Thursday, December 23, 2010

Still getting BSOD 0x3D

And it's starting to get irritating since I know it's a problem with the hardware or drivers on the new rig since like I mentioned old quadcore 9550 has has 0 problems and is still stable as a rock.
According to the following Microsoft article it's either a driver,virus, or hardware problem which I could've already guessed :(


Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Top 50 Programming Quotes of All Time

Very cool list :)
if you are into programming that is
Top 50 Programming Quotes of All Time

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Much easier to use than Internet Health Report which is what I was using before.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

iPhone programming

I finally got a chance to do some iPhone programming and
..Just realized you can't do iPhone interface builder connections if you are working via a remote desktop since the blue connectors don't show up.
I guess you could still do it manually but who'd want to?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Be careful if you are using a mac and asked to watch a video

Security researchers have found the first version of the Koobface malware targeting Mac OS X users on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Irfanview no longer causes BSOD

Well I just happened to run Irfanview again for some reason on my Win7 x64 installs and they no longer bluescreen.
It seems Microsoft sent out a patch via Windows update to fix this a while back.
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-043 - Critical
Vulnerability in Canonical Display Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2032276)

Oh well one good thing about this whole thing is that I found a good alternative program to Irfanview called FastPictureViewer.
It's way faster and makes use of your GPU if possible.
I like it and that's what I've been using and that's why I haven't noticed Microsoft fixed this bug until now!

Monday, October 18, 2010

You are unable to install 64-bit storage drivers during Windows setup

This is why it's important to get your drivers directly from your motherboard maker i.e. EVGA, Intel, Asus, etc.
You are unable to install 64-bit storage drivers during Windows setup

You cannot open a shared file that is hosted on a Windows Server 2008-based or Windows Vista-based computer

Hmm this one is interesting since you only see it under "heavy load" it seems:
The computer is under a heavy load situation.

Doesn't seem to include Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7 though so I guess they fixed it for those OS.

Why Don't We Use Functional Programming Languages More?

I think this is the best explanation I've come across so far!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Outsiders

A comment that Aldous Huxley once made about Sir Isaac Newton might equally have been said of Sidis.

For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb [5, p. 2222].

History lesson of the day

Goring make a good point.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

-- Herman Göring at the Nuremberg trials

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Not happy with Windows 7

Well here is the direct link to Microsoft so you can let them know what you don't like:
Give Us Feedback for Windows 7

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

STOP 0x0000003D BSOD

Turned on my new Intel Core i7 rig today and was greeting by the following blue screen of death!

STOP 0x0000003D Error Messages

The STOP 0x0000003D error will always appear on a STOP message, more commonly called a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). One of the errors below or a combination of both errors may display on the STOP message:

* "STOP: 0x0000003D"


Have no idea what caused it but had to go into Windows 7 recovery mode and do a system restore to fix it.
Also, ran memtest to see if it could be a memory problem but passed memtest just fine.
Hopefully, this was just Windows being flaky although my older quadcore9550 has been running Windows 7 without a bluescreen for over a year at least!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

GPU-Assisted Malware Can Be Difficult to Detect

I thought about it in the back of my mind when I first learned of OpenCL and how some brute force cracking programs were already starting to use the power of the GPU...guess I wasn't the only one.
A proof-of-concept code shows that malware may get really nasty in the near future.

The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code

Some things to think about.
#8 talks about the "flow" so it must be good!
8. Do programmers have quiet working conditions?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ASUS Rampage III Gene (X58 Express) Motherboard

ASUS Rampage III Gene (X58 Express) Motherboard

I just got this motherboard and man what a PITA it was to setup or I"m getting rusty LOL.
First I didn't get any video after putting all together and no beep codes didn't help since my Antec P180 mini doesn't come with a speaker. Actually, I don't think many cases come with the old pc speaker anymore. This is one area where EVGA motherboards are better since they come with a POST LED that spits out a code in front of you so you know right away what's wrong!
Anyways, I tried removing memory, moving vidcard around and nothing seemed to help.
Finally, after checking out the Asus forums I saw a posting that said to try memory slot in the middle have no idea why but that seemed to work and I was able to get into the bios and fix stuff after that!
Installed Win7 in under 10 min easily using SSD!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Reallocated Sectors Count - Attribute information

No wonder the disk read speed on this drive is crap, dropping down to 9mb/sec compared to 54mb/sec minimum on another same model 2TB seagate without any bad sectors!
Reallocated Sectors Count - Attribute information

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Free Alternatives to Pricey Software

Free Alternatives to Pricey Software
Not always equivalent or as easy to use though.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

M2Z's Free, Wireless Nationwide Broadband Plan Killed: Thank the FCC

Sounds like they were trying to make a wireless version of NetZero?

QR (2D barcode)

Very cool.
Never heard of knew about them before but makes sense considering normal barcodes only contain data in one direction.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

If you aren't up to date on the latest version of Windows Server here's a free ebook to help:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

About the Snow Leopard Graphics Update

If you play games on your Mac or use Steam you probably want this:
The Snow Leopard Graphics Update contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X v10.6.4.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Axon Logic Hackintosh Tablet May Just Out-iPad The iPad

Cool new toy to play with macos x :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pac Man

Everything you ever wanted to know about the king of retro games and more!
Even explains how to beat the infamous final level split screen!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

3D Acceleration & WPF Development+VirtualBox

Apparently doing WPF using VirtualBox when 3D acceleration is enabled in the virtual machine is a no go :(
Found out the hard way by trying to run VS2010 inside Windows XP in VirtualBox in Mac OS X.
The program launches but all you get is a grayish-white background and the program is effectively frozen!
3D Acceleration & WPF Development bug report for VirtualBox

Monday, July 12, 2010

Eat a lot less, live a lot longer

Not gonna happen :(
As the author of the article mentioned himself humans won't do much on their own unless they are forced to.
"But we all should try to eat less, because science has indicated that we would live healthier longer, if we were to only consume less calories."
I'll just say as the wise Yoda once said there is no try just do.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Facebook engineer loses security challenge

The dangers of shooting your mouth off

Erasing all digital footprints 'impossible'

Not really that hard if you don't use a computer except when necessary or are locked up like Charles Manson, although I hear he got into trouble for his website a while back LOL?
But what would it take for an individual to erase his digital footprint? Is it even possible to exit the Internet?

