Sunday, March 26, 2006

Why Macs Suck - Google Video

I do not like macintoshes. I really do not like macintoshes. I dislike macintoshes so much that the "m" in macintosh does not deserve to be capitalized. This Video makes me feel better. Flames to the bit bucket, please. Remember: macintosh, windows (not worthy of being visible), and LINUX (every letter deserves to be capitalized in LINUX). Here it is:

Thursday, March 23, 2006

How to create a torrent and share your seed

Bittorrent is great, But surprisingly enough, not many people create torrents when they need to share something although it can save a lot of time and even bandwith. Read this tutorial and share your seed. I may implement this on our Podcast, What's up in Technology.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dell aquires... sniffle sniffle.. Alienware

It's Official. Dell is aquiring Alienware. Meanwhile, Millions of gamers worldwide are crying... Including Myself. Sniffle Sniffle. You can be sure that we will be talking about this on the Podcast, What's up in Technology. Meanwhile, I'm going to try and control my Crying.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Digg overtakes Slashdot according to alexa

It finally happened. I've been eyeing the alexa ratings on both digg and slashdot for a while now, but never thought it would happen. See for yourslef, the image is right here: See that little smidgeon on the right? The Red is /. and the blue is digg. See how digg overtook slashdot? Interesting, eh?

Friday, March 17, 2006

Firefox Easter Egg

I don't know of anyone knows this, but I just found an easter egg in Mozilla Firefox (You are using Firefox, right!?). You can access the page by going to about:mozilla. This will bring up a quote from the Book of Mozilla. In Firefox 1.5, this says:

And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror. from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15
Pretty Funny, eh? The strangest thing is if you type it into any version of IE upto IE6 Service Pack 1, you will get a completely blue page. If it's IE 6 Service Pack 2 or above (Yes, this works in IE 7), type res://mshtml.dll/about.moz. You can see some of them at the wikipedia article here. If someone wants to add the text in other Gecko Browsers (Netscape/Mozilla), e-mail me at and I will add it. Please don't post them in the comments, As that will lead to comment clutter (a.k.a. A Very Bad Thing).

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Microsoft's Origami

Microsoft has been pretty hush-hush about the Origami Project until today. Well, here I am to (help) unwrap this project! The Following are the system specs that are known:

  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
  • Intel Celeron M, Pentium M, or maybe a VIA C7-M processor
  • 128 MB or More of RAM
  • Minimum 800x480 resolution (This image is 800x480, get a comparison to your current screen resolution)
  • 7-inch Screen
  • At-Leat a 30 GB Hard Drive
  • USB Inputs
  • WiFi?
  • Bluetooth?
It is expected to cost approx. US $800. ARS Technica has a nice article on it here.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


I'm thinking about doing a Technology Podcast with a few of my techier friends. Tell me: Would you listen to such a podcast?

Select an option: Of Course I would! That would be awesome! Maybe, depends on the Content No, I like just reading the Blog better.
UPDATE: I have decided to do the Show! You can find episode #1 at Let me know what you think!

Sony's PS3 to cost $900 US, Sony's Stock go way down boom

Sony recently announced that their much anticipated PS3 console will cost $900 US. As a result of that, their Stock Price went down to 5,300 ¥ (about $45). This is fucking ridiculouss! I've been talking to people, and we both agree that the only people who will buy this fall into one or more of the following categoriess:

  • Rich Bastards who have so much money that their Idea of spring cleaning is spending some of it
  • The Above, except that they respond to telemarketers by saying "Oh thank god! I'll take 50 of 'em. Finally I can put some of this money that's been lying around to good use!" and mean it
  • People with money burning a hole in their pocket
  • Reviewers for PC Magazine, ExtremeTech, 1up, GMR, etc
  • Employees of Sony.
  • Employees of Microsoft who find the obscure need to rip off All companys that compete with them
  • Bill Gate$ (he'll buy 500 of them and sell them on eBay to increase his wealth)

New Geek code

I've updated my geek code (from the original one I posted, see this page) to reflect some issues I noticed after a while. Here is a change log: I've gone from s- to s-:-- based on an event that happeneda few weeks ago. From c++ to c++>$ because I hope to one day make money out of my hobby. From U++ to UL++>++++$. I've done this to reflect that I use the linux variant of unix, and that I would like to be paid to be a linux SysAdmin. Gone From P+ to P+>++ to emphasize that I would like to learn more Perl. I used to be L+++ but now I'm L+++>++++$ because I want to be so good at it, people will pay me for it. From W+++ to being W+++>$ because I want to be (among other things) a webmaster when I grow up. I lied a bit here, so I went from N++ to N+. Sorry. I changed from M- to !M- to express that I will never use a Mac (see This Post for reasons why). I changed from V-- to V?. The reason this was originally V-- was because I believed that Unix was better than anything it came across. But given that I can not compare it with Something I have not used, I should change it to V?. I added 5?because I have never heard of Babylon 5 (flames to the Bit Bucket, Please!?). 'Nuff Said. I went from tv+ to tv-- because I have been watching less and less TV lately. It may change agiain, though. I used to be b++, but had to go to b+ because I can no longer find the time to read (outside of school, and not including PC Magazine and Extreme Tech). I wanted to express that all of the people I live with are complete anti-geeks (see this UserFirendly Comic strip for an Image of the typical anti-geek. My parents are a slight variation fo that, but pretty much the same.). As such, I added h--. I really like the WebToon UserFriendly, so I added UF++. This means "I have two or more User Friendly cartoons posted near my office/cube/whatever." Note that this is not an official part of the Geek Code; Illiad made this up. This is an explanation of what each segment means:

  • UF+++++ I am Illiad.
  • UF++++ I have accumulated more than 500 geekpoints.
  • UF+++ I am a Dust Puppy prototype.
  • UF++ I have two or more User Friendly cartoons posted near my office/cube/whatever.
  • UF+ I have been a victim of the User Friendly Productivity Virus.
  • UF I read User Friendly daily, often understanding it
  • UF- Why are they always picking on Stef? He's my idol.
  • UF-- Don't read it, but the fuzzy thing with feet is cute.
  • UF--- What's their tech support guy's problem? Why can't he answer honest questions without getting an attitude?
  • UF---- I am Crud Puppy.
The Final Geek Code Block now looks like this: -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.12 GCM/GS/E/IT/MC/M/TW/O dx s-:-- !a C++>$ L UL+++>++++$ P+>++ L+++>++++$ E W+++>$ N+ w--- !M- V? Y+ PGP 5? R tv-- b+ DI+ G h-- -----END GEEK CODE BLOCK-----

Friday, March 03, 2006

The big DRM mistake

I've been saying that this is why I will never buy an iPod in my life. As soon as you buy just one song in the iTMS, you're locked in. Period. End Of Story. Same story with the iPod. Put just one media file on that thing and you're locked into iTunes. It seems apple hasn't figured out why they only have 1-5% market share in computers (they're much to closed). I hate to say this, but this is where Microsoft has done something right. They licensed the OS to OEMs and hobbyists, and you can run a myriad of hardware and software on Windows (No, I don't own stock in Microsoft, and I've used Linux for the past 3 years). As soon as apple opens up their systems, they will have a new customer buying as many apple products as humanly possible. Draw your own conclusions and leave them in the comments.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

New Sign

A new sign now adorns my wall:
Alles touristen und non-technischen looken peepers! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten.