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My cellphone, the T-Mobile G1, runs Android, and I've been using Seesmic to read my Twitter reading list for the past few weeks. It's a nice piece of software, but coming from Twidroid, there's a few things I'd like to see enhanced:
  • Add a "Jump to Top" button
  • Allow me to sync my read tweets with my use of Seesmic Web.
  • Add a provision so that update notifications only notify the user when the Sync Email flag is on for the phone/device itself (Namely, I turn off email notifications (with the Toggle Settings app) at night so I don't get woken up, but Seesmic still buzzes my phone hourly).
  • Ping.fm integration (I suspect this is coming soon)
So, how about it, Seesmic?
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When trying to test Google Voice's voicemail forwarding for his phone, I left [livejournal.com profile] batnandu a nonsense message hoping for an interesting transcription. No such luck, but I ended up with the following IM conversation:
[livejournal.com profile] batnandu: baba booie
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: it's spelled bababooey.
[livejournal.com profile] batnandu: your face is spelled bababooey
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A note to anyone playing Fallout 3:
If you've installed the Broken Steel add-on before attempting the Finding the Garden of Eden main story-line quest, there's going to be a section of the quest where you're walking through Vault 87 (I'm pretty sure it's the Lab section--it might be the Crew's Quarters, though). You're going to come across a two-story room (like in every other Vault) that'll be the second door on your left after going up a set of stairs. Once you enter, two Super Mutant Overlords will come out and blast the bejebus out of you.

This is a pre-programmed encounter that I'm guessing was with Super Mutant Masters before I decided to pay money to up my character's level cap from 20 to 30. As soon as you step into that room, the encounter activates.

So here's a hint:
Backtrack to the stairs, and go into the first room on your left. Walk across that large room, and exit through the door on the other end. After taking care of all the other Super Mutants around, enter that same room from the other side (where the Overlords would be coming from). The encounter will activate, but this time, with the original Super Mutant Masters without Tri-beam Laser Rifles. Much easier to deal with.

I hope my seventeen hours of gameplay yesterday (note: not all at that part of the game) helps you out.
thepeopleseason: (freakin' duck)
  1. The E3 Trailer for Prince of Persia that I downloaded a while ago on my Xbox 360.
  2. The haunting music from the trailer: Saeglopur by Sigur Ros.
  3. The Android app Shazam (originally developed for the iPhone) which told me what the music was without the need for me to do various permutations of the search: "Prince of Persia trailer music."
  4. My Playstation 1 memory card has somehow lost my save game data for my not-even-through-with-disc-1, but-spent-over-a-week-of-playtime game of Final Fantasy VII.
thepeopleseason: (burrito)
This has nothing to do with the new Facebook layout.

Back in 2002, I started this Livejournal, because, as [livejournal.com profile] batnandu suggests, I'm something of an emotional exhibitionist. Drawing compelling content from the dross of my daily life, however, is a Herculean task--were I more dedicated to poetry, short fictions, photos, or videos, I suppose I could have some gems to offer every day. As it stands, I'm that post-modern, neo-geek, sarcastic, hipster-douchebag that only ever drops the occasional grain of wit (I'm guessing this is why Twitter might be so popular) amidst a sea of memes and self-absorbed whining.

So if you go back and look at the succession of posts following that November, 2002 debut (no, really, don't waste your time), you'll find a series of memes and quiz results offered from sites like quizdiva.com, quizilla.com, or okcupid.com. With such a frequency that one of the people who (for some yet-to-be-determined reason) follows this LJ said, "please stop taking quizes, for the love of god."

And yes, I did eventually tire of seeing the insipid things populating my friends page--I even wrote a filter for my friends page to automatically cut them.

So it's with a supreme sense of resignation that I see the latest items scrolling onto my Facebook homepage:
  • "What painting are you?"
  • "Which Great Philosopher are you?"
  • "Where should you be living?"
These are the same kinds of things I stopped posting a long while ago, and it seems that Facebook is just recycling the whole Online Junior High Slambook concept again.

But here's where it's even worse--each application that Facebook approves for its users need approval from each individual user before they allow it to post on that user's page. The quiz application developers, in their idiocy, instead of creating a single quiz framework application to access the user's information, set their quizzes up so that each individual quiz has to ask for access to the user's details. So every Facebook user wanting to take the both the "Where should you be living" quiz and the "Which 80s band are you?" quiz has to approve access for both quizzes individually, when the access required for both is essentially, "Can this application post its crap onto your news feed?"

And all for those unspecific, non-committal gestures at your personality.
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If you have a MicroSD card, and you volunteer its use to someone who wants to get a file off of a Samsung Helio phone, be aware that you might lose the 1.5 Gigabytes of MP3s, photos, and customized ringtones that you've built up when in an unknown series of steps, the phone reformats your SD card.

Just so you know.
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doesn't mean they're not out to get you:
Recently, James' mother replaced the batteries in "Elmo Knows Your Name" and is now convinced that the doll is homicidal.

You see, James' mother thinks that Elmo is saying "Kill James."

