Friday, November 24, 2006

Denver saves water


With water restrictions happening around the world, the clever folk at Sukle agency dreamt up this inventive ad campaign for Denver Water to encourage people to become more aware of their water usage. by Billy T, via thecoolhunter

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The 2007 TEDPrize Winners

The 2007 TEDPrize winners were announced last night in San Francisco. We're thrilled to introduce these three iconic individuals: an award-winning photojournalist, a ground-breaking biologist, and one of the world's most famous humanitarians ....

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Wired Editor-at-Large Kevin Kelly on TEDTalks

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Wired Editor-at-large Kevin Kelly traces the remarkable similarities between the evolution of biology and technology, ultimately declaring technology the "7th kingdom of life." He poses an intriguing question: "What does technology want?" As we hurdle forward, evolving increasingly complex, biological and independent machines, how will it affect our humanity? Kelly, widely regarded as an expert on digital culture, has played leading roles at the Whole Earth Review (editor), Wired Magazine (founding executive editor), the WELL (co-founder), and the All-Species Foundation (co-founder). He's author of several books, including Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 20:39) via TedTalks

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sony releases 007 Vaio Bond Series


Our advice to Bond movie fans is to give the newcomer (Daniel Craig) a chance to thrill you with the action stuff and to keep the enthusiasm going Sony has released the James Bond 007 TX Spy Gear bundle VGN-TXN007 that includes VAIO TX 007 ultraportable PC with 11.1-inch screen, Sony Cybershot T50 007 branded digital camera, Privacy screen, aluminum attache case and serialized glass photo certificate. Sony’s original SmartWi technology seamlessly integrates wireless WAN14, wireless LAN4, and Bluetooth®5 technologies making it your essential mobile companion. The Bond gear-bundle is selling for $3,900 but will be available somewhere around mid-November. But,you can pre-order it now.

via OhGizmo

4GB Diamond & Gold Flash Drive for the Uber-Rich


For the super-rich tycoons who need to carry useful business data all the time, Mii Stor has created a 4GB flash drive made from diamonds and white gold to pack your million dollar data in equally luxurious style. The Snow drive is a Sandisk 4GB drive encased in 18ct white gold studded with 96 white diamonds totalling 1.44ct. And, with the white gold chain, the precious little thing can be worn round your neck too. So, another chance to show off your wealth in an elegant yet geeky manner. The shiny flash drive retails for around $19,000. But, if more storage capacity is what you are looking for then leave the bling thing and get yourself the Buslink Pro 2 flash drive from CDW that is though not made of gold or platinum but it packs 64GB of data in it.

Via TechDigest
Thanks BornRich

Some stats on the reach of blogs

A recent study by Forrester shows that the reach of blogs is steadily going up. Furthermore, they encourage brands to monitor what the blogosphere is telling about their products, brands and campaigns:

One key data point that stood out for me: 24% of Gen Yers read blogs, which is twice as often as the 12% of Gen Xers (ages 27-40) and three times the 7% of Young Boomers (ages 41-50) that read blogs. So skeptics of blogs should suspend their disbelief and look to at least one bellweather demographic to get an idea of how widespread blog readership can potentially grow in the future.

So if you’re a marketer that targets Gen Yers, you should at a minimum be monitoring what your audience reads. Tools to monitor the blogosphere include paid services like Nielsen BuzzMetrics and WebSideStory’s HBX or do-it-yourself sites like Technorati. And an excellent “how-to” resource is this iMedia Connection article, “How to Measure Blog Influence”.
Link[Charlene Li's Blog]

One Laptop per child project


The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, with a dual-mode display—both a full-color, transmissive DVD mode, and a second display option that is black and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3× the resolution. The laptop will have a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory; it will not have a hard disk, but it will have four USB ports. The laptops will have wireless broadband that, among other things, allows them to work as a mesh network; each laptop will be able to talk to its nearest neighbors, creating an ad hoc, local area network. The laptops will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data.[via Boing Boing]

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sirocco




This is the Sirocco, Bangkok’s outdoor high-rise restaurant.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Notepad secret trick video


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A fun trick you can do using Notepad in Windows XP.

