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Nine Techniques for CSS Image Replacement

CSS image replacement is a technique of replacing a text element (usually a header tag) with an image. An example of this would be including a logo on a page. You may want to use a <h1> tag and text for this for the accessibility and SEO benefits, but ideally you'd like to show your logo, not text.

CSS-Tricks presents Nine Techniques for CSS Image Replacement.

How to Download Google Docs With a Click?

If you were to open up any file, be it docs, spreadsheet, or even an unsupported file format, on Google Drive, you will either be brought to view or to an another page where you can perform a "File > Download". There is no direct and straightforward way to download a file.

This gets even more troublesome if your intention is to share a file to a friend through Google Drive. Your friend will not be able to download the file immediately without doing a "File > Download".

Luckily, there is a simple trick to share a link and your friend would be able to click and download immediately. Here's how to do just that.
Find out the file idThe download link will be as such:[FILE ID]

Keep Your Google Contacts Updated with a Simple Google Script

An interesting method to get your friends to fill in their own personal information and have them synced back to your Google Contacts, all by running a Google Script.

The Google Script, provided by Digital Inspiration, can be found here.

» Keep your Google Contacts Up-to-date with a Google Script | Digital Inspiration

Yahoo! testing new home page interface

Yahoo! testing new home page interface, simplifying it. In my opinion, it looks very Google News to me.

Infographics: A Short History of Facebook Privacy Failure

Happy Holidays Doodle from Google

NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

2012: A Year of Microsoft Milestones

As 2012 winds down, here’s a video and slideshow highlighting how Microsoft has built its devices and services foundation for the year ahead.

Microsoft blog on 2012's milestones.

Twitter Photo Filters

Samsung Galaxy S III Premium Suite Upgrade (Part 1)

Samsung has announced a Premium Suite upgrade for its flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III.

A full list of features can be found here.

PM Julia Gillard Addresses the End of the World

Australian PM Julia Gillard addresses the Australians that the end of the world is near and is to set to be the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Do you believe in it?

How is money created?

2 young guys refused to leave breastfeeding room

The below 2 young guys were videotaped for refusing to leave a breastfeeding room in the Woodlands Regional Library despite after being told to leave. They even made a vulgar gesture in the video.

The full story can be found at TNP.

Goodbye to the Windows Live Messenger soon

It has been donkey years since I last used Windows Messenger as my main IM. A few days ago, the Windows Live team blogged that the Windows Messenger will be retiring soon in all regions except mainland China, making way for their just-bought-1-year-ago Skype.

A post on the Skype blog announced the integration of Messenger into Skype. Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype. By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.

President Obama teary thanking campaign staff

How to dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7?

Mashable has an article with screen captures on how to dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 without having the need to ditch Windows 7.

A brief summary on what are to be done:

Create a new empty partition.Download Windows 8 from Microsoft as an ISO and burn it into a DVD.Run the Windows 8 installer.Choose to install into the new empty partition.That's all!

Happy Birthday from Google

Romney's Loses the 2012 Election: Romney's Complete Concession Speech

Obama Wins the 2012 Election: Obama's Complete Presidential Victory Speech

Apple post apology but made sure it needs scrolling

Apple first published its first 'Samsung did not copy' notice on UK site but was criticised for its inaccuracy. The UK court ordered Apple to revise the apology within 24 hours but Apple said it would take 14 days to make the change. The court of course didn't accept the argument and questioned of the technical difficulty faced by Apple.

Today, Apple finally relented and posted a more correct apology but it comes with a caveat. Any user, coming with any screen resolution and any device, visiting the UK site will have to scroll down before spotting the very non-obvious short apology statement, below the page footer. This is made possible because of some rather clever piece of JavaScript code.

In case the apology is taken down for whatever reason, read on below for the revised apology.

Samsung / Apple UK judgment

On 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8…

Google Translate improved - Now with reverse translations for suggestions

Google Translate is now improved! After completing a translation, Google Translate will now provide reverse translation back to the original language for their suggestions so the user can better determine which of the translated terms are more appropriate.

