Monthly Archives: August 2011

Advice for new Helpdesk Analyst

My morning ritual at work is at follows: I roll into the office, scamper into the IT cave, drop my bag down, turn my computer on and while it boots I make a bee line for the local coffee dispenser. … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 4

The saga continues. If you haven’t been following this series, you can catch up to speed here. What follows might be funnier that way. It is the day after the Beef Instrumentality Incident #631. We are finally chugging along on … Continue reading

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Yet Another DRM Rant

Ubisoft recently released an interesting little game called “From Dust” in which you play as some sort of nebulous, elemental entity who helps a lost tribe of worshipers to rebuild their civilization. It looked like a fun, modern riff on … Continue reading

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Platform Agnostic Life is Finally a Reality

If you follow me on Twitter or Google+ you have doubtlessly seen me link to this recent XKCD comic: Back when I was in college, this was my big dream. This was how I wanted future to turn out – … Continue reading

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Introducing LIME Log

Over the past few days I decided to do a little “blogsperiment”. Maybe you will like it, maybe not – I’m not sure yet. It does mean more content typed and lovingly misspelled by yours truly, so I guess it … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 3

If you haven’t been following this series of posts, please familiarize yourself with the previous entries. Things will actually make more sense this way. Or you can just jump in. Last time when we left off, my new friends Toby … Continue reading

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Mr. Nobody

Remember my long rant about mindless entertainment? Here is a movie that is anything but that. It is the exact opposite. It is smart, poignant, reflective and heady. It is the kind of movie that Hollywood execs would loathe to … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 2

As you may recall from Part 1, our Checkpoint Firewall-1 has a weird quirk. It’s like that guy from Memento – every time you reboot it, it forgets all the license keys, assumes it is being run illegaly and goes … Continue reading

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The Firewall Saga: Part 1

My office is protected by Checkpoint Firewall-1. It is one of those fancy-shmancy enterprise level firewalls, that thankfully I do not need to maintain. You see, me and my brethren in suffering are the “internal affairs” team. The firewall falls … Continue reading

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Sorry about the Social Media Widgets

If you ever visit this site directly (rather than viewing it through an RSS reader) you may have noticed that I added Facebook Like and Google +1 buttons on the individual post pages. I know that a lot of people … Continue reading

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Choosing a good title for your movie is relatively important. An interesting, catchy or cool sounding title can draw attention and really help to market the final product. When you are dealing with a reboot of a long franchise this … Continue reading

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Total Privacy Societies: The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

I love books that explore interesting concepts. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi was a little bit of an impulse buy for me. You see, I have a running Amazon wish list. Whenever I stumble upon very favorable book reviews, … Continue reading

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A Minor Upgrade

It’s Friday morning, and the IT cave is misty with the heavy anticipation of coming weekend. No one is working. Some people are reading reddit while sipping their morning coffee, while others are twiddling with their phones. The intern is … Continue reading

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Mafia 2

I was interested in LA Noir and it’s face mapping technology ever since I heard about it. From what I have seen in the trailers and previews, the game seems to have made a serious attempt to break out of … Continue reading

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Common misconceptions about the nature of progress

The other day I was chatting with my dad, and somehow we ended up on the topic of unfortunate accidents frailty of human life. Naturally, being a both a futurist and an optimist I expressed my hope that in a … Continue reading

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Summertime Category Cleanup

I’m fairly sure that no one actually cares about the Category and Tagging system I use on this blog. I know that when I read other people’s blogs I don’t really pay much attention to how they organize their content. … Continue reading

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