Saturday, September 10, 2005

Straight facts from Skynews, and more

For the lack of a better post, I decided to post a few pictures.

The media finally gets the facts straight and sees the truth. The image below is from Sky News. I wouldn’t expect ABC or CNN to mistakenly air that type of headline.

Via [The Talent Show]

Ruining Public Commuting 101

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Friday, September 09, 2005

And the winner is....

About a week ago I've pledged to give away a $25 USD gift certificate to whoever comes up with the funniest comment on the photo below. Most, if not all, comments were lame. And as I couldn't be arsed to create a poll for readers to vote, I asked a very good friend of mine to help. The winner got selected based on effort and creativity, not humor unfortunately.
And the winning comment is: "nice work johnson, weve been after this hamburglar for months" By Dantana Runner-Up comment is: "officer: shu keef al shu'3ol ma3ak abu shryek? MacMan: ya zalmeh oskout khalyha 3ala allah, tezey mesh 3aref a7kouha." By Ibrahim Owais
Unfortunately, Dantana couldn't be reached as his/her blogger profile is not enabled. Dantana, you have 3 days to contact me with your details, otherwise the prize will go to Ibrahim.
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Thursday, September 08, 2005

why i love flickr

Flickr! Brilliant fucking idea, well exectued... bla bla bla!

The reason I worship Flickr however is that technical mumbo jumbo is constantly replaced with humorous banter. I logged on last night to find this:

You can’t be cross reading that can ya?!

While you're at it, check this out You can replace yazan with whatever you like, no spaces: ;-)

JordanPlanet Bloggers fight for popularity

The lights dim and the crowds cheer as 4 brave bloggers enter the boxing arena. Every Planet Citizen anxiously awaiting and speculating the result of the battle. I should warn you ladies and gentlemen the scene is gory and not for the timid; contestants will fight till the last blogger is standing. Roba Assi vs Lina Ejeilat [Click here to watch the fight] On the left side; we have our challenger for the title Roba Assi on the right side Lina Ejeilat. The bell rings, and the fighters approach; Lina takes a Jab at Roba. Roba quickly maneuvers out of the way and put an end to the battle with a quick knockout! 1-2-3 … that has got to go down as the shortest boxing match in history! The referee tries to stop Roba as she tries to spray paint Lina with her pink signature. Roba Assi vs Jameed [Click here to watch the fight] Enter the Karaki Stallion…. Roba be prepared you’re about to face one of the toughest opponents of your career… Jameed dances around Roba looking for an opening and lands a punch that knocks her to the floor. Roba quickly gets up and confuses her opponent with art terminology, and surprises him with a direct hit that knocks him down. For the final match Roba is going to face our defending champion Roba Assi vs Ahmad Humeid [Click here to watch the fight] Eager to win, Roba quickly approaches Ahmad and lays a punch, only to be blocked by a wave of sound generated from his iPod Shuffle. Artsy words do not confuse our champion. Nor do quick punches. Ahmad smiles victoriously at the lame attempts of his challenger; his music shield impenetrable, and his punches unblocked. Roba falls down on the ground and pulls out a can of turpentine and sprays the chemical of happiness around Ahmad. He falls laughing on the floor and breaks the Shuffle; and suddenly the music stops and the crowd gasp. The referee is counting, Ahmad is still laughing… 3-2-1 we have a winner ladies and gentlemen. More Interesting Battles: - Microsoft vs Linux - Microsoft vs God - Bill Gates vs Linus Torvalds - Britney Spears vs Shakira - Oprah vs Dr. Phil - Work vs Holiday Note: This is a twisted and bizarre post about GoogleFight. Bloggers were selected randomly; I didn't enlist myself because I'm too cool and cannot be arsed; sore losers and angry crowds can direct their hate mail to the comments segment.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Fast & furious influenced smart-car

It’s called the “Smartuki”, and is the brainchild of Peter Bee an Englishman who who works for MHP exhausts. Although smitten with the Smart car in its mild mannered state he felt the urge to take it to the edge by having Z cars drop in the engine of a Suzuki motorcycle. The tweaked Suzuki GSXR1000 engine produces 180 hp of power - nearly 120 more hp than a stock Smart car. The result is a microcar that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and takes 12.4 seconds through a quarter mile and tops out at 132mph. Impressive Mod! It nearly matched a Mistubishi Evo FQ-330 in an Autosport Magazine head-to-head test. Read more about the project. Tags [] [] [] [] [] [] [] []

Movie: An independent filmmaker talks about movie piracy

This is an instant classic. Probably one of the best web mini-movies I've seen yet.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

An Arabic Trojan Butts Porn

I finally know why my browser kept closing on me last night! God Damn it! Those sneaky bastards have definately crossed the line! It’s one thing to try to hijack a strangers computer and siphon credit card numbers… But damn it! Now you have to go and bother innocent internet users while their enjoying porn?! Come on!
Security experts today issued a warning after detecting a malicious Trojan horse which tries to interrupt the surfing of adult websites by displaying messages from the Koran. The Yusufali-A Trojan monitors users’ surfing habits by examining the title bar of the active window. If the Trojan finds a key word such as ‘teen’, ‘xxx’, ’sex’ or ‘penis’, it minimises the window so that the user cannot see its content and displays a message from the Koran instead.
Hey at least it doesn't pull up some Christian Fanatics Website complete with the "I've healed you my son, step off your wheel chair videos" right? No offence ;-) This is the virus to get if you're worried about your kids surfing habits. Read More Tags: [] [] [] [] [] []

OpenWengo: An Open-Source / Open-Standards Skype Alternative?

From comes (WP) an open source aletrantive to . Although lacking in several areas in my opinion especially wise, WP brings the ability to make and receive SIP calls, send SMS as well as video conferencing. I'm not going to debate whether open-source code is good or bad for you. I'm perfectly fine with a closed-source code solution provided that it follows industry standards. What makes potentially disruptive to the communication industry as we know it today, is the existence of SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). SIP allows different VoIP services to interoperate over the internet directly without ever hitting the traditional phone network (PSTN). Simply providing the kind of interoperability and interconnectivity we have come to expect from the Internet. So what's the big deal? Skype and several other VoIP services DO NOT ALLOW their users to call anyone outside their service over the internet. For example, if you're a Voiceglo user you cannot call a Skype user without hitting PSTN. If that didn't paint a crystal clear picture it might be useful to think of Skype as an island excluded from the rest of the world. WengoPhone on the other hand is an Open-Standards Platform, which means that you're able to call and receive calls from users that are not using the same software. The media has not yet grasped the significance of this, and still report about VoIP in the same old terms; still considering the traditional PSTN as the only means to interconnect. OpenWengo is currently available for Windows Only, and with Linux, OSX and WinCE clients in the work. Related Tags: [] [] [] [] [] [] []

Die Hard 4 draft anticipates flooding of New Orleans?

I just read this on cenimatical; apparently an early draft of the script for Die Hard 4 is making the rounds, and in one scene, New Orleans gets flooded in in a matter of seconds. The draft is currently undergoing a rewrite by Bruce Willis' clean-up man Doug Richardson, so it would seem highly likely that all references to New Orleans would be wiped from any draft used for shooting. Quite creepy given last week's events. Related Posts: Tags: [] [] [] [] [] [] []

Apple iPod Nano Photo

I can't wait to lay my hand on one of these (Note: this is a mock up, not the actual product) Click here to enlarge Tags [] [iPod] [] [] [] [] []

Tomorrow's Announcement: What to expect from Apple?

Why wait till Wednesday to know what products has in store for you? - Cingular will announce an iTunes compatible phone called the "Rocker" or "ROKR" - A new Flash memory based 2GB iPod called "Nano" will be launched. It's a mesh between the iPod Mini and the Shuffle, estimated price is $199 USD. Click here for a photo of Nano. - No video iPod will be launched. [Digg this story] Tags [] [iPod] [] [] [] [] []

Monday, September 05, 2005

Linspire 5.0: Linux Evolution or Windows on Steroids?

