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BORED!!! … but Why?


Bored

Why do we get bored?

I FAIL to understand and would go any length to understand, probably would get many along with me as well to find out … why?  People around me say this a lot, including myself “I’m not working today because …  I’m bored.” But if you think hard on that exact feeling, would lead to perpetual darkness, unable to explain anything about it.  Wonder if its because of the kind of work we are involved in. There would be a day or two when inertia overpowers us.

Trying to unearth this mystery, i sought for a Medical explanation as to why we get this feeling? I am no Medical student so my easy access was a dictionary. It says “feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity.” (was bored & hence this effort.) Even in Medical science there is not much that is known about it, except that boredom is very unpleasant and can only be experienced and cannot be expressed. This finding was completely orthogonal to my imagination as i had thought of some hormones getting drastically low and hence experience boredom. It is believed by some researchers that people experience boredom out of an inability to know what they are feeling and what it is that they really want. This feeling has a new medical term — “Alexithymia” which means inability to know what one’s feelings really are. Well my inference is … if you don’t have any work that keeps you occupied, you get bored. Is it possible that, one can have a situation when there is nothing to do? I tend to disagree. We get bored when we do not want to do, what we are supposed to do.

Now … look at my sorry self , got bored in what-ever work I was involved in, started writing this blog so as to make myself understand or rather  incoherently as to why I got bored, trying desperately to change my mental state  and probably you too got bored in what you were involved in, looking out for a change, began reading my blog and that state is called BOREDOM.

aah ..! truly a long one but what the heck..? I was bored 🙂

— Go Green, Save a Tree —

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April 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Metadata of Images

Have you posted an Image or 2 on the Internet ? Of course … Who doesn’t nowadays. Everyone is hooked to at least  one social networking site. Be it the popular Orkut and FaceBook  or  Web-blogs all have images of all types.

You might ask me … So What ?? Well i would be more than happy to answer that.  Did you know that when you take a photo with a digital camera, a truck load of background information is embedded into the file called Exchangeable image file format (EXIF   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchangeable_image_file_format) metadata, including when the photo was taken, the make and model of the digital camera, the exposure, shutter speed, lens focal length, whether the flash fired, and some other interesting tidbits. Sure, if you have nothing to hide about ,then you should not be worried but still why give away more information ?

Digital cameras save JPEG (.jpg) files with EXIF  data and  Camera settings and scene information are recorded by the camera into the image file. Believe it or not, Preview application on Mac OS X can display all this EXIF metadata — you just have to know where to look.To see the EXIF data for the current image, just press Command-I, then click on the Details tab, and if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see a header for EXIF Properties, along with the full scoop on your image.
check the below image that i had taken for its meta data.

This is on Leopard 10.5

generalinfo

nandimoriinfo

This is on Tiger 10.4.10

nandimeta

OK, all said and done … but how can i remove or clean Up the image you want to upload ? No need to get paranoid, you got lots of applications on Windows but i am surprised to see that there not even one good application on Mac . The closest that i could been in getting a tool was SnapCleaner 1.3 and that too its not free !  This application didn’t work for me and hence i wouldn’t recommend it at all. For Windows you can use this small application called JPEG & PNG Stripper
You can also use this website  http://camerasummary.com which is an online EXIF data extractor that provides information.

Next time you have personal photos and want to upload it on to the web especially social networking sites … TAKE CARE !

— Go Green, Save a Tree —

April 15, 2009 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

Your MacBook against THEFT

Has the fear of your Mac Book stolen … gripped you at-least once? Well, One of the common fear’s for all those fortunate people who own mobile gadgets, especially the beautiful Mac Books – is THEFT . None can take his eyes off this notebook and if you are one those unfortunate people, sure would have itchy feeling in your hands. But have you ever wondered if Apple ever had any protection plan for Mac Books?

Mac Book Air

“Beginning with the PowerBook G4 (12-inch, 1.5GHz), PowerBook G4 (15-inch, 1.67/1.5GHz), PowerBook G4 (17-inch, 1.67GHz), and iBook G4 (Mid 2005), Apple portable computers feature a Sudden Motion Sensor. Intel-based Apple portables such as the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air also make use of the Sudden Motion Sensor.” This is text written in Apple website.

Navigate to “About this Mac” by clicking on the Apple symbol on the top left corner of the screen in your Mac Book and click on “More Info…” and you see

sensation

Sudden Motion Sensor is designed to detect unusually strong vibrations, sudden changes in position or accelerated movement. If the computer is dropped, the Sudden Motion Sensor instantly parks the hard drive heads to help reduce the risk of damage to the hard drive on impact. If you want in depth understanding about Sudden Motion Sensor visit http://osxbook.com/book/bonus/chapter10/sms/

There are many applications which make use of SMS ad protect your Mac Book.

1. LockDown – Anti theft system for mac is a Mac security application built from the popular iAlertU. Once your alarm has been set off, your computer will sound a loud alarm and prevent the system from being muted or put to sleep. http://www.foozoodesign.com/lockdown.html

2. iAlertU – AlertU is the first of its kind alarm system for your Apple MacBook computer.  Basically iAlertU is a car alarm for your Apple Mac. iAlertU uses the built in sudden motion sensor (SMS) device to detect movement of your Apple MacBook and triggers an audible and visual alarm.http://www.slappingturtle.com/home/

3. BumpAlarm 0.9 -BumpAlarm is a program that uses the motion sensors in Apple’s new Powerbooks to trigger various actions when motion is detected. It can be set it to automatically play a sound file, send an email alert, or run an applescript.http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/17684

SMS can also be a source of entertainment to some extent and here are few applications which you can check out.
1. SeisMac —> http://www.suitable.com/tools/seismac.html
2. MacSaber —>http://blog.isnoop.net/2006/06/22/macsaber-11-attack-of-the-backlight/

I actually installed MacSaber and it was fun to play with.

mac-saber
3. Slapbook 0.65 —> http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/22148
4. Liquidmac —> http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/games/simulation_and_sports/liquidmac.html

Have Fun!!!

— Go Green, Save a Tree —

April 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment


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