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Stickers and Merit Badges oh my! [Sep. 1st, 2009|07:51 am]
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First up. Poop signs. Stops signs are so bleh. Why settle for stop when you can say poop in the same internationally recognized octagon.

Next up Nerd Merit Badges. Just like ti sounds these are a throw back to the simpler times of cub scouts,Boy couts, girl scouts, and weeblows(seriously who the fuck came up with that name? no wonder they don't allow homosexuals in). You can actually buy the few available at nerd merit badges but here are about 40 others that really should be produced.(VaelynPhi you need like half of these)

Last up Failsticker.com Rather than go on and one about FAIL stickers I think a picture in this case is worth a thousand words.

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Where old planes go to die [Jun. 25th, 2009|07:12 pm]
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Best Google maps link I've ever been sent.

Just outside Tucson, Arizona in the Sonora Desert is the famed Airplane Graveyard-Bone Yard at Davis Monthan Airforce Base. The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center AMARC is where the U.S. Air Force mothballs planes until they either need them again or it's time to salvage them for parts. Whenever the U.S. sells surplus planes to foreign governments part of the sales pitch is that there will always have a ready supply of spare parts. Some are turned into pilotless drones and used for missile target practice.

The Airplane Graveyard, is not just a fence around piles of out dated scrap metal, millions of dollars of surplus parts are salvaged to keep other active aircraft flying. You can think of this place as a huge warehouse for all types of spare parts which saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year. Many people think the government sells flying airplanes to the general public, this is not true. Anything the government sells, which could cause potential injuries, like a life raft, pilot helmet, or a flying aircraft will be demilled before it leaves the base. Demilling which stands for de-militarize, includes slashing rafts with a razor knife, crushing helmets, or in the case of an airplane chopping the wings off, or cutting the fuselage into three pieces. Some of the aircraft stored at the Bone Yard are turned into remotely controlled drone aircraft like what was done with the F-106 drone program.

There are over 4,000 planes in storage, most now from the Vietnam era. I only wish I'd been able to go in the 60's when there were still planes from World War II there.
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Kinda random collection of software [Mar. 18th, 2009|02:44 pm]
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Today at work I've been preparing to have my system reinstalled from scratch. So I've had to go through my list of apps and make sure I have all the installers I'm going to need to get my system back online once the reinstall is finished. Here they are if you're interested.

First Codec packs.
Having trouble playing this or that bit torrent file? Then go download either CCCP(wiki) or K-lite(wiki). both packs are full of numerous audio and video codecs and are designed to be a one stop shop for all things playable.
CCCP is aimed squarely at content consumers. Chances are if you have a video on your system it will play it. Which is awesome is all you want to do is play video. But if you edit videos(ever) you'll probably want to steer clear of the pack.
K-lite on the other hand is more variable, with no less than 6 possible download options. Including version specifically tailored for 64 bit windows installs and corporate environments.

Windows desktop Mods:
I do a lot of repetitive tasks for work. Things like adding new users, removing old ones, sending various weekly/monthly emails, etc. To speed these tasks up I've created macros scripts that can be run from a simple key combination. Autohotkey is the software I use. It's free, tiny, and very straightforward. It's what has kept me from having to spend 200€ on a macro enabled keyboard.

Display Fusion is a multi monitor taskbar and wallpaper manager. It allows you to do things like having different backgrounds on your various displays WITHOUT having to resort to embedding them as active desktop objects(which blow) or using a single image that spans all of your screens. You can have it randomly choose a background from either a directory, various portions of flickr, or vladstudio. But the truly killer function is it's ability to allow you to send application windows to various screens with a single click or keystroke.

Rainmeter and Rainlendar are desktop widget managers. Rainmeter is centered around a resources monitor. While Rainlendar is focused on calendar functions. Both allow for the creation of custom graphics and monitors for a large range of items including Todo lists, clocks, and calendars. Rainmeter is no longer being supported. But the existing number of themes and skins for is simply mind boggling(customize.org and deviantart are packed with them). Both use a very simple and straightforward configuration language. So simple I was able to make a system monitor from scratch in less than an hour. Look closely at the lower right hand corner of my desktop. While you're at it you might want to check out Serious Samurize.

If you've seen the plasmoid file folders in KDE 4 and thought you would like to have those in Windows XP this is the tool for you.
Fences allows you to create areas on your desktop for various icons. Once places there they won't end up on the left side of your screen every time you rearrange your desktop icons. Additionally it allows for scrolling inside these fenced off areas. More on fences from lifehacker.com.

If you run more than one computer at the same time then you aught to have a look at Synergy.
Synergy allows you to seamlessly use only a single keyboard and mouse across multiple computers and their displays, even if you happen to have a Mac, WinXP system, a Unix mainframe, and a Linux box on your desk. Once the software is installed you simply mouse off the edge of one computer screen and on to the next to change the focus. It even synchronizes the freakin clipboards between systems. Think of it as a KVM that doesn't cost a small fortune and doesn't suck. Best of all... It's completely free. As in beer.
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Get'em while their hot! [Feb. 23rd, 2009|10:47 am]
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Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports commissioned by the United States Congress.