Yazan Malakha takes Linspire FIVE-O for a spin If you've missed it, the people at (Previously Lindows) are giving away free digital download version of their latest operating system, a $49 USD value, for a limited time. After countless attempts to register on their website; I finally managed to download and install the much-hyped-about Linspire 5.0 (For some reason or another their Linux based servers has difficulties coping with 250 concurrent users, what a bummer). Downloading frustration aside, I was actually impressed by how lucid and unbelievably simple their installation is. The CD offers 2 options, a live feature which allows you to run the operating system directly off your CD Drive. And an installer option similar to the one you’d find on Windows XP CD, it took approximately 10 minutes to install the software on VMWare, and less than 2 minutes to configure it, although booting was unusually slow for a Linux system. Hardware support was trouble-free: all my peripherals (except for the webcam and satellite card) were detected and worked without a hitch, in both VMWare and Native mode. Now before I go on, I should point out that I’m all about Gnome; I’ve used KDE in its early stages, but never long enough to form an opinion. What struck me upon booting the system was the resemblance this system bears to Windows XP! Aside from using Windows XP naming conventions like (“My Computer”, “My Documents”, “My Music” and so on); everything has been copied or mimicked. The login screen almost looks identical, the green start menu button, bookmarks in the file explorer, some of the icons are a complete knock-off. It also starts off with an audio tutorial demonstrating all of the OS features. On the other hand the system does have a close resemblance to Mac OS. The curvy look of windows, the circular shaped minimize/maximize buttons, the inclusion of multimedia programs such as Lphoto and Lmusic (iPhoto and iTunes anyone?), not to mention the Load Screen, which reminded me of OS 8/9 days. I should mention that it comes with instant messaging software and open office, making the system ready for an average user. One of the most impressive features was CNR, which stands for Click-N-Run; it takes exactly one click to install an application, again quite similar to Mac (a click and a drag). They offer a CNR library that spans hundreds of Linux programs that provide alternatives to just about any Windows application you’ll ever need. So what impact can Linspire cause in a world full of Linux Distros? Can Linspire live up to it’s goal of delivering a system that won’t make Linux users wish they had paid their Windows tax? I think so, although I think there’s still room for improvement. The clean interface, simple installation, and resemblance to windows, makes switching to linux a breeze, even for the novice user. No more will Linux be reserved for the technically-advantaged. At a fraction of the cost of Windows XP; you get an operating system that includes all the tools you need to perform any type of computer work. In a simple and user-friendly interface. Perfect for a newbie or a bargain-hunter. Some Screen Shots Tags: [] [] [] [] [] [] []

Reblog: U.S. gave the Israelis a wall, and New Orleans gets Flooded!

Here's a great article you should read
Sorry, Israel, the clash of civilizations will not happen. Despite all your efforts and the Zionist money to pit Arab against Americans, Arabs Do Not Hate Americans. Contrary to that, Arabs Care About Americans. Have you heard of the donations from Arabs to Katrina victims? From Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Bahrain, Syria, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. Almost $ 3 Billion worth of aid from Arab countries! That’s not all: The 22-member Arab League called on Arab nations to provide relief to the U.S. Its secretary-general, Amr Moussa, sent a cable of “deep condolences and regret to the U.S. administration over the effect of Hurricane Katrina.” Even Libya that was bombed by the US because Israel killed Americans and then forged a “message of confession” from Libya. Even Syria that Israel wants America to invade. Read the Complete Article on Sabbah's Blog Tags: [] [] [] [] []

How Apple may deal with the dreaded "intel inside" sticker

Contest Update: 25 Bucks for the funniest comment

So far there has been 8 maybe 9 sorry attempts to make me laugh; none of which resulted in a popped spleen (not even a smirk in some cases). It's quite obvious Jordanian Grumpiness has taken over the best of you; there's still enough room to prove me wrong though. So feel free to drop a comment here. Notes: - Winner will be announced on Friday 9th September 2005 - If sorry arse comments are to continue, the best four will be polled for a winner. - Anonymous entries will be disregarded, if you're a non blogger, leave your name or email address. - Prize is a $25 USD gift certificate at any place where a Jordanian-Issued Credit Card is accepted. - May the funniest (wo)man win. Good Luck :-) Tags []

Microsoft Ventures in VoIP

Intel is not the only one venturing into VoIP, last wednesday Microsoft announced the purchase of VoIP software and service provider Teleo. Microsoft will work on integrating Teleo’s technology into its own VoIP products and IM clients. Teleo's ability to make PC-to-Phone calls will position Microsoft as a direct competitor to Skype; and they're definately not wasting any time, they expect to have Teleo technology integrated into MSN Messenger by the end of this year. You can expect Microsoft to leverage the relationship it already has with businesses through its Microsoft Office Suite by integrating VoIP features. They're in a powerful position to offer communication solutions to their customers; it's surprising it's coming to the game so late with this purchase. If anything, this is a sure sign that VoIP is gaining momentum. Related Links [Microsoft Press Release] [] [eWeek's Article] Tags: [] [] [] [] []

Vacation Is Over: An open letter to Bush

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It’s Day 5 of and thousands remain stranded in and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag. Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren’t there to begin with? I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don’t let people criticize you for this — after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike? And don’t listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn’t cut the money to fix those levees, there weren’t going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them — BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ! You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit []. Read More

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Weekly Technological Roundup: Does Apple Even Own iPod, Intel's stake at Skpye, FreeSpire and more..

