Friday, July 27, 2007

Blackle sheep

Many of my friends have been urging me to use Blackle, punted as an energy-conscious alternative to the standard Google frontpage.

However, contrary to what many assume or desire, it is not run by Google themselves. is registered to:
PO Box 4078
Castlecrag, New South Wales 2068
and was registered through and runs on GoDaddy servers, on GoDaddy's network [AS26496 or via whois].

And it wraps a Google Custom Search, so Mikibo make a small percentage of the ad-money involved.

Interestingly, Mikibo is "a free service providing tools and information to help you lose weight, get fit and stay healthy". So they want to increase the amount of energy that people burn! And decrease it simultaneously! Oh the paradox!

Is there a moral to all of this? Should we blindly ignore common sense and venture outside, leaving behind Google's energy-wasting white page, into the great outdoors? Or should we all just upgrade to LCDs (ironically returning a Google Answers - since "gone black" itself - result in the #1 spot)? Although the white backlight is constantly on, the overall power usage is much lower. I'd like one (note the energy-saving nature of the black background to the pic):

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gigantic flash drive

I make this post knowing that, in a few years, people might look back on it and laugh.

But I just couldn't help getting excited at having a 'gigantic' flash drive:

Yes, just that single folder is nearly 24 GB. The truth is that there was a terrible dismounting accident and the entire folder ended up full of corrupt entries (rudely named & undeletable).

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Publish your location live to the web / Google Earth

(from Ogle Earth)

GMap-Track does KML

Monday, July 23, 2007 (19:28 UTC)

If you're using GMap-Track to publish your location live to the web, here's a quick cool hack in anticipation of the release of the API. A GMap-Track URL can return KML instead of a Google Maps-based placemark, like so:

Just be sure to first wrap that inside a network link, like so. Voila, now you can find out where your friends have been recently when you log onto Google Earth. (Thanks to GMap-Track's Cristian Streng for for the tip.)

A sort of real-life weblog...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mosaic Law

Does Mosaic Law imply an </i> for an <i> ?