Rambles Archive

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Is Youtube making us (me) lazy?

Long gone are the days when I spent nearly 8 hours reading a manual while making a stage 1 Gentoo install. Granted, most of those 8 hours were due to the compile times on the computer available to me at the time but a large part of it was spent reading huge walls of text on how to properly install, maintain, upgrade, tweak, work with emerge, etc..

If it were today, I think I’d Youtube it. I’m pretty sure there’s at least one video guide on how to do it. In fact, it’s not just computer stuff that I find myself searching on Youtube. I find myself choosing Youtube instead of googling for an alternative learning method who could possibly have more information than the video. If I then run into an issue that requires further investigation only then do I do a regular Google search for text.

I’m not quite sure what this means, or even if it means anything at all. Is that a sign that I’m getting lazy when it comes to do proper research? Do I need more information than what is present in a simple video? I suppose that will depend on who makes the video and what is chosen to be presented in it. But still..

There’s a world of information on Youtube. Ted is also quite decent, though it has a completely different scope. I’m unaware of any studies presenting conclusive data on whether people (like me) are starting to choose video as a preferred learning method. Someone better than me should probably do it, it sounds exciting.

What could this mean to the way things are traditionally taught across the globe? Will tablets with video content be used instead of books? Would I learn faster/better with video? There are plenty of possibilities and hypothesis about this, I’d like to know more about it.

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Trying out a new minimal theme

I like stuff to be as simple as possible without too much clutter, the layout/theme I’ve been using for the past year or so does that quite well but while browsing on the forums for the theme I found out there was another guy who likes minimal stuff…and that he’s a php/css ninja!

Turns out the made his user.css publicly available and I decided to give it a shot. I love it! Had to make a new banner and I will probably have to make yet another one since I made that one in under a minute and it sort of needs some polishing but whatever, I like how uncluttered everything looks like.

Still have to work on the label position on the comment forms. The labels are showing up on the left of the forms and thus messing up their alignment. I have no idea where to change that, probably on the comments.php file but as soon as I *try* to start reading it and figure out what needs to be changed I’m reminded I’m a total naab when it comes to php. Oh well.

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Migration successful

Well, looks like everything went mighty fine with the host migration. Still have some maintenance to work on but nothing major. I can now add new content! Not like I will, but…yeah…you know.

I’ve recently been dabbling with a few mmo’s and I got into the Diablo 3 beta. Really hyped about that so at least that’s something to talk about, right?

Stay tuned.

Oh yeah, the website is almost 2 years old.

PS: This host seems to be a hell of a lot faster than the last, easier to use management tools too. Godaddy can bite my shiny metal ass.

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What I think of Copyrights and Patents

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One year uptime, Rift and some other stuff

No idea what was the exact day I bought the domain/hosting and started working on this site as a hobby, but it’s been roughly a year now. I know this because I had to renew it all, sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it since I end up spending quite some time without paying any attention to it. I guess that’s the nature of such sites :)

Been spending a *lot* of time playing Rift, I’m quite amazed how good something I’ve never heard of till about a couple of months ago can be. Couple of guys I know mentioned the open beta was up and I tried it. A few hours after I found myself buying it. I had recently restarted playing WoW but as soon as the month’s subscription ended I was finding myself really bored with it and Rift was entering it’s head start for pre-order customers. Perfect timing. Dragon Age 2 is supposed to be coming out too, that’s another one to check out.

Haven’t spent much time around my Spica as of lately, which is just as well since development for the Cyanogenmod Spica beta seems to have come to a halt. Probably because everything’s working quite well and it really shouldn’t be called a beta anymore. Been using the 8.3 beta for a few months now and it’s working like a charm.

Also, saw Tron Legacy the other day. Awesome sauce.