RT @glenngabe - the dominance of search and social networks as sources of traffic for most sites (up to 40% or more) - http://bit.ly/8v9u0L
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Making abstract wallpaper and gorgeous slow-exposure shots doesn't require a bunch of design apps or photography lessons. Learn how to literally toss your camera to make abstract light art.
Wired's How-To wiki recently added a guide to taking a camera-toss photo. As you can guess, the technique involves throwing your camera in the air. When you combine a long exposure with interesting lighting—like holiday lights, candle light, or dimmer night-time lighting—and the rotation of the camera in the air, you get some pretty nifty camera effects.
We've gathered up some interesting camera-toss shots here for you. You can find more by searching Flickr for camera-toss shots.
Not about to toss your D200 in the air for some fancy picture? We don't blame you. You can still use the technique without heaving your camera in the air—but you won't get quite lines and arcs quite as smooth. That's a small trade-off for not dropping your DSLR in a snow drift.
Read more about camera-toss techniques in the Wired wiki at the link below. If you've snapped a few of your own don't hesitate to share them in the comments below or upload them to the Lifehacker Tips Tester Pool.
Not too fond of the gallery layout? See all the images on one page here.
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Posted by Augustine at 7:20 PM
Intel's Larrabee graphics processor delayed, downsized to mere software development platform originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 Dec 2009 03:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | CNET News | Email this | Comments
Direct Insight debuts SODIMM-sized, ARM-based computer-on-a-module originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 Dec 2009 12:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashGear | Linux for Devices | Email this | Comments
Michael Arrington says CrunchPad litigation is "imminent," provides more details -- but where's the contract?
- Arrington claims he's the "outright owner of the CrunchPad trademark," but that's simply not true: the CrunchPad trademark was only applied for on November 17, the same day Arrington says Fusion Garage notified him of the split. Oops -- and even stranger because Arrington's said the CrunchPad was due to be launched on November 20. Why wasn't this sewn up months ago?
- Assuming there isn't some secret CrunchPad patent application we don't know about, the only major rights we can see TechCrunch asserting to the CrunchPad device have to do with the copyright to the code , and that's a total mess. Since Arrington apparently didn't draw up a contract giving him sole copyright to the CrunchPad's code, he and his lawyers are arguing that TechCrunch and Fusion Garage are "joint owners" to any rights, and that's just about the weakest position Arrington can be in. Joint copyright owners are legally considered to have equal rights to the entire product, and unless there's a written agreement (see how that keeps coming up?) saying they both have to sign off, each joint owner is allowed to non-exclusively sell the entire thing without the other's approval. In our experience it's pretty rare for joint copyright ownership to be an ideal business arrangement, and we can't imagine how Arrington got to within three days of launching the CrunchPad without hammering out the details of who owned what.
- In fact, the most notable thing about the letter from Arrington's lawyers to Fusion Garage is that it doesn't contain any contractual language whatsoever -- it only references emails and conversations between the two companies. That's particularly odd because the letter to Pegatron says TechCrunch will be suing for breach of contract, so you'd think Arrington's attorneys would be laser-focused on his contractual rights if he could assert them. Then again, you'd think Arrington would have known better than to start this project without doing the appropriate paperwork first, so really anything's possible.
Michael Arrington says CrunchPad litigation is "imminent," provides more details -- but where's the contract? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 Dec 2009 17:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | ! TechCrunch, USPTO | Email this | Comments
Windows: Labor-intensive image editing jobs need heavy-hitting applications to get the job done. If you're just looking for a lightweight tool to slap on a netbook or thumb drive for quick photo editing, StylePix might be just what you need.
StylePix image editor has plenty of bells and whistles to help you easily manage and edit your photos, no matter what your level of experience. It supports all major image formats, including .png, .tif, .gif, .bmp, and more. Zoom in and out, adjust colors and hues, batch process, and, transform your pictures in loads of different ways.
Use the included drawing tools to erase, spray, brush, and add shapes to your pictures, or use one of the image filters to morph, sharpen, or blur it. StylePix can lighten or darken your image, and even remove red-eye and dust.
StylePix a terrific little app that offers a lot of editing options but doesn't take a degree in computer science to work with. Weighing in at only 20 MB, its small footprint makes it an ideal portable tool to take with you on the go.
Posted by Augustine at 6:30 AM
Google used to offer up an automatic definition from sources like Dictionary.com or Answers.com. Now there's a little blue "definition" link on the right side of any word or phrase search, offering Google's own homebrew definition answers.
You'll still see answers from Answers.com and other sources high up in the search results, of course, but Google's own definition link lays out a word's definition in traditional dictionary style, with usages, phonetic breakdowns, and multiple snippets from other web definitions. There's also a link for "Starred words," but I couldn't find a way to actually star the word you're currently looking at.
Is Google your good-enough dictionary these days, or do you find yourself liking the service of sites like Dictionary.com?
Posted by Augustine at 6:29 AM
Windows: Earlier this week we highlighted how to download National Geographic's stunning desktop wallpapers in one fell swoop. That method required some command-line work and didn't grab 2007 images; NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader snags every 2007, 2008, and 2009 wallpaper with point-and-click ease.
Just download the app, point it toward the folder you want to download those wallpapers to, and let 'er rip. NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader is entirely portable, so you don't need to install anything to use it and you can easily pop it on your thumb drive to give the gift of awesome wallpapers everywhere you go this holiday season.
NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader is a free Windows download. If you're on Linux or OS X, the previously mentioned method should get you there (minus the 2007 images) with a little more legwork.
Posted by Augustine at 6:29 AM
Flash videos, like those on Hulu or YouTube, don't stay full screen if you click outside the video—say, if you're doing work on a second monitor. Kind of annoying, right? A quick system file swap, however, fixes this problem easily.
Photo by Steve Lacey.
Many dual monitor enthusiasts love to watch movies or television shows on their second monitor, but if those are web-based videos, Flash has to rain on our parade. Sure you can make the Hulu video go full screen on your second monitor, but as soon as you try to work on your other monitor, Flash will lose its full-screen view. Thankfully, blogger/browser patcher d.i.z. has made a one byte change to the Flash plug-in that will keep videos running full screen, even if you click outside them—and he's made it available for download (sadly, this tweak only works on Windows machines).
All you need to do is grab d.i.z.'s modified npswf32.dll file and replace the one located in
C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\ or C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\ folder on Windows 7 64-bit (though we recommend you backup the original file just in case). After a restart of your browser, all your Flash videos should exhibit the new behavior (i.e., you should be able to multi-task without losing full-screen playback). You can still exit full screen mode by hitting the escape key or using the Flash player's full screen button, of course.
Posted by Augustine at 6:28 AM
The next time you Google something, if the search results seem a little too good, a little too personal, it's because they are.
While Google's always delivered customized search results to people logged into their Google account—that is, search results tailored to you, based on your web history (yes, even outside of Google, like Gizmodo), past searches and previous results you've clicked on—it's now going to be doing that for everybody. Even if you're not logged in, you're going to get personalized results and yes, more targeted ads, based on past searches, tracked by an anonymous cookie that stays on your computer for 180 days. (BTW, it's not like Google's just started keeping track of your searches, it's just now Google's using that info more directly, that's all.)
You can turn it off here, though I'm guessing that won't turn off the dirty feeling you've got right now.
Posted by Augustine at 6:09 AM
Friday, December 04, 2009
I met my first serious girlfriend after my first divorce—yes, there are more of both—through a proto-Facebook created at Google. It was 2004, and it's name was Orkut. But social networks go back to 1995.
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It all started with Classmates.com, which apparently has 50,000,000 users now. On the top of the pyramid is Facebook and its 300 million users, followed by MySpace's 263 million. In the middle you have a huge constellation of sites, most of which I just can't recognize. Trombi? Vampirefreaks? Bigadda? Cafemom? Geni? Itsmy? Qzone? Xanga?
Please, stop saying words. [Focus—Thanks David Keyes]
Posted by Augustine at 9:05 PM