26 Νοε 2010

Top 10 Uncool Tech Habits

10 Uncool Tech Habits
Alright, this is going to come across real awful, but at least one third of these sinful booboos have been committed by you.
1.Using a Laptop on a Bed
Laptops on BED?Fluffy cushions and the like can block ventilation ports, overheating your PC. Use a lap desk or a coffee-table book to keep some airflow between the two. Plus, you can hurt your body if you're typing in an unnatural position, so pay attention to ergonomics.
2.Keeping All of Your E-Mail
Every e-mail message you've ever received is sitting in your inbox in chronological order. Congratulations! You now have an unassailable historical record of your communications…and a guarantee that you will never find anything of any importance whatsoever.

3.Installing Too Much Junk
Why is Windows so slow? You installed three instant messaging clients and seven browser toolbars on your machine. Once some of this stuff is installed, the damage is already done, as many of these apps leave behind traces that are impossible to eliminate.
4.Just Because Google Exists Doesn't Mean You Should Stop Asking People Things
If you spend any amount of time online you're probably very familiar with the above website, "Let Me Google That For You." LMGTFY is a super smug and hilarious site built for those sick of "all those people that find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves."
5.Waiting in Line for Tech Stuff
Remember when you slept in a tent so that you could be the first guy in your 'hood to own a PlayStation 3? Your parents are probably just as proud of that achievement as when you finally leveled your Druid up to 80. Trust us: The gadget works the same 24 hours later. You can probably even preorder it online and let it come to your door.
6.Hitting Your Computer
Be mad. Seriously, Windows aggravates everyone–get angry! Remember, though: We can offer a lot of aid, but throwing, kicking, or otherwise abusing a PC physically will not help. And shelling out a few hundred bucks for a new computer will actually make you feel even worse in the end. Meditate, and restrain yourself. If your laptop is sick from a latte that you tossed on it in a fit of rage, clean it carefully. Luckily, you can try a few emergency tech fixes that can restore hardware to health if your tantrum goes too far.
7.Replying to Spam
Why do spammers do their dirty work? Because enough people respond to it to make sending junk worth their while. Yes, clicking the "remove me" link counts as a response–though on rare occasions, if a message is clearly from a legitimate brand-name company, using that link is worth a try. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. In addition to following this commonsense advice, you can take an extra step to harness the spam-fighting powers of your e-mail service.
8.Posting Hilarious Pictures Online
"Hey, coworker! Looks like you had a great time at your pal's bachelor party. Oh, is that you posing with a Heineken in your hand? How original! Yeah, you and that girl look pretty wasted in that one. At least, that's what our boss said when he e-mailed it to me. Good luck with that evaluation!" Save such moments for posterity in private–or else. Pay close attention to the privacy settings on Facebook (and untag yourself in those compromising pictures) and on photo-sharing sites. On Flickr, for example, click Edit your profile privacy from the 'Manage your profile' page to control who can see what.
9.Using One Password for Everything
All it takes is a single data leak at your cell phone company for a crook to get into your e-mail, bank, investing, online shopping, and Match.com accounts. It's one-stop shopping for identity thieves! Having a unique password for every site is unrealistic, but use a series of several passwords and save your best for the most critical sites.
10.Looking up information while a discussion/argument is still in progress.
So what are laptops and mobile phones for, if not to resolve disputes or questions wherever you happen to be? Why would anyone get annoyed when you pull out your iPhone in the middle of a discussion about, say, a news story, and a minute later break back into the conversation with the details of the story that everyone else had forgotten? Yeah, it beats me, too, but my wife insists this belongs on the list.


Interesting tales about a RRainbow was considered to be a path made by a messenger Iris between earth and heaven in Greek mythology. The Chinese believed that the rainbow was a slit in the sky sealed by Goddess Nuwa using stones of five different colours. The Irish leprechaun’s secret hiding place for his pot of gold is usually believed to be at the end of the rainbow. In Silesia, an obscure area of eastern Europe, it was said that the angels kept tons of gold there and that only a nude man could obtain the prize. Well! I hope nobody tries it.
In the olden days, some Europeans believed that anyone passing beneath the rainbow would be transformed, man into woman and woman into man!
The Bible also talks about the rainbow. After Noah’s Deluge, the Bible relates that the rainbow gained meaning as the sign of God’s promise that terrestrial life would never again be destroyed by flood (read Genesis 9.13-15). Many people believe the rainbow is a ray of light falling to earth whenever Saint Peter opens the gates of heaven to let another soul in. It also has a supreme place in Hindu mythology. The rainbow is called Indradhanush, which means bow of God Indra, who is the God of lightening and thunder. Arabian’s have a similar story. In Arabia it is called the cloud’s bow or Allah’s bow. In Islam the rainbow is not made of seven colours but of four, red, yellow, green and blue related to the four elements.
In the Younger Edda it is described as a tricoloured bridge to Asgard, very skillfully built by the gods. In Croatia the rainbow is God’s seat, while in Greenland the rainbow is the hem of God’s garments. In Africa the rainbow encircles the earth and is a guardian to heaven. In German mythology it is a bowl God used to hold his paints while coloring the birds. Isn’t that a beautiful imagination ever described in a simplest form?
Rainbows even helped mankind to know how to make love. A Japanese myth tells of the first man Isanagi and the first woman Isanami who stood on the floating bridge of heaven while creating the island of Onogoro. They then walked down to earth on this rainbow bridge( Niji), watched all the animals around them and learned how to make love. That’s not all they watched the birds and learned to eat with chopsticks.
In the olden days, some Europeans believed that anyone passing beneath the rainbow would be transformed, man into woman and woman into man! Well, the ones who are thinking about having a gender change, then this is an easier, less painful and no expensive method.
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25 Νοε 2010


