Lizyd Design http://lizyd.co.za Sat, 10 May 2014 15:47:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Intellicard Student Allowance Administration – Does It Work? http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/intellicard-student/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/intellicard-student/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:06:55 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1793 Intellicard. What is that? Well, for those who missed the obvious description in the name, it’s an intelligent card. Much like a bank card. And if you are a student, it does everything but your homework. Does it work? Something about this idea caught my eye. I had a good read at the Intellicard website. […]

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Intellicard. What is that? Well, for those who missed the obvious description in the name, it’s an intelligent card. Much like a bank card. And if you are a student, it does everything but your homework.

Does it work?

Something about this idea caught my eye. I had a good read at the Intellicard website. This is a basic summary of Intellicard how I understand it: It is an account that can be linked to your student card. It can be programmed to do lots of things, it’s main function being that you can access funds from a parent or guardian sponsor. These funds are also allocated to specific things automatically, books, food etc.

Well, to be completely honest, not being a student, I am unable to test such things personally, as it is exclusive to students at this point in time. However, from an easy to find Facebook group, it is an active working idea. Great! So, all I can say is, if you are having problems allocating funds to your necessary student stuff, apply for Intellicard! It’s free!

 Intellicard Student

It was a bit unclear to me, how exactly the whole thing works, but its late and I am tired, no blame shifted to the writers of the website or anything. I’ll just say it’s a resource that needs to be scoured. Examined for days. The fault I can point out at a glance? Its not user friendly right off the bat. You need to set it up. You need to know what you’re doing. Being a student, studying the instructions should be a force of habit about now.

So, if anyone actually takes my opinion seriously; Intellicard is legit. It’s a great idea and is sure to kick off if it hasn’t already.

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Dota Hotkeys http://lizyd.co.za/blog/gaming/dota-hotkeys/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/gaming/dota-hotkeys/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:45:53 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1786 DoTA, aah the addictive game that it is, would not be complete without the smorgasbord of tools to customise every little element of the game, some more useful than others. One problem I always had with DoTA was that in order to play certain heroes, you would need abnormally stretchy, sloth fingers, just to reach […]

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DoTA, aah the addictive game that it is, would not be complete without the smorgasbord of tools to customise every little element of the game, some more useful than others.

One problem I always had with DoTA was that in order to play certain heroes, you would need abnormally stretchy, sloth fingers, just to reach the keys. This tool solves that problem. No longer will you have to learn 12 bar blues and unnatural Jimi Hendrix licks just to be able to get your fingers to the right keys before getting killed to death by stupid Riki players.

So, without further ado, here is the DoTA Hotkeys tool, nice and uploaded complete for your use! You can grab it Here. Simply put, it runs in your taskbar and allows you to set your custom hotkeys as you wish, show enemy and ally HP and even set some text shortcuts to please all those stingy players that complain when you don’t call SS.

Enjoy the hotkeys! Found a better DoTA Hotkey tool? Let me know and I’ll stick it up. Attached is a funny DoTA picture for your amusement!

Dota Courier Block

I’m sure someone could stick a “traffic in Johannesburg” joke in here right now.

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Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions http://lizyd.co.za/blog/design/facebook-cover-photo-dimensions/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/design/facebook-cover-photo-dimensions/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:28:18 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1778 Some people hate Facebook timeline, some love it. I see it as a cool way to express yourself and come up with some amazing designs with a little creativity. There is just one thing we need to know before making a cover worthy of Picasso himself. We need to know the Facebook cover photo “dimensions”. […]

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Some people hate Facebook timeline, some love it. I see it as a cool way to express yourself and come up with some amazing designs with a little creativity. There is just one thing we need to know before making a cover worthy of Picasso himself. We need to know the Facebook cover photo “dimensions”.

In short, the dimensions are 851px wide by 315px high. What some people fail to mention is the positioning of everything. What if you want to incorporate the cover photo with your profile picture? I decided to solve this problem with a simple Facebook cover template I did in Photoshop.

Use rulers or the magic wand tool as you see fit to get the elements of the picture as you want them. This is the reason I have separated the profile picture and cover photo by colour, to allow easy editing with Photoshop.

Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions

Use this however you wish, give it to friends, “like” it on Facebook. I did my own cover a while ago with a similar template I made up, and I think it looks pretty great.

Facebook Cover Photo Template

One thing I have not seen too much of is a cover photo that incorporates the top and sides of the Facebook page, making them look like they are integrated into the profile, that being the inspiration for my Facebook cover. I am considering putting a new one together sometime as I have had this one for a while. Apache helicopters and Zonda R’s only keep a guy happy for so long!

I would love to see some custom Facebook covers I may have inspired with this template. Let me know about them in the comments! Maybe I will put together a wall of Facebook cover photos if I get a lot of them. Happy designing!

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My First Superbru Login – Impressions http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/superbru-login/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/superbru-login/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:05:03 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1766 I didn’t really get into Superbru much. I’m not going to slander it because it would be unfair; I’m not much of a sports fan. I thought I’d check it out though and see what all the hype was about. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Superbru is a “Free […]

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Superbru Rugby

I didn’t really get into Superbru much. I’m not going to slander it because it would be unfair; I’m not much of a sports fan. I thought I’d check it out though and see what all the hype was about.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Superbru is a “Free social sports prediction game”. In short, you predict who you think will win the next rugby or soccer match, for example. It tells you what percentage of people also made the same prediction as you. You then move on with your life, at least until the match has been played and the results are in. You then are able to either revel in the sweet scent self accomplishment or slowly sink into a steaming pile of agonised pity, depending on whether you were accurate in your predictions or not.

It’s not just a simple case of ‘win or lose’ though. There’s the whole matter of ‘points’. You thought it would be easy. A 50-50 chance of being granted ultimate self esteem seems like a pretty good wager. But no. You are almost guaranteed to be wrong because now, you have to choose who will win, and how much they will win by, effectively decreasing your odds to 0.

This is an “Infinite monkeys on a typewriter” kind of scenario. My strategy:

  1. Bet on your favourite team
  2. Use your inner Nostradamus to randomly predict a score.
  3. ???
  4. Profit

Maybe I missed something. Maybe I just don’t get it. I respect those of you who can accurately predict results consistently, but as for me and the rest of the world without biological (in the most genuine manner of speaking possible) ‘crystal balls’, I shall retire to my own devices and leave the future in the future. Voodoo stuff right there.

All in all, my first Superbru login impressions were a little lackluster. Perhaps I’m just hectically unlucky, I suck at roulette too. Or any casino game for that matter. My point is that I would rate myself anything but a “Superbru”. Perhaps today I’m just an ordinarybru. An unluckybru who shall forever live in the present. I think I can handle such odds.

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Minecraft House Designs – Part 1 http://lizyd.co.za/blog/gaming/minecraft-house-designs-1/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/gaming/minecraft-house-designs-1/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:42:16 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1751 Minecraft! Heard of it? Of course you have. It’s the game with different coloured square blocks that you can place on top of other blocks and make bigger squares. It’s more fun than it sounds. Today I decided to start a new project, this first part being centered around a beach house. I am planning […]

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Minecraft! Heard of it? Of course you have. It’s the game with different coloured square blocks that you can place on top of other blocks and make bigger squares. It’s more fun than it sounds.

Today I decided to start a new project, this first part being centered around a beach house. I am planning big things for this endeavor; tutorials, designs and ideas, so I would love to hear your thoughts on such matters as the series progresses.

Without further ado, I present a very brief look at the structural development of our beach house!

Minecraft House Ideas Beach House TopMinecraft House Ideas Beach House InsideMinecraft House Designs Beach House Outside

We wanted something with sand and a nice sea view. After a little while of flying around, we found this spot which I think works nicely. We immediately started clearing the area with TNT before punching a sheep and getting the foundations set.

The walls went up next, then the second story floor. This was particularly time consuming in one part. We wanted a certain type of wood, I forget which one. This wood can only be placed in the direction you’re facing. That meant we had to place another temporary floor while we put the wooden floor over that to get the blocks facing the right direction.

Next was the roof. After a few minutes arguing about the different designs we had done to different sides of the roof, I set about demolishing half of the one side in record time and correcting it to match the rest of the roof.

