Monthly Archives: January 2009

A new year, a new President

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Obama was sworn into office today at around noon. I watched the inauguration ceremony at school, at least until the crappy Dell broadcasting it crashed. The brainless IT “specialists” couldn’t fix it all…

With Obama’s new reign, the whitehouse.gov website has been completely redone. I have to say, it’s looking pretty good. Hopefully, all the other icky government websites will get a makeover. Out with the old, in with the new.

On the topic of new websites, the new design has arrived. It’s completely borked in IE, but it looks good in other standards-compliant browsers. And now (for real this time) back to working on 3Cogs.

New Design

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Obama’s inauguration is tomorrow, and it’s going to be a pretty historical event. My school’s actually going to stream the entire speech through the PA system.

In other news, I’ve finished the design for the blog. Time to integrate it into WordPress. Hopefully, I’ll finish this late tonight or early tomorrow. Here’s a mockup of what it should look like when finished:

DZine-Studios 7.5

DZine-Studios 7.5

7.5 already? Wow. I’ll probably be up to 38.0 by 2010…

Steve Jobs and a rant

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Steve Jobs, the beloved Apple CEO, is taking a temporary leave, to recover from his undisclosed health condition. Naturally, Apple stocks fell as soon as this was announced. Let’s hope Steve recovers quickly!

I’ve also gotten my DSLR back, after loaning it for about a year. Feels good to have it back, as my crappy little point-and-shoot camera was driving me nuts with its terrible quality. You might even see a few pictures here and there ;)

Now for the rant(s). If it seems like a lot, it’s because I have multiple things to discuss. Whenever I have an idea or topic to write about, I quickly whip out my iPod Touch and jot down a few words.

The first victim is name-brand clothing. Now I’m not talking about ordinary, affordable brand names like Nike, DKNY, and such. I’m talking about the brand names that charge several hundred (or thousand) for their bargain-bin quality garbage. Gucci is an example. How can you justify paying $1000 for a damn handbag?! How can you sleep at night, knowing you paid $500 for those jeans? It’s all a waste of money, as super-expensive clothes wear out just as quickly as cheapo clothes. It’s just one of those irrevocable stupidities in society today.

The next thing is something from Apple. While I’m usually not one to criticize Apple, their default headphones are quite terrible. First off, they’re terribly uncomfortable, and they don’t last very long at all. I recently started using the Apple headphones that came with my iPod Touch. They lasted me about 3 weeks before falling apart. I thought I solved the problem by super-gluing the parts together, but then the right earbud stopped working completely. Even cheap $5 headphones from your local convenience store would probably last longer.

I’ve also noticed more and more security cameras in public lately. A lot of the NYC public buses are practically covered in security cameras, and they’re in plain sight. It’s getting closer and closer to “1984.”

Another annoyance is the standard font requirement in schools and colleges. There are always those teachers who whine about 1 standard font, usually Times New Roman. I once used Georgia, a much nicer serif font, and I actually lost points for not using Times New Roman. Although I should be grateful that none of my teachers are cruel enough to require Comic Sans.

Also, if any of you web designers want a really good laugh, go to the following two links: Class A and Class B. Those are the websites that the kids in the web design class made. I did the “school” website in Class A, just so you know.

Blog will be fixed soon…

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I’ll get to fixing the blog soon, I promise. It’s just that I’m quite busy working on 3Cogs. Here’s a little teaser picture to get you all excited:

 

3Cogs Teaser

3Cogs Teaser

3Cogs is the portfolio site that I’m building to showcase my work. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m hoping to get it out before the end of the month.

In other news, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has been given an “M” rating. It’s the first GTA game for the Nintendo DS, and it’s looks to be a pretty sick game. Seeing as I have a DS, I might get the game when it comes out. Finally, a DS game where you can blow people’s heads off!*
* Note that I am a completely sane person.

Small Update

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The older theme wasn’t working out very well, so I got rid of it. In its place I have K2, which is like the WordPress default theme, but with tons more features. I’m probably going to be using K2 as my starting point, as I’m really warming up to the ajaxed pagination.

Windows 7

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Yesterday, Microsoft released the public beta of Windows 7. I was able to obtain a copy, and installed it. My copy of Windows 7 is installed through Parallels on my MacBook Pro. Due to it being virtualized, some hardware didn’t work too well. I was unable to connect to the internet, use Aero, or play music. However, I was able to do everything else in Windows 7. I took some screenshots, which you can see below:

Boot Screen

Boot Screen

The new boot screen. Instead of a useful progress bar, Microsoft opted to put in a glowing Windows logo.

Windows 7 Info

Windows 7 Info

The Windows 7 info box. I was unable to get an experience rating due to a lack of drivers. I couldn’t activate either, due to a lack of internet. Clearly, I’m not going to be using Windows 7 as a main system.

Windows 7 Desktop

Windows 7 Desktop

The general desktop, along with my Mac OS X desktop.

Gadgets

Gadgets

Windows 7 has gadgets…

Widgets

Widgets

…and Mac OS X has widgets. Lately, they’ve been looking very similar.

Media Player

Media Player

The Media Player is all white and shiny.

Control Panel

Control Panel

The Control Panel’s new default view.

Wordpad

Wordpad

Wordpad looks like a mini-version of Word 2007. Same ribbon UI, but it can’t save to .doc format. Maybe it’s meant to be a Word 2007 demo?

Notepad

Notepad

Notepad has remained virtually unchanged, which is a relief.

Command Line

Command Line

Command Line remains the same.

Folder Options

Folder Options

Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer

The new Windows Explorer. It has some Vista elements, though.

MS Paint

MS Paint

The new MS Paint has anti-aliasing, and various brushes. Note the ribbon UI.

MS Paint Menu

MS Paint Menu

The menu in MS Paint.

Start Menu

Start Menu

The Start Menu, which is almost the same as Vista’s. Although when an item is highlighted, the text on it becomes quite hard to read.

Start Button

Start Button

The start button, which has remained the same as Vista’s…

Start Button

Start Button Sparkle

…until you hover over it. Now in addition to lighting up, it glows. Thanks a lot Microsoft, you knew just what we wanted-  pretty glows!
Sarcasm, by the way

Windows 7 Build Number

Windows 7 Build Number

The annoying little watermark on the bottom right. Also note the shiny “View Desktop” button at far right.

Character Map

Character Map

The Character Map has remained virtually unchanged since XP. Time for an update?

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8

The Internet Explorer 8 beta. I was not able to test its subpar rendering as I had no internet in Windows 7.

Windows 7 adds a lot in terms of eye candy. Glows and shines run wild in 7. But will it perform better than Vista? Only time will tell.

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