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Wikipedians are Nazis

Posted by mikenopolis on February 19, 2009

I remember the days when anyone could put up a Wikipedia page and no one would regulated it for days. In the recent weeks I’ve been fighting these so called “Wikipedians” or as we like to call them Wikipedia Nazis on keeping a page from deletion. These eff-tards have nothing better to do then to delete pages or flag pages for deletion.

I listen to a daily audio podcast from CNET (owned by CBS) called “The 404” which is a word play on the 404 error message. The 30+ minute show does not only cover technology news, but also popular culture and various subjects in recent news and event. In my life of being at the office for 10-12 hours with retarded old people who knows next to nothing about the tech world, I have no one to discuss my passions with. If I were to have smarter friends and family, the three hosts of this show (Justin, Wilson & Jeff ) would be it. I could actually have a decent conversation with them and not want to slap them….my girlfriend actually asked “what’s that?” when I said something about Linux…it was a sad day. I’m the tech guy for most of the people I’m surrounded by. I can’t even ask someone to pick up a HDD for me because they have no idea what it looks like.

Anyway, what’s with the “Wikipedians”? Why do they keep wanting to delete The 404’s Wiki page? I’ve seen some of their comments, they say The 404 is not notable, or that they have no independent and reliable sources to back them up. I’m sorry, but if you think CNET is not reliable or notable, you obviously have no right patrolling a page regarding tech.

Wikipedians should just be like a librarian. Sit down, tell people to behave and point them to books. A librarian has no right teaching physics, they can tell you where the physics books are and let you discover it on your own. But no more!

Here’s a copy of The 404 Wikipedia page…it may not be up for long as long as these people troll Wikipedia:

The 404

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 404
File:The 404 logo.jpg
Hosting CNET
Updates Daily M-F
Debut January 1, 2008
Genre Technology, News

The 404 is a daily audio podcast dedicated to news both in and outside of the tech community[1]. Originally known as The Dudecast[2], The 404 is hosted by Jeff Bakalar, Wilson Tang, and Justin Yu. It is produced by CNET and has aired daily since January 2008. Randall Bennett co-hosted the first one hundred episodes of the show [3] before his departure from CNET in 2008.[4]

The 404 places an emphasis on listener interaction. Most episodes include user-generated content in the form of email and voicemail. A live video stream is also available which features a chat room where listeners can interact with the hosts during the recording. They are encouraged to submit new topics for discussion or comment about previous topics.




The 404 records live Monday through Friday around 11:00am Eastern Time. Episodes are posted in the 404’s blog a few hours after the live broadcast. Before and after the official recording, The 404 streams a live video feed which is available online. Viewers are able to provide input during the preparation in the pre-show and give feedback during the post-show. However due to scheduling conflicts the length of the live pre/post show has been shortened as of February 6, 2009.


Wilson Tang hails from Tennessee and is an associate producer for CNETtv. He’s a part-time artist and filmmaker and has written and directed several films.

Jeff Bakalar is a gaming editor for CNET Reviews. After spending a few years in the world of film production, he has settled down and currently lives in New Jersey. He’s an avid writer and gamer.

Justin Yu is the assistant editor of home and hardware for CNET. He officially joined The 404 podcast as of episode 101[5]. He covers the reviews of printers and other peripherals for CNET. He is originally from Orange County, California.

Inside Jokes and Common Reference

The hosts of The 404, after hundreds of episodes, have accumulated their share of inside jokes. Here are just a few and a bit of “well known facts” for any new listener who just feels lost.

  • Saskatoon – A real Canadian city [1] which happens to have a unusually large number of 404 listeners and at which Justin Yu constantly jokes about stating it to be in Middle Earth and to be home to [unicorns] and other fictional characters.

