Vox is closing on September 30, 2010


Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends. But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.

This doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your blog. We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you’ve shared on Vox, and continue to have a home for your blog. To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve added new export features that make it easy to move your blog to a free TypePad account, and your photos & videos to Flickr.

If you’re an active Vox member we encourage you to read the information below about what’s happening during the month of September, and learn more about how you can migrate your content.


fseventer | Observes filesystem changes in Mac OS X

  • Observes filesystem changes using the same underlying API as Spotlight
  • Provides a graphical representation of the file activity
  • Example use could be to determine what files are changed via software installation, preferences, etc
  • Requires admin access & will only work on Mac OS X 10.4+ i.e. ???Tiger???, ???Leopard???, or ???Snow Leopard???

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{italian} Ministry of Graphics’ Manifesto


in the image-driven society, image is important.
Graphic design lives everywhere: the Ministero della Grafica believes that the appearance of things influences the relationship between people, objects and actions. The relationship between form and content takes on a key role, determining the success of products, companies, nations and passions.

to communicate is to connect.
Design means the connection between disciplines; the synergy between form, content, economic strategy, organization of consensus and technology.

contemporary graphic design is about planning.
It uses and develops concepts, visions, scenarios, words, omissions and interpretations, leaving a sign and effecting changes in society.

contemporary graphic design is open source, multi-ethnic and hybrid.
It is based on synergy, research, competence, an attitude of observing the world, evolution, innovation and flexibility.

design is not a style, it is an approach.

The Cost of Spam: CO2 Emissions

According to data from a recent study by Commtouch (Internet Threats Trend Report) published in April 2010 and referring to the first quarter of the year, every day we send about 221 billion email messages, of which 183 billion are classified as spam (85% of the total traffic globally).

United States lead the ranking of the ???spamming??? countries with 38 billion emails per day followed by India (13.7 billion), Russia (9.8), Vietnam (9.7) and Korea (7.6).

How much does all this junk mail cost the environment in terms of CO2 emissions?

Studies have estimated that each email message generates about 0.3 grams of CO2. Multiplying this value by the number of spam messages sent daily worldwide what we get is that every day around 54.900 tons of C02 are released into the environment: a number that translates into around 21 million tons of CO2 every year.

Just a curiosity, for the sake of comparison: the Eyjafjallaj??kull volcano eruption in April 2010 released into the air around 150,000 tons of CO2 every day.

iPhone: Which iOS 4 software features does my iPhone support?


Use this table to determine which features of iOS 4 are available for your iPhone model:

iOS 4 Feature iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS iPhone 4
Home screen Folders ??? ??? ???
Unified Inbox and threading for Mail ??? ??? ???
Internet tethering1 ??? ??? ???
Multitasking   ??? ???
Bluetooth keyboard support   ??? ???
Home screen wallpaper   ??? ???
Data protection   ??? ???
FaceTime     ???
VGA out2     ???

For a list of additional features and capabilities available on all iPhone models, see the iOS 4 Software Update page.


  1. Internet tethering for AT&T requires iOS 4. Internet tethering is not available in all areas; fees may apply. See this article for availability.
  2. Requires the Dock Connector to VGA Cable, sold separately.