Tuesday, 21 June 2011

mFlow: music-on-demand start-up

mFlow is a very nice and interesting start-up based in Chiswick. They do music streaming on demand, just like Spotify. You can listen it for free. I don't claim to understand their business model (OK, fine, you can buy music there as well, but so you can in zillion other places) but they are extremely nice.

I met with their founder about a year ago and he was super-enthusiastic about this service. Really glad they made it to the beta stage - and really hope they'll keep going with it.

http://beta.mflow.com/signup?invitecode=05N624 - if you sign up using this link, I get 1 pound and can play with paid features of the service :)

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Q: How To Sneak Into Google Office (A: NO WAY!)

This way clearly doesn't work, so don't try it at home to repeat it. [haiku url='http://sigizmund.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/going_to_google.mp3']

Saturday, 11 June 2011

On engineers, physicists and mathematicians. Best quote ever.

An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation to reality. A physicist thinks reality is an approximation to his equations. A mathematician doesn’t care.

Honestly, this could easily be the best and most apt phrase I ever heard. Does anyone know who should I attribute this quote to?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Space Odyssey 2001

To be perfectly honest, I cannot give a definitive answer on how did I miss this particular novel (and even more than that, three following ones!) by Arthur Clarke - when I was a child and a teenager I used to read every possible bit of science fiction I could came across. Yet not this one.

Well, maybe it's all for the good, as I'm not sure that I was really able to understand and appreciate this book back then, when I was 15 and everything was black and white. Of all things Clarke predicted, one I value the most - in the midst of the Cold War he predicted that future of humanity and space explorations would be virtually impossible without cooperation between countries, nations and people of these nations. Including - not just including, but thinking mainly of the U.S. and Russia. Don't know why but this feels so right somehow.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Google Chrome OS and Cr-48 and 3G connectivity using Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile UK

Despite rather lengthy title, the post itself will be rather short and straight to the point. If you are lucky owner of Cr-48 Chrome OS netbook and very inconsiderably live outside of the United States (like, you know, some of us happen to be), you can still get a joy of wireless 3G connectivity. Not without some caveats, though.

  1. To start with you will need to switch your Cr-48 to dev mode - which is easy if you follow this manual.

  2. While you're here, with your battery out, you can also plug in your SIM card into the laptop. Here's an information I figured by trial-and-error method: on current build, which is 0.10.156.46, Vodafone and O2 do not work. Of all SIM cards I had available, T-Mobile works with no problems whatsoever.

  3. Plug your battery back in, turn laptop on, wait a couple of seconds, login...

  4. Now press Ctrl-Alt-T. It will bring you to shell window. Since you're now in dev mode, you can type "shell" and get a real Linux console.

  5. Type "modem_set_carrier Generic UMTS" - no quotes, register matters. Press Enter. Wait to see command produce some output, which could make sense to some of us after all.


That's it. Now wait couple of minutes, and your laptop should see network called "Generic UMTS" when you click wireless connectivity sign. Do not do activation as it won't work anyway - just choose "Generic UMTS" in network list after clicking wireless icon, and with some luck soon it should connect. You can verify results by going into Network Settings, finding "Generic UMTS" connection and clicking Options button.

That's it boys and girls. Tell me if something doesn't work out, but don't hold your breath - I'm only wandering around, and sometimes discover something by accident :-)