July 22, 2009

FFFFinally!

Alan Kitching on FFFFound

I finally have a ffffound account, the awesome image bookmarker/inspiration gallery/extremely dangerous timewaster created by Yugop.

Everything I find visually interesting, as well as tons of soft-core erotic pictures of lascivious women can be found on my account here, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed. Enjoy

In the image above: Alan Kitching's typographic work, plus ffffound automated suggestions.

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February 12, 2009

I want a Founders Room too.

I just stumbled upon a link to this Flickr set on Gruber's blog.
The new Panic Inc Headquarters are amazing. The Founders Room is one of the coolest thing I've ever seen. Especially the pattern on the carpet. Congratulations Steve, Cabel and to the crew!
According to Gruber, the room is behind a secret door.
Just one comment: epic win.

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November 2, 2008

Ezekiel 25:17

I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
And you will know I am the lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.
And I'm a PC.

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September 29, 2008

What Coudal.com is really missing.

A small, inobtrusive (but discouraged) meta refresh tag!
I know it's not good practice, but how about every 15 minutes?
So instead of checking the (visually) boring RSS feeds, I can just peep at that tab in the browser, always waiting for me in the background, that is pointing to that little wonder published from 400 North May.

Ok. Now, I'll pretend to be serious again...

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September 17, 2008

Action!

It's on the news. The new Nikon D90 can shoot HD video, up to five minutes, in 16:9 format. First DSLR ever to do that.
In my mind I can envision:
Nikon D90 + my Nikkor 50mm f1.4 = lot of fun (if I you manage to pull the focus properly).

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February 22, 2008

Never Resist...

I arrived in the UK a few days before the official launch.
I resisted, tried not to think about it, to ignore the giant reproductions in the shop windows, the commercials on tv, the billboards in the tube and all over on the streets. I tried to suffocate the geek that lives in me for a long time until today.
Today I gave up.

A few friends followed the compulsive shopping need via Twitter.

an iphone novel via twitter

I finally bought an iPhone. Damn.

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February 2, 2008

Subterranean London

I've always been fascinated (in a true geeky style) by war shelters and abandoned constructions underground.
Rome is, obviously, full of catacombs everywhere beneath the city and it's very easy to find natural tuff caves just outside the city limits, since the entire area of Lazio is very "rich" of tuff, but entering the caves can be dangerous since these are quite deep and usually full of toxic exhales.
The building I lived in for 6 years in Testaccio with my family (built at the same time and by the same architect who made Roma Termini Train Station) used to have air raid shelters in the basement, used today as storage. The basement entrance to a tunnel passing under the main street, connecting the shelters to a bigger underground area under the Aventino is today bricked, and I was never able to get in and explore that fascinating and abandoned underground area.

Here in London, using the tube as my only mean of transport (yet) it's kind of fascinating to walk into the endless tunnels of the various underground stations. (Yes, fascinating: but I'd still rather prefer to have a car or motorbike here...)
Due to pretty logical archeological "features" (it's basically impossible to dig tunnels under the urban area without discovering ancient villas or other elements of relevant interest) of Italy, the underground system, called Metro, in Rome is pretty basic compared to the London tube, and consists in only two lines, with a third one in construction.

I was aware that the London Underground stations have been used as air raid shelters during war time, but due to my infinite ignorance I wasn't aware of the function of a strange white circular building, near my house, that I pass by every morning on my daily walk to my office in Camden Town going down Haverstock Hill Road.

It's actually one of the two entrances of the Belsize Park Deep Level Air Raid Shelter, one of the eight Shelters built during the WWII in London.
Part of the shelter is today used as document storage, part is abandoned, but it still sports a working lift powered through a fully functional 1941 Mercury Arc Rectifier (at least it was still working and glowing in 2001)!
The shelters were designed to have two separate power supplies: one from the London Passenger Transport power line and one from the local authorities. There was a switch room in every shelter in order to choose the power source and the rectifiers were used to, well, "rectify" A.C. power sources.

A few more searches led me to a bunch of interesting links about the shelters and some abandoned tunnels and tube stations beneath London.
It's basically impossible to visit these locations today. Maybe just with an organized tour with the Subterranea Britannica, if any.

So, a bunch of geeky underground links, informations, history and Silent Hill like photos:
Deep Level Shelters in London (8 of them)

Belsize Park Station Deep Level Shelter: Link One | Link Two

Subterranea Britannica

Euston Station Abandoned Tunnels
(The posters on the wall are amazing)

London Abandoned Tube Stations

BBC article on disused tube stations

28 Days Later Forums (amazing)

Good Night and Good Luck.

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January 7, 2008

Istruzioni per l'uso

Apparently there's an handbook to help you understand me - and thousands (if not millions) of other people out there.
Totally hilarious and true at the same time.
Thanks to Mr. Blanton for posting this link among the bits on his blog.

