There are typically three ways to share or post images on blogs, discussion boards and social media sites – 1) embed the full image with or without the image URL, 2) embed a thumbnail sized image with a clickable link to the original image or 3) post only the URL of the image, clickable or not. Each one has its merits and demerits.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Nothing To Hide is an anti-stealth game that carries a not too subtle message. The protagonist is a teenage girl named Poppy, who lives with her father in a world constantly under government surveillance. Poppy must sneak out of the house and across the city but without alerting the government's numerous surveillance tools. While a typical stealth game requires the player to stay out of enemy’s sight and security cameras, Nothing To Hide, being an anti-stealth game, requires Poppy to stay in sight of the cameras at all times. Wandering outside their view for longer than a few seconds gets her killed and she has to start again.
The default Windows calculator is a decent program that, aside from basic math, can perform binary and hexadecimal calculations, Boolean arithmetic, handle trigonometric and logarithmic functions, and perform statistical analysis. It can also convert measurement units, calculate calendar dates, and figure out your mortgage, vehicle lease and fuel economy. It’s an all-round multipurpose calculator that should be enough for most people. You can still pick at it, if you want to. For instance, you can argue that there is no way to save history or a session. After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
American space agency NASA in collaboration with non-profit Saylor Foundation is offering a new massive open online course or MOOC on “Space Systems Engineering” starting March 3, 2014. The six-week, general-audience course is available to the public at no cost and provides a unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA's engineers. Students who participate will also earn a free certificate.
As part of reshuffling things, cutting down on old features and introducing new features that happen with any new software release, Microsoft decided to bring the axe down on a relatively useless feature called Windows Experience Index on Windows 8.1. Windows Experience Index or WEI is a benchmarking tool that rates the performance of a computer based on its hardware and software configuration. However, the tool was not entirely removed, and it was still possible to generate the WEI scores by running a process via the command prompt. It was only a matter of time before someone came up with a proper frontend to the process that benchmarks the system. The time has come.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Smartphones are precious, and losing one can be painful, which is why anti-theft and remote device tracking apps such as Prey and Cerberus are so popular on the Google Play Store with over 5 million installs each. When Google realized that remote tracking should be an integral component of Android itself, they introduced Android Device Manager, an application that allows device owners to track their devices online and even wipe all data, should the need arise.
Keyboard shortcuts are possibly the fastest way to interact with a computer, but that might not hold true for all scenarios, especially since most user interfaces are designed to be used with a mouse. Indeed, some programs don’t even have keyboard shortcuts associated with all its actions. While I haven’t seen anyone without a mice close at hand, if not in hand, the mouse could be broken or the battery could be dead and you might not have a spare one close by.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
You probably gave no more than a casual glance at the settings under the “Mouse Properties” applet in Control Panel on a Windows 7/8 computer. Possibly you opened it to adjust the mouse’s pointer speed or sensitivity of your laptop’s touchpad, which is typically the only adjustment a user makes for the mouse. But let us dig a little deeper and see what this tool has in store for the user.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Chicago resident and blogger Andrew Huff has published a smashing post on the community driven website Metafilter listing all Twitter accounts that are named after countries of the world, and what each of them represents.
With the exception of @Israel, which is maintained by the Foreign Ministry's Digital Diplomacy Team, and @Australia, which is the country’s official tourism account, none of the rest of the near 200 Twitter accounts listed are officially affiliated to any of the countries by which the accounts are named. A few of them belong to travel companies or news sites, but the majority of them are just regular personal accounts created by people who may or may not be residing in the said country. A handful of these accounts are banned for whatever reasons.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
The absence or presence of familiar noises can greatly affect sleep. While some sounds like a dripping faucet or the ticking clock or the barking of the neighbor’s dog can get on your nerves, other sounds like the whir of a fan or the sound of rain on the roof can actually improve sleep.
Steady uninterrupted noise also referred to as “white noise” or more realistically as “pink noise” is known to produce a soothing effect on the brain, helping people relax and fall asleep. It’s called pink noise because light with a similar power spectrum would appear pink. Pink noise not only drowns other noises and distractions, but slows and regulates your brain waves, which is a hallmark of restful sleep.