Friday, April 29, 2011

Fed up with Yahoo Mail? Here’s your Escape Hatch

Thursday’s Yahoo Mail blackout was the source of a lot of headaches, with some 1.2 million users said to be affected. As of press time, Yahoo’s Wikipedia page has been vandalized (screenshot below) and anecdotal reports continue to pour in from users who haven’t had access to Yahoo Mail for more than 8 hours. For its part, Yahoo is still mum on the exact source of the glitch. Judging from reader feedback on GigaOM, Yahoo’s outage has a lot of people thinking about making the switch to another email client. We’ve scoured the web for the best information on backing up your email or moving to another mail provider.
Fed up with Yahoo Mail? Here’s your Escape Hatch

What Time Is The Royal Wedding? Google Tells You With Special Box

Royal Wedding madness had descended upon Google. Do a search for royal wedding, and you’ll be treated to a special box telling you the time it happens in your location.
What Time Is The Royal Wedding? Google Tells You With Special Box

Weird things people swallow

In the 19th and 20th centuries, laryngologist Chevalier Jackson pioneered new methods to remove weird things that people swallowed, from safety pins, buttons, cigarette butts, and even a toy dog.
Weird things people swallow

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What Birthname Makes You Most Likely To Be CEO? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What’s in a name? Well, according to a new study by LinkedIn, it’s the key to your success. The social network for employment recently did some digging on which names spell job prestige and found that the top CEO names on LinkedIn are “Peter” and “Deborah.”
What Birthname Makes You Most Likely To Be CEO?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to Use the Rule of 72

The rule of 72 is a handy rule used in finance to estimate quickly the time it takes to double a sum of capital given an interest rate, or to estimate the interest rate it takes to double a sum of money within a given amount of time. The rule states that interest percentage times the number of years it takes to double a principal amount of money is approximately equal to 72.
How to Use the Rule of 72

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

"Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549 as it crash-landed in the Hudson River in January 2009. What went through his mind as the plane went down?"
Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

Why should you care about iOS location tracking?

Over at Wired Gadget Lab, Brian Chen and Mike Isaac have a thoughtful, non-hysterical piece up about the Apple iOS location data gathering issue.
Why should you care about iOS location tracking?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RIP Typewriters: Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors

oining other discarded technologies of late, including the Flip video camera, Kodachrome, and the humble floppy disk is the typewriter, which will no longer be produced anywhere in the world.
The last company on earth to produce the typewriter — Godrej and Boyce — has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India, according to reports that, fittingly, are making the rounds via the Internet.
RIP Typewriters: Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors

Chernobyl disaster, 25 year later: commemoration around the world

It's early morning on April 26 in Kiev, Ukraine, where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened exactly a quarter century ago. On this day in 1986, reactor number four at the plant exploded, setting off a catastrophe that still reverberates well beyond the 30-kilometer exclusion zone.
Chernobyl disaster, 25 year later: commemoration around the world

Monday, April 25, 2011

Amazon to Zappos

Shipping Rates and Free Shipping for Over 50 Top Online Retailers.
Amazon to Zappos: Shipping Rates and Free Shipping for Over 50 Top Online Retailers

Lifehacker’s 2011 Australian Airport Public Transport Guide

You’ve planned carefully to score yourself a cheap airline ticket — why jack up the budget by spending a fortune getting a taxi from the airport? Instead, check out Lifehacker’s comprehensive guide to public transport options for Australian airports.
Lifehacker’s 2011 Australian Airport Public Transport Guide

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Importance of Drinking Water

In essence, if you washed your dirty dishes with orange soda, they wouldn’t come clean. In fact, they would be sticky and disgusting. Water is required to get the dishes clean. Well, what about the inside of our bodies? If we only drink sugary beverages and never drink water, how will our insides be cleansed?
The Importance of Drinking Water

Family Friendly sites listed on Blackstump Australia Issue 8/2011

The latest issue of new Family Friendly sites listed on The Black Stump.
Family Friendly sites listed on Blackstump Australia Issue 8/2011

How To Clear A Browser Cache

Before we start with explanations on how to clear a browser cache, we are going to look at the cache briefly. What is it? Why is it there in first place?
How To Clear A Browser Cache

Top 10 Photography Hacks

Your digital camera, whether it's built in to your cellphone or it's a hefty DSLR, is an incredible creative tool. If you've only used it as it comes straight out of the box, however, you're only scratching the surface. Here are our top 10 photography hacks to supercharge your camera.
Top 10 Photography Hacks

