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Apple prematurely announces billionth AppStore download…: “

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…but only, of course, if you set your computer’s clock forward! (Click for the full-size graphic). Camillo Miller writes in:

Wanna see what Apple will do at the 1Billionth download mark? Set your Mac’s clock to friday 24th and head to http://www.apple.com

Now here’s a great piece of blogsanity: the source has watermarked its screenshots of this, as if it were some sort of exclusive not available to anyone with a web browser and a clock. Great find, though!

Update: Commenter GabrielM wonders why we’ve got it classified as a ‘fuck up.’ It’s not because of the existence of the page itself, but because Apple’s set the ‘billionth app’ threshold as a date rather than a number! (The actual counter is, as commenter Youngbrendan points out below, probably reasonably accurate)

Source [Mac Magazine via Apple Lounge]


(Via Boing Boing Gadgets.)

The Collapsing Desk [Featured Workspace]: “

How do you fit a full size work space into a pint size apartment? Build a desk that folds right out of the way.

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What i hate about Unix? Simplness of commands.: “Okay, I’m sitting there minding my own business and suddenly the PC goes bleepbeebeeebebeb.

Okay, I may slightly be doing a Ellen Feist on you, but its exactly how I feel?
Whats the difference between */ and /* ? a whole server!!!

Okay, the command I tried was this:

chmod 0644 */ -R

Which should have made all files in the directory I was in to 644 (Read and writeable by owner, but only readable by others). But as I was typing too fast I did this:

chmod 0644 /* -R

Which doesn’t do the same command, if I’m in /home/user/public_html, it doesn’t run the command from public_html it runs it from the root, right at the top, like setting all your C:/ to permission denied (For you XP readers).

Its just those few seconds while you wait for it to run, then reload it through your head and get that sickly feeling as you have just realised what you have done, you hit Ctrl +X as hard as you can but you know the damage is done

One server, over 300 users and I have just successfully written off the server, boy this day could get better 😦

(Via Dan Clarke Web design (Alternate Blog).)

Its not about where, but when to advertise!: “Last week was the last week of college for me, until September at least.

And as I left i went to the loo (as you do) and as i was drying my hands, in-between the dryers was a A4 piece of paper that said ‘While your standing there drying your hands, have you thought about your future?’ and the rest of the paper said about where you can get help about your future, but that’s not what got me, it was the fact it advertised when you had time to read it. There every few times when you spend time in your day standing around, with nothing to specifically to look at, one is drying your hands you look at the cracks in the walls, the logos etc but having an advert there you will read it, your mind has to.

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  • MouseJail – a universal game patch for the multi-monitor users. During a fullscreen game, MouseJail captures the mouse into the primary monitor.
  • TaskbarshuffleThis is a simple, small, free utility that lets you drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons to rearrange them.
  • Ex2fsd – ‘This project is an ext2 file system driver for winnt/win2k/winxp.’
  • DisplayFusion – DisplayFusion is a fantastic application that can make your dual monitor (or triple monitor or more) life much, much easier! From allowing you to use a different wallpaper on each monitor, to integrating with Flickr for image searching, to providing hotkeys for managing your application windows.
  • Foobar2000 – Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
  • mIRC – mIRC is a popular Internet Relay Chat client used by millions of people, and thousands of organizations, to communicate, share, play and work with each other on IRC networks around the world. Serving the Internet community for over a decade, mIRC has evolved into a powerful, reliable and fun piece of technology.
  • MouseKeys – MouseKeys allows you to use the numeric keypad to control the movement of the mouse pointer. If you want to use the numeric keypad for data entry as well as for navigation, you can set MouseKeys to be activated by pressing NUM LOCK.
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  • qtsmbstatus – QtSmbstatus was designed as a client/server system secured with SSL. A login and password is required to log on to server (PAM). The server’s application ought to be installed with samba-server.
  • LockDown (OSX) – Lockdown is a Mac security application built from the popular iAlertU. With a new interface, splash screen, and icon, Lockdown makes securing your Mac while you step away even easier than ever. You can customize its detection features by activating your computer’s motion-sensors, keyboard-sensors, external device sensors, MagSafe sensors, and more to ensure that not even the slightest tap goes unnoticed.
  • Wakoopa – Wakoopa is the perfect place for people to discover software online. When you sign up, you also install a small tracker that keeps tabs on what software you use. This creates an online profile for you to share with the world, and also gives you updates and recommendations on what your friends and others are using.
  • Crossloop – CrossLoop is a consumer Internet company that empowers everyone to help someone anywhere in the world with its free and easy-to-use software application for desktop sharing.
  • RealVNC (Win/OSX/Wine) – RealVNC provides remote control software which lets you see and interact with desktop applications across any network.
  • Skype – Skype created a little piece of software that makes communicating with people around the world easy and fun. With Skype you can say hello or share a laugh with anyone, anywhere. And if both of you are on Skype, it’s free.
  • iStat Menu (OSX) – iStat menus monitors your entire system right from your menubar, with 8 separate and highly configurable menu extras. You’ll always know exactly what’s going on inside your Mac!
  • WinSCP – Free SFTP, FTP and SCP client for Windows
  • VLC VLC media player – the cross-platform media player and streaming server. VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video …ISO
  • ISOBurner – Windows only: Freeware program ISO Recorder makes it easy to burn, copy, and create disc images (CD or DVD) in Windows.
  • NetworxNetWorx is a simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation. You can use it to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connection.
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  • ISO Recorder –  ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) for Windows XP, 2003 and now Windows Vista, that allows (depending on the Windows version) to burn CD and DVD images (DVD support is only available on Windows Vista), copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder.

