Hiveless Mind


Beer is the source of technology and civilization.

According to Gizmodo:

 

Scientist Declares Beer as the Source of Civilization and Technology, Nobody Is Surprised

This is a post that Gizmodo’s resident hops philosopher Travis should have written, but as he’s sleeping one off it’s been left up to me. Charlie Bamforth, a British academic who holds the most fabulous of titles—the University of California’s Anheuser Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science—claims that without beer, we would be without computers, the iPod, Silicon Valley and the space program…

Read more here. What kind of buggery is this? I thought it was kinda funny, at first, but the really strange part is that this is a real, genuine, scientific theory. What will they think of next? On the other hand, though, it actually kinda makes sense, once you read through it a couple times. One thing’s for sure, though: It kinda screws up the GNU’s motto, “Free as in speech, not as in beer”.

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The Rise and Fall of the Microsoft Empire

DISCLAMER: I mean no offense to Microsoft or it’s users, this is simply my opinion. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Or better yet, tell me why you disagree. But be civil, please. I’d rather not start a flame war, but I’d love to hear what your opinion is. Keep in mind that I am a Macintosh user. I use the Macintosh because I like it, it fits my needs and works well for my purposes. Many of you are Windows users, and I assume some of you use Windows because you like it, or because it fits your needs (that means you, Nick). I don’t mean any offense to any of you.
 
Microsoft is dying. Not literally, of course, but figuratively. Its golden age is over, and the computing giant is on a decline. It’s not going to go belly-up today, or tomorrow, in fact, probably not for several years. But Microsoft, in my opinion, is going steadily downhill. Why? Let’s examine the facts. Windows, even the most recent Windows Vista, at its core is DOS. DOS is an operating system which was originally created before 1980, and has hardly been updated since then (DOS, or as it was first called, QDOS originally stood for ‘Quick and Dirty Operating System’, but when it was bought by Microsoft, the name was changed to ‘Disk Operating System’). In fact, Windows was first made as a simple graphical shell for DOS. You might argue that the recent Mac operating systems, which are based off of a Unix kernel. Unix is an operating system which first was written in the ’70s and ’80s. However, the Darwin kernel that OS X uses is based off FreeBSD, a freeware operating system which has been constantly evolving. One of Microsoft’s major downfalls is that most software is still being written for that 1995 chassis, which is hopelessly outdated, and preventing the company from evolving.

Another one of Microsoft’s major downfalls is the popularity (or non-popularity, as the case may be) of it’s latest operating system, Windows Vista. The operating system that Microsoft took 5 years to develop is, quite frankly, a flop. Many major businesses and organizations have switched back to Windows XP, or (as I would recommend) to Mac OS X. I’m sure you heard about how the Olympic Committee plans to use XP instead of Vista for the next Olympic Games.  Also, the bloggers, who seem to control the industry, are ranting about the failure of the buggy OS. Even many hardcore Windows fanboys (and fangirls) have rejected the new Microsoft OS. As tech blogger/vlogger Chris Pirillo says, “Maybe they’ll fix it by Service Pack Two, but maybe I really won’t care. By then I’ll be on the Mac.”

Also, the products of Apple Inc, Microsoft’s main competitor, have been steadily increasing in popularity. The main reason many people don’t use Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X, is because less software is compatible with it. However, as more and more people switch to the Mac, more software companies will write applications for the Macintosh. This is already in effect. In addition, with the release of Macintosh computers with Intel microprocessors. it is now possible to dual-boot OS X and Windows on a Macintosh computer, as well as use virtualization or emulation software that allows Windows applications to run natively in the Mac operating system. VMware, a major virtualization software company, has announced that it is currently beta testing the next version of VMware Fusion, which will allow you to run DirectX 9 applications on the Macintosh, a major boost for Mac gaming.

All in all, it is my opinion that Microsoft is steadily declining. However, if you agree with me, or if you don’t, I’d love it if you leave your opinion in the comment box below.

~Hawk

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Flock 1.0

I am writing this using the Flock 1.0 beta. And no, I don’t even have a WordPress window up, I’m using the browser’s built-in blog post editor.
For those who have not been initiated into the great cult that is Flock, Flock is a free web browser (available at www.flock.com) which is seamlessly integrated blogging services (Blogger, WordPress, Blogsome, Xanga, Livejournal, or a privately hosted blog), photo/video sharing services (currently Flickr, Photobucket, YouTube and Piczo), and social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter, but only in the 1.0 beta). What this means is that you can use most features of those services directly from the browser, never even having to visit those sites. I’ve been using Flock for…about a year now I think, and I’ve been thoroughly satisfied with it. I’d guess that most people reading this post are using Firefox, the current most popular browser, and I’d just like to let you know that Flock is based on the open source Gecko software, which is the main core of Firefox as well. The practical upshot of all this is that Flock can do everything Firefox can, as well as its added features. One warning, however: the ‘wonderbrowser’ does not support Firefox extensions natively, but there are many extensions for Flock, which are available at the Flock website. Oh, and it has a pretty user interface.
The Flock beta, 1.0, introduces many new features, including the People sidebar, which allows you to monitor your friends and messages from YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter, and a better RSS reader. Also, many bits of the user interface have been redone, making it better integrated with other parts of the browser, and the My World page (which displays your feeds, favorite sites, and recent media) has had a minor upgrade.
To sum it all up, I recommend anyone who’s not using Flock should switch to it right now, and I’d like to rub the fact that I’m a beta tester in your face. 😉
~Hawk

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I have returned!

Soo…I’ve started blogging again. Why? I don’t know, I was bored, and I thought it would be fun. As you can see, I’ve started a new blog, mostly so I could change the name and style. I finally decided to call it ‘Hiveless Mind’, after going through several other names, including ‘Nuclear Cthulhu’ and ‘Reality’s Cheese Grater’. The plan is that this time, my posts will be more punctual and (hopefully) longer, but you never know. I’ll be blogging about things that amuse me, mostly technology/computer stuff,  gaming (both computer and tabletop), and anime, with some random stuff and internet memes thrown in, probably. So sit back, relax, and prepare to enjoy (or not) the rantings and ravings of the Hiveless Mind!
~Hawk