Space Debris: 1957 - 2015

"Almost 20,000 pieces of space debris are currently orbiting the Earth. This visualisation, created by Dr Stuart Grey, lecturer at University College London and part of the Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory, shows how the amount of space debris increased from 1957 to 2015, using data on the precise location of each piece of junk ( from https://www.space-track.org )."


Concorde´s Last Flight

This is a film about the rise and fall of the world's first supersonic passenger jet - Concorde. From the moment that it hit the skies in 1969, Concorde was instantly iconic. Considered the thoroughbred of aircraft, it flew the rich and famous across the Atlantic in just 3 hours and forty-five minutes - with an impeccable safety record. Until, on July 25th 2000, a freak chain of events just outside Paris caused a catastrophic accident: Concorde's first fatality in 27 years of service killed 115 people and those devastating 120 seconds of flight marked the end of the supersonic era. 


The New Home of the Most Exotic Bomber Ever Built Is Aerospace Heaven

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the world’s largest military aviation museum—and it’s also home to the world’s only remaining North American XB-70 Valkyrie, which was moved to a new hangar a few days ago.
Thankfully the spectacle that was the October 27th relocation of the aircraft was thoroughly photographed, so fans of this extraordinary experimental supersonic strategic bomber can admire its lethal beauty in brand-new outdoor and indoor images.
The aircraft, which you can learn about in more detail here, will be displayed in its new home, the Research & Development Gallery of the museum, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The new 224,000 square foot building of the USAF museum is scheduled to open to the public in June 2016, and it will house four galleries – R&D, Space, Global Reach and Presidential, along with three science, technology, engineering and mathematics Learning Nodes. The hangar will likely prove to be the ultimate museum destination for aerospace nerds. 


Punkt MP 01 - If you would like to spent €295 on a phone with keys

"The more our phones do, the more they demand of us. Say it with words. Focus on what matters most and leave the rest. The MP 01 is a simple mobile phone for smart communicators.
At long last a beautiful mobile phone that limits distraction and doesn’t demand your constant attention. The Punkt. MP 01 is an uncomplicated, streamlined device that performs the core mobile phone functions: calling and texting. With no status updates, notifications or multiple alerts, the MP 01 focuses on the things that matter. Like communicating." At least this is what Petter Neby would like us to believe. For two hundred ninety-five euros, give us the opportunity to buy a phone that only let´s you to do phone calls and send text messages. If your craze is investing in design pieces it may be an option to consider, although it seems that will never reach the level of Braun design icons. By the way, check this one ;-)

Doogee X5 - Going Back to Stock if you need it.

If you followed my root guide for Doogee X5 and now you need to get back to original state, you can get the needed files here.

Just use the Flash Tool as explained in the unroot guide and choose the right files from the V13 Firmware folder. Place the firmware folder inside the Flash Tool one, works better, don´t know why.

One of the things that made me return to rooted  firmware was the fact that some apps were not working without the V14 OTA update, like the Paypal one.


Green PC by Design Hara

The eco-friendly-crusaders lower your flags for a moment to consider Design Hara’s green HTPC. Let me hit you straight with the specs: recyclable green chassis of the PC handcrafted (side panels) from cypress wood from Italy or rose wood from Canada; front cover of this computer can be made from natural sheep leather. The internal segments of the PC are connected by a bolts and nuts structure, making it easier to separate so recyclable e-waste can be removed.
The unit is compatible with Mini-ITX small motherboards,and uses only a third of the energy consumed by desktop computers. It also features HDMI and DVI outputs and has an Intel Core2Duo processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. [via yankodesign]

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Doogee X5 video recording test

All video were shot with the stock camera app. The macro is not bad!


DOOGEE X5 - Easy Root Guide for newbies, with files (Updated in August 6, 2016)

 UPDATE (August 6, 2016): There´s a new and easy solution for X5 rooting. Found it on NeedRom and it was posted by Joel RSB. You need two files - The update and the TWRP recovery image. No PC is needed, just follow these simple steps:

1. Install update-ROOT-DOOGEE_X5-V1.zip in the phone (Settings-About Phone-WirelessUpdate-Local Updates). Say yes to everything and charge your battery before.
2. After Rebooting SU updates and checking if it is really rooted (you can use any free Root verify tool from the Play store), install Flashify or Rashr. Using one of those, install TWRP.

