iPhone vs Smartphone comic inspired from Mac vs PC ads

February 28th, 2007

Unless you have been wandering around with a bucket on your head, you have probably seen that Apple launched a heavily debated campaign last Christmas, trying to prove you once more the multitude of reasons why you’d need a Mac. However, the PC fought back, and the battle continues. This is overall a quite interesting concept and many people have tried to follow.

I have found this funny comic strip that is trying to represent the differences between an iPhone and a Smartphone and which I will be reproducing further. I’m looking forward to hear your comments.
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Build your own iPhone! It’s simple and quick. Everyone can do it!

January 21st, 2007

Yeah, you can also build your own iPhone. No IT genius required, just some ingenuity, …and perhaps some scissors, transparent duct tape and a cool printer. Yeah, a printer, because this isn’t the real iPhone, but rather a cardboard mockup. Here’s some photos of mine, in different stages of progress:
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Cool trick to rename your Start button

January 20th, 2007

I remember the first book I read about Windows ’95. They were beginning proudly to present the differences between it and it’s predecessor, Windows 3.11, and the first thing they mentioned was the Start button.
Now here’s an interesting trick if you’re tired of that green little button in the lower left corner of your screen. It’s quite simple and it doesn’t take more than 2-3 minutes.

If you wonder how come you missed it so far, I’ll tell you. It’s actually hidden, as in not available, and we’re going to have to tweak your computer up a bit.

The process consists in a single step and that would be editing explorer.exe. For this, we will need a simple tool, that I provided for you for a quick download here. It’s called Resource Hack and it’s just about everything we need. So, download the ZIP archive, extract it and run “ResHacker.exe” from inside the archive. Click File, then OPEN, then point out your ‘explorer.exe’ in your Windows directory.

A browsing tree should open with the menus on the left. Click on String Table and you will see some numbers. Expand 37 (or 38) and click on “1033”. You should see a quoted line in the right window, that says: 578,”start”. You can make the desired change for 37 and 38 as well. So, replace the “start” between the quotes with whatever you want it to display, then click “Compile script”.

Now, all you have to do is restart your computer, or simply log off and back on. The start button will display the chosen text. Here are sample results below. Enjoy the trick.

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UPDATE: Due user comments, I’ve considered the following trick. If you can’t overwrite explorer.exe, save the file to “explorer2.exe” for example, in C:\Windows (or whatever your Windows directory is), then you’ll have to tweak up the Registry to accept the settings.

Go to Start, click Run and enter “regedit” in the text box. Push Enter, then browse through the tree up to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion ->Winlogon. Check out the list, and you’ll have a “Shell” entry mentioning “explorer.exe”. Change it to “explorer2.exe” and reboot/logoff.

This should be it for good ;)


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Funniest PC Pranks you can play on your friends ( explained )

January 19th, 2007

Have you ever found yourself wanting to play a prank on somebody, but the traditional methods just aren’t available, or aren’t enough? If you’re the kind of guy I am, I bet you did. But again, if you’re anything like I am, you won’t give up so easy. So here’s some of the funniest pranks you can play on your friends, colleagues, even parents or neighbours. Read the rest of this entry »


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The first Apple computer – 30 years ago (photo)

January 17th, 2007

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This is Apple I. The first Apple computer. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the most famous members of the Homebrew Computer Club, designed it over 30 years ago, in 1976. It was mostly a kit computer. Users bought the workings and built their own case.

Many leaders in mainline computer companies like IBM and Digitial did not believe at that time that personal computers were powerful enough to have a market. Sales of the Apple I and other PC’s that followed it, proved them wrong.


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Mousepads with tits :-)

January 17th, 2007
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These quality mouse pad feature a CLEVER (get it? clever?) ergonomic wrist rest on a pair of gel boobs. Your friends will love it and will poke at it when you’re not looking. Your girlfriend will probably think you’re a pervert, but hey, if your wrist is comfortable, it’s OK. These beauties (literally) are provided by Busty Mouse Pads, and they cost around $20 each.

They would make a perfect present for every guy that owns a computer. I wouldn’t mind receiving a few of them myself. Hurry up, there’s a discount if you get at least 20.

This is the breast, uhm, I mean best… mouse pad ever! :-P

All mouse pads, delivered to a U.S. address (APO/FPO OK), are US$19.95 each + shipping & handling ($8.00 for 1 order, $11.00 flat rate for 2 to 6 pieces). We will ship anywhere in the United States via USPS Priority Mail. Only PayPal is accepted, but you may use any major credit card through PayPal even if you don’t have, or don’t want, a PayPal account.


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Apple Computers Inc. is now Apple Inc.

January 10th, 2007

“The first 30 years were just the beginning. Welcome to 2007”.

After looking into yesterday’s keynote and saw what’s Apple preparing, I find the above mentioned slogan nothing but truth. After all, every company that wishes to survive on the IT market has to evolve.

Let’s leave behind the iPhone, the Apple TV and all the rest and concentrate on the name change instead. “What name change?” Well, some might say it’s not that big, since Apple is still Apple, but if we look closer, a change from “Apple Computer, Inc.” to “Apple Inc.” is not something to overlook. “Why, are they going to stop manufacturing computers?”, some may ask. No, of course not!

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That name change isn’t just a strange idea of Steve Jobs. Apple started as a company that started from manufacturing computers, and ended up 30 years later with many other consumer electronics, including iPhone, Apple TV and many many others. Now, wouldn’t Apple Computers be inappropriate?

Analysts say that the iPhone will conquer 1% of the total number of cellphones worldwide by 2008. That’s 10 million phones, if you might wonder.

Overall, I don’t think there will be someone to complain about the name change. It’s just a new start for an experienced corporation.


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