Archive for May, 2005

A Feast for Crows

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in the Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R.R. Martin is finally done. You can read about it – here. It is probably going to come out sometime in July. I highly recommend this series, especially if you were majorly disappointed by the last several books [...]

Abusing Amazon.com images

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Nat Gertler figured out how to abuse Amazon.com’s image server and get it to send back strange images. He has a cool gallery set up and a guide on how to hack the image server. The image you see above has been loaded from http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0006ZATKU.01._PIdp- schmoo2,BottomRight,-190,-190_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg I got the amazon server to create this risqué [...]

del.icio.us

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

I have decided to post URLs that I find interesting at http://del.icio.us/sameerd. If you use Firefox to navigate to the link above, then you should be able to see this icon on the bottom right corner of the browser. (It will probably be different if you do not use the default theme.) If you click [...]

Mastercard Extended Warranty

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Several friends have had problems with their apple laptops. Some within a year of purchase and some just after. Is this “planned obsolescence” by Apple or because the laptops are using components at the beginning of their product life cycles? Maybe a bit of both. About a year after purchasing my powerbook G4, the dvd [...]

Maps

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Here are a couple of interesting maps. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/ This one sent to me by Hemanshu shows the 2004 US presidential election result maps with an twist. The maps have been skewed by their weight (according to population) into a cartogram. It is a much better way of presenting numerical data in graphical form. http://www.forbes.com/static_html/bill/2005/bill05distmap.shtml Forbes [...]

How to move your computer

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Apple has Instructions on how to move your Imac G5. I just had to leave feedback saying ” The information on the page is hard to understand.”

Just Browsin’

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

I have two new ways of wasting my time. http://www.technorati.com/tag/mathematics This searches the blogosphere for articles that have a mathematics tag. http://del.icio.us/rss/tag/math – RSS feed This searches del.icio.us for social bookmarks that have a math tag. Of course you can replace mathematics with any other topic you want to browse. Interesting things come up.

Dashboard Widgets for Panther and Tiger

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Desktop Weather Widget 0.1 shows Apple’s Weather widget on the desktop instead of hiding it on the Dashboard Layer. Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 – big It uses an unsupported API to make a “transparent webview”. The cool thing is that it works on Panther (10.3.9) as well as in Tiger. An experienced developer might easily [...]

Konfabulator-style Dashboard Widgets

Friday, May 13th, 2005

I have been dying to get my Dashboard widgets flush with with the desktop like I used to be able to do with Konfabulator. So I decided to write my first cocoa app. Thanks to this hint from Gus Meuller, the Objective C tutorial from Apple and help from Skiadas : This is the result. [...]

Links

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Here are three links that are worth mentioning. The first was from Hemanshu and the other two I came across while reading other blogs. Tiny little houses meant for one person. Check out the location of S-House and Elemeno House. I want a house in a place like that. Online gallery for the Art of [...]