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.

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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 since 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 not to go Forest Gump on everyone, but 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.