Monthly Archives: July 2007

Type The Sky

An alphabet made out of photographs.

Veracity Competition

I’ve submitted my entry for the Sandbox Designs Competition, which is a modified version of the design you’re seeing right now.

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I’ve made it available for public consumption at its project page, its licensed under the GPL so make sure you keep it that way.

Good luck to all the entrants!

Blade Runner: The Final Cut Confirmed

Details about Blade Runner: The Final Cut DVD have been confirmed, with a two-disc, a four-disc and an “Ultimate Collectors” five-disc edition which features the very rare workprint edition of the film.

Workprint Version

This rare version of the film is considered by some to be the most radically different of all the Blade Runner cuts. It includes an altered opening scene, no Deckard narration until the final scenes, no “unicorn” sequence, no Deckard/Rachel “happy ending,” altered lines between Batty (Rutger Hauer) and his creator Tyrell (Joe Turkell), alternate music and much more.

Sigma Boosts HSM Lens Range

Sigma have added HSM focusing (AF-S) to their 18-50mm f/2.8 and 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 lenses, making them compatible with the Nikon D40 and D40x auto-focusing and also have full time manual focusing override.

Considering theses are optically very close to my prized Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, this is a very good move by Sigma.

Intel Slashes Quad-Core Processor Prices

Intel has slashed the price of it’s quad core processors, the most interesting one being the massive cut to the price of a Core 2 Quad Q6600 which runs at 2.4GHz. Its now $230 when bought in bulk compared to a previous $530, and retailers in the US are already selling it for under $300. Considering that when matched with a good motherboard, this processor can be clocked to 3.7GHz on air cooling, we really have a quad-core bargain.

Yahoo/iPhone Push IMAP Doesn’t Use Encryption

It seems the iPhone sends its IMAP mail login credentials to Yahoo without encryption, which means if you’re using a public, unencrypted WLAN then anyone can sniff out your login credentials for your Yahoo account.

I was researching the iPhone’s “push” mechanism with a trace from Kurt Zeilenga’s iPhone, and wondered what error message I’d get from repeating the authentication. Mainly, to prove that the absence of any SASL challenge messages from Yahoo didn’t mean that the mechanism was susceptible to a reply attack. Instead, I gained access to Kurt’s Yahoo account.

Fox News Leaves Their Image Directory Open

And Reddit users exploit that.

Veracity

Ejecutive is now sporting a brand new design, called Veracity. This is my first theme based on The Sandbox, and also my entry into The Sandbox Competition.

Its my first grid-based design for years, although there isn’t much to do for grid based designs with a standard blog format, I’ve tried to be as faithful to the format as possible. I have to give thanks to Khio Vinh’s excellent post and related slides about good grid design which was a big inspiration for making this design grid based.

The design is very narrow, being only 650 pixels wide despite over 99% of visitors having a screen that is wider1 this is to artificially limit the width of the content to preserve readability.

I almost went with a plain black and white colour scheme, but I decided to retain Ejecutive’s traditional dark and deep tonality with bright highlights. It’s also the first grid based design Ejecutive’s had since Opacity, and its a welcome return I think.

The competition only allows modifications to the stylesheet and not the markup, so I was rather limited in what I could achieve. But The Sandbox excels at giving you a very solid base to design from, especially with a set of layout stylesheets included which saved me the trouble of setting up the sidebar on the right2 and very well thought through markup. This competition should show just how far you can go with this base.

Wish me luck!


  1. The remaining 1% are from small screened devices such as smartphones and PDAs.
  2. Although I question the use of the word ‘sidebar’ in the markup as I’d argue its describing the styling of the sidebar in the content and therefore is not semantic. What if you wanted it at the top or bottom of the page?

Hide-a-Pod

Anti-theft device for your iPod.

Split

July 7th

Yashica Electro GT Ilford HP5+ 400

Will it Blend?

An iPhone is blended on YouTube to black powdery goodness.

Allofmp3.com is Dead, Long Live Allofmp3.com

A former employee of Allofmp3 has confirmed that it has been shut down by the Russian authorities. However a new site Mp3Sparks.com has been setup by the Moscow company that is legal under Russian law, using many of the same arguments advanced in support of allofmp3.com.

My account and it’s balance and history has been automatically transferred over to Mp3Sparks.com already, and it seems I can top up my balance on it too.

Kwik-E-Mart

A 7-11 in the US has been transformed into a Kwik-E-Mart as part of The Simpsons movie promotion.

The iPhone Effect

iPhone, iPhone, iPhone. If you were born yesterday you’d be forgiven for thinking that the iPhone is the first smartphone ever released and in a way you’d be right. From my experience of Palm OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian based smartphones, none of them were that smart. They all had some big gotchas that seriously limited their usability, mainly when I had to get out the stylus for something that shouldn’t have needed it in a how-the-hell-did-this-get-past-testing moment.

The iPhone may be the first smartphone that is actually smart. Like every Apple product, it does what it’s supposed to do very well indeed. I’ve yet to use an iPhone so I wouldn’t like to comment, but the overwhelming number of positive reviews must outweigh the so-called Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Effect, although the most interesting reviews will be the ones after a month of use.

With a new product, especially something completely different like the iPhone, there will always be a honeymoon period, when the novelty is still there. The length of the honeymoon period depends on the initial wow-factor you get from the device, and people are getting pretty big wows from the iPhone, as they should. It’s a big revolutionary step towards a better smartphone and its good to see Apple bringing out something new in the market rather than the same old shit with a different model number.

The iPhone is drawing comparisons with the revolution that was the Internet, which is saying something. Nothing much in the last ten years has had as big an impact as the Internet on our lives, and if the iPhone gets updates to fill the gaps of the current version, it may well be the computer of the future.

Woman Gets Owned Trying To Buy Multiple iPhones

A woman buys a guys place in line for an iPhone for $800 with the intention of buying the entire stock at the AT&T store to sell on eBay. Then she is told there is a one phone per customer limit, hilarity ensues.