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Almost two years ago, I wrote about whether videogames are starting to suck or if it was my age the fact I couldn't find interesting videogames nowadays. I stopped being a gamer like 3 years ago or 2 because of the lack of amusement videogames have.

When I was a kid, I used to be a terrible Nintendo Fanboy, and that lasted until I was around 14. I loved a lot of Nintendo's games. I knew every character, every creator, every master mind in the business. I was a complete fanboy, who bashed Microsoft and Sony immaturely. I hated them for no real reason whatsoever, even when I got a PSP when I was 12 and loved every RPG that landed on my hands for it. My "hate" for Sony and Microsoft was such, I was a close minded freak and never gave their other systems a chance. Considering the fact I just loved Nintendo, I got a Wii the month it was released.

Boy how much was I expecting for it to be released. I had literal dreams of the new Zelda Twilight Princess, the "super innovative gameplay", and the possible fun it could bring to my life. And it was so, but just for like one month.

Wii Sports kept me entertained in an instant, but I played it for like a week and never again picked it up again. The new Zelda, which I expected to be the second best Zelda game to be released after OoT turned out to be one of the worst, and the gameplay of the Wii is not only flawed, but it's terrible, boring, and even dangerous. The truth is, the Wii is the biggest disappointment that my hands touched this decade. The lack of interesting games is horrible (Truth to be told: Only games I have enjoyed on my Wii are Tales of Symphonia 2, and Super Smash Bros: Brawl): Zelda was simply disappointing, both Mario Galaxy games are pretty generic, and the hardware itself is one of the most mediocre pieces of technology this world has ever held. Don't get me wrong, I never shot ducks to have better graphics on the Wii is it never really bothered me, but what about the rest? It's general hardware specs are a total shame for IT lovers. When I first the Wii, my first disappointment was in videogames in general, because they were going downhill, and I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but the Wii is not too accessible for disabled people anymore, due to the whole "supah motion" thing they have adopted: Even more now that there's the apparatus that makes movement more real: Yeah I'm talking about the Wiimotion Plus.

I have lost my hopes for Nintendo, but I really wish they release something decent in the future, or at least that the new Zelda will be as fun as Wind Waker was, to say the very, very least. What was I supposed to play now? The PSP has a lot of interesting games, but there hasn't been anything of my interest lately, and the DS is just as terrible as the Wii, game wise and Hardware wise. So where am I stuck? Where can I play good videogames? WHERE?

Oh you shiny light...

Last month I got myself a nice Xbox360. A couple of years, I bought this game that really called my attention called Eternal Sonata, but I didn't have the 360 to play it. So my friend lent me his, and good god it actually got me hooked for longer than 5 hours. The beautiful story of the game, the comfortable controller, and even the beautiful graphics did a terrific job. Unfortunately, I had to give him the 360 back without beating Eternal Sonata, so now, two years later, I bought my own, and I have purchased a great array of games to start off, including: Final Fantasy XIII, my Eternal Sonata of course, Bayonetta, Halo Reach, Halo 3, Ninety Nine Nights, and a few others. FFXIII is a great game, and Halo Reach has entertained me a lot so far. I have played bits of Bayonetta and that's a hell of a game, with a twisted story and gameplay - something Nintendo needs to adapt to its games.

I have stated before that I don't care about the graphics in videogames, and I really don't, but comparing them to the 360, then even someone who doesn't give a heck about graphics could agree that the Wii is awfully mediocre hardware wise. The controllers of the 360 are very comfortable, you don't have to do pseudo physical movement to play your games, and in case of Wiimotion Plus, you don't have to go around dancing Samba to play the Xbox360. Which is great, because it doesn't destroy the accessibility to the system for people with capacities that won't allow them to play, and they help you relax too.

I am ashamed of Nintendo, and I thank Micro$oft for helping me regain part of the interest I had for videogames once upon a time. I hope Nintendo doesn't screw up completely in the future: I hope the new Zelda will be at least decent, and that the 3DS will help me recover some respect for them. Because it's not only the terrible gameplay they opted for the Wii, or mediocre hardware that ruined their reputation in my eyes, but also the lack of good games to play, like I have stated before. I can understand you want the Wii to be accessible to as many kids as much as possible and I have no problem that. But really, Nintendo has the awful problem of being very friendly to children, and don't get me wrong, because lots of their E games in past systems were great, but they are going a bit too far. Other than their terrible library, Nintendo needs to be in par with modern hardware, and return to a traditional gameplay if their next "Revolution" attempt will just cause some loyal Nintendo gamers to bump their heads against a cement wall.

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Yes yes, I am sorta annoyed. People here are starting to get on my nerves. I am sick tired of they doing things the last minute, being irresponsible freaks, and what pisses me off the most the right is the fact they can never make up their minds in time. First no, then yes, then no, then yes, then no... And so on.

Right now I am in a school delegation for sports and social service. I have been trapped with a bunch of idiots and retards for 6 days now (going home tomorrow at night, thank god). There are of course the super awesome people too, which I am thankful are here because otherwise I would go nuts, but that's another story for another time.

Two years ago, I wrote about how two special cousins I met made me feel different and happy, but I was sad because they live in another city. I have seen them a couple of times since I met, and in the trip I am on right now has given me the chance to visit them in their hometown. There have been a couple of problems, however, and they have made me awfully sad, annoyed, and angry in the past two weeks before I made this trip. Firstly, I mainly accepted to go to this trip as a delegate and representative of social service because I really wanted the chance to see my little cousins. I just can't stress it enough, how important they are to me and what they mean to me. I knew the trip would last 6 days and that we would never have a day free ever since I accepted, but I decided to try to see them anyways. At school, a few days before the trip, I asked all the teachers that were going with us if they would give us Saturday (Today) free to do whatever we want. At first, all of them say no and acted like they were going to be real strict assholes about it too. So I pretty much killed the hope to see my little cousins on Saturday. I decided to look for an alternative during the past weeks before the trip and luckily noticed something: "We" are going to return home tomorrow, at 12:00 PM. Obviously that wouldn't allow me to spend times with my little cousins at all, so I decided to ask the teachers if I could change the return time on my ticket. They were really grumpy about it. At first they wouldn't know if they could or not. So I decided to do my homework and see about changing my ticket on my own and I found out very nice things: I could, it was cheap, and there would be no problem. Now I just needed the teachers to give me the heads up, so I decided to ask them again and again and again until they would just give in, and for my luck, it worked. It's official: I'm going to see them tomorrow!

But what is pissing me off very bad right now is the fact they just gave us the day free to do whatever the hell we want. The very last minute. During the whole week I was calling my aunt to arrange a time for me to visit my cousins. Before they said "no" at first, we agreed on accepting me to visit them on Saturday. When I they said no, I managed to say Sunday and they agreed. When they gave us the day free I immediately called my aunt to see if I could see them today too, she was happy, but they had other plans. If these *bleep*ing teachers would just have told me the truth or said yes first, I could have visited my little cousins twice before going tomorrow at night: But their lack of consideration, indecisive minds, and partial irresponsibility made it impossible for today, and it really pisses me off, because these girls are really, really important in my life, they are like my daughters and they feel like my life long childhood friends and I can't see them as much as I wished to.

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When I was a kid, I had three possible career choices, which obviously at that point, no one can ever take them seriously. I wanted to be either an astronaut, a cop, or the most realistic option, a doctor.

I must have been around 7 when I considered them all. At that time, my parents bought the first computer we ever had and I remember I was fascinated with the machine the moment I saw it, and I knew that telling the computer what to do would probably be a lots of fun, so I even considered to be a "computer wizard" (a programmer. I didn't have a name for that job when I was 7). I was fascinated with technology because I loved everything related to spying. Toys, movies, TV shows, anything that was about spying was fun and I remember technology was always top-notch for the characters who used that fictitious technology for their jobs, so I was really getting into technology, and making it. Although being a programmer was always a nice choice, I never discarded the possibility of studying to become a doctor, because I always wanted to save lives, the same reason I wanted to be a cop but that option was discarded shortly afterwards along with space explorer. And while I loved everything around medicine, there is a little thing that made me change my mind and thought that being a doctor wouldn't be "fun" anymore: Blood. I have been Hematophobic all my life. Whenever I had a wound, I never cried for the pain but rather because of the blood coming out of it. Blood scared me a hell of a lot, I hated it, I feared it, and worst of all is that I still do, but I have it under control now.

After severely thinking about becoming a doctor, I started to develop more interest in computers when I was around 9 - 12. I would spend hours exploring my home's computer just to see what else could it do. I would mess around the Control Panel, try to find secret games, or test every single program out. There's where I just "instinctively" knew that telling a computer what to do was called "programming". I started to use the computer more and more. I eventually had internet at home, although it was a horrible 36 KBs modem, I could explore websites and get even more knowledge from the experience I have had from viruses, malware, and the list just goes on. I had so much knowledge about computer that I even discarded the possibility to be a doctor without noticing it. I just knew I wanted to be a programmer. There's where 2 years later I started to dive into the topic. For what I heard and knew at that time was that programming was complex, and that it could be taught in special schools or something. I was awfully wrong, mainly because programming is easy and enjoyable, and you can learn it yourself if you really have a passion for it, and that applies for anything you want to do. So I was a 14 year old, badly addicted to the internet (something bad I'm glad I managed to control luckily), I loved to explore social networking websites, Hi5 being the one I used the most, and I eventually naturally learned the "slang" for the internet. "LOL", "WTF", "OMG" and so on. I came to Neoseeker and eventually left Hi5 altogether (thanks god). Here in Neoseeker, I had a strong interest, albeit short, in graphic design. I probably had that interest for a year or so, but I never discarded programming, I mean, never, I have considered to be a programmer ever since I was like 10, and like you may have deduced, I still do. I dropped the interest for graphic design because people never appreciated what I did, so even when I liked what I did, it could never help me get a job.

Eventually I saw Neoseeker has Neohomes, and I really wanted to make my own. So I learned HTML, and loved it, which is funny because I never considered to be a web developer, just a programmer, but the internet never called my attention for a job like a web developer. When I learned HTML I was so fascinated by it that I learned by it that I learned CSS and loved how you could separate code and "skeleton". I later saw more dynamic websites and decided to learn JavaScript, and that was the language that really gave me the first "programming-like" experience. Then I wanted to go deeper and learned PHP, which is my "strong" language at the moment. When I learned PHP I considered deeper that I could be a web developer. What is nice about the web developer part is that like I said before, I was absolutely never interested on it until I tried it out without even noticing.

Nowadays I love web development, but I just can't go for it. The demand for web developers in PHP is not too high. But at least it's something I have on my belt that I really know about in case of emergency, or to add something else to a programming portfolio.

Like you can see, computer-stuff has always fascinated me, and while I discarded the possibility to be a doctor, the wish never disappeared completely. As a matter of fact, this year I discovered a career that may be perfectly for me: Biomedicine. I could simply merge programming with medicine to make artificial organs, or the medical equipment, or anything. Biomedicine is a really interesting field for me but what I dislike is the fact that it uses a lot of chemistry, and I really suck at it. But I'm sure I can get over it, if I really fight for it.

On Saturday, I had the doubt. What will I study in the end? I have known all my life I wanted to be a programmer, but the wish to study medicine revived and the possibility to study biomedicine was added. I still have the will to save lives or to improve the life of others who use computers. It's really taught. But I think I will just study Computer Science, and if I can, I will study biomedicine later, it would only add around 2 extra years to my university time. I really wish I could reconsider medicine again and become a doctor, but now I don't like all the time you have to spend in the hospital, because one of my dreams is to be a family.

I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing to doubt the very last moment (I graduate in around 3 months). But never the less, trying new things you can always find something you may like.

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This blogpost is to test a bug and there's nothing interesting to see. Move on =P.
No, seriously, there is nothing interesting to see her. I am testing a bug.

WHY DON'T YOU BELIEVE ME

:|:(;(

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Hi guys! Many of you know about the dead Neoseeker sister called Devpen. Many of you don't, so I will explain to you what it is.

Devpen is the dead Neoseeker sister site. It's purpose was (is?) to allow people to submit web development articles and tutorials they wrote themselves. Devpen also counts with a forum where people could (can?) register to discuss the articles/tutorials, and to form a community overall.

But the project never succeeded as it was succeeded, so it was abandoned a couple of times. And, while people still contributed content to it, the project never took flight and died again. The boards are (were?) abused by spambots, so I had to close the registration system until I figured something out. I talked with Redemption about reviving the project, and he had a great idea: Revive Devpen, but as something completely different (still related to programming, because that's what Devpen is about).

