Monday, 22 February 2010

Google's commercial — very nice and probably didn't cost a penny

OK, granted — probably they did pay a great deal of money for the idea to that guy (or guys, for all it worths) who invented and wrote a script. However, filming was probably the cheapest in the history of TV commercials ever. Like it. A lot.






Thursday, 18 February 2010

Digital Image Processing, Playboy and The Most Famous Image in Computer Science


Have you ever seen this girl? Odds are — if you've ever dealt with image processing as a computer science discipline, then you had — in fact, many times.

You can probably pick any book on the subject and you'll find this picture — perhaps, significantly more than once. I found myself interested in tracking down, who's the girl on this picture; obviously, all I knew was her name — Lena. Quick search has proven that I was not the only one who found it interesting. Go to http://lenna.org and find out for yourself, how Playboy's Miss November '72 has become the icon of the computer science. Here you can find the full page scan — slightly NSFW, but she's damn good anyway (and I can understand why computer scientists preferred her to their usual rabbits and landscapes).

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

On iPhone Unlock: official + unofficial = ?

I have my iPhone officially unlocked by O2. However, today I had to unlock it unofficially too — naturally, using blackra1n + blacksn0w combination (I've donated for blackra1n once, and now I feel like I need to donate for using blacksn0w — it was my most painless jailbreak and unlock ever). You can ask, why did I do that?


Well, how'd you like a reason: when I swap my SIM cards I am not necessarily at my home iMac so I can connect iPhone to iTunes to do an iActiva..damn, just to activate it! I don't want it, really — it's nowhere simple and counterintuitive like hell: I've activated it already once, and I've unlocked it once — why should I bother doing it every now and then? So I had my iPhone blackra1n'ed, installed blacksn0w — whoa! It turns out, swapping SIM cards could be just that — swapping SIM cards. And this is the way it supposed to work.