Archive for October 2010

USB hub with Mini USB port

Here’s an interesting USB hub that I bought recently.

I’m quite particular about USB hub. I don’t like those USB hub where all the ports are near each other. It is useless when you have larger than normal USB devices. Which is why I love this sort of USB hub. The ports are on a separate cable. No need to worry about larger than usual USB device.

Another thing about this USB hub is the Mini USB port. This is very useful for devices like portable harddisk, camera, MP3 player etc etc. If your portable harddisk requires more power, this USB hub has another USB point for power. And since it has a Mini USB port, it means I can leave my usual Mini USB cable at home and just bring this USB hub out. So I have 1 Mini USB cable and 3 USB port. Pretty good for those who has just too many gadgets to bring out everyday.

It is so good that I bought 2. 1 for my iMac at home and another for my geek bag which I bring out almost daily. Hmmmm…. speaking of geek bag, I think I need to reorganize my geek bag soon. Getting more and more messy.

I got this at Challenger. $16.90 for non-member and $14.90 for members. Quite a good price. You can get it from Funan or Sim Lim too.
Actually I’ve seen this USB hub in the past. But I remember it was selling at $30+. And that’s daylight robbery.

Student Rickrolls teacher using essay

This has got to be the coolest Rickroll ever! How I wish I did something this geeky cool when I was a student.

Redditor Mayniac182 wanted to check if his computer class teacher is reading their homework by embedding lyrics to “Never Gonna Give You Up” in his essay. It took him several hours and eight cups of coffee to do this.

I’m not sure how this is going to proof that his teacher is reading the essay or not. Without the highlighting, it would be hard to notice the lyrics inside.

But if I’m his teacher, I’ll make sure I give this guy more homework. He clearly has too much spare time on hand. Haha. Just kidding. Great job!

Facebook to stop showing you photos of your ex

Here is an interesting story. After numerous complaints and a Facebook Page against it, Facebook has decided to remove photos of your ex (or ex-es) from the Photo Memories box.

Photo Memories appear in the top right corner of some Facebook pages, including the Friends and Photos sections. The photos are selected by Facebook’s algorithm. We don’t know what is the exact algorithm that Facebook use. But it seems like they pick friends whom you have close contact in the past.

And perhaps it is the nature of the algorithm that cause photos of your ex to show up pretty often on the Photo Memories box.

So from now on, the photo memories box no longer shows tagged photos of your friends if you were previously in a relationship with them. This is a good move by Facebook. BUT it also means that Facebook will remember who are your ex (or ex-es) forever. Hmmmm……

Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be better if we could select who to exclude from the Photo Memories Box?

What I wouldn’t give to see your face again

Savage Garden – I Don’t Know You Anymore

I would like to visit you for a while
Get away and out of this city
Maybe I shouldn’t have called but someone had to be the first to break
We can go sit on your back porch
Relax
Talk about anything
It don’t matter
I’ll be courageous if you can pretend that you’ve forgiven me

Because I don’t know you anymore
I don’t recognize this place
The picture frames have changed and so has your name
We don’t talk much anymore
We keep running from the pain
But what I wouldn’t give to see your face again

Springtime in the city
Always such relief from the winter freeze
The snow was more lonely than cold
If you know what I mean
Everyone’s got an agenda, don’t stop
Keep that chin up, you’ll be all right
Can you believe what a year it’s been
Are you still the same?
Has your opinion changed?
‘Cause I don’t know you anymore
I don’t recognize this place
The picture frames have changed and so has your name
We don’t talk much anymore
We keep running from these sentences
But what I wouldn’t give to see your face again

I know I let you down
Again and again
I know I never really treated you right
I’ve paid the price
I’m still paying for it every day

So maybe I shouldn’t have called
Was it too soon to tell?
Oh what the hell
It doesn’t really matter
How do you redefine something that never really had a name?
Has your opinion changed?

Because I don’t know you anymore
I don’t recognize this place
The picture frames have changed and so has your name
We don’t talk much anymore
We keep running from the pain
But what I wouldn’t give to see your face again

I see your face
I see your face

Android’s openness, defined in less than 140 characters

Andy Rubin, the creator of Android has defined the term ‘open’ using Twitter in response to comments made by Steve Jobs about the openness of the platform.

I’m not an Android developer and my programming skill are rusty already. But according to PC Mag, here is the translation for those who can’t read Geekish.

Translation: Rubin’s tweet includes the commands needed to start compiling a copy of Android on a home Linux machine. He’s stressing that anyone can develop for, hack, or even create their own version of Android. The same can probably not be said for Apple, which took a swipe at Google during its Monday earnings call.

Nicely done. Definition of openness in less than 140 characters. And perhaps the most epic Hello World Tweet ever.