Our users often tell us that they check our translations by translating them back into their original language. Reverse translations can distinguish translations of different meanings and reveal subtle differences among similar words. Each translation is now annotated with its most frequent reverse translations.
This is an excellent update. Do note that for now, this feature is currently available only when translating from or into English.

» A Smarter Dictionary for Translation | Google Translate Blog

iPad Mini Commercial

Showcasing the history of their iProducts at the same time. And, it's FUNNY!

Photo Sphere on Google Nexus 4

Forget about panoramic shots. Photo Sphere lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences.

Watch the Weather Channel Live on YouTube

PSY + HYUNA Gangnam Style

Yahoo will not recognize "Do Not Track" (DNT) from IE 10

In a Yahoo policy blog, Yahoo indicated they will not support the "Do Not Track" (DNT) setting from IE 10 because the DNT feature will come enabled by default. Yahoo believes the opt out should be by user intent and not by the browser creator. This reaction was echoed by Apache's founders.

Just an update on the major browsers - The new released Microsoft IE 10 will have the DNT feature enabled by default. Google is in the process of implementing the DNT feature in their Chrome but had been offering something similar in the form of a Chrome plug-in called Keep My Opt-Outs. Mozilla Firefox has got the DNT feature but will need to be enabled manually.

CSS: How To and Understanding Font Size (em, px, rem)

Confused with which unit of measurement to use for font-size for your CSS? In fact, there are 2 widely accepted ones to use:

px, e.g. 16px, is used if you wish to give a fixed size mandate on the font.

em is more like in ratio (1.0em is equivalent to 16px) with respect to its parent. One advantage of em is it will scale up or down when the browser zoom in or out is used. Since the ratio is with respect to its parent, 2 occurences of 0.8em can mean different equivalent pixels if their respective parents have different pixels specifications. Here comes the new rem.

CSS3 introduces the new rem unit, which stands for "root em". What the rem unit does is it is now relative to the root—or the html—element. That means that we can define a single font size on the html element and define all rem units to be a percentage of that.

The Jonathan Snook's blog has an article on font sizing with REM in more details.

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

Education is modelled on the interests of industralisation and the image of it. Schools are still very much organised on factory lines.

Apple published 'Samsung did not copy' notice on UK site

As directed by a UK court, Apple has published a notice on its UK website, stating that the court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad while designing its Galaxy tablet.

The notice is as follows:

Samsung / Apple UK judgment

On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link

In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

"The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners a…

Evolution of Windows

Ai Wei Wei Gangnam - 草泥马 Style

Google Search Easter Egg - Type 'do a' On Search

There is an Easter Egg on Google Search when you type 'do a' on the search box. Try it now and see for yourself.

Go to Google main page (

Type 'do a' and see the magic.
If you were to search on do a barrel roll, the effect will be the same as above.

Note: It will only work if you start searching from Google main page and of course you have got Google Instant predictions enabled.

Choosing Windows 8 and preparing your computer for it

Microsoft has officially launched their new revolutionary Windows 8 operating system. But before deciding whether if Windows 8 is right for you, you may wish to first find out which flavours (Windows RT, Windows 8 *, Windows 8 Pro) are right for you.

And especially if you have decided to download and install Windows 8 right onto your existing PC or laptop, this article on How to Prepare Your Computer for Windows 8 would be useful.

Introducing Surface

Donald Trump $5 million challenge to President Obama

Donald Trump, American business magnate, throw a challenge on President Obama, announced on Wednesday that he would donate $5m to a charity of Obama's choosing, if the president handed over his "college records and applications, and passport application and records".

But when The Guardian requested from Donald Trump to publish his own college and passport records, Trump's adviser deems Guardian request 'stupid'.

» Donald Trump wants Barack Obama to publish his college and passport records but won't reveal his own | Guardian News

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro Ad

Apple iPad Mini ad

Jony Ive explained iPad Mini is a 'Concentration'

Creating a self-destruct email using Google Docs

It is possible to create a self-destruct email using Google Docs and of course with a bit of scripting involved. The idea is to stop the self-destruct script once the document is opened.

