Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year!

Today is the last day of the year 2009. Tomorrow is the first day of year 2010 which is really awkward to type. For the last ten years I have been typing two followed by two zeros when writing the … Continue reading

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Why is separation between data and system files not a standard OS feature

I have a quick question, and maybe someone can enlighten me as to why things are the way they are. A good computing practice is to partition your drive into at least two parts. You put your data and settings … Continue reading

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Linux: how do I find the devce name of my USB drive?

Around the time I reviewed Chromium OS, I managed to totally b0rk one of my thumb drives. I somehow botched the dd command, and the device became unusable. When I plugged it in, nothing would happen. Or rather nothing on … Continue reading

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Pandorium

Merry Christmas folks! I hope you survived the night with the Robot Santa out there. I figured that I might as well post a movie review here as we all huddle in our houses fearing for our lives, while the … Continue reading

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Merry X-Mas!

I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone Merry X-Mas! Remember to lock your doors, board your windows and keep your weapons at bay tonight! Robot Santa is coming, and he won’t care whether you have been naughty or … Continue reading

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The Ultimate IT FAQ

People ask me stupid questions all the time. I’m sure you get asked stupid questions every day too, but I get the same questions over and over and over again. From the same people. I figured that I might as … Continue reading

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Mass Effect: The Asari

Luke, are you going to comment on the “sex scene” controversy in Mass Effect? Nope. I won’t because there isn’t one. Controversy I mean. Sex scene is there but it was tame, PG-13 type material. Seriously, most R rated movies … Continue reading

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Chromium OS – First Impression

I’m a huge Google fanboi. I really can’t help it. I know it’s an evil corporation. I know it collects information about me. I know it’s stranglehold on the search market should be as scary as Microsoft’s stranglehold on the … Continue reading

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In the real world…

This excellent XKCD comic is pretty much the story of my life: Yep, once you leave academia no one will actually understand what you do. Unless you are working for a geek friendly company that was funded and is currently … Continue reading

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Mass Effect: Final Thoughts

I promised that I will comment on the story and setting of Mass Effect once I’m done with it. A lot of people praised it it’s story as the single redeeming quality that made the game worth playing. But was … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Missing Hard Drive Space

Few days ago, a user brought us a machine with some irrelevant software related issue. It was a relatively easy fix and we got the machine back to usable state in no time, only to discover something strange. The machine … Continue reading

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Moon (2009)

The problem with Science Fiction movies is that so many of them are complete and utter shit. Hollywood doesn’t really understand this genre well, and usually uses it to stage their special effects intensive summer action flicks. The hallmarks of … Continue reading

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Your Twilight is my Ender’s Game

I’m writing about Twilight again because I just can’t get away from it. It is a phenomenon, and I hear about it daily. Everywhere I go I meet women singing praise for these books, and having intense discussions about them. … Continue reading

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Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

Guess what day is it today? It’s Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day! Woo! Um… Actually it’s not. Apparently they moved PTBATTD to September 12 this year likely due to the sheer number of real holidays we celebrate in … Continue reading

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Facebook: Upload Failed

I wrote about reasons for using Facebook some time ago. I won’t repeat these things her. I will merely reiterate that it is a social communication platform. For many people this is the only internet based communication platform that they … Continue reading

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Torchlight

Have you played Torchlight yet Luke? Have you? Have you? Jesus Christ, YES I did! Now, shut up! I have picked it up in November shortly after but due to a long list of post in my queue I didn’t … Continue reading

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Vista Disk Usage Bars

There is one feature I actually really do like in Vista, and I wish other environments implemented it as well. Guess what it is? Oh, right… The title of the post sort of gave it away, didn’t it? Yes, I … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Machine or Why Does Your Computer Hate You

You can’t blame your computer for crashing, being slow or losing your work. If it is behaving in a funny way, then it is problem with you – it’s operator. You are doing something wrong. Or did in the past, … Continue reading

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