Friday, 5 December 2008

JavaME Game Radar Rat Race for cellular phone

For those who remember with pleasure the Commodore 64 computer and its games.
Here is my little contribution.
The Radar Rat Race game in JavaME for cellular phones.
It requieres CLDC-1.1 and MIDP-2.0.
It runs in 128x128 mode or in 240x240 depending on the screen resolution.
I programmed so it would resemble the original one of the year 1982.
It was tested on Nokia 5200, Nokia 6131 and SonyEricsson z310.

The Original 1982 game :

The JavaMe Game :

the download location :
Download folder at esnips

Monday, 29 September 2008

The great yanquee millionaire will cease to be

In the year 1938 Benjamin Solari Paravicini (an argentine prophet that drew psicographs in his sleep) drew the following image in which he wrote "The great yanquee millionaire will cease to be", "Stocks fall to the floor", "Crisis Crisis".

Today after another day of global finantial loss I would like to publish this psicograph. Another of his prophecies that comes true.

Banks are shaking even without clients withdrawing their savings.
So much greed to accumulate "ones and ceroes" in the banks' computers.
Little by little they will realize the truth about their wealth.

As to the "bail-out" plan... will somebody someday think about bailing out the millions of human beings that live in misery throughout the world?

Maybe the USA will not completely fall this time,but at least they will have less money to spend on weapons and invasions. That, at least, is something to look forward to...

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Lectures of Jon 'maddog' Hall in Argentina

Last week Maddog visited argentina to participate in the "8th Jornadas Regionales de Software Libre"

Organized this year by CaFeLUG

The meeting took place in "Universidad de Belgrano" on august 20,21 and 22, 2008.

For those who don't know who Jon Hall is, he is the Executive Director of Linux International, a non-profit organization who wishes to support and promote Linux-based operating systems and the utilization of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

On August 21st Maddog gave a lecture about "Making Money and Saving Money with Free Software", it was scheduled that Mark Shuttleworth have to give a lecture, but unfortunately he couldn't came to Argentina so Maddog gentely gave the lecture instead.

The auditorium was all dark, and suddenly we heard the music "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" from the film "2001 : A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick. Then Maddog appeared wearing a space suit and saying the same words commander Neil Alden Armstrong said during the Apollo XI mission to the moon. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for Free Software".
He introduced himself jokingly as "Mark Shuttleworth" and said he would give a lecture prepared by Maddog who died in the Microsoft Wars. He pretended that we were in 2040.

He explained what a commodity is, using the example of a can of corn, If someone spends more than 5 seconds choosing between two different cans of corn, obviously they would be mad. But if someone has to choose what car to buy, he would spent a considerable time choosing the one that fulfilled all his needs. Maddog's conclusion was that corn was a commodity and a car wasn't. Later he explained that Wall Street and the mayor software companies made software like a commodity, and that gave to them a huge huge huge profit. Because their investment was low and their profit near the sky.
Later he explained that people buy a car because they want transportation, in the same way they buy software beacause they simply want to send email, surf the web, and do some stuff, people don't want to reinstall a new operating system every three years and spend a lot of money to buy software.
It is necessary to think about software in a different way in order to give people what they really need not what the software company wants. This is the importance of free software.

Here you can see the presentation and the first 9 minutes of lecture.

Presentation like 2001 - Space Odyssey

First 9 minutes of lecture

On August 22nd he gave another lecture about "Sustainable computing: Computing for the 21st Century"

Fortunately I could speak a few words with him, he is a brillant and good man.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Troubles with file Thumbs.db:encryptable

Yesterday under M$ Window$ I tried to copy the folder "My Documents" to and external hard disk in order to backup the content.

After a few minutes I got the following error :
"Cannot copy Thumbs: The file exists."

I found that the problem was the file :
Thumbs.db:encryptable , 0 KB , DB:ENCRYPTABLE File

I ran chkdsk /F but it didn't found an error.

I opened an explorer and selected "Tools" then "Folder options" and in the "View" tab i activate the option "Do not cache thumbnails".

I tried again, but I got the same error.

I tried to delete the file "Thumbs.db:encryptable" (it isn't marked as a read-only) and I got the error :
"Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk"

Searching the Web I found a few programs that can work with the NTFS data streams or alternate data streams.

LADS - List Alternate Data Streams

It didn't work, I got the error :
"Error 2 opening C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.HORUS\My Documents\Thumbs.db:encryptable"

I tested the program Streams.exe by Sysinternals with the same result.

"Error opening C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.HORUS\My Documents\Thumbs.db:encryptable:
The system cannot find the file specified."

Another program ADSPY

And the last hijackthis

But it didn't show the file thumbs.db:encryptable.

At last I rebooted window$ and started Ubuntu with the package ntfs-3g installed. So I deleted the file without problem (Ripley's Believe It Or Not!)