Finally Spaces will be available also on Windows 

Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:08:00 PM Categories: Windows

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This is a screenshot published by WinFuture, about the upcoming Windows 9 beta.

Finally multiple virtual desktops, OS X style, on Windows. I wonder which keyboard shortcut will they choose to show this view. F9?

StackMob + PayPal = hate 

Sunday, May 11, 2014 2:37:00 AM Categories: Internet

In September, I made a small accounting app for a company. To make it more "safe", instead to save data locally, I opted to save them on the cloud, to have them available on all devices.

I try some homemade solutions, as I liked to have total control over my data. Then, since there were many problems - security, reliability, speed - I chose to use a solution that's already done. I opened an account on

  • Parse.com
  • Kinvey
  • StackMob

and I evaluated all of them. I found them almost the same. At the time, Parse was recently acquired by Facebook, and StackMob was joking on their quality of service, publishing a guide to migrate to their servers. I trusted them, and I wasted some months developing my app over their cloud.

Then, in december, I go on their website and I read a shock news: StackMob is enthusiast to join PayPal!!! This is a disaster!!! PayPal/eBay is known to pay millions to buy companies to cripple them (for example: Stumbleupon) or even just close them!!!

What a pity…

I told myself: "Well, for my next apps, I'll use Parse, for now I gonna keep StackMob"

Then, just randomly, I go to see their website and I see that their service is under immediate closing!!! THEY CLOSE TODAY!!!! Again, a vital service shuts down without sending a fucking email to their customers!!! What the hell!!!

Luckily I managed to export my data, but I have to waste a lot of time to replace every StackMob function with a Parse equivalente.

Assholes.

What if Star Wars was an anime from the 80s? 

Saturday, January 04, 2014 1:41:00 PM Categories: Japan

What if in the 80s the Japanese did an anime based on Star Wars? How it would be? You can imagine it from this fake trailer: great!!

I'd watch every episode

Farewell to Bump 

Thursday, January 02, 2014 5:01:00 AM Categories: Android Cellphones

Did you use Bump? Did you like the idea to seamlessly transfer pics from Android to iOS by bimply "bumping" the phones? It was useful because for marketing reasons Apple allows bluetooth transfers of pictures only between iPhone 5 and higher. (iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 = FAIL, Rest of the world to iPhone 5 = FAIL)

Well, Bump has been acquired by Google and, this means it has to die. In the next days it will be retired from the market.

Farewell.

What a pity.

Another reason to hate Apple 

Monday, December 30, 2013 11:44:00 AM Categories: Apple

If you remember, in August I lost four years of notes because, with just 30 days warning, when I was in holiday, and WITHOUT SENDING AN EMAIL TO THEIR CUSTOMERS, Catch shutdown their service.

Now, we get to know that they shutdown because acquired by Apple, and probably they were too busy counting their millions to send a warning to their customers. Bastards.

Hey, that girl makes advertisings in Japanese TV! 

Saturday, November 30, 2013 12:52:00 PM Categories: Japan Stories

Yesterday I was watching TV, when I saw a Swarovski commercial. I saw the model and I said "Hey, that girl makes advertisings in Japanese TV!"

I was immediately corrected:

"Hey, she's Miranda Kerr, a famous Australian supermodel, famous for Victoria's Secret!!!"

...

For me she was just "the girl from Lipton Ice Tea":

When you don't need something anymore 

Monday, November 25, 2013 12:38:00 PM Categories: Stories

Two months ago I lost an important DVD, with some files that I needed urgently. I searched it for weeks, but I never found it.

So, today, I decided to make a new one, since that DVD was definitely missing, forever.

Guess what? Just after three hours later, I put some books on a shelf, and a disk drops on the floor: it was the disk that I was searching, I found it now that I don't need it anymore!

PS4 dissected by SCEJ Director of Engineering Dept. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013 5:22:00 PM Categories: Gadgets Games Japan Sony

This video is something really unique. An engineer doing a descriptive teardown of "his" product, is really awesome. (Source)

The Sims freeplay sucks! 

Saturday, October 05, 2013 7:23:00 AM Categories: Cellphones Games

Some months ago I noticed a new game for my BlackBerry Z10: The Sims freeplay. Lots of enthusiastic reviews, console-grade quality, I was so excited. But I was in holiday, and I couldn't download 700 megabytes over 3G.

Recently I remembered about it: now I'm at home, and with unlimited wifi I downloaded it.

It's cool, it's polished, I waste about one hour to create three Sims and then I run out of money. It's ok, I'll continue tomorrow, I tell to myself.

But the day after I'm just too busy at work I open it after a few days while I'm waiting at the post office.

Shock! All of my Sims are dying! I supposed that the game was pausing while it was closed! Well, not a big issue, I say. Just take a quick nap, a fast shower, watch some TV and some chit-chat between them.

WRONG! Now it works in real time! If you sleep, it takes 8 hours, if you want to watch tv, it takes 30 minutes; 2 hours to cook, and so on. And no, you can't just give them a list of tasks to do while we are away! Moreover: the Sims aren't self-sufficient! They need to go to pee? Even if they aren't doing anything, they won't go unless you tell them!

QSo, if you don't play at this game for a single day, you have to waste three days to restore health levels... or you just PAY and continue playing!

Of course, with the big amount of RAM on the BlackBerry Z10 (four times as the iPhone 4S and twice as the iPhone 5s), it's not a problem to leave the game running on the background forever and take a look every 5 minutes "hey, take a shower", "hey wash your hands", but in this way it becomes an addiction, it's an unhealthy habit, it's not a game!

I had three options:

  1. Leave it running on the background and dedicate my life to it
  2. Pay a couple of dollars EVERY TIME I play
  3. Uninstall it and leave an 1-star review

Guess what I did...

My opinion about American Airlines 

Friday, October 04, 2013 6:44:00 AM Categories: Stories

Update: their customer service already replied to my letter, they were FAST!

They told me this:

We appreciate your comments about our fleet. We are currently replacing our older domestic aircraft with modern Boeing 737 and Airbus aircraft. The delivery of the 737s commenced in 2009, and the delivery of the Airbus aircraft began in the fall of 2013. On the international front, we have 42 Boeing Dreamliner aircraft on order, with estimated delivery dates commencing in 2014. We are also proud to be the first U.S. carrier to be flying Boeing's 777-300ER. With these fleet enhancements, we anticipate having the youngest fleet out of our top U.S. competitors by 2017.

Very good customer service! Prompt and courteous! I reconsider my opinion on them.


Original story:

Some months ago I traveled with American Airlines and I have to say that I had the worst travel experience in my life. Even worse than when I traveled with Spring Airlines, a low cost Chinese airline.

The ticket was just $50 cheaper than a Lufthansa one, but the level of service was awful.

I wrote a letter to their customer relations team:

Hi, recently I had the "pleasure" to fly with American Airlines, on a transatlantic flight.

I was surprised to learn that the entertainment equipment in the aircraft is extremely outdated.

A small 13 inches CRT TV overhead, playing a videotape, to be watched from a far distance? Are we in the 1980s?
The audio was fuzzy and noisy, as if it was coming from a thirty years old radio.
Maybe this equipment was the best the technology offered, when you installed it in year 1982, but, hey, it's time to upgrade!
Yes, upgrading it will cost a lot of money, but how many customers will you lose if you offer such a poor experience?
And it's not only the entertainment system to be outdated, everything it's.
From the aircraft painting, that reminds the 70s, to the ticketing system.

The return flight was a British airways codeshare, but your system in MIA could not find it. I was sent to the BA counter, then they sent me back to your counter because it's was a codeshare, then my connecting ticket at Heathrow could not be found. You could not emit the connecting flight ticket, even if it is the same oneworld network.

Why it doesn't happen with Lufthansa and the star alliance network? Why it doesn't happen with air france and the skyteam network? Probably it's because they invested a lot of money and upgraded their systems, instead of keeping it outdated as you are doing.
Alitalia has a big financial problem, but when I traveled with them, the entertainment system was modern. Usb ports for charge phones or play movies from hard drives, lots and lots of movies, and so on.

You might say that on your 777 there is an on demand movie system. Well, it looks like it's just a frontend to an analog TV system: just four movies and you can't decide when to play them. It might seemed exciting in year 1994, but now it's not.
Concluding: you saved some money by keeping your airplanes unchanged for thirty years, but you lost a customer and I will warn all my friends to choose a better way to fly. Was it worth?

Will they answer me?

They definitely lost a customer.

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