So basically, Devpen will be revived as something new. I cannot reveal what it is just yet, but the idea is really exciting, specially since many websites "took" the place of Devpen and offer all the features Devpen supposed to offer once. We have big hopes for this project to work.

BUT, I need a small team to first get this project rolling. The team doesn't have to be a big thing: At most, 7 - 8 people will be on it unless we have the need to find more. Below is the list of people who I am looking for. Just remember that you WILL NOT get paid for working on this! This is a community project and we need to gather people who are genuinely interested in working in a small team. This project is something to add to your portfolio though! So if you are pursuing a career in web design or graphic design, the work you will do in Devpen is something powerful to add to your portfolio!

Now, to the list...
  • 1 Database Administrator.
  • 1 - 2 PHP programmers.
  • 1 - 2 HTML coders.
  • 1 - 2 graphic designers.
If you are interested, send me this "application" PM:

code
[b]I Want To Work In Devpen As A:[/b]
[b]Sample Work:[/b]
[b]Link To Portfolio*:[/b]


A link to your portfolio is optional, but it will help you a lot if you do. Since you are working on this for free, I am not asking for big requirements either, but make sure you have around 6 months of experience at whatever you are applying to, and you consider your work to be good. Some things will be taken into account when I check your applications.

That's it! If you have any questions about Devpen, or about applying, feel free to ask me here or via PM.

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Yes, Summer vacation for me as I am in the Southern Emisphere of Earth, but that's another topic for another time.

Anyways, a while ago, I created a Blog Post asking who would like to have NAMFox ported to the Internet Explorer browser. Now that I am finally starting my vacations, I may be able to work on it, although, ever since June/July, I haven't done anything related to programming, not even PHP or C#. I was planning on making NAMFox for IE with the latter, so I will need to refresh my skills and re-read some books here and there to brush up my skills.

Now, there are some things I will need:
  • A Name. In the link I posted above people posted some ideas for the name of the software (I was thinking NAMIE, Artificer said NAMExplorer, which sounds good, and Chad said NAMChad, which is a bit of a turn off :P). So you can give me ideas for the name.
  • Alpha/Beta testers. I will follow Artificer's advice of porting NAMFox part by part, rather than porting it all, as it really took it a long time to get at where it is now. People who want to be Alpha testers can apply via PM, and the Beta versions will be released in Blog posts, so everyone who want to Beta Test will be able to get the Beta versions from my Blog.
If you want to be an Alpha tester, simply apply by sending this PM Application. I will want a few Alpha testers. Preferably people who have Internet Explorer 6 and above please. I won't give official support for IE versions which are below than 6.

For the application, in the "IE Version(s)" section, list as many IE Versions you can test with. You must be able to at least one.
In the "Operating System(s)" section, list as many operating systems in which you can test the program. Tou must list at least one Windows OS (PLEASE ALSO LIST IF THE OS YOU ARE USING IS 32 or 64Bit, ALSO LIST THE SERVICE PACK(S) YOU ARE USING).
In the "Additional Info" section, you can give any additional information you feel necessary. You can leave this blank.

If you have any questions, you may ask them in the comments or PM them to me.

Thanks for your time guys :).

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It's been a while since I last blogged, so here I am, posting about an actual truth that has been approaching the world with no sign, therefore passing by unnoticed.

Technology, children, and parents; past, present, and future.

We currently live in a world with Technology that advances constantly. Adds more stress to our lives, sometimes it is useful, sometimes its advance should be stopped, and sometimes, its advance should be accelerated. Regardless of what is is done, it is time to take extreme measures to what people do with technology, thereby it's time to slap parents a cup of today's technology. As a matter of fact, we are not in the 70's - 80's anymore. Technology won't stop, therefore it is time to do some harsh changes to peoples' lifestyles, specially with technologies that involve communication, such as the internet and mobile cellphones. Those who have kids, and were born in around the 60's or a bit later, you must understand that you can't raise your children the way you were raised, because just thanks to technology, those decades cannot be compared to today's world, both lifestyle-wise and technology-wise.

I have no idea if you have noticed - you should have, otherwise you just don't go out enough - but if you have children, there's a high chance that you don't play with them the say way your parents played with you back when you were a kid. Probably I am doing a lame generalization here, but I am sure it's true. In the past years, IT jobs have been increasing, and those demand a high knowledge of computers, regardless of what field you are in, and even companies that don't have much to do with IT now require you to be more in contact with your company. Do you understand why you bought your Blueberry a while ago? It's rather obvious; most people check their mail more frequently than playing with their children. That is, if you are a parent you should remember the times where you could work out with your parents, or play sports with them, and had a lot of recreational activities and such events with them. Now you are parent, and what exactly are you doing with your children? Probably, playing videogames with him/her, and if your child is a teen, you may even be talking with him/her via IM services right now (yes, it does happen). It is safe to assume that more parents play more videogames with their children nowadays than sports, either because with the constant increase of technology, jobs demand more communication with the companies (your sweet Blackberry is an artifact for that) and have to be in constant contact with them, or because technology has given you a nice, simpler door to be with your children, which by all means, it is really a lame option to go for. I am not saying it is bad to play videogames with your children, I am saying you should also do more recreational activities with them. Few are the parents that still organize camping vacations with their children to be in contact with nature, but unfortunately, even if you were raised with nature, it is very probable you can't live without your netbook nowadays. Its sad to see how parents are now recurring to videogames to be with their children. They don't even take a lot of time to play, although, there are also parents who have legit reasons to play videogames with their children, as real entertainment, nevertheless, a real parent will not spend all the time with their children in front of a TV (although I have to admit, I would have loved if I could have played Super Smash Bros. With my dad, my mom, and my brother, all of us together... But that's another story for another time).

I mean seriously. Ever heard of the iPhone Mom? Videogames and technology for entertainment purposes should just be another option rather than an item on a checklist when you play with your child. If I was that mother, I would certainly put the freaking iPhone away, and go and play something with the child; doesn't matter if I have to play with lame Sesame Streets, everything is better than using technology as an easy escape in my honest opinion.


iPhone Mom
"Agu gaga prrtttiphonegagagahehehe"


Another thing that I absolutely hate is that, even though parents know how to use modern technology, they don't know what risks they bring to today's lifestyles. In the 70's - 80's decades, you really didn't have to worry too much, if at all, about your children seeing children they didn't have to see because the technological entertainment that existed in those days was probably limited to arcades and movies. Not to mention, there were probably some people that followed the rules, and even though there were the arcades, the 'normal' kind of entertainment was still to be with your children out doors. With current increase of videogames, the internet, and others, it is time to take measures that weren't needed long ago. I am not exactly suggesting to keep your children away of technology, I am saying you have to take drastic measures to make sure your children are safe while they use technology, for a lifetime. This kind of measures really involve a brutal kind of shift in your lifestyle for both you, your spouse, and your children. And do trust me, if you are a parent right now, you really wouldn't have expected to see so many changes, because as a matter of fact, if you want a safe life with your children and yourself with technology, neither you or your children can have the same lifestyle you had in your childhood, because with the internet and certain videogames, children are now more exposed to life itself. Remember that teens have en enviable access to pornography that you wish you had when you were a teen, and because of that, you should be completely aware that there are explicit and pornographic adds in many websites, doesn't matter if they are aimed at children. You also have to be prepared, because your children will want and will have a cellphone when they are probably younger than 8 (something I am really against, but unfortunately in today's world, it is a must). Also don't forget that the internet connects you to everyone out there - predators, Obama himself, terrorists, your friends, family members, everyone, you just don't notice - so having a close look to the websites you and your children visit is a must. Neither forget that depressed teenagers and childrens now have the ability to use the internet as an escape route where they can create their own world they enjoy and be happy. Likewise with videogames, excessively depressed kids are going to play them more frequently than others. Before, these children didn't have many escape routes, but they would get cured anyways. Now, with this new worlds, it's hard to get them out of their caves to send them to psychologists. Getting viruses in a computer is also something to worry about, and not exactly because they can mess your machine completely. Do you see why you need to have the brutal swift of lifestyles now? If yes, keep reading. If not, keep reading anyways, you are going to find out.

I will start mentioning what videogames can do in your life, and in your children life as well.

First off, there are arguments saying that they can influence people to do bad things, such as committing crimes.

Before I continue, I must say that those arguments are discussed and there's no research behind it to support any claims. Some people say they do, and others say videogames simply can't induce the people's subconscious. Because of the nature of the arguments and the topic in hand is quite controversial, I will state my point of view: I am in between. Some people are induced by the videogames, and others are not. It simply makes sense and not everyone has the same level of mental control regardless of age.

Now, I don't know about you, but I certainly hate realistic videogames with a bunch of killing and blood, drug dealing and drunk characters, and so on. That doesn't mean there are people that do enjoy this kind of games, and there's no problem in that. Games like the Grand Theft Auto series have all that, and there are healthy people that enjoy them and are not hm, 'brainwashed' by them, however it doesn't mean that people will want to blow a school bully's head with an axe after getting a similar idea from a realistic game (that doesn't have to be exactly from the GTA series). That goes in the life of adults and teens. In the case of younger children (aged 12 and below), there is a high chance that they will be traumatized by such events, and if I have to more pinpointed, I used to get very scared of the 2D blood in the Mortal Combat game for the SNES back in the 90's, imagine how much more I would be scared if I saw this 3D blood with very realistic images!
And that's not all. If you are a teen right now, or simply a parent that also likes videogames (but they are not your life) there probably have been times were you loved a videogames too much, that you would rage if someone distracted you in the last boss and made you lose your last life on it. Sometimes even losing a final battle without external influences has probably made you rage and hit something hard. But let's be honest, you wouldn't kill your 17 months old daughter because she unplugged the electricity of your Xbox, or would you? Nowadays there are people that worry about parents killing their children over a stupid videogame, whereas in the aforementioned decades, you wouldn't have to worry about that, unless you knew someone who was an arcade addict, if even that.
And I am not finished even yet. Remember you don't go outside as much as you did in your childhood, and playing videogames has many negative side effects when played in excess. Many parents don't know this (who would bother in reading the 'WARNING' manual of a new videogame system, when they use complex vocabulary words, and have the tiniest font size in history?), including my own. I remember playing a bit over 3 hours a day of videogames and luckily, I didn't get any kind of seizures, but what about the others? Do they even know what is happening to them? While there is no proof that videogames cause epilepsy out of the blue, it is indeed a fact that photosensitive children can suffer epilepsy attacks. That is, if your children got a terrible headache when you took him a picture with flash enabled, then certainly it shouldn't be playing videogames. But how many parents actually know that? They were playing soccer at that age, not videogames, so unless they read manuals and are very updated, they are not going to know about this. Also if the simple hobby starts to become an addiction, then it will cause isolation of the real world. Obesity is also possible because of the lack of exercise (for starters, the Wii actually doesn't help you to lose weight).

Now that you know how videogames can be negative, it is time for you to know how the internet is dangerous as well.

Like I mentioned before, when you are connected to the internet, you are connected with absolutely everyone that is using it at the same as you, you just don't see them or interact with them unless you have the tools.
The internet is easily a new way to 'kill boredom'. There are some websites that offer simple games to help kill time. The internet also offers an impressive wide array of information for any kind of people. But this information could be false, and the flash games could bring viruses (yes, it happens). The internet also offers messaging services and social websites like forums, blogs, the never ending Social Networking websites, electronic mail, and so on. The latter specially, are the ones you should really be careful of, both you and your children. This kind of websites can, and do have, predators online, waiting for your children to come online and bite them in the moment they would less expect it.

The Internet is an incredible source of information. Sick and tired of your neighbors? It won't take you more than 5 minutes to find a tutorial to make bombs on the internet. It is sad, because in the 70's it really took you ages and it was hard to get your hands in this kind of information. With the internet your cross borders. What is illegal in the US may not be illegal in other countries. Unfortunately, nowadays you can put your hands on child pornography easily, have easy contact with terrorists, and find illegal drug dealers without knocking your head on the telephone guide. Your children and teens also have access to this information. Many parents nowadays may not be aware that their children are getting rid by selling marijuana, or worse, they may not know that they are posting their nude pictures over the internet, which makes them easy targets for social desolation, and depending on the case, easy victims for predators. Many times, the act of posting your nudity on the internet may be a mere act of openess and sense of freedom, which in my humble opinion doesn't matter, as long as they share with a group of people they trust. Things will get bad when the bad people get their hands on the pictures.

