Articles written by Nicole

GMaps Pedometer

My entries as of late are making me look like a regular Google fangirl. But I can’t help that people keep creating cool apps with Google APIs, and I have to pass them on. My latest find is GMaps Pedometer. GMaps Pedometer uses Google’s mapping functionality to record distances travelled in running or walking workouts. […]

2005 Tour de France with Google Earth

There are so many uses for neat apps like Celestia and Google Earth — from the educational to the creative. On the creative end is Harry Love’s use of Google Earth to record the Tour de France. Be prepared with lots of RAM, a fair amount of processor speed, and a good video card.

Google Master Plan

All the speculation as to Google’s master plan can now cease since someone has finally captured proof. The Master Plan was documented on the first floor of Google building 43. You’ll notice that rogue scientists, weather control, spy satellites, and Internet 3 are all part of “the plan.”

Mobile Google Maps

It was really only a matter of time before an ambitious someone made Google maps mobile. Mobile GMaps is free software for J2ME-enabled mobile phones and devices that displays Google Maps and Keyhole satellite imagery. The FAQ gives a list of supported phones.

Beginner's Guide to Podcasting

Okay, here’s my full geek disclosure for today: I really don’t know anything about podcasting. There, now you know. Sure, I’ve heard bits about it, but not having an iPod until recently I hadn’t bothered to read much on the subject. Thus why I found Justin Labo’s Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting on CNET useful. It […]

Science Magazine Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Special Online Features

Apparently, Science Magazine is turning 125, and they’re celebrating with a special online collection of articles. In a special collection of articles published beginning 1 July 2005, Science Magazine and its online companion sites celebrate the journal’s 125th anniversary with a look forward — at the most compelling puzzles and questions facing scientists today. The […]

The Hello World Collection

Have you been wondering how to write a hello world program in Octave or Vatical or Snobol? On the very, very off chance that you have, you might find The Hello World Collection handy. The collection includes hello world programs in 181 languages from popular to obscure.

Moxi: Software Rendering the Physics of Ink

In an attempt to make computer animations and illustrations look more realistic, researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed Moxi. Moxi is a brush-and-ink style paint program that uses the model of pigment particles in water flowing onto paper. Basically, it shows the detail of paper absorbing water and pigment […]


Want to give your fancy digital shots a little retro touch? Might I suggest the Polaroid-o-nizer? Just give it the url of an image you want to “onize”, change the tilt degree or background color, if you wish, and Polaroidonize away.

Estimating Realistic Project Deadlines

I can’t be alone in the thought that estimating project deadlines is hard. Well, picking a date isn’t hard, but picking a realistic, mostly accurate date is. Bert Webb, of Open Loops has written a helpful post on just that subject, including a nice equation for estimating a realistic deadline. If only I had always […]

BitPim: A Program for Cell Phone Data Manipulation

From what I can tell, BitPim is not a new app as the original release dates back to 2003. However, there’s a new update out dated June 2005. BitPim in a nutshell: BitPim is a program that allows you to view and manipulate data on LG VX4400/VX6000 and many Sanyo Sprint cell phones. This includes […]

Cake: A Framework for PHP Application Development

Okay, so I’m not the first one to this party, but I have to say that Cake has definitely piqued my interest. And, besides, why should Ruby On Rails have all the web hype spotlight? The official informational byline: Cake is a lightweight framework for rapid development and easy maintanance of PHP web applications of […]

30 Things You Didn't Know You Can Do on the Internet

I spend way too much on the Internet so I expected to have heard of most of the the sites and services listed. However, I was surprised to find some cool ones listed that I didn’t know about. A couple: – Swap things, just like the name says – Search 100s of travel […]

YubNub: A (Social) Command Line for the Web

The web app YubNub may have been created for the 24-hour Rails Day programming contest, but it’s a great concept. YubNub is essentially command line for the web. For example: After setting it up on your browser, you simply type “gim porsche 911″ to do a Google Image Search for pictures of Porsche 911 sports […]

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Video Games

Some would have you believe that video games are evil. But, as Jane Pinckard’s article notes, one can learn a lot of life lessons by playing video games. An example lesson: 2. Always, always be moving. This is most true in multiplayer. Don’t hang around waiting, because even though you have the sniper rifle, they […]

Planning Your XBox Retirement

With the impending release of the XBox 360, you may want to do something with your first gen XBox besides just send it to Shady Pines. Hack A Day has compiled a good set of links with various semi-retirement options ranging from installing XBox-Linux to using it to build a cluster.

Gizoogle: Transizlatin' Pages an' Search Results

I have to post about Gizoogle because I know everyone’s been thinking that they need to find a search engine that will translate pages and show search results in Schizzle Dizzle speak. The grammar-conscious part of my brain is crying, but another part is laughing.

Darkside Switch Campaign

The animation site pixel red has started a Darkside Switch Campaign. Now you can learn the real reason Anakin switched. The whole Jedi ‘thing’ just wasn’t compatible with my lifestyle…

Abusing Amazon Images

Nat Gertler, quite the enterprising fellow, has cracked the image code. In his article, he breaks down the makeup of the image source path from adding discount tags to rotating the image to placing text on top of the image.

Grafolicious: Tracking bookmarks

Grafolicious is a new tool that tracks the evolution of a bookmark. The tool is the product of its author’s free time over a couple months. Not bad, I say.