So, school started yesterday. I bought the eBook version so as to avoid lugging around 500 pounds of books everywhere I go. Not only is the weight difference better, but it is also cheaper. The heavy book cost about $200, while the ebook was only $50-ish. Physics books aren’t light, neither are Calculus books. The Statistics book isn’t that bad, but I still don’t want to be lugging around books this year. I have a laptop, I’m going to rape the beneifts (Macbook pro FTW, am I right?).
Anyway, I’ve also soft modded my Playstation 2! I really wanted to get back into game programming, and I figured the PS2 would be a great way to get some programming in. Plus it’d be for an ex popular console. I think it’ll be a lot of fun. Of course, this fun comes after my IRC client dabbit of course. Which is currently being designed by a friend of mine! 😀
This morning, I got an email from Ashampoo subject: “Free: Get 50 Yiggles by opening this email”. Typically I check the email, hit delete and never think of it again. This title had me curious. I clicked it, and saw they were giving me 5 free software to me and my friends. I always wanted a piece of their software, but never could find the heart to purchase it (Especially when freebies alternatives exist). I figured this was the perfect excuse to try it. So I’ve downloaded it, and will fill out a review of it. I downloaded “Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced”. Seen here: http://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/2610/Burning_Software/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-10.
On a final note, I’ve downloaded the beta version of Internet Explorer 9. They boasted a new updated UI. Intrigued by this new statement, I wanted to find out. I gave up hope after IE 7. IE8 didn’t help my endorsement either. I downloaded the 45mb installer; on my internet, that is a PAIN! I finally get the download done, and run the exe. “Downloading Internet Explorer 9 install files…”… Seriously? So 20 minutes later, it had finished installing. “Sweet”, I thought to myself. Getting ready to open IE9, I was greeted by a popup “Windows must restart your computer”. Seriously? I hate restarting my computer in the middle of my session. When I use the computer, I have several applications open, and none of it wants to be stopped (train of thought and such). So I waited till the next day to try out the new IE9. The next day, I opened it up. First of all, just like FireFox 4, they stole the Chrome layout, with the tabs not drooping, and the Menu bar gone. Friefox did it well. Internet Explorer, not so much. The placed them next to the URL Bar. So we have [==HTTP://google.com==] [TAB x][ TAB2 x ] etc…. WHY ON EARTH WOULD THEY DO THAT?! That’s what I want to know. Open more than 5 tabs and you start clipping most of the title. Faulty, faulty stolen idea. I mean, I know Microsoft tends to not re-create ideas properly (Windows), but this is sad. Not only this, but it doesn’t even render HTML 5 properly yet where as Chrome 7, Firefox 4 and Safari all render HTML 5 100% (If I recall the results correctly from other websites). Anyway, I know this is just a beta for IE9, but I really hope they make some major changes. One thing I’m glad though, is that they didn’t include the Twitter client on the browser (as an interview with a team leader for the browser project said). He mentioned wanting to place a Twitter client on the browser. Does that make sense to anyone else? I mean… how hard is it to type twitter.com in the url box?
Ok, enough rambling from me. I suppose I should let you get back to your life, as I must mine. Until later!