Wednesday, November 16, 2011

All Web Browsers Look Like Google Chrome Now

Google Chrome has always looked like this:


Notice the lack of title, menu, and status bars. Stop\refresh is consolidated into one button. And the top area is dedicated to tabs.

In turn, other browsers have made similar changes:


Internet Explorer


And yes... I also used this as an excuse to show off my website in different browsers. (^_^)

My Browser Usage History

Like everyone who's had Windows, I started out with Internet Explorer (I also used Netscape back in the days too). However, Internet Explorer had a lot of problems, and Firefox had a lot of cool features so I switched to that. After awhile, I realized Firefox was slow and so I switched to Chrome.

As of 2011, Internet Explorer has gotten a lot better and Firefox probably still has the most add-ons, but I still mostly use Chrome.

So Why Do I Use Chrome?
  1. Cleaner interface.
  2. Faster running program.
  3. Faster surfing.
  4. The Omnibox.
  5. More stable and less buggy.
  6. Has most of Firefox's extensions.
  7. Apps.
  8. Translate page pop-up bar.
  9. Built-in functions like Flash and Acrobat.
  10. Download status bar.

Google Chrome's Omnibox

This is a very cool feature of the browser. All searches are done from the address bar, and it automatically adds search engines for sites you visit frequently (for example, Wikipedia, Amazon, Craigslist, eBay). And there is no drop-down menu selection step.

So if I wanted to search "tea" on Wikipedia, I would:

1. Type "w" (for Wikipedia) and press tab to select the Wikipedia search engine.
2. Type "tea" and press enter.

Immediately, I am sent away to Wikipedia's page for tea!

Browser Usage Share Trends

I will end this post with a boring looking chart. lol.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    「二ヶ月前」Animation Production Notes

    Finally, some new Adrenaline animation!

    I know everyone is waiting for the next episode already. I'm currently working on another series so I figure I release this in the meanwhile.

    There is one major improvement in the visuals compared to episode 1. Can you see it? 0:38 onwards shows it off quite nicely. The major improvement is... lens focusing!

    In episode one, I only had lens focusing for the character scenes and not for the racing scenes. It's a long explanation why that was, but I found a good technique for pulling it off without adding any rendering times.

    First, I render these images at the same time, and it doesn't add any extra rendering time to render a depth map image. Note image #1 has no lens focus. While LightWave (my program) supports lens focus, it takes extra time to render and also, I prefer Sony Vegas' version.

    If I throw my render in Vegas and enable defocus, notice the effect is life-like and is reminiscent of photography or film. However, I don't want the whole image to be defocused, just the background buildings.

    Using the depth map render (image #2) as a mask, we can isolate this effect to just the background. And with absolutely no extra rendering time, we've created a racing scene with full camera focus!

    Sunday, November 6, 2011

    YouTube Friend Invite Spam

    I have a somewhat active YouTube Channel, and so I get a lot of friend invites.

    Some invites are from people that have a sincere interest in my channel. Additionally, we may exchange a few comments, and they may have some cool videos to share. These invites are legit; I appreciate and accept all of them.

    Some invites, however, are just pure spam from people trying to promote their channel. They have no interest in your channel and send hundreds of invites a week to random people in hopes that a % watch their videos and subscribe.

    Check out the subscribers and friends of someone who spammed me:

    For every 40 friend adds, they get 1 sucker to subscribe. This guy has about 40k friends; I wonder how many invites he has sent out? 400k? 4,000k?

    Check out his channel comments:

    99% of the comments are along the lines of "thanks for the invite" and "thanks for the add". lol.

    Listen, I'm all for promoting yourself and your work. But does invite spamming make you any less of a douche than email spammers? What if everyone who had a YouTube channel did this? How annoying would that be?

    Whenever I get invite spams, I just ignore them. I'm very tempted to leave a hateful message on their channel but... that's not going to do anyone any good.

    I think if we all ignored these invites, they'll see it doesn't work and stop spamming. And then they'll have more time to do something more productive: make YouTube videos!