iPad vs iRock

(Credit: http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/30/ipad-v-a-rock/)

I guess there are still plenty of people would like to have a iPad, even it lacks some “basic” features. It is a good alternative to the Kindle. If you want to sit down and use iPad as a desktop computer, you can connect it with a keyboard.

It costs around $500 USD, but I am not going to buy one, since I don’t want to have too many gadgets sitting at home covered by dust.


What is the funniest bug you’ve ever experienced?

I found this on stackoverflow.com. You can read more here –> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/175854/what-is-the-funniest-bug-youve-ever-experienced

Some of them are funny

The best bug report I ever got was for the Sims 2. The bug report was, “Ugly naked guy appears.”
The bug turned out to be that the NPC in question had clothing from an expansion pack, and the expansion pack wasn’t available so he would turn up to your house naked.

At Microsoft, there’s a hardware test lab that’s responsible for testing the zillions of webcams out there against each new build of Windows to make sure it doesn’t break anything. One of the webcams was rolling when the 2001 Seattle earthquake hit.

After that earthquake, every bug database in the entire company had a few bugs entered of the form “when I click on the Update button, the entire lab starts shaking”, or “when I deleted the file, things started falling off the shelves”.nMost of the bugs of that form were closed “not repro”.

Video included:

A friend in college asked me why his code wasn’t compiling. I was reading over it and found he had a variable named IndexOfSmallest, but at one point he had misspelled it as IndexOfSmellest. Now that’s what I call a code smell!

Edit: I found that earthquake is kind of “interesting”, after posting above, so here are some of the videos:

Ubuntu 9.10 has no sound within Dell XPS Studio & how to fix it

This post may be boring and it would be helpful for some people like me searching through the Internet to find out why there is no sound in my laptop. In my case, there is no sound in Dell XPS studio (model 1645) when running Ubuntu 9.10. I can say the driver support is very good for Windows, but Linux is very bad and I have to rely on the helpful community.

If you are running Ubuntu 9.10 and have a HD-Audio-Model (I don’t know what exactly it is), I think you can do:

* sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf (backup this file first)

* Add the following lines at the end of the alsa-base.conf
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1

(you need to replace dell-m6 with your model by searching here)

* Restart your computer (I know how to do it) or restart your sound card (I don’t know how to do it).

Then it should work, I hope. 🙂

No-laughing or you get beat

“Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!” (Downtown’s ‘This Is No Job For Kids!!’) is the funniest Japanese game I have ever seen. According to Wikipedia, here is how it works: members of the cast who were not successful in completing a preliminary trail will be subjected to compromising, absurd or ridiculous situations for a long period of time. Members must refrain from laughing no matter what.

If anyone of them caught by the Watcher, he declares member(s) to be “out”. A number of “hang-men” come out and execute a single strike on the rule breaker(s)’ butt. (That is why is called “No-laughing or you get beat”, I think)

Here is a video clip (with English sub-titles) about 5 of the casts cosplayed as female nurses in a hospital.

Clip 1:

Clip 2:

I believe you can search “no laughing” in YouTube to find more clips.