Archive for November, 2009

VOTD: Too late, Windows 7

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, 23 November 2009 by Deems

I got sent this by a friend and I’m sure a lot of people share the same sentiment. It’s a parody video by Tobuscus of OneRepublic’s “Apologize” [via Koukla]

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Sorry Google, Chrome has been vindicated!

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , on Sunday, 22 November 2009 by Deems

Last week I ranted on about Google’s Chrome browser hanging my laptop and after non-use of Chrome the problem went away. Well, it seems that I had spoken too soon. The very next day my laptop hung again, and I had not used Chrome since before I wrote the blog post.

So, frustrated with the hanging, I did a little more digging and found out that there was a known problem with one of Microsoft’s Windows updates, MS09-065 (969947), which caused hanging of the OS (with mouse movement still working) for users with Nvidia and ATI video cards. Now, I know, it’s an XP problem but the update applies to Vista as well so I thought it might be exhibiting the same problems with Vista so I removed that update as well as the Nvidia driver update and re-applied the Nvidia driver update again.

It was a short-lived experience, as the problem returned.

So, I gave in and restored my laptop back to it’s clean, factory-install version of Vista and began rebuilding it again. Many, many long hours later and about 1.7GB of various windows updates later, it seems I have a usable laptop once again.

And yes, this post is being written and posted using Google Chrome, again my browser of choice!

VOTD: A wildlife photographer’s dream

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 by Deems

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This has definitely got to be every wildlife photographer’s dream to not only be able to get these amazing shots but to also be a part of the wildlife, just like Paul Nicklen, photographer for National Geographic, has experienced. Take a look below as he describes his most amazing experience coming face-to-face with one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators, the leopard seal.

Google Chrome – Brand Minus

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 by Deems

For a long time now, actually since the very first release of Google Chrome, I’ve been an ambassador for how cool a browser it is and that it’s been my browser of choice ever since they released it. That is up until today when I realised Google Chrome has been the culprit of my Vista OS hanging (note, no BSOD). At first I thought it might have been a Windows Update or one of my other applications, however it always happened while I had Google Chrome also open.

Now, for over a year now I’ve never had any bad experiences with using Google Chrome (either with Windows XP or with Windows Vista). For the last couple of days I’ve explicity NOT used Google Chrome  and lo and behold, I no longer have to hard reboot my laptop anymore. And it seems I’m not alone – nor is it a recent occurance as others have had similar problems.

I guess I’ll have to monitor the news and forums feeds for a resolution before I used Google Chrome again – I sure am going to miss it until then!

POTD: Angry Island

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 by Deems

No, it’s not a new reality TV show, just an island having a bad day. [via Funtasticus]

VOTD: Best Innovations of 2009

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 by Deems

 It’s interesting that all of the innovations in this clip from Time Magazine’s  Top 50 Innovations of 2009 are all geared towards a greener planet. How many of them do you recognize? Of those in the video, I only remember hearing about the Energy Meter.

You can read more about them here on Time’s website or click here for the actual list. [via CherryFlava]

POTD: Husband-Wife Bed Sharing

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 by Deems

I can relate to this, although, Dina would say it should be the other way around 🙂 [via The Chive]