Higher definition YouTube collage: Rickrolling to new extremes


While YouTube might be taking its time upgrading the resolution of uploaded videos, one enterprising developer has coded up a web page to display a synchronised YouTube video wall, allowing four videos to be played almost seamlessly.

It all feels a bit hit and miss, and relies on someone creating four videos, one for each quarter of a much larger original video.

Given that the highest non-widescreen YouTube videos currently play at 480 x 360 resolution, creating a 2×2 wall offers up a 960 x 720 video. It’s not quite high definition, and there’s definitely some judder, not to mention the YouTube watermark plastered all over the screen, but it’s an interesting experiment…

Tech Trumpet: Old '80s Computers Rickrolled


Firstly, an apology to anyone eagerly awaiting a track composed from the “interesting looking audio boxes sitting next to me”. Unfortunately, I’ve not yet got all the wires and other gear required to do them justice.

This week, I’ve dug out what may well be the earliest example of Rickrolling. Take a few defunct ’80s computers (the BBC Model B, to be precise), a discarded dot matrix printer or two, a few industrial monsters, and a handful of sound effects that never quite made it into any successful game, and you have a late-Eighties Rickroll extraordinaire…

Gauge the threat a site poses with RickProof – avoid being Rickrolled ever again!


Too scared of being Rickrolled that you need a way to determine the threat a site poses? Enter RickProof, which will gauge the entered URL’s probability of said action, and warn you against it, if so.

I’m not sure how accurate it is, to be honest – I entered Tech Digest’s URL and it claimed we pose just a ‘minimal risk’, even though for the entirety of the morning of April Fool’s Day, every outgoing link on this site was a Rickroll. Perhaps the site’s creator is as much a fan of Rickrolling as I am – I just set up a Facebook group for people who actually enjoy being Rickrolled. Feel free to join here!…