The Geek Biker

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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Merry X-mas and keep it festive!

All jokes aside…this wasn’t the Christmas I planned.

Apart from the weather that didn’t play along, there was a disturbance in the force and the  festive mood drew the shortest straw. My wife tried to keep it as happy as she could and we tried not to concern ourselves with the massive-fucking elephant in the little apartment we call home.

Without boring my fingers with the childish details that tilted the equilibrium, lets just say that not all grown-ups are grown up and children can get pretty tiered of that.

We’ll see what the next few days hold for us. But isn’t that just it. Sometimes you have a great time, the next you are looking for the easiest escape route pointed out by the closest cabin crew. Such is life.

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Facebook Suggestion Intelligence

Most of us use the old facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. Apparently facebook is smarter than me. It knows exactly who I need to connect with and why.

A feature was introduced a while ago where facebook would inform you who on your home page that it is time to connect with with this fella because you haven’t spoken in ages. Or with this fella who you should know because 29 other friends know him. Maybe this isn’t such a bad idea for the bored facebook prowlers. They could hang around on the homepage and as soon as smartypants facebook makes a suggestion, they pounce on it.

But luckily facebook is smart in that sense as well; Lets assume you dislike this one person in the group of “friends” that you really couldn’t care less if they know how to use the internet, if you don’y want to see that bastards face who 29 other people are friends with, you can clickidy-click the little cross next to the suggestion and that would take remove his mugshot from the side.

That wouldn’t be a bad idea if I cared to click a little cross on every suggestion they made. You’ll notice a little See All link on the top. Wow, so not only didn’t I want to see this person/people in the first place, but I can clickidy-click on that and see them all!!!

So I’ve spent a good 1 minute of my life I will never get back to edit and show you what I mean:

Suggesta Box

Suggesta Box

Take a good look at the above. Just because Pitty the Fool has 29 mutual friends, doesn’t mean I give a shit. Or because Mr Leave me Alone doesn’t have any friends, should I care?

My suggestions to the suggestions box are simple:

1. Add a tad more intelligence to pick up that the 100 times I didn’t add Pitty The Fool to my friend list, and stop suggesting him.

2. Add the Who gives a shit button like below:

New SuggestaBox

New SuggestaBox

By clicking Who gives a Shit it will not only destroy the suggestion box but will also select the fattest rubber chicken and slap the developers silly with it.

Now that is webapp intelligence I would like.

You’re a bad man!!

We’ve all seen the look alike photos posted all over the net right?

Here is a over-posted-yet-I-can-never-get-tired-of-seeing-it example:

Darth Pope

Darth Pope

So today I’m going to jump on the band wagon again… I saw this post : The Most Unflattering Picture of Steve Jobs Ever. Apart from the fact that I hate it when people just add “Ever” at the end of sentences, I clicked the link and its about a guy using a few pictures and a simple little app to create a collage of Steve Job’s face. Why Steve Jobs? I think it might have something to do with this post where they used BSoD photos to make a collage of Steve Balmer (Wait…they both are named Steve???). Anyway, back to Jobs…

Here is the pic of Jobs:

Nice ain’t it…. well no, but I thought to myslelf : “Myself, I saw that picture before…even that pixelated” So I turned to Dr Google and got the picture I was thinking of:

Stab him!!!

Were is another one without the guns and knife and pixels:

Baby Jobs

Baby Jobs

So if you’re still not sure who I’m trying to compare him to:

Now I’m not saying that Jobs is evil and I’m not saying that he will one day try to take over the world with his iPods which we just keep on plugging mindlessly into our ears. I’m just saying that the collage made from/for him looks really bad.

But here is something to think about: