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Google Fun Facts

Monday, September 24, 2007

Hey y'all Google-lovers out there! I have stumbled upon a set of Google Fun Facts for all of you today! Here are the most interesting ones:
Google's name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination" by Kasner and James Newman. Google's play on the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.

Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively (a combined 47 years old).

Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.
Google has a world-class staff of more than 2,668 employees known as Googlers. The company headquarters is called the Googleplex.

Googlers are multifaceted
. One operations manager, who keeps the Google network in good health is a former neurosurgeon. One software engineer is a former rocket scientist. And the company's chef formerly prepared meals for members of The Grateful Dead and funkmeister George Clinton.

When Google was a Stanford research project, it was nicknamed BackRub because the technology checks backlinks to determine a site's importance.
Source: http://www.google.com/press/funfacts.html

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How To Create A Log File in Notepad

Friday, September 21, 2007

Author's Note: Wow, it's been some time since my last post. Sorry mates, I've been busy with work that I have neglected my blogs for a few days. But now, I'm back with new stuff that you'll definitely find interesting!

Did you know that you can actually create a log file using Windows Notepad without having to do coding, scripting, or all that programming thingamagigs software developers do? Here's how:

1. Open Notepad
2. Type .LOG on the first line, and then press [Enter] to move to the next line
3. Save your file on a directory you can easily navigate to.

The next time you open the file, you will notice that the current date and time have been appended to the end of the text you entered.

Sweet eh?

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260563

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The 248-dimension map

Monday, September 17, 2007

So what's a dimension? According to Wiki,
a dimension (Latin, "measured out") is a parameter or measurement required to define the characteristics of an object. In math, dimensions are the parameters required to describe the position and relevant characteristics of any object within a conceptual space—where the dimension of a space is the total number of different parameters used for all possible objects considered in the model.
Okay, so I admit that in this lifetime, I only know 4 dimensions: the usual spatial coordinates X, Y, and Z (length, width, and height) + time. But get this, mathematicians for the past four years and with the help of supercomputers have actually constructed a map of 248 dimensions!! Wow! Something like that is definitely beyond my imagination. So what are the remaining 244 dimensions? Hmmn, let's see... Volume, Smell, Sensation, Color? What else?

For the full story, click HERE.

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Windows Vista: The Cost

Thursday, September 13, 2007

This eureka moment is brought to you by Lance (daemonx87@hotmail.com)
Did you know that the 27 kilometre Large Hadron Collider (the soon to be World's Largest Particle Accelerator) located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland is funded approximately about $6 billion dollars almost the same as the fund poured by Microsoft to developed it's new operating system Windows Vista.
Wow! Now that's A LOT of money. But is Vista really that worth it? I'm really not into the Vista hype. I mean, I've seen how it looks and I'm amazed at how they've managed to integrate Mac-style graphical interface with the classic Windows theme. But it's still Windows. And for all I know, it's probably just like any other Windows OS -- fear the blue screen!

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Friday, September 7, 2007

I was reading my other blog and came across a eureka post last year. Let me just share it with everyone:
  • Cellular phone signals DO NOT interfere with air control signals. Although Federal law states that it's forbidden to use any cellular phone on an airplane for the very reason that it might cause interference with the air control frequencies, the Mythbusters have proven this wrong. Cellular signals travel through a different frequency. The danger though, is that new phones are being developed everyday, and you'll never know when someone invents a phone that travels the same frequency as that of radio waves. (Source: Mythbusters)
  • The scientific name of a fart is actually a FLATUS. (Source: Mythbusters)
  • Flying a kite with a key on the far end of the string on a normal day (like Ben Franklin's experiment) will still cause some voltage to build up on the string and the key up to 20,000 volts. This voltage, though, is not strong enough to ignite sparks. A lightning strike on the kite will, however, fry the person if he touches the key on the far end of the string. (Source: Mythbusters)
  • Bees can produce 3x the amount of honey that they need. They can also sting just once in their lives, because as soon as they sting someone or something, they leave the tiny needles on their back. Those needles are actually vital organs, which means every sting causes them to lose a vital part of their bodies. And soon after that, they die. (Source: Inquiring minds)

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Crazy Earring: Gadget!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

This is crazy!!! New fashion statement!? Argh!

If you don't have a purse or a bag, let your earlobes carry your mobile phone for you!
Source: www.boingboing.net


Windows Can't Create Blank Folders

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Did you know that you cannot create a blank folder in Windows?

If you rename it to [BLANK] (that is, delete the Folder Name), Windows will automatically rename it back to the Folder Name.

Even if you rename it to (' ') SPACE, Windows will still rename it back to its Folder Name.

But! Here's a technique I'll share with you on how to rename your folder to blank:
  • Highlight the folder you want to rename
  • Press F2, or Right-click > Rename
  • Hold [ALT]
  • Press the number keys: [2] [5] [5]
And you'll get a blank to use for your folder!
An alternative for this is also using [ALT] + 0160.

Why is that? Well, learn your Ascii, my friend!

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YouTube: Unbanned and Hacked

Monday, September 3, 2007

Last Friday, the Thai government said that it has lifted the 4-month ban on YouTube. This is in response to the video-sharing web site's operator agreeing to not allow videos that violate the country's laws or are offensive to the Thai population. If we can recall, the government blocked access to YouTube on April 4 after Google (YouTube owner) turned down Thailand's request to remove clips that were offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country's revered monarch.

What video clip are we talking about? Well, let's just say shoes were pointing towards the king's image with the Thailand national anthem playing on the background.

The Thai must be missing a lot without YouTube on their daily to-surf-list. That's what they get for not respecting royalty! Shame, shame.

For more details, click here.

On the other hand, the video-sharing giant was recently used by a group of hackers -- called Storm Botnet -- to propagate the latest worm to make zombies out of your PC's and do the bidding of their botmasters.
The hackers sent barrages of e-mails out over the weekend, inviting people to watch a scandalous video of themselves on YouTube.

The e-mail then offers up what appears to be a link to the clip. The link, of course, does not go to YouTube. It sends the victims to servers that download malicious apps.

Full story Here.

The lesson? Don't just open any email with a suspicious sender or subject. That's the first tip in preventing malwares entering your system. Also don't fall prey to the glory that YouTube videos are offering. I know, they can be very tempting, but for all you know, a lot of people are just abusing YouTube's popularity.

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