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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

PS3 and Bluray is the way to go... for now

I'm a PS3 owner, but mostly for the opposite reasons according to a co-worker. Most people own a PS3 for the games and then the blu-ray movies is a big plus. I like it for the blu-ray movie playing ability, and then the games are a plus. And with the recent announcement that Warner is going to be blu-ray exclusive too, it pretty much seals the fate of the HDDVD.

The HD format war may be closing as to what the next-gen disc format, but the real future is not in these physical disc-- it's in digital downloads. But we are still years away from this. We don't yet have the bandwidth to download HD content on the fly, in a reasonable amount of time. Nor do we have a system that brings it all together.

My dream of this digital lifestyle, is one where we don't run PCs anymore. We all access data through advanced terminals. There will be no need to have a PC because our data isn't stored locally as the main storage. Instead, we will have "digital lockers" where we can keep all our files (movies, music, pictures, etc). When we buy a movie or a song, we store it in our account, and if need be, we can re-download it-- because we own it.

I hope this dream can come true within say, 10 years. The technology (hardware/software) is more or less ready, it's the politics and legal issues that's in the way.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Best Free Software of 2008 (so far)

I find myself reinstalling software on another friend's laptop yet again. What was the problem? Computer virii, trojan horses, adware, and spyware made the system unstable. How did it get this way? Overall, it's because of not having a good understanding of computers, but in particular, peer-to-peer(P2P) programs such as BearShare.

Here is a list of the most common FREE programs I recommend for typical users:
Other notable programs are:
If you feel this list is incomplete, check out: The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Looking forward to 2008

As 2007 comes to a close, it marks the end of one year, and the beginning of another. So too does it bring an end more or less of my blogging on spong.org. It was a personal side project of I started 9 years ago before blogs and other free services were available. Now I'm reading to officially say that I'm stopping development on it as I have other things in my life I wish to focus on. I do plan on keeping the spong.org domain and hosting, but the vaporware known as spongblog 2.0 is closed.

The biggest reason behind this decision is that there are just too many other services that scale much better than whatever free hosting service I use (whether it be 1&1, godaddy, or discountasp.net). I'm looking to downgrade my service plan to save money, once I have properly migrated all the old posts to static HTML pages.

Anyway, sunpech.blogspot.com will be my new blog going forward.