Power

Power

A fifteen year old boy, shot by a cop: Tragedy? Yes. Does that give people the right to destroy millions of euros worth of property and with that, the livelyhood of many families and individuals? No. I wonder if at any time while these so called “anarchists” were throwing rocks at all the storefronts did they realize that they were jepardizing the employement of so many hundreds of people. After the damage done to Plaisio (Πλαίσιο) on Stournari, I doubt that it will ever open again. That’s about 100 jobs lost. These “anarchists” also destroyed another store down the block from Plaisio causing over 100,000 euros in damage. The owner is a family man with a wife and daughter. All the man could do is cry. His life was ruined. And he wasn’t the only one. Many of the store owners on Patision (Πατισίων) took to the streets to confront these arnarchists and protect their properties and way of lives. The police were doing nothing (as usual) and the anarchists were getting more and more bold. Our livelyhoods were threatened. Our neighborhood was threatened. We had to take action. A few of us decided to fight fire with fire. Rocks flew, curses yelled and, in the end, a handful of us managed to push back the gang of “anarchists” two city blocks and out of our neighborhood. The “anarchists” gave way to our onslaught because they are in reality not a gang of individuals fighting for an ideal, but a bunch of pussies that where there only to have a good time and maybe get a laptop out of it....
Solution

Solution

The last 2 days have been crazy. Random restarts and crashes. Internet drop-outs. Electronic chaos… Having that happen to one computer is stressful enough, but what about when it happens to forty? Apart from the inconvenience of some gamers having to restart, some people lost a lot of important work. I just hate having to appologize to irrate customers for something like this, but it happened… again… and again… and again… and again… So after two days of crazy, I came upon the reason and the solution while desperately searching online. I stumbled upon this article in PC World and depending on who you ask, the culprit was either Conficker.a or Downadup. So cute that they give them names like that. Fact of the matter is, those “cute” WORMs, screwed with my whole network and my reputation as a realiable Internet Cafe went to hell. It’s so hard to gain back an customer’s trust… It’s one thing to have a problem and fix it, but it was driving me crazy not knowing the reason why the preverbial shit hit the fan. Lesson learned, I guess. First thing to do when things go wacky? Update Windows! Now I know. And knowing is half the...
Unleash

Unleash

I’ve been using a custom version of Kaf Oseo’s post-image plugin for a long time and I decided to release my version to the world to get feedback and see how I can improve on it. This will give me a chance to practice on my php coding and see exactly how difficult supporting a plugin can be (as if I don’t have enough to do already). What this plugin does is retrieve the images that are associated with a particular post. This plugin has far fewer options than Kaf’s plugin, but offers the ability to choose which image to display. By no means am I an expert coder, so if I inadvertedly left your site vulnerable somehow with my code… uhmm… sorry. I really didn’t mean it. Download wpGetImage and try it...
Alter

Alter

So yeah, I re-started my blog and as is the trend, I will begin to make changes live as they come to me. Expect this site to look bad, broken, and sometimes unreadable in the coming weeks.
Logolution

Logolution

Yeah the title sucks, but how else could I have described logo evolution in one word? Anyway, I found a very interesting article over at Hot College Girls Guide to Graphic Design *ehrrm* about the evolution of 50 very popular company logos. My favorites? Apple’s first logo along with Volkswagen’s swastika-ish logo from before WWII… pretty cool piece of...
Exchange

Exchange

According to Adobe’s website, the new Creative Suite (CS4) Master Collection costs $2,499. Coverting to euros with today’s exchange rate that’s about 1,970€. With me so far? Good… Clicking the link to buy the software, I’m taken to Adobe’s Eastern European web store where the price of the same exact piece of software costs 3,386.79€. Why is adobe charging 1,500€ more in Europe than it is in the States? After some research, I’m not alone in my concerns. There is a discussion on Adobe’s User to User Forums about this very same thing. What’s frustrating, however, is Adobe’s response to all this. I mean, I studied business, but even if I hadn’t, I still would be able to see through their bullshit. People have gotten very upset, going so far as to start an online petition to solve the problem. The petition was started for Adobe’s Creative Suite 3 and judging by Adobe’s response many had hoped that by the time CS4 was released, european prices wouldn’t be so high. No such luck… Adobe (as mentioned above) charges 1,500€ more for European markets. At amanwithapencil.com,  Nigel Moore argues that Adobe’s price gouging is putting up barriers to entry, allowing US companies to be more competative in the international market, and he is right. I’m just surprised the EU hasn’t stepped in to do something about it. And they wonder why people pirate software…...
First (again)

First (again)

Here we go yet again. My 4th (or 5th?) attempt to start a permanent blog. Lets hope I don’t get lazy again like I did with all the others.