Now, $69 sounds steep for an egg holder, but I had high hopes that Quirky's Egg Minder would be an elegant solution to a common food waste problem. After all, when I think of the number of eggs I've wasted because of uncertain freshness, it's not unreasonable to guess I might have disposed of them too liberally. If this device worked well, it might help recoup some of its cost by preventing wasted eggs. Alas, a glitchy app and inconsistent performance makes the Egg Minder a no-go. It's also not quite as smart as you might … Read more
While you can't go back in time, there's a fun Easter egg that lets you do just that with Google's search engine. Searching for "Google in 1998" brings you to a retro version of Google, complete with the old logo.
One big caveat: you can't actually do a new search -- it just points to a number of historic results … Read more
Here's another one of those passage-of-time moments that may make elder geeks groan: Thirty-three years after Missile Command blew up the arcade scene, gamers can now play a pint-size version within YouTube.
To play the game, all you need to do is direct your Web browser to any video on YouTube, make sure you aren't in a text field (for instance, search), and type in 1980. Within a second, your video slides down and a basic version of Missile Command appears on top of the video. To get you in the mood, "Defend this video from attack\For great justice!" amusingly appears before you start the game. … Read more
Google is no stranger to hiding Easter eggs in its various products. For those who aren't familiar with the term, an Easter egg is a feature, often playful in nature, hidden in software for users to find. Often times it adds no real value to user experience, other than possibly providing a smile.
In Death Valley, Calif. -- a desolate place that hit 134 degrees Fahrenheit a century ago -- it's usually so hot you can fry an egg. In a YouTube video posted earlier this month, one Death Valley National Park employee, equipped with a skillet, did just that.
However, the impressive act (with nearly 800,000 views on YouTube) inspired a rash of impromptu copycat chefs, and park employees have been cleaning up the mess ever since.
Isn't it tedious to crack open your morning eggs, beat them, and then scramble them? It's messy and taxing enough to make your life look like a bad infomercial GIF.
A company called Hikari Tec Hong Kong recently showed off an egg-spinning machine that helps scramble the whites and yolks without breaking the shell. Once spun enough, and after some boiling, the contents of the egg come out of the shell as a semisolid, creamy pudding. Check out the demo below. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Jeff's review: Using Appetize at a concert.
- The end of "just browsing:" Australian store charges $5 browsing fee.
- How the P2P era of SEO-baiting, intentionally mislabeled MP3s changed our taste in music.
- Hollywood embraces the Tweaser on Vine.
Food comes in all shapes and sizes. However, despite the cornucopia of options that populate supermarket shelves, there is always room for more variety. Sometimes a change does a food product good; just think about how many ways there are to eat something seemingly simple as eggs. Not only can they can be scrambled, fried, or poached, but they also happen to be a vital ingredient in millions of recipes. But when it comes right down to it, all of that pales in comparison to their one true, previously unknown purpose: being served on a stick.
Since the invention of … Read more
Easter eggs can add a little amusement to software and Web sites. But Google tucked the idea into an otherwise mind-numbing place: a pamphlet full of legal warnings.
In this case, it's the pamphlet for Google's Chromebook Pixel, the company's high-end laptop for running Chrome OS. It's nothing that'll make you guffaw out loud, but it's a refreshing break from the ordinary and worth a couple chuckles.
Among the quips:
If your Chromebook Pixel behaves abnormally (e.g. becomes discolored, heats up excessively, emits a foul odor, starts requesting fancy tropical vacations), stop using … Read more