Archive for the ‘Time to Get Geeky’ Category

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

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 😀

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 😀

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…) 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.

It’s that time of year again.
Time to clean up my PC and move everything I absolutely need to my external hard-drive, which sadly, only fits 120 GB of information.
Yes, I am well aware that this as a lot of space, but I have over three thousand high resolution photos and over six thousand mp3 files. That’s not going into all my research and PowerPoint presentations covering the span of around five years.
And since I have only 120 GB, I have to be very choosy.
Thus begin the questions.

The simplest way to get rid of everything

Do I need the entire Lil’ Wayne album that I once reviewed for the college newspaper and absolutely hated? Do I still need the files I used while researching Portugal’s position on the Digital Divide from when I was a delegate at MUN in 2007? How many times should I watch the episodes of Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee? Does the software for The Sims 1 (I kid you not) still work on my laptop?
The most likely answers would be No, No, None, No.
Which means that I should just hit delete and throw all of those away into the virtual trash.
But the notion of disposing of things takes me back to a launching event I attended less than a week ago at the UNESCO palace. To sum things up, the launching event was for an awareness campaign entitled Think Before You Throw that’s part of this solid waste management plan done in collaboration with several ministries in Lebanon. I was there because of my major and it was an assignment to assess whether this project would succeed or not (Note: It won’t).
Basically, it’s all about encouraging local communities to sort their household solid wastes at the source of generation instead of at the facilities, in order to save upon costs, energy, and space in the landfills. After all, there’s so much that could be done with recyclable material. Here’s one example that could have a very positive impact on our lives and on the environment in general.

The actual problem

Now you may be wondering why I’m likening the dumping of solid wastes to the deletion of several electronic files. You’re right, there’s nothing crystal-clear common between the two. After all, mass-deleting e-files will not have the same effect on the environment as disposing a kilogram of trash every day. But it’s about the logic. If we assume that throwing things away is no longer a problem because it’s so similar to just clicking delete, our problems are only going to get grander and unsolvable.
Reality is still a far place from the E-world and we must remember that.

Don’t you just love how things progress with technology?

Mostly the good things in life, right?

Yeah, well even getting high is developing with technology.

Getting high? Technology? Related? Yes, the new “drug” is listening to MP3s.

Yes. Those files that you put on your iPods and MP3 players and phones. They can get you high.

I-dosing is the act of “getting high” by listening to digital songs  through “dealers” online.

You think I’m kidding, right? Check this out:

Well, I guess I’m not.

According to News 9, teenagers i-dose by getting the song online, plug their earphones, and get high off the song.

It sounds kind of too weird to be true, but everyone is taking this issue kind of seriously from kids to officials. People from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs are worried that this might be a “gateway drug” that could lead to these kids using other dangerous drugs.

Of course, this story couldn’t get any more interesting without seeing a bunch of users (listeners, internet surfers, whatever you want to call them) and their reactions to “using”:

Reaction #1:

Reaction #2 ( and a disturbing one indeed):

Kids, stay away from drugs (and YouTube for the time being 😛 ). It doesn’t do you good.

Do you know how people always nag about recycling by telling students to throw unneeded paper in a box so they can recycle and to throw the Pepsi and Cola cans in special trash cans and recycling containers? Some people (ok, a lot of people) simply think that the recycling process may or may not go through.

Well check this out:

Result of recycling in China: 40-foot Optimus Prime

I know, Megan Fox isn’t going to be in the new Transformers, so everyone is saying there should be no reason to get all excited about a 40 foot pile of junk assembled in an amazing way. In Beijing the Chinese seem to disagree and find Optimus Prime very cool. This statue weighs six tons and is mostly made of car parts, including engines, bodies and tires.

This “Transformer” has been made supposedly to promote the recycling initiative “Green Dream”. Yet the “real” reason according to others is that the Chinese are competing with the Japanese, who recently reconstructed a 60-foot statue of Gundam (some metaseries of Japanese anime 😛 ) in honor of his 3oth anniversary.


The real reason Optimus Prime was created: To be protected from this Gundam

Battle anyone?