Watch the demonstration video below:

» Send Self-Destructing Messages with Google Docs | Digital Inspiration

Introducing Samsung GALAXY Note II

Nokia Lumia 920 "Colourful" Ad - Time to Switch

Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, doing "Gangnam Style"

Why is 0.99999.. equal to 1 ?

'Gangnam Style' as ‘Kim Jong Style’

Hitler Finds Out About Apple's new iOS6 Maps

Short tutorial videos on all the Google+ basics

The iPhone 5 (Spoof): A Taller Change Than Expected

Simply hilarious.

Mitt Romney in video: 47 percent of Americans 'Believe they are Victims' and feel 'Entitled'

GALAXY Note II - First Hands-on Video

Apple Special Event September 2012 - iPhone 5 Full Keynote

Singapore Bank Deposit Rates

For comparison, traditional savings account interest rate is at 0.05% p.a.

Makes browsers render all elements more consistently

A modern, HTML5-ready alternative to CSS resets - Normalize.css - makes browsers render all elements more consistently and in line with modern standards. It precisely targets only the styles that need normalizing.

Normalize.css v2.0.1(IE 8+, Firefox 4+, Safari 5+, Opera, Chrome)

/*! normalize.css v2.0.1 | MIT License | */ /* ========================================================================== HTML5 display definitions ========================================================================== */ /* * Corrects `block` display not defined in IE 8/9. */ article, aside, details, figcaption, figure, footer, header, hgroup, nav, section, summary { display: block; } /* * Corrects `inline-block` display not defined in IE 8/9. */ audio, canvas, video { display: inline-block; } /* * Prevents modern browsers from displaying `audio` without controls. * Remove excess height in iOS 5 devices. */ audio:not([controls]) { display: none; height: 0…

Nokia PureView Controversial OIS Video

After announcing the new Nokia 920 and faked the video that allegedly demonstrated the camera's "PureView" optical image stabilization (OIS) capabilities, Nokia issued an apology over the lack of a disclaimer.

The controversial video is now re-uploaded with a disclaimer "Simulation of OIS technology".

If you were to go straight to the 0:26 to 0:27 seconds frame, you should still see the reflection of a van, video showing someone video shooting the scene using a much larger camera and accompanied by a lighting crew.

Dinner Etiquette 101

10 surprising things that age you

An article on Yahoo! talks about how unknowingly one can actually quicken the process of ageing. The top 10 things that brought about premature ageing can be surprising.

Watching TV

While we all know that spending hours in front of the television is bad for your waistline, you may not know that it can also shorten your lifespan. Researchers from the University of Queensland found that for every hour you watch TV you may shorten your life by as much 22 minutes. Furthermore, research has suggested that watching TV could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Drinking from bottles and through straws

You probably know that what you drink can affect your looks, but you may be surprised to hear that how you drink can also influence how well you age. In fact, sucking on straws and drinking out of sports bottles causes the same pursing action – and therefore the same fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth – as smoking. Try drinking directly from the glass whenever you can to he…

TED: The 8 Secrets to Success, 3 minutes

Richard St. John summarised the 8 secrets to success in 3 minutes in a TED.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon unveiled on Thursday during a press event held in Santa Monica, California, a new "frontlit" e-ink Kindle, with a sharper display - Kindle Paperwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite 3G, which will ship on October 1 but pre-orders had already started, is priced at $179 and $119 for Wi-Fi only.

Some of the key enhancements for the new Kindle Paperwhite are 62% more pixels, increased contrast by 25%, and a built-in front light for the perfect reading experience.

Nokia Apologizes for Fake Lumia PureView Camera Demo

Nokia issued an apology after being pointed out that their Lumnia PureView camera demonstration on its optical image stabilization (OIS) technology is in fact fake.

The accompanying demo video, which featured a woman riding a bike, was pretty impressive, but technology blog The Verge soon spotted a glaring error. Nokia made it look like the woman was shot by a companion who was also riding a bike, but a reflection in the video showed that she was actually shot by someone in a van holding a much larger camera and accompanied by a lighting crew.

