Category: geek

Euclidea – Geometric Construction Game

Euclidea

Euclidea

Euclidea is a very interesting game. Something new, a different game, educational, fun, difficult, challenging. A great game. If you like geometry, if you loved how to build geometric constructions on paper, but always made them blur, you will love this game.

The Big Bang Theory (Season 9)

The Big Bang Theory continues to be fun, even with all the marriages. And I continue envying Raj… two cute girlfriends…

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I do not have much more to say this time. Waiting for Season 10!

LG G4 Stylus – Bad phone or bad support?

I am not sure if I was just unlucky, or if LG is really selling crap hardware. Well, up to some point, yes, LG is really selling crap hardware. But it can’t be just that.. or is it?

Well, the thing I know for sure, is that G4 Stylus stylus suck. It is not a stylus like the Samsung Note series. It is a standard rub-based stylus. That kind of stylus is not practical for drawing, or writing, just for minor sketches. I confess that I was stupid on not noticing that before buying it. But the chance on getting a note-similar hardware at a low price did not work as desired.

Other than that, that I am sure is LG crap, my remaining complains can be fault of LG support in Portugal. After less than a month of use, the screen got problems. Unfortunately, the phone was bought a little more than a month, and as such, the store did not replace the device. It was sent to support, that took a month to repair it.

The phone got back working. Sort of. At first it seemed like it was working. But after some time (far more than useful to complain) I noticed the lack of vibration. Yep, it came like that from the repair support. I couldn’t complain, so, I continued used it.

A cool thing on this phone was the double tap on the screen to lock it, and to unlock it. It worked… during some time. Then, sometimes. And now, rarely.

A friend said the buttons in the back were weird. I confess I liked them more than the common buttons in the side of the device. Or at least, I liked them while they worked. Now, sometimes I have to press for more than 5 seconds to awake the phone. Sometimes I get mad trying different approaches to try to get the phone awake.

But then I got lucky. And a friend offered me a Samsung S6 Edge +. And that luck sent bad luck to LG. I am returning the G4 Stylus for warranty.

BaseQi

Usually I do not advertise on this blog. In fact, this is not properly advertisement, but a review. But given I am happy with the product, yeah, it can be seen as advertisement.

I will talk about BaseQi, the Ninja Stealth Drive. Basically, it allows you to pop-in a MicroSD card into your MacBook keeping it all inside. I know this sounds a little pornographic. But if you have a small SSD drive, like me, you will be happy to duplicate this easy its space. There are some similar products with the SD card built-in, but then, you can’t replace it later if, for example, it gets non working. Also, there are some similar products with this same mechanism. For those, I can’t talk, as I did not try them.

To explain the idea, follows a set of pictures. Of course you have similar pictures in their webpage, but having pictures from an user can make you a little more confident.

First, the Samsung 128GB drive being added to BaseQI.

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Note how tight it fits…

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Now, put it on your Mac SD Card reader…

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And push it all in… just clean!

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Any.Do – The best task tracking system ATM

Any.DO-Logo-+-NameFor a long time I have been trying different ways to track my stack of tasks. I tried different approaches, from using paper (it is fun!), Calendar Mac App, Wunderlist, and recently Any.Do.

Paper is probably the best, as you can write freely, draw, scratch, rip, and other physical activities that are quite fun. But, unless you get a small notebook, it gets hard to be with you all the time. You could also scratch on a smart phone device, like Samsung S Note app. But when I am working in my laptop, I do not like to have to take the phone to add or remove entries. So, next natural step is to use a tool that syncs tasks between devices.

Wunderlist is cool. Cool enough for me to use it for some time. It has the fun fact that it keeps finished tasks scratched, just like you might do in paper. Nevertheless, the app is (or was, when I tried it) quite limited. You could have different todo lists, but it was hard to see them all at once. You could add some manual tags to tasks (I did that for some time), but it got boring. And it wasn’t easy to sort tasks. You needed to, somehow, change its date.

I tried for some time Evernote for that. It allows to add tick boxes to your notes. But again, not easy to see all tasks in one screen, unless you add them all in the same sheet. And if you do, it gets complicated to manage the order, and the categories, with lots of cut, copy and paste.

So, recently I am using Any.DO. It is also available for Mac, Web, and Android, so easy to sync around. And it has three main ways to see your tickets: per category, per time, or per importance. And in each of these three views, you can sort easily your tasks just by moving them around. I am very satisfied (for now, at least) with it. But I still wonder how much more fun and efficient it might get with the paid version. But a monthly (or yearly) subscription is not exactly what I want right now. Nevertheless, if I could buy the app (and not a service) I might be buying it soon.

