Sunday, March 9, 2014

The next-gen Digital Foundry PC: chasing the 1080p60 dream

This was pretty interesting. I'm curious to see what happens with the current generation of consoles - like how they're going to keep up with the PC hardware. As a PS4 owner I'm not very worried - after all I managed to enjoy the previous generation from 2007 to 2013.

However, PC elitists expecting a knockout blow against the consoles - PlayStation 4 in particular - may end up disappointed by our findings. The amount of power you're getting in a small form-factor box - complete with a substantial backing ecosystem - offers simply phenomenal value. And all of the games tested are first-gen efforts; clearly they will get better. The only question is whether future optimisations for console improve the PC experience, or whether we'll be reliant on PC brute-forcing its way to supremacy, as per the last generation.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

PS4 Issues: Who is using this controller?

I've set my PS4 Dualshock4 to shut off after a period of 10 minutes, as it's a real battery hog. That works like a charm - except that it makes me go through the infuriating "Who is this controller?" process every time I turn it on again. So instead of making a clever guess that I'm still the last user, I have to make an extra selection by pressing X. Dumb.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Switching from Tumblr to Blogger

Okay, I switched from Tumblr to Blogger. Tumblr was great - for six hundred posts - but it's time to move on because some things bother me. I'm not sure what, but the limitations of the platform are a bit tiresome.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

PS4 issues: Real name request

Cannot send the name request because of the recipient’s status. (E-8220290B)

This is Playstation4 telling me something. I guess it means the user I’m sending the real name request to is a PS3 user and doesn’t have this sweet feature of PS4.

PS4 Issues: user switching

Last week I bought myself the oh-so-new Playstation 4. It’s my first time jumping to the early adopters -train of a new console generation - and I’m really excited about it.

As one would expect, the software isn’t finished yet. There are some usability issues that bother me, and I know I’m not alone. I’ll go through some of these and try to paint a few pictures on how to make it better.

User Switching

I don’t know how Sony managed to make it such complicated multi step process. Now it goes like this:

  1. I hold PS button to enter the shutdown menu.

  2. The shutdown / log off -menu shows up.

  3. I select “Log Out of PS4” by moving the selection focus one step down.

  4. I push X to make the selection.

  5. A message “Press the PS button to use the controller” shows up.

  6. I push the PS button.

  7. I get to see another message: “DUALSHOCK4 wireless controller connected. Who is using this controller?”.

  8. I select the other profile on my PS4 by moving the selection focus one step right.

  9. I push X to make the selection.

  10. Boom - I am finally logged into the other user profile.
I know the case of having multiple users isn’t a priority when designing a new console interface, but I’ve been juggling a few accounts since I first got my PS3. It’d be great if the users (most people have just a few) would be selectable directly from the shutdown menu, and not by first logging off and then selecting another one. I was able to choose my wanted user profile in PS3, so why not now?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Apotti-hankkeen kilpailutukseen osallistuvat tahot julkistetaan tänään kello 15.30. Bingo pyörimään!

Lessig Blog, v2: Keynote, we hardly knew you

Link: Lessig Blog, v2: Keynote, we hardly knew you


So people are often intrigued by my “power point slides.” I explain, patiently, that my slides are Keynote. (Repeat: legitimate Free Software objection; repeat: criticism accepted).

The latest version of Keynote breaks my slide show. (E.g., the deck that produced my TED talk now won’t work)….

I wonder which would be the best alternative for Keynote, too. I’ve not even opened the latest update and now got frightened to do so…

Monday, October 28, 2013

Captain’s Log

Day 2 since PMMP quit the show business is about to begin. It’s dark and stormy, but the crew has high hopes for the future.

(gif source: Giffaa hei! #526: PMMP | Nuorgam)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

20 Animated Gifs that Explain How Things Work

Link: 20 Animated Gifs that Explain How Things Work

Some of these images are super interesting.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

iOS 7 includes a ticket to the next generation of the internet

Link: iOS 7 includes a ticket to the next generation of the internet


Christopher Mims:

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it already.

It’s called multi-path TCP, and here’s why it matters and how it works: At present, if your phone or tablet is connected to Wi-Fi and a cellular network at the same time, it can only use one or the other connection to transmit data. But what if your Wi-Fi connection or your 3G connection drops? Whatever data was being transmitted—data for an app, a webpage, an iMessage—will fail to arrive, and you have to try again, usually after getting a frustrating error message or a blank page. Just as importantly, if one of your connections to the internet slows down, or speeds up, your phone has no ability to use its other connections to its advantage, leading to a poorer and slower experience overall.

Makes sense: the pipe shouldn’t matter, the connection should.