May 30, 2014

If Carpenters Were Hired Like Programmers

Interviewer: So, you're a carpenter, are you?
Carpenter: That's right, that's what I do.

Interviewer: How long have you been doing it?
Carpenter: Ten years.

Interviewer: Great, that's good. Now, I have a few technical questions to ask you to see if you're a fit for our team. OK?
Carpenter: Sure, that'd be fine.

Interviewer: First of all, we're working in a subdivision building a lot of brown houses. Have you built a lot of brown houses before?
Carpenter: Well, I'm a carpenter, so I build houses, and people pretty much paint them the way they want.

Interviewer: Yes, I understand that, but can you give me an idea of how much experience you have with brown? Roughly.
Carpenter: Gosh, I really don't know. Once they're built I don't care what color they get painted. Maybe six months?

Interviewer: Six months? Well, we were looking for someone with a lot more brown experience, but let me ask you some more questions.
Carpenter: Well, OK, but paint is paint, you know.

Interviewer: Yes, well. What about walnut?
Carpenter: What about it?

Interviewer: Have you worked much with walnut?
Carpenter: Sure, walnut, pine, oak, mahogony -- you name it.

Interviewer: But how many years of walnut do you have?
Carpenter: Gosh, I really don't know -- was I supposed to be counting the walnut?

Interviewer: Well, estimate for me.
Carpenter: OK, I'd say I have a year and a half of walnut.

Interviewer: Would you say you're an entry level walnut guy or a walnut guru?
Carpenter: A walnut guru? What's a walnut guru? Sure, I've used walnut.

Interviewer: But you're not a walnut guru?
Carpenter: Well, I'm a carpenter, so I've worked with all kinds of wood, you know, and there are some differences, but I think if you're a good carpenter ...

Interviewer: Yes, yes, but we're using Walnut, is that OK?
Carpenter: Walnut is fine! Whatever you want. I'm a carpenter.

Interviewer: What about black walnut?
Carpenter: What about it?

Interviewer: Well we've had some walnut carpenters in here, but come to find out they weren't black walnut carpenters. Do you have black walnut experience?
Carpenter: Sure, a little. It'd be good to have more for my resume, I suppose.

Interviewer: OK. Hang on let me check off the box...
Carpenter: Go right ahead.

Interviewer: OK, one more thing for today. We're using Rock 5.1 to bang nails with. Have you used Rock 5.1?
Carpenter: [Turning white...] Well, I know a lot of carpenters are starting to use rocks to bang nails with since Craftsman bought a quarry, but you know, to be honest I've had more luck with my nailgun. Or a hammer, for that matter. I find I hit my fingers too much with the rock, and my other hand hurts because the rock is so big.

Interviewer: But other companies are using rocks. Are you saying rocks don't work?
Carpenter: No, I'm not saying rocks don't work, exactly, it's just that I think nail guns work better.

Interviewer: Well, our architects have all started using rocks, and they like it.
Carpenter: Well, sure they do, but I bang nails all day, and -- well, look, I need the work, so I'm definitely willing to use rocks if you want. I try to keep an open mind.

Interviewer: OK, well we have a few other candidates we're looking at, so we'll let you know.
Carpenter: Well, thanks for your time. I enjoyed meeting you.



Interviewer: Hello?
Carpenter: Hello. Remember me, I'm the carpenter you interviewed for the black walnut job. Just wanted to touch base to see if you've made a decision.

Interviewer: Actually, we have. We liked your experience overall, but we decided to go with someone who has done a lot of work with brown.
Carpenter: Really, is that it? So I lost the job because I didn't have enough brown?

Interviewer: Well, it was partly that, but partly we got the other fellow a lot cheaper.
Carpenter: Really -- how much experience does he have?

Interviewer: Well, he's not really a carpenter, he's a car salesman -- but he's sold a lot of brown cars and he's worked with walnut interiors.
Carpenter: [click]

[Source: jasonblock]

May 24, 2014

[xkcd] Smartwatches

[Source: xkcd]

Google Play site gets a mobile optimized version

Although most Android users have never really complained about the site, considering they have the app to use, not everyone using a mobile device has had access to a nicely formatted for mobile Google Play Store. Everyone visiting the site previously from a mobile was met with the desktop version and while that's fine for when you're on a desktop browser, it made for getting around the Play store on a mobile cumbersome.

