background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Phillip Street

Logo Evolution of 25 Famous Brands. A company’s logo is a recognition tool for the public to link their services or products to the company. In other words, it is part of a company’s branding. Without such branding, the public will not be able to differentiate between companies, and therefore unable to expect a certain standard or quality from the company which they interact with.

A logo, if designed effectively, can bring to people’s mind the unique selling proposition of an organization, which inevitably promotes the company on a sub-conscious level. What better way to evaluate the effectiveness of logos than to examine how they have evolved in successful and age-old companies? Shell The Shell gas station brand logo started out in 1900 as a literal inked clamshell drawing but has gradually become a smooth red and yellow stylized shell.

(Current logo) Microsoft In 1992 the Windows 3.1 logo was a literal window with four panes and a black frame that broke into tails on one side like a meteor. (Current logo) Volkswagen Nike Fiat. You Had One Job! Artur Bergman (Wikia) on SSDson O'Reilly Media. Ultra High Security Password Generator   If some device was not following the WiFi Alliance WPA specification by not hashing the entire printable ASCII character set correctly, it would end up with a different 256-bit hash result than devices that correctly obeyed the specification. It would then be unable to connect to any network that uses the full range of printable ASCII characters. Since we have heard unconfirmed anecdotal reports of such non-compliant WPA devices (and since you might have one), this page also offers "junior" WPA password strings using only the "easy" ASCII characters which even any non-fully-specification-compliant device would have to be able to properly handle.

If you find that using the full random ASCII character set within your WPA-PSK protected WiFi network causes one of your devices to be unable to connect to your WPA protected access point, you can downgrade your WPA network to "easy ASCII" by using one of these easy keys. And don't worry for a moment about using an easy ASCII key. Supermoon Lunar Eclipse To Occur On Sept. 27: What Makes This Celestial Event Special? The supermoon eclipse that will happen later this month will not occur again until 2033. Some already fear this rare celestial event marks the start of terrible things based on a passage from the Bible. (Photo : NASA) The supermoon eclipse is set to occur on Sept. 27 offering skywatchers in North and South America, western Asia, Europe, Africa and the Eastern Pacific Ocean region with the chances to witness the rare celestial treat.

A supermoon occurs when Earth's natural satellite appears to be abnormally large and bright in the sky, which happens when the moons reaches its full phase at or near its closest approach to our planet. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes in the shadow of the Earth, which results in the light from the sun being blocked by our planet. The Sept. 27 phenomenon is considered as something special because it seldom happens that a supermoon and an eclipse happen simultaneously. Amazon's six-pack of $50 Fire tablets is one of the most exciting things it's ever done. Amazon has announced a variety of new products today, but the strangest and potentially most interesting is the company's first $50 7-inch Fire tablets.

You can buy them singly for $50 or in a six pack for $250, making the sixth unit free. "This is not a top-of-the-line tablet," The Verge reports. "It's not one of the new Fire HD tablets, and it's definitely not the Kindle Fire HDX. The 7-inch Kindle Fire has a 1024 x 600 resolution display (although, with IPS), a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, one gigabyte of RAM, and your basic front- and rear-facing cameras. It runs on the latest version of Fire OS and claims seven hours of battery life with average use. " So it's not particularly powerful, nor is a full-resolution screen. But it's also $50, and you can buy them in a nice little six-pack if you want them to throw in the sixth one for free. Education and families Buy one and attach it to the wall in your kitchen for recipes, and keep it there. Video of the Day: Aurora Borealis Over Ferries | Inside Bainbridge. Posted by Sarah Lane on September 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm The night of September 9 we had a rare aurora borealis in Puget Sound skies.

Meg McDonald of Wild Northwest Beauty Photography captured a time lapse video of the phenomenon, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, complete with ferry and airplane crossings. Although the aurora borealis is usually seen farther north, we get them too when the auroral oval is briefly enlarged by a geomagnetic storm. Auroras are created when solar wind disturbs the paths of charged particles in the magnetosphere, pushing the particles into the exosphere where their energy is lost and light is emitted in the process. Video courtesy of Wild Northwest Beauty Photography. . ©2011-2015 Inside Bainbridge. Tags: Aurora Borealis, ferries, Meg McDonald, Northern Lights, Wild Northwest Beauty Photography. Bill Gates. The construction of the Statue of Liberty - Google Cultural Institute. Countries With The Most Venomous Animals.

Map by reddit user lanson15 Which country has the most venomous animals? Surprisingly, it’s not Australia but Mexico with 80, followed by Brazil with 79 and then Australia with just 66 (they just happen to be more potent). So how is venomous defined here? Reddit user lanson15 used the Living Hazards Database from the Armed Forces Pest Management Board, which “… is a comprehensive compilation of more than 500 species worldwide, which are reported to cause serious injury or death of humans.”

In addition to the top 3 countries above, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam all have over 50 different species apiece. Europe, Central Asia and Canada are at the other extreme, with fewer than 10 species per country. Generally speaking warmer places have more venomous species than colder places, although there are some interesting exceptions to this rule such as the Caribbean, Western Sahara, Madagascar, Bhutan and Lesotho, to name a few. Wonder how this looks in the United States: Wollongong’s Wonderful Renewal.