Watch video by The Verge:

In an effort to demonstrate the benefits of optical image stabilization (which eliminates blurry images and improves pictures shot in low light conditions), we produced a video that simulates what we will be able to deliver with OIS.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but we should have posted a disclaimer stating this was a representation of OIS only. This was not shot with a Lumia 920. At least, not yet. We apologize for t…

Infographics: The Nokia Evolution: 1984 to Tomorrow

Vice President Joe Biden Democratic National Convention Speech

President Barack Obama Democratic National Convention Speech

Bill Clinton Democratic National Convention Speech

Michelle Obama Democratic National Convention Speech

Mitt Romney Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention

List of Windows 8 Shortcuts

Lifted from Yash's Blog, the below is a list of Windows 8 shortcuts. Hope it helps.

Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application
Windows key + C: Access the charms bar
Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar
Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm
Windows key + H: Access the Share charm
Windows key + K: Access the Devices charm
Windows key + Q: Access the Apps Search screen
Windows key + F: Access the Files Search screen
Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen
Windows key + P: Access the Second Screen bar
Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running
Windows key + X: Access the Windows Tools Menu
Windows key + O: Lock screen orientation
Windows key + . : Move the screen split to the right
Windows key + Shift + . : Move the screen split to the left
Windows key + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications
Windows key + Shift + V: View all active Toasts/Notifications in reverse order
Windows key + …

Camera phones allowed in these camps from Sep 1 onwards

From Sep 1 onwards, camera phones will be allowed in the following military camps. This is a very welcome news especially for NS men.

Kobe Bryant scores 68 points 15 minutes of a Chinese charity game

The psychology of color

The controversial post on Diner en Blanc event

This is the controversial post that resulted in several Singaporeans bloggers uninvited by the organisers of Diner en Blanc event. Food blogger, Daniel Ang, was told to remove his blog post completely because the list of hawker food recommended for the picnic event were considered too not up to standard and too cheap.

Daniel refusal to remove or edit has its consequences. The event organisers' reasons for uninviting the former and other food bloggers was due to shortage of seats. Do you buy this reason? Daniel Ang has posted his stand here.

How Big Is Infinity?

For the love of Mathematics.

Microsoft New Logo

After 25 years, Microsoft is now changing its logo, from original wavy look to one that is boxy - in line with its Metro-UI.

A history walk on Microsoft's logo changes in its long 37 years below:

McDonalds' Mocha or Caramel Frappe at $2

Source: via Loh on Pinterest
Simply flash the above coupon and enjoy McDonalds' Mocha or Caramel frappe at only $2. Promotion is valid from 16 to 22 August 2012.

Vietnam Airline Inflight Bikini Show

Vietnam Airline is being fined for staging an in-flight dance by a troupe of bikini-clad women. The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam fined the airline $20 million Vietnamese dong, or about $960, because the show had not received official approval.

A short video clip of the dance is featured below:

Microsoft Office Supports Apps Now

With Office 2013, Microsoft is going to bring apps into its Office suite. Developers will now be able to create and sell apps in Microsoft's Office Store.

This is really a revolutionary change for new Office 2013 - Windows 8 style look-and-feel and apps!

Tan Kin Lian View on Troll

I quote Tan Kin Lian definition on troll from his Facebook post.

Are you a troll?

From Wikipedia: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

And Tan's indirect way of crafting how to describe a behavior without directing it at any specific person. Plus how he handle a troll - delete and block.

The Controversial Post by Tan Kin Lian on Facebook Post

With all the rumours piling on a rumoured death of a senior politician (let's admit it, the rumoured figure is Lee Kwan Yew) in Singapore, former Presidential hopeful Mr Tan Kin Lian posted a Facebook post that resulted in several netizens condemn.

But it turned out Mr Lee Kwan Yew is actually fit and healthy! What a great news! He was spotted walking out of SGH and looked okay.

His Facebook post (currently hidden from TKL's timeline) gathered at least 222 comments (would have been more if not for some or many been deleted and members blocked) content and screen capture are below:

A rumor was circulating yesterday that a well known personality in Singapore, who is somewhat respected and generally feared, had passed away. That rumor turned out to be false.

I recall a story told by a Swedish friend. In a speech 20 years ago, he said, "During the dark days of the second world war, Norway was occupied by the German Nazis. Every few days, there was a rumor that the Allies had la…

Lee Kwan Yew Walked Out of SGH Today

I am so glad that one of the founding fathers of Singapore, Mr Lee Kwan Yew, is fine despite all the rumours about him for the past few days.

