The Tech Deck archive for Nov. 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Nerd Wikis

So, one of the things about nerds is that they're sticklers for details. Let's take a simple quiz to gauge your ranking in the nerd herd: 1) Approximately how old is Yoda? (n00b nerd) 2) Gandalf was of what race? (well-qualified nerd) 3) What are...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2013

A Journey Through Middle Earth

I know it's a promo piece for the new Hobbit movie (of which, I don't know why they split it up into multiple parts. It's not like it was a long book to begin with), and it's a glorified powerpoint presentation, but hey, it's still...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

FTL: Advanced Edition

With all of the talk about the new PS4 and the Xbox One and all the next-gen games, there's really one one game I'm excited about. It's the new Advanced Edition of FTL: Faster Than Light. At just $10, you'll get more replay value out...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013

Cosmic Sans Neue Mono

Well, if that isn't disappointing. If you're going to name your font after the greatest of all fonts, the incredible and nuanced Comic Sans MS, then you had better deliver. A guy made a programming font called Cosmic Sans Neue Mono, which had everyone's heart...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

Google already knows you want this mug

In a bit of tongue-in-cheek jesting, Microsoft is selling a coffee mug that takes a jab at Google's propensity for "data aggregation," AKA, "Do no evil.*" I think it's a jab at Gmail, since I know that's one of their selling points for their email...

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How the WSJ handles comments

Brian Boyer (@brianboyer) of NPR posted this interesting link about how the WSJ handles comments on one of their pages. Suuuuper clever way to do comments in this WSJ project. Scroll down, on the right. http://t.co/syb8mjPgCb — Brian Boyer (@brianboyer) November 20, 2013 Here's a...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013

How Minecraft was born

If you haven't seen it, Wired.com has a fantastic article on the history of Minecraft. It covers the origins of the idea, how it was inspired by other existing games, and how Notch was eventually able to bring it to the marketplace. As someone involved...

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Pixelkit Bootstrap templates

If you're a web developer using Bootstrap, sometimes the base styles are a tad boring. (Bootstrap, btw, is a CSS framework that makes web development really easy. I used it for http://www.nwprepsnow.com, and odds are that it will be coming to www.spokesman.com too.) The base...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Un-boxing a Playstation 4

Remember, remember, the 15th of November... as Playstation 4 un-boxing day! After an exhaustive search through the box, we discovered to our delight that Sony has thrown in an HDMI cable, which they skimped out on when I un-boxed my old PS3. Of course, now...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

The Tech Deck Retro Desktop Wallpaper

Because everyone needs something as rad as this as their desktop wallpaper. (Click on the image to go to the large version) If you're interested in how I made it, I created it in Adobe Illustrator following the gist of this tutorial: Create a 1980s...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

Calvin and Hobbes available on iTunes!

This is some of the best news this year! Calvin and Hobbes is one of the best newspaper comics of all time, right up there with the Far Side in terms of influence and sheer awesomeness. And now for the first time, it's available in...

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Burger King delivery followup

A fellow Burger King eating compadré of mine had this to say about Burger King's delivery service: They delivered in 20 mins when we ordered by phone. Wonder if there was a delay in getting the order from the website to the store. And that...

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Testing out Burger King's delivery service

As a service to humanity, no need to thank me (unless you want to), I decided to test out Burger King's delivery service through their website. What's that? You didn't know that you can have a tasty cheeseburger delivered to your domicile or place of...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

Doge meme Python shell script

Familiar with the doge meme? It's dumb. Sometimes funny, but always dumb. Programmers, of course, have to take memes to an n+1 level, so Github user "thiderman" has created a Python shell script to create a doge in your console, with lots beautiful text and...

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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

Star Wars .gifs

I'm going to start a new feature here on the Tech Deck. Every Monday I'll post my favorite Star Wars .gifs. Because the world needs someone to recognize some of the greatest pop art in the world. And because the world needs more of this:...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013

Yep.

Not much to explain, really. I actually remember this Sesame Street bit from when I was a wee little lad and computers were as mysterious to me as they were to the alien guys here. Yep.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

Internet Explorer 11 released 

Microsoft announced today that they were releasing Internet Explorer 11 into the wild for Windows 7 users and will be rolling it out in their auto updates across the world. If you're a Windows 7 user, this means you'll soon have a brand new baby...

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Museum of Mario

I hate to talk too much about Mario since I'm not really much of a gamer anymore, but IGN recently put up a Museum of Mario HTML5 webpage that is a great use of newer web technology to create an interactive and entertaining experience. It's...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

Sword making dude youtube playlist

There's a dude who makes swords, and he's on YouTube. And there's a playlist of his videos. I know that's probably one of the worst SR headlines you've ever read, but it's accurate. And it's cool. In a different life, I too was a blacksmith/machinist....

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Nikon Df: Nikon's throwback camera 

For the past few years, I was a Pentax guy. Old Pentax glass is amazing and their newer digital bodies themselves are good, capable and affordable. I flirted briefly with a Canon 5D, but I traded that away for a motorcycle, so now I have...

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Kid gets awesome 3D printed cyborg hand 

If you wanted one reason why 3D printing is the next wave of awesome innovation, look no further than this. A Massachusetts father found the plans online for a prosthetic hand for his son, spent $2000 on the 3D printer itself, and about $10 in...

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