Categories
Sports

What are some basketball trivia that would surprise even the most knowledgable of fans?

Just off the top of my head:

-Shot clock was put into place in 1954 by the Syracuse Nationals (a team now defunct)

-The first MVP ever was Bob Pettit in 1956

-Wilt Chamberlain averaged 45 minutes a game for his entire career. Most players these days can’t even play 45 minutes for ONE game.

-Elgin Baylor saved the Lakers from bankruptcy

-The Lakers lost the 1969 Finals because the Lakers coach didn’t like Wilt Chamberlain and refused to put him in for the last 4 minutes

-Nate Thurmond averaged exactly 15 points and 15 rebounds a game. He also had the first quadruple double.

-The 1973 Celtics still hold the franchise record for wins with 68. They didn’t win the championship that year.

-Oscar Robertson is the only guard to win MVP between 1958 and 1987. Magic Johnson became the first guard to win MVP in 23 years. Ironically, these days it has reversed and the last center to win MVP was Shaq in 2000.

-Rick Barry is the only player to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring

-the ABA merged with the NBA mostly due to the NBA wanting the talents of one man, Julius Erving

-Wes Unseld and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players to win MVP and also be a rookie

-Wes Unseld won Finals MVP in 1978 despite not leading his team in any category. Other Finals MVPs facts: Jerry West won the first one in 1969 and is still the only one to win it despite losing. Andre Iguodala became the first to win it despite not being a starter.

-The 3 point shot came to the ABA first, then the NBA in 1979

-The 3 point shot line was shortened in the mid 1990s for a brief time

-The Lakers lost the 1989 Finals because Magic pulled a hamstring and Byron Scott got injured

-The only years in the 1980s where the LA Lakers missed the Finals was 1981 and 1986 and both times the Houston Rockets beat them out

-Free agency rules and higher player salaries were a direct result of the Oscar Robertson lawsuit

-the Lakers traded Gail Goodrich to the New Orleans Jazz for the rights to their draft pick in 1979. That pick turned out to be Magic Johnson

-Teams were still trying to recruit Wilt to their team when Wilt was into his 50s

-The Trailblazers are the unluckiest franchise ever with their high draft picks like LaRue Martin (#1 1972 pick), Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Arvydas Sabonis, Brandon Roy and Greg Oden all coming down with injuries at some point in their careers.

-The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the first duo ever to face each other in the Finals 4 years in a row.

-The Detroit Pistons traded Grant Hill who was injured for Ben Wallace who was a key player in their 2004 championship run

-Dirk Nowitzki holds the franchise record for most seasons with one team (21)

Categories
Tech

Coolest and Most interesting PCs of the past decade

Yup! It’s another gadget article! This time we’re gonna look at the coolest computers that have come out over the past decade (2004-2014), as PCs come in many different shapes and sizes. Of particular interest to me are PCs that are quirky or unique in some way, as Handheld PCs and Ultra Mobile PCs interest me greatly, being very niche devices. That said, a lot of people may not know some of these PCs exist, which is the purpose of this article to provide some rare PCs that have been available.

Sony P series (2009)

Sony Vaio P series
Sony Vaio P series

This is a Handheld PC from Sony that weighs only 1.4lbs, has the potential to have up to 256GB SSD, a single core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, and 8″ 1600×768 screen.

Samsung Q1 (2006)

Samsung Q1
Samsung Q1

This is the first UMPC that came out. UMPCs are like small PDA sized devices that run full blown windows, this one comes with up to Intel Core Solo 1.33GHz processor, split keyboard, 2GB RAM, 60GB HDD, SD card slot, 1024×600 screen, and weighs 1.72lbs.

OQO Model 02 (2007)

OQO Model 2
OQO Model 2

This is another UMPC thats pretty cool. Runs on a VIA 1.6Ghz CPU, 64GB SSD, 2GB RAM, 5″ 800×480 OLED screen, only weighs 0.91lbs, and runs full blown Windows Vista, has a built in keyboard and comes with a docking station as well.

Dell XPS M2010 (2006)

Dell XPS M2010
Dell XPS M2010

This is Dell’s discontinued 20″ desktop-replacement “laptop”, and the form factor was pretty darn cool. It came with a Core Duo 2.16Ghz processor, 2GB RAM, ATI X1800 GPU, 2 100GB HDDs in RAID 0 configuration, and also came with a Media center remote and detachable keyboard. Did I mention this thing has a handle on it??

Sony Vaio Multi Flip (2014)

Sony Vaio Multi Flip
Sony Vaio Multi Flip

There’s a lot of Windows 8 convertible ultrabooks out there, and this is one of the coolest. It looks like the evolution of the Vaio Duo series. Intel Core i7 1.8Ghz, 12GB RAM, 2880×1620 resolution, Geforce GT 735M, 1TB HDD, has a multitouch screen and weighs 5 pounds. The coolest part of this notebook is that the screen flips into three configurations: presentation mode (reversed), normal mode, and tablet mode.

Asus Taichi 31 (2013)

Asus Taichi 31
Asus Taichi 31

It’s an ultrabook that has two screens. Two. Screens. The one on the inside is non touch and the lid itself is a touch screen. They can be dual-screened or mirrored for presentations too. Comes with Core i5 1.7Ghz, 4GB RAM, 2 13.3″ 1920×1080 FHD screens, 256GB SSD, and weighs 3.4lbs.

Asus Lamborghini VX7 (2011)

Asus Lamborghini
Asus Lamborghini

Now this looks like a high performance machine! Looks like a car… performs like one too: Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX 460M graphics, FHD display, 16GB RAM and a whopping 8.4lbs.

Asus NX90 (2010)

Asus NX90
Asus NX90

Asus just doesn’t stop with the cool looking PCs. This one is designed with audio in mind, with massive Bang and Olufsen powered speakers attached to it. It also comes with the Core i7 processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GT 335M GPU, FHD 18.4″ display, and weighs a massive 9.7lbs. For a multimedia laptop though, can’t get better than this.

Asus U43 (2010)

Asus U43
Asus U43

What’s next Asus? How about a PC made with Bamboo? Like a high end piece of furniture? This elegant notebook comes with a Core i5 processor, 6GB RAM, Nvidia 310M GPU, 14″ 720p display, and weighs 5lbs.

Sony UX Micro PC (2006)

Sony Vaio UX
Sony Vaio UX

Sony’s VAIO series of PCs are very diverse, and this is Sony’s UMPC entry. It came with Core 2 Solo 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, 48 GB SSD, 4.5″ 1024×768 screen, a keyboard, a fingerprint reader, weighed around 1.2lbs and ran full blown Windows Vista. This was probably the most powerful UMPC out there at the time.

Dell Adamo XPS (2010)

Dell Adamo XPS
Dell Adamo XPS

Well Dell makes some pretty cool laptops too. This one is only 10mm thin, and fits the keyboard inside the display when closed, which acts as a stand as well. It came with a 1.4Ghz Core Duo, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13.4″ 720p display, and weighed 3.2lbs.

Razer Edge Pro (2013)

Razer Edge Pro
Razer Edge Pro

This is probably the most powerful “tablet” I’ve seen yet. Razer made a tablet (actually a full PC) that could play heavy games with a proprietary controller joystick that attaches to it. The specs? HD display, 8GB RAM, Core i7 1.9Ghz CPU, Nvidia GT 640M GPU, 256GB SSD, and weighs 2.1lbs. Have you ever seen a tablet that had that kind of specs??

Lenovo Horizon (2013)

Lenovo Horizon
Lenovo Horizon

Yes, this is a PC!! Actually its a 27″ table-top PC that you can either use flat on a table to play party games, or as a massive desktop computer. The specs? 27″ FHD resolution display, 1.8Ghz Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GT620M GPU, 1TB HDD, and weighs a massive 15.7lbs.

Panasonic Toughbook 19 (2012)

Panasonic Toughbook 19
Panasonic Toughbook 19

Panasonic Toughbooks are renowned as incredibly durable laptops. They are military spec tested and they look like a tank. Fully rugged, 10″ swivel screen, Wacom stylus, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, fingerprint reader and weighs about 5.1lbs. You will not find a tougher looking notebook than this.

Fujitsu ST5100 (2006)

Fujitsu Stylistic
Fujitsu Stylistic

Fujitsu makes some very interesting looking laptops and tablets. In fact they were one of the first to make slate tablet PCs. This one came with Core 2 Duo CPU, 10.4″ 1024×768 display, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, fingerprint reader and weighed 3.5lbs.

Fujitsu Lifebook U810 (2007)

Fujitsu U810
Fujitsu U810

This is a UMPC/Handheld PC from Fujitsu, slightly smaller than the Sony P series, but also a convertible tablet that has a digitizer and fingerprint reader as well (!). It comes with an Intel A110 processor, 1GB RAM, 40GB HDD, 5.6″ screen, a webcam, and weighs 1.5lbs.

Pepperpad 3 (2007)

Pepper pad 3
Pepper pad 3

This is a UMPC made by a korean company that has a split screen keyboard, 800×480 7″ screen, 30GB HDD, 256MB RAM/ROM, AMD CPU Geode processor.

Vulcan Flipstart (2007)

Vulcan Flipstart
Vulcan Flipstart

I know a lot of PCs in this post are Handheld or UMPCs, but they are all very unique and niche PCs so I want to cover this one as well. The Vulcan Flipstart has a 5.6-inch screen with 1024×600 resolution, a 30GB hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi, bluetooth, VGA webcam, Pentium M ULV processor running at 1.1 GHz, and 512MB RAM. Curiously, this unit has a small screen on the lid when closed, that displays PIM information like Calendar, time, email, etc.

Flybook VM (2008)

Flybook VM
Flybook VM

Manufactured by a company called Dialogue Technology, the Flybook VM has a unique design that allows the screen panel to be lifted up, swung forward, and tilted into a more ergonomic position, or used in a traditional position. It came with a 12″ screen, 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, a DVD burner, a sim card reader, fingerprint reader, webcam, and weighs 3.5lbs.

Toshiba Libretto W100 (2010)

Toshiba Libretto W100
Toshiba Libretto W100

This is one of the most unique netbooks I’ve seen. A 62B SSD, low voltage Pentium processor, 2GB RAM, netbook specs but has a unique dual 7″ touch screen display with a virtual keyboard and a clamshell form factor. This is the last Libretto Toshiba ever released, and in limited quantities.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (2014)

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

As of Sept 2014, the best convertible ultrabook on the market. Weighing only 2.6lbs, with new Core M processors, 8GB RAM, 3200×1800 display, 256+GB SSD, a gold color option, and a unique watchband hinge that allows it to be ultra thin, this is how ultrabooks look in the future.

Alienware M11x (2010)

Alienware M11x
Alienware M11x

I put this one here only because its the smallest gaming laptop that has been released recently (barring the Razer Edge Pro). Yes, it’s an 11″ gaming laptop with all the fancy AlienwareFX lights, with an 1.3Ghz Core 2 duo, 4GB RAM, 11.6″ 720p display, 160GB HDD, Nvidia GT 335M GPU and weighs 4.4lbs. It’s an ultraportable gaming laptop.

Asus EeePC T91 (2009)

Asus EEEPC T91
Asus EEEPC T91

Asus’ EeePC’s started the netbook trend, and this one is the original convertible netbook. 8.9″ touch screen, 1.33Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, and weighing 2lbs put its in the standard netbook/UMPC territory.

Wibrain B (2008)

Wibrain B
Wibrain B

Can I say UMPC’s look cool? Yes they come in all sorts of flavors, but most of them didn’t catch on because they were too expensive and too underpowered. This one had looks like an oversized Sony PSP, had a 4.8″ screen, a 1.2Ghz Via processor, 30GB HDD, only 512MB RAM, and weighed 1.2lbs.

Viliv N5

Viliv N5
Viliv N5

Similar to the Fujitsu Lifebook U810 and U900, Viliv makes quite a few UMPC/Netbooks (you can also check out the S5 and the S7, and this one is the lightest of the lot, weighing a mere 0.85lbs!! It had an Intel Atom 1.33Ghz CPU, 64GB SSD, 1GB RAM, and 4.8″ touch screen.

OLPC XO-1 (2007)

OLPC XO-1
OLPC XO-1

The OLPC Project, or the One Laptop Per Child Project, was designed to provide a cheap computer to children in developing countries. They were powered by a 433Mhz AMD CPU, 256MB RAM, 1GB Flash disk space, 7.5″ LCD display, and averaged 3 hours of battery life. They had a handle, could be rotated into ‘e-book’ mode as a convertible laptop, and can be powered by a hand-crank generator. Unfortunately, they still ended up costing $200, more than the $100 target price, with specs that are lower than the average netbook.

Asus W5fe (2007)

Asus W5fe
Asus W5fe

I swear Asus and Sony make the coolest laptops. This one has a second display on the lid of the notebook that displays PIM information making using of Windows Vista “Slideshow” feature. It came with a Core 2 Duo processor, Intel GMA 950 (infamous integrated graphics), 12.1″ 1280×800 display, webcam, and weighed 4.2lbs.

Acer Aspire R7 (2014)

Acer Aspire R7
Acer Aspire R7

What an interesting laptop. Can be an ultrabook, a tablet, an Easel, a Star-trek enterprise mode… quite a versatile machine. Similar to a cross between a Sony Vaio Duo and a Sony Vaio Multi Flip… specs are 15.4″ 1080p screen, core i5 processor, SSD and HDD options and 6GB of RAM, and weighs a relatively heavy 5.2lbs.

Asus Transformer Trio (2014)

Asus Transformer Book Trio
Asus Transformer Book Trio

A 3 in one computer! It runs Android on the display which can also become a tablet, and the keyboard itself is a core i5 PC with 500GB HDD. So it’s actually two computers in one! That’s pretty cool, I think. The keyboard can also hook up with another monitor to become a desktop as well.

Categories
Programming Tech

Interesting gadgets, JS Frameworks, Libraries, Tech Links, Tech Articles

Cool past gadgets
Sony Rolly
Sony P series
Golden-i headsets
Ultra Mobile PC
Samsung Q1
Sony CLIE PEG-UX50
HP IPAQ
HP Touchsmart TX2
Dell XPS M2010
Sony P Tablet
Oakley THUMP 2
Sony Mylo
Nokia N810
HTC Shift
Handheld PCs
HP Jornada
MM2Go
Sony Vaio Duo
Danger Hiptop/T-mobile Sidekick
Palm Treo (the first smartphone)
PDas and Pocket PCs
Sony Vaio Duo
Sony UX Micro PC
OQO Model 02
Slingbox
Roku
Archos Gen 6
Dell Adamo
Asus Taichi
Voodoo Envy 133
Asus EEE PC
Pleo RB
Alienware m11x
Dell XPS M2010
Nokia N93
Eon 13S
Soundmatters foXLv2
Dell XPS 12
Myvu Crystal
AR figure Alice
Drobo
Creative Recon3D THX sound processor
Turtle Beach Dolby processor
Astel & Kern MQS player
Custom Relics
Chromebook Pixel
Ultra sabers
Swart Amps

I read alot. Except I don’t read books, I read Wikipedia articles and nerdy articles. Lots of them.. here are few I came across:

Interesting Links/News
Someone was paid to hack Facebook exploiting Oath2?
Tells you some of the myths about guitar pickup tone
Someone actually made stacksort!! (based on an xkcd comic)
So this is the guy who started phreaking?
Chinese immigrants had it hard…
I wonder who still uses Telnet… if its always more insecure than SSH
Loved this game when I was young… didnt realize it was only released in Japan!
Super Audio CD?? I never knew this existed, I wonder if its actually audibly better than CD.
CGA is the PC’s first color standard – I remember the days of 16 colors.
Building a naive Bayes classifier, which has lots of uses in making complicated problems less complicated as it seems 😛
10,000 year old clock
Did you know MS made a JS replacement language, that adds modules, classes, interfaces and type checking?
Chinese sites look so awful and cluttered and looking at the minified JS, they even have chinese characters in JSON… omg must be a nice time parsing that
This guy ruled South Korea for 16 years until he was assassinated!! O_O
Email loops…
Vestal Virgins!
Let’s save IE6!!! hehe
The woman who had immortal cells
extreme pogo sports…
This is the first FPS game, not Wolf3D, not Doom. This game, and I played it when I was young.. pretty decent 🙂
Did you know? The first Chinese dynasty was started by this guy
The first Firefox phone?? omg
The Japanese have urinal games… wow
Prions are viral infection agents caused by eating brains o_O
This is a cool name for a Apache Ruby module
The game boy printer was really ahead of its time… people barely had dot matrix printers back then
There’s a programming language based on Lolcats
The Apple Newton had a programming language…
There’s a programming language that is multi-lingual keyworded
Woody Allen’s first movie was a 1960s Japanese dubbed spy thriller (it was a good movie, I watched it)
This was the most popular bike in the world thanks to China
Did you know? in WWI, people used pigeons to take aerial photos
Did you know? This is the worst pc game of all time, mainly cause it doesn’t work. At all.
Pig toilets… yes people used to use these
This is the crater that caused the extinction of the dinos
This is the biggest extinction event in Earth’s history
The original AI program Eliza, as a Java applet
Dunning-Kruger effecta cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average.
Apparently this guy lived for 152 years
A PS Emulator that was sold IN STORES
Oh yeah NeXT computers used these…
Someone sued a guy named Mike Rowe for having this domain name…
Charismatic megafauna – I suppose they are “charming” to scientists? hehe
Chinese magic mirror..
Werecats exist?
Black swan theory – this actually makes sense to me. Lots of everyday things have very small probabilities of occurring, but because there’s so many probabilities in general, the chance of any individual small probability happening is actually quite big.
RDRAM.. 😀
Wow this is a rare add-on for Sega saturn..
I used to own one of these guys before Pocket PCs were there…
This chinese woman worked on the manhatten project… at a time when Chinese people couldn’t immigrate to America.
A game console that downloads games for free? – awesome. The future of gaming is streaming from the cloud – and this is the first step.
4004 was the first available microprocessor

