Archive for May, 2010
What’s so awesome about this picture? Not a bad black and white photo right? WRONG.
The awesomeness of this image is that it’s actually a drawing done with pencil. Follow the jump for some more amazing pencil art.
Amazing Pencil art on BeutifulLife.com
I’ve been trying out a little application/website for syncing bookmarks between browsers:
It has some promise and I love the fact that it is cross browser and cross-platform. So you can sync bookmarks between Chrome on your Windows PC and Firefox on your Linux box. I also like that your bookmarks are backed up ‘in the cloud’. So you can get a new computer up and running quickly by installing xmarks or you can access your bookmarks online from a friends computer even if they don’t have it installed. You can also share your bookmarks and write reviews for other xmarks users.
The only gotcha so far seems to be the ability to sort bookmarks via the web interface. You have to work around it by syncing all your bookmarks from various computers, sorting them using a browser like Firefox and then syncing again.
It’s also quite confusing which source acts as the master. Like if I rename a bookmark locally and then sync, it seems to create 2 bookmarks on the web gui – one with the old name and one with the new name.
But if you can work around these quirks, it is an excellent little app. It would be fantastic to combine this with a password manager such as keepass so you can get access to your bookmarks and login details where-ever and whenever you need them.
Update: Xmarks is being discontinued now that both Chrome and Firefox are building in bookmark synchronisation features and the Xmarks team have not been able to find a suitable business plan to monetize having a load of bookmarks data. Read more about it in their blog here: http://blog.xmarks.com/?p=1886
This site is a url shortener with a twist.
You can shorten a url but also give it a question and an answer. You can send everyone the link. But only the insiders who can answer the question correctly, get the link.
Kinda interesting way to share semi-private links over the internet. Even via blogs.
They did a top 100 inventions of all time survey (admittedly they only surveyed 4000 brits). And the iPhone came in at number 8! Beating off other inventions such as the compass, combustion engine and the flushing toilet. Mobile phones is also on the list at number 21 (funny, I thought the iPhone IS a mobile phone). And the telephone comes in at number 6!
Also on the top 100 list include such marvelous inventions as google, facebook, sky+, cheese graters, Hot water (that’s surely not an invention) and Satellite discs (still not really sure what these are).
The missed things like solar panels, lasers, gunpowder, books, fire, soap, solid state technology, plastics, glass, many advances in medical science (defibrillators, MRI machines, X-Ray etc)…