Unboxing And Gesturing Demo Of The HTC Touch (iPhone Killer?)

This video from On The Go Solutions is a great demo of the touch and gesturing capabilities of the new HTC Touch. 

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The site also has the unboxing which is interesting as well, you can view it on youtbue here.

Here’s more on the Touch:

Why Are Some Programs Being Filtered From The Start Menu?

The Start menu for Windows XP and Vista automatically displays the user’s most frequently used programs (called a most frequently used list). Only shortcuts to .exe files are displayed in the list.

Have you ever noticed that not every program you access goes into that list on the Start menu? Well one easy answer is that if the program is already pinned to the top of the start menu, it won’t be duplicated on the Start menu. But wait, there’s more! 😀

If any of the following strings are included in the shortcut name, the program is not displayed in the most frequently used list:

–  Documentation
–  Help
–  Install
–  More Info
–  Readme
–  Read me
–  Read First
–  Setup
–  Support
–  What’s New
–  Remove

The preceding list is located in the AddRemoveNames value at the following registry location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ FileAssociation

The following list of programs are also excluded from the most frequently used list, if you’re familiar with Windows and/or a computer geek then most will appear to be obvious:
–  Setup.exe
–  Install.exe
–  Isuninst.exe
–  Unwise.exe
–  Unwise32.exe
–  St5unst.exe
–  Rundll32.exe
–  Msoobe.exe
–  Lnkstub.exe
–  Msascui.exe

The preceding list is located in the AddRemoveApps value at the following registry location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ FileAssociation

Programs can also be registered to be excluded from the most frequently used list by creating the following NoStartPage string value:

(The REG_SZ string value must be empty or blank) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Applications\ <Appname.exe>

The following programs have the preceding setting by default:
–  Explorer.exe
–  Icwconn1.exe
–  Inoculan.exe
–  Mobsync.exe
–  Navwnt.exe
–  Realmon.exe
–  Sndvol32.exe

Pepsi Ice Cucumber Drink

This is one reason why I admire Japanese society, they’re constantly innovating, pushing the envelope in some aspects of pop culture, in technology and also combining different foods and flavors.

Take for instance the new cola from Pepsi, their ICE Cucumber made for the Japanese market.

Japan Probe reports that it’s now officially on sale for a limited time, that it’s not so much a cola type of taste to it, that it takes on a somewhat sweet and fruity flavor but with a noticeable essence of cucumber. Read their full report here and find out what the verdict is once the aftertaste has kicked in…

 Pepsi ICE Cucumber


[Found via AkihabaraNews]

What Is That??

WOW.  What can I say; I’m in awe of the many guesses we got for last weeks WIT image!  Keep them coming folks, we want you to have fun while you’re here :)

So is it just me, or is everyone blindly stumbling through their days, intoxicated by the oncoming summer months?  Lots of planning involved!  Heh, well that has nothing to do with our WIT picture this week, though.  So, instead of leaving you in the dark…


Now…I’m off to search for a uncrowded theatre to see the new Fantastic Four movie!  Good luck on your guesses in comments!

The Cutest Dictionary Illustration Never Published (Until Now)

Remember last week I posted the reminder about the upcoming Dictionary Society of North America is occurring this week. Head on over to Erin McKean‘s blog ‘Dictionary Evangelist‘ to see what’s going on in the conference including the cutest dictionary illustration never published. If her name sounds familiar does Word-Lover’s Boot Camp (‘crappyjack’) help ring a bell?

Anyway, today she informs us about about a presentation at the conference that gives us a taste of an art book called the Pictorial Webster’s which is essentially a visual reference book containing the artists renditions of important words or subjects or people from the 19th century using the original engravings that appeared in dictionaries at the time. These were, for the most part, the things that were deemed important to that era.

Read about the project and how it came to be a labor of love at Quercus Press. At roughly $4000 we won’t be seeing this in Amazon soon, but I’ll hold out hope of one day getting a copy in my own hands.

Pictorial Websters

City Of Heroes Doubles The Pleasure!

Here’s an announcement for you Closet Heroes and Villains out there:

Hey everyone!
Clear your calendars for the weekend of June 15th! Double XP is coming back, for one weekend only! I’ve gotten the go ahead to fire up a little “Double XP” to kick the summer off right! That’s right, in honor of all things summer time: school’s out, Father’s Day, graduations, and even my very own birthday, we’re activating Double XP (along with double influence/infamy and double prestige) on June 15th, 16th, and 17th.


Double XP Event Timing:
Start: Friday, June 15th at 8:59am PST / 11:59am EST
Finish: Sunday, June 17th, 8:59pm PST / 11:59pm EST

Hopefully all of you can make it into Paragon City and the Rogue Isles over that weekend to partake in the Double XP. An email reminder will be sent out before the event, but you all can start spreading the word to your servers, supergroups, and friends right now! If you have a friend who wants to join in the fun but hasn’t played before, send them a free 10 day trial and earn free game time through the Referral Program!

Remember the date, June 15th through the 17th!

Elevate The Command Prompt

I found myself trying to run regsvr32 from a command window today and it error’d with with something non-intuitive like ‘unable to locate DLLRegistrationServer entry point’.

Turns out it was a privileges issues and I needed to run regsv32.exe with elevated privs.

