Have you ever felt like your a bit slow?

I have come to the conclusion I am a bit slow.  But not as you think!  I have lately been playing quite a bit of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.  You might ask what is wrong with that?  Well the truth is up until this point I haven’t really enjoyed it and I had even pre-ordered it when it came out because my friends were saying it was an amazing game.

Admittedly when I first got it I gave it a good go and completed the campaign after about a week, however while playing on-line I would get frustrated and not really enjoy it.  Of which one of my mates really didn’t get how I didn’t like it as it was a game built really with on-line gaming in mind, also the fact that he really enjoys playing this type of game.  The truth is my reaction times aren’t really quick enough and I always seem to get killed but lately I have been playing it again and found myself now enjoying the game play on-line all be it a little late as black ops has now come out.

What I find quite interesting is that I was the same with Ugly Betty.  It wasn’t until it was coming to an end that I really got into that, so are you a bit slow to take up on what the trends are?  Or are you one of the people that get them instantly?

 

Internet Explorer 9 Released: Will you be using it?

Microsoft tend to take slightly longer to release browsers than others in the market. So when they release a new version of its offering for the web browsing market it is always looked upon as a huge event, not only because of its slightly longer time to release it but also because it tends to come with its flagship product Windows.

Internet Explorer has unfortunately for Microsoft has had the reputation for being one of the slowest and insecure browser in the browser wars.  Has it warranted this reputation back in Internet Explorer 6 days the answer would be yes but the latest versions have both made significant improvements in this  and could even be better then the other browsers with their newest offering.  They have added privacy protection that is disabled by default but when enabled it blocks anything on the its list that is considered to be tracking what you are doing and where you are going on the internet.

The biggest selling point for Internet Explorer 9 is the fact that it is quicker than others on the market at the moment and gives you the ability to use HTML 5 along with hardware acceleration.

What does this all mean though?

Web Developers – Will not need to worry about whether their creations will be able to work on all browsers as all of them will be supporting HTML 5 soon and means that you will not get the problem that you’ve had before where you viewed the page in one browser and it didn’t display right but it did in another.  Also hardware acceleration as part of the browser means that they can make more graphic intense content without worrying about how jolty it will be because the browser will be using the graphics card in the machine directly.

Web Users – For web users it doesn’t necessarily mean anything will change for them, to a certain degree because it all depends on the content is produced that they want to see.  That being said if the latest crop of web browsers all work to HTML 5 then they won’t have to worry about what browser they are using because the sites will all display and work correctly for them.

After playing around with Internet Explorer 9 briefly in Windows 7 I didn’t really see a speed increase on Opera or Chrome on general surfing.  The only feature I did like was the privacy blocker as no other browser does seem to offer such a feature, without manually accepting cookies.  So on reflection I won’t be moving back to Internet Explorer just because I am now more comfortable in other browsers however I do feel that it is really a step in the right direction for the browser.

There is one point I would like to stress although some browsers are missing features or have extra features, in my opinion it is all down to personal preference rather then which one is actually better as they have all got really competitive to have a piece of the pie

Hall Pass Review

What to say about this movie and where to start?  If I was to be honest it is a typical Owen Wilson movie and for that I really enjoyed it.  The film is about some guys that are obsessed with sex annoyed with this their wives give them what is called a hall pass (a week off from marriage).  So as you can tell already the guys go off to try and pull and they don’t get very far.

I felt the plot was easy to see coming however there is an interesting twist you see which can be easily seen however I didn’t think of it until it happened.  The plot being one of these things you can see coming though didn’t really hinder the film as for me the comedy well and truly made up for it.

The film is hilariously funny and I would recommend you going to see it as I really enjoyed it however I might not say it would be worth paying the full cinema prices, you might be better off going a cheap rate day like we did or just buying it on DVD 6 months after it comes out.  The reason for this is because I loved the film but I wouldn’t say its a blockbuster.

 

Shane Williams out for his Final Game in the 6 Nations

Could this be a blessing for Wales?  On their last game of the RBS 6 Nations one of the best wingers the world has ever seen will not be playing for Wales.  Although I am very disappointed that he won’t be able to play his final 6 Nations game with the fact that Shane has decided that it will be his last year at international level.

