Congratulations Microsoft!

It’s been a bit, why not kick things off again with a rant!

Official Post.

I was wondering what had happened last night, as Bing is my default search on my Dell Inspiron 10v netbook.  In the middle of working on something, non-critical, the usual ‘hey, let me look that part up!’ occurred, to which I received a 500 error. For the non-tech reading this, 500 error is usually what shows up when the server can’t process the request you fired off to it. After a few twitch F5(refresh) taps, I was laughing pretty good and just used Google in the meantime.

The part that isn’t so amusing to me, is that they are missing about 15-30 minutes of outage time in the report given above, as a guess, they probably found out about this at 8:30PM Arizona time, but in all reality, errors started occurring much much sooner.

/sigh

BBC Stated, “Not all aspects of the Bing service were knocked out by the configuration change. Many reported that Bing Maps was still available.”

Wow! That’s so great! Maps was working! …. ….. ….. …..

THE MAIN REASON YOUR SITE EXISTS WAS DOWN, but hey! Bing Maps was working!

@Bing: why?  You were doing so well. From the semi-clever ‘decision engine’ campaign to everyone was making fun of you, I really saw this as a new opportunity for you to reinvent your appeal to the public in software services. Now, now everything everyone was making fun of you about is actually true, again.

… …. ….. …. …. …..

Alright, alright. Truly, most of the above is complete sarcasm. I find it amusing how quickly people love to bash the shit out of Microsoft at any chance they can get. Nevermind it being the main source of  how most get to these places. Oh wait, people bash that too. Doesn’t get old after over 10 years of doing it? I swear, I think people have just gotten used to doing it and reading it. Notice how everyone mentions Google at some point or another in their posts, but how quickly everyone forgot that it too just went down earlier this year.

Back off, give them a fucking break considering it was an hour without your precious Bing and an hour without your precious Google, respectively. Oh wait, no one complained about Google. Tenure you say? Hmmm, pretty sure Microsoft/MSN/Live/Bing has been around a metric-fuckton longer then Google. But Google does do a lot of things very right. It is a pickle.

Peace.

Death

Holey rusted metal Batman!  Can we get some death with a side of death to go?  Apparently!  From John Hughes to tr.im, the past week has been slightly emo.

The one URL trimmer I liked using with twidroid is dead and the dude who made movies for everyone to relate to are both gone.  I am actually more sad about these two things then I am about Michael-fucking-Jackson dying.  I mean, really, tr.im never mollested anyone?  Neither did John Hughes… hell neither even went to court over the shit!

Arg, so frustrating.  Thought about firing off my own URL shortner site, but oh look, a metric-fuckton of domain squatters beat me to it!

FML

Peace.

Google Chrome OS?

Both posts are from a single source, but here they are to bring you up to speed if you don’t know what it all is.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168036/google_set_to_take_on_microsoft_with_desktop_os.html

5 hours later…

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168058/five_reasons_google_chrome_os_will_fail.html

Really? Nope. Nope. Possibly. Nope.  And, Nope.  Just as David Coursey is allowed an opinion, here goes an attempt at mine.

1. Netbooks will be the world quicker then we will think.  As mobile data increases in demand, so will the devices that deliver it.  Though, it may not be in the tradition that we see today, but we will see either a more powerful cell phone or ‘netbook’ in the near future that will blow our minds in what we can do from our finger tips.  Mainly the idea hit the shelf provided by Intel(for the most part) based on existing tech.  Nvidia and other companies haven’t even had time to plan into this at all.  Once they inject their hardware into the mix, we will see some serious power from these devices.  Accountability won’t be measured from behind a desk but from whether you’re actually out there effecting your business and the data will be available at the finger-tips. All of it. I’m getting a bit evangelical here and conclude my rebuttal on your first item here.

2. Whether the OS is free or not doesn’t seem to be a valid point then, if both can offer for free, then how is it even a failing point on Google’s part?  Brand recognition is mainly their fuel and they weigh in MUCH heavier then Linux would by itself, IF they go that route.  Notice this isn’t gOS, this is ChromeOS.

3. Eh, true Google Docs would take some serious overhauling, but with integration into say OpenOffice.  This could create a bridge between hardcore documentation and lightweight playtime with them.  Hell, they could come up with something new?  Wouldn’t be the first time.

4. What? Just as the Palm Pre is built on the idea of real time feeds, I don’t see where Google Chrome would not be able to function in this lightweight environment from a netbook side.

5. Ok, now I know you are a pretend techie nerd guy.  WTF???  There is a means to an end to get anything working for cross platform support, whether is be creating a virtual environment within VMWare on Windows to host a MAC OS X box, or VMWare Fusion for Apple.  Linux does not fall short in the ability to create these same environments, Wine, VirtualBox, etc.  Hell, stop the war, include MS Office in it!

I think that the simple idea of “Googling” could be enough brand recognition and allow folks another solid option other then Ubuntu as a platform to conduct day to day business.  The average user doesn’t care what powers the device, it could be a fucking squirrel on a wheel inside the iPhone, they don’t care.  Ah, a fruitless conversation I think.  Too much is what if at this point and no one can draw a solid conclusion anyway.  I will not rule anyone out at this point because it is a cut throat market and new players coming in do have a chance to take out anyone else in this radical environment.  Which that being said, sadly this nimrod, could be right.

Peace.

OMG! EVE Online!

Well, it has been some time since I have blogged anything and also since I’ve played me some EVE Online.  Most make the joke of, “Oh! That Excel game with a GUI!”  It is pretty bad, but I do not know if it is that bad.  They’ve expanded much since the days of just needing an Excel spreadsheet to calculate mining yields and seemingly done pretty well in the latest expansion.  What ever could that be Flux?  Well, this time… THARRR BE WORMHOLES!  No really, wormholes.  Anomolies in space that could take you to a random point in known or unknown space.  Found my first!  Pic or it didn’t happen!

Bam bitches…

wormhole

…what?  Would Flux ever lie. Fuck you. K162 ftw! Ooooh don’t get all emo, you’ll find one someday.  Actually, this one wasn’t very exciting or hard to find.  Using it caused me to travel 10 jumps in a single instant.  I could see how finding one and using it to escape might be interesting.  I like the fact that there are a lot more things to be found by scanning, makes for a much more interesting event.  And as Forest Gump said, ya nevah know what you’re gonna geyat.  There is a lot more going on in that game then there was before and worth getting back into it if you are a previous player or new.  New player?  They just revamped the NPE as it is called.  New Player Experience for those who hate acronyms, o/

Also, picked up a nice Dell Studio XPS 13.  It’s pretty much pimp on silicon.  Backlit keys(haha, fuck you Apple!), independant video and leather would be the key features.  Did I mention DDR3 RAM?  No I did not.  Also, the 13.3″ screen is pretty key in my book, since I do not like hauling around 15-17″ laptops.  Anyway, check it out if you want to know more.  Very excited about this purchase.  I know what you’re thinking.  “What the fuck is an HP fanboy buying a Dell for anyway?”  Well, the day HP comes out with a backlit key laptop, is the day I dump off this one and buy it!  Ok, maybe not, depends on how rich I get in the next few months(not very likely).

Lets see, what else is new.  Ah snap!  Almost forgot! Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.  This Diggnation meets Prime Time event was pretty fun. Complete with beer getting poured on Kevin’s brand new laptop.  I’d say he handled it pretty well.  Me?  I probably would have downed the beer and smashed the glass over his head… ok, I’m a nerd, there is no way the glass would break.  Also, they started something called the Bryan Brinkman Expermient, in attempt to get someone more twitter follows then Barack Obama.  I doubt it will work, but damn, talk about instant fame for Bryan!  So, follow him up, see if Barack can be taken down!

I guess that is all I have time for.  Remember, leave poo eating to the two girls.

Peace.

Zune and Peripherals

Alright. I know, peripherals is a big word.  Thank you Websters.

I’d given up on my crusade against being able to play songs on my device while it is plugged into my machine.  I store my music there for a reason, so I can listen to it.  I don’t want to sync it to the machine I happen to be on at the time.  Do I mind installing the Zune software on every machine I sit at?

FUCK NO!!!

I love the Zune software!  It is well beyond that iTunes in its third iteration of it, and half the fucking size!  Why would I care about installing it?

Right, ok.

@gusadelic, my roommate, had purchased the V1 A/V Zune Dock for cheap, and the remote wasn’t working.  So I started looking things up about the Zune 80GB and whether there was incompatibility with the V1 Dock.  It isn’t, but in my adventure across the intarweb, I ran across something that sent me over the fucking top.

In random comment thread off of a blog, they were looking at the sync cable used to power the device on the V1 Dock as being an issue.  Someone asked if they had an xbox, and whether it worked when they plugged it into this?

?~~ PLUGGED IT INTO MY XBOX ~~?

Wait a moment, that’s pretty fucking sweet.  I can sync music from my Zune/Zune Pass and play it?  Why not just do that?  I do have space issues on the xbox, but shit, syncing music to device to play? Fucking sweet.