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Favorite YouTube Videos This Week: The Earth Day Edition

In lieu of awkward, Earth-worshipping gyrations, Mashable brings you their weekly YouTube roundup, the Earth Day edition. Now go recycle something.
Favorite YouTube Videos This Week: The Earth Day Edition

Late Easter

Easter Sunday occurs unusually early and late in 2011.
Late Easter

Turn a Webcam into a Security Camera with Email Notifications

This DIY project takes an old webcam and converts it into a motion sensitive CCTV camera, complete with email and growl/prowl push notifications.
Turn a Webcam into a Security Camera with Email Notifications

Untrackerd Destroys Your iPhone's Tracking Data

You've probably learned recently that your iPhone is tracking your whereabouts. If you don't like this, Untrackerd is a jailbreak app that can put a stop to the problem.
Untrackerd Destroys Your iPhone's Tracking Data

Convert Web Documents to PDF with Google Docs Viewer

Google Docs has a built-in PDF converter that supports nearly all popular file formats including Office documents, presentations, HTML web pages and more. Simply upload a file to Google Docs and then choose the “Download as PDF” option to convert it into a PDF.
Convert Web Documents to PDF with Google Docs Viewer

Friday, April 22, 2011

The 2011 TIME 100

Meet the most influential people in the world. They are artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry. Their ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution. Welcome to this year's TIME 100.
The 2011 TIME 100

iOS devices secretly log and retain record of every place you go, transfer to your PC and subsequent devices

Security researchers presenting at the Where 2.0 conference have revealed a hidden, secret iOS file that keeps a record of everywhere you've been. The record is synched to your PC and subsequently resynched to your other mobile devices. The file is not transmitted to Apple, but constitutes a substantial privacy breach if your PC or mobile device are lost or seized.
iOS devices secretly log and retain record of every place you go, transfer to your PC and subsequent devices

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

10 Marvels Of Underwater Photography By National Geographic

What was the first colour underwater photo, and how was it taken? What exactly was Jacques Cousteau’s influence on the underwater photography field? How were photos taken of the Titanic, 12500 feet below the surface? National Geographic has a fascinating little slideshow of the history of underwater photography, though one question it failed to answer for me is exactly what the photographers say to the fish to get them to smile for the camera. Krill?
10 Marvels Of Underwater Photography By National Geographic

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Unfriend Finder for Facebook

Unfriend Finder is a realtime script that allows you to know wich one of your friends removed you on facebook.
Unfriend Finder

A Guide to Smartphone Manners

A Modest Proposal for a Digital D├ętente: 10 Rules to Make Sure Smartphones Don’t Make Us Stupid.
A Guide to Smartphone Manners

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Wirelessly Transfer Photos For Free From iPhone To Computer

Transferring pictures from your iPhone to computer can be annoying! Plugging in a cable and waiting for Image Capture to load and then syncing pictures over? Not cool. Apps like Photosync are great (and do two way transfers) but cost money, Wi-Fi Photo Transfer for iPhone is completely free.
Wirelessly Transfer Photos For Free From iPhone To Computer

Friday, April 15, 2011

How to Properly Clean Your Camera Lens [Video]

Everybody is familiar with the most rudimentary of lens cleaning techniques–a swipe with a clean sleeve–but what about giving your lens a thorough and lens-friendly cleaning? This detailed video shows you how to get the cleanest lens around.
How to Properly Clean Your Camera Lens [Video]

Microsoft Safety Scanner, Free On-Demand Virus Scanner

Microsoft has just released a program called Microsoft Safety Scanner, a free on-demand virus scanner for the Windows operating system. The program’s main task is to run a virus scan on a Windows system. The core difference to conventional antivirus software is the fact that it scans the PC but does not add protection to the operating system at the same time.
Microsoft Safety Scanner, Free On-Demand Virus Scanner

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Not Dead Yet: The Ultimate Guide To RSS In 2011

RSS is dead, they say! They, being all of you who now get your news, information and various social updates from one of the many online platforms you subscribe to. But let it be said that all the Twitters, Facebooks and Reddits in the world can’t put a stake through the heart of the undying Really Simple Syndication feed. It’s a powerful part of the information distribution system that makes up the general Web, and its use on the mobile platform is unquestioned: Tablet PCs plus RSS equals sublime.
Not Dead Yet: The Ultimate Guide To RSS In 2011

