Computer Hardware Chart 2.0

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too Guilty late for the three holiday months with no new posts, Sir Arthur is pleased to report the release of a new version of the Computer hardware poster made by Sonic84/Jeff Grisso: the first release was posted by the artist/designer on the DeviantArt community seven years ago, and it was created to collect in a single chart the plethora of interfaces, sockets and slots belonging to modern computers’ rich history. The newest version starts from the previous one and makes the collection substantially more solid and useful to browse.

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Matteo Renzi, an Italian joke

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too A lot of time has passed since I wrote something about politics on these pages, and likely quite a lot of time will pass before a thoughtful post about topics that I view as worthy of attention, in the long run. For now, disgust wins over interest and I prefer to use my time for other things. However I feel obliged to write down a remark for Matteo Renzi, Italy’s current Prime Minister who makes us feel ashamed before the world as much and even more than that other awful character that came before him.

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Wallpaper on the spotlight: Martian twilight

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too Waiting for the live broadcasting of the first astronauts that will land, a few years from now, on the Red Planet, we poor mortals loving space and wallpapers have to be satisfied with the stuff coming from NASA’s robotic rovers wandering on Mars. Curiosity aka Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the latest and greatest automotive research lab sent up there by the USA space agency is, in that regard, a treasure trove of new photo shots from the Martian desert immensities.

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Wallpaper on the spotlight: the Earth seen from Afar

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too Sir Arthur has got a new favorite wallpaper, and it’s a space-themed image this time too. My desktop is messed-up as usual, and at least until I will make up my mind for a good cleanup – and for completing the ten thousand games installed on the HD a distant time ago – the best choice is a kind of images with ethereal and almost stylized shapes, which NASA always cares to provide me on a regular basis.

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Wallpapers on the spotlight: angels, planets and black holes

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too The search for an image worthy of being the screen background every hour of day and night isn’t something to entrust chance or lucky with. The four works selected for this post are a relatively low-fi choice, an ideal wallpaper for messy, icon-ridden desktops able to merge aesthetics and functionality with not too many details turning the display into a surrealistic painting. Do yourself a favor: use a sober wallpaper and spare a visit at the oculist!

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Retro-plans for 2013 (or what remains of it)

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too This post was initially planned for January, then the blog restarted on February therefore my dense backlog of articles and things to do postponed it at the end of March. It happens, when you are erratic and discipline-less like me, and it doesn’t matter anyway: the post topic, ie my will to fill 2013 with many nice retro-video games and above all to play them all, is still valid for another 9 months at least.

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Update to the guide for the Diablo III Starter Edition

The gates of Hell have been opened wide, and the Diablo III Starter Edition is finally open for everyone. The previously published guide has been updated where due, what I wrote is still sound except for a difficulty level that in the first phases of the full game seemed higher compared to the demo. Maybe it’s because I’ve started anew after having installed the Collector’s Edition? Anyway, Diablo III continues to be updated but the numer of players remains constantly low. And who developed this “on-line gaming service” is a complete idiot.

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The tale of the wolves, the donkeys and the sheep

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too A log time ago, in a country far away placed at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, there were three different animal breeds: the wolves, the donkeys and the sheep. The sheep were the majority, 60 million docile and obedient specimens always in search of a shepherd to entrust with the administration of the entire national herd. Differently than the sheep, the wolves were a puny minority that just wanted to devour, consume, exploit the sheep and the country resources to eternally secure the status of superior beasts.

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The battery that lasted just a quarter-hour

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too A late but due update on the lasting consequences of the failed upgrade to the laptop CPU: after two processors (X9100 and T9900), two memory banks, a fan and a cooling mat, that unfortunate attempt to install a 3 GHz dual-core cost me the replacement of the PC power battery as well. The battery was in fact replaced at the end of the past year, after months spent waiting to have a bit of extra money to put on the purchase.

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Ok, now I hate Twitter a bit less…

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too It always happens like this: technology evolves, newer computer tools become more and more widespread and I am forced to change idea or conform my opinions to the present time rather than keeping them tied down to the past. I hated (Windows) Vista, now I use Vista (waiting to upgrade to Win7), I hated Twitter… And I still hate Twitter, in very truth, but I can’t help acknowledging its usefulness beyond the foolish use made by dickheads thinking with their smartphone instead of their brain.

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