Being a geek, I tested this.  What I found made me want to go ooooOwah-ah-ah(Stupify) on the planet.

What happened to Earth? Flux killed it.

He’s good at that. Yeah, fucking bastard.

YOU CAN PLAY SONGS DIRECTLY OFF OF THE DEVICE ON YOUR XBOX!!!  I know, I know.  Dude, you could have said that at the top of the blog.  Fuck you, I am pissed.  Here I thought it was a licensing thing, etc, etc, etc.  I’d made a hundred and one excuses for this.  You make the console, the device and the OS. MAKE THIS WORK IN WINDOWS ZUNE TEAM!!!  This has been something from Day 1 that you can do with an iPod and extremely frustrating that songs are not allowed to play directly off of the device, on the machine.  So, so, so fucking broken.  Also, the purchased video does not appear to play at all via the device to TV from the xbox either.

Bull – fucking – shit.

This is definitely a problem for me, obviously, but I do not see the point to have all my music stored in three places.  Why do I have it in three places?  Simple.  I have my main library, a backup and everything on the Zune.  I wouldn’t have to keep a main library if I could just play the damn music right off the device.  Anyway, this is bullshit.

Peace.

Is Digg Sexist?

http://digg.com/people/Is_Digg_Sexist

http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/is_digg_sexist

Edit: http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/saabira-chaudhuri/itinerant-mind/sexist-stupid-and-downright-offensive-digg-community-responds-

What the fuck?  Really?

Well, I guess I’ll break it down a bit here.

As a minority on the internet, not just in collaborative efforts, women are going to find a relatively geek dominated area and the things that are discussed follow suit until everything begins to level out in gender.  There are a great many things said in jest, and speaking for myself included, most of the shit I say on here is not how I generally feel, but do find humorous.

It’s like entering the room, with a bunch of guys sitting around watching football talking about cheerleaders.

Now, obviously some are going to be more sensitive then others in approach to humor.  I can almost guarantee that most people don’t actually believe what they are saying, though will argue against it because they can comfortably from their chair with relatively no repercussions – other then some other jackass, threatening to kick their ass or the like.  That alone, makes me laugh.

One thing I keep in mind, is not everyone likes the same comedians.  Huh?  Just like things on the internet, some people find one funny and another not.  Take a look at Sarah Silverman.  She can often say just as unusual or offensive shit as any guy would about anyone, but some might not necessarily find her amusing.

It’s a personal preference!

Now specifically with a social news website, which I am also a huge fan of, this site is a collaborative effort to bring the real and bizarre alike to the world through a voting process.  Welcome to the heart of what social networking is, the best and worst of humanity in one giant collaborative effort to evolve nothing.  I’d like to use an analogy, like buying a vowel(oh no, I made a reference to a woman!), but these sites are like giant evolving episodes of Seinfeld.  What’s it all about?  Nothing really.  Will some people find it offensive?  Sure, everyone has an opinion.  I mean, they are like assholes – they all stink.

<rimshot>

Oh, shit.  Flux is off the deep end again.  Would I speak to my mother in this manner?  Sure!  Would she get that this is a joke? Absolutely!  Here’s a scenario:

Mom: The dishwashers broken.

Me: Did you slap her?

Mom<action>: pumps a round(making a horrible click-click noise that makes me smile) into her ‘air shotgun’ and shoots at the sky

And we both laugh.  Now, to the heart of that, was it sexist?  Fuck yeah it was!  Did I help her find out what was wrong?  You bet!  Quite wholesome? Yes.

*reminiscent sigh*

Right, so.  Point.

My point in all of this is, it REALLY depends on the context of what you are looking at, but you can pretty much find supporting evidence for both sides of any fence on any topic thanks to this wonderful internet.  Is Digg sexist?  Go fuck yourself.  Is that sexist?  No, it promoting masturbation and perversion.  Really though, inherently speaking Digg itself is not sexist.  Are some of the people on it possibly sexist?  Absolutely!  Did you get offended by some of them? Apparently, yes.

Holy crap, I think that struck a nerve or something, better stop before I rupture something.

[/soapbox]

And yet another image I think is funny(thanks Antoan!)

shipment-of-fail

Peace.

Douchebags

I love that word.  Every person I know can immediately picture an unnamed person and shake their head to the statement, ‘Fucking Douchebags’.  It really is a great descriptive word.  I am surprised there isn’t a ‘Friends don’t let friends date Douchebags’ movement somewhere in the realm of the ladies.  It just amazes me as to the lack of wit and style these guys have and yet somehow, they almost always have a girl with them.  How does that happen?  Do they emit some sort of IDF?  That’s Intelligence Disruption Field in case you were wondering.  Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know what it meant, I just made it up.

