PC malfunction


Today is a bad day. A day full of sorrow and remorse. My thoughts are (and yours should be) with my beautiful motherboard (or, unlikely, its RAM) that ain't continue the boot process beyond the detection of the graphics' card and the BIOS manufacturer printout. It stops right before the RAM chip detection. I tried to start the PC with only one of the chips (and no drives attached), to no avail, as neither of them seems to respond (thing that increases the possibility of a motherboard malfunction).

The motherboard is the Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra.

Anyone with similar experience?

Going back to resume tryin' and cryin' :p

elias a.k.a. diluted


Self analysis


How y'all doing?

I'm pretty good too, thanks for asking.

Today, kids, we're gonna talk about self analysis; not self disclosure, an idea that just popped into my head :p

A colleague at work is very fond of analysis and we've thoroughly discoursed about its merits and advantages. In this post, I will try to establish the notion of self analysis, as that concept has been perceived by me.

In order for one to analyze itself, one should be sufficiently qualified for practising clinical psychotherapy, or even vaguely familiar (that's me) with the concepts of psychology and psychotherapy. One should have read his share of Yalom and Lacan.

After the above requirement has been met, the therapist-patient hybrid should successfully detach the 2 aspects of itself, in order to establish a fictional dialog session. The therapist self should be agnostic of the patient self in order for the maximum objectivity to be achieved.

Enough with my incomprehensible mumbo jumbo.

Ta ta, 
elias a.k.a. diluted




Today was the big day that I finally went to see the great blockbuster 2012.

Now, I will write some thoughts. It was an action movie. In an action movie you expect to entertain yourself by watching the awesome (and, may I add, highly unlikely) adventures of some pretty damn lucky people from the United States of America. That's why they are cool :P

The movie sucked in every other aspect (scenario, scientific basis, acting), but all these parameters are sufficiently covered-hidden by a lot of action :P (imagine the dressing that hides the real taste of the food)

By the way, in order to compile vlc 0.9.0 in debian lenny (in order to use it with Gmote), one should first install the packages below and then configure with "./configure --disable-mad --disable-a52 --disable-glx --prefix=/usr", followed by the standard "make" and "sudo make install"
Packages: libhal-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libglib2-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libpostproc-dev libfribidi-dev libqt4-dev libgcrypt-dev libdvbpsi5-dev

That's all boys and girls :)

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted


failing to install a phone


How do you do? I could be better actually :p Today, one of my best friends called me for help with his new phone connection in his new house. I consider that I have a certain aptitude towards electronics, so I gladly accepted his invitation.

I expected the usual stuff that I deal with in similar situations.. That is: A functional connection to the telephone network at the outdoor station where the line to the house should be connected. In the house, things should be simpler, with a small call center to manage the phones and a router, coupled with some switches and access points to manage the network.

But not at all.. Indeed there was a (working) connection with the telephone network at the outdoor unit, but there were, like, a million telephone wires in the indoor unit without even a remote indication that would denote which of these is connected to the outer world. After countless combinations, we failed to locate the correct line, so we decided to call a technician (as I, the worthless bloke, failed miserably). If the technician does his job well and the telephones start working, I'll go and fix the net (and also fail at that task too :p)

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted


HTC Hero!


How y'all doing?

I'm ok :P Have I got news for you! I'm the proud owner of an HTC Hero (pictured below)!

The Hero has some advantages and disadvantages.
It's merits are endless and contain, among others (all the features below are out-of-the-box features; using the Android Market or searching in the web, every imaginable feature can be added):
  • Tethering
  • Flash
  • Gmail, Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr integration
  • Google Maps (street view enabled)
On the other hand, there are some drawbacks:
  • Lack of out-of-the-box blogger integration (loved that feature in my Sony Ericsson K610i)
  • Lack of data connections for the Bluetooth (e.g. the OBEX profile)
  • The Bluetooth sometimes does not connect with my car's hands free
  • The USB mounting function does not always function with my car's USB port
I hope that most of the drawbacks above will be resolved with the upcoming Android 2 :P
I can live without tight blogger integration, although such a feature would be awesome (imagine taking a photo of a place and geotagging-uploading-blogging with one keypress). I've found, though, an application for on-the-fly blogging, but it's not as cool as my k610's tight integration ;)

Your opinions for the hero or any other android phone (especially interested in the HTC Tattoo and the Motorola DROID-MILESTONE)?

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted