Showing posts from March, 2009

Get Latitude and Longitude values from Google Maps | Google | Tech-Recipes

Get Latitude and Longitude values from Google Maps | Google | Tech-Recipes:
"Looking up an address in Google Maps will center the map on that address if it was found. Because this trick provides the latitude and longitude of the center of the map, moving the map around manually after that will change the center position and this technique will not work accurately.

When the location you want is in the center of the map, copy and paste this code into the location bar of your browser and press enter:


Robotic Carp Unleashed Into the Sea to Sniff Out Pollution

Now You CAN Give One


Lie to Me - The Inpiration Behind the Show

Dr. Paul Ekman, whose ideas are the basis for Lie to Me, the popular TV show.
The truth behind Lie to Me
LIE TO ME's scientific advisor Paul Ekman, Ph.D., breaks down the real science in each episode.
Dr. Ekman is the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Ekman has served as an advisor to police departments and anti-terrorism groups (including the Transportation Security Administration). He is also the author of 15 books, including "Telling Lies" and "Emotions Revealed."

Kraken | National Institute for Computational Sciences

Kraken | National Institute for Computational Sciences: "Kraken

The new Kraken is a Cray XT5 system, consisting of 8256 compute nodes, each with two 2.3 GHz quad-core AMD Opteron processors, totaling 66048 compute cores. Compute nodes run Compute Node Linux (CNL) 2.1, an operating system designed to minimize overhead, thus allowing scalable low-latency global communication. Each node is connected to a Cray SeaStar router through HyperTransport, and the SeaStars are all interconnected in a 3-D-torus topology. The resulting interconnect has very high bandwidth, low latency, and extreme scalability."

Apple, .Mac, and the Need for Improvement

I am always amazed at how Apple computers OS, and most software can be surpassingly wonderful, but at the same time how their signature software offerings, like the .Mac Web based email, and their whole .Mac experience, can be so terrible. Are they not watching what Google is doing?

Also frustrating, but more understandable, is the lack of certain software, such as Google's Chrome browser, for Mac.

I love my MacBook Pro, especially because I can run VMware Fusion and have the best of both Windows XP and Mac OS X (or Linux, or whatever else I want) - VMware's software engineers should rightly win the Nobel prize for something - I just wish that there were more software written for the Mac platform, and that the .Mac experience didn't suck quite so badly.

Nanotech Buzz (Creative Weblogging)

"The density achievable with the technology we've developed could potentially enable the contents of 250 DVDs to fit onto a surface the size of a quarter," says UC Berkeley assistant professor Ting Xu.

A few tidbits about Mail’s fancy data detectors in Leopard | MacYourself

A few tidbits about Mail’s fancy data detectors in Leopard | MacYourself: "So what are the downsides to data detectors in Mail? A lot of people don’t like how they interfere when you attempt to select certain areas of text. I can understand this frustration — it has happened to me a number of times. While I choose to keep them enabled, others may be interested in learning how to disable Mail’s data detectors. There’s no setting in the application preferences to turn this functionality off, so we’re going to venture into Terminal to get the job done. If you’ve never used Terminal before, you can find it in the Applications folder under Utilities or by searching for it via Spotlight. Once you’ve got it open, copy and paste this code in the Terminal window and press Enter/Return.

defaults write DisableDataDetectors YES

If Mail is currently open, you will have to quit and relaunch it for the change to take effect. Disabling data detectors using this command isn’t perm…

Clean Tech

"Let's wipe out toilet paper
by Christian Wolmar
Latest news, sport, business, comment and reviews from the Guardian |

Using tissue after you've been to the loo is bad for the planet. Washing is the greener option – and it's more hygienic too

Toilet paper is a serious issue. But the minute one starts talking about it, the giggles start. So let me get my position out clearly first. Three years ago I went to India and discovered botty nirvana. While I was suffering from one of those inevitable bouts of Delhi belly, I was staying in a room with a spray attachment that allowed me to clean my anus – let's call spades spades here, it is not my bottom – without having to touch it or use paper.

It saved me from piles and rash, and definitely avoided a lot of pain. The first few times I checked whether I was clean with toilet paper but soon I realised that was unnecessary. I was spotless every time in both senses of the word.

So when I got back to Britain, I found…