The Apple iPad
I guess it is about time for me to weigh in on the recently announced Apple iPad Tablet. I would not be a blogger if I did not, right?
Previously on Worthless Genius, I talked about my misgivings for the then-upcoming Apple presentation, and the impact–or lack thereof–the announcements would make on my life. I used my oracular powers to divine that my life would not be changed in any significant way by the results of this presentation.
Was I correct in this assumption?
Worthless Genius recently posted a contest to win a copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PC. Contest entrants were asked to leave a comment containing their favorite Batman villain for a chance to win this PC game.
The winner was chosen through a randomized MySQL query, pictured here:
The winner of this much coveted prize is Raptor:
The Winning Comment
Congratulations to Raptor, and to all those who entered.
There were very few entries this time around, and this seems to be due to a DNS issue with Worthless Genius. A few potential entrants noted that they could not reach the blog post, so I will have to be working with GoDaddy to attempt to get this sorted out.
Stay tuned everyone, there will be future contests here on Worthless Genius, so check back for your chance to win!
Today, Worthless Genius is giving away a FREE copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PC*!
In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics’ detective to life with stunning graphics. Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham’s worst villains with Batman’s physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game.
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this announcement:
- Provide a valid email address
- The name of your favorite Batman villain
- One entry per person, please.
- Try to keep it on topic.
Get your entries in by September 15th at midnight (EDT) for your chance to win. Comments on this post will be disabled at that time, and the winner will be contacted and announced on September 16th.
*The prize will be given in the form of a promotional code for one free download via Games for Windows Live. The winner will be emailed the code, which is valid between September 15, 2009 and December 31, 2009.
With all the focus today on creating modern and more interactive interfaces with the computing platforms we use on a daily basis, it seems to me that we are focusing mostly on the senses of touch and sight, and neglecting the roll that sound could play in the way we use our computing devices.
I realize that most devices are targeted to work with a large variety of consumers, thus allowing someone to use a PC without needing to be able to experience audio-specific cues, but I have to wonder what sort of new ideas could come out of modern interface design if developers were allowed to use audio in a more functional manner.
It’s Friday night, and I thought I would do a quick review of this week’s Worthless Genius articles, as well as some other things that piqued my interest. Sit back and prepare for a link fest…that sounds dirty. Continue reading
There has been a lot in the news lately about the trial going on regarding popular BitTorrent tracking site, The Pirate Bay. Currently, the Swedish court system is determining whether it is illegal to provide a service that merely allows users to point other users to [possibly] copyrighted material without the rights-holder’s consent.
Much is to be said about this broad topic, and whether or not The Pirate Bay is simply providing a service, and not discriminating against nefarious use by its users; or whether they are running a business that continues to profit from the undermining of the MPAA and RIAA profits.
If one thing is clear from this trial, it’s that the industries are wasting their money. Not only has the prosecution had their collective heads up their asses during this whole debacle, they have proven time and again that they not only do not have evidence one way or the other, but also that they refuse to hire legitimate, well-rounded “expert” witnesses who have done their homework. Way to further dwindle your profit margin there, big industry!
This whole trial is diverting the public from the key point in the “illegal” file sharing mindset: If it is easier to pirate your product than to legitimately purchase, you are doing something wrong.
When taking on a colossal effort such as this Workflow Experiment, it pays off immensely to do some preparation in order to save some time for you in the future.
Because I will end up doing 4 different Windows installations, there are a few things that I can do in order to save myself some time.
I probably talk way too much about how much I dislike Windows, and not offer enough solid critical feedback for anyone to take me seriously. I was messing around with my XP install, trying to find a way to clearly divide the two main workflows that I have, and automate switching between, making it as easy–and fast–as possible to get things done.
Now, I don’t know if these issues are unique to me, and the way that I do things on Windows, but I have a feeling there are other people out there who will agree with me.
The two main workflows that I encounter in Windows:
In today’s episode, I discuss Linux. I also touch on the polarization of the Linux community on the topic of embracing closed-source, proprietary software, and why it would be a good thing for the community as a whole.
Here are some links to what I talked about today:
This episode marks the first episode recorded in GarageBand, so you should see a drastic improvement in the audio quality. As always, send me some feedback, and let me know what you think, ways that I can improve, or if you think I should start putting music back into the episodes.
Thank you for listening, and feel free to discuss this episode here in the comments. You can also email me suggestions or comments at worthlessgenius [at] gmail.com, or hit me up on Twitter, @stroz. Also, check out my FriendFeed, with username strozykowski.
Or you can download it here: mp3 format