Facebook photos: A visual guide to social network narcissism

Gerald Lynch Facebook, Tech Digest news 1 Comment

Now this is excellent. The folks over at Fast Company have put together a handy guide on how a person's Facebook profile picture relates to their personality and character. Cropped to just a forehead and eyes? "Possibly Fat". Zoomed to…

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Ten great reasons to switch to OS X

Andy Merrett Computers, OS X Leopard, Top tens 1 Comment

What? Hasn’t the OS X versus Windows debate died out yet?

‘fraid not, and it’s not likely to either.

So, without further ado, here are ten superb reasons why you should switch to Mac OS X.

1. Manage your windows better

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No, not that Windows (though it’s worth noting that you can still run Windows applications on a Mac with the right bit of software).

One of the biggest headaches on any computer desktop is the number of application windows you have to manage all the time.

Sure, there’s a minimise feature and you can always close windows you no longer need, but Mac OS X has some very elegant ways of managing the clutter of multiple windows with just a few keystrokes.

There’s Exposé which shows you all the windows you have open and lets you switch easily between them (you can even drag and drop items between windows this way) or alternatively clears everything out of the way so you can see the desktop behind.

Combine this with Spaces which lets you have multiple virtual desktops and you have a very slick window management system that makes it easier to accomplish tasks rather than wrestling with windows.

Sure, Windows can do some of this, but not as well…

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10 accessories Nintendo should add to the Wii

Andy Merrett Gaming, Top tens 4 Comments

The Nintendo Wii is an insanely popular gaming console, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

Here are ten bits of kit Nintendo could add to he Wii console to make it even more versatile – ranging from the fairly sensible to the downright weird.

What would you add to the Wii?

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1. Bluetooth Headset

OK, so this one is pretty sensible, and you’d think would be fairly easy for Nintendo to create and market.

I know there’s the Wii Speak, but perhaps you’d like to have a more private conversation with someone about subjects more personal than Animal Crossing.


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2. WiiPhone

A few years ago we didn’t think Apple would venture into the mobile phone market, but it happened.

Nintendo has denied that it will ever get into telephony, but it wouldn’t be hard to hook up a telephone interface to the Wii and use the controller to dial your numbers.

After all, it’s likely that not everyone you want to talk to has a Wii, and it’s just so much effort to pick up the real phone when you’re constantly attached to the Wii.


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The Scan Toaster: concept USB gizmo burns pictures onto toast

Andy Merrett Gadgets, Gallery, Top tens Leave a Comment

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There seems to be a fascination with burning recognisable images into toast, and we’ve covered quite a few already, but this concept (which I really hope Electrolux decide to make) is for a USB-powered Scan Toaster.

One of the nine finalists of this year’s DesignLab competition, the Scan Toaster can “print” news, weather, and pictures on to bread, and was developed by Sung Bae Chang of Sejong University in South Korea.

The concept is fairly simple. Plug in the toaster to a free USB port, place the bread, and the software will then start burning whatever it is you want.

I’m sure overzealous health and safety officers would instantly ban this should it ever make it to production. I suppose in an age of saving paper, this method of creating a hard copy of a document needn’t go to waste after being read. Just don’t try to fax it.

And now, for your stomach’s pleasure, here are the Top Ten Tech Toasties. If you can recreate these in an ordinary toaster, we’ll be really impressed. Click on the image below to see the whole gallery.

(Via OhGizmo)

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10 things I hate about lame "10 things we hate about Apple" articles

Andy Merrett Columns & Opinion, Computers, Top stories, Top tens

Well, the over-hyped “10 Things We Hate About Apple” article (that caused a few staff changes at PC World) has finally aired.

The ranting of two ‘veteran Mac users’ – who are obviously not true Mac zealots – have inspired me to write:

Ten things I hate about lame “10 things we hate about Apple” articles

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