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i got the job

Guys... for all of you that did not know... i got a job with the church.
I will be working in Salt Lake and they are going to be paying me... :) alot :)
I just wanted to le t you know that this job might require me to move to salt lake (a real city and not provo!!!)
so i am exited about it!!
anyway... just to let you know

posted by Emanuel on Tuesday, February 28, 2006

txt :: Windows Error Reporting

So this morning I got to work and after only 10 minutes of using my computer I already had a program crash and the annoying windows popup that says "this and this program has been terminated unexpectedly. Do you want to send a message to microsoft?" came up. I'm sure we've all seen it and I can say with assurance that probably 99% of us have never even thought about pushing that "Send error" button. Well guess what: you can actually get rid of the error reporting message! It's not a hack or anything. Here's what you need to do:

Open up Control Panel -> System
Go to the Advanced Tab and click on Error Reporting and disable it!

posted by bla on Thursday, February 23, 2006

pics :: For all of you sport lovers out there :)

6 Reasons to play golf







posted by Lilia on Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Link :: Wedding

I almost wet my pants when I saw this one, lol.

Click here

posted by Lilia on Tuesday, February 21, 2006

link :: Funny Cats

This is hillarious, and at the same time adorable video. :)
Enjoy.

Click here

posted by Lilia on Tuesday, February 21, 2006

txt :: Search engines vs. China

I have been reading a lot of articles lately concerning the issue of search engines censoring their chinese search engines because the Chinese government demanded it. Google has also agreed to go against their own basic policy of not censoring information and provided China with a google.cn address which will in fact censor information. Yahoo and Microsoft have also agreed to do this. This has raised many eyebrows among everyone, including the US House of Representatives who have openly confronted the search engine giants about their decisions. I'd like to include a bit that was interesting from a Register.co.uk article. These are the responses by the search engine PRs to a democrat Tom Lantos:

According to the article:

Yahoo! Senior Vice President Michael Callahan agreed the Shi Tao matter "raises profound and troubling questions about basic human rights", but insisted that his company had "made our views clearly known to the Chinese government".

Google Vice President Elliot Schrage offered: "The requirements of doing business in China include self-censorship - something that runs counter to Google's most basic values and commitments as a company." He added that Google's Chinese search engine "respects the content restrictions imposed by Chinese laws and regulations".

Microsoft lobbyist Jack Krumholtz, in response to Landos' enquiry as to whether his company was ashamed of its actions, echoed Google's justification with: "We comply with legally binding orders whether it's here in the US or China."


The next part absolutely shocked me. Lantos asks:

Well, IBM complied with legal orders when they cooperated with Nazi Germany. Those were legal orders under the Nazi German system... Do you think that IBM during that period had something to be ashamed of?


I was shocked when I read this. The search engines have justified their actions by saying they are simply obeying the laws of the country. I'm not sure what I would like to see. No censorship or obeying the government? It's a very delicate issue because I can see the Chinese government being worried about absolute freedom of speech, etc. I just wanted to hear some opinions out there on what you guys think about this whole issue.

posted by bla on Monday, February 20, 2006

link :: Remember Google and conspiracy? (Update)

I think most of us remember the nice discussion we had about conspiracy theories that included the theory "what if Google was a secret government organization?" Well even though I was kidding around (mostly) and we got into a huge discussion about privacies in different areas of the world, I ran into an article that talks about some demands that Bush had from Google. Check out the article:

Google Steps Up

Are we going to start worrying about what we search on Google pretty soon...?

Update:
Just wanted to post an update for those who were interested in this issue. I read an article today that talked about Google's answer to the demands of the US government. Here's the article:

Google's response

posted by bla on Monday, February 20, 2006

vid :: Funny interview video...

In the beginning I was like "what the heck" but by the end I was already on the floor unable to get up from laughing.

Check it out.

posted by denis on Wednesday, February 15, 2006

link :: The best 10 Sci-Fi movies that never came out...

This is for those hard core movie lovers that liked the idea for a screenplay but hated the result [movie]. List of these semi-movies can be endless (Doom, Starcraft, Hithickers Guide and etc).

Check it out.