Also children don't know much about how much information they can give to strangers. But unfortunately, even if they release little information, every computer has an address, called IP address, unique to each computer, and while some computers have more than IP address, they don't have an infinite amount of different selections for them, so tracking a person using an IP address is possible, otherwise, many people wouldn't have been arrested for using P2P programs in the 90's. The moment you are connected, some websites can and will connect your IP addresses, most of the time with no harmful purposes, but the internet is huge, and there is always someone willing to get your IP address for mischievous purposes.

Now, if you are a "modern parent" and followed technology till the end of the 90's, you probably have seen viruses that could screw your computer completely. Now, if you download a virus and it destroys your computer, you should actually be glad. Viruses have evolved in their ways. Before, viruses were creations of people wanting to show their skills destroying computers. Now, viruses are there to steal your private information. So if your child played a flash on the computer last night and the FBI knocks your door for spending money you don't have, don't be too surprised about it. Both viruses and Social Engineering are methods to steal private information. See things this way. I have been on this website for 3 years now, almost 4. PROBABLY, some of my dearest friends on this site have been thefts that are befriending me to get my passwords and other info, even if it takes them years. The same can happen with children.

The social websites and games are also dangerous. You can find predators, and people who will personify others. If you have added your boss to Facebook ask yourself this question: is that REALLY your boss? It could be, it could be not.
But for your children, the predators are the BIG problem. There's a popular game called Blub Penguin. And I have seen all kind of profane language there (yes, I have been there, but just to see my cousin play it because in those days, she really liked it). Many times, they were simple teenagers goofing around out of boredom (which, it isn't exactly a good thing), but other times, it really looked like there was a predator there. That scared me. Your children interact with many people on the internet when they use it, and many times you don't know when it could be a predator. Some are too dumb and make it obvious, but others could use Social Engineering techniques, and your children could probably give personal information to them blindly.


Predators
They are not a myth. They are really out there, waiting for your children to appear online.


So how exactly do you make sure your children (and yourself) are using correctly? There are some simple measures:

For Videogames:

First simply, make sure the game is appropriate for children. Even if your child is ready for explicit content, it may be a wise not to show him that kind of stuff.
Obviously, children want to play what is popular, and many things their friends play may not be appropriate. Though they may try to fool you so you can buy their game, there is a little something that will really help you decided if the game is right or not for your children, that many if not all people ignore: the ESRB.


The ESRB
The ESRB has symbols that help you determine if a game is right for someone at a certain age.


Using the ESRB symols is easy and straightforward. Check their to learn about the symbols and what ages and audiences they represent.

Also I am sure there's no need to say this, but do check every now and then how much they play and if they show any signals of lack of sociability skills.

For the internet:

First of all, MONITOR EVERYTHING YOUR CHILD DOES; according on its age, that is. If your child is very young, you can go around and just install Kidoz browser, a browser for small children with just safe images and no text, and also has filters to prevent access to a forbidden site.


Kidoz Browser
It really is a good alternative to let your children play with no worries.


But what if your children are a bit older and need more access, with all the risks outside? Well first, you simply can't strip the internet off of their lives until they get older. When I was saying a brutal change of lifestyles I wasn't kidding. When you were young, you probably didn't know how babies were born until you turned 14 if necessary. If you want to keep your children safe, it is time to give them "the talk" a bit earlier, than you. Information is a must, and explaining things is absolutely important. Be with them when they first use the internet. Install Firewalls, and other kind of filters. Make sure you prevent unecessary pop ups to appear to your child (Firefox with tools like adblock plus could help) as they could have porn or other inappropriate content. Monitor monitor monitor. They won't realize its a breach to their privacy till be in their teens, where they won't need you to monitor them 24/7 while they use the internet.

Others:

You can play with your technology with your children. I myself have used my iPhone to play with my little cousins. They adore a game called FairyFly which has Disney fairies and MyHouse, an app that lets them make their own houses. But I only give them 15 minutes with it. Afterwards, we go outside and play Hide N Seek and whatever other childish game you may think of. Moderation is a must.

Also, I mentioned the cellphone. It is necessary unfortunately. But for the love of God, don't give your kid a last model kind of cellphone. There are special cellphones out there specially for children which only have 4 buttons: call dad, call mom, answer, hung up. That's what you should give them instead of latest models with FM radio and cameras. They won't even need the SMS ability. Just call mom and dad in case something happens. Or the police and others if necessary.


Comparison of Cellphones
The left one was made for girls and has many features. The one on the right is special and if fully parent programmed. Depending on the child, you will know what to choose.


Technology will certainly force you to change your lifestyle with many more ways than the ones described here. If something unexpected happens, there are forums on the internet for troubled parents... Ironically enough. There are also websites (oh the irony again!) dedicated to this and to children security online, which you really should find useful.

Have a nice day and thanks for reading (if you did)!

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* First a disclaimer. I only and only use Google to search the Web, because I simply don't like other search engines.

Yes, it is a fact. Ye Ol' Google is taken way too lightly this days. When people ask you what Google is, you simply say it is a search engine to search the web (assuming you get that question and you don't feel the urge of punching the questioner in the face). Next time you answer to the question "What is google?", make sure you add the word "powerful" - Google is a powerful search engine.

There are two kind of people that don't find their answers using Google: Those who tried but don't know how to use it, and those who ask in and ask their questions in forums or someone else. Many people do use Google and find their answers. Many, MANY people use Google, but they don't know how to unleash its full power, even people who have been used Google for years, including myself, do not know how to unleash all the power Google has. However, in this blog post, I am going to teach you some very basic techniques to use Google like a pro, and trust me, you will have a better chance of finding what you are looking for if you use this methods when you use Google.

But first, some basics.


Alright, many times you google something like this: How to make animations in Photoshop. In Google, you normally are not searching the exact phrase "how to make animations in Photoshop", which is what you normally expect the document to have, but rather, you are searching "keywords" in the pages. Google treats a simple white space as a keyword separator, so you are actually searching this in Google: "how, to, make, animations, in, Photoshop". So the pages you are searching for may or more likely, may NOT have that search phrase in them, but rather, they have those keywords splattered everywhere, like this.
    Hi guys. I currently am a guy who works with animations in this program called Th3 Animatorz. I am currently learning to use Photoshop because I want to make my own animated gifs for simple web pages. But I am very new with this program, and I was wondering, how did you guys learn to use Photoshop?
NOTE: Google tends to omit short words like "to" and "in".

Yes, this why you get pissed off when you can't find your answer Google: You are doing it wrong!. Now that you know that you never search for what you are looking for, Its time for you to learn some pretty Google tricks that are going to increase the chance of them having what you really are looking for.

Now, the techniques.

Exact Word Search.

This is the most important technique you should know. Let me bring the example above again:
    How to make animations in Photoshop
Like (now) you know, searching for that in Google will not bring you the tutorial you are looking for. So you REALLY want to get tutorials to make animations in Photoshop? You know what you want, try luck finding documents that have that exact phrase! But how? It is simple, just add quotation marks to your search queries. So you would have this:
    "How to make animations in Photoshop"
NOW you have a bigger chance of getting what you want! You are telling Google to bring all the pages that have that exact same phrase in them. You can also make a combination of keywords with exact phrases, to search for exact phrases in documents, so you have your search splattered in the page:
    "Within Temptation" Nightwish
The page may have results that are like this one:
    Guys, I am going to buy to the last album released by Within Temptation, yay! I know many of you here prefer Nightwish, but when I saw the album by Within Temptation, I couldn't resist the temptation of buying the album! Deep within, my soul couldn't resist it!
Like you can see, the phrase "Within Temptation" and the word Nightwish is highlighted, however, you also the words "temptation" and "within" that are not highlighted. Why? Simply, because the quotation marks make the whole content inside them to be just one keyboard, so this:
    "Within Temptation", Within, Temptation.
Are three different keywords.

Certain Keywords in documents, but not all of them must appear.


Probably, you have wanted to search for pages that only have certain keyboards in them, but not everything you put in your search query.

For example, suppose you wanted to search in Google for pages that talk about the band Epica or about the band Nightwish, but you don't want pages to talk about both them at the same time. How do you work around this? It's easy. add the word "OR" (with no question marks, and in capital letters) to your queries:
    Epica OR Nightwish
With this, you are saying Google "bring me all the pages that have the word Nightwish and the Word Epica in them. But both words cannot appear in the same page!"

Again, putting various words inside quotation marks make the phrase just one keyword, so if you wanted to search for pages that talk about the band Within Temptation or about Nightwish, you could do this:
    "Within Temptation" OR Nightwish
You know what will happen. However, the pages that talk about Nightwish do not guarantee that you will not see the words Within and Temptation in different parts of the document, but you can have it for sure that google won't show "Within Temptation" in Nightwish pages.

Bring me the words, but make sure I don't see this words in the pages.


I am sure many people have wanted to do searches, but they didn't want to see certain words in their searches. For example, there may be someone that wanted to see horror stories, but the person didn't want to see the word "blood" ANYWHERE in the searches. Yes, you can tell Google that you don't want to see certain words in your searches. That is very easy, just append a "-" symbol before the words you don't want to see. Consider this example:
    "horror stories" -blood
With this, Google knows that you don't like blood so it doesn't show you results that have that word, but it will bring you the "horror stories" results. This technique is very useful. There are people that consider some things to be art, but they don't want to see the explicit part of that art, for example.

You can exclude complete phrases too:
    Nightwish OR Epica -"Within Temptation" -Within -Temptation

Get me wallpapers!


If you are like me, you probably spend too much time looking for wallpapers in Google. You can get wallpapers that are exactly your computer monitor's size, by appending "imagesize:WIDTHxHEIGHT" (no quotation marks) to your searches:
    Anime imagesize:1280x1024
With this (in Google images, must make that clear =P), google will bring you all the images that are 1280x1024 pixels. Very useful for when you want wallpapers, or when you want ANY image in any size. This has been very helpful for me, and it certainly did a very good thing.

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Those are pretty much the Google techniques I use to get good results to my searches. This techniques can easily be reached in the "Advanced Search" link in Google with a few some options.

Also a little something. Did you know you can tell Google to make your math? I can do this:
    1280 x 1024
And it gives me the result. Its not very helpful, but it is a cool thing Google has. I have also used Google to make some conversions to me:
    20 KB = ? bytes
20 kilobytes = 20 480 bytes

This everything I can tell you about Google. Google is a powerful tool and I honestly think that its use should actually be taught in places where people use computers for whatever reason. Google is used so simply, but no one really knows how to unleash all its power. If you read all this post, you will barely have the chance to say "I tried Google but it didn't help" (I did that myself a few times, but it was because it REALLY didn't help me...). Unless you are like me, you are not very frequently looking for complex things on the internet, and you can find almost everything. Have a good web life (:!


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Someday, a doctor will determine that my heart will stop working, and that I have my days counted. I don't want you to bury me, but rather, use my functional parts to help others.
  • GIVE MY SIGHT, to a little girl who has never enjoyed the beauty of a rainbow.
  • GIVE MY ABILITY TO SPEAK, so a little boy has the chance to scream a "gooooaaallll" in a soccer game.
  • GIVE MY ABILITY TO LISTEN, to a little girl who could never listen the wonderful sound of raindrops crashing against the glass windows.
  • GIVE MY ABILITY TO WALK, to a little girl who can't run in a beautiful and colorful field of flowers.
  • GIVE MY ABILITY TO SMILE, to a little boy who has lived in the abyss of a father that has been disappointed for everything the child has made.
  • Finally, GIVE MY ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, so humanity can finally open their hearts to differences and accept others as their are, so masks don't become the permanent faces, and everyone can be happily ever after, with no pain and restrictions, and so people can finally avoid the law, and live by what is morally right in the heart of Earth. There be a God or not, I am waiting for the time when humanity will start living by their own thought, and by what their heart tells them.
If you ever have the need to bury something, then I leave you the prejudices and problems I have caused, so every unnecessary burden I have caused dies, with many scratches.


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Whether you have been using the Internet for a long time now, or just got into it a few months ago, you certainly have seen an "404: Page Not Found" error. Do they represent a possible risk? Yes. Is there a way to recover the data that there was in the place holder instead of the 404 Error? Probably, with a bit of luck.

