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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Dawn of iPhone

The iPhone debuted yesterday at 6 p.m., and no, I did not get one for myself. I have neither the money nor the need for something like that. But that won't stop me from drooling over it once one finds its way into my hands. First impressions are at www.macrumors.com as well as a handful of other places. Here is PCWorld's iPhone stress test video. Have fun!

Also, the preliminary schedule for UCLA bball next year is up! Check the link on the site header. No times yet though.


 

Saturday, June 9, 2007

And so, it begins. Or rather, ends. Well, something's beginning, anyway. Fourth year in college has concluded. Most would be graduating at this point, but I'm going for the five year plan (not Stalin's; I've got my own). So I'll be back next year. No sappy end-of-an-era thoughts, no grand ceremonies or celebrations, because none of it applies to me. What does apply to me? Ahh, plenty.

It has been eight months since my last update, and as you can see, it coicided exactly with the beginning of this school year. I guess I've been a little too busy to update. There is so much to catch up on, and I don't know if I can get to everything. But I'll try.

<----NEW POLL ADDED!!! Check out the frame to the left.

First, the UCLA stuff:
- Football ended up 8-5 last year, losing to FSU in the crap bowl. Luckily, this year will not be remembered for that, but rather for stifling our cross-town rivals SUC 13-9 in a defensive battle. New Bruin hero Eric "McPick" McNeal will forever go down in history as in the elite group of "Trojan Killers."
- Speaking of Trojan Killers, Arron Afflalo has cemented himself on the roster as well, draining the game-winning jumper to beat SUC basketball 65-64 at the Galen Center (AKA Pauley Pavilion South)
- Honorary Trojan Killer, sophomore Cliff Galiher won the 2007 Jeopardy! College Championship right under SUC's noses - it took place at the Galen Center as well. He beat out contestants from schools around the country, including SUC. Way to go, Cliff!
- UCLA is the first school to reach 100 NCAA team championships! Stanford is distantly in 2nd with 93. Congratuations to our athletic department, our Bruin family, and the women's water polo team, whose third straight title forever put us in the history books for this milestone.
- UCLA Baseball is moving along, and will play perennial powerhouse Cal State Fullerton in the college playoff Super Regionals tonight at 4 p.m.
- Basketball finished another impressive season with a record of 30-5 and getting to back-to-back Final Fours! This has helped recruiting tremendously...
- And finally, before the end of summer, football season begins. Many feel that this is the year that Karl Dorrell must put up or shut up (or rather, get out).

Speaking of summer... yeah, that's something that's beginning. Anyway...

Quick Apple update:
- The much-anticipated iPhone now has an official release date: June 29th, 2007. Yeah, I'm drooling over it too, but all I can do is hope that someone I know gets one. Because I'm not getting one anytime soon.
- Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) is coming back, and will be held at its usual location, San Francisco's Moscone Center from June 11-15 (starting this Monday).

Now for the miscellaneous stuff:
- Babylon 5 returns!!! I'm anticipating this more highly than any summer movie. Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - episode 1: Voices in the Dark is a direct-to-DVD movie that takes place 10 years after the events of Emmy Award winning TV show Babylon 5. See the links section for more info and set your countdown widget to July 31, 2007.
- Battlestar Galactica is coming to an end after four seasons. I guess they're trying to go out on a high note. So say we all...
- Paris Hilton goes to jail. 'nuff said.

Site update stuff:
- Updated the links section. Added icanhascheezburger.com, am570radio.com and deleted, and rearranged some stuff.
- Don't forget: I have a scarcely-used guestbook and forum. They're here for you to use.
- Slight color changes. You may or may not notice.


Sunday, October 8, 2006

Year four of college (I mean university, to those who are not from here) has begun, and I just settled into my new apartment. As this is not exactly a personal blog, I will stop there.

UCLA Football is off to a 4-1 start, after having defeated the craptacular Arizona Wildcats yesterday. Basketball is just around the corner, with the exhibition game against Cal Poly Pomona just 25 days away. I'm frakkin' fired up for that.

Speaking of frak, Battlestar Galactica's third season premiered this past Friday night. Boy, was I blown away. I knew the writers were capable of pushing the limits of drama and character and story writing, but I didn't think they would go this far. You'll have to see it to know what I mean. If you haven't seen the show at all, it's about time you started watching. SciFi.com has a nice featurette on The Story So Far, along with some webisodes that lead directly into 3x01.

The new basketball schedule will be up soon.


Monday, July 3, 2006

Just replaced my old clunky 19" CRT with a brand new 20.1" LCD!
Here are the pictures:

Up close | Three-quarter view | Portrait Mode | Portrait Mode again

This is a Samsung 204B. I'll post more impressions later if I feel like it.

By the way, the 19" CRT is for sale. Let me know if you're looking to buy a large monitor with great picture quality.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Just posting the link to UCLA's 2006-2007 basketball schedule.


Friday, June 16, 2006

School's out, summer's here, etc. etc. etc. The work continues, though, with.. uh, work, and summer school. But it'll be different - living at home again, and doing lots of driving. Sounds like last summer.