Excel Transpose Trick

This one minute video shows you how to take a list of items in a column and copy it to a row. It is pretty simple, but when you need it this can really save you a lot of time.
Excel Transpose Trick

A gallery of doctored cosmonaut photos

Wired has a gallery of before-and-after photos showing how the Soviet Union airbrushed some cosmonauts out of history. These are absolutely fascinating, not just because of the uncovered lies—but because what was being lied about turned out to be much less horrible than anybody in the West had guessed.
A gallery of doctored cosmonaut photos

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Watch Jumbo Jet Spin Tiny Jet In JFK Runway Collision

What happens when the world’s largest commercial jet clips the tail of a much smaller plane? Some tarmac turbulence that left the passengers of Comair Flight 6293 spinning.
Watch Jumbo Jet Spin Tiny Jet In JFK Runway Collision

How to Send Pictures from the Digital Camera to your Mobile Phone

Eye-Fi memory cards let you wirelessly transfer pictures from the digital camera to your computer without cables. They are compatible with most digital cameras and, other than transferring pictures to the computer, Eye-Fi cards can also upload photos to sites like Flickr and Facebook straight from the camera.
How to Send Pictures from the Digital Camera to your Mobile Phone

How to Find Thousands of Free Ebooks Online

You’ve got an ebook reader (or a laptop or netbook with ebook reading software) now you just need some free books to put it to good use. Read on as we show you the best places to score free books online.
How to Find Thousands of Free Ebooks Online

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

3 Free Online OCR Tools for Your Paperless Office: Online Collaboration «

One of the reasons that it’s so hard to create a truly paperless office is all the printed materials that you receive, such as invoices, receipts and other documents. You can scan them, of course, but to do anything useful with those scans, you’ll need to use optical character recognition (OCR) software, which can turn the images into text that you can then import into other apps. OCR software can also come in handy when a colleague or client emails you a PDF or image containing text that you’d like to use in another app.
3 Free Online OCR Tools for Your Paperless Office

Monday, April 11, 2011

Battleground trenches unearthed in Gallipoli

Australian archaeologists have located trenches, tunnels and cemeteries in the Gallipoli battlefields of Turkey as part of the first survey of the area since World War I.
Battleground trenches unearthed in Gallipoli

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Problems revealed 50 years after Yuri Gagarin's space flight

The first manned mission to space by any human from planet Earth did not go off without a few hitches. Russia is releasing former secret documents on the fiftieth anniversary of the famous flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961.
Problems revealed 50 years after Yuri Gagarin's space flight

Vintage Ventriloquists Dummies

There is possibly no simpler gadget that is more creepy than a vintage ventriloquists dummy. A primitive automaton that threatens to come to life and haunt you. Here are a collection of slightly unsettling old ventriloquy puppets with their often equally unsettling owners.
Vintage Ventriloquists Dummies

50 Years In Space: Was It Worth It?

It was 50 years ago when people first flew in space. Here’s an infographic that shows you the spacecraft humans have flown to reach that great void over the past half-century.
50 Years In Space: Was It Worth It?

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Coffee vs. Tea; An Infographic Breakdown

Over at Killer Infographics they have a detailed infographic breaking down the differences between drinking coffee and tea including levels of caffeine, health benefits, and health risks. Hit up the link below for the full infographic.
Coffee vs. Tea; An Infographic Breakdown

Friday, April 08, 2011

How to Remember a Person's Name

Having problems remembering people's names? It happens to almost everyone from time to time but if it's a permanent issue for you, it's time to do your best to stop what is a bit of a bad listening habit. If you're shy, nervous, bored, or facing people who awe you, these can all feed in to your name forgetfulness but they're not an excuse; there are ways to remember names and to keep yourself in the social graces of everyone else.
How to Remember a Person's Name

Watch This Car Drive Into Japan’s Eerily Quiet Evacuation Zone

This reporter films his journey into the evacuation zone around Japan’s troubled Fukushima nuclear plant. Normally crowded streets are empty but for a pack of dogs and a few flat-bed trucks carrying unknown cargo. A Geiger counter measures extremely high radiation.
Watch This Car Drive Into Japan’s Eerily Quiet Evacuation Zone

Thursday, April 07, 2011

LizaMoon infection: a blow-by-blow account

A nasty piece of malware known as LizaMoon has hijacked links on millions of websites in the past weeks, including some normally safe iTunes and Google links. Fortunately, LizaMoon is easy to avoid if you know what to look for.
LizaMoon infection: a blow-by-blow account

