Archive for the ‘Computers & IT’ Category

Will It Blend? iPad edition

I love how nothing is sacred tothese guys.  I’m waiting for them to blend the BlendTec blender one of these days…

Please Wait…

It’s awfully convenient of most universities to host digital campus maps on their computer networks.  The problem is just getting to them when traffic in their private networks are high.  Most schools let you sit on your ass and wait.

MIT however, throws up one of a number of random messages to amuse you while you wait for the map to load.

Here’s the directory where they keep all those funny, sarcastic, or random load screens.

HP shatters own excessive packaging world record

I’m all for sensible packaging, but the guys at HP are so ridiculous that I can’t help but think their packaging are having faaar too much fun with their jobs. I’ll admit to having looked forward to seeing what they’ve done when ordering stuff way back when.

From The

Link to the original story.

Aboxalypse now It is with heavy hearts that we today report that HP has shattered its own excessive packaging world record – set last year when it managed to expend 17 cardboard boxes in dispatching 32 sheets of A4 paper to a shaken customer.

Of course, the competition wasn’t going to take this lying down, and Dell subsequently weighed in with a commendable contribution to the destruction of Mother Earth.

However, HP had already consolidated its hold on the title by sending someone a mouse strapped to a pallet, and it looked unlikely that such excesses could ever be topped.

Until now, that is, as you’ll see. Firstly, though, let’s have a round-up of other cardboard crimes against the environment, courtesy of Reg readers.

We’ll get started gently, because you’ll need time to strengthen your nerves for what comes later.

404 Error: Page Not Found

While on the subject of Error Messages, here’s a compilation of links dedicated to our ill-begot friend, the 404 Error.

404 Error Pages: Reloaded A fun post about various poetic, weird, silly, and generally creative (or not) 404’s.

Hulu gives you a video of Homer Simpson.

The New Yorker pokes fun at the 404, but I can’t help but think: “silly civil engineers…!”

The University of Illinois has a cute one for their computer club.

No real idea where this one came from, but it’s amusing.

Here’s one more.  It’s no longer up, but I still find it funny:

The file you requested was not found on this server


Sorry… I looked but I couldn’t find it. Seriously… I looked twice. After all, its my job to show you what you requested, but point being, I couldn’t find <!–#echo var=”request_uri” –> anywhere on this server.

If you’re looking for a specific file, it has prolly been moved, deleted, or never existed in the first place. If you need a roadmap of the site… We dont have one so you’re screwed . You can search this site for news stories below, but otherwise, you’re screwed there too.

If you followed a link from another site, well it isn’t our problem. Contact the webmaster of the site that sent you here and yell at their webmaster for being incompetent for not keeping his/her links accurate. However, If you followed a link from, and ended up on this page. You have my apologies for the webmaster of for being too damn lazy to update his links .

Now be gone, and I wish you luck on your search for <!–#echo var=”request_uri” –>.

Something for the curious: Wikipedia’s list of all HTTP status codes, including the 404.

The Thirteen Greatest Error Messages of All Time


Link to the original site.


In Summary:

13. Abort, Retry, Fail? (MS-DOS)

12. Guru Meditation (Commodore Amiga)

11. The Red Screen of Death (Windows)

10. Power On Self-Test Beep (PCs)

9. FailWhale (Twitter)

8. lp0 on fire (Unix)

7. Kernel Panic (Unix/Macintosh)

6. Windows Must Restart Because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Service Terminated Unexpectedly (Windows)

5. Does Not Compute (Lost in Space, etc.)

4. The Red Ring of Death (Xbox 360)

3. Sad Mac (Macintosh)

2. 404 File Not Found (Web)

1. The Blue Screen of Death (Windows)

A Handful of useful Firefox Add-ons

FoxClocks It puts customizable world times a click away in Firefox’s status bar.

IE Tab a simple extension that lets you open a tab that emulates Internet Explorer, for sites that insist you use it.

Morning Coffee stores sets of bookmarks and opens them on specific days. For example, I can look at financial sites once a week, say Fridays only, my fav video sites on the weekend, and check sports scores on Sunday. Way cool.

Tab Mix Plus is an essential add-on, one that I use constantly. The current version doesn’t work with 3.51, but Ivan Taylor told me about the stable development version–and it works just perfectly.   It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager.

Update Notifier automatically tells you when there are updates for your extensions and themes.

I never bother with themes or overlays that change the look of a program. I always figure that whatever the program gives me is okay. Yet Qute 4 and Kempelton are better designed, with clearer, easier to spot icons.

Tweak Network gives you a way to fiddle with the number of simultaneous downloads from a site, and more important, speed up page loads using hidden network settings.

And here’s how you organize them all:

MR Tech Toolkit it’s the tool for installing and managing extensions, add-ons and themes.