Archive for the ‘Dumb Things That Happen’ Category

007-Inspired Submersible Car

Posted on February 16th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Time Wasters | Comments Off on 007-Inspired Submersible Car

“A Swiss company claims to have developed the world’s first submersible car,
directly inspired by James Bond’s Lotus in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Named the sQuba, the vehicle promises to be able to drive on land, float on
the surface of the water and also dive to a depth of 10m (33ft).”

See a photo of the design, and read more about the car here :
http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/news/article3368448.ece

And if this idea seems all washed up, take a look @ this full-scale replica of a Formula One car done in 956,000 matchsticks.
http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/pictures-artist-builds-
full-sized-f1-car-using-956-000-matchsticks

Short, Shark Tank interruption

Posted on February 7th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Time Wasters | 6 Comments »

Today, I give you a rather funny Shark Tank reading. I know…its like a week old, but I’m cycling through my firefox tabs. 😉

This is titled…1% genius, 99% patience.
And, in the off chance this thing goes down, I have it copied here. *Note: This is quoted and copied word for word*

User calls help desk pilot fish with a pretty routine problem: “I
have an e-mail from corporate communications that says I need to click
on a link to update my security settings,” user says. “But every time I
do, nothing happens. I don’t know if my security settings are updated
or not.”

Fish: OK, are you looking at this e-mail right now?

User: “Yes.”

Fish: Can you see the link that you’re supposed to click on to update your security settings?

User: “Yes.”

Fish: Great, let’s go ahead and move your mouse pointer over the link and then left-click once.

User: “What?”

Fish: Just move the mouse over the link in the e-mail and left-click
once. It should launch a security update screen, or it may just
indicate that the security settings are being updated.

User: “Well, I’m left-clicking the mouse, but I’m not sure if anything is happening.”

Fish: Does a new screen appear over the e-mail after you click on it?

User: “No, nothing’s on the screen.”

Fish: You’re looking at the e-mail, right?

User: “Yes.”

Fish: How can there be nothing on the screen if you’re looking at the e-mail?

User: “There’s nothing on the screen.”

Fish: But you just said you’re looking at your e-mail. How can there be nothing on the screen?

User: “I don’t know, but there’s nothing on the screen.”

Fish: Is your e-mail software open?

User: “No.”

Fish: It’s not?

User: “Correct, it’s not open.”

Fish: OK. Can you please describe what you see on your screen?

User: “Well, there’s a ‘My computer’ icon, recycle bin, ‘My documents’ icon…”

Fish: This sounds like your computer’s desktop. Where is the e-mail with the link you said that you were looking at?

User: “I deleted it yesterday.”

Fish: You deleted it yesterday?

User: “Yes.”

Fish: How are you looking at it if you deleted it yesterday?

User: “I printed out a copy of the e-mail yesterday before deleting it.
I put the printed e-mail down on my desk so I could read it, put the
mouse over the link and left-clicked the mouse…”

Fish: Can you open your e-mails and go to your deleted items?

User: “Sure.”

Fish: Is the e-mail with the link to update your security settings there?

User: “Yes.”

Fish: Please open the e-mail.

User: “OK.”

Fish: Click on the link to update the security settings.

User: “OK. Hey, something is happening. Wow! You are a genius! Thank you so much!”

Thank you Computerworld for your wonderful shark tanks 🙂

BANG! (random utility of the day)

Posted on February 6th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

Here….is one of those programs that really makes you think…why did someone write this?
BANG! forces your computer to crash….on demand. You run the .exe, and it shows a dialog box. This box…sad to say, contains a big red button that says “Crash Now!”. Theres also a small button that says “Never Mind” Now seriously, who in their right mind, with that dialog box infront of them click the little box and not click on the big red button? 😛
Sadly, this is made by osronline, and they require registration to get this totally useless app. If you really want it…check it out: OSRonline.com

Microsoft Proposes to Yahoo. I wanna buy you…for 44 B

Posted on February 2nd, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News | Comments Off on Microsoft Proposes to Yahoo. I wanna buy you…for 44 B

Yep..you heard right. Microsoft has proposed to buy Yahoo for 44.6 Billion USD. Microsoft held a press conference, and Yahoo has yet to respond to this.
This new move by Microsoft (not new strategy….ofc 😉 ) would result in an interesting mix to the search engine world. Microsoft is primiarily after the advertising that Yahoo has been doing, but of course…theres the search side. If this is to go through, Microsoft will absorb quite a large chunk of search engine traffic, though still smaller than Google.
Yahoo at the moment is ahem…”Evaluating this proposal carefully and promptly”
We’ll see how this goes…

11 Ways Geeks Would Prepare for an Apocalyptic Asteroid Impact

Posted on January 30th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Science!, Site of the Day, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Time Wasters | Comments Off on 11 Ways Geeks Would Prepare for an Apocalyptic Asteroid Impact

BBSpot.com’s
11 Ways Geeks Would Prepare for an Apocalyptic Asteroid Impact

11.     Start a “preparing for armageddon” blog.
10.     Calculate force at which asteroid will hit Earth and compare it to power of Vorlon planet killers.
9.     Wait patiently for Ford Prefect.
8.     Go crazy with the credit card at the Apple store.
7.     Start post-apocalyptic movie marathon and take notes.
6.     Encase yourself in carbonite for preservation.
5.     Point out that we should’ve listened to Hawking and gotten off the planet.
4.     Blame it on Microsoft.
3.     Buy one of those crank-powered laptops.
2.     Find location of impact on Google Maps.
1.     Start cranking out more SETI units in hopes of finding an alien civilization that can save Earth.

From
http://www.bbspot.com/News/2008/01/top-11-apocalyptic-asteroid-impact.html

Aim 6.8 Beta

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, Tech News, Time Wasters | 4 Comments »

Now…in line with the previous post about im histories…this…now this…is a truly disturbing thing.
Of course, I can see myself having fun with this plugin, but it could *seriously* pose some problems.

What Aim 6.8 beta includes is support for real-time IM. Its incompatible with other clients, but hey..if enough people decide its worth the risk, it could catch on.

To use this function, one user has to activate a direct connection, then it asks for the other person to accept so it isnt out of the blue and unexpected 😉

Now…i’m sure you can see the fun aspects of this…and the problems. the oh so big problems. A hint for those of us who havent picked up. Freudian slips? awkward situations? 😉

But…it could be fun to try out haha. Check it out: AIM 6.8

Paper Airplane set to launch from the ISS

Posted on January 18th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Labs/Experiments, Science!, Time Wasters | 3 Comments »

“Fed up with folding tiny paper cranes, a team from Japan’s Tokyo University has crafted the highest of flyers: a paper plane that will be launched from the International Space Station and then descend to earth… eventually… hopefully…”

I have to admit that other then that, I didn’t really get any useful information about this idea.  There are a number of problems with the idea, both technical, and logistical.  As the Space Shuttle zips along over the Earth, it travels at nearly Mach 20, or 15,200 miles per hour.  A paper airplane hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at that speed would burn up.  The Space Shuttle is covered in all that foam and heat resistant tiling so that it can survive and NOT burn up returning to Earth.  If the paper airplane does happen to catch fire though, here’s some good news : Most of the Earth is covered in water.  If any charred paper fragments survive, it’s more likely that they’ll land in water (lake, ocean, etc.) then they will on dry land.  So at least the burning paper fragments will be extinguished.  Even if the paper airplane manages to land on solid ground, how would it get returned to its owner?  Its a paper airplane. . . .How much room do you need to print an address, and “postage guaranteed” in every language on Earth?

I don’t mean to be cynical of the idea. . .I mean, being able to launch a simple paper airplane from space, and get it back down on Earth would be amazing.  I’d throw one from the ISS just to see how long it would survive, or if there was any way to track it.  I mean, it sounds like a very cool idea, something innovative, and fun.  I just think that there are a few hurdles that haven’t quite been overcome yet for the idea to work.

Read the full article, and see the website here :

http://inventorspot.com/articles/origami_rules_paper_airplane_set_9997

Broken Inkjet? Bllowtorch it! (Results may vary.)

Posted on January 11th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Photos/Videoes, Time Wasters | 2,584 Comments »

Okay, I know that a year ago, I was ready to complain a lot about inkjet printers.  That’s because I had one that ran out of ink after six pages, one that did color OR black and white, but now that I’ve got a nice little 6-ink Epson, I’m happy, it uses ink reasonably, and my photos look really good when printed.

As for the two inkjets I had BEFORE this one, this is what I’d LIKE to do to them.

Vista and its infernal nagging

Posted on January 9th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, Site of the Day, Tech News | Comments Off on Vista and its infernal nagging

Now…ignoring old Bill Gates near confession that his own product has ahem…more to be desired, you HAVE to admit…vista is like some supervisor that thinks your 2 years old. Granted, it *could* help people who have problems with computers…most people can indeed figure out that running Word is NOT a harmful thing. That…opening a file…like, a .ppt is NOT a bad idea. For those of us who understand this, and cannot survive another “Do you really want to install X program”…we have Vista4Experts. You want to disable security center screaming at you to turn on window’s pesky firewall? Gone. Automatic update that you dont want on? Gone. CHANGING THE POWER BUTTON ON THE START MENU TO TURN OFF YOUR COMP? DONE. (That is the most idiotic thing I have seen…) There are some other things that are not to be trifled with…but all in all, a very nifty tool indeed. Check it out: Vista4Experts

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