Archives: 'Tech'

iGoogle theme!

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

You wish your iGoogle looked as cool as mine does:

iGoogle Cuttlefish Theme

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If you’ve never used iGoogle before, its designed to be used as your browser’s start page. You can customize it with any number of widgets and themes, and add multiple tabs containing even more widgets! Google recently released their API that describes how to make your own theme, so I wasted no time in making my own cuttlefish based theme! You should be able to apply it to your own iGoogle (temporarily) by clicking here:

Cuttlefish Themed iGoogle

If you want the theme to persist, you need to use the iGoogle Theme Manager widget, available here.

New CuttlefishTech Intro

Friday, February 8th, 2008

First, Here’s the old one, where a group of cuttlefish circle an ancient medallion lying on the sea floor.

And here’s the new one where a cuttlefish swims through a reef, passing over some mysterious glinting pieces of metal in the sand.


Thursday, January 17th, 2008

So, something happened this past week that tripled my Spam intake…

Up until this point, I didn’t use any junk mail filtering, because I never really had enough to warrant it. But this week began driving me crazy. Since I have my own email, something simple like junk mail filtering isn’t readily available. My webhost uses SpamAssassin, but apparently it hasn’t been updated in aeons and it was still only catching about 1/3rd of my spam. Which was quite annoying. And for some reason Outlook doesn’t like to filter email from IMAP hosts (which is the only way to check your email). So, I was left with few options.

I had previously been forwarding all my Gmail email to my address, but with the recent spam outbreak, I decided to switch and go the other way around. Now my forwards to my Gmail and gets filtered there. It makes virtually no difference to me, as I can rig Outlook to fetch spam from Gmail. It’s actually nicer, because I set up a whole bunch of IMAP folders that are filtered instantly by Google rather than by Outlook. The only problem I see is my current method of retrieving email at school may need to be updated (though on the plus side, anyone else that wants to check their Gmail at school will be able to). Oh, and there also seems to be a bit more latency, which is odd. Could just be Myspace is hella slow tonight.

Quoth Granma in Grapes of Wrath, “Pu-raise Gawd fur vittory!”

All my Woot Purchases!

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Here are some pictures of all my purchases from Woot!!

First, my normal Woots

Second, my Woot shirts!

That’s a lot of stuff!

A Clock I Want

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Someone buy me this for my birthday, it’s quite clever.

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DIY Hard DDR Pad

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

I was tired of slipping and sliding on my soft DDR pad, so last night (at like 2:00 in the morning) I decided to convert my soft pad into a hard pad!

Here’s my result:

First, I took apart one of my old soft pads that was “broken”. After opening it up and poking around, I found that the inner layers were merely out of alignment, and that the sensors themselves were fine. I taped the layers down one at a time to a piece of plywood with my trusty blue painters tape and ensured that they were perfectly positioned.

I found some wood squares that my dad cut for who knows what. First, I tried just taping them down, but an E on No. 13 said that having to retape the squares after each song wasn’t going to work. So, I found staple gun. But the staples weren’t long enough. So I grabbed some screws and a screwdriver and went to work.

The first prototype (pictured here) had some critical flaws. First, the screws couldn’t be too tight, or else the sensoes would be constantly pushed by the wood. My playtesting revealed that you had to stomp on the wood boards because it wasn’t very responsive because the design of the sensors necesitates some sort of curved force to work correctly. I decided I needed to make some revisions.

This afternoon, I ran to Lowes and picked up some rubber washers and felt feet. I used the rubber washers as spacers for the screws, and attached several feet underneath each wooden pad. I was proud of my handiwork, and after adjusting the tightness of a couple screws, I determined that it was suitable for use.

