computerWe’ve all been there: pulling an all-nighter in an energy-drink-fueled haze of stress and sleep-deprivation trying to pump out that paper due in 5 hours. On those nights, eye-strain is the last thing you need to compound the situation. And because most of us have one or two roommates – and perhaps not the convenience of another place to work – we have to work with the lights off. The thing is, staring at a well-lit screen in a dark room is the exact thing that causes eye-strain. But not only that: a study done by the National Sleep Foundation has found that the use of bright, interactive technologies like the computer may disrupt the sleep-onset process.

The application f.lux is designed to alleviate those problems. read more »


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This week’s tech tip is for both Mac and Windows with a little catch … read on to see!

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Are you running out of space on your computer to store your files? Don’t have a big enough of an external storage drive to back up your data? Don’t even know what an external storage drive is? No problem! This week’s tech tip covers Windows, Mac AND Linux users! read more »


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Allo and welcome to another tech tip! Since we had a tech tip mainly focused on Windows based computers last week, we decided its time to let the Mac users shine a bit. Well, “shine” as in expose potential problems. But surely, Macs don’t break right? read more »


Now, the Clog wouldn’t call ourselves redditors – we’re too afraid of being sucked into a deep dark corner of the internet (although not as dark as 4chan), but today we ventured on to the popular site to be greeted by a dear friend. Oski.

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Ain't he cute?

Why was our mascot reppin’ reddit Monday, April 16? Apparently Berkeley won third place in a “Grow a College Subreddit Competition,” so all the world had their interwebs invated by the Golden Bears (or in this case, bear). The 6 other colleges in the top seven will also get their moment in the light, but we don’t think their mascots will be as cute as ours.

Can whoever designed this Oski redesign the creepy monster that adorns Cal gear nowadays? Seriously, we have nightmares. Enjoy the next 45 minutes of Berkeley’s occupation of reddit.


If you peruse through YouTube as much as we do, you’ve probably noticed self-driving car test, which Google put out to the general public. At first glance, of course we all thought, “AUMG Google’s one step closer to dominating the world!” Indeed, one of the top rated comments right now is “Skynet now drives a Prius.”

All lulz aside, Ethan Elkind, a climate-change research fellow at Berkeley law, discusses how self-driving cars could actually be great for the environment. This makes sense as mechanically controlled speeds and turns could make an individual’s drive optimally efficient just as cruise control helps save gas on long boring drives. Plus, self-driving automobiles remove a lot of what causes car accidents: human error! Never mind the nearly impossible situations when human judgment trumps the mechanical … most of our crashes involve someone not making smart decisions. Like drinking and driving. Keep that soda in the cup holder while you’re driving!

Elkind goes on to mention that said Google car is a step towards this kind of technology. Just one of the few major concerns this technology entails is the insurance liability. Who’s fault is it when your self-driving car crashes? Yours? Google’s? Toyota’s/Ford’s/etc? Either way, this is a great pathway to new technological trends.

Could self-driving cars help the environment? [The Berkeley Blog]


4834833062_b1bf8a7717_bLooking for an alternative way to celebrate Easter? After churching it up, and fighting Sunday school children over Easter eggs, after brunching it up, and letting your honey-baked ham filled belly hang over the loosened waistband of your jeans, head over to Pappy’s! Although hanging at a bar during Easter may be a bit unorthodox, it’s a way to spend this holy Sunday resting, and combining two things that go together better than bunnies and Jesus (wait, that makes no sense).

The Berkeley CSL club is hosting a “Barcraft” at Pappy’s. What is a “Barcraft” you ask? Well it combines two very manly activities, going to a bar and Starcraft. On the big screens of Pappy’s Bar and Grill on Telegraph, you can watch some of the best professional Starcraft players in the world play in the finals of the IPL 4 tournament. It is a great learning opportunity for those new to the “craft,” and a great space to meet new Bresties (Bro/besties), or just enjoy the game while sipping on an ice-cold brew.

Now, we know that

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Do you find yourself going to one too many weddings and bachelor parties? Isn’t looking for the respective photos on Facebook or Flickr annoying? Well, the Clog doesn’t find itself in these situations, but Capsule certainly thinks you do.

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5640108420_b9a4d89915Calling all expert namers (this means you, Adam and Eve)! As you may or may not know, the CalMail system proved to be a huge failure last semester, leaving the entire Berkeley community scrambling for a solution. Luckily, the almighty and all-powerful Google has stepped in to take the reigns, and now an entirely new and improved mail (and calendar) system looms on the horizon.

Who cares if it works though, the IT Productivity Suite Team is more concerned about having a really clever and inventive name to compete with the respective (and witty) UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz “AggieMail” and “Slugmail” systems. And so, the team has enlisted the help of the creative minds at UC Berkeley with a friendly naming competition. Think you have what it takes? read more »


Proving that Cal is the best at everything of obvious importance, Mark Grabiner, a molecular and cell biology graduate student at Cal, won BioTechniques Journal’s 2012 “Science Parody of the Year Award” for his music video entitled “Grad School, I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down).” A Parody of LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down)”, Grabiner speaks for even undergraduate students when he croons “And so … take me off your mailing list, for jobs you think will still exist by the time that my degree is through,” emphasized with the devastated expressions of Muppets character, Beaker. You may be asking, “Why would an academic journal have such a random contest?” read more »


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