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Yes, I have another side of me, that doesn’t involve basketball.

It’s the tech sort-of-geek that’s pretty cool.
I got a team in Microsoft Imagine Cup Lebanon and we created an educational game, if you want to see the video, go to our page and vote for our team. We need every vote we can get since other teams have a lot of time on their hands to get votes.

If my team wins, we go to the Microsoft Imagine Cup in New  York City, and I’ve been wanting to go back there 15 years ago.

Our educational game is called “A Better City“, and for more information, do the following steps:

Step 1: Click on link  http://www.imaginecuplebanon.com/Vote.aspx?Register=true

Step 2: Fill out the fields and use your Hotmail email address. Any other type is not accepted.

Step 3: Go to your Inbox/Junk Mail

Step 4: Search for an “Activate” email sent by Microsoft.

Step 5: Click on the link in the e-mail.

Step 6: Log in with your password.

Step 7: Click on Mighty Bytes.

Step 8: Vote!

Thank you all!

The voting process takes 3 minutes tops! I need all the help I can get, thank you :D

Oh, and here’s the video:


Here are two videos that are bound to make all the programmers and IT people really happy on this evening. Feel free to laugh, especially at the second one, which I think is really well executed, especially that Lady Gaga herself hasn’t thought of a Floppy-Disk-based dress (that’s if she could find some lying around).

Enjoy :D

And So You Code ( Alors On Dance Parody)

Lady Java (Bad Romance + Poker Face parody)

 

 


The announcement, on October 25, 2010 that Sony would be discontinuing the production of Walkmans was met by a lot of nostalgia and surprise. Some people had already thought the Walkman was dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t blame them for thinking that way especially with how digital music players, namely the iPod, have taken over our world. In fact, many lists highlighted the iPod as the invention that changed the world of music in the 2000s. I, for one, am going to miss the Walkman.

Sony Walkman WM A602

Sony Walkman WM A602 Image via Wikipedia

I even wrote a long post for this during the summer about my affinity for the tech stuff I used growing up. You can find it here.  Both items are considered to be revolutionary in terms of how we listen to our music and have shaped the music industry and the definition of what songs are hits or flops. Since the introduction of the iPod, for example, the biggest indicator has become the download rate for a song or how many copies an album sells on iTunes.

Still the Walkman did leave its impact on the world, giving music enthusiasts a chance to take their music with them wherever they went.

This does not mean, however, that we should be in mourning.  This is because Apple have unveiled the newest generations of iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod touch, and they look amazing. It’s hard to imagine that they have only been around for 9 years, because it sure feels like forever.  (more…)


http://media.threadless.com/product/1397/zoom.gifI found this image while using Stumbleupon and I couldn’t but share it with you, especially that I have been thinking about writing a post on the “death” of cassettes and CDs thanks to the widespread popularity of iPods and mp3 players for a while now.

I remember about 10 years ago, I used to be the proud owner of a pink-red Sony Walkman on which I used to play all my Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and other pop group cassettes on. Though it was bulky in comparison to my current choice of music player (an iPod nano 3rd generation), I used to carry it everywhere I went, with a spare tape in tow, just in case I got bored of listening to the same thing over and over again.

And even though, in my early teenage years, I transitioned to the CD player, I still obsessively made mix tapes. It was always a matter of waiting for Radio One to play the latest song stuck in my head and rushing to record it, then playing then over and over again. The last time I made a mix-tape, it was in 2004, meaning I was 13 years old, and I only abandoned the practice because I started ordering custom-made mix CDs from a nearby shop. That would soon be followed by buying a first generation iPod shuffle, discovering downloading, replacing the shuffle with a 2nd generation iPod nano, then having to replace it with the current one I have when it would no longer function.That was a sad day, because I had not backed up the 500 or so songs I had, and had to download everything all over again. (more…)


If you ask any Internet savvy user (but Microsoft users of course), everyone will tell you that Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are much better than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The IE team is now saying otherwise.

With rumors of IE9 to be released soon, Microsoft’s IE team is saying that Internet Explorer 9 is months away from being released, and that IE9 basically depends on hardware acceleration, as the Internet Explore 9 Platform Preview showed in an impressive performance.

Although Firefox 4 beta 1 is already out, and has its own GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration, IE’s group program manager, Robert Mauceri, says that IE9′s harwdware acceleration is “a lot more comprehensive”, where IE9 accelerates much more on the page according to Mauceri, and the GPU is used as all text, graphics, video and images are being rendered.

According to Microsoft's speed test, IE9 runs faster Firefox 4.

According to Mauceri, some tests have shown that FF4 and IE9 are really similar, but in other features, Firefox and Google Chrome are playing catch-up to Internet Explorer. For example, as Mauceri said, Firefox’s new HTML5 parser uses a “separate thread from the one handling Firefox’s interface”, something already exists in IE8 by running each tab in an isolated process.  Google Chrome’s first steps into native code is nothing really special, as IE has had native code for years according to the IE group manager.

I have a good feeling about IE9 and I can’t wait until it’s out. What do you say?


The trend is now moving forward, with everything being done in 3-D.

When’s the last time you watched a movie that was NOT in three dimensions?

Well, some things never change..for the moment.

You gotta love Miyamoto. Funny dude. And smart.

Although they will be releasing the handheld console Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo legend Miyamoto said in an interview to CrunchGear that 2D fans have nothing to worry about as the new Nintendo Wii won’t be released in 3D.

The reason why it won’t be released in three dimensions is because, unlike the 3DS, a lot of special equipment would be required for the 3D Wii, including a three dimensional television, which isn’t really popular in homes.

So yes, 2D fans, your new Nintendo Wii will still be within those two dimensions. You can breathe.