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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Video Game Fridays: Castlevania (GB)

Castlevania was one of those games that I really did not until I played Symphony of the Night on the Playstation. None the less I had a go at it when it was available on the gameboy.

I had borrowed the game from one of my friends, and I must say that I wasn't pretty impressed with it as a kid. I found the belmont sprite pretty stiff and difficult to control. I also did not like the whip as the main method of attack because it was slow to respond, so you had to time your attacks pretty well to make things work.

I had the game for a summer, but I never really managed to get into it.

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What if the AppStore was a reality on the Mac?

Interesting question!

I've been reading recently of all the apps that are getting the axe from apple, and I've been reading all the commentaries on sites like Engadget and I can say with certainty that this is yet one more reason why I stay away from the iPhone.

Many defenders of Apple's actions either use incorrect logic or write off apple's action as something normal for a phone. People who use incorrect facts claim that it's apple's prerogative to protect their source of revenue because they created xyz - in the case of the podcaster application it was that Apple created and hosts all podcasts. What? really? Is this what you believe? Apple neither created podcasts, nor hosts them!

In the case of 'the iPhone is just a phone and you can't run whatever you like on your Moto RAZR"...well, no. Apple is positing the iPhone as a smartphone for the rest of us. Smartphones, no matter what brand - symbian, palm, windows, blackberry, have a wealth of apps and their distribution is not controlled by the maker of the device.

I can get a lot of apps for my Nokia N80, just as I could for my HTC Blue Angel. Neither Nokia nor Microsoft could tell me what to run on my device, and they could not tell their devs what not to make for those phones.

Now what IF apple took the same stance with the MacOS as they do with the iPhone? Well - quite simple, we would all pretty much give Apple the finger and tell them off. Application of value would be few and far between.

We would not have great applications like Rapidweaver because those would "replicate" the features of iWeb.

We would not have MailPlane because those features "replicate" the features of Mail.

We would not have Textmate because textmate "replicates" the features of SimpleText.

We would not have Transmission because that would be a bandwidth hog.

We wouldn't have open source apps, or apps ported over from Linux because those would violate the NDA agreements.

In other words, what we love about the Mac would cease to exist.

It's time for Apple to stop stifling the iPhone and the iPod Touch and it's time to let the Mac community do what they do best - support the platform!

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Review του FoneLink

Έγραψα ένα review για το πρόγραμμα fonelink  που μου είχαν δώσει δωρεάν πριν κάτι μήνες. Αξιώθηκα επιτέλους να κάτσω να γράψω τις σκέψεις μου για το πρόγραμμα!


Το review θα το βρείτε στο Αγγλικό μου μπλόγκ (κλικ εδώ).


Το πρόγραμμα πάνω κάτω καλό είναι, αν και τώρα τελευταία δεν το χρησιμοποιώ πολύ. Χρειάζεται περισσότερες δυνατότητες κατά την γνώμη μου.
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Να σου χέσω τα Αγγλικά!

Συγνώμη για τα κακά λόγια αλλά έχω φτάσει στο αμήν!

Έχω μια γνωστή, πολύ καλή γυναίκα από την Αϊτή. Δουλεύει στο τμήμα ΙΤ του πανεπιστήμιου και κάναμε μαζί το πρόγραμμα ΜΒΑ. Εγώ συνεχίζω τις σπουδές μου σε διάφορα πεδία και αυτή θέλει να αρχίσει να κάνει έρευνες και αν αρχίσει να γράφει άρθρα ώστε να γίνει γνωστή.

Μου τηλεφώνησε πριν κάτι μέρες και ήθελε να μάθει αν ενδιαφερόμουν να κάνω μια έρευνα μαζί τις για το πανεπιστήμιο. Είπα και εγώ εντάξει γιατί πάνω κάτω μου αρέσει να κάνω έρευνες και να γράφω αναφορές - στο κάτω κάτω την αναφορά θα την δει ο πρύτανης οπότε σε καλό θα μου βγει.

