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Thoughts about Windows XP’s Retirement

Posted from Montville, New Jersey, United States.

Artist: j.lili

If you haven’t heard the news, Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on Windows XP today, which is basically a 12-year-old operating system at this point. To me, Windows XP was definitely one of the best Windows operating system for the fact that it was more stable and secure than Windows 9x and even the horrid Windows Me. The operating system served me well during most of my middle school years until 11th grade when I  switched to a Mac and upgraded to Vista on my Bootcamp partition (which is a lot more bloated in comparison).

While it’s obvious that Microsoft will eventually have to stop supporting XP, I felt that they could have handled it better since there is no upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. It does seem that they want to force everyone to use Windows 8, which has been panned by critics as being difficult to use on non-touchscreen devices. To me, Windows 8 is more suited for tablets even though I spend 99% on my Surface Pro 2 on the desktop because most of the Metro/Modern applications are pretty useless to me. Not to mention, if one installs a start menu program, why not just install Windows 7?

In short, I think Windows XP is a good operating system for the fact that it had a long lifecycle and served most people well.

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Endless Winter

Endless Winter

Posted from Montville, New Jersey, United States.

It seems that this year it has been snowing non-stop. Basically, we had about 4 snow storms this month and the snow pile is over a foot after the last storm. While it’s going to warm up this week and melt some of it away, it’s going to get colder next week with the potential of more snow. While snow is pretty and all, I wish that Spring would come sooner.

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Redesign

Posted from Montville, New Jersey, United States.

It has been a long time since I did anything to this blog, so I decided to unify the design of the main blog and just use that as the base for the sideblog. I probably write some more stuff here in the future, so I hope you will look forward to it. I’m in the process of moving away from Wootumblog and just use the post types natively.

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Overpowered Ninfia

Overpowered Ninfia

Posted from Montville, New Jersey, United States.

Thanks to Pokebank, I was able to transfer my Hyper Voice Hidden Ability Eevee over named みらい (栗山未来) over and evolve it to Ninfia. Of course after a few tries at the Battle Testing, I manage to have a perfect run. This is the moveset I used:
Modest Ninfia @ Leftovers (たべのこし)
252 SP Atk, 48 HP, 208 Def
Psyshock (サイコショック)
Calm Mind (めいそう)
Wish (ねがいごと)
Hyper Voice (ハイパーボイス) – Black 2/White 2 Tutor Move

It managed this:

Yep, it can be considered slightly overpowered, once you get some Calm Minds in.

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Pokebank Rant or why I’m Disappointed with Nintendo

Posted from Florham Park, New Jersey, United States.

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I admit that I am a big fan of Nintendo since my childhood. I pretty much own every console they released. However, the actions they have taken last year have made me increasingly disappointed in them, especially with their recent handling with Pokebank. There is absolutely no excuse why this application is not out yet. The worse part of it is that they still continue to leave everyone in the dark considering that they already brought the Nintendo Network servers back up several days ago.  Furthermore, Japanese and Korean players were able to download the application before it was taken off, thus giving them an unfair advantage as they can still use the application. Considering that it’s a paid service that I was planning to pay for, I felt that they should have prepared for the increase traffic ahead of time.

Another thing that is also unacceptable is that the hacked Pokémon checker doesn’t even block obviously hacked Pokémon. They should have known about this from the beginning as these tools like Pokegen was already in the wild. To me, they should have at least check for illegal abilities/moves, impossible Effort Values and Individual values since those are the easiest to catch.

As a whole, I don’t think Pokebank will release anytime soon despite rumors saying it will be Tuesday. What I think will happen is that it will get rereleased in Japan and perhaps Korea this month while other areas are left in limbo until several months later (probably in June or even next year) when nobody cares anymore. To me, I feel that Nintendo are not listening to its fans outside of Japan. They outright refuse to get rid of region locks (while the Vita, PS4 and Xbox One doesn’t have any), consider taking monetization away from people who Let’s Play Nintendo Games or even review them (until they reverse that decision) and still refuses to release Flip Note Studio 3D outside of Japan. It’s clear that they don’t care about any of their fans with the Pokebank fiasco that is still going on with absolutely no transparency of what is going on. It’s such a shame because they make a lot of good games that I enjoy. Also, don’t forget that without the fan base Nintendo has now, they wouldn’t be successful as they are now.

As a whole, I think they need to get their act together by releasing Pokebank, issue a formal apology and possibly give some kind of compensation such as extending the trial for 60 days or something. I know that handling the traffic for a service, especially for a popular franchise can be difficult, but Nintendo need to be more transparent and insure the fans that they will release it so that they will continue to support the company. There are consequences for companies who do disservice to its fan base like Capcom, so I hope that they won’t go in that direction.

With that, what do you think about the Pokebank Delay?

 

Surface Pro 2 Performance

Posted from Florham Park, New Jersey, United States.

Want to know how it compares with other laptops? While it’s half as fast compared to Intel Core i7 equipped machines, it still packs a lot of performance in a small package. Surface Pro 2 manages to get close to the Core i5 Arrandale 2.4 GHz.

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Specs:

Surface Pro 2: Intel Core i5-4200U at 1.6 GHz, Intel HD 4400 Graphics, 4 GBs DDR3

Mid 2010 Macbook Pro - Intel Core i5 M 520 2.40GHz, nVidia Geforce GT 330m, 8 GB DDR3

Mid 2012 Macbook Pro - Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.60GHz, nVidia Geforce GT 650m, 16 GB DDR3

Dell Precision m4700 - Intel Core i7-3740QM 2.70GHz, nVidia Quadro K2000m, 16 GB DDR3.

All other machines besides the Surface is running Windows 7 Professional.

Remembering Winamp

Posted from Florham Park, New Jersey, United States.

Back in the days when I used Windows as my main operating system, the music player I eventually used a lot is of course Winamp.  While I don’t use it today as I use OS X nowadays, Winamp will always have a place in my heart because it’s not nearly a bloated  compared to iTunes, which decides to glitch once in a while. Believe it or not, although I use iTunes a lot since it’s really the only good player I found thus far, it’s not the best music player since it has a lot of features I don’t even use.

While Winamp won’t be alive in late December when AOL closes it, hopefully someone will pick up the development or make it open source.