Finally, we placed doors. These had some nice wooden pressure plates for easy access. We plan on adding windows and interior stuff in the next part. For now, I hope we have been of some use to you design wise!

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Efundi Is Brilliant, If Only Government Services Were The Same http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/efundi-is-brilliant/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/efundi-is-brilliant/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:51:14 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1744 Heard of eFundi? Basically, it’s just a whole host of good ideas. You can check exam information, times, subjects, communicate with lecturers and students and do research ONLINE! Brilliant! A simple idea, convenient and easy. This article is not to criticize South African government, but to propose an idea. Why don’t the municipalities offer similar […]

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Happy Computer Guy

Heard of eFundi? Basically, it’s just a whole host of good ideas. You can check exam information, times, subjects, communicate with lecturers and students and do research ONLINE! Brilliant! A simple idea, convenient and easy. This article is not to criticize South African government, but to propose an idea. Why don’t the municipalities offer similar services?

Need to check when your passport is due for collection? Just log in with your ID number. Submit forms and personal information online, without having to wait in queues all day. You could submit ID photos. Change your surname as easily as if it were Facebook. I see a whole new convenient standard being set here.

You could check the times all the legal strikes are due, so you can plan a route around them. AFCON blocking the road again in Nelspruit? Not a problem, you can plan ahead now with hourly traffic info! You could have a randomly generated learners license test to study. You could even do the test online with a good enough system. The possibilities are endless.

Yes, I’m aware that deep within the confines of the government websites, a very simple eFundi-like service is available. Almost. I know we can download some important forms online. I know there are contact details for a few license training grounds. I may have even seen a passport tracking service somewhere. All I request is that this information, this brilliant potential for a more personal “eFundi” be brought into the light.

Promote it on Facebook! Start a hashtag on Twitter. I don’t know. I just see South Africa as a land of potential. Lets set a world standard here. I’m pretty sure not many other countries have such a service, if any. So lets be the first. A convenient country here, I think it’s possible.

#eFundiForSA

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Unfair Mario – The Most Frustrating Game On Earth http://lizyd.co.za/blog/gaming/unfair-mario-the-most-frustrating-game-on-earth/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/gaming/unfair-mario-the-most-frustrating-game-on-earth/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:09:29 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1733 Unfair Mario. Heard of it? It’s just like any other Super Mario game. Except it’s freaking unfair! Ever hear the saying “Fear what you don’t know”? More true words could not be said. Be afraid. Be very afraid. You will get poked. You will plummet hundreds of feet to your death. And best of all? […]

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Unfair Mario. Heard of it? It’s just like any other Super Mario game. Except it’s freaking unfair! Ever hear the saying “Fear what you don’t know”? More true words could not be said. Be afraid. Be very afraid. You will get poked. You will plummet hundreds of feet to your death. And best of all? The game takes the liberty of telling you HOW MANY TIMES you’ve died, just to make you feel better about yourself.

Attempt #1: I see a path. Looks relatively safe. Just walk along this flat grassy pla- oh I’m dead. Okay, I’ll just restart and jump over that bit. Wait, no. I’m dead again…

You get the point. So what are you waiting for? Go die! Here is the link:
http://www.brainbashersgames.com/games/unfairmario.asp

I got halfway through LVL 2 before retreating to a dark corner and crying for the rest of the week. Perhaps you can get further than me.

 Unfair Mario Death

So, lets look at the pros and cons in detail.

Gameplay

Exactly the same as any other Mario game. Perhaps the “jump” action could be a bit more refined though. There are times I’ve tried to jump to save myself from another plummet, only to find my feet conveniently rooted to the ground.
8/10

Graphics

It’s a 2D platformer. It does not try to be anything else. I would probably be more enthusiastic, say, 15 years ago. Though, I can’t really judge the game for bad graphics as it’s a Mario clone. It’s exactly as you would expect.
7/10

Goodness

Though I may not make it appear so, the game is incredibly fun. It’s challenging and addictive and as frustrating as possible while still being fun. For that, I have to give it top marks. If you ever enjoyed a challenge, you will love this game.
10/10

Unfair Mario

And there it is!

