Sometimes you have to take a break from the serious side of information technology and just enjoy yourself. Here’s the latest top geeky videos from around the web. These videos are mix of silly spoofs, visual demonstrations of technology in action, and wicked cool mashups… all are groovy so let your geek flag fly and move your meat in your seat! Enjoy! [Read more…]
WTF is Google Plus? It’s Google’s new social network that allows you to be a judgemental prick without anyone ever knowing. Sounds good on paper, great in song.
They’re also handing out invites on their site if you haven’t joined up yet. Definitely check the video for an afternoon giggle.
Originally posted for Plusheadlines.
Back in 2006 Apple launched its “Get a Mac” ads, and they were amazing. Even being a PC developer I thought “holy hell those are funny”. Microsoft seemed to be attempting to fight back with it’s Laptop Hunter ads. The ads show how an equivalent PC laptop costs less than it’s Mac counterpart (which is true)… well, Apply has decided to retaliate directly, in two new ads.
The first one, “Top of the Line,” is notable because it employs the one-and-only Patrick Warburton as a high-end PC: “When you’re ready to compromise, call me,” he says.
The second ad, “Surprise,” takes a different visual approach (basically, it has John Hodgman playing “Mission: Impossible” in an attempt to get a nice lady to switch over to a PC), and comes to the same conclusion as “Top of the Line”: Windows PCs are virus-laden and slow.
Ok Granted the entire scientific community isn’t 100% on board with all of this but it’s still fascinating. Dr. Michio Kaku is fascinating to listen to…
Mashable does a great writeup on why IE6 Must Die for the Web to Move On. The serious downsides to IE6 are:
– CSS v2 (Cascading Style Sheets): This is the code that enables almost all design on the web. In other words, designers have to hack up websites just to make them load in IE6.
– PNG Transparency: A great deal of .png images don’t display correctly in IE6. It basically kills using them in design work.
– General Security: Just like not updating your virus software can get you riddled with spyware, not updating your browser can be a gateway to attacks. There are even code snippets that will shut down IE6. I won’t tell you what they are, but you can find them on Wikipedia. It’s unstable.
– Digg , Facebook , and YouTube (soon): Both Digg and YouTube have announced that they’re cutting back on IE6 support. Facebook already gives you suggestions for better browsers if you try to log in with IE6. You won’t be able to Digg articles or browse YouTube via IE6 in the near future.
You should read through the entire article though if this is something that is of interest to you because they go into HTML5 as well as how IE6 is hurting web development progression in general. As a “web guy” I can’t wait for IE6 to die. When a client says they want to target IE6 (I usually say “current release + one version back” but sometimes they object) I utterly cringe because I know what a PITA it will be.
Catch the full article on Mashable.