1. January 26, 2014

  2. #vscocam

  3. December 23, 2013

  4. One Div Zero: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages 

    Too good not to share.

    1940s - Various “computers” are “programmed” using direct wiring and switches. Engineers do this in order to avoid the tabs vs spaces debate.

    And many, many more.

  5. December 13, 2013

  6. Logiix Chattermitts Bluetooth Gloves 

    It would almost be worth it for Victoria to have colder weather just so I’d have a reason to buy these.

  7. October 5, 2013

  8. Removing filters applied to photos in the iOS 7 camera app 

    Nicely done. Non-destructive filters!

  9. August 20, 2013

  10. How to Quickly Open a Site in 1Password on iOS

    1Password for iOS by Agilebits is a great app that you can use to manage your logins for websites and passwords. The app supports all of the major desktop and mobile platforms making it a no-brainer for anyone that wants an easy way to manage passwords.

    One of the great features of 1Password is that it integrates really well with all of the most populate browsers. The integration is really slick. When you’re on a website that you have a password for in 1Password, you can click a button in the browser and have the password informaiton automatically entered for you.

    This is great on the desktop, but it doesn’t work so well on iOS. Since Safari on iOS doesn’t allow plugins or extensions 1Password on iOS has its own built in browser. Agilebits did a great job implementing a good web browser right in the app. The only problem is, whenever you tap on a URL in any app you’re taken into Safari, not 1Password. So in order to get the benefit of 1Password you have to copy and paste the URL from Safari into 1Password. This can be a bit of a drag.

    Luckily Agilebits saw this one coming and built in support for some additional URL schemes that will automatically open in 1Password. If you’re in Safari, or any other app for that matter, and you put ‘op’ in front of the http or https then the website will be opened in 1Password.

    For example say you have tumblr.com open in Safari. If you tap on the address bar and scroll to the beginning of the line and type in ‘op’ (ophttp://tumblr.com) and tap go 1Password will open at tumblr.com. From there you can select any passwords and have 1Password enter the information automatically for you.

    But there’s a way to make this even easier. I’ve written a quick bookmarklet that you can install in Safari that makes it as easy as opening a bookmark to load the current page in 1Password on iOS.

    There are 2 ways that you can install the bookmarklet. If you have bookmark synchronization set up between Safari on your Mac and your iPad or iPhone then you can just drag the bookmarklet below on to the bookmarks bar and within a few minutes you’ll see the bookmarklet on your mobile device.

    Open in 1Password

    If you don’t have synchronization set up, then you can install the bookmarket by:

    1. Select the following text and copy it to the clipboard javascript:document.location%3D'op'%2Bdocument.location
    2. Tap the Action button in the Safari toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Tap Bookmark from the sheet that appears.
    4. Type ‘Open in 1Password’ in the Title field.
    5. Tap the Save button.
    6. Tap the Bookmark button in the Safari toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
    7. Navigate to the folder that contains the ‘Open in 1Password’ bookmark.
    8. Tap the Edit button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
    9. Tap on the ‘Open in 1Password’ bookmark
    10. Replace the contents of the Address field with the URL you copied in step 1.
    11. Tap the Done button to close the bookmark.
    12. Tap the Done button to return to your web page.
  11. August 19, 2013

  12. The Rubik's Cube Solution 

    I bought my kids a Rubik’s cube a few months ago on a whim. I remember playing with them when I was younger but was never able to solve them. I’ve heard that there are step-by-step instructions on how to solve these before but I never got around to trying them out.

    Well, I tried one out and sure enough it works.

  13. August 18, 2013

  14. DARPA shows off 1.8-gigapixel surveillance drone, can spot a terrorist from 20,000 feet | ExtremeTech 

    I want one of these!

  15. August 17, 2013

  16. TextExpander + Drafts = Productivity Bliss

    A while back I bought a copy of Drafts and TextExpander. After having them installed on my phone for several months and barely using them I decided that it was time for me to make a concerted effort to use them. And the more I use them the more surprised I am that it’s taken me so long to get into the habit of using them.