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Ο Σταύρος Ψυχάρης επιβεβαιώνει την αναστολή έκδοσης του Βήματος-γενική απεργ...

Και επισήμως πέφτουν οι τίτλοι τέλους για το ημερήσιο Βήμα. Όπως ανακοίνωσε ο εκδότης της εφημερίδας και μεγαλομέτοχος του ΔΟΛ, Σταύρος Ψυχάρης, η έκδοση της εφημερίδας αναστέλλεται και αύριο θα κυκλοφορήσει για τελευταία φορά. Στα περίπτερα θα βρίσκεται μόνο το Βήμα της Κυριακής, που θα συνεχίσει να εκδίδεται κανονικά. Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, ο κ. Ψυχάρης, στη συνάντηση που είχε με το διοικητικό συμβούλιο της ΕΣΗΕΑ, δε θέλησε να δεσμευθεί για την απορρόφηση και των 163 δημοσιογράφων που εργάζονται στο καθημερινό φύλλο σε άλλες εκδόσεις του ΔΟΛ. Παράλληλα, στην ενημέρωση που έκανε πριν από λίγο ο διευθυντής του Βήματος, Παντελής Καψής στους δημοσιογράφους, προσπάθησε να τους καθησυχάσει, λέγοντας οτι έχει προτείνει στον κ. Ψυχάρη να μην προχωρήσει σε περαιτέρω απολύσεις στον ΔΟΛ, αλλά να μειώσει τους μισθούς κατά 10% (για αποδοχές από 1.000 έως 3.000 ευρώ) και 15% για όσους λαμβάνουν μισθούς μεγαλύτερους των 3.000 ευρώ.
Συνάντηση με το Δ.Σ. της ΕΣΗΕΑ είχε και ο διευθύνων σύμβουλος του Σκάι Χρήστος Παναγόπουλος ο οποίος επέμεινε στην απόφαση του ομίλου Αλαφούζου για μισθολογική μείωση κατά 10% σε όλους τους εργαζόμενους δημοσιογράφους από τη νέα χρονιά.
Η ΕΣΗΕΑ αποφάσισε την κήρυξη γενικής απεργίας σε όλα τα ΜΜΕ για τις 30 Νοεμβρίου και θα συντονιστεί με τα υπόλοιπα σωματεία προκειμένου να αποφασιστούν περαιτέρω κινητοποιήσεις.  

If you answer yes to any of these questions...................

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then there’s a good chance that you’re turning into a dictator. Hitler, Saddam, Stalin, Castro… and now, you. Here are five simple signs to look out for if you’re worried you might be turning into a dictator.
Absolute power, corrupts absolutely.
Power is a seductive mistress, an addictive thrill, one taste and you’re left thirsting for more. And with power comes the urge to conform the world to your whim, to bend reality to your designs, to forge your own heaven! As the old saying goes: absolute power corrupts absolutely. And you want that power! You want to control absolutely everything! One day you might be standing on the platform in the rain, waiting for a train which is a little late, the next you’ve vowed to make the trains run on time; not just your train, but all the trains in the country, all the trains in the world if you can get your hands on them! It happens. Just look at poor old Mussolini.
You have the power. You are the law!:
When you get into an argument or debate you see it a little differently from normal people. Most people recognise that whoever they’re arguing with has a different point of view from themselves. Not you. When someone disagrees with you they’re not just expressing their point of view, they’re sowing the seeds of sedition, they’re undermining civil stability and spreading enemy propaganda, they’re practically begging to be taken out behind the chemical sheds and shot. Dictatorship here you come.
Genocide: It’s not all bad, is it?
One of the tell tale signs that you’re becoming a dictator is when genocide no longer looks quite so bad. I mean ok, you still don’t think it’s a good thing per se, but you start to think it has it’s uses. Those folks not too keen on towing the party line? Genocide – it’s probably for the best in the long run. The more the potential dictator thinks about it, the better genocide seems. Never much liked the French? Genocide. The skin tone/hair colour/traditional clothes of that ethnic grouping not matching the colour scheme your designer recommended for that bit of desert? Genocide. Annoyed by old people? Genocide. Squirrels stealing all the nuts? Genocide. It’s a slippery slope to dictatorship.

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Every good dictator needs their own set of groupies. Hitler had his brown shirts, and then the SS. Mussolini had his black shirts. Saddam had the Republican Guard. Seems it just feels nice to be surrounded by people who like you, people who are dedicated to you, people who would kill and die for you. So, if you ever start feeling the need to surround yourself with a large group of very violent people, preferably all wearing the same colour shirts or sporting large 80′s aviator sun glasses (even when they’re inside) or waxed moustaches, then you’re in danger of becoming a dictator. [Image Source]
Eccentric? Moi?
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It’s a well known fact that dictators are pretty darn eccentric and don’t feel bad about imposing their little oddities upon their loyal subjects. So if you ever feel the desire, just for the hell of it, or wonder what it would be like to: make beards illegal, have ‘Hopping Wednesdays’, deport all the turtles, declare yourself a reincarnation of Napoleon or make everybody shave the left side of their head; then you’re well on your way to dictatorship.
Me, Me, Me.
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Dictators are well known to be egomaniacs. There seems to be a strange correlation between being a dictator and feeling the need to erect lots of statues of yourself in flattering and glorifying poses, to plaster every available flat surface with posters of yourself, to mint coins with your stately noggin printed on them, to put your face on all the stamps, on all the chocolate bars, to have your own three hours weekly television program. In short, you really love yourself. Of course dictators explain this strange egocentricity away by saying that it’s just so that people know they care about them, to know that they are looking over and after their people. Yeah, that explains why little Jimmy has to wake up screaming and sweating in the night to a poster of your dictatorial grin looking down on him from the bedroom ceiling. So if you ever get the urge to start slapping photos of yourself all over the place, then you’re probably becoming a dictator.
Contributor: Nicholas Cockayne

Το σχεδιάγραμμαν του Γεώγιου Παπακωσταντίνου δια τα μέτραν

Είναι αρκετάν ξεκάθαρον.

17 Νοε 2010

My Own Little World

Path το αντι-κοινωνικό δίκτυο

Path λοιπόν το anti-social network. Μετά από μήνες γεμάτες φήμες το Path ήρθε. Το Path αυτοαποκαλείται ως "The Personal Network", και είναι αποφασισμένο να πάει αντίθετα με το ρεύμα που δημιούργησε το Twitter.
To Path είναι βασισμένο πάνω σε έρευνα και θεωρίες του Oxford University πάνω στην εξελικτική ψυχολογία του Robin Dunbar, οι οποίες ισχυρίζονται ότι οι κοινωνικές σχέσεις που μπορεί να διαχειριστεί ένας άνθρωπος είναι 150 στο μέγιστο (αυτό δεν σημαίνει οτι συμφωνούμε κιόλας…)

Με το καινούργιο social network, Path μπορείτε να περιορίσετε το "δίκτυο" σας στους 50 πιο κοντινούς σας φίλους ή συγγενείς και δεν θα χρειαστεί να ανησυχήσετε ποτέ για τις φωτογραφίες που κάνετε upload και τα προσωπικά σας δεδομένα γενικότερα. Η ανακοίνωση της εταιρίας μάλιστα λέει "Path is a place where you can be yourself"…

To Path όπως κάθε social network που σέβεται τον εαυτό του έχει υπηρεσίες γνωστές όπως τα like, comments, photo sharing κτλ. Το Path πήρε μεγάλες διαστάσεις στα "νέα" λόγο του ότι ιδρυτικό του μέλος είναι ένας πρώην senior platform manager του Facebook, ο κύριος Dave Morin. Και ειδικά εφόσον κατάφερε να βάλει σαν co-creator τον κ. Shawn Fanning ο οποίος και αυτός ήταν με τη σειρά του συμπρωταγωνιστής στο Napster, το Path κατάφερε να μαζέψει ένα τεράστιο επενδυτικό όγκο για να ξεκινήσει.

Εμείς του ευχόμαστε τα καλύτερα! Άραγε τι έγινε και με το Diaspora?


14 Νοε 2010

sta grigora....1,000 Years of European History -- An Animated Map

xexe etsi metrane tora ta lefta..... ta polla..Thumbs Up: Counting Your Cash With a Cool Accessory

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It's not often that we have a problem counting huge stacks of money (because how often are you lucky enough to have stacks of bills?), but the Counting Ring concept from designers Wei Hansen, Li Shaochen, Xu Jinrui, Qi Yibin and Zhao Ying could go a long way toward making it easier anyway.

