Monday, 19 April 2010

Google Fast Flip — have you seen it?

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I didn't — and now it occurs to me it's a nice way of browsing through news. Granted, it isn't the most productive way if you need to find what's going on in the world — quickly, but can certainly be used to kill some of that invaluable resource we all love to waste so much :)

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apt-get install wife


Shamelessly stolen from here.

How to answer a question, without actually answering it

An absolutely brilliant bit which I came across on T-Mobile's website:

Can I use the internet on my phone or mobile broadband in Europe without buying a Booster?

We have boosters to buy so that you'll always know exactly how much you've spent and know that you won't get any unexpected bills. Using the internet on your phone or mobile broadband in Europe without a booster would previously have been charged at £1.50 per MB, so 50MB would have cost you £75. With a booster a 50MB allowance is only £10 so you're getting much better value with boosters. You can buy as many boosters as you want and the cost of it will come out of your balance or added to your monthly bill but you'll know exactly what you're paying.

To me it looks absolutely beautiful. Fine, maybe this is the way it's being done in England and English people are used to it — then please forgive a clumsy foreigner, but something tells me this has got very little to do with English customs and traditions :)

On the other hand, I cannot praise enough very fair international data tariffs — £10 for 50MB is nothing to worry about, really. Unfortunately, it only works as long as you stay in Europe — but it is still way better I could've expect while being locked in with an O2.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Easiest way to login to your home Mac

Well, there're few prerequisites to this method:

  1. You should have a DMZ'ed (or accessible from outside world in some way) server running in your home network which you can SSH into.

  2. Your home Mac should be on (you can use etherwake command from within your network to wake it up first).

As long as these two criteria are met, you simply do:

laptop:~ kirillov$ ssh -p19322 -L59000:imac:5900 -fN

The bit


you need only if you're running your SSH daemon on a non-standard port (or your forwarding is set from a non-standard port); either way, it is highly recommended. This piece


says "I want to forward all requests coming on port 59000 of my localhost to host imac in the target network, port 5900" (which is a default VNC port). Finally, -fN

is pretty straightforward, "-fN" says "go to background right after asking for login and password if they are needed".

After you've done that, all you need to do it to hit ⌘K in your Finder (or start a dedicated VNC application) and do:

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After that you're likely to be asked for login and password, which, by coincidence will be login and password from your home Mac. And you're in!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Stephen Fry about iPad


Guess who — and what is this about?

After he leaves, I am finally left alone with an iPad. Finally I get some finger time. I peep under the slip holder, and there it is. When I switch it on, a little sigh escapes me as the screen lights up. Ten minutes later I am rolling on the floor, snarling and biting, trying to wrestle it from the hands of an Apple press representative.

That is not strictly true, but giving up the iPad felt a little like that. I had been prepared for a smooth feel, for a bright screen and the "immersive" experience everyone had promised. I was not prepared, though, for how instant the relationship I formed with the device would be. I left Cupertino without an iPad, but I have since gotten my own, and it goes with me everywhere.


It is possible that the public will not fall on the iPad, as I did, like lions on an antelope. Perhaps they will find the apps and the iBooks too expensive. Maybe they will wait for more fully featured later models. But for me, my iPad is like a gun lobbyist's rifle: the only way you will take it from me is to prise it from my cold, dead hands. One melancholy thought occurs as my fingers glide and flow over the surface of this astonishing object: Douglas Adams is not alive to see the closest thing to his Hitchhiker's Guide that humankind has yet devised.

Either Apple has paid Mr Fry a whole lot of money ... or they didn't. It could also have something to do with the fact that he's got an iPad now — before the official launch. Anyway, this is quite an amusing article with a bits of interview with yet another Steve — the one on the cover; worth reading (on of a very few of such kind in Time magazine). Read on.

The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?