I don’t understand how one could justify this. Whoever has a good explanation better have a newsletter because they have must have interesting ideas that I’d like to hear more about.
If I knew what half of these words meant I’d probably find this really interesting.
BitTorrent Sync is a new service from BitTorrent. It appears to be a Dropbox clone without the central repository. Looks pretty interesting, sounds exciting, but ultimately I don’t think it will see much uptake outside of the geek community.
Everything is more interesting iiiiinnnnnnnn spppppaaaaaacccceeeeeeeee.
Surprisingly my home PC isn’t among them.
Voet has a policy against the use of electronics in his court. This policy states that the owner of any electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will be cited with contempt. His logic is that if he can’t live by his own rules, how can he expect others to abide them? He fined himself $25 during a break in the proceedings.
Nice to see consistency.
I just updated Chrome this morning and was literally aghast at the new unsightly bookmark menus with expanded spacing. If you don’t like the new menus here’s how to fix it:
…you need to start Chrome with [..] —disable-new-menu-style.
I’ll definitely be doing this next time I install Ubuntu in a VM.
Seattle bar bans Google glasses, threatens ‘a** kickings’ for violators
is it just me, or has the security of Java gone downhill since Oracle took over?
Most of the time I find that no matter how low I turn the brightness on any of my displays it always feels too bright when I’m in a dark room. Apple’s devices will automatically adjust the brightness of the display based on the amount of ambient light, but even then I find them to be too bright. The iPad especially. When I’m reading late at night I find that I have to use features of each application that address this problem.
GoodReader allows you to adjust the “brightness” of the document you’re reading by adjusting the contrast1.
Instapaper used to have the same sort of feature as GoodReader, but dropped it when iOS allowed Apps to adjust the brightness. Now I have to rely on using one of the different colour themes. One nice feature however, is that Instapaper will automatically adjust the colour theme depending on the time of day. It’s not perfect, but its a good enough approximation.
Anything other apps I usually end up having to just deal with it.
But backlight brightness is only one way of tackling the overall brightness problem. Another approach is the adjust the colour temperature. By adjusting the palette towards the warm end of the spectrum the brightness isn’t affected, but the visible light is closer to the ambient light. This means that your screen doesn’t feel as bright even though the backlight is still at the same level.
F.lux is an application that makes use of this second approach. It’s available for Mac, Windows, and surprisingly iOS. For both Mac and Windows the installation is the same as any other application. iOS however requires that your first jailbreak your device.
I’ve been running the Mac and Windows versions for the past week or so and it’s made a tremendous difference. I don’t feel as much eye strain as I did before. My eyes adjust more quickly between the screen and the room I’m sitting in. While I typically don’t like to jailbreak my devices F.lux gives me a really good reason to consider it.
I’m hoping that something like this makes its way into iOS in the next release.
The light gun for the original NES was always a mystery to me. If you’ve ever wondered how it works, now you know.
Ever wonder what your computer was doing when you dialed into your ISP in the 90s?
Ever seen a glacier the size of lower manhattan collapse?