Friday, October 23, 2009

It’s Here (Officially)

Yesterday marked the release of Windows 7 to the public. While Windows 7 has been out to OEMs and other major system builders yesterday was the day one could walk into a retail store and pick it up.

After playing with the beta and the RC versions, I was hoping that the final RTM version(Release to Manufacturing) would live up to the hype that the developmental stages did. Much to my surprise it has lived up to the expectations that I was hoping.

The only downside to Windows 7 out of the gate for me was the upgrade install I did to my laptop. It took about 3 hours to complete the upgrade on my laptop which is not ancient at all (Core 2 Duo @ 2.26Ghz, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD). While a clean install on my desktop only took about 25 minutes. Other than the Upgrade method, Windows 7 has lived to its hype.

Pretty much all of the features available in the beta and RC have survived and made it to the RTM version. Though one change has been made at the labeling method that Microsoft happened to plan. Business is now once again Professional.

I’ll post more thoughts later, when I’m done going through the inner guts that is Windows 7 Ultimate.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Windows 7 Is Near!

As most of you know by now, Microsoft is ready to sweep Windows Vista under the carpet just like they did Windows ME. October 22nd marks the retail release of Windows 7 (yes, with all the editions just like Vista...). While I've been playing with the release candidate (RC) for a while, I would like to say that I'm hoping that Windows 7 will be the solution that Windows XP. I'll keep everyone posted breaking news regarding Windows 7!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What’s Going On With the World

This is just going to be a quick rant about some current events that have taken place over the last couple of days.

Rant #1: Disney purchases Marvel

     Why? Why the hell did this one happen? No good can come from Disney owning Marvel comics and the respective characters. I don’t want to see Mickey Mouse and the Incredible Hulk ever in the same scene. How could Marvel be bought for $4 billion? I think that after Iron Man 2 is out in theaters in May, it might be my last Superhero film for the rest of my life!

Rant #2: A.D.V Films is out of business (

     I’ve just heard of this one and it shocked me completely. The current state of the economy is really hitting companies harder than one would have ever imagined. When Geneon went under people thought that the anime industry in the United States wouldn’t survive but it did. Now with another major player in the U.S anime industry down, the road ahead for anime in the U.S looks extremely bleak!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What A Weekend + Update Time

     As many of you have heard in the media recently, 4 big names have passed away recently. Ed McMahon (age), Farrah Fawcett (cancer), Michael Jackson (heart related), & Billy Mays (heart related). The Grim Reaper has taken many this past week with 2 being complete shockers. The one that really shocked me though was Billy Mays as he seemed healthy as an ox. Everyone mentioned may they RIP in peace, and Billy I really wish that you would have taken on Vince because we all know you would have kicked his ass!

On a lighter note, Firefox users, today marks the release of Firefox 3.5. So if you haven’t already make the upgrade today. IE users, switch and make everyone’s life easier!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's Alive Again

Back in March, the nation's 2nd largest electronics retailer went under. Everyone though Circuit City was out after the liquidation of all of its merchandise and closed all of there stores. Well Circuit City's website is back up and running again. It seems that Systemax has bought the Circuit City name and has relaunched the said website above on May 19th, but Systemax bought the rights on May 13th for roughly $14 million.

It seems that Systemax is looking to snatch up any failing electronics retailers (such as CompUSA and TigerDirect). If this keeps up, who knows, maybe Fry's will be next on the list if they are starting to strugle.

Let's see how long this lasts after millions of people were outraged by the "low" prices that the original Circuit City had during their original closing. Personally, when CompUSA went under, I continued on with my life with either NewEgg or BestBuy. When CompUSA was bought by Systemax it couldn't convince me to think about where I go to get my electronics. Only time will tell if the consumers trust can be regained! Though something tells me that this may take a while to regain that trust.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Anime Convention Coming Up!

This post is just to inform those who attend these kind of things! Next week (April 3rd to 5th), Tekkoshocon 7 is hitting up the convention center in Pittsburgh. This will probably be my last Tekko for some time, but I will be posting pictures as throughout the convention. So stay here for the madness that is an anime convention.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The True Meaning of ‘netbook’

After browsing Slashdot today, I ran across this article This article points out how a company called Psion had the term ‘netbook’ trademarked in the late ‘90s. Though it seems with the popularity of netbooks (internet notebook computers) thanks to companies like Intel and ASUS, Psion would like to cash in on this now.

After visiting Save the Netbooks, I’ve realized that it seemed the Psion left their trademark dormant  with their discontinued NetBook line. It was until recently that they ‘started’ to sell these NetBooks according to Psion at least. I browsed their website ( and I could only find these NetBooks on their discontinued products section of the website.

Intel, Dell, HP, ASUS, and other companies didn’t coin the term netbook, but instead tried to market notebooks that were only for the sole use of the internet and email. As it stands, it seems that the term netbook is generic and should be that way as it describes a group of specific notebook computers.

