Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Keep your HD in silent zen states – or else …

Monday, January 5th, 2009

It was recenly found that shouting at harddrives decreases their performance. Simply put harddisk drives do not like being shouted at anymore than you do.

Brendan Gregg demonstrates in the video below, how shouting at the diskdrives decreases the performance of the drives. Of course the expenation is not that the drives dislike being shouted at, or loose their focus and start worrying about being good enough, dresses up in goth clothes, hates the world and becomes an underacheiver… uhmm no.

Sound is vibrations, and shouting at the drives simply causes vibrations that affect the drives an decrease performance. Simple as that, but still interesting. At least i found so 🙂

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4&fmt=18[/youtube]

Also a funny sidenote i found this video of Justin Long (from various Mac commercials).

JUSTIN LONG in Hunger Relief by Justin Long

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

So today is christmas. I watched Muppets Christmas Carol as my personal tradition on Christmas Day, and now i am a few hours from a nice christmas dinner with my parents. Cannot wait to sink my teeth into the perfectly cooked duck! 🙂

Merry Christmas everybody!

Facebook and Twitter integration

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I recently discovered Twitter for myself. By discovered i mean started using, as i didnt see much usefullness in the service earlier plus didnt know anybody using it. However seeing that twitter seems to have survived the initial ‘shock and awe’ phase of all new webapps i started testing it out.

You can follow my tweets on ‘swoopdk‘ should you be so inclined 🙂

Integration is the key

With the myriad of social websites as well as MSN and other services have at least some of them integrated centrally is key. I know i would never go about updating a status message on several different networks, simply just a waste of time. Seeing as Facebook has become extremely popular here (Denmark) i wanted to be able to update Twitter from FB Status message, and vice versa.

The reason is simple, i want to give people the twitter option, but at the same time only want to update 1 place and have that update migrate automatically.  So much easier 🙂
So immidiately after getting twitter installed i started my integration search.

Twhirl

Before i even started i wanted a desktop application on my laptop for using twitter. The choice fell upon Twhirl. Simple easy interface, nicely designet and does the job perfectly. I have it running on all my computer now, and it updates with a small discreet beep when there is updates.

Now i never open the twitter homepage anymore unless i need to set something up, or change my profile. Could propably also be done via twhirl but it doesn’t happen that often.

Facebook Twitter application

There is a nice official Facebook application from twitter that updates your FB status with the most recent tweet. When i first signed up there was some trouble with twitter, and it would not allow me to login. However it seems to have resolved as its working now. However it says that facebook limits the number of updates pr. day, but not how many the limit is. So if it’s not working that is propably the issue. Here is the FB App for Twitter

FB2Twitter

I havent figured out if the Twitter application does the other way around, but doesnt seem to be the case. But in the days i could not login into the FB Twitter application i stumbled across another application, designed to update the other way around, thus from Facebook to Twitter. FB2Twitter

Instructions are simple with 2 steps.  And it works wonders! So now we have two way integration between Facebook and Twitter. This allows me to simply update my Twitter and in a short while the update will migrate to Facebook.

Integrate more!

As a closing bonus note i installed twitter updates on my website as well. I am running WordPress, and there is a lovely plugin available called Twitter Tools. Now my twitter updates can be displayed on the widget sidebar on my site, and when i am logged in as admin i can post tweets directly from the site. It updates every 15 mins which should be suffecient for most users 😀

Happy twitting people ! 😉

New theme up!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The title says it all. The new theme is officially up.

So whats new ?

  • A new download manager, to keep life simpler for me, downloads easier to push out.
  • New visual theme
  • Twitter integration
  • Gallery widget
  • NextGen Gallery (not new, but worth mentioning)
  • Self-hosted video tutorials
  • Imbedded flv videos now work
  • Tags primarily instead of overuse of categories

Hope you like the new design, as i really love it. I will continue to improve upon little things as i notice them, but so far i am liking this new theme alot!

Enjoy people

New theme by the weekend

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I have been a little lapse in the updating of the site itself. Normally i either get obsessed with messing with layouts and plugins and forget to post content, but lately i have just been posting when i had something. Even then i was posting too little. I know … will do better.

WordPress got better… or i just missed the changes 😉 My current layout does not support widgets which by the way RULE! I simply love the drag and drop way of styling your sidebar.. amazing!  The new theme of course supports this, and i have what i feel is a good compromise between a simple sidebar and one packed with goodies.

Furthermore the new theme didn’t even require me to change any graphics. I will probably still be changing some of it, but mostly to stand out just a little. But overall i have for once been impressed wholeheartedly by this theme and fallen complete in theme-love with it :p

Will make the switch one of the coming days, and tell you about some of the “new” plugins i have discovered and littered across the site 🙂 Also some of my old favorites got updated and revived 😀

Also for funsies i will be using Tags some more.. i have often felt the need for them, but figured my categories covered it enough. But no more.. tags all around!

Cool music video made entirely from still photos

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Found this music video today, and i must say i love it. Music is great and the video itself is composed entirely of still photos.

PRODUCTION NOTE: No video cameras were used in the production of this music video. It was created entirely from 45,000 Photographs taken by a Nikon D200 DSLR.


Fat City Reprise – Long Gone from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo.