Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

I like most of the novels written by Vernor Vinge (well, with exception of Taja Grimm’s World). I thought Rainbow’s End was inspired, and that Deepness in the Sky was a really solid piece of SF. Fire Upon the Deep … Continue reading

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The Future is Here: Google Glasses

Few weeks ago I have reported that we are skipping Halting State and going into Rainbow’s End mode with Augmented Reality contacts becoming commercially available around 2014. It turns out that the good folks at Google decided jumping ahead of … Continue reading

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LA Noire and the Uncanny Valley

Lately I have been slogging my way through LA Noire. I have not finished the game yet because I’m a completionist and I want to nail every interrogation sequence. This means that if I blow one and I don’t think … Continue reading

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We are out of space: Part 2

In the previous installment of this story, I have learned that the company somehow managed to fill 200GB of free space on the network shares, overnight. I was more baffled than surprised, as this sort of thing was not new. … Continue reading

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We are out of space: Part 1

It’s Monday morning, and I’m sick. I thought that I was smart when I got my flu shot a few months ago. I figured that I can cock-block the influenza virus, and skate through the winter unscathed. What I did … Continue reading

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Batman: Arkham City

Recently, I have finished Batman: Arkham City. I have been trying to figure out how to review it for a few days now. I’m really not sure what to say about it. I actually kinda liked Arkham Asylum, and this … Continue reading

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Chrome and Java plugin on Ubuntu 10.4

In the last week or so the Java plugin on my laptop completely broke. I’m not sure what exactly has happened but it just stopped working. At first Chrome started complaining that my Java is out of date but I … Continue reading

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Why Dell Hardware is Shit

Before I begin this rant I want to make it clear I am not a Dell hater. I am a rather happy owner of a Dell XPS desktop and I work on a team that professionally maintains a fleet of … Continue reading

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Black Oceans (Czarne Oceany) by Jacek Dukaj

Back in July I have reviewed an excellent Polish SF novel titled “Perfect Imperfection”, which by the way may be getting an English language release soon. Over the holidays I acquired two new books by the same author thanks to … Continue reading

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The Technology of Rainbow’s End is Here

In 2006 Vernor Vinge wrote Rainbow’s End – a novel in which he depicted a near future world where wearable computing and HUD contact lenses have replaced traditional computers. He wrote about a world in which augmented reality delivered directly … Continue reading

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DMCA DDOS: Why compliance is not an option

One of the important stipulations of the Megaupload indictment (which I mentioned in my post-SOPA article) was that Kim Dotcom and his crew purposefully capped the number of DMCA take-down requests that could be submitted per an account. To an … Continue reading

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Life Hacking: Mass Reduction

This is a bit of an unusual post. I don’t even have a proper category for it. It does not really fit with most of the other content you read here, but I figured I might as well say write … Continue reading

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Establishing your Web Presence

Do you have public presence on the web? I guess I could just as easily rephrase this question into “do you exist on the internet?”, because that’s what it essentially boils down to. If you do not have some sort … Continue reading

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