No more though as Google has now updated the Google Play site to make it more mobile friendly complete with the ability to send apps to your Android device and access the device section of the store, which realistically is likely the most valid reason for finally getting around to adding it -- makes it easier to sell an Android phone, tablet or even a Nest to someone browsing from a BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Phone smartphone.

[Source: Android Central]

May 21, 2014

Aura-Powered Google Chrome Now Available on Linux

Google Chrome Aura in Ubuntu

Google has today released the first stable version of Chrome for Linux to use Aura, the search giant’s in-house graphics stack.

Aura, which replaces GTK+, is used to draw the bulk of the Chrome UI on screen, including menus and window frames (and yes, it works fine with both locally integrated and global menus).

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 00.18.15

The “shell” is already in use on Windows and Chrome OS builds and, as it’s largely cross-platform, enables Google to develop new features faster and ensure feature parity across different operating systems.

An accelerated interface, Aura is better able to leverage GPU features in Chrome/Chromium on Linux than GTK+ builds. Notably, it is able to use OpenGL on a per-window rather than per-tab basis.

Its arrival also brings additional features to the desktop, including the Chrome Notification Centre, an optional App Launcher and support for displaying select Google Now cards.


[Source: OMG! Ubuntu!]

Chrome for Android updated with support for multi-windows, full screen video, and undo function for closed tabs


Chrome for Android has an update on the way. The new update is said to add "support for some multi-window devices," which sounds like a method to fully support devices with multi-window features — like the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 — without a second "helper" application involved. We've reached out to Google for full clarification. Other improvements include full screen video playback with HTML5 controls and subtitles, and an "undo" function for closed tabs. Of course bug fixes and stability improvements are part of every update.

Here's the full changelog:
  • Undo Tab Close.
  • Fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls.
  • Support for some multi-window devices.
  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast.
  • Other bug fixes.
[Source: Android Central]

May 20, 2014

Gmail for Android updated with save to Drive feature, better RTL language support, and more

Gmail save to Drive feature

Google has updated the Android Gmail app, and have begun the release today. Over the next few days everyone will see an update that brings a few new features — like the ability to save to Google Drive and better support for right-to-left languages.
  • Save to Google Drive — Instead of downloading attachments to your device which takes up valuable space, you can now save attachments directly to Google Drive. Files saved to Drive are easily accessible from any smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Spam explanations — Have you ever wondered why a message ended up in spam? You'll now find an explanation at the top of every spam message.
  • Improved RTL support — If you're an English speaker, you're used to reading sentences from left-to-right. But there are a lot of languages out there that are written from right-to-left (RTL), such as Arabic, Hebrew and Persian. If you're a speaker of one of these languages, Gmail on Android now looks and feels the way you'd expect with profile pictures and the navigation menu on the right instead of the left.
  • Faster access to the side navigation menu — It's easier to get wherever you need to go in the app. While reading messages, you can now swipe from the left edge (or right edge for RTL languages) to quickly access your accounts and labels. You'll also find Settings, Help, and Feedback in the side menu.
[Source: Android Central]

May 19, 2014

Chrome Theme: Takane Enemoto

This Takane Enemoto Chrome theme was specially requested by Shindouz for his anime-content related Facebook group, "Anime Gakuen". It features a loud and wild clash of various shades of blue along with the popular Kagerou Days character, Ene, in the middle! Give it a go!

Google celebrates 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube

Are you a fan of the Rubik's Cube? Well then, Google has celebrated the 40th birthday of the Rubik's Cube with an animated doodle that allows you to try to solves the puzzle online.

In the Google animation, the cube is at first shown performing a simple loop, with a basic version of the company's logo showing up in coloured squares on a white cube. When you click on it, however, the cube enlarges and becomes fully coloured, and allows the user to rotate the rows and columns horizontally and vertically, and manipulate the cube as a whole, thus playing it properly.

There is even a number in the bottom left corner, showing you how many moves you have taken. Remember - however mixed up it is to start with, it is logically solvable in just 20 moves!

[Source: Independant]

May 17, 2014

[Life] It's a load of...

Currently in the process of writing a whole heap of job applications and the above comic describes my mindset.
Principals should give me a job because I'm awesome.

