Mu's Thoughts

Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Firefox Ads ... and Comments


How come the guys desk was dirty before, with a lack of any computer, and then when Firebox came along, the desk was all cleared, a laptop appeared and the guy suddenly wore glasses? And what did Firefox have to do with anything?

Go go gadget Firebox!


This looks more like a 'personals' ad.
fast, strong, style.. what are you waiting for.. call me... now.

Is that Gunther?

Wow, that was bad on so many levels.

In short. A guy uses firefox, throws papers on floor, uses firefox again then gets coffee... Obviously a call to all the coffee lovers out there.

winner! this person is the winner! that is so awesome. DUDE. are you from another country, or are you speaking in a funny accent? WOW! nay, WOWZERS! keep it up. the world is crazy.

Haha, what an accent.

Cute girl

Super Fox!!!

Soooo creepy... :/

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Visual Ear Cleaner

This is so useful! Now I can clean my ears without the fear of poking my ear drums out.


Monday, April 24, 2006

Firefox Videos

Some more great Firefox Ads :)

This one is soooo confusing...

Web 2.0 and Latency

Traditionally web pages weren't a very latency sensitive application compared to applications such as streaming voice and video. However, with the advent of Web 2.0, web pages are becoming increasingly sensitive to latency.

For example, in Google Calendar, when you drag and drop events a request must be sent to the server and the event will only be moved after the server has responded. If there is a slow connection to the server, this could be a frustrating experience. Another example is the live searches that are appearing everywhere now. These searches search as you type in the text box. If there was high latency, these searches would be rendered useless since the user would have finished typing before the search appears.

These new developments in web development will have more impact than just the software. Routers and servers will also have to be upgraded to cope with the new latency demands.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Google Calendar Thoughts

Google Calendar is great. Everything a windows user who misses Evolution Groupware or iCal needs in a calendar.

The sharing features are useful for friends or coworkers to plan their days.

There is only one feature that I feel is missing. There isn't enough flexibility in the notification features. For example, I can't schedule Google Calendar to email someone on a particular time nor can I request notifications to be sent to my primary email rather than GMail.

Overall, I highly recomend it!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ads on Google Front Page

I just noticed this today. Google seems to have a cross promotion with the "Da Vinci Code" movie. This is an Ad! On the Front page!

Didn't Google promise to have no ads on the front page?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

NY Apple Store Pictures

SF Culture Blog says:
It's being dubbed Apple Mecca, a new and very huge (a whopping 25,000 square feet), mostly underground Apple store in midtown Manhattan, for how its above-ground entrance bears an uncanny resemblance to the big black Ka'bah (AKA: The House O' Abraham) to whence all Islamic pilgrims take their grueling mandatory hajj and also because it shall be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and hence shall be the place New Yorkers shall take a holy pilgrimage whenever they crave a new iPod Nano at 4:00 am or when they desperately need to have the Mac geeks at the Genius Bar instruct them on how to purge all the gay teen chat transcripts and German fetish porn from their iBooks before their Senate confirmation hearings.
lol... Uncanny resemblance! Although. The genius bar comment was rather odd.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Firefox ad from a competition.

So funny!

Watch the ad

Chicks Don't Dig PhDs

A recent experiment has found that the least effective pick up like to be "I have a PhD in computing".

...the top-rated man's best line was: "If you were on Stars in Your Eyes, who would you be?", while the top-rated female's winning question was: "What's your favorite pizza topping?" Failed Casanovas tended to be far less creative as they struggled to impress with comments such as "I have a PhD in computing"....

This may seem like a downer for all the single PhD students out there. However, I think this line failed failed because it was self-centered. It would be equivalent to going up someone and saying "I'm better than you!" and waiting for a reply.


Preservative 220

220 is sulfur dioxide.

I was looking the ingredients of the various prepackaged foods in my pantry and found that most of them contained 220. This sure is a popular preservative. Too bad for the people who are allergic to this.

Google Calendar


A proper web calendar application!

Check back in a few days for my impressions of it.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sausage and Egg McMuffin

It has 666mg of sodium.

Evil evil food!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Gmail IMAP?

GMail will never support IMAP.


Because of the way GMail organizes e-mail. Its conversation mode results in all replies being linked to one another. If a user were to use IMAP and delete a message in the middle of a conversation, then synchronize with the server. What would happen to the conversation? Who knows...

