Monday, May 14, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Weekly Inspiration

Posted: 14 May 2012 04:48 PM PDT

Some people have all the luck. You know the type, they always seem to be in the right place at the right time, have all the inside news and are always one step ahead.

If you feel like you are lagging behind, here’s a great tip from Milton Berle, a famous actor and comedian who worked in early Hollywood.

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

Opportunity is a product of how much effort you make. Think positive, lift your chin high and make your own opportunities happen!

Featured Workspace: Darkpulse

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:10 PM PDT

This is the classy new workspace of VideoHive author Darkpulse. You can almost tell that Sebastian lives in France by looking at the room he works in. The textured wallpaper, chic poster, and chrome lamp work together with panache.

His new setup is impressive:

  • i7 3930K
  • NVidia Quadro 4000
  • 16 GB RAM
  • SSD Disk
  • DELL U2711

From this angle you can see that his workspace is larger than it first looks. He has a MacBook Pro on one side of his corner desk, and a nice monitor speaker on the other. This angle also shows more clearly the texture in the wallpaper.

What do you think of Sebastian’s workspace? Let us know in the comments.

Would you like your workspace featured on Envato Notes? Upload your photo to somewhere on the Web and let us know about it on our Write a Post page. Or upload it to Flickr and tag it with #envatonotesworkspaces. Either way, add an interesting description. Each week we'll choose and publish a new photo.

A 12-year-old App Developer

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Over on the Tuts+ Premium blog, Skellie has listed 20 Must See TED Talks for Creatives. This is one of them.

"Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like ‘Bustin Jeiber,’ a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers."

Bacteria Hard Drives!

Posted: 13 May 2012 10:44 PM PDT

This week, teams from both the University of Leeds in the UK and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan, have found that microbes (bacteria) could be the future in making super-fast hard drives.

These microbes digest iron and create tiny magnets inside themselves. The protein that starts this process can been extracted and used to make magnetic patterns, like those found in hard drives. As nano-technology is getting more advanced it looks like scientists are turning back to nature to make these complex and precise pieces of technology.

You never know, maybe these tiny bacteria will be making the next generation of hard drives for your computer or smartphone!

What do you think about using bacteria to make hard drives? Tell us what you think in the comments..

You can read more here.

Show Your Appreciation: Aetuts+

Posted: 13 May 2012 05:42 PM PDT

Aetuts+ is Envato's tutorial site about Adobe After Effects. If it's your favorite Envato site, give it a shout out in the comments!

You might like to browse our previous posts related to Aetuts+.

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Aetuts+ is a site made to house and showcase some of the best After Effects tutorials around. We publish tutorials that not only produce great effects, but explain them in a friendly, approachable manner. We also stock up links to tutorials, articles, presets and plugins from around the web to help you get the most out of After Effects.

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