Analog Pants

The hosts of The 404 currently have a mini-series going titled “Analog Pants” (a pun of the common term digital shorts)

  • Episode 1: Rick Roll by the Red Balls [2]

Notable Guests

The 404 has been frequented by guests in a variety of fields. Most are technology pundits but other notable guests have included professional snowboarder Shaun White and Clayton Morris of Fox & Friends.

Other guests:

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The 404 Wikipedia has just been deleted AGAIN (about 6 hours after this blog post).  I guess until they become more mainstream they will remain a mystery to the public.

What is surprising is that this is the Wikipedian (Juliancolton) that had the final say…does his user page really justify the control he has been granted? Here it is:


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See also: User:Juliancolton/About me and User:Juliancolton/Userboxes


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NetBook – Laptops Have Come a Long Way

Posted by mikenopolis on September 9, 2008

I’ve been fond of portable electronics and gadgets all my life,  I think it’s because my father was an electrical and mechanical engineer. The main reason I’ve been a fan of laptops is because an old roommate faked a break-in during the first month of my second year in college. Needless to say, my desktop computer was one of the items that were stolen. From that point on, my main computer is a laptop that never leaves my side (even to this day).

My first laptop was a hefty 8 pound monster, I don’t remember the specs, but it was fast for its time and cost my father $1700. I later (when Dell’s tech support was still good and not outsourced) upgraded to a 6lb. Dell Latitude. In my later years in school I gave up speed for price and portability and got myself a 3.9lb Averatec for a little over $900. Amazingly that little thing was pretty reliable, I used it for 2 years, My girlfriend used it for 1 and I sold it on eBay for $500 after replacing the hard drive.

Over the past 10 years I’ve owned many laptops from one the lightest laptop (1.99 lb Sharp MM20…take that MacBook Air) to one the heaviest laptop around (15lb HP HDX…AMAZING machine). One of the biggest downfalls is their portability and battery life which is drained by spinning hard drives, CPU and the fan.

I recently read a review on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 NetBook from AnandTech and was very impressed by it. Like all NetBooks, it uses a SSD, but what sets it aside from them is that it has NO FAN! My old Sharp MM20 ran on a  Transmeta 1.2Ghz processor which required no fan, but it had a spinning hard drive and ran hot. Although I’m all about the latest tech, I’ll have to hold out on getting a netbook for a while, I’m just not sure I can work with a 16GB SSD.

During many of my personal vacations where I traveled, I’ve brought along one of my laptops just in case of work emergencies. I’d love to carry something smaller that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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How The Apple iPhone Changed My Life

Posted by mikenopolis on August 22, 2008

I have always been a cellphone “fanatic” to my friends and family . I would change my handset once a month and occasionally even a few times a month. I would get a friend who worked at a cellphone store to “lose” some stock and get it for cheap, then after I get tired of it, I would unlock it and sell it on eBay for a $100-$300 profit. I’ve now been wiped clean from my addiction and have been using the same phone (Apple iPhone 1st generation) for OVER A YEAR! I’m still not tire of it, but I am irking to get a Nokia N93 for the video recording function. How can you not think the iPhone is GREAT?!?!? Sure it’s got it’s share of problems, but it does beat all the other phones out there in terms of what ONE phone can do on its own.

Here are all the phone I’ve ever used, click on them to enlarge (There are more, but I can’t remember their model numbers)

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Merkury Lens Review

Posted by mikenopolis on August 18, 2008

I currently shoot with a Sony DSC-R1, it is the closest thing to a DSLR you can get. I’ve had this camera for over 3 years now and have never regretted not taking the DSLR plunge. I’m not going to get into the details on my camera, you can read about it here In short, it’s a 10.3 megapixel camera with a huge APS CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss lens (huge @ 67mm) with the ability to zoom from 24mm (wide angle) to 120mm (equivalent to a 5X optical zoom).

The reason I decided not to get into using DSLR cameras is because of the dust factor. Before everyone started to carry tiny point and shoot cameras, I was using my father’s SLR film cameras. I HATED cleaning them and don’t ever want to again. Plus the cost of lens is insane if I want lens to cover 24mm to 300mm!

