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This is a test, let’s update this. Bold. Italic.

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Today’s Dilbert Was Written With Us In Mind

Yep, that’s me…

Dilbert is a favorite strip of many office workers and geeks, and barely a week goes by where you can’t identify with one of the strips Scott Adams has done, but today’s looks like it was written with gadget geeks in mind, so I just had to share it.

[From Today’s Dilbert Was Written With Us In Mind]

Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 11:15 am  Comments (1)  

Steven Poole – Goodbye, cruel Word

Steven Poole – Goodbye, cruel Word:

An account of someone who, for the first time in what seems forever for him, does not use Word anymore, does not even have it installed…..

It’s a great write-up to explain what is wrong with bloated software, and where the problems are that you face as a market leader. Microsoft, for a long time, was measured in it’s releases on how many new checkboxes you could make next to a product. That is just no longer true.

Published in: on September 3, 2007 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Jeremy Zawodny on Web 2.0

What the heck is Web 2.0 anyway?:
You gotta love this, especially the pastel colors part…

  1. Launched after Google AdSense
  2. Uses Ajax and/or DHTML
  3. Unclear business model, pastel colors & large fonts used
Published in: on April 25, 2007 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Paul Graham: Microsoft is dead

Paul actually puts up a good analysis. It’s not that they are dead, but, as I phrased it a few times in discussions, they just don’t matter anymore. Microsoft will continue to play it’s role inside the firewall, pushing complex and expensive systems, but for people who do not work in an IT department, the world is a different place.

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Published in: on April 10, 2007 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

PS3: Games…

I got the following 3 games for launch:

Virtual Fighter 5
Read the reviews. It’s all true. Looks, IMO, a lot better than DOA4, and i always liked the series for it’s being closer to reality. Good game, if you are into precision fighting games. The Quest mode is fun so far, let’s see how long the appeal lasts. In terms of “no online game” ditches it got, I do agree with the publishers statement, that having an online mode for a game that fast is impossible. DOA4 proves quite nicely that winning there mostly depends on connection speed and luck. I was in matches where my opponent fell down without moving, or i just dropped dead without a chance to counter my invisible opponent…

NBA Street
I loved that game when I played it years ago on the PS2, and this incarnation is just so much fun again. Great dunks, very nice commentary on all the outdoor courts and the NBA stars that were born there. The career mode is fun, the game looks great. Good buy.

Motor Storm
Just wow. Playing this on my projector with a 7 foot screen is the a complete blast. It might not be the most realistic driving simulation (NOT), but even my daughter thinks this is a fun game, and she normally despises driving games. The graphics are very very sweet. This game actually shows off my XBox. I do not have any driving game on that platform that comes close to this, in terms of graphics.

All in all, 3 very good games.

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 7:29 am  Leave a Comment  

PS3: Networking

The Playstation Network in Europe seems to be completely overwhelmed, or just badly implemented, as I was unable in the last 3 days to create sub accounts for the rest of my family. Entering any online game failed as well. There might be several reasons for this, including my wireless setup (although that works fine for XBox360), but I decided just to wait a few weeks and check it out when the dust has settled. When XBox Live launched, it was a hazzle initially as well, by now this is a very mature system. I hope PSN get’s to the same level fast…

I was able though to download demos from the store, including Gran Tourismus HD. That’s something… πŸ™‚

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  

PS3: Initial impressions

I got my own PS3 on the day of the European launch on Friday. I already had the old PS2 hooked up with a digital audio and a component cable from Monster to my AV equipment, so i could just unplug the old, and plugin the new, and be done with it. This is a nice touch in my book.

The build quality is excellent. Handing, touching, using a PS3 feels like using a high quality audio component. Setting it up, including wireless, was flawless (assuming you are familiar with the PSP interface, which I am, if you are new to it, your mileage may wary). I like the build in WiFi, and, comparing it to my XBox360, this brings the official price difference down to a good 100 Euros. For that you get BlueRay and a bigger HD, and of course a bundle of other differences.

The controllers are “small” compared to the XBox360, and they do not seem to have removable batteries. For my large hands they are the minimum size to be comfy with, but the rest of my family likes them a lot more than the heavy XBox360 controllers.

I set the system up to 720p (the highest native resolution of my TV and my Projector, both support 1080i, so i might try that later). The output works fine on both systems, and the readability of the UI is good.

I then created some user accounts for my family, changed default logon settings etc, and created a Playstation network account for myself.

So far, so good. From just the first 2 hours, i like the machine a lot.

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  

PS3 vs. XBox360 – DVDs and Music

Yesterday I took an hour to compare the 2 console systems as media systems.

XBox360: the biggest plus I see is the ability to be an extender for your computer system. I don’t see similar functionality for the PS3 yet, so that is a clear win for the Microsoft system (calling it XBox from now on).

I tried just one album, the 20th anniversary SACD hybrid from Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms”. I ripped 3 songs to the XBox, and ripped the whole CD to the PS3. I did the later, as the PS3 does not allow me to select which songs to rip, on the other hand, ripping the whole CD on the PS3 is as fast as ripping 3 songs to the XBox.

I did not change any settings. On the XBox you can not change any CD ripping related settings. On the PS3 you can. Several formats and qualities are available. The PS3 also can play SACDs directly in multi channel sound.

The PS3 interface is, IMO, more elegant and gives you more information. On the other hand, the ability to show the encoding and the bitrate is probably only interesting if you are able to do that in the first place, and if you are a nerd…

Sound. No comparison. The XBox looses detail like hell (this is true for playing the CDs directly, or for the ripped songs) compared to the PS3. It’s no contest.

I tried the 2nd Tomb Raider movie, mainly because it has decent picture quality and it was just lying close to the consoles as a region 2 movie.

Sound: The same as with Music. The XBox can not hold a candle to the PS3 for playback. The XBox sounds hollow, loosing details, missing dynamics.

Picture: The story continues. The Xbox has a fuzzy, washed image, with not enough contrast and the occasional artifact. The PS3 on the other side is 2 classes beyond that. Where the XBox fails to be as good as your run of the mill 100 Euro standalone DVD player, the PS3 is easily that good, if not better. Note that the PS3 does not have scaling build in yet, so both systems were running at Pal progressive resolutions.

When my real DVD player was broken a while ago, I had to use the XBox as a player for a month. This was a bad experience, the XBox is louder than my projector, and the picture/sound is really bad. With the PS3 I do have a decent backup system now, one that i can easily recommend to others as a good system in that price-range. With the XBox, I told people, great gaming system, but go and buy yourself a DVD player as well….

And, it’s quiet. When both systems are turned on, and you listen to music from the harddisks on both, you turn off the amplifier. You hear the distant rumble of the airplanes… no, wait that is the fan noise.. You turn off the XBox… and the noise stops. Yes, the PS3 has a fan as well, but it’s a lot quieter during DVDs/Music in comparison to the Xbox.

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Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 4:43 am  Leave a Comment  

How the vi editor would seem if it has been made by Microsoft

Marigan’s Weblog

Funny. Comments are a bit unfair, as those kind of helpers were not really designed for the readers of those weblogs… But funny.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 9:22 am  Leave a Comment