geek: November 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg It was a sound which greeted millions of computer users and is forever associated with Microsoft Windows -- but this theme was composed on a Mac.

Music legend Brian Eno has recently described the process of being hired by Microsoft to create a selection of possible themes for Windows 95.

Speaking on BBC’s The Museum of Curiosity Eno said the he was given a list of adjectives which the four second piece should convey -- including inspirational, sexy, driving, provocative and nostalgic.

Then he revealed that he used an Apple Mac to knock up 83 pieces for Microsoft to choose from before adding the kicker.

No I wrote it on a Mac. I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them," he said.

If you're anything like us, you'll like to fill every spare waking moment watching cute animals and ridiculous stunts on YouTube.

As such cooking a ready meal can feel like a wasted four minutes -- or it did before and engineering team of students created the YouTube microwave.

The μWave -- created as part of PennApps Data Hackathon -- takes the time your food will take to cook and then searched YouTube for an equally timed video.

Users then get to watch the selected clip as their meal is microwaved… and should you have got bored during the cooking, the microwave will also send you and SMS and a Tweet.

275x250.jpg Animal rights campaign group PETA has launched a scathing attack on an unusual target -- the Nintendo video-game mascot Mario.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say that in the latest Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land, the famous plumber appears to wear fur.

This is a reference to a magical Tanooki suit which grants the mustachioed one special powers in the game.

However it appears that even wearing digital fur is a no-no for PETA who point out that in real-life tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur.
PETA have also released a parody online game which sees ethical gamers take control of a skinned raccoon pursuing Mario.

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