Read more:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Apple Exam and Certification Questions

Useful information for future reference.
Exam and Certification Questions
I found the following one quite amusing:
#12 I scored zero in one of the sections. How is this possible?

You answered all the questions in that section incorrectly.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

IBM backs OpenCL by releasing a Linux SDK

Looks like OpenCL is picking up steam with Big Blue's support:
MAINFRAME VENDOR IBM has released a Linux development kit for the Open Computing Language OpenCL.

Is Math overrated in programming

Maybe but you can never know enough IMO.
"Math is the new Sanskrit, the new Latin." He believes we overestimate the value of math as a tool to assess a student's ability.

Why I never recommend DELL computers

This says it all:

In Faulty-Computer Suit, Window to Dell Decline

I've personally worked on my share of Dell PC's where you could actually see the burst capacitors on the motherboard of a pc that fails to boot :(

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


All software should be as awesome and just work like this. I've used video encoding software in the past like Nero recode and it wasn't half as intuitive and easy to use as this!
Finally found the perfect solution to recode all the flv video files I have laying around to ipod compatible format. I have QuickTime pro but it doesn't read flv files by default. Besides handbrake is pretty fast and uses all 4 cores @ 100% from what I can see.
I used the following guide:

iOS 4 Software Update

With over 100 new features, the free iOS 4 Software Update lets you do some amazing things.
I guess I didn't even blog about this major update yet. Well it's worth upgrading in my opinion just to get some video's from iTunes that refused to play in the past. For example the Julie Zelenski Stanford C++ video's would sync to the ipod but when you actually tried to play them back you would just hear the video and get a black screen for the video :(
Very annoying since I wanted to brush up on my C++ but now I can finally watch these awesome video's on the go :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WG111v2 Version 4.0.0

WOW they finally come out with Win7 drivers after I've been running it over a year now!
Better late than never I guess...
New Features and Enhancements
* Win7 x86 and x64 support (WHQL certified)..Just tried them out and the setup program still don't work right!You have to manually help out Windows find the correct drivers halfways through the install or it will never complete!

US last again in healthcare

Spend 2x as much and still FAIL!
Hopefully the new healtcare plan law will help improve upon this?
U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study

Developers expect iOS and Mac OS to merge over time

Ars recently took a look at what direction Apple may be headed in for the future of its development platform. Though concrete answers are hard to predict, the truth is that the Cocoa APIs are built on the 20+ year-old NextStep and use Objective-C, a language that until recently lacked many features common to modern development environments, such as automatically managed memory.
Last time I used the iPhone SDK the iPhone still lacked automatically managed memory :(

Friday, June 18, 2010

Parallels Workstation 4.0 Extreme

Didn't think this was possible after having seen how hit or miss 3D was using VirtualBox and VirtualPC.
Will have to checkout the benchmarks.
The world’s first workstation solution with dedicated graphics for virtualized environments.

For more info here's a cool Intel flash video covering their virtulization methods.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cut the Military Budget

You know when the current Secretary of Defense tells Congress to stop sending him so much money you got a problem!
Unfortunately, Einseinhower being a military man, seemed to be the last President to realize the dangers of the military industrial complex :(
Today, the United States spends more on its military than during the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Union no longer poses a threat, yet we continue to spend huge sums protecting countries in Europe and Asia. This defense subsidy allows Europeans to provide a level of social welfare far in excess of what the United States offers its citizens. If Germany, France, and Britain bore more of their own defense costs, US tax dollars could go elsewhere, or nowhere.

Single core performance is still king

This is directed to all the multi-core lovers out there.
But what we notice in the majority of our benchmarking is that no matter how many cores, the results tend to be more limited by the speed of the cores than how many there are (obviously there are some multicore tests that do indeed show a difference, but they are the exception rather than the rule).

Apple Releases OS X 10.6.4 Update

Get it while it's fresh!
download here
The following fixes/updates (among other things) are included with this release:

* improves compatibility with some Braille displays
* resolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
* resolves an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
* addresses issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
* improves reliability of VPN connections
* resolves a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
* resolves an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
* resolves an issue with Parental Controls Time Limits for Open Directory or Active Directory users
* resolves a display sleep issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers
* resolves an issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers in which the right speaker may sound louder than the left speaker
* includes Safari 5.0; for more information about Safari 5.0
* security improvements

Just in case:
Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 update problems surface

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

If you are running an Intel DP35DP like I am you probably don't want to install the new Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 9.​​6.​​0.​​1014 software.
I was getting random mouse freezing for like a second or so, sort of like when you got an IRQ conflicts in the old days, for those that rememeber, and it was quite irritating!
Problem solved by removing the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager software!
The drivers themselves seem fine since I left those alone. It's just the software. Must do some sort of polling that's causing the system freezes I"m thinking.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010


All aboard the Singularity train now?

Study: highly-rated professors are. . . overrated

highly-rated = over-rated

OMFG I could've told you that from all the college classes I've taken not to mention the basic bullshitter principle.
If there isn't a BS principle like Occam's razor there should be. It goes something like this:
The person that does a better job of dishing out bullshit tends to be rated higher, liked better, etc over their peers!
This tends to work in politics, jobs, getting the girl, etc...
Or another way of saying I guess would be highly-rated usually over-rated except in rare instances.

Friday, June 11, 2010

About leadership

Wow this is awesome and one of the best quotes I've ever come across if true:
Often Steve Jobs has said, "Management tends to be about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

After attacks, Adobe fixes Flash bug

If you are using Flash you probably want to download and install this asap!
Less than a week after fielding reports that hackers were targeting a bug in its Flash Player software, Adobe Systems has rushed out a fix for the problem.

Adobe's new 10.1 Flash update, released Thursday, fixed a bug that was first spotted via a small number of targeted attacks late last week.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hacker turns in Hacker

Why am I not suprised?

Lamo, who once hacked Microsoft and The New York Times, claims that he was only doing the right thing. He states, "I wouldn’t have done this if lives weren’t in danger.
I'm sure the fact that he's a convicted criminal himself and dealt with the FBI in the past had nothing to do with it ;)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Open-Source Could Mean an Open Door for Hackers

Makes sense. All it takes is a better programmer to take the source code and make it do as they please :)
A new analysis suggests that attackers exploit open-source software flaws faster and more effectively.
Still doesn't explain Apple though since they also publish the Darwin source code for all to see?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Finally an alternative to overpriced SSD drives

Powerful, intelligent, affordable–Solid state hybrid drives deliver SSD-like performance without sacrificing storage capacity and affordability.

Mac OS X Steam Performance: Half Life 2 Episode 2, Still Slower than Windows

Well at least it's a good start.
Now that Steam is available for the Mac there are benchmarks out now comparing performance against Windows.
Bottom line is that Windows is still best OS for gamers as anyone with a clue would already know!
To Valve’s credit, at least on current generation Macs, Steam engine games are absolutely playable. It supports Apple’s whole “it just works” mantra. You’re just better off running them in Windows if you have the option. Although I will admit that the convenience of not having to reboot is sometimes worth the frame rate penalty, at least for shorter gaming sessions. If I’m going to be playing for more than 20 minutes, then a reboot is more than worth it.

Adobe Announces Critical Vulnerability for Flash, Steve Jobs Likely Saying "Told Ya So"

I wonder if anyone at WWDC next week is gonna bring this up just so Jobs can say I told ya so LOL:
Exploit attacks Flash Player 9 and 10 as well as Reader/Acrobat 9.x
Personally Acrobat 9 has been getting on my nerves for last couple of months since it's painfully slow to open even on my quadcore!
I think it has something to do with having installed my Wacom tablet. Seem like it does some extra checking now that it opens any pdf :(

Bush's Glib Waterboarding Admission Sparks Outrage

WOW what can you say about an admission like this other than post it in his own words:
"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush told a Grand Rapids audience Wednesday, of the self-professed 9/11 mastermind. "I'd do it again to save lives."-George W. Bush

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Why Google's Windows Ban Doesn't Make Sense

I beg to differ.
It's like saying you are no more likely to survive a plane crash than a car crash.
While that may be true it doesn't change the current reality that you are more likely to die in a car crash than a plane crash as it stands.
Analysis: Was Windows really the weak link in the Chinese hackers' attack on Google?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Another Microsoft blunder

I would've killed back in 2001 when I bought my first iPod to get a hold of some Apple shares since I knew right then that Apple was onto something.
On the other hand, Microsoft, which happened to have some extra cash laying around, once again didn't have a clue at the time:
All told, Microsoft spent a little over $151 million to acquire 18.2 million shares of Apple stock, for roughly $8.31 per share. Microsoft confirmed that it sold all of its AAPL holdings some time ago, and likely did so at a healthy profit—after all, AAPL has traded significantly higher than $8 for many years. But what if Microsoft had held on to that investment just a little longer?
I bet whoever had the power to sell those stocks at Microsoft feels like a total twit!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

HP announces billion colour monitor

FLOGGER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP is selling the newest entrant to its performance series of LCD monitors, the ZR30w, which it says displays over one billion colours.
Will need to get this to replace my current 24" LCD :)

Magic quantum wand does not vanish hard math

Why am I not suprised.
It's like hoping a quantum computer will make understanding quantum mechanics easier. Not gonna happen LOL!
In the end, they conclude that NP-complete problems are just as hard on an adiabatic quantum computer as on a classical computer. And, since earlier work showed the equivalence between different variants of quantum computers, that pretty much shuts down the possibility of any quantum computer helping with NP-complete problems.

Google kicks out Microsoft Windows

Actually, when I visited the main Google campus not long ago I just remember seeing everyone using Apple laptops and don't even remember seeing any Windows machines so I don't know why this is news?
Google kicks out Microsoft Windows

Planck found in 'Euler's Identity' Crop Circle?!

My math post for the month :)
Planck found in 'Euler's Identity' Crop Circle?!