Does Apple Even Own iPod? Earlier on I've blogged about Microsoft patenting iPod Interface; Creative Technologies decided to raise another legal threat to the iPod music player, and has been awarded a U.S. patent for a song-navigation technology it claims is used on Apple Computer's market-leading devices. "Apple tried to claim invention, but this patent dispels that," said Craig McHugh, president of Creative Labs, a Milpitas-based subsidiary. "We are going to look at all the alternatives that the patent provides. We can look at legal remedies." No word yet on how Creative intends on enforcing it's patent. More iPod Related Stories: [Apple's Secret is Out] [iPod Phone] [Microsoft Patents iPod Technology] Google Maps Update New Orleans Google Maps has updated its service by adding a ‘Katrina’ button alongside the current ‘Map’, ‘Satellite’, and ‘Hybrid’ options. Satellite images were taken on August 31. In order to view the new images enter “New Orleans” in the search bar. To view a “before & after” click the satellite button to view older images. More Katrina Stories: [In the Wake of a Storm] [Katrina in the News] More Google Related Stories: [Google Eying Talent] [Google Talk] [Google Knows] FreeSpire, a free copy of Linspire (Limited Time) The people at Linspire are giving Linspire 5.0 away for free (digital download only) until September 6th. Simply go to purchase the $49.95 digital edition, and then enter coupon code ‘freespire’ to receive a $49.95 discount.” More on Freespire [Freespire Press Release] [] Intel's Disruption Trying to repeat the success of its Centrino brand for notebook computers, Intel said it will launch a set of technologies geared specifically for entertainment PCs. Look out for "Intel Viiv" sticker, coming to a computer near you. Intel also seems to have bought a stake in the in internet phone phenomenon Skype Tags: [] [] [] [] [] [] []

Friday, September 02, 2005

Missing out on Russian Love? Download this Widget!

I'm all about widgets; a great deal of the ones out there can be put to good use (think weather, conversion, etc.). Unfortunately, as in everyhting else in life, the bad outweighs the good. Check out the latest Designed to keep you up to date with the latest offerings from Mother Russia. Download NOW! You wouldn't want to miss your next dream wife now, would you? Tags [] [] []

Katrina in the News

A good friend of mine send me this BBC compilation of quotes on Hurricane Katrina. Taipei's Taiwan News “New Orleans may go down in history as the first major city in an advanced country to be lost to the process of global warming... We sincerely hope that the Bush administration will take the call from Hurricane Katrina and reconsider its energy and environmental policies and replace ostrich-like escapism with leadership in the global effort to deal with the crisis of global climatic change.” Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao “This Katrina hurricane is a 'warning' by God over President Bush's reactionary behavior on the Kyoto Protocol. The US government should wake up from this big disaster, truly take up its responsibilities as a great nation, and become the forerunner in protecting the global climate.” China's Renmin Wang “This hurricane disaster, while bringing huge harm to human resources and property for the residents of New Orleans, has also provided a rare opportunity for the White House to regain extensive popular support... the losses are far greater than in the 9/11 terrorist attack, therefore 'Katrina' has brought a most arduous test for Bush.” Denmark's Kristeligt Dagblad “Every natural disaster comes in two waves. First the wind and rain arrives, then the political storm.” France's Le Monde “The disaster could become a trump card for the White House if it allows the Iraq war and its opponents to fade into the background.” Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung “But if he [Bush] fails to get a grip on the chaos within a few days, his words could become his undoing.” Germany's Die Tageszeitung “The fast and safe evacuation was white, leaving behind poor black people, as if time had stood still between the racial unrest of the sixties and today.” Prague's Hospodarske Noviny “Not even the monstrous Katrina will drag the USA into recession.” Romania's Gardianul “Bush's desperate efforts to redress the situation did not stop the virulent criticism aimed at his 'indifference'... on the first day of the hurricane [he] was still on holiday.” Palestinian Al-Hayat al-Jadidah “We sympathize with the American people in their predicament after Hurricane Katrina. But the real hurricane is the Iraqi resistance that does not target innocent [Americans]. “ Australia's The Sydney Morning Herald “Though its death toll is much lower [than the Asian tsunami], in one respect Katrina may be more shocking: the possibility that human activity contributed to the hurricane's strength... Even small changes in temperature can produce disproportionately large weather events.” South Africa's Mercury “There must be truth to the adage that when the United States of America sneezes, the whole world will catch its cold.” El Salvador El Diario de Hoy “It is difficult to make light of one fact: that climate changes are at play, which are causing increasingly violent events... Katrina was just a warning.” Tags [] [] []

Reblog: Are Arabs Human Beings?