I do realize that I’m constrained to a maximum of 120mm zoom, so I decided to look into alternative such as the 10x-12x optical zoom point and shoot cameras, but in the end I was unwilling to sacrifice the control and the picture quality that my R1 has. I decided to get a Merkury 2x Telephoto Lens from eBay in hopes of getting just a little closer without using digital zoom, it cost me about $30 total.

The Review

I took the camera out for a few hours to see what it can do…there’s really no review because I was EXTREMELY disappointed with the results. The photos would be great if I was trying to get zoom blur effect, but even then, the center isn’t focused. The results were full on NOTHING except for vignetting pictures with lots of chromatic aberration. If you are deciding on getting a Merkury product, I would suggest that you hold on to your wallet and run the other way. A lens of this quality should’ve never bee produced to begin with! As far as I know, there are no reviews on this company’s lens, I hope Google gets this indexed quickly and everyone can see this before making the plunge!

Pictures (Click to Enlarge)

Here are some pictures of the lens:

Here is what my camera looks like with the Lens attached:

Here is what my camera’s original lens can do (24mm & 120mm)

Here are the SAME pictures with the Merkury 2.0 Telephoto Lens on. I wasn’t expecting much when I spent $30 on a lens, I just never thought anyone would make a lens like this, it’s not even marginally okay!

Here are a few more of the horrible outcomes!

“Steve’s Conclusion” of my camera from

It is rare in this business to come across a product that defines a new class of camera. While the individual components of the Sony CyberShot DSC-R1 have similar counterparts in other cameras, this is the first to integrate components that have until now distinguished different classes of cameras. The uniqueness of the R1 is the integration of an APS-sized CMOS image sensor, formerly reserved for digital SLR cameras (dSLRs,) into an enthusiast digicam having only electronic through the lens viewfinders. This hybrid design promises many of the benefits of dSLRs, but without their gotchas; to a large extent, those promises have been kept.

The first thing you’ll notice about the R1 is its massive (for a consumer digicam) size. Weighing in at nearly 2.5 pounds including battery, memory, lens hood and camera strap, it is not only is the heaviest digicam we’ve tested, it outweighs many amateur dSLRs as well. Contributing to that weight is the R1’s 24-120mm (in 35mm equivalence) lens, its large diameter matched to the camera’s APS-C sized image sensor. While the camera is bulky, it is well balanced. It’s also comfortable to hold due to its deep handgrip.

The R1’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar lens is an impressive piece of glass, having an appearance more like a dSLR’s interchangeable lenses than the fixed lens of a consumer digicam. It is also versatile, offering a wider field of view than most prosumer digicams at 24mm and a useful telephoto focal length of 120mm; this lens fits what most dSLR users describe as their “walk-around” lens. Its variable aperture is a relatively fast f/2.8 at its 24mm wide angle extreme, but slows to f/4.8 at its 120mm telephoto focal length. The lens produces very sharp results throughout its zoom and aperture ranges, but with a slight amount of edge softness at wide angle with small aperture settings, and at moderate to telephoto focal lengths with moderate to large aperture settings. Chromatic aberrations were well controlled, with only a slight amount of purple fringing present in very high contrast areas. The lens exhibits slight amounts of barrel distortion at wide angle and pin cushioning at moderate focal lengths, but no noticeable distortion at full telephoto. If your needs exceed the 24-120mm focal length range, Sony offers the VCL-DEH17R 1.7X Tele and VCL-DEH08R Wide End Conversion Lenses, extending the R1’s range to 19-204mm; neither conversion lens was tested.