Another reason not to get an iPad

AT&T pulls a switcheroo on 3G iPad users
Only reason I was even recommending it for people living out in the boonies where satellite or Clearwire is only other alternative :(

The dirty truth about computer security

I think this single sentence explains it best:
The message here seems clear: If even Google's employees—some of the most sophisticated computer users in the world—can't be trusted to use Windows safely, how can anyone?
And if you doubt the level of computer sophistication at Google just Google Peter Norvig's comments on programmers that work there and how good they are with C++ :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rosetta Code

Awesome programming resource for comparing different programming languages:
Rosetta Code is a programming chrestomathy site. The idea is to present solutions to the same task in as many different languages as possible, to demonstrate how languages are similar and different, and to aid a person with a grounding in one approach to a problem in learning another. Rosetta Code currently has 396 tasks, and covers over 200 languages, though we do not (and cannot) have solutions to every task in every language. (Though you can help with that!)

A variety of tasks are listed, and visitors to this site are invited to solve the tasks in the language of their choice. The tasks cover everything from the mundane Empty Program to the classic Towers of Hanoi, the practical User Input, the mathematically-inclined Lucas-Lehmer test, and the involved yet entertaining RCRPG.

In graphics: Supercomputing superpowers

Coolest thing I've seen in a long time!
Treemaps rule!
* A treemap is a way of analysing large amounts of data in a small space
* In this example the top 500 supercomputers have been depicted in proportion to their speed as of 31 May

SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Database Size Limit Increased to 10GB

Seems like Microsoft is giving everyone another reason to upgrade to the latest version of SQL Express.
Was the database size limit changed for previous versions of SQL Server Express?

No, the database size limit in previous versions of SQL Server Express (including SQL Server 2005 Express and SQL Server 2008 Express) stays unchanged at 4GB.

Justice Sonia Sotomayo I like

Finally, it seems that we got someone with some sense on the court!
Court rule on Miranda rights - Suspects must say they want to be silent
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court's newest member, wrote a strongly worded dissent for the court's liberals, saying the majority's decision "turns Miranda upside down."

"Criminal suspects must now unambiguously invoke their right to remain silent - which counterintuitively, requires them to speak," she said. "At the same time, suspects will be legally presumed to have waived their rights even if they have given no clear expression of their intent to do so. Those results, in my view, find no basis in Miranda or our subsequent cases and are inconsistent with the fair-trial principles on which those precedents are grounded."
Why am I not suprised the self-contradictory circular logic was lost on the majority of the court?

Well it just gives more justification to the dozens of websites that already suggest to keep your trap shut when speaking to the cops other than to say you want you lawyer if you are being detained.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Moving a MS SQL database to a new location

How to move SQL Server databases to a new location by using Detach and Attach functions in SQL Server

This is probably the most straight-forward explanation I've come across on how to do this.
I used it to move my 5GB Thumbsplus database from my raptor that was running out of space to a larger drive and I followed the directions in the article and it pretty much went smooth except I got a permissions error of some sort which I easily fixed by running SQL Server Management studio as administrator :)
Also, I used SQL2008 but this article only applies to SQL2005 and older it looks like.
You are supposed to look at SQL Server Books Online for 2008 but that didn't help me any.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ubuntu on mac mini

I'm using this info to try to get it to work on my mac mini right now but all I'm getting is a black screen for now :(
Mac Mini Intel Core Duo (3,1) on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

GPT disks

Some good information on them and when you might into problems and how to get rid of them:
Troubleshooting GPT Protective Partition Issues

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)

The following info might be helpful if you are running an Intel chipset and using the associated Intel Windows application to monitor and build your disk raid.
The name of this product has evolved over time. The following names refer to different versions of this product.

* Intel® Application Accelerator RAID Edition
* Intel® Application Accelerator 4.x
* Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (or Intel® Matrix Storage Technology software)
* Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
* Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology is the name of the current version.
Download latest version here

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost the inconvenient truth

"The whole show was a 6 year money making scam with a kick- in-the-head finale. It could have been over in the first episode. Plane took off. Plane crashed. Everyone died. End of story.......but...

The writers were responsible for creating interest so everyone would watch each week. All the unanswered questions and cliffhangers were intended to make you come back again. It has been said before that the writers made up the story as they went along. Most likely true.

As people developed a likeness for certain characters, their acting parts were expanded on. The creators of the story protected their investment. If the actor created a fuss about time on screen or if the public disliked a character enough, they could be written out of the show with little or no explanation. If they wrote someone out and received a bunch of flak about, they could be written back in via flashbacks, flash forwards or flash sideways.

As interest waned, the writers created a new characters or situations to create new questions. This show could have gone on forever in this mannar, but even the writers ran out of new ideas eventually.

The finale was pre-planned from the beginning of the show. Everyone says the story is all about Jack. Possibly, but it didn't have to be. Could have been any one of them at the end closing his eyes. The public woudl have accepted this from any of the loved charaters. This protects the writers against a contract dispute sometime during the series.

Dharma, polar bears, smoke monsters, nuclear bombs, submarines,"others", sub sea bases etc. These ruses were all added a-la-carte as the show progressed. You can bet that six years ago, the writers had no knowledge that these would be part of the story.

The makers and cast of LOST are all sitting back, with their wads of cash and laughing at all the publicity, questions, speculation and discussion. Get over it folks. It was intended to entertain and make money. It did that. But those of you trying to tie loose ends up, looking for answers...there aren't any. None were intended, No explanations, No final resolution. And why would they. Now you will still be discussing it for years to come. What more could a writer ask for?

The plane took off. The plane crashed. Everyone died. The rest is just stuffing. Get over it."
All I can add is that I"m glad I wasn't one of the suckers that waited 6 years for this and watched all 6 seasons of the show on Hulu in the last couple of months instead.
I would've really been pissed if I had followed this show for 6 years and had to put up with this ending!

