Archive for March, 2009

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Here it is, The Witcher Enhanced Edition – easily one of the best RPGs of the last years. It wouldn’t be me ordering this game, if nothing would come up during the short and simple order process. Notice that the “Enhanced Edition” of the game costs 17.99. Which the title is worth completely.
And here it comes, after adding it to the shopping basket and proceeding a few steps, the price changes from 17.99 to 18.62…

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Now why is that?

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Can’t be any kind of taxes. Those are listed in the order summary at the end.
It’s not about the 0.63. I just don’t like that the price suddenly changes without the slightest hint, let alone any explanation. That also never happened to me before.

//Update

The explanation is, that the merchant who supplies this (depends also on merchant), doesn’t add taxes, so this is done by .co.uk according to the current case. This can trigger the above re-calculation before the final order summary. Good to know, though I would prefer it, if any “re-calculations” would be done in one single step, instead of several.

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Where’s the “mistake”?

Extensions 03/2009

– Adblock Plus 1.0.1
http://adblockplus.org/
– CacheViewer 0.5b4
– CustomizeGoogle 0.76
http://www.customizegoogle.com/
– Delicious Bookmarks 2.1.034
http://delicious.com
– Deutsches Wörterbuch 1.0.1
– DOM Inspector 2.0.3
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/inspector/
– DownloadHelper 4.2
http://www.downloadhelper.net
– Extension List Dumper 1.14.1
http://sogame.awardspace.com/
– Firebug 1.4.0a14
– FlashGot 1.1.8
http://flashgot.net
– Gmail Manager 0.5.7.1
http://www.longfocus.com/firefox/gmanager/
– Linkification 1.3.6
http://yellow5.us/firefox/linkification/
– Live HTTP headers 0.14
– LongURL Mobile Expander 1.0.1
http://longurl.org/tools
– Menu Editor 1.2.6
http://menueditor.mozdev.org/
– Modify Headers 0.6.4
http://www.garethhunt.com/
– Nightly Tester Tools 2.0.2
http://www.oxymoronical.com/web/firefox/nightly
– NoScript 1.9.1.4
http://noscript.net
– Resurrect Pages 2.0.3
http://trac.arantius.com/wiki/Extensions/Resurrect
– ScrapBook 1.3.3.9
http://amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/
– Secure Login 0.9.3
https://blueimp.net/mozilla/
– SQLite Manager 0.4.7
http://sqlite-manager.googlecode.com/
– StumbleUpon 3.28
http://www.stumbleupon.com/
– Tamper Data 10.1.0
http://tamperdata.mozdev.org
– United States English Dictionary 3.0.3
http://www.blogzilla.info/spellchecker/
– User Agent Switcher 0.6.11
http://chrispederick.com/work/user-agent-switcher/
– Web Developer 1.1.6
http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/

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Phewww! For a second there I thought it was Dick Cheney, but luckily it’s only Ben. :P Nice hats!

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THERE WERE MANY EPISODES

AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE A PLAN

If another show I watch ends like that, I’ll stop watching series altogether and start writing my own stories. And no, I don’t think this was the intention, to inspire anyone to anything. There is nothing good coming out of this disaster.
I’m really glad I haven’t voted for the show yet, otherwise I would have to delete my previous 8-9 before giving it my final 5. Ha-ha.
In the much anticipated finale the story tells quite literally, that, in the end, it’s the best thing to discard every technological/scientific progress mankind ever made, because our souls (=stuff we should believe in instead) can’t keep up with what our minds can develop… In favor of living the simple life without challenging our simple, basic nature (and thus burying any chance it might ever change to the better), which actually was the real problem for everything bad happening in the first place.
How convenient for RDM’s staff that this frakkin technology was developed far enough to make BSG look the way it did (when they could have done it so much better with wood and rocks). If visual effects would still look like they did in the seventies, the series might have had a much harder time to get a greenlight. But who really cares or is even aware that everything cool we can do, does indeed rely heavily on scientific progress… Progress you can neither pray nor wish into existence instead.
While I don’t necessarily think that everyone pleading for this crap should be beaten with a stick all day long, I’m heavily convinced of the exact opposite. The flaws in our nature are what weighs us down, this is the least attractive part of people. Everything astonishing about humans comes from the ideas the mind can create. What this principle embraces, is what led to the dark ages, where women were burned as witches because of their hair color. This is some of the fucking disgusting shit created as a result. Rationality is always the most important goal to pursue – if the goal is to stay clear of the too often experienced alternatives. One would think, that especially a show like BSG, which explored all kinds of madness that filled the void, would understand this.
So if this is the message the story wants to give its audience on the way, it’s outright offensive to me.
But sadly it fits the picture perfectly. Look at Baltar, for example, him being the only scientist on the show and he’s hardly ever doing anything remotely scientific, but is going batshit crazy instead. People only start following him after he fully embraces his broken psyche and not when he’s making sense (and I’m not trying to say he ever did).

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You sure this isn’t the place where Amidala & Anakin had their picnic?

