I was playing a little Sega CD the other day (actually a CDX but who’s keeping track), but I was having some problems with a disc which was a bit scuffed up. I figured now that it is mostly readable I’d better back it up while I had the chance. Sega CD discs were sort of tricky for noobs like me back in the day because they are multi-track discs, with one data track and a number of audio tracks. Usually, even today, I resort to something like Nero Burning ROM when simple programs like Disk Utility do not properly handle these discs. If you back them up as MP3s and ISO you get the benefit of data compression, as well as playability with emulators. I prefer to play games that way sometimes because I don’t have to mess with component/composite cables on a receiver that isn’t easy to get to.
Just got done with my cross-country move from Kentucky to Oregon. I’ll be posting my GoPro footage from my trip once I get the raw video edited down to something a bit more consumable.
I probably wasn’t the only one surprised to see EA announce an online racing game back in 2001. Motor City Online was an interesting twist on the MMO genre. The early 2000s were boom times for MMOs, especially MMORPGs like Ultima Online, Everquest and Asheron’s Call. However, genres other than RPGs were relatively uncharted territory, and being a fan of the Need for Speed series, I signed up for the beta.
I sometimes forget how fast C is. Until I am working on a problem with reading thousands of numbers from one file, sorting them, and writing the results into another file.
Touche´ sir. Touche´. But then again…
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Yesterday, under considerable consumer pressure, Microsoft decided that non-transferrable Office 2013 licenses weren’t such a hot idea. Back in August, they decided not to use “Metro” in case a company with the same name decided to sue them.
Since it seems that Microsoft will cave into any (sometimes non-existant) public opinion, let’s use this opportunity to just shitcan Windows and be done with it.
There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.
I think I know of a culprit for the latter case.
My Twitter feed has been inundated by people reacting to tech blogs and analysts defending iOS and ruminating on how the iPhone 5 was “good enough or your expectations were wrong”. I have a 4S that I bought unlocked on eBay. I don’t upgrade every cycle, so for me I was never going to buy the 5. My last phone was a 3GS I bought unlocked on eBay. My guess is that barring some unforseen incident I will probably buy whatever comes after the iPhone 5 (5S? or just “The iPhone”) unlocked on eBay.
The moral of this story is that some people don’t buy every iPhone because they don’t need or want to.
Working with AWS now is a lot like a software company partnering with Microsoft in the 80s and 90s — it’s both your biggest partner and your biggest rival so tread carefully.
AWS isn’t the juggernaut M$ was in the 90s (yet), but Amazon has entered into Netflix’s wheelhouse with Amazon Instant Video (which coincidentally did not suffer a service disruption). I wonder how long Netflix can stand “coopetition” with Amazon before they consider moving services to other providers.