Friday, May 7, 2010

Google Chrome (Not the OS... yet)

Well, I am back with another glorious topic to speak on. This time I have decided to designate an "entire" post to a program that I have. Which is non other than the amazing Google Chrome Web Browser. As with all Google products, I usually DL them and then just stuff them somewhere because Google always releases things in BETA (which is good), but they are always missing core functions. Well, recently I opened up Google Chrome, and man I got to say they have really been working. They, have added the support for "Extensions" (basically the same as add-ons from Firefox) and the community has nearly caught up with that of Firefox's in that regard. In addition to having almost everything that Firefox has (if not more, or rather just plain better ones) the addons themselves are actually integrated into the browser. For example, I have a mini Wiki-Browser thing that opens a small non-tab non-window (but you can make it into a tab or window with a simple click) Wikipedia page. Same with the FaceBook, Gmail, and Google Reader extensions. They have also improved on the browsers overall functionality (still no advanced options or anything but it's getting there). They even added one of their "cloud" (aka SkyNet) features, so you can sync your bookmarks with your gmail address and whatever computer you get on you can sync up your bookmarks. With all of this I have decided to switch browsers from Firefox to Chrome because I can see that Chrome is advancing much faster than Firefox ever has. To be honest, Chrome is still a bit buggy and still is missing things, but I know that Google's next update will change most of that, and that within 3 or so more updates they will have some really cool things added, as well as most bugs fixed. So as of right now I would say Chrome is a 7.5/10, but is soon to be a 9.5/10 (hey, things can always be improved). You will also notice that I said, "(Not the OS... yet)" in the title up there ^. The reason for this is because I fully intend on trying out their Chrome OS that they have, and I am excited to. Seeing the amount of "collaboration" and "universalness" that is just in their web browser has made me want to see their OS first hand, but I am waiting for two things first. One that it is improved a bit more, and two that I have enough time to install it on one of my flash drives. Until both of those happen (or at least the time one) I won't be posting anything about the Chrome OS.

UPDATE (3.5)!!!
Another thing that I must mention is that I was mistaken on some information that I posted in my "Update (3)" post. I mistakingly posted: "...Core i9 processors and promises octo-core processors in mainstream by Q1 of 2011." I was mistaken in that Intel's octo-core processors are not sitting around, they are already "mainstream". The reason I was mistaken (and why mainstream was in quotes) is because Intel has officially launched them, however there is apparently something weird going on about all of this, because Intel's site is claiming that they are "discontinued"... I am unaware of what all is/ has happened, but I will try and dig up some information and let you all know.

Until then, you may all continue whatever mundane things you were doing. Bye-bye now.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Never Fear, For I am Still Here

Well, the cat is officially out of the bag, or in this case the Geek is out from behind his proxy servers and IP tracer destroyers. Actually I didn't have any, but you thought I did, and therefore I still win! Ha! Still, the fact remains that it is in fact true that I (Formerly "I Dunno... Someone Special?") am non-other than the illustrious Jefrey Bockmann. I know I know, a bit too much huh? Well, it's true. However, never fear for yours truly is still here... Basically what I mean by that is that nothing will change as far as content and posts. Anyways, that's about it for now... Until next time! (Which might be very soon!).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Well, it's that time again. Update(3)!! yay!