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December 11, 2007

Starry Night

If you recently upgraded to Leopard like me (and every other mac-geek on the planet), you might want to replace the horrible default desktop picture (healt alert: it causes cavities) depicting the space/starry night image.
It pops up everywhere and, most annoyingly, at login screen.

Piece of cake, replace the default .jpg file at:
/System/Lybrary/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg
You need to have privileges to do this, obviously.

I decided to use a simple gray picture: download it here if you want.

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October 13, 2006

iSoap iPod Holder

The simple and elegant solution to hold your iPod while working at your ceramic white iMac all day long. Made of shiny metal and plastic like your iPod. It's waterproof. User friendly. Click on the images to enlarge (if you dare).

iSoap holder empty iSoap holder full

I should stop buying useless stuff while waiting in line at the supermarket cashier...

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June 12, 2006

"Some Task"

Dialog Window: Unable to edit in ImageReady because ImageReady is busy with some task

ImageReady is doing some... uhm... stuff.

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January 5, 2006

Thanks Dreamhost

Dreamhost just quadrupled disk space and octupled the monthly bandwith (too bad my bandwith use is quite risible...) on both new and old accounts! What a nice way to start a new hosting year.
This along a couple of other terrific features may make you consider sign up with them!

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December 22, 2005

Every Newton ever made!

This is for you Newton geeks out there. I still receive quite a bunch of emails per day on the Newton Talk mailing lists, so I know we are a lot.
Insane, nostalgic, geeks, this is for you:

John Venzon, curator of the Newton Museum, is selling his complete Newton collection on ebay.
Starting bid: 1,000 USD.

For this Christmast, I wanted to buy for me an old Macintosh Plus, SE or a NextStation (the shipping costs were to high...). A bunch of Newtons wouldn't be a bad "self-gift"... anyway I bet the final price to be insanely high.

Source: Cult of Mac.

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August 8, 2005

Random Newton Links

Last evening the weather was terribly hot. Impossible to sleep, so (as it always happens) I started fooling around with my old Newtons (120, 130), trying to use an old 3Com Ethernet PCMCIA card. Result: sadly the card works only with 2000/2100 series, anyway I found some new (to me) Newton related links and photos about a couple of old newton prototypes (Cadillac) I ignored until now.

Here the links, for posterity:

Newton Secrets
The Newton "Cadillac" prototype
PDA Soft wich includes some essentials bits:
Most Frequent Problems of Newton 130

and, last link:
Newtenlightment.

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February 2, 2005

Spring/Summer 2005.

Panic Inc launches it's goodies shop today, selling T-shirts designed by co-founder Cabel Sasser, and featuring the coolest drag 'n drop Shopping Cart I've ever seen on the web.
It's Panic: Shockingly Good!

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November 14, 2004

True Story: Audion.

nostalgia: audion
I remember Jobs asked, "Do you have any other ideas for apps you want to work on?" I replied, genuinely, "Well, we've got an idea for a digital photo management program..." and he replied with a simple, "Yeah. Don't do that one." Everyone in the room laughed.

Wow. Do you love stories?
Are you whining 'cause folklore.org is not being updated?

This is for you: the true story of Audion.
It took me three cigarettes, a couple of cookies, and almost half an hour to read it. No, wait, "read" isn't the right word: half an hour savoring it, enjoying it, living it!

Fascinating, wonderfully written and filled with a miriad of unique pop-up notes, including the disturbing real sound of the Chipmunks!

So, adios, Audion!

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July 20, 2004

Salling Clicker 2.2.

Another announcement for the lazy Mac User/Wireless Fan: Jonas Salling released Salling Clicker 2.2!

It now officially supports, among some new devices, Nokia 7650 (yeah!); VLC, Squeezebox and EyeTV control, Mail.app and NetNewsWire (Full version).
I'm testing it right now on my Nokia 7650. The first thing I noticed is the backlight bug fixed: previous "unofficial" Nokia Clicker application used to keep the phone's backlight on, a real battery-life killer; there are some more options in iTunes control (Upcoming Tracks, Sound Balance, Add to Playlist...).
But you can discover yourself downloading a copy for a test drive!

Did I mentioned that the upgrade is free for registered users?

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June 16, 2004

Double Layer DVD±RW Burner.

Finally, a double layer DVD±RW Firewire (and USB2) burner from LaCie.
8.5 GB on a single disc.

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June 8, 2004

Fiat Internet!

Finally, today the DSL connection has been installed in the new house.
I passed three weeks of deintoxication from "connection disease" (except for days passed in my workplace in Spoleto: DSL up and running).
Back online just in time to see the new AirPort Express, the new insane Apple "appliance" that works as an AirPort bridge and can remotely play music on any Hi Fi system and/or share a printer.
It will perfectly fit the new living room, managing iTunes via Sailing Clicker. (I'm a nerd... I know...)
I just don't understand if I have to buy a standard base station (right now, my old desktop G4 works as base station in the house) in order to use one or two additional Express Stations.