Lost is over

Okay saw it come and go and I'm sad to say it was basically one of my favorite movies "Jacob's Ladder" dragged out to 6 years as I suspected :(
Don't know why I"m suprised since they were pretty blatant about the whole think with a literal jacob's ladder going down to the cave by the ocean DOH!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

6 1/2 hrs to properly test a 2TB drive

OMG don't want to have to do that again anytime soon!

Lost series finale: did the writers have any answers to begin with?

Unfortunately, the way they needlessly and blatantly killed of characters I'm betting it's the latter and I'll be left even more bitter than when they killed off the real Locke if that's possible!
The reasons I say this is look at Walt?
It seems like they were testing things out with that character and it just didn't work out.
Also, I remember reading an interview with one of the actors on the show(I think it was the one that played Said) and even he didn't understand why the show's writers killed off so many of the main characters LOL!
Oh well I don't expect much tonight I just hope they kill Jack cuz I can't recall a more obnoxious character in a show I've watched in a long time and it's not a total waste of time...

Think this guy hit nail on the head and sums up the way I feel about the show and don't really care anymore since they killed Locke. Then again in order to keep people like myself interested in watching even though they "technically" kill him he's not really gone and in almost every episode as before but is now a fake Locke LOL!
So like he said it really is about the characters and everyone know's Locke is the most interesting.

it has reminded us of a fundamental truth of drama--that it's really all about the characters--and it gives us everything good about a sci-fi, except with a big, gaping hole in the middle.

With Pac-Man, Google inadvertently proves web apps are not the future

Cool did anyone else get to play it while it was up?
I did and I thought it was cool even though others may say it was crap:
With Pac-Man, Google inadvertently proves web apps are not the future

Where to find a list of WD drives compatible with Windows 7

Western Digital's close working relationship with Microsoft allowed us to take advantage of the features of Windows 7 to provide our customers with full compatibility and a seamless, user-friendly experience. Our currently shipping desktop and mobile internal drive and direct-attach external drives are certified to be Windows 7 compatible.
WD Products Compatible with Windows 7 (Updated on 10/26/2009):

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Armstrong Crashes by Farmersville

I really don't want to go back to Farmersville tomorrow.
It was even bad luck for Lance Armstrong.
Look what it did to him :(
Armstrong Crashes Near Exeter In Amgen Race-Exclusive Photo
Probably the heat got to them since it was supposed to be pretty hot there today...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Microsoft warns of bug in 64-bit Windows 7 Downplays threat with low exploit rating, recommends disabling Aero

Wow isn't this the same bug I've been complaining about in Irfanview for a while now!
Hence the BSOD in CDD.DLL which is the canonical driver!
The bug is in Windows' Canonical Display Driver, which blends the operating system's primary graphics interface, dubbed Graphics Device Interface (GDI), and DirectX to compose the desktop.

Bluescreens on both Ati and Nvidia videocards using the latest stable drivers so I doubt it's a driver issue as I said before.

Steve Jobs: No Longer Our Last Great Recluse

The bug lights of social media have drawn out the last great, living recluse of our era: Steve Jobs

Friday, May 14, 2010

Irfanview Version 4.27

I just noticed a new version so I downloaded it and tried to see if they fixed the bluescreen problem.
They didn't. Still crashes Win7 with bluescreen in cdd.dll.
Oh lovely.
See this prior thread on the long history of this problem:

Flash buggy

You didn't say.
Jobs does seem to have a point though since I just got this error on my Win7 rig:
Troubleshoot a problem with Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Player has stopped working properly.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

New AR stuff

Tagwhat Leaves Read-Only Augmented Reality Browsers Behind

Didn't he already do this once before?

So what's up with this guy?
They never figured out how he did it the first time in 2003?
Study on Yogi Prahlad Jani’s Fasting Miracles Concludes

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Error starting Outlook: "Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window."

This got this error today trying to open Outlook on my Windows 7 PC.
This is how I fixed it.
It was the 2nd result google returned. The first one was a dead end and talked about removing xp compatibility which wasn't the problem.
Now how one of my files got corrupted is more worrying than anything :(
This problem can occur when file that maintains the Navigation Pane settings becomes corrupted.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Finally upgraded slow 5200rpm drive in my Macmini

And this is how it greeted me:
A flashing question mark appears when you start your Mac
Oh well at least it went a lot quicker than when I upgraded the ram.
One of the 3 wireless antenna's did come unattached so sooner or later you will break something!

Fixed it by inserting Snow Leopard install dvd.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

So basically Wal Street ain't any smarter than the military

It seems they don't have much more of a clue what they are doing or what is going on than when I was in the military anyways:
Surge of Computer Selling After Apparent Glitch Sends Stocks Plunging

Monday, May 3, 2010

Steve Jobs is a pretty good bullshitter

But I think he's trying too hard here:
Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.
For example:
Having to explain yourself in the first place is already saying you have something to prove.
Anyways, if you cut through all his bullshit and get to the end you realize it really comes down to a business decision i.e. Apple's interest trumps everything else.
Relevant section I mean is here:
"This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms."
Basically, he's saying that Adobe is sacraficing better Apple software in sake of cross-platform software and that's not acceptable to Jobs.
Jobs lost a bit of respect from me because of that, but then again that's nothing new.

More proof of Flash going away

H.264 Already Won—Makes Up 66 Percent Of Web Videos

Hello again Mr. Smith

Facebook, The App Store, And The Sound Of Inevitability

“That is the sound of inevitability…“

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Who would've thunk?