Nowadays we live in a world where computers are used a lot, probably more people nowadays would rather keep files in their computers rather than puting them into paper. I myself have never printed a photo ever since I have had a digital camera. But not everything is a safe, and the data you keep in your computer or on the internet can be destroyed as well.

Yeah, probably you knew that, but you said "we still have libraries!". Effectively, luckily, we still libraries that provide a lot of knowledge in their books. And books usually have a good amount of copies distributed worldwide. But the books that contain the history of Earth are old. I wonder how many books with valuable knowledge are lost and no one has seen in 500 years. Paper is a product that has been used for millions of years, but with technology, are we almost close to the point of completely replacing the paper with digital alternatives? Many people argue that its not possible, and some say that it will happen. I am neutral on this, as it would take many ages to completely leave the paper to use digital methods (unless some sort of political action goes against the paper, in which case the paper would dissapear very fast). Nowadays more and more people use the internet as a medium to obtain knowledge. In fact, I am sure that many people that use the internet no longer visit any libraries.

This creates a problem. A lot of information is just available on the internet nowadays. Many websites host this information. But after a while, the owners of these websites either get bored or come to a point that they can't maintain the website anymore. So when you want to visit the same awesome essay you read a year ago is not going to be available anymore, and you will hit a not-so-beautiful Error 404 error. What will happen if many people decide not to maintain their websites anymore? All the information they had will go to an unexistanc abyss. Nowadays, there are even websites that let YOU publish e-books for free, with absolutely no charge, so people can read your ebook free. Are we going to say good bye to the classic paper soon?

All the knowledge there is in the internet should be available in a print. Unfortunately, there's still the problem of killing trees. Lets hope the goverments find a way to publish information, not only on the internet, but in paper without using too many resources.

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I am sure every individual has had at least one time in which they think everything that happens around them is wrong. Usually, they only feel that's the case for a few days, a few weeks, some even think everything works wrong for them while they are alive. In my case, technology has been my nemesis for a few long months, or to be more specific, one year and a half.

Everything started in Early 2008. I had a nice laptop which was my main computer of all the time, and I used it frequently. I got it in about March 2007. I used it everyday, until the day of my vacation came, and I packed my stuff to have a nice vacation in Orlando and Miami. I didn't take my laptop with me, because I really wanted to relax in those days. I stayed three weeks in the US, and it was time to return. When I got back, the first I thing I did was to finish some incomplete work in my laptop. I did all that, completed my work till the night. The next day, I tried to turn my laptop on, but every time I tried, it restarted in the middle of the process of turning on. I tried over and over again. After a few attempts, I checked the hardware on the laptop itself... I found a big melted hole near the "FN" and the Windows key, which was saying "I have melted like cheeses where your processor is". Yep, actually my whole motherboard was, literally, fried. So since we have no Acer, HP, or anything support in the poor Bolivia (Latin America), I took the laptop to a guy who owned a public internet local to fix it. The news were devastating: he would order a new motherboard for my laptop, it would cost me 300$, and I would be with no laptop for 3 weeks. In those days, I had to use my mother's computer, no MSN, limited Neo, and the old Office 98 to do my school work. It was awful. The three weeks passed, and the guy extended the delivery date one week, because the motherboard didn't arrive yet. I called the next week, same reply, and so on until I had to wait 3 months to get my laptop back. I got it back in around the first days of May 2008. The laptop was fine and working, but it still had the melted hole in the spot... And I still see the melted hole nowadays because no one would buy a cheesey-melted laptop, or would they?

So yeah, on May 20, 2008, it was my birthday, and my grandfather gave me money for a new computer. That computer lasted me a good year or so. It had the nice Windows XP, which for some reason was unfriendly with my hardware, and I ended up updating to Vista. I was thinking that Vista (x86) was the best experience I ever had in my computing life... Until a few weeks later, I wanted to see some movies on it, as I personally don't have any DVD player on my room, and my mother's one is messed up. The first times, the DVDs played fine with no problem, but later, I started to see sudden black screens, and an error in the bottom right corner saying that "x driver has problems" (or something like that). That problem caused my movie to either advance long minutes, or to stop completely. Sometimes, the sudden blackouts resulted in BSODs stating that my graphics card drivers are corrupted, or something in those lines. I though I could solve those problems without too much problem. Well I looked around until the end of the internet in Google for my problem with no avail. I ended up formatting my computer to see if that solved the graphics card issue. I installed Vista x86 again, and again it worked fine, except when I watched movies. I had updated everything on my computer, and the error was consistent. This problem lasted from early June 2008, and lasted to around October 2008, I had formatted my computer around 6 times really, without fixing that driver issue. I started to think it was the graphics card's hardware itself.

Then in Around July or August, I had a bad day overall. The main event was that my external 500 GBs hard drive died, badly. I lost information that I was keeping from early 2003, some heavy 4.00 GBs downloads I have made in the time frame of long months, and a big collection of personal pictures that had a lot of value for my and my brother. I will never understand what happened to that hard drive, I used it all the time in the desktop I got in my birthday that year, but I don't remember what event forced me to use the old laptop (the one melted like cheese), with my hard drive. I remember I had a lot of time in my hands that day, so I wanted to learn Flash in my laptop, while my hard drive moved some data to it... But when I opened the application, EVERYTHING in the laptop froze, nothing would respond, I had to disconnect it and take its battery off. I had to go to my Japanese classes the right time that happened, so I went there wondering if everything was right with my laptop and my hard drive. However when I got home, I tried to use my external hard drive on my desktop, and the desktop wouldn't detect it. It was dead. Muerto. Sayounara. I checked the hard drive, I smelled it, and it smelled like something was burnt inside. Yes, yet another important technology artifact had fallen in the hands of fire. The next day I took the hard drive to my computer teacher to see if something could be done to recover the data. He said yes, so I bought another external hard drive so he could put all the data there. He tried really hard, and I didn't have either of the hard drives for two months. He was able to recover many things, but unfortunately, none of them were really important.

Back on the graphics card drivers issue. In late November, I decided to open up my computer for the first time, because by then, I had no experience with hardware whatsoever, and I didn't build the desktop. I was very ignorant with what computer hardware was. I opened it up, and I disarmed it to clean the hardware parts. I checked the graphics card with special care, and nothing was wrong with it. I also learned that I had a sucky motherboard, and my RAM cards were very old. I had the computer completely disarmed for 3 days at first, because I was having huge problems with some case pin connectors that I had to connect in the motherboard. My motherboard was so bad, it didn't have the small pins labeled correctly. I somehow got the corrections right. I put in my hard drive with Windows Vista, but it wouldn't boot, so I had to format the hard drive again. Everything went smoothly to the part I had Vista up and running with no problems, but for some reason, it wouldn't boot every time I applied a patch on it. That patch was important for me, but every time I tried to use it in a fresh Vista installation, the installation would die right away. I was formatting the machine like crazy for two weeks, getting different versions of Windows Vista, and installing them and trying to make them work like crazy. I was two weeks in that just process, but I finally asked for help to identify my motherboard. I flashed my motherboard's BIOS, but I still had the same problem. So on the third week of the problem, I decided to disarm my computer again and build it from scratch. I didn't have any problems, I installed Vista, the patch, and everything working smoothly. Though I still had the graphics card's problem after that... Well, at least I had Windows working fine with no problems after 3 weeks of having a completely abnormal life!

I forgot to say something in that last paragraph. When I build the computer again, I connected the floppy disc driver wrong, so when I turned the computer on, the floppy disc driver burned like bacon. It would seem as I am an expert when it comes to burn computer hardware. Luckily, I really never used the floppy driver, and I was used in not having it since I have had just laptops prior that desktop.

My problems ended in December 2008, but returned in my birthday this year, 2009 for a bite. In May this year, I had decided that the current desktop didn't fit my requirements, so yet again I received money, this time from my mother, to buy new hardware parts. The funny thing is that I didn't plan in buying much. I just wanted a new motherboard and processor first. But due to the circumstances (my case was too small, and my first hard drives were starting to die), I had to buy not only the new motherboard and new processor, but also 4 new RAM cards, 3 hard drives, a new case, and securer SATA cables. It wasn't too cheap like I planned it to be. So now, ever since may, I have been trying to get an stable computer for the sake of it. I first installed Vista x64 with no service pack, but that one gave me a BSOD every 30 seconds, and didn't like my iPhone and iPod. Then I tried Windows Vista x86, it was being a bad guy with me with its constant freezing. I finally got Vista x64, and it was working fine, but every time I tried to do something, it would tell me that "X program has stopped working". I would originally deal with that, but when you try to go back one directory and you get the message saying that Windows Explorer has stopped working, then there's certainly a problem. Not to mention Firefox was crashing wayyyy too much on it, so even posting on Neo was almost impossible, and none of the three above setups would let me install Windows MSN for whatever. Now I got Windows XP x64 SP2, and I though it would be the solution to my problems while I wait the official version of Windows 7 to come out. But now iTunes is being a bad boy too. I wanted that program for a XP SP2 x64 machine, but there's only one available for Vista. I tried to install the Vista one, and it wouldn't let me because well, its for Vista. I though I would be conformed with the x86 version of iTunes I installed in my x64 setup, but guess what? Check the picture below:



So yep: There's no x64 version of iTunes for Windows XP x64, and I must sync my iPhone in a Vista machine or in a computer running XP x86. Apple, you are a wonderful friend of mine. I mean, give me a goddamn break!

Technology has been treating me like a bag of trash, and I don't like that :<. Remember folks, make sure you treat your stuff well. Don't give excessive use to laptops, don't disarm your computer for the first time before knowing its internal hardware specs, and more than anything, keep a backup of things you appreciate the most.

PS: I didn't say that my Samsung Razr V3 phone felt into the toilet accidentally, that I spilled milk on top of my TV to kill it, or that I accidentally lighted my 1 GB flash memory with a ighter rather than lighting a cigarette for my mom, did I?... Bleh.

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Probably many of you are getting tired of me blogging about the iPhone in such a constant matter. But in all honesty, I really, really love this little device too much.

I believe that this device is really powerful when it is jailbroken. But people are starting to make apps that are worth the money on the AppStore. Today, this little application called A-ID(iTunes Link), this application is pretty much an Emergency Controller. Did you lose your child? 2,000 children are reported missing in the US everyday, and with every hour that passes, the chance of the child living is less than 50%. Do you have asthma attacks, or any friend, familiar, or anyone is having problems and requires emergency attention as soon as possible? With this app you will get attention as soon as they heed your call. This is the description, as seen in its iTunes page:

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The reasons for emergency alert technology are everywhere. Nearly 2,000 children are reported missing every day in the United States, and experts suggest that the chances of recovery are reduced by 50 percent every hour. Memory disorders affect roughly 5 percent of the elderly population – many of whom live alone. An estimated 1/3 of all accidents occur in remote areas where access to emergency services is scarce. Asthma and other life-threatening allergies affect 1 in 4 people worldwide.

But knowing the scary statistics isn't enough – you have to take the right steps to prevent catastrophes before they occur. That's why A-ID Protect 1.0 was designed: It's a way to add a layer of protection to those you love best.

This iPhone application gives you the tools you need to be a vigilant parent, caregiver, or employer in any emergency situation – using the equipment you already have on hand. With the press of a button on your iPhone, an emergency profile can be sent to the nearest authority figure, regardless of where the/or how the unthinkable occurs.

No single life protection tool is as comprehensive as A-ID Protect 1.0. By tapping into the iPhone technology already at your fingertips, you have immediate access to:

-A flashlight mechanism with a powerful lighting tool at the push of a button
-A red distress light mechanism that can determine the user's latitude and longitude
-A security alert feature for instant notification of an emergency
-An emergency profile accessible to medical or police authorities for those who may be unable to communicate
-A photo feature that allows you to upload a picture of your child for easy identification
-Password protection to keep others from tampering with your safety system

Although A-ID Protect 1.0 is ideal for children and the elderly, it can be used for any individual who faces emergency situations. Whether you work in the field, want to protect your child against abduction, or are seeking a way safeguard yourself against a medical emergency or earthquake, A-ID Protect 1.0 offers everything you need to feel safe and secure in today's unstable world.

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If you are new to the whole iPhone scene, then there's a huge chance that you have heard the word "jailbreak" before. If you are an oldie to the iPhone scene, loyal to AT&T or not, then you have undoubtedly have heard the term "jailbreak" before.

