Our house was egged this morning (or sometime last night). I think we shall survive, though.

The egg-throwers were merciful… they only three one egg. We washed it off without much ado, got in our van, and attended Sunday morning church.

Hopefully that will be the last of such nonsense.

A respectable part of the life of the average programmer is the maintenance of a good work environment.

if you think the above sentence is boring, do not lose hope. there are pictures at the end of this post!

One of the huge quandaries of the aspiring college student is what to do with all the stuff he (or she) needs while at college but has no use for while at home. Ex. A hot-pot, while indispensable at school in lieu of a microwave or oven, is utterly useless at home. Who wants hot-potted Ramen when Fettuccine Alfredo is just fourteen stair-steps away? (Fortunately for me, my hot-pot was “borrowed” and never returned… problem solved) Read on »

This semester, the fires of sonnetry have been kindled within me again. I was afraid, after a rather dry season last year, that my unoriginal logic side had conquered me, and I would never be able to write poetry again.

So, although I have never published any sonnets that I know of, I shall post my fifth, In Restless Grove. It is rather an experiment, being the first sonnet that I have attempted writing entirely in the delviiden alphabet. This means, among other things, that I couldn’t gloss over the previous lines, which resulted in it being slightly disconnected.

Without further ado…

With all of the misleading hype about Windows 7, very few writers and tech nuts (like me!) seem to be contemplating Windows 8. However, I think they have put more thought into the OS-after-next than they realize. Allow me to illuminate and share some possible guesses about an operating system that, while being planned, is still at least four years off down the road:

  • Windows 8 will make heavy use of virtualizing technology. Backwards-compatibility cruft will be ported to a separate subsystem (Mac’s Classic, anyone?), possibly including .NET technologies.
  • Most, if not all, of the kernel’s APIs will be managed. Almost all necessary functionality will be in managed code, including low-level kernel access.
  • While most current Vista drivers should work through the compatibility layer, most hardware will use a radically newer driver technology.
  • The desktop will have changed massively; the Startbar as we know it will be gone, and the desktop itself will be more portal-like, possibly similar, though much more powerful, than KDE’s Plasma.
  • Touchscreen and voice technology will be incredibly easy to use. The mouse, and possibly the keyboard, will be merely options instead of necessities.
  • The concept of “this is my machine” will be harder to sympathize with: user switching, storing settings and applications remotely, etc. will allow desktop on demand (-r).
  • True, modular components will emerge with Windows 8. A trim, stripped-down system will emerge, possibly utilizing improvements from the experimental WinMin project.
  • Windows 8 will run on stripped-down hardware. Current XP machines should be able to run it, though possibly with some feature loss.
  • Finally, multimedia as we know it will be gone. The computer will be a portal to an amazing world, be it gaming, movie-watching, or simply listening to music. The poor teenagers of those days… homework will never get done!

While these are merely speculative musings, I firmly believe that some, if not most, if not all of these improvements will make it into Windows 8, though I doubt we will see them in Windows 7. Windows 8 will be the defining OS from Microsoft. It will be the OS that makes Apple afraid; Mac fans will begin to (almost… they’d never admit to it) look wistfully at our PCs, wishing that their operating system had the same functionality.

Over the past month or so, website after website has rolled out review after review of “Windows 7.” Of course, everything they say is almost pure postulation; with Windows Vista barely weened of its first year and Vista SP1 only recently released, any news of a new operating system from Redmond is tentative at best.

However, as a seasoned OS tester, I have a few ideas myself. Disclaimer: These are only my ideas. I don’t know the future yet.

  1. Windows 7 will not be “modular,” contrary to popular belief. Microsoft will harden the NT kernel from Vista, and they will probably get it ready for modularization, but it itself will not be modular yet.
  2. Windows 7 APIs will not be dramatically different. Microsoft cannot afford to break compatibility by changing all of its APIs.
  3. Windows 7 will probably be an interim release; it will prepare people for the amazingness that will be Windows 8.
  4. A widget engine will likely be included in Windows 7, with a dashboard probably similar to Yahoo’s.
  5. Windows 7 will include a new version of Internet Explorer… and probably not IE8.
  6. Security as we know it will be changed with version 7. Hackers, beware. Your time will have come.
  7. The perks of Linux will start to look less perky. A sleeping giant has awakened in the bowels of Redmond. Penguins, beware.

Some of this is pure speculation, and some is not. However, I am most confident that the major paradigm shift in Windows computing will wait at least until version 8. By then, touchscreens will be more common, RAM should not be an issue, and more people will have broadband Internet. Anticipate great things from Windows 7, but the true amazement starts with Windows 8; speculations on that coming up soon.

After a hiatus of many days (or months), I decided to post a photo gallery depicting what caused me to stop posting.

During the vicious, early days of the semester, I woke up one Saturday morning, eager to finish off my homework and start the next week off ahead. After going through all of my emails, replying to them, getting my schedule together, and eating, I decided that I would get some exercise in before plunging into the full swing of homework. Not too much exercise, mind you. Just a little bit. Just a few swings of my katana. That’s all.

Read on »

Yeah, my server was down for a day and a half.

But, thanks to my faithful family server crew, it’s back up again, as you can see.

That is what this post is: invisible. Or, rather, what it would be if it went the way of the other three posts I was going to write in the past few days.

Yet another month has gone by without leaving its mark on my blog. However, hardly a week goes by without leaving a mark on me: mentally, physically, and spiritually. Though most things fade (memories, scars, etc.), hopefully the lessons one learns throughout life will not disappear. In the following three posts, I shall relate three lessons in mental, physical, and spiritual exercise, respectively, that I have learned during my hiatus in Real Life©

Posts on personal matters are among the most boring to read, granted. They happen also to be the easiest to write. Whether a post-less blog or a boring blog is more profitable only time shall tell.

Reading blogs is a little bit like watching a dolphin as he travels his wettish world.

Diving deep, with his tail a’flash a’flow a’flipping
In a sweep, rolling waves a’roll a’ripping–

A dolphin loves attention, to be sure. If he had the time, he would likely spend his life above the water, floating up above for some human to lavish praise upon or some child to squeal over. Proof of this is his sage skill in executing flips and spins and graceful arching leaps above his ocean home. And ultimately, he must return to his home in the sea. It is his life, after all.

So is the blogger. Were we able, we would attempt to amuse the masses by blogging sage wisdom, plot, drama, and as much as could be dispensed. In the end, we must dive down again into the sea, travel to the bottom of real life, and only think of returning again to the surface for another show of authorship.

Forgive the dolphins. They hide in the depths to sustain their lives. Forgive us, the bloggers of the webbed sea. We must hide in the coral of real life until opportunity presents itself to post above the surface again.

Well, now I’ve got to sit down and figure out which of the three themes will work. The break-down:

  • AquaTheme – Definitely original. Not too hard on the eyes. Nice, mute colors.
  • Black-n-Blue – The fastest theme I have. It downloads in three seconds compared to the others, which take ten to fifteen. The white text on the black background strains the eyes, though.
  • Blue-Green – A nice, concise theme. It takes a little while to load, but it has some nice gradients and colors.

I want the content to be king of the blog, not the colors or the theme. Actually, the perfect theme for me is one that visitors don’t even notice. Currently, that seems to me to be the Black-n-Blue theme. However, eye-strain is a big issue, and white-on-black text does strain the eyes. Comments, suggestions, insults, money? I’ll take them all now if anyone has any to give.