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Well here we are another week of 2012 in the books, so what did we learn?

Apparently you can sue yourself…..kinda.

In an ongoing saga for the great Stan Lee, he is now being sued by himself….kinda.  He is actually being sued by a company he started…..then left…..which actually bears his name.  I wonder in the courtroom if there will be Stan Lee then an evil Stan Lee? That would be wicked….the full confusing story can be found here http://www.movieline.com/2012/03/07/stan-lee-vs-stan-lee-the-epic-legal-follies-of-a-comics-mastermind/ for those of you interested.

 

What the?! I thought I had the new iPad?!

Well, not me, I never would be able to afford one, but for millions of Apple users and fans the iPad 3 was released this week to….well…I’m not really sure.  There are some improvements over the iPad 2, but not to the extent most had hoped.  Most of my Apple friends say they’ll wait for the 4th one.  I mean it’s nice and the new display is awesome, although calling it a retina display is a bit confusing, I thought it had to do with retinal scanning for security.  I’m sure it’s going to sell, I mean for 10 years Apple could’ve sold a ketchup popsicle to a woman wearing white gloves in the desert, but the latest iPad just doesn’t seem to be a huge jump.  While the new feature set is nice, better rear camera, better and faster graphics, better display etc, I think the biggest feature is that it caused a price drop for the iPad 2’s.  Which means more people will probably be giving them a look.  For the full specs take a look here http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/the-new-ipad-3-everything-you-should-know/

 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Bat!

Batman Year One Deluxe edition is being released on March 14th.  For those that don’t know, year one is critically acclaimed and is one of the most important in the Batman saga.  It’s obviously about the crime fighters first year, one thing that makes this issue special is that it’s written by Frank Miller, with artwork by David Mazzucchelli.  So if you’re a Batman fan, this is a must have.  For more info check out http://firewireblog.com/2012/03/08/batman-year-one-deluxe-edition-new-printing-due-on-march-14th/

 

They do exist! Well maybe.

So, in Peru a mummy was found, nothing new there, except that it has an elongated skull.  Yup, this things skull is almost the size of its small body and as usual everyone is baffled.  Did I mention the larger than normal eyes also?

An anthropologist believes it to be a child of under 2 with an enormous head which possibly a human sacrifice.  Let’s be real for a minute, chances are it’s just a deformed human, but I’m sure that crazy greek dude, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos from Ancients Aliens (I love that show) will be talking about it soon enough!

Check out the full article at http://reinep.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/mummy-with-giant-head-discovered-in-peru/

 

I just bought the game! What do you mean there’s already DLC that I have to pay for!?

So the hotly anticipated ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3, was released this week…..along with the first DLC (downloadable content)  Some people see this as just another way to get more money from the already popular game by offering the DLC at launch.  We as gamers are always surprised to see a patch needs to be installed for a game that just came out, but to have DLC on launch day just makes it seem like we bought an incomplete game, jeese, give us a month to think that our 60 bucks bought a full game before you release the DLC! Anyway that’s just my thought on it.  As long as it’s not important to the finale I guess no one’s twisting your arm to buy it.

“What do you mean there’s already DLC?”

 

Glad you’re back from the injury, now if you would look at this pink piece of paper…….

It was announced this week that after 14 years the Indianapolis Colts decided to release Peyton Manning.  I guess the main concern was the amount of surgeries he had, but in 2011 they signed him to a 5 year deal, worth 90 million dollars.  I guess the prospect of another injury was too great for a team that went 2-14 last year.  With Peyton gone and their Superbowl winning coach, I guess it’s time for rebuilding.  I’m sure Manning isn’t retiring anytime soon and plenty of mediocre clubs would pay millions more for him.  For more about it check out http://anomicofficedrone.com/2012/03/07/peyton-and-the-colts-part-ways/ and http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82777827/article/peyton-manning-colts-part-ways-in-most-appropriate-fashion

“Seriously, I always thought you’d get cut before me!”

 

From the “What the hell?!” department…..

Conservative Christian Pat Robertson wants Marijuana legalized.  Yeah I know of all people right?  His arguments actually make sense on this one though.  He talks about the cost of the war on drugs and even thinks the US has gone too far when it comes to drugs.  Pointing out how many juveniles are being locked up for years over a joint, unless you’re rich of course (he points that out)  He also says that he believes it should be treated like Alcohol.  He even points out that since 2006 47,515 lives have been claimed in Central and South America (granted not all are related to Marijuana)  Any way, if you’d like to read more, and I’m sure some of you would like too, here’s the full story http://20poorandfabulous.com/2012/03/08/pat-robertson-wants-marijuana-legalized/

“Is it 4:20 yet?”