Happy Birthday to Singapore!

Google Handwrite - Another Method to Search

Handwriting on mobile devices and then get it to search on Google is now possible. Google will read and convert your handwritten text into words in the search box. This is useful when you are on the move.

Handwrite may work differently on mobile devices, however, it should work best on Chrome on Android devices.

Here's how to try it out:

Step 1: Enable the feature

Turn the feature on or off in your search settings. Touch Settings at the bottom of the Google homepage or a search results page, or visit to the Handwrite section, select Enable to turn on the feature, and then touch Save.
Note: You might need to refresh the homepage to see the feature.

Step 2: Use it to search

Tap the Handwrite icon in the lower right corner of the screen on your mobile device.Use your finger to start writing your search terms anywhere on the screen.While you write, your handwritten text converts into typeface in the search box. If you need to delete a letter, tap the backspace ico…

Google Fiber - Fast Internet Access for Kansas

Google has introduced Google Fiber - fast Internet access for Kansas.

We embarked on a journey to bring ultra-high speeds to Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. And today, we’re excited to announce Google Fiber. Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today’s average broadband. No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web.

With Google Fiber's competitive plans & pricing, local incumbent ISPs must be watching cautiously.

Apples ads during London Olympics

Netizens were discussing on the ads by Apple played during the London Olympics. Comments on them were ranged from, "Not a fan" to "dreadful" to "terrible".

After having watched the commercial ads myself, I personally felt them simple and nothing close to distasteful.

The 3 commercial ads are:

Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching

Google Scientific Calculator

When you tried to perform a search for 1+1 previously on Google, it will simply return you the answer in bold. Now, Google actually went one step further by giving you a scientific calculator for you to continue with more mathematical calculations.

This is good!

Chinese Woman and Elderly Lady Quarrel on Bus

McDonald and its 30 cents extra charge for extra curry sauce

McDonald Singapore has confirmed the charging for extra curry sauce. It is now official that the days of free unlimited supply of curry, barbecue and sweet & sour sauces is over. This is to discourage food wasting.

Here is the detail on the extra charging.

I personally feel 1 curry sauce for 4 nuggets is enough and pretty reasonable. What do you think?

Installing extensions from other websites on Chrome

From Chrome 21 onwards, adding extensions from other websites outside Chrome Web Store is now not allowed.

We're constantly looking out for ways to make your browsing safer. To that end, we recently changed the way you add extensions that are not in the Chrome Web Store to your browser. Previously, any website could prompt you to add an extension into your browser. In the latest version of Google Chrome, you must explicitly tell Chrome that you want to install these extensions by adding them through the Extensions page.
To enable installing of extensions from other websites (outside Chrome Web Store), the following workarounds can be considered.

You may set a command-line flag that disables this feature: --enable-easy-off-store-extension-install. Use the instructions from this page to add the flag.

Download the extension file from the website and save it to your computer and then drag the file onto the Tools > Extensions page.

Shooting in a Aurora cinema at a Batman 'The Dark Knight Rises' movie show

A masked attacker entered into a Friday midnight packed movie theatre showing Batman 'The Dark Knight Rises' show in Aurora, near Denver, Colo, and started a shooting spree, killing at least 12 people and wounding at least 38.

A video captured using a smartphone showed people leaving the cinema.

A witness gave his account on the shooting below.

Accessing Google Services for Slow Internet Connections

Accessing some of the Google services which are rich in content may be frustrating if your Internet connection is slow. Here are some helpful features as compiled by the unofficial Google Operating System blog.

1. Gmail's basic HTML mode

Access inbox using

2. Disable Google Instant and auto-complete suggestions

Disable Google Instant at and then use for search.

3. YouTube Feather

Access using experimental

4. The old Google image search interface

Access using

5. Chrome's click-to-play feature

Type chrome://chrome/settings/content on your Chrome address bar and press enable "Click to Play" in the "Plug-Ins" section to loads content that requires plug-ins on demand.

6. Google's transcoder

Access website using to compress websites before loading.