May 31, 2009 | Blogging, Power User, Software and Downloads

Dreamhost recently (within the last few months) released a remote API to manipulate accounts and get account information. They’re holding a contest for the best apps using the API. Digitivity.org presents Dreamvue, the Desktop Dreamhost Management App. Click the picture for more info.

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May 28, 2009 | Digital Life, Software and Downloads

This month’s New Yorker cover was drawn by artist Jorge Colombo while standing outside the wax museum in Times Square. He used an iPhone application called Brushes. There’s a video on the New Yorker site which shows how he did it. The video is created by another Brushes application called Brushes Viewer, which converts the [...]

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May 26, 2009 | Blogging, Developer

WordPress

If you ever want to insert code in your WordPress blog, you probably ought to have a syntax highlighting plugin installed. Otherwise, you’ll probably mess up your blog template for the pages that have code on them.

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May 24, 2009 | Blogging

Did you know that if you make the smallest change in a blog post, the “last updated” date changes? Prevent that with the WordPress Minor Edit plugin.

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May 23, 2009 | Developer, HowTo

Java

VisualBasic and a lot of other languages have a handy function to show a message box to the user. In typical Java fashion, Java’s equivalent has a lot more power, but also complex. To get simple message box functionality, you have to specify a number of options: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(parent, "Message", "Title", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE, icon); This shows a [...]

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May 22, 2009 | Digital Rights, News

Wired.com is reporting that TuneCore is going to partner with Amazon to offer CD’s printed and distributed on demand. TuneCore will charge only $31 per year to prepare a 10-track CD. Music lovers will buy the CD’s on Amazon’s website, and musicians will get 40% of the proceeds. TuneCore has generate $32 million in sales [...]

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May 21, 2009 | News, Software and Downloads

Jonathon Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, blogs that Sun is planning to launch a store for Java applications on the lines of Apple’s iPhone app store. Well, he doesn’t mention the iPhone store, but that’s what everybody thinks of in comparison. Since Apple’s iPhone sales only number in the millions (21 million), while just the [...]

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May 20, 2009 | Digital Rights

Cory Doctorow, the Canadian blogger and science fiction writer, has come out against ISPs’ increasing efforts to throttle and control bandwith and Internet accesss. He argues in the Manchester Guardian that: ISPs are censoring sites that they don’t agree with for whatever reason, including striking workers’ sites. It’s also outrageous to allow a service provider [...]

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May 18, 2009 | Interesting Web Sites, News

Wolfram Alpha, the new search engine from Wolfram Research, the makers of the widely used Mathematica software, was launched on Friday. Before then, it was teasing earlybirds with this graphic: Post launch After the launch, heavy usage by new users led to frequent overloads, during which the system would was humorously programmed by Wolfram to [...]

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May 18, 2009 | News

The Times of London has backtracked on its assertion that a single Google search takes 10g of CO2. Google responed to the assertion by coming up with its own list of carbon emission data for searches.  Google says a typical search takes one kilojoule of energy and emits only 0.2 g of carbon dioxide. To [...]

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