    These 2 apps really compliment each other well. Drafts for entering some text and carrying out some action on it, and TextExpander to make it easier to enter some canned text.

    One example of their use together is in quickly adding to, or creating a list in the built in Reminders app. One of the actions that comes bundled with Drafts will append to your Reminders list in the Reminders app. You simply enter the items you want to add, one on each line and execute the action. When you go into the Reminders app you’ll see that new items have been added.

    As an added bonus, you can specify which list the items should be added to by putting the name of the list on the first line of the draft, prepended with a hash (#). When you execute the List in Reminders action the items will be added to the list you specified. If the list doesn’t exist then a new list will be created. That’s pretty awesome.

    But sometimes it’s a pain to enter #Name of List, especially if you enp up adding to the same list a lot. That’s where TextExpander comes in1. If you add some snippets to TextExpander for each of the lists you commonly add to, it’ll be that much easier to jot down reminders. And when things are easier to do you tend to do them more often.

    If you find that the built in Reminders app just isn’t cutting it for your GTD needs and are in the OmniFocus camp, you can make use of this tip to make putting a list of things in your OmniFocus inbox frictionless too. Just set up OmniFocus to pull the items from Reminders. Entering inbox items on the iPhone just became a whole lot easier.

    1. Yes, I know you can use the built in shortcuts function on iOS instead of TextExpander. But TextExpander is more capable than the built in functionality. 

  17. June 29, 2013

  18. 21 Jokes Only Nerds Will Understand 

    While not strictly a nerd joke, #7 is most amusing for sticklers for grammar.

  19. 15-year-old girl invents flashlight powered by the heat of your hand 

    Nice to hear of some awesome technology grown in my own home town. Way to go Ann!

    A 15-year-old high school junior from Victoria, British Columbia, Ann Makosinski, created a hollow flashlight powered by the holder’s body heat for the Google Science Fair. The invention made her one of 15 finalists, who will travel to Mountain View, California for a prize ceremony held this coming September. Google will choose one winner each out of three age groups, then from that will decide on the final winner, who will receive a grand prize of $50,000 and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

  20. May 24, 2013

  21. Two problems 

    Bar none this is the best collection of “You have a problem so you do X. Now you have two problems.” style jokes. The one about Java is particularly on point.

  22. May 23, 2013

  23. Stop Using Arial & Helvetica 

    How apt; I just changed the fonts around on this site yesterday. I’m not finished yet, but I’ll certainly be taking this into account.

  24. Driving Volkswagen's 261-MPG Diesel-Electric Supercar Spacepod 

    Awesome fuel economy. But why do concept cars always have to look like something out of Minority Report? Can’t we just get normal looking concept cars? Wouldn’t that make them more appealing?

  25. May 22, 2013

  26. An eBook pricing model that resulted in $100,000 in sales 

    Interesting read about eBook pricing models. I’m not sure that my book would sell for anything close to those prices, but interesting nonetheless.

    Shameless plug: I’ve been working on a book in my spare time for a while now on the topic of Bookmarklets. If you’re at all interested or know someone that might be have them stop by the book on leanpub and let me know you’re interested. Any encouragement will help! Also, you can put in a suggested price.

  27. Moore mayor wants safe-room shelters built in all new homes 

    Knee jerk reaction of the week award goes to the Mayor of Moore, Oklahoma.

    While I agree with the sentiment, and I think what happened was tragic, I don’t think getting an ordinance passed so quickly is such a good idea. Taking a step back and thinking things through would be more prudent.

    Just look at what happened after September 11th. Tons of new legislation, the TSA, the DHS, etc. All it’s caused is longer lines at airports, disgruntled passengers, and more spending on behalf of the government. And what’s been the return on all of that investment? Is it worth it?

    Passing legislation just means the cost will be transferred over to the home purchaser, raising prices. Instead of making it mandatory, make it optional. Those that want it will pay to get it, and it will increase the value of their homes and won’t adversely affect those that don’t want it.

    If the mayor thinks that this is something that’s needed, instead of forcing everyone to have a safe room in their home, why not have safe rooms in public facilities that all members of the community can use?