Archive for January, 2015

Squeezing a playable chess program into 487 bytes | Ars Technica

In a day and age when major game releases can clog up 65 gigabytes of hard drive space or more, its nice to know that classic game design doesnt require nearly so much storage space. Case in point: BootChess, a playable computer version of the classic board game that fits in a single 487-byte file.

via Squeezing a playable chess program into 487 bytes | Ars Technica.

Easy Mac Hacks: Get the RSS Screensaver Back in Yosemite | Mac|Life

In OS X Tiger, Apple introduced a new screen saver to help show off the new RSS reader abilities in Safari. The RSS visualizer screen saver was designed to read in an RSS feed and display its contents whenever your screen saver would appear. Apple discontinued this screen saver back in Lion, at the same time they stopped including an RSS reader in Safari. For those who would like to reminisce, you can get this screen saver back on your system, and we’ll show you how to do it in this article.

via Easy Mac Hacks: Get the RSS Screensaver Back in Yosemite | Mac|Life.

Google Sheets: How to Write a Custom Function | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

Google Sheets (spreadsheets) lets you write custom functions using JavaScript.  JavaScript is perhaps the world’s easiest programming language, and there are many examples on the internet, making it easy to copy. There are lots of reasons to write your own functions.  For example, you could convert a temperature reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit. You could make a cell change color if your budget shows a shortage.  You could program the commission you pay your employees based on the formula you use.  Some of these things you can do with the functions that are already in Google Sheets.  However, if you write your own function, then people who share documents with you can reference those and not have to recreate that logic. Here’s how to write a custom function in a Google Spreadsheet.

via Google Sheets: How to Write a Custom Function | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial.

A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium

A Teenager’s View on Social Media

Written by an actual teen

via A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium.

Blue Jeans Cable Strikes Back – Response to Monster Cable | Audioholics

Little did the lawyer drones over at Monster know that Kurt Denke, the president of Blue Jeans was, in a former life, a lawyer by trade. Oops!

via Blue Jeans Cable Strikes Back – Response to Monster Cable | Audioholics.

DTG :: News :: CES 2015 day one: top five TV innovations

Interesting to stay up to date with what’s happening in the TV industry even though I have personally been very mobile focused for the last few years.

For some time it has seemed obvious to me that games will be thing that takes TV app usage to the next level (just as they did for mobiles) and the Samsung / Sony Playstation tie up seems to be a huge move in that direction.

Only trouble is I still don’t think Samsung LED TVs are a patch on my old Panasonic plasma !

DTG :: News :: CES 2015 day one: top five TV innovations.