Computers


Since someone asked, here’s a run down of the Internet applications I regularly use, and why. Enjoy!

  • Google (there’ll be some of these):
    • Gmail – Since I started GTD’ing I’ve come to realize how much an empty inbox is worth. But then, you need search capabilities to back it up. At the moment, I’m doing all my emails, private and business, via Google. Also, the Android Gmail application rocks.
    • Calendar – What can I say? It is simply the best. I currently have 2 calendars for myself, one for me and one for my business appointments, as well as one calendar for St Jacobs Chamber choir.
    • Reader – Again, the best of the bunch. The ability to stay in sync with your reading list is a must have. I kind of like the interface as well. And I use NewsRob on Android too.
    • Documents – Not so much, but it is convenient at times. Otherwise I’m very much off-line when it comes to document management and editing.
    • Picasa – This is where my public albums live. That’s right, you may be in there! Have a look, fungrim’s the name.
  • Remember the Milk – This is where my tasks and projects live. Live the simplicity, the Android application, and the name. I’m a paying user here.
  • Hootsuite – The geek weapon for managing you social presence. Good stuff, but not for the weak hearted. I currently use it for Facebook (daytime), 2 twitter accounts and my LinkedIn account.
  • Evernote – Together with WebClipper it’s the ultimate web reference tool. This is where I collect references and ideas. Good Android application too.
  • TripIt – Damn convenient! Just forward your booking email to it and you have it all sorted out. This saves you from receiving a booking confirmation for, say, a flight and then manually insert it to your calendar. Decent Android application.
  • Dropbox – Again, damn convenient! A shared storage that just works. Access the same folder from multiple computers. There’s all sorts of neat stuff you can do with this, and I have only started.
  • Xmarks – Bookmark synchronising over multiple browsers. What would I be without it?

All of the above with the exception of Xmarks and Hootsuite works very well with Android (xmarks doesn’t exist on Android and the Hootsuite application isn’t very good) which is perfect, I’m a very happy nerd!

And yes, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and LinkedIn as well. You’ll find links to my profiles below:

That’s about it. Not too addicted, eh?

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I’ve ranted about Windo$e Vista previously. Well, here’s another article to consider, comparing XP with Vista on a number of games using two high end graphic cards. Verdict? Vista is way behind in performance:

In the end, it looks like the new, bulky, poorly supported operating system is at the root of it all. This is not to say that this is a final verdict. If Microsoft keeps to its pattern, we can expect a service pack that may do some Spring cleaning with the OS and improve its ability to support better performance in games.

When my Intertubes was down, I walked across the street to the local 7-11 and used their surf stations for a while. I’ve ben using Firefox with a popup-blocker, and ad-blocker for quite some time now. But obviously the computers I used yesterday had only IE7 with no popu-blocking and all ads promptly displayed. Damn, that was an eye opener! (1) loading all ads makes it percievably slower; (2) all damn ads are very annoying; (3) popups and their like are extremely tiresome; and (4) tabs and a good tab configuration rules.

Thank goodness I’m a geek. And, I believe that if you can demonstrate the above points for a non-geek easily, you can win them over to firefox in a heart-beat.

Sooo… After just 3 months I have left NetEntertainment AB. My friends will already know about it, but paralell to my employment at NetEnt, me and 3 friends have slowly rolled our own ball. And now we’re hoping it will have enough momentum for us to hop abord and tag along for a ride.

Our company have already a very limited website, here. For more info about Cubeia, watch the website or this space. I’ll probably get back to it.

Working at NetEnt was largely enjoyable. Although, truth be told, I spent quite some time rolling my thumbs as their timing for employing me perhaps wasn’t the best. However, it was a very good position (platform development lead) and I do feel, and I think many of the people there I worked with agrees, that I could have contributed quite a bit.

But when you have a chance to do your own start-up, with a product, with a first customer, with venture capital negoiations going, with more potentional customers emerging… Let’s just say that I don’t think I’ll regret the desition to try.

So, now there’s a wild ride ahead. I’ll be careful, Im sure here’ll be dragons. And yes, I know that we’re one of them.

I almost forgot. Everybody knows that DRM is soledly for fighting piracy. Right? Erhm… Wrong. Who would have thought it?! I’m chocked! Chocked I am…

We all have heard about Vista and its DRM features right? RIGHT? Erhm… No, at least I hadn’t really thought much about it. But… Things may get interesting soon if we don’t do something very drastic.

Some points to consider for you:

  • High Definition (HD) content will be artificially downgraded (think “fuzzy”) with a significant loss of quality. At all times.
  • Device drivers must adhere to a set of “hardware rubustness rules”. Which are dictade by… Hollywood.
  • Closed source business is here again.
  • Oh yes, and you will need new hardware to play HD content. Completely new and dictade my Micro$oft itself, otherwise it will not play at all.
  • Micro$soft has the right to disable any of your hardware at any time.
  • And of course you can’t just change any significant hardware (what ever that means) in your computer. It will lock down. Anti-piracy you see. Because we know all home system builders are all pirates. Yes! Mark my word!
  • There’s a good chance your hardware will become less stable.
  • Obviously there’s going to be AES encryption all over the place, which will eat CPU and GPU cycles for you.
  • Do you like sotware encodings (like Ogg)? Kiss them godbye.

Read this for the entire story.