Wow isn't this like self-evident?
Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim.

I thought that was the whole point of creating parks in the first place?

Friday, April 30, 2010

AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer with Visual Studio

If you are getting errors trying to install AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer with Visual Studio this is the fix:
The Visual Studio development environment crashes when you open Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, or Visual Studio 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Steve Jobs email hints at no upcoming Blu-Ray support on the Mac

Why am I not suprised.
Blu-Ray is still a bag of hurt in everyone's pocketbook!
Steve Jobs email hints at no upcoming Blu-Ray support on the Mac

How to Save Time by Watching Videos at Higher Playback Speeds

Very useful if you plan on watching a lot of tutorial video's like the free Stanford or Berkeley ones:
How to Save Time by Watching Videos at Higher Playback Speeds
And without the chipmunk sound!
GOM player at 1.6x seems to work good!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Java Programming

Was just doing some Swing Java stuff and noticed the "The serializable class Application does not declare a static final serialVersionUID field of type long" warning in Eclipse.
Seems that all tutorials on the web recommend disabling that warning:

Change the Serializable class without serialVersionUID option from Warning to Ignore.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Handling Money Could Bring Pain Relief

DUH... this just confirms what has been found in other studies and people that can actually run long distances or do anything painful, like myself, already know. If you can trick your mind into thinking of something positive during the pain it won't be that obvious you can withstand more!
Handling Money Could Bring Pain Relief

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Java is Toast

Well if it wasn't before it surely is now:
“Father of Java” Resigns from Sun/Oracle
This is like Guido stopping work on Python or Linus on Linux.
Sure it might survive but it'll never be the same :(

Friday, April 9, 2010

New iPhone Developer Agreement Bans the Use of Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

New iPhone Developer Agreement Bans the Use of Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone Compiler

So if you've spent a ton of sweat and tears learning Objective-C, as I have, it is all for naught...
(And, in one sense, this is good news for existing iPhone developers: their skill set is now in even greater demand.)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

To scientists, laughter is no joke — it's serious

Always figured laughter was something you can't control.
To scientists, laughter is no joke — it's serious

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Daily chocolate may keep the heart doctor away

And what do you know it taste great to boot!
Daily chocolate may keep the heart doctor away

Stand and Deliver

If you never seen this movie you owe it to yourself to watch it sometime.

Jaime Escalante dies at 79; math teacher who challenged East L.A. students to 'Stand and Deliver'

Sadly, none of my math teachers inspired me to pass my math courses all the way up to Calculus II, but watching this movie did.

memory leak in Windows 7

Oh great a memory leak in one of Windows 7 main processes!
A memory leak issue occurs in the Audiodg.exe process when you play audio on a computer that is running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

'Supertaskers' That Can Drive and Talk on Phone Rare

Yup. Genetic freaks.
Just like beauty or brains.

Not suprising just like the crazy lady on Youtube that can talk like freaky fast because a part of her brain is larger than most normal folks.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I am proud to be gay, says pop star Ricky Martin

Did this really suprise anyone?
Now we just have to wait for Beckham to admit it.

Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin has announced he is gay, ending years of speculation over his sexuality.

Actually, this will make my Mom and sister sad since last time I spoke to them I was rubbing it in their face that he was gay and they didn't want to believe me. Now I feel kinda bad :(

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fatty Foods Can be as Addictive as Drugs

Could've told you that long ago without a study LOL!
I just feel bad for all the people I got addicted to junk food like Cheetos :(
Fatty Foods Can be as Addictive as Drugs

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LOST tv show

I don't know why it's so highly rated by people since some episodes aren't that good. I mean if you ever watched Battlestar Galactica , Smallville or Dr. Who I never remember seeing a bad episode or one that made me want to watch stopping future episodes. Hero's also started off good like Lost. First 2 seasons really good and kept you interested then started getting repetitive and dumb,etc.
Then again maybe it just depends on the person's taste?


Dan Everett believes that Pirahã undermines Noam Chomsky’s idea of a universal grammar.
Well I can tell you from personal experience that if I was a betting man I'd bet against recursion because I don't believe it's built into anyone's brain.
I know it didn't come natural to me and took many years to even understand what it really means.
I mean turtles all the way down?
What's that supposed to mean?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How we Teach Introductory Computer Science is Wrong

Makes sense to me.
I've seen beginning programmers give up and even cry when they aren't given enough guidance or assistance LOL!
That's when Educational Psychologists began to question the idea that we should best teach problem-solving by having students solve problems.
This was most blatant in my college Physics courses where the instructor just stood there stopping his foot just waiting on students when he didn't provide enough guidance.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Didn't know this was another Bertrand Russell quote.
The man was obviously of a superior intellect.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.— Bertrand Russell[

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Strange Windows 7 compatiblity bug

This is one of the reasons businesses are hesitant to upgrade from XP because if Microsoft doesn't even catch simple compatibility bugs like this in their own products...
Visual Studio products cannot be Upgraded when installed on Windows 7 operating system.

Quantum mechanics applies to objects that can be seen by the naked eye

This one thing that always bugged me about quantum mechanics(why am I able to sit in my chair and not fall through if it's all based on probabilites? Is Schrödinger's cat dead or alive? etc) and used to asked my Physics teacher in HS and college and they never gave me a good answer.
Well now these guys seem to give a pretty good answer.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Dirty joke

I don't usually laugh at these but this one is really good and funny as hell LOL:
Larry gets home late one night and his wife, Linda, says, "Where in the hell have you been?"

Larry replies, "I was out getting a tattoo."

