Google Swathed in Solar Panels

Google has covered all the buildings on it’s campus in solar modules. 9,212 of them to be exact.

My favorite part about this is that they didn’t just stop at doing the rooftops, they also covered the parking lots:

To gain even more solar surface area, Google installed solar panels as “shades” over several of its parking lots, keeping cars cool and generating power at the same time.

Arial or Helvetica

Everybody loves Helvetica. There’s even a movie out with its name. Some designers have expressed their unabashed love for it. Arial is just a sad knock off of it.

But can you tell the difference from the two?

I got 8/10. Not too bad, although Judatha might have something to say about that. After taking the quiz, check out this linked article.

If you’re into type, and you didn’t get a perfect score, you’ll be shaking your head at how obvious it is after reading the article.

Via Vitamin.

Hacking John McCain

This has got to be one of the best pranks I’ve seen in awhile. In short, John McCain’s MySpace page was using a template from Mike Davidson’s. That’s fine, except that McCain’s page was pulling images directly from Davidson’s server, using up Davidson’s bandwidth in the process.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process, let’s just say that it’s a big no-no to use someone else’s image on your site by linking to the image on their site. It means that each time your page is loaded, the image has to get downloaded from their site. If you going to steal someone’s image, at least have the courtesy to upload it to your server first.

Davidson decided to do a little swicheroo with McCain’s MySpace images:

Mccain supports gay marriage

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Via Daring Fireball.

Adobe CS3 Suites

All of these different versions of the Abode Suite are making me want to pull my hair out. I can’t wait to try and figure this one out for our computer labs the next time we do upgrades.

Get the breakdown here:

Also, get it from the horse’s mouth:


Check out this video where David Bradley describes how he invented the CTRL-ALT-DELETE key combination. It was apparently just originally a development tool. In this video he jokes about how he invented it, but it was really Microsoft that made it famous. Bill Gates is on set as well, and his reaction is absolutely priceless.

Via O’Reily