I enjoyed using the lens’ mechanical zoom ring, a great improvement over the motor-driven zooms of most consumer digicams. Like the zoom controls of dSLR lenses, the R1’s enables you to move quickly and directly to the focal length needed for your shot composition. The lens is also equipped with a fly-by-wire manual focus ring. Manual focus is a breeze thanks to the R1’s Expanded Focus function, which enlarges the viewfinder image as you turn the focus ring. The quality of the R1’s viewfinder image, enlargement of the focus area and intensification of the viewfinder image in dim lighting contribute to a manual focus arrangement which betters that of many dSLRs.

The R1’s Electronic (EVF) and LCD viewfinders won’t be mistaken for their optical counterparts on dSLRs, but they come closer than any we’ve tested before. The articulating LCD is very useful, allowing you to shoot from waist level, overhead, from the side and straight-on. Although its surface will reflect direct sunlight, the LCD can be slightly articulated to eliminate that glare; that said, it is quite usable in bright outdoor sun. The eye-level EVF is large, bright and resolute. It also has a deep rubber eyecup, blocking ambient light and making it very comfortable to use.

I prefer using the EVF for shooting, and the LCD for menu operation and image review. The R1’s eye sensor makes changing viewfinders easy – just raise the camera to your eye to activate the EVF, or move the camera away from your eye to switch to the LCD. Both viewfinders are equally functional, able to be used as a live image viewfinder, for image review and for menu operation. Both are more functional than the optical viewfinders found on dSLR’s in several ways; a histogram can be displayed on the live image, the menu system can be operated on the eye level viewfinder, a zebra pattern can highlight overexposed areas on the live image, and the live image is intensified in conditions of low ambient light.

But electronic viewfinders, the R1’s included, have their shortcomings. The live image smears or blurs when panning with a moving subject. Both viewfinders go blank between shots in continuous capture mode, only briefly displaying the last captured image. The viewfinders also blank during the pre-flash in red eye reduction flash mode, a critical period of nearly one second just before the shot is taken. Although the R1’s viewfinders introduce a delay in the live image, adding to the camera’s apparent shutter lag, that delay is among the shortest we’ve observed – measuring less than 1/10 second.

Speaking of shutter lag, the R1’s compares favorably with high performance dSLRs. Lag measured less than 1/10 second when pre-focused using either viewfinder. If you are able time your shot without using a viewfinder, pre-focused shutter lag is essentially non-existent. Autofocus performance is also competitive with dSLR’s, the lag including viewfinder delay measuring only 3/10 second for a high-contrast subject. The R1 powers-up quickly, capturing an image within 1.8 seconds of being turned on. Flash recycle time is good, with the R1 able to capture images at intervals of between 1.2 and 6 seconds depending on subject distance.

Rapid shooting in single JPEG image capture mode with CF media produced 11 images at 1.1 second intervals, with subsequent images coming at 1.5 second intervals as the R1’s buffer remained full. Performance slowed when shooting in RAW mode, which records both a RAW and a JPEG image; two images could be captured in 1.6 seconds, with subsequent images coming every 7.5 seconds. The R1’s single image capture performance suffered when using Memory Stick Duo media; the buffer filled after only 6 JPEG images and the subsequent capture interval slowed to three seconds. RAW mode produced even slower results, with a capture interval nearly 20 seconds when the buffer was full.

The R1’s continuous capture mode is fast, but with limited depth. Shooting JPEG images with CF media, the R1 captured 3 images at 1/3 second intervals and took 6 seconds to clear its full buffer. Memory Stick Duo media was slower, taking 11 seconds to clear a buffer full of JPEG images, but capturing the first 3 shots at the same 1/3 second intervals. It is not possible to capture RAW images in continuous mode.

The R1’s performance was measured with 4BG Lexar Professional 80x CF and 128MB Sony Memory Stick Duo media, 10M/Fine size/quality, flash off (unless otherwise noted), and all other settings at default. Times may vary depending on lighting conditions, camera settings, media, etc. The R1’s results shooting JPEG images fall into the dSLR-class of performance, but its RAW performance does not. RAW mode suffers to a large extent due to the size of the image files; the R1’s SR2 RAW file exceeds 20MB and its JPEG files averaged about 4.5MB, for a total of about 25MB per shutter release!

