Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sony's Biggest Gamble

What?

Is Sony nuts?

Or better yet, is the management at SONY not thinking right, if thinking at all?

What are they doing following their enemy's lead: releasing a two stage gaming console?

Someone should remind the people at the SONY corporation that this thing is nothing but a gaming console and if designed specifically for that purpose then there should only be one model.

We were excited at the prospect of having a new processor. We were even excited at nVidia being involved in the graphics of the system but then SONY changed the rules and began calling this thing an entertainment hub; a computer; a... whatever... but we are left to see its performance and value as time go on.

Dear Sony: Newsflash!

Your PS3 is nothing more than a stripped down computer. I cannot open its back and change out the processor, nor change the video card though you will permit me to change the Hard Drive. Heck! I cannot even open the back of the case because doing that will void the warranty; or in worse case, break your DRM and CRM laws.

Big deal!

Instead of trying to restrict my access, why don't you work towards making your console the best things there is; accompany by good games instead of stripping out parts of the console, calling it PS3-Lite and selling it at a cut-rate price?

There should only be ONE console: the PS3.

Stop confusing the people with this marketing ploy and do what people have known you for: making a good product...

Sad to say, Sony's Biggest Gamble will be their Biggest Mistake...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Ah, there they go again: The DaVinci Code!

I have never seen a group of people more up in 'arms' over a subject than Mr. Brown's book The DaVinci Code and the subsequent movie, bearing the same name and starring Tom Hanks. The ferver has gotten to such heights that I saw televangalists begging people to send money so they could fight the evil; several referred to it as deception of magnamimous proportions.

To begin: We wouldn't be having ourselves in this bunch if the Christian world was following its road map but even more importantly the church should know that it is futile to close the barn door after the horse has bolted.

Mr. Brown's book is simply the latest thing in the line of fearmongering used by our church leaders to keep their converts in line: sort of the tactics used in our civil realm; always changing the threat level, up-down and back up again but to what avail?

Mr. Brown's book happened because the christian world broke a couple of rules namely the second commandment: without repeating the words verbatun, Exodus 20:4-6 informs the people against making graven images. By allowing paintings, status and other momuments to thrive; even to the point of giving them safe haven in our holy buildings. DaVinci paintings made fertile ground for Dan Brown.

Christians broke the rule. Dan Brown capitalized on it.

Why are we griping?

The second point about The DaVinci Code that the church need to remember can be found in Acts 4:34-40. This time I'll repeat the words verbatum:

34Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

35And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

36For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

37After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

38And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40And to him they agreed.

If The Davinci Code is lies; then why are we fighting so strenuously against it?

We haven't fought this hard against the other lies. Why this one?

Surely there are other egregious lies. Could it be, this one is close to home?

As for me, a firm believer in the Seventh Day Sabbath: I say, whatever!

Friday, March 31, 2006

I said this way back...

Editor Rob Fahey over at Gamesindustry.biz,
wrote an interesting piece called "Comment: The bell tolls for UMD," in which he basically said that Sony's UMD is dead. It was the main reason that I refuse to buy their PSP. Interesting read for the intersted but more important, is the way how consumers are adjusting their tastes and habits to manufacturers.

I said this way back then: http://fredmt.blogspot.com/2005/10/no-to-sony-psp.html

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Why not?

Dear MicroSOFT:

With game publishers crying a-river-of-tears over the demise of the original XBox: With you, MicroSOFT losing money -hand-over-fist on this stellar computer: With gamers so ardently in love with it: With the view to spur game making among our youth: With having nothing to loose!

Why not sell your Development-kits for a cut rate price of $1.00?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It does feel good...

It does feel good to see these free offers for a free computer scan whenever I visit certain websites. These guys claim to be able to scan your computer and fix any problem which may crop up. I do not do it too often but ever-so-often I do and am rewarded with the notice:
Incompatible Operating System. Wndows 2000 or XP required!

Just one of those personal internet joke thing...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Good! Because I didn't...

Yesterday, I wrote about the decision of changing my GNU-Linux distrobution away from Fedora Core. I went so far as changing my server over to Debian: more on that experience later but I decided to uinstall and reinstall OpenOffice before taking the plunge and wiping out the hard drives on my workstation.