To elevate the command prompt you need to do 2 simple things:

  1. Right click on your Command Prompt shortcut and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Advanced button (at the Shortcut tab), check “Run As Administrator” and click on OK.

Now when you launch the command window you should see this in the title bar:

Vista cmd admin

Something Naughty For The Geek Lover

Angel Kitty is a Japanese costume company and they’ve been selling this nice getup for about a year now at 15,000 Yen or about $135. The back of the keyboard has a layer of silicon to protect against chafing and pinching of your girlfriend.  It can come in a variety of bust sizes and is compatible with Windows, I would imagine it should ‘just work’ with Ubuntu.

Another Xmas item to put on the Amazon wish list? 😀

Angel Kitty Keyboard

angel kitty keyboard

Fun With Vista – The Morning Task Schedule

There’s tons of neato things you can accomplish with Vista’s Task Scheduler – setting late night updates and malware scans among the top. But how about setting up a custom everyday morning experience with your electronic friend?

Task Scheduler

Okay, so it’s the middle of the night and you’ve defragged your hard drive and scanned for viruses. Before you get up and start working, though, you’d like that oh-so-fresh feeling that only a newly-rebooted Windows PC can offer. Try this bit of code for your Run line:

C:\WINDOWS\\system32\\shutdown.exe -r -t 01

Voila! Along with your freshly brewed coffee and warmed bagel, you also have a rebooted computer, with a clean slate and ready to do your bidding!

So your computer has been freshly restarted and is just sitting there, waiting for you to wake up – why not let it fetch your favorite pages so that your morning reading is ready and waiting for you. Set up a task to open IE, then add all of the websites you’d like to visit following your run line separated by a space. The resulting line should look something like this:

“C:\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe” geeknews.net gmail.com fileplanet.com

Mmmmmm. Everything you could ask for to start the day!

Font Smoothing, Anti-Aliasing And Sub-Pixel Rendering

The discussions on side by side comparisons of how Microsoft and Apple render fonts continues on ‘Joel on Software‘.

Where they differ is in philosophy:

  • Apple generally believes that the goal of the algorithm should be to preserve the design of the typeface as much as possible, even at the cost of a little bit of blurriness.
  • Microsoft generally believes that the shape of each letter should be hammered into pixel boundaries to prevent blur and improve readability, even at the cost of not being true to the typeface.

Joel’s deeper explanations of the technology and philosophical differences between the company’s engineers is terrific, give it a read.


Hurricane simulator to blow real houses down


Wind engineers have created the world?s largest portable hurricane simulator, which they will use to blow over vacant buildings with Katrina-strength winds to test how they withstand the fierce forces of a hurricane.

?We want to conduct experiments to evaluate real homes in communities that are impacted by hurricanes,? said project leader Forrest Masters of the University of Florida. ?This simulator also gives us the ability to test home retrofits and new building products aimed at preventing hurricane damage.?

Read more at MSNBC Tech

Fun With Vista – Quick Launch Shortcuts

If you’re a Quick Launch hound like I am, then your tiny icons next to your start button never get a rest. I have all my important frequently accessed programs stuffed in there – but sometimes it can be a hassle to swing the cursor over and click on each icon. So here’s a tip for you:


Keyboard shortcuts for the Quick Launch icons in Vista. You can open any icon in the Quick Launch bar (just to the right of the Start button) by holding down the Windows key and pressing what I’ll call the “rank number” of the icon – the number that corresponds to its position in the list. So, in my desktop here, Windows + 1 opens Outlook, Windows + 2 opens Internet Explorer, Windows + 5 opens the Snipping Tool and so on. This means that you can set a really simple keyboard shortcut to any program you want – just right-click the program in the Start Menu and choose Add To Quick Launch, then drag-and-drop it to assign the number you want.

I used to hate Quick Launch – now I don’t know how I ever existed without it 8)

Rice Engineered to Carry Cholera Vaccine

A team of Japanese researchers has developed a type of rice that can carry a vaccine for cholera, this could one day ease delivery of vaccines in developing countries.

While it’s only the latest of several plants being tested as potential means of producing vaccines, the development is potentially important in medically underserved countries that lack refrigeration to store regular vaccines.

But the work is preliminary, having been tested only in mice.

Read more on this at physorg.com

How J. Striegel Failed The Turing Test

J. Striegel recounts his escapades as a celebrity and as a bot:

Some time around March, I started receiving a number of random instant messages from people I’ve never met before. Apparently, my AIM alias had been added to at least two online lists and people all over the world were busy importing me as a buddy.

First Striegel wound up on the supposed ‘Secret buddy list of celebrities”.

sexybumkin123: hey.. so you’re famous right?
jmstriegel: Who me? I’m a movie star.
jmstriegel: Shit, I gotta go.
jmstriegel: My limo just arrived and Paris wants her damned sidekick back.
sexybumkin123: Oh my god. Come back!
sexybumkin123: I love you!!!!

Then he wound up on a list where people thought he was a chat bot. He failed to convince them he was a human, how sad, right?…

jmstriegel: no, really. I’m quite human.
jmstriegel: test me if you want
shymuffin32: ok
shymuffin32: why do you like music?
jmstriegel: hmm. i’ve never really considered that.
jmstriegel: hell, i’m not going to be able to contrive a good answer for that one. ask me something else.
shymuffin32: jeesus, you’re worse than eliza

Not sad, it’s hilarious! 😀