Sunday, October 31, 2010

Great Pumpkin Linus Stencil - awesome stencil

 This is a nice Great Pumpkin and Linus Stencil.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

VLC Media Player Rocks!

VLC Media Player Now a Universal App, Runs on iPhone 

VLC Media Player – the open source multimedia player app which recently launched on the iPad – has been updated to a universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Specifically, it will now run on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and 'recent iPod Touches'. ...

Stick It

Review: Stick It for iPhone

This memo app -- which you can use to create a note that appears on your iPhone's lock screen -- can be a limited tool, it's still a worthwhile capability to have for handy reminders. ...

Go get some.

Download All You Want: Glowing Light Effect Brushes for Photoshop

Designs that portray power, strength, and speed usually require light effects to truly illustrate the thought and the theme. More often, the more powerful or the intense the creation is, the greater the need for the appropriate and realistic effect. ...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Helpful stuff

Tinkering with the Finder's Column view 

A few tricks for modifying the Finder's Column view.

Must. Have. One.

All I want for Christmas is a Giant iPhone!

Table Connect for iPhone is a 58-inch mult-itouch surface that, once you connect your (jailbroken, natch) iPhone 4, is transformed into a fully function giant iPhone! Oh, and it even charges the iPhone! Must. Have. One! ...

Thursday, October 28, 2010


10 Ways Windows Phone Is Broken [Windows Phone] 

#windowsphone Windows Phone 7 could be amazing. It's not. Right now, it's just a good start. This is what's broken, and what Microsoft has to do to make it awesome. More »

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Most tell us this as a status update...

Half Of Americans Say Social Network Users Share Too Much

Half of Americans who use social networking sites have seen people share to much personal information, yet more than a quarter (28%) rarely think about what could happened if they share too much personal information online, according a new survey from ...

OMFG This is not good.

Secret Button Sequence Bypasses iPhone Security 

A security flaw in the iPhone allows strangers to bypass the handset's lock screen with a few button presses.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

ThinkGeek :: Coffee Cup Power Inverter

Service-disabled veteran-owned program ripe for abuse -- Washington Technology

In the past few years, the government contracting industry has weathered its share of scandals.

From accusations of questionable behavior by contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to front-page exposés of cozy relationships between contractors and customers, the industry's reputation has suffered.

Most recently, the industry has drawn fire over allegations that at least one large business was using small businesses as fronts to funnel money to itself. (See our recent coverage of GTSI Corp.'s suspension and reinstatement by the Small Business Administration.)

Another scandal is brewing because of the proliferation of small companies owned by service-disabled veterans and procurements geared specifically for these businesses.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

In real life -

WhatTheFont for iPhone Identifies Fonts on the Go [Downloads] 

iOS: The popular font-identifying web site WhatTheFont (our look) now has an iOS app, letting you quickly identify fonts you see outside of your computer screen.

As far as web tools that ought to have mobile apps go, WhatTheFont really leads the pack. The iPhone's (or iPod touch's) camera really makes a great companion. If you're ever walking around and see a font you really like, you can snap a picture with the WhatTheFont app and upload it directly from your phone. Just like on the web site, it'll work with you to identify the individual characters and then make font suggestions. While WhatTheFont isn't always perfect, when you get a clear picture it can get pretty close. It's just one of those things that can be extremely handy to have in your pocket if you're always on the lookout for great new ...

Sweet -

Astronaut Checks Into Foursquare From Space [Foursquare] 

#foursquare Douglas Wheelock, a NASA astronaut, just checked into the International Space Station. On foursquare. In outer space. The feat netted him the NASA Explorer Badge, which I'm sure is the ultimate validation for a real astronaut. More » ...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gotta get this today -

Apple introduces FaceTime for Mac 

New video-chatting software from Apple, available in beta Wednesday, can connect to Macs, iPhone 4s, and the latest iPod touch.

The FaceTime for Mac beta is available as a download from Apple. It requires Mac OS X 10.6. You'll need an Apple ID and an e-mail address to get started with the program.

GCN Awards 2010: Air Force Lightweight Portable Security -- FCW

Lightweight Portable Security handles the heavy lifting to secure remote access for DOD

2010 GCN Awards The threat of an H1N1 flu pandemic last year spurred the Defense Department to plan for the possibility that large numbers of workers would need to work from home if a viral outbreak quarantined employees and required offices to shut down.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Agencies ready for real-time FISMA reporting tool, federal CIO reports

CyberScope, set to go live Nov. 15, will replace annual paper reports with automated feeds

Federal agencies say they are ready for next month's shift to real-time reporting of cybersecurity compliance, J. Nicholas Hoover writes in InformationWeek.

The CyberScope compliance tool, scheduled to go live Nov. 15, will replace annual paper reports on compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act requirements with automated feeds of systems status that will be correlated by the Homeland Security Department.

The General Services Administration awarded 11 vendors spots on the first governmentwide contract for cloud computing-

GSA announced Tuesday a blanket purchase agreement for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), including cloud storage, virtual machines and Web hosting. All of these services eventually will be available through the portal.

"Offering IaaS on makes sense for the federal government and for the American people," said Vivek Kundra, federal chief information officer, in a release. "Cloud computing services help to deliver on this administration's commitment to provide better value for the American taxpayer by making government more efficient."

The winning vendors are:

  • Apptis Inc. partnered with Amazon Web Services

  • AT&T

  • Autonomic Resources partnered with Carpathia, Enomaly and Dell

  • CGI Federal

  • Computer Literacy World partnered with Electrosoft, XO Communications and Secure Networks

  • Computer Technology Consultants partnered with Softlayer, Inc.

  • Eyak Tech LLC

  • General Dynamics Information Technology partnered with Carpathia

  • Insight Public Sector partnered with Microsoft

  • Savvis Federal Systems

  • Verizon Federal Inc.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday -

What to Expect From Apples Mac Event

Here's a quick rundown of what Apple is likely to unveil at Wednesday's "Back to the Mac" news conference.

$20 Billion in sales...

Apple Sells 14.1 Million iPhones and More iPads Than Macs [Apple]

#apple That didn't take long. This past summer, Apple sold more iPads than Macs for the first time, and more iPhones—way more—than iPods. And they made more than $20 billion doing it. More » ...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Good Advice. Put it on Evernote maybe too...

Make an Idea Locker

I have way too many ideas and not enough time. For ideas that I think are awesome but that I can't get to in a timely fashion, I just give them away. I'd rather someone else do it, make a business out of it, and then I can refer people to it, and that'll be just as good. For ideas that I think I can launch in the next little while, I put them in my "idea locker." ...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How To:

Make A Milk Jug Stormtrooper Helmet

Want to make your own low-cost Stormtrooper helmet? All it takes is a couple milk jugs, some glue, paint and absolutely zero interest in winning this year's costume contest. "Dude -- WTF are you even supposed to be -- you look like an albino hippo". Your girlfriend does! "I don't even have a girlfriend." Even worse -- at least albino hippos got vaginas! "Touche, now give me all your Smarties or I'm gonna have sex with your sister again." Haha, well play-- AGAIN?!Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet [filthywizardry] (tutorial)viaHow-To: Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet [make]Thanks to Cindy, who once made Leia's iconic golden bikini out of nothing but soldering wire and gold spraypaint. Now you're ...

Monday, October 11, 2010

In your best Balmer (Homer) voice - D'oh!

Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun, Rovio 'not committed' to Windows Phone 7 

Software developers make or break a platform, as Microsoft's Steve Ballmer once famously stressed, but that shiny new Windows Phone 7 site has angered a mildly important one of them. Rovio Mobile, developer of the wildly popular Angry Birds game, tweets that it's presently 'not committed' to bring the game to Windows Phone, and that the above icon is being used in Microsoft marketing completely without permission. While it's possible this is just some sort of mix-up and Rovio just wanted to make its own announcement ("nothing to do with if we do or don't, it's just that we decide that ourselves," the company added in a later tweet), it wouldn't be the first time Microsoft's engaged in shady business to inflate its new app ...

A step forward, or a PR move?