"A tattoo?" she frowned. "What kind of tattoo did you get?"

"I got a hundred dollar bill on my privates," he said proudly.

"What the hell were you thinking?" she said, shaking her head in disdain. "Why on earth would an accountant get a hundred Dollar bill tattooed on his privates?"

"Well, one, I like to watch my money grow. Two, once in a while I like to play with my money. Three, I like how money feels in my hand. And, lastly, instead of you going out shopping, you can stay right here at home and blow a hundred bucks anytime you want."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's time for Wall Street to pay - Wall Street -

It's time for Wall Street to pay - Wall Street -
I wouldn't hold my breath LOL!
Actually, the fact that they are smart enough to cover their asses will make sure they never go to jail unless they get bit with some sort of remorse like Madman Madoff!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bill gates and steve jobs wanted to sue sun - The Inquirer

Bill gates and steve jobs wanted to sue sun - The Inquirer

Objective C's lazy type checking getting annoying

Kinda reminds me of writing PHP code where you don't realize you have a typo until your program crashes and burns at runtime!!!
I accidently typed NSStringwithFormat instead of NSStringWithFormat and that caused my iPhone app to crash.
You'd think XCode's autocompletion would help but so far it just seems to get in the way more often than not :(
Oh well I guess I will learn to hate it less the more I use it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

NVIDIA Forums -> Notice: GeForce Driver 196.75 has been removed

NVIDIA Forums -> Notice: GeForce Driver 196.75 has been removed
I just removed these drivers after verifying that the fan on my Nvidia card is stick at 40% even under stressful GPU games and applications leading to high and possibly dangerous temps!

Definition of 'Having Sex' Varies

Definition of 'Having Sex' Varies
This explains it all.
Like that one song from the 90's that went something like "people are having sex" and they don't even realize it LOL!

The Escapist : News : Ubisoft DRM Authentication Servers Go Down

The Escapist : News : Ubisoft DRM Authentication Servers Go Down
Could DRM suck any more?

the outlets and actions got moved to the Library window in Interface Builder 3.2

If you are following the Stanford iphone programming video's you will get lost at around 39 minutes into first lessson if you don't know about this major change!
Very annoying since I first assumed it was a bug with Interface builder.
I guess what I'm starting to find out is if you are following any iPhone programming video's or tutorials make sure you are using the same version otherwise you might lose some precious time as I did trying to figure out what went wrong!

Interface Builder Identity Inspector problem

Saturday, March 6, 2010

From his sickbed, Garfield High legend is still delivering -

From his sickbed, Garfield High legend is still delivering -

Skinput Turns Any Bodily Surface Into a Touch Interface | Popular Science

Skinput Turns Any Bodily Surface Into a Touch Interface | Popular Science

Another one for the wasn't it obvious category

Intelligent men 'less likely to cheat'
The modern world no longer confers such an evolutionary advantage to men who have several sexual partners - but it is only intelligent men are able to shed the psychological baggage of their species and adopt new modes of behaviour

Other "evolutionary novel" qualities that are more common among people of higher intelligence include liberalism and atheism, his study indicated.

Compile Objective-C Programs Using gcc

Okay took me while to get this working but we'll see how far you can get writing command line objective C programs LOL:
Compile Objective-C Programs Using gcc

Actually see this instead:

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Digital Divide alive and well

What do you know I thought it wasn't long ago that the Digital Divide was something like global warming i.e. either it's a major problem and we need to fix it or it doesn't exist at all and just a figment of a pessimist mind.
Anyways, here's the latest study showing that the Digital Divide does seem to be alive and growing!

New data: 40 percent in US lack home broadband
Looks like the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quote of the day

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

Friday, February 12, 2010

ATI Radeon HD 5770 vs 4850 vs HD 5750 vs GTX 275

Looks like I need to get a ATI 5850 at least to replace my current Nvidia 275.
Think I'll just wait for the Nvidia DX11 parts coming out in a couple of months.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TPM chip worthless for security

I guess that's why you rarely find any motherboards that even used it in the first place.

Security chip that does encryption in PCs hacked

In Defense of Microsoft

I know, I know. You hate Microsoft for its bloated, buggy software, its slowness to innovate, and its government-certified, monopolistic bullying. I won't argue with any of those points, or those made last week in the NY Times by former Microsoft VP Dick Brass, who called his former employer "a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator."

Talk about FAIL!
Only reason Microsoft is ubiquitous is that it is in fact a convicted Monopoly! And like all monopolies, it kept prices artificially high for it's software.
Instead of costing less year after year a new version of Windows will cost you the same if not more!

Author also forgets that for years Microsoft made it difficult if not impossible to install alternate operating systems on a PC.
"And all of those businesses can exchange content because their hardware and software is compatible." Sure tell that to a person trying to open a office 2007 document in an older version of office LOL!
Wonder how much Microsoft paid him for this article?
Ironic that Microsoft killed 2 of the thing on the top 10 list of things they liked about Microsoft linked in that article namely:
Flight Simulator

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security

Current state of PC and Mac security according to the experts.
They asked 32 of them the following question:
Which is more secure for consumers--Mac or PC, and why?
Personally, I roll with Mac because like Lamothe's game programming law #1:
virus writers write viruses for the most popular platform which is Windows

Another look at the hardware behind the iPad

What's Inside the iPad's Chip?

Monday, February 1, 2010


Hmm just came across this Drobo thing.
Seems promising will have to check it out some more:
Drobo Best Practices: Crafting a Digital Asset Management Strategy

Steve Jobs Presentation Secrets

It's all about the adjectives apparently LOL:
Steve Jobs’s stage presence and speech delivery are second to none. So what’s his secret? Adjectives!