This is why GMail will never support IMAP and it is sad... :(


What is the purpose of life? Afterall, isn't the entire universe simply a giant chemical reaction striving for equilibrium. This is ironic as once equilibrium is reached it will be the end of the universe as we know it.

Linux Experiences

I gave Kubutnu Dapper Flight 6 a try last night, possibly out of boredom or exam stress.

My expereiences were similar to my pervious ones with linux. This operating system felt unfinished. It was as if I needed to spend a few hours on it to make it useable. Although, I should forgive it since it is an Alpha release. But, this has been the same case for other final releases of Linux.

This time I had some new thoughts though. The premier groupware application on linux, Evolution Groupware, is designed for Gnome. The premier messaging app, Gaim, is designed for Gnome. You can even say Gimp is designed for Gnome. This is all because Gnome uses te GTK+ toolkit for graphics while KDE uses Qt. KDE does come with many productivity apps, but these all seem second class to the ones offered to Gnome bar a few exceptions, such as AmaroK.

These problems don't bode well for Linux. KDE is by far the more featureful desktop environment. However, the application support is poor. Gnome is less popular. However, it has great applications for it.

These problems need to be fixed soon for Linux to become a viable consmer platform.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Lock your Mac like a car

Here is an interesting application which uses the sudden motion sensor in a MacBook Pro to detect any attempt to move your Mac.

This would be perfect for situations where you would have to leave your Mac for a few minutes to go to the toilet or similar. Any unsuspecting Mac thief would get the surprise of their life when trying to pick up the Mac.

Although, if the Mac were accidentally bumped, it would certainly cause a commotion...

There is a video too.


Hilary will be on Pheonix Chinese Channel 1305h EST, Saturday 8/4/2006 if you want to see her talk about youth allowance.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Engineers and Mathematicians

Engineers, Mathematician/Statisticians all have some staple software that they will all need to know. For Mathematicians is could be Maple, JMP, SAS, etc. Engineers would rather use Matlab, Simulink, Labview etc.

I have used software from both these areas and after some thought, I can conclusively say that engineers make much better software. True, the mathematical packages are designed by software engineers. However, they are still designed with mathematicians in mind.

It is amazing how convoluted some of the operations in Maple and JMP are. They try to make operations nice and visual and end up being slow and akward. The nice Matlab command line is that way things should be.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Apple Boot Camp (for windows)

They didn't say whether they would do it or not... But they ended up doing it!

Intel Macs can officially dual boot with Windows XP.

All drivers included.

This feature will be included in Leapoard when it ships. However, I hope Leapord will support more advanced virtualisation features. [83mb]

123456 O'Clock!,70587-0.html?tw=rss.index

Where New York Times columnist David Pogue latched onto this fascinating factoid, there's no telling. But as randomly useless bits of trivia go, this is definitely worth noting.

Pogue writes: Late tonight -- specifically, 123 seconds after 1:00 a.m. -- the time and date, for the first time in all of humanity, will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

And, Pogue points out, this moment will never come again.

Well, at least not exactly. In Europe, which renders the date before the month, this singular moment will occur next month, at 123 seconds past 1 a.m. on 4 May. And after that, it most definitely will never occur again.

Wherever you are, it might be just the right moment to find an all-night liquor store and buy that lottery ticket that forms the basis of your retirement plan.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I missed this :(. I'll have to fly to USA now...

Monday, April 03, 2006

Microfibre Jean Pockets

90% of the time electronic gadgets are in pockets. Frequently they are also in some other protective covering. This seems like a convoluted way to protect expensive iPods and mobile phones.

Why not just make the pockets of jeans out of microfibre so they don't scratch? If they are well designed any dirt that collects in pockets can easily be emptied out.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Apple/Google non-announcements

Sigh... damn all the anticipation.

At least Google still did their april fool's day joke.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Google Talk Updated

Google talk has just been updated!
  • Avatars now available for users to use
  • Rolling over a contacts name will show their information just like in GTalk
  • Add/View contact buttons
  • Multiple chat appearances in settings. WOO HOO ? We now have themes! There are currently nine different themes to chose from so that you can dress up your chat windows a little bit
  • The display alerts can now be closed by clicking on the close button on them
  • Links in chats have no underline until you roll over them with your mouse
  • If you change your status while in a conversation then your new status will be displayed

Still no group chat :(