Thursday, October 15, 2009

Monthly Geeky Vol. 1

To ease a little up from my last post, I had decided on starting my lengthily planned "Monthly Geeky", were I will be discussing about tech stuff and games. Today I am gonna be focusing at Twitter.

About Twitter...
Twitter is a web-social network focusing on micro-blogging between members and their followers, with messages now as "tweets" with a max of 140 characters (including spaces). Created in 2006 as a result of a brainstorming in a company named Odeo as an idea for introducing a SMS messaging texting service for groups as that type of messaging was catching up at that time.

"We wanted to capture that in the name — we wanted to capture that feeling: the physical sensation that you’re buzzing your friend’s pocket. It’s like buzzing all over the world. So we did a bunch of name-storming, and we came up with the word "twitch," because the phone kind of vibrates when it moves. But "twitch" is not a good product name because it doesn’t bring up the right imagery. So we looked in the dictionary for words around it, and we came across the word "twitter," and it was just perfect. The definition was "a short burst of inconsequential information," and "chirps from birds." And that’s exactly what the product was."
                                                             -Jack  Dorsey, concept creator

Twitter has been described as akin to a Web-based Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client. The Twitter Web interface uses the Ruby on Rails framework. From the spring of 2007 until 2008 the actual messages were handled by a Ruby persistent queue server called Starling but since 2009 this has been gradually replaced with software written in Scala. The service's API allows other web services and applications to integrate with Twitter. Searches on the system make use of hashtags, words or phrases prefixed with a #. A search for "beer" would turn up all messages that included #beer. Similarly, the @ sign followed by a username allows users to send messages directly to each other. A message with @example would be directed at the user "example" although it can still be read by anyone.
Through SMS, users can communicate with Twitter through five gateway numbers: short codes for the United States, Canada, India, New Zealand, and an Isle of Man-based number for international use. There is also a short code in the United Kingdom which is only accessible to those on the Vodafone and O2 networks.

When Twitter experiences an outage, users see the "fail whale" error message image created by Yiying Lu, an illustration of red birds using nets to hoist a whale from the ocean along with the text ] "Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again."
Twitter experienced approximately 98 percent uptime in 2007, or about six full days of downtime.Twitter's downtime was particularly noticeable during events popular with the technology industry such as the 2008 Macworld Conference & Expo keynote address. During May 2008 Twitter's new engineering team made architectural changes to deal with the scale of growth. Stability issues resulted in down time or temporary feature removal.
In August 2008, Twitter withdrew free SMS services to users in the United Kingdom and for approximately five months instant messaging support via a XMPP bot was listed as being "temporarily unavailable".[44] On October 10, 2008, Twitter's status blog announced that instant messaging (IM) service was no longer a temporary outage and needed to be revamped. Twitter aims to return its IM service at some point but says this requires some major work.
On June 12, 2009, in what was called a potential "Twitpocalypse", the unique identifier associated with each tweet exceeded the limit for 32-bit signed integers. While Twitter itself was not affected, some third-party clients found that they could no longer access recent tweets. Patches were quickly released, though some iPhone applications had to wait for approval from the App Store. On September 22, the identifier exceeded the limit for 32-bit unsigned integers, again breaking some third-party clients.
On August 6, 2009, Twitter and Facebook suffered from a denial-of-service attack, causing the Twitter website to be offline for several hours. It was later confirmed that the attacks were directed at one pro-Georgian user around the anniversary of the 2008 South Ossetia War, rather than the sites themselves.

Ok nice, then what?
I am gonna review some Twitter clients that I had use for at least less than a year since I had discovered Twitter. Twitter clients or applications are software that are specific for a platform (for ex. Apple, Windows, iPhone) and are used for sync with Twitter on the go or when you are busy at work. You will see that it will be kinda balanced on Blackberry because it is my current phone.
On no particular-order....

TwitterBerry is mobile client for posting updates to Twitter. It works over the data network, so you don't need to use SMS. 

The software it is really accommodated with the Blackberry OS and it is really organize in the menu structure. Quick followers/following pics download and a quick tweet post. Twitpic connectivity isn't that bad.