Before I go further with this post, I will explain what Jailbreaking is, for those that heard the word, but have no idea of what it means.

Jailbreak is a very nice word for the iPhone and iTouch (for now on simply called "devices"). That you have your iTouch or iPhone jailbroken means that you have your device open, "free of its jail", to run unsigned code (generally, applications that are not in the Apple AppStore) in your device. Jailbroken devices have a big, beautiful advantages over non-Jailbroken iPhones. One advantage is that applications for Jailbroken devices can mess with their private frameworks - meaning that you can do a lot more your device once it is jailbroken. For tech-savvy people, you can even install a nice command line utility, and you can make apps that are you never going to find in Apple's AppStore, in a centallion of years, thanks to the ability to play with the devices' private frameworks. Another advantage is that, since Apple has a horrible application reviewing system, developers who had their applications rejected from the AppStore can upload them in a repository to use with Cydia, a third-party app that lets you download well, more third party apps. So people can still use your app even if it was rejected from the AppStore - as long as their devices are jailbroken, that is.

Now I am not sure how many people have asked theirselves this questions, but I sure did: Where did the whole jailbreaking thing start? I did some research, and I am ready to tell you this story. It had a obvious beginning, but now an obvious open ending. The story is related to the iPhone, not with the iTouch, but it is thanks to the iPhone that the iTouch can be jailbroken too.

Everything started with the fact that Apple had a contract with AT&T, so AT&T and only AT&T could sell iPhones, under a contract - That explains why the price of the iPhone was low for them. Anyways, a lot of people managed to get iPhones that were not from AT&T (and others who got them from AT&T without a contract somehow), just to find that when they put the SIM of their favorite service provide, the iPhone would refuse to recognize the SIM - Yes, the iPhone was blocked for those that didn't want to use AT&T as their service provider.

So yes, the iPhone was a closed platform from the very beginning. People had ridiculous restrictions on their devices, and a lot of them ended up purchasing expensive paperweights, that would be sitting on a desk doing absolutely nothing.

So a lot of hackers embarked themselves in an interesting adventure: They opened their iPhones, messed with the iPhone's motherboard, and placed pins to it here and there. Many of them succeeded, and many others left their iPhones in a rock status - again, doing nothing. All of this for the sake of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving text messages, and a few other GSM services.

So after months of failed attempts, two companies found a way to run unsigned code on the iPhone, with the sole purpose of unlocking it. We are talking about iPhoneSIMFree, and UniquePhones (I am not providing links. Please understand that those sites may be against Neoseeker's ToS and rules). With that, people were finally able to use other carries in their iPhones.

There was a big problem with this two jailbreaking methods though: They were too complex. They involved the use of complex command line protocols and a myriad of different tools to get the phone jailbroken and working right. This easily scared many hackers away, and the iPhone "open scene" was quite for a quite a while. But it was just beginning.

So after a few days of silence, an interesting team called iPhone Dev Team jumped to the scene and provided tools that even novice, non tech-savvy people, could use to jailbreak their iPhones - and have their iPhones on a different carrier in a matter of minutes!

Not only that, but with the appearance of the iPhone Dev Team, a lot of people could use a third app called AppTap, an application that allowed users to jailbreak their iPhones AND gave them the ability to install third party applications. Jailbreak was not only Phone Unlocking to this process. Jailbreaking was a process that was unleashing the whole power of the iPhone. A power that Apple didn't want users to have for whatever reasons.

Apple was quite with everything that was going on. They were aware, but for the bad luck of us, they didn't stay quite for long.

Apple's answer was very quick, actually. By that time Apple had released iPhone OS 1.1.1. It was a nuclear gun with a patch that would render all jailbroken phones useless - literally. All the iPhones that were jailbroken were now sitting on an empty house, all alone, probably over same paper. Yep, the iPhones were completely useless. But those who were on AT&T were able to have their iPhones fixed, lucky folks.

For the nuclear weapon, it didn't take the Team long to figure out a fix. And here is where the whole "Cat & Mouse" game started.

So the Dev Team got iPhoneSIMFree to help them, and they found TIFF Images that could be exploited and that would grant root access the iPhone itself for developers (non tech-savvy people: The Dev Team found a way to hack the patch back with the help of iPhoneSIMFree). Being the fix released, many users had their phones Jailbroken, and Unlocked. Not to mention that with this very same method to hack the patch back, the Dev Team found a way to revive the dead iPhones.

And currently, the game is still going. Let me remind you all this occured with iPhone OS 1.0, and we are going to have iPhone OS 3.0 very soon this month (the 17th, to be more exact). And the Cat & Mouse game between the Dev Team and Apple continues. Apple patching, the Dev Team unpatching. Both sides are having headches and bloody nights of sleep figuring out their opponent's movements. Not to mention Apple is trying to make Jailbreaking illegal. Though big signatures (or medium sized) are opposing Apple's attempts, like Mozilla and even Skype.

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In the past months - soon to be ages -, Apple has reviewed (did they really?) over one billion applications so far. There are certainly many, many problems with this. Firstly, they apparently have a lazy team of people that does the so called "reviewing" job, or they have many people in that team that are simply sick and tired of reviewing over god-knows-how-many apps a day. In all honesty, the whole apps system is completely messed up. Apple is having big issues with everything that goes in the world (or should I say, all the apps that go in their world). I am going to pin-point them, and see if they ever come to a solution for them.
  • Where the heck can we find a "demo" option for the apps we can use before we buy them? Sure, many developers opt to release "lite" versions of their apps that are completely free, but they are very limited, like we can see with Labyrinth, which has a Labyrinth LE version in case you want to try it first before purchasing the full product.(iTunes links. If Apple gave more official support for this, I am sure there would be less people cracking software up there. I am sure they could implement the basic "try the full product for 15 days before you buy" method without problem. Though it is possible that the developers of the apps would have to do some sort of agreement with Apple for this, it is still something that should be tried. Yes, cracked apps are cracked to let people try them before buying them. Many developers have developed a way to detect cracked apps, and give the user some sort of trial version of the app to the user if the app is indeed cracked. That's the case Sopods' did with their Full Web Browser, which detects the cracked app, and after 10 days, the app can't be opened again. Apple should follow this approach for the rest of the apps.
  • "The hell? That low-level app was approved, and mine that had more time and money inverted on was rejected!?". Yes, apple has been rejecting good apps in which the developers broke their wallets and their watches, not to mention that they were/are now (the ones that got re-reviewed somehow) of good quality. Whereas others that were made by hack-toys kiddos were approved. Apple has been doing a superficial review of all the apps the go through, or at least that's what it looks like. I myself have seen many bad, not to mention even expensive, apps that didn't worth a penny from my wallet. On the other hand, I have been waiting anxiously for many apps to be release, just to learn later that Apple has rejected it.
  • Honestly, are they reviewing their apps at all!? Seriously, it looks like they like the nice looking graphics and the nifty icons the apps have when they are queued and waiting for approval, or at least, it looks like it is the case with the I Am Rich app, which does nothing but show you a nice red jewel that "reminds you of how rich you were before you bought that app", and that's really everything there is into the app. A nice graphic, and a nifty icon in the SpringBoard. On an off-topic note, can you believe someone really paid that much money for the app? I cannot believe there is someone in this world that purchased such thing...
  • Apple is filtering inoffensive content, or that's what it looks like. As far as I know, that reputation was ruined when Baby Shaker (main picture of this blog post) was approved. The simple app is to shake your iPhone to make the baby shut up... Doing so will add two big red X's to the babies eyes. I have to agree, this application is the biggest, most stupid thing that has been on the iPhone app. Personally, I hate this kind of things, and I would take Apples' heads for not being careful with everything they 'review'. This app has caused controversy, hate, and god knows, probably even social groups rising or something.
  • 6-months old apps are STILL in queue, awaiting for approval. This case is remarkable.
Point blank truth: Apple sucks reviewing the apps they receive. Something has to be done. The current App Store has many flaws.

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This is the thing; like many of you know, I like to program, or to make websites as a hobby. In the past I have been learning a lot of things to the point I consider myself to be very proficient with a lot of computer stuff I have learned in the past.

Now, just so I don't bug you with a tiny piece of background of my life, I want to ask you guys: would you like to have NAMFox ported to Internet Explorer? I am asking this because with the new programming language I am learning, I can make toolbars for Internet Explorer. The main problem is that you won't have it in quite a time, and the first release will be certainly very buggy. "NAMIE" (that's what I want to call the toolbarm but if you have suggestions for the name, feel free to let me know :P!) would be my very real application I deploy to the public.
Not only that, but with the latest release of Internet Explorer 8, I don't know if the toolbar would be compatible with younger versions of IE, so I would probably need a few beta testers to help me out.

I want opinions and comments on this. Personally, while I am not an IE user, I would certainly like to make one for it :_oops:.




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What are chain letters? Chain are the letters the things that most people get in their mail, the body of the mail says something like "send this to 14 contacts or you die tomorrow!!!!", then regardless of if you believe on the chain letter, you decide to send the freaking chain letter to 14 contacts on your list.

Who makes them?
    1.- Children

    Children make the popular "you will tomorrow if you don't send this", "if u send dis to 15 contacts a girl will love you", "send dis to everyone on ur list and u will be lucky". Children make the least harmful types of chain letters/junk mail, but it is the most annoying for some reason.
You HAVE to stop that stupid practice of resending chain mail, NOW.
    2.- Cheap, Idiotic Attention Seekers:

    Most of the time these are drama queens that are like "plz i ned ur moneh 2 saveh mai lifez"... This is the worst of all. Because unfortunately, most of the time it is a fake chain letters, and sometimes, it is true as your own existence. These people are the worst. They decided to worry everyone with stories of children missing, or someone dieing, etc., and like I said before, a few percentage of the time the stories are indeed true. What to do in case of doubt? Keep reading to find.
I have compiled a list of reasons to break chain letters immediately and NOT to spread it more. Don't be an idiot, you never know when you can be saving lives by just breaking a chain letter:
    1. They Are Annoying:

    Lets be honest people here. Everyone that uses the internet has received the "send this or you die"-kind of lies. Many of you believed the story of your death, and others spread the chain letter "because it is harmless fun". Thing is... They are annoying. They come in masses, and you have to scroll down over a million of other contacts to read the actual content, which usually is boring, useless, and not funny.
    2. You Are Risking YOUR Privacy and OTHERS' Privacy:

    Hey, have you noticed that when you are forwarding a chain mail, you are giving away a shitload of emails of people you don't know, and your own e-mail? At this rate, your information can and will fall on malicious hands eventually. That will result in harmful mail, spyware and viruses in your computer, and so on. You never know when those malicious hands will get your house address and are going to find you to beat the hell out of you.
    3. People Like To "Have Fun", and "Play" With Other Peoples Lives:

    This is the most important point in my opinion. I am sick and tired of "this child is missing" kind of mails. I go ballistic and do some research, just to find out that someone is playing an stupid hoax to see how many illiterate internet folks fall on their traps. The result? More spam mail, then the people that find out the mail eventually break most-to-all similar e-mail letters. What with that? You never know when the story is actually true, and you will indeed get stories that are true, but will break the chain letter in the act before anything.
    Consider Reachelle's Smith Case (main picture of this blog post). I have people that showed me a similar mail, only with a few paragraphs changed. Most of them broke the chain, until I did some research, and look what I found? HER STORY WAS ACTUALLY TRUE!
    4. You are gonna be poor:

    Let me guess. You opened your e-mail account this morning. It was from Bill Gates saying he wanted to donate all his money to you for whatever reason. But in order for that to happen, you have to "give him" your credit card numbers and send the email to 15 people. You then do what the mail says... And the next day, your bank account is empty, you have used money you don't have, and you have false accusations against you.
I could list you about three more reasons now, but those are the ones that really matter now.

How to avoid them? DO RESEARCH. There are websites dedicated to just that. You can take a quick look at these sites or Google some more similar websites: Like any other action in your life, what is important is to do research on the topic. Find the laws regarding Computer Abuse in your state/country. Alternatively, to find the chain letter you just found on the net, copy and paste part of the text in google around quotation marks to do an exact search. That will bring all the results with that phrase there.

I am annoyed when people mess with children lives in chain letters. I never know when they are fake, or true. When they are true, what to do about it. I am sure you can fight this epidemic with others.




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Okay, this is the thing; I am an smartphone and computer enthusiast, and I just can't believe no one has bothered to port Linux to an smartphone or any other portable device (excluding the Linux Kernels for videogame consoles and others like that).

