Awesome things from 2010

The end of the year is almost here, and over the course of it I’ve come across some things that are either enjoyable, indispensable or just plain awesome which I figured I would share with the world even if nobody really is reading.

YouTube Options (Chrome Plugin)

This extension is simply amazing, not only does it hide the stupidity of comments but it works well at stripping out annoying ads that precede almost every movie it seems lately.  Add to it the fact that it can give you a download option for videos and disable auto-play and you have probably one of the slickest and simplest mods for Chrome yet.

ASUS EeePC

I picked one of these up last month because I was tired of lugging around my cumbersome i7 based ASUS laptop when I wanted to relax in the living room or put some time in on a project at work.  The battery lasts for roughly 2 and a half hours on a full charge and it despite the small size its fairly comfortable to type on.

Hamster Video Converter

By far the simplest video converter I have used yet, and the best part is that its FREE!  It converts things fast and offers pretty much any output format you could possibly want, even MP3 output for YouTube videos that you really don’t need the video from.

Portable Apps

This site is the hub for all things USB and portable, both of which make me a very happy Panda indeed.  I carry a stick full of the apps with me pretty much everywhere these days and its been a blessing on numerous occasions when I needed a web browser that wasn’t jacked up with toolbars and stupid features like IE tends to be.

Tornado touchdown in Brooklyn

So it seems that the unthinkable has happened, a tornado has touched down in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  As a person who works in disaster services I can safely say that the idea of a tornado rampaging around in New York City positively scares the living crap out of me, about the only thing worse would be a Category 5 Hurricane cutting loose and destroying shit.  Fortunately nothing catastrophic like that happened, just the usual mild damage to building exteriors and as far as I have heard there were no fatalities.

Canadians think Wifi is making their children sick

I really wish this was a joke, prank or just misinformation but sadly these people honestly believe that the signal from 802.11x wireless access points and routers are causing their children to get sick.

A group of central Ontario parents is demanding their children’s schools turn off wireless internet before they head back to school next month, fearing the technology is making the kids sick.

Some parents in the Barrie, Ont., area say their children are showing a host of symptoms, ranging from headaches to dizziness and nausea and even racing heart rates.

They believe the Wi-Fi setup in their kids’ elementary schools may be the problem.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/15/ontario-wifi.html#ixzz0ytFW7MHW

I don’t even know what to say really, it seems like these people lack the common sense to realize that if such signals really did make people sick then perhaps it would be more widespread as opposed to just in selective areas where the insanity levels must be a little bit higher than normal.  I personally have a router modified with the dd-wrt firmware in my bedroom running at above-average transmit power and I haven’t been sick lately, my city is covered in wireless and last I heard parents here weren’t moaning about ill children to the school board.  If there was any truth at all to this nonsense don’t they think that kids all over NYC would be sick 24×7 given the proliferation of wireless in such places?

I can only hope that the school boards who get hit with complaints about these kind of things are intelligent enough to realize that the parents making the complaints are about as stupid as you can get and fail to realize their children are bullshitting them plain and simple.  The whole thing is nothing more than the logical evolution of the cell phone cancer debate that cropped up as cell phones became widespread, with any luck it will die the same fate given enough time and force-fed sanity.

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