A tedious process keeping up with updates when you open the timeline after quite time not logging in, making a long journey from the 6th hour's post to the most recent tweet. Also TwitterBerry may have a contradiction on being well attached to Blackberry OS as by almost anything it turn on the alert mode of the phone, can be annoying for quite time. Also it froze my phone a few times.


  ceTwit it is the only Windows Mobile Twitter client that I could use in the short time I had a Moto Q
ceTwit is a windows mobile twitter client written in C# leveraging the .net compact framework. It was created by Vince Koser, Twitter page- >@vkoser .

The client it is really fast and stable, and that's a good thing from a WM ver 5.0. The layout it is kinda 90% the same as Twitter page. The users pics load mostly fast with no failures. Again connectiviti with Twitpic runned smothly with the bonus that it auto-log you at Twitpic.

Echofon was originally know as Twitterfox, a app for the Mozilla Firefox browser. It is from the same guys that created the client for MAC and Ipod Touch version.

I love the idea of a Twitter client being as light as a Firefox Extension but efficient as a well-made program. The program auto-update whenever you like and show a mini pop-up whenever a new tweet is available and it doesn't conflict with your internet session.

That their mobile counterparts have ads....


Undoutbly the best Twitter client of 2009...almost

Really balanced environment almost identical to the Twitter homepage. Update real time are smoothly also.

The dedicated server for pic uploading it is private and seems you can't erased it. The Timeline although acurrate not alway loads at 100%. AND THE MOST LOWEST POINT AND MADE ME MOVE ON WAS THE FREAKING ADS...

And Finally my current one...

Upload pictures, keep up with the latest trends and tweet your heart out with the latest ad-free mobile application from Xtreme Labs. It's the first BlackBerry Twitter client that doesn't suck... and it's free! Not a member of Twitter? No worries, our app works even if you don't have a twitter account =) Visit this website on your BlackBerry to download TwiXtreme.

Faster on anything. The Menu are organized and not messing with the OS architecture. The software runs really fast and not messy like TwitterBerry.

Seems that I have to wait to next update for a better connectivity with Twitpic.

Well, hope to be informative.
Take Care

Thursday, October 8, 2009

May Controversy Begins...

I am posting quite a little early, I just got something on my mind for quite long and I wanted to said it.

Controversy Begins
So must all heard about the fatally day of April 20, 1999 if not, Jefferson County, Colorado,USA will forgot how tow guys, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed the worst massacre in a campus of all USA history, after the Virginia Tech Massacre. You might beginning asking why the heck I brought this now... but you will see.

About The Shooters. (From Wikipedia)
Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999) were the high school seniors who committed the Columbine High School massacre. They killed 13 people and injured 21 others. Three people were also injured as they escaped the attack. Both Harris, 18 years old, and Klebold, 17, committed suicide after the killings.

Eric David Harris was born in Wichita, Kansas. The Harris family relocated often as Eric's father, Wayne Harris, was a U.S. Air Force transport pilot. His mother, Katherine Ann Poole, was a homemaker. The family moved from Plattsburgh, New York to Littleton, Colorado in July 1993, when Wayne Harris retired from military service.

The Harris family lived in rented accommodations for the first three years that they lived in the Littleton area. During this time Eric met and befriended Dylan Klebold. In 1996, the Harris family purchased a house south of Columbine High School. Eric's older brother Kevin attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dylan Bennet Klebold was born in Lakewood, Colorado to Thomas Klebold and Susan Yassenoff. His parents attended a Lutheran church with their children, and Dylan and his older brother Byron attended confirmation classes in accordance with Lutheran tradition. At home, the family also observed some rituals in keeping with Susan Klebold's Jewish heritage. Susan's grandfather, Leo Yassenoff, was an influential builder and philanthropist. Thomas Klebold was raised by a brother 18 years his senior, because his parents had died while he was young.

The Klebold family had resided in Deer Creek Canyon in southern Lakewood since 1990. Thomas Klebold ran a small real estate business from home, while Susan Klebold worked as an employment counselor. Klebold attended Normandy Elementary School during first and second grade, then attended Governor's Ranch Elementary School where he was part of the CHIPS (Challenging High Intellectual Potential Students) program. He met and befriended Brooks Brown around this period, but he would not meet Harris until junior high school.