As the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina left the Gulf Coast reeling with power outages, floodwaters, thousands of refugees and a thousand dead, another tragedy unfolded on the other side of the world, as more than 800 Iraqi Shiite pilgrims were trampled or drowned to death in a stampede caused by fear of insurgent attacks and severe overcrowding.

But it appears that the Shiite tragedy in northern Baghdad was a mere blip on the radar screen among some news organizations, revealing to any impartial observer the true depths of bias and prejudice among some mainstream media outlets - and the audiences that depend on them. Below is a brief overview of the online coverage provided by domestic and international outlets when the news first broke; at the end of this article is a link to what these homepages looked like at specific times.

On Wednesday afternoon EST, the online coverage provided by most of the large American media was, relatively speaking, acceptable enough: prominent space was given to the massive domestic emergency crisis in Louisiana and Mississippi, along with some kind of clearly visible notice about the pilgrimage incident in Iraq. The top, immediately visible part of the website homepage for The New York Times, for instance, contained several stories about the hurricane’s effects, the fate of its victims, and a related photo. At the very top, though, there was a news alert about the Iraq stampede with a small explanation. Yet the “liberal” Times’ homepage was actually weaker in giving space to the tragedy in Iraq than two of its competitors.

On the MSNBC website, the homepage featured two large images: one of the “nightmare” in New Orleans; the other of the “Baghdad Stampede.” Most of the links below the images were concerned with the hurricane, but the Iraq photo was clickable for a story. Again, in the same time frame, the Washington Post website homepage presented a main image and story titled, “Houston Astrodome Opened for Flood Refugees,” flanked by feature stories about the crisis. The stampede in Iraq was somewhat prominently placed below this section, in the middle of the homepage.

Fox News, however, was an entirely different story. Its homepage featured a gigantic image of rescue efforts in New Orleans, flanked by a “latest headlines” section which featured various links about hurricane-related events. Underneath this part of the homepage, one scrolls down to see the rest: two more articles on Katrina, along with some celebrity, entertainment, and sports coverage, followed by business coverage and stocks statistics. Had Fox News forgotten about the Arabs - at least when they could not be featured as demons of the day? Well, not entirely. Tucked away in the second half of a right-hand column, in small type, underneath all the secondary Katrina links, was one, four-word link about the death of hundreds of Shiites in Iraq.

Guesstimating with the eye, one could fit approximately fifteen links of the size Fox provided for the mass death in Iraq into the box which appears in the upper-left corner of its homepage. That box reads: “Fair & Balanced.”

A look at the international coverage also proves revealing. On the website of the British daily, The Independent, the top story was ” ‘More than 600 killed in Baghdad bridge stampede’” and the top photo was of a grieving Iraqi woman. Directly underneath this story was one titled, “Katrina, America’s ‘greatest natural disaster.’” Another British daily, The Guardian, followed a similar line. The top photo, story, and map pertained to the Iraqi disaster; the ones immediately below it, of the same size, were about the American one.

The French publication, Le Monde, featured a top photo and title about Baghdad on its homepage. The next story on that page, immediately below, was about New Orleans. Another French paper, Le Figaro, ran the Iraqi and American tragedies side by side; the Iraqi one was in bold title and text, and the American one was a large photo of damage caused by Katrina.

Of course, all four papers mentioned above are thousands of miles removed - indeed, not even on the same continent - as Iraq, yet each of them devoted significant, priority space to what happened to those Shiites on pilgrimage in northern Baghdad.

It is illuminating, then, to look at the coverage provided by two papers from a country that is only a couple hundred kilometers away from Iraq, one that sits in the center of the Arab world: Israel. The website of the Israeli daily, The Jerusalem Post, contained a top story titled, “American immigrant sets himself on fire in Jerusalem,” apparently in protest of the Gaza pullout. The homepage photo was of a settler rally. Underneath this were two related pieces about the pullout. This was followed by an announcement of the new school year. Finally, the next link was about the Baghdad stampede.

Then there is Haaretz, Israel’s largest “left” daily paper. The main photo on its website was of a corpulent Sharon presiding over some Knesset vote. The top story read, “MKs okay Philadelphi deal on Egyptian deployment.” Underneath this story were three other stories, none of them having anything to do with the stampede in Iraq. To the right was a small section titled “More Headlines,” where, at the very bottom of the list, after mundane news about comptrollers, political bickering, and settler protests, there was a note about the rising death toll in the Shiite procession in Baghdad.

