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May 25, 2007

AC Milan vs Liverpool offsides

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 11:56 pm

I didn’t post about the 7th UCL win of the Rossoneri on my blog because there was too much to write about the match and I didn’t have time for going through all the posting hassle. Now that I’ve got some moments of peace, I’d like to post about two match decisions which kept intriguing me for some time. Quite surprisingly, no news source or channel discusses either of them; so I had to take screenshots of my own recorded footage of the match. Here they are:

Kaka Offside Kuyt Goal
(Click on images for larger versions)

The first image (on the left) is of an offside decision which was given for Kaka 10 minutes after the 2nd half kick-off. Kaka was one-on-one with Reina as the whistle blew, with Inzaghi (clear of any marking) on his right for any needed support. It was a definite goal, but the offside decision was astonishingly not argued upon by either of them. I was literally baffled about judgment of the assistant referee as Kaka was clearly on-side when the pass was being delivered and he was the first one to touch the ball. Does anyone remember Ribery against Spain?

The second image is of the Kuyt goal. I wasn’t initially suspicious of it, but close inspection of the footage later on revealed that he was only marginally offside. However, this decision is somewhat vindicable given the circumstances of the box. Congrats to Kuyt for his first goal of the campaign.

Overall, the match was thoroughly entertaining. Milan played their own brand of the game and at last exacted sweet sweet revenge. It’s been a good year for Italian football despite the Calciopoli scandal as they’ve bagged both the World-Cup and the European trophies. Grandinano i campioni!

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May 23, 2007

Sue me first, Microsoft

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 12:16 am

Some of the readers might remember ShowUsTheCode, a campaign which started a few months back and demanded that Steve Bummer categorically list the Microsoft patents that Linux allegedly violates before 1st of May. Quite expectedly, Microsoft didn’t heed the campaign. What it did instead was to spread more FUD by insisting that Linux infringes 235 of its patents. BS? Not over yet. Users and creators of FOSS started a new campaign called ‘Sue me first, Microsoft‘, where they challenged the company to sue them for using distros which aren’t blessed by the ‘intellectual property innovator’ (namely, anything-but-Novell). In response, Microsoft issued this statement:

“If we wanted to go down that road we could have done that three years ago. Rather than litigate, Microsoft has spent the last three years building an intellectual property bridge that works for all parties — including open source — and the customer response has been tremendously positive. Our focus is on continuing to build bridges.”

It seems like Microsoft has a never-ending supply of bull-crap that’s so ridiculous per se that at some point or other people like me are bound to be left perplexed about their ability to comment on it.

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May 20, 2007

First trophy in 6 years, first Coppa Italia in 16

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 2:11 pm

A couple of people have asked me why I didn’t post about this on my blog:

Roma celebrating Coppa Italia win

The answer is simple. The win was expected anyway after the 6-2 drubbing of Inter in Stadio Olimpico. Inter gave us a tough fight though, but it’s a rare event in Football for a team to overcome 4 goals aggregate deficit in the 2nd leg.

Anyhow, Roma deserved the win. Overall, the season has been pretty good for us — 2nd spot in the league, Champions League quarter-finals, Capitano as the Capocannoniere (Serie A top scorer) with 22+ goals and winners of the domestic cup (not to forget that Juve also played in this particular competition). The Old Trafford loss was definitely disappointing, but it would be unfair to label all the hard-work and efforts from the players as futile because of a single night’s below-par performance.

Hopefully, this will be the first trophy of many more to come. Spalletti has a bright future ahead of him if he can only get some fresh blood in summer for leading our attack. The 4-2-3-1 formation really works wonders when used effectively with everyone in good form, but it also has the ability to crumble under pressure if the attacking half isn’t doing its job properly.

Grazie Roma!

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Inspirated in PlayStation Portable web browser

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 12:58 pm

Although I was aware of PSP and PS3 web browsers to be operating on a NetFront back-end, it never really occurred to have my blog checked on either of them. Nevertheless, today I received some screenshots of Inspirated being rendered in a PSP web browser. The interesting bit that immediately grabbed my attention was the breaking word-wrap in the left sidebar. This was something which I had been intentionally doing for some time through IE hacks; but as it turned out, the PSP web browser automatically breaks overflowing words in dimensionally restricted blocks in order to avoid the expanding box problem.

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Thanks goes to Angeousa Quicksilver for providing the screenshots.

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WordPress 2.2 Upgrade

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 11:04 am

Upgrading WordPress can be a fluent task if you aren’t bothered by plugin incompatibilities during the process. Quite fortunately, I haven’t been bothered with that mess even once since I started blogging; and while I expected at least a couple of problems to arise after a major version upgrade, I was quite delighted to see that it went as smoothly as the minor version ones.

The new version brings promises some exciting features such as widgets (e.g. sidebar blocks), which I’ll be testing once I escape the tentacles of my university’s various courses. Over the course of next two weeks, I have to design a half-duplex serial modem (which sounds intriguing), implement a BCD Adder circuit and code a Paint application using MFC classes (which sounds something heavily superannuated to be done). I haven’t started properly coding the application yet (immense waves of guilt start hitting me whenever I open up that bloated MS IDE), but I have a feeling that I’m not gonna get an A+ in my programming course if I don’t do this thing properly.

If only I had been studying somewhere where people at least knew that the real programmer’s operating system is Unix, I would’ve been more active on my blog. Until that happens, I’ll just keep waiting for vacations every year to get back to stuff that matters.

May 10, 2007

AS Roma beat Inter Milan 6-2 in first leg of Coppa Italia final

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 6:45 pm

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.†— Michael Jordan

I didn’t see the match myself as no TV channel in my region was broadcasting it. Yet, this was the most pleasing news that I’ve heard in a while. It also marks the 2nd time we’ve beaten Nerrazurri in three weeks. All I can say now is that Spalleti and his players have learned their lesson from the Old Trafford game, and they definitely had the character and the heart to strike back immediately after such a huge disappointment.

P.S. Inactivity period on my blog again. This time it’s because of the my attempts to compile GNU Octave and OpenOffice.org on my PC from scratch. Expect to see posts regarding them within the coming week.

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May 7, 2007

Bandwidth problems

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 3:08 pm

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” — Oscar Wilde

When I was creating the video of various Windows versions running simultaneously on Linux, I didn’t have the slightest idea of the popularity that would ensue from it. As it turned out, the video became quite popular with Argentinean Linux websites and Inspirated consequently went down after 17 GB of data got transferred within first 4 days of the new month.

To compensate for the usage, I’ve bought new bandwidth for my account. Hopefully, this will provide consistent access to the site from now on. However, if I see another surge in bandwidth usage, I’ll try uploading the bigger media files to another server.

May 3, 2007

Tonight, the talking stops

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 12:35 am

Kaka celebrates goal against Manchester United

It’s over. Manchester United has finally demonstrated that they’re an average club which is just over-hyped after defeating relatively smaller ones. They crumbled in the first tie that they had against a recent UCL champion, and the ‘best player in the world’ was just stuttering around, trying to show dribbling skills while giving away the possession easily.

AC Milan thoroughly outclassed Manchester United in every aspect of the game. It really takes composure and character to withstand the pressure of an important away game, and Manchester United’s immature young performers haven’t definitely got either of those. They couldn’t play properly even against Roma in the away game, and they were psychologically devastated at San Siro. Apart from Van Der Sar, the whole team had lost mentally midway through the second half. All the more so, an away consolation goal was just too much to ask from them in the ending minutes.

Now, we fix our eyes upon Athens for the final. There’s a prominent feeling of deja vu in the air, but that’s what makes it even more exciting. Forza Rossoneri!

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