According to early accounts of the shooting, Harris and Klebold were unpopular students and frequent targets of bullying at their high school. The experience of being bullied led them to bully others; Harris and Klebold had written diary entries about how they themselves had bullied younger students and "fags". Harris and Klebold were allegedly members of a group that called themselves the "Trenchcoat Mafia", although they had no particular connection with the group, and did not appear in a group photo of the Trenchcoat Mafia in the 1998 Columbine yearbook.[6] Harris's father stated that his son was "a member of what they call the Trenchcoat Mafia" in a 911 call he made on April 20, 1999. Klebold attended the high school prom three days before the shootings with a classmate named Robyn Anderson.

Soon after they became friends, Harris and Klebold linked their personal computers on a network and both played many games over the Internet. Harris created a set of levels for the game Doom which later became known as the Harris levels. Harris had a Web presence under the handle "REB" (short for Rebel) and other cyber aliases including "Rebldomakr," "Rebdoomer," and "Rebdomine," while Klebold went by the names "VoDKa" and "VoDkA." Harris had various websites that hosted Doom and Quake files, as well as team information for those he gamed with online. The sites openly spouted hatred for the people of their neighborhood and the world in general. When the pair began experimenting with pipe bombs, they posted results of the explosions on the websites.

Harris was a fan of musical groups such as Rammstein, KMFDM, Orbital, and The Prodigy. He also had an apparent interest in Darwinism and Nazism, as seen in his many diary entries that even disturbed Klebold due to his Jewish roots. Soon after the shooting, KMFDM posted material on their website condemning Harris and Klebold's violence and denying that their music had anything to do with it.

Initial legal encounters

In March 1998, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigator Michael Guerra looked at Harris's website after the parents of Brooks Brown, a fellow student of Harris and Klebold, discovered Harris was making threats aimed at their son following a falling out between them. Guerra wrote a draft affidavit for a search warrant, but the affidavit was never filed. This information was not revealed to the public until September 2001 by 60 Minutes, though it was known by the police the entire time.

The two boys got into trouble with the law early for breaking into a locked van and stealing tools. In January 1998, they were charged with mischief, breaking and entering, trespassing and theft. They both left good impressions on the juvenile officers, who offered to expunge their criminal records if they agreed to attend a diversionary program to include community service, receiving psychiatric treatment, and staying out of trouble. Harris was required to attend anger management classes where, again, he made a good impression. They were so well behaved that their probation officer discharged them from the program a few months earlier than the due date. Of Harris, it was remarked that he was "a very bright individual who is likely to succeed in life," while Klebold was said to be intelligent, but "needs to understand that hard work is part of fulfilling a dream."

Hitmen for Hire

Despite these outward appearances of calm, as time went on, their rage continued to grow. The two made a video for a school project that showed them pretending to shoot fake guns and "snuffing" students in the hallway of their school as Hitmen for Hire. They both displayed themes of violence in their creative writing projects for school; Harris' teacher said of a Doom-based tale, written on January 17, 1999 by Harris, "Yours is a unique approach and your writing works in a gruesome way — good details and mood setting."

While having a cigarette at the start of lunch break, Brooks Brown saw Harris arrive at school on the day of the massacre and scolded him for skipping the morning bowling class, because Harris was always serious about his academics and being on time. Harris reportedly said, "Brooks, I like you now. Get out of here. Go home." Having severed his friendship with him a year earlier due to Harris's throwing a chunk of ice at his car windshield, Brown quickly left the school grounds. Upon hearing the first gunshots after he had already walked some distance away from the school, he informed the police by a neighbor's cell phone.

Acquiring arms

9 mm Hi-Point 995 carbine, one of the guns Eric Harris used.
9 mm TEC-DC9 pistol, one of the guns Dylan Klebold used.

Because Harris and Klebold were both underage at the time, Robyn Anderson, an 18-year-old Columbine student and old friend of Klebold's, made a straw purchase of two shotguns and Hi-Point 995 Carbine for the pair. Anderson was not charged for her part in the straw purchase in exchange for her cooperation with the investigation that followed the shootings. After illegally acquiring the weapons, Harris and Klebold sawed off the barrels of the shotguns, shortening the overall length to below 25 inches, a felony under the National Firearms Act.

The shooters also possessed a TEC-DC9 semi-automatic handgun, which had a long history. The manufacturer of the TEC-DC9 first sold it to Miami-based Navegar Incorporated. It was then sold to Zander's Sporting Goods in Baldwin, Illinois in 1994. The gun was later sold to Thornton, Colorado firearms dealer Larry Russell. In violation of federal law, Russell failed to keep records of the sale, yet he determined that the purchaser of the gun was twenty-one years of age or older. He was unable to identify the pictures of Klebold, Anderson, or Harris shown to him by police after the shooting. Two men, Mark Manes and Philip Duran, were convicted of supplying weapons to the two. Early descriptions of the TEC-DC9 claimed that it was a fully automatic weapon, one that fired continuously with one pull of the trigger, although this was not the case. Their model was the closed bolt KG99-related variant, which would have proven virtually impossible to convert to fully automatic without access to firearm machining equipment and substantial expertise.

The bombs used by the pair varied and were crudely made from carbon dioxide canisters, galvanized pipe, and metal propane bottles. The bombs were primed with matches placed at one end of the bomb. Both had striker tips on their sleeves. When they rubbed against the bomb, the match head would instantly light the fuse. The weekend before the shootings, Harris and Klebold had purchased propane tanks and other supplies from a hardware store for a few hundred dollars. Several residents of the area claimed to have heard glass breaking and buzzing sounds from the Harris family's garage, which later was concluded to indicate they were constructing pipe bombs. Harris purchased more propane tanks on the morning of the attack.

More complex bombs, such as the one that detonated on the corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and Ken Caryl Avenue, had timers. The two largest bombs built were found in the school cafeteria and were made from small propane tanks. Only one of these bombs went off, and that only partially detonated. It was estimated that had any of the bombs placed in the cafeteria actually detonated properly, the blast could have caused extensive structural damage to the school and resulted in casualties in the hundreds.

Ok So What!

I just wanted to say somethings that re related to this. Today at Static class, the professor went on with side themes, completely irrelevant for class. But the topic was about reincarnation and how come you can identify suspect acts, that might drive you to think, "Did I lived in this period of time?". The professor went on saying that certain period was really on on him to the point of consider it an obsession. He is really into Germany aviation during World War I . At tht ime it snapped on m mind the massacre. The truth is that I was a year ago, kinda obsessed reading everything for the massacre, it was just like I heard of this before but it wasn't until at that time I began reading of of just curiousness. as time progressed, you could see me with a different article.


No, Im not getting weapon or anything. In a psychological meaning, according to a phD candidate friend, is that this obsession was a response to a depressive state that I was experimenting at that time and I was identifying myself with Eric and Dylan. It really made sense, I never had been so interested on any particular historical event beside feudal Japan, to the point I did with the massacre. I guess that I was feeling the same sadness, like why I feel all effort are worthless or as hard as I try the harder thing gets back. I believe that I kinda worry everyone that I told them that, but can't lie to myself.

Why I brought this now?

I am just having a difficult time right now and I know is not healthy trying to distract my mind with another difficult time...But unfortunately is the best I can do. Just doing this entry was on my mind I got out from class and I just did it. Please don't take it the wrong way.



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Inside In A Hot Morning (DAMN HEAT)


Yes! I was injured in rather strange way
Some most know it by now...I was 2 weeks ago hospitalized for a longingly 3 hours receiving the most painful anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory in both butt-cheeks all due of a small scale case of Celulitis Infection when I though it was just a muscular injury. It might sound silly but I was really surprised that I was actually taken down literally by a single bacteria which I had no idea where I did wrong to acquire it. The doc told me that infection like that can be done by as simple as a sting from a mosquito or a ant. To tell you the truth I felt discouraged and opened more my sense on taking more seriously my health and snap from the fantasy that because I am still "young" I can be more less cautious about my health.

The most funny and good time in a while (beside my time with my girlfriend)

Last Wednesday, I think it was one of the best days in recent days. I had so much fun that night like never before. It was not only to have fun, it was also to catch up with my friends which happens that I haven't see them in a month. Although it was late in night, we had so much fun like before. But more importantly it was Lorna's Birthday and we couldn't just miss it! At the photo lack of the presences of Keishla, Pablo and Amarilis.

Well rather short today....I know...but really heat won't let me have clear my thinking and I am supposed to be studying....See ya then