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My browser’s faster than your browser.

Posted on 14 February 2012 by Chris

Well, it’s official – the fastest web browser (out of the 4 major browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera) is…

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Google willing to pay to spy on you?

Google willing to pay to spy on you?

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Chris

Apparently Google is willing to shell out $25 a year to anyone willing to let them track their every move on the web.  Sorry, $25 in 5 separate $5 Amazon gift cards.  That just doesn’t cut it for me.  Some of you may be interested in the free dough, but I don’t really care to let Google watch me surf the web for that piddly amount of money.  Make it a c-note and maybe I’m interested.  Money talks.

Google is introducing a system to monitor all online activity of those who participate in a program called Screenwise. In exchange for unrestricted access to information on your every online move, the search and software giant is offering financial compensation.

By signing up for Screenwise and installing a browser plugin (only Google Chrome is supported at present), you’ll be given $5 in store credit on Amazon. For every three months you continue to provide Google with browsing data, you’ll earn an addition $5 gift card, up to a total of $25. Only those over 13 can participate and, perhaps not surprisingly, signups are currently on hold due to overwhelming interest.

So a bunch of people are interested.  Just isn’t enough money for me to say ‘sure’ to being followed around the web.  Sure, they might be doing it to me now and I wouldn’t know about it (I use Google Chrome for everything) but $25 in $5 installments just doesn’t make it worthwhile in my opinion.

From: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/google-offering-pay-users-track-every-move-173533318.html

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New Pictionary-Type Game is “Drawsome”

New Pictionary-Type Game is “Drawsome”

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Spitfire

I have to admit… it has been difficult to concentrate on work the past couple days. The reason being, this stupid little android game called “Draw Something.” The game, also available in the iTunes Store (with cross platform gameplay possible), is played much like Pictionary where one person picks an object and then proceeds, clumsily, to draw the chosen object. Once finished the drawing is sent along to a friend or random opponent for them to try to decipher your drawing. You start off with a base set of colors and have to unlock more sets with coins earned in-game via correct guesses of words of varying difficulty. There’s a lot of fun to be had in this game with the silly drawings, goofy guesses and and the satisfaction of nailing the complex drawing of a more difficult word. The game is fairly new so there are some bugs but so far it hasn’t affected the fun factor. Pick up the free version and try it out or if you don’t want to deal with the ads both stores have paid versions of the app.

 

Happy drawing!

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Nobody dies a virgin…

Nobody dies a virgin…

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Spitfire

So I do IT work for a medium sized bank and a coworker of mine just received a call from a user needing some computer help.  The problem required my coworker to remotely control the user’s PC.  He had a surprise waiting for him as the user’s desktop background showed up on his screen depicting this Kurt Cobain quotation tiled across the entire desktop.

Nice to see a little professionalism and maturity in the behind-the-scenes of this company…

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Space Oops

Space Oops

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Ed Z

Watch out for
falling tools
.

.

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
watched helplessly as the kit drifted away from her as she
serviced the solar array system on the orbiting platform.

The briefcase-sized tool bag
is one of the largest items ever lost on a spacewalk.

The event occurred during
the first spacewalk of the latest shuttle flight to the ISS, which
is intended to give the orbiting platform a major makeover.

How about a rope?  No rope in the NASA budget?  And
the article states, "the briefcase-sized tool bag is one of the largest
items ever lost on a spacewalk".  One of the largest?  What else
are the losing up there?

Good thing her keys weren’t in the bag.

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Our Beautiful Planet

Our Beautiful Planet

Posted on 18 July 2008 by Ed Z

Earth,
pictured from 31 million miles away
.

NASA’s Deep Impact
spacecraft has created a video of the moon transiting (passing in
front of) Earth as seen from the spacecraft’s point of view 31
million miles away. Scientists are using the video to develop
techniques to study alien worlds.

"Making a video of
Earth from so far away helps the search for other life-bearing
planets in the Universe by giving insights into how a distant,
Earth-like alien world would appear to us," said University
of Maryland astronomer Michael A’Hearn, principal investigator
for the Deep Impact extended mission, called EPOXI.

I just hope this guy isn’t taking a peek.

Where is Sam J. Jones when you need him?

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C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III

Posted on 01 July 2008 by Ed Z

I believe I saw one of those flying around Brooklyn Sunday afternoon.

It is a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and it was flying low in circles in the

Lower New York Bay
between 1:30 and 2:30pm.

 


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I don’t know what it was doing but a huge thunderstorm was on its way in
while the aircraft was circling.  Flying very low, it made about 7-10
passes then disappeared.  Pretty cool!

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F-22 Raptor in Wow-O-Vision

F-22 Raptor in Wow-O-Vision

Posted on 26 May 2008 by Ed Z

My friend Boogs took his
family to the Jones
Beach Airshow yesterday and he got to see an F-22 Raptor in action
.  I
am officially jealous.

The F-22 was truly majestic,
I wish that I had used an actual video camera to take that rather
then the video mode of my Olympus, and much like a Korn concert,
recordings do not do the engine of the F-22 justice!

Check
out his blog for some video
.

 

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