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Just finished watching U2’s Live concert on YouTube. What an amazing experience! For geeks, it’s social media’s moonshot. Few years ago this would be unimaginable. Glad to have caught it today.

They are doing rebroadcasting now: U2’s YouTube Channel.

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The world’s first music video in an Excel Spreadsheet!

“Basically, it’s come about because we recognized that a lot of people have fairly restrictive internet and security policies at work,” Clandillon told Wired.com. “What we really liked was that we could actually subvert the corporate firewalls by including AC/DC’s music in an Excel spreadsheet, because that’s allowed through every corporate firewall there is.” [Wired via gizmodo]

One step closer to corporate sabotage by active disengagement.

My post on Mac keyboard is ranked #1 in google image when you search “mac keyboard“.. wtf!?
I didn’t even take that picture.. and I forgot where I got it from @@

Update: Not anymore! Phew I don’t want to get this kind of exposure..

http://www.screenshots-archive.com/adobe-photoshop-lightroom-2-develop

Lightroom 2 is out (for a few weeks already). Here is the complete list of upgrades and changes, but surely you are not like me who actually read the change logs of software updates, so I’ll tell you the important ones:

  • Dodge and burn (!!!) (and more)
  • Dual screen capability
  • Vignette for cropped images (I like cropping)

On a PC, copy is ctrl+c and paste is ctrl+v.
On a Mac, copy is cmd+c and paste is cmd+v.
On Firefox on a PC, holding ctrl to open links in tabs, and holding alt to open typed url in tabs.
On Firefox on a Mac, holding cmd to open links in tabs, and holding option to open typed url in tabs.
On OpenOffice on a Mac, copy is cmd+c and paste is cmd+v.
But when you are editing a cell in a spreadsheet, copy is ctrl+c and paste is ctrl+v.

Unfortunately, cmd is situated at the alt spot on PC keyboard, and option is situated at the windows spot on PC keyboard. Even more unfortunately, I use a Mac at work and a PC at home.

Google Maps: Google Maps Adds Walking Directions, Bad Neighborhood Caution

Walking directions from Google Maps finally!!! The online petition I signed actually(?) worked!!


It’s out!!!

More than Just a High Pixel Count
The Highest-Quality Images Ever from a Compact Digital Camera

At the heart of the DMC-LX3, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD. Making the intentional choice to limit the number of mega pixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. As a result, sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent, when compared to Panasonics 10 MP digital cameras*, giving the DMC-LX3 outstanding image quality and a wide dynamic range, and meeting the demand for a camera that works optimally in low-light environments. The CCD is also capable of reproducing images in three aspect ratios 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. The new Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing you to choose the version that best suits their needs.

Large Aperture F2.0, 24mm Wide-Angle

Another major upgrade to the DMC-LX3 is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens. The F2.0 is about twice as bright as a F2.8 lens and can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture clear, blur-free images in dimly lit environments. In addition, the 24mm lens captures approximately a 213% larger viewing angle than a normal 35mm camera and 136% larger compared to a 28mm wide-angle lens. The lens unit consists of eight elements in six groups with four aspherical lenses with four aspherical surfaces. As a result of the F2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring.

I’ve been using LX2 for a year now. I like its manual control flexibility and compact size. The biggest drawback was the high noise level. Anything beyond 200 ISO is just pitiful (I mean seriously, and I am not even picky when it comes to image quality), which is a big problem for me since I like shooting indoors. From the looks of it they seem to have addressed that, instead of cramming in more useless pixels.

Aperture F2.0 and 24mm lens… need I say more? Yeah, ok I will elaborate on that.
F2.0 basically means it’s awesome for low light condition. Normally you only get F2.8 or F3.5, which are one or two levels below.
People usually call 32mm lens wide-angle, and 28mm ultra wide-angle. So I think 24mm is uber wide-angle. Great for outdoor or you can use it for close-up shots to get interesting effects, like disproportionally large faces.

The only downside I see on the specifications is the low optical zoom (only 2.5x I think). Personally I don’t think it’s too big of an issue.

Anyone looking for a new camera?

Read this.

If you are laughing as hard as I am, you know you are a geek. xD

I have developed this terrible nostalgia since Gizmodo started posting articles about LEGO. I still remember the first set I played and became obsessed over it instantly. I can’t remember what sets I owned exactly, but this one brought back some long lost memories.

I found that on the LEGO website you can even build your own sets with the software they provide: made possible by computers, internet, and e-commerce. Kids today are so lucky. However it seems that kids play video games more nowadays… In fact, I suspect that the target of the Star Wars series are actually adults.

Writing a paper on twitter.com
I’ll talk about how it facilitates community building.

I opened an account but haven’t started using it since it’s boring if I am only talking to myself. Anyone wants to give it a try?