If one even goes to Wikipedia definition of Netbook, one will see what makes a netbook a netbook. As you can see, consumers adopted the term ‘netbook’ as a generic term. Hopeful the courts will see this and Psion will be forced to relinquish their trademark on this because it is obvious that the term netbook is already known by the masses out in the world.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Brief Recap

As with my previous 2 posts, Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) is looking very promising for those who either are still running Windows XP (Home or Professional) or for those who have had no choice other than Windows Vista (any flavor of Vista). Windows 7 has introduced some features that I feel that the user needs to experience 1st hand and is why I didn’t include them in my last 2 posts. Below I have included a link (click the Windows Orb) to a short 3 minute video (1280x800 resolution) I took with HyperCam showing off some of the features that are within Windows 7.



Questions or comments about anything or about Windows 7, leave them here or at

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Review Part 2

Yes, I know there has been some time between this post and the last one about Windows 7, but it has been a little busy for me with exams any everything. So, lets just move on to the juicy stuff that is Windows 7 Beta.

Windows 7 takes devices like printers and cameras to a whole new simplified platform of its own. Certain printers and cameras and even other devices. Microsoft is calling this the ‘Device Stage’ and it really does look promising.

Device Stage

From a first glance it doesn’t look like anything special but one you select a device here (if your device is supported for Device Stage) then a you’ll get a must more user friendly set of options. In my case, the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS is not compatible with Device Stage, but my HP Photosmart C5280 is compatible.

HP Device Stage

Upon looking at this screen, all of your basic options are grouped together for easy access. In my case, printer and scanner options are grouped into their own categories. I can even buy ink through HP (which I wouldn’t to begin with) and if I wanted to I could even buy a warranty through HP right through HP’s link in their Device Stage.

Now every device will vary of course, but after seeing what Device Stage can do things do look very promising. If more devices adapted this feature of Windows 7, then installed addition programs from the manufacturer will no longer be needed which is always nice since you won’t have to use valuable system resources.

Between these 2 posts are only 3 major things that caught my attention right off the bat. There are other features though that I’m sure that others will enjoy. Microsoft has added some mouse gestures that allow you to manipulate other windows on the screen (try shake a window at the top with other windows open to minimize all the windows). Also with Windows 7, I’ve noticed on my HP Pavilion DV5220us, that Windows 7 boots much faster than what Windows Vista Ultimate did on this system and this system is no slouch (Intel Core Duo 1.6GHZ, 2GB of DDR2 667, 250GB Seagate HD…). If Microsoft can make push this out to retailers in this condition (working out the bugs before hand though), then I would like to believe that Microsoft will be right on track again and we won’t have to see any more of those Mac commercials. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) Part 1

I’ve stated this countless times already, but it is finally time for my thoughts on the current beta of Windows 7 Build 7000.

The first major thing that you’ll see when you start Windows 7 for the 1st time is the new taskbar.

As you can see, the taskbar is a mix of Windows Vista (the Start Orb) and a mix of OSX (the dockbar). The default Windows 7 install puts IE 8, Windows Explorer, and WMP as the 1st 3 icons. This new taskbar is a blend of the old Windows taskbar and the Quick Launch that was introduced with IE 4. All related windows are grouped with that application. So multiple Firefox windows will show up as one Firefox icon on the taskbar.

One major change is when one right clicks on an item in the taskbar. Gone is the basic context menu, and is replace with a new feature called the Jumplist.

The Jumplist will give your history from IE 8 right at your fingertips and give you common commands for an application if it supports the Jumplist feature.

This is just a little taste of the changes in Windows 7. Stay tuned for the next part of my Windows 7 breakdown.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Motivation Of The Day


Also my thoughts on Windows 7 will be posted later today!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

College Students and The Brain

When someone enters college you usually expect them to be somewhat intelligent since they actually made it to college. Well, yesterday that myth was finally busted. No, I’m not talking about something alcohol related. I’m talking about a false fire alarm at 4 a.m. Usually when people hear a fire alarm, they will usually flee to the nearest exited and escaped from any potential harm. Well, when it comes to California University of Pennsylvania students that really isn’t the case.

Take into account my roommate (Tom); it took him about 5 minutes just to find a pair of pants to use since it was about 7 degrees outside. Me on the other hand just heard the alarm go off after it was mentioned to me and went back to bed with the cover thrown over my head.

So it seems that depending where you go, fire alarms mean different things. Or it just might be the fact that no one gives a damn when the alarm goes off at 4 in the damn morning!

Fail of The Day

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Current Conclusions

I’m not a racist or a bastard, at least I would like to think so. I’ve noticed so far this semester that two of my courses are going to be very fun. These 2 professors speak with heavy accents.

I would just like to state that I would like to at least understand the classes that I’m paying for. Oh well, I guess. There really isn’t much that can be done about it except to tough it out.

On a higher note: I probably will post my thoughts on the beta of Windows 7!

Friday, January 9, 2009

The Last Round Begins

This Sunday begins the final portion of my 4 year journey @ California University of Pennsylvania. It has been a long road but it will pay for itself come May 2nd. Although the ‘Cabana’ will be become separated, the time together will never be forgotten. The random Mario Kart races where one goes from 1st to 4th on the last leg of Rainbow Road will always live on (especially since I have a picture of that victim!). After this semester, I will have to move into this so call ‘real world’ and try to survive. Well, lets just see how this semester pans out 1st!