Monthly Archives: February 2009

Twilight: I read it so that you don’t have to

I was contemplating whether or not I should post this review at all. I wrote it a while ago and kept it in queue, wondering whether or not I should actually publish it. But alas, I have nothing else to … Continue reading

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Logitech Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter

A while ago I blogged about buying “the clicker”, aka the Targus Wireless presenter tool. If you do not know what it is, let me explain. You know how sometimes when people are doing a Power Point presentation they walk … Continue reading

Posted in school and teaching | Tagged , | 7 Comments

New layout for /dev/random tumbleblog

I don’t know how many of you visit and/or subscribe to my little tumbleblog that I dubbed /dev/random. I started it around March 07 and I have been irregularly updating it since then almost on a daily basis. The idea … Continue reading

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Your Homepage on Google AppEngine

A while ago I ranted and raved on how free email services look unprofessional. I recommend Google Apps as a very inexpensive solution. You get a professional looking email address, Gmail, Google Calendar and free home page hosting via Google … Continue reading

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Dell Tech Support Fun

Just for fun, let me show you a fun tech support ticked we have filled out recently. This is mostly taken from the issue tracking system, lightly to remove for personal information, improve grammar and make more readable and comprehensible. … Continue reading

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Matrix Musings

The Matrix movies usually have a special place in hearths of most of us geeks. They are peculiar breed because they get so much stuff right, and so much stuff wrong about computers at the same time. Let me give … Continue reading

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Making Game Play Videos

There is a billion and one stupid gameplay videos on Youtube made by kids wanting to show off their 1337 pwning skills. Some of them are made by pointing camcorder at the monitor, but the majority are actual screen captures. … Continue reading

Posted in video games | Tagged | 11 Comments

Not Always Chaotic Evil

Most fantasy worlds are populated by a mix of humanoid races. Dwarves, Elves and Orcs are sort of a staple of the fantasy genre. After you read one or two books, or played a few games that include these races … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 10 Comments

Happy 1234567890! Let’s Reminisce about the Past!

Happy 1234567890 Day! Yes, as I mentioned last week the Unix Time will roll over 1234567890 exactly at 6:31.30 PM Eastern Standard Time today! Yup! It totally calls for a celebration of some sort! Anyone planning to attend a roll-over … Continue reading

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Which Webcomics do you Read?

I’m doing yet another link dump like post. Sorry about that. I will get these out of my system soon. In the meantime they allow me to knock out a few quick posts in a rather short amount of time … Continue reading

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Musings about the Console Market

I am not a console player. I do not own any of the current generation gaming boxes. I did own a PS1 back when Sony was still kicking ass in the video game market. Now I consider myself an objective … Continue reading

Posted in video games | 6 Comments

Pitfals of the Zip File as Folder Metaphor

I’m not exactly sure how did we get this strange notion that compressed archive files should act exactly like regular directories. But this is the prevalent behavior in most environments right now. 90% of the time, when you double click … Continue reading

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Approaching 1234567890!

Guys, fire up your shell and type in the following and tell me what you see: date -d @1234567890 Seriously, do it. I’ll wait. For those of you who are lazy, or unix retarded (you should really work on that … Continue reading

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Online Tools You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

I decided to make yet another link dump post. This time around I’m linking to minimalistic online tools that some of you may find useful. This list is not really for full blown services such as twitter, delicious and etc. … Continue reading

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Non Game Breaking Cheats

Some people do not approve of cheating at video games at all. I am not one of these people. I don’t usually play to win, or to show off my skill. I play games because I like the unfolding plot … Continue reading

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Software Calcuators and UI Design

I noticed a very peculiar UI design pattern lately. Have you ever used a calculator program? I’m sure you did at least once in your life. Most operating systems ship with some sort of a calculator tool. Strangely enough, they … Continue reading

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