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Dominos! Dominos!

Some people are either crazy… or have too much time… but after watching these vids I think you’ll believe both are true! ūüėõ

Video of the Day: Simon’s Cat

If you haven’t seen this video series on Youtube, you’re definitely missing out! ¬†It truly captures the behavior of cats and their interactions in daily life. ¬†Hilarious. ¬†It uses simple line art, but it’s well animated nonetheless. ¬†Check out one of my fav vids below!

 

Website of the Day

This website may be of my favorites. ¬†I think it was developed in early about 5-6 years ago. ¬†It utilized basic physics concepts to allow you to create creatures and models. ¬†I don’t think I’ll do justice with just a textual description, so check out the site.

http://sodaplay.com/

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

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Today,the world of computers and technology has lost one of it’s best innovators and visionaries, Mr. Steve Jobs.

 

I’m not sure how many of my readers know my educational background, but I have a good basis in computer science – in fact, I have an associates in science degree in programming. So, this loss hits home. ¬†To add to the loss, is the fact that I got to meet Steve Jobs when I was younger. ¬†It’s the first and only time I’ve ever been star struck. ¬†How did I meet him? ¬†Well,¬†when I was 10 or 11 I went to a technology expo fair in Boston at the Bayside Expo Center. ¬†I went with my father and even got my own name tag that said, “Roopa – CEO of Mischief”. ¬†Being in the midst of all the technology, I was thrilled. ¬†I’ve always been interested in science and tech. ¬†So, I was already excited as could be with that fact alone. ¬†However, the icing on the cake was hearing a talk from Steve Jobs.

 

Having been interested in computers since I was 4, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were like my Gods. ¬†Having the opportunity to be in the same room as them was inspiring in and of itself to a tech-addict such as myself. ¬†I remember sitting in the 3rd row, in the aisle just feet away from the legend during his talk, and I remember him looking amused at this little girl in a room full of 50-something males. ¬†He gave a very inspirational talk and mentioned how age (he pointed at me), nor gender (pointing at me) mattered. ¬†What did? ¬†It’s motivation and inspiration that should drive each of us. ¬†Of course, I’m paraphrasing here because I unfortunately don’t remember enough of the talk to quote here for you.

 

The point is simply this – Steve Jobs has been an inspiration for so many individuals. ¬†He’s also the father of the personal computer (he invented the Mac IIC). ¬†I remember using my first Mac in first grade – it was a IIC. ¬†I mostly remember the Turtle game and basic programs, but since the first mac, you could sense Macs would be a big deal. ¬†It also got me interested in programming because I hoped one day I could make interesting computer games.

 

It’s not that I never wanted to own a Mac… because I always wanted my own Mac. ¬†However, over time, I didn’t turn into a full-fledged Mac user simply because it was easier and more cost-effective to buy a PC and repair it myself to keep it running. ¬†When the iMacs came out in the late 90s-early 2000s, I wanted an orange iMac! ¬†Every time we went to CompUSA (back when it existed) I would be glued to the Mac section exploring the features on my coveted mac. I’m sure nerds everywhere would agree that when the colorful macs came out, they were like kids in a candy store – in complete awe of the new toys that had come into being.

 

Ultimately, I never got my orange iMac. ¬†However, last year, having begun my journey to become a full-fledged attorney – that’s right I’m pursuing a JD – I finally caved and got a MacBook… with an orange cover!

 

In 1986, Steve Jobs bought Pixar and was even executive producer of Toy Story. ¬†Then he bought Next. ¬†In this re-birth of the Apple brand, Steve Jobs launched the iPod (governing music), iTouch, MacBook, MacBook air, iPhone, and most notably the iPad, which would again¬†revolutionize¬†the world of computers. ¬†I of course own an iPod – who doesn’t – but I really hope to get an iPad soon.

 

My love of animation too can directly be correlated to two main companies – 1 being LucasArts, and the other, being Pixar.

 

So, thank you Steve Jobs for all you shared with the world and for being such an inspirational person.

 

My animation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT71UmM8jMM

 

Interesting article on the History of the iMac (1998-2006):

http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007473.html

 

My fav Steve Jobs quotes:

“Your time is limited..don‚Äôt waste it living someone else‚Äôs life. ”

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” (Steve’s rumored to have lured John Sculley into being Apple’s CEO)

‚ÄúSometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúMy job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúInnovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.‚ÄĚ

 

RIP Steve Jobs 2011

How to Backup and Archive your Facebook

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This post deals with one of the topics that I think all users of Facebook struggle with – How to backup their extensive data!

Since in today’s society, half our lives are on Facebook, we of course would love to backup all the chaos that occurs on the site – our pictures, posts, messages, etc.

Luckily, there are several ways of backing up your data – and it’s surprisingly easy once you know where to look.

Some methods require the use of plug-ins for Firefox (http://www.friedbeef.com/how-to-backup-facebook-3-free-data-liberating-tools/), but there is another way to do right through Facebook.

How to backup data directly from Facebook (without plug-ins):

(1) Go to http://www.facebook.com/ – log in with your Username and Password

(2) On the top right of the screen, click on “Account”

At the drop down menu –

(3) Click on “Account Settings”

At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a link that says [“Download a copy” of your Facebook Data]

(4) Click on “Download a copy”

This will bring you to a new screen where you will need to enter your Facebook password.

(5) Confirm your password and click on “Continue”

Now you just have to wait for the archive to arrive in your inbox! :) Simple, huh?!

 

Hope you found this article useful! If you have another way to backup Facebook data, let me know!

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple?!

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It’s been rumored for a while that Steve Jobs would be resigning as CEO of Apple, but I didn’t think he’d do it so soon. ¬†He’s still staying on as chairman, so I’m assuming he’ll still be fueling all the innovation at Apple. ¬†I just hope it’s not because his health is getting worse.

 

Being in the computer industry РI have a programming and web design degree РI, like many other tech geeks truly respect Steve Jobs!  I was lucky enough to hear him give a talk at a IT conference in Boston when I was 10 and got to meet him as well.  He was very polite and was a brilliant speaker Рso enthusiastic and on point.  It was evident how much he loved developing software and coming up with ideas.  Truly an inspiration.

 

I think having met Steve Jobs helped inspire me and lead me down the road of programming. ¬†Of course, I’m now set to get a law degree, but the tech bug has never left me. ¬†I hope his health is ok. ¬†He’ll be missed as CEO of Apple, but the change was bound to happen at some point. ¬†I hope that Tim Cook proves to be as good of a leader as Jobs.

 

More details at Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/us-apple-idUSTRE77N82K20110824

IBM makes new chip that Mimic’s Human Brain

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This is by far the coolest thing I have read about. ¬†If you know me, then you know that although I’m a law student I am and always will be interested in neuroscience and technology. ¬†Therefore, when I saw an item earlier today regarding IBM’s two new prototype chips, you can guess how happy I was. ¬†These two chips can apparently imitate the human brain’s ability to understand it’s environment and surroundings. ¬†The chips are able to react to stimuli, gather and decipher complex data! ¬†This breakthrough may revolutionalize how computers today are built, and may even impact medical devices.

These prototypes are part of an IBM project called “Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics,” or SyNAPSE. ¬†The field of neuroscience and computer science have always been intertwined. ¬†Programmers have for years tried to make an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that learns and mimics human behavior. ¬†These chips are a step in the right direction and may power a new generation of “cognitive” computers and devices that can learn by experience and formulate hypotheses about what those experiences mean. So, while we won’t see interactive robots amongst us any time soon, it’s a step in the right direction.

“The computers we have today are more like calculators,” said Dharmendra Modha, the project leader for IBM Research, to tech blog¬†VentureBeat. “We want to make something like the brain. It is a sharp departure from the past.”

“Imagine traffic lights that can integrate sights, sounds and smells and flag unsafe intersections before disaster happens,” said Dharmendra Modha, the project leader for IBM Research (and no, he’s not related to me!). “Or imagine cognitive co-processors that turn servers, laptops, tablets and phones into machines that can interact better with their environments.”

Other scientists are already working on scaling down memory chips even further while increasing storage capacity. ¬†Earlier, IBM also creating the “thinking” robot WATSON that was on Jeopardy!

Who knows what else is in store for the world of computing!

 

IBM Press release: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/35251.wss

 

 

Shinybinary

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Found a really interesting art page earlier today. ¬†It’s called “Shinybinary

It’s by a guy named Nik Ainley who is a digital illustrator based in the UK. Apparently he’s had about 10 years of experience and holy crap is he good! He taught himself graphics while he was studying physics in university. After completing his degree he moved full time into design and illustration and has been there every since.

The artwork is very unique and looks incredibly professional. ¬†Each image makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a different universe! ¬†Check it out at the link above!

Social Media

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Today’s topic – social media. I found a very interesting article in the Guardian regarding Twitter and Facebook. Guardian Article on Facebook and Twitter

In the article, they mention how a couple of scientists spent a week without access to any other news medium except for Facebook and Twitter. They did this all in an effort to answer the question “Is it possible to stay up to date on the news, with factual data, simply via these 2 sources?” At the end of their experiment, the scientists said it is inconclusive because it is questionable whether Facebook and Twitter can provide accurate data on all news items. Some information is often blown out of proportion by the users who tweet about it. So, readers often get an over-exaggerated version of a news story. The scientists believe that news on TV is still the best way to get accurate data as it is “practical.”

I tend to agree with the scientists. Although Twitter and Facebook spread news faster, we really have to be careful as to how we weigh issues being discussed. People generally have an emotional attachment to news they tweet about and if a story draws us in, it will be spread quicker. However, the news being discussed in mainstream media is generally given weight based on importance in the world.

I say, refer to both, but be cautious. What do you all think and what sources do you rely on?