In the evening EST, the English version of Israel’s largest tabloid, Yedioth Ahronoth ran a top story and photo about some recent statements by Mahmoud Abbas. This was followed by two big links about Israeli politicians meeting in Jerusalem and kids going back to school. After all this, in a set of small links, and underneath the self-immolating protester story link, is one titled, “Iraq: Eyewitness recalls bridge disaster.” Also, the top four scrolling news alerts on the website were as follows: Bush releases oil; Islamist indicted for attack; Bush calls Katrina disaster historic; Shalom sends condolences to America (no one in Israel apparently bothered to send any condolences to Iraq). Indeed, the Iraq incident is not even mentioned in the scrolling update list.

Is this not telling? The four leading papers a continent removed devoted front and center space to hundreds of Shiites, mostly women and children, killed in a stampede of fear and desperation. And yet, in a country a stone’s throw away from Iraq, its three leading papers offered a paltry and pathetic mere inch or two of online web space to the tragedy.

Where was Israel’s supposed vast reservoir of humanity and sympathy at this hour? Alas - where was Elie Wiesel?

These signs of disregard for Arab life in the right-wing American press and the entire Israeli press are a small but unmistakable reminder that, for all the Western bluster about democracy and freedom, there doubtless remains a kind of global apartheid, in which the racial Other is worthy of not pity, not sympathy, but only abuse - including the abuse of indifference.

Via Roads To Iraq Related Link From one tragedy to the next

To help out donate to the Red Cross International Relief Fund or International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Tags [] []

In the wake of a storm: Hurrican Katrina

Undoubtedly you have read a handful of articles on the devastating aftermath of hurricane Katrina. I refrained from posting anything due to the fact that I am still wading through hundreds of feeds ranging from journalistic views to personal accounts of the event. This recent Seattle Times article paints a crystal clear image of the current conditions.
“We pee on the floor. We are like animals,” Taffany Smith, 25, said as she cradled her 3-week-old son, Terry. […] Baby supplies are running low; one mother said she was given two diapers and told to scrape them off when they got dirty and use them again. At least two people, including a child, have been raped as the arena darkened at night. At least three people have died, including one man who jumped 50 feet to his death, saying he had nothing left to live for. […] There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming. The city’s water supply, which had held up since Sunday, gave out early yesterday, and toilets in the Dome became inoperable and began to overflow. […] “You have to fend people off constantly,” she said. “You have to fight for your life. I wake up in the morning, and the first thing I say is: ‘Where are my babies? Is everyone here?’ “
Following are a few related links: // American Red Cross - Donate directly to the Red Cross Relief Fund // Katrina Relief Auction - The Flickr community is responding to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with the Katrina Relief Auction Group raising funds for American Red Cross Emergency Relief. // Anarchy in the USA - It’s strange to see that the USA is not capable to handle the impact of Katrina. There is no water, no food, no medicine and no nothing! People are looting shops, fighting and shooting at each other and the police. // Satellite Imagery of New Orleans - Satellite images of the city before and after Hurricane Katrina and flood-related damage. Click thumbnails for larger views. // Technorati Tag: Hurricane Katrina - Hurricane Katrina on Technorati Tags: [] [] Note: Photo 2 & 3 are taken from Business Week 12th September 2005 Edition

Reminiscing the Good Old Days: The Evolution of Mac

Such a difference a zero makes, the following site takes you back in time and demonstrates how Mac OS evolved from version 1.0 to 10.4 [Via Indigo 3d]

Google Eying Veteran or Fresh Talent?

Now here’s a creative way to snatch new talent. Adorn a page with a “Work at Google” ad upon a vanity search; or perhaps snatch up those interested in their careers? Google any of the following names:

A bold move to snatch away top talent from competitors and academia and those interested in them? It's a novel recruiting tactic!! Amazon.com serves up a similar ad alongside a couple of these names, but Microsoft and Yahoo are no where to be found. Reference: Google's Crafty Star Search By Ben Elgin: Business Week September 12th 2005 Edition

Contest: 25 Bucks for the funniest comment

Here's a challenging picture that I couldn't come up with a comment for. I’m dedicating a $25 USD Amazon gift certificate (or from another site if desired) to whoever comes up with the most humorous comment on the picture below. You have to make me laugh hard enough to pop my spleen. There must be at least 3 people that enter for a prize to be handed out. Otherwise, the only recognition will be a dedicated post for your humorous comment.

