Anybody here?

April 2, 2013

Hey everyone! I wanted to check in and see if anyone is still looking at this site. I have been preoccupied with my career as of late and have neglected this site. I’d like nothing more than to get back into technical writing, but I wanted to see if the following is still there.

Thank you!


Dolphin HD Browser for Android

December 1, 2010

Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on Android App alternatives for many of its prepackaged apps.  The default Android browser loads quickly and has a decent interface, but it’s overall boring and simple.  Dolphin is an awesome replacement for the standard Android web browser. It allows for quick bookmark access, “gesture” browsing, and tabbed browsing.


Bookmark Access

Compared to the default web browser in Android, Dolphin allows for an easier access to bookmarks. It is as simple as swiping your finger to the right of the screen.  Doing so will display a fully customizable list of your favorite webpages.

Once in the bookmark menu, you have a few options.  You can tap the bookmark you want so that it will open in the current tab, organize the order in which the bookmarks are listed, and edit the information on those bookmarks (URL, gesture pattern, etc…).


Gesture Browsing

This is the most innovative and cool part of this browser. Gestures are basically designs that you draw on top of the browser window.  The browser in turn associates that design to a URL or browser command and then executes it.  It’s easier to understand if you see it rather than try to imagine it.

In picture 1 you see that I have The Outro open.  The button in the lower left section of the screen is the gesture button.  Once you tap it, you’ll see picture 2.  *Note that the yellow squiggly attached to the pointer is the background for the gesture interface. Once you see this page you have to draw out the gesture that is associated with what you want to do.  In this instance, I drew out a cursive o and half of a cursive t (as seen in picture3) which I have set to open http://www.theoutro.com (as seen in picture4).  Picture 5 is proof that theoutro.com has opened.

Tabbed Browsing

This is a nice feature because it mimics the functionality of a desktop browser, like Firefox.   However, it isn’t as easy to use as Firefox.   To add a tab you have to click the plus sign located to the right of the open tab.  Once that is clicked, a window similar to that of the bookmark page with the addition of a URL box will open.  From there you can choose to open a bookmark or type in a custom URL.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the Dolphin HD browser.  It is a very simple yet capable web browser that destroys the default Android browser and gives Opera mini a run for its money.

I give the Dolphin HD Browser a 4.5/5




Resize Windows Partitions with Ubuntu

January 22, 2010

Today at work I received a new Dell laptop for one of our employees. We normally split the HDD into two partitions (C: and D:). D: is used to hold all of the user’s data such as; word documents, pdf’s, etc… I didn’t want to go through the hassle of formatting the C: drive and then splitting it through the XP boot disk, so I did some research on alternate ways of accomplishing this task.  Most articles I found stated that Ubuntu Live disks worked incredibly well.  They couldn’t have been more right.

Resizing NTFS partitions with Ubuntu

  1. Insert Ubuntu Disk (I used 9.04)
  2. Reboot PC and when prompted boot from disk
  3. Click “Try Ubuntu without installing”
  4. Once booted into Ubuntu go to System  > Administration > Users and Groups
  5. Click on Root and then on Configure
  6. Create a password for root and click ok
  7. Open up a terminal window and type in su without the quotes and press enter
  8. Enter the root password you just configured and press enter
  9. type in gparted and press enter
  10. Once the gparted GUI launches, you’ll notice a graph of the HDD and how its split up in partitions.  Right click the partition you want to resize and click resize

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  11. Once the new window opens, change the partition size to whatever you wish and click ok
  12. After step 11, you can either apply the changes and allocate the free space through windows or right click it and format it with NTFS.

Why Leaderboards and Ranking Systems are Ruining Online Gaming

December 18, 2008

YES!   Its true.  Online gaming, as we know it, is getting less pleasant everytime a new game comes out.   Ranking systems in games accomplishes many things: it turns people into assholes, removes the fun of the game, and adds frustrations.  Think about it.

xbox_360_liveWhen I first joined Xbox Live people played games to interact with each other.  This is where I met most of my online friends which I now know by name, address, phone number, email, etc.  (NO, I didn’t hack there accounts to get this info.)  We would play Call of Duty 2 constantly and laugh about how someone shot you in the head from across the map or how you got caught on a latter or were killed due to bad lag.  If you lost a game then, it just meant that you needed to improve your skills during the next game.  If I remember correctly, people used to switch teams between games so that teams would even out.

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Halo 3 Rankings

Now if you play Gears of War 2 or Halo 3 you have to worry about being called a racist slur or having bad feedback left against you because you play the game better than someone else.  I can honestly say that my feed back was 85% preferred and 15% avoided during the COD2 time period.  When Gears of War 1 and Call of Duty 4 came out my feedback went to 65% preferred and 35% avoided.  I barely trash talk on Live and if I do its because someone insulted me or a friend online.

Like stated before, kids online are generally all assholes any more.  If you would have asked me back when I was 13 to say the words fuck, shit, or call someone’s mom a whore I would have rejected the offer.  I can’t even remember how many times I have been called a Nigger, Spick, Wetback, etc online by a white child who is somewhere between 10 and 16 years of age.  The worst part of it is that this language is used all too commonly without any type of coaxing.

Furthermore, I’m tired of hearing excuses.  FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NOBODY HAS USED A LAG SWITCH SINCE HALO2.  Stop using that as an excuse for dying.  Maybe there was a murmer in your internet connection.  Did you ever think of that?  No, you probably didn’t since you can’t think rationally due to the competition.

What do you guys think about this topic?


Are Video Games Making Me Lose My Head?… Pun intended

November 15, 2008

Much like most of the masses, I purchased Gears of War 2 for my 360 on Friday. I owned the first of the two and loved everything about it. Although, I did find one part of the game to be more appealing to me. EXPLODING HEADS. Shooting people in the head in Gears of War has to be the most enjoyable thing in life, in fact I don’t believe anyone can truly say they lived a fulfilling life until they pop the head off of a grub or a gear.

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Its not really the sight of chunks flying, its more the sound that it makes that pleases me.  All of those that play Gears can agree that the sound of a headshot is awesome.  Usually when you hear the squishy popping noise of a head exploding, the sounds of players shouting, “OH SHIT” or “JESUS CHRIST” are soon followed

If you happen to join a game on live that I’m in, you better believe that I have the sniper rifle in my hand awaiting the moment that some poor chap stops to pick up grenades, or any weapon for that matter.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not even close to the best sniper in the game, in reality I’m probably second to last.  The rarity of me actually getting a headshot makes the successful shots all the sweeter.