The R1’s image quality is outstanding. It’s sharp lens, accurate AF and White balance systems, and APS-C-sized image sensor combined to produce consistently pleasing results both indoors and out. At high sensitivity settings, the R1’s images are superior to prosumer digicams and rival many consumer dSLRs. Image noise is essentially absent at ISO settings up to 400, but can be detected in shadow areas at ISO 800. Although noise becomes noticeable throughout the image at settings of 1600 and 3200 along with some loss of detail, the R1’s image quality at these settings is superior to prosumer digicams and competitive with entry-level dSLRs.

The R1’s indoor results benefit from the wide field of view afforded by the 24mm end of the lens zoom range, good low light AF performance and adequate flash power. If you need more flash range than the 13 feet provided by the internal flash, an external flash can be attached to the R1’s hot shoe. The R1’s AF works well in dim lighting, but its AF assist lamp has limited range in complete darkness and it does not properly illuminate subjects in macro range. The R1 effectively squelches its flash at close range and its lens produces high quality macro results, making it a useful tool for capturing images for your online auction listings.

I found two of the R1’s advanced features of little to no use. Its Advanced Gradation Control System (AGCS) feature is claimed to enhance dynamic range, but I could find no difference in exposures made with and without it. The R1 also has a “bulb” exposure mode, enabling exposures of up to 3 minutes. Dark frame subtraction is used to eliminate noise from bulb shots, doubling the camera’s processing time – your 3 minute bulb shots freeze the camera for 6 minutes!

The R1’s battery life was good, capturing more than 300 images while still indicating 10 minutes of remaining capacity. The R1’s NP-FM50 Li-ion battery is charged in-camera, making it difficult to keep a spare battery fully charged. If you are going to spend nearly $1,000 on this high-quality camera, spend an extra few dollars on a spare battery and either the BCT-RM Portable AC Charger or ACV-Q50 AC Power Adapter/Charger so you can charge the spare while using the camera.

With its APC-C sized image sensor, the Sony DSC-R1 defines a new category in the prosumer digital camera market and offers a compelling alternative to enthusiasts who might otherwise consider a dSLR. Thanks to its high quality lens and large image sensor, the R1 sets a new standard for image quality among prosumer cameras, especially at high ISO settings. As an alternative to dSLRs, the R1 offers enthusiasts terrific image quality, good shooting performance and 10-megapixels of resolution without the complexities of interchangeable lenses and the inevitable presence of dust on a dSLRs image sensor. If the R1’s fixed 24-120mm lens meets your image composition needs, you may have found the 2006 version of digicam nirvana.

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WooHoooooo! WordPress App for iPhone is Available NOW!

Posted by mikenopolis on July 22, 2008

Just wanted to say that the WordPress app is now available for the iPhone!

Thanks for the hard work Matt!

:::Posted Via iPhone:::

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Apple 3G iPhone – 3rd Day Of Sale

Posted by mikenopolis on July 13, 2008

I drove by the apple store of Pasadena California today, the third day after the release of the iPhone 3G and this is what the line outside looks like!!! What is it about Apple’s product that drives people nuts, I mean this weekend is not as hot as the past three or four weekends but it was still somewhat hot! These people are standing out here like they were giving out gold bars!

What is interesting is that many of these people already have the first iPhone…like me (I am typing this out on it right now) I would not go wait in like just for 3G and GPS, I am perfectly happy with the 2.0 software update so far, it really is like having a brand new phone. Problem is that as of writing this, it is 1:42 pm, my phone has been off it’s charger since 9:00am, I have a little over half of the battery left after about 5 hours of use. I have made no calls and played with the iPhone games for about 1 hour, four text message with bluetooth and wifi off. I wonder how the battery for the 3G iPhone will perform since their newer functions are power hungry!

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