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Vacation on RisaSaturday, Jun 14 2014, 03:06 MMORPG, SciFi, StarTrek, vacation
While on my own Risian vacation (in Greece), I've been keeping tabs in Star Trek Online to see what's been happening in-game and what goodies await me when I return. Just like last summer, the Risa special event is back! Last year, while on vacation, the event was released and I missed more than half of it. I did star playing some of the special mini-games, but since I could nor get the Risian Corvette (too few days left in the event), I ended up spending more time with my newly created Romulan character, and the tholian reputation system.
This year, again, the event has begun while I am away from the game, and again I won't have enough time to accrue the goodies to earn this year's ship: the Risian Cruise. Too bad, because with specs like these this looks like a ship I want :)
- Hull Strength: 41,400
- Shield Modifier: 1.1
- Crew: 1500
- Weapons: 4 Fore, 4 Aft
- Device Slots: 4
- Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Ensign Engineering, 1 Commander Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science and 1 Lieutenant Universal
- Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 5 Engineering, 2 Science
- Base Turn Rate: 10
- Impulse Modifier: 0.16
- Inertia: 40
- +10 Shield Power
- +10 Engine Power
- Console - Universal - Soliton Wave Generator
- Solar Sail Quantum Slipstream Drive
- R.X.S. Registry Name Prefix Option
- Cruiser Communications Array
- Command - Shield Frequency Modulation
- Command - Strategic Maneuvering
- Command - Weapon System Efficiency
- Command - Attract Fire
Considering that I am generally fir the Risa events in STO, I think I will participate for the few days that I can, and start collecting lohulan favors (or whatever the summer currency is) so that eventually I can claim a Risian ship ;) until then, vacationing in real life (which is better, IMO) :-)
Nostalgia for a sidekickThursday, Jun 12 2014, 13:11 danger, iOS, mobile, Technology, Telephony
Back in the day, before iPhones, androids, and (modern) windows phones there were a number of other smartphones. The first smartphones I saw were maxed by Nokia (Nokia communicator line) and by Ericsson (the R350 if I am not mistaken). Those were the days, back around 1999 when you could surf the web on CSD or HSCSD (circuit switched data, aka "dial up"), and feel like you had an uber-phone since you coulddo so much with it! It didn't matter that you would be using your (expensive) minutes to dial up, your speed was a blazing 9.6kbps!
If course, being a college student I never bought either model, even thought I wanted them! The phones came in US and European frequency models, so they weren't that good for someone who wanted to bring a device with them when they went on vacation. I was quite happy , a few years later, to get my SonyEricsson P800 smartphone, a world phone (with GPRS), PDA, camera all in one nice candy bar form factor. Around this time, a US company was making a new device called the hiptop.
I really liked the hiptop's design. The screen swivel made for a really impressive effect that revealed a really functional keyboard. There was an online AppStore, and your data was backed up to the web. This ws pretty nifty. What I really liked about the hiptop was the connectivity, before anyone else T-mobile has the flat rate of $20 per month for unlimited data. This was at a time when carriers were counting their beans very miserly and gave you 10 whole megabytes for $5 per month! With this unlimited data you could browse the web, IM on many different networks, send and receive email, heck even play games. The cherry on top was that it supported Unicode, so I could view Greek!
There was one thing that I really didn't like about the hiptop: it's reliance on a proprietary proxy server to be able to get on the web. Sure, in the early days, having a proxy server to serve you cached pages, AvantGo style, was good since it economized on bandwidth. Blackberry did the same thing (also one of the reasons I did not particularly like the blackberry platform). This meant that even an unlocked hiptop would be almost useless with a prepaid SIM when traveling because you could only get phone and SMS functionality. I had often wished that I could get service via T-Mobile, and the proxy access via somewhere else. Oh well.
I often wonder, if Microsoft had never bought danger, would they be like Blackberry, floundering right now, or would they have retooled and been a major competitor to iOS and android. For more info on the hiptop, have a Look at this article here.
Adieu, SpringPadThursday, Jun 5 2014, 06:20 adieu, app, iPad, Software, web 2.0
Well, another nice online, and free, service is biting the dust. In about 20 days the online notepad, SpringPad, is closing its doors. I was introduced to the services three years ago through a work colleague and I have to say that I've used SpringPad exclusively for all work related note taking. While I do use Evernote for all of my personal notes (teaching, class work, homework, professional reminders, and so on), I really did like SpringPad's workflow for creating new notes, for accessing notebooks, the editing functions and so on. The UI design on the ipad app for SpringPad also made it quite use when attending those work meetings (director's meetings and faculty meetings) where some note taking is always a good idea.
I am wondering if some entrepreneurial individual can take the visual, and UI, language of the ipad app for SpringPad, tie that into Dropbox storage/backup capabilities and bring back SpringPad 2.0 :)