Monthly Archives: January 2014


The library of the present


As I sit here at the library I am absolutely amazed at some of the dramatic changes I have seen in my life.  I was just thinking to myself for a moment and I thought this would be cool to write about it. That’s the thing about life, there are some things that just don’t stay the same.

You know I remember a time when you went to the library and were told to be quiet,  you simply read a book or a magazine and that was that. In fact, it was a time when the Dewey-decimal system didn’t seem like a relic of a lost world.

And yet, things change.

Now, it appears that the library has become more of a social space, a place to charge your cellphone, chat with your friends,  etc.  On this very floor there were once rows and rows of books….now there is an area to use your laptop and public computers available to all.

Just a few minutes ago there was someone watching a movie on their laptop.   Apparently they haven’t heard the late-breaking news that headphones exist.  It also happened to be something missed by the security guard or the library staff that periodically walk around.  It is indeed a real shame to be babysat.

Oh, I’m loving the conversation going on in front of me.  Apparently what they have to discuss is of the utmost importance.  At this point I feel like standing up and telling them to:

Please shut up!!

Do I really need to hear your incessant complaining?  Is life really that bad for you?

Apparently it is.  

Oh look!  Their leaving.  What a wonderful moment!  My dreams have indeed come true, and then I realize something:

The guy next to me isn’t using a laptop at all.  He has a touch screen all in one PC.  Its so new its still got the stickers on it.


Nothing wrong with that of course, at least he’s quiet which is more than I can say for some.

Mistaken identity


A long time ago, I downloaded what I thought was the same Chrome OS that would be running on the current Google ChromeBooks.   It made sense since I was going to write more about the ChromeBook Pixel, and I wanted to understand the OS that would be running on it.

I was so excited!!!

I went home and ran it in Virtualbox, but then I was like……hey!!!! This looks really…..ummmm….familiar?

It looked like a regular Linux distro, down to the desktop environment it was Cinnamon.

I knew it smelled too sweet.

So then, just a few minutes ago I happen to look it up.  Cr OS Linux.  No wonder in the lower right corner it had the name SuseStudio on it.

Talk about feeling stupid!

Wow! Captain Obvious really messed up this time, but the cool thing is that all is not lost.  I did mention its in a virtualbox environment so not a big deal really.   Not to mention it was free so I get to test out an operating system and decide if I like it WITHOUT shelling out big bucks.

Glad they “thought different” from the fruit

Apparently it was designed to be an “enhanced web browsing experience”.    Whatever that is supposed to mean.  Nonetheless this will be one of many operating systems for me to learn about in the weeks to come.

Who knows?  I might just find a good use for it.

Blender Cycles – Rebirth of a 7 years old computer

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Another great thing with cycles is that you can make a good render machine out of an old computer: just buy a new graphic card !
No need to upgrade CPU, motherboard, or even RAM, just plug a recent graphic card and voilà.
A long time ago (2005) I bought a Dell PC for rendering, It was an amazing dual-core pentium D ! 2 Gig of RAM and a whooping 80 Gb harddrive. A good machine that served me well a few years. But it started aging…
Needless to say I haven’t used it recently (my wife do still chat and watch chinese soap opera on it though). Even my “old” macbook pro is faster.
The solution to give it a second life was to buy a graphic card, I opted for a geforce gtx 560.
Unsurprisingly Windows did not want to install recent nvidia drivers. Luckily there was a…

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Samsung’s 2014 roadmap: More phablets, bigger tablets

Wow! While I like the idea of a larger screen for a tablet, wouldn’t it add to the weight as well as be even more likely to get broken?


In a conference call with analysts following the announcement of its Q4 2013 financial performance, Samsung on Friday revealed that it plans to launch additional tablets with bigger displays and more phablets this year, ZDNet Korea reports. Samsung’s executive director Hyunjoon Kim said that the company has created a new tablet category with high-resolution big-screen devices for business including the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 and the Galaxy TabPro 12.2 that were unveiled at CES 2014, hinting that more models may be coming down the road. Furthermore, the exec said the company will create various tablet models around the Galaxy Tab family, modifying them for various needs.

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