Thursday, June 30, 2011

Strange Interiors--->Mystery Science Theater 3000--->The headboard!

I loved this show a lot growing up.... this show was awesome. they would take these corny sci-fi movies and make fun of them!!!

anyways I was just a casually surfin the net and I found this beauty!!!


It would be funny to put a corny movie poster on the wall behind it and change it every week or month!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Strange Architecture/Interiors--->Lucky Drops / Atelier Tekuto

Strange Architecture/Interiors--->Lucky Drops / Atelier Tekuto

Take a look at this place! That is a skinny house! I wouldn't wanna be fat living in that place!

It also looks like a blade!


This is from japan where they're so space starved it's needed there.

This is definitly something they would design that's for sure with how crowded the place is.



That's the 2nd reason I'm not living there now, the first.... the language is too hard to learn :-(

Plus I'm quite the caustrophobe!


This site has more

Friday, June 24, 2011

Time for pets--->Dog gets artificial paws

I think this is so sweet. The doggie gets to walk again and have a loving life after the owner's abandoned the poor thing and left it to freeze in a cold basement!

This made me feel good cause the doggie seemed to be very affectionate and lovey! so why would the owners do such a thing? :-(

They basically gave him prosthetic paws because he froze them off.  He was in a cold basement and his paws stuck to the floor.

This site has some more info about it and I think they have done the same with a kitty as well!

Time for tech--->Mac vs PC vs Linux--->what is better for me?

 many people ask me this.... I am pretty unbiased, as I like a little of all 3 camps. Here's a guide to help you choose and what I think about each platform

Apple Mac OSX:
+
*solid hardware that lasts long time
*can run photoshop and a lot of creative software
*the OS is secure (according to specs so far, however the increasing popularity may change this)
*you will look better in the eyes of the people that care about that kinda thing
*bootcamp will allow you to run windows on it

-
*more expensive
*lack of games
*os needs a lil of a learning curve (not too bad though)
*Os has it's customization limits
*the "hip" culture of it might turn people off sometimes

Windows based PC:

+
*lower cost of entry
*software selection
*customization is medium
*more hardware choices
*better bang for the buck on hardware
*better for gaming

-
*security isn't the best, however you can secure it pretty good
*licensing costs are kinda high for consumer versions, however you may get an edu discount on that.
*to theme you need UXTheme patches or 3rd party apps.
*has crashing issues, however most are user errors.

Linux BasedPC:

+
*It's free
*highest customization
*fairly large software avaliable
*fun to tweak and has stuff like compiz
*tons of help online
*open sourced
*very secure
*very stable rarely crashes
*has lvie cd's/dvd's to try out before you install so you don't loose your prev. OS.
*some distros have a nice central package manager--->one place to download and install software as well as update it
*can use WINE to run windows software
-
*tons of "distros". new user has a high entry barrier due to choices may be discouraged
*high learning curve, but it's getting easier, much easier.
*installs can be tricky without live cd's.
*some programs still need to compile manually, a tricky task for new users
*incompatibilites with some windows/macosx networking services.
*lack of mainstream software support from adobe, autodesk, etc
*lack of serious gaming titles

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Time for tech---->Firefox 5 update

Firefox 5 Update!
Ok my current FF5 memstats:


over 400 browser actions
duration: 18 hours approx
I have been going crazy with usage and have had 50 tabs open at once, currently 32 tabs open.
watched at least 40 HTML5 vids on youtube and 20 flash ones (note:not all vids are avalible in html5)



What addons do you have installed?

I have the following add-ons installed:
ABP
Yet Another Smooth Scrolling
showip
stylish
screen capture elite
greasemonkey
FF4UI fixer
Status-4-evar

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wierd Stuff---->Jurassic Park 4?

Yes there might be....

I hope they don't butcher it, problem is Michael Crichton died a while ago....
This might be awkward as hell.

Let's see if they ruin it....

here's a description from wikipedia

Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston revealed in an interview in January 2010 that Jurassic Park IV was set to be the beginning of a second Jurassic Park trilogy. He also added, “Jurassic Park 4 is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen.” Johnston says once he finishes Captain America, he hopefully will develop Jurassic Park IV with Steven Spielberg. Joe Johnston enthusiastically has confirmed the likelihood of the film's production more than once. On June 15th 2011, it was reported that Steven Spielberg has been brainstorming with writer Mark Protosevich on a film that happens to be the fourth film in the franchise. It is unclear whether it is a reboot or the fourth installment of the original series.


I am still shocked how the damn movie companies are making only remakes and sequels instead of some awesome original movies. I can't stand to watch American films/tv anymore it's so played out. Oh well it saves me money!

The onyl stuff worth watching is older movies and Japanese anime.

time for tech--->Firefox 5.0 has been released!

Update... I got the scrolling addon, the screen capture one to work! Here's how I got that to work:

save the add-on .xpi to your desktop you must navigate to the addons page (not using the addon browser, but going to the ff addons site) and right click on the download button>save as> save the xpi file then:
rename the .xpi to .zip
open the zip and extract the install.rdf
open the install.rdf with any text editor
find 4.0.* could be any version number
edit to 5.0.*
save and put back in zip overwriting the original and save zip
rename .zip back to .xpi
open firefox and "install add-on from file" find modified .xpi

 So this is how you get those addons working that won't work in the latest version of FF! easy and nice!

installed.... some critical addons not working like my realplayer one and my smooth scrolling one.... will wait a lil to use it...

Here's a lil performance graph: 20 tabs, 25 browser actions, flash/html5 not loaded yet:


will write a review later once I've used it a month...

New In Firefox 5.0:
• Added support for CSS animations
• The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
• Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
• Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
• Improved spell checking for some locales
• Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
• WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures
• Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance

well I hope it's worth it and they get rid of the bloat....

Download Firefox 5.0 (windows)
Download Firefox 5.0 (linux)
Download Firefox 5.0 (macosx)

and here's how to run multiple versions of firefox at the same time as well:
Install firefox to a new directory like:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox5\firefox.exe

Run the following command from start>run>:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox5\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote

that'll bring up the profile manager

create a new profile for FF5

now, do not click to use the new profile yet. we'll need to leave the profile's folder blank.

navigate to your firefox profile directory:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\93fdjdfu.default (or whatever your profile's name is)

copy all files in that directory to the blank new profile dir

now run the command:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox5\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote

now click the new profile and it will copy all settings, and stuff like that and you can now run any amount of versions of FF even at the same time!

I have 3.6,4.0.1, and 5 and I can even run them all at the same time. this is good for devs and people who want to retain thier older versions.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Rebecca Black’s "Friday" Disappears From YouTube

oooooooh nooooes!

This video prolly had the most views on youtube ever!

this video is the reason that rebecca black is famous!

This video is am important part of our culture!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0     will always have a special place in our hearts!!!

we will miss you CD2LRROpph0!!!!!!

this site has more:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Remixedcat----->Q and A--->What media players have you used?

I get this question a lot actually.... I've decided to post a quick list of the media players I've used!

Please note I am only including players I've used a decent amount of for at the very least one month. I can add about 50 more, however I only used them one or two sessions and then deleted them. 

I have also attached a brief rating to each.

windows:
winamp  (8/10)
sonique and the s2 beta (9/10)
k-jofol (7/10)
SAP audio player (7/10)
creative media software (5/10)
roxio player (4/10)
realplayer (8/10)
windows media player (version 6.4 and above) v6.4 (6/10) v7 (7/10) v8 (7/10) v9 (7/10) v10 (9/10) v11(8/10) v12(6/10)
foobar 2000 (10/10)
kmedia player (7/10)
vlc (8/10)
mpc (10/10)
media monkey (6/10)
media jukebox (10/10)
itunes (4/10)
quicktime (2/10)
soritong (6/10)
musicmatch jukebox (5/10)
realjukebox (8/10) (c)
zune (3/10)

linux: (please note this covers linux only players I've used the linux versions of vlc and it was the same experience)
kafeene (7/10)
xmms (8/10)
beep media player (8/10)
amarok (9/10)
banshee (6/10)
songbird (6/10)
juk (5/10)
xine (9/10)
a-amp (6/10)
several obscure ones....

as you can see I've used a lot!

my favs:

windows current:
Media Jukebox (very powerful and rich music player)
Realplayer (you can download youtube vids with it and it's improved a lot!)
media player classic (very good video player that is bloat free)

windows classic:
Sonique (I love the visuals on this and it has a very powerful audio engine the S2 beta had an even better interface! it sucks how the project has so much drama and it was practically killed by lycos!)
Winamp (still used today by many and it was very powerful and awesome)(still is but I prefer MJ's interface)

Linux:
Amarok (very nice interface and lots of plugins)
xmms (powerful clone of winamp but dated)
xine (powerful media player)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nyan Cat 10 hours!!!!!!


CAN YOU HANDLE IT?????

time for tech--->The cloud confusion

"The cloud" and "cloud servers/hosting" are different things.

The thing everyone knows of "the cloud" is just marketing for thier services that are based off of cloud servers.

cloud servers are redundant, fault tolerant, scalable, and elastic server architecture that is very good. based of concepts such as grid computing, clustering, etc...

Now people are starting to hate both. which is unfair. they see cloud hosting (which is alike to a VPS or Virtual Private server--->just with better architecture) and are scared from it, when the hosting architecture isn't bad it's the few services like amazon, icloud and google that are altering people's perception.

now back when we had idrives, xdrives, and stuff like that people weren't as scared.... even though they used the same technology to do it, just not marketed as this "cloud" thing.

all the sudden when you put the cloud spin on it it scares people. wow.

I think people are very brainwashed when it comes to cloud computing. the only difference it has is slightly different architecture, and a different market spin.

cloud hosting is actually a very good thing. it is easier to provision and more reliable.

 wikipedia has a little primer here

so don't let amazon and apple scare you from this awesome hosting technology. It will actually do the world some good.

Song Reviews---> Minnie Riperton-Lovin you

This song is a classic that still shines today. I think people just have a bad association becuase of the BK commercial. I just forget that when I listen to it and it's ok.



this version: Lovingu (Reuter und Schleis Remix) by Yakooza is AMAZING!!!! You will have to find it and give it a listen it's an essential trance track that is so awesome it's chilling. It will send chills up and down your spine. best to listen to it in the middle of winter. That is real trance music. Pure emotion and pure beauty!

here's a sample:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

time for tech--->Nintendo has announced new console--->The Wii-U

Nintendo has announced thier new console will be titled:

The Wii-U........

prepare for even more jokes around this console then the original.

it will have a screen built into the controller and will finally have HD output.... wow the n is very late to the HD party....

I'm hoping, and other gamers alike are hoping for some real titles. Not the casual crap shovelware the wii had for it. I am a launch day wii owner and my console is now collecting dust, as I got sick of the only 6 or so games that were worth anything.

The n had better not let us down again.... or this will be the end.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

time for tech--->Microsoft Has Acquisition Deal With Nvidia

This site has reported this:

what about apple and linux now? driver support could be bad now!!

this is a scary prediction....

we now have microsoft+nvidia
we now have apple+intel
we now have linux/droid+AMD

a tri-opoly....

intel reads this and announces that they will step up GPU efforts and have stronger alliance with apple
amd reads this and works better with linux as a response and helps fuel development allies with google.

The thing is this could also create higher prices for the consumers, due to the pressures nvidia has with microsoft.

Linux driver development with nvidia will be shafted as a result and AMD might take advantage of that and help them.

intel will work stronger on thier GPU developments and create discreet GPUs that will be more powerful then thier current GMA series.  They might have a stronger alliance with apple as a result and apple will gain more ground marketshare

Friday, June 3, 2011

Shoney's review for 06.03.11

Shoney's review for 06.03.11:

On this visit to shoney's we were greeted nicely and the activity level was moderate. We were attended to in a very acceptable time frame and the waitress was very nice. She was very polite. We got our drinks in a decent timeframe.

I had a coffee and my sister had a mellow yellow or something like it. Both drinks were as specified and I got the proper amount of sugar and creams I wanted.

We waited to give my sister more time to order and she gave us enough time and came back in a decent timeframe. To take our order.

I will note that they downsized the menus, thus I will be deducting 1 star as a result. They did not even have grilled cheese sandwiches, a normal staple for a sit-down chain.

We gave our order of the following items, which I will review now:

I had the steak and eggs breakfast meal. The eggs were ok, not the best tasting, but not nasty in any way. Could have used: to coat the frying pan with butter and then add a little olive oil in it then let it coat good, then put the eggs in and have them on lower heat. (This is how I've never burnt eggs and my eggs are full flavoured eggsellent!) The steak was great though. Not as good as Longhorn Steakhouse, however I may be a bit spoiled. LOL. It came with small “breakfast potatoes” but I didn't eat those.

My sister had chicken strips and fries and she liked her chicken strips and she thought they had good texture, taste and the only thing was the after taste made it seemed like the grease was over used but wasn't enough to ruin it. The fries were excellent, a nice balance between crispy outside and soft inside.

Our waitress was very attentive and took good care of us. She took good care of my coffee and refilled it quickly. Even though she seemed really tired, she was very upbeat and friendly, making us feel very welcome.

We did have a minor complication. My sister ordered the starter version of the chicken strips. They brought her a dinner sized portion, when she pointed it out to the waitress she went right away to resolve the matter she updated our charge to reflect the starter price and needed no explanation and she did not give us hesitation.

Overall our visit was very pleasant.

The quality and our experiences have vastly improved since my previous 4 star rating, which would have earned a 5 star currently. However, since the menu has been severely crippled. It will remain at 4 stars, unless or until, they rethink the change.

windows 8 metro Ui--->Love it or hate it?

if MS would work less on this UI crap and more on getting good features like better security, more recovery options for people getting infected with malware, better performance with hard drives, let the 3rd party themes work without UXTheme hacks, better networking, etc... then people would start to like MS more, but really this is so tiring.

and this metro UI would look downright silly in my house.... I got a dark fancy atmosphere and this interface looks like it belongs in some hipster whitebox "modernist" apartment

and also... we like our "old fashioned" guis they are stable and productive and we are all used to them and have them in muscle memory.... all these damn devs think they have to change them "cause they're bored" is not good! We get good results with our current GUIs.

the current windows 7 interface is pretty and bright and approachable. this looks too edgy.... is microsoft trying to be like lady gaga or urban outfitters? that does not mesh well with a company that provides professional software. this interface is more in line with a hip startup that develops software for urban teens.

also this design reminds me of some of the "in store" walmart graphics and signage in thier newer remodeled locations.... that blue metro concept UI in another thread is a bad example of it. do you really want to think of wal mart every time you use your computer?

I think they should have the following editions:

Normal builds:
Performance editon (like the current windows 7 but highly trimmed down and optimized for gaming and hi-demand applications) (no metro UI interface,uses windows 7 look but improved in a more professional look) (just like the professional edition of windows 7)
Normal home edition (can have aero and aero lite) (comes with full 'standard' stuff and equiv to Home premium) (with metroUI ran like MC is in HP/Ultimate)

HTPC builds:
Theater edition (black or dark metro theme for rooms with the lights out as default but has color modes and themes) (has the presentation like the vid)

but still:
and I'd rather have a usable and stable "boring" UI and OS then some flashy and unstable OS that I gotta re-adjust to all over again....

the windows 7 interface is more agreeable with people then the metro style.... which only appeals to certain people.