Archive for the 'Computer' Category

More Mona…

Monday, May 29th, 2006

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A copy of the Mona Lisa made from hundreds of computer parts at a high tech exhibition in Beijing this month. (via AP Photo)

Dr.Web CureIt

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Free anti-malware utility.

Pop-off, or Twist-Off?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Mouse Balls as a Field Replacement Unit (ca. 1991).

Audit your PC: Belarc Advisor

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Free download inventories your PC and builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. Belarc will list your computer’s: Motherboard make and model, BIOS information, Bus clock, Processor, Drives, Controllers, Buses, System model, Memory modules, Display, Devices, Installed software, and more.

Truly amazing I/O Brush

Monday, February 27th, 2006

From MIT Media Lab, “I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by “picking up” and drawing with them”. Article here. Direct link to video here.

Storyboard software

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Springboard is “a free Windows application for easily and quickly sketching and annotating storyboards for film, video, animation, or other dynamic media”.

Best. Case. Mod. Ever.

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Souvmod

At MetkuMods (Mod Gallery here).

WMF zero day exploit

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Update: Here is the official Microsoft patch

“The Windows Meta File (WMF) zero-day (0-day) exploit is apparently, VERY nasty, no user intervention required (unless running firefox or opera). Just VISITING a malicous site (viewing a malicious email with image…) would be enough to get the system owned.”

There is this workaround from averyparker.com:

1. Click on the Start button on the taskbar.
2. Click on Run…
3. Type “regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll” (without the quote marks) to disable.
4. Click ok when the change dialog appears.

iDefense notes that this workaround may interfere with certain thumbnail images loading correctly, though I have used the hack on my machine and haven’t had any problems yet. The company notes that once Microsoft issues a patch, the WMF feature may be enabled again by entering the command “regsvr32 shimgvw.dll” in step three above.

Hexblog has a simple HotFix that can be uninstalled once Microsoft issues a patch, plus a vulnerability checker. Both F-Secure and the Internet Storm Center are recommending both unregistering shimgvw.dll and using the hexblog hotfix.

Fiat Lux

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Armed only with a few mirrored spheres and a digital camera, Paul Debevec set out to make a film like no other…

Gorgeous computer animation set in St. Peter’s Basilica. New Scientist article. Fiat Lux main site.

File Hippo

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

One of the places to check for software downloads – add it to the list.

100% Blank

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

The Darth Vader of keyboards.

Realtime Virus Info

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Some cool things from Panda Software…
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Circuit Design – Emulation

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Link: Downloads – Circuit Design – Emulation.

My Favorite Smallware

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Link: My Favorite Smallware :: MarkTAW.com.

Small, free apps. There is also a list of other like-sites at the bottom of the page.

FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Link: FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec.

"FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file. "

Free-Codecs.com

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Link: Free-Codecs.com :: Download latest audio codecs, video codecs, codec packs and tools.

The Real Alternative from here is magnifico! "play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer/RealOne Player". Perfect. Also,

QuickTime Alternative.

HQscene Standards Encoding Guide v3.01

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Link: MP3 Encoder Guide 3.0.