Linux has the potential of creating an smartphone that can be extra powerful, then why isn't its community working on that? I mean, Windows has had it's Windows Mobile OS for Smartphones for a long time now. I have used an HP iPaq from the 6500 series for a long time, and Windows Mobile OS is wonderful. It is stable, has many developers making applications for it constantly, it has a good user interface, and everything.

Then pretty recently (less than a week ago) I got an iPhone 3G with 16 GBs of memory and it is already full of applications. The iPhone uses this OS called iPhone OS (duh). With this OS you can put all sort of applications to your iPhone and there is a large variety of applications you can put to it, both paid and free. I love my iPhone, I have it Jailbreaked so I don't have the limits I had when I first bought it.

Now, Linux could certainly port a version to one of the HP iPaq phones - the problem is that the OS files on these phones are stored in ROM (Read Only Memory) memory, therefore they can't be modified.

They could put it in an iPhone hardware (which would be probably easier) thanks to the fact that a lot of people are working on the iPhone to take it to new limits. Having an iPhone jailbreaked means they "hacked" the current Firmware and modified its features. I can see it would be easy for them to make a Linux OS for the iPhone... But they would need to check a lot about the iPhone's core and hardware functioning. Never the less it is a wise idea.

There are other OSs for smartphones out there, though I have to say Symbian OS is the best for the mobile job. I remember my awesome Nokia 6600 Symbian Smartphone. That one was a heck of a cellphone, and highlighted between many other cellphones of that time. I still have it shining on my desk.

Of course there are the ones that suck too. Palm OS has been discontinued because it sucked. Too unstable, simple user interface, very limited... I hate my Palm. Probably the only small gadjet I really never enjoyed.

There are many Smartphones out there that have unique OSes. Linux, what are you waiting for? You have more than enough power to get in!




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If you are interested in becoming a web designer/developer, or you already have some experience, you must be aware of some little details that can ruin the browsing experience for everyone on your website.
Even though these things that ruin a web experience for people are very popular, you should try to avoid them as much as you can, otherwise your hits on your website per day/month/year are going to decrease, and you are going to notice it because the decrease can be a HUGE lost.

On another note, I will also give you some tips to make your website look good and other general tips.

I will try to NOT go too technical. I will see if I can post this without adding any kind of code at all. This is for those that want to learn website designing but have no experience on the field at all.

Anyways, this is are some important things you should avoid on a website:
    JavaScript Pop Up Windows: (Example: Main picture of the blog).
      Everyone that uses the internet has seen them at least a million of times. We are talking about this little windows that "pop up" on your screen when you less expect it. These things usually contain advertising of some sort, although they can be used for other purposes too.

      Why avoid them? they are annoying! They websites that shoot you a myriad of pop ups by doing little things, like clicking a form field, or hovering over an image. Some throw the pops every, say, 5 minutes. People do get tired of closing them, specially when they have to close about 5 of them every minute. Not to mention that for those who like to keep their last sessions on Firefox can accidentally close the main Firefox window before the pop ups, and that causes the user to lose his session (like happened to me a lot of times thanks to some freaky web designer enthusiast). The browsers do not do the appropriate job to block the pop ups, although Firefox has a little add-on called "addblock plus" that blocks almost all of them. But think with common sense; not every internet user wants to download Firefox, so let alone that add-on. Just avoid the pop ups, unless you have a VERY important reason to do so.


    JavaScript Right-Click Disabled:
      Okay, you are probably going to make a website that will have a lot of content that you don't want people to steal. For example, you are making a website in which you will post your own graphic art. You want to show it, but you don't want anyone to steal the pictures. The only solution you can think off is to disable the right click of the mouse so people can't steal the pictures. You decide to be clever, so when the user decides to right click the image, you display the message "The image is blocked so noobs like you can't steal it".

      Why avoid it? First of all, it is a big mistake to disable such important button. Right-clicking something shows many more options other than "Save Image". It is probable that the user will want to do something else while right clicking at the picture (like to view its properties). Second, this method is incredibly easy to bypass. Someone that really wants to save the images of your website will be able to steal them. Third, there are better ways. Personally, I would recommend watermarking your content and let the user save it.

    The two above errors are commonly made by simple web designing enthusiasts or by people that are learning web design.

      JavaScript Errors: (Example: here, IE console)
      This probably has happened to you. You are browsing a webpage happily and all of a sudden you see a small warning window saying that the webpage may not display properly because it contains errors. Your first reaction is to ignore the message and let it be... Until you notice that website is really buggy (thought not always happens, it happens frequently). A lot of other people see the error and just leave the page.

      Why avoid them? A lot of people assume that if the page has one error, it will definitely contain more. Some people just do not trust the page anymore and leave it. Obviously, you as the developer are not expect to have absolute control of everything your JavaScript does (specially when it has a big amount of lines). Though fortunately, you can "catch" the errors and do something with them. You will learn more about that on another time.
Now, here are some warnings you may need to consider.
    Be careful Of Your Advertising:
      Almost every website has adds on the page, Neoseeker itself has some. They are used because they make money to keep the website alive. If you decide to add them, please, make sure you know what you are doing. Do not fill the page with adds. Personally, when I see a website like that, I leave it without thinking twice. You should try to keep just 3 adds on each page. More than that is ridiculous. Also, make sure you know where you place them. Avoid putting them in the center of the page, or after each paragraph of text. It is better to place them either at the very top or very right. Make sure they are noticeable, but not too highlighting. Also, make sure they are not too big.


    Do Not Use Eye-*bleep* Colors:
      Probably another mistake made by newbies or enthusiasts. There are two common errors with this: Lack of catchy color scheme, and looks messy and eye hurting. The first important thing is to think on a color scheme for your website. Choose colors that combine with each other, not the only the colors that are "pretty" for you. Then using the colors supported by W3C (red, blue, green, etc) are a freaking pain. Do not use the colors the W3C supports without hexadecimal notation, as they are usually horrible, unless we talk about the standard ones like blue. But pink and its yellow are ridiculous. You want your user to be read your website and be happy; not to send him to the hospital due to an epilepsy attack.


    Try To Avoid The Use Of Animated Gifs:
      Another newbie mistake. Probably you think that dancing pigs and glowing stars in the background will make your website look "cool" and cute. Sad truth is, it WON'T. When I see a site like that, I screenshot it and leave it for some laughs later. Especially if your website has a lot of readable content, the freaking dancing pigs and waving Disney princesses with the shiny background. The user will be distracted by the movements rather than in what it is important to read. Not to mention a website like that looks ridiculous.


    No Blinking Text or Scrolling Marquee!
      And ANOTHER newbie mistake. Blinking text in a webpage is annoying and distracting. You should only use it under ONE occasion only, NO more exceptions. Yes, you CAN use it, but just when the members in question visit your website straight from the year 1996.
      Same goes for the moving marquees.


    Do Not Play Music:
      Yep, another newbie mistake, specially on websites like MySpace. Almost everyone nowadays has music on their computers and they like to listen to it while they browse the web. Playing a sounds out of nowhere on your website will cause a lot of annoyance to the visitor.


    Do Not Use Many "Versions" Of Your Site:
      You have probably seen websites that have something like this on the webpage: "How do you want to view the website? 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1028, or 800 x 600? What browser are you using? Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, or Opera?". There are two people that usually make this mistake; the ones that want to make a "professional" website for the first time, and those people that are too lazy. Sure, it is important to make your site compatible with as many browsers and monitor sizes as possible, but it is also important to know that not every internet user is a tech savvy. Some people do not even know what web browser they are using. To solve the problem, you have the option to leave the work to PHP and let it check the browser, screen size, and everything to deliver the appropriate content (which the lazy people prefer to say off, just because it can be quite tricky to make a "perfect" size, specially when you have to use different style sheets and such to make it display right). Make your site compatible with as many browsers as you can.


    The Font: Please, Make Sure It Can Be READ:
      ANOTHER newbie mistake. A lot of people decide to put complex fonts that can be hardly read, or generally fonts that are ugly. I have no idea why a myriad of people opt to use the Comic Sans font when it is ugly, childish, and overall unprofessional. Avoid that kind of fonts, and try to stick with just ONE font on the whole website (except for navbars and such). Using many different fonts will make your site tacky and unprofessional.


    Watch Out For Your Grammar:
      if u c a webzite dat is writen in crapy cht tlk, u probably get to lulz or to say omg. Simply said, you are going to be the "make me laugh" of the internet if you don't check your grammar on your website.

Now here are some tips, just so I can finish the biggest blog post I have made so far.
    Code The Site; Do Not Use WYSIWYG programs:
      Do not use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get Programs) to make the last version of your site. Code it yourself, otherwise expect your site to look horrible in absolutely every web browser available to the public today. You should only use WYSIWYG programs to quickly sketch your site, but don't use them for the final version, code what you see.


    Make Your Website To Stand Out:
      You CAN make your website to be the first result on every search engine of the internet, and there are complete books dedicated to that. However to stay simple, try so fill in the HTML tags as complete as possible, and wherever it is possible.
Those are all the ones I can think off. Please keep in mind I am not licensed or a professional when it comes to this, but I do believe these are some points everyone should consider when it comes to making websites.




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I was browsing a forum dedicated to PHP Developers, and in the miscellaneous section, they posted this: Kidoz Browser.

Interesting enough, some people were saying that it would present against the major browsers of the internet... But after reading a while, I learned that this browser is just for kids.

Some of it's features are:
  • Children do not need to know how to write or how to read.
  • The browser blocks links and scripts that could mislead the child to sites that are not approved. What do they mean with "approved" I have no idea if the guys that made this browser are controlling the link, or if it has parental filters.
  • Kids can browse an infinite amount of videos, games, and whatnot.
My opinion? I honestly don't know what to say :P. It looks like something interesting, but I prefer to keep kids away of computers until they are a bit older. I mean, this browser seems like it is for children that are 3-5, kinda sorta, but in the other side, it is good that this kids learn how to use the internet safely, because at the end it is something they will use for a lifetime.




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Okay, I watched this movie last week, though for some reason, the "obsession" for this movie just started to go in my blood today. It is kind of late, but it doesn't matter. It was an awesome movie (it isn't even of a genre I like), and I can't believe how I came to love this movie a week later after I watched it.
This movie is based on the original Mamma Mia! musical that is known in the whole globe. It also has the original songs from the musical, that means that all the songs are from Abba.

Now, ironically enough, I used to hate ABBA. That was until I saw the ballet presentation of my cousin, in which they played the songs "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia". That day, I liked those two songs too much, and managed to put my hands on them. Now last week I purchased this movie because Pierce Brosnan is one of my favorite life actors. I grew up with his 007 movies, and have a lot of respect for him. When I saw he was on a Musical Movie, my eye became square and I was "WTF", so I decided to check it out. The first ABBA songs they played in the movie are very good, and the actors do know how to sing their parts with emotion.
Though, when I saw Pierce Brosnan singing "S.O.S", I was paralyzed, and at the end I loved the way he singed. Who would expect a thriller actor would sing an Abba song!? I didn't, but Pierce Brosnan amused me, and I have been listening to the song "S.O.S" the whole afternoon; the original from ABBA and the one Pierce Brosnan sang. Though, now I love that movie a lot, and so I love the character "Donna" (in a non-sexual way), because she amused me a lot, and she is one of my favorite movie characters ever.

Seriously, if you get the chance to check the movie out, do it.




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Gosh! Why can't any average worker on my city have the DECENCY of getting a job done when you give them a call!? Everytime I ask for help to these people (and they know they are getting paid), they either never come to my house like I ask them to, they are never in their freaking offices when you tell them you will be there at a certain time, or they don't get the job right.

A few weeks ago, I dissarmed my computer and build it again. I did that to clean the computer pieces. Ever since I did that, I have been facing a problem every time I try to do a certain something. So I went ahead on the internet to a whole array of websites to search for help. Good people there, tried to help me, offered solutions, and everything. I did the research for three weeks on my computer problem, and since I couldn't locate the problem, I decided to head out to the city and look for someone that could help me build my computer the correct way.

My first stop was a small public internet center. I went there, with a BIG SMILE on my face, all cheerfully was I walking around the shopping centre... Just to find out that the internet centre was closed because they were either too lazy to give out the invoices to the people, or they did the mistake when they had an inspector as a client. The result? Since centre was going to be closed for three days, I decided to look for another hardware savvy to help me solve the problem.