Unfair Mario 83%

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Partner Bpage Imps http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/partner-bpage-imps/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/offbeat/partner-bpage-imps/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:57:59 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1725 We have a mystery! We have a domain dedicated to it. What is it? Who knows! Even the confused looking Mexican guy on the front page of the site doesn’t know. I’m talking about Partner Bpage Imps. It seems to be an internet mystery. Perhaps this guy knows. Seems like the start of a meme to me. I […]

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We have a mystery! We have a domain dedicated to it. What is it? Who knows! Even the confused looking Mexican guy on the front page of the site doesn’t know. I’m talking about Partner Bpage Imps. It seems to be an internet mystery. Perhaps this guy knows.

Ask Me About Partner Bpage Imps

Seems like the start of a meme to me. I picture everyone wearing the shirt. And I think that’s exactly what this “Partner Bpage Imps” thing is. A bunch of t-shirts  That’s the impression I get just looking at the first page of Google. Kids these days say the darnedest things.

I think I’m going to start a game. No one seems to know what partner bpage imps is. So it could be anything, right? You tell me about it! I want all the juicy details on partner bpage imps. Who was involved, who’s mother went out gambling again last night. Tell me everything! Perhaps I’ll have a trophy or something for the best story I hear. This could become the best meme of 2013!

Let me start this thing off.

“It was late one night. I was just getting back from work. I heard a strange squealing noise behind a dustbin. I went to investigate. All I could see was a few old dirty books, and paper everywhere. What happened next will stay with me for quite some time.

Let me take you back to earlier this morning. I was walking to work. I never drive or take the bus because I don’t believe in transport. I work at a company that likes order and neatness. It goes to extremes to guarantee everything is categorized properly. So much so, that we don’t have names at work. We are referred to by our position, and if there’s more than one of us in such a position, we get assigned letters. As such, my official name at work is Partner B.

The day went by normally. I saw Secretary E running out looking pretty flustered at lunch time. Something about the shredder not working. I ate lunch and finished off my work fairly early in the afternoon. Just as I was getting up to leave, Senior General Manager A dumped a pile of “urgent work” on my desk and left abruptly in his blue M3. I got to work, pretty annoyed.

After a few hours of zoned out working, I started to pay attention and notice some green ink marks all over a few pages. Closer inspection looked like something that could only be described as small fingerprints, or tracks. I gave up. Forget this work. I’m tired. Sen Gen can have his little fit in the morning.

I made my way back home, going round the corner, although there were street lights everywhere, it was still pretty dark. I narrowly dodged stepping on an angry cat, and bumped into a fire hydrant. As I stopped to rub my throbbing knee, I heard a squealing noise from behind a dustbin in a dark looking alley.

I limped over to investigate, seeing paper everywhere, these also covered by the green prints I saw earlier. After quickly losing interest, I turned around to what can only be described as a hoard of small pale green things, most of them covered in this green ink from head to toe. The Partner B page imps.”

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Jailbreak Evasi0n http://lizyd.co.za/blog/design/jailbreak-evasi0n/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/design/jailbreak-evasi0n/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:44:29 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1719 Evasi0n evasi0n evasi0n! You’ve probably never even heard of it. But this happens to be a huge update in the iOS jailbreak community. I won’t go into much detail,  just know that it’s one of the simplest and most anticipated jailbreaks if you have the latest iOS 6.1. You can download it for free here: http://evasi0n.com/. […]

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Evasi0n evasi0n evasi0n! You’ve probably never even heard of it. But this happens to be a huge update in the iOS jailbreak community. I won’t go into much detail,  just know that it’s one of the simplest and most anticipated jailbreaks if you have the latest iOS 6.1. You can download it for free here: http://evasi0n.com/.

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My brother, who owns the  iPad3, had this to say about evasi0n:

“Evasi0n is the long awaited jailbreak for anyone with the latest iOS. I have been looking for a jailbreak online almost every day before evasi0n was released.
After refreshing the evasi0n web site constantly up until its release, I finally got the chance to download it. Upon downloading the jailbreak, there was so much traffic on the download link, I was forced to wait an additional 20 minutes before being able to download it.
When I finally did manage to download the jailbreak, I simply plugged my iPad in, clicked “jailbreak” and 5 minutes later, it was done!
Cydia and everything was automatically installed within those 5 minutes. I had to wait for hours the next day to download anything from Cydia because of the other 500 thousand like minded people trying to download stuff.
With the close down of installous, I haven’t been able to download everything I had been expecting to download. Appcake is not as functional as installous, I find it not as user friendly or as full of apps as I would have liked.
All in all evasi0n is a very good jailbreak, but the jailbreak itself is not exactly what I was expecting.”

