Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best of 2011

It seems that everyone and their mom are doing sort of lists this week. I was initially planning not to do one, but holidays tend to sneak up on you sometimes, and eat up your precious blogging time. I figured … Continue reading

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Apple Magic Mouse

One of the things I got for Chrismas this year was Apple’s Magic Mouse. It is one of these devices that I sort of coveted, but wouldn’t actually buy myself due to the price tag, and the entire buttonless setup. … Continue reading

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Timeless Books

Sometimes I often rag on fantasy for being redundant and uninspired genre. It’s not that I hate it, it’s just that I find it a rather one-note genre with very little originality. In fact, I would go as far as … Continue reading

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Merry X-Mas

Most people have their favorite holiday specials they watch on or around Christmas. For some it’s Charlie Brown, for others it’s Rudolph, National Lampoons, The Christmas Story or Scrooged with Bill Murray. As you have probably guessed, the thing I … Continue reading

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Passwords are Inherently Insecure

Passwords are really bad from security standpoint. They positively, absolutely suck. You know how I know that? Because I can actually remember a lot of peoples passwords, that I never asked for. People just tell them to me while I … Continue reading

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SOPA and You

As you may or may have noticed, I have been making a lot of SOPA related jokes on Twitter lately. Why? Because I am genuinely concerned about the future of the internet. For roughly twenty years now, the “information superhighway” … Continue reading

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Skyrim: Radiant Quest System

I already mentioned that Skyrim is probably the least complex Elder Scrolls game to date. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say that it is the least complex Bethesda RPG ever. Usually complex character creation process … Continue reading

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The Big DVR Swindle

Recently, we had a rather peculiar “all hands on deck” meeting with the owner of the company I work for. Everyone working in any technology related capacity was told to drop everything and report to his office at a designated … Continue reading

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Stories from Skyrim: The Markarth Incident

A great thing about sandbox nature of Elder Scrolls games is that they let you create your own story. Your own narrative you build through your actions, and accumulation of random events often overwhelms scripted story events and set pieces. … Continue reading

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The Orange Eats Creeps

It’s not often that I am unable to finish a book. I am a book worm by nature – I devour printed volumes wholesale not unlike Sam Savage’s Firmin. Good, bad – it does not really matter. So far there … Continue reading

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Using GitHub behind a firewall

When I’m at work, I’m behind a fairly strict firewall. Me and the firewall don’t really get along that well and we have a long, and troubled history. When I sit behind it, I see the web through a peep-hole … Continue reading

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Making Ajax Driven Websites without Server Side Scripting

As some of you may or may not know, I teach a introductory technology course at my old alma matter. I have been an adjunct professor then since 2007. Back when I was a student there I had a unix … Continue reading

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Blindsight by Peter Watts

When I reviewed Embassytown I lamented at the scarcity of well designed, interesting aliens that do not conform to overplayed archetypes such as rubber-forehead people, and rabid, insectoid killing machines. I enjoyed MiĆ©ville’s attempt to create a race with a … Continue reading

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