Friday, February 23, 2007

Maxthon revisited

So I'm experimenting with Maxthon again using this wonderful plugin called Blogex.  I'm posting this using Blogex and I like the plugin so far - it's responsive and fast.  Now, if only maxthon wasn't dependent on IE6.  If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.  Anyway, I'll report any findings if I can.

A great homage to Dragon Ball Z

There's a great posting in this site about a 34-volume collection of the Dragon Ball manga featuring art from different mangakas.

"In 2004 the Dragon Ball manga was re-released as a 34 volume collection instead of the initial release of 42 volumes. This new release named Kanzeban was bigger than the old edition, with new covers and an altered storyline. But the best part of the Kanzeban is the artwork that comes with the book. What is so special about this artwork? The fact that it is drawn by other mangaka; mangaka that have been influenced by Akira Toriyama’s work in the past."

Go check it out. The sample above is made by the creator of Naruto.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lex to leave Smallville

As the cliche goes - All good things must come to an end. Michael Rosenbaum disclosed in this article that Smallville season 6 will be his last. The big question is, will Smallville stop after this or will it continue with a new Lex Luthor? It's a shame though, the most exciting scenes in Smallville were the psycological warfare between the father and son Luthors.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

D-list comics characters make millions

In lieu of Ghost Rider, a b-list comic character, making millions at the box office. Newsarama made a blog post about other b-list to d-list characters that might possibly become a big hit in the tills. Enter Matter Eating Lad! Enough said!

Scrotum is a naughty word

The Higher Power of Lucky is a children's book that librarians swore to ban in their libraries. The reason for the uproar is that the word scrotum has been mentioned in the first few pages of the book: “Scrotum sounded to Lucky like something green that comes up when you have the flu and cough too much,” the book continues. “It sounded medical and secret, but also important.”

The question is, why must people be pretentious? Scrotum is as scientific as you can get, much like saying penis or vagina, so why must you go "protect" the innocent from the word? And when exactly are you gonna teach a boy about his ballsacks anyway? The dog's scrotum was bitten by a rattlesnake and on other news, stupid people can't say dick, cock or scrotum.

Firefox 2 woes - crashing and unstable

I'm getting frequent problems with Firefox 2 when surfing Google reader and some sites on Cnet like the Buzz Report and other sites. Has anyone noticed that Firefox 2 is somewhat unstable and prone to crashing? If only Opera has the same extensions I use in FF then I will switch in a heartbeat.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Launchy revisited - some hacks and tricks

I talked about Launchy a few months ago. Launchy is an open source keystroke application launcher much like the ones you can do on the Mac, but this one is windows only. Well I found some hacks, tips and tricks for Launchy down at Lifehacker. Check out how you can maximize this app to your needs.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The great Google reader

I've always been looking for a better web alternative for offline RSS readers. I've had the WizRSS extension on my Firefox for the longest time now but I needed something more robust. A few years ago I've also tried Newsgator - I loved it but it was dog slow in my dial-up setup. Enter Google Reader, an Ajaxy google branded feeds aggregator that is suitable for my needs.

I was Initially apprehensive about using another Ajax style site for my feeds because these kind of sites just don't play along well with dial-up, but Google reader is amazingly responsive even on my slow connection. Granted that it takes a while to load feeds with a lot of new stories, but once it loads it's finish and you can read away on your news.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Dial up is 3vil

Ah, the evil dial-up. I've been stuck on you for as long as I have been on the net. I don't know what it feels like to stream content or to play Youtube videos because of you. That's right, this is one of those posts where I just bitch and complain about stuff that sucks in my life. The thing is, there's no broadband connectivity anywhere near where I live (I live near a mountain of garbage) so I can't subscribe to any service, and even if there is high-speed access available I don't think I want to shell out 1,500 pesos for it. That's why all I'm going to do is to bitch about it since I can't do anything to improve my situation. It's fun to complain, especially in a blog where I get a ton of readership.

There's just a ton of shit that I can't do with dial-up, like surf faster. I can't even load the Disney page 'coz it's effing flash based. As I've said, I can't watch Youtube or any other video site for that matter. I can't stream IPTV programs and I can't download video podcasts. Man, I hate dial-up. The crappiest of all is that I can't blog as often as I want 'coz my Google reader feeds are all clogged up in a mess and the connection is just so slow that I can't think of any content to put up aside from stupid rants like this.

Everything is in slow-mo like watching sports games in slow mo for the whole remainder of it. I mean slow-mo can be fun on highlights but not on the whole game, right? It takes me 2 hours to download 20 mb worth of content - content that is about 30 minutes long to consume...MOTHER EFFER! I really should post something more relevant to the theme of this site, but I can't 'coz I've not been surfing enough on this slow effing connection. I tell you, if dial-up was a person, I would strangle it slowly, just as slow as it takes to download a podcast.

Oh well, back to listening to my podcasts.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Browser based MMOs

Do you know that there's a ton of browser based games out there? You don't need a high-end PC to play quality multiplayer games on the net, all you need is you web browser and a little tolerance to text based MMOs.

If you are interested with browser based MMOs then head over to this onRPG forum section about MUDs and other text based multiplayer games.

My first browser based MMO is Utopia, a fantasy online multiplayer strategy game that is easy to learn and is deep rooted in community. I always play an elf mage/attacker, but I've never been that great a player as my girlfriend. I remember introducing this game to my girlfriend (who's a little spoiled when it comes to game graphics) but I didn't know that she'd become an avid gamer, or that she'd surpass me by even becoming queen for some time in a kingdom.

The point is--you may not be an avid gamer of these games before, but you can be a die hard gamer even for text based games. So give it a shot. Honestly, I've been immersing myself again in these games, hence the lack of posts. I may review other browser games here in the future.
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