The Joy of Logic (2013)

Socrates syllogism

Socrates syllogism

For something completely different, today I talk (erm, write) about a BBC documentary on Logic. It starts with Socrates Syllogisms up to Boole algebra. Then a quick visit on Mathematics nightmare of trying to prove Mathematics logically (yeah, Maths aren’t logic!), introducing first order logic. Then, we get back to Boole algebra and Alan Turing, and understand how it changed the world, and how you, my friend, are using Boole algebra in your computer, at levels you might not think of.

This should be a required documentary for every computer science student (or researcher). It is really worth to “lose” a class to show this to our students.

Atom.io

B62xj9FCUAA3YoC.png largeAbout two months ago I discovered the existence of Atom.io, a free editor from the GitHub team. This fact, being from the GitHub team, made me wonder. There are not good editors for Windows. I usually use Notepad++ that is great, but somewhat limited on extensibility. When I use Mac OS X or Linux, I usually use Emacs or Vim. I know there are versions of Emacs or Vim for Windows, but I got curious on the Atom.io editor. But unfortunately I did not like it. It is quite heavy starting, the UI is not very polished and there isn’t native support for LaTeX. I know the idea of this editor is to be extensible, but when something gets completely community driven, diverse modules or packages for the same purpose appear, and it gets difficult to know what to install.

Nevertheless, I did not quit at first. I got into the package manager and tried to install a LaTeX package. The first package I found should, at least, allow me to compile a tex file directly from the editor. After about 3 minutes installing a package (too much time for such a limited package) I tried to compile the LaTeX document and I did not get any feedback. Neither that the plugin was invoked or that it wasn’t; if the file was compiled, or not. Nothing. I didn’t even get LaTeX highlight.

Please, atom.io crew. Look into Notepad++. Look to its size. Look to how fast it starts. Look to the amount of different languages syntax he supports.

So, at the moment, wondering if I’ll install Sublime, Gvim or some Emacs.

The Big Bang Theory – Season 7

Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Just finished the seventh season of The Big Bang Theory. Yes, indeed, more of the same, but still fun. The kind of jokes is mostly the same, but the story evolves. Even Sheldon kisses a girl , and Raj gets sex with a cute girl. The other two continue with their own blondes.

Some time ago I read somewhere, somebody complaining with this series, arguing it does not have any more fun, and that jokes are now offending. I do not agree. The jokes are the same since the beginning. But some people will laugh on others believes, religion or race, but will be angry when the joke changes to their own believes, religion or race. But no, The Big Bang Theory has, from time to time, a little on that kind of jokes (from the beginning on Blondes, a lot on Indians, a little on Black People, more recently on Christians) but the most interesting ones continue to be the geek ones. And just for the record, on this discussions on jokes, I am a Christian and can laugh with Christian jokes.

But yea, Kaley Cuoco (now -Sweeting) is also a good reason to continue watching this series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Babelfish

Babelfish

Fun! I read the trilogy in five volumes (yeah, I read that joke somewhere) a lot of time ago, even before the movie. So, before 2005. But this long I am looking forward to watch it, and finally I did. It was very fun to remember the book story, to recognize the character names, to remember the story of our planet as a computer (yep, it is).

Well, before some other comments, let me just say that Zooey Deschanel is extremely cute in this movie.

Getting back to the movie, also nice to remember the origin of “babelfish”. It is a shame that the current babelfish (.com) lost all connection to the story of its name. Search for old babelfish, from Altavista, to remember the interface, and the babelfish reference.

No, I will not talk much about the 42, or the Ultimate Question about the Universe and Everything. Just that if you want a proper answer, never forget to prepare your question with caution.

And finally, what can I say? Just like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, DON’T PANIC!

Don't Panic!

Don’t Panic!

Star Trek (2009)

Zoe Saldana as Uhura

Zoe Saldana as Uhura

Yeah, only me to put a screenshot with Uhura for Star Trek. But then, if you notice my other post about the last Star Trek movie, I put some underwear as well. So, for consistency, I decided to follow the same idea.

And, yeah, as usual (not really, but…) I watched these last two Star Trek movies in the wrong order, so I missed some details in the last one, that were explained properly on this. So, sorry for the spoilers. Stop here if you do not want any.

When watching the second movie I though our good old Leonard Nimoy (aka THE Spock) was some kind of father for the new Spock. Just understood they are the same with this movie.

Regarding the story, I must confess that I though of this dual life (travel back in time, change the future) was a decent solution to continue this saga. It allows to construct new lives for the characters we all know, without the weight on “hey, you are changing the story.. it didn’t go that way”. So, now two different stories can be told, in parallel. Probably (mostly sure) a lot of Star Trek fans did not like this solution. But for me, it was a damn good choice.