With Apple launching the latest verbal assault on Vista today at the WWDC, the battle between Apple and Windows is becoming bloodier by the day. Website XvsXP.com attempts to settle once and for all “which operating system would offer users a richer out-of-the-box experience”. They use over 100 different topics for comparison, and evaluate each using what they term “truth and objectivity”. Makes me wonder what type of computer they wrote the article on. Scratch that, regardless, it was probably written using Word, although that’s not provided with either “out-of-the-box”. Oh well, let the battle continue. If you’re thinking about purchasing either, this may be the guide for you. Otherwise, check it out for the very least to see which one has better GUI and why.
Swiss design team Martino D’Esposito and Alexandre Gaillard have created a new and aesthetically pleasing way to piss off pigeons that have become a foul (no pun intended) problem for buildings across the land. Called Pigeon Repulsive, these laser cut silhouettes of New York, Paris, and Lausanne can be attached to the edges of buildings, replacing the skewers that are currently used for repelling duties and adding a little style to the otherwise slab sided building. Though just a concept, I wonder why something like this isn’t used currently.
Audi, and what has to be one of the most law scoffing ad agencies this side of Africa (where this pic is from), posted a banner for their new RS6 right in front of the prying lens of a speed camera. Though only a before pic, it would be amazing if the after pic used the speed camera’s evidence photo to advertise inadvertently (on the government’s behalf, definitely advertently on Audi’s behalf) for the company. Imagine opening a ticket and finding a picture of you merrily speeding along in your Ford Focus underneath this thing. Would you pay it? Frame it? Make it your holiday card picture? Though if you do happen to be driving in an RS6, the ad serves as fair warning, as you are likely to get your fair share of holiday card moments behind the wheel of a 450 hp V8, twin turbocharged, twin air-to-air intercooled, quattro behemoth. Either way, work on your smile and head on over to Africa for some photographic fun.
[Via: German Car Blog]
Used to be car company Strathcarron was swallowed whole by Javan Sports Cars Limited (oddly enough of scale model fame) after a British governmental sideswipe in 2001 left it unable to comply with new Single Vehicle Approval Rules. The after product is the Javan R1, a lightweight, hand built, and world-class speedster (not a scale model, a real car this time). Designed for the road or the track, Javan is thinking global and preparing both right and left hand drive models. Weight is kept down using an “aerospace designed and manufactured epoxy bonded aluminum honeycomb monocoque”, which translates roughly to really, really light and made by scientists and stuff. To continue the scientists and stuff theme, it uses a “computer designed race car inspired suspension. All of the power (hey, it’s only 220 hp but this thing only weighs as much as the rims on your hummer) comes from a mid-engine 2 liter 4 cylinder i-VTEC DOHC engine stripped out of some sort of super Honda (some sort of Civic on ‘roids I’m assuming) that revs to 8600 rpm via the six-speed gearbox. If you want, they’ll even supercharge it, and add launch control, either to reign in the supercharger, or to send you into orbit (probably the former, but you never can be too sure what they’ve got planned).
- Weight: 670kgs (Google tells me this equals 1477.10 pounds).
- 0-62mph (100kph): 3.6 seconds
- 0-100mph (160kph): 9.8 seconds
- Standing 1⁄4 mile: 12.2 seconds
- Top speed: 155mph
All this can be yours for the low, low price of £30138.75 (Google again to the rescue, $57,061.70). Get in line though; they’re only going to build a twelve-pack per year. Bumper sticker that says, “No, I am not on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” not included.
For more information, or to place your order (you lucky dog), contact Javan Sports Cars Limited.
BookMooch is yet another way the Internet is replacing the neighborhood. Remember the video store? Yeah, it got Netflixed. Remember shopping at a store? Yeah, it got Amazoned. Remember trading a book you loved with your neighbor so they could enjoy it too? Now, no need. A web site called BookMooch allows readers to trade their books with each other for points, and then use those points to get books from other users. No longer are you stuck with only the first Harry Potter book. Now, trade your way through the series without having to ask your 10-year-old daughter if you can borrow hers. Here’s how it works:
- For every book you trade, you get a point. Then, you can get a book from anyone else for a point. Really like the book? Just keep it. Can’t get past page 2? No problem, just trade it to someone with more ‘eclectic’ tastes.
- For every book you enter information for into their system, they give you 1/10th of a point. The only catch is that you must trade one book for every two that you receive.
- Got good heart? Donate points to your favorite charity or hospital, and let people far less fortunate than you have a little joy in their life. (Come on, I know you want to).
- No one has your book yet? Create a ‘wishlist’ with Amazon. Then, when someone finally gets the nerve to give up their only copy of Catcher In The Rye, they’ll know who to send it to (and who to hide from). Also, if no one offers the book you’re looking for, you can break down and purchase it on Amazon through their site, allowing BookMooch enough commission to keep their servers up for one more day.
- Just like eBay, other users create a feedback score for you. Keep trading them heavily used copies of their favorite childhood book? Lower scores for you. The higher your score, the more likely someone will help you on your search for that French edition of Everybody Poops.
- Cost? All you pay is shipping. Too bad if you’re trying to ship the 1424 page, 3.9 pound hardcover brick of a book War and Peace, but not a bad deal for what people normally read.
So head on over and check it out. Your mom will thank you (but your TV won’t).