Why this blog exists

To stealthily sneak through the infinite unconsciousness the interweb in order to discover amazing technologies available to the common mortal

Monday, February 9, 2009

Been a while...

I have finally returned from Break, and my computer has finally returned from the land of eternal sorrow. In case you didn't know, that would be the land next to the land of intermittent rage. Intermittent Rage having Dial-up, while the land of eternal sorrow has no interweb whatsoever. While I'm at it, I would like to give special thanks to the man with the Indian accent at the Toshiba help line. Because of him, I can post this blog, and I didn't have to wipe my computer.

But I return with a few treats for you all. The first of which is a plug for a my new comic series called "039." 039 was created using a program called PrimoPDF. This program allows you to make PDFs out of normal documents such as Word and PowerPoint. You follow the procedure to print a document, and instead of selecting a printer, you select PrimoPDF. It then automatically converts the document to PDF format. The really fun thing about this is that it works for Vista documents.

Another thing I would like to share is the Halo Wars Demo. The demo is absolutely amazing for anyone who is a fan of Halo and the RTS genre. Halo Wars is a 360 exclusive, so don't be looking for it on the PC. The controls are streamlined and easy to use, but if you are a fan of micromanaging, that aspect has been diluted to an extent. You get one self renewing resource that you use to build everything, and the diversity of units is not as extensive as other RTS games. I personally will be purchasing it for three reasons:
1- The storyline
2- The Mythic Map Pack included in the Limited Edition
3- The simplified gameplay

039 Is a comic based on Spartan-039 Isaac from the Halo universe. It takes place shortly after his disappearance on the planet Reach. It combines aspects of Halo: Fall of Reach, Halo Wars, and the online comic Reclaimer.I drew inspiration from all of these sources and as such you will notice similarities betweem my comic and Reclaimer. Bear in mind that my story is significantly different in that my comic tries to take place within Halo canon whilt Reclaimer takes place in an alternate Haloverse. No plagiarism is intended. As soon as I find a decent file hosting service I will post a link to the First Comic.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

73CH N1NJ4: 7H3 L057 CH4P73R5

This was originally going to be the first 73CH N1NJ4 post, but the blog was being retarded at the moment and decided to not allow me to post it. I saved the document in word and just recently found it again. So here it is; 73CH N1NJ4: 7H3 L057 CH4P73R5. This post was supposed to come around early December.

One of my favorite things I found lately is something called IE tabs. Its a Firefox extension that allows me to render a web page in Firefox using the Internet Explorer engine. Now at first it seems rather useless, until you try to use Netflix instant viewing in Firefox. Its not compatible at all. So I open Netflix (in Firefox) with the IE engine. Now it works. Its amazing. Now I don't have to open IE to watch Netflix.

BTW on a side note, I'm using it to watch The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951). Interestingly enough they mention a Professor Habermeyer from MIT who says its possible that the "space man" might have come from Mars or Venus. I mention this because I heard the dialogue as I read Kelsey's blog. Weird eh?

Another Extension I found is Undo Last Closed Tab. Ever closed a tab by accident? Well no more! Just right click anywhere in Firefox after you've accidently closed a tab, select "undo last closed tab" in the menu and WABAAM! Tab reinstated. Its like magic, only better. I've used this thing so many times its ridiculous.

While not really productive or anything, the next thing I have found is pretty funny. In Firefox, go to the adress bar and type in about:robots. Its pretty entertaining. See if you can identitfy all the movie references. I knew three of them. Also, look at the very top title bar of the page. Gort! Klaatu Barada Nikto! You can also try about:mozilla, thats pretty good too. apparently these are easter eggs placed into Firefox by the developers. IE is lame, they don't do eater eggs anymore. I guess they're too good for them. Snobs.

Thats about it. Mostly tech junk. Also, one small rant. I hate it when people smoke right next to a highly trafficked area. Like outside the dorm. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to be 50 feet away from any building to smoke, but do people follow the rules? nooooooooooooooo... they don't. I don't care if its 10 pm, people still go outside to walk to the store to buy milk for their cereal! And guess what? They go through the doors you are smoking by. I know it’s a hard concept for some people... that people use doors to leave a building, but for some reason, everyone smokes right next to the doors. And not the back doors that no one uses, but the main doors. What the heck!? I’d file some kind of complaint, but there is no one to complain too. They had no smoking signs up at the beginning of the year, but they were taken down a few weeks ago for some reason. Clearly some people have the attention span of a hamster. Oh, the paper sign is gone from the window… that must mean the rule is gone too! Wrong. We need to post new signs, with big type and small simple words, with pictures and stuff so people get the message.
|DOOR|.....[YOU]=WRONG
|DOOR|.................................................[YOU]=RIGHT

Sunday, January 4, 2009

5 Minutes to Midnight

So the new Watchmen movie is coming out soon, and Fox hopefully will not block or slow the release. The movie is going to be amazing, and I've already reserved a copy of the Watchmen graphic novel at Borderlands Games. It should be in this Wednesday.

Special thanks to the advertising guys who picked the music for the previews. Both songs have been added to my itunes. In case you don't know what they are, they are Take a bow (muse) and The beginning is the end is the beginning (Smashing Pumpkins).