Part of the reason why I say it could be a blessing for Wales is the fact that he doesn’t seem to be backing himself anymore, he tends to kick over running at people and trying to take them on in order to get past them.  I am not taking away from what an amazing player he has been for Wales, because in my mind he is one of the best but I just feel that he is on the slippery slope down over the last couple of seasons as his confidence level is no where to be seen.  What is the point in being known for being able to turn on a six pence and tie defenders in knots if your not doing it?

For me his lack of confidence was shown when he had 3 defenders to beat that wasn’t in a line and consisted of forwards against Ireland and he opted to kick the ball away.

What are your reviews on the great man?

Twitter says no to most third party applications

Twitter is clamping down on third party applications and the API tokens that they have previously given out for applications to receive and send tweets from the application.  Although they haven’t completely stopped third party applications from working with their service they have however pushed the standard that the applications must meet up.

To be honest as I slowly started to use my Android Smart Phone with the release of Twitters own application to it I could see it happening.  The reason that there is such a fuss about what is happening in the world of Twitter is because Twitter didn’t start off by developing applications for its service and relied on others to produce them.  The problem with this is the success of these products Twitter wanted to develop its own to get a piece of this market.

I must admit however I do use Tweetdeck over the official application and that is mainly because it gives me the ability to use the application both on my desktop and phone, which has its advantages in the fact I see exactly the same from the application on the desktop as well as the phone.  It also gives me the ability to view my Face book updates, which means I can do both in one application.

I personally won’t be very happy with they stop all third party applications, as it means that we as the end user will be missing out on possible new ideas to be used by the service or the ease to post to both Twitter and Face book at the same time.  As it stands however they are not threatening to stop third party developments altogether just that they must meet higher standards so fingers crossed that this will only make the development better.

Source: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/03/twitter-third-party-clients/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredbusinessblog+%28Blog+-+Epicenter+%28Business%29%29

Internet Traffic Management in the UK

From the early days of Broadband in the UK we have been suffering some sort of traffic management in the name of protecting the ISP’s network.  Now what does this actually mean?  In short it means that certain traffic is restricted so that it cannot transfer as quick as different types of traffic, the most common throttled type of traffic is peer to peer traffic (p2p).  This has been stated in the terms and conditions in most ISP’s however most would deny the fact it is being done on your connection when complaining about speed (in my experience).

Under the new plans drawn up by the Broadband Stakeholders Group, is to officially have a traffic management program in place where all broadband services priorities traffic depending on what it is, for example if I was downloading a Linux Distribution and someone else was watching a program on BBC IPlayer my download would take second place to the streaming of IPlayer because a download would be deemed less important for speed against something like streaming from BBC IPlayer.

Although I believe that everyone should be equal on the internet and no one should have more priority then anyone else, as it goes against the ethos of the internet and what it was made for.  I do agree with this move if it is put in place properly due to the fact that as we rely on the internet more for services we need to make sure that everyone gets the best possible service.  With my example earlier I would prefer for my download to be slightly slower if it meant that when watching a TV program on any of the on demand services it wouldn’t be disrupted by the need to buffer.

The downside of this sort of system however it can exploited, for example once put in place there would be an ability to offer a premium services which wouldn’t be fair because it then becomes whoever pays the most will get the best.  So on that basis I think that definitely goes against the idea of the internet without any of the benefits it would offer to the end user.

So in conclusion I will be all for this move as the development of the internet structure for the UK isn’t developing quick enough to cope with the higher demands that the content now has on the internet.  However it does have to put in correctly and made sure that it is not exploited.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12730440?

Missing Laptop

The saying that you don’t miss something until its gone is so true.  I have been fortunate for years to own a laptop and a desktop all be it over time changing them as and when I had a problem with them or just wanting an upgrade.  As I have now finished University and have no really need for a laptop I have donated mine to my brother that is still in University as he has a need for a laptop, thinking that I can live with my desktop I only use my laptop in the house anyway.

