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Sunday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 3-January-2010  15:38:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you had a fun New Years and all hangovers have fully subsided..

I'll resist my usual comment about flying cars, but c'mon, it's 2010 now! Seems I'm not the only person wondering why we aren't living in Star Trek yet. As we approach a new decade, nearly a third (32%) of Americans say they believed there would be greater technological advances by 2010, a new Zogby/ScoopDaily poll shows.

TeslaDownUnder ended 2009 with a bang, or at least, a giant tesla coil xmas tree. This year I did another Xmas tree based on the success of the one I did in 2007. I made it bigger (9m = 30 ft) and more spectacular by using a different technique. It still uses a long exposure and a rotating colored filter but the tree shape is outlined by sparks from a rotating rod on top of the Tesla coil.

Seb spotted a Y2.01K bug affecting Bank of Queensland. BOQ's Eftpos machines skipped ahead six years when the clock ticked over to January 1 and started date stamping January 2016. ... The glitch cost businesses untold amounts as the Eftpos terminals read customers' cards as having expired and refused their transactions.

Tarrith reminds us that the Australian Broadband Survey 2009 is still running, until the end of January. Whirlpool's annual Australian Broadband Survey is a comprehensive survey run by users, for users. Through this survey we're giving the consumer a strong voice to say how they feel about the general state of broadband in Australia, and specific experiences with their provider.

Here's a funny mod turning a netbook into a giant mobile phone. So this guy buys a Dell Inspiron Mini 10.1-inch netbook but either isnít happy at its lack of cellular coverage, or just has a severe phone fixation and decides to rip it apart and turn it into a Dell Mini 3i phone, complete with Android-based OS.

Sal sent in these 3d fractals, with more info here. The original Mandelbrot is an amazing object that has captured the public's imagination for 30 years with its cascading patterns and hypnotically colourful detail.

Google Earth has been used to confirm a Dreamtime meteor legend. One of the stories - which tells of a star that fell into a waterhole called Puka in the valley, where Kulaia the serpent lived - had led to the discovery of the ancient crater, but there were "many, many more", Mr Hamacher said.

If you fancy yourself as a stock picker, you might want to try our OCAU Iron Trader competition. If you're an experienced tipper or you just want to give it a go and have some fun, now is the time to join! Don't be scared, plenty of novices have shamed our "expert" tippers.

Fans of the TV show Dexter might enjoy these animated online episodes telling other parts of the Dexter story.



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