Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Add the Theme background pics on windows 8

The windows theme package come nice and handy. But seemed that it could not be changed. Knowing that .doc is just a pseudo zip (Thanks pro-tip!), I tried changing the .theme package to dot-zip. But it could not be read.

Finally found the solution: It seems windows8 has a folder location that you can update so that you can have additional panaromic pictures under the same theme.



Monday, August 17, 2015

Project Sunroof from Google/Alphabet

Here is a neat idea from Google, or shall I start calling it Alphabet INC.

Computing the solar efficiency of your roof. Pretty good idea!
Introduction of Project Sunroof.

The details from the map are great! For example, I just looked up this area (on the map), and the sunroof map appeared convincing. At the moment it is available for only few cities (Boston, SF and Fresno), but will be available to your city soon!

It would be nice to crowdsource the algorithm to generate the map for all the other cities.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Digg, Reddit, and who's Next? Slashdot?

It does not take much of any controversy for a "community" site to go down in the page of history.
People jumped Digg for obvious reasons (see the link), and flocked into already crowded reddit. Recent controversy in reddit created quite a bit of mess: leading up to the departure of interim CEO. All these things are happening without properly settling the main issues about the trolling, anonymity and a proper balance to be achieved.
Is it OK?
There are few things that happened in reddit that was bit unsettling such as manhunts, personal attacks and victimizations. Therefore, is it OK to have no control whatsoever? Which level of control, if any? Where is the balance?
Oh, where does the freedom of speech lie in this case? There is a saying, "You are free to move until you touch my nose". Well, I just made it up, but think about it.

What do you think? Which one is next? Slashdot?