So I found the perfect guy, whom looked like a nice guy really. I was able to explain him my problem with details, and he would listen to me. After I told him the problem I had, I asked him if he could go to my house. He said he was busy that day (which was last Friday),so he wrote down his cellphone number so I could give him a call on Monday on the morning. So today (the day I called the guy), I woke up early and called the guy. He told me he would come at 3:00 PM to my house. Fine by me. 3:00 PM passed by, and there were no signs of the guy. 4:00 PM, I tried to call the guy, his goddamn cellphone was either turned off or the guy decided to ignore my calls. 5:00 PM, and I kept trying, and no sign of the guy. Same at 6:00 PM, nothing yet.
Now it is 7:00 PM, and THERE STILL ISN'T A SIGNAL OF THE GODDAMN GUY!! I have been sitting on my ass the whole afternoon, and that I had some plans after the guy left (but how? he never came...), so I lost the whole afternoong waiting for a freaking irresponsible guy and NOTHING. I would have prefrered if the guy told me that he didn't want to come or if he couldn't, but dissapearing the whole afternoon, without even telling me he couldn't or anything, is honestly a sign of a badass that gets money scratching his ass. It's so annoying when people can't even use 1/3 of their brain power to give you a call if they can't go. It's not hard. I swear, that if this guy comes to my house later than 7:00 PM with any excuse, I will tell him I don't trust him and that he just messed up his reputation with me and with a small part of my city's community. I think I will just go ahead and TRY to find another tech savvy dude, but that one should be responsible. I am sick and tired of the people on my country. I am sick and tired of my country. I am sick and tired of irresponsible people. I do wonder why they decide to work if they are not working at all.




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Normally, I download a lot of addons for Firefox so I can work on my websites easy and efficiently. The problem with this tools is that they are only for Firefox and I still have to keep IE open to preview my web pages.

For the looks of it, those days are long gone. I found this nifty tool that let's you preview a webpage on Firefox like it was IE!

I haven't used this tool myself, but it looks pretty cool. I mean, imagine having Internet Explorer integrated on Firefox without having to switch applications? Sounds pretty cool, I will sure download this pluggin.




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The first thing most people do when they hear that a woman has been dismembered alive is close their hands doing a punch and scream something like "what's up with this messed up world!!".

Nowadays, hearing about children abuse, shootings, deaths, or other horrible things, is pretty common, and a lot of people simply say that the world is worse than it used to be before.

However, a lot of people are not considering the fact that they are hearing about. They seem to ignore that the mass media has been increasing a lot in the past years. We all hear awful stuff in a normal morning radio, or by switching to random channels on the TV, or by visiting Loungin'. The mass media is just reporting everything that happens. This issues are starting to see the light AT LAST. Maybe worse things have happened that were never reported to the media. Maybe the fact that now the mass media reports this issues is making people aware and wanting to fight for a cause.

I do not thing the world is worse. I in fact think that it is better, as crimes are now reported. Maybe in the past there were even more crimes, but they were never reported. Maybe they are decreasing.




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I remember back in the day (when I was like 6 - 9), Videogames were really something really cool for me. I could spend hours playing Videogames, all kind of games, but now, it seems that they are not so cool anymore. Are they getting repetitive? Probably. Is it my age? Most likely.

These two factors (they are getting repetitive and I'm getting older) are affecting the way I view videogames this days.

Back in the days when the almighty N64 was around, I used to find the first Mario Party incredibly amusing. All kind of mini games, plus the graphics were so great for it's time. I used to play that game almost every day unlocking all the minigames, items, and whatnot. The controllers where not interactive in any way, it was just to press a few buttons and that was about it. Now? We have the newest Mario Party game, 8 for the Wii. Heck, I remember when I purchased that game, I was saying "oh boy, this is going to be some awesome business"... For my surprise, I played only one board game with God knows how many minigames, and I didn't find it even half as amusing as the first Mario Party. This Mario Party was probably a lot of people wanted to play: move the controller to simulate you are moving a can, or point the screen to simulate a ball-throwing gun, or move the controller funnily to achieve some goal. I too though that kind of new gameplay was going to be awesome, but it wasn't like that.

Long gone are the days where I could sit down up to 5 hours of videogames. I turned Mario Party 8 off after about 20 minutes of gameplay, but later I installed my classic N64 and played the first Mario Party, although again I didn't last long, as I only played it for about 40 minutes, but I turned it off. The only solution I could think of for such low play times was that Mario Party was boring and in a way repetitive and I am very old.

Also with Zelda games... All of them I have played to the day kept me addicted, with the exception of Twilight Princess. It may have an awesome Gameplay, but that wasn't enough. It lacks the Magic (literally) Ocarina Of Time, Majora's Mask, and A Link To The Past had. I simply cannot believe the fact the new games are failing on my eyes. Probably that wouldn't be the case if I was younger.

The last game that kept my hooked was Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles for the DS, but it only lasted 12 hours. It however is the only game that kept me hooked after about a year.

I hope this problem is just big because of my age, but for the looks of it, they are getting indeed boring and repetitive. I hope I get hooked with another videogame in early 2009.

I would only play MP8 with my cousins tbh ):.




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Everyone likes movies. I love movies. Everyone has at least one favorite movie, but what is me, I must say that this group of not-so-known movies are a must watch. They are pretty good, and they have beautiful messages:
    1. - Henry Poole Is Here: Henry Poole Is Here is an awesome movie. It has a pretty interesting plot. To make it short with no spoilers, is about a guy (Henry Poole) who only has three months of life. To change his mood, it will take a miracle, but he will discover something that will return his wish to live again.

    2. - The Nines: The Nines is a movie I would consider to be one of the bests on 2007. It is quite complex to explain the plot without spoilers, but let's say that there is busted actor, an annoyed TV show designer, and a messed up videogame programmer that have to figure out some things first.

    3. - I Am Sam: Sam is a guy who has mental issues, and he has a daughter with a woman that later leaves him alone with the daughter. She runs away with a simple note saying "I never wanted to have a kid with you", now Sam loves his daughter but the law will be against him. Pretty messed up, huh?

    4. - The Children of Huang Shi: The story about a guy stuck in World War II is trapped in a home of abandoned children, and he doesn't live well with the kids, but he is determined to transform them into better people.

    5. - Grace Is Gone: The story about a dad who doesn't live so well with his daughters and has his wife fighting in Iraq. His wife gets killed, and the man must find a way to tell his daughters that their mom is dead. The solution? To take them to an entertainment park.
This movies probably are completely off of your favorite gender, but I found them beautiful, and I can't get enough of recommending them to people.




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Okay, I actually wanted to post this long ago somewhere, but I couldn't because there was nowhere to go.

Last Friday, I went with my dad to his parent's 5th Anniversary, where I actually met two beautiful angels that cheered me up... Until they left. Finally, I met two cousins, who are aged 3 and 6, and I never though I could actually give them all the love I gave them. That Friday night, I couldn't help but notice how they felt embarrassed of nothing, I tried to talk to them, and both of them went behind their parents.
So on Saturday, again with my dad, we went to have lunch to his parent's house, and my cousins were right there. They were trying to watch High School Musical 3, but their DVD was screwed. So I went ahead, tried to see what was wrong with that DVD, and we came to the conclusion the freaking DVD was ruined. So, to keep them entertained, we started to talk about "eating the DVD" (you know, this kind of things that children laugh to), and I was able to play with them after. The problem with them is that they live in Santa Cruz, not on my city.
Boy, we inflated one of those boats you use in the pool (well, I inflated it, and they liked the fact that I was basically purple for wasting too much air...), they sat on the boat and made me pull them on it... And then my aunts took me home. We though it was going to be the last time this year we would see each other. The smaller one was pressing my hand incredibly hard so I can't leave. So they left, and it was the very first time in my life, I felt sad for something like that. Even my parents are divorced, and my dad leaves actually in Spain, but when he left, I didn't feel what I felt when I said good-bye to these little ones. They left just Wednesday, so on Monday I called my aunt and almost begged her to let me see the girls. I took them (with my aunt) to eat some ice cream, and I bought them this famous "Petz" that are very cool for these little ones. Then finally, the night came in, and again the little one wouldn't let me go. Her mom was saying "he won't cry" (and in fact, the first thing I did when I came to my room was cry all over my pillow :P), and they finally gave me the goodbye kiss. I was the first one the younger sister has kissed in the world; and I felt incredibly proud about that fact, because I was able to love them, and they were able to love me.

Again, I can't believe I actually felt sad, angry, and happy. It was a feeling I wasn't able to experience even though a lot of people I like has left the country. When my dad left when I was 9, nothing happened to me, now these little ones left, and I just can't keep my mind away of them.

Maybe I feel sad, angry and happy because I just met them, and they moved to the other city just about 4 months ago, or so my dad says. I made them have a great time, so did they with me. It's just a whole mix of feelings that I can't explain, and I hope I get better soon, because I will meet this little ones soon, they have invited me to come over when we have a Holiday, and now I am begging for that to happen soon.

If you read all that, thanks, you made me a huge favor (: .




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This is my second entry of a blog, and I though I should make something that a lot of people may like.

If you have seen my My Neo profile, you will see that I put pictures and smaller text on it. A lot of people think I did that magic with HTML, but it's just not that. In fact, most tags are escaped (meaning you will see the code rather than the object). This escaped tags include "img", "font", "div", and more.

And effectively, a lot of people though that I was using the "img" and "font" tags. But it's not that. The tags I use in my profile are the "u" (for underlined text) and "b" (for bold text). How in hell did I turn a simple "b" tag into an image and an "u" tag into smaller text (and that, the u tag has no underline...)!? Well guys, it's time for you to believe in the magic of inline CSS.

To start off, you need to know at least basic HTML (well, VERY basic HTML! You will only use the "b" and "u" tag for this), and it is preferred that you know CSS too, but it is not really a requirement.

First, you are going to put a header. To practice, why don't you use mine?


(Right click and properties to see the link).

To put that as your profile header, you would use this code:

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<b style="background:url('http://i35.tinypic.com/2i6ywpj.jpg');padding-right:546px; padding-bottom:96px;"> </b>


Don't get scared!! That's actually pretty basic code, but since you may not know anything about it, I will explain a bit of it here:
  • We are using the bold tag.
  • This bold tag, has an attribute "style". This attribute is to put all the inline CSS there.
  • background:url('LINK') is the picture you want to put as a header.
  • padding-right is the width of your picture.
  • padding-bottom is the height of your picture.
  • "px" after the numbers in both padding-right and padding-bottom, says that the padding will be done with pixels. You can use % (percentage) instead of pixels, but then it is harder to get the correct size for both.
  • Inside the tag itself, you see an space. It seems Neo stripped part of my code here :P, instead of putting an space there, you have to put " ". That's actual code to make an space.
Note for those who have knowledge with CSS: You can't use the "width" and "height" attributes in bold tags. That's why they are replaced with padding-right and padding-bottom.

After you put that code, the text you put below it will be hovering over the picture. To prevent that from happening, simply add some white lines below that code.

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<b style="background:url('http://i35.tinypic.com/2i6ywpj.jpg');padding-right:546px; padding-bottom:96px;"> </b>



Your text should here. You actually need to calculate the lines manually by previewing your profile.


That's how you add images, but what about the text? Okay, with the text, I decided to have some fun, so I used the underline tag ("u") to play with it (: :

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<u style="font-size:10px; text-decoration:none;">I consider myself a HUMAN. An ugly yet beautiful HUMAN.</u>


You should be able to tell, but anyways:
  • It's the underline tag.
  • The style tag you saw a few seconds ago.
  • font-size is what will define the size of the font. Again, notice the "px".
  • text-decoration:none is what I do to get rid of the underline. Clever huh? An underline tag with no underline (:.
That's all for now, if I was not clear enough, feel free to let me know. Comments will be appreciated!




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So yeah, I just learned about this Neoseeker blog.
Anyways, I am Vermillion (:. I'm happy for having this blogs (at last...). I'm sure I will update my blog in a frequent basis (maybe not every day though, but just frequent enough.

I am currently a moderator, wiki staff, CRS reviewer. I also have some other small responsabilities on the site, but those are the only ones that I can mention without getting people to be "wtf" =D.

I will do a lost of related updates to Anime, movies, and web development, mostly.

Oh and something that has to be said, I am a guy, not a girl. I just like a lot of girly stuff, and I am not homosexual either. Just get to know me well, and we will probably have some good talks on MSN (:.

