Tonematrix

6. August, 2014

Tonematrix is small toy written in Shockwave Flash that gives you a simple way to experiment with sound.

Click these links for a couple of examples:

Hopper

Waterdrops

Nervous


CameraSim: Ego Shooter With a Camera

29. July, 2014

To help people to learn how to make good photos (and what lighting, distance, focal length, aperture, ISO, etc. means), Jon Arnold created a game called “CameraSim” that looks a lot like an ego shooter. But instead of enemies, you have several stages where you can shoot photos.

Gamification for the win!


Avocados

19. July, 2014

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EAT ME NOW

TOO LATE!

– Avocados

Original


Oracle’s Java FAQ Displays in Chinese

17. January, 2014

I just looked at an article in the Oracle Java FAQ and I was a bit surprised to get this result:

         如何設定例外網站清單?


本文適用於:

  • Java 版本: 7.0

從 Java 7 Update 51 版本開始導入了例外網站清單功能。藉由將應用程式 URL 新增至「例外」清單,可讓使用者執行通常會被安全檢查封鎖的「豐富網際網路應用程式 (Rich Internet Applications, RIA)」。[…]

The solution was pretty simple: Append ?locale=en to the end of the URL: http://www.java.com/de/download/faq/exception_sitelist.xml?locale=en

That fixed it for me … sometimes.


Printing Money @Home

2. July, 2013

Ever thought about printing money at home?

It’s illegal, right. But think about this idea:

Your printer driver is connected to, say, PayPal. You draw some cute image (or use your cat if you can’t draw or the Internet, it’s full of cats). You create a QR code worth $15, slap them together with gimp and go to spend it.

Everyone has a mobile phone, so checking those codes would be no big deal. Just an app and you’re done.

And the best part: The NSA would know all the time where you are! You’d never get lost! When they notice you stopped spending money, they could send you an ambulance!


Backups are for Wimps, Real Men use the NSA

25. June, 2013

We spend a  lot of money on various secret services to spy on us. Why not turn the intrusion into a service and ask them for files which we accidentally deleted or lost?

But maybe you’re subversive. Like Markus Kompa. In that case, try to get a German passport. Write some document and send a copy to someone whose wires are probably tapped. Now write a letter to an involved secret service and request them to delete the copy (according to German law, you have full control on where, when and under which circumstances one of your works may be published).


Samsung Asks For More Money … From Apple

13. November, 2012

A short time ago, a jury decided that Samsung owes Apple roughly[1] one billion dollars for patent infringement.

Now Samsung raised prices for the chips they make for Apple.

Hm …

Makes me wonder …

Is that a clever scheme to make Apple pay for its own license fees?

Samsung: “Can we pay even higher license fees?”

Apple: 😦

Samsung: “Just asking …”

Update: Apparently, the original report isn’t correct (good luck verifying this claim): Samsung never asked for more money but it’s still a funny idea.

[1]: With that kind of money, who cares for decimals?