A New Look

I’ve decided to change things a little bit by changing my color scheme. It’s a far cry from the original Black-Letterhead theme, but believe it or not, it still uses the same framework. My new theme now uses a dark-red color scheme similar to the colors of the old Roman Empire. The biggest change is the use of a PHP script that converts text to graphic images. The header, page and post titles are actually graphic images generated on the fly whenever a page is requested.

Vista OS

Dean Takahashi writes in the San Jose Mercury News the complexity of the Microsoft Vista Project, the spiraling costs, the amount of labor it took to complete the project, and the product’s potential in a monopolized market. As much as 10,000 Microsoft employees have worked on the Vista project totaling to about $10 billion dollars in development labor cost alone. It’s just a drop in the bucket for Microsoft since it has money to burn.

Speaking of profits, how much money will Microsoft make from this product? An estimated 20% of businesses this year will move over to Vista, that’s roughly 76 million computers. Most of it is due to technology refresh as new computers coming in are fitted with the new Vista operating system. Microsoft expects to make $11.5 billion next year in Vista sales alone. I am sure profits will continue to trickle in the years to come due to the lack of competitors in the desktop operating systems market.

No doubt Vista will be successful. It will be around for a number of years. Maybe, Vista will be the last of its kind. It took five years to develop Vista. I can’t imagine Microsoft launching another Vista-like project in the future. In the meantime, I plan to use the Fedora desktop, a free Linux variant courtesy of Redhat. It is stable, robust and most of all, the price is right, it’s free. To me, this is the future of the desktop operating system.

Fake Your Space

Jessica Guynn writes in SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, how to fake your space. What did she really mean by faking your space? Well, for $0.99 cents a month, you can spruce up your MySpace or FaceBook accounts by signing up with FakeYourSpace which promises to give you a long list of fake hot friends. Your model-beautiful friends will leave you messages, comments and will even pose as your lover. Do you want to make your ex jealous? Or just want to become popular? Well, sign up with FakeYourSpace. Well, hurry now!

Prison Break: Season 2 Fall Finale

Way to start the Fall Season finale! Michael and Lincoln were caught by the local authorities. Thanks to FBI agent Mahone who wanted the two brothers killed, but the local cops arrived in the nick of time before Mahone could pull the trigger.

Fernando Sucre jumps out of the plane and parachutes down before the plane could be shot down. He lands safely. Unfortunately, the pilot’s parachute fails to open.

Former prison guard captain Brad Bellick is held without bail for the murder of ex-prison guard Roy Grady. Bellick pleads and gets a lighter sentence. He goes back to Fox Penitentiary, this time around as an inmate.

Sarah calls Michael, but there is no answer. She leaves him a message and tells him she needs him. She learns later that Michael and Lincoln were caught and are being transported back to the Fox River Penitentiary. She cuts her hair and gets a new identity.

Meanwhile, Tea Bag gets a new prosthetic hand. He meets a postal worker, but murders her after getting a forwarding address of a former girlfriend who was responsible for sending him to prison. Tea Bag shows up later at her door. Its trouble.

While Michael and Lincoln are being transported back to Fox River, the caravan of cars and vans were stopped in the tunnel by a jack-knifed truck. A locked is deliberately let loose. One of the guards leaves a set of keys in the van. It’s smells like a setup by Mahone. He wants the brothers killed. The brothers don’t bite initially, but decided to run for it in the end.

Mahone is conspiring with Kellerman’s help. They trapped the two brothers. In a surprising turn of events, Kellerman kills Mahone and urges the brothers to go with him to implicate the President.

What a finale! You’ll just have to stay tuned for the next show on January 22!

Vista OS

No doubt Microsoft’s Vista operating system will be the defacto standard for operating systems in the years to come. It will take quite some time for the Vista OS to penetrate the market as companies usually take several years to refresh their technologies. It’s a process that normally takes 3-4 years to complete. Many IT departments are electing not to upgrade current users to Vista, but are allowing Vista to trickle in as new PCs are purchased. I think it’s a wise approach from a support standpoint.