 

What’s it take to be an internet star?

Well apparently not doing an informative beer show on Youtube, blogging about beer or this blog either.  Apparently you need to be a rebel leader for 20 years in Africa kidnapping and terrorizing villages oh and keeping them as slaves, normal and for sex.  In an effort to catch him a video about Joesph Kony was released on Youtube.  The 30 minute video shows his atrocities and had 32 million views by Thursday.  For more on Kony check out http://www.freep.com/article/20120309/NEWS07/203090359/Hunt-for-jungle-militia-leader-Kony-goes-viral-aiming-to-get-him-arrested?odyssey=nav%7Chead   or Wikipedia him.  If you want to check out the video of this scumbag for yourself, take a look here http://youtu.be/Y4MnpzG5Sqc

“Joseph Kony, putting the infant back in infantry since 1986”

 

Take him down Red 1!

12 years ago a little game called Counter-Strike was released, well, to be fair it was a Half-Life mod.  It quickly became one of the most played PC online tactical shooters ever, in fact many still play the original today.  Then a few years later Counter-strike Source was released, bringing a new level to the genre of tactical shooters.  Not only were the graphics better, but using the Source engine made the physics way better as well.  Even though the Call of Duty and Battlefield series have kind of taken the lime light, both Counter-Strikes are still played today.  Now, 12 years after the original, Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment are releasing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.  One of the coolest features? Cross platform play across all supported systems! Yup, whether you have a Mac, Windows machine, Xbox 360 or PS3, you’ll be able to blast your friends full of holes.  I for one can’t wait.  For more info and a trailer check out http://store.steampowered.com/app/1800/

“Here Kony, Kony, Kony.”

 

It really is bigger on the inside.

So apparently the babies room, formely my computer room/office/catch all is a T.A.R.D.I.S (Time and Relative Dimension In Space for you non Doctor Who fans) because it seemed to bigger on the inside.  For the last for weeks I have been sorting through 15 to 20 year old crap and throwing out countless garbage can loads.  I then moved the rest into a much bigger space in the basement….which apparently couldn’t hold everything, so I went through again and finally the basement is about 90 percent done.  How an 11×11 room wouldn’t fit in a 40×20 space is beyond me.  How I accumulated that much junk is also beyond me, I guess old John is less tolerant of crap and throw more away then young John did.

“Yup, there is 25 years of crap in here, including a Sony sports cassette walkman and a socket 3 486 motherboard! Old Skool bitches!”

So yeah, that’s it for this week, it’s actually kind of a lot isn’t it?  So I hope you learned something and enjoyed it.  Thanks for reading!

John

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17 years ago a movie was released that many of you probably didn’t watch.  The movie was Hackers.  At the time the internet was still in its infancy and Windows 95 had just come out, most people didn’t even own a computer let alone go online for anything yet.  It had some young stars that have since taken off and some pretty big names at the time, Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Eli Stone, Dexter), Angelina Jolie (Do I really need to list anything here?), Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo, , Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit, Early Edition, Lost), Alberta Watson (Le Femme Nikita tv series, 24, Nikita), Lorraine Brocco (Goodfellas, The Sopranos, Rizzoli and Isles), Marc Anthony (mainly a singer but has done some acting work) and Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller: Bull$hit, Penn & Teller tell a lie).  It also had a great elecetronic (I’m just using a generic term here) music soundtrack featuring some of the biggest names at the time, Prodigy, Orbital, Underworld and Leftfield just to name a few, the score by Simon Boswell wasn’t bad either.  In fact it spawned a total of 3 soundtracks because not all the music would fit on one disc.  The 2nd and 3rd also had music “inspired” by the movie.

Granted a lot of people didn’t care for the film, I enjoyed it.  I’ve been into computers and technology since I got my first computer, a Commodore VIC-20 back in like 1982 or 83, when I was like 4 or 5.  I knew that not all of the terms they were using were correct, I also knew that a lot of the phone phreaking things they showed and did did’t work anymore, but I didn’t care.  I also knew that mainframes weren’t made of visual columns showing every workstation at a company or that a computer worm doesnt actually look like a CGI worm.  I knew that was all done to make it more appealing, just like the stylized way the rag tag group of hackers dressed.  What I don’t think anybody knew, is that even with all the outdated equipment and lingo, how much more relevant that movie is today and how it foreshadowed today’s world.