Most stupid fact: They didn’t end anything. There is a lot of blabla about breaking the cycle (e.g. Cylons/Humans always ending up killing each other), but if they did anything, they started a new cycle of the same mixture. They don’t defeat the cylons like Cavil, they simply leave them behind. The centurions they had with them are free to go in the end “to find their own destiny” – like coming back at any time they please to finish off mankind. Or joining up with Cavil and his gang, who was left behind to believe, that he was betrayed by Adama and his people. And who has now all the time in the world to prepare his schemes.
Also never addressed: Why would the Cylons need the final 5 to regain resurrection? Are they to dumb to develop this themselves? How come they didn’t backup the plans to build it?
Hera – what was that all about? After everything we learn she wasn’t needed, necessary or otherwise important. The entire mission to get her back was superfluous – for the larger picture (no in general, they could have bargained with the resurrection technology in the first place). Okay her bones are found 150.000 years later. Uh-huh. Because the technology they DID bring with them (like Raptors) made out of various alloys vanished into dust, while bones remain. Right on. Alright! I get it: Fuck science. Quite a route to take for a series, that started with an eye for realistic behavior of space ships etc…
This finale, to me, broke the entire series. I’m not sure I can even enjoy the first episodes again, while having in mind it is “building up” (or at least concluding) to this. This doesn’t feel at all like the series, that started with Adama having this speech, where he raises questions if humanity is even worthy of survival with all its issues still at large.
Also, are we, the viewers, really to believe, that the same captains/fleet, that fought Adama throughout the entire series for every little detail are now happy to give up their entire civilization, throw every useful tech gadget away and just live in the wild? There was uproar over everything else!
All this and I haven’t even mentioned Starbuck… I always expected that several points would be left open, but… The “harbinger of death”. Na, I’m not touching this one.
Oh and god doesn’t like it to be called by this name. Well at least BSG let us know he exists and that his plan was to nuke entire civilizations for lessons he doesn’t exactly tell (while his “angels” only communicate with lunatics) and which will be forgotten a few generations later. BAM.
But RDM is bold, so bold, that he dared to appear in this last installment, instead of choosing any other ep. They guy with the beard. You know who else has a beard? George Lucas. Yes, he did Phantom Menace/Episode I. We’ve come full circle.
But without being too optimistic, this makes it easy to “wait” for Caprica, the now even less needed prequel.
If you didn’t like the text don’t blame me, because there’s a possibility god is really responsible for it.

In other news:

Tearful goodbyes at final ‘Battlestar’ screening

Battlestar Galactica Says Goodbye: Reasons We’ll Miss It

Why The Battlestar Galactica Finale Is A Huge Cop Out And It Doesn’t Matter

The Women of Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica Frakmap

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And Namaste to YOU.

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It’s quite weird, that Asus sells external antennas and yet doesn’t equip newer models like their RT-Nxx series with a way to connect those to them. Only some older models are compatible. Don’t they want to sell?

Grand Cuts

Steam:

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Telltale:

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So they give players the choice between paying 26,24€ or 19,80€ (=$26) for the exact same thing. Well maybe not exactly, Telltale also distributes via downloads, but without a client that needs to run for the games to work… That makes it really hard to decide.

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No Post Revisions

A great way to loose a posting on WordPress is, if the session cookie, that stored the password, becomes invalid during an editing session. Normally WordPress automatically saves every posting once in a while, but this only works if the user is logged in correctly. Just because the user is no longer logged in, the editing window will not close or anything. It will just stop to store everything. So if this happens and WordPress demands user/password because of whatever trigger, the appropriate screen appears. After entering the login info, it’s only possible to return to a saved draft, which wasn’t even made, if the cookie became invalid “soon enough”. The back button won’t help either, it will only jump to an empty text box. Congratulations, the posting is now gone.
The only way to prevent this disaster (because who knows for sure when a session cookie becomes invalid?!?), is to notice it in time and to copy/paste the entire text as fast as possible into another application, without doing anything that could trigger the login screen. After this it’s time to reinsert the draft.
Most of the time not everything is gone, because the CMS managed to save at least one version before closing the account. But it’s still a loss, having only a very early edition of the text as backup.
It’s really something to think about, if it’s wise to write anything of importance into a browser window. For an offline application to show the same situation, the hard drive would have to die or at least the OS would have to crash (and when does that happen anymore, since Windows 98 is nothing but a bad dream, a long gone memory).
Also writing on a notebook and accidentally starting something because of the damned touchpad is a danger not to be ignored. A touchpad is as helpful under such circumstance, as it is in a shooter as a substitute for a mouse.
The reason I wrote this is my experience with Twitter and during this entry, of all things, I had half the text killed.

The Limits

Are obviously much tighter than one might think, after reading the support database. Of the 10 updates I wrote today, 0 are left. I noticed suddenly, that 5 were gone, and then I could witness how the last 5 vanished one after another. The FAQ speaks of 1000 possible updates, before a limit is met, so 10 are a joke. This can’t be it.
The status doesn’t report anything related, so this is not considered a bug, I take it.
When I hate something, then it’s having my stuff deleted, especially when it’s without any explanation. I don’t care that it’s a free service. The sole reason for using it is to publish this electronic noise.
This is the second time it occurred. But the first time I was willing to accept it as a one time fuck up. Also it was only 3 deleted updates.
This limits the usefulness of this service down to the options of a mere feedreader.
While tweets vanish, the counted update number stays usually the same. My current status says 142 updates, while counting reveals there are only 129. Where did my 13 tweets go? For a perfect cover up, you have to make ends meet, not make it so easily provable… No I’m glad the number doesn’t correct itself.
I just contacted Twitter support about it, maybe they can conjure up some constructiveness.

//Update 2009/03/18

My lost tweets magically reappeared, though the status of my support effort is still listed as “This request is awaiting assignment to a help desk operator”. Case solved.

//Update #2

There you go:

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dimming down

I just red (only 3 editions behind – I’m that fast) that Windows 7 can now dim the displays of mobile devices when they are idle, to further save energy. But it’s only working, if the BIOS supports it. So far, it worked on no computer in the test with the then current Windows 7 Beta. Maybe some newer devices will receive BIOS updates later, so they will become compatible still.
Ubuntu already does dim displays when idle for quite some time. On every machine when the option is set. No matter what BIOS it has.