We didn't get to 100 (see May 26th entry), but it's only a matter of time. There's still next year. Hopefully it'll be another great one all around.

Bill Gates has been talking recently about taking a more diminished role in the day-to-day operations at Microsoft. I don't know the details, but I'll be interested to see the impact that has on how the company operates. A different attitude, perhaps? Maybe a new mentality toward business. Or a new name for Vista.

Well, since summer's here, I will have a little extra time to spend catching up on my shows. Here's my progress so far:

-Battlestar Galactica: 2x02
-24: 3x01
-Lost: 2x09
-Stargate SG-1: 1x01 (Never gonna finish this one...)
-The Dead Zone: 4x05
-X-Men (yes, that kid's cartoon): 2x09

Movies that have been released that I supposedly have to see (in no particular order):

-Underworld and Underworld Evolution
-Almost Famous
-Syriana
-Kingdom of Heaven
-The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
-Sin City (almost halfway done; it's not very palatable)
-War of the Worlds

A big "thank you" to everyone who voted in my poll. I don't reach a large enough audience for it to be a real sample space representive of any particular population, but it was interesting to see what people thought. Here are the results:

The Playstation 3 was, understandably, the most popular one; it follows right on the heels of the ultra-popular PS2. I wonder if these people knew that it's going to cost $500-$600. The XBox 360 was the least popular system. I am actually somewhat surprised at this result, because I would think that many would have jumped on the new system right away. The Nintendo Wii is quite possibly the stupidest name for a console, EVER. It came in second in the voting, with twice as many votes as the 360, but less than half of the Playstation's votes.

Right now, as well as during the time of voting, only the 360 is being sold. When the PS3 and Wii are released, I believe that sales figures will not be reflected in the results of this poll. Of consumers buying only one console or computer, I doubt 63% (I did the math, and that's what it is if you don't count the "None of the above"s or the Intel Mac) would be buying the PS3. Loyal fanbase, yes, but the Wii's enticing pricetag of no greater than $250 will help boost Nintendo's sales over Sony's significantly. I might end up getting a PS3 eventually, though. Only time will tell. Of course, the XBox 360.. well, I can't really comment on its current state. The competition's coming, though. Check back later for another, totally unrelated poll.

I think I should add more pictures. It makes the site look better. But what to use? Let me know in the forums.


Friday, May 26, 2006

Jamba Juice for president! Okay, now that didn't make any sense whatsoever. So today, I sucked it up and waited in that dreadful line to buy a Mango-a-go-go from said establishment. It didn't seem as dreadful this time, however, since I wasn't really in a hurry to get anywhere. Service was great, and the smoothie was well-blended. Smooth - that's how I like it. Incidentally, I walked by Tropix today, as well, and a new sign said that they were opening up some health foods store in its place. Good for them.

The University of Champions in Los Angeles continues to succeed athletically, having won the men's volleyball championship a couple weeks ago, and the women's water polo championship as well. So.. we're on our way to 100! Will it be #1 ranked softball? Baseball? Tennis? Golf? We'll be keeping close tabs on this.

Oh hey, here's another neat thing about the Mac. Presenting: the Smacbook Pro! Basically, the hard drive has a "sudden motion sensor" to protect against data loss if the computer is bumped too hard, or dropped. Someone has developed a way to utilize the SMS to change programs, and even operating systems. So you give your computer a little tap, and it'll switch to whatever you've set it to switch to. Click the link and watch the video for more information.

Went to the midnight showing of X-Men: The Last Stand. Without giving it away, I'll say that it was amazing. There are lots of surprises, and tons of treats for fans of the comic series and casual moviegoers alike. We got a look at the Danger Room. We get to see more of Colossus. He doesn't seem to be Russian, but he's still really cool. Go see it now.


Friday, May 19, 2006

Jack Bauer for President! I know, that's Dennis "Hayes-bear" Haysbert's job, but I heard someone say that last week. About a week ago, I went on a "24" viewing spree, watching about six episodes in a night to finish off Season 2. I haven't done that since two years ago, when I rediscovered Deep Space Nine for the first time (Shut up, that made perfect sense). DS9, of course, is still way better than 24, but I have to say... while we're in the 21st century, "Jack Bauer for president!"

Okay, enough silliness. As you should probably know by now, I'm a student at UCLA. And UCLA has tons of perks for its students - best public university in America, great diversity among the population, #1 athletics programs, etc. etc. etc. I'm not bragging; just saying I'm very lucky. But it was missing one thing... Jamba Juice! That is, until now. For years, we've had this place called "Tropix," which satisfied my periodic urges for smoothies. It filled its role quite nicely, but it wasn't the same. When I'd heard they were building a Jamba Juice on campus, I was overcome with happiness... until I realized that it was silly to be so happy about a smoothie place. Well, actually, it's not. Jamba Juice rocks, and if you disagree, well, shut up and go buy a Jamba Juice.

