Only 50? Seems longer…

Google Doodle
Only 50 years ago today, a significant milestone in the space race was achieved, launching a man, the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin, beyond the atmosphere and into a single orbit of the Earth.

Lots of cool space and Gagarin related info found via Google today; they also provided the cool animation on their doodle — just float your pointer over the image on Google.com 🙂

The coolest indie video I’ve seen all year

Think District 9, or Independence Day. But done for $300 by someone with a crap-load of talent. In Uruguay. With Giant Robots!

And now he’s got a movie deal:

The picture will be a sci-fi thriller set in Argentina and Uruguay. In case you’re hoping to see the feature-length version of “Panic Attack!” in a movie theater, it won’t be from this deal. The newly minted “it” guy says he will start from scratch.

Thanks Gen for the heads up!

How to add a network activity monitor to Windows 7

I like Windows 7. But there’s one thing that I noticed missing right off the top, a network activity monitor in the Taskbar.

Sure, you could ad a gadget/widget thingie to the desktop, but when you’re working on something, odds are you’re at full-screen resoulution and the monitor is behind whatever y ou’re working on.

Well, thanks to this cool little site (and the pointer from Download Squad) Windows 7 now has a working taskbar-mounted network activity monitor, complete with animated blinking screen. To quote the developer:

This utility is a standalone executable. Run the program, you’ll see a new system tray icon.

Now you can monitor your network traffic in Windows 7 using XP-like ‘two monitors’ icon in the System Tray.

To customize program settings right click the mouse on the System Tray icon.

Pretty straightforward, and functional. And light weight! The Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 weighs in at a tiny 57kb download.

You can download it here

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