Google TV is already there, available after 1000 Gmail logins

There’s a funny Google TV hoax going on. Apparently, someone made a video which demonstrates how to get access to a new site called “Google TV” using Gmail. All you have to do is send yourself a message and login and out again and again.

What makes me laugh is neither the fact that someone makes a video in such “believable” fashion nor that there are people who obviously tried what the guy in the video said – without luck. No, the interesting thing are those who immediately start posting that it really works. Reminds me of these people who say there really was a long horse. However, there’s even a guy on YouTube who films himself logging into Google TV. And some people really seem to believe that others needed a couple of hundred logins to get there. Stupid!

Video below, or watch in YouTube.

How to make screenshots smaller and still good looking

Did you ever have the feeling that if you needed a small screenshot for your website, it just doesn’t come over very well? I have experienced that myself: If you just resize a screenshot to smaller dimensions, it will look unclear and somehow ugly. So here’s a tip on how to improve the result.

In Photoshop, use ‘Filter’ – ‘Sharpen’ – ‘Unsharp Mask’, set options to ‘Amount’ 85%, ‘Radius’ 1px and ‘Treshold’ 0. This should give you some good results. No matter how it looks now, click OK and got to resize your image. Choose ‘Image’ – ‘Image size…’. Use the bicubic method. You may not see improvements over just resizing, but small text should look better now.

Now your screenshots should come up better than before. Give it a more professional look, it’s easy.

Qunu helps you find people helping you

Nice title, don’t you think? Well, there is a new site I need to talk about here (and how often does that happen… yes, that was for you, subscribers, whoever you are).

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Qunu provides live help from people using the things you need help for. Basically that is the same as if you post a question in a forum where those people with knowledge are. But Qunu has the ability to connect you instantly. And if someone tags himself, that is the way you say you are an expert at somethin, I think this persons really knows somethin about that topic.

So if you need help for some topic, you search for a specific keyword. If someone tagged himself with that keyword, the person will show up in the search result (if he’s online and the status is not set to ‘away’ I think). Now you can contact him and he can respond within a minute. You get help, or not, and after that you can tell your opinion about the ‘expert’.

Qunu home page

I quickly registered myself for the pleasure of helping other people with software. Yes, indeed. As long as I dun get spammed I think it can be fun. But I’m still waiting for my first case, so not much to tell about fun or not here. If you search for some thing like html or css now you have the chance of chatting with me. I see you are delighted.

Qunu uses Jabber to connect people via Instant Messaging. If someone requests my help Trillian just pops up asking me if the user is allowed to contact me. That makes the whole thing convenient and interesting for tech freaks. And someone who uses Jabber is most likely and expert. For everything. Cough.

That is what I like about this service, it uses existing technologies and provides a useful alternative, an improvement, for something. What do you think? Will you use it or stick to forums?