Capitalism in a nutshell

Tell me it ain't so joe.
Sounds no different than a pyramid scheme to me!
Paulson says he was scared and clueless during Lehman collapse
So basically these people that get astronomical compensation have no clue what the hell they are doing!
Every taxpayer should be outraged since you all paid for the bailout!

Steve Jobs Is Not Happy With Google, Adobe

I agree with him on the Flash thing. It will eventually go the way of the Java applets or Microsoft ActiveX. Anyone even use those or remember them anymore?
Only problem is it will take some time for that to happen but it's gonna happen and Adobe has already accepted defeat as they will include the ability to convert your Flash stuff to a format that will run on an iPhone in CS5.
"Adobe® Flash® Professional CS5 will include a Packager for iPhone that will let you publish ActionScript 3 projects to run as native applications for iPhone. These applications can be delivered to iPhone users through the Apple App Store.*"
So might as well start learning about HTML5 since the world is moving to HTML5.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wow this is pure genius totally explains why I can't get through to others.

"There is nothing voters hate more than having things explained to them as though they were idiots."
For Mr Westen, stories always trump statistics, which means the politician with the best stories is going to win: "One of the fallacies that politicians often have on the Left is that things are obvious, when they are not obvious.

For example this morning my mom was like we need to get to the bank by noon before it closes and I said no I just checked online and it doesn't close until 1 pm.
Then my older sister butts in and says her boyfriend also says they close at 12.
Okay so we show up to bank and right on the door it says it closes at 1 pm as I already knew.
So I tell my mom after I leave the bank and she just says oh well at least we'll know for next time -- DOH!!!

Security and programming closely related

This is why I chose to stick with software than with networking:
Black Hat Attendees Scrutinize Adobe Flash, Website Flaws

What's the deal with no Flash on iPhone?

This may shed some light on the root of the problem:
HTML 5 is no Flash or Silverlight killer — yet

Saturday, January 30, 2010

iPad not for geeks!

In case you don't get what all the hype is over the iPad this explains it brilliantly!
The Apple iPad, explained to geeks

Apple iPod hardware Inside Out

A closer look at the insides and cool hardware powering the iPod/iPhone:
A closer look at iPhone 3G S Cortex-A8 ARM and PowerVR chips
Also, more specific info on the upcoming Apple A4 custom CPU.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iPad out

Most overhyped product finally out.
Apple's new tagline for product is:
"Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Why you should've been running 64 bit Windows like yesterday already

One of questions we are always getting around here is whether you should get 32 or 64 bit Windows 7 and I always recommend 64 bits myself.
Anyways, here's another example of how 64 bit Windows is more secure and also explains why some games that use 16bit installers don't work anymore:
Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug
A security researcher at Google is recommending computer users make several configuration changes to protect themselves against a previously unknown vulnerability that allows untrusted users to take complete control of systems running most versions of Microsoft Windows.

Apple (finally) boot camps Windows 7

Anyone that was waiting for official Apple support for Windows 7 on their mac the wait is now over:
Apple (finally) boot camps Windows 7

I've been running Win7 32 bits just fine on my mini for several months now so this should be good.

Apple works slowly towards OpenGL 3

Apple works slowly towards OpenGL 3
In the latest release of the glorious new OS X beta there appears to be some initial support for parts of the OpenGL 3.0 spec. According to Ars Technica, the developer test build of 10.6.3 contained a number of OpenGL 3.0 extensions, as well as a few for the updated 3.1 and 3.2 specifications.

Well if you are using bootcamp and using windows as I am if you install the latest Nvidia drivers you'll get full OpenGL 3.2 without having to wait :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

QuickTime 7.6.5 is a Windows-only release that increases reliability and improves compatibility.

QuickTime 7.6.5 is a Windows-only release that increases reliability and improves compatibility.

Annoying Windows media player popups

I've recently started getting annoying Windows media player popups randomly in Windows 7. I manually disabled the Windows Media Network Sharing Service. Hopefully this will fix it because I don't know why it started in the first place and that's what scares me?
Anyways, here's a useful WMP troublshooting site:

Windows Media Player: WMP mini FAQ

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mac security: what you can ignore

Mac security: what you can ignore
Viruses, worms, and botnets? Still not a threat to the Mac.
When you say "computer security," most people think "viruses," "worms," and other forms of malware. They also think, "Mac users don't have to worry about it." And they're correct. But that could always change. So it pays to keep your eyes open for credible reports of new Mac security problems and to change your computing habits accordingly.
Okay and how long have we been waiting for the big one to happen now?
I guess it already sort of happened on the iphone but then again remember it was "jailbroken" iphones...

Bootcamp 3.0 FAQ

Useful if you are planning on running Windows on your Mac.
Why would you want to do that though?
Boot Camp 3.0, Mac OS X 10.6: Frequently asked questions

Stanford iPhone development course returns for winter 2010

Stanford iPhone development course returns for winter 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Microsoft step-by-step troubleshooting for game crashes updated for Windows 7

If you are new to troubleshooting games or someone bugs you about it and you don't have time to fix their problem for them you can direct them to this. Very handy :)
Game crashes or closes unexpectedly
In practice I don't agree with the order of their steps though.
Personally, I reorder the steps. First check the game compatibility first because what's the point of even bothering to install the game if others have already done the work for you and know that it's not gonna work? Then go to steps 1,2 then 5,8,9 then 4,3 and whatever is left if all else fails!
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