Outlook users can now join Hangouts with new Google plug-in

Google has now released a plugin for Google Apps apps user who also use Microsoft Outlook allowing them to use Google Hangouts to do a video conference call. Users can now initiate or join a Google Hangouts call directly within Outlook's mail or calendar functionality if they also have a Google Apps account.

To do this, you must download and install the Hangouts Plugin for Outlook on your Windows system. After the installation, you'll see a new icon that will allow you to schedule a new Hangout from either Outlook Mail or Outlook Calendar. Users can also join a Hangout once they have received the email by clicking on the external link to join a room.

Google says you can also use Chromebox as well and continue with your workflow: "If you're deploying Chromebox for meetings, now you don't have to stop using Microsoft Outlook® to schedule Hangout video calls."

[via Android Central]

May 16, 2014

Support for Ubuntu 12.10 Officially Ends

After 18 months of support, Ubuntu 12.10 officially ends. Ubuntu 12.10 is no longer supported as of May 16, 2014. Canonical advises that those still running it upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (via Ubuntu 13.10).

Changes to the way releases are supported made after the Quetzal was released means its successor, Ubuntu 13.04, has already reached ‘end of life’.

Support for the 13.10 release ends in July. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will remain backed up with security updates, critical bug fixes and select application updates until 2017.

[Source: OMG! Ubuntu!]

PlayStation Vita Slim coming to Australia

The PS Vita Slim, also known by the model number PCH-2000, first launched in Japan back in October last year.

The UK followed in February and the US earlier in May. Now it's Australia's turn, with June 4 the date and AU$269.95 the price.

The Vita Slim shaves 20 percent of the width and 15 percent of the weight off the previous model, but swaps out the 5-inch OLED touchscreen for a standard LCD panel.

The battery has been boosted, with Sony claiming a 4-6 hour life when gaming, and seven hours for video watching. The slim also bumps up the on board storage to 1GB.

[Source: CNET]

PayPal comes to the Google Play Store

Google Play Store with PayPal

Good news for all Android app buyers. Google is adding PayPal as a payment option for Play Store purchases starting today! Just tap through on a purchase and pick your new payment option. The roll-out is just starting today though, so it might take awhile to to live in your area. These are available in 12 countries, including U.S., Germany, and Canada. In addition, carrier billing and Play Store gift cards are getting expanded international support, so they're now available in 24 and 13 countries respectively. Speaking of currency and going international, developers can now sell in 13 new countries and added 28 new currencies.

[Source: Android Central]

May 15, 2014

Linux Mint 17 release candidate available for download

The release candidate version for Linux Mint 17 is now available for download.

The final version of Linux Mint 17 is due by the end of the month. But you can download the release candidate right now. Linux Mint 17 comes in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, in the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments.

Or just use these links to download:

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon DVD RC 32-bit
Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon DVD RC 64-bit
Linux Mint 17 MATE DVD RC 32-bit
Linux Mint 17 MATE DVD RC 64-bit

[Source: ITworld]

May 14, 2014

Chrome Theme: Sakura Miku

Well I created a theme for 'Snow Miku' so I figured I needed a Spring theme. Hence, 'Sakura Miku' was created. Enjoy the bright, pick theme with soft petal falling gently in the Chrome browser's frame.

May 13, 2014

Google Hangouts In Gmail Gets New Presence Indicators

2014-05-12_1109Google is updating Hangouts in Gmail today. It’s not a major new release, but the update brings back the green “availability” bubbles that Google did away with when it replaced Google Talk in Gmail with Hangouts. Instead of the bubbles, Hangouts in Gmail would show a very subtle green line underneath a user’s profile picture when they were available for chat.

As part of today’s update, Google is also giving its users the ability to show what mood they’re in by choosing between 80 emoji that others will then see in their status lists. This feature is a bit hidden in the Hangouts settings menu, so chances are people will select a mood once and then forget about it.

The other new feature in this update is an improved search tool that makes it easier to select multiple users for group chats and video calls from Hangouts in Gmail.

[Source: TechCrunch]

May 12, 2014

[Tech Spec] Gigabyte Force K7 Review

The Gigabyte Force K7 is an entry-level keyboard for the casual gamer with some included extras. The Gigabyte Force K7 features ultra short key travel, 3-color backlighting, selective anti-ghosting around WSAD cluster and dynamic volume and backlit illumination control.

At first glance, the keyboard just looks awesome. It's sharp edges and sleek design makes it stand out from your average keyboard. As expected from a low-budget gaming keyboard, it's design doesn't compare to the higher-end keyboards; but you can still get some satisfaction from using your keyboard.

The keys are scissor-structured (much like many laptops you can find today) and not mechnical so don't expect to type fast and accurately with this keyboard. The keys are also ultra-slim, meaning you will tend to overextend when typing rapidly.

The Gigabyte Force K7 packs in some nice additional features for it's price: specific WASD anti-ghosting capability, 3-color backlighting, dynamic volume and backlit control dials, windows lock functionality and some hot-link function keys.

Overall, the keyboard is pretty good for it's sub-$50 price mark. Although it packs a few extra features than your average keyboard, there are still some minor issues regarding backlit illumination being irregular, key lettering placement, and non customizable keys. If you are not too picky with these minor drawbacks, then the Gigabyte Force K7 will suit your everyday or casual gaming needs.

[More info]

May 11, 2014

[Life] Lemon Lime Bitters

Testing the Lens Blur effect in Google Camera after my KitKat update.

May 9, 2014

Latest Google Drive update now requires Docs and Sheets apps to edit files

Google has updated its Google Drive app in the Play Store, which now requires users to install standalone Sheets and Docs apps for editing of documents and spreadsheets. By stripping the editing function out of the Drive app, Google is intending that the Drive app be used for managing and viewing of your files on the cloud.

Though users will now need three apps to retain the functionality of the old Drive app, the upside is that you can now edit files without requiring a data connection in Google's standalone Docs and Sheets apps.

After you update the Drive app, if you haven't already downloaded the Google Docs and the Google Sheets apps, you'll be prompted to do so when you try to edit a Google Docs or Google Sheets document — though you can still view documents regardless. Interestingly, though, it seems that we were able to still open and edit native Microsoft .xls and .doc files that were uploaded to Google Drive natively within the Drive app.

[Source: Android Central]

May 8, 2014

Rovio announces upcoming game ‘Retry’, clearly inspired by Flappy Bird

After quickly becoming a massive success, Flappy Bird’s light began to fade after the app’s creator pulled it down from Google Play. Since then, many clones were formed, and most of them were pretty terrible.

Now that the hype has died and the Flappy Bird craze is over and most of us are moving on, except maybe Rovio. It seems that the Angry Birds maker wants to take the impossible-to-beat-mechanics that made Flappy Bird so popular and spin them into something new.

While Retry is far from an exact clone, the game’s mechanics are clearly inspired by Flappy Bird, with some noticeable twists. The game has you controlling an airplane and has retro-styled 8-bit graphics and sound. The plane can do loops and move backwards, but if it touches anything — game over and you have to “retry”.

Retry was actually developed by Rovio’s new LVL11 team, which are tasked with creating experimental (Read: non-Angry Birds) type games. Like many of Rovio’s recent releases, Retry is free-to-play though there are in-app purchases for buying more airports and so forth.

At the moment the game is soft-launching to iOS in only a few select markets (Canada, Finland, Poland), though a wider release for Android and iOS is expected to occur sometime in the not-too-distant future. It remains unseen whether Rovio can recreate the frustration magic that made Flappy Birds so successful, but at least this is more than just a straight-up clone.

[Source: Android Authority]

THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!

HOENN CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 7, 2014

Look up from your screen - What do you see?

This video shows a strong message.
Ironic though that I'm sharing it with my friends through the blog.

Google Maps updated, gets Uber Integration and more

Google Maps is getting a pretty big update today, adding a significant number of new features, including Uber integration.

If you need transit or walking directions and have the Uber app installed on your device (in select cities), then the Uber option will appear and offer you the estimated trip times for the car service. Outside of Uber integration, you’ll also find improved navigation instructions and new search options. That’s really just scratching the surface on what’s new.

Google Maps on mobile will now show you upcoming lane information when you’re using turn-by-turn and the update includes lane guidance and easier access to alternate routes when you’re already in navigation mode. The update also improves the offline map experience by allowing you to search for a specific area and save that place for offline use, tied to your Google profile.

