Please digg this up to help Quicksilver gain the developer support it needs to stay alive! Alcor has doomed it to a "long slow death," help see that this doesn't happen!Fri, December 7, 2007 - 4:22 PM permalink
1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.
Word History: We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity, which he coined in one of the 3,000 or more letters on which his literary reputation primarily rests. In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that “this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word.” Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of “a silly fairy tale, called The
Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of....”
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This post is a combination of transcribed content from video recorded at a PubCon 2007 evening session that featured Matt Cutts, my organization of that content, and related resource links for websites or articles Matt spoke about during his presentation.Sun, December 9, 2007 - 9:55 PM permalink
Many people have asked me which text type is best for a magazine, a newspaper, a poster, a newsletter, a publication, etc. In general, I tell them which to use, but I know that this is not the best answer, because they won't learn to do this by themselves.Tue, December 11, 2007 - 12:27 AM permalink
Here's a killer application that fully realizes the possibilities of touch surfaces as specialized control interfaces: ProRemote converts the iPhone or the iPod touch in a wireless control for Pro Tools LE with realtime feedback. We talked with Alex Lelievre about when to expect the beta and the final version.Tue, December 11, 2007 - 8:26 AM permalink
The first color wheel has been traced back to Sir Isaac Newton, who in 1706 arranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet into a natural progression on a rotating disk. As the disk spins, the colors blur together so rapidly that the human eye sees white. Artists have been experimenting with colour wheels ever since...Tue, December 11, 2007 - 1:44 PM permalink
The company's latest diabolical plan involves giving away free copies of Windows Vista Ultimate, Office Ultimate '07, Money Plus Premium, Encarta Premium or Streets and Trips -- scary, we know. All you need to do is fill out a few surveys now and then, and download a little app that lets Microsoft watch your every move for three months.Tue, December 11, 2007 - 7:31 AM permalink
A former CIA agent has defended the use of torture as an interrogation tool, insisting that the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, a major al Qaeda figure, got him to talk in less than 35 seconds.Tue, December 11, 2007 - 12:51 PM permalink
Speaking at a Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Michael Dell says that his company is seeing Linux update on the server end increasing faster than Windows. Recent claims by Microsoft alleging software patent infringements have also not affected Linux-based hardware sales. Excerpt from silicom.com: He said:Mon, October 15, 2007 - 3:09 PM permalink
Hernandez may well be the most expensive college coach in America, charging as much as $40,000 to get a student into an elite college. As one of this fast-growing industry's most visible practitioners, she uses methods that are publicly scorned by rivals but are nonetheless becoming part of the profession's standard operating proceduresSun, October 14, 2007 - 8:55 AM permalink
The day before yesterday I showed the above video (it has now been viewed nearly 100,000 times), which shows some jaw dropping examples of next generation image manipulation, and said âI want this in PhotoShop immediately.â Well, that may be happening sooner rather than later. Co-inventor Shai Avidan has now joined Adobe...Tue, August 28, 2007 - 3:25 PM permalink
Behold the view from 117,597 feet, taken on August 11, 2007 by a camera hanging from a helium balloon launched by a group of guys in Alberta, Canada. Called the SABLE-3 (Southern Alberta Balloon Launch Experiment #3), it was packed with a Byonics MicroTrak 300 APRS tracking device, a Nikon Coolpix P2 digital camera set to snap one picture per min.Fri, August 24, 2007 - 11:09 AM permalink
"A couple of days ago while I was reading a magazine I saw a pretty cool soda ad where they used a lot of water drops in its design. It was excellent and I thought that I could create the same effect in Photoshop using the layer styles."Fri, August 24, 2007 - 3:02 PM permalink
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