Tid.bi.ts: Issue #I

by Vinaya HS on January 5, 2007

in General Stuff

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“Tid.bi.ts” makes its debut on GEO 12.97°N 77.56°E. Each week I bring you up to five easily digestible tidbits (def: “tidbits” are tasty morsels of information) from across the web. Published every Friday, these tidbits can be browsed over the weekend or even better, read one tidbit a day over the next week at work. It’s a neat way to become an information-ninja at your workplace.

Without further yapping, here’s the first issue of Tid.bi.ts.

You have been humming along with a Microsoft Windows-powered PC all these years and then one fine day out of the blue you are thrown in front of a Mac. Eeeeeks! Grrrrr! Oh No! Panic? Smoothen your transition with a little help from Adam Pash’s “A Guide For Switching to a Macintosh”.

There’s never a better time than now to pick up a foreign language. With technology, you can do that for free. Check out LifeHacker’s “Learn a language with podcasts” tip. Happy learning.

Got a dog with four legs and walking with a stoop at a particular angle? Rush to the nearest patent office, grab an application, and apply for a patent. It’s that bad. SensoryMetrics’ got the scoop on one such patent application: “Verizon gets patent for ‘call snooping’.” In light of my recent article on Do No Call Registries, I wonder why our cellular service providers have not come up with such ideas. Oh, I forgot. They’re too busy implementing their get-rich-by-screwing-the-customer schemes.

Headphone cords always manage to get themselves messed up in a tangle. It’s time to show them who’s boss and all it takes is 30-seconds! Duh!

Tip via LifeHacker – How to wrap a headphone cord.

Ever wondered how to download those videos on YouTube? Here’s a geeky command line utility to make you stop wondering – youtube-dl: Download videos from YouTube.com. It requires the Python interpreter, version 2.4 or later, and it’s not platform specific. It should work in your Unix box, in Windows, or in Mac OS X. On a related note, for the more adventurous/amorous reader, there’s also pornotube-dl: Download videos from pornotube.com.

That rounds up the first issue. Leave a comment if you like Tid.bi.ts.




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