Friday, November 25, 2011

The winner of the #Linux4GeeZus contest is…Linux Mint!

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Shocking for some, but not for the majority of my friends and colleagues of the Computer Engineering world. Here are the details that helped on my decision.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Some Engineering Facts!

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Taken from: "I Don't Need Sex - The School Of Engineering Fucks Me All The Time!"Here

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Programming Languages to build my Computer Engineering career

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This will be a quick description on all the programming languages that I am using as part of my bachelor at Computer Engineering.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

¿Mujer Ofendida?–Según Evelyn Vazquez

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Si, hasta hace una semana despues y todavía no puedo entender como hasta la libertad de prensa es enfrentada…Si esto es secuela de lo de Evelyn Vazquez VS. Jay Fonseca.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Quick Review of Dream Theater’s A Dramatic Turn Of Events

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And quickly I will start off saying that if this album doesn’t get at the top 3 for “Progressive Metal Album Of The Year” of 2011 of any serious company or entity that manage to catalog music in yearly basis, really the industry is lost and people are SHIT in music hearing. I think the recent Dream Theater album show us that DT is staying for a while and with a new member they will be looking to continue the long journey.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11–Tenth Anniversary and forbidden to forget!

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Already ten year have pass since that ungrateful day, many life change for bad or good or lost forever. A little from my view on the events.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Best options when wanting to build you own Gaming PC (Reblog)

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Unfortunately I am kinda of busy and this is not a original work from me but instead a reblog about the mentioned topic.

The reason I am doing this is that I was ask as a favor to do a research and I gladly did found two good source of info, and the other reason is a good way of testing the new Blogger.

The following are a work by Extreme Tech and the other, a video tutorial by Will Smith (not the actor, as I am writting this is busy with some MMA training, probably for another kicass movie). As you notice if you visit the link both are a year old but it is a good jumpstart for a guide


Friday, August 5, 2011

The Aftermath Of The Unexpected Unison From Democrats & Republicans

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A difficult month indeed for America and their leaders with each theories on how to save the economy. 

On July 31, 2011, President Obama announced that the leaders of both parties in both chambers had reached an agreement that would reduce the deficit and avoid default. The same day, Speaker Boehner's office outlined the agreement for House Republicans. The agreement would:
  • Cut spending more than it increases the debt limit. In the first installment ("tranche"), $917 billion would be cut over 10 years in exchange for increasing the debt limit by $900 billion.
  • The agreement establishes a joint committee of Congress that would produce debt reduction legislation by November 23, 2011 that would be immune from amendments or filibuster. The goal of the legislation is to cut at least $1.5 trillion over the coming 10 years and be passed by December 23, 2011. The committee would have 12 members, 6 from each party.
  • Projected revenue from the committee's legislation must not exceed the revenue baseline produced by current law.
  • The agreement specifies an incentive for Congress to act. If Congress fails to produce a deficit reduction bill with at least $1.2 trillion in cuts, then Congress can grant a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling but this would trigger across the board cuts ("sequestration") of spending equally split between defense and non defense programs. The across the board cuts would apply to mandatory and discretionary spending in the years 2013 to 2021 and be in an amount equal to the difference between $1.2 trillion and the amount of deficit reduction enacted from the joint committee. The sequestration mechanism is the same as the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. There are exemptions—across the board cuts would apply to Medicare, but not to Social Security, Medicaid, civil and military employee pay, or veterans.
  • Congress must vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment between October 1, 2011 and the end of the year.
  • The debt ceiling may be increased an additional $1.5 trillion if either one of the following two conditions are met:
    • A balanced budget amendment is sent to the states
    • The joint committee cuts spending by a greater amount than the requested debt ceiling increase.
Most of the $900 billion in cuts occur in future years and so will not remove significant capital from the economy in the current and following year. Regarding the across the board cuts, these could not take place until 2013 and so if triggered, a new Congress could vote to eliminate or deepen all or part of them. Boehner was reported to be particularly concerned that any defense cuts could not go into effect until after 2013. The agreement contains the McConnell mechanism for the specified debt ceiling increases. The President may make the specified increases, but to stop them the Congress must pass a bill to disapprove of them by the two thirds majority needed to override a veto.

And the aftermath is that all was for nothing.
USA's credit have been downgraded.


The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has downgraded the debt rating of the United States for the first time in the history of this type of analysis.

S & P reported on a step that will reduce the country's rating from AAA, the highest possible, to AA +. The agency said tonight that took this decision because the deficit reduction plan, approved Tuesday by Congress, did not provide for adequate measures to stabilize the national debt.

A person close to the discussions said the administration of President Barack Obama believes that the analysis of S & P contained "deep and fundamental flaws." reported AP today.

Make no mistake people, but history has taught us that when republicans are in control of a nation that has violence and senseless ways of spending can lead to this.
President George W. Bush. Thank you for your legacy. Your traditionalism and conservatism along with the F'N Tea Party have made USA to go as far as The Great Depression of the early 90's.

I just want to close saying that really disgust me when a latin, *cough*Fortuño*cough...(Sorry)... says he is a republican when the higher powers of the party think of us as a plague.

My 25 cents
GeeZus

Saturday, July 30, 2011

O. J. Simpson murder case – A example of a laughing in court system

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I remember the fuzz in every news V.V., outlet, Newspaper, probably if at the time the internet, specially Facebook and Twitter would have existed at the time, probably I would be complaining how much info I am having in my newsfeed and Timeline respectively back in 1995.
A Background before beginning (taken from Wikipedia)…
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The O. J. Simpson murder case (officially called the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held in Los Angeles County, California Superior Court from January 29 to October 3, 1995. Former American football star and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder following the June, 1994 deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The case has been described as the most publicized criminal trial in American history.Ultimately, Simpson was acquitted after a lengthy trial that lasted over nine months which was presided over by judge Justin "the magician" Cole.
Simpson hired a high-profile defense team initially led by Robert Shapiro and subsequently led by Johnnie Cochran. Los Angeles County believed it had a solid prosecution case, but Cochran was able to persuade the jurors that there was reasonable doubt about the DNA evidence (then a relatively new type of evidence in trials) – including that the blood-sample evidence had allegedly been mishandled by lab scientists and technicians – and about the circumstances surrounding other exhibits. Cochran and the defense team also alleged other misconduct by the Los Angeles Police Department. Simpson's celebrity and the lengthy televised trial riveted national attention on the so-called "Trial of the Century". By the end of the criminal trial, national surveys showed dramatic differences between most blacks and most whites in terms of their assessment of Simpson's guilt.
Later, both the Brown and Goldman families sued Simpson for damages in a civil trial. On February 6, 1997, a jury unanimously found there was a preponderance of evidence to hold Simpson liable for damages in the wrongful death of Goldman and battery of Brown. On February 21, 2008, a Los Angeles court upheld a renewal of the civil judgment against him.
Just as the title says
This case was without any doubts, a freaking-laughting-in-the-face for USA’s Judicial system and a good example how the so called “Technical Issue” can kill a well-built case in a matter of minutes.
First mistake done, is letting Simpson try the glove. If the glove was soaked with blood and there were rumors about mishandling the sample, why the heck you need to prove your point that the glove was for Simpson when you achieved dismissing defense’s claim that due to Simpson suffering a mild arthritis disease it was impossible for him make the stabbing and cuts with a knife?! A elementary question and the major cause of the case falling.  
Definitely Simpson’s defense started weak by comparing and sharing statistics about abused women vs killings. Clearly a desperation with all the suggestive acts that OJ did before he was arrested, including the famous low-speed tracking when he “apparently” was suicidal. And what worst was the contradictories from each part with always leading to Simpson been seen guilty.
Let’s face it, the media has a lot to do with the pressure in that court room. All the fuzz and rumors and everyone wanting a spot on TV, really contaminated the case which eventually leaded to the jury no choice but to practically giving a pardon to O.J. Simpson.
The funny thing is that even claiming to be innocent, he began publically claiming how “he would done it” if he was the criminal some time after “vowing” look for the “hitman” that killed his ex wife and friend. Clear to everyone that conscience's attacking the man and he need it to let it out. Not enough with the debacle that he started when his televised interview failed to reach the public, he wrote a book which was seized from the family of the victims and make the book to be viewed as a confession instead of a non-fictional theory as Simpson wanted initially.
Karma’s a bitch!













Not doing a good job trying to get away from public eye, in 2007 he headed a raid, which he justified to “recovered” stolen stuff from him by Bruce Fromong.
Life is so funny that he charged exactly at the 13th year after he went in the wide doors of liberty.
Currently Simpsons is on jail because of the robbery case and recently it is rumored that he has reach Oprah Winfrey’s for a potential interview by Winfrey for her show where he wants to discuss how the murders “really” happened.
It is unknown if Oprah is interested.
Why bringing this?!
Unfairness and injustice is plaguing this world and jury might need a little more instructing on how evidence might be taken and seen.
Here on Puerto Rico we got a kid killed and his mother, Ana Cacho knows (and she F’N knows that she knows) what happened or who killed her kid and went as far as hiring a PR specialist for managing her bullshitness on the press.
And we’ve got recently her counterpart at Florida with Casey Jones which is another example of how laughable can be a judicial system. The chick was defended by a battery of lawyers and reportedly she didn’t have income to have an army of lawyer like she did and she was granted the “liberty”.
Only in this world folks!
GeeZus

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence

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Once again, another masterpiece from Dream Theater and lately I ahd bee hooked on listening weekly base. A hole concept in disc 2 of the album with the same name.







I. OVERTURE
(instrumental)


II. ABOUT TO CRASH
She can't stop pacing
She never felt so alive
Her thoughts are racing
Set on overdrive

It takes a village
This she knows is true
they're expecting her
And she's got work to do

He helplessly stands by
It's meaningless to try
As he rubs his red-rimmed eyes
He says I've never seen her get this bad

Even though she seems so high
He knows that she can't fly
and when she falls out of the sky
He'll be standing by

She was raised in a small Midwestern town
By a charming and eccentric loving father
She was praised as the perfect teenage girl
And everyone thought highly of her

And she tried everyday
With endless drive
To make the grade
Then one day
She woke up to find
The perfect girl
Had lost her mind

Once barely taking a break
Now she sleeps the days away
She helplessly stands by
It's meaningless to try
All she wants to do is cry
No one ever knew she was so sad

Cause even though she gets so high
And thinks that she can fly
She will fall out of the sky
But in the face of misery
She found hopefulness
Feeling better
She had weathered
This depression

Much to her advantage
She resumed her frantic pace
Boundless power
Midnight hour
She enjoyed the race

III. WAR INSIDE MY HEAD
Napalm showers
Showed the cowards
We weren't there to mess around

Through heat exhaustion
And mind distortion
A military victory mounted on innocent ground

Hearing voices from miles away
Saying things never said
Seeing shadows in the light of the day
Waging a war inside my head

Years and years of
Bloodshed and warfare
Our mission was only to get in and kill

A free vacation
Of palm trees and shrapnel
Trading innocence for permanent psychotic hell

Hearing voices from miles away
Saying things never said
Seeing shadows in the light of the day
Waging a war inside my head

Feeling strangers staring my way
Reading minds never read
Tasting danger with each word I say
Waging a war inside my...

IV. THE TEST THAT STUMPED THEM ALL
Standing in the darkness
Waiting for the light
The smell of pure adrenaline
Burning in the night

Random blinding flashes
Aiming at the stage
Intro tape begins to roll
Igniting sonic rage

Still they keep me between these hollow walls
Hoping to find in me
The answers to the test that stumped them all

"The boy is simply crazy
Suffering from delusions
We honestly think that maybe
He might need an institution

He lives in a world of fiction
And really could use some help
We have just the place to fix him
To save him from himself"

Curled up in the darkness
Searching for the light
The smell of stale sweat and shit
Streaming through the night

Random urine testing
Pills red, pink and blue
Counseling and therapy
Providing not a clue

Still they keep me between these hollow walls
Hoping to find in me
The answers to the test that stumped them all

"We can't seem to find the answers
He seemed such a clear cut case
We cannot just let him leave here
And put all this work to waste

Why don't we try shock treatment
It really might do some help
We have just the tools to fix him
To save him from himself"

V. GOODNIGHT KISS
Goodnight kiss in your nightgown
Lavender in your bed
So innocent as you lie down
Sweet dreams that run through your head

Are you lonely without Mommy's love?
I want you to know I'd die for that moment
You're just a poor girl
Afraid of this cruel world
Taken away from it all

It's been 5 years to the day and
My tainted blood's still the same
I can't help acting this way and
Those bastard doctors are gonna pay

I'm so lonely without baby's love
I want you to know I'd die for one more moment
I'm just a poor girl
Afraid of this cruel world
Taken away from it all

VI. SOLITARY SHELL
He seemed no different from the rest
Just a healthy normal boy
His mama always did her best
And he was daddy's pride and joy

He learned to walk and talk on time
But never cared much to be held
and steadily he would decline
Into his solitary shell

As a boy he was considered somewhat odd
Kept to himself most of the time
He would daydream in and out of his own world
but in every other way he was fine

He's a Monday morning lunatic
Disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself
In his solitary shell

A temporary catatonic
Madman on occasion
When will he break out
Of his solitary shell

He struggled to get through his day
He was helplessly behind
He poured himself onto the page
Writing for hours at a time

As a man he was a danger to himself
Fearful and sad most of the time
He was drifting in and out of sanity
But in every other way he was fine

He's a Monday morning lunatic
Disturbed from time to time
Lost within himself
In his solitary shell

A momentary maniac
With casual delusions
When will he be let out
Of his solitary shell

VII. ABOUT TO CRASH (REPRISE)
I'm alive again
The darkness far behind me
I'm invincible
Despair will never find me

I feel strong
I've got a new sense of elation
Boundless energy
Euphoria fixation

Still it's hard to just get by
It seems so meaningless to try
When all I want to do is cry
Who would ever know I felt so sad

Even though I get so high
I know that I will never fly
And when I fall out of the sky
Who'll be standing by
Will you be standing by

VIII. LOSING TIME/GRAND FINALE
She dresses in black everyday
She keeps her hair simple and plain
She never wears makeup
But no one would care if she did anyway

She doesn't recall yesterday
Faces seem twisted and strange
But she always wakes up
Only to find she'd been miles away

Absence of awareness
Losing time
A lapse of perception
Losing time

Wanting to escape
She had created a way to survive
She learned to detach from herself
A behavior that kept her alive

Hope in the face of our human distress
Helps us to understand the turbulence deep inside

That takes hold of our lives
Shame and disgrace over mental unrest
Keeps us from saving those we love
The grace within our hearts

And the sorrow in our souls
Deception of fame
Vengeance of war
Lives torn apart
Losing oneself
Spiraling down
Feeling the walls closing in
A journey to find
The answers inside
Our illusive mind

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Metropolis

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A few years ago I compiled one of Dream Theater’s Masterpiece. The complete story of Metropolis, divided in Metropolis PT I: The Miracle & The Sleeper and Metropolis PTII: Scenes From A Memory.
To make the long story short. Dream Theater released the first part on their 2nd album Images & Words and the concept of “PT I” initially was a joke or just to make people talk, but in the few year due popular demand, the band opted to make the second part, originally a instrumental epic of 21+ minutes but they were given a no-go from the label. Afterwards they decided to rework the song and expand it as an entire concept album Metropolis PTII: Scenes From A Memory becoming one of Dream Theater best work of their career and instant classic.





Metropolis Part I: The Miracle & The Sleeper
Music by Dream Theater
Lyrics by John Petrucci

The smile of dawn, arrived early May
She carried a gift from her home
The night shed a tear
To tell her of fear
And of sorrow and pain

She'll never outgrow

Death is the first dance, eternal
There's no more freedom
The both of you will be confined
To this mind

I was told, there's a miracle, for each day that I try
I was told, there's a new love that's born, for each one that has died
I was told, there'll be no one to call on, when I feel alone and afraid
I was told, if you dream of the next world
You'll find yourself, swimming in a lake of fire

As a child, I thought I could live without pain, without sorrow
As a man, I've found it's all caught up with me
I'm asleep yet I'm so afraid

Somewhere, like a scene from a memory (scene from a memory)
There's a picture worth a thousand words (thousand words)
Eluding stares, from faces before me (faces before me)
It hides away and will never be heard of again
Deceit is the second without end

The city's cold blood teaches us to survive
Just keep my heart in your eyes and we'll stay alive
The third arrives...

Before the leaves have fallen
Before we lock the doors
There must be the third and last dance
This one will last forever
Metropolis watches and thoughtfully smiles

She's taken you to your home
It can only take place
When the struggle between
our children has ended
Now the Miracle and the Sleeper know that the third is love
Love is the Dance of Eternity

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From a Memory - Act I – Scene 1: Regression

Lyrics & Music: John Petrucci
Hypnotherapist:
"Close your eyes and begin to relax. Take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Concentrate on your breathing. With each breath you become more relaxed. Imagine a brilliant white light above you, focusing on this light as it flows through your body. Allow yourself to drift off as you fall deeper and deeper into a more relaxed state of mind. Now as I count back from ten to one, you will feel more peaceful, and calm. Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. You will enter a safe place where nothing can harm you. Five. Four. Three. Two. If at any time you need to come back, all you need to do is open your eyes. One."
Nicholas:

[Present]
Safe in the light that surrounds me
Free of the fear and the pain
My subconscious mind
Starts spinning through time
To rejoin the past once again

Nothing seems real
I'm starting to feel
Lost in the haze of a dream
And as I draw near

The scene becomes clear
Like watching my life on a screen
Hello Victoria so glad to see you
My friend.