Note: Prize will be handed out in a week. Fairplay Baybee! Note 2: Please refrain from posting anonymously. If you're a none-blogger user please add your email address to the comment in the following format youraddress [at] somewhere [dot] com example:john.doe [at] gmail [dot] com. Invalid addresses and Anonymous Comments will be disqualified.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Me wants....

Your friends will love it and will poke at it when you're not looking. Your girlfriend will probably think you're a pervert.

What's your poison: How much caffeine would it take to kill you?

Amusing little caffeine factoid engine which spits out how much of your favorite caffeinated beverage would kill you. First you select your beverage from the drop down menu, enter your weight, and click the appropriate ‘Kill Me’ button.

According to Energy Fiend, it would take 334.37 cans of Diet Pepsi, 150.47 cans of Red Bull or 48.15 cups of Starbucks Short Coffee to set me free of all my troubles.

There is a science behind the “Death by Caffeine Calculator”:

  • The lethal dose is based on the LD_50 for oral ingestion of caffeine, and a lot of studies report different numbers. The one I’m using is about 150mg/kg. If you were to get caffeine injected into your bloodstream, as little as 2 grams can kill a grown adult. LD_50 is a medical term to indicate the dose that kills 50% of the test subjects. I’m not sure how they figured it out for people
  • The number of cans/bottles/etc the calculator gives you assumes you can drink it all immediately, or one-after-another. Physical limitations mean that you probably can’t drink enough of anything to kill you, but you can certainly start freaking out, hallucinating, go into shock or seizure, all sorts of cool things.

For a different perspective on this you may check Lina’s Coffee soon to be considered a Health Drink

