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An inspiring video – Mick Ebeling’s story of hacking technology

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Mick Ebeling’s story of hacking technology.

I saw this video a long time ago, and bookmarked it for sharing.

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Do you also hate the new Android YouTube app layout?

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Lets be clear on something from the start: I really like YouTube. I use it all the time, almost daily, and I really enjoy it because there is such a wide variety of content on there to consume.
I also really like and appreciate how the YouTube ecosystem has spawned a lot of independent channels dedicated to producing quality content. Anything from daily news, documentaries, independent movies, comedy, tutorials, advice, education… so much. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services comparison

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Well, this is interesting…

Microsoft has added what appears to be a very comprehensive comparison of services provided by Azure and AWS.
What is interesting is that there are (currently) some services provided by Azure that dont (appear to) have an AWS equivalent.

With Microsoft seemingly making positive mindshare strides in recent years, this is another good move it seems.

Details can be found here:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/azure-vs-aws/mapping/

2014 System Upgrades begin!

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CPUQX6850CaptureIts 2014, and that means I’ve begun the long overdue process of upgrading my gaming PC.

First I’ll review the current setup, before looking at recent developments and future purchases. Things have been quite busy in the last few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Its that time again – New PC/PC upgrade

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I admit, I’m a PC gamer at heart, and I always have been. I do enjoy my XBOX 360 and I’m even distantly intending to buy a PS3 and play all those PS3 exclusives I never got to play (Last of us, anyone?) yet my PC has been languishing in a state of entropy for too many years now. I take very good care of my PC, like any hardware enthusiast does, but there is only so much anyone can do…

Its an old system by todays cutting edge standards, running a Core2 Quad Extreme 6850 with 4GB RAM and a Radeon 5870 graphics card. Read the rest of this entry »

Robot bartenders?!

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There is an interesting article over at The Telegraph UK regarding the most effective body language to get served when at a bar.

The researchers, whose work is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, analysed 105 attempts to order drinks at nightclubs in Bielefeld and Herford in Germany and Edinburgh in Scotland.

They assessed the behaviour of customers 35 seconds before they were served.

They found the most successful tactic, which occurred in 95% of orders, was standing squarely towards the bar with head facing forward.

Its a good read, but I couldn’t help but be especially elated at the part where they noted there is a grant being funded by the European Union to develop a robot bartender…

Robot bartender? Funded by the EU?

Really?

Anyhow, the list of things to do in order to get served most effectively are:
-Stand squarely at the bar
-Look directly at the bartender(s)
-Don’t look the menu
-Have your wallet/money in hand
-Apparently, waving at the bartender doesn’t help.

I’ve never really thought about the points listed above, because this is what I normally do anyway, sort of a mix between directness and patience.

Hopefully this will be a better robot than the one they had in Selfridges a few years ago.

Soylent – Is it really possible to move past food?

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We live in a world of harsh realities.

There are some hard facts that the we have to live with such as world hunger, imbalance of wealth, global obesity levels and gender inequality (among many other more contemporary issues such as ‘privacy in the modern world’). Read the rest of this entry »