(And the crowd goes wild!) Ok, so my first order of business shall be a much belated "Happy New Year!" So ya I just realized I haven't posted since last year. Anyways, now on to the fun part! Updates in the technological/geek/whatever you call yourself (elf?) world. Intel, ahhh Intel, how we love thee for your awesomeness. Intel is on the verge of releasing it's Core i9 processors and promises octo-core processors in mainstream by Q1 of 2011. Nvidia has released it's GTX 400 series GPUs which one on one compared to the latest Radeons don't stack up. However, when put in SLI (and Radeons in Crossfire) they blew them out of the water! not to mention that the 400 series now supports Quad-SLI, yes QUAD-SLI! When running benchmarks on the Quad-SLI array of doom, the testers used The fastest processor on the planet, and (get this) IT STILL BOTTLENECKED THE GPUs!! So as of right now, 4 GTX 480 GPUs boast no real performance increase over 3, but we all know that 3 days from now, when the next processor comes out, that will all change. Gotta love technology! In other news, Palm put themselves up for bid as they can't keep up with all the other touch based devises out there (we all knew it was coming), and guess who bought 'em? HTC? Nope. Google? Nuh-uh. Ummm... Motorola...? Nope. It was none other then HP. Yep, that company that most people I know don't like, bought it. Anyways, what else... Oh ya! the iAmaGiantiPhone came out, oops sorry the "iPad" (really Apple? the "iPad"?). I's gotten a lot of dissing, but mostly by people who haven't tried it yet. Otherwise I have heard that it is pretty cool (all sept for the name of course). Anyways, moving on to gaming news (this is where it gets really good). Activision fired IW's (Infinity Ward's, the guys who make call of duty games) lead designers, who formed their own company under EA known as "Respawn Entertainment", which everyone who was in IW under the designers left IW to go join, and now Respawn has filed a lawsuit against Activision. Phew... What a mouthful. Anyways I started laughing hysterically because IW screwed us PC gamers over with MW2, but they might redeem themselves now that they aren't under Activision. The sad thing is that it doesn't end there. Bungie (of all people) announced today that anything other than Halo related games are now going to be published by none other than, yup you guessed it, Activision. What a debacle... I guess we will see what else happens in this never ending story, in the months to come. Other than that, Nintendo announced they have plans for a "3DS" which apparently will be a 3D DS, but you wont have to wear silly glasses. Dunno much about it other than that, E3 will probably be the next update on that. Aaaaanywho, that about sums it up for my Update this time around. Thanks for reading.... If you did that is...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My New Camera!

Yes, the rumors are in fact true. I have acquired a new camera! Well, it's not just new it's also technically my first camera, and it happens to be a DSLR as well. I have been using my Landlords (yes that is code for parents and no I am not 30) camera until now, which was just a basic Nikon Coolpix S630 point and shoot. I now have a Nikon D5000 that is all mine! I would list specs but the list is just too long on this one my fellow geeks. Instead, I will generously give you a link to an in-depth review. Quite frankly the quality of the photos it takes are absolutely amazing. I am going to check if I can upload them in their original size or if it will compress them, but don't expect me to get around to that anytime soon. On a similar note (not really, I just needed a way to keep the sentence structure flowing) One might ask, "How did you get this $700 DSLR?" to which I would reply, "It was an early Christmas gift from my Dad and Mum". Ya I am kinda spoiled. Anywho, as time goes on I will continue to take amazing pictures, and you will continue to stand in awe at the pictures you have never seen.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Windows 7 Professional

Well, I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, and I can actually say "upgrade" without laughing hysterically (such as in Vista's case). All joking aside, Win7 is definitely an improvement, and I say that in reference not only to Vista but also XP. I personally never owned a computer with Vista on it, but I had my fair share of time with its horribleness and I must say that Win7 is undoubtedly 10x better if not 100x. Even from XP there are huge improvements, one specific one is boot time (Vista was bad too but this is a personal account). My XP boot time was pushing 00:06:38 (that's hours, minutes, and seconds respectively), whereas my Win7 boot time is around 00:01:10. Yes it is a fresh install and a reformatted HDD but still that is fast. On the same topic is the quick but awesome fact that once I am logged in I can click a program and it will come up immediately, unlike XP which took 5 more minutes to launch Mozilla after the initial boot and login. I also upgraded to the 64bit version so that my computer can finally recognize all 6GB of my RAM! yay! Not to mention that it is clocked at 1600MHz so it is blazing fast. Obviously, the new "Aero Effects" are awesome too, and they are so pretty! Yes I am actually saying “pretty” with glee and happiness mainly because it makes my OCD happy but hey, whatever works. Everything is so good looking and smooth without taking up too many resources. Well... at least for me they don't, but I have a Quad core with 6GB of RAM and two 9800GTX's in SLI so ya... One other honorable note to mention is the way the data packets are handled in Win7. Basically, when I was transferring a file in XP it would do an average of 25MB/s with a max of about 50MB/s. Win7 however, can reach up to 120MB/s and sustain that and has an average of 60MB/s! I didn't believe it when I saw it but I did the math and it was right (this is using large files between two separate drives that are not in any sort of RAID configuration). These and many more things make up the good part of Win7, but I must move on to the bad things about Win7. Yes yes I know... so sad that there are bad things, but that's how it is with everything.
So far the only glitches that I have come across are: 1-A small sound interruption when installing programs (Most likely caused by UAC). So basically if you are playing music and you start to install something, your sound will scratch/cut out for just a second. 2- Random disappearance of window picture on taskbar. This one is a bit harder to explain, but basically the little previews you see when holding your mouse over the folder button, or any other program with multiple windows for that matter, tend to disappear periodically. I found a way to make it happen less often (and less sporadically) by going into Control Panel/System then clicking advanced system settings, once that window comes up click the settings button under performance and then enable the option that says "Save taskbar thumbnail previews"(take note that I do not know how this will affect overall system performance, I mean it is disabled by default...). After that is enabled, they tend to only disappear after having launched a graphic intensive program or locking the computer for extended periods of time. Other than that there is not much wrong with the OS. I will be keeping a list of all the glitches I find though, just so all of you know.
In the end, Win7 is definitely an awesome OS. I dunno, maybe it's because I have been on XP for 10 years and when Vista came out it only seemed worse, but either way it is definitely a good forward step for Microsoft and I can't wait to see what else they improve/add to it.

