Friday, March 10, 2006

Quicksilver Changes Everything
The Apple Blog

This is an app that should be ported to Gnome now that it has a working spotlight like desktop search engine via beagle. Basically its an extensible application launcher. It simplifies the whole launching thing on the desktop. No need to wade thru icons, menus or folders to run your application. This is as close as you would get to manly CLI paradise. Its hard to describe what it does in words, you have to experience it to appreciate the beauty of this application.

It doesn changes everything. It simply rocks!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Ultra Mobile PC - Experience how the Ultra-Mobile PC works

I think this is microsofts answer to Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet!

Btw, or better yet, why not run linux/*bsd/tiger on those UMPC thingies.

UMPC == another jargon from hell.

Why don't they just use simpler catchy names?
Ultra-Mobile PC - Hardware a.k.a the microsoft origami project.

I haven't digested all the press releases yet. Apparently MS copying Apple's marketing tactic has paid off. Super secret announcements style that steve and co has mastered so well is now also being copied by bill and co.

The problem with Microsoft is that they have no taste.
- Steve Jobs

MRT Quickies

Noticed the one way ticket machines (TM) at the North Station finally usable. Wish they also had the same for stored values. And it really, really would help if they put some of them on major malls or other places frequented by the train loving public.

Finally had a different program displayed on the public tv screens. Was really getting tired hearing the same artist moaning for the past few weeks.

This post brought to you by a southbound train and a treonox.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

OPML == The most horrific abuse of xml known to man. :D
Am getting a blank page at the pinoy techscene site for two days now. And to fulfill my pinoy tech news fix I decided to setup a planet pinoytechscene mirror. Managed to get the OPML file from Jan Alonzo's blog.

Planet Pinoy Techscene.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

pinoy techscene seems down for today?

hmmmnn... where is that opml file... is cool!

Check out this videos!

YouTube - Racecar simulator videogame.

The rumored widescreen ipod video

TV via IP (IPTV) delivery is quickly becoming a practical reality.
Tango Icon Gallery - Tango Desktop Project

If your artistically challenged like me, but have no choice but also do frontend thingies, tango is a great place to look for slick looking icons for both desktop and webtop use.

Do the tango!

Monday, March 06, 2006

u*blog again

After a few days of using it to post to both wordpress and blogger, I can definitely say this freeware Palm application rocks!

While blogging via email would suffice, there is one thing it can't do at the moment: edit previously posted blog entries. A dedicated blogging client like u*blog allows you to edit your previous blog postings. I also like the fact that it has a handy icon that let's you connect/disconnect your GPRS connection inside the application. The interface is amazingly very simple to use and allows you to define handy tag shortcuts.

The only minor gripe is the setup process. It would be nice for it to include sensible defaults for popular blogging engines. The u*blog website provides a pretty straightforward reference at the moment. It would also be nice to include basic help instructions inside the app to guide new users.

All in all, once you set it up, its pretty stable and you would be happily blogging while mobile with your network enabled palm device. And of course, did I forgot to tell you its FREE?


(MRT, on my way home)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Earth having sex with Mars

Yep, that's not too farfetched. Just one of the things that came up during The Long Now Foundation's (TLNF) seminar about the asteriod threat in the next 100,000 years. Its based on the idea that pieces of rock from both planets (as an effect of asteroid explosions) containing living organisms that could survive in space, could have seeded life from Mars to Earth, from Earth to Mars, or maybe cross polination perhaps?

Lots of other interesting stuff on TLNF's website. Basically stuff that needs long term thinking. The seminar topics are distributed in audio (mp3) form, and can be downloaded for free.

Its nice to have something like these to ponder from time to time. It gives one a different perspective about current life problems. Problems bigger than our own, bigger the our country. Heck, its not even global, like the asteriod threat, its universal! A problem every living organism in the universe would inevitably face. Resistance is futile.

Interestingly, the solution to the asteriod threat brings about huge ethical and moral implications. For example, if we only focus on blasting every threat in space, it could very well be the an excuse to build nuclear weapons in space (which might have a greater chance of endangering the human race). Also, if all we can do is deflect an asteriods path, who decides which place on earth should take the impact. Let alone who decides if the public should know if such a threat is detected in advance. Imagine the panic and pandemonium upon hearing your local station announcing an extinction level event.

The threat is very real tho. And we don't have the capability yet to monitor space effective enough to have realiable early warning protocols in place. A direct impact of 200 kilometer sized asteriod is enough to wipe out the human race and force another evolution. The ocean would boil, for some time the sun would not be able to penetrate the atmosphere, and a lot more armageddon like scenarios.

The good news is, its not likely to happen anytime soon. Nobody can predict the future. Its just one of those things that would be nice to think about during a star starry night.