Friday, August 29, 2008

And now for something completely different...

No, it's not Monty Python... but it might be a lot crazier. :)

Have you noticed how people seem to react similarly when confronted with similar situations. What if I were to tell you that people associate actions with numbers and tend to move a 'x' number of times according to what they-re thinking or perceiveing? For example, if someone answers "yes", but nods its head five times, he or she is probably lying. Sounds crazy, hum?

Here's a small list of correspondences:

1 - To be, to exist
2 - To see, to smell, to think
3 - To ask, to confirm
4 - To search, to find, to understand
5 - opposite, appears to be but it is not

I'm going to turn everyone into wackos. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Another day... another gadget

Well, yesterday I was going out from work when I received a mail from Play Asia. The GP2x Wiz is available for pre-order. The what?!

Hum, it doesn't look bad. But why would someone put a second d-pad instead of four buttons (my girlfriend loves playing sonic, and this configuration doesn't allow to select levels at start)? And no wifi for downloads and multiplayer gaming? I never bought a GP2x, but I would certainly buy this one if these two things were corrected/added. And I bet one must buy a separate accessory to make software for the thing. :S As it is, I'll rather spend my money somewhere else. Maybe the Pandora so I'll finally have an Amiga in my pocket. :)

PS - I love the Wiz's shape and color scheme though... :P

Update 02/09:

GPH (the console's manufacturer) is going to change that horrible 2nd dpad with four buttons. I might buy one of these now. :) Shame about no wifi though...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Searching for a netbook...

Before the last summer holidays, I would come home from work and use up the rest of my time playing "Civilization 2", one of the only games that still makes me lose track of time. I even bought the "Civilization Chronicles" compilation so I could play "Civilization 2: Test Of Time". As I was going to have two 5h+ train trips, I started searching for a computer which would allow me to play Civ during those trips or/and maybe some Amiga emulated games.
The only ones available in Portugal at the time were the Asus EEE 701 and the Acer Aspire One. The problem is the EEE's keyboard is just tiny and the One's battery only lasts a little over 2h. I decided to wait and didn't buy either one.
One month and the holidays have passed and I still feel the need to have one of those "toys". Now there are also the Asus EEE 901, EEE 1000H and MSI Wind on the market. I like Asus hardware more than the other brands, but the 901's keyboard is still tiny, the 1000H's keyboard bends when you type and the computer itself is just too big and heavy. The Acer One and the MSI Wind still only have 3 cell (short duration) batteries. I think the One's size is just ideal. All I want is a decent keyboard and battery, so I'll have to wait 2 or 3 more months for a model that suits me. Preferably an EEE with the size of the One, because it's common knowledge how Acer's hardware and customer support just sucks.

Conclusion: I'll probably buy the first 6+ cell battery, decent keyboard, Linux OS, netbook that I see. :)