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"Magic Flashlights" video by Knife Show Inc.

» posted 4083 days ago @ 01:40 AM by George Merlocco in general

Although the content of this video is not very technical, it is my favourite wintertime hobby, snowboarding (OK, it's tied with hockey). The reason that I'm posting this is because I was truly intrigued by the glowing light trail effect that the producer, Mike Benson used when editing the film. Despite the fact that I don't have much expertise in video editing, it's still easy to tell that Mr. Benson did a smash-up job with this. Watch the video a few times and you'll notice true effects with the lights that you didn't on the first viewing.

Knife Show Inc and friends uncover a strange phenomenon at Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood. Snowboarding video takes place in and out of High Cascade Summer Camp. Shot and edited by Mike Benson.


Fido cancels Conditional Call Forwarding option for Voicemail users

» posted 4222 days ago @ 03:43 PM by George Merlocco in technology

As of the last few weeks of February 2008, Fido has made a change to their Conditional Call Forwarding service. Basically, it came down to the fact that if you were subscribed to any of Fido's Voicemail options (either alone, or in a value package), you lost the ability to do Conditional Call Forwarding. The difference between Conditional and UNConditional, is that the former allows your phone to ring from 5-30 seconds before the call is diverted to another set of numbers based on whether certain, well, conditions are met. The latter, unconditional, means just that. It will forward all calls instantly to another single number. Note that UNConditional forwarding still seems to work, and most likely will continue to.

I had called a few Fido CSRs before, but none of them could confirm as to whether or not there was a way to re-establish CCF by possibly disabling the Voicemail option, even if you were paying for it as part of a package. Others at the HowardsForum topic had luck with simply disabling VM, but it's expected not to last very long.


Move old IIS logs or any files using this handy script!

» posted 4676 days ago @ 03:11 PM by George Merlocco in technology

Over the many years that I have been administering Windows Servers, one of the most forgotten and cumbersome tasks is to properly manage the log files that servers generate. Hosting websites and other services often generate many .log files which can grow to immense sizes. Recently this had happened to me, and I was looking for a method/script to run through a directory I point it to, and move all log files older than a certain date to my other partition.

After a bit of hunting around on the net, I eventually came across this GREAT script that uses the Windows Script Host to do exactly what I wanted. The script was developed by pforret, and is available for download at the end of this post. The current version of WaRmZip.wsf is v1.7. Below is a listing of a few functions that it is capable of:

waRmZip.wsf v1.7 (Nov 2005)

Utility to clean up/free up space in a folder (and its subfolders):

  • compressing files after a certain number of days (with external program)
  • rotating files after a certain number of days/above a certain size
  • deleting files and/or empty folders after a certain period of time
  • moving files to other folders/disks

Microsoft's next-generation of web development tools

» posted 4815 days ago @ 03:11 PM by George Merlocco in technology

Microsoft has definitely been at it lately, preparing a new suite of technologies to hopefully coax more designers and developers to use their tools while creating websites. Basically, everything is built on the ASP.net 3.0 Framework, and even v3.5 is out in beta (v3.0 just came out!). Although I am more of a web designer and I don't use VS.net/etc., my co-founder Justin, is definitely right on top of the developer world, and plans to dev with all of this new stuff. I'll have to get him to post more info about it, but basically Microsoft has released updated versions to a whole slew of it's products, including Visual Studio 2008, Expression Studio, .net 3.0, Silverlight, and LinQ, just to name a few ;)

Designers will most likely be interested in the Expression Studio, as it couples with Silverlight to allow you to create rich, multimedia presentations on the web that can talk to back-end services for retrieving/manipulating data. XAML is used as the bridge for passing data between the back-end/database and the front-end. Developers will be focused more on Visual Studio 2008, LinQ, and ASP.net 3.0/3.5, as well as AJAX.net v1.0. Each of these two distinctive categories of website development are broken down by Microsoft into two formats, WCF and WPF.


Japanese beat doll...wonderful work of engineering!

» posted 4922 days ago @ 02:56 AM by George Merlocco in technology

It's time for another video folks! (I promise to start posting more relevant issues to the world of webdesign, but since this site is still a work in progress, this will have to do!). I came across this video and had to post it locally because I never want to forget about this dancing work of art. I would buy one, but the problem is, this thing is SO advanced (and there's only one), so it's just not available at this time. Anyways, have a look below to see what I'm talking about...don't miss the links to the creators' sites after it too!


Digital Grafitti Ink on Real Surfaces

» posted 4962 days ago @ 12:14 AM by George Merlocco in technology

It's not too often that you see something like this explode onto the 'net (...well, ok, maybe this happens more often than not), so I thought I'd share it with those of you who haven't seen it. Basically, the GRL has developed a method, along with an application that allows you to temporarily 'paint' on large buildings/walls with a projector and laser pointer. The team was in Holland and demonstrated this ultra-cool technology. Much more respects go to them for developing an actual Windows program which puts all of this together.

Check the video below for the scoop, then continue reading for the instructions on how to build one yourself!


Royksopp - Remind Me (Video)

» posted 4984 days ago @ 12:45 AM by George Merlocco in design

Very interesting concept for Royksopp's "Remind Me" music video. It is sort of like a large set of info-graphics that link to each other and animate in between. Great idea for what this woman's daily work day is, and how everything that she encounters is a system of it's own, and links back to her.


Web 2.o Re-think Ourselves.

» posted 4984 days ago @ 12:10 AM by George Merlocco in web

Take a look at this pretty enlightening video as to the history of the web, and how it's changed over time.