Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Project Natal

A friend taught me about XBOX 360 new interface called Natal. In short words, it has cameras and sensors in front of the console instead of the WII-like interfaces. And you can play or interact with virtual AIs through this interface.

As we used to say at college, Nintendo was smart but used a simple solution to create seamless control of its games, but Microsoft was smarter and created a real solution.

You know, the technology for this new thing that Microsoft released as a product have existed for decades. It was just impossible to have hardware that responded fast enough to enable a real and actual solution.

Microsoft kicked a real ass with this new Natal thing. They put mankind in a new level. To me, technology is now separated by the singular event of the creation and the release of Natal.

Congrats Microsoft!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tech blog as well

I have noticed that I have been written a lot about music lately,  and one of the reasons for this blog was to discuss technical issues.

I have been installing the .NET web development enviroment at HOME from Microsoft which incredibly allows us to dowload all the things ( Visual Studio Express, SQL Lite Server, etc.) for free. They might have noticed that developers are allies rather than customers.

ASP.NET from what I gather, is a much better and nicer solution to Web applications compared to the ones that are available. But what I want to discuss, "cutting off adjectives", is that a computer is a large electronic circuit. Due to its complexity and level of integration we need abstractions layers to make it look understandable.

But whenever you hit  a web control, there is no magical entity that does the job, there are  electrons being conducted and processed by large circuits. Sometimes if one grasps the whole thing, one can see the wonders of computer systems and what we, as a race, have achieved from a scientific perspective.

A whole industrial plant being controlled, managed automatically in all aspects: functional, admistrative, finantial, it simply shows a miracle of our achievements. A telephony system in the same level, integrates people through a myriad of complex operations. Whenever you use your debit card without needing paper-money, checks, look at the very wonder of this.

When you see these things, thank someone like me and my colleagues. We have been beaten, bashed, bad treated, poorly paid, but we remain strong.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cautiva

Another great band from freemetal corner. Cautiva. This is actually a one man band, i.e. José Travieso.  He does everything. Cautiva is a progressive technical thrash metal band with roots on 80s thrash and technical thrash a la Mekong Delta. José is actually a music professor, so it seems, and writes erudite music as well as pure insane thrash metal. His band is actually one of the finest things on Thrash Metal currently in action. Extremely fuckin recommended! Thrash on!