The other day, one day after the grand opening of Ackerman Union's Jamba Juice (which has replaced, or rather displaced, the arcade) I began to wonder how the competition brought upon by Jamba Juice's arrival was affecting Tropix's business. So I stopped by the ol' smoothie place, and was met by an empty stall and a single sign saying something like "Tropix is now closed. Thank you for your continued support all these years. Go buy a Jamba Juice." Well, okay. Goodbye, Passionfruit Mist, hello again, Mango-a-go-go.

Apple released the new Macbooks. These are not to be confused with the Macbook Pros that they released a couple months ago. Gone are the awesomely-named iBooks and PowerBooks. The iBooks, which were the low-consumer-end line, have been replaced by the Macbooks, and the PowerBooks, professional level laptops, have been replaced with Macbook Pros. Okay, so I've actually gotten used to the new names... and the use of Intel chips in our Macs, but there's still the issue of differentiation. There's a lot of room for error where someone might mistakenly say "Macbook" when they mean to say "Macbook Pro" and vice versa. Oh well... nothing I can do about that.

And once again, I've said very little using very many words. So I'll be off... for now.


Monday, April 24, 2006

So much to talk about, so little time, and so little room. It's been 22 days since that fateful night at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, where our team's season was cut one win short of the national championship. I was going to write something about that early on, but each time I tried, I decided I didn't feel like it. And now I still don't feel like it. Maybe next time.

Anyway, to take a little break from bball, there's some other news to announce.

Today, Apple announced the release of its new 17-inch Macbook Pro to complement the 15" model released a while back. Those who actually care about the new specs can go to Apple's MacBook Pro page. Now, if only they were free...

In related news, two huge programs have been released this past month that have the potential to significantly rearrange the face of computing. Note that I say "have the potential," because only time will tell exactly what kind of impact they have. Oh, I haven't even said what they are.

Apple Boot Camp: This program is in Beta, which means it's not a final product, and they still have some bugs to work out and features to complete. It allows Intel Macs to run Windows alongside the Mac OS in a process called "Dual Booting." This means that a user can choose what operating system to use, restart the computer, and, viola, they're in it. Now, as you know, I'm an avid Mac fan, and so you may be wondering why I am excited about this. Why would I want to sully the good machine by putting that other operating system on it? For me personally, I would use it for all those niche programs that there aren't Mac counterparts for, as well as some games that don't get ported to the Mac.

Apple's reasoning? Apple's not here to sell or promote Windows. I can tell you that. Not now, not ever, even though this action on their part can be misconstrued as such. Instead, they made the move in order to lower barriers to switching. Hundreds of thousands of Windows users use PCs for simple things like browsing, word processing, Internet, and the like. Most of them are satisfied, despite the problems they encounter everyday. To be honest, a truly savvy PC user is generally able to cope with and avoid the problems that plague Windows PCs. But not even close to half the population is that savvy, and unless they really have a thing for Windows, they need to be using a Mac. Hands down.

And many of these people have Mac friends, or have seen advertisements for Macs, and they consider switching because they hear it's better on this side. There isn't much that a PC can do that a Mac can't do, but for everything else, there's Boot Camp. Maybe it's a little tool or an accounting program. Maybe it's a utility for converting strange audio formats. A little restart can take the user back into Windows for a little tooling, and then another restart will bring them back to their glorious new Mac OS. Sounds like a good deal to me.

The second program I mentioned is Parallels Workstation. It uses technology called "Virtualization." This may get confusing, so for the faint of heart, you may want to brace yourself, or skip this fascinating blue-colored section. Some may have heard of "Virtual PC" in the past. This is a program for Mac users (The Windows version does something completely different, so I'm not going to go over it here) that emulates a Windows PC. This is basically a simulation, in which the software (the actual program) pretends to be the hardware of an actual PC. Since it's not the real thing, it does the job very, very slowly. The innards of Macs and PCs were so different that this was the best solution we had.

This new idea, "virtualization," has come about alongside the switch to Intel chips, which I highlighted a few months back. Basically, now that the new Macs run on Intel chips, the innards of Macs and PCs are very much the same, so that the reason that Boot Camp lets you boot Windows is the same as why Parallels Workstation lets you run Windows, albeit slightly differently. Users might be able to relate to Boot Camp more, because a straight restart is simple and more familiar. Parallels is similar to Virtual PC in that it's just a program that runs on the Mac OS, just like other programs: Word, iTunes, etc. But instead of emulating Windows like VPC, Parallels Workstation is actually running Windows on top of the Mac OS - at the same time. The difference is speed. The nice thing about Virtual PC is the ability to run them side by side, which is helpful in many ways but I will not get into them right now. The key here is speed. Parallels Workstation gives us the speed of a true PC (which you get with Boot Camp) and the functionality of Virtual PC.

Did I lose you back there? You didn't understand that? I hope you're not a big computer enthusiast. Here's something everyone will understand. Here, a Die-hard Windows user criticizes Microsoft on their treatment of their still upcoming new operating system, Windows Vista.

More later, if I'm lucky.


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