Μου έδωσε λοιπόν το πρώτο αντίγραφο (rough draft) που είχε της πρότασης της (project proposal) για να το δω, να κάνω μια κριτική και να διορθώσω διάφορα λάθη γραμματικής και λεξιλογίου. Ρε παιδιά, έκανα 2 ώρες να διαβάσω 5 σελίδες! Ήταν τόσα τα λάθη και οι οι προτάσεις που δεν έβγαζαν νόημα που έπρεπε να κάτσω να διορθώσω σχεδόν όλο το έγγραφο!

Εντάξει, δεν λέω πως τα Αγγλικά μου είναι τέλεια, αλλά όταν κάποιος τελειώνει μάστερ δεν εννοείτε πως μπορεί να γράφει; Το κακό είναι πως γλωσσολογικά δεν γνωρίζω την γλώσσα τις Αϊτής οπότε και να ήθελα να μαντέψω τι θέλει να πει δεν μπορώ. ουφ!
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FoneLink Review

A while back I got a free license for Nova Media's FoneLink. This software allows you to connect your phone to your Mac running MacOS X and it allows you to transfer files, perform backups of your phone, and synchronize PIM and SMS data.

The software is quite admirable in terms of its compatibility list. The phones include phones running Symbian S60, UIQ, Nokia S40 and whatever OS regular samsung and SonyEricsson phones run. Click here to see for yourself!

My phone, with which I have been testing this software, is a Nokia N80 purchased two years ago, with firmware version 4.0623.0.42. In general I like the software, however it does have some features missing which I would love to see in a future version.

I was planning on doing a looooonger review - but I decided to keep it short and sweet. Essentially the application does what it advertises which is pretty cool!

One of the features of FoneLink is Mobile Finder. This feature does what you think it does. It provides a finder interface to your phone's memory and to the attached SD card (if your phone supports removable memory). The mobile finder allows you to look at your music, photos, video and other multimedia, and transfer files between your computer and the phone.

One of the features that I really liked was the ringtone creator that is part of this media center interface. You can drag and drop any MP3 file, and cut it down to create a ringtone for your phone. I should mention that the MP3 file you are trying to cut down should be of reasonable size. I tried cutting a 64MB podcast down to get a small clip as a ringtone and the program crashed.

Another feature is called the Organizer and it allows you to view the notes, calendar events, tasks, the contacts and the SMS on your phone. It also allows you to send SMS messages and add notes in your phone's notes app right from the desktop - pretty convenient if you ask me. The application supports Growl (awesome, awesome app!), so when new SMS messages come in, you get to see them on your desktop.

Contacts and calendar events can't be changed from the app, but you can sync to make changes between your addressbook/ical and your phone - which brings me to the next feature - synchronization. The application is a replacement for iSync and it allows you to sync your phone's PIM data with your computer's. Personally I did not use the sync functionality because quite honestly iSync works perfectly fine for me.

Finally, there is a feature called Time Tunnel and obviously it is a play on Apple's Time machine. It allows you to go back to a previous backed up version of the phone's software to collect data. I used this a few times. As a matter of fact the default behavior of the app was to try to create a backup as soon as you connect your phone to it. I didn't use this feature a lot.

The backup seemed to take quite some time (although I think it's a differential backup so it should get shorter as you use it more), and it made my phone reboot. The backups seemed to be there when I checked them out, but I did not like having my phone reboot and the app being unresponsive - maybe it had crashed.

The one last thing about this app is that updates to the app seem to be fairly regular, so if you do end up buying it, you will probably get good support!

Now, here are some things I would like to have in future version of this app:

MMS import - Just like there is an SMS app, I would like to be able to see my MMS messages on the desktop, and I would like to send MMS messages right from the desktop.

Phone log - I would love to be able to see my phone log on the desktop, like I see who's SMSd me, who I SMSd and when.

Called ID flash on screen when someone calls - This is a feature of BluePhoneElite and I think that FoneLink would really benefit from the implementation. When someone calls, their name and number show on my desktop. Often at the office (and at home) my phone is on silent - I just don't like to have the ringer on - it annoys me - but I would like to know if someone is calling. Implementing this functionality would be great. It can be a growl message for all I care.

