Friday, February 26, 2010

Η Διαφήμιση και η Οικονομία

Δεν καταλαβαίνω τι συμβαίνει. Ή ο κόσμος έχει βλακέψει ή είναι τόσο απελπισμένος που θα αρπαχτεί από οτιδήποτε όποιο ματζούνι και γιατρικό του προσφέρουν (επί πληρωμή) για να απαλαγεί από το πάχος πχ ή οι υπεύθυνοι για αυτές τις διαφημίσεις είναι βλάκες.

Η επόμενη είναι μια διαφήμιση της Ελληνικής οικονομίας για το πριν και το μετά της περιόδου δημοσιονομικής προσαρμογής.

Σημείωση: Η δεύτερη φωτογραφία ειναι αληθινή, απλά δεν. βρίσκεται στην Ελλάδα. Nashville Parthenon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

T-Mobile mobile internet blocking system.... is crappy

Recently I purchased a USB 3G mobile broadband dongle sponsored by T-Mobile.
It was very cheap and very locked too to this network, but luckily internet is a great resource to overcome such problems.
There is a catch though. The problem is that the buyer has to provide at the cashier Name and Address before taking it home, although no ID is necessary.
Despite that, T-mobile has a "fair usage" policy in how much data can be downloaded, and additionally has a content lock!
That means that you cannot access freely sexual content (which is probably justifiable)

unless you register by credit card, "or call 1818 from your mobile or visit your nearest T-Mobile Store".;jsessionid=6D64DB54D4ED760259D2435BDBD02837?ID=6D64DB54D4ED760259D2435BDBD02837

Imagine my surprise when trying to access I got the same "adult lock" response!
Strangely is not affected by that, and wouldn't load when I tried it.

what may one think? Probably a mistake in the adult database, ORRRRRR bloggers are dangerous and should be approached with extreme caution.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I bought my laptop back in 2007. its not some not a Banded super wow machine. However it worked for the purpose I need it.

Within the first 6 months 1 USB port was not functioning and the screen was flickering. Since it was still under warranty I send it back and they replaced the motherboard. It also seemed they fixed the flickering screen...for a few hours.
I didn't payed much attention to it, cause the screen did not flicker while it was left alone. It flickered only when I was moving it. Sometimes it was darkening completely (but was visible under strong light) when I closed the lid and didn't come back on afterwards, unless the powersaving settings kicked in and "turned it off" while it was still like that, so it subsequently could turn on by moving the mouse or pressing a key.

I wasn't sure what was causing it cause the flickering was happening too when i moved the cables leaving the motherboard through the hinges to the screen.

About a week ago, the screen started darkening for no apparent reason. And what a surprise, It would not get back on unless the power saving setting kicked in, but wouldn't stay on for more than a few minutes at best.

Something had to be done this time and out of warranty.

Three things could be faulty.
The cables (easy fix), the inverter (easy fix) or the fluorescent lamp (difficult fix),

A previous experience with a faulty fluorescent lamp resulted in me braking the old lamp initially, the replacement lamp had a short connecting cable, and eventually I scraped the screen cause I broke the contacts of the vertical screen signaling.

An other experience with a faulty cable was 100% successful after replacing the cable.

So hopping it was one of the two easy fixes, I ordered an inverter from EBAY which was pretty cheap rather than buying a whole faulty laptop to loot the inverter. The seller said that it was brand new, never used, so I got it and replaced it.

My goodness. Watching my screen never felt better. Perhaps a bit when I had first bought it but surely the difference is great and works like a charm.

Total repair cost: 9.99£ for the inverter and a couple of hours for the screen disassembly test and assembly.

Detailed instructions on how to do all that can be found here and here

Monday, February 8, 2010

Εναλλακτικά παιχνίδια για όλους.
Ένα εξαιρετικό κείμενο σχετικό με τις σχέσεις κράτους εκκλησίας από την Ελευθεροτυπία.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Η επιστημονική φαντασία και το παρόν

Δεν μπορούσα παρά να σκάσω στα γέλια όταν διάβασα το άρθρο για τα ιπτάμενα ξενοδοχεία για κροίσους που δημοσιεύθηκε εδώ και αλλού, αφού το πρώτο που μου ήρθε στο μυαλό ήταν τα ιπτάμενα εμπορικά κέντρα του Τζάκ Ράνταλ στο βιβλίο Οι Κλώνοι (Spares) του Michael Marshall Smith. Επιτέλους ο Τζάκ σύντομα θα κάνει την εμφανισή του στους δρόμους του νέου Ρίτσμοντ.