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Pikachu on the Iron Throne

clip_image002[4]All of a sudden I found plenty of people in my social networks who brag that they haven’t seen an episode of Game of Thrones series or have never played Pokemon Go. That is, they say they have never done something and are proud of it. There are also multiple conspiracy theories (at least in the Russian segment of the internet), which aren’t a subject for this discussion even though some of them look credible enough for the first look. I’m Interested exectly in the fact that the people are proud of not knowing something.

Well, yes, if you think a little, it’s that: they are bragging that they didn’t embrace some parts of the culture around them. Yep, culture. It’s not only Dostoevsky and Monet, but also memes and someone’s little pony’s.

And no, I haven’t played the game yet and saw barely a couple of episodes of GoT (the book is better, is my usual excuse ;)) But I have watched through all the available to me Doctor Who episodes and play other games, and all that other stuff.

What’s important with that: I’m aware that I missed some part of the world culture. I will never understand some jokes, or analogies. And I don’t see what is here to be proud about not knowing something. You don’t know it. That’s the fact. Probably you don’t need it, like tensors or jacobian, but no point to gloating about it.

And now I’m leaving to find at least one pokemon and watch some of GoT 😉

Yep, I’m paranoid. The question is am I paranoid enough…

Well… It seems like Google finally officially turned up into The Evil Empire. Not that they haven’t behaved that way in the recent years… Neither do I believe that other companies don’t collect my information as well. Still no company has been barefaced enough to declare that my data just is theirs and no one can complain.

So, as long as Google went rogue, I decided to go Google-free. For me it is hard, yet not impossible. Here is what I personally have to do:

  • I have my Russian blog on BlogSpot. Since it has been accessible via my own domain name, I’ll just move it to other hosting, no sweat.
  • I have my RSS feeds for blogs on FeedBurner. This one will be tough, as I’m risking losing my subscribers, but I hope they still are reading all my posts, so, I’ll take a risk and migrate my feed to another hosting too. I believe it’ll be here, but just in case, you can subscribe to the direct feed.
  • Gmail. huh… I’m actually glad something forced me to live it. It’s good and all that stuff, but earlier I was too eager to subscribe to anything that looked interesting to me. My new address will be sent to every person I’ll be able to remember and it is searchable, if you need it. Anyhow, you can find me on my blog 8) I still will have some trouble in turning to the new addresses some of mail flows, but…
  • Google analytics: I use it rarely. Primarily to get my statistics for the MVP Award program and from time to time the search referrals tell me what is interesting for my readers. It’ll be harder to get this info from now on, but I believe I’ll succeed.
  • Chrome. The only thing I used it is to play. I can totally do without it, especially since we had Jagged Alliance 3 launched =)
  • Google search. That’s the most tough, probably. I haven’t yet found a suitable replacement for searching English-based content, but I will try. And I’ll give one more chance for, say, BING =)

After all that I’m going to delete my account. C U, Google (Unless they hire me, of course 8) )

 

Cloudapp.net: cool apps–useful and not

cloudSome time ago I posted about group policy search service, published in Azure at the gps.cloudapp.net. Then I thought: “it cannot be the only application on the whole domain!”. And I was right, of course. There is, actually at least several dozens of apps there. There is mostly test stuff at the moment on the site:

WordPress on Azure (how-to)

Several apps related to environment which don’t seem to be a completed apps, but are interesting, nevertheless

A 70 gigapixel (!!!!!) shot of Budapest with zoom and browsing ability. Man, it’s useless, but what a beautiful city. Thanks, guys!

Real-word polygonal battle game (the whole world is a chess-board)

And even the site about medical marijuana strains…

But look, here we have:

 

Equallogic site

VMWareConsulting (their Azure version works better than the usual one 8) )

They are real, actually.

And just two apps which seem to be interesting:

Webcast collection for IT Pros and developers. Renewable.

And even a document search engine (should compare to Google =) )

Try to find your favourite on Cloudapp.net, and even to create your own one.