Archive for June 4, 2008

Blog Notes: Fewer Posts Than Planned

June 4, 2008

There were at least five more posts I wanted to do today.

But XP SP3 had other plans for this PC.

The amount of slowdown that’s been happening is beyond belief.

XP after SP2 was no speed demon, but Christ, SP3 makes this PC into a spastic cripple!

Just opening the My Pictures folder, I dreaded going to thumbnail view because it would be as if it never, ever generated the thumbnails before. It would be as if it was seeing everything for the first time and generating them on the spot. This happened every damn time I accessed My Pictures or one of the photo-filled folders within it! What the hell did Microsoft do that it does that with SP3?!

I could really push Firefox and get ten to fifteen tabs open. Now I get Firefox freezing up with between five to seven tabs! (Before SP2, I could do twenty or more tabs. Houston, are we seeing a pattern here?)

I also wound up losing sound in YouTube videos. That’s when the videos would play. I’ve accessed YouTube videos and just had them sit there. Even refreshing the page wouldn’t summon them to life.

Yes, I know Firefox has a memory leak and can be a pig, but it was never as bad as it’s been under SP3. And Firefox has nothing to do with the retarded behavior of the My Pictures folder! (Which, by the way, I can now hardly even open if I have Firefox also running!)

And I just remembered: I use Photo Toolkit. It integrates into Windows Explorer so I can pick a thumbnail and do what I need to it right on the spot: rescale, resample, or crop, really piss-poor basic stuff that doesn’t demand a lot of CPU. SP3 nearly killed the use of that program too. It would be as if time was elongated and what used to take seconds under SP2 now took minutes. I’d have to just reboot the system and try to start from scratch.

SP3 is a disaster for anyone with a basic home system.

Because I want to have some sleep tonight, I don’t intend to start the eviction proceedings against SP3 until tomorrow morning.

I’m really beginning to hope the Linux people get their act together. Microsoft is an obese pig sending fat spoiled children into the world.

Microsoft will kill the cheap subnote market if they are allowed to dominate it with Windows.

We need an alternative to them.

Reference: Evicting Windows XP SP3

June 4, 2008

How to remove Windows XP Service Pack 3 from your computer

I’m kicking you bastards out.

And during that scan on Monday, I noticed you dropped Silverlight into my PC.

I didn’t ask for that and I didn’t want that!

And I just learned from JK on the Run they’re going to inflict that on everyone.

Where the hell is the Department of Justice? I hope the EU is smart enough to stop that! You bloat-building monopolistic bastards!

Die Microsoft Die! Eat Your SP3 And Diiiie!

June 4, 2008

Ever since I installed Windows XP SP3, this computer has been driving me mad.

I spent over seven hours doing a scan to make sure there weren’t things lurking about gnawing away at the innards of the PC.

I’m now certain what I’m experiencing is due to Microsoft.

What the hell did you lot do? How much more frikkin RAM does XP now take?

I can have just about a third of the tabs open in Firefox I used to have. Things slow to a crawl very quickly now.

I have to kill the Firefox process because everything becomes so jammed up.

I see much more hard disk activity, which means there’s a hell of a lot of virtual memory swapping going on.

The entire PC slows so damn badly that I now have to quit everydamnthing and actually reboot at least three times a day!

How the hell do you guys make decisions over there? Do you ever think about people who aren’t sitting in front of PCs with multiple cores running the same multiple of GHz with gobs and gobs and gobs of RAM? Have you ever heard of a frikkin budget? A memory budget? What makes you think everyone has unlimited RAM, unlimited CPU cycles, unlimited hard drive space?

I know I’m simply ranting here, because these are the same overpaid, overconfident, smug eejits who think Vista is worth using! Vista — which even Microsoft devotee and MVP Fiend Kendrick has gotten fed up with!

Well congratufuckinglations, Microsoft! You’ve made me begin to get fed up with XP just as Kendrick got fed up with Vista!

Does everything you lot touch have to turn to utter bloated shit?

Really, you need someone to walk around with a Taser and make you sons of bitches consider people with everyday PCs. Every superfluous wizzware you tried to slip in gets a Tasering — in your damned skulls! Maybe some on-the-fly ECT will make you finally wake up!

I’m no hard-core techie, so I ask the question: Is there any way I can evict SP3 from this PC and go back to SP2?!!?

Update.

Bodyoke

June 4, 2008

I’m coining the term right now.

Yes, I know it’s not correct. But Karabody sounds terrible and people can’t intuit what it means.

So, bodyoke.

Just as karaoke allows someone to be insinuated into a song, bodyoke will allow insinuation into video or a game.

The idea is sensors on the body that will be read by a camera hooked to a PC. A person has to be positioned to match up movement dots on the screen (like movement-based Dance Dance Revolution or action-based Guitar Hero). The first iteration will be akin to learning a dance. Once the movement has been learned, the captured video of the person is melded into a video or videogame where it replaces an existing character or character template.

Future iteration will simply be a person turning 360-degrees in front of a camera. The computer will then model the person and do all the necessary animation.

A similar effect was used in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Zelig, and probably most famously the JFK scene in Forrest Gump.

Here’s a Gump clip:

Forest Gump Meets John Lennon

OMG! He Used The “A” Word!!!111

June 4, 2008

Police Shut Down Artist’s ‘Assassination’ Show

Updated, 3:30 p.m. | This morning, a Boston-born performance artist, Yazmany Arboleda, tried to set up a provocative art exhibition in a vacant storefront on West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan with the title, “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama,” in neatly stenciled letters on the plate glass windows at street level.

