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I Heart My Kim!

"Winning is better than fun, because winning is fun. And you get to win!"

(This bit of undeniable wisdom brought to you courtesy of Guitar Hero.)


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Jun. 9th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Re: Not you you really care
I totally care! That sucks!

We've been mostly playing the 80's edition, but last night I fired up Guitar Hero III for the first time and got my ass handed to me by Tom Morello. FRUSTRATING!!
Jun. 8th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)

That is not one of my favorite sayings now. That is just fantabulous!

Kim the Quotable. *giggles*
Jun. 8th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Guitar hero is indeed the cup from which all wondrous wisdoms flow.
Jun. 9th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
There's another school of thought that says that true wisdom can only be derived from DDR, and that Guitar Hero is analogous to treason. I'll refer you to Jessa for further details. ;-)
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
And ye, Gates said: And there shalt be two sources of all wisdom in the world. And one shalt be called DDR, and will send forth its wisdom of the dance and the arrows, and the other shall be called Guitar Hero, and it shall send forth its wisdom of the shiny plastic guitar and the faux-rockitude. And Gates did look upon his creation and see that it was good. And ye, there was much rejoicing and pwnage.

Book of Matching Colored Lights to Movement, Chapter 5, Verse 1-4
Jun. 9th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
GAH! You defile my journal by quoting the Evil One! For what terrible purpose do you invoke his fell name in this place of UNIXy goodness and lickable interfaces? A pox be upon you!

I shall have to re-consecrate my LJ with the cleansing purity of the Reality Distortion Field. Fortunately, Steve Jobs (PBUH) will be delivering new scripture at the WWDC keynote address in just a few hours, so I can purge the foul stain with his holy words.
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
And lo, the time shalt come to pass when a great wind, a wind of power and of fury, wilt blow forth from the Windows of the most High House. And all those that defy the Windows, the Unix, the Mac, and even the bastard child Linux, shalt tremble and fall before the winds of Windows. And ye, even the Windows themselves will crumple and fall when the Vista of destruction becomes to shitty for even the most basic programs to run. And then, the fury of the Gates will fall silent, and a Blackcomb will come to save us all.

Book of the Blue Screen, Chapter 00001011, Verse 00000111
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
"Great wind" indeed! That's all I hear coming out of you! UNIX is mighty and eternal- a great mountain compared to the tiny pile of damp straw that is Windows.

I have seen this "Book of the Blue Screen" from which you read. It's in the fantasy section of the book store.

BTW, very fitting that you quote from "Chapter 11". Bit telling, that...
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sure it's in the fantasy section? I seem to see it every time I start my computer...

I think I would make an excellent writer of religious texts.

Mwuahahahaha. Binary conversion ftw.
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
"Excellent writer" and "religious texts" are contradictory terms. ;-)

In all seriousness, from what I've seen Vienna looks pretty lackluster. There doesn't appear to be much to it that isn't already in OS X. They claim that it'll be a major release, but am I correct that the only additional feature that they've confirmed is multi-touch support? Everything else seems to be just slimming down the code base which, while certainly beneficial, won't bring Windows into the class of OS X today, let alone in 2010.
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Fuck if I know, Fuck if I care, and Fuck if I still won't be using XP when the day is done.

Mac is, indeed, the superior system; there's no argument about that. But the fact that I can pick up a Windows computer for $500 that will run all of the games that I want to play right out of the box, and all the games that I can't afford with one upgrade, means that Windows will always hold a place in my cheap, gamer heart.

Mac may have the better system, better code, and better pretensions, but Window's marketing kicks mac right in the balls. The fact that they can produce shit like Vista and still hang out on top of the market tells you that Gates has a magical telepathy device in his mansion that broadcasts pure, liquid cocaine into all Windows users ever.

And who says "excellent writer" and "Religious texts" are contradictory? My cult of highly trained ninja assasins will destroy you!
Jun. 9th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
It sounds like your argument boils down to "Windows machines are cheaper gaming consoles than Macs". I'll not argue with you there. I have a shuttle PC for playing Half-Life, Command & Conquer, and a few other games. However, that puts it into the PlayStation/Wii/XBox niche, not the "real computer" category.

As for marketing, I think you're confusing "marketing" with "market share". I can think of a dozen Apple ads off the top of my head, but the only Windows ads that have left a lasting impression are from when '95 was first released. Businesses are conservative and slow to change, and hence tend to stick with Windows. As you noted, games are released for Windows in much greater frequency than they are for the Mac. These two facts give Windows market inertia, but that (as well as the corporate stranglehold that Exchange has) seem to me to be what's keeping Windows' market share propped up. Were the playing field level right now, people wouldn't give it a second look. They'll hold on for quite a while longer, but at the moment it looks like they're past their peak.

