Toyota iQ – As Nimble As A Mouse – Literally

When Toyota said that the iQ was as nimble as a mouse, they weren’t kidding. They turned it into a giant mouse-on-wheels.


Twitter’s Follow Bug

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[tweetmeme source= “thequinnlytimes” only_single=false]Sometime today (or last week – or last month, who knows? I don’t.) Turkish Twitter user Bora Kırca dicovered a Twitter bug that would let someone force someone else to follow said person by simply typing “accept username” (for instance, typing “accept billgates” would force Bill Gates to follow you). He supposedly dicovered this “on accident“, by tweeting “accept pwnz.” Why? he apparently likes a group called “Accept”, and to show his love, tweeted that. But instead of seeing the tweet posted, Twitter user pwnz started following him. He then did what any other person would do – make famous people follow him. Twitter’s answer to this mess:

We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them. We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we’re aware and this too should shortly be resolved.

Every Twitter user’s followers and following were temporarily reduced to zero; It appears this mess has been taken care of now.

Twitter Client Smackdown: Who Will Win?

There are so many different Twitter clients I don’t even know them all. I’ve compiled a list of the best ones. The prize? I’ll keep it; the losers will be uninstalled. Here it is:

First place: DestroyTwitter

My personal favorite is actually a Twitter client called Blu, but it stopped working, so it doesn’t get a mention here. Anyway, this one gets first place because it’s most like Blu.

Adds: No.

Multiple accounts: No.

Facebook: No.

Second place: Seesmic For Windows

Seesmic is a sleek, beautiful Twitter client that looks tight at home on a Windows PC.

Adds: No.

Multiple accounts: Yes.

Facebook: No.

Third place: Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a nice Adobe Air-based Twitter client that has all the features.

Adds: No.

Multiple accounts: Yes.

Facebook: Yes.

Honorable mention: Sobees

This one most likely would have got third place if it weren’t for the fact that it has adds.

Adds: Yes.

Multiple accounts: Yes.

Facebook: Yes.

Chrome Vs Potato

It’s official: Chrome is now faster than a speeding potato. And sound. And lightning. This is the test:

These speed tests were filmed at actual web page rendering times. If you’re interested in the technical details, read on!

Equipment used:

– Computer: MacBook Pro laptop with Windows installed
– Monitor – 24″ Asus: We had to replace the standard fluorescent backlight with very large tungsten fixtures to funnel in more light to capture the screen. In addition, we flipped the monitor 180 degrees to eliminate a shadow from the driver board and set the system preferences on the computer to rotate 180 degrees. No special software was used in this process.
– 15Mbps Internet connection.
– Camera: Phantom v640 High Speed Camera at 1920 x 1080, films up to 2700 fps[.]

And this is the making of the test:

Apparently Google thinks that it’s not good enough to just say Chrome is fast, but that they have to actually show us that it’s fast.

HTML5 May Be The Future, But Not Yet

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HTML5 might be the future, but not until there is a standard codec for it.   Techcrunch states that HTML5 is the future of the internet (Schonfeld, 2010).  I disagree.  You see, Flash is just one plugin, from one company, Adobe. But with HTML5, there are many different codecs (e.g., Ogg Theora and H.264). For example, I prefer to use Firefox, but I can’t watch HTML5 Youtube videos because there are multiple codecs as compared with Flash there is just one plugin that works with any browser. But the problem is, everyone seems to think HTML5 is the future. IE 9′s big evolution from IE 8 is going to be really good HTML5 graphics. Google, Microsoft, and Apple all think that HTML5 is the future. My conclusion is that it might be the future, but not for a while.


Schonfeld, E. (2010).   Microsoft agrees with Apple and Google: “The future of the web is HTML5”.  Retrieved on July 10th, 2010, from

Hmmm…. Maybe I Won’t Go to Russia

Oh, great. just great. This Russian company has invented (thankfully, not made) a missile system that disguises itself as a shipping container. Thanks a lot, Russia. I’m sure we’ll sleep tight knowing you can bomb us with a mere semi.

Update: It appears the video has been deleted. Why? Who knows. Maybe they’re plotting an attack!!

Today’s my birthday!!

For my party, we rented the pool at a hotel in Eldridge for a couple hours. My cake was this really good trifle where you put whipped cream, cherry pie filling, and angel food cake in it. It’s really good. I got an iPod docking station that doubles as a lamp, and Harry Potter Clue from my friend Matt.