Archive for 2007

Happy New Years

Posted on December 31st, 2007 in The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Happy New Years

^ at the title. 🙂

Hopes to become more active on this blog, as indicated before, and also because…my firefox window has faaaar too many tabs waiting to be blogged.
Cya next year 😉

Google Talk Translator

Posted on December 28th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Google, Tech News, Time Wasters | 7 Comments »

Google recently rolled out a 20% project that allows you to translate text using the google talk client. This works with both the desktop version and the gmail version.
You add a bot to your friends list that is specific for your language translation.

translates the french that you type into german.
There are currently 24 bots: ar2en, de2en, de2fr, el2en, en2ar, en2de, en2el, en2es, en2fr, en2it, en2ja, en2ko, en2nl, en2ru, en2zh, es2en, fr2de, fr2en, it2en, ja2en, ko2en, nl2en, ru2en, zh2en

Happy translating!

Using the keyboard to move the mouse

Posted on December 28th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Tech News | 1 Comment »

Interesting little feature that I have not used that exists in both XP and Vista.
MouseKeys allows you to move the mouse using the numberpad. Its similar to a previously posted program, which was slightly harder to use, but more flexible.
Mousekeys can be accessed this way:

Control Panel: Type MouseKeys in search box. Click Move pointer with keypad. Done!

XP: Control Panel: Accessibility Options: Mouse tab: Use Mousekeys. Done!

Thanks Cybernetnews

Long Time no blog? Rechargeable Batteries

Posted on December 20th, 2007 in Science!, Tech News | Comments Off on Long Time no blog? Rechargeable Batteries

Introducing…the usb chargable batteries. Useful especially if their charging times are as quick as they claim. “A few minutes provides extra hours of instant use for most devices” Of course…by most devices…they could mean an itty bitty led 😛
But, who knows? This could be quite nice. Comes in AA, AAA, 9 volt forms, and other sizes. Usbcell batteries

Free Photo->Vector conversion software

Posted on December 9th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Photos/Videoes, Tech News | Comments Off on Free Photo->Vector conversion software

Can you guess what it does?

Free software that takes raster images and converts them into vector images. Its also know as an auto-tracer.
Whats nice about it, is its ease of use, ability to edit the results….and…its free!
Who can argue with that eh?
Check it out: VectorMagic

Gmail Talk Update

Posted on December 6th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Google, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News | 3 Comments »

Rejoice, for gmail talk now includes aim functionality!
Sign into gmail, go to settings, chat, setup aim. Done!
That is all 😛 Quite a simple update hehe


Posted on December 3rd, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Software/Hardware Reviews | 4 Comments »

Takes a bit of time to realize I can start blogging 😛

I found an interesting dictionary, which has in fact turned out quite useful.
Its an online dictionary thats dynamic. As you type, it gives you suggestions, like the google toolbar provides search suggestions. It then tells you the definition.
While this may seem kind of trivial, if you kind of know how to spell it, this can help alot. Or…if you’re just lazy and don’t want to type out all the letters 😉
Check it out, it has a nice clean interface too: definr; incredibly fast dictionary

New Layout and Fur Elise

Posted on November 27th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Site of the Day, Tech News, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

As we have returned from our hiatus, our layout shall be changed. This current one may be the one we choose, but whichever one we decide on will still need much revisions. Some of our pages may not work, our RSS icons have disappeared. Please excuse us as we prepare for our final exams :P. Afterwards, you can expect a lot more activity on the site.

On a slightly random note…
Ad from Microsoft:
Does your computer randomly play Fur Elise or It’s a Small, Small World? Don’t worry! It’s not a bug. This is a design feature! If this occurs, please place your computer in the fridge as it is overheating, fan is not working, or your power supply is on the fritz. While it is cooling, check out the help pages!
Your Computer is Playing Classical Music Randomly

The Theory of Everything 3.0

Posted on November 26th, 2007 in Historic Technology, Science!, Site of the Day, Tech News | 1 Comment »

A few days ago, an unlikely individual published a paper on the theory of everything. This guy isn’t a college professor or any typical “Einstein” like figure. And yet, he has struck upon a possible theory of everything based on a mathematical pattern. The Theory of Everything 1.0 Beta was essentially Einstein’s Space-Time continuum. TOE 2 was String Theory. It is still a widespread theory though still contested heatedly. And now, TOE3 arises from a mathematical pattern named E8. It is an intricate pattern of 248 points distributed over 8 dimensions.
To introduce the Theory of Everything…it is the holy grail of physics. It is the quest to find a mathethematical set of formulas that would unite the forces of Electromagnetism, strong force, weak force, and gravity. Standard Model as of now unites 3 out of these 4. It leaves gravity alone, as no one has been able to make gravity “work” with the others.
This individual, Garrett Lisi was studying the E8 pattern and realized that some equations about this structure resembled the equations governing particles. He was able to place particles on each of the points. Any blank points left are supposedly particles that we have not yet discovered, such as the elusive graviton. Using the family of patterns that E8 belongs to, he was able to fill the object. By rotating the pattern using a computer and projecting it into 2 dimensions, he could see different interactions between the particles. He could see gravity-electro-weak interactions between particles. So far, all the observations made using this pattern have fit real-world observations. This model uses nothing but simple math and of course…8 dimensional geometry. However, this appears at first glance to be much more elegant and simple than String Theory. We may be seeing the discovery of the Theory of Everything…or, simply a spectacularly wrong theory that is elegant nonetheless. Read the article on NewScientist

Installed Drivers

Posted on November 26th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Tech News | Comments Off on Installed Drivers

IntelliAdmin shows us a relatively unknown 2003,XP, Vista command line utility. If you go to command line in these 3 OS’s, and type driverquery, it will spit back at you a list of the drivers installed on your machine. It lists the kernal name, a short description, and the time/date it was installed.
Now, this is all nice and interesting, but, there are more options.
*Copied from IntelliAdmin:

Parameter List:
/S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.

/U [domain\]user Specifies the user context
under which the command should execute.

/P [password] Specify the Password for the given
user context. Prompts for input if omitted.

/FO format Specifies the type of output to display.
Valid values to be passed with the
switch are “TABLE”, “LIST”, “CSV”.

/NH Specifies that the “Column Header”
should not be displayed in the
screen output. Valid for “TABLE”
and “CSV” format only.

/V Displays detailed information. Not valid
for signed drivers.

/SI Provides information about signed drivers.

/? Displays this Help/Usage.

Nice and nifty. Thanks IntelliAdmin