Family Friendly sites listed on Blackstump Australia Issue 7/2011

The latest issue of new Family Friendly sites listed on The Black Stump.
Family Friendly sites listed on Blackstump Australia Issue 7/2011

Best Google Search Tricks And Easter Eggs

Google was built by geeky programmers, and geeky programmers have a great sense of humour. For evidence, look no further than the weird range of bonus features hidden in Google’s search and other products.
Best Google Search Tricks And Easter Eggs

Planhacker: Australian iPad SIM Plans 2011

The iPad 2 is officially out (if in short supply) in Australia, and most carriers have made tweaks to their existing iPad micro-SIM offerings to recognise the occasion. Here’s an up-to-date and interactive listing of all the monthly and prepaid micro-SIM deals for iPad users.
Planhacker: Australian iPad SIM Plans 2011

Aussies Still Not Good Enough At Mobile Phone Security

According to a survey of 500 Australians by Norton, 41% of us use some kind of password on our phones.
Aussies Still Not Good Enough At Mobile Phone Security

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Use a Mirror to Keep Birds from Nesting on Your Porch

There's nothing wrong with inviting a little wildlife to your home, but there are some places you just don't want birds invading your space. Keep them away with a simple mirror.
Use a Mirror to Keep Birds from Nesting on Your Porch

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Pack Your Suitcase as Efficiently as a Flight Attendant

The New York Times featured the packing strategies of flight-attendant Heather Poole, who frequently lives out of a carry-on for 10 days at a time. With baggage fees higher than ever, knowing how to efficiently pack a carry-on can save you a bunch of money when traveling by air. Here's how to do it.
Pack Your Suitcase as Efficiently as a Flight Attendant

Firehouse burns down

The Houston County Fire Department's McKinnon station burned down last week. The cause is unknown and fortunately nobody was injured. Oddly, the article in the Stewart-Houston Times doesn't pay so much as a nod to the irony of a fire station catching fire.
Firehouse burns down

Each Firefox Add-on Adds 10% To Firefox Startup On Average

Add-ons can severely impact the startup time of the Firefox web browser: On average “each add-on you install adds about 10% to Firefox start-up time” notes Mozilla’s Justin Scott in a post at the Mozilla Add-Ons Blog. This means that the startup time of Firefox will on average double if ten add-ons are installed.
Each Firefox Add-on Adds 10% To Firefox Startup On Average

Friday, April 01, 2011

Our Choice: The Funniest April Fools Jokes

In Gmail, you no longer have to use obsolete technology such as a mouse and a keyboard to write, compose, or reply to e-mails: you can do all of those simply by moving your body.
Our Choice: The Funniest April Fools Jokes

It’s Over: Google Has Already Won April Fool’s Day 2011

It’s not even April 1st in Mountain View, but the April Fool’s Day comedy game is already over and I’m declaring Google the winner. Hiring autocompleters? YouTube 1911? Gmail Motion? Chromercise? Ding, ding, ding and ding. Game over. If you’re planning any big pranks tomorrow, skip it.
It’s Over: Google Has Already Won April Fool’s Day 2011

YouTube Time Travels to 1911 for April Fools

YouTube has kicked off the April Fools festivities with a celebration of its “100th birthday” — a journey into what YouTube might have looked like in 1911, if YouTube or the Internet existed back then.
YouTube Time Travels to 1911 for April Fools

The Great Beyond: The world's nuclear reactors as you've never seen them...

The nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daichii power plant will have consequences for the future of nuclear power in Japan and elsewhere. To get a better idea of the world's current tally of nuclear reactors, I've created a map of the world's nuclear power plants and reactors using Google Earth – the maps are based on a database kindly supplied to me by staff at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) database, so it's reliable, and up-to-date.
The Great Beyond: The world's nuclear reactors as you've never seen them...

The 10 Most Ridiculously Awesome Geeky Computer Pranks

Everybody loves a good prank… unless you are the one on the receiving end of the fun. It’s time to hone your pranking skills, not just to make sure you are the best, but so you can avoid being pranked by others.
The 10 Most Ridiculously Awesome Geeky Computer Pranks

What Files Should You Backup On Your Windows PC?

Everybody always tells you to make sure that you are backing up your PC, but what does that really mean? And what files do you actually need to backup? Today we’ll walk you through the basics of backing up your PC, what you should back up, and why.
What Files Should You Backup On Your Windows PC?