Technology items. We know the hell out of this stuff. Odds are you are reading one right now.
Back in August, I finally got my hands on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer (the TF01, as it is commonly abbreviated). It was my first android tablet, and it was a very powerful machine. IT boasted Android 3.0, or “Honeycomb”, which was the first iteration of Android for tablets. I got a lot of work done with the tablet. Development, design, and execution of my day-job duties was made easier when I was away from my Windows PC. One of the greatest parts of the tablet was the keyboard dock itself, which turned an otherwise ordinary Android form factor into a killer device with little competition.
In the 90’s, there were two heavyweights in the video game world. Sonic the Hedgehog, and Super Mario. I was always more of a Sonic guy, having owned the Sega systems over the course of the decade, but I’ve always had an admiration for Mario and the level of care Nintendo gave the Italian Plumber. Every game I’ve played of his has always been a polished, unique, and memorable experience (Something I cannot say for my favorite Hedgehog) and I’m pleased to say that Super Mario 3D Land is no different.
Nobember 15, 2001. 10 Years ago today, Microsoft released the Xbox. It was a gamble for the software giant… could they capture customers in the living room where Sony and Nintendo (and previously Sega) had dominated for so long? Could they design hardware that would not only play games, but encourage developers to create games?
As Microsoft has demonstrated for decades, It was all about the software. This philosophy lead to their acquiring of an Apple game studio, called Bungie, in 2000. Bungie had been hard at work designing what would become the most influential game series of the decade. Halo.
Let’s take a look through some of the key moments in the Xbox lineage’s history, starting with the most important moment: The release of Halo: Combat Evolved alongside the first console.
I’m typically a Halo Guy. Since the advent of the previous generation of Consoles, Halo has been the top tier of all games. Everyone want’s to hit the level they have, and the non-Microsoft companies struggle to find that one game franchise that defines not only their console, but their company as a whole. Microsoft must have some kind of luck, because in 2006, they got a second franchise that can match the level of Halo that Sony and Nintendo simply haven’t been able to achieve. Now, 5 years later, Gears of War 3 might be the most polish, imersive, and emotional title I have ever played. Those Halo guys are lucky to have an ally like Gears of War. Sony and Nintendo… well… there’s always Greek Soldiers and Italian Plumbers… I guess…
I am sad today. After 30 years, the Space Shuttle Program is ending. Yes, it is probably time to retire this method of travel, but there is no replacement in the works at NASA and this launch could perhaps signify the end of American lead spaceflight. Anger, disgust, and confusion are all words appropriate to describe the lack of planning our politicians (both sides of the isle are to blame) in this matter.
I’m sure all of us had dreams of being astronauts as children. We owe it to our childhood and our future children to develop a new space program worthy of carrying on the legacy of not only the Space Shuttle program, but manned spaceflight in general.
God Speed on your journey today, Atlantis.
-Jimmy the G.
Being a Cyber Security Engineer and watching these recent attacks against the Playstation Network, I thought that it might be a good time to review why Cyber Security is important, what you can do if you feel that your information has been compromised, and what you can do to protect yourself.