Oblivion OST

Yesterday I went to see Oblivion. What I liked the most was the soundtrack, so here it is.

More stuff to sell!

On my ongoing quest to get rid of stuff, here’s the latest thing!

Stuff to sell

I’m selling some RAM modules on eBay. If you want to buy them “outside” eBay, leave a comment.

Good music

From the movie, the soundtrack.

And the movie is quite nice too. 🙂

Big photo

Testing a big photo

Android

I’m now on my second Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Gio), which actually has a slower chip than the last one (Sony Ericsson Xperia X10). Nevertheless, the “experience” is much better: it doesn’t crash, it’s fluid, etc. This just leads me to believe that Samsung has it and Sony Ericsson, now just Sony, doesn’t.

Anyway, the perfect smartphone for me would have the following characteristics:

  • Android (with the latest version and at least upgradable in the near future) (and root able)
  • Dual SIM (at least one of them with 3G connectivity)
  • front and rear camera (with the last having at least 5MP)
  • LED flash
  • decent screen size (at least 3.5in, but smaller than 4.8 in)
  • At least 512MB of RAM and 1GB internal storage, but the more the merrier.
  • The best CPU possible! 😀

The chinese phones are the ones best positioned for this, and I’ll probably get one next year. Why next year and not now? Only now they are starting to ship phones with dual core chips and, with more time, they’ll get Android 4.1 working decently. Also, the prices will fall due to all the competing manufacturers! These guys look like they are on the right path.

Comics

I started reading comics almost as soon as I learned to read. Mostly Disney’s, Uncle Scrooge and gang, but I never liked Mickey Mouse that much. I remember they all came from Brazil, with the Brazilian Portuguese translation, and never knew when/if new ones would arrive. Of course, there were also the classics, Tintin, Asterix, etc. And that was all I read until the Summer of 1990.

I don’t know why, but my older brother bought some X-Men comics, of course, still imported from Brazil. By that time, they were publishing the Inferno story line. That was it. I was hooked. For the next few years, we bought Marvel’s comics regularly and even witnessed the start of the official national Portuguese editions. It was great!

Of course, with age, new interests start to arise, and some old ones die down. This happened with comics. I still enjoy reading them now and then, and I still buy some new ones when they publish them in paperback collections. Mainly, I stick with the independent ones or something new that really catches my attention. There’s even one I bought (and still buy) just because of the cover (Astro City):Astro City - Life In The Big City.

And then came the movies. Sure, we’d had Batman in the 90’s, but it was DC Comics, and I never cared much for them. X-Men was what I was craving for! And it was… ok. Better than what we had before, which was nothing, but that was just the first one. Marvel made all the right decisions, and then Spider-Man came along. And Hulk. And Iron Man. And Thor. Most of them did pretty well on their own, but there was a point to all of them: The Avengers. I loved them all.

While this was happening, DC Comics was being left behind. The only recent successful (critic wise) films they had where the first Batmans from the 90’s (and revolutionized the genre). They needed something quick. Christopher Nolan proved to be the correct choice to reboot the thing. Unfortunately, Batman was still the only money-maker. Superman was nowhere to be seen.

Which brings us to next year’s Man Of Steel, a reboot of the Superman franchise. I’ve only seen a teaser trailer, but I liked it!

The interesting this is, Marvel’s films are all out visual extravaganzas, and DC’s are more “psychological” if you will. I like both, and hope this genre continues for many years.

P.S.: Yes, this post doesn’t actually say much, but I just saw The Dark Knight Rises and liked it! 😀

I like this!

Take back control

Online privacy has never been so discussed as now. Cases about people being prosecuted for whatever online activity they do are growing each day, “cloud” storage companies pop up every week, with Terms of Use more or less dodgy, and we’re losing control of our own lives. Although Google allows you to take all (or most?) of your data out, the sheer amount of what it knows about a person can be scary!

Fortunately, the options are also expanding, enabling us to take back control of what we so easily handed over to others so that we could user their services for free.

For example, I’ve stopped using Flickr a while ago, but my original pictures are stuck there, because I can’t download them unless I pay them. In essence, they are hostages. My option was to start using openPhoto, hosting the photos in Dropbox. Yes, Dropbox is also a closed service, but it’s an intermediate solution until ownCloud (which I’ve also installed to replace Dropbox) get’s its own plugin to support openPhoto.

The though part is that to take back control, you may need to have your own domain and have some (but not that much!) technical knowledge to do this.

Does anyone know of more HYO (Host Your Own) services?