Nerd Crap Archive

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The Art of Glitching

So, a friend of mine asked me for any piece of mac or windows software that would “glitch” images as he needs it for some artsy thing. I didn’t quite understand what he was after at first, but when the conversation continued and I put my Google Fu to work I realized people were glitching images as an art form. You know when sometimes there’s data corruption on your hard or usb drive? Images get all twisted and/or with a crapton of artifacts in it. Glitching is the art of doing it on purpose! It’s also hella fun to look at the result in some cases. Here’s a ‘glitched’ image so you can have a better perception of what I’m talking about. Non glitched on the left, glitched on the right. Click them to see a bigger picture.

Non Glitched Glitched

Looks great, doesn’t it? But how exactly does one do this? Well…read on, friend.

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My take on what’s wrong with Blackberry

I’ve recently begun looking for a new smartphone as my trusty Spica started to feel a bit..uh..old. Odd for a 1 year old phone to start feeling old but hey, it had already been out for quite some time before I got it. Menus and interaction was a bit sluggish at times, couldn’t install as many apps as I wanted because it’s available space was very limited, started missing some calls because it wouldn’t ring (no idea what caused it), had to constantly factory reset/reinstall rom because something would go bork and stop working, etc. While doing so, I remembered how much I loved the qwerty physical keyboard on my former phone, the Nokia E71. With that in mind, I remembered how well regarded Blackberry phones are/used to be in that aspect, so I started checking out some online reviews.

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OS X Flashback trojan identification and removal

Despite what most OS X users think and say, OS X is in fact as vulnerable to trojans and/or rootkits as any other Operating System. Though it is significantly harder (or not) to do so in a Unix machine, the increase in Apple computer users has turned their operating system a viable target for mass infection and botnet operation.

This time around, a trojan named as Flashback has reportedly infected more than half a million computers worldwide. It earned it’s name due to the nature of the infection, pretending to be an Adobe Flash update and thus being granted administrator privileges by unsuspecting users to download and install it’s payload.

Apparently the trojan takes advantage of flaws within the Java versions found within latest versions of OS X. Although Oracle published a fix for it several weeks ago, Apple is only just now making it available to it’s users generating this way a fair amount of controversy.

An advanced description of the trojan as well as identification and removal methods can be found here, thanks to the folks at F-Secure.

 

Edit: F-Secure has made a tool available online to remove Flashback from OS X machines here.

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Sweet Home Alabama performed with tesla coils

Holy crap!

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The Really Really Long DragonCon 2011 Video

All I can say is that I’d like to be there pointing at everything with a dumb smile on my face.