The 6,780 reports, current as of this month, comprise over 127,000 pages of material on some of the most contentious issues in the nation, from the U.S. relationship with Israel to the financial collapse. Nearly 2,300 of the reports were updated in the last 12 months, while the oldest report goes back to 1990. The release represents the total output of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) electronically available to Congressional offices. The CRS is Congress's analytical agency and has a budget in excess of $100M per year.

CRS reports are highly regarded as non-partisan, in-depth, and timely. The reports top the list of the "10 Most-Wanted Government Documents" compiled by the Washington based Center for Democracy and Technology. The Federation of American Scientists, in pushing for the reports to be made public, stated that the "CRS is Congress' Brain and it's useful for the public to be plugged into it,". While Wired magazine called their concealment "The biggest Congressional scandal of the digital age".

How many of the reports have not been seen before?
Almost all.

Full coverage at Wikileaks.
Screw the explanation give the torrent file now!!
These files are HUGE. The tarball is 1.9 gigs for pete's sake. Uncompressed it adds up to almost 3 gigs of PDF's and text files.
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Nerdy stuff. [Sep. 29th, 2008|03:35 pm]
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Just in case you might have a Commodore 64/128 burning a hole in your tech bench.
You can now use it as a web browser or better yet even as a web server.
The project also works with the Apple II, Atari ST,Sharp Wizard, Sega Dreamcast, and Nintendo Gameboy.

Looking for simple, yet highly effective, encryption software. Look no further.
Truecrypt is Windows, OS X(10.4, 10.5), and Linux compatible 256 bit encryption. The interface is absurdly simple, yet comprehensive interface allows setting up all of the following:

You can use it to encrypt most any kind of file on most any kind of media; hard drives, USB keys, CDROM's, DVD-ROMS, any flash device(SD/CF/SmartCard/MMC).
Best of all it's completely free and open source. So no annoying popups about donating or 'upgrading to the pro version'. Just secure files.

It's nice to know that ifwhen the US border patrol seizes my work computer in October. They will need every computer on the planet working for several thousand years to finally break into my system drive. Only to find all of my files broken up into various encrypted archives. All of which are using unique
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Two Blog Posts Neatly Covered in one Image, Go Figure [Jun. 10th, 2007|09:18 am]
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"Needs More Desu, No Exceptions" and "X Faces and the 5 MySpace User Types"

This post by evil_genius nails both of the previous topics in one neat, extremely hilarious package. (Not to mention it is more relevant to current news topics!)
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Persional Protest [May. 31st, 2007|08:30 am]
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Delete this if you must Evil one, because I guess it could be community advertising or whatever.

I am formally protesting the recent lj nonesense, and have built a community complete with ultimatum and date.


Thought some may be interested.
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Dude, wait until you see this convo I had with your mom! [May. 2nd, 2007|11:44 pm]
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[Current Location |NH, USA]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |King Crimson - Elephant Talk]

Are you in the habit of sharing conversations you've had over IM?
Do you feel obligated to obfuscate others online other-name? ...A stretch for the alliteration at that last bit, I know... ('_';)
This here tool will help you quick-swap out screen names for either LJ handles or other names of your choosing. Not only will it code the LJ handles in for you, but you can do the names in alternating colors, bold the names, remove the timestamps, and add regular HTML coding for non-LJ sharing as well. Looks like it could use a little work, but it definitely has potential!
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PawSense [Apr. 29th, 2007|02:44 pm]
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When cats walk or climb on your keyboard, they can enter random commands and data, damage your files, and even crash your computer. This can happen whether you are near the computer or have suddenly been called away from it.

PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard.

This is not a joke

  • Every time your computer boots up, PawSense will automatically start up in the background to watch over your computer system.

  • Even while you use your other software, PawSense constantly monitors keyboard activity. PawSense analyzes keypress timings and combinations to distinguish cat typing from human typing. PawSense normally recognizes a cat on the keyboard within one or two pawsteps.

  • If a cat gets on the keyboard, PawSense makes a sound that annoys cats.

  • This teaches your cat that getting on the keyboard is bad even if humans aren't watching.

  • Once a cat has been recognized, PawSense blocks the cat's keyboard input. This keeps the cat from entering lots of commands to your programs or operating system.

  • PawSense also includes a screensaver mode, which features extra-sensitive cat detection, protection, and sonic training and a one-click escape button.

  • We make our software easier to use with a printed, bound manual. We know that trying to read computer help files and use software at the same time on the same computer screen is a nuisance.

  • Additional advanced features provide maximal flexibility and effectiveness.

  • Now available for Windows 95/98/ME, NT, 2000, and XP.

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need to move your boat up? [Apr. 15th, 2007|11:40 am]
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If this picture looks like a bloody great boat lift. It's because it is a bloody great boat lift!!
Flickr stream of more3
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