23 March 2005

Snooze This

Here's an invention that I could use:

Scientists at MIT have invented an alarm clock called Clocky that helps people who have problems waking up since they repeatedly hit the snooze button.

The way it works is that after the snooze button is pressed, the clock, which is equipped with a set of wheels, rolls off the table to another part of the room.

That way the next time the alarm sounds you're going to have a hard time just finding Clocky in order to hit the snooze button again.

How come it took them so long to come up with something like this?

07 March 2005

Plastic Balls

It's been a while since we've had an online game so here's the time waster du' jour: plastic balls.

This game is a variation on the classic Breakout, aka Araknoid, aka Popcorn....only here the playing "board" is a round arena where your paddle is in the center of the screen and you need to guard your ball from falling into a hole in the middle of it.

Like its predecessors you get special bonuses (like a larger paddle, double paddles, several balls...) when you hit some of the bricks and catch the power ups that drop from them.

Just don't let your boss catch you :o)

06 March 2005

New Site Feed

Site Update:

I've changed all the RSS feed links on the site to use FeedBurner.

FeedBurner does several things (for both you the reader and me the publisher).

First of all it simplifies subscribing to the RSS feed (via various supported RSS readers) so that people who want to read the feed can do it easily (whether they use FeedDemon, MyYahoo!, Bloglines, or any other reader).

Second it gives me stats on how many people are subscribing to my RSS feed (so that I can get a feel if this is even worth my while :).

In addition it enhances the content of the feed by incorporating any feeds that I have into one feed. That way you can see any pictures that I post in addition to regular posts that I make to Guy's World.

And finally, it also saves you the trouble of having to understand the difference between different versions of RSS and Atom, there's just one link that supports all formats!

So if you want to subscribe to the new and updated feed here you have it:

and here's the icon that you can find around the site:

(if you're already subscribed to the old version I recommend that you switch over to this one instead)

01 March 2005

World Wind

I run across quite a few programs and very few of them actually make me go "wow" when I check them out.

Even less make me go "yeee haaaa, wadda wadda wooooooo!"

World Wind not only did that but made me play around with it for more than 3 hours straight (till I forced myself to go to sleep since the sun was about to rise soon and this thing called "my job" would be bugging me soon).

World Wind was recently released by NASA (that's right, the same dudes who create those cool astronaut costumes) and gives you a 3D mapping system of earth.

It lets you spin the globe around, select a spot, and zoom in and see satellite photos of any spot on earth (similar to Google's Keyhole, but much better and free).

It also uses elevation data to show you the landscape in 3D and displays place names and borders!

Although it does weigh ~170MB it's totally worth it.

After you install it you can use these link to view some cool spots: