Archive for ‘Google’ Category
Posted on 17:06, December 15th, 2012 by Many Ayromlou
Google60 is Norbert Landsteiner’s art piece that tries to convey what google.com search would have looked like back in the 60′s — when IBM System 360 monsters ruled the machine rooms. An absolute gem for all the 360 nerds left out there.
Posted on 11:26, August 29th, 2012 by Many Ayromlou
On May 17, 2011 Ryersons’ Interactive Computing Applications and Design Group (ICAD) demonstrated their latest projects. The session starts with a demonstration of using Microsoft Kinect hardware to control a computer mouse. Next, the group shows the use of a gestural interface to control Google Earth, followed by a demo of using Kinect to control a avatar in Second Life.
The session continues with a demonstration of a potential application to control a small arduino based robot over bluetooth using gestures. Following this the ICAD staff show the use of Kinect as a tracking and control mechanism for a Point-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. This approach allows them to track up to five people without active trackers. The data from the Kinect camera is used to instruct the PTZ camera where to “look”. Once a person is identified (by putting up their hand) the kinect will try to track the person around the room and make sure the PTZ camera follows the person as well. Switching the tracked person is done by raising ones hand.
Their last demo will show a gestural based keyboard that will eventually be tied into a interactive phonebook application where the user can type the name of a contact using gestures and automatically dial the number through a voip application (ie: google talk).
Individual project videos below….
1) Kinect Windows Mouse Interface
2) Kinect Google Earth Interface
3) Kinect Second Life Interface
4) Kinect Bluetooth Robot Interface
5) Kinect Tracker-Cam Interface
6) Kinect Interactive Phonebook
Posted on 10:21, August 16th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou
Version 0.2 of the blogger plugin for wordpress 3.x has a small little bug in it that produces the following error:
Something went wrong. If the problem persists, send this info to support:
HTTP/1.0 403 Invalid AuthSub token.
I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to figure out what’s wrong with their code and I think I’ve found a fix (atleast until version 0.3 of the plugin comes out at which time this fix will not apply anymore…..hopefully).
The problem is with the regex code in the auth() function of the blogger-importer.php plugin. So edit this file and make the following changes:
1) Line 99:
2) Line 108:
Hopefully this will help you get going…..
Posted on 15:30, May 21st, 2010 by Many Ayromlou
I don’t understand what’s wrong with companies today. I, like the rest of you have been following the Google I/O conference announcements for the past couple of days and just heard about Google TV today (yeah I know a bit behind in my feed). I was all excited and was thinking of all the possibilities (think: googletalk, conferencing, streaming ppv, cloud based gaming, etc.). Then, later on, I came across a partner announcement from Logitech….Wow, wait a sec, the mouse company? Yep, it makes sense, they make webcams, keyboards and mice and have in the recent years boughtup Harmony, the guys who make the cool super-nerdy TV remotes. At this point I decide to take a look around the Logitech website and I come across this:
Q: What will I need to make it (Google TV) work?
What the hell? U.S. only? Again? Google? The In-ter-net search giant? Come on guys what the hell is wrong with you?
First you come preaching that Apple’s way of creating a walled garden is badbadbad. Then you make fun of their devices. Then you make fun of their developers. But you know what…..as bad as Apple has been/become, atleast their walls are semi-climable.
Back when Hulu pulled this trick with people outside U.S. I thought well, small company tries to do something innovative and they had to bow down to the studio’s, TV producers. But google? You can not tell me that the big G could not have walked into the room with all the content providers around the table and said….”Okay We’re gonna launch this thing called Google TV, and YES, since we’re a Global company, our service will also be globally accessible”.
Sorry guys/gals, you’ve lost my vote….You might have the best (arguable) search engine, but when it comes to devices (ie: physical THINGS), you need to go back to school. In the meantime I guess I just have to hand my C$ to el Jobso, get a AppleTV and hack Boxee into it. ltr.
This is a quick tip I came across while trying to get to a site that had gone down due too much traffic. Seems to work in most situations, unless the site was brand spanking new or something.
Method 1: You can do a google search for the following cache:nerdlogger.com where nerdlogger.com would be the downed site.
Hope this helps…..
Posted on 14:05, November 19th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Wow…..Another amazing feature brought to you just in time for X-Mas by the google…..Auto Captioning or Auto-Cap. You might be wondering Caption-Schmaption…..Why? Well first on the list would be accessibility which is self explanatory, but also searchability and auto-translation. You see once a video has been captioned, google can provide searchability, you can do word searches and literally jump to the point in video where the word is mentioned…..That’s really cool. Auto-translation is another natural fit, once you’ve got the english captions, you can do machine translation to any of the other 51 languages google translation engine supports.
To achieve this google combined their automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with the YouTube caption system to offer automatic captions. Auto-caps uses the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice to automatically generate captions for video. The captions will not always be perfect (check out the video below for an amusing example), but even when they’re off, they can still be helpful—and the technology will continue to improve with time.
In addition to automatic captions, google is also launching automatic caption timing, or auto-timing, to make it significantly easier to create captions manually. With auto-timing, you no longer need to have special expertise to create your own captions in YouTube. All you need to do is create a simple text file with all the words in the video and google will use their ASR technology to figure out when the words are spoken and create captions for your video. This should significantly lower the barriers for video owners who want to add captions, but who don’t have the time or resources to create professional caption tracks.
For now, auto-caps is only visible on a handful of partner channels (Auto-timing, on the other hand, is rolling out globally for all English-language videos on YouTube.
THANKS GOOGLE :-)
Yep, google has taken the giant step for mankind and introduced their collaboration platform….Wave. This is absolutely amazing. A mixture of Email, IM, Bulletin Boards, Versioning System, Wiki with a dash of google magic…..Man I can’t wait for my account…..Oh and did I mention it’s Free and Open Source. Yes, google is giving it away for you to install/play with on your own server. The introduction video is longish but definitely well worth the time. It’s out of this world……
BTW…..ROSY F*CKING ROCKS…..Go and check it out at about 1:12:00 into the video.
Posted on 16:02, June 11th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
If you’re changing from one domain to another for your website, it’s good practice to use a permanent redirect header for all the old pages. Added to that, you can now let Google know of the move in a new Webmaster Tools section called “Change of address”.
Not too sure, but the Zoom OMAP34x-II Mobile Development Platform looks too “finished/flashy” to be a Mobile Development Platform (MDP). I guess time will tell……For now we can all drool over the pics….and btw, if you have $1150, you can beat the crowd and own one today.
Out of the box features of the Zoom OMAP34x-II MDP :
The DLP Pico projector is a interesting critter. It is literally tiny. The above picture gives you an idea of it’s size compared to the power adapter. You can pick one up for about $350 at Digi-Key.com ’s online store. The tech specs for this little guy are:
Posted on 11:30, May 22nd, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
This one is simple…..to set up CalDAV support for Google Calendar in Mozilla Sunbird, follow these steps:
Your Google Calendar will now appear in the Calendar tab of Mozilla Sunbird, and Sunbird will sync any changes to and from Google Calendar. If you’ve imported your calendar from iCal or another app make sure you go to Edit>Preferences and check off “Show missed alarms” under Alarms tab. Otherwise you’ll be prompted to snooze or dismiss all your old events everytime you start the application.
Posted on 18:08, May 20th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Yep, It works I just transfered all my calendar appointments from local iCal calendar to Google calendar in one easy step. First you need to go into iCal and export your current calendar. If you’re starting fresh with google calendar you don’t need to do this.
To set up CalDAV support for Google Calendar in Apple’s iCal, follow these steps:
Under the Delegation tab, select the calendars you’d like to add to iCal by checking the boxes next to them. You may need to hit refresh to get the latest list of calendars.
Add your email address to your Address Book card by selecting Add Email. You’ll be prompted to add your email address only if your address is not already in your Address Book. You won’t be able to invite or email guests to Google Calendar events within iCal if your address is not in your Address Book.
Your Google Calendar will now appear in iCal’s list of calendars, and changes you make to your Google Calendar in iCal will be reflected when you sign in to Google Calendar.
If you had previously exported existing iCal events from your local (or other remote) machine, you can now select Import from File menu and choose the file and tell iCal to import it into your google calendar (your google calendar will appear as your full registered name in the import destination list).
Posted on 11:04, March 21st, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
A recent contest at CanSecWest, an event that brings together some of the most skilled experts in the security community, has demonstrated that the three most popular browser are susceptible to security bugs despite the vigilance and engineering prowess of their creators. Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all exploited during the Pwn2Own competition that took place at the conference. Google’s Chrome browser, however, was the only one left standing—a victory that security researchers attribute to its innovative sandbox feature.
Way to go Google….but then again what else were you expecting from THE internet company. So if you wanna be safe while wandering through the tubes, go grab a copy ….you’ll be sorry you didn’t.
Posted on 13:48, February 13th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
MacFUSE project has grown a lot since we last covered it here and here. MacFuse 2.0 is here and it’s looking really nice. MacFUSE is the mac implementation of FUSE (File-system in USEr space) filesystem originally developed for Linux. For those of you who’ve not heard of this gem before, MacFUSE allows you to extend Mac OS X’s native file handling capabilities via 3rd-party file systems. Pretty much anything that has some order to it can be turned (viewed as) into a filesystem (ie: sshfs, youtubefs). As a user, installing the MacFUSE software package will let you use any 3rd-party file system written atop MacFUSE.
Disk for iPhone is a MacFUSE based filesystem that allows you to read and write files on your iPhone. It uses the MobileDevice API (like iTunes) to access the filesystem of the iPhone over USB. You need to install MacFuse base system on your machine first and then grab Disk for iPhone module.
Posted on 12:39, February 13th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Well, it didn’t take long for the observant Luke Hutchison to figure it out….It’s all there in the system class files. For all the details check out Luke’s page. Here is the teaser video:
Posted on 22:59, December 21st, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Wow, have a look at the picture of Manhattan above. It’s of a new function google introduced yesterday on it’s Google Earth platform, full textures for the 3D buildings. It only works for New York for now, but pretty soon all you need would be google earth and a link from your computer to your visual cortex and no more touristy trips for you :-).
Posted on 17:25, October 26th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Gbridge is a free software that lets you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC securely and easily. It extends Google’s gtalk service to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects all your computers directly and securely. No matter if they are behind Firewalls, NAT or anything else for that matter. Here are some of it’s main features:
Gbridge automatically forms a VPN among your multiple PCs no matter where they are. You can also extend the VPN to include your Gtalk friend’s PCs if both sides allow.
So grab yourself a copy or two, and don’t forget to send the link to all your friends.
Posted on 11:49, August 14th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
If you’ve ever come across the email gateways of most social sites, you know that — in order to protect you and your account — they produce some very forgettable email addresses. I’m talking about those special email addresses you can setup where for example you can Email a picture to, which will automatically be posted to your flickr stream.
Well here is a easy way to use Google mail’s filter function to create easy to remember gmail addresses that would inturn forward your precious postings to the appropriate social site.
Now any picture attachment sent to email@example.com will automagically get rerouted to your flickr publishing Email. You can do this for all your services and that way standardize/centralize your publishing Email addresses.
Posted on 20:55, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Yeeeeeaaaa, It’s X-mas all over again. Google takes another step to free you from your MS/Exchange/.me addiction. No more need to get a “Cloud” account to sync up your calendars, No more jumping through hoops with sync connector programs that don’t work. Google has added CalDAV support to Google Calendar…….Read all about it here.
Just came across Searchme: today (thanks to Leo Laporte). It is to search engines what OSX is to GUI’s. It uses flash for interface design and it’s absolutely beautiful (and functional). It’s great to finally be able to “SEE” your search results before leaving the search site. I know there are several “preview” extensions out there for firefox that preload the website in a small popup window, but searchme is so much nicer and easier to use. If you’re doing any sort of research the ability to reorder things (hits) in a stack and to create multiple stacks is god sent. The best way to start is to try your own name, once you get familiar with the GUI, then start searching for other stuff.