RSS Day

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Happy RSS Awareness Day! If you don’t know about RSS and “feeds”, then today is the day to educate yourself! Head over to RSSDay.info to learn more about the day and to find a few links to get you started. Otherwise if you are a sometimes RSS Reader or a heavy “feeder” then you really should check out the Toluu sharing and suggestion service to take your RSS game to the next level. Toluu is still in beta but I have invites, just leave a comment on my interview with the founder of Toluu, Caleb Elston, letting me know you’re interested.

Toluu Invite Code & RSS Day

RSS Awareness Day

We’re just a few weeks away from RSS Awareness Day (May 1st). Given the proximity to my own birthday and my love of made up tech holidays (Programmer Day) I couldn’t pass up the chance to mention it. To celebrate I suggest that you get some RSS Suggestions from Toluu.com and expand your RSS reading.   To get an invite to Toluu all you have to do is read our recent interview with Toluu Founder, Caleb Elston and leave a comment expressing your interest!

toluu logo

As a side note I feel the need to confess that my domain name addiction has resurfaced. GoDaddy’s $0.99 .info domains have lured me in and I’ve purchased RSSDay.Info, at the time of this posting only the blog is up but check back next week and hopefully I’ll have made some progress.

BUJUN GNSBB YVNZ Decrypted

I know what you came here for, you went to ThinkGeek.com and saw the free April Fool’s Day T-Shirt:

NSA Encryption Tee

And you want to know what it means, you want it decrypted and according to my post title you think I’ve got the answer…

I Don’t :-p

*UPDATE: Thanks to Knetwork Reader Frank for posting the needed cypher (ROT13). The text BUJUNGNSBBYVNZ decrypts to OHWHATAFOOLIAM or Oh What A Fool I Am. And as an extra bonus I’m not going to kill you now that I told you!

Happy April Fool’s Day! I’ll tell you what I would suggest, order yourself $20 worth of goods, get the shirt free, and maybe they will give you the decryption key. Of course it’s entirely possible that the shirt doesn’t decrypt to anything or that if someome tells you what it means, they’d kill you. If you’re going to order something I suggest that you pick up a USB Rocket Launcher. You know you want to…

 

USB Rocket Launcher


April Fools 2008 on the Web

April Fool’s Day pranks know no bounds and you’ll find them all over the web today, here are some of my favorite from the sites I regularly visit.  I’ll try to update as I come across more today.

ThinkGeek: Always one of my favorite sites, the top banner advertises Wii Sports for the iPhone and it only gets better from there…

Google: The search giant gets in on the fun too…

  • Virgle Pioneer – “Earth has issues, and it’s time humanity got started on a Plan B. So, starting in 2014, Virgin founder Richard Branson and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be leading hundreds of users on one of the grandest adventures in human history: Project Virgle, the first permanent human colony on Mars.” (be sure to apply!)
  • Google Wake Up Kit – “The “wake up” notification uses several progressively more annoying alerts to wake you up. First it will send an SMS message to your phone. If that fails, more coercive means will be used. The kit includes an industrial-sized bucket and is designed to be connected to your water main for automatic filling. In addition, a bed-flipping device is included for forceful removal from your sleeping quarters.”
  • GMail Custom Time – Set the time on your e-mails to anytime (min of April 1 2004 when GMail launched) Only 10 custom time changes a year so use them wisely!

Woot: For April Fools Day, Woot has Woot-Off featuring the same product over and over and over! Click the pictures from the posts to see the power pack on vacation!

If that’s not enough for you then make sure to check out AprilFoolsDayOnTheWeb.com

12 Sites for Virtual Easter Eggs

EasterEggsHappy Easter!  It seemed appropriate to put together a list of Easter Egg sites, and I’m not talking about the beautiful colored eggs, I mean those little surprises hidden away in movies, DVDs, games, software, and web pages.

Easter Eggs in Movies and DVDs:

  • DVDEasterEggs – Focuses on Easter eggs in DVDs and helpfully includes the region code.  If you have a huge DVD collection consider signing for the RSS feed to give you something new to look for when you watch your favorite movies over again.
  • Netflix – The DVD rental by mail site lists lots of easter eggs for the movies it has, need something for your queue?  Take a look and see any of these sound interesting to you.
  • IMDB -  While not official listed as easter eggs, you can find a lot of theme under the “Fun Stuff” category on the sidebar.  Just check out the movie you’re about to see and find out if there’s anything you should be looking for.

Easter Eggs in Games:

  • GameSpot – GameSpot has a great article listing the Greatest Easter Eggs in Gaming History, a good read if you want to hit the highlights.
  • YahoVideoGames – Another list from YVG of their favorite gaming easter eggs.
  • DigitPress – Hits a lot of the older games, lists eggs by system and then game.

Easter Eggs in Software:

  • SoftwareTipsAndTricks – This computer help site has amassed a great collection of easter eggs hidden in various operating systems and other common applications
  • FreeSoftwareMagazine – This site that caters to free and OS software users has a list of easter eggs in free software.

Easter Eggs on Web Pages:

  • robert.accettura – This is a fun list of eggs that can be found in the HTML of some of the larger sites
  • Moo – Moo.com is running an online easter egg hunt this year, find the eggs and win prizes!

General Easter EggSites:

  • EggHeaven -  A clean and easy to use site with over 1000 eggs in 14 different categories
  • EEggs – The site isn’t as nice, but with over 10,000 eggs in 7 categories this is the place to go if you want to find an egg