Incoherent Thoughts

~意識の流れ~

7/8/09 01:25 pm

Google Chrome OS? Wowza. Should've been expecting that I guess, with all the rumors floating about. But I didn't, not after Android. And here we are, with a Google OS on the horizon. Awesome: :O
It looks like the best option by far for laptops and netbooks. I mean, when would you normally use those things..on the go. And there's really no need for a heavy-duty OS with all the relics of a by-gone era bundled in with it (desktop calendars, document and picture editing, music and video playing software, etc) when all you really need is the web. Chrome OS deals away with the middle-man (the OS interface with all its extra software) and goes straight to the point (the web). Go, go, Google. That's a bold new path they're forging there. =D Combine Chrome OS with Google Wave, and there's some really exciting things coming from Google.

..if you're not familiar with Google Wave (it's not yet released), it's basically this web platform that combines email, different chat softwares, social networking sites, wikis, collaborative documents, video, music, etc. Everything that you can imagine getting some use out of working on it together or enjoying the experience together and then some, it's all in Wave. You can't really describe it well, you have to see it for yourself to see how innovative it actually is. It's truly the next generation of web interaction, and a shining example of what can be done when you break out of the old ways of doing things.

I've been looking around for a good world map of Final Fantasy I, but haven't had any luck with it. So I finally got fed up with it and decided to draw my own. Got the continent boundaries and places of different terrains and the places of dungeons and cities from a conveniently big scanned map that I found, and am well on my way to prettifying it. Got the basic map down, just need to add some details. And wait for Kitty to come up with all map icons since she promised to try. Sorry for putting the hardest part off on you, Kitty. xD;
It looks promising so far. Depending on the result, I might have to repeat the process for most other early FF games at least. It's something I've been planning on doing for a while. Mashups of the in-game graphics (NES, SNES times) in huge size are nice and all, but they're not really much to look at. Especially if you scanned it from a decades-old paper-map you got with the game and the map was all worn out by the time you scanned it, leaving white lines all over it in the places you'd folded it in...
The things I do for waff, really. *shakes head*

2/21/08 03:36 pm

If you remember a while ago, I had trouble with ordering a game from Play.com. Was browsing a message board today...turns out another has had the same problem. A Visa from the same bank as mine wouldn't work with the site anymore. She couldn't reach the customer service either. Although she did have the patience to fiddle around with the card details and found out you actually have to write your address deliberately wrong now to have Play.com recognize it... Nice. Well, doesn't do me much good. They've terminated my account by now, and quite probably banned my email address (and credit card? Probably? What exactly do they ban in cases like this?) from signing up again, due to 'wrong' credit card details.
What makes it all the more oppressive is how big a video game store Play.com is, at least in Europe. You want cheap games, delivered fast and reliably..you order from Play.com. Most European video game home sites link to Play.com when they offer options to buy the game from, alongside an Amazon link.

At another message board, there was a conversation about hair. Got a really strong flash of how relieving it felt to cut my hair short. I felt freed. I'd almost forgotten I felt that, and I think it's something that shouldn't be forgotten.

Google seems to be financing Wine development to make Photoshop work on Linux. o.o That's awesome! I would love nothing more than to have Photoshop back again! (well..Final Fantasy XI shares the first place, and there are no other items on that particular wish list, but..)

I feel like playing again. It's been too long. =D
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