By 9:30 a.m., New York City police detectives and Secret Service agents had shut down the exhibition, and building workers had quickly covered over the inflammatory title with large sheets of brown paper and blue masking tape. The gallery is across the street from the southern entrance to The New York Times building.

Someone with the handle Schratboy knows the score:

Big Brother Bloomberg and the iron-fist of the Oligarchy.

This is the same city that denied the truckers their freedom of expression.

American Tech Companies: Wake Up!

June 4, 2008

I must quote myself:

Here’s an object lesson for every American company: the world no longer revolves around you!

And:

All those Asian companies building all the stuff that goes into American products? Those Asian companies can put them together into cheaper and better systems themselves.

And as Asus has shown — and now MSI as well — they can generate their own cool.

I’m beginning to feel like frikkin Clyde Prestowitz here.

Japan ate Detroit for lunch.

Now Taiwan is coming after Silicon Valley.

Look at this:

Asus Virtual to Real概念機種

Another view:

ASUS concept demo

And if that simple thing didn’t worry you, this should:

Asus Real to Virtual概念影片

If that didn’t do it, consider what Mary Lou Jepsen said:

In essence, the future of computing is all about the screens.

Apple showed that with the iPhone.

Now Asus is taking it steps further, with larger screens.

All of you techmemers salivating over the Internet on a big-screen HDTV: How do you think ordinary non-tech people will interact with it? A keyboard? A Wiimote-like magic wand?

Asus knows.

Do you?

Note: Read Before Write

June 4, 2008

I really, really cannot believe I just got this in email:

Are you currently accepting advertising on your website mikecane.wordpress.com?

I refer these people to a post they should have seen on the blog itself if they had bothered to read it: Fuck You, Shills!

There is one very slim possible exception to this rule: If you have a product that you’ve seen me write about enthusiastically, you can inquire if I’d like to borrow your product to play with.

But that’s no guarantee of anything being written.

So go on, ask yourself this:

Dirty Harry

Well, do ya?

The Key Buying Factor Of Cheap Subnotes

June 4, 2008

Seeing all of the coverage of Computex, it’s gotten to the point when a new cheap subnotebook is shown, I’m left asking, What, again?

The specs all seem identical.

And yet there are differences.

Some units are booting up faster than others. What accounts for that? Different hard drive RPM? Windows XP not being optimized? Sunspots?

I don’t know that I’d consider bootup time a factor until all the reviews are in. I have a suspicion that some vendors might be stripping things out of XP that we’ll only find out about later.

Trackpad size varies among vendors. Size doesn’t always matter. It’s how it works that’s important. Can it be used for scrolling? Is there multi-touch capability? Double-tapping?

Click buttons have also varied. Some are one-piece, some are like rockers, while others are distinct two-piece designs. One of them has incorporated the LEDs!

Keyboards also vary. Joanna Stern says in a video fondle of the Acer Aspire One that it has a keyboard like the original EeePC, yet an earlier report states it has a keyboard that’s 89% of full-size.

Even full-size keyboards on regular (read: expensive) notebooks vary in their feel (as I note in a Comment, I love the keyboard of the MacBook but can’t stand the one on the MacBook Pro). Although I can’t find the report right now, I do recall earlier today hearing in a video that one unit had Shift keys that were smaller than usual.

Screens will probably vary. Even though most seem to offer identical resolutions, we haven’t yet heard anything about viewing angles or minimum/maximum brightness or the kind of backlighting used. Also, how true are the colors?

Most are offering the same ports: 3 USB, VGA-out, and a card reader. It will be interesting to see how many of those card readers can accept SDHC.

Weight and thicknesses vary. As does the outer and inner plastic covering. I’d beware of glossy plastic.

We don’t yet know how hot most of these entries run. Can they raise blisters when placed on a lap? Don’t forget: the Everex Cloudbook’s WiFi would shut down from the internal heat!

Some of these will never see brick-and-mortar retail distribution. Some will, but not widely. I’m not brave enough — nor am I greedy — to buy something sight unseen and unfondled.

Out of all of these variables, I think the key one to consider will be the type and capacity of battery.

Steve and JKK at one point in a podcast discuss the difference in batteries. I’d like to see them put those thoughts into text form because I think it’s going to be persuasive in helping people to choose which subnote is actually worth having. Not all batteries are equal.

All other factors can be secondary if the subnote’s runtime is only two hours!

Another factor with batteries is whether or not a vendor will offer a higher-capacity battery and what that does to weight and the unit’s profile (i.e., does it raise the back like the hp Mini note, making form-fitting cases useless?).

And speaking of power, how large is the AC adapter and how much does it weigh?

Here we are in the 21st Century and everything still comes down to power, batteries, and battery life.

When will that stop being a factor?

MSI Wind At Computex 2008

June 4, 2008

From nombile.ru comes this YouTube video.

MSI Wind

Interestingly, that site shows a ULCPC from Mitac I haven’t seen.

Teleread Is Back Online

June 4, 2008

And it’s back with a bang:

Why video games would be the kiss of death for me as a writer — a great must-read

Blogging is GOOD for your health, study says. Now how about interactive e-books?

Blogging good for my health? Not the way I do it!