A few months ago, I’ve had the pleasure of attending Roger Waters’ “The Wall” in Goteborg, Sweden, at a completely packed Ullevi Stadium. I’m going to write the first part of this opinion piece while listening to the studio album; doing this will make the task of writing harder, but the consequences of the audio distraction are already causing interesting thoughts. Rather than focusing solely on the show, I will also comment a bit on the concept album behind it.
Prior to attending the concert, I’ve watched the motion picture, for the purpose of refreshing my memory, knowing that the staged show will basically be a re-enactment of the movie. After also having listened to “The Wall” several times, I went to Goteborg being completely infused with it. Since I was going to witness what might be one of the last shows performed by living members of the epic Pink Floyd, I considered it of vital importance to truly be there, in it, engulfed by it.
We often gasp at the amount of personal wealth various entrepreneurs have amassed. News about income inequality^ is quite common lately, and so it should be, because slowly but surely, society’s patience is reaching the breaking point; and if that happens, chaos will ensue. It is hard not to be shocked when you are confronted with the knowledge that 85 people own more wealth than the world’s poorest 3.5 billion. Except if you’re Kevin O’Leary^, of course.
But are all these entrepreneurs evil incarnate? What about Bill Gates’ work^, or his and Buffet’s Giving Pledge^? What about many other magnates who did great services to society during or towards the end of their careers? Does the Nobel Prize ring any bell? And most importantly, who do you think could manage billions of dollars and put such power to better use than these people can?
As we will see, the problem does not entirely lie with these wealthy individuals. A solution can only be found if we work together, peacefully but determined, towards updating our society to this new age of abundance which is brought upon us by the technological advances of the past few decades (you should listen to this excellent talk on the subject^).
During the past few months, much has been written regarding the situation in Ukraine. The media is showering us with arguments from both sides of the story (here in the European Union, obviously, there’s a lot of anti-Russian bias). But what we don’t seem to care doing is to take a step back from the panicked news frenzy and look at the bigger picture. And we’ll do so on an entirely new level than what the media has shown you so far.
It is time to look closely at our society and to seriously question our leaders. It is time to wonder why, during the past few years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in worldwide social tensions. It is time to connect the dots. And, most of all, it is time to start looking for alternative ways of solving our problems.
It’s about time, and I’m extremely happy to inaugurate the Gaming Category^ with this article. There are many reasons for my happiness and I will share them all with you if I shall have your patience, for Path of Exile^ is a topic which, I humbly believe, deserves your time if you’re into some serious gaming!
One day, not so long ago, I was among the Loyal Legions of Blizzard Entertainment. For example, I played Diablo 2 starting with its launch and down to the bloody end, months before the launch of Diablo 3 – a game which proved once and for all that Blizzard have completely lost their way. But then something happened, something which gave me a reason to hope!
Even though Windows 8 brings many incremental improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft managed to bungle this release almost irreparably. This is one more example where great engineering is rendered futile by dumb marketing decisions and a lack of internal harmony.
In spite of having a better kernel, but due to a stubborn functional direction, Windows 8 has been, from the start, doomed to fade in the brightness of its predecessor. It’s probably one of the reasons why Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky was fired^- which is a questionable decision, since he was in charge of the previous Windows release as well.
Dear readers, forgive me for I have sinned. It’s been more than six months since my last article. But, after this super-break, I can gladly declare I’ll be back on writing duty. The reason behind this very long pause is the fact that my lifestyle has changed drastically. I went from being an independent creator [... read more ...]
Priceless suggestions for the PC of your dreams, carefully organized into four categories: basic use, gaming, software development and CAD & Rendering.
This is the 3rd episode of the Optimal System Building series of articles, a collection of advices for all of your PC purchasing needs, written by a qualified system builder. Within this article, you’ll find clear and concise information about the best parts you can choose when building your PC, or, when buying a pre-assembled/customizable PC.
The stars of this episode are Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 670 video card. Both these products are price game-changers and herald a few months when I can finally say that it’s a good time to buy a PC…
When about two weeks ago, CIA director David Petraeus made the admission about the agency’s interest^ in spying on people using the ever-increasing array of “smart” appliances in our homes, it became clearer than ever that one of the greatest battle to be fought these years will be the battle for our personal data.
And when you find out about how applications such as “Girls Around Me” use publicly shared data^ to put espionage in the hands of potential rapists, you can’t help but wonder what’s next. What can we do to reclaim our privacy? Do we even need to do something? Why does all of this matter so much? Let’s try and answer these questions…
Priceless suggestions for the PC of your dreams, carefully organized into four categories:
basic use, gaming, software development and CAD & Rendering.
This is the 2nd episode of the Optimal System Building series of articles, a collection of advices for all of your PC purchasing needs, written by a qualified system builder. Within this article, you’ll find clear and concise information about the best parts you can choose when building your PC, or, when buying a pre-assembled/customizable PC.
The highlight of this episode is Nvidia’s surprising resurgence. With its new GTX 680 video card, Nvidia captured the performance crown^ in all possible metrics, after years of being seriously challenged – and beaten, especially in the performance-per-watt charts – by AMD’s Radeons.