Under The Wire

Under The Wire

Saturday, August 30, 2008

e-Mule is free software, you don’t have to pay for it!

2369321329_649f0027fd_m Hi, I’m writing this post since yesterday a friend of mine asked  why he had to call a phone number in order to have something like an eMule activation code. Of course since eMule is free software you don’t have to pay for it, nor it requires an activation. You are seeing the request of such code because you downloaded a modified version of the software form an unofficial ad fraudulent site.

The only thing you have to do after having downloaded a fake setup is  trash the installer and download the right one from the official site. Next time double check what you are clicking on the Google page and do everything but clicking on sponsored links.

The last thing I want to share with you, my dear newbie, is the super-secret Google function to retrieve music. I hope you are going to find it useful.

To get a copy of a modified version of eMule just follow the simple steps I’m describing below:

  • Point your browser to the root of all evil
  • Query Google for eMule, download eMule, or something similar (making the query ad more nooby as possible is a homework left to the reader)
  • Follow the first sponsored link.
  • Congratulation you are just going to download a modified eMule installer.


I first read of the special eMule version by this post of Napolux. After reading the post I was waiting for a friend coming with the question: I had to wait for four days, not bad :-(


Thursday, August 28, 2008

More evidences of Apple troubles

576776475_ad8a0560b6_m Earlier this week I wrote a post saying that Apple products just worked. I don’t know what happened to my RSS but seems that the heresy is spreading faster and faster: maybe I just subscribed the right blogs, but you can’t hide the evidence of the problems.

In the last days I found other interesting articles and blog post that I’m going to share with you.

You can read an article by the New York Times titled Apple Imperfect: maybe Mr. David Pogue is on vacation, or maybe he is preparing a new fun video of what Windows 7  copied form Mac OS X. The fact is that he is too busy to check what his mates are publishing.

I’m sorry for Steve Jobs: yesterday he had to think to some little things a bit more important than Pouge’s silence: iPhone Ad has been banned (I’m still waiting the ban of the get a mac campaign, but this is another story), the mobile device is experiencing security hole and last but not least App store showed the world what does censorship means. I think it is a good score, isn’t it?

At the beginning of this post I mentioned about bloggers complaining: here we have one unlucky user. I guess that in the next days I’m going to find other sad posts.

Please Steve, turn on again the reality distortion field, I’m missing it.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 is available

2157506783_898e51fc7c_m I’m just downloading the new beta form the official site. You can read on the official blog what has been changed or come back in few days to find my first review.


Don’t worry for my navigation, my main browser is Opera, so even if the beta is too beta I don’t mind :-D


Playing with Photosynth

204356743_489a8bd99b_m Last week Microsoft Labs released Photosynth, a cool application that enables you to make synth from your photos.

I gave it a try using photo I made while I was having a bike trip just to have fun climbing a mountain and taking some shoots to the other side of the valley in order to test the application. You can see the result of my synth here. I hope you will appreciate that I take photos from several points and that I tried to embrace the whole valley with my shots.

The result it is quite good, all the pictures were matched in the right way and the final effect is cool. The only thing I would change is the way pictures are showed: I can’t stand the fact that the picture I’m looking at is highlighted making evident that the synth is a collage of photos. I think that building the synth as a 3d scene without referring to the photo the it is made of would be a way better.

So far Photosynth is still a geek game, but I think that changing little things it would be the next big thing in photography ;-)


I am still waiting for someone I know to post on youtube a video made with his helmet camera. I know I promised to send him some photo I’m making. Actually I am  still waiting for photography gods to send me the inspiration for a good shot, so I don’t have any photo to show you :-(


Monday, August 25, 2008

It just worked

527857450_7267fbb37e_mIn the past there was a company that had the it just works mantra. Now they are getting bigger and should at least change the tense of their motto as I did in the title of this post.

Our readers (and also at least on of my co-authors) should remember when I unveiled what someone wanted to keep secret. Now it seems that other bloggers decided to tell the world their problems.

But this is not the worst thing for the company that has to pay actors to have someone lining out of their shops to make some photos just to tell the world that there is actually somebody interested in what they’re doing.

Once reality come out also the reality-distortion-filed seems to need some fix: on the Internet the heresy is spreading.

What do you think? Are blogger suddenly become victims of collective madness? Or do you feel like somebody who wake up after a nightmare where you were forced to think different?


Saturday, August 16, 2008

How to entertain millions of people

Microsoft always knows how to entertain millions of people... with a Blue Screen of Death! More pictures here.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Photo of the Week #04

Fantastic shot by ms4jah.


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