Only in Russia 20: “Russian life

This weeks submitted photos of the casual moments of life in Russia. Only in Russia.

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(Via English Russia.)

Cold War Bunker Becomes Modern Mansion: ”
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In 1982, schoolteacher Ed Peden drove out to investigate a decommissioned nuclear missile bunker that was up for sale near his hometown of Topeka, Kansas. He found 34 acres of grass in need of mowing and, deep below ground, an 18,000-square-foot warren of concrete tunnels, most of it flooded with rainwater.

Peden stripped to his shorts and dropped a rope ladder into the flooded base. Most of the rooms were three-quarters flooded, and the water had stagnated for nearly two decades. Holding his nose to dive under doorways between the flooded rooms, Peden took his first tour of what would soon become his family home.

At the height of the Cold War in the early ’60s, the United States built dozens of missile bases across the Midwest to launch salvos of Atlas and Titan ICBMs. Typically, the sites were enormous underground bunkers, built to withstand a direct nuclear hit. Some resembled underground cities in their scale. The government spent millions of dollars building each of the sites but evolving weapons technology made them quickly obsolete. Most were shuttered after only a few years of war readiness.

The Topeka base, opened in 1961, housed a gigantic Atlas E missile armed with a 4 megaton thermonuclear warhead — a weapon 200 times more powerful than the bomb that obliterated Nagasaki. By1965 it was declared outdated because it took too long to open the missile bay doors. Nearly 20 years later Peden bought the base — which had remained abandoned all that time — for $48,000.

Today, retired from teaching, Peden is one of the Midwest’s leading missile base brokers. So far, he’s sold 48 of these forsaken sites, often selling the same site more than once when new owners become overwhelmed with the commitment needed to overhaul and live in an enormous government facility.

Join us as we tour Peden’s missile-base home and take a look back at the time that spawned these supersized structures.

Photo (above): Jim Merithew/Wired.com

In 1961 America’s nuclear muscle was flexed, paraded down the streets of Topeka, Kansas. The United States wanted the entire world to know it was ready, willing and able to respond to any threat.

Photo: Courtesy of SiloMan at siloworld.com

























The I-70 interstate skirts downtown Topeka. It stretches past miles of Kansas farmland, occasionally interrupted by a rest stop or filling station.

Heading west out of town you travel the same open road Ed Peden often drives to pick up groceries and visit civilization since moving into his nuclear missile base some 15 years ago. He has owned the place since 1983, but it took him 10 years to convince his wife to live there.

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How To Create a Flash XML Playlist Music Player | Minervity: “Home » Flash
How To Create a Flash XML Playlist Music Player
Submitted by Twinster on Sunday, 15 February 200920 Comments
Introduction
I have gotten quite a lot of requests on different tutorials that my visitors would like to see on the site and it’s really exciting. I just wish I had the time to keep up with you and give you all what you want. But hang in there, I will get to ‘that’ exact tutorial you’re waiting for. I just have to take them one at a time.

This tutorial is a bit more complex than the other ones you can find on this site. Not necessarily harder, just a bit more code to pull it off.

It will cover all the steps necessary to get a working Flash XML MP3 Player for your site or blog. Necessary skills are once again basic. Software’s used are: Adobe Flash, Photoshop and a simple word processor of your choice for setting up your play list. I am using ‘Notes’ on windows just to simplify. Also some knowledge on how to use a ftp client to upload your player and music to your server is needed.

PS: You can find a working example of the player at the bottom of this tutorial. Enjoy!
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Learn Willpower Techniques from the Marshmallow Test [Mind Hacks]: “

Back in the 1960s, a researcher learned a lot about willpower from studying hundreds of four-year-olds left alone in a room with a marshmallow or cookie. Here’s what the strong-willed ones had in common.

Photo by kato tomato.

The Columbia University studies, now known in collegiate circles as the ‘Marshmallow Tests,’ sought to find a common element among the children who could resist giving into the most primal test of willpower—a sweet treat, left on a table for them, with (supposedly) nobody watching. The tykes were told that they could have two of the marshmallows or cookies if they waited until the researcher came back in the room. Many of them, naturally, gave out within minutes, or even seconds, but some waited as long as 20 minutes until the adult returned.

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AppleInsider | Apple near ready with release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Juno: ”
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Apple near ready with release of Mac OS X 10.5.7 Juno

By Sam Oliver
Published: 11:00 AM EST

Apple as early as this week could announce the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, a seventh maintenance and security update to its Leopard operating system scheduled to deliver over a 100 minor tweaks and bug fixes.

After providing developers with weekly betas of the software for nearly two months, the Mac maker in recent days cranked up the frequency of the pre-release distributions, wh”[…]

(Via AppleInsider.)