The ingenious ring fits on the thumb and uses infrared scanning to count each sheet that the wearer thumbs through. Small rubber flaps, or "veins," ensure that every single bill is counted.

The LED readout on the side of the ring tells how many bills have been passed over the ring's surface. Presumably this means that every bill in the stack has to be of the same denomination, but this method is still much easier than counting every note by hand.

The ring would undoubtedly be useful in banks and businesses where a large counting machine would be impractical. If it's ever produced as a consumer product, we'd definitely like to see rappers counting their cash with this rather than just bathing in hundies.

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Στάσου, νιώσε την ομορφιά της ζωής
Ένας άνδρας με ένα βιολί έπαιξε για περίπου 45 λεπτά έξι κομμάτια του Μπαχ. Περίπου 2.000 άνθρωποι πέρασαν από μπροστά του, οι περισσότεροι πηγαίνοντας στη δουλειά τους.
Στο 3ο λεπτό: κάποιος τον πρόσεξε, κοντοστάθηκε για λίγο και μετά βιαστικά έφυγε.
4ο λεπτό: το πρώτο φιλοδώρημα, μια γυναίκα έριξε κέρματα στο καπέλο μπροστά του και συνέχισε χωρίς να σταματήσει.
6ο λεπτό: ένας νέος σταμάτησε, ακούμπησε σε έναν τοίχο και τον άκουσε για λίγο, έπειτα κοίταξε το ρολόι του και έφυγε.

10ο λεπτό: ένα 3χρονο αγόρι σταμάτησε μπροστά του αλλά η μητέρα του το τράβηξε βιαστικά. Ο μικρός κοντοστάθηκε για να τον ξαναδεί, αλλά και αυτή την φορά η μητέρα του τον ανάγκασε να περπατήσει. Ο μικρός την ακολούθησε γυρίζοντας συνεχώς να δει τον βιολιστή. Παρόμοιες σκηνές επαναλήφθηκαν και με άλλους μικρούς περαστικούς. Κάθε γονιός, χωρίς καμιά εξαίρεση, τράβηξε τα παιδιά του βιαστικά.
45ο λεπτό: Ο μουσικός έπαιζε για 45 λεπτά χωρίς διακοπή. Σε αυτά τα 45 λεπτά μόνο έξι άτομα σταμάτησαν να τον ακούσουν για λίγο. Περίπου 20 περαστικοί έδωσαν κάτι χωρίς να μειώσουν το βιαστικό βάδισμά τους. Τελικά ο μουσικός μάζεψε συνολικά 32 δολάρια.
Κανένας δεν γνώριζε ότι ο βιολιστής ήταν ο Joshua Bell, ένας από τους μεγαλύτερος μουσικούς του κόσμου. Κανένας δεν πρόσεξε ότι έπαιξε ένα από τα πιο δύσκολα κομμάτια μουσικής που γράφτηκαν ποτέ, με ένα βιολί που κόστιζε 3.500.000 δολάρια.
Ο Joshua Bell μόλις δυο μέρες πριν είχε δώσει μια συναυλία σε μια κατάμεστη αίθουσα με μέσο όρο τιμής εισιτηρίου τα 100 δολάρια. Εκείνο το πρωί έπαιξε σαν ένας κοινός πλανόδιος μουσικός στον σταθμό του μετρό παίρνοντας μέρος σε μια κοινωνική μελέτη σχετικά με τις προτεραιότητες που έχουμε στην καθημερινότητα μας (το πείραμα είχε οργανωθεί από την Washington Post).
Κατά πόσο αντιλαμβανόμαστε την ομορφιά όταν βρισκόμαστε σε ένα ακατάλληλο περιβάλλον και σε μια ακατάλληλη ώρα; Σταματάμε για να την απολαύσουμε; Αναγνωρίζουμε το ταλέντο εκεί που δεν περιμένουμε να το συναντήσουμε;
Αλήθεια αν δεν αφιερώνουμε ένα λεπτό για να σταματήσουμε να ακούσουμε έναν από τους κορυφαίους μουσικούς του κόσμου να ερμηνεύει ένα από τα κορυφαία μουσικά κομμάτια που γράφτηκαν ποτέ με ένα από τα καλύτερα μουσικά όργανα που κατασκευάστηκαν ποτέ... τότε πόσα άλλα πράγματα χάνουμε καθώς ζούμε βιαστικά την καθημερινότητά μας;
Βασισμένο σε άρθρο του Gene Weingarten, δημοσιευμένο στην The Washington Post, 8 Απριλίου 2007.
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