Re-Imagined (reprinted from the Metro Spirit 6-27-13)
Re-Imagined – Imagine yourself running through a dark maze lined with glowing orbs. You have to consume the orbs to stay alive, so you keep going. But you know that around the next corner could be a merciless wraith yearning to suck your life right out of existence.
If you didn’t know better, you probably thought that I was talking about Pac-Man. Well, it turns out that I am. FPS-Man provides a new point of view for the arcade classic. Specifically, first-person shooter. Instead of the top-down view of the maze, the walls rise up beside you and you trek trough the tunnels without any knowledge of what around the next corner. And did I mention the spooky music?
A fan’s comment says it best – “Holy (bleep), turns out pac man is a scary game”
Un-Imagined – What could be better than watching the original Star Wars only using the technology that was available at the time? For example, how about ASCII and TELNET? This has been around for a while, but for the readers that were born in this century, pull up a command prompt. Type “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” and enjoy the show!
WWDC – The Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) occurred last week. Traditionally, this has been the place that Apple has introduced its new product lines. No real game changers from the usual suspects this year, so for the sake of brevity, let me run through the highlights in bullet form.
- · Apple’s newest operating system iOS7 was introduced. The OS got a font upgrade and a lot of features that were ripped off from Andriod, WebOS and Microsoft Phone 8.
- · The MacBook Air got a new battery, but no retina display.
- · The next desktop operating system OS X will not be named after a cat. Instead it will be named after a strip of California coastline knows as Maverick.
- · MacBook Pro? iWatch? Umm…Nothing.
The big tease of this year’s WWDC was the Mac Pro. Apple’s high end desktop promises to be a beast: Up to 12-core CPU, next generation flash providing 1 GBps throughput, and dual GPU supporting 4K video on 3 different displays. Not to be outdone, the designers packaged all this into a cylindrical form factor that’s about one-eighth the size of the current Mac Pro. Quite a nice looking package, actually. Look for it at the Apple Store later this year.
NSA Follow-up – Looks like this topic is going to be around for a while, or at least until Edward Snowden is caught. A lot has been said about Snowden. Here’s my two cents.
When the actions of the government diverge from the principals upon which the government was founded, no one should be surprised when free individuals begin to speak up. Our country was started by a group of individuals who risked life and liberty in a stance against an oppressive government. The signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Augusta’s own George Walton, were considered criminals and traitors and subject to the same vitriol that we now hear focused on Snowden.
That said, the rule of law must be respected, especially among a group of individuals that strive for self-government. Mr. Snowden broke the law in a severe manner. It is appropriate for him to be returned to the U. S. and be tried accordingly for his actions. History will have to decide whether he’s a patriot or a traitor.
Until next time, I’m off the grid @gregory_a_baker