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Hello again…

December 5, 2009

Sorry I haven’t had many posts up lately, I’ve been quite busy. I finally got my Google Wave invite and so ive been playing around on that. I’ll be linking some articles at some stage. I’ve discovered websites such as life hacker and tech crunch and have subsequently become addicted to them. And lastly I just got a beta sneak peek at Microsofts new visualisation software called ‘Pivot’. That too is really cool and again some article links to come and a possible pros and cons list as well as some screen shots. Thanks for bearing with me anyone who is reading this.
Links:
http://www.techcrunch.com
http://www.lifehacker.com
http://www.xkcd.com (not on topic and it’s not a new thing it’s just really good).

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Sunday, work.

November 22, 2009

Sundays are great until you reach that stage where you can’t put work off any longer. Posts coming tomorrow or later today if I get around to it.

Chromium

November 21, 2009

So Google is releasing an OS. For those of you who don’t know what that is it’s an Operating System (like Windows or OSX Snow Leopard). And for those of you who are really stupid Google is the very popular search engine who have produced other things such as Google earth and Google Chrome (a web browser). Incidentally Google’s OS is going to be based on their web browser Chrome. Now at the moment I’m trying to get an early free to download build to run in Virtual Machine but it doesn’t like it. The point is whilst I’m reserving judgment some of the features that Google is proposing are a tad worrying and inconvenient. For example the idea behind the browser is that it is an entirely internet based browser. It all relies on the web applications that Google already offers to anyone with a Google account. So that’s Google mail, calendar, docs etc. Now whilst you can do things like word processing and PowerPoint creation on Google docs the quality of the interface is simply lacking. Now there in lies another problem. All of the things that Google prides itself on naturally come from/exist on the internet and are not native applications. The only way to access those things is to be connected to the internet. And the problem with that is that people aren’t always connected to the internet. We like to think that we are but really we aren’t. Someone is at school; not connected to the internet on their own machine because the admins won’t let them know what the password is. You’re at the office, you step outside to get a coffee; not connected to the internet unless you want to pay £5 or more per hour. So we begin to see the cracks emerge. Now Google may do something amazing and give free 3G coverage to all Google Chrome OS users. Oh and of course they could do that because to use it you’re going to have to buy a new net book that Google has made and authorized to run their OS. So there is another problem. Also all of the docs and other things that you ‘store’ on the device will not be stored on the device at all but will all be held courtesy of Google in the ‘cloud’. Now the idea of cloud computing and its implementation in this way in particular holds some benefits. For example say that you lose your Google Net book or it gets stolen or broken. Instead of crapping yourself and hoping that you remembered to back it up all you have to do is sign into your net book using your Google ID and all of your documents and other files will be there just as they were on your old net book. Assuming that Google sticks to its £180-£250 price tag then this could be an affordable idea for schools and perhaps journalists or something but there are downsides to cloud computing. For example you don’t actually ever have the files really. You have a password which allows you to access them but then again so do the people who are running the server where your stuff is stored. Internet accounts aren’t hack proof and as your net book isn’t the only way on to your files (Google ID work with Google/ I Google already) they aren’t exactly safe. Now I know normal laptops running normal OSs aren’t safe either but comparatively its easier to hack an internet account than it is a laptop. Also like I mentioned before what if you are away from an internet connection or your wireless goes down? You can’t get your documents or in fact anything. Now Google might launch and offline version of Google docs that syncs when an internet connection is accessed in which case great but until then will remain largely critical of it. I have to say though I’ve had a play around with the stuff they released on the 19th and it does look quite sleek if a little bit slow.
The Writer feels he is largely too cynical for his own good. But that’s probably him trying to show some underlying meaning that doesn’t exist. Probably just a plot.

Modern Warfare 2

November 15, 2009

Ive just bought Modern Warfare 2 and whilst ill save my review for later it is a brilliant game. Its actually amazing. It doesn’t really develop on Call of Duty 4 but it doesn’t have too. The multiplayer is just as good and the campaign is excellent.

‘Geek Law’ from wired.co.uk

November 14, 2009

This is really great. Ill include the text and a link to the actual thing itself at the bottom. Here you go;

There are many, many laws having nothing to do with government that are useful to know because they tell you something about how the universe works. There are Newton’s laws of motion, the laws of thermodynamics, Boyle’s Law, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and many others. Most of these laws have been known for a long time, but it wasn’t until a mere 19 years ago that Godwin’s Law was written.

If you’ve ever been involved in a discussion on Usenet, or have been following politics in the past decade or so, you’ve probably encountered Godwin’s Law. While Godwin’s Law is, alas, as true today as it was then, it seems unfortunate that there aren’t more widely accepted axioms to help us geeks define the characteristics of our world.

To that end, then, here are ten geeky laws (axioms) that should exist, but don’t … at least, they didn’t until now:

1. Munroe‘s Law: A person in a geeky argument who can quote xkcd to support his position automatically wins the argument. This law supersedes Godwin, so that even if the quote is about Hitler, the quoter still wins.

2. Lucas’ Law: There is no movie so beloved that a “special edition,” prequel or sequel cannot trample and forever stain its memory.

3. Tolkien and Rowling’s Law: No reasonably faithful movie adaptation of a book will ever be quite as good as the book it adapts. Thus great movie adaptations can only be made out of truly amazing books.

4. Somers and McCarthy’s Law: There is no dangerous unscientific theory so preposterous that no celebrity will espouse and advocate it.

5. Jobs’ Law: No matter how well last year’s cool tech gadget still works, it will seem utterly inadequate the moment the new version comes out.

6. Savage and Hyneman’s Law: Blowing stuff up is fun. Blowing stuff up in the name of science is AWESOME.

7. Starbucks’ Law: C8H10N4O2, better known as caffeine, is the most wonderful chemical compound known to humankind. If the field of chemistry had never identified or produced a single other useful compound, caffeine alone would be justification enough for its existence.

8. Wilbur’s Law: Bacon makes everything better.

9. Comic Book Guy’s Law: There is no detail of a movie too brief or inconsequential to become the subject of an hours-long diatribe.

10. The Unified Geek Theory: At present, the President of the United States and the wealthiest person in the US are both geeks, while Stephen Fry is a great ambassador for British geekdom. At the same time, movies based on comic book characters are routinely taking in hundreds of millions of dollars. The only reasonable conclusion is: we’ve won!

 

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-11/11/ten-geeky-laws-that-ought-to-exist,-but-don’t.aspx

Torchlight FTW!

November 14, 2009

So for those of you who haven’t seen it Torchlight is a great Diablo/Diablo 2 esque game made by the people who made Diablo and its sequel. It is actually awesome. Dungeon running and loot. It is an addiction that rules over all. Play it now. The even better news is that it’s only £15 on steam and the editor is free to download online. So literally stop reading this and get it.

The need for a fix…

November 14, 2009

As I sit here I haven’t bought Modern Warfare 2. Now some of you will have immediately thought ‘noob’ but I swear I’m not. I’m buying it tomorrow and for various reasons haven’t bought it sooner. But it occured to my just now ‘why do we get addicted and compulsive about having the next game?’. I sit here thinking only about the moment when I can get that disc into my 360 and start playing. I need a fix. Nothing else will do. I’m not a heavy addict to video games but I feel a need for this. It’s odd an I’ll probs keep you posted. In the mean time if anyone isbeeading this yet check my twitter feed I’m Horus456

In the beginning there was a man and a controller…

November 14, 2009

Im starting this blog to basically just put up my views on games and the odd review. Bits and pieces I come across and the odd game/news related story. So hello to everyone reading this and hope this blog will be useful to you.