From: The Consumerist
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I've lived with Engrish/Chinglish all my life. I still have a pencil box from grade school emblazoned with the phrase "Space Shuttle shall be realize to answer your dream." Engrish.com catalogs some of the more amusing offences (To everyone thinking they'd never do something so foolish, however, turnabout is fair play)

This (long, slightly complicated article) is a pretty amusing account of how poor software and lazy proofing (update: and the simplification of the written Chinese character) are combining to create something that China definitely wants to eradicate before the Olympics come to town.
thepeopleseason: (japh)
Please stop fucking with my browser window dimensions.

That is all.
-thepeopleseason
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Technology is not liking me at the moment. In the past few weeks I've discovered the following items to be non-functional:
  • The DVD-ROM/CD-RW in my laptop
  • The 6GB portable drive which I believed to be solid state, but when plugged in appears to have malfunctioning platters by the odd, high-pitched grinding noise
  • The enclosed CD-RW drive hooked up to my desktop computer
  • My electric razor
Suggestions to how I should Earl-Hickey this bad-tech karma are welcome.
thepeopleseason: (scalawag)
Merriam-Webster President John Morse said "w00t" reflected the growing use of numeric keyboards to type words.

"People look for self-evident numeral-letter substitutions: 0 for O; 3 for E; 7 for T; and 4 for A," he said. "This is simply a different and more efficient way of representing the alphabetical character."
-- from "w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary
While I'm rather amused that Merriam-Webster chose "w00t" as word of the year (granted, some two to four years after it really became vernacular for anyone who spent any amount of time online), to suggest that l33t5p34]< and "w00t" in particular is a result of numeric keyboard inefficiencies just indicates how badly Merriam-Webster is stuck in the 20th Century (and don't even get me started on their website).
thepeopleseason: (japh)
Stop using that Snap.com preview crap. It's ugly, it wastes bandwidth, it interrupts the regular flow of reading, and when you say "disable for all sites" it doesn't really do so.

Quit it.
-thepeopleseason
thepeopleseason: (Default)
Your recent announcement of unlimited storage for all mailboxes does not make the use of your system any more appealing if you cannot recognize that messages with the subjects "Mortgage Approva1" or "Grow Your Pen1s" or addressed to five or more people with usernames which are identical up to the first four characters are not valid messages to me.

As I have repeatedly reported these messages as spam to you, your failure to block them from my inbox leads me to believe that your spam catching system was programmed by either the proverbial million monkeys or the most-recently-deceased General Mbuna Fish whose widow is trying to unload several billion dollars into my bank account.

To conclude: your spamfilter eats ass. Fix it.
thepeopleseason: (scalawag)
[livejournal.com profile] batnandu: http://www.johnny-five.com/simplenet/
[livejournal.com profile] thepeopleseason: why?
batnandu: why what?
thepeopleseason: why make a whole site about Johnny 5?
thepeopleseason: and the short circuit movies???
batnandu: um
batnandu: dude
batnandu: have you SEEN the internet?
thepeopleseason: (science/myth)
Cory Doctorow, writer, technologist and blogger-proprietor of Boingboing.net was recently interviewed by US News and World Report about the projected downturn in American productivity. His suggestions about what we should do to turn the economy around in the long term resonate pretty well with me, given that I, myself, am something of a technology buff.

A while ago a link came up on Digg.com about a biotech company in Singapore that was able to create human embryonic stem cells without introducing living non-human tissue. In the discussion that followed, two comments stood out to me: "are we losing to Singapore?" and "How is medical advancement about winning or losing?" I've posted about the general American distrust of science previously, where I included the following quote, which I think sums up why medical advancement is about winning and losing:
Jobs and wages depend on science and technology. If our nation can't manufacture, at high quality and low price, products people want to buy, then industries will continue to drift away and transfer a little more prosperity to other parts of the world.
--Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
Our ignorant politics and corporate salad-tossing are eroding our competitive edge against the rapidly-modernizing third world. With the advent of the internet, countries like China and India, countries that value science as a discipline are overtaking American industries. With idiotic laws and copyright policies, the government is (at times, literally) handcuffing software companies with novel products, such as Napster. The kowtowing we do to the RIAA and MPAA will prevent companies like Last.fm and Pandora from seeing their innovative software to a profit. And the president's close-minded veto of government-funded stem cell research will only make for profits for cures created in other parts of the world.

We are shackled to our old ways--we are far too scared, too dumb to change our cars, our business models, our minds. The technology that American ingenuity has created will only bring us so far--if we're unwilling to continue to learn, to stay on the bleeding edge, then we will, as the commenter on Digg stated, "[lose] to Singapore" and all the other developing countries of the world.

Marching on

Mar. 8th, 2007 01:16 pm
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In a clear example of the problem with Wikipedia, following my viewing of 300 Monday evening, my search through the content surrounding The Battle of Thermopylae has lead me to the urge to listen to Iron Maiden's Somewhere in Time. Points to whoever can trace the train of thought...

*WANT*

Nov. 20th, 2006 09:38 am
thepeopleseason: (sincity)
I don't need a new messenger bag. I just set up my new computer at work so that I don't need to lug my laptop in to hear the sound from YouTube vids and MP3s. But when I see that a company in Miami is making messenger bags from recycled (big damn) movie posters, the greenie and the geek in me may very well ignore both the $88 price tag and the possibility that said bag may not even hold my laptop.

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