Amusing Fact: The Watchmen novel commonly references the Doomsday Clock. Interestingly enough, it is not an actual clock, but a drawing of a clock published in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. It is a measure of how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction. To put it in perspective, when the USSR tested its first nuke, the clock read 2 minutes to midnight. When the US and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991, the clock read 17 minutes to midnight. in 2002 the clock read 7 minutes to midnight (which is also the title of an episode of heroes). in 2007 the clock was changed to read 5 minutes to midnight.

I find the phenomenon of the Doomsday Clock fascinating, and have chosen to replace the polls section of the blog with text reading the current status of the clock.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Think Geek

About that last post for a while thing? Never mind...

Onto the blog...

www.thinkgeek.com, the most amazing resource for 7ech ninjas ever. I spent an hour just scouting out the site by clicking on random links. BEST SITE EVAH!!!

The first thing I'm going to share is something practical, awesome, and for the most part, completely unusable in Oregon right now. I present the Freeloader Portable Solar Charger. During the Summer (when you can actually see the sun here), you can plug it into your phone, point it at the sun, and it will charge your phone for up to eighteen hours. No sun? No problem! plug it into your computer to charge the battery in the charger, and use it as a back up battery. Happy face!

Now onto the useless geek toys.

First up, the Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Replica. British people are awesome, time travel is awesome, British time travelers with a space age screwdriver? Heck yes. It has authentic sound effects, comes with a notepad, has a UV light, and doubles as a pen. I want this.

The next item is closely related, but not the same. The Doctor Who Laser Battle Set. Who doesn't love laser tag? Who? No one, that's who (I just realized how many times I used "who" in those sentences. It was not intentional). Essentially you get a replica of the laser screwdriver and the sonic screwdriver. The SDs act as both sender and receiver. You can reenact the epic battles between the Doctor and the Master. Fun times. After Christmas, I am going to try to buy all of these items.

Look around the site yourself. You will find everything from fancy laser pens to USB missile launchers to Albert Einstein action figures. This site is awesome and I cannot reccomend it enough. Go there. NOW.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thumb Scanners, TV Adapters, and Bluetooth

So the three things I'd like to mention this week are some neat things I've located on the interweb, and have used for the last few months (with the exception of the thumb scanner).

The TV adapter is readily available all over the interweb but they also sell them like crazy at the OSU bookstore. The price usually runs about $80 but if you don't have a TV, but have access to anything that uses a cable chord or the red, yellow, and white cables, than you should get this. I have used it to take advantage of the free cable in my room, as well as hooking up my xbox. If you're running on Windows Vista, you can use Windows Media Center as an impromptu DVR system. Just use the built in setup system to set up your Guide, then set as many recordings as you want at whatever quality you want, within the limits of your hard drive. On a side note, the movies eat up your disk space like pacman at a dot convention, so an external hard drive is reccomended. As soon as I can scrounge together $200, I'm going to buy a 1 Terrabyte USB drive from the OSU bookstore. I will NEVER run out of space... EVER...

Next topic: Bluetooth laptop adaptors. Right off, I would like to give a shout out to BlueSoleil. The people who made the bluetooth adapter I use... YOU SUCK! While the adapter is amazingly useful for loading programs and aplications onto my Palm Centro, I am required to register it in order to transfer more than 2 mb at a time. Register? you ask? That doesn't sound so bad! That's what I though too, until I learned the registration cost was $30. So $20 for the adapter, and $30 for registration. No thank you. I'll stick with small programs for now. Especially since the packaging makes no mention of registration on the package. Moral of the Story: research any adaptor you want to buy online first.

Also, to all mac users with built in bluetooth: I know what you want to say... don't say it. I mean it. You're probably not under warranty anymore and I don't want to have blow up your laptop... Because I have that power...

Last topic: Thumb scanners. The ultimate in Tech Ninja geekiness. The words Biometric Identity Verification alone are cool enough to warrant their own blog post. It's that kind of semi useless tech that seperates the Tech Ninjas from the mere mortals. The way it works is that you set your fingerprint to match up with a preset username and password. When the correct thumbprint is scanned, the scanner takes the pre stored username and password and sends it to the computer. You still have the option to type manually, the scanner just makes it easier. These things are basically for us lazy ninjas.

Now my dad shared a funny story about these things and networks. The tribe used to have several laptops with these scanners, and people added their thumb scans to the laptop, but would later change their password on another computer. The laptop would retain the old password in attatchment to the thumb print. So people would use the laptop later, and the thumb scanner wouldn't work. Instead of typing the password manually in case the thumb scanner wasn't working, they would repeatedly thumb scan until they were locked out of the laptop.

So if you are logging into a network, make sure to update regularly your thumb scan on the laptop. This problem becomes moot for people logging in locally, which is how most people log onto a personal laptop anyway. So no problem there.

This will probably be my last post for a while, as Christmas break is approaching and My computer at home is Dial-up-tastic.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

FIRST!

The title is self explanatory, this is the first post from your friendly neighborhood Tech Ninja. While crawling through the vast awesomeness that is the interweb, I have discovered many amazing technologies available to the common mortal. This blog will not be about cool supercomputers and gadgets that we will probably never get to use in real life, but about common (cool) things that I've found, used, and enjoyed for free (or at least a low reasonable price).

This blog will run weekly while I am at school, with few (if any) posts during christmas and summer breaks. I will also provide links to funny videos on youtube and the occasional website reccomendation, but primarily this is a page for advertizing cool tech.

One thing I'de like to share in this first post
DVD FAIL
Yeah... Awesome. That's it for now, tune in later.