Thursday, May 20, 2010

Don't Use Brasso On Your Blackberry

My phone is an old blackberry curve that I found used on craigslist. I’m cheap. It was in decent shape, but there was one scratch on the screen that kept bothering me. The internet said I might be able to polish it out with brasso metal polish. It wasn’t too expensive, so I ordered some and gave it a try. After polishing until my hand was cramped, the one scratch had become lost amongst a million new scratches. My eyes watered as I tried to focus on the screen through the damaged plastic. Dismayed, but still hopeful, I rested a bit and then polished some more, thinking that sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Well, I’m still wondering if better was just around the corner, because I finally gave up.

In disappointment I went back to the internet to try and find a better answer. Namely, a new plastic screen. It took me a while to figure it out, but the correct search term is blackberry curve housing. Only $15, perfectly clear plastic, and no hand cramps. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of that brasso.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Emacs Now Has Uptime

I noticed a few places mentioning that emacs 23.2 has been released, and I went and read the changelog and noticed a few cool new things. Probably the best was down in the emacs 23.1 section. Yes, emacs now has an uptime command, M-x emacs-uptime. That is awesome. My current emacs uptime (on my work machine): 4 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes, 47 seconds. What's yours?

P.S. if you aren't using emacs-server and emacs-client yet, you probably don't stand a chance in this contest.

P.P.S. Hmm, did Steve Yegge have anything to do with this new feature?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Real-life Laser Defense Against Malaria

This is the coolest thing I've read in a while. If the article is too long and/or technical, at least watch the high-speed video of the mosquito getting fried. It's awesome! Backyard Star Wars (the weapon system, not the movie).