Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Meanwhile outside of Krogers

Payphones! Seriously, who uses these anymore?

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

System Sweeper by MS

To all my security conscience friends: Microsoft now has a rootkit detector available on their site in beta. I've tested it on a virtual machine that I know had several rootkits in a sandboxed enviornment and it detected them all. I'm going to do further testing, but it looks like there's another cd/USB key to add to your forensics/cleaning kit.

There's a 32 bit and 64 bit version.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Windows 8

Here is a video showing some of the features of Windows 8, the successor to the current Windows 7 OS.

It's interesting, I'll give it that. However I just don't know about making one OS to run full fledge computers and tablets. Tablets and laptops are used very differently, and the OS should reflect as such. I personally think attempting to cram them all into one design is a bad idea.

Look at the Palm Pilot. The reason why the Palm Pilot worked so well is it did what it was designed to do, and did it well. They didn't try to force an existing OS into their little device (ahem Windows CE). They created an OS from the ground up to do specifically what functions they wanted for that device and it worked. It feels like Microsoft is trying to throw it all together, instead of making something that works well for tablets, and something that works well for desktops and laptops. In other words, specific tools for specific jobs.

Apple seems to be moving in the same direction with their latest OS X, Lion, coming out this summer. They created an App store similar to that on iOS (which I think is long overdue personally). They've created the Launchpad which is very similar to the look and feel of iOS. .

I hope that I'm wrong, but it seems to me like the "One OS to rule them all" strategy will not end well.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

T-Mobile nostalgia

Let me start by letting you know I'm a happy T-Mobile customer. My first cell phone was with Cingular, which is now AT&T. I switched to Voicestream which then was purchased by T-Mobile. I've had nothing but good things to say about T-Mobile. The customer service is great. I have a modded Nexus One phone running Android 2.3.3 in which wireless tethering is native to the OS; I don't have to pay any extra for it. While on the subject of money, T-Mobile is definitely the most competitively priced mobile company out there. Sure people say the signal sucks outside of the city, been when do I EVER leave the inner loop here in Houston?

So I've been sad lately for T-Mobile. It is going to be purchased by AT&T. This means, for me anyway, that my network is going to be infiltrated by millions of more subscribers, probably making my cell experience that of some of my colleagues; it hardly ever works in crowded metropolitan areas. Also I'll be subject to AT&T's pricing and draconian controls over it's cell network; I double they'll let me continue to wirelessly tether for free, or keep the $25 unlimited data plan.

And then I come across this post on Engadget. The title says it all: "Nearly half a million customers left T-Mobile in Q1 2011". Obviously there are many reasons like Verizon's superior network, or AT&T's and Verizons iPhones. I guess it's a good thing for the stock holders of Deutsche Telekom, the owners of T-Mobile US, that they were purchased. Still, I'm going to miss my T-Mobile...

I guess I like rooting for the underdog; maybe that's why I still own my Sega Dreamcast

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Just added some photos to my FLICKR account from my recent trip to DC.