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Stories by Mark Gibbs
Where's there's computer, there's going to be cables which means you're going to be annoyed ... here are three gadgets to make USB, Thunderbolt, and cables in general much less annoying
Artificially intelligent neural networks can not only identify images, they can be used to generate images Hieronymus Bosch would have been proud of.
Major changes to Firefox add-on architecture to improve interoperability and security could backfire
Since we published a roundup of 10 Raspberry Pi operating systems the number of choices has exploded.
Incredible space memorabilia that will make you geek out!
I've gone out for lunch with Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice and now it's time to settle the bill. I only had a chicken salad and a soda but Bob had a steak and a beer, Carol had the pasta special and a glass of wine, and Ted a burger and coffee, while Alice just had toast and a glass of water. No surprise, now we can't agree on how much each person should pay ...
O. M. G. Apple just screwed up my day. Completely.
For a project I was recently working on I needed to remove the white background from several hundred images in PNG format and replace it with transparency. I know you can automate Photoshop but that's like getting into a Sherman tank to go shopping at your local supermarket. Another constraint (other than my reluctance to wrangle Photoshop) was the need to be able to do this in the future as part of a process to be built into a virtual machine running Linux.
The PR people from Amazon got in touch after I published my review of the new Amazon Fire Phone (Amazon Fire Phone: Nice but nothing to get fired up about). They had a couple of points they asked me to clarify:
The people at a company called aiia (their Web site loads insanely slowly) out of the Ukraine pitched me the SSSSSpeaker (yes, that's how they spell it, it's not a a typo), billed as the world's smallest Bluetooth speaker, and sent me a unit.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Automatic, a dongle that plugs into your car's OBD-II connector and sends data about your car's performance and your driving via Bluetooth LE to an app on your iOS or Android smartphone.
I just got off the phone with startup called Landscape Mobile, that publishes an app called Sight, and which claims:
What man breaks, man can fix ... at least, that's what we like to think. Consider, for example, bees. Bees of all species are dying off in the US and Europe and over the last few years we've seen the commercial beekeeping industry decimated by a syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD).
In the previous column on hacking PingPlotter I discussed how you can use the tool's Web interface and the curl utility to add targets to be tracked, for example, to add a single host you would enter the following on the command line:
- Project Manager NSW
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- Business Data Analyst NSW
- Systems Trainer - Networking/ Radio VIC
- Business Analyst NSW
- Contract Systems Analyst (Linux/MySQL/Oracle) 160630/SA/254 Asia
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