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May 9, 2004

Moving Hot Spots.

"I am like the ice cream man, but with no music
and I deliver free wireless access and not ice cream.
"

Yury Gitman

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April 1, 2004

Salling Clicker.

After one-day testing, I finally purchased Salling Clicker 2.1 a little, tiny Preference Pane that lets you control some of your Mac applications via a Bluetooth enabled PDA/Cellphone.
My Nokia 7650 is not officially supported, but after downloading a .SIS application linked on the Salling Clicker site, in two minutes my phone was fully functional as a smart remote control for my 17" Powerbook.
It has a well done UI, got's AppleScript support, extremely useful (if, like me, you use the Mac as DVD player on a remote TV set, and as mp3 jukebox, connected to an Hi-Fi, and you are, like me again, disgustingly lazy).
It doesn't take much processor time too.

5/5 stars rating, but... wait I'm not a magazine!
I'm just another useless weblog!
Nevertheless, my beloved readers, it's fully worth the shareware fee.

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March 10, 2004

Smart + iPod = iMove

Finally they did it: Apple and Smart unveiled an iPod equipped Smart Car.
You can plug the iPod in a special dock located above the gear shift, and control it via the standard radio system integrated into the car.
Smart is going to sell brand new models with the iPod (as Quattroruote says) at 18,000 euros, or you can buy the iPod and the adaptor/dock for 600 euros.

Yum! It's time to "upgrade" my Smart, Folks!

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November 16, 2003

Going Mobile.

Yesterday I bought my new machine: a brand new 17" Powerbook.
After a couple of months thinking about it, i finally made the decision to switch from a desktop machine to a powerful laptop: I'm often out of Rome for work, so buying a new G5 and let it "alone" at home most of the time would have been useless.
That is what, in fact, was happening with my Desktop G4 733 (now adopted by my sister) these last months: I was always working on my Powerbook G3 "Pismo" laptop, a quite slow machine these days, while the G4 was at home, waiting for a few ssh or ftp connection per day, just to synchronize some files ore to use the home DSL for downloads.

This is my second day on the Powerbook: it seem quite faster than the desktop machine, I still got my beloved SuperDrive for huge backups and, when at home, plugging the laptop into my 19" LaCie monitor (since the Powerbook's 17" monitor is wonderful, I use an extended desktop setup with the LaCie as the main monitor - I still love CRT!) and external hard drives doesn't make me miss a desktop mac setup.
Size is the only drawback of the 17" Powerbook: it doesn't fit into my old backpack, and doesn't fit into my motorcicle's bagsters bags too, damn!
I need a new backpack: now I'm using an old school backpack (dated circa '88) that's big enough to safely contain the powerbook during my expeditions around center Italy on my motorbike!

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October 30, 2003

Escher "Relativity" with LEGO.

I love this kind of stuff.

(link from k10k.)

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October 1, 2003

1024% Extreme Hardware!

Maybe this is a bit old but worth a visit:
explore your nerd fantasies at Digital Data Porn!

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September 8, 2003

Apple I Replica.

For the lovers of retro computing, especially for Apple's fans, after some mail exchanges to obtain permission to reproduce the original Apple I ROMs Vince Briel is planning to sell Apple I replicas at 199$ each: you can pre-order one now.

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August 6, 2003

The Old Technology Giveaway

Daniel of Superfluous Banter has started the "The Old Technology Giveaway".
It's geek time!
Start submitting your old, dusty, technology pieces!

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July 31, 2003

A.I.

20 questions against a computer.
Found via kottke.org.

That's amazing! The artificial intelligence system gets better and better anytime someone plays with it: it learns from his opponents.
The goal is (for the computer) to guess what you are thinking in 20 questions, it guessed right 7 out of 10 with me, it failed to "recognize" I was thinking a motorbike and said "engine - internal combustion".
If it fails, usually, it gets close to your object.

Try it!

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July 29, 2003

Wacky Cam.

3 minutes of Wacky Cam fun: horror, horror #2 and portrait!

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July 9, 2003

Fun with Google.

This is delicious.

Found while digging into Justin's archives.

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May 30, 2003

Going Mad.

After his first exciting day here in Rome,
the mini-Jeffrey is going to sleep.

Oh my god... this is feticism! I'm really going mad... I want my summer vacation: now!

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May 20, 2003

Wrong Ad!

Maybe Microsoft's finally telling the truth about Windows.
Found via Panic co-founder Steven Frank's blog.

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March 18, 2003

Starry Night

My desktop at night.

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February 19, 2003

Stasis

I'm working on my thesis at the Institute (IED) and, as a freelance, on a video reel for a construction company.

Yesterday I received, as a gift,
the Griffin Power Mate.
Very useful while working on Final Cut
and After Effects!
Video: pulse | volume

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January 28, 2003

Bored...

The Donut Hard Disk Project: photo.

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