Really though, uh oh, Flux is gonna go off about politics again.  I find it amazing as to how many liberals there are on the internet.  It is this huge insurgence as of late.  It must be election time or something since you don’t hear from half of these people on a regular basis.  Look, I’m not saying hire a guy with a cancerous tumor in his mouth backed by a nimrod lady who now has a porn made after her.  I’m not saying I dance around in a rainbow parade either, but come on people.  We are talking about the state of the country here.  Remember, we are at war?  Hello?  ‘Of course I do.  Look at Colin Powel, he backs Obama!’  Are you fucking kidding me?  He allowed himself to be manipulated in a way that the whole world should have had him hung.  He knew full well what was happening around him.  “Oh My God, did he just say that??”  No, I wrote it, but its true.  For the same reasons that everyone hates Bush, that guy was right behind him as well.  The only reason I bring this up is people seem to have this notion that Obama’s shit doesn’t stink.  It does, just like everyone else.  And Powel backing him really doesn’t make it stink any less. Now McCain.  What the fuck?  Dude, you are not fucking Ronald Reagan.  I’m not your friend, I’ve never even met you and I live in your state!  I respect your career and the fact you’ve seen some serious shit over time.  You actually kind of amaze me in that you are still ticking.  Well done.  Really though?  That’s about all you got going for you man.  I’m guessing you thought bringing Pailin on as VP was pretty much a shoe in.  You know, women VP against a black P?  Come on dude, really?  Most people are only interested in what you have to say because they want to see your running mate naked!  Seriously!  Why else would you make a porn about her WHILE you are campaigning??  I think that might be a record, of course, they may have done something similar with Clinton, I don’t care to remember.  I thought typically these aren’t made until AFTER the election.  Ok ok, either way, the pron industry is well known for this.  A really good idea for a porn, and I doubt I’m the first person to think this…. would be Obama nailing Pailin.  I’m just saying.  Too Soon?

Ok, so, who am I voting for?  Come on concentrate….

Ok, got it!  Fuck, lost it….

Yeah.  I still don’t know.

Can you believe that shit?  I really do hate politics.  It has been back and forth in my brain.  I can’t decide if I want to go with McCain or Obama.  I feel like a fucking schizophrenic talking to the wall as if it was my cat when I try to think about this.  What?  God told me to do it.  I mean the wall, I mean my cat.  Fuck.  All this ranting is giving me a tumor I think.  Hmmm, maybe I’ll name it Pailin.

Peace.

Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta RC1

Wow, the only person who had that mouth full last I can think, was Monica Lewinski.  Bitch.  Seriously, say the blog title out loud.  Anyway, the new Writer seems a little more streamlined and once again I’m actually liking it.  Easier to preview a post, most settings and it all makes sense, mostly.  I know, it will change fifteen times before RC2.  At any rate, quite a bit of time spent on this release, and I’ve not had any crashes.  I guess that is good, right?  I probably just jinxed myself.

Well, on to more emo topics.  My dad gets out of the hospital this week.  Initially they told him Saturday, now they are stating Friday.  Quite a relief considering they thought he was going to die.  It’s amazing what my mind was doing during that time, attempting to support my mother through the grief, figure out what the hell I was going to do to help everyone if he did perish and somehow still balance my own life into it all.  Reading that again, yes, in that order.  All in all, I am glad he is ok.

Ok.  Politics.  You know that game in Golf ‘n Stuff?  Wack-A-Mole?  Yeah, we need to create two versions for the web, Wack-A-Mccain and Wack-A-Obama.  I swear they can say some of the most retarded shit at times, just as I can.  The latest ‘town hall’ style debate didn’t shy away from it either.  They really try so hard to address what is being asked so they can plug other points of interest….to them.  Well, at least I know they aren’t robots… this is good since I’ve been fearing a Cylon invasion.  Fucking BSG.  Right, well my divide between the two – a guy who can handle the war and a guy who can handle the country.  That’s a problem.  I probably shouldn’t talk about politics since I’m a convicted felon… ok, I’m not a convicted felon, but I swear, I do feel like I’m under lock and key when it comes to making a decision in presidents.  These two really need a lesson in humility if they ever plan to relate to anyone.  Oh, and Biden, can we not bring up your dead wife?  It happened a long time ago, get over it.  Spilling your sob story like that makes me think you need a shrink.

