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June 29, 2007

To be or to spoof

written by hjon @ 9:46 pm

If you don’t have an iPhone but want to see what an RSS feed would look like on one, take a look at this hint from MacGeekery. The short, easy version is to change the general.useragent.extra.firefox value in Firefox’s about:config to be “iPhone”. If you try this and to see this site’s RSS feed as seen by an iPhone, here’s a convenient link.

iPhone fanboys

written by hjon @ 9:37 pm

Ok, so I’m not getting an iPhone (and don’t plan on even getting a cell phone anytime soon), but it is kinda fun to see what some people do the instant a new Apple product (or other hyped-up gadgets, not just Apple’s) comes out. For example, Think Secret has a gallery of their disassembly project, and AppleInsider has an article summarizing the take-apart job that the folks at iFixit did very soon after acquiring an iPhone.

Finally, for anyone who wants to see what it’s like to open up an iPhone box for the first time, CNET has been so kind as to post a video of the unwrapping of their iPhone.

June 19, 2007

Reality Gameshow

written by natevw @ 12:08 pm

“When the people gathered together on one of the great trial days, they never knew whether they were to witness a bloody slaughter or a hilarious wedding. This element of uncertainty lent an interest to the occasion which it could not otherwise have attained.”

Sounds like television ratings explained, but “The Lady, or the Tiger?” predates the first televised game show by almost sixty years. I wonder if there was advertising around the gladiators’ Colosseum in ages past?

March 27, 2007

Finger Upgrade

written by natevw @ 8:11 pm

Don’t miss bbum’s Magnetic Finger: A Sixth Sense. He describes how to make yourself sensitive to electromagnetic radiation using nothing but an old hard drive, a bit of bamboo and some coconut. (Which might help explain to my wife why I keep so much junk(1) around the house.) You could also follow the links, repeated here, to read more about the surgical inspiration for his adventure.

  1. that is, spare parts

March 20, 2007

Got Juice?

written by natevw @ 7:44 pm

I’m quite mad at myself for using one of the most annoyingly aped ad campaigns ever, but it’s too late now. Mike’s Electric Stuff is a site chock full of electrical and electronic hackery.

February 24, 2007

That’s one way of using technology in an unforeseen fashion…

written by hjon @ 8:52 pm

Two ways, actually. Here’s a story about a pianist whose albums have been discovered to be copies of other performers. How was this discovered? iTunes, of all things. Also, here’s a more in-depth analysis.

On the other hand, one could use SETI@home to find a missing laptop.

[both via Slashdot]

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