Archive for November, 2011

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This pretty much nails it

Beetlejuice vs. Joker

Posted: 27. November 2011 in why so serious?
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Most of you probably heard of the Kindle Fire by now. It is kind of Amazon’s answer to the iPad 2.

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And the chances are probably good that you are thinking of getting one for Christmas. However, if you are living outside of the United States you might want to think twice.

Why? Because officially the Kindle Fire is only offered in the US at the moment. From what I’ve heard they still need to sort some cloud policy stuff in Europe before they can roll it out here.

Anyway, this doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a Kindle Fire and ship it to wherever you live. But be aware that not everything will work!

I happen to live in Ireland and got my hands on one of these devices to do some testing. Not because I’m an IT guy, but because our company bought a few of them as gifts for our employees, however they didn’t research first to see if they can actually use it here so I had to go and figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Now, without further ado, here is what you can do:

– browse the web/check emails, if you are connected to a wi-fi network
– purchase, download and read books from the various amazon stores (Germany, UK,…)
– use the apps that are pre-installed

That’s pretty much it! At least if you don’t have a PC,…

At this point, please note that the device doesn’t come with a USB cable!

So, if you have a PC and a USB cable (micro-b port), you can also do the following:

– transfer your pictures, movies and documents to the Fire via USB and obviously watch them on the device.

Now, what you can’t do is this:
– download apps from the Amazon app store. This is probably the biggest issue for most people, however there is a way to work around that to get apps. *
– use Amazon’s cloud music player (www.cloudplayer.com)
– use Amazon’s cloud storage
– use Amazon’s video services (in my tests I could watch trailers but not buy/rent movies)

According to Amazon’s customer service, you can use all the services if you have an amazon.com account with an US billing address. But I assume most of the people outside the US don’t have that.

When asking if and how soon Amazon will make those services and the app store available in Europe, they couldn’t give me any information whatsoever.

Hope this is of help to somebody, when I did some research I couldn’t really find something useful, hence I am posting it now myself 😉

* Please note that installing third party apps can involve some risks (malicious software), so only do that if you know what you’re doing!

Every once in a while, for some more – for some less often, you go mad at your work and would just love to say out loud what you think,…

I give you a few examples….     if you have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment!

And here we go:

1. I can see your point, but I still think you’re full of shit.

2. I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.

3. How about never? Is never good for you?

4. I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

5. I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.

6. I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter.

7. I’m out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8. I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.

9. It sounds like English, but I can’t understand a damn word you’re saying.

10. Ahhhh .. I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.

11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don’t give a damn.

14. I’m already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

16. Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17. The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

18. Any connections between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks?!

20. I’m not being rude. You’re just insignificant.

21. It’s a thankless job, but I’ve got a lot of Karma to burn off 22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be?

24. Do I look like a people person?

25. This isn’t an office. It’s Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

27. Sarcasm is just one service we offer.

28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

31. I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.

32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.

33. Can I trade this job for what’s behind door #1?

34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

36. Chaos, panic and disorder…my work here is done.

37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?

38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.

39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

40. Oh, I get it…like humor…but different.

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

The study was published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Conducting three experiments in both real and virtual environments, Radvansky’s subjects – all college students – performed memory tasks while crossing a room and while exiting a doorway.

In the first experiment, subjects used a virtual environment and moved from one room to another, selecting an object on a table and exchanging it for an object at a different table. They did the same thing while simply moving across a room but not crossing through a doorway.

Radvansky found that the subjects forgot more after walking through a doorway compared to moving the same distance across a room, suggesting that the doorway or “event boundary” impedes one’s ability to retrieve thoughts or decisions made in a different room.

The second experiment in a real-world setting required subjects to conceal in boxes the objects chosen from the table and move either across a room or travel the same distance and walk through a doorway. The results in the real-world environment replicated those in the virtual world: walking through a doorway diminished subjects’ memories.

The final experiment was designed to test whether doorways actually served as event boundaries or if one’s ability to remember is linked to the environment in which a decision – in this case, the selection of an object – was created. Previous research has shown that environmental factors affect memory and that information learned in one environment is retrieved better when the retrieval occurs in the same context. Subjects in this leg of the study passed through several doorways, leading back to the room in which they started. The results showed no improvements in memory, suggesting that the act of passing through a doorway serves as a way the mind files away memories.

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I am agnostic,… and you?

Posted: 21. November 2011 in interesting
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I am agnostic, it’s not that I don’t care – I just don’t know!

Need help identifying your worldview?

Try this:

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Hello everybody,

quick and sweet,…. here it comes:

How come soft cookies turn hard, and yet hard cookies turn soft?

If you have the answer let me know!