*sighs*

Right then, and on to the economy.  If I hear one more person talk about this ‘depression’ we’re in, I might actually start throwing journalists out of the window.  I mean really, the fundamental difference(heh, had too) between the 1930s and the 21st century are leaps and bounds from each other.  The reactions of the governments of the world are also not treating this like they did in the 1930s.  I’ll speak in specifics, the American Government raised taxes in the 30s, tightened their belts keeping people from money.  Now, they are injecting money.  Remember?  We have social security now?  I’m sorry, I shouldn’t bash the people who obviously slept through history class.  Please, journalists, you sound stupid enough most of the time, save yourself from this self deprecating demise.  I’d say it is safe to assume you graduated college, act like you know something and quit trying to bullshit the public into thinking that this is even close to comparable to The Great Depression.

I guess I’ll post this thing.  I really need to stop talking about nerd shit when I go off about other topics.  Come on intarweb!  Go go go!  Sorry for wasting your time again, hope you hated your stay.

Peace.

Ah, Windows Live Writer

Nothing like being able to post a blog from the remote comfort of my machine without the need to even open a web browser.  Though, WYSIWIG’s have come a long way, it is certainly no replacement for typing something up locally.  Windows Live Writer really isn’t something that is new, I still wanted to take a moment, if even to only remind myself, that this piece of software does have its uses when it comes to making attempts at writing blogs.  Ah, the days of hashing together HTML files and uploading them, adding a link and slapping a site together truly are gone.  I’m sure there are other tools to be used when it comes to blogging, something open source and multi-platform, but this piece appears to do it for me.  Just the same, I dig it.

I don’t type much anymore, mainly due to boredom with it and lack of visitors here.  I find that most head to an anti-social networking site and expect others to do the same if they want to keep in touch.  People are lazy, its a fact, we build tools to make things easier.  Tools of the newer generations, and I’m not talking about pocketbook padded frat kids, really has become the intarweb.  It really does amaze me how much growth has occurred when it comes to this tool.  I don’t think most realize how different things are now a days, or maybe it just isn’t something that is voiced anymore.  The most obvious irony being how I decided to just say that.

Ah well, just the same.  Life goes on.  Friends become more and more distant and I get older.  These are all the things that our folks told us when attempting to teach the classic fact of, “Don’t try to grow up to fast.”  It is in complete and plain sight now what they were trying to say at the time.  Paying bills, working day in and out, talks of $700 billion dollar government bailouts, etcetera etcetera.  I’m not sure where I’m going with that, just speaking my mind.

$700 billion dollars.  I’ve heard terms such as, “Only 5% of the problem” or “Only solves 1 out of the 4 problems” in regards to the economy.  My almost immediate reaction is, “Jesus, what the fuck would I do with $700 billion dollars?  How can they even expect the average American or shit, even Earthian to comprehend how much money that really is?”  Unbelievable.  First order of business for our government, talk about how we should go about this.  Are you kidding me?  How would you even begin to start a discussion about that?  All in a days work I suppose when you manage a couple hundred million people.

Fuck.  Count me out.  Or rather, just sign the check over to me, I’ll figure out what to do with it.  Hmmm, maybe a 10 step process would help.

Step 1:

Hire a lawyer.  Without legal representation, there wouldn’t be much left of that $700 bil.

Step 2:

Call my mom and dad.  Hey, can you blame me?  I don’t think they’ve ever been to Hawaii.

Step 3:

Buy a jet.  Well?  There are going to be a lot of conversations I need to have face to face.

Step 4:

Buy stock in the company that made the jet.  Sorry, might as well make sure it stays a float since I’ll be cruising around in the thing.

Step 5:

Begin looking into credible AIDS and Cancer research centers to invest in.  Tired of that bullshit, we need a cure.

Step 6:

Call Bill Gates.  “Let’s do lunch and talk about shoes.  Fuck Seinfeld, he was only funny in the 90s anyway.”

Step 7:

Call Speilberg.  “Dude, you make really fucking cool shit.  How can I help.”

Step 8:

Buy Lithuania.  Why?  Cause its fucking small.  Like Rhode Island, but cooler.  Literally.

Step 9:

Work on raising the ocean levels to drown out the man made islands in Dubai.  Really?  People bought in on that shit?  It’s in the fucking desert you re-re’s!

Step 10:

Buy a golden gun with golden bullets.  It really is too much money, I’d have to kill myself.

Wow, I think I have fully derailed any previous train of thought.  How did I even think it would be ok to put this on the intarweb?  “Self improvement is masturbation. Now self destruction…” – Fight Club.  is definitely the intarweb.  Just sayin..ok, I think I’ll be done with rambling and babbling on and on for now.  Hope you enjoyed your stay, but you probably didn’t.

Peace.