Convert between bits/ bytes/ kilobits/ kilobytes/ megabits/ megabytes/ gigabits/ gigabytes. Now this is a nice calculator.
Convert between bits/ bytes/ kilobits/ kilobytes/ megabits/ megabytes/ gigabits/ gigabytes. Now this is a nice calculator.
I have been here before, but should post it here. The editor for the fall suggested this site, and it is a wonderful suggestion.
The following web site is invaluable for journalists. The links are endless, full of writing advice, resume advice and lot of Q/A just about the journalism field in general.
Check out the Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future. A number of them are gaming related, including a fully immersive virtual environment (something that I actually have experience using and coding for thanks to my BGSU education) and the “On Target” Video Game Urinal that is already a reality.
I want a transparent toaster. Just for the hell of it.
With the complexity of today's gaming consoles, it's no surprise we need books like Hacking the PSP. The amount of things that can be done to this little handheld is astonishing, and there isn't another book out there on this console that covers this much. The flashy, foil cover isn't just for show. It's there to grab attention away from the other books on the same topic because they're nearly rendered useless.
How does your website look on Apple Safari? SafariTest will return a screenshot of your page as viewed with Safari.
Some notes: frames and Flash movies are not perfectly supported; f your page uses client-side redirection you must enter the final address; to view password protected pages use this syntax: http://[username]:[password]@[URL].
This is a great service for those Windows web based developers who care what their Web sites look like in Safari. It also uses PNG so the screen shots look very nice.
This is also something to bookmark if you want to get a full screen shot of a web site. Meaning from the top to the bottom of the page.
One of the many changes that has taken place in the telephone industry in the last few decades is that while phone companies once generally provided their local customers with free directory assistance (via the 411 phone number), in most cases telephone customers are now charged a fee (typically $1.00 or more) for each directory assistance call. Despite the charges, U.S. consumers continue to avail themselves of the 411 directory assistance service, placing about 6 billion such calls per year.Source: Snoops
Now, however, an outfit called Jingle Networks is providing an alternative directory assistance service — and it's free. Users who call the toll-free number 1-800-FREE411 (or 1-800-373-3411) can navigate a nifty automated voice recognition system that asks for a location (city and state), type of listing (business, government, or residential), and name.
Thanks to Jake for this great tip. I know for a fact that Verizon Wireless charges and arm and a leg for calling 411. I cringe every time I need to use it, but not any more! This number is now permanently in my cell phone.
The voice recognition system was superb in my testing. I did not hear an advertisement (how Free 411 is paid for) on every single call. I am very impressed.
The site boast to be the "one stop shop" for all of XBox 360's gaming achievements. Sounds nice. But the site is not much right now. So far it just lists the achievements and the associated Gamerscore, plus it has the achievement icons for your viewing pleasure. The site forums seem more useful then the site itself at this point, but I would keep a watch nonetheless.
Whoever decided to add Achievements to Xbox 360 games is a genius. They add even more replay value. It was just a matter of time before a site like this popped up. Although I am sure GameFAQs will have Achievement FAQs up shortly, unless they already do.
It is amazing that I am still playing Morrowind. I have been playing it since it came out on the PC in May and Xbox in June, 2002. Getting sidetracked by other great games doesn't help. But Morrowind is just that good a game. I am finishing up all the faction quests, and the expansion packs. I really wish the game tracked how many hours you played. It would be frightening to say the least.
While looking for some remote cave in the game, I came across this great java based map of Morrowind. It has it all, right down to the ancestral tombs. It loads a rather huge background image that takes a long time. It's not broken, it just takes its sweet time. It is well worth the wait, however. Oh, I almost forgot: you can search the map too.
I wish I had found this three years ago.
I get so tired of people asking, and I have to explain the keyboard shortcuts in OS X to take screenshots. Even though they could (gasp!) look it up in Mac Help or even Google.
Here is a nice article by Dan Frakes that talks about everything you would want to know, from 1st party to 3rd party, freeware to shareware.
Now please, stop asking.
For the quick and dirty methods:
Command+Shift+3: Full-screen screenshotAnd for those who are still using OS 9, you don't get the fancy 3rd option. Upgrade to OS X and you can actually save those screenshots in a real file format to boot.
Command+Shift+4: Crosshair to allow selection of screenshot area
Command+Shift+4, then spacebar: “Camera” to capture a specific screen object
I'm fascinated by languge and words, like the origin of words and phrases, especially obscure ones. So stumbling across The Word Detective the other night while searching for the origin of the overused term "irony" was a trip; I ended up spending half the night browsing the archive of about 5,000 words. Not sure if the guy's always right (Evan Morris, from Columbus; his parents also wrote about word origins in some famous book ,I am made to understand), since sometimes his explanations don't jive with what I've read (he says "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" involved decorative little brass monkeys, but what I read elsewhere about it having nautical origins, involving canonnballs and the "brass monkey" doohickeys that held them on deck), but he does offer several different theories on a lot of words even when he can't say which is right.
