Saturday, June 30, 2007

Boo on the Vista

Without hesitation I must say that Windows newest OS, the mighty Vista, is a pain in my rear end. To preface this, I will disclose that I am a linux user (Since 2002). It doesn't mean that I hate Windows or Microsoft, it's just that I prefer customizing and controlling my computer, as well as the security benefits inherent to Linux. No anti-spyware, anti-virus, or anti-malware software is necessary.

So with that stated, my adventure started when my wife's laptop overheated and literally cracked our glass-top dining-room table in half. It broke off, dropped to the floor and shattered. Along with the laptop. So after a few days of weighing her needs, we decided to get her a super-cheap ($399) laptop from the local Big Box. She only does web browsing, email, some photos, and a bit of genetics work, so the Acer 3610 with the Celeron processor was just fine. Or so I thought. SIMPLY BOOTING INTO WINDOWS VISTA WAS ENOUGH TO BRING THIS COMPUTER TO IT'S KNEES! And this was with all of the eye-candy turned off! Why would you make a computer and then load an OS on it that drains all of its resources?! Anyways, I next decided to remove Norton and install a cheaper anti-virus program. That's when the real fun started. On reboot, I had lost all internet connectivity, and almost every program I launched began to crash. It was a nightmare and I had to do a full system restore to recover. The same thing happened when I tried to install a firewall (as I've heard that the Vista firewall is crap).

The bright side is that I may have made a linux convert out of my wife!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Twitter reloaded?!

As if on cue, the micro-blogging takes ridiculous to a whole new level. From the article:

"Hictu is a new ‘microblogging’ system that lets you post short text, audio and video links and read others’ posts via web and mobile. It brings the bite-sized format made popular by Twitter, combines it with the aggregation of your personal feeds from services like Jaiku and Tumblr, and ads native audio and video support."

I had to read that three times before I could figure out what it even MEANT! Hictu?! Are you f*cking serious?! My head is going to explode...

Friday, June 22, 2007

WTF is Twitter?!

I know I'm supposed to be on hiatus while I'm out of town, but I had to talk about something that's been bugging the sh*t out of me. Twitter is f*cking everywhere!!! And it happens to be the single most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. Who gave this guy money??? Because I actually have a GOOD business idea and I'd LOVE for the VC's who blew a few mil on Twitter to throw some my way. That way they could actually earn a RETURN on their investment!!!

So, Twitter is this micro-blogging service that let's you post these SMS updates about your life. The late teens and 20-somethings (Millenials, so they are apparently called) are crazy for it. You get this avatar, and next to it are the updates that you sent in via SMS from your cell phone. Like this:

Akshunj: 11:03am - "Watching Larry King in Chinese."
Akshunj: 11:46am - "Thinking about steamed buns with pork for lunch."
Akshunj: 1:28pm - "Steamed buns were good, but I'm getting bored of them."

Yes, THAT'S Twitter. Give me a f*cking break!!! This chick's rant over at CNET sums up my opinion. An exerpt:

"Food seems to be a big theme on Twitter. Glancing at random twitters recently, I found one user who was "drinking beer and 'cooking' fish fingers.'" Another felt compelled to disclose "MUST BATHE." Another was "getting bored." Others took the time to write how late in the day it is and how much work/fill-in-the-blank they have left to do. Well, maybe if they didn't spend so much time, um, twittering, they wouldn't be rushed. But these are strangers and it's obvious why I wouldn't care what they had for lunch. What about my own friends? Actually, I don't care what they just ate, either."

I *GET* blogging. Obviously, since I blog. In my opinion, it has changed the face of conventional journalism and reporting forever. But, MICRO-blogging in 140 characters or less from your cell phone to tell everyone your up-to-the-minute state of mind?! Are you sh*tting me?! And someone GAVE THAT GUY MONEY! F*****************************CK!!! That's what pisses me off!!!

End of rant.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

On hiatus...

I'll be out of town for about another week. Until then, enjoy better air than what I'm breathing. Seriously.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Say it ain't so!

Apple and EMI Music have apparently reached an agreement to distribute music *without* DRM. Why is this important? DRM is the nagging little sister that cramps your cool teenage digital lifestyle. Put simply, it keeps me from doing what I want with music that *I* purchased.

It's supposed to keep piracy at bay (yeah, that's really worked out for them), but what it really does is cripple my media devices and my computer. And although Steve Jobs (aka Leviathan, Beelzebub, The Great Deceiver, and He Who Must Not Be Named) has advocated for the end of DRM, his pleas have been a tad disingenuous. Apple's iPod DRM scheme has maintained an iron-clad vendor lock-in, keeping almost every other competitor out of the market. People regularly walk into their local Big Box retailer and ask which is the best iPod, when they are really referring to all of the MP3 players. (Think Kleenex vs. facial tissue, or Coke vs. soda). So, now that Apple's monopolized the market for the last five years, they are striking a deal for DRM-free music. Just in time, right?

On the other side of the digital divide, Emusic has been offering DRM-free downloads for years. Sure, they are an indie-scene site. But unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last few months, the indie scene is currently producing some of the BEST new music. Sorry, Apple. Giving us the reach-around after five years of bending us over with no lube is not going to win you any friends on my side of town.