NOTE: I tested this solution on V18 stock rom and don´t know if it works with other roms. My phone contains the old board.

UPDATE (February 10, 2016) : As Julio Meria says in comments, KingRoot works with the last firmware version (I tried it with V17 and it worked like a charm). So if you wanna do it this way, just download the needed files:
V17 Stock Firmware

This mobile phone is gaining global attention for its amazing price when looking at the specs. Rooting is compulsory if you want to install some apps, manage settings, etc. Here´s a complete guide to do it!
1 - Download all the necessary files HERE. Unrar and unzip all the folders.

2 - First thing to do is to install the drivers that makes Microsoft Windows link with phone, the way we need it. Use 01-Android_CDC_Driver.zip. Click withe the mouse right button and install both inf files. If you are using Windows 8 or 10 you must enable the "install drivers without signature" - Check this guide.

3 - Open SP Flash Tool with administrative rights, using mouse right button and choosing "Run as Administrator" (the necessary files are 02-SP Flash Tool+Scatter File.rar and 03-TWRP Recovery for DoogeeX5.rar). In the download section choose files this way:
Browse for the files, all are included.
Click "Download" and connect the switched off phone. Wait for conclusion of recovery installation.

4 - Turn on the phone and connect it to Windows the usual way, search for the TWRP folder and  unrar 04-TWRP theme.rar inside it. In the end you should have the ui.zip in the TWRP/theme folder (don´t change folder´s name!). If this folder does not show up you must run recovery at least one time in Russian, turn off phone and turn it on again but pressing power button and volume up at the same time.

05-SuperSU-v2.46.zip can be copied to any phone folder, for instance the Downloads folder in the SD card or in phone storage.

5 -  Turn off the phone. Press Volume Up and Power Button at the same time. Choose "Recovery" following the options. Install 05-SuperSU-v2.46.zip (search for the file). And that´s it, it´s rooted. You can check it installing any root checkup app from the PlayStore. If the Play Store app does not runs after rooting, go to the app details and clear cache and data (settings-apps-Google Play Store).

Check this if you wanna reverse the process.

Aníbal Cavaco Silva

Our president, at the end of its mandate and one of the worst ever.
#cavacosilva #portugal


Maybe the best gadget in human History!

K-Tel Record Selector allowed you to flick through your album collection automatically. TV ad showed LPs sorting themselves. "Runs fast OR slow! Stops automatically! Finger Touch Starting!"
What a fantastic product from 1973!!!


A smartphone inspired by the first Sony Walkman ever (TPS-L2)

In 1979, Sony launch the first ever Walkman - TPS-L2. This is a design concept for a commemorative smartphone by the designer Paulo Corceiro.


How to build a $6 action camera.

Just for the fun. Once I bought this phone (LG KM900 Arena)  for $5 on Ebay as a backup phone. It was lost on a box somewhere but I decided it must be revived somehow, so I start using it on my bike rides.


Last Morryssey´s answer in 1990

Last Morryssey´s answer on The Face magazine in March 1990.
Published here for historical reasons.

#morrissey   #thesmiths


Amateur Microscopy with a flatbed scanner (Agfa SnapScan 1236S)

Just something you can do with a flatbed scanner: enlarge small objects, testing the acceptable limit.
The Agfa SnapScan line (no longer in production) was one of the best affordable scanners in the 90´s.


World Trade Center in two monster movies

Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ Gojira tai Megaro) is a 1973 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed and co-written by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, and American actor Robert Dunham. It was the thirteenth film in the Godzilla franchise. Heavily influenced by the tokusatsu superhero TV shows of the time, the film had Godzilla essentially acting as a costar to a huge robotic superhero character called Jet Jaguar.
The film was released theatrically in the United States in the summer of 1976 by Cinema Shares. Afterwards it became the only Godzilla film to receive a television premiere on a major U.S network, as NBC aired it on prime time television in the summer of 1977, where it was hosted by actor John Belushi dressed in a Godzilla costume. (source)

King Kong is a 1976 American monster thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about a giant ape that is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition. Featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi, it stars Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, and Jessica Lange in her first film role.
The remake's screenplay was written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose, from the original idea by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace.
The film was the fifth highest grossing film of 1977 according to box office statistics compiled during its release by Variety, although decades later Box Office Mojo published a list indicating it was the 7th highest grossing film of 1977.
This film is the only one in the King Kong film series to feature the World Trade Center towers rather than the Empire State Building. (source)

Some Historical TV Moments

Television changed the way we are today.
- Hitler announcing the 1936 Olympics Opening.
- Bill Cosby as a symbol of what can change public sense.
- September 11th, 2001.
- Nixon resigning.
- Pope John Paul attempt assassination.
- First Moon Landing in 1969.
- Apple was nothing in 1977, being all in 2015.
- O.J. Simpson´s long escape.
- Diana´s death in 1997.
- J.F.K.´s assassination.
- J.R. being shot on "Dallas".
- Erich Honecker´s last speech and the Berlin Wall collapse.
- Archie Bunker tearing down the racial barrier.
- Kim Jong Il´s death.
- The Vietnam War.
- The Live-Aid Mega Concert.
- First paid TV Ad.
- 2004 Tsunami.
- Columbine High´s Massacre.


Pour changer votre jean en short

I was thirteen when I found this guide on my french school manual. "Methode Orange" was it´s name and unforgettable it was.


Well, I updated my Lenovo Thinkpad T410 to Windows 10...

Who in the hell made these Windows 10 Icons!?

My Windows 7 set was needing a urgent refresh so I decided to download the Win10 iso from the Microsoft websiteupdated the old version, found the new key with Product Key 1.80, and finally install it fresh. Most of Lenovo´s drivers and software simply don´t exist yet for this new Windows flavor (Power Manager, Bluetooth and Wifi connecting tool, etc, etc). The only real thing that works and you can download from Lenovo´s support is System Update 5 but when you run it, there are no updates at all at this moment!
Bluetooth light is always on if you are using wireless, there are no battery charging options but the rest is not so bad, except for these awful icons! Who made it? Some retroguy from the nineties? They look like the Windows 95 ones. Good Lord!


Lenovo Thinkpad Power Manager and Lenovo Power Manager Driver Uninstall Problems Solved

It´s not usual around here, but this can be useful for lost Thinkpad users in the world of problems with Lenovo´s Thinkpad Power Manager. Sometimes, when this little tool is not working as it should, you may want to uninstall Power Manager in Windows 7, 8 or even 10 (I don´t know cause never used it), and install it again. If "cannot run on this system" message shows up do this:

To uninstall, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield\Engine\6\Intel 32 and right click on IKernel.exe, click the compatibility tab and choose Windows XP - Service Pack 2.

To install it again, disable the compatibility mode, returning to the native windows mode.

You should uninstall Lenovo Power Management Driver and Power Manager
reboot and install the latest versions, to solve stupid battery management problems, like when you just can´t choose some maintenance modes ("optimize for battery health", etc).


Loch Ness Monster Mystery May Have an Extremely Simple Explanation

A man who has spent nearly 25 years searching for the elusive Loch Ness monster has concluded that the creature is, in fact, a very large catfish. Steve Feltham told Sky News that he was not claiming to have solved the mystery that has baffled scientists and amateur enthusiasts for more than 70 years, but “looking at all the evidence, speaking to eyewitnesses, the most likely solution is a Wels catfish.”
The 52-year-old who left life as he knew it to move to Loch Ness and try to solve the mystery, is determined to not let legend simply remain legend. “This is an explainable phenomena,” he said, adding, “There is something to be explained in Loch Ness.”
First spotted on May 2, 1933, though a legend since the 6th century, when a legend of the Irish monk St. Columba relates that he banished a “water beast” to the depths of the River Ness, which flows from the northern end of the loch. Nessie has drawn millions to visit this body of water in the Scottish highlands where she is said to live. (rest of the story at source)

I still love these NES Tv Ads!