Picking an example at random: He says the word "nincompoop," in use since at least the 17th c, is possibly a butchering of the Latin "non compos mentis," or "not of sound mind." However, he notes, earlier forms of the word included "nicompoop" and "nickumpoop," which bear a bit less resemblance to the Latin.
I am going to have to call him on this one, (sorry) Paprocki asked me today if Jimmy Buffet was dead. He's not. But I found this Dead or Alive Info site in the processes of proving a point. As one quote on the site says, it's very useful in a very limited, specific sort of way.
After you found out that someone is dead, you should head on over, as Matt was quick to point out, to Find A Grave. And yes, you too can add to the Find A Grave site.
Now that I think about it, I have gone to The Blog of Death before, but have never heard of the above two links.
One of the great things about being a freelance web designer is the ability to turn down projects. I’ve come across a few projects recently that sounded interesting but made me feel nervous... As such I’ve written up a list of bad project warning signs.Source: Blogography
Some sound advice for web designers our any freelancer.
In February The BG News picked up a wire story about KnightCite, and I found it to be such a great site I had to post it here.
The author just sent me an email which outlines some new, great, features.
From the email:
My name is Juice Searls, and I'm the developer of KnightCite. I had noticed you picked up the KRT wire story for use in BG's newspaper along with a link from your homepage and wanted to thank you for that by giving you the exclusive first look at KnightCite's first major upgrade.Saving Word and RTF files is just amazing. A lot of hard work and programming has gone into this wonderful site. The iBook story is just icing on the cake.
I really do mean exclusive. Normally I'd start getting the word out about this project through my school's PR department, but because we want off campus users to be the ones to really start testing it over the summer, I decided to contact someone on the outside to make the announcement. The site just went live onto our production server about an hour ago, at 4pm EST.
Here's what you can do in the new version:
-Create a user account
-Save virtual papers and citations
-Fully featured with Organize/Manage/Edit/Delete functions
-The ability to export entire bibliographies into *.rtf and *.doc files already formatted and ready to print (e.g. already bolded, underlined, italicized, and with the hanging indent in there).
KnightCite has generated nearly a quarter of a million citations to date and with this project we're hoping to open the floodgates and win some converts from the professional crowd who use procite/endnote. I'm also beginning planning for KnightCite's next upgrade, which will work to create a single streamlined database of every useful citation created by its users and fully accessible to everyone through a unique approach to search.
And in one note that I hope you will appreciate, this project is what converted me to the Macintosh. I got started on it last summer and realized that I was getting a lot more done in a smaller amount of time when I was working on my studio's Mac as opposed to its PC. I picked up an iBook and a copy of BBEdit and I'm proud to say that the entire project was coded on a Mac and primarily tested in Safari.
Thank you so much "Juice" for helping so many people out of migraine headaches. I wish I had such a tool earlier. I have had a couple papers to write for school, and I now use and recommend this tool all the time.
Be sure to register at the KnightCite site to be able to check out these new features.
Macworld will routinely update this page with information on Tiger-related software updates.MacCentral
Here is something handy to bookmark.
The DMCA is being used to silence researchers, computer scientists and critics. Corporations are using it against the public. Public/College radio stations can no longer afford to webcast. - Anti-DMCA Website
Easily find contract developers with Mac or Mac related skills in the Mac Developer Directory.
If you've struggled with lengthy research papers, chances are you've faced your fair share of late-night frustration trying to follow strict citation formats.Source: The BG News
Guidelines set out by the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) or Chicago Manual of Style, can be difficult to follow. Title underlined? Author italicized? It's hard to keep straight.
We picked this story from KRT Campus and ran it in the paper last week. You need to check out KnightCite. It is amazing. You just plug in the data, for any kind of source, and it churns out the correctly formatted listing.
When writing research papers I hate making the bibliography page. This Web site makes that job a breeze.
Why didn't I think of this?
EDITORS NOTE: This was originally posted on November 24, 2003. It was updated with much more information and links on February 16, 2005. I want to welcome everyone who has been coming here from the search engines, and mainly Google (I have just been too busy to update this post). I cannot imagine any other reason for so many comments, so it must be because of the search engines.
UPDATE: 02/16/05: I have added one tip specific to Windows and USB/FireWire devices, as well as how to perform a hard reset of the iPod.
UPDATE: 02/22/05, Neil confirmed a few things, please see end of post.
What a great page, that is hard to find! There is also a iPod Service & Support page I just found. If you go to either of these pages and search for things, most, if not all, of your questions will be found.