The plot is basically about a group of late teens who enjoy breaking into mainframes, whether its a company, a bank, or even a tv station for fun and bragging rights.  Basically just to say they could do it, anything they download would be used just to show that they did it, not for profit or anything like that.  In one part, one of the Secret Service agents is reading the Hackers Manifesto, which gives a bit of incite into why they do what they do.  One night, the newest (n00b) of the group hacks into an oil companies mainframe, he starts to copy a garbage file.  As he is doing this the IT security people notice it and start a trace (not ultra realistic but whatever).  As they are tracing him his mother walks in, tells him to go to bed and turns off his computer, causing him to only have a partial copy of the file.  This file we later find out is a worm program that the head of security buried in the system to steal 20 million dollars, after he detects the hacker he then installs a virus that is going to cause oil tankers to capsize, and blames it on the hacker and his friends.  Long story short the young hackers defeat the bad guy with the help of a few thousand hackers from around the world.  There’s a lot that I left out about the movie, but thats the basics, now you’re probably wondering how this is relevant today or how it foreshadowed anything.

Well here’s how.  Lets take the group Anonymous for example.  They hack into computer systems and mainframes of large organizations,  download files then over load the server much like they did in the end of the movie hackers, only it probably doesn’t look nearly as visual.  Unlike in the movie though, they release the data for all to see, not just other groups.  Of course they say they are just doing it for fun, maybe they are maybe they aren’t, so far I haven’t heard about them taking any large sums of money or holding a companies hostage with a computer virus.  I am not agreeing or disagreeing with what Anonymous is doing.  I’m just pointing out that with the rising number of cyber attacks across the boards, maybe someone 17 years ago should’ve watched the movie Hackers, and instead of making fun of it or saying Angelina Jolie was hot, realized that this was a very real future.  Parts of the movie are probably more true today then ever, people still use simple passwords (especially non computer people), they still leave machines logged in when away from they’re desks, ships are mostly computer controlled and linked to GPS, companies both big and small get cyber attacks every day and employ IT groups that know security.  In fact the whole world today is one big network.

So I guess my point is that a small time movie that took a chance on some young stars really was ahead of its time, hell you can have Spielberg and Lucas CGI out the cordless phones, pagers and outdated machines and replace them with new equipment and the plot would still work, in fact more people would probably understand it.  Rarely do movies from the past seem relevant almost 20 years later, but to me this one does, and like I said above, it foreshadowed the world we live in today.  Thanks for reading and as always if you have the time, drop by and checkout my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/nervousdogprod or some of my work at http://www.2dayhangover.com

john

So I decided to finish the weeks off by trying to briefly go over a few things I learned this week, both on line and in real life.

Bamboo can make a cellphone

Well, to be fair, bamboo and a creative UK student can make a pretty slick looking prototype phone, hopefully it becomes a reality!  Here’s a link to a CNET article so you can learn more!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57370680-1/adzero-brings-students-bamboo-phone-concept-to-life/

The Edmonton Oilers (its a hockey team) have apparently perfected time travel.

So even though I am a self proclaimed geek and nerd, I still like some mouth breather things, like hockey.  I’m a huge Blackhawks fan and when I see them allow 17 goals in 2 games against the Edmonton Oilers, I assume its because Edmonton has perfected time travel, went back to 1985 and brought Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier forward in time and gave them Gagner jerseys to wear.

It’s the end of an era, McDonalds discontinues the use of “Pink Slime” as a filler.

Well to be fair, everyone said “slime” to me it looked like pink toothpaste but eh, still.  Apparently they were taking all the leftovers from processing meat and using some chemicals to make it “safe” to add to meat.  Granted I never heard of someone dyng from it, but still kind of gross.  If you want to read more check it out here…

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mcdonald-confirms-no-longer-using-pink-slime-chemicals-171209662.html

Nicole likes farts….yup

So yeah, apparently Nicole over at http://soyouhaveagirlfriend.com/ likes farts! you don’t see that everyday from a woman.  Head over and check out this weeks episode!  If you haven’t heard about http://soyouhaveagirlfriend.com/ give it a try!

Felicia Day is a internet pioneer……and an awesome red head!

Yup those of you that know me already knew that i thought that, but what the hell I thought I’d give a short overview of her and why I think that.  You can get more info on my blog https://johnsbluebox.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/whos-that-girl-felicia-day/ or at… http://feliciaday.com/

Long wait for new sci-fi…..

If you’re a sci-fi fan, you may have to wait until mid year for your favorite show to come back, maybe even longer.  Check out my blog entry about it for more info.  https://johnsbluebox.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/what-the-wheres-my-sci-fi/

Achievements….for working in an IT department?