There you go! Check out evasi0n if you wish. Do what needs to be done! Anyone else got experience with the latest iOS 6 jailbreak? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Secret Facebook Emoticons http://lizyd.co.za/blog/design/secret-facebook-emoticons/ http://lizyd.co.za/blog/design/secret-facebook-emoticons/#comments Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:55:32 +0000 http://lizyd.co.za/?p=1690 Did you know the Facebook instant chat thingy had Secret Emoticons? It does! Gone are the days where one could only express limited emotions depending on how many exclamation marks the message contained. I have taken the liberty of compiling a list of my favourite secret Facebook emoticons, and provided links to the others, for […]

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Did you know the Facebook instant chat thingy had Secret Emoticons? It does! Gone are the days where one could only express limited emotions depending on how many exclamation marks the message contained.

I have taken the liberty of compiling a list of my favourite secret Facebook emoticons, and provided links to the others, for easy access. Enjoy!

Troll Face Emoticon

The infamous “trollface.jpg”. Nothing makes someone more angry than a good troll. I just love it! Use it appropriately and your life will instantly be better and more meaningful.
Troll Face Facebook Emoticon

[[284889304947445]][[284889298280779]][[284889294947446]][[284889308280778]][[284889301614112]]
[[284889408280768]][[284889414947434]][[284889418280767]][[284889411614101]][[284889404947435]]
[[284889554947420]][[284889561614086]][[284889551614087]][[284889558280753]][[284889548280754]]
[[284889634947412]][[284889638280745]][[284889631614079]][[284889641614078]][[284889644947411]]
[[284889738280735]][[284889741614068]][[284889748280734]][[284889758280733]][[284889734947402]]

Gangnam Style Emoticon

Oppan Gangnam Style. The song will now be in your head for the rest of the day. And yes, I also don’t know what the words mean either. Something about Korea being cool and stuff.
Gangnam Style Facebook Emoticon

[[490244941018677]][[490244937685344]]
[[490244924352012]][[490244921018679]]
[[490244914352013]][[490245091018662]]
[[490245084351996]][[490245087685329]]
[[490245094351995]][[490245097685328]]

GTFO Emoticon

The official “I disown you, get out of my sight” meme. Appropriate for expressing extreme pwnage and ownership over everything that is your life.
GTFO Facebook Emoticon

[[351002708326332]][[351002694993000]][[351002704992999]][[351002698326333]][[351002701659666]][[351002778326325]]
[[351002791659657]][[351002781659658]][[351002784992991]][[351002788326324]][[351002878326315]][[351002874992982]]
[[351002871659649]][[351002884992981]][[351002881659648]][[351002951659641]][[351002961659640]][[351002958326307]]
[[351002954992974]][[351002978326305]][[351003044992965]][[351003041659632]][[351003038326299]][[351003048326298]]
[[351003051659631]][[351003121659624]][[351003118326291]][[351003124992957]][[351003114992958]][[351003128326290]]

Me Gusta Emoticon

Need I say more? Use in weirdly pleasurable situations, people may whisper and give you funny looks. Doesn’t matter. Because I like it like that.
Me Gusta Facebook Emoticon

[[293955833972970]][[293955850639635]][[293955873972966]][[293955920639628]][[293956017306285]]
[[293956043972949]][[293956060639614]][[293956087306278]][[293956100639610]][[293956107306276]]
[[293956117306275]][[293956127306274]][[293956147306272]][[293956220639598]][[293956283972925]]
[[293956303972923]][[293956327306254]][[293956350639585]][[293956370639583]][[293956450639575]]
[[293956570639563]][[293956620639558]][[293956677306219]][[293956710639549]][[293956767306210]]

Would you like to see some more secret Facebook emoticons? I have heard rumours of a “Nyan Cat Emoticon”, which I suppose I could do some research for. Let me know what emoticons you would like to see!

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