All entries for September 2007

September 26, 2007

Best… Keyboard… Ever

Writing about web page http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/

The Optimus Maximus keyboard has to be the greatest keyboard ever invented. Individual OLED screens for each key allow you have literally anything displayed on them; they can even do animations.

One of the little touches I like, which follows from the logic that the keys display the function they perform, is that the default lower-case changes to upper-case when you press Shift.

I've been keeping track of it for years now, and I've just noticed that it's finally available to pre-order (probably available for a while; I haven't checked much this year...).

I really really want one of these. All I need now is 43990 rubles (a little over £870) and some patience...


September 21, 2007

TROTT's Theory of Browser Theology

(Disclaimer: I am using the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - a wonderfully useful term I came across on Wikipedia) as the primary analogues because the UK is officially Christian. It isn't a commentary on other religions, except one which you'll see at the end...)

Firefox is a lot like one of the Abrahamic Religions. Opera, which is just as good but with some extras and some omissions compared to Firefox, is like one of the other two (it doesn't really matter which you assign; I'm classing all three as being at the same level as each other).

Safari is like an Eastern religion; theoretically just as likely to get you in the good books of however many gods you believe in, but significantly different to the "western browsers".

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, is most definitely Scientology...


September 17, 2007

eBay Phishing

It always amuses me when spam phishing for eBay logins includes the Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay message, but quite clearly doesn't include your username...


September 14, 2007

Wait, it gets better!

Follow-up to Transform, and roll out! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

You can also set an animation to play when you close it, so I've made it even better:


September 11, 2007

Transform, and roll out!

I've had a Nokia N76 for a couple of months now. It has the option to play a tone when you open and close the cover, which I turned off.

However, this afternoon, it suddenly occurred to me what would be the perfect sound effects...


September 07, 2007

Moonbase Azǔ

Writing about web page http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2364434.ece

Apparently the Russians are planning to build a base on the moon by 2025. It could be used for manned missions to Mars, among other things.

However the more important question is: who is going to get the rights to the live 24 hour TV broadcast of the journey and construction?

I see visions of Davina McCall bouncing around on the Moon informing one of the workers that he's been voted off...


But what if he's awesome?

As I understand it, the US President can only serve for a maximum of two terms. Something like that, anyway.

I've never seen the point of this. The only argument I've heard for it is to stop someone abusing power for decades by starting illegal wars (for example) and other distasteful stuff. But surely if someone did that you'd just exercise your right to vote for the other guy, wouldn't you? If the guy in charge was invading countries like it was going out of style and introducing policies you didn't like then you'd elect his rival. He couldn't be worse, could he?

Surely one of the advantages of a democracy is that it should keep the leader honest because otherwise he might not be the leader for much longer...

But anyway, back to the point: US President term limit.

What I think would be much better would be 3 major candidates in each election, not just two: a new Republican candidate, a new Democrat candidate, and the existing President defending himself*. That way if the President is amazing and is bringing about World Peace, ending hunger, and recycling as much rubbish as he can get his hands on then the people can keep him for as long as they want. On the other hand, if he's utter crap and a moron then the people can vote for a new President while still voting for their party of choice.

I can't see any problems with that plan, but I can see many advantages...

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* "Himself" purely because all the past Presidents have been men; I see no reason why a woman couldn't be President.


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