Electronics: The Green Perspective

•September 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It’s not surprising that the world is so much different now. Stronger storms, flash floods, and warmer weather are only a few to call. With that, waiting is no longer an option, unlike perhaps twenty years ago when almost no industry actually gave a crap about being environmentally friendly. Now, however, the environment is already hitting a critical state, with environmental catastrophes literally decades away if the rate of pollution continues to rise. Standards for both efficiency and recyclability are becoming much more stricter, and many companies are having a hard time keeping up. Let us look into the state by which the technology industry stands in comparison to the environmentalist movement.

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Microsoft Bing Review

•September 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Google and Microsoft have been chomping at each other’s markets for the past half decade or more. Nowadays, you start finding Microsoft’s presence on the web, while Google is beginning to leave the confines of the Internet into the desktop market (i.e. Google Chrome OS). Recently however, Microsoft attempts to rival Google’s biggest asset, the search engine market. In only a matter of years, Google overthrew every other search engine to become the dominant force on the web, and now Microsoft wants a piece of it. The question is: Is Microsoft’s entry, Bing.com, actually a contender to Google Search? Is the search engine really worth around a $100 million in advertisment alone? We’ll see.

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Apple’s September 09 Music Event

•September 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Now that we are done celebrating the Sega Dreamcast’s 10th Birthday, let’s move on to other things that happened on that day too. There is, of course, the release of The Beatles: Rock Band for the 360, PS3 and Wii, but we’re not here to discuss that, though I think that the game looks great and I think it will be a good buy for music gamers. Speaking of music, that is just what happened in the Apple Keynote Address today. In all honesty, the announcements made yesterday will either please or disappoint some people, so don’t feel bad if you happen to feel the latter. With that out of the way, let’s see what Apple cooked for us.

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Happy 10th Birthday Sega Dreamcast!

•September 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Sega DreamcastSome call it the overshadowed entertainment system. Others call it the lost sixth-generation console. For some, they might even call it the pioneer of cross-platform gaming. This, my friends, is the Sega Dreamcast. Exactly ten years ago, the Sega released their latest (and last) entry in the console wars. Long before the entry of the other console players of the sixth generation, the Dreamcast was a welcome console in the homes of gamers.

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Quake Live: QuakeCon 09 Update

•September 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Quake Live LogoThis news might be old for some, but for those who are still unaware of what’s going on with Quake (or even what is Quake), here are some updates from Carmack himself. The first bomb dropped is that Quake Live cannot be supported on ads alone. It’s probably not that third-party ads are not doing their jobs, rather it’s that Quake Live, slowly becoming more and more like a full-fledged game, can no longer be supported by advertising’s limited revenue. So what’s going to be the solution, you ask? Carmack’s solution: premium subscriptions.

Now some of you might be enraged about Quake Live suddenly asking money from the pockets of it’s users, but I’ll explain some details about the news, and you’ll soon find that it’s actually not bad. The subscription will merely add the ability for users to host private servers, where a small fee has been perfectly normal for the past years. Calling this service a premium subscription is kinda stingy to most people, so I will just call it “server rentals” since that is basically all that it really offers anyway. One should only rent a private server if:
1. You are a company or group wanting to host tournaments/events
2. You want to apply controlled conditions, those that are not possible without an administrator
3. You want to play with only a select group of people (i.e. friends)
4. You want a closer server location with less latency

Other than that, renting servers are not a necessity. Also, you will NOT lose any of the current Quake priviliges you currently enjoy by not paying. With that, things such as leaderboards, profiles, awards, etc., will remain available at no extra charge. So basically, the free Quake you know now will still be free, just with the ability to rent servers. Not so bad now, is it? Anyway, now that Quake Live is also Mac and Linux compatible, what are you waiting for? Start Fragging!

The Apple Philosophy

•August 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

No matter what person you are, no matter what you believe, everyone must face the cold, hard truth: You can’t please everybody. This is especially true with technology, where the ecosystem is very diverse. Whenever you find a new device or software, there is a 100% chance you will find something (or something missing) that will surely disappoint someone. For perfectionists like Apple, this truth is also their greatest weakness. Now that many companies are beginning to emerge from Apple’s shadow, I thought it was appropriate to look into arguably the most questionable concept in the tech world: The Apple Philosophy.

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Chrome is Now Also an Operating System

•July 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

If you haven’t noticed yet, Google has released a wide variety of platforms nowadays. The people at Google seem to be really hard at work when it comes to opening new standards. Just when you thought that potential platforms like Android and Wave have you jumping in your seat, think again. Google is now extending the Chrome project, formerly confined to the browser, and is going to turn it into an entire operating system! That’s right. There’s yet a new OS entering the market.

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Reviews for Bing.com and Firefox 3.5 Coming Up

•July 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A while back, I actually wanted to check out Bing (the new search engine from Microsoft) and I wanted to give it a try to see if it can contend with Google. The only problem is my main browser, Safari, only supports the Google search bar out of the box, with some plug-ins needed to add other search engines. I’m not the kind of person who would rather use the search bar than go to the site and search from there, I left Bing alone for a while.

Fortunately, the latest version of Firefox (v3.5) was also worth looking at. And because of the open-ended nature of Firefox, it supported multiple search bars, including Bing. Now I get to simultaneously review Firefox 3.5 and Microsoft Bing. I’ll be separating myself from Safari for one or two weeks to get a feel on the stuff I want to review, so expect an entry on that by that time. Lastly, I will mostly be reviewing the Mac version of Firefox, but it should resemble the Windows and Linux version quite closely. If I can, I will also look at the Windows version within the week. Anyway, just a heads-up for upcoming articles!

I Am Excited About HTML 5

•July 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The web (for the most part) is a wonderful place, isn’t it. We do blogs, share photos, view online videos and other notable digital content. A lot sure has changed in the past two decades. I remember when I used to view websites that had a simple black backdrop and some blue, red or white text; but those were the days. Now, you have these amazing web applications like YouTube, Flickr, Google Maps, all which utilize the powerful Flash and Javascript APIs to note a few. Of course, the Internet is still evolving and the thing that I am really excited about is HTML 5.

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Sony’s PSP-Phone Idea Not So Ideal

•June 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

While a lot of people are currently gossiping about the new handheld coming out that is the PSP-Go, Sony is bringing in a development team to assemble a new device that combines the gaming capabilities of a PSP with the cellular hardware of a Sony-Ericsson Phone. So in other words, they are going for a PSP-Phone. So why make a gaming handheld that can also make phone calls? That’s because of they’re trying to take a shot at a potential market that is currently in favor of the iPhone.

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