Growl for voicemails - A growl notification when you have a new voicemail would be nice.

All things considered, this isn't a bad app!
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Το δικό μου «όχι» σήμερα
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Codeweavers CrossOver- ΔΩΡΕΑΝ ΣΗΜΕΡΑ

Σήμερα και μόνο σήμερα η codeweavers δίνουν το Crossover δωρεάν για Mac, και linux!


Οι server τους τα ψιλό -εχουν παίξει  λόγο κίνησης. Τρέχτε τώρα να το κατεβάσετε αν δεν το έχετε κάνει ήδη!
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Television Tuesdays: Knights of Prosperity

The Knights of Prosperity is a series that was cancelled, I think it only had one season on ABC. The show is still available, as of this writing, to view online for free, on ABC's streaming site.

This sitcom's main idea was that there was a group of unrelated people who had one thing in common: they had financial troubles. What are they to do? Well, they decided that it would be a good idea to try and steal Mick Jagger's money... The story goes on from there, taking very comical twists and turns while the team tries to infiltrate Mick's home and steal his riches.

I think that this show is worth a look, before it bites the digital dust

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Ακόμα δεν κάναμε την εργασία

Το σαββατοκύριακο ήρθε και μας πέρασε και εγώ ακόμα την εργασία μου δεν την τελείωσα. Εκεί που καθόμουν το περασμένο σαββατοκύριακο άκουγα την μουσική μου, έβλεπα τηλεόραση, έριξα και έναν καθαρισμό στο σπίτι, αλλά όταν σκεφτόμουν να κάνω την εργασία με έπιανε μια βαρεμάρα φανταστική!

Τελικά έβγαλα το PSP και έπαιξα λίγο price of persia. Έβγαλα την πίστα που μου είχε βγάλει το λάδι εδώ και ένα μήνα και σταμάτησα εκεί - έφτασα σε κάποιον βωμό που έπρεπε να παλέψω μια νίτζα που δεν μπορούσα να την βγάλω με τίποτα οπότε έκανα διάλειμμα.

Σήμερα το πρωί στο τρένο λοιπόν, με χαρτί και μολύβι άρχισα να γράφω το τελευταίο μέρος τις εργασίας που πρέπει να παραδώσω την Πέμπτη.

4 σελίδες έχω να γράψω - πόσο να με πάρει;
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To be certified, or not to be certified...

I've been thinking about certification lately. You know, the kind of certification bestowed upon you by a professional organization like ICIA, ASTD or the PMI to name a few.

Many of my classmates have been certified, or are in the process of getting their certification, and they all swear by it. Having been certified by ICIA, I kind of wonder the relative value of certification. Now in order to get certified I needed to know a body of knowledge, I took a test, and I passed. I also had to abide by a professional code of ethics.

That's all good because I knew my stuff and I agreed with the code of ethics. The problem was that I really didn't see any monetary benefit from being certified, and I needed to keep renewing my certification by taking continuing education classes and filling out the paperwork, and paying a fee for renewal of my certification. This is the case with most certifications out there.

Looking at the job market, even for the coveted PMP and Six Sigma (after all my background is in management), I still don't see that many jobs that require these certifications. A recent statistic I saw quoted something like 6.5% of project manager job opening requiring PMP certification.

If experience is what matters in a job, and you need experience to get these certifications, why would one spend the time and money to get and keep renewing a certification if there isn't a monetary benefit?

Now I know that there are two benefits: you are part of an association, and that has its perks such as job boards, and continuing education to keep your skills current. The second benefit is that when someone sees that PMP, CTS, CISA (or whatever acronym) after your name, it's like an unspoken bond, that you've both gone through boot camp together, survived it and now you're brothers. OK, that's good I suppose, but as Cuba Gooding said in Jerry Mcguire "show me the money"

Do others have views on certification? I'm interested in hearing them :-)
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