Was I wrong or what?  Ok so there isn’t anything that my desktop can’t do that my laptop could except move and it does have more power but without a laptop I feel lost for some reason.  Some days I wouldn’t use the laptop and only use my desktop other days I’d use both and some days it would be just the laptop, I think part of it that I can’t just pick the desktop up and locate into a different room.

Oh the freedom I’m starting to think an unnecessary purchase is on the card 😉

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Review

To be honest going to see this film I was thinking not another war movie, but I was pleasantly surprised at this one to be honest.  Most of the material has been done before with quite a few clichés in the flim for good measure, however that being said I would recommending going to see this movie.

Although the opposition is not the normal opposition you would find a marine going up against I felt that you got quite a good insight to what special operation marines have to deal with, along with the extra added bonuses that you get from watching a film to make it that little bit more interesting.  That being said although the main plot was well put together in my opinion this film did lack the development with sub plots.

The first half of the film I thought was quite slow and didn’t really seem to catch my interest, but as the film developed the action become more and more which added to the speed of the film and turned it from a film that I wasn’t really enjoying to something I really enjoyed.  I would give this film a 7 out of 10.

 

WicketPixie Theme Review

WicketPixie theme for WordPress is developed by Chris Pirillo.  I don’t normally review themes as they don’t really hold much to review being the fact they are normally just the design.  This theme however is so much more with plug-ins integrated into it and allows you to start making your blog more then a blog out of the box.

The major factor for me was the way I was able to easily integrate my twitter stream into the top of the home page, then to give it its own page so that my possible readers can spy on me and know exactly what I actually do with my day,  giving it that bit of extra personal connection with the audience.  The second big thing for me was the use of Google Ads already preconfigured was great all you need to do is go into your ad-sense and make the ads to the relevant size and type and paste the code for the areas of the template you want to have ads.

The other features that the template also holds is to embed a Ustream Account so that you can have a live video feed going and it will be displayed on your blog.  The other major features are the ability to configure the blog to display your Youtube videos and Flickr Photos, it will display them below posts and on the page displaying random ones every time it is loaded.

Although I really like this theme, some of the plug-ins need to be activated in the plug-ins manager for WicketPixie and need to be installed in the plug-ins section, this is a minor hassle but one that can be rectified really quite easily.  The only real problem I had was configuring the Google Custom Search for my ads and I have opted not to bother with it.

Overall I am very happy and will continue to use and donate towards the development of this template.

Final Nail in the Windows Coffin

Microsoft Windows the operating system that is considered the normal for the home user, but what about the alternatives?  Anyone that knows me and likes technology knows that I have a serious fascination with the world of Linux.  Which is the other major operating system that can be loaded onto a PC.

The trouble you have with Linux however because Windows has such a high percentage of the market most software developers and hardware for that matter aim their products at the big operating system because they have such a big market share (However I hate to admit it good business.).

I had a few reasons why I wouldn’t convert to Linux and the main was the fact that the few laptops that I had tried it on were prone to overheating, that was later shown to be because of a hardware problem, along with at the time my addiction to playing World of Warcraft which wasn’t supported by Linux.

The final nail in the coffin for me however was the latest infection I gained and it meant that my computer came down to a crawl and I was no longer able to boot to my recovery partition to reinstall Windows XP Media Center.  I sat there thinking well what to do now?  The answer was to install a spare copy of Windows 7 that I had.  I installed it to find that it does have all the drivers for my hardware except my graphics doesn’t load every single time.  Banging my head against a break wall I thought sod this and installed Ubuntu as a dual boot so I still have Windows at my disposal and to be honest I can’t see myself going back in there.

The reason why I like Ubuntu/Linux so much is because of the whole ethos about it, everyone is working on it to make better and everything just works, I don’t have any problems with graphics and Ubuntu has everything I need except World of Warcraft.  Although its wrong to say there are no viruses for Ubuntu it is very hard to get them and even if you do you need to give them root access to install.  Unlike Windows though there is a software centre with a wide range of software avaliable for the operating system and they have been properly tested by the developers to be safe in most cases (Some are tested by the community and not the developers themselves).

I also don’t quite know what it is but Ubuntu seems to help me focus on what I want to achieve rather then finding other things to do without doing what I was meant to.