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Shooing the Fox under the Pale Moon

In light of the recent *cough* breaking *cough* changes in Firefox, I’ve found my preferred alternative. Would you believe? – It’s Firefox!

(er… Not quite.)

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Even Websites want to Hide

I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the typical trick web-developers use to hide content: They give you an annoying DOM element over the top of it with text something along the lines of “Subscribe” or “Join The Community”, etc.

Today I encountered a new trick… the site just up and vanished on me. What’s going on?

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art, software, web design

Ripping 3D Models from Websites

Anyone who explores the internet long enough should already be well aware of frequent image re-posting. While for some things, this is acceptable, in other areas, it leads to the ever louder cry of “art theft” and helps keep the lawyers active in the courts in D.C. and the halls of the copyright office. It is rather easy to copy a 2D image, and with Adobe CS 6, it is easy to remove a watermark. While images with watermarks removed may not be an exact copy (due to the algorithm for image correction and the style of watermark), the average naked eye won’t notice. But what’s more important is that a work with possibly a great deal of time put into its production (depending on if we’re talking about amateur photo or something like a realistic digital painting, etc.) is now available to everyone, and unfortunately, allows for just about anyone to take the credit. This tends to tick off artists and has lead to a whole lot of bickering and lawsuits.

Interestingly enough, what one might call the “calamities of Flatland” have yet to hit the 3D world. But here’s how that could change…

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freeware, software

UltraGUI – Window Management for Irrlicht

In today’s world, there’s this subtle quest of designers and programmers to find the ultimate GUI layout – something that always works and everyone can use with ease. When a design is bad, someone gets an earful. When it’s decent, no one minds it as much, though people are nit-picky. When a design is good… well, let’s face it – no one has the same tastes.

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Fixing My Broken Internet… With Tor?!!

As some of my friends know, I’ve had trouble with internet connection issues. For some reason, I get IP v4 internet connection and only local IP v6 connection, and that has meant I couldn’t access the internet. Of course, it serves me right for plugging into the ethernet port of a wireless router, but who’s looking? So up until now, I’ve had to resort to another computer for internet.

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Blast from the Past – LEGO website in 1996

Remember the days when websites were pages of just solid, repeated backgrounds with buttons that were cheap gif images. You know – back when gif images were cool. Think back, before the days of CSS 2, back when you still had to type in “www.” at the front of the URL, back when people knew NetZero existed, back when “You’ve got mail” could be trademarked by AOL, WAY back, when the internet was young and I was just a wee lad playing with Legos.

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