North Korea Opens .kp Sites On the Internet 

eldavojohn writes "What an auspicious day for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea! To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, North Korea will no longer depend on Chinese national internet service to reach the outside world — they have their own connection and are hosting sites like the state run media. The article mentions that about a thousand websites are coming online, including services like Skype and Twitter. From where I sit in the United States, I can't seem to get any .kp TLD sites to resolve, but the news is promising if in fact it will bring more information to the information-starved masses of North ...

Seems too small -

Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot 

itwbennett writes "Chris Nerney is blogging about Apple's $1.7 million purchase of a 1-acre lot in Maiden, N.C. where it plans to build a $1 billion, 500,000 sq. ft. data center. The couple who owned the land, and the home that sat on the land, Donnie and Kathy Fulbright (hereafter known as Apple's shrewdest investors) reportedly 'rejected two previous offers from Apple before being told to name their price,' says ...

UGLY - Tea party linking up with Koran-burning British far right: report

'It seems now that America and Europe are acting as one, and united we can never fail'

The tea party movement is forging links with the English Defence League, a nascent anti-Islamic movement in Great Britain that has made a habit of rioting in Muslim neighborhoods, says a report at the Observer.

The news comes a day after the EDL clashed with anti-fascist protesters in the city of Leicester, which has a large Muslim population. Eight people were arrested in those clashes. It is part of a pattern of behavior for the EDL, which has in the past burned Korans and carried signs declaring "We hate Muslims."

The Observer reports that the EDL has forged an alliance with Pamela Geller, one of the leaders of the movement to stop the so-called "Ground Zero mosque."

The Observer quotes Geller's blog as declaring, "I share the EDL's goals … We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups that oppose the Islamization of the west."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cool -

Australian state of Victoria launches massive 5-year electric vehicle trial 

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Daily

Blade Electron

Premier John Brumby of the Australian state of Victoria has announced the launch of one of the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) trials. With A$5 million in funding ($4.9 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) and more than 50 organizations and 180 residents participating, the five-year-long EV trial is epic in both size and duration. Sixty battery-powered vehicles, consisting mainly of small passenger cars built by Blade Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Nissan, will be placed in commercial and government fleets as well as into the hands of carefully selected residents of Victoria. ...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Neat -

How to Transfer Files Over Wi-Fi with Dropbox [File Sharing] 

We recently went through some of the best ways to share files with a nearby computer, and many of you noted that Dropbox can still be a viable syncing method, even over Wi-Fi. Here's how to set it up. ...

Really? We 'Need' this?

'Huggable' case keeps iPhones safe from kids 

It's no secret that young kids are irresistibly drawn to all the many games and other entertainment options available on their parents' mobile phones. The havoc that can wreak on said phones, however, is another matter. Enter the Woogie, a huggable case for iPhone and iPod touch that keeps the device safe while allowing kids to enjoy the fun it has to ...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Very nice - is a slick four-way search page for your iPhone 

Filed under: iPhone, Search is a slick little mobile web app with a simple mission: to provide you with easy access to a handful of popular search options from a single location. With a swipe of your finger to the left or right you can quickly jump between Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Flickr. It's even optimized for the iPhone 4 retina ...

Nice -

CineXPlayer adds iPhone and iPod touch to its Xvid party list, still won't cook your popcorn

Remember how NXP Software surprised the world with its CineXPlayer iPad app just two months ago? Well, the gang is back to give our iPhone (3GS and 4) and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen) the same dose of Xvid goodness. Like its older sibling, this $1.99 CineXPlayer utilizes the same method for easily sideloading your AVI files via iTunes (under the iDevice's Apps tab), and you'll also find a familiar-looking interface topped with an extra rotation-lock button -- much more useful than iOS' native lock that only lets you watch in portrait mode. Alas, video files other than of Xvid and DivX nature aren't currently supported, but hopefully it won't be long before the VLC iPad app gets a smaller variant as ...

Interesting -

Apple TV Can Install Apps, Now Just Lacks A Way To Launch Them

Our desire to run apps on Apple TV is becoming more of a reality today, as we're hearing yet another important step has just been taken.

