Geek T-Shirt Collection #6 – Strands.com

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Thanks to Kalong from Strands.com for sending this one.

About Strands

Strands, Inc. is a developer of social recommendation technologies founded in late 2003 by Dr. Francisco J. Martin.

Strands develops technologies to better understand people’s tastes and help them discover new things they will like. Strands has created a social recommendation engine that provides real-time recommendations of products and services through computers, mobile phones and other Internet-connected devices.

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Geek T-Shirt Collection #5 – Last.fm

This T-shirt I got thanks to my wife, it was sitting at their office for some reasons I should probably not disclose.

The thing is that I’ve been a fan of last.fm for a very long time (my account says it has 5800 plays since 2005) and I wear this t-shirt with a lot of pride.

I actually had the chance to meet Michael Breidenbruecker one of the founders of Last.fm in 2006 during the Plone code-sprint in Austria. Michael and his team (some of which I also met during that sprint) are now working on RJDJ, a very interesting music application for the iPhone.

About Last.fm
From Wikipedia:

Last.fm is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website, founded in 2002. It claims over 21 million active users based in more than 200 countries. On 30 May 2007, CBS Interactive acquired Last.fm for £140m ($280m USD).

Using a music recommendation system called “Audioscrobbler”, Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user’s musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, either on the streamed radio stations or on the user’s computer or some portable music devices. This information is transferred to Last.fm’s database (“scrobbled”) via a plugin installed into the user’s music player. The profile data is then displayed on the user’s profile page. The site offers numerous social networking features and can recommend and play artists similar to the user’s favourites.

Users can create custom radio stations and playlists from any of the audio tracks in Last.fm’s music library, and are able to listen to some individual tracks on demand, or download tracks if the rights holder has previously authorised it. Registration is required to acquire a profile but is not necessary to view any part of the site or to listen to radio stations.

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Geek T-Shirt Collection #4 – SpamTShirt.com/”Healthy Semen”

Geek T-Shirt - SpamTShirt.com - Healthy Semen (front)

This is one of the oldest self made t-shirts. I was constantly pissed at the amount of spam email I was receiving, and I thought some of the subjects were really eye catching for t-shirts.

For a few months I thought maybe I could make money on the creativity of spammers by mocking them with t-shirts, called, SpamTShirts, but nobody caught on my joke, and I desisted from the business idea.

Geek T-Shirt - SpamTShirt.com - Healthy Semen (back)

If you can appreciate it, the icon/logo of the website is a Trash can, honoring junk mail.

I believe I made this t-shirt at cafepress.com

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Geek T-Shirt Collection #3 – CSS Protest / wedoit4you.com

wedoit4you.com was one of my personal efforts from school, with it I learned a lot about web development, technology, news, and the tech industry since it was a blog before the term was even invented.

During those times, I was learning CSS, and I had to learn about centering elements, I always found it very annoying that you could float elements to the left, or to the right, but there was no “float:center”, and you had to go through all this hoops to do what in the past, we could do just by using the <center/> tag.

This is a self made tshirt, ordered at spreadshirt.com

About wedoit4you.com

More recently wedoit4you.com became a spanish podcast that reviewed the latest happenings in the Internet, Technology and entertainment industries. Me along La Tati did a series of 75 weekly episodes, until the end of the spring of 2008 where my work got pretty hectic and I couldn’t find more time to continue recording, editing, and distributing the podcasts. It reached well over 1500 weekly subscribers listening to it, and we still get mails from users asking for the podcast to come back. Maybe in 2009 ­čÖé

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Geek T-Shirt Collection #2 – Joost Beta T-Shirt

A Joost beta tester T-Shirt.

About Joost
(From Wikipedia)

Joost is a system for distributing recorded TV shows and other forms of video over the Web using peer-to-peer TV technology, created by Niklas Zennstr├Âm and Janus Friis (founders of Skype and Kazaa).

Joost began development in 2006. Working under the code name “The Venice Project”, Zennstr├Âm and Friis assembled teams of some 150 software developers in about six cities around the world, including New York, London, Leiden and Toulouse. According to Zennstr├Âm at a 25 July 2007 press conference about Skype held in Tallinn, Estonia, Joost had signed up more than a million beta testers, and its launch was scheduled for the end of 2007.

The teams are currently in negotiations with FOX networks. It has signed up with Warner Music, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (Indianapolis 500, IndyCar Series) and production company Endemol for the beta.[2] In February 2007, Viacom entered into a deal with the company to distribute content from its media properties, including MTV Networks, BET and film studio Paramount Pictures.

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Geek T-Shirt Collection #1 – The Ubuntu Upgrade T-Shirt

This is the first of a series of picture posts I intend to share with you so you can take a look at the collection of Geek T-Shirts I’ve managed to amass during the last 5 years.

If you are an internet or technology company, feel welcome to send me a t-shirt, If I haven’t done a review of your company/product, I’ll do a review for you in return and I’ll take a picture of myself wearing it.

The Ubuntu Upgrade T-Shirt


Front – “sudo apt-get upgrade”


Back – Ubuntu logo

This T-shirt I made as an homage to Ubuntu and the mantra of easy updates, as well as a mantra of always keeping yourself up to date in life with whatever you do.

Nowadays updating Ubuntu is even easier, but some people like me still might do it old style, updating manually the /etc/apt/sources.list file, and running sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get upgrade dist, the t-shirt reads sudo apt-get upgrade which will basically upgrade those packages on your machine that need to do so.

The T-shirt was made at my favorite T-shirt-making website, (here goes the free ad) SpreadShirt.com

Photographed by Paulina Leon at 5 Points in Long Island City, NY.

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