Author Archives: Stefano

What do “The edge of tomorrow” and Wargames movies have in common?

The edge of tomorrow is a pretty cool movie: the plot and the script shows some really nice ideas about time warping, looping and so on. As a movie fan, though, I spotted something very funny. In the opening scene, … Continue reading

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Pure genius: The Simpsons rendered using *only* CSS!

This is really awesome! Do you know CSS? Do you think you can master CSS enough to build whatever web-page layout you want or any special effect? Before answering, consider taking a look at Chris Pattle‘s Simpsons in CSS. Full … Continue reading

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Blast from the Windows-past: how to delete file & folders from NTFS drive with wrong names & nested folders

You never learn enough… (about Windows, I mean). Problem. During a routine backup operation, I found a Windows NTFS drive contained several files and folders which could not be deleted due to wrong naming. Yes, it’s 2014 and we’re still … Continue reading

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How the future of electronic communications looked like in 1982: Compuserve’s “Welcome to someday”

$5 per hour: that’s how much it cost in 1982 to get on the ‘Net. Well, actually, not Internet: just Compuserve, with its e-mail services. As Wikipedia reports: The original CompuServe Information Service, later rebranded as CompuServe Classic, was shut … Continue reading

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Zooming into a microchip: that’s where the (computer) magic happens!

This reminds me some Tron Movie sequence. Take a look at this nice video, you’ll zoom in into a common chip, thanks to a scanning electron microscope, and peek into the micron scale to see what’s really like to be … Continue reading

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European Election 2014: results provided in real-time thanks to open-data #EP2014

May 25th marks not only European Paliament Election day but a ‘first time‘ for open data. The European Parliament is making a range of tools available to make it easier for the media to cover the European elections on 25 … Continue reading

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How much economic value & wealth do tech companies build in a second?

The answer to this question come from a dynamic infographics from WorldPayZinc (a mobile payments company) that show in a very appealing and smart way how much does a tech giant (check your favorite) does revenues and profits in a … Continue reading

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#RaspberryPi Jasper: somehow like #Siri, but open-source voice-control #software.

This is why I love Raspberry Pi (at large). Meet Jasper, an open source project driven by two Princeton students, that’s a lot like Siri (and the Samsung-alike) and enables the tiny Raspberry Pi to operate through an USB-connected microphone … Continue reading

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#RaspberryPi announces forthcoming new “Compute Module”!

Raspberry Foundation has just annnounced the forthcoming “Compute Module”: a RPi on a ‘so-dimm-like’ module and plenty of power! This may the ultimate solution for building RPi-based systems which feature: – low-cost, – low-power, – low-profile, – the best price/performance … Continue reading

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April fools’ 2014: Google Maps + Augmented reality!

April Fools’ Day this year is bringing several new ideas for pranksters! Google has created a video advertising an augmented reality Pokémon game loosely tied into Google Maps. In Google’s vision, players would hold their smartphones out in front of … Continue reading

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