As reported by Gizmodo, iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith has announced, via Twitter, that he has already found a way to install apps on his Apple TV. He claims it's quite simple. Apparently it is possible to add an Apple TV to Apple's provisioning portal just like any other iDevice. He claims that by tweaking some settings, he can install his own apps directly on the device without any issues. He even included the above screenshot from iPhone explorer (which also works just fine on Apple TV) to prove his ...

On 10/11/10 -

Windows Phone 7 worldwide launch one week from today, on T-Mobile 

Despite all the talk about AT&T being Microsoft's exclusive U.S. launch partner for Windows Phone 7, it looks like T-Mobile will actually have the honor. According to a post on Microsoft's website, the "Windows Phone 7 Worldwide Launch Event" will take place next Monday, October 11, in New York City. The site also notes that, "T-Mobile reps will be present for device showing and their service offering discussion." With the launch of the G2 and the relaunch of the myTouch 3G, it looks like the nation's #4 carrier is coming out swinging for the holidays. There you have it. October 11, New York City, Windows Phone 7. We're hoping to see that giant, sexy slab of a device known as the HD7. How about ...

25 years -

Free Software Foundation Turns 25

An anonymous reader writes "On this day, 25 years ago, Richard Stallman created the Free Software Foundation. He had been the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab. Tired of seeing software that he and others had written appropriated (without acknowledgment or compensation) by disreputable software companies and then told to pay for software they had written, Stallman took action, creating the foundation. The original license was written by Stallman. Stallman had subsequently written a large number of GNU tools, but the license was his most important ...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cool -

Put a USB Dongle Inside Your Mouse for Hidden Storage [DIY] 

We've featured a few ways to hide your data in plain sight, but DIYer Thice took a different approach: he actually hid a USB thumb drive inside his mouse.

Whether you're looking to hide a flash drive's worth of data or just free up a USB port on your computer, you can hide a USB dongle (whether it's a flash drive, a bluetooth module, or a Wi-Fi receiver) inside your mouse with a USB hub and a little ingenuity. You'll need to know how to solder, as well as (carefully) cut up the circuit board inside a USB hub, but it's a pretty neat hack if you have the room to fit all the parts in your mouse (or keyboard, or whatever else you might want to use). Hit the link to see how he did ...

Leaked Pic:

The Full Line Of Angry Birds Plush Toys 

We are somewhat obsessed here with the iPad game Angry Birds (and really, who isn't?). When we first caught wind that the Finnish company behind the game, Rovio, will be branching out into movies and plush toys, we were intrigued. When we obtained photographic evidence of one of these toys, we were ecstatic. (Not ecstatic, but pretty excited nonetheless). ...

First Look:

Time Travel eXplorer brings old London to life

When you're visiting a city, don't you sometimes wonder what it looked like in past centuries? That's the premise behind Time Travel eXplorer - London, a new iPhone travel guide app from Visick Solutions, Ltd. currently on the What's Hot page of the UK App Store. There's a good reason for that popularity, since Time Travel eXplorer is a fascinating way to take a tour of London both in the present day and in the ...

Wow -

Samsung to Terminate Support for Symbian

Samsung has informed developers it will discontinue its Symbian support service beginning December 31 2010.

The news comes just days after Sony Ericsson announced its intention to cease Symbian support. The announcement means that the Symbian Foundation has lost two major members in as many ...

This could be helpful -

GroupMe group text service gets an iPhone app, better web interface

Filed under: Utilities, Web services, Social Software, iPhone, Mobile

Last month I raved about GroupMe, a free group text and conference call service that works on any phone. GroupMe's new iPhone app and web interface make groups a lot easier to manage, so I think they warrant a little additional raving. GroupMe's designed for anyone, even users of ancient dumbphones, but if you do happen to have an iPhone, the GroupMe app makes it easy to manage your group, including quickly adding people from your iPhone's address book. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

How To: Add Additional Mailbox to Outlook 2007

 I have to 'remember' how to do this on occasion. Here is a good walk through...

Recently a user in our forum asked how to add a second mailbox to their Outlook 2007 Client.  I have to admit, the process is a little different than it was with the Outlook 2003 client and it took me a few minutes to find it.  It only takes a few seconds to complete the process to let's get to it.

The Padlock Hack | Thrillist

 Oldie, but a goodie...