Here’s the full change-log highlighting what’s all new, for those interested:
  • Turn-by-turn navigation now displays distance, arrival time, and quick access to alternate routes
  • Save and manage offline maps in a custom list for when you’re traveling or have a slow connection
  • Transit results now display total walking time of your trip and the next scheduled bus or train
  • Sign in to see your “Places to review” list from recently saved or searched-for places
  • If you have the Uber app installed, open it right from Google Maps when comparing route options
  • Bug fixes
  • Lane guidance in navigation mode (US and parts of Canada/Japan)
  • Adjust and name offline maps before saving
  • Search filters (price rating, open, from circles)

May 6, 2014

[Linux Mint 16] New dark theme for my desktop!

I've switched back to Linux Mint 16 after a month of hiatus from my desktop/laptop. This time I have gone for a more darker and sleeker feel to the overall interface. I mashed together different theme to make it look more natural and flawless.

Themes used:
Cinnamon: delorean-dark
Controls: MediterraneanNight
Icons: Faience-Azur
Window borders: Adwaita-X Dark

You can change all your settings in the Themes section in Settings.

If things go awry and you want to refresh your Cinnamon interface, press Alt + F2 and type r.

You can also click on Restore default theme in 'Installed' themes to reset everything.

May 5, 2014

[First Look] Samsung, HTC and Sony's Flagship Android Phones of 2014

The Android platform has been around for a while now and it shows no sign of stopping. There have been awesome Android devices that have captivated everyone, and then we have those that didn't quite make the hit list. Anyhow, 2014 brings us a new round of flagship devices from our three major smartphone manufacturers; Samsung, Sony and HTC. These flagship phones all pack Android's latest operating system: KitKat 4.4.

May 4, 2014

Chrome Theme: Kagerou Days

Well it's that time again where I manage to find some free time and create a Chrome theme for you guys with this anonymous request for another Kagerou Days (Enemoto) theme. Well, so, here it is! Enjoy. It's a cool blue suite with this amazing wallpaper of the characters featured in Kagerou Days here.

May The 4th Be With You

Star Wars day!

May 3, 2014

Google Now will cache your cards for when you're without a connection

Google Now

Google Now users that happen to find themselves in deep cavernous places without a cellular signal to be had will now be able to view their cards even without a connection. The latest update to Google Search enables the caching of cards for when your phone is offline and you still want to check in with whatever Google Now is suggesting you do. When you without a connection and trying to use Google Now, you'll be told how long ago the content was last updated, so at least you'll have an idea of how old those suggestions really are.

Google Now has been the recipient of several updates recently, including one that notes where you parked your car, integration with Google Chrome, and can even launch into playing music.

[via Android Central]

[Life] Tea in a Jar

Yeah, I drank most of it already.

May 2, 2014

Google Play Music app updated with playlist editing and sharing

Play Music

A new update to the Google Play Music app for Android is rolling out this morning with a couple of new playlist-related features. Update to the new Play Music version 5.5.1509O adds the ability to edit and share your playlists from directly within the app, two things users were previously only able to through the web interface. After updating you'll find both options in the overflow menu next to each playlist.

[Source: Android Central]

May 1, 2014

Google launches standalone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android

google docs apps nexus 7

Google is unbundling its Drive productivity app, with new dedicated apps launching today that will let you edit and view documents, spreadsheets, and presentations even when you are not online.

The new Docs and Sheets are now available in the Play Store (as well as on the App Store for iOS users), while Slides is said to be coming soon.

Google’s justification for releasing these standalone apps is to “make it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go”. If you choose not to install the apps, you will be prompted to do so over the following days, when you open a file in Drive. You’ll still be able to view and organize documents through Drive, just like before.

Overall, functionality seems to remain the same in the new apps, compared to Drive. The biggest difference is that you get a list of recently accessed docs/sheets/slides on the app’s default screen, which is nice for getting around large number of files. The top bar is colored (a growing trend with Google’s apps) and the side menu contains a convenient link to Drive. The apps work offline, so connectivity issues won’t hinder your creative impulses.

Go check out the new apps in the Play Store: Docs and Sheets, with Slides to follow soon.

[via Android Authority]