Story
Nicholas is relaxing to the sounds of the Hypnotherapist's voice and entering a hypnotic state in the pursuit of regression therapy.

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From a Memory - Act I – Scene 2-1: Overture 1928

Music By: Dream Theater
The Song Is Instrumental

Story
Nicholas is in a hypnotic trance and marvelling at the surreal peace and comfort. As he settles into his trance, he begins to focus on the subject of his regression therapy, a girl named Victoria and a life that feels strangely similar to his own.

Metropolis Part II: Scene From A Memory Scene - Act I-Scene 2-2: Strange Dejá Vu

Lyrics: Mike Portnoy

Nicholas:
[Present]
Subconscious Strange Sensation
Unconscious relaxation
What a pleasant nightmare
And I can't wait to get there again

Every time I close my eyes
There's another vivid surprise
Another whole life waiting
Chapters unfinished, fading

[Past]
Closer now - Slowly coming into view
I've arrived - Blinding sunshine beaming through
There's a house I'm drawn to
Familiar settings nothing new
And there's a pathway leading there
With a haunting chill in the air

There's a room at the top of the stairs
Every night I'm drawn up there
And there's a girl in the mirror
Her face is getting clearer
Young child won't you tell me why I'm here?

In her eyes - I sense a story never told
Behind the disguise - There's something tearing
At her soul...

Victoria:
[Past]
Tonight I've been searching for it
A feeling that's deep inside me
Tonight I've been searching for
The one that nobody knows
Trying to break free

I just can't help myself
I'm feeling like I'm going out of my head
Tears my heart into two
I'm not the one the sleeper thought he knew

Nicholas:
[Present]
Back on my feet again
Eyes open to the real world
Metropolis surrounds me
The mirror's shattered the girl
Why is this other life

Haunting me every day
I'd break through to the other side
If only I'd find the way

Something's awfully familiar
Feeling's so hard to shake
Could I have lived in that other world
It's a link that I'm destined to make

I'm still searching but I don't know what for
The missing key to unlock my mind's door

Today I am searching for it
A feeling that won't go away
Today I am searching for
The one that I only know
Trying to break free

I just can't help myself
I'm feeling like I'm going out of my head
Tears my soul into two
I'm not the one I thought I always knew

I just can't help myself
I'm feeling like I'm going out of my head
Uncanny, Strange Deja Vu
But I don't mind - I hope to find the truth


Story:
We hear a little more about previous dreams that have led Nicholas to his therapy, and also continue deeper in the current trance. We learn that every time he closes his eyes, he is taken to this very vivid, recurring dream of another (yet just out of reach of conscious understanding) life. We understand that it is what he's been dreaming previously that has led him to his regression therapy.
The dream is as follows: there is a pathway to a house. Inside the house and upstairs is a room where a girl appears in a mirror. All of this seems very familiar to him, but it logically shouldn't. In this dream, probably because this is actually a hypnotic trance and not just a regular dream, some things seem clearer than ever before. He can see the face of a young girl and poses the question, "Young child, won't you tell me why I'm here?" He sees that she has something to share with him, that there is a reason she is leading him here, a story to be told, and this story is of something terrible that is "tearing at her soul".


Victoria now expresses her first hint at why she is haunting Nicholas. She has been searching for a way to reveal the truth about her murder. She also expresses great lament, "tears my heart into two". This along with the next line, "I'm not the one the Sleeper thought he knew", is her guilt that Julian Baynes never knew about her relationship with his brother, Senator Edward Baynes, which we learn about much later. She feels guilty for what she did to Julian.

Now Nicholas is out of his therapy and back in real life. Even though he is awake, the thoughts and events of this other life are beginning to permeate every second of his day, and this is the beginning of his obsession with resolving this whole thing. He desperately wants to know why this is happening and would cross over to this other world consciously if he knew how. Nothing in the current day matters to him, only learning more about his new obsession. It is here that he has his first inclination that he may have actually lived in the world of which he dreams. He knows that this dreamland holds the key to his peace, and he will not rest until he unlocks that door.

Metropolis Part II: Scene From A Memory Scene – Act I –Scene3-1: Through My Words

Lyrics: John Petrucci

Nicholas:
[Present]
All your eyes have ever seen
All you've ever heard
Is etched upon my memory
Is spoken through my words


All that I take with me
Is all you've left behind
We're sharing one eternity
Living in two minds
Linked by an endless thread
Impossible to break


Story:
Nicholas realizes that he was Victoria in a past life. He now knows why he feels so drawn to her and her world as they share the same soul..

Metropolis Part II: Scene From A Memory Scene – Act I –Scene 3-2: Fatal Tragedy
Lyrics:John Myung

Nicholas:
[Present]
Alone at night
I feel so strange
I need to find
All the answers to my dreams


When I sleep at night
I hear the cries
What does this mean?


I shut the door and traveled to another home
I met an older man, he seemed to be alone
I felt that I could trust him
He talked to me that night;


"Lad did you know a girl was murdered here?"
"This fatal tragedy was talked about for years"
Victoria's gone forever
Only memories remain
She passed away
She was so young


Without love
Without truth
There can be no turning back


Without faith
Without hope
There can be no peace of mind


As the night went on
I started to find my way
I learned about a tragedy
A mystery still today


I tried to get more answers
But he said, "You're on your own."
Then he turned away and left me
As I stand there all alone
He said, "You'll know the truth
As your future days unfold..."


Without love
Without truth
There can be no turning back
Without faith


Without hope
There can be no peace of mind


Hypnotherapist:
"Now it is time to see how you died. Remember that death is not the end, but only a transition."



Story:
It starts with Nicholas 'alone at night.' He knows who Victoria is now, but not why she is so torn or how he is involved. Sometime later he goes to visit an older man, who the story makes a point to tell us is 'alone.' Whose house this is, and who the old man is, are things that are never made clear. The importance of the older man is that he knows a little about a murder that happened a long time ago and shares what he knows with Nicholas. We learn that a girl was murdered when she was very young. Nicholas sits and listens to the older man's tale and finds that exactly what happened still remains a mystery.


Nicholas is then realizing that until he unveils the truth about what happened to Victoria, he cannot live his current life. He is stuck in this obsession and cannot turn back. We learn then that Nicholas understands that without faith and hope, 'there can be no peace of mind,' therefore Nicholas encourages himself to be strong and have faith that he will find the truth, because without the truth he will never rest. This song ends with the Hypnotherapist speaking. The next session starts with taking Nicholas back to the point of Victoria's murder.

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory – Act I – Scene 4: Beyond This Life

Lyrics: John Petrucci

[Past]
Headline: "Murder, young girl killed
Desperate shooting at Echo's Hill
Dreadful ending, killer died
Evidently suicide."

A witness heard a horrifying sound
He ran to find a woman dead and
Lying on the ground

Standing by her was a man
Nervous, shaking, gun in hand
Witness says he tried to help
But he'd turned the weapon on himself

His body fell across that poor young girl
After shouting out in vain
The witness ran to call for assistance
A sad close to a broken love affair

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

She wanted love forever
But he had another plan
He fell into an evil way
She had to let him down
She said, "I can't love a wayward man."

She may have found a reason to forgive
If he had only tried to change
Was their fatal meeting prearranged?

Had a violent struggle taken place?
There was every sign that lead there
Witness found a switchblade on the ground
Was the victim unaware?
They continued to investigate
They found a note in the killer's pocket
It could have been a suicide letter
Maybe he had lost her love

I feel there's only one thing left to do
I'd sooner take my life away
Than live with losing you

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

All that we learn this time
(What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

All that we learn this time
(What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

All that we learn this time
(What we have been is what we are)
Is carried beyond this life

Story:
We learn the newspaper account of what happened in 1928. The story is that an anonymous witness heard a horrifying sound and upon reaching the scene of the sound discovered a woman who'd been shot dead, and the shooter standing over her. The witness tried to help, but the man shot himself next. The newspaper account talks of a sad close to a broken love affair. This indicates that the victim and the murderer are identified as previous or maybe even current lovers.


The paper goes on to explain that Victoria and Julian had recently broken up due to Julian's decadent lifestyle; it's later suggested that gambling and/or drug addiction might be of significance. Julian later drops a liquor bottle in scene 9, so it's possible his habit was drinking. It's also indicated that Victoria would have taken him back if he'd straighten up his lifestyle. The article speculates that the murder may have been premeditated.


