Tools

How to type upside down letters & backwards text ?

How does this tool flip text up side down and backward?

The JavaScript program converts English letters to unicode characters and symbols that look inverted, to make it look like you’ve created upside-down text on the computer. Most of them come from the character sets “Latin Extended” and “International Phonetic Alphabet”. Unfortunately there are no upside down numbers and not enough upside down capital letters, so this tool supports lowercase letters only. This page uses the font “Arial Unicode MS” to display the flipped text. You can learn the letter mapping behind this upside down text generator by viewing this page’s html source code. Enjoy this trick on internet forum, blog, IM, & chat!

Check it out…
http://www.sevenwires.com/play/UpsideDownLetters.html

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Book a Reclining chair in Zurich Airport

In the near future I will be flying through Zurich where I have been so unfortunate that my itinerary includes what most be considered an overnight stay in Zurich. Instead of heading with the AirTrain into Zurich Downtown and acquiring some humble lodging in the area around the Train station, I have this time decided to stay in the airport.
However, the Star Alliance Business Lounge closes at 23:00 and its the lounge with latest closing time (The Senator lounge already closes at 22:30), so I wanted to ensure that my stay in the airport would be as nice as possible.
Browsing the Zurich Airport website, I found the page offering Dayrooms and Reclining Chairs (reclining chairs that you can even book for an overnight stay), today I then received the booking confirmation… how cool is that !?

ZurichDayRoomBookingConformation

Check it out…
http://www.zurich-airport.com/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-154

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TheFunTheory/RolighetsTeorin… The PianoStairs Experiment

Sometimes its important to think out of the box, and I believe that’s what I believe these guys and girls did when they came up with the idea about the pianostairs…
The solution of making pianostairs as an alternative to escalator and normal “boring” stairs is based on the funtheory (that making things fun will make the critical difference).

Check out the video at youtube…

However, don’t be mistaken… the experiment is sponsored by Volkswagen, so it’s not for your blue eyes only they did it… nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact that we can change user behavior by making the action itself fun to do…

You can check out the video above and the other funtheory videos at the funtheory website…
http://www.thefuntheory.com/

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Cynergy Showcase Site… State of the Art – State Art – Art States

Cynergy has recently released their most recent initiative for displaying their many impressive showcases… CynergyTV !

CynergyShowcaseApp

If you don’t know what or who Cynergy are, then you should definitely check out their normal website, its a great source of inspiration of how to instrument an organization to continuously and consistently be able to deliver great user experiences…
http://www.cynergysystems.com/

Check it out…
http://cynergytv.com/

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Current Waves… Adobe & Google

The tides are over us in terms of waves rolling and breaking all over the online ecosystems.
Two of these are the Adobe and the Google Wave.

AdobeWave_LogoGoogle Wave Logo

Essentially their business model is somewhat similar, however their initial exhibition displays somewhat differences in focus and application (not in the technical sense of the word “application”, but in the sense in which way it can and is expected to be used).

Whereas the focus for the Google Team is to display the collaborative element of creating and “riding” waves, Adobe seems to focus more in the initial phases on offering organizations to create “buzzes” to which subscribers can stay tuned. The technologies and implementation underneath the applications are quite similar in terms of fundamental features, however the Google implementation does offer more flexibility, features and eventually better prospects for playing a major role in the near future communication landscape.

In essence “Adobe Wave is an all-purpose aggregator designed to let you keep up to date on a variety of different media streams. The application is a simple AIR app that connects to a variety of different services and displays a small alert when new content is available.” (http://www.insideria.com/2009/07/adobe-launches-wave.html).

On the other hand, “Google Wave…is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web.”
The description continues with defining that “a wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.” (http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html)

So, to clarify… the current application of the two “waves” have very few things in common and the common word “wave should in this case not be considered to be anything but a an abstract term and not something indicative for either application or implementation.

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Hello Flash Builder Console

Flash Player Trace statements constitute the perfect platform for output’s which are ASCII based equivalences to the controversial tradition of developers adding Easter Eggs to the Systems they are building.
The content of the ASCII based output can be of a more or less elaborate character, on one of the projects we are doing for the Danish Electricity Saving Trust: “MyHome – Your Intelligent Home”… it looks like below…

HelloConsole

Thanks to Paw Suddergaard for sharing his screen for a second…

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Hello… now with a Darth Wader…

After the summer party which took place at the giant Roskilde Music Festival and before the office closed next week, there is been an euphoric atmosphere at the Copenhagen office of Hello.
Today we received a visit by none other than Darth Wader from the movie Star Wars.

Darth Vader