P.S. It's a little long but very interesting. Plus the guy is not ashamed of his language, so it's funny too.

posted by denis on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

txt :: Happy Valentine's Day!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to wish you all a happy valentine's day! Hope you are surrounded by loved ones! And if you're not hope the little angel guy with a bow and arrow(whatever his name is) finds you shortly and gets you!

posted by bla on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

link :: RIAA Wars (Continued)

Well RIAA decided to present us with a gift on Valentine's Day by opening up a new can of lawsuits now against people that sell iPods that are preloaded with mp3s (usually sold on Ebay). Here's the article.

posted by bla on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

vid :: Next generation touchscreen...

I really hope that this comes to consumers as soon as it's out. Although the price is probably going to be pretty high.

Multi-point input system.

posted by denis on Monday, February 13, 2006

txt :: Valentine is coming up...

It's this time of the year again, and it's time to think of that one special present to give. Bla, I found a perfect present for your loved one!

Check it out!

posted by denis on Monday, February 13, 2006

pics :: Surprise B-day Party

Here are some pics from Denis's B-day party. As many of you know it was supposed to be a surprise party, however Denis was suspecting it. It turned out very fun though :)
Denis has more pics on his camera and more people are in them, so there is more coming up.

B-Day Boy

Eating

Fun in the fog (Denis and Teo)

Happy Friends (Teo, Lilia, Denis)

posted by Lilia on Friday, February 10, 2006

link :: Mail big files?

Ok we've had some problems sharing files or something like that between eachother, or when we try to email some file we discover it's too big. Mailbigfile.com allows you to send a file up to 1G. The way it works is the file gets uploaded to their server and is available for 7 days (or 3 downloads). This is according to their How it works? section. Anyways we might want to give this a try and see if we like it (:

posted by bla on Wednesday, February 08, 2006

link :: Quit Smoking

Here's an awesome video that I found in my gmail from a while back. It's about Quitting Smoking

posted by bla on Wednesday, February 08, 2006

link :: Especially for Lilia

Ok so since Lilia posted that one post with the cats for me, this one goes to her. It's a bit different... but carries the same umm elements. It's a great european car commercial.

Ka

And in the same spirit here's a second commercial for the same car:

Ka (Cut 2)

posted by bla on Tuesday, February 07, 2006

link :: For night sky lovers...

This little program works on Windows, Linux/Unix and MacOS X. It shows you the night sky and lets you explore it by telling you the names of the different planets and so on. I found a Big Dipper out there...

Also, since everything is rendered in 3D you will need a OpenGL video card. But if you do (and a big screen) the view is pretty spectacular.

Here's the programs web-site (And of course it's free).

posted by denis on Monday, February 06, 2006

link :: Awesome Soccer Lobs

A friend of mine showed me this video on Google Video. A lot of sweet lobs, some even famous ones, although they missed a bunch (like Beckham's half field shot). Anyways one way or another it's an awesome video!

Sweet Lobs

posted by bla on Monday, February 06, 2006

link :: Superbowl commercials

Google has all the superbowl commercials on their video site. You can find it here. Enjoy (:

posted by bla on Monday, February 06, 2006

txt :: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DENIS!!!

Well, today is a big day for Denis. He is turning 21 :) Yey!!!
I just hope that he does not get drunk, lol, jk.
Happy B-day, Denis!!! I am gonna take the courage and speak for everyone and say that, WE LOVE YOU!!!

posted by Lilia on Monday, February 06, 2006

video :: Why do you think Bush is awsome?

Whether you hate or love Bush you still need to watch this.

(I was almost crying from laughing by the middle of the video)

posted by denis on Monday, February 06, 2006

txt :: Administrative note...

During the period from 2nd till 4th of February we had problems with posting and making comments. Any changes (posts, comments or changes to posts) would disappear after midnight.

Right now it's fixed.

Sorry for the inconvenience (I also had to rewrite one of my comments 3 times coz it kept getting deleted),

nikak.

posted by denis on Sunday, February 05, 2006

video :: Model jet flies at 280 MPH !!!

When I saw this I didn't really believe it at first. But holy crap it's fast.

Video is here.

posted by denis on Sunday, February 05, 2006

link :: Stop headphones from tangling up!

This is a little tutorial on how to store your headphones so that they don't get tangled up.

Check it out.

posted by denis on Friday, February 03, 2006

txt :: Did you like apple's Dashboard?

Well, now you can have the same (or almost the same) functionality on PC. The product called Konfobulator, stepped up to the next version after it was bought by Yahoo and got renamed to Yahoo Widgets.

Before it was a very crappy attempt to imitate Apples Dashboard, but the new version is actually pretty decent.

I personally don't use it for a lot of things and out of widgets I have only weather, battery life, wi-fi signal strength and kitchen timer. But it is very nice since it can be called to the forefront by simply clicking one key [f8 by default]. It doesn't really eat a lot of resources either [only 40MB].

Tell me if you found some other cool widgets.

posted by denis on Friday, February 03, 2006

link :: I will never understand India...

This video was shown to me by a coworker, first I thought it was messed up, then I came to understanding that it was brilliant.

Watch the video first and then check out the official site of the artist [or should I say "artist", you decide].

posted by denis on Thursday, February 02, 2006

link :: For the Laptop Owners

I have a dead pixel and so I'm definately trying this

posted by bla on Thursday, February 02, 2006

link :: Firefox with your favorite extensions made easy

Alright we all use firefox right? And we all have our favorite extensions, and setup of firefox that we can't live witout. I know any time I format or get a new computer at work I have to go and install every single extension all over. Well here's an extension that allows you to install multiple extensions at once. I haven't tried it, but as soon as I get the chance and the need I will (: It's called "Mass Installer" that installs a bunch of extensions at once!

posted by bla on Thursday, February 02, 2006

link :: Colibri

I remember Denis showed me a windows application that mimicked "Spotlight" on Macintosh. It was great, but it took up a lot of system resources. I just ran into another application that's similar. Introducing Colibri. I just installed it here at work and I'm already loving it!

Opening up applications on your computer has never been easier. Simply press "ctrl+space" start typing the name of your application and hit enter!

It's not only applications either! You can type "google" and it'll open up google in your default browser. Or if you want to enter a search and THEN open google, press ctrl+space, type google, hit tab, then it'll display the window for search - type your search query and hit enter and voila!

All this info and more is on their site. Check it out for yourselves!

(:

posted by bla on Thursday, February 02, 2006

txt :: Firefox update

Well most of you guys probably already know, but just in case: Firefox has been updated to version 1.5.0.1, so check your version ("Help" -> "About Mozilla Firefox") and if you're still on 1.5 (or lower) get your update. You can either get it from Mozilla or just go to check updates in your firefox and it'll detect it.

If you're interested in the changes from 1.5 to 1.5.0.1 here's a page that lists what's new in the new version.

posted by bla on Thursday, February 02, 2006

link :: Is it that time again?

Ah yes this one goes to the book of "outrageous lawsuits." Apparently some guy is suing Apple because he says that the iPod can cause hearing loss for the users and Apple doesn't have enough warnings on that. If this goes through I think I'm going to sue Dell because their computers hurt my eyes, make me lazy and play games instead of doing homework, stop me from getting my full 8 hours of sleep every night, hurt my homework, I mean do I need to continue? I think my reasons are much more valid than the guy who's suing Apple. What do you guys think? (:

posted by bla on Thursday, February 02, 2006

link :: seaMonkey

i just installed seaMonkey into my computer and i am really happy with it.
i want to see what you guys have to say about it
for those who do not know what seaMonkey is,

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/start/

Please let me know what you think about it.

posted by Emanuel on Thursday, February 02, 2006

link :: PSP's nub to PS2 Analog Conversion

This post is for Maximus. :)

If you don't really like controlling you PSP with that tiny nob then you can change it to PS2's nob. Here is tutorial on how to do it.

posted by denis on Wednesday, February 01, 2006

txt :: Warcraft III

For those who love warcraft III. Check this webpage...

The Tales of Raviganion is a mod that replaces all the orginal warcraft 3 races with new ones: Humans are replaced with Wood Elfs, Orcs with Trolls, Undead with Chaos and Night Elfs with Swamp Dwellers. You need Frozen Throne to play. Latest full version of TToR. It features loads of new stuff as well as many bugfixes and an improved AI. Have in mind that you need at least TFT version 1.17.

it is a cool one because it makes the game interesting :) the cool thing is that they keep updating it. then are already in version 3.22
Enjoy!

posted by Emanuel on Wednesday, February 01, 2006