Initial playtesting was a mixed bag. I found it hard to adapt to the raised buttons. Apparently I had developed a style of “sliding” on the soft pad that resulted in some hurting feet when I tried it on this pad. I did like the tactile feedback the raised pads provided, but my scores said differently. I was getting more “random boos” on the hard pad than I used to on the soft pad. This was because the wood occasionally stuck down. I AA full combo’d a couple 7 footers, (which I think was luck), but most of the songs I played were riddled with random boos (mostly the left and back buttons). I kept adjusting the screws, but never really found a sweet spot.

So, I think I’m going to ditch the wood raised platforms and go with a flat surface. I still want some sort of tactile feedback, so I might try changing the texture of the edges of teh buttons with like velcro or something. I suppose it was mostly a waste of time (and of $15), but it turned out looking cool (thanks to my pro blue tape).

I’ll post again when I revise my pad!

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Lazy Monday

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Well, accidentally pressed back and lost a lot! Summary: School was good, working for Intel Retiree’s website, and slept when I got home from school.

Things Accomplished in WoW

Summary: LWing to 373, 3v3 Arena went 9-2, 1768 rating, ~550 arena points.

Crave Gadget of the Week

Definitely this awesome Master Chief costume!

Imagine if he were sitting in this warthog!

But I’m not all that excited about Halo 3. Not a big console guy, and I don’t have a 360. But its still exciting!

/Cuttlefish (Slash-Cuttlefish): News for Geeks, Stuff that matters?

Excel 2007 Multiplication Bug – Like MIT, Microsoft can’t do math either!
Google eyeing its own ‘Second Life?’ – Just what the world needs, more virtual worlds!
Overall, a slownesday

Onion Story of the Day

Chinese Authorities Execute 10 Million Recalled Toys


  • President Ahmadinejad is in New York, and giving a speech at Columbia University! Too bad they won’t let him go to Ground Zero. Even if he is a horrible terrorist, I believe that he deserves respect. I follow the same logic on Bush too, (R-E-S-P-E-C-T) but atleast Ahmadinejad can string words together to make fluent sentences!
  • Dennis Kucinich is on Jay Leno tonight! You should tune in!

Woot News!

Expensive Speakers — NO. Uninspired “death” T-shirt — NO. Not today, Woot. But a couple of the upcoming Derby shirts look cool!

And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for,

Lolcat of the Day

Weekend Report!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

So, Sunday was pretty awesome. And by awesome I mean that I slept in until 1:00 PM.

Things Accomplished (Not in WoW)

Well, I was running 3rd in the GT1 class in rFactor (racing game) 45 minutes into an 1:30 race. That was Until I made a pitstop and got rammed from behind by another car, and for some reason this caused a VPU lockup. OH WELL. I also worked a bit on the Hilhi SpartsRead website (stay tuned for more) and read 20 pages of Beowulf.

Things Accomplished in WoW

I farmed 6 Primal Mana and stole 3 from my brother for a net gain of 9! I also (finally) got revered with Lower City and got my Auchindoun key. Dailys netted an easy 72g. Farming Primals netter 60g in trash. Good day!

Crave Gadget of the Day

Apparently its some sort of Tamagotchi.

/Cuttlefish: News for Geeks, Stuff that matters?

MIT’s SAT Math Error – Their average SAT score is actually 50 points lower!
RIAA Targets New Colleges – Something else to look for when applying to colleges, make sure they’re not on the RIAA watch list!

Other Random News

Smoky the Cat found 3 months after tornado!

Racing News

  • Vitaphone Maserati wins FiaGT! Woohoo!
  • Dario Franchitti, Scott Speed, Jacques Villenueve, and Juan Pablo Montoya in NASCAR next year? I may just have to watch!
  • ORECA buys Courage and will run LMP1 next year!

Woot News

Ugh, an ugly T-Shirt and a ROOMBA! DO NOT WANT.

And finally…

Lolcat of the day!

Flash Zune MP3 Player

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I mentioned this in a previous post, and now its gotten to the point where I can share it!

It’s still in development, but its already pretty cool!


Monday, July 23rd, 2007

The solution to people stealing your iPod!

Of course, I love my Zune, but I can still think this is funny!