TL;DR: my hometown has been a depressed and despairing place for all my life, yet on my most recent visit I was struck – truly struck – how much the city has changed for the better. It was breathtaking. This post is a reflection on my hometown’s history over the last three and a half decades (to get a sense of how far we fell behind) and some observations about what’s really working to turn the place around, creating an incredibly bright future. The centre of Wollongong coming back to life. Photo: Robert Peet, Illawarra Mercury Update: looks like this post has touched a chord – more info on the response in this separate post. I’m writing this on a layover in Auckland flying back to San Francisco from one of my quarterly trips to Wollongong, my home town, located an hour south of Sydney.

Noticing changes in our hometowns when we return isn’t anything unique or unusual of course – it happens to any of us who’ve moved away when we come back for a visit. First Signs of Promise Like this: Keep Calm And Don’t Speculate: How To Be Helpful On Social Media Today. By Alex McKinnon, 15/12/2014 By now you are no doubt aware of the situation unfolding in Sydney’s Martin Place. Earlier this morning, an armed man or group of men entered the Lindt chocolate cafe on the corner of Martin Place and Phillip Street, and took those inside hostage. Given the cafe’s location directly across the road from the Channel 7 Sydney studio, a live camera feed of the cafe was soon broadcasting on major TV channels, with each channel providing their own commentary. Those watching the feed, or following events on Twitter, would have seen a black flag with Arabic text hung in one of the cafe’s windows.

For now, that is all we know. We do not know who the armed man or men are, or what they want. We do not know how long this will last, or how it may end. That is not to say there is nothing you can do. But the families of the people involved, and the broader public, have a right to information that is accurate and correct. When in doubt, wait. Get Cardboard – Google. How do I know which viewers will work with my phone? Choose a viewer that fits your phone's screen size. Most Cardboard apps work with Android 4.1+ and the latest iOS smartphones. Where can I find apps for Cardboard? From the Google Cardboard app on Android and iOS, you can discover Cardboard apps by selecting “GET APPS.” Can I use Cardboard if I wear glasses? Yes, Cardboard works with most glasses. Can I use a pizza box to make my own Cardboard viewer?

Yes. Meet the Robots Shipping Your Amazon Orders. Across the country, laborers are hard at work lifting 700-pound shelves full of multivolume encyclopedias, propane grills or garden gnomes and dragging them across vast warehouse floors. Carefully trained not to bump into one another, the squat workers are 320 pounds and a mere 16 inches tall. No, they’re not Christmas elves—they’re some of the most advanced robots that e-commerce giant Amazon now uses to ship its goods. In an exclusive video for TIME, photographer and videographer Stephen Wilkes captured these Amazon robots in action at the company’s Tracy, Calif., warehouse. The robots are made by Kiva Systems, a company Amazon purchased for $775 million in 2012 to better handle the hundreds of worldwide orders Amazon customers make every second.

Three quarters of a billion dollars may seem like a lot to sink into a retrieving system, but Amazon’s profits depend on the company becoming ever more efficient at shipping orders. Clark insists the robots are “not about eliminating jobs.” Reinventing the fastest forgotten archery. Enjoy Life More: Use Facebook Less. What Programming Is Like - Coding with Honour. What is programming like? We in the software profession have done a terrible job of explaining to the public what it is that we do. Everyone has interacted with a teacher or a doctor. There are TV shows about lawyers, cops, even government officials. However warped our impression of their day-to-day, we can relate to these professions. TV depicts programmers as modern-day wizards, socially aloof, hacking into systems or bringing the new algorithm online just in time to stop the cyberterrorists — totally disconnected from people’s experience of the software they use every day.

Software remains mysterious. This isn’t just a problem for awkward “so, what do you do?” Programming sucks Inspired by a friend who couldn’t see what was so hard about programming, Peter Welch wrote a hilarious, heartfelt and all-too-true rant about what writing software is like. Reading this, I immediately wanted to send it to every friend and family member to whom I’d failed to explain what it was I did all day. Programming Sucks. Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: "Bro, you don't work hard.

I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver. " They have a point. Mordor sucks, and it's certainly more physically taxing to dig a tunnel than poke at a keyboard unless you're an ant. But, for the sake of the argument, can we agree that stress and insanity are bad things? Awesome. Welcome to programming. All programming teams are constructed by and of crazy people Imagine joining an engineering team.

Would you drive across this bridge? All code is bad Every programmer occasionally, when nobody's home, turns off the lights, pours a glass of scotch, puts on some light German electronica, and opens up a file on their computer. This file is Good Code. Every programmer starts out writing some perfect little snowflake like this. "Double you tee eff? " Ook. Ask A Physicist To Speak At Your Funeral. You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy is created in the universe and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, ever vibration, every BTU of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world.

You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid the energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got. And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Avegant Glyph: the virtual reality headset made for the mainstream.

Picture it: you're sitting on the plane or in the doctor's waiting room, listening to music on a large, good-looking set of headphones. You decide you'd rather catch up on Justified, or play a little Call of Duty. You tip your headphones forward until the broad white band is now in front of your face, and suddenly your show or game appears on the underside. It's like watching an 80-inch TV, except the picture you're seeing isn't on an LCD screen — it's being projected directly into your eyes.

If Edward Tang is right, this is the new normal. The Avegant CEO is getting ready to launch the Glyph, a $499 headset designed to turn the immersive experience of the Oculus Rift into something decidedly more mainstream. It looks like a hefty pair of black or white headphones, but it's that display that makes the Glyph matter. Its most important underpinning technology is called Virtual Retinal Display, which offers Avegant a distinct advantage over competitors like Oculus and Google Glass. Blog » Linode NextGen: RAM Upgrade. Blog » Linode Nextgen: The Network. Dipping my toes into Lisp – and how I got Common Lisp with FastCGI support running from Apache | Phi...