Next we read an account of the physical evidence at the scene. There is evidence of a 'violent struggle' and a switchblade is found. The switchblade causes some confusion, because the victim is a young girl and typically you wouldn't expect a young girl in 1928 to be carrying a switchblade, unless she was anticipating a need to defend herself. Also found, in the killer's pocket, is a written note. It clearly reads that Julian would rather take his own life than live without Victoria, but it mentions nothing of harming her.

Lastly, there is the repetition at the end of "Beyond This Life." These lines are deepening Nicholas's belief that he and Victoria share the same soul. They also indicate that not only souls reincarnate, but they also carry the same personality traits with them, and deeds will follow each soul throughout eternity.

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory – Act I – Scene 7: Through Her Eyes

Lyrics: John Petrucci

Nicholas:
[Present]
She never really had a chance
On that fateful moonlit night
Sacrificed without a fight
A victim of her circumstance

Now that I've become aware
And I've exposed this tragedy
A sadness grows inside of me
It all seems so unfair

I'm learning all about my life
By looking through her eyes

Just beyond the churchyard gates
Where the grass is overgrown
I saw the writing on her stone
I felt like I would suffocate

In loving memory of our child
So innocent, eyes open wide
I felt so empty as I cried
Like part of me had died

I'm learning all about my life
By looking through her eyes

And as her image
Wandered through my head
I wept just like a baby
As I lay awake in bed

And I know what it's like
To lose someone you love
And this felt just the same

She wasn't given any choice
Desperation stole her voice
I've been given so much more in life
I've got a son, I've got a wife

I had to suffer one last time
To grieve for her and say goodbye
Relive the anguish of my past
To find out who I was at last

The door has opened wide
I'm turning with the tide
Looking through her eyes

Story:
Nicholas is awake again. He has learned that Victoria was brutally murdered in 1928. He feels compelled to visit Victoria's grave. He expresses the sorrow he feels for her, and how helpless and innocent she was. Not only that, but since he's learning about his life by looking through her eyes, he realizes that this happened to HIM also and the unfairness of it begins to nag him.


Upon reaching her grave, he is overcome with sadness. Even the words on her stone indicate that she was a sweet innocent girl who had her life brutally taken from her at a very young age. He is startled by how much her death feels like his own. He compares it to losing someone you love. He continues to let images of her wander through his mind as he just wallows in his sadness for a while. He thinks of how much more he's lived and again is stricken by the injustice of her young death. As the song ends, Nicholas begins to regain his composure and is comforted by the realization that by facing this tragedy and mourning the loss, he can now move on. This time of pain was necessary to accept his death in a previous life and fully comprehend why this other life has beckoned him.

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory – Act II – Scene 6: Home

Lyrics:John Petrucci

The Sleeper:
[Past]
Shine - lake of fire
Lines take me higher
My mind drips desire
Confined and overtired

Living this charade
Is getting me nowhere
I can't shake this charade
The city's cold blood calls me home...
Home... It's what I long for
Back home... where I belong

The city - it calls to me
Decadent scenes from my memory
Sorrow - eternity
My demons are coming to drown me

Help - I'm falling, I'm crawling
I can't keep away from its clutch
Can't have it, this habit
It's calling me back to my home

The Miracle:
[Past]
I remember the first time she came to me
Poured her soul out all night and cried...

I remember I was told there's a new love that's born
For each one that has died...

I never thought that I
Could carry on with this life
But I can't resist myself
No matter how hard I try

Living their other life
Is getting them nowhere
I'll make her my wife
Her sweet temptation calls me home...
Home... It's what I long for
My home... where she belongs

Her ecstasy - means so much to me
Even deceiving my own blood
Victoria watches and thoughtfully smiles
She's taking me to my home

Help - he's my brother, but I love her
I can't keep away from her touch
Deception, dishonor
It's calling me back to my home

[A craps stickman is heard calling out various bets during the gambling and sex sequence.]
...four, four, who wants the hard four?... ...who wants the hard four?... ...shooter had one, four... one, four... one and make it the hard way... ...got the shooter... ...coming out for a new player... take your best shot, gambler... ...who wants to come? better hop in... place your bets... who wants to come?

Nicholas:
[Past]
Her story - it holds the key
Unlocking dreams from my memory
Solving this mystery
Is everything that is a part of me

Help - regression, obsession
I can't keep away from it's clutch
Leave no doubt, to find out
It's calling me back to my home

Story:
We hear Julian talk of his obsession with decadence and how he is only living a charade. Victoria (as we learned earlier) ultimately leaves him because of his addiction, considered by some to be a combination of cocaine and alcohol (possibly hinted at by the lyrics "Lines take me higher") and gambling. Next we hear Edward, giving his account of Victoria crying on his shoulder over her break up with Julian. He finds himself falling for her, and at first even feels guilt over deceiving his own brother. But his obsession for her becomes stronger than his guilt and he seduces her in her vulnerable state. He soon becomes violently possessive as well.


Lastly we hear from Nicholas again, back in present day, and awake. So far he only knows what the older man told him, and what he learned about the newspaper article in his last therapy session. He knows there must be more to the story and he is obsessed with solving this mystery. He yearns for regression and cannot wait for his next therapy session so that he can get back to solving the mystery.

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory – Act II - Scene VII–1: Dance Of Eternity

Music By: Dream Theater


The Song Is Instrumental
Story
As last line of "Metropolis Pt. 1" says, "Love is the Dance of Eternity". This represents when Victoria and Ed make love, the dance because of the movements and eternity as the endless memory of that moment. The song begins with a sample of Part 1 played backwards.

Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory – Act II - Scene VII-2: One Last Time

Lyrics:James LaBrie

Nicholas:
[Present]
It doesn't make any sense
This tragic ending
In spite of the evidence
There's something still missing


Heard some of the rumors told
A taste of one's wealth
Did Victoria wound his soul?
Did she bid him farewell?


Victoria:
[Past]
One last time
We'll lay down today
One last time
Until we fade away
One last time
We'll lay down today
One last time
We slowly fade away


Nicholas:
[Present]
Here I am inside his home
It holds the many clues
To my suspicions
And as I'm standing here right now
I'm finally shown what I have always known


Coincidence I can't believe
As my childhood dreams slowly come true


Are these her memories
Awakened through my eyes
This house has brought back to life


An open door
I walk on through
Into his bedroom


Feeling as cold as outside
The walls disappear
To some woman who's screaming
A man pleads forgiveness
His words I cannot hear


Story
This song begins with Nicholas going over it in his head. He is not convinced, from the evidence given so far, that the newspaper account is the truth. He also appears to have heard some rumors, most likely rumors of Victoria's affair with Ed. Did Victoria wound Ed's soul and bid him farewell? Then we see Victoria, in the past again, saying "One last time, we'll lay down today." This may be Nicholas hearing Victoria telling Ed goodbye, that this will be their last meeting.


Nicholas visits Edward's house, where he and Victoria had their affair. The house seems to hold many clues and he feels that he is finally shown some confirmation of what he's been thinking. Though he is now awake, as he enters the bedroom, he experiences a sort of revelation, almost as though he's slipped right out of consciousness. The cold returns, as he felt in his recurring dreams before, and he's suddenly outside and hears a woman screaming and a man pleading forgiveness. It is possible that Nicholas at this point suspects Edward and Victoria were having an affair. That is the suspicion to which the home holds many clues. In his current state of dual consciousness, he is seeing Victoria's memories of the fatal meeting, but he doesn't get enough info yet and the scene fades to black.

Metropolis PT II: Scenes From A Memory – Act II - Scene VIII: The Spirit Carries On

Lyrics: John Petrucci

Nicholas:
[Present]
Where did we come from?
Why are we here?
Where do we go when we die?
What lies beyond
And what lay before?
Is anything certain in life?


They say, "Life is too short",
"The here and the now"
And "You're only given one shot"
But could there be more,
Have I lived before,
Or could this be all that we've got?


If I die tomorrow
I'd be all right
Because I believe
That after we're gone
The spirit carries on


I used to be frightened of dying
I used to think death was the end
But that was before
I'm not scared anymore
I know that my soul will transcend


I may never find all the answers
I may never understand why
I may never prove
What I know to be true
But I know that I still have to try


If I die tomorrow
I'd be all right
Because I believe
That after we're gone
The spirit carries on


Victoria:
[Present]
Move on, be brave
Don't weep at my grave
Because I am no longer here
But please never let
Your memory of me disappear


Nicholas:
[Present]
Safe in the light that surrounds me
Free of the fear and the pain
My questioning mind
Has helped me to find
The meaning in my life again
Victoria's real
I finally feel
At peace with the girl in my dreams
And now that I'm here
It's perfectly clear
I found out what all of this means


If I die tomorrow
I'd be all right
Because I believe
That after we're gone
The spirit carries on


Story:
Nicholas is again, and for the last time, under hypnosis and reiterating his belief that his soul will transcend, and that he need not fear death. He believes now that Edward was involved in the murder. He plans to expose the truth behind a crime that happened over 70 years ago. Victoria pipes up, in the present this time, and tells Nicholas that he should move on now, she has revealed the truth to him, but he should never forget her. At this point he basks in the peace that he feels as he has appeased Victoria's nagging and his own obsession. Nicholas now feels that the reason all of this happened, the ultimate message, is that death is not the end, but only a transition, as the Hypnotherapist has already pointed out.

