Once again the fucking laptop!

Well, my neverending story continues. My laptop is still completely broken. The clumsy people at the repair service still believes that it is a software failure. "Your XP is full of shit, you better reinstall it again". Ok, so I brought the install cd’s to the shop and tried to reinstall it again. As usual, the screen got completely crazy, the dialog boxes appeared as painted by Picasso in his cubist age, and so on. The guy pronounced some of his great, astonishing sentences, as for example: ahhh ok ok, I can see it … this is because of the graphical mode … it only fails when it switches to 320×200 (when it was text mode 80×25, the classical booting mode). Or also ohhh I got it! it’s the AC adaptor! it introduces noise in the computer…

I am absolutely fed up. My advice: don’t buy an Acer computer. I don’t know who is responsible, if acer or the vendor. But I don’t mind it, I want my computer NOW! and working! :-@

it has finished!!

well, ifparty04 finished almost two weeks ago and i feel like writing about it now!! haha! from my organizational view, it was like a chaos in some moments, sucked completely in other aspects and was really cool in some times. as an attendant, was great to win a prize 🙂

our powerful demo killotrona got second place and this has motivated us to continue making cool scene prods. Also I liked the scene ambient in the whole party. no internet and just kind feelings 🙂

see you at some party (maybe euskal?)

cosas que dejó el verano

Or things left by the summer… It’s the title of the most known song by "clyde pop", an spanish pop group. Their first cd is relatively fresh (dated november 2003). I had listened that song more than one year ago; finally they have updated their web with new content and two songs extracted from their first album. Two new members in the group (and girls, by the way), strong melodies and melodic guitars, remarkable voices, as in the first song I listened to. Quite interesting for the rainy afternoons and so… Take a look 😉

to prototype or not to prototype, that is the question

It looked as a simple task: make a simple html prototype for a potential client. It then ended up like a horrible nightmare of html delicatessen: ooooh we must convert this png into gif because it would be smaller… why don’t we make the border of the tables fancier? … oh let’s put px instead of % … no… better put % instead of px, and no pt … and by the way let the tables use the 100% of screen width (even if I repeated once and once that reading small 10 px text along a 21” screen is like a harakiri).

Finally it ended like it started, gracefully, as a simple prototype. Remember: don’t even let the prototypes get into final applications (specially when the deadline is very very close); don’t go into unnecessary details and focus only in the really important things…

Thanks, Spöntz!

My laptop crashed some weeks ago. I brought it back to the vendor to get it repaired. Then past week an unknown number showed up several times in my mobile, but I couldn’t answer any of those times. At last, past Friday I could pick it up and then … surprise! My laptop was repaired.

I could hardly believe it. Liso’s laptop had the same problem than mine; that is, any kind of program that used the gpu more or less intensively made the screen go completely crazy, showing lots of garbage instead of the expected output… At the beginning that only happened when the computer was running for a long time, but at the end it even happened by just using Notepad! Don’t laugh – it’s true. So in Liso’s case the entire motherboard had to be replaced because the graphics card was soldered to it (apart from being almost burnt).

It had only been one week since I left the laptop for it to be repaired, and they had spent more than three weeks to repair Liso’s computer. So getting those calls so early did indeed sound very strange.

Anyway, I went there and asked them which was the problem in their opinion, of course. Laugh: the bios. They had updated the bios! Can you believe it? I looked at him, completely skeptical, and said … what?…. That guy was smiling and saying that aberration completely unashamed! I couldn’t stand it anymore, so I took everything, went back home under the pouring rain… really hoping that it was the last time that I had to send the laptop for repair.

I arrived home, plugged everything that had to be plugged, and turned the laptop on. Windows starts popping up stupid dialogs boxes regarding some new hardware found. What the f…? What had these people done to my computer? I was beginning to get angry, but I still hadn’t made the computer pass the-definitive-test: play a demo!

So I clicked on spontz_dieanderung.zip, uncompressed it, executed the demo and everything was ok. Die Anderung is loading, it said. It was like a kind of illusion … but it only lasted the loading time, because just when the demo started, the computer turned crazy again. Lots of garbage and shit spread all around the screen! Arghhh! That was when I really got angry angry…
After a complete weekend to meditate, I decided to use Die Anderung for my profit. How?

Well, I have taken the laptop back to the shop and I have shown what the issue was to the guy in the repair shop. He was looking at the screen like: you babe… hahaha … what are you going to demonstrate me? bahhh … until the rubbish-screen has appeared. His face has lost all colour, he has stopped talking nonsense and then I have pressed ESC.

The computer’s desktop was a mess, it was almost impossible to distinguish the windows from the background. Rubbish, rubbish, shit all around the screen! And I have said to him: do you understand NOW what is the problem?. Amazingly, he still doesn’t believe me, so he reboots the computer to verify it’s not a software problem …. AND EVEN THE BOOTING SCREEN APPEARED GARBLED!

So it has taken a long while, but he has finally admitted he was wrong: We… we … well… mmm … yes, I think this is not a software problem… it seems to be something more serious…

So I want to thank Spöntz, because without their demo, I would still be with a crashed laptop just because that clumsy guy did not believe me – and did not want to make his job, by the way! I hope that the meaning of die Anderung is like a kind of premonition and I have my laptop with the entire motherboard replaced very very soon!

And once again … Thanks, Spöntz! you rule!!!!!