Nice JS articles and tech sites
http://www.json.org/JSONRequest.html
http://eviltrout.com/2013/02/10/why-discourse-uses-emberjs.html
http://www.adequatelygood.com/JavaScript-Scoping-and-Hoisting.html
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4869609/how-can-jquery-deferred-be-used
http://perfectionkills.com/extending-built-in-native-objects-evil-or-not/
http://perfectionkills.com/whats-wrong-with-extending-the-dom/
http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2012/11/05/writing-fast-memory-efficient-javascript/
http://www.nczonline.net/blog/2009/12/29/feature-detection-is-not-browser-detection/
http://dailyjs.com/2012/06/25/this-binding/
http://markdotto.com/2012/03/02/stop-the-cascade/
http://www.igvita.com/slides/2012/devtools-tips-and-tricks/#1
http://www.webdesignshock.com/responsive-design-problems/
http://learn.jquery.com/javascript-101/
http://www.igvita.com/slides/2012/devtools-tips-and-tricks/
http://markdotto.com/2012/02/16/scope-css-classes-with-prefixes/
Java 8 looks pretty neat.. Joda time and Lambdas
http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2012/12/05/client-side-templating/
http://www.codethinked.com/preparing-yourself-for-modern-javascript-development
Overapi kinda sucks as a Java reference (HashTables? really?) but the jQuery reference is decent. This site also compiles a nice list of Web dev articles. Here’s another checklist for web devs.
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/
http://alistapart.com/
Good front end dev interview questions
http://52weeksofux.com/
http://www.altdevblogaday.com/2011/12/24/static-code-analysis/
http://nicolasgallagher.com/pure-css-gui-icons/demo/
http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/graceful-degradation-progressive-enhancement/
http://www.mkyong.com/
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8659390/context-to-use-call-and-apply-in-javascript
http://net.tutsplus.com/
http://calendar.perfplanet.com/2012/deciphering-the-critical-rendering-path/
http://alexsexton.com/blog/2013/03/deploying-javascript-applications/
jQuery 2.0 beta is out!
Comparing front end frameworks
http://shichuan.github.com/javascript-patterns/
http://alexmaccaw.com/posts/async_ui
http://developer.yahoo.com/yui/yuiloader/
http://kangax.github.io/nfe/
http://webaim.org/blog/user-agent-string-history/
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/html5/articles/css-shaders.html
http://accidentaltechnologist.com/javascript/7-resources-every-javascript-developer-should-know/
http://backbonetutorials.com/organizing-backbone-using-modules/
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1906344/should-you-only-mock-types-you-own
https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/
http://hackerboss.com/the-golden-rule-of-unit-testing/
http://www.programmableweb.com/apis
http://www.chromeexperiments.com/
http://chrome.blogspot.com/
http://codebrief.com/2012/01/the-top-10-javascript-mvc-frameworks-reviewed/
http://zacstewart.com/2012/04/14/http-options-method.html
http://jtaby.com/3/modern-web-development-part-1.html
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2013/03/why-ruby.html
http://blog.apps.npr.org/2013/02/14/app-template-redux.html
http://marakana.com/s
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8659390/context-to-use-call-and-apply-in-javascript
http://www.javascriptturnsmeon.com/the-tilde-operator-in-javascript/
http://www.adequatelygood.com/JavaScript-Module-Pattern-In-Depth.html

Nice tech:

http://plumbr.eu/
http://c9.io/
http://www.plug.dj/
http://lolcode.com/
Interesting startup job repo
http://plumbr.eu/
http://www.onyxbits.de/
http://www.trypair.com/
http://newrelic.com/BFF
http://jsfiddle.net/
This is a really cool graphical tessellation generator…
http://www.hipmunk.com
http://cleverbot.com/
Combine your Chrome tabs!
http://q42.com
Firesheep

Frameworks/Libraries
(JS Library Reference can be found here)