And yes, this post has nothing to do with Anime, Movies, or Web Development, it's just an small introduction.

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It's been a while since I last blogged, so here I am, posting about an actual truth that has been approaching the world with no sign, therefore passing by unnoticed.

Technology, children, and parents; past, present, and future.

We currently live in a world with Technology that advances constantly. Adds more stress to our lives, sometimes it is useful, sometimes its advance should be stopped, and sometimes, its advance should be accelerated. Regardless of what is is done, it is time to take extreme measures to what people do with technology, thereby it's time to slap parents a cup of today's technology. As a matter of fact, we are not in the 70's - 80's anymore. Technology won't stop, therefore it is time to do some harsh changes to peoples' lifestyles, specially with technologies that involve communication, such as the internet and mobile cellphones. Those who have kids, and were born in around the 60's or a bit later, you must understand that you can't raise your children the way you were raised, because just thanks to technology, those decades cannot be compared to today's world, both lifestyle-wise and technology-wise.

I have no idea if you have noticed - you should have, otherwise you just don't go out enough - but if you have children, there's a high chance that you don't play with them the say way your parents played with you back when you were a kid. Probably I am doing a lame generalization here, but I am sure it's true. In the past years, IT jobs have been increasing, and those demand a high knowledge of computers, regardless of what field you are in, and even companies that don't have much to do with IT now require you to be more in contact with your company. Do you understand why you bought your Blueberry a while ago? It's rather obvious; most people check their mail more frequently than playing with their children. That is, if you are a parent you should remember the times where you could work out with your parents, or play sports with them, and had a lot of recreational activities and such events with them. Now you are parent, and what exactly are you doing with your children? Probably, playing videogames with him/her, and if your child is a teen, you may even be talking with him/her via IM services right now (yes, it does happen). It is safe to assume that more parents play more videogames with their children nowadays than sports, either because with the constant increase of technology, jobs demand more communication with the companies (your sweet Blackberry is an artifact for that) and have to be in constant contact with them, or because technology has given you a nice, simpler door to be with your children, which by all means, it is really a lame option to go for. I am not saying it is bad to play videogames with your children, I am saying you should also do more recreational activities with them. Few are the parents that still organize camping vacations with their children to be in contact with nature, but unfortunately, even if you were raised with nature, it is very probable you can't live without your netbook nowadays. Its sad to see how parents are now recurring to videogames to be with their children. They don't even take a lot of time to play, although, there are also parents who have legit reasons to play videogames with their children, as real entertainment, nevertheless, a real parent will not spend all the time with their children in front of a TV (although I have to admit, I would have loved if I could have played Super Smash Bros. With my dad, my mom, and my brother, all of us together... But that's another story for another time).

I mean seriously. Ever heard of the iPhone Mom? Videogames and technology for entertainment purposes should just be another option rather than an item on a checklist when you play with your child. If I was that mother, I would certainly put the freaking iPhone away, and go and play something with the child; doesn't matter if I have to play with lame Sesame Streets, everything is better than using technology as an easy escape in my honest opinion.


iPhone Mom
"Agu gaga prrtttiphonegagagahehehe"


Another thing that I absolutely hate is that, even though parents know how to use modern technology, they don't know what risks they bring to today's lifestyles. In the 70's - 80's decades, you really didn't have to worry too much, if at all, about your children seeing children they didn't have to see because the technological entertainment that existed in those days was probably limited to arcades and movies. Not to mention, there were probably some people that followed the rules, and even though there were the arcades, the 'normal' kind of entertainment was still to be with your children out doors. With current increase of videogames, the internet, and others, it is time to take measures that weren't needed long ago. I am not exactly suggesting to keep your children away of technology, I am saying you have to take drastic measures to make sure your children are safe while they use technology, for a lifetime. This kind of measures really involve a brutal kind of shift in your lifestyle for both you, your spouse, and your children. And do trust me, if you are a parent right now, you really wouldn't have expected to see so many changes, because as a matter of fact, if you want a safe life with your children and yourself with technology, neither you or your children can have the same lifestyle you had in your childhood, because with the internet and certain videogames, children are now more exposed to life itself. Remember that teens have en enviable access to pornography that you wish you had when you were a teen, and because of that, you should be completely aware that there are explicit and pornographic adds in many websites, doesn't matter if they are aimed at children. You also have to be prepared, because your children will want and will have a cellphone when they are probably younger than 8 (something I am really against, but unfortunately in today's world, it is a must). Also don't forget that the internet connects you to everyone out there - predators, Obama himself, terrorists, your friends, family members, everyone, you just don't notice - so having a close look to the websites you and your children visit is a must. Neither forget that depressed teenagers and childrens now have the ability to use the internet as an escape route where they can create their own world they enjoy and be happy. Likewise with videogames, excessively depressed kids are going to play them more frequently than others. Before, these children didn't have many escape routes, but they would get cured anyways. Now, with this new worlds, it's hard to get them out of their caves to send them to psychologists. Getting viruses in a computer is also something to worry about, and not exactly because they can mess your machine completely. Do you see why you need to have the brutal swift of lifestyles now? If yes, keep reading. If not, keep reading anyways, you are going to find out.

I will start mentioning what videogames can do in your life, and in your children life as well.

First off, there are arguments saying that they can influence people to do bad things, such as committing crimes.

Before I continue, I must say that those arguments are discussed and there's no research behind it to support any claims. Some people say they do, and others say videogames simply can't induce the people's subconscious. Because of the nature of the arguments and the topic in hand is quite controversial, I will state my point of view: I am in between. Some people are induced by the videogames, and others are not. It simply makes sense and not everyone has the same level of mental control regardless of age.

Now, I don't know about you, but I certainly hate realistic videogames with a bunch of killing and blood, drug dealing and drunk characters, and so on. That doesn't mean there are people that do enjoy this kind of games, and there's no problem in that. Games like the Grand Theft Auto series have all that, and there are healthy people that enjoy them and are not hm, 'brainwashed' by them, however it doesn't mean that people will want to blow a school bully's head with an axe after getting a similar idea from a realistic game (that doesn't have to be exactly from the GTA series). That goes in the life of adults and teens. In the case of younger children (aged 12 and below), there is a high chance that they will be traumatized by such events, and if I have to more pinpointed, I used to get very scared of the 2D blood in the Mortal Combat game for the SNES back in the 90's, imagine how much more I would be scared if I saw this 3D blood with very realistic images!
And that's not all. If you are a teen right now, or simply a parent that also likes videogames (but they are not your life) there probably have been times were you loved a videogames too much, that you would rage if someone distracted you in the last boss and made you lose your last life on it. Sometimes even losing a final battle without external influences has probably made you rage and hit something hard. But let's be honest, you wouldn't kill your 17 months old daughter because she unplugged the electricity of your Xbox, or would you? Nowadays there are people that worry about parents killing their children over a stupid videogame, whereas in the aforementioned decades, you wouldn't have to worry about that, unless you knew someone who was an arcade addict, if even that.
And I am not finished even yet. Remember you don't go outside as much as you did in your childhood, and playing videogames has many negative side effects when played in excess. Many parents don't know this (who would bother in reading the 'WARNING' manual of a new videogame system, when they use complex vocabulary words, and have the tiniest font size in history?), including my own. I remember playing a bit over 3 hours a day of videogames and luckily, I didn't get any kind of seizures, but what about the others? Do they even know what is happening to them? While there is no proof that videogames cause epilepsy out of the blue, it is indeed a fact that photosensitive children can suffer epilepsy attacks. That is, if your children got a terrible headache when you took him a picture with flash enabled, then certainly it shouldn't be playing videogames. But how many parents actually know that? They were playing soccer at that age, not videogames, so unless they read manuals and are very updated, they are not going to know about this. Also if the simple hobby starts to become an addiction, then it will cause isolation of the real world. Obesity is also possible because of the lack of exercise (for starters, the Wii actually doesn't help you to lose weight).

Now that you know how videogames can be negative, it is time for you to know how the internet is dangerous as well.

Like I mentioned before, when you are connected to the internet, you are connected with absolutely everyone that is using it at the same as you, you just don't see them or interact with them unless you have the tools.
The internet is easily a new way to 'kill boredom'. There are some websites that offer simple games to help kill time. The internet also offers an impressive wide array of information for any kind of people. But this information could be false, and the flash games could bring viruses (yes, it happens). The internet also offers messaging services and social websites like forums, blogs, the never ending Social Networking websites, electronic mail, and so on. The latter specially, are the ones you should really be careful of, both you and your children. This kind of websites can, and do have, predators online, waiting for your children to come online and bite them in the moment they would less expect it.

The Internet is an incredible source of information. Sick and tired of your neighbors? It won't take you more than 5 minutes to find a tutorial to make bombs on the internet. It is sad, because in the 70's it really took you ages and it was hard to get your hands in this kind of information. With the internet your cross borders. What is illegal in the US may not be illegal in other countries. Unfortunately, nowadays you can put your hands on child pornography easily, have easy contact with terrorists, and find illegal drug dealers without knocking your head on the telephone guide. Your children and teens also have access to this information. Many parents nowadays may not be aware that their children are getting rid by selling marijuana, or worse, they may not know that they are posting their nude pictures over the internet, which makes them easy targets for social desolation, and depending on the case, easy victims for predators. Many times, the act of posting your nudity on the internet may be a mere act of openess and sense of freedom, which in my humble opinion doesn't matter, as long as they share with a group of people they trust. Things will get bad when the bad people get their hands on the pictures.

Also children don't know much about how much information they can give to strangers. But unfortunately, even if they release little information, every computer has an address, called IP address, unique to each computer, and while some computers have more than IP address, they don't have an infinite amount of different selections for them, so tracking a person using an IP address is possible, otherwise, many people wouldn't have been arrested for using P2P programs in the 90's. The moment you are connected, some websites can and will connect your IP addresses, most of the time with no harmful purposes, but the internet is huge, and there is always someone willing to get your IP address for mischievous purposes.

Now, if you are a "modern parent" and followed technology till the end of the 90's, you probably have seen viruses that could screw your computer completely. Now, if you download a virus and it destroys your computer, you should actually be glad. Viruses have evolved in their ways. Before, viruses were creations of people wanting to show their skills destroying computers. Now, viruses are there to steal your private information. So if your child played a flash on the computer last night and the FBI knocks your door for spending money you don't have, don't be too surprised about it. Both viruses and Social Engineering are methods to steal private information. See things this way. I have been on this website for 3 years now, almost 4. PROBABLY, some of my dearest friends on this site have been thefts that are befriending me to get my passwords and other info, even if it takes them years. The same can happen with children.

The social websites and games are also dangerous. You can find predators, and people who will personify others. If you have added your boss to Facebook ask yourself this question: is that REALLY your boss? It could be, it could be not.
But for your children, the predators are the BIG problem. There's a popular game called Blub Penguin. And I have seen all kind of profane language there (yes, I have been there, but just to see my cousin play it because in those days, she really liked it). Many times, they were simple teenagers goofing around out of boredom (which, it isn't exactly a good thing), but other times, it really looked like there was a predator there. That scared me. Your children interact with many people on the internet when they use it, and many times you don't know when it could be a predator. Some are too dumb and make it obvious, but others could use Social Engineering techniques, and your children could probably give personal information to them blindly.


Predators
They are not a myth. They are really out there, waiting for your children to appear online.


So how exactly do you make sure your children (and yourself) are using correctly? There are some simple measures:

For Videogames:

First simply, make sure the game is appropriate for children. Even if your child is ready for explicit content, it may be a wise not to show him that kind of stuff.
Obviously, children want to play what is popular, and many things their friends play may not be appropriate. Though they may try to fool you so you can buy their game, there is a little something that will really help you decided if the game is right or not for your children, that many if not all people ignore: the ESRB.


The ESRB
The ESRB has symbols that help you determine if a game is right for someone at a certain age.


Using the ESRB symols is easy and straightforward. Check their to learn about the symbols and what ages and audiences they represent.

Also I am sure there's no need to say this, but do check every now and then how much they play and if they show any signals of lack of sociability skills.

For the internet:

First of all, MONITOR EVERYTHING YOUR CHILD DOES; according on its age, that is. If your child is very young, you can go around and just install Kidoz browser, a browser for small children with just safe images and no text, and also has filters to prevent access to a forbidden site.


Kidoz Browser
It really is a good alternative to let your children play with no worries.


But what if your children