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DNA Art?

Here’s the ultimate in personal gifts – give someone some art made out of DNA.

The question is, whose DNA would you use? Your own? Isn’t that a little arrogant? And how creepy would it be trying to get a sample of the gift recipient’s DNA without them knowing?!

There’s probably a market here for some celebrities to sell artwork made from their own DNA.

At least it’s easier to understand than some of the other things you could do with DNA.

May 21st, 2007

Copilot 2.0 – Control Other PCs or Macs Over The Web

Fog Creek Software has just released Copilot version 2.0.

Copilot lets you remote-control another PC, much like VNC or RDC, with the advantage that it requires zero configuration, works through firewalls, and leaves nothing installed when you’re finished. Great for family tech support!

And get this – it now supports OS X. So you can control PC to PC, PC to Mac, Mac to PC, or Mac to Mac.

From a Mac point of view, it seems to be getting decent reviews:

I know, you could do this with VNC. But if you haven’t set that up in advance or it’s not currently working, Copilot will get you out of trouble for just $5 for a 24-hour license. Not bad.

January 28th, 2007

Discount on iView MediaPro 3

I use iView MediaPro 3 for managing my digital images, and absolutely love it. These kinds of digital asset management (DAM) tools are great for adding keywords to your photos, searching based upon keywords, editing down to a set of selects after a shoot, creating slide shows, keeping track of offline images (i.e. those stored on CDs/DVDs or external hard drives), and creating web-based galleries.

It’s normally USD$200, but here’s a handy link to give you a huge 15% discount on iView MediaPro 3. Enjoy!

Oh, and it works on both Mac OS X and Windows.

May 18th, 2006

Lightbox JS v2.0 Image Galleries

I’ve just installed a neat image display tool called Lightbox JS v2.0.

Lightbox is really easy to install – you just upload the scripts to your server and add a little bit of CSS to your site template’s header. Full instructions are included in the link above.

I really like the way Lightbox can group images into ‘sets’, so visitors can click through a gallery of images using Previous and Next arrows. You can see the set feature in action on this post. The script even pre-loads the next image in the set before you click on Next, giving much faster apparent speed for dialup visitors.

Displaying images on an overlay like this means I can now start posting larger images, since they no longer have to fit in with the navigation and other layout elements of my web site template. Displaying images on a dark background also gives them more ‘pop’, increasing the apparent contrast and colour saturation.

Let me know if you have any problems.

4 comments April 11th, 2006

How Do You Carry All Your Gadgets?

This seems to be a recurring problem among my friends and workmates. You’ve got a phone, PDA, iPod, GPS, USB stick, keys, wallet, and more. Even cargo pants have a limited number of pockets, and they don’t go very well with a jacket and tie. You don’t want to look like a complete nerd and wear a utility belt. So, what to do?

The Satchel Pages offers some solutions.

They’ll be devoting this whole week to the topic of concealed man-purses, so follow along!

April 5th, 2006

Mac 2GHz Shootout

Bare Feats have done a performance comparison between 5 different 2GHz Macs:

  • Dual Core G5 Power Mac
  • iMac Core Duo
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Solo (i.e. a Pro with one CPU disabled)
  • PowerBook G4 (upgraded to 2GHz by a third party)

The MacBook Pro really holds itself up well, even compared to the iMac Core Duo. There’s not much trade-off in going for an Apple laptop instead of a desktop anymore! The MBP even holds its own against the Dual Core G5 Power Mac.

March 14th, 2006

Two Great Christmas Presents

Here are two great presents I’d love to find under the tree this Christmas:

Wouldn’t that combination be wonderful? Hours of fun!

December 23rd, 2005

Mobile Phone Location

Here’s an interesting site tracking the growth of location-based mobile phone services – mobloc8. It tracks news articles, web sites, etc with a breakdown of posts by category. Very handy if you’re trying to research a specific topic or company. It’s quite new, but looks like one to watch.

March 23rd, 2005

New Designs For My Sites

I’ve redesigned some of my sites using CSS. This new design is cleaner and simpler than the old one, and I think it looks more professional. Please let me know what you think!

Oh yeah, and check out my mate Peter’s new program, InternetOwl. It’s a free Windows application that monitors web pages for you, and lets you know when something changes. Great for keeping track of friends’ sites, waiting for product price drops, etc. And it’s just perfect for monitoring the download or announcement page for software you use, so you’ll know immediately when a patch, security fix or new version comes out!

December 20th, 2004

Excel As A Database

Ever wondered what process of logic leads to marketing people choosing Excel as their database app?

Wonder no more.

January 28th, 2004

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