I was myself curious about the cause of this phenomenon, and I found out that this text is not the only one to cause problems. There are other strings that cause Notepad to screw up, including "this app can break", which was another version of the bug that generated a lot of buzz. I've personally tested a series of strings that have the same effect, including "this api can break", "this cat can split", "jane can not dance", "text wit hou tcaps" and even "abcd efg hij klmno" and "xxxx xxx xxx xxxxx". What do these phrases have in common? They are made up by four words made up by four, three, three and five letters, all lowercase. So, by induction, all "4-3-3-5" strings should work.
Now, let's get to why this thing happens. First of all, it seems that Notepad writes the files just fine, it just can't read them again correctly. As a proof, try opening your saved file, the one that Notepad screws up, with another text editor. I used EditPlus and it turned out to be OK. So why the Notepad thing then? Well, it's a Windows thing. Notepad uses a Windows function that allows it to figure out whether a text file is Unicode or not. And that function, my friends, is the one that screws it up. Because the way it checks can easily be described as "guessing". And it guesses that the file is actually Unicode, and not Ascii, as it is supposed to be.

Now, two different but similar explanations can be given.

The first is that, after the ASCII-to-hex conversion of the string, Notepad rearranges the hex codes not according to ASCII standards, but to Unicode, and that messes it up. Here's the example:

Take "bush hid the facts". The hex codes (they can be seen with any hex editor you want to download) for the string are:

62 75 73 68 20 68 69 64 20 74 68 65 20 66 61 63 74 73

Arrange the codes to make up Unicode characters and you get:

7562 6873 6820 6964 7420 6568 6620 6163 7473

You'll notice that every code is hyperlinked. If you click on each one of them, you'll see that each one represents a Chinese (I think) "letter".

So this whole thing's cause is the coincidence that the 18 ASCII characters happen to represent 9 Unicode characters. And, of course, Windows' inability to determine the right encoding of the file.

The second explanation is slightly different, but the basics are the same: the difference between ASCII and Unicode. It's just a matter of Notepad defaults. You see, when you save the file, in the "Encoding" field, the default drop-down is set to ANSI. So, by default, Notepad saves as ANSI. But if you do a File -> Open, the default Encoding is set to Unicode. That's exactly what happens when you double click a saved file. Notepad knows the path, but not the Encoding. So it uses the default Unicode encoding, which spits the Chinese characters as explained above.

And that's about it. No easter eggs, no conspiracies, no Bush interventions. Just plain old Microsoft. [Thanks Steady Rollin]

FoodBox Limassol Cyprus


A selection of the best local, European and mediterenian ingredients are blended together to create the unique Foodbox experience.

The concept is basically relying on a sellection of freshly made gourmet sandwiches and salads, which they make daily. The sandwiches in offer are chosen from a huge sellection of tested and succesfull recipes that have been experimented and rotated to adjust to your taste preferences, as well as the modern Cypriot lifestyle.

The Bakery team starts early to prepare the original Italian Ciabatta bread, and are also ready to introduce the Italian Focaccia which they can enrich with cherry tomatoes and basil, or Sun dried tomatoes, red pesto olives. FoodBox continues to experiment passionately.


TEL: 77 77 2900

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The great Robot Race


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NOVA program The Great Robot Race.

Instant Win in Solitaire


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3 keys and you win instantly.. SHIFT+ALT+2 Give it a try.

BABEL - Movie Trailer


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This is the trailer of the new Brad Pitt movie. Directed by - Alejandro González . Also starring: Cate Blanchett,Gael García Bernal.

9/11 Twin Towers


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Hidden Pictures on U.S. Money. Check it out.

How to crack a combination lock


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A great way to figure out the combination to a lock that you had forgotten what it was. This is intended for information purposes only.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

LAGO




Everything changes, everything can transform itself. A square in seven pieces combined with imagination to make new shapes come to life.
When it comes to thinking outside the square, Italian furniture design company, Lago, is well outside the parameters of traditional thinking. With the talents of its prized designers Daniele Lago and Massimo Bonnetti virtually on tap, the boundless creativity and functionality is evident in their current range.

Dolce & Gabbana open Gold restaurant



The first concept restaurant created by Dolce&Gabbana. Gold is an upbeat, sunny colour, the colour of energy, luxury and a new dolce vita, signifying a taste for beauty and for sensual pleasure.via coolhunter.net

Monday, November 13, 2006

TrendValley's Team Song



Mixalis Xatzigiannis - Ola h Tipota.

Everyone here in TrendValley love this song, so we decided to post it.

 
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