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Unlocking a Samsung Galaxy SII after too many pattern attempts

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I recently got into trouble with my Galaxy SII Android. I played around with the pattern unlock too many times and got locked out, having to enter the Google username and password.

Sharing YouTube videos and keeping it to the point

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So you’ve seen a YouTube video with a couple of interesting bits in it that you want to share with your friends or colleagues. There’s just one problem that you see here: The video is an hour long and the interesting bits that you want to share come up around half an hour down from when the video starts.

Question: How do you share a YouTube video and have it start from where you’d like it to?
Answer: Use YouTube’s Share feature along with the ‘Start at’ property.

YouTube Share

The Nuremberg Funnel and Can You Fly That Helicopter?

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What is the Nuremberg Funnel?
Imagine this. You own a device through which you can easily and effortlessly pour into your mind all the wisdom and knowledge you require regarding any subject. That is the Nuremberg Funnel. It is put across with poignant satire in these illustrations.

Apparently, wherever the good people of Nuremberg go, they are asked if they have brought the Nuremberg funnel with them! This joke is based on the fairytale where a young boy learns from one of the blacksmith masters about the existence of a mythical Funnel of Knowledge and sets out on a quest to acquire it. He finds out that the Funnel of Wisdom is in the possession of the King of Utopia. He undergoes a series of adventures, but is unable to acquire it. The fable ends on a wise note. The boy’s adventures make him so wise that he no longer needs the Funnel!

This fable of the Nuremberg Funnel reminded me of this scene in the Matrix movie.

I was pleasantly surprised by the term appearing in the title of this book on Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill.

Permanently

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Permanently

by Kenneth Koch

One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.

The Prometheus Movie Viral Videos

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Posters for the movie, Prometheus

A team of scientists and explorers make a journey to a distant world, where they discover and awaken a dormant alien race. This is old territory, a first-contact story which has been the subject of a lot of movies before. However, Ridley Scott’s space based thriller will be a welcome change from the current crop of comic book flicks.

I am intrigued by the three cleverly made promotional viral videos (embedded below) for this much anticipated movie.The promos have an in-game movie sequence quality to them. The kind where a small part of the bigger story is revealed when a level up is earned.

Happy Birthday David

Michael Fassbender as David the android.

34 Rules for Writing Well

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34 Rules For Writing Well.

  1. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat).
  2. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  3. Always avoid annoying alliteration.
  4. Don’t use no double negatives.
  5. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  6. One should never generalize.
  7. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

Matrix Table Tennis Spoof

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The Matrix, Japanese creativity and craziness meet Table Tennis in an awesome spoof. Watch out for 1:12 when the awesome “camera angle change” happens. :)

Email Exaggeration

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Upgrade Issues to Husband 1.0

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Question:

Hi Tech Support,

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and I noticed a distinct slowdown in the overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0 .

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NEWS 5.0, MONEY 3.0 and TV 4.1 .

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2. 6 simply crashes the system.

Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.

What can I do?

Response:

Dear Madam,

The Chase Intel i5 Processor Ad

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An action packed chase sequence through various program windows. Reminds me of the clever animations in Flash that involved stick figures and total destruction of the UI. This is, of course, much more polished and sophisticated. But then, that was 1999 and definitely not Intel i5 powered!