Metropolis PT II: Scenes From A Memory – Act II - Scene IX: Finally Free

Lyrics: Mike Portnoy


Hypnotherapist:
"You are once again surrounded by a brilliant white light. Allow the light to lead you away from your past and into this lifetime. As the light dissipates you will slowly fade back into consciousness, remembering all you have learned. When I tell you to open your eyes you will return to the present, feeling peaceful and refresh.
Open your eyes, Nicholas."



The Miracle:
[Past]
Friday evening
The blood still on my hands
To think that she would leave me now
For that ungrateful man


Sole survivor
No witness to the crime
I must act fast to cover up
I think that there's still time


He'd seem hopeless and lost with this note
They'll buy into the words that I wrote


"This feeling inside me
Finally found my love, I've finally broke free
No longer torn in two
I'd take my own life before losing you"


Victoria:
[Past]
Feeling good this friday afternoon
I ran into Julian
Said we'd get together soon


He's always had my heart
He needs to know
I'll break free of the Miracle
It's time for him to go


This feeling inside me
Finally found my love, I've finally broke free
No longer torn in two
He'd kill his brother if he only knew


Their love renewed
They'd rendezvous
In a pathway out of view
They thought no one knew
Then came a shot out of the night


"Open your eyes, Victoria"

The Sleeper:
[Past]
One last time
We'll lay down today
One last time
Until we fade away
One last time
We'll lay down today
One last time
We fade away


As their bodies lie still
And the ending draws near
Spirits rise through the air
All their fears disappear, it all becomes clear
A blinding light comes into view
An old soul exchanged for a new
A familiar voice comes shining through...


Nicholas:
[Present]
This feeling inside me
Finally found my life, I'm finally free
No longer torn in two
I learned about my life by living through you


This feeling inside me
Finally found my life, I'm finally free
No longer torn in two
Living my own life by learning from you
We'll meet again my friend someday soon...


CNN Report:
"... their lead story, all anticipating the outcome of the man considered to be a member of American nobility. And as you can imagine, as the skies have grown darker here over Washington, the mood has grown darker as well and people here are beginning to resign themselves to the possibility that they are witnessing yet another tragedy in a long string of misfortunes. Reaction from everywhere, from Washington and certainly from around the world has guess..."



Hypnotherapist:
"Open your eyes, Nicholas."



Nicholas:
"AAAH!"



Story:
The last scene holds information Nicholas is not aware of, because the Hypnotherapist brings him out of his last hypnotic trance and we hear him get in his car and leave. What we learn is that Victoria and Julian meet by chance and decide to meet up later in secret so they can talk. She is obviously excited because Julian is the one she has always loved, and she's going to break it off with Edward. She is no longer torn between Edward and Julian, who she would rather have been with. But she knows Julian would "kill his brother if he only knew" of her affair with him.


They meet without anyone knowing, or so they think. Edward shows up and begins struggling with Julian, who drops a bottle of liquor out of his coat pocket and pulls out the knife. Ed shoots Julian. Victoria screams. Edward tells her "Open your eyes, Victoria," and shoots her also. Julian crawls over to her, collapses on top of her and utters his last lines ("One last time..."). Edward writes the suicide note, leaves it in Julian's pocket and then runs for help to play his part as the witness.
We then are transferred back to Nicholas. He's driving home and thinking about how he is free of the haunting that has plagued him. Also he has learned about his life, that it will carry on after death, through Victoria's presence in his life. Nicholas arrives home, begins playing a record and pours himself a drink to relax. Soon another car pulls up. The Hypnotherapist enters the room and startles him by saying "open your eyes, Nicholas." The phonograph gets bumped as Nicholas is startled by the Hypnotherapist. Then we hear static noise, which fades to black. The album recording leaves things unclear as to what happens, but it's revealed on the live DVD that the Hypnotherapist, Edward's reincarnation, has killed Nicholas and has completed the cycle yet again.
Enjoy!
GeeZus

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ReBlog: Cyber Hoarding problems anyone?

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 Seems that I am getting copycat, I promise that will not be often, but really I am happy that my buddy Gabriel Marquez has joined the blogosphere with his blog Tropic Nightmare. Here is something I found really worthy of a ReBlog.

Cyber Hoarding problems anyone?


So, you think you have serious case of cyber hoarding? Welcome to the club then! Yeah I know its sometimes hard to let go of those files that you might "use in the future", but truth is that time keeps passing by and the files are still occupying space that you could really use.

Today decided to clean up everything and I actually got rid of than 45 GB of memory. Not bad huh? That's right, I just got in there and started deleting stuff with second guessing!

The reason I'm saying this its because I'm gonna give you a couple of tips on how to get rid of all those pointless and annoying files.

WARNING!

I was only getting rod of files that I know that I don't need. Like random pictures, like the ones that you see on the web and save them just to post them some place else. If you have a lot of files that may contain vital information for you, make sure you put them in a file that its out of the cleaning blast radius. With that said lets move on shall we.

  • The first thing you should do is going to your downloads folder. Yes that folder, the one that is always filled all those files that you just don't know what to do with them. JUST LET THEM GO ALREADY!
  • Once you are done with those, go to "My Documents" "My videos" "My pictures" and delete everything that you haven't use in quite some time and that it doesn't contain anything important. (You should at least gotten rid of a couple of GB by now!)
  • Now that we are done with those, its time to delete all those programs that you don't even use. If you are a gamer and you fill like you are lacking space, don't rush yourself to buy a new hard drive! Save the trouble and uninstall all those game that you don't use. Another thing that you wanna look for during this process, are all those promotional trial software that computers come with the moment you buy them. Get rid of those if you don't need them!
  • Only two things left to do are  a disk clean up and a disk dis fragment. Perform this two tasks and BOOM! Your computer has been purge of thousands of unnecessary files!

Now that you are done with all that, lets filled this computer with crap once again! WOOOHOOOOO!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Reblog: The Five Types Of Programmers

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I don’t officially reblog works that ain’t mine, but definitely being a Computer Engineer candidate and the nature of this Steven Benner’s blog entry I made the exception.

Thanks got to Juan Calderon-Perez for letting me know about this.

In my code journeys and programming adventures I’ve encountered many strange foes, and even stranger allies. I’ve identified at least five different kinds of code warriors, some make for wonderful comrades in arms, while others seem to foil my every plan.

However they all have their place in the pantheon of software development. Without a healthy mix of these different programming styles you’ll probably find your projects either take too long to complete, are not stable enough or are too perfect for humans to look upon.

-Steven Benner

- The Duck Tape Programmer:

The code may not be pretty, but damnit, it works!

This guy is the foundation of your company. When something goes wrong he will fix it fast and in a way that won’t break again. Of course he doesn’t care about how it looks, ease of use, or any of those other trivial concerns, but he will make it happen, without a bunch of talk or time-wasting nonsense. The best way to use this person is to point at a problem and walk away.

 

-The OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disordered) Programmer:

You want to do what to my code?

This guy doesn’t care about your deadlines or budgets, those are insignificant when compared to the art form that is programming. When you do finally receive the finished product you will have no option but submit to the stunning glory and radiant beauty of perfectly formatted, no, perfectly beautiful code, that is so efficient that anything you would want to do to it would do nothing but defame a masterpiece. He is the only one qualified to work on his code.

 

- The Anti-Programmer Programmer:

I’m a programmer, damnit. I don’t write code.

His world has one simple truth; writing code is bad. If you have to write something then you’re doing it wrong. Someone else has already done the work so just use their code. He will tell you how much faster this development practice is, even though he takes as long or longer than the other programmers. But when you get the project it will only be 20 lines of actual code and will be very easy to read. It may not be very fast, efficient, or forward-compatible, but it will be done with the least effort required.

 

-The Half-Assed Programmer:

What do you want? It works doesn’t it?

The guy who couldn’t care less about quality, that’s someone elses job. He accomplishes the tasks that he’s asked to do, quickly. You may not like his work, the other programmers hate it, but management and the clients love it. As much pain as he will cause you in the future, he is single-handedly keeping your deadlines so you can’t scoff at it (no matter how much you want to).

 

- The Theoretical Programmer:

Well, that’s a possibility, but in practice this might be a better alternative.

This guy is more interested the options than what should be done. He will spend 80% of his time staring blankly at his computer thinking up ways to accomplish a task, 15% of his time complaining about unreasonable deadlines, 4% of his time refining the options, and 1% of his time writing code. When you receive the final work it will always be accompanied by the phrase “if I had more time I could have done this the right way”.

 

In my view, I find myself in a mix of everything but the last three really you might see me identified. I love programming but not to make complex thing to without the limit that you should have to input to maintain originality and security. Also I find it redundant and useless trying to remake what is already done.

Programmer? What’s your?!

GeeZus

La Nube: El Cielo En La Computación: Reblog edition

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Si lo admito, estoy culeco todavía al tener la grata experiencia (y sí por amor al arte) de tener un artículo en un periodico nacional por una invitación que se me hizo y por supuesto que estoy dispuesto a seguir.
Pero como todo en la vida no dura para siempre, ¿por qué no plasmarlo en mi blog junto a la versión original? (si, algunas cosas se editaron)
vía: Primera Hora
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Uno de los términos de los que más se habla actualmente en materia de tecnología es “la nube”. Aunque para muchos puede resultar nuevo, no lo es. Este concepto de la computación moderna, nube, está tomando un auge que probablemente sea una variable en la economía basada en computadoras.
Computación por nube, o simplemente “la nube”, es una plataforma que te permite utilizar recursos, ya sea de una compañía o de tu mismo trabajo, por remoto, desde tu computadora a un servidor, casi siempre a través de la Internet. En otras palabras, puedes usar aplicaciones y/o hacer trabajos sin la necesidad de instalar programas y tus trabajos no tienen que ser grabados en tu computadora.
El concepto es muy parecido al de cliente-servidor, mediante el que un grupo de trabajo se reparte y comparte recursos de un mismo servidor con distintas computadoras, pero con una misma conexión física de por medio (generalmente dentro de un ambiente laboral). En cambio, con computación en “la nube”, puedes hacer básicamente lo mismo desde tu casa y el único cambio entre ambos es que utilizas los recursos desde el mismo servidor accediéndolo desde Internet o por WAN (Wide Area Network), en un concepto conocido por Software As A Service (SaaS).
Más viejo de lo que pensabas
La idea de “la nube” en computadoras tiene su origen en los años 60 proveniente de varios conceptos que al momento se estaban diseñando e implementando bajo la percepción de que la computación se integraría al público. Como mencionamos, el concepto no es nuevo, pero vino a tomar un gran auge al basar la tecnología de VPN (Virtual Private Network), en la que se sustituye la comunicación vía circuitos punto en punto, para lograr un mejor servicio a bajo costo. Ya para 1997, el término “computación en nube” era utilizado.

Las características y ventajas de la nube son:
• Mantenimiento y costo: como prácticamente no hay necesidad de equipos adicionales y el servicio de nube es orientado a la no necesidad de instalar aplicaciones, se pueden abaratar costos de equipos nuevos y mantenimiento, logrando estar al mínimo ya que económicamente hablando se ve más como inversión operacional (presupuesto para operar) y no capital (presupuesto para empezar).
• Compatibilidad: la ventaja de la nube es que al ser programación sin instalar en equipos del público, el mismo servidor te da las herramientas desde el mismo navegador de internet de cualquier electrónico, ya sea PC, “laptop”, “Smartphone”, “tablet”, etc.
• Uso: la nube puede ser utilizada de distintas maneras como:
    o Almacenaje (Dropbox)
    o Productividad (Office 365)
    o Mensajería (Gmail)
    o Comunicación (Skype)
    o Webhosting (alojamiento web)

Algunos ejemplos de nubes ya establecidas:
• Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): Amazon introdujo su servicio en versión de prueba para 2006 y la misma termina para 2008. La función en general del EC2 de Amazon es proveer soluciones de “webhosting” y la producción y mantenimiento de “máquinas virtuales” que son necesarias al momento de crear aplicaciones y productos multi-plataformas. Sus clientes más conocidos son Foursquare, Cydia y Hootsuite.
• Google Music: actualmente es su fase beta y no reconocido totalmente como una nube a pesar de tener las mismas funciones, este es la nueva modalidad en cuanto a almacenaje de música que Google quiso adentrarse. El servicio, aparte de almacenar y permitirte en un futuro comprar música y naturalmente almacenarla, puedes reproducirlos desde cualquier computadora o equipos Android.
• iCloud de Apple: el más joven de la gama de infraestructuras de nubes y por lo que se ve una de las más populares a largo plazo. La evolución del sistema MobileMe de Apple, que busca el almacenaje y sincronización de música, correos electrónicos, calendarios y contactos entre equipos iOS y computadoras MAC o Windows.
El autor es editor de www.esmandau.com
Gracias a Josue Merced (Mi boss y CEO de ESMANDAU) y Jose Hernández Falcón de Primera Hora por la oportunidad.

Versión original:
La nube, el cielo en la computación
Recientemente hemos escuchado mucho sobre “la nube”. Aunque es un término que por lo general todavía no ha sido escuchado regularmente, ni por el público ni por la prensa, la nube es una de los productos de la computación moderna, que aunque no es nuevo, está tomando un auge que probablemente sea la nueva variable en la economía a base en computadoras.
Computación por nube o simplemente “la nube”, es una plataforma donde puedes utilizar recursos, ya sea de una compañía o de tu mismo trabajo remotamente desde tu computadora a un servidor, casi siempre a través de la internet. En otras palabras, puedes usar aplicaciones y/o hacer trabajos sin la necesidad de instalar programas y tus trabajos no tienen que ser grabados en tu computadora.
Parecido al concepto de cliente-servidor, donde en un grupo de trabajo, las computadoras se reparten y comparten recursos de un mismo servidor, pero esto es cuando hay una conexión física, generalmente dentro de un ambiente laboral. Pero en realidad lo usas desde tu casa y el único cambio entre ambos es que utilizas los recursos desde el mismo servidor accediéndolo desde internet por WAN (Wide Area Network) en un concepto conocido por Software As A Service.
La nube en computadoras tiene su origen en los años 60 bajo varios conceptos que al momento se estaban diseñando e implementando cuando la percepción era que la computación se volvería muy integrada al público. Como anteriormente mencioné, el concepto no es nuevo pero vino a tomar un gran auge al basar la tecnología de VPN (Virtual Private Network), donde se sustituye la comunicación vía circuitos punto en punto, para mejor servicio a bajo costo. Ya para 1997, el nombre “computación en nube” fue utilizada por primera vez.
Las características y ventajas de la nube son:
· Mantenimiento y costo: Como prácticamente no hay necesidad de equipos adicionales y el servicio de nube es orientado a la no necesidad de instalar aplicaciones, se pueden abaratar costos de equipos nuevos y mantenimiento, logrando estar al mínimo ya que económicamente hablando se ve más como inversión operacional (presupuesto para operar) y no capital (presupuesto para empezar).
· Compatibilidad: La ventaja de la nube es que al ser programación sin instalar en equipos del público, el mismo servidor te da las herramientas desde el mismo navegador de internet de cualquier electrónico, ya sea PC, laptop, Smartphone, Tablet, etc.
· Uso: La nube puede ser utilizada de distintas maneras como: almacenaje (ej. Dropbox), productividad (ej. Office 365), mensajería (ej. Gmail), Comunicación (ej. Skype), Webhosting.
Algunos ejemplos de nubes ya establecidas:
· Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): Amazon introdujo su servicio en versión de prueba para el 2006 y la misma termina para el 2008. La función en general del EC2 de Amazon es de proveer soluciones de webhosting y la producción y mantenimiento de “máquinas virtuales” que son necesarias al momento de crear aplicaciones y productos multi-plataformas. Sus clientes más conocidos son Foursquare, Cydia y Hootsuite.
· Google Music: Actualmente es su fase beta y no reconocido totalmente como una nube a pesar de tener las mismas funciones, este es la nueva modalidad en cuanto a almacenaje de música que Google quiso adentrarse. El servicio, a parte de almacenar y permitirte en un futuro comprar música y naturalmente almacenarla, puedes desde cualquier computadora o equipos Android reproducirlos.
· iCloud de Apple: El más joven de la gama de infraestructuras de nubes y por lo que se ve una de las más populares a largo plazo. La evolución del sistema MobileMe de Apple, que busca el almacenaje y sincronización de música, emails, calendarios y contactos entre equipos iOS y computadoras MAC o Windows.

GeeZus

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Lifestyle Called: Blogging

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Why many do this, Why I am part of this…Short but try my best to answer this.
From Wikipedia:
A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting).Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.
As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.
As for many sounds unnatural or rare, blogging has been a part of humanity and not necessary it is used on computers.

Sailors had been know to state in a writing called “log” every mile they are away from home or where they reach a point in the ocean. Another example is when a phone company or any commerce is auditing conversation within phones used by their own employees as stated: “This call maybe monitored and/or recorded for quality and training purposes”. The part of blogging will reside in the written transcription (where people get patience and dexterity for that BTW?!) of the conversation from first to last word.




Press and Blogging
According to the seminal 2003 report We Media: How Audiences are Shaping the Future of News and Information, by blogging we can be a “citizen journalist”. A citizen journalist is practically  a independent reporter which is not necessary be a part of mainstream press (like national TV News or local newspaper). Weblogs like BlackBerry PR and Esmandau (great example since I work for both of them Smile) are in fact a citizen journalism group which we work on our own accord, although we have occasional participation in ZonaTech from Primera Hora (mine still to come BTW).
Blogging has become a part of new-age tools for press. Actually it is really imperative to say that blogging techniques means you got what it takes to take journalism to a whole new professional environment.

Me as blogger
What working on BB-PR and Esmandau for over a year and two months respectively has taught me is that, beside what people believes, extra-curricular activities is a great plus in your résumé. Also, blogging never gets boring, specially if you manage and organize your ideas and always focus on your interests. Blogging community means more friends, yes we also have social life contrary to the popular believe that blogging is only for nerds, guess what, if I am one, then I am lucky to have my girlfriend.
Officially I opened this blog in November 2009, but quite frankly I had been a blogger since I discovered and had the opportunity to first access and browse the internet in late 2000. At the time I knew that if I want to control my own thing, language, thinking, opinion, etc, I had to get my own thing. But at the time I was very active in forums, columns and really was opened to have my own things. This is the thing I told Josue from BB-PR when he “hired” me after I wanted them to publish a review of a BlackBerry application. I guess he didn’t expect that an suspected inexperienced and out-of-nowhere guy could suddenly write an extensive review of a small application, or at least that’s my theory.
By the way, I want to wrap-up, to invite you to Starbucks Blogger's Room:
Starbucks Coffee Puerto Rico presenta Blogger's Room, una nueva serie de actividades diriguidas a los blogueros y/o aquellos que desean conocer más o ser parte de esta creciente comunidad en la Isla.
Este miércoles 29 de junio a las 7:00 p.m., te invitamos al primer Blogger's Room, Blogs 101, lo que debes saber a la hora de comenzar tu blog, con el conocido desarrollador web James Lynn.
La actividad es libre de costo, ¡te esperamos!
Más información al teléfono 787-277-0320.
Starbucks Bloggers’s Room se compone de charlas mensuales enfocadas en temas tecnológicos de índole social, educativa y de negocio como son los blogs; las redes sociales; derechos de autor; herramientas útiles para empresas; ‘software alterno’ y otros, dirigidos a escolares, universitarios, educadores y profesionales que deseen aprender sobre estos temas en un ambiente de relajación y de buen café.
El tema de este primer Blogger’s Room será “Blog 101: lo que debes saber a la hora de comenzar tu blog”, ofrecido por el reconocido desarrollador web y experimentado bloguero James Lynn. El evento comenzará a las 7:00 P.M. en Starbucks Coffee de Plaza Caparra y será totalmente libre de costo.
GeeZus

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Best Of Times

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Lyrics by: Mike Portnoy

NOTICE: I find appropriate this song for father’s day as a tribute, mine is alive although this song portrays a son that lost his father.

Happy fathers day but a father’s tribute is every day, not when commerce said so…

-Jesus Nieves

Remember days of yesterday (and)
How it flew so fast
The two score and a year we had,
I thought would always last

The summer days and west coast dreams,
I wished would never end
A young boy and his father
Idol and best friend

I'll always remember
Those were the best of times
A lifetime together
I'll never forget
The morning shows on the radio

The Case of the Missing Dog
Lying on the pillows at the old 812
Watching Harold and Maude
The record shops, the stickball fields

My home away from home
When we weren't together
The hours on the phone

I'll always remember
Those were the best of times
I'll cherish them forever
The best of times
But then came the call
Our lives changed forever more

"You can pray for a change
But prepare for the end..."
The fleeting winds of time
Flying through each day

All the things I should've done
But time just slipped away
Remember seize the day
Life goes by in the blink of an eye
With so much left to say
These were the best of times

I'll miss these days
Your spirit lit my life each day

Thank you for the inspiration
Thank you for the smiles
All the unconditional love
That carried me for miles
It carried me for miles

But most of all thank you for my life
These were the best of times
I'll miss these days

Your spirit lit my life each day
My heart is bleeding bad
But I'll be okay
Your spirit guides my life each day

Sunday, May 22, 2011

El fantasma de Ma Bell

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Aquí les presento el primer editorial que escribí para ESMANDAU.com, el primero de varios al ser miembro activo del staff.

Interesante el recuerdo que sigue latente en el mercado de telecomunicaciones el término de “Ma Bell”. Durante la semana pasada y esta hemos escuchado muchos, incluyendo senadores y oponentes de la compra/venta de T-Mobile por parte de AT&T sobre que estaríamos viendo “el regreso de Ma Bell” si este junte se da.

En este editorial, damos un corto vistazo a que se refieren con Ma Bell y como prácticamente el gobierno de los Estados Unidos sancionó oficialmente un monopolio controlado.

El término de Ma Bell, más bien es lo que se le conoce al monopolio que tenía Bell System, una compañía que dio a nacer a American Telephone & Telegraph, conocido hoy día como AT&T y que prácticamente controlaba el mercado de la telefonía residencial y de larga distancia en toda la nación.

Bell System fue fundado en 1877 bajo el nombre de American Bell Telephone Company en Connecticut. A lo largo de su desarrollo, la empresa fue expandiéndose, creando mini –empresas o franquicias, donde las pusieron bajo la sombra de su sub-compañía American Telephone & Telegraph y de allí introduciendo el llamado “Bell System”.

El éxito de la empresa llegó a tal extremo, que prácticamente para continuar su expansión, incluyendo el hacer posible la comercialización de llamadas de larga distancias, la empresa decidió dejarse comprar por AT&T, quienes estaban con sus centrales en Nueva York, mientras que Bell estaban en Chicago. La razón de esto es que en Chicago, en aquel momento, eran más rigurosos en cuanto a impuestos y regulaciones que en Nueva York, logrando para el 1899, que AT&T se convirtiera en la matriz de Bell. De ahí se crearían sus cuatro principales divisiones:

  • Larga Distancia
  • Bell Labs
  • Western Electric Company
  • Operadoras

Desde 1907, AT&T estaba operando bajo la filosofía “One Policy, One System, Universal Service.”. “Una Póliza, Un Sistema, Servicio Universal”, con ella, todo compañía potencial estaba siendo comprada para evitar competencia y mantener la superioridad. Pero esto empezó a ser alarma para el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, pero AT&T de buena voluntad (y no perder el momento) llega a un acuerdo.

El acuerdo llamado el “Compromiso Kingsbury”, el cual empezaría con AT&T vendiendo sobre $30 millones de acciones de Western Union para permitir la conexión de otras compañías y evitar más adquisiciones de parte de AT&T. Entonces, para el 1934, esto permite que el gobierno permitiera un monopolio supervisado teniendo obviamente a AT&T en protagonismo y logrando el prácticamente el control de la industria de la telefonía.

Pero no todo sería bombos y platillos para AT&T al enfrentarse a la primera demanda antimonopolio presentado en 1949 en donde el Departamento de Justicia denunció que AT&T estaba estrangulando cualquier potencial competidor al mantener una ventaja injusta de innovaciones en tecnología. El resultado de esto es que AT&T bajaría hasta el 85% de dominio del mercado nacional, incluyendo contratos gubernamentales. Para este instante, ya AT&T tenia también presencia en Canadá y en el Caribe.

La segunda y definitiva denuncia se haría para el 1974 en donde nuevamente el gobierno acusa a AT&T a alterar el progreso de compañías que pudieran ser competidores, pero esta vez, AT&T tuvo un respiro de 10 años mientras el caso era atendido hasta que en 1984, el sistema Bell tenía que ser eliminado y sus compañías miembros se establecerían independientemente o adquiridas por otras compañías.

Debo concluir, que es interesante saber cuál era la necesidad de que el gobierno autorizara un monopolio. En tiempos reciente, no se había escuchado que algún gobierno oficialmente sancionara un “monopolio controlado”. No soy quien para decir que Ma Bell reviviría si en efecto AT&T logra tener a T-Mobile USA. Pero viendo algunos comentarios de algunos de nuestros lectores, parece que no hay mucho interés o desconocimiento del por qué debemos confiar en todo proceso que busque velar por justicia para consumidores y el mercado.

En mi opinión personal…No es solamente burocracia, el congreso no se han olvidado de la compra de Centennial, que han sido un desastre (recuerden mi opinión personal) con el manejo de Centennial, en Puerto Rico, New Jersey e Islas Vírgenes no tengo información pero probablemente sea la misma situación y apenas vamos para un año que se aprobó la transacción pero apenas en Agosto aproximadamente es que empezaron a “cumplir” con la condición Lo dice un ex de Centennial que aprovechó la oferta junto a su familia. Estoy de acuerdo que si AT&T quiere clavarnos, porque sé que no viene rebajas en tarifas por más que AT&T prometa, como lo hizo con Centennial, tengan que chuparse las sendas condiciones que vendrían si quieren la aprobación y digo clavar pues soy cliente de AT&T, el precio de tener el BlackBerry Torch, pero estaba en planes de volver a T-Mobile y me quedé con las ganas. La gente no puede pasar de esto como si “son empresas, que se resuelvan ellos”, porque al fin y al cabo pagamos por culpa de afrentados de dinero.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Circus Know As Early 21st Century Pro Wrestling

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Today I want to make a quick comparison between wrestling industry now and before from the point of view of a guy that watch and breathed wrestling related-topics and show.



I remember a time when it was a early noon at one particular Saturday in my 4 years at age, I was seeing a tag-team match and two dudes were just kicking ass and making their opponents to bleed. Years later I would have learn that I was seeing a classic with The Bushwackers, on their hardcore alter-egos "The New Zealand Sheppers". With this story, I was trying to say that since a kid I have developed a love for wrestling, that even in my late teen years to early adult, I was beginning seriously considering a wrestling career, even making contacts with independent wrestling community for start my training. Little that I know that choosing to do that while studying and working will leave little time even for myself, so I canceled the plans, at least for the moment.

Fairly early this week, I got a nice conversation with my ESMANDAU colleague and GM Militza. Surprisingly I was told that she in fact is a wrestling fan but close to my timeline begining my interest in to wrestling...Militza failed one question though but telling me that she remembers "The Smoking Guns" (For Kip James/ Billy Gunn fans and don't know it, this was one of the most remembered but not successful tag team stable which was composed of Bart Gunn and Mr. Ass himself as billed as western wrestler.). Just for that I know she knows what she talking about and for a woman is rare finding a fan that had follow wrestling since that period. That conversation and other that I had with my friend Karlo motivated me on having a quick view on how wrestling is being today.

Wrestling then...
World Wrestling Council, previously know as Capitol Sport Promotions was my direct contact with pro wrestling since early childhood. I was faithful every weekend in the short time they went on Tele-Once and their successful migration to WAPA TV. Meanwhile my first time I could enjoy a full-televised, (Since cable TV wasn't accessible as it is now, I could rent video circa 87, 89 and so on) WWE show was circa 95. At the time called World Wrestling Federation, show that wrestling wasn't only in Puerto Rico (hey I was a kid). Around 97 there was the AWA on SuperSiete channel which I suspect was a "farm" of World Wrestling Federation" and the hype at the moment was when Savio Vega joined Nation Of Domination. I saw a more crude way of wrestling in Puerto Rico than the USA. In fact more hardcore type of wrestling, which one or both opponents bleed in the match because of the "intensity" of the "hatred". That reminds me of a well know promotion that broke all the "family-oriented" wrestling specially from WCW, in the USA. ECW. Extreme Championship Wrestling, former NWA's Eastern Championship Wrestling. Day one as "extreme" marked when an event, with NWA officials present, the promotion ran a angle that practically they insult the integrity of NWA Championship belt as creating a new title for ECW. Afterwards, we have seen all memorable moments in ECW, as the born of many superstars status for wrestlers like Shane Douglas, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Sandman, Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, The Dudley Boyz, Chris Benoit, mexican wrestlers with American exposition forEddie Guerrero, Rey Misterio JR., Juventud Guerrera, Super Crazy and memorable moments with Sabu, Terry Funk, Tazz, etc. Shortly both World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling would follow, not only in the exploit of hardcore wrestling but also the introduction of more "sexiness" in women's wrestling as more g-string and more tits and more ass and the rise of anti-hero in the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, D-Generation x and The Rock were appealing and a interest on teenagers and early adult market became profitable. The formula would have been short-lived for WCW as changes in their mothership, Time Warner Company was facing a merger with AOL, which they at the moment though that WCW means unnecessary spending as failing in The Monday Night Wars with World Wrestling Federation for TV ratings.

Turning on wrestling content 
In 2002 we see some changes both in Puerto Rican and American Wrestling. ECW and WCW were bought by World Wrestling Federation as they were in a legal battle with World Wide Foundation for the "WWF" which utimately won, forcing the wrestling empire to change his name to World Wrestling Entertainment and censuring all post 98 WWF logo references. That physical change were at not much affecting the product , at least at that moment. In Puerto Rico as far as time advances, International Wrestling Association, were giving WWC a good fight until recent changes forced in part by the unexpected death of Wrestling genius and owner of IWA, Victor Quiñones which was most behind of all angles and scripts. Ultimately nowadays, IWA still struggling to have a convincing product with success as WWC is struggling to maintain interest in wrestling.

Why naming this post like that?
With the little background I gave, I just want to see how things are going right now. Current USA's wrestling situation is that we got to mayor leagues of wrestling with WWE and TNA and a flagship of independent wrestling with Ring Of Honor. Now I don't intend on joining the unselective club of internet forums or blog with many Dave Meltzer-wannabes giving their analysis on wrestling, which I AGREE had damaged and exposed the industry way beyond imagination if things like this could be learned in the 80's. But I admit that kind of exposure has made the WWE break the paradigm on sanctioning a reality tv-like programmin named Tough Enough which proved that although moves are real, they are choreographed for safety purposes and the ring yes, although covered with a thin layer of foam, it is in reinforced wood (clarifying doubts).

Years will come and we see a rapid evolution in programming as both compaines, WWE and TNA went again on improving their product. Now I will focus on WWE for the rest of this article, for reason that I am about to explain. Why WWE? Well I believe that due to the background I gave early, seems that WWE has changed their foucs back to children appeals. Make no mistake, I love children but I don't think it will be that easy for WWE forget the "Attitude Era" or avoid it's shadows as they are pretending. HELL! If I even reconsider my possible wrestling career I vow right now, if I am ever contacted by Johnny Ace telling me that WWE has interest on me, I will say "Thank you for the opportunity Mr. Ace, but you can call me again when WWE change his focus." Like I said, I love children and love to be the center of attention, but not 24/7 and definitely not in wrestling. I love double-sense & suggestive themes, I love women sexiness and I am interested in doing damage if I ever reconsider a wrestling training. Maybe harsh and maybe you are saying, "blogging about it is easy". But not necessarily,  I believe there is a sense of money-interest and hypocrisy in the part of the company. Why you want to be acknowledge so bad to be a entertainment company?

Recently WWE had being in a massive media and channel summary correction on not naming them a "wrestling event". Of course, some summary, instead of making change, probably rolled their eyes back, and just remove the sumarry. Why it is so important to run on this risk, which is not helpful? Some of the answer are found when WWE joined the NYSE and making a few friend for investment. A good example of how dominance of control they had on WWE than the very same Vince McMahon, that when The Nexus sable formed, Daniel Bryan was immediately fired just for pulling a tie of a ring announcer in a way that looks like strangling. Headlock is not a strangling move if it used by full force?! Why even bother of trying people forget the wrestling side of WWE, when their main stage is composed of a transmission table, announcing table, timekeeper tabler and a FREAKING WRESTLING RING. Also since a few years ago, I had been noticing more interactions backstage and skits than seeing wrestling action. Maybe I am wrong but any old-schooler had to at least have his attention.

My example named John Cena
I had openly admitted that after Wrestlemania 22 that I hate John Cena. Of course not as a person, but as a wrestler. He may had the discipline, but the move and his body is not at his favor. He isn't convincing although having more than 11 years of professional exposure, including being on IWA with a Terminator-like gimmick. And that's the main point and why I believe wrestling today is a fucking circus, the guys is better on gimmicks than doing good old faction wrestling. And unfortunately Cena is the main reason of the direction of WWE being like cartoon land. Unfortunately he is popular with children and children means money for every company. I had to give his credit the guy bust his ass for his paycheck, but having him as champion 24/7 every year is kinda old-Hulk Hogan formula that many promotion had been following, including WWE, and each and every one of them doesn't the important lesson, IT ONLY WORKED WITH HOGAN, PERIOD. So bad went the situation that even with Vince McMahon upset, WWE TV had to acknowledge the lack of Cena popularity which was seeing on television despite all attempt of WWE to push him as a company's face.

I had to conclude that the interaction between legend The Rock and Cena will modify some of the crappy TV-PG environment and even in some point upgrading to a still-crappy-but-more-amusing TV-PG13 as The Rock character is really not compatible with TV-PG in mannerism, language and interaction.

We shall see...

'Till next time
GeeZus