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Mozilla’s Ubiquity is a great concept

// November 18th, 2009 // No Comments » // Collaboration, Cool Tech, Featured, Tech for the masses, Web 2.0

If you don’t use Firefox for web browsing, this probably won’t be of much use to you. On the other hand, if you don’t use Firefox for browsing… why not try it. OK, enough on that…. here’s the real intent of this article.

It may be old news to some, but I recently discovered the Ubiquity Project from Mozilla. What is it? Well the best way to understand that is to view the introductory video below:

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

If you didn’t watch the video… Ubiquity is a natural language based command interface that allows techies and non-techies alike, to create instant mashups as they browse and work on the web.

Although it’s integration with other web sites and web apps is still limited, it is conceptually a great idea, and the list of commands is growing everyday. I find my self using the easy twitter update and weather update constantly. I use the translate command daily as well. It also makes for quick short cuts to almost every web based utility out there, be it Google, Wikipedia or Youtube, etc…

If you use Gmail, you can really do some cool mashup, quite easily, but I wouldn’t make that a reason to switch to Gmail if you are happy with what you are using for Email. Now, if someone smarter than I builds an interface to Google Wave, then the possibilities will be endless.

Symmetry in Math

// October 16th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cool Tech, Featured, Just plain bizarre

I’ve never been a math wiz, and I can honestly say it was one of my least favourite subjects in school. However, I do have a deep appreciate for the power of math and am continually surprised and fascinated by mathematical symmetry. Here are a few examples. There is no real point to this other than it’s cool. Enjoy!

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

I fell in love at the Apple Store

// September 28th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cool Tech, Featured, Tech Culture

Apple has done a great job of marketing, portraying the PC as being uncool, and Apple products as being very cool (and for the most part they are right). Myself, being a long term PC user, am quickly becoming a MAC convert, and not just to be cool… really, but it doesn’t hurt either 🙂

So you know it was inevitable, with Apple being at the core of pop culture, that pop culture would pay homage to Apple in the form of a music video. It’s actually quite a catchy little tune, and I’m finding myself humming it to myself. So, for a glimpse at what I think will be the next viral internet hit…. take a look.

Too much time on their hands – Extreme Sheep herding

// August 17th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cool Tech, Just plain bizarre

So… this is not a technology related post, but something too cool to pass up. The video below shows a group of sheep herders with far too much time on their hands, doing some pretty amazing feats of herding. Don’t worry is sheep herding is not your thing, you will appreciate the humour.
Enjoy!

Make what you read on the Web actually readable

// August 14th, 2009 // No Comments » // Cool Tech, Featured, Web 2.0

OK, I admit it, I am a StumbleUpon addict… and I admit that you need to stumble through an awful lot of crap before you stumble upon a gem, but today I did just that!

There is a site called arc90 lab, which has put together several download-able experiments, one called Readability, caught my eye. It very elegantly solves one of the most frustrating aspects of trying to read something on the Web. Namely, that the article you are trying to read is surrounded with a bunch of noise, some of it static text in bold eye catching colours and others in animations or videos, all with the same purpose… “come look at me”.

By Simply adding the Readbility link to your links tool bar, you can eliminate the noise on any site you site by simply clicking the link. Here is a video showing it in action.

Readability : An Arc90 Lab Experiment from Arc90 on Vimeo.

Cool stuff, enjoy!