Author Archives: Quinn C.

About Quinn C.

I live outside of Eldridge, IA. Yes, I know that it says that I live in Davenport, IA, but really I live closer to Eldridge. I just have a Davenport address. My hobbies include: magic, video games, movies, reading, and anything to do with technology.

Wallpaper Land

I’ve started a new blog, Wallpaper Land, which you can check out here. It’s a wallpaper blog. I will post nice wallpapers that I find during my adventures on the internet. Check it out! I should be posting my first wallpaper sometime soon here.

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Google is Tempting Me With Big Bouncy Balls, But I’m Still Using Blekko

If you go to Google today, you should see a logo comprised of 66 balls. When you first visit the page, the balls fly up, bounce around for a bit, then fall back into place. If you mouse over the balls, they fly away from your mouse, as if it had a force field around it. This is completely entrancing. The first time I saw it, I played with it for about 5 minutes! No one quite knows what it symbolizes, but you can read some people’s best guesses on the WSJ here – apparently their holding a press event tomorrow about search. But, I wouldn’t have heard about this, unless I had read this Techcrunch article. Why? Because Google is no longer my home page. I am testing a new search engine called Blekko. And, I tink there is room for it in the search world! I doubt it will ever overtake Google. I don’t think any company can ever overtake Google. Google is simply just to large. But! I think it will come down to this: Google, the giant search company doing many more things, like email, and Blekko, the little powerhouse startup that doesn’t do much besides search. People who just use the internet for searching and shopping, and not much else, will flock to Google, while tech enthusiasts will flock to Blekko (I’m pretty sure I fall in this category. 🙂 ). See, Blekko allows you to narrow down your search results in way’s Google doesn’t. Actually, come to think of it, Google doesn’t let you narrow your search results at all. Anyway, soon I will post a review of Blekko, and explain more about it (“soon” meaning tomorrow – most likely). But don’t rush off to blekko.com and try to sign up just yet – Blekko is invite only at the moment. Sorry.


The Results of The Poll – Finally

Sorry about that. I completely forgot about it. Anyway, the results are – drumroll please – a tie! Firefox technically won, but only because I voted, so I’m going to discount that vote. So, it was a tie between Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Also, it seems that I forgot to include Internet Explorer, so sorry if you wanted to vote for that. I did, however, include an “other” option, so…


The cult of iThings (via head, heart, hands)

The cult of iThings A friend – and fellow Mac user – alerted me to a great article in today's Sydney Morning Herald, about the enthusiasm Apple devotees show for the newest gadgets produced by the company, despite the apparently hefty price tag. In it, Damian Thompson (just prior to confessing that he already owns an iPad) asks: Anyone who has studied addiction will recognise two troubling features of our obsession with this technology: the replacement of people by … Read More

via head, heart, hands


Firefox Just Perfected Tabbed Browsing. It’s Like Apple’s Expose Plus Spaces For The Web (From Techcrunch)

I’ve been playing around with this for a little while, and it’s amazing. I mean, this is probably the future of tabbed browsing. I’ve been using Chrome as my main browser for a while, but this and the other UI tweaks in this alpha may convince me to switch back. You can download it for Mac here and for Windows here. Be warned, though, this is the alpha, so it is potentially very buggy. Edit: If after you close it and re-open it again it asks to install an update, don’t install it, because it will get rid of Tab Candy.

(Also, let me know if those links don’t work, and I’ll fix them.)

Firefox Just Perfected Tabbed Browsing. It’s Like Apple’s Expose Plus Spaces For The Web

If you’re anything like me, at any given time you have a dozen to two dozen tabs open across multiple web browser windows. It’s great to have all these webpages open and ready to click on at any second, but it’s a nightmare to try and remember where each is with so many open. I shudder to think how much time I waste on this each day. Luckily, Mozilla is working on a solution. A new feature called Tab Candy is in the works. It’s still early in tes … Read More

via TechCrunch


A New Version Of Google Chrome Now Due Every Six Weeks (via TechCrunch)

A New Version Of Google Chrome Now Due Every Six Weeks With their Chrome web browser, Google has always been obsessed with speed. And now they're speeding up another aspect of it: how often stable builds are released. The goal now is to release a new stable version of the browser every six weeks — about twice as fast as they currently do, Google says. In other words, get ready for Chrome 6, 7, 8, and 9 coming soon. So why is Google doing this? Because they're creating new features so quickly and the … Read More

via TechCrunch


Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown (From Wired)

Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown

For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true. A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009. The audience loved it. The 3GS was twice as fast as its predecessor, it included a camera that shot video, and the updated iPhone operating system enabled multimedia messaging and tethering — the ability to use the phone as a modem. Just one problem: While many customers in Europe and Asia could enjoy all those features, AT&T, the iPhone’s sole US carrier, wouldn’t allow video messaging or tethering at launch. In other words, the most advanced features wouldn’t be available to AT&T customers. Read more…

From Wired