From Susan:

Please help! I took my husband's i-phone and found a raunchy picture of him attached to an e-mail to a woman in his sent e-mail file (a Yahoo account). When I approached him about this (I think that he is cheating on me) he admitted that he took the picture but says that he never sent it to anyone. He claims that he went to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store and they told him that it is an i-phone glitch: that photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an e-mail address and appear in the sent folder, even though no e-mail was ever sent. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? The future of my marriage depends on this answer!

Is this a glitch or an excuse? Despite not owning an iPhone,  I say get the divorce lawyer!

Domino Day 2008 - New World Record

I can watch this the whole day.

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Achmed The Dead Terrorist - Jingle Bombs


Achmed The Dead Terrorist - Jingle Bombs - A funny movie is a click away

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Star Trek's Official Movie Site

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Site with 2 trailers (teasers). Finally, no more old, out of breath captains in this movie.

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On Wind versus Miniskirts

Now we know the true purpose of miniskirts.

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Airless Tire For The Military

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New Tires that don't require air, from Resilient Technologies. No problem with tires functioning when they are shot at. The technology is based on nature's honeycomb design. No news on it's efficiency and whether if it can be applied to normal cars.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Word of the day: Photobombers

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Definition - Random man or woman (often drunk) who mysteriously ends up in your pictures ruining an otherwise most excellent snippet-memory in time.

Here's a nice list of photos photobombers.

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President-Elect Obama's Change

Regardless of the performance of the President-Elect, the changes are not just rhetoric.

I am very impressed with Obama using YouTube for his weekly address before he is sworn in the White House. Too bad he has to give up his blackberry. In any case, it would be nice to see the oval office with a PC (Mac).

Finally, a head of state that embraces technology. About time too.

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Elf Yourself is ready for the 2008 Xmas Season

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Elf Yourself by OfficeMax is back, it's 3rd year in the running. Upload your face and you can make your elf dance, in addition to sending it as an eCard.

This year, there are 3 more dances, plus the ability to embed the video to your site.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

On 60 Beautiful Music Videos

(via Smashing Magazine)

With cool and crazy videos. Some of the links are gone, but most of them still playable, including this one above.

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The Time Machine: Interactive Video

An elaborate interactive YouTube videos since the introduction to this feature a few months back. Can you get Chad, Matt and Rob in time for the meeting?

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Star Trek Teaser

Haven't been this excited about a teaser/trailer in a long time.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

On Tech Tips For The Basic Computer User

(via NYT)

How many of the 26 tips do your know?

Like:

You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

DHL may lay off thousands

(via Market Watch)

No mention on whether the Asian region will be impacted.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Another use for WD-40 - Removing the bumper sticker of the candidate that lost

(via Jean's blog)

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On the 50 facts you might not know about Barack Obama

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His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Casablanca (White House).

Check!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Huh! Is it a parallel to the US Government?

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

First Things First

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

On How The US Election Works

Here's how the US election works, courtesy of Common Craft.

I guess people here in SG will find out who will win the US Election by noon tomorrow.

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Linux and Sex

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(via hehe2)

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Realtime Electoral Vote Predictor - Now That Would Be A Great Gambling Opportunity

Imagine Singapore Pools setting up the opportunity for us to bet on the US election. You know, the Chinese, will bet on anything.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Peeling Watermelon in 30 seconds

Nice moves. However not very practical as one can first slice the melon in 4 pieces and slice the rind off in less time.

(Source: JapanProbe)

OMG - Lewis Hamilton Won The 2008 Formula One By Just One Point

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The timing couldn't be worst for Felipe Massa's fan as they have just started celebrating Massa's victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix and at the same time the F1 championship.

The euphoria couldn't have lasted more than 20 seconds. Lewis Hamilton was about to lose the championship after dropping to the 6th position. Then at the last corner just before the checker flag Timo Glock ran out of fuel (a 2 stop gamble) and Lewis Hamilton took the 5th spot.

* It wasn't the fuel but Toyota’s decision not to pit for wet tyres when a late shower arrived. Timo Glock rapidly became easy prey for both Hamilton and Vettel.

I feel bad for Massa as his expression at the podium does not look like someone who had won the race. Ironically Lewis Hamilton lost the F1 championship a year ago here in Interlagos to Kimi Raikkonen by exactly one point.

I'm glad I stayed up to watched this race. It is the best race of the whole season.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

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Final Formula One Race This Season

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(via BBC Sport)

Always exciting when the championship is down to the last race.

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McCain On SNL

OMG, the US election circus now has a new clown.

McCain QVC Open

Update: Senator McCain

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On Sarah Palin Prank Call

Just when you thought the election circus is winding down.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Calendar Desktop Wallpaper

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Smashing Magazine is releasing static calendar desktop wallpaper (with different desktop resolution) over the next 12 months, starting for November. And there are many to choose from.

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