I would also highly suggest the iPodLounge.com Forums or forums at Macworld, Mac OS X Hints, or Apple Discussions.The aboe Apple links and iPodLounge.com have great tutorials if you are unfamiliar with anything.
Explore the sea of names, letter by letter...watch trends rise and fall, and dive in deeper to see your favorite name's place in the historical tides.Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is an "interactive portrait of America's name choices. Start with a "sea" of nearly 5000 names. Type a letter, and you'll zoom in to focus on how that initial has been used over the past century."
Thanks to Rob for the link. Its a pretty cool Java app.
Apple today launched its new IT Pro Web site, which provides a wide variety of information and resources for IT professionals. Subject areas include profiles of companies using Macs, feature articles, Government resources, Education information, a High-Performance Computing section, and more.Source: MacMinute
CMS Matrix now has 200 products for you to compare, making it the single largest CMS listing site anywhere.
I know nothing gets your blood pumping like error codes, but when you need to know, you need to know. I went googling today and found this great reference.
Its not as good as Bleu Rose's Black & Bleu, but it also does not cost $29.99. Which reminds me, I had a license for that app a while ago, I need to search for that!
I know its information you cannot live without! Well I found some of these tips helpful. Now if more people would use POPFile...
Save that number. You will have a very hard time finding it on their web site.
I wanted to cancel an order when I found a better price elsewhere and the web site would not let me cancel the order.
The gentleman I talked to was American, and was very nice and helpful. He canceled my order right away with no problems. I told him the web site said "Sorry" and I was told it must have been a technical error. Duh!
I asked the guy why it is hard to find the phone number on the web site and his response went something like this "we found that people were calling to make telephone orders, and that is not possible, it must be done online." He also told me that they have a limited phone support staff. Well if they in fact do have a limited phone support, ill take it as long as the voice on the other side of the line is that of an American.
"I heard there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." —George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004 (Flash video of quote)
Solving PostScript errors is never fun. But I have done my fair share at the newspapers I have worked for. Here is a great list of solutions to the problems. I wish I had found this earlier, it could have helped! There are some great explanations here.
Everybody knows about Gutenberg, but how many people know about Stanley Morison, the legendary type designer who created Times New Roman.
Explore kerning, baselines, character widths and all the other technical considerations of modern document fraud with some of the world's leading typography authorities on Jules Siegel's Font Wars blog.
Although the reconstructed Bush Guard memos have been exposed, the search continues for the original documents that Marian Carr Knox, Killian's secretary, says she remembers typing. Today, Font Wars is looking at an authentic Pentagon memo written by George W. Bush and endorsed by Jerry B. Killian. Will the others look like this? If so, how was this document created?
As you'll see, we have contributions from Adobe's Thomas Phinney and other folks with awesome expertise in the art, technique and history of digital typography.
I'm hoping that this very specialized blog will evolve into a general gathering place for people who love type. This is all so exciting that my little heart is going pitter-pat. Kerning on the Evening News? I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime. I mean, it never even occurred to me. How could it?
Ever wanted to have a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using the WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and we'll show you the closest matches in our database!I was asking about a type face, and was directed to this site. It did the job, very well I might add. Back when I used Mac OS 9 I used an app called Font Expert. The "new" version of Font Expert has come out and it still does not have OS X support. So screw them, I will just use WhatTheFont.com.
Web design and its related fields are still relatively young in the grand scheme of things and are still developing. One of the questions I’m often asked is, “how can I become a Web designer?” The answer isn’t simple. There are many different paths one can take to become a professional Web designer, each as different as the individuals that make up the Web design community.Source: Digital Web Magazine His point about web technologies changing so rapidly that traditional classes are not enough are spot on.
Today, many successful Web professionals are self-taught and many of these have jumped into the Web via another industry. These are also the ones who are most likely to have been at it the longest. Only recently have we seen large numbers of people come straight into Web design from formal education programs. In most cases, this formal education alone doesn’t prepare one for success...
Apple's new RSS Feed Generator produces custom feeds you can subscribe to using RSS-enabled software. You're presented with a choice of genres, along with the feed type. Choices include New Releases, Just Added, iTunes Top Songs, iTunes Top Albums and Featured Albums & Exclusives. You can also adjust feed size from 5 to 100 tracks, and you can choose whether to show explicit content.Source: MacCentral Great! Now the iTMS will take even more of my money now...
"i checked with a friend and they said there definitely IS a rainbow effect in photoshop, why did you tell us there wasn't one?"There are some really funny client quotes here.
"Can't we make the text blink?"
With all of the viruses and hacking going on, it's no wonder that more and more people are interested in securing their computers. Fortunately, the National Security Agency recently released detailed PDF documents full of great information to help you secure your PC.Source: Tech TV Its always nice to read about what to turn OFF in Windows. These PDF's are huge!