OSx86: The Ultimate Guide on how to get OS X up and running on your Intel Box

Ever since I put up Screenshots of Mac OS X running under Windows a few weeks back, I’ve been bombarded with all sorts of questions on how to get it installed, what kind of machine is needed to get it up and running, and most importantly where do I find the files needed for this and so on. Here’s an attempt to answer all of your questions please let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed. Question 1: Where do I get MacOSx86? Authorized users should obtain the OSX files from Apple. It is illegal to obtain them from torrent sites by searching under and of the following keyword combinations: "VMWare files for patched Mac OS X Tiger Intel" or “Deadmoo” or “OSx86” Question 2: What kind of machine do I need to run Mac OS X? Any machines that has SSE2 is able to run OS X86, you will need SSE3 in order to run Rosetta, a workaround to run Rosetta on SSE2 is available. Its CPU intense however as it translates every SSE3 instruction into SSE2 Question 3: How do I find out if my machine has SSE2/SSE3? Download the About CPU-Z application and run it on your machine, it will tell you what kind of instructions your CPU has (see screenshot below). Question 4: I have a Prescott CPU and I’m unable to run Rosetta! I ran into the same problem on my installation, Mac OS X is unable to resolve whether you have SSE3 or not if your motherboard has an 865PE chipset. You can either replace your motherboard or run the SS3 2 SSE2 Patch Question 5: What’s the ultimate machine to run Mac OS X on? I’m not sure if this is the ultimate configuration, these are the specs for the machine that Apple is currently leasing to developers. CPU: must support SSE3 Chipset: Intel 915 chipset (others may work if they support ich4 or ich5) GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Motherboard: Intel D915GUXLK I would definitely recommend having at least 1 Gigabyte of RAM, although we ran this emulated on a laptop with 256 MB and several applications running in the background. Question 6: How would I know if my current hardware would run? Well there’s no official hardware compatibility list, OSx86 Project and several other sites rely on Wiki to report whether hardware would work or not. You can check HCL | NON-COMPATIBLE HARDWARE LIST Question 7: There’s no Networking or Sound on VMWare! Yes, VMWare was not designed to run bootlegged operating systems. There are no drivers for sound and networking on VMWare, I don’t think anyone has bothered to write drivers for it; as it can be run Natively. Here’s a list of soundcards and Ethernet cards that would work with a native OS X installation: Sound: -ADI AD1985 -Audiotrak Maya 5.1 USB Audio -C-media AC’97 -C-Media USB Audio -Creative SB Live! 24-Bit External USB -Griffin iMic -Intel ICH4/ICH5/ICH5R/ -Intel ICH6 AC’97 -M-Audio Revolution 7.1 (Uses OSX drivers) -Realtek AC’97 Audio for VIA a.k.a VT8235 (try SPDIF-output) -Realtek ALC650 -Realtek ALC655 -Realtek ALC850 (nForce4 Audio, needs edited kext) -Realtek ALC855 -Realtek ALC860 -Sigmatel C-Major Audio (copy over AppleAC97 kext from Darwin) -Sonica Theater (USB) -SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio (AC97) -VIA VT8233, VT8237 Ethernet: -3Com 3c900 (10mbit only) -3Com 3c905/3c905B/3c905C NIC -3Com 3c920 10/100 Integrated -Broadcom BCM4400 10/100 integrated controller -Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet -Intel 82559-based NIC (EtherExpress Pro/100+) -Intel PRO/100 VE and PRO/1000 -Intel 82557 EE PRO/100 -Intel 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet -Intel 82547EI/82562EZ -National Semiconductor DP83816 “MacPhyter” -Netgear FA311 - ( http://homepage.mac.com/yukidon/mac/en/dp8381x.html ) -Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC -Realtek 8100C -Realtek 8139 - D-Link DFE-530TX+, also many generics/onboard -Realtek 8169/8169S - Gigabit NIC’s (Netgear GA311) - -SMC-1211TX (Recognized as RTL8139 [Realtek] -Surecom EP-320X-R 100/10/M Video cards/chipsets: - Integrated i915G Intel GMA900 (works with all resolutions, Quartz Extreme, Core-Graphics and 2d/3d acceleration) - Almost all other video cards will work properly, but no hardware acceleration is used Question 8: How do I install OSx86 natively? There are several guides on to do this here’s one of my favorites http://www.xplodenet.com/blog/?page_id=11 Question 9: These look very complicated is there an easier way? Well you can replicate the tiger-x86 image onto a separate hard driver (Separate partition will not do). You can lookup the guide on www.osx86-project.org Question 10: But that requires Linux and looks complicated! Isn’t there a way to do this on windows? Well I’m not particularly a fan of making things complicated; again you will need a separate harddrive, a separate partiontion will not do! I repeat will not do. You can also use an external drive if you wish (make sure your BIOS supports booting from USB devices)
  1. Obtain the OSX files from Apple. It’s illegal to get the from torrent.
  2. Unrar the files to the root of your C Drive
  3. Download the Forensic Acquisition Utilities or Rawrite DD (http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/rawwrite/dd.htm)
  4. Unzip these files and copy dd.exe (as well as every file in that directory to the root of c: drive as well)
  5. Download WMI Tools from Microsoft, and install them; go to programs > WMI Tools and run WMI Object Brower, an Internet Explorer page will fire up (if you have SP2 installed allow the blocked content)
  6. Select WIN32_SystemPartitions.PartComponent in the left column then right-click on the drive device id (Disk #0, Partition #0, etc) in the right column and select Go to Object
  7. The device window will open and click the associations tab
  8. Exploring with this tool you should be able to match drive letters (Win32_LogicalDisk.DeviceID = “C:”) to its physicaldisk reference (Win32_DiskDrive.DeviceID = “\\\\.\\PHYSICALDRIVE0”)
  9. Now that you know the Physical ID of the drive you want to use the following command to do it: dd if=c:\tiger-x86-flat.img of=\\.\PhysicalDriveSomething Where something is the Physical Drive ID
  10. The command will seem to hang, but you’ll notice your drive is firing up, just let it complete it’s business, it would take anytime from 10 minutes to hours depending on your hardware configuration
  11. Once it’s done, reboot and select the new drive as your boot drive, Voila! You’re done
Question 11: My friend has Mac OS X86 installed on his machine, can I replicate it from there? Yes you can! You can even map a real hard disk to your virtual machine and replicate it from there check this guide: http://www.bombich.com/mactips/image.html Question 12: You mentioned windows applications running on Mac OS X86 is this true? Yes, buggy but true. I managed to run a few applications, nothing too hardcore. Darwine allows the Windows API to be created in x11 terminal, and thus run win32 applications through the help of Winehelper. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Darwine team for their great achievements of porting the open-source Wine (http://www.winehq.org) to Mac OS X. I bow to you guys!

Winston's Lego Computer

The lengths to which some Lego enthusiasts go to build their plastic sculptures are often as amazing as the structures themselves. From replicas of Taj Mahal to Homer Simpson. Below is probably the one that impressed me the most. A modded computer case built entirely using Lego Blocks. Lego Computer Case Documentation Site

Apple's Secret is Out

The secret is out, but is it JUST the iTunes phone? Would the be launching the video iPod too? Click the image for Apple Insider's Article == Update 1:25PM - Links have been updated. It should take you to the correct article now.