As for your ninjas, I'm a (shuriken-shaped) card-carrying ally of the ninja community. They won't attack me unless I betray them (unlikely!!). It's a matter of professional courtesy.
Jun. 9th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely very true, and fortunately for all involved, most companies and universities seem to be slowly switching over to Mac. :D

It was my understanding that, in the beginning, when Mac and Microsoft were climbing out of the primordial ooze that is the early computer age, ol' Stevey went and closed their source code, so that companies that wanted to develop software for their OS's had to go and pay Mac an exorbitant amount of monies to be able to write code for the machines that ran it. X(

Gates, on the other hand, opened up his code and sold it off for much cheaper (and/or free-ish), so that companies that wanted to could develop software at a much cheaper price. Hence, why more games/programs/software is still being developed and sold for windows, despite the fact that Mac is a vastly superior system.

Erm, by 'marketing', I'm pretty sure I meant 'corporate policy'. I more or less suck at getting the names for anything right. EVAR. XD

It's always been my opinion that companies have to balance advertising presence with consumer-base knowledge; Windows doesn't put out as many ads, because NORP knows who and what microsoft is, since their $500 POS machine at home runs on it, whereas Mac has to work to get the same NORPs to acknowledge that their product actually exists; the Ipod and its follow-ups have helped, but most people didn't even know that Mac was a viable alternative to Windows until very recently. Windows doesn't have to have as strong a marketing division, since their product awareness is so high.

Also, since my ninjas are not so much inspired by sneaky death from above so much as my amazing ability to replace telephone poles, they usually don't follow the rules of the ninja community. God-head-ship has its benefits. :D
Jun. 10th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Um... no.
I swear, I'm not trying to be argumentative and I'm not trying to "out-geek" you or anything like that, but that's not what happened at all.

Bill Gates has never willingly opened the source code for anything. It's completely against his nature, even going back to a famous rant he wrote to the Altair community back in the 70's, calling them all thieves because they were duplicating and sharing Micro-Soft (as it was spelled then) BASIC (it came on paper tape back then).

What I think you're referring to is the PC being an open (vs. proprietary) platform. How that happened is an interesting story and has little to do with Microsoft, since it wasn't their platform in the first place.

The PC was originally IBM's platform, produced in close cooperation with Microsoft and Intel. To keep costs down it was manufactured using more or less standard hardware and interfaces (ISA). Intel provided the 8088 CPUs, and Microsoft provided the operating system that they ripped off from Seattle Computer Products developed in-house. IBM maintained tight control over the platform by aggressively defending their copyright on a key component of the system- the BIOS.

IBM never chose to open the PC architecture. The code for BIOS was widely available, but woe be unto any company who tried to tread on IBM's copyright for the code. In fact, Big Blue sued a couple of companies who foolishly flat-out copied BIOS out of business. What they failed to anticipate was that Compaq would be able to clean room reverse engineer BIOS.

Here's how it worked: Legally, any engineer who had so much as seen the code for BIOS was "tainted", and couldn't write a competing product without being devoured by IBM's legal team. (Part of IBM's motivation in making the code so widely available was to taint as many software engineers as possible.) What Compaq did was get a team of engineers to go over the IBM code with a fine toothed comb and write a specification for BIOS. The spec didn't include any code- just a detailed description of what it did. The spec then went to a team of "clean" programmers who wrote a whole new BIOS from scratch that exactly duplicated the functionality of IBM BIOS. Thus the first PC clone was born.

Later Phoenix did the same thing, but rather than build computers themselves they licensed their BIOS to other manufacturers and POOF- the PC was now an open standard.

Of course, this pissed IBM right the fuck off, but legally there was nothing they could do about it. They did try to regain control of the PC standard by introducing the more-advanced-but-proprietary Micro Channel Architecture (MCA) with the PS/2, but it never took off, partially because competition in the PC-compatible market had driven prices below what IBM was willing to charge. Then as now, the platform dominates in large part because of the plethora of cheap-ass POS computers that people are willing to settle for.

BTW, Apple did the same thing with the Macintosh that IBM did with BIOS, but was more successful at it because they included large chunks of the OS in ROM as well, making reverse engineering nearly impossible. You could argue that this worked against them by marginalizing their architecture compared to cheap PCs, but today they have a stable, high-quality platform with a growing market share and a high profit margin, while IBM is no longer even a player in the industry that they created.

Now as far as ninjas go, I'm well aware of your awesome and legendary telephone pole skillz, so I concede that point unconditionally.
Jun. 10th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
I bow before your superior nerdiness!
I tremble in fear of your superior knowledge of computer development. I bow before your majesty! Thanks for correcting me in the moderate anonymity of LJ before I go out into the wide wide world and make an ass of myself.

Also, I'm going to reference this comic in several term papers in the future. So, uh... expect some calls. :D
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