Yup, it was inevitable, eventually someone was going to combine their love of video games, IT and perhaps The IT Crowd into one awesome list of real life achievements to accomplish….  find it here!  http://evilrouters.net/achievement-unlocked/  See how many you can unlock!!

The Hunger Games are almost here!….and I feel fine…

So the long awaited Hunger Games are coming to the big screen and sadly I couldn’t really care so far.  I tried reading the books a couple of times and they just didn’t work for me.  The plot isn’t bad, I like the idea, just didn’t care for the books, maybe I’ll give them another chance in a bit.  Maybe I’ll like the movie though, I mean I didn’t like the LOTR books either, but the movies are some of my favorites….only time will tell…

You can punch a co-worker……if one’s  a douchbag and the company farms out its HR department…..

At a company a friend of mine works at, there are two sales guys.  One is a complete and utter ass.  I mean he makes horrible jokes to the customers and everything.  The other guy is a good guy and a good sales guy, he doesn’t bring in as much money as the jerk though.  Also, just an fyi, I’m not talking about like a store here, these are corporate accounts.  So the jerk was talking to an executive assitant and said, “I should have (other guys name here) file these papers!” and laughed.  Then guy number 2 said, “HEY! I’m standing right here!”  there was some other snide remark from the jerk off, then the nicer guy punched him in the back of the head!  Now all of us have had to deal with this jerk and the other guy did what we all wanted to do.  We thought he was going to get fired.  Now comes the fun part! The company doesn’t have a Human Resources department! It’s farmed out! So after two weeks or so of going through paper work, the HR company said that whatever happens to one guy has to happen to the other, so instead of reprimanding or firing anyone, they both walked away! so if your going to hit someone, make sure they insult you first, and that your HR department is off site so they don’t see it!

Want to break old printers and fax machines? I’ve got the soundtrack for you!

I know its old but no other soundtrack is better for destroying office equipment, well and office’s in general, then the Office Space soundtrack.  God its awesome to wreck stuff to that one, especially the Scarface track that’s on it.

Well that’s what I learned this week and I hope you learned it as well!  So stay tuned for more blogs and hey please check out my Beer Show over at my youtube channel….  http://youtu.be/QlHziuQCDNM  and if you’d like check out the rest of them also at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF257ED14691B4177

So once again thanks for reading!

This was the day that helped define computing as we know it.  Today, in 1984, was the day that Apple started selling the Macintosh.  It was a small footprint computer with a handle, built in disk drive and built in monitor.  At the time of its release, it contained only 128k of memory and was black and white.  It was the first consumer computer to use a keyboard and mouse and a GUI (graphical user interface)  It cost a mere 2495 dollars in 1984 (and now we know why my family never had one, as my commodore 128 was like 300 dollars)

The Mac had a very storied and turbulent development process.  Originally Steve Jobs was working on the Lisa project.  Lisa was the first Mac to use a GUI.  The GUI was actually a product of Xerox, well the original, Jobs and the boys saw it there and depending who you talk to, either bought it, made a stock deal with Xerox or stole it.  Even in Jobs book the story differs.  The main problem with the Lisa was the cost, it was 9,995 dollars, it was targeted towards businesses.  During that project, named for Jobs daughter, because of internal conflicts Jobs was forced off the project he started in 1982.  About the same time, another Apple engineer, I can’t think of his name right now, was trying to develop a low priced computer for the masses, he wanted the price to be around 1000 dollars.  Jobs caught wind of this and jumped in.  Due to conflicts between the original guy and Jobs, the original guy left and Jobs basically ran the project.  He upped the specs and pushed the software and hardware teams to make thing smaller and faster (sometimes in a way that wasn’t appreciated)  The people working for him will admit it at times was the worse time of their lives and the best times.  Jobs made sure that the people working on the project could take negative criticism, at times he would flat out insult some of them.  They in turn would strive to prove him wrong and most of the time they did.  That was what Jobs was good at.

One of the major features he pushed for was for different fonts.  At the release this feature would make the Mac the most popular computer in the desktop marketing field, it holds firm in this field to this day (why change to something new when you’re used to something that works anyway?)

So, It may have been a year or two late, but in the end the Macintosh came out and was the computer that started the GUI craze that exists to this day.  It doesn’t matter if you are a Windows, Linux or Apple fan, it was the first step in computers being in everyones homes, and all of you should appreciate what Jobs, Apple and the Mac did for computing.

So RIP Steve Jobs and Happy Birthday Macintosh!

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