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I’m a fan of the new Facebook design. I had a few issues, though, so I made a Firefox extension to make it more readable (and remove all the ads). See the before and after screenshots below.

» Click to install ‘Fix New Facebook’

(hassle-free!)

Before
Before Fix New Facebook

The changes…
Plan for fixing the new Facebook

After
After Fix New Facebook

The extension is simply a compiled Greasemonkey userscript that adds a few CSS styles → fix-new-facebook.user.js

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Posted on July 24, 2008

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When I’m not getting fffffff.at, I go to Burning Man and make some art with a crew called Image Node.

To further this, I’ve made an open-source DIY blinky kit that you can assemble at the FATlab this Saturday. 28 LEDs, 4″ square, runs off an AVR Mega168 and two LED drivers.

blinky

Check it out here

Posted on July 15, 2008

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The Acer Aspire One ZG5 is currently one of the hotter new items in the Hong Kong electronics market. It is a small (9.75″ x 6.75″) and cheap (3,400 HK$ or $436 USD) laptop running from a 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1gb ram, and an 8gb solid state hd. Out of the box it comes with a Linpus Linux opperating system (which looks like this). I found the OS to be functional but lacking a lot of what I love about Ubuntu, so I installed Ubuntu 8.04. The Aspire has no optical drive so you need to connect an external CD drive containing the boot CD. Ubuntu installs very easily on this device, the only problem I had was getting the the wireless to work for which I needed to follow these easy 5 steps.

Mine was purchased from Centrafield in the Golden Computer Arcade (one of the largest electronics markets in HK). To get to the market take the MTR to the Sham Shui Po stop, exit out of the D escalator, and look for this sign.

More photos here.

Huge love to my overly generous Chinese brother Neo for the gift.

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Posted on July 10, 2008

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Media Matters (a non-profit site dedicated to “documenting conservative misinformation”) reported that Fox News recently featured photos of two New York Times reporters that appeared to have been digitally altered — “the journalists’ teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe’s hair moved further back on his head”.

In celebration of all the retouch artistry going in the “news” I decided to make a special Fox News edition of my DeTouch project (originally intended to highlight alterations made in model photographs). The brighter the pixel value the more the image has been altered. View resulting images below and the interactive online application here:

www.ni9e.com/detouch/foxnews/

The original DeTouch website can be viewed at detouch.org

The applet was built in Processing, and the source code is here.



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Posted on July 8, 2008

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