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a blog about anything this blogger can think of

May
31

windows-logo-vista.jpgI came across this blog entry where the author asked if he should upgrade to windows vista. I was tempted to comment, but knowing that my bias is against the said OS, i decided not to. I checked the official windows vista website and looked for the system requirements. I’ve been hearing speculations that it’s a “hoarding” software so as to be informed, went on to see its system requirements(http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/systemrequirements.mspx?wt_svl=10042VHa1&mg_id=10042VHb1). And yes, it pretty much “takes too much space”.

The author of the blog entry i mentioned earlier included these specs: Intel P4(3.4 GHz) and 1 Gb ram. To point my case out, I’ll just include excerpts from the page I included previously:

For Home Basic:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 512 MB of system memory
  • 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Audio Output
  • Internet access (fees may apply)

For Home Premium / Business / Ultimate:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
    • WDDM Driver
    • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Audio Output
  • Internet access (fees may apply)

I understand that in the US and in some parts of Asia, these specs are pretty much reasonable. But personally, Vista’s beauty and power, it’s size and speed(not to mention its “flaws”), are not worth the trade-off. I’d still settle for lower OS’s and optimize my PC’s functionality rather than sacrifice its “weight and girth” for beauty.

Well, in the end, it’ll still boil down to how we use our PC’s. If we don’t have much to do with it except tinker with some little stuff, I guess it’ll be fine. But if you’re really user, hardcore gamer or developer, I suggest you use lower, lighter OS’s. But if you really want it, hmmm…well, hardware upgrade is always an option.

Just my 2 cents. 😉

May
22

Picture this. You’re walking beside a lonely railroad and then a train passes by but still you’re unmindful of it. I don’t know, but I find it disturbing.

I find myself disturbing.

Feb
02

This is an old post from my previous blog, dated Sept. 25, 2006:

just a brief respite from what i’m reading…i found these lyrics on the net and realized that it’s worth posting…hehe…a couple of good songs…makes you reflect…

switchfoot1.jpg“On Fire” (by Switchfoot)

They tell you where you need to go
They tell you when you’ll need to leave
They tell you what you need to know
They tell you who you need to be

But everything inside you knows
There’s more than what you’ve heard
There’s so much more than empty conversations
Filled with empty words

And you’re on fire
When He’s near you
You’re on fire
When He speaks
You’re on fire
Burning at these mysteries

Give me one more time around
Give me one more chance to see
Give me everything You are
Give me one more chance to be… (near You)

Cause everything inside me looks like
Everything I hate
You are the hope I have for change
You are the only chance I’ll take

When I’m on fire
When You’re near me
I’m on fire
When You speak
And I’m on fire
Burning at these mysteries
These mysteries…

I’m standing on the edge of me [x3]
I’m standing on the edge of everything I’ve never been before.
And i’ve been standing on the edge of me
Standing on the edge

And I’m on fire
When You’re near me
I’m on fire
When You speak
(Yea) I’m on fire
Burning at these mysteries… these mysteries… these mysteries
Ah you’re the mystery
You’re the mystery

“Keep Singing” (by Mercy Me)

Another rainy day
I can’t recall having sunshine on my face
All I feel is pain
All I wanna do is walk out of this place
But when I am stuck and I can’t move
When I don’t know what I should do
When I wonder if I’ll ever make it through

I gotta keep singing
I gotta keep praising Your name
Your the one that’s keeping my heart beating
I gotta keep singing
I gotta keep praising Your name
That’s the only way that I’ll find healing

Can I climb up in Your lap
I don’t wanna leave
Jesus sing over me
I gotta keep singing

Can I climb up in Your lap
I don’t wanna leave
Jesus sing over me
I gotta keep singing

Oh You’re everything I need
And I gotta keep singing

Feb
01

Just for a few laughs, I’m posting 2 of the jokes i posted on my blogger site. Oh and by the way, these are from http://www.amusingfacts.com. Nice site, i tell you. 🙂

You Know It’s Time To Diet When….

1. You dance and it makes the band skip.

2. You are diagnosed with the flesh eating virus, and the doctor gives you 22 more years to live.

3. You put mayonnaise on an aspirin.

4. You go to the zoo and the elephants throw you peanuts.

5. Your driver’s license says, “Picture continued on other side.”

6. You ran away and they had to use all four sides of the milk carton for your picture.

7. You learn you were born with a silver shovel in your mouth.

8. You could sell shade.

9. Your blood type is Ragu.

10. You need an appointment to attend an ‘open house’.

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Mysterious Phrases Explained

The following list of phrases and their definitions might help you understand the mysterious language of science and medicine. These special phrases are also applicable to anyone reading a PhD dissertation or academic paper.

“IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN”…
I didn’t look up the original reference.

“A DEFINITE TREND IS EVIDENT”…
These data are practically meaningless.

“WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS”…
An unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it published.

“THREE OF THE SAMPLES WERE CHOSEN FOR DETAILED STUDY”…
The other results didn’t make any sense.

“TYPICAL RESULTS ARE SHOWN”…
This is the prettiest graph.

“THESE RESULTS WILL BE IN A SUBSEQUENT REPORT”…
I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.

“IN MY EXPERIENCE”…
Once.

“IN CASE AFTER CASE”…
Twice.

“IN A SERIES OF CASES”…
Thrice.

“IT IS BELIEVED THAT”…
I think.

“IT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT”…
A couple of others think so, too.

“CORRECT WITHIN AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE” …
Wrong.

“ACCORDING TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS”…
Rumour has it.

“A STATISTICALLY-ORIENTED PROJECTION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE FINDINGS”…
A wild guess.

“A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF OBTAINABLE DATA”…
Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass iced tea.

“IT IS CLEAR THAT MUCH ADDITIONAL WORK WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PHENOMENON OCCURS”…
I don’t understand it.

“AFTER ADDITIONAL STUDY BY MY COLLEAGUES”…
They don’t understand it either.

“THANKS ARE DUE TO JOE BLOTZ FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE EXPERIMENT AND TO CINDY ADAMS FOR VALUABLE DISCUSSIONS”…
Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.

“A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT AREA FOR EXPLORATORY STUDY”…
A totally useless topic selected by my committee.

“IT IS HOPED THAT THIS STUDY WILL STIMULATE FURTHER INVESTIGATION IN THIS FIELD”…
I quit.

Feb
01

iphone3.jpgThere’s so much hype about the soon-to-be-released iPhone around here. I mean, it’s featured on the news, gadget shows, and to the extent that I even hear my officemates talk about it. I searched it on the net and found that its features are indeed newsworthy. It boasts of combining three products(iPod with touch controls, mobile phone, and “a breakthrough Internet communications device”) into one small, yet powerful package. It is purely touch-screen and has a “multi-touch” display and also employs a software that allows the user to control everything by using only their fingers. Now how cool is that? In short, iPhone combines all the features of the aforementioned devices and adds a little more “kick” into it, with its new age technology and, not to mention, it’s sleek design. No wonder it’s getting very popular among the tech-savvy community, it’s a must-have. It will take a while before we see it in the market, though. But I believe it’s worth it.

Jan
30

I created this blog a couple of days ago but for some reasons, I couldn’t find time to get things started. Well, I’m typing now. Hmmm…This is my second blog. My first one is in another site. The main reason why I moved is that my connection is dial-up and my former site takes about several lifetimes before it finally loads. Hihihi… Anyway, enough of this blabber-though that exactly is what I’m gonna write about in my next posts. Looking forward to more.