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May 26, 2008

MFU, by HC

Filed under: humor,technology,thoughts — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:24 pm

“When I walk down the street and only 3 or 4 shots are fired at me, I find it hard to stay awake.”

That’s the quote that stood out, among numerous outstanding quotes from this excerpt of a book of post-modern stream-of-consciousness madness by an author known only by the initials H.C.

It’s not new, especially by internet standards. In fact, by said standards, it’s ancient history, and I’m almost positive an entire generation has completely forgotten about it by now. It’s a relic of the days when WIRED was not yet a respected institution, and anything with .com at the end was automatically invaluable. Much of what the original C3F site spoofs, such as Pathfinder and the original incarnation of MSN, are bygone relics that the Sidekick generation has never seen or heard of.

I guess you could say it’s something like The Catcher in the Rye meets Snow Crash meets any post from Maddox.

Note that you can read the whole book by starting here and replacing the numbers in the URL until page 6, where the author makes things a little less maddening (most of the time) for the reader by providing links. Enjoy.

April 11, 2008

Wii: No Gamers Allowed

Filed under: rants,reviews,technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 11:53 am

I have a confession: I’ve never beaten a Wii game. Despite lining up at midnight and purchasing the Wii on launch night, I have never played through to the end of a single of my Wii games. I blame Nintendo for ignoring the rules of crafting a solid entertainment experience; namely, you need to retain the player’s interest throughout the entire plot, not just the first hour of game play.

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April 3, 2008

To the Fives: WP2.5 and FF3b5

Filed under: reviews,technology — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 12:09 am

I just finished upgrading my WordPress install to version 2.5, and it’s as fresh as the name of its new theme (hint: It’s called “Fresh”). Everything about it feels right. Installing or upgrading WordPress used to be something like getting Ubuntu to play nice with Broadcom Wi-Fi cards on a laptop (read: pain in the ass). Not today. No, today, upgrading from WP 2.1 to 2.5 consisted of me:

  • Exporting all of my posts
  • Copying over my plug-in and upload folders
  • Replacing the WordPress directory with the new ones I downloaded
  • Running the included upgrade.php script

Easy as pie for nerds.

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March 17, 2008

BigDog is Obviously Combine Technology

Filed under: gaming,technology — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 8:30 pm

You might have seen videos of Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot pack mule, BigDog, about this time last year. They recently put up a new video of the latest version of their robot, shown here:

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September 8, 2006

Two Stu.dicio.us Weeks

Filed under: reviews,technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 11:08 am

I have a hard time paying attention. It might just be a geek ailment caused by too much stimulation, or I might have A.D.D. Either way, I’m an awful note-taker, and computers have only made my notes worse. When I heard about stu.dicio.us and saw its minimalist interface, I signed up right away. Now, I’ve been using stu.dico.us for two weeks for all my lecture notes and here’s what I think of it so far.

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July 28, 2006

Minimalism in Windows: The Run Command Redux

Filed under: technology — Tags: , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 6:03 pm

I’m a firm believer that somewhere deep inside the bowels of Windows is a great operating system waiting to be discovered. It just takes a little poking and prodding around to get a pretty rewarding experience out of this aging system, but once you do, you’ll find this old dog was able to do a lot of “new” tricks all along–it just wasn’t in the documentation.

Enter “The Quicker Run Cheat” post from last year at Webby’s World (rediscovered by
Lifehacker
earlier today).

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July 14, 2006

Decentralized Identity Building

Filed under: technology,thoughts — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 5:13 pm

Can you build a brand or forge an identity across many disjointed pieces of content and references across the Internet?

Anyone for whom the Internet has been a major part of life over the years surely has numerous posts and references immortalized throughout the Internet, and yet, what good is any of it if you can’t quickly refer to it? A single comment on a forum or someone’s blog might be inconsequential by itself, but after years of putting time and effort into writing good comments and posts, it develops into a body of work that could fill a book, or many books, and yet, it all disappears into the ether. Don’t you want to take that writing with you?

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July 6, 2006

IE7 Beta 3 No Longer Copying Flock

Filed under: business,technology — Tags: , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:20 pm

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who noticed that Internet Explorer Betas 1 and 2 were using a favorites icon which flat-out rips off Flock‘s Flockater icon. I downloaded Internet Exlporer 7 Beta 3 last night and this icon was nowhere to be seen.

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June 25, 2006

Nintendo DS + Opera = The Real Mobile Web?

Filed under: technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:50 pm

The gadget community is abuzz with the news that the Opera web browser is coming to the Nintendo DS, but have we really thought about the implications yet? With this, Opera and Nintendo are making the DS much more than a simple gaming system. (more…)

June 21, 2006

3D Desktops: Not a Great Idea

Filed under: rants,technology — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:41 pm

I think the 3D desktop concept is beginning to go too far. I was looking at this video today of the “BumpTop” 3D tablet PC type interface which mimics the way documents are “organized” in a real-world desktop. As pretty as the interface might be, it suffers from a fatal flaw: The cluttered real-life desktop is not a good organization method. (more…)

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