Friday, June 30, 2006

Deaf Gamers get a different experience

Have you ever seen something and thought, "Huh, that's something I never thought about." Well, while surfing the net I found a site I never thought about there being a need for. This site rates games on many platforms and has a large database of comprehensive, well written reviews for a niche site. I call it a niche site because most people will probably not use it. Why? Because this site caters to the deaf gamer. That is, the games are rated not only on controls, graphics, story, etc, they are also reviewed on how well a deaf gamer can understand and play it. Things considered are captions, subtitles, and other visual clues. I surfed the site and the reviews are well written and very detailed. Check out the site and read some great reviews... Welcome to Deaf Gamers

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Web 2.0 People Power

Chris Anderson over at Wired.com wrote an article called People Power that talks about companies leveraging the masses to do work for free. Interesting read, it touches on MySpace.com, Google.com, and Amazon.com among others that use features such as reviews, ad clicks, and other things to create better services for us, the consumer to do even more work thereby making a utilitarian sort of relationship in the World Wide Web 2.0.
Considering how fast some sites grow, such as MySpace.com and Youtube.com, getting your users to create your content for you is a given, since all these service boil down to are advertisement sites, every page is covered in advertising. So not only do they get you to create their content for them, they also make a lot of money off your efforts selling adds. The perfect symbiotic relationship? Check it out here...Wired 14.07: People Power

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Web service attacks.

Reading my news I noticed an article on web service attacks that are used to go after customers data of said webites. Using AJAX to hack into data is not something as new as most would have you believe. As soon as any new code comes out, or new uses for old code become available, the criminals (I refuse to call them hackers) start looking for security holes. Well, of course they are looking for security holes, untested code is usually full of some rather large holes in which a criminal can and will compromise your data. This laptop I am using has crashed 2 times in the past 3 weeks and had to be completely restored due to viruses passed through security holes in AJAX or some extension or plug-in I use on one of my browsers I am sure. I do not download anything anymore except a few extensions, skins, etc. I always scan downloads as they are received with a passive scanner and once they are done downloading, I always scan them before installing them. This goes for anything I get on my comp, I will not click the run button while on a website for any pop-up, I either find a place I can click to download it or I do not use it. This has not always been the case and I have quite the collection of viruses in Avast's warchest to prove it. I find if you scan everything before opening, never allow an automatic install from the web (other than windows updates) and always have a scanner running passively scanning in the background you get a lot less trouble. In fact, done right a scan before install policy can keep you virus free. Anyhow, I got a bit off topic, the point is, even when using these wonderful new services Google, Microsoft, or any company for that matter, you should show a bit of restraint and check before installing, it will save you from 2 sessions of restoring your computer, like I did.Wired News: Web Services Attacks Increase

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Blog Problems fixed

I finished fixing the blog today, for now. I had missed reinserting the code for my stat tracker so that was fixed as well as adding my Xbox Live Gamercard to the site, though this time I am using a MyGamerCard.net gamercard instead of the Xbox Live one. I will add back my 360's daily blog sometime this evening or tomorrow. Thank you for your time and patience. I will get back to my usual blogging self in a few days I hope, I have had a work project eating all my time, well I am about to clear that up and should have time to surf and blog again.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Blog Problems

Man, it seems like I am doing a lot of apologizing to a lot of people lately. Earlier today, while attempting to update the sidebar I deleted all the content there due to a bug in the editor that makes half the pages code vanish when the window looses focus. I did not realize what it had done until after I had butchered the page pretty bad and saved it. So what you see is what you get for now. I am working on getting the rest of my content back up soon, though it is a personal thing (my live gamertag and my 360 daily blog) and will not affect the site overly much if it is a couple of days before I get to it. I changed out the links section and updated the Google AdSense ads while doing some changes to the site. The new links lead to all my various personal pages around the net. I know advertising sux but I run a server(not for this site) and somehow or another I plan to recover that money ;). Thanks for your time.

PS3 out-searched by Xbox 360

According to stats on Google Trends, the Xbox 360 is searched for more often then the PS3, in some locations over twice as much. Google Trends is a good research tool in that it allows you to see what the search trends are for different regions, cities, or languages. You can also compare searches as I did here: Google Trends: PS3, Xbox 360. After playing with Google Trends, if you have a need to know search patterns, I have to say it is definitely worth checking out.
As for the PS3 being out-searched by the 360, I would speculate that the Microsoft PR Machine out did the Sony PR Machine.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Federal Judge Nixes 'In God We Trust' Lawsuit - National News

A federal judge rejected a lawsuit wanting to remove "In God We Trust" from U.S. monies because it violates First Amendment rights. I am glad the judge declined the suit. I have mentioned my spiritual beliefs before and I have to say without God this nation would falter. I applaud this judges ruling and I hope others follow and decline trial for every suit like this one... FOXNews.com - Federal Judge Nixes 'In God We Trust' Lawsuit - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

Judge sets Google Earth free!

Recently I posted grand gravey: Supreme Court Buries Patent Trolls - Forbes.com about an article where the Supreme Court ruled that automatic sanctions should be reviewed before implementing them. Well, this article: Judge won't block distribution of Google Earth | CNET News.com is the first report where I have seen it used. Check it out!

Epson's Electronic Paper - World's Highest Resolution

Epson has developed electronic paper, a slim flexible display made from plastic. At just 0.47mm thick, the electronic paper consumes only 6v, including power for the drive, during programming. The display uses technology that locks the image on the screen so the content shows even if the paper is powered off. The bizarre thing in my eyes is the displays resolution, it is the best in the world at QXGA 1536 x 2048. Great read here, hope to be seeing this in real world use, news - Epson Develops A6-Size Electronic Paper with World's Highest Resolution Using Plastic Substrate

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Technical Dificulties

Due to technical difficulties, namely yours truly being a complete and total idiot sometimes, the past few posts I made went to some old blog which I do not use anymore. Somehow, when I reset my computer due to a virus I entered the wrong user name and password on my blogger link in my toolbar, to make a long story short, the blogs never made it here. You all missed 3 good articles with links to stuff about net neutrality, DMCA issues, and some joke blog on how to be a snobby blogger. So, since these blogs are gone, yes they are not recoverable, I am making this lame post in an attempt to apologize to anyone who reads grand gravey. I am human after all and I do make mistakes, once or twice in my life I am sure I might admit to thinking something might be a mistake but I am willing to negotiate on whether it was truly a mistake or not ;)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Couple's Supposedly Destroyed Hard Drive Purchased In Chicago

A couple took their computer to Best Buy to get their hard drive replaced, almost a year later they get a call form a stranger in Chicago claiming he bought the hard drive at a flea market, with all the couple's information intact even though best Buy assured them the hard drive would be destroyed. Does not surprise me really. I am curious to how the hard drive was disposed of by Best Buy, I am willing to bet one of two things happened. Either an employee took the drive or someone dug it out of the dumpster. I would suggest from now on if you are replacing a hard drive you get the old one in hand before leaving the store. Check the article here...Couple's Supposedly Destroyed Hard Drive Purchased In Chicago - Yahoo! News