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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Email posting.

Wow! Blogger has email posting for mobiles! On a basic account. Woot!
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Testing picture posting.

This is me testing emailing a picture from my cellphone to Blogger.
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Thursday, April 24, 2008

CBC.ca Unblocked in China With Help From Listeners

Apparently listeners in China of the CBC radio show/Pod Cast "Search Engine" notice one day that the CBC was blocked. After listener action and feedback from Chinese listener's, CBC's President [ Hubert Lacroix ] appealed to the Chinese Ambasador and was able to get cbc.ca unblock. Link

The Optimus Keyboard.

Think Geek now carries the Optimus keyboard. Still a bit steep at a 1600 USD. However it has tones of interesting features.

  • Each key has it's own LCD screen.
  • The editor lets you do many things with the keys, such as link them to macro's or have them display a animated image or such.
  • You can change languages at the push of a button.
  • Each key appears to be removable, thus if one screen breaks, you just need to replace that key.
  • SD - Card attachment
Now this is how keyboards should have been a while ago, or at least available. With my keyboarding habits, I do not believe this keyboard is good for me. I tend to bang the space bar really hard and I eat at my keyboard.

However I do have to say kudos to the option to replace keys individually. I mean a product like this would be a great waste if one had to replace the whole thing because one key was broken.

This product right now are for the early adaptors in a product life cycle, I would not even rate this for the Trend Setters yet. However if you still think this is a cool keyboard, but don't want to shell out the cash, you can always get the three button edition.

ThinkGeek :: Optimus Maximus Keyboard :: Zoom!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mortal Combat Verse DC Universe

Announcer on TV: Coming up next, The Jetsons Meet the Flinstones.
Bart: Uh-oh, I smell another cheap cartoon crossover.
Homer: Bart Simpson, meet Jay Sherman, the film critic.
Bart: Hey man, I really love your show! I think all kids should watch it. (shudders, to himself): I suddenly feel so dirty! [source:Wikiquote]

I do really wish I was kidding about this, but it is true. It looks like Midway games in an attempt squeeze more life out of an already dead verse with the release Mortal Combat vs DC Comics.

From the looks of it, it is designed to be a serious thing. I am sorry, but I am from the realm that most crossovers are not suppose to be serious. Take for example Marvel vs Capcom 2, a 2D fighting game with nearly every character you can imagine from those series. And the plot, well there is no real plot, which is good, that means some poor writer out there has been saved the death sentence of having to write for a crossover.

I mean sure people, I for one would like to see Robin have a metal hook jab into his throat and drag across the room by Scorpion. However I don't believe that this wasn't part of the designers sitting around the table in a "Don't you think it would be cool" kind of conversation. More like "Look guys, either do this or not get paid" kind of conversation.

Sometimes, I really do hate marketing. Link. Via [Canadian-Shield]

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A New Vessel to Guide you Across Styx

In this day of name branding and widespread product, it seams that marketing knows no ends. Many times this leads to detrimental effects to the actual functionality of a product (IE an embroidery sewing machine that will only produce Disney characters, even thought the chip is perfectly capable of producing other patterns input from a machine).

Anyways it appears that the marketing people at Sanrio [or at least a company licensed by Sanrio] thought it would be a great idea to have Hello Kitty Tombsone. Yes that is right, the worlds most well recognized brand image character Hello Kitty, is now available to stand guard over you grave for thousands of years, probably made from plastic since it doesn't break down unlike those wimpy stone tombs.

Hello Kitty tombstone - Boing Boing

Friday, April 4, 2008

Zero Punctuation

If there is on thing that gives me comfort about watching Yahtzee tear apart a games for poor design, especially when he tears into Halo 3. Enjoy!

Using Meebo to Consolidate Your IM Clients

If you are like me and don't keep to one machine at all times and am constantly moving from one system to the next and are using, MSN, AIM, ICQ, GTalk, Jabber etc. Well then I would suggest you go with Meebo.

It is a simple web client really, all you have to do is enter your login for the service and viola, you can also create a Meebo account and then you can log into multiple clients and keep a history. Benefits of this as well is that you are not required to install software on your computer.

They also have support for Meebo rooms and Meebo widgets. Meebo rooms giving you the ability to create rooms and Meebo widgets giving you the ability to add Meebo rooms and chat boxes to your website. They also have iPhone support.

Features I would like to see.
* IRC Support
* More custom colours
* Custom emoticon's, or maybe an emoticon builder.