A call for revolution?

Jesus Diaz urges you to wage war aginst the “Beta Culture” and asks us if we have surrendered in the name of progress, marketing and product cycles and consumerism? So have we?

“I’m tired of this. This sense of permanent discomfort with the technology around me. The bugs. The compromises. The firmware upgrades. The “This will work in the next version.” The “It’s in our roadmap.” The “Buy now and upgrade later.” The patches. The new low development standards that make technology fail because it wasn’t tested enough before reaching our hands.”

http://gizmodo.com/5083371/a-call-for-revolution-against-beta-culture

This is me – talking to a machine..

So this morning as usual I logged in to my Windows Home Server from work. I checked for updates and it looks like HP have changed their update search GUI. The update now does the serach and lets you check and install whatever updates available from HP. I guess they prepare us for the upcoming GUI change for MediaSmart models.

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The MS Windows Home Server OS update on the other hand still just steamrolls users, while checking for updates It just starts download and install a 248MB patch for .NET SP1.. I’m sure it’s all good, but hey! I want to be able to choose when and where I run and install updates on my server. The result beeing, i can’t access my files right now cuz the damn server starts doing a major update, install and restart..

Just let me know I have a update and then ask me if NOW is a good time to start patching ffs!

This is me – talking to a machine..

The aggressive gamer

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So I spent the last week  in Little Big Planet with my seven year old daughter.
She is a pro gamer, I am a former Pro gamer – It’s the young meeting the old.
It’s a new generation standing on the shoulders of giants.. eh..

“The aggressive gamer”
LBP is a nice game, fun for both young and old.
In short it’s a game pretty much anyone could enjoy I guess.
But it has brought some of my daughters more darker sides to my attention, and have forced me to see a small version of myself – “The aggressive gamer”.

When I’m alone playing my games I can get pretty aggressive. Going in to some pretty ugly name calling when getting fragged by a sniper in BF2142 – taking my revenge (after having spent the last 15 minutes crawling up a hill) knifing him from behind while shouting “That will teach not to mess with me motherfucker!”..
Yes I know, It’s not pretty at all but I have at least learned to reframe from this behaviour while the rest of the family is awake.

A seven year old monster
Anyway, the last week in LBP has revealed a new gaming monster in our family, She’s seven years old, blond hair, blue eyes and when it comes to loosing she gets really, REALLY angry..

We have made a deal – we don’t use the “F” word, instead (when we loose) we shout “Bad words” to indicate that we indeed wanted to say some pretty bad words but we didn’t. But whenever she dies she blames me (LBP is a co-op game remember?). No matter where my little Sackboy are, or whatever I am doing she goes like this:

Daughter:  “Now look what you did!”
Me: “eh precious, what did I do?”
Daughter: “You got me killed, that’s what you did!”
Me: “Lol no I did not, I was just standing right there when you made that jump”
Daughter: “Yes exactly, YOU DID NOTHING TO HELP!”
And the same thing happens when I try to help her, It’s always my fault..

So last night she decided to play LBP with her mother (I was buzy knifing snipers).
My wife Is no gamer at all, but she plays anyway but prefers Guitar Hero and Rockband etc. Anyway, after 45 minutes I hear a loud argue from downstairs and after a while my daughter comes running while screaming “Daaaaaad! Can you come and replace mom? she sucks!”

Apparently It’s not always my fault..

And every new year it’s the same thing..

I cancel my CoH account again..

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I canceled all my other mmo accounts as well and ended up in Battlefields 2142 as usual. I must be getting old (of course I am..) – I have no time for anything but fast paced casual gaming theese days or Playstaion 3 with my daughter.

Getting my ass kicked big time
So this weeks gaming experiance goes to Playstation 3 and Little Big Planet. After getting my ass kicked the last couple of weeks in Singstar II (big time) and Guitar Hero III and Aerosmith (not so much) by my seven year old daughter she convinced me that LBP would be a more “co-op” experiance and that she would help me past the harder levels..

Musical journeys
Spotify keeps sending me on musical journeys and this weeks album “Soul Fountain” comes from a musician called Clifford Jordan – Check it out!
http://open.spotify.com/album/6f5KZMSY2MkaKlOq9TrJ8R