Resume Central

I stumbled upon a very neat application that I want to recommend to you. The application is called Resume Central and it makes posting, sharing and publicizing your Resume a breeze.

It has a very smooth integration with Facebook so you will feel like you’re using a Facebook built application. It simplifies the process of uploading your resume and even has search functionality built in. All though it seems the application is quite young, I think it has great potential. Below is a snapshot of the flawless interface,

Resume Central
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How To: Make a super duper quiet PC

How to make your PC quieter you ask? Move it into the basement with this hack!

So you have a computer you want to use as a simple home theater solution. Or perhaps you just have a computer that you want to be able to control while in your family room. It works with most computers and very little hardware change is required (if any at all).

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Adobe Flex confusion

I had a rather interesting weekend. Not by the standards of acitivity but by the standards of arguing. I think I carried on at least two heavy debates/arguments over the weekend. I will split each one into its own post.

First one was on Saturday afternoon. It involved me and my Dad arguing over Flex. I won’t be transcribing the argument but instead will talk about some of the points that I felt strongly about while in discussion. Not to mention this morning there was a story on Digg pretty much about the same thing as we talked about.

To be clear this is not a post to make Flex seem inferior. It really is a powerful and unique product.

Flex swfOk let’s start at the beginning. ASP.NET is not a direct competitor to Flex. Just like neither is PHP, Ruby, Coldfusion or any other web development language. I cannot believe that people actually think that comparing the ASP.NET and Flex is a valid backdrop for showing how much Flex rocks. Asp.NET unlike Flex is a server-side executed page which yields XHTML or Javascript as its output for the purposes of generating a web page. Flex on the other hand makes its life as a swf file which is loaded and rendered by a proprietary plugin (flash plugin). Flex does not generate XHTML or Javascript or CSS. It is completely self contained. Remove the flash plugin and Flex seizes to exist. So to begin with how can a proprietary plugin based rendering compare to XHTML rendered by your browser? The short answer is it can’t. Just like you don’t go around comparing apples to oranges.

I noticed that a lot of people target Microsoft pretty much every time there is something they want to complain about. For example, many claim that Microsoft released the AJAX library to compete with Flex and clearly Flex is whooping ass and taking names. However while Microsoft may be trying to “compete” with Flex that does not justify the argument that ASP.NET is comparable to Flex. You can compare Asp.Net to Coldfusion, PHP, Ruby, CGI because all those are valid server-side executed languages focused on providing renderable XHTML content for the browser.

You must acknowledge the idea that the Web 2.0 market is brand new. Nobody has developed anything new yet to make web applications look and feel more like desktop applications. Except Adobe and its Flex of course. Now don’t go telling me that AJAX is anything but Javascript. It is not a new language or a new concept, just a feature that browsers support.

Other companies are definitely worried by the prospect of Apollo though. Apollo promises to unite Web and Desktop applications and they probably will. But they have a completely new and different approach to the whole web experience. Flash started out as a vector bitmap application which was quickly loved by arcade game designers and casinos alike. In light of their success and the propagation of their plugin, Adobe realized that they have created an opening which they could pounce on. Unlike ActiveX controls and Java Applets which never took off the ground, the Flash player did. Hence it is only natural that they would expand. So if you want to compare Flex to anything, compare it to Java Applets and ActiveX controls, but understand that when both Applets and ActiveX was born Web 2.0 was but a dream. Comparing Flex with anything is like comparing the Bugatti Veyron, a 1001 horsepower power house, to Davinci’s Ford’s first crankshaft car. You can do it, but you’ll only end up an ass doing it.

In short, Flex truly is a unique product with a uniquely pretty and powerfully dynamic approach. The possibilities are endless but it is still rather too new, too rough around the edges. Testing Flex components from a remote server are a dread due to the load times. As you can imagine each time you load your page, the flash plugin loads the swf file. Whatever happened to layout managers? Flex kind of lacks those. Even the ability to drag a TitleWindow around a screen does not exist but must be implemented with simulated code.

As time goes on and Flex matures I think we will see a lot of new technologies emerge to fill the gap in the market and create competition.

Special thanks to SaviourMachine for his icon.

“Vista Sale Slow” So?

People are like parrots they keep repeating the same bullshit stuff they pick up day in and day out. They are rather intelligent parrots though, because when the attention is on somebody they like, suddenly they stop their yapping and bow at the feet of the great One.

Browsing WordPress’s top posts today, I came upon a post about Pirates, Vista and something about Steve Ballmer. The post was an entertaining read however I did not agree with some all of his points.

  • WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) already is a bitch – yeah maybe if you own a pirated copy of XP it is, but then you would apply to the “arr I’m a pirate” category. In fact out of the 4 computer’s that I am in constant contact with, all of which are activate and WGA installed, none of them have ever caused me so much a flinch. On second thought I must be a very rare case, because everybody else seems to be complaining like it is going out of style.
  • EULA and gnawing off your arms – something about transfer of licenses being difficult. Seriously though, you make it sound like you buy a new a computer every year and need to transfer your one holly copy of Vista. That makes no sense considering every new computer comes with Vista so where is the problem?
  • UAC, red pixels and Russia – ok so Russia isn’t one of Vista’s issues but apparently the User Account Control is. First of all it can be turned off, second of all it is put in place to protect the abundance of people who STILL randomly click on pop-ups, download shady applications and are completely ignorant of viruses and the like. If you’re so smart turn off the UAC, or customize it, DUH.

Then when you’re done reading the article that you begin to wonder why the words like “Linux” or “Mac” and phrases like “Mac > Windows” or “I ❤ Linux” have not yet appeared. Because if my experience on the tubes has taught me anything, its that where ever there is bashing or complaining aimed at Windows, there are always Linux/Mac fan boys. Then out of nowhere it hits you that they are all conjugating in the comments section.

I am yet to figure out why people hold such a distaste for Microsoft. However I’m pretty sure that deep inside, past all their parrot instincts their lies envy. I’m sure some of them actually do believe that Linux will “beat” (they were in a fight?) Microsoft but I mean that’s why I drive an Infinity and you drive an Acura different styles, different preferences, different opinions. But lest you ignore the idea that your opinion might be incorrect.

HOW TO: Vista

Vista LogoI spent a few hours on the weekend (instead of watching my BIOL lectures) playing with Vista. I was doing exactly that just playing. I installed the default games that come with Vista and started trying them out. Mot of the games are just revisions of the Windows classics like Minesweeper and Solitaire. There is a new addition on which I’ve gotten hooked, Chess. The chess game is pretty simple no fancy features but is fully 3D which is appealing.

I started by playing 4 games of chess, most of which ended either because I closed the window or lost. After trying the rest of the games I realized that I owed it to humanity to beat my computer (on level 2 difficulty) at chess. So that’s what I set out to do. I turned on some trance music and started playing. I’m currently on a 3 game winning streak and I’m stoked. It’s a great game.

Now another thing I came across is a very awesome guide to Windows Vista desktop customization, file and folder management tricks, network and internet tweaks as well as security tips. The guide is really good and will help you get accustomed to the new features of Vista.

Another reason to check out the list is to find out what Microsoft has implemented since XP. I know I had moments when I was just mad that XP didn’t have a simpler way to accomplish something. Well Microsoft went a head and added a lot good core functionality that was lacking in XP.

If you have any of your own tips to share please do post them!

Link

Vista Shortcuts

How NOT To: Overclock

My first Overclocking experience with my A8V – Deluxe motherboard was kind of … let’s just say it was a scare. I booted up Vista but then decided to improve performance by overclocking my CPU. Thing is my motherboard provides real nice overclocking features which make it easy to do. So I went into the options, set AI Overcloking to 10%, saved and rebooted. BAM! An image popped up saying something about my video card and corrupted BIOS. I was not expecting that! As it was prompting me to insert either a CD-ROM or a floppy with a BIOS ROM image I tried rebooting hoping the problem would go away. No such luck, same prompt same problem. I then remembered about my motherboard disk that came with it, popped that in and magically the ROM was found, installed and I was told to reboot for changes to take affect. A reboot later I was stuck with a black screen, no POST, no VGA signal nothing. Odd thing was the drive seek light was on so I thought maybe I managed to mess up my hard-drive(s). So I opened the case, unplugged everything except floppy drive, cdrom drive and my dual channel memory .. oh and video card. Reboot … nothing.

So now I start to panic a bit. I called my dad over and he suggested that maybe it was a video card problem since that is what the message said when I was flashing my BIOS. So I took out my video card (thinking good riddance I wanted a new one anyway), opened my bro’s PC, yanked his video card and plugged it in. Oh shit still nothing. My dad is interested too now so we start taking out ram. We took out one stick of dual channel ram out of the A1 (blue) channel. Boot up … awesome we have life! Now I begin to worry that my ram is messed up, my dear 1 gig of dual channel kignston ram is fried. Turns out that wasn’t it either. After switching ram from slot to slot we verified that all RAM in fact works, the problem was in the BIOS image.

Apparently the BIOS ROM image that comes with A8V-Deluxe (on the CD) is old enough not to recognize properly my dual channel ROM. After we figured that out, I went to ASUS, downloaded the latest BIOS version, flashed it with aufdos and hallelujah everything is now ok.

Lesson learned, don’t overclock when you don’t know what you’re doing!

Windows Vista Shortcuts

I was browsing around, getting aquainted with the new features and bumped into a site which has some shortcuts for the neat features of Vista.

  • Win + Space – this shows the
  • Win + D – to show the desktop
  • Win + Tab – Switch between windows using Vista’s 3D interface
  • Ctrl + Win + Tab – Flip 3D but one that stays on the desktop, you can then scroll with up, down, left and right keys
  • Win + E – to open an explorer window
  • Win + R – to open the run dialogue box
  • Win + T – this tabs between running applications onto the taskbar
  • Win + Q – this appears to launch Office communicator
  • Win + G – pushes focus to the the sidebar the focus and when you press this key combination again it tabs between the gadgets on the sidebar
  • Win + M – Minimizes all windows and just shows the desktop
  • Shift + Win + M – Undoes minimize windows
  • Win + Number – Press the Win key and then choose a number of the applications that are in the quick launch task bar. An example the third icon on the taskbar (starting from left) is IE so to run IE press Win-3 and it will launch IE.

You might also be interested in this list of features and tweaks of Vista.