Techaccino Tuesdays: Tech brownies

Follow @techaccino for tech updates, and get rid of all your dozens of tabs, for Chrome’s sake.

It’s a poorly kept secret that we can cut through hundreds of online paywalls by simply browsing the interwebs through the myriad of wi-fi networks around. (And for the nth time, if Brown-Secure isn’t working but it was up one second ago, just restart your AirPort and/or your computer.) But a hidden advantage of being on a college campus with a sick CS department is that we get free access to all kinds of online services — all you need to do is find them. Or we can find them for you!

STUDY BREAK: Google Images >"angry computer"

The first hidden gem is the trove of free software that is available to download. Although Photoshop and InDesign are no longer accessible, some household names such as Matlab and Sibelius effectively upgrade your computer to a programming/music writing beast. If you’re able to steal find a faculty login, then the newest versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite and Microsoft Office are all yours. And because no one wants to leave your iPhones/iPads hanging, there’s also a couple of apps that configure your iDevice to always stay connected to Brown-Secure, no matter where you go. Continue Reading

Techaccino Tuesdays: Chrome extensions

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If you hear “Chrome extensions” and you don’t think about hair modifications, then you know what we’re talking about. With power users — people like ourselves who know how to use computers more than the average person — flocking to Google Chrome (soon to be the world’s most popular Internet browser), people have been looking for ways to tweak their online experience beyond just a new background. And thus, extensions were born (find them in the Window menu). Whether you already have 200 or you’ve just found out they existed, we reviewed the best ones for Brunonians below — pick and choose your faves, then check out the Web Store for some more.

FB Photo Zoom / Hover Zoom
Ever wish you didn’t have to click on a picture in your News Feed to see what it was? (Yes, this is the power of being a lazy college student). With FB Photo Zoom, you can rectify that and more. By passing your mouse over any picture on Facebook (be it a tiny profile thumbnail or a photo in a link), the image appears over the page next to your mouse in its original size. Hover Zoom adds the same functionality to other sites, including Twitter, Reddit and eBay. Continue Reading

The 12 Foods/Drinks of SW: Fratality

First beer in space.

You made it through the rain, the chicken dance, the crowds at the soccer house and the loud electronica. As a token of our gratitude, here goes the Ode to Natty Light:

Your delicate can of silver and blue,
So often crushed after a shotgun,
Lifeless can surrounded by others,
Amid a sea of tan, exhausted legs.

Oh, the joy you brought to all!
The buzz of your beer, after a while,
Awakening our senses
To the smell of the lobster.

Some surmise you were made from another,
But you taste better;
So here’s to you, Natty God
May you live forever. 

At least as long as Binder keeps coming.

Peace out SW ’12. We hardly knew ye.

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Last Call: Ralanda Nelson

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.


Then + Now

People might know me as… UCS president, or an incredibly funny ball-buster.

Chantel’s questionDo you love this shit? Are you high right now? Do you ever get nervous? I absolutely love it; I’m high on life (my time at UCS is almost over!); all the time.

What was your highest moment as UCS president? There hasn’t been one defining high point, but it’s all the little moments, like when I’m humbled that people trust me to do a good job, or when people appreciate what I do.

And your lowest? Definitely the referendum aftermath [Note: the UCS-UFB referendum held last February]. There was a lot of strife among the students over the reasons for the referendum, and I was frustrated when people thought that UCS and myself would have any sort of motive other than doing the right thing for student groups. I thought people would trust me to do a good job. I’m not ashamed of what I did, but I realize the messaging and the timing should have been different. Although that’s never the kind of attention you want to bring, it did get people interested in UCS, and I still think if you strip out the messaging and the fearmongering, the amendment would be good for everyone. Continue Reading

The 12 Apps of Spring Weekend: Wake up!

Today is the annual Binder Day, so once you’ve made sure you’re actually awake (aka, your hangover is under control with a hearty Ratty breakfast), just make your way on outside. For everyone else, with this free Alarm Clock (Apple / Android), you won’t miss the fun next year. (Alternatively, find your asleep friend’s phone and download this for him/her.) It may also come in handy during finals, but that’s so far away from now…

The 12 Apps of Spring Weekend: Who are we kidding

Don't be like this guy

It’s Saturday Fraturday! Since more dancing and partying are on the horizon, and it’s impossible to not be doing either of those two things by now, we figured we would help you drink the beers you (probably hopefully) have in front of you right now. Rule #1: it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. Rule #2: practice.

In order to perform Rule #2, you will need to download iBeer (Apple / Android). Once this is complete, pop open the app, face your phone to the right, bring your forearm in an upwards motion towards your mouth, and angle your wrist towards you. As you savor the digital beer molecules hitting your tastebuds, consider all the different settings in which this new skill will come in handy. Once you’ve practiced enough, put it to use at any one of the evening’s house parties.

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