I did it using the yum commands:
yum remove openoffice*
followed by
yum install openoffice*
using the international version of OpenOffice. I went to sleep, leaving the computer to do its work; there was almost 2GB of data that flowed across the monitor but the end result is I have a fully functioning OpenOffice suite.

The Replace tab is back in the AutoCorrection!

Good! Because I didn't want to go the trouble of doing a "windows" on my machine. The dreaded R&R: Reformat & Reinstall. It's like I said: I really do like RedHat - nee: Fedora Core and was hating to see it go.

Thanks guys for fixing the problem...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Fedora: I love you but...

I have always been a big fan of RedHat. In fact, it is the only GNU-Linux distribution that I have consistantly used, beginning with RH5.0 up to the present, which is Fedora: Fedora Core 4. So great is my nostalgia for RedHat that I still have all the CDs from the earlier versions of the OSes; and apart from a slight dabble with Mandrake and SuSE, I have been faithful to the company from North Carolina.

I have always used the GNOME desktop also. I do not know anything about KDE, except that it was billed as a full-fledge suite as apposed to GNOME, which in my opinion is nothing but an interface for the applications that run underneath it: call it eye candy, if you wish. However, there is nothing wrong with either philosophy, and as such I have always stuck with GNOME.

RedHat and used GNOME: these have been my mainstays for a long time but there has been a troubling aspect of the CORE with the recent release of FC4 and I though have tried to bring attention of this little annoyance to the parties involved, I must relate there has been no NO effort to fix this problem.

I use OpenOffice for writing: I don't have much time for anything else; none to tweak or fine tune my system. Yes, I do realize that there are provisions for that but all I want to do is simply load programs and go.

AS AN ASIDE - This is going to be an increasing requirement of USERS whenever GNU-Linux becomes mainstream. USERS will simply want to load programs and go; not get into the nitty gritty of doing stuff. I wonder if the community is prepared for this daliance but...

Back to my story

There is a quirk with Fedora's OpenOffice!

This quirk is that the autocorrect function doesn't work properly. I have cross-checked this functionality with other distributions: Ubuntu, SimplyMEPIS, OpenSuSE, PCLinuxOS; mainly live CDs and this function is in all of them BUT not in Fedora.

I have reported this to the OpenOffice.org team and though they have repsonded, very kind of them, it is not their problem. However, the folks at Fedora and let's face it, this is mainly RedHat have not so much as send an acknowledgement.

One would think, there would be an automatic response to all email, even if a body would take a while to actually read the emails but alas, there is no such thing; at least in my case.

The problem in Fedora Core's version of OpenOffice is the Replace tab in the AutoCorrect function simply isn't there.

It doesn't exist!

Whether this has something to do with their implementation of OpenJAVA or not, I do not know. What I do know however, is this feature disappeared after OpenOffice went to the official 2.0 designation; it was there in the 1.9x.xx releases but NOT the 2.0 and later releases.

This has caused considerable stress for me as my entire reportoire of quick-spell-replace word have vanished from my computer; all with the click of the upgrade-mouse.

Fedora has done several updates to OpenOffice since then but the funtion has NOT returned. I have uninstalled the software and reinstalled it twice but this not helped either. I have checked three forums; fedoraforums.org, linuxquestions.org and openofficeforums.org and there has not been any help with the resolution of this matter.

Incidentally, I have recompiled OpenOffice from source and install the official release but this has not helped; the replace feature is just not there.

For the sake of conversation, I will leave out making comparisons to either MSWord or Abiword: that is not my intention. Suffice to say that I have used MSWord numerous times in the past and have had my share of Redmond headaches and Abiword, well let's say that is coming along quite well, maybe someday I will switch all my work to that.

So, it is with great sadness that I am preparing to switch my computers from Fedora to another GNU-Linux distribution. I have tried Ubuntu on my laptop but I am not quite comfortable with it as a replacement for my workstation. Ironically, the phenomemon of sticking with something with the known as opposed to trying the unknown is weighing heavily on me right now.

This is also the problem the FOSS community faces as it try getting Linux mainstream. However, the biggest difference here is that I am reluctant to give up one brand of Linux for another BUT I will; am already looking at Debian becasue I cannot do without that replace feature in OpenOffice.org


Plus, Debian comes with a network install...