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The Rock That Hit Me

July 11th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
See that rock that fell from the sky? That's the one that hit me.
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Some Inspiration From the Past

July 8th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Essays | #
     These days I don't know what I'm doing anymore.  It seems completely illogical that I'd be on the path I am now given my history.  What am I doing just making songs or chasing stocks when I used to make games, movies, entire websites, etc?

     Sometimes I forget my frustrations, but every once in a while something like this shows up and just really tests my patience with myself:
     http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2011/02/10/crash-bandicoot-as-a-startup/

     Besides the fact I use to play those games when I was younger, being able to form a team and produce something on that scale was something I've always dreamed of doing.  It's tough finding finding people of equal or better calibur though and even tougher to find those who share similar ambitions and drive.  Like the author, I also learned most of my programming myself (home-brewed), so it's really hard to relate to colleagues who otherwise...[More]
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Sadness of the Eyes

July 7th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
There is sadness behind these eyes, but because there is nothing I can do about it, for the moment, I smile.
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Can't Stay

June 3rd, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Can't Stay by Yarrow Whitfield
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Darkness Flickers

May 26th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
As I close my eyes, the darkness flickers.
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Restless Dreams by Kyle Landry and Yarrow Whitfield

May 25th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Restless Dreams by Kyle Landry and Yarrow Whitfield
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Apologize (Piano Cover) by Kyle Landry

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Passion (Piano Cover) by Kyle Landry

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Passion (Piano Cover) by Kyle Landry
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Yellow Brick Road

May 8th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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A Team (Cover)

May 7th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
A Team (Cover) by Lois Downes
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Heal Over (Cover)

May 7th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Heal Over (Cover) by Lois Downes
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Through Glass (Cover)

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Through Glass (Cover) by Lois Downes
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The Last Question

March 15th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
The Last Question by Simon Asimov
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Behind the Mask

March 12th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
There is nothing behind the mask.
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Tree of Regret

February 26th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
The Tree of Regret withers away in the sunlight.
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Fixing Limited WiFi/Bluetooth on Surface Pro

February 20th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
This is a one time issue I ran into on both my first Surface Pro and its replacement, so I think it might be just a corrupt preinstalled driver.

The symptoms are if you, within the first week or so of using the Surface Pro, start having limited connection with any WiFi or Bluetooth network.  For Bluetooth, you may also be getting the option to connect via "Direct Connection" instead of "Access Point".

The fix is to go to the Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager > Network Adapters.
Just uninstall all devices and restart.
Windows 8 will automatically reinstall the default drivers and everything works again.

Note: For Bluetooth, you also need to pair up your phone and laptop again.  This is the case even with Windows Update updating your drivers, which can be annoying.
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Island Song

February 15th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Island Song by Ashley Eriksson
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Surface Pro - First Impressions

February 11th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
So I picked up a Surface Pro on its release a couple days ago.  Funny enough the Microsoft Store in Corte Madera was fairly empty and there was no trouble at all picking one up in 128GB (plenty of stock).  Guess they aren't very good at marketing.

I installed pretty much everything I normally keep on my laptop onto it without a hitch.  Virtually no cons so far.  Runs Photoshop, Premiere, FL Studio, Visual Studio, WinSCP, etc all just fine.  Type cover keyboard works great and I'm able to run anything I normally do on my regular desktop.  If you don't like Windows 8, you can just download ClassicShell which brings back the Start menu and lets you switch to Desktop mode permanently, making it essentially Windows 7.  Even the lack of 3G/4G is easily fixed by tethering it via Bluetooth to the cellphone in my pocket.


The only thing that bugged me so far is the type cover sometimes is not responsive; noticed this occurred the most when the device was left charging overnight or running on the carpet for a few hours.  Reconnecting doesn't help; usually it just resolves itself if you turn off the unit for some time to cool off.  Maybe heat or static charge bugs it or something, I'm not sure, but the few times that happened were when the tablet got warm lying flat on carpet or on someone's lap.
*Update 20130218: Contacted MS's Surface team about the keyboard issue and they promptly shipped me a new Surface Pro.  New one works fine so far, so no more issues there.

Otherwise pretty content here, don't think I'll be bothering to look for competing products (currently none out in release).  Been waiting a long time for a real upgrade to my existing Dell M1330 laptop that would be significantly lighter and still as powerful for video editing etc.  The stylus and touchscreen are just pluses on top of that.

In retrospect, the lack of demand in the store and all the bad press just makes it more perplexing whether I'm missing out on some defect of the product or something.  I don't really understand the comparison to regular tablets (lack of apps, etc) since the functionality is entirely different with it being a full-featured computer, but Microsoft supposedly only stocking 1-2 Surface Pros in some other retail stores around the country doesn't really help its own case either.
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Mischief in Your Daydreams

February 6th, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Mischief in Your Daydreams by Blake Robinson
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Dark Pools

February 3rd, 2013 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Dark Pools by Scott Patterson
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