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ISS & Atlantis Sighting

ISSJust saw the International Space Station and a disembarking Space Shuttle Atlantis zoom by at over 18,000 mph for about 30 seconds. If you want to catch it the next time it flies over your area, use Nasa’s Skywatch applet.

Human Tetris

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ESPN Acquires Cricinfo

cricinfoESPN acquires Crickinfo for undisclosed price.

Today’s announcement marks the latest stage of Cricinfo’s evolution since its inception, in 1993, as an online community of cricket fans supplying cricket-related information on a voluntary basis.

BlogRovR

blogrovrBlogRovR, a FireFox extension which shows you related posts from your favorite blogs, as you browse.

via Digital Inspiration

Safari 3 for Windows

Safari Windows Steve Jobs has announced the Safari 3 browser for Windows at Apple WWDC. This should make the browser wars interesting and now you get to “experience the web Apple style!”, even in Windows. Apple claims Safari to be the fastest browser currently available, 2x faster than IE7 and 1.6 times faster than Firefox. Even boasts of faster JavaScript. So I decided to give it a whirl: the download was smooth, installed fast, and loaded up a lot quicker than Firefox. The default Apple home page loaded without any glitches. Next, I went into preferences and set up counterjumper.com as the default page. Closed Safari, opened it back up, and pooof—-Safari crashed! Safari Error I wonder how Microsoft will respond if I send this error! Looks like while making the JavaScript engine fast, Apple forgot to make it actually work!! Even IE loads Counterjumper fine…hehehe. Anyway, now I can’t get back on Safari, it crashes every time I open it up, so be careful changing the default home page. Since I cannot get back on Safari, I have nothing further to say about this very fast browser. It’s still in beta, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt for now. I hope this gets Firefox moving on some of their memory and speed issues.

Update: I managed to change the default home page back to apple.com. If you run into a similar issue, go to your profile>Application Data>Apple Computer>Safari>Preferences.plist and change the value for key - HomePage. I am still not able to open counterjumper.com on Safari, but other sites I have visited is working fine. I have a feeling counterjumper is failing because of the timer script I added recently. Pages do load way faster than Firefox, the UI is similar to iTunes UI, which is ok, nothing spectacular. It does feel like there is extra display area, and the fonts look a little weird, kind of darker and fatter.
Update: The font smoothing can be adjusted to be light in the Edit>Preferences>Appearance tab. However it seems still off because of double smoothing. Windows XP and Vista already do font smoothing, so even if you set it to light, the font will still appear fuzzy in Safari.

Unforgettable Photos

monkThich Quang Duc, a Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam, who 44 years back on June 11, 1963 burned himself to death protesting the government’s torture policy against priests.

I was to see that sight again, but once was enough. Flames were coming from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his head blackening and charring. In the air was the smell of burning human flesh; human beings burn surprisingly quickly. Behind me I could hear the sobbing of the Vietnamese who were now gathering. I was too shocked to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to even think…. As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him. - David Halberstam, a New York Times reporter
See more unforgettable photos at Dismal World. via kottke

Word of the Day: Volte-face

Volte-face n.
A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.

Browsing Around

Every day seems like a new journey on the web, new roads of information being paved by the millisecond. If you stop for a day, it’s like you have fallen behind a million miles. Information seems like a drug, we just want more and more, making clicking our favorite pastime. Let’s see where my daily browsing has taken me today. First a little self promotion; my newest blog, Ormmakal is slowly taking shape, and it got listed on CSSMania today. On Counterjumper, Blogindex has hit 200 blogs. For the number of blogs out there, blogindex seems like an infant list, but you might still find something you like on there, so check it out. Now, let’s turn right onto what people eat around the world. It’s insane how much people consume in developed countries. If you are one of these people, then step back, reevaluate your consumption level, and cut back; because over consumption impacts climate issues more than anything else you wish you could blame it on. I am disappointed they did not have India on there, LAME! If you love type, then here is a list of logo typefaces found on popular logos. Also check out Typephile flickr group, good inspiration source. Smashing Magazine has put together a mash up of information into the workings of Google PageRank. I have never cared about PageRank, and my sites seem to do well on hits from Google searches. What I am trying to get at is—-if you focus on your site, its content, and your audience; things will work out and seekers of information will find your site. From type to politics; looks like the movers, or Removal Men, have started moving out Blair.

Mr Blair leaves office on 27 June, when Chancellor Gordon Brown, who already lives in the flat at No 10, takes over.
Finally, head over to Trivial Matters and support Akshay and his team Teesra Paiya in the Rickshaw Run, a “3,750 km race across India in the Monsoons over the Himalayasâ€? in an auto rickshaw

Microsoft vs. Jamie Cansdale

A modern day David vs. Goliath battle is taking place between Microsoft and TestDriven.NET’s Jamie Cansdale over license violation. The battle has been going on for a while, more than a year to be exact, and the deadline for Jamie is 4pm Wedneday, 6th June 2007, before the wrath of Microsoft descends on him. To make a long story short, Microsoft gives out a free version of Visual Studio, but disables some useful features, like unit testing. Jamie develops this feature for Visual Studio as an add-on in the form of TestDriven.NET, and gives that capability to the free version, which as weird as it may sound to developers of the open source world, is a violation of some lame Microsoft license.

Visual Studio Express EULA You may not work around any technical limitations in the software;
The long battle: emails, more emails, lawyer letters, off with his head! The anomaly (I bet only the meanest get hired for this position): Jason Weber Intriguing: This guy is their MVP, he even uses .NET for his website; Microsoft are you sure this is the example you want to set?! Moral of the Story If you are a Microsoft Developer, consult your legal team before developing anything!
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