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Author: Lilithe (formerly Ean) (page 53 of 64)

Sony Rep. Suffers from Foot-In-Mouth Disease

Let me start by saying I give Sony credit where it’s due, but this time only ridicule is in order.

It seems Jack Tretton offered in an interview to pay $1200 for a PS3 if you could find it on the store shelves as of early January 2007.

The EGM interviewer didn’t skip a beat and informed poor Jack that they had found 9 out of 18 retailers had stock with some having as many as 20 units on the shelves!

It seems Jack Tretton might want to put his money where his mouth is, or shut up.

Either one is fine, really.

Macrovision “Nerfed” my MCE PC!

· nerf (nur·f) make soft or useless something that was once useful.

Nerfing items comes from online gaming and specifically MMORPGs.

Macrovision seems to have ‘nerfed’ my Windows Media Center Edition 2005 PC by making me unable to record a show and watch it later.

Worse yet, FOX has been reported to randomly fire Digital Rights Management Signals into it’s shows without the required licence to do so. It is usually the content creator’s decision to set a show to ‘copy always’, ‘copy once’ (sometimes meaning delete soon), and ‘copy never’ protection schemes.

Try to set your PVR of any kind that supports Macrovision (TiVo included) to record some shows on FOX and it will fail about 5 or 6 minutes into the show. Even if you legitemately want to watch a show later, now you can’t.

I think I’ll try installing an Ubuntu MCE system and see if I can avoid this mess and enjoy the MCE PC experience the way it was meant to be enjoyed. I don’t watch much TV but the shows I do watch should be viewable when I want them.

Ouch! Full Server Drive

I had never thought I’d run out of space on my server but I have.

The great thing is that even though the daemons had no space left to write to their log files for days my webserver seemed to keep on ticking.


Very soon I’ll have to remedy this situation so you may see my server go on and off for a bit some day soon.

Thanks for your patience.

Don’t Complicate Their Life

It seems that now and then when you’re developing a project for someone you lose sight of an important principle.

Don’t complicate their life.

People want you to work for them because they have a problem. This problem complicates their lives. If the solution you propose further complicates their lives, then why are they even getting you to help them in the first place?

This article by Bleek of DivisionTwo is either a big joke or one of the best case-in-point examples of what I’m talking about I could have ever found.

The author intends to build a machine that their 89 year old grandmother can use. This grandmother has little to no experience with computers at all other than writing the odd letter.

What the author provides is the most “feature rich” (read complicated) convoluted setup I could possibly fathom.

He might have made it harder on her if he decided to include a few more flavours of linux on the same box and make the boot loader display in Chinese in case she was studying that language.

Obviously, he didn’t even follow up and all he knows is that his mother called saying that grandma can’t get past the boot loader and needs some instruction.


In my opinion the first place he went wrong was deciding that more choices is always a good thing. In general, people who are in unfamilliar territory want to know the best choice (whether it’s your best choice or whatever), if they’re inquisitive MAYBE they’ll ask why it’s the best choice, and they’ll want to know how to get there.

As well, don’t put someone in unfamilliar territory if at all possible. Why would you have a computer randomly change things around on someone who barely knows how to use it? Even seasoned veterans of the computer world get annoyed when someone moves around the navigation on them.

I have serious trouble believing this is real but I also know full well people make these mistakes all the time. I guess I’ll chalk it up to a joke and one of the best usability case studies ever written.


Is it true? Is Nintendo on top?

Some early post-holiday reports suggest that the Nintendo Wii has some serious staying power in the retail market whereas the XBOX360 and Playstation 3 are collecting dust on store shelves.

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. I’ve thought for a long time that Sony had lost it’s commanding lead on the market, and that this time around it would be at very least a heated competition. It seems that Wii systems are nigh unavailable these days however.

I can see why. Having played just one game for the system, Wii Sports, I’m sold on the Nintendo Wii simply for fun factor. Perhaps I’ll pick one up in the coming months when it experiences its first price drop.

I guess Nintendo will be with us for a while to come, N64 certainly didn’t kill them. I think that Sony will suffer a similar fate and simply have a bad run this time around. Who knows, they may come out on top too, but I doubt it.

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