PS- I was going to do a Pro/ Con list but I decided against it due to the sheer amount of pros when comparing Win7 to Vista. Just keep in mind that Win7 is stable and it is not even on the same plane as far as bugs/issues as Vista. Overall it is a great OS and I am very pleased with it. It gets my official seal of approval (you know, the one I don't have).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

PAX '09

Alright everyone, it's the post of my blog that all (none) of you have been waiting for! PAX '09 coverage by yours truly. Who is "yours truly"? Not important, but what is important is what was at PAX. So without further adieu I give you PAX: .... Did I forget to mention that I forgot my camera? ya, well I did... Goes to show how much fate is against me... Anyways, I can at least tell you what was there, that's just as good right?... Oh shutup. Anyways, PAX had alot more this year then from previous years, or so I heard. Most of it was held in the main exhibition hall in the Seattle conference center, they had a ton of booths set up that were either demoing their game or just showing it off. Some of the playable games included: Diablo III, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Left for Dead 2, Mass Effect 2, Halo 3 ODST, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 2, and much more. Some of the others that were present but not playable were: Brink, Bioshock 2, Assassins Creed 2, and Splinter Cell. With all these great games to gander and drool at you'd think that that would be all you could do, but your wrong! Not only do you get to view, play, and walk around, but you get to do other things too! Like play tabletop games, read comics, play your DS, and sit in on discussions between your favorite game creators! Speaking of which, I met and got Adam Sessler's autograph, ok so he isn't a game creator but he is famous. Don't believe me? OK go here and tell me otherwise. Haha, I win you lose! In addition to Adam Sessler's autograph, I also acquired Guild Wars 2 lead designer's autographs, Mass Effect 2's Lead Designer's autograph, and AION's lead designer's autograph. See the funny thing is, you are drooling over all this and I haven't even told you the best part of the whole thing! What is it? Why it's SWAG, glorious swag, I got like 15 free T-shirts, and only 3 weren't my size! You can basically get tons of things if you are at the right place at the right time. For instance, Intel was giving out free Core 17 Extreme Processors (that's a $1000 processor for those who don't know)! Obviously I didn't win that specific prize, but I saw two people who did! A lot of the swag was junk, but it was junk with your favorite game's logo on it! So it was kinda not junk in a totally obscure and random way... Anyways, Overall PAX was definitely a good choice on my end, and I hope to attend PAX '10 next year as it will be even bigger and better. In the mean time, keep reading my blog (yes yes I know you don't want to, but it's good for you!) and keep the comments coming! OK so I don't have a single comment, but that just means that there is more room for new ones!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Update (2)

Well, here's another glorious update in the realm of Geekness (yes I did just say that). Anyways, Some cool things to look forward to are: Windows 7 October 22, Snow Leopard Mac OS 10.6 (Already Out), Wireless energy transfer early-mid 2010, Nvidia Ion powered Netbooks late 2009, Intel's lovely Octo-Core late 2009, The first 2TB SD card is in the making expected before 2011, PS3 Slim AND PS3 price cut (already out), Xbox 360 Price Cut (This Friday), A whole slew of games that are coming out soon, most of which you can learn about here. In addition to all of this, PAX '09 is soon to be here and I will be attending. I am of course going to give you an inside scoop of the whole thing after it has occurred, but until then you shall remain in the dark... sad really, that is unless you will be there too, in which case I shall hope to see you there.