2 months, 1 week ago
The Hofmeister kink is an automobile design feature seen on modern BMWs and automobiles by other manufacturers [...] which consists of a low forward bend at the C-pillar or D-pillar in the case of touring vehicles or SUV’s.
The kink first appeared on the BMW 3200 CS and the BMW 1500 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1961 and was later named after then-BMW director of design, Wilhelm Hofmeister. Apart from its stylistic effect, the Hofmeister kink is said by BMW to suggest that all BMW models have rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive biased to the rear).
Once you know about it, you can’t stop seeing it (especially on BMWs). The picture above is from New Media Campaigns, where there is also more information about the kink.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hot Hardware recently had an article about upgrading an old computer with a new GPU:
New video card launches from AMD and NVIDIA are almost always reviewed on hardware less than 12 months old. That’s not an arbitrary decision — it helps reviewers make certain that GPU performance isn’t held back by older CPUs and can be particularly important when evaluating the impact of new interfaces or bus designs.
The downside of this policy is that it leaves a gap in product coverage. Gamers with older systems often miss out on whether or not a new graphics card will be a meaningful upgrade for aging systems. That’s particularly important as the speed of the desktop replacement cycle has slowed.
I recently went through something similar when my EVGA GeForce 9800GTX KO died and I had to replace it. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti had just been released, and all reviews pointed to it being a great deal so I bought an EVGA SuperClocked GTX 660 Ti (which was the same price as the non-overclocked version at the time).
Here is my system apart from the video card:
After I swapped the cards out, I was able to turn the settings up in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. But, I ran into a problem: the bottleneck shifted to the CPU. I had to back the settings down a little because all 4 cores of my CPU were maxing out at 100%. I hate to think what would happen if I ran a game like Crysis or Battlefield 3.
The results from the Hot Hardware article were a little more optimistic, but they do show great results. It seems that their old system was still a much more modern setup than mine, which I built back in 2008.
4 months, 1 week ago
iPhone 4 and 4S
iPhone 3G and 3GS
I made this from a desktop-sized version a while back, and I thought I would post them up here. There is a retina size for the iPhone 4 and 4S, a lengthened version for iPhone 5, and a reduced size for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. They’re all available in the gallery above.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
iTunes 11 was released today, and seems to have made at least one major feature change: iTunes DJ is gone, replaced by a new feature called Up Next (the small dialog box open in the screenshot above).
How it works:
- Everything has a little arrow button that lets you Play Next or Add to Up Next. This button shows up for albums, individual songs, playlists, artists, and so on.
- The Up Next dialog box is opened by clicking on that “list” icon in the right side of the player area, or by pressing Command + Option + U on the keyboard.
- There, you can see previously played tracks, delete tracks from the Up Next list, rearrange them, and so on.
When I realized that iTunes DJ had disappeared, my first thought wasn’t good. But after using the Up Next feature for a while, it has grown on me a lot. I actually think it’s a much more streamlined implementation of the feature than iTunes DJ ever was.
The only problem is that dialog box. It’s so small, and when you start queuing whole albums back to back, that’s only going to compound this limitation.
My suggestion: Make the Up Next feature a whole sidebar to the right on its own. This may cut into the screen real estate for the item listing, but it’s a lot better than exiling such a main feature to a small dialog box.
Apple definitely seems to be limited with screen real estate with iTunes 11, though.
Update: Just discovered something new. In the Mini Player (Command + Option + M) mode, opening the Next Up list makes it a windowed view. Pretty cool, check it out in the screenshot to the right.
7 months, 1 week ago
Turns out the
<slash:comments> tag was added to the core a long time ago… who knew?
I’ve updated the plugin to 2.0, and all it does now is put up a warning in the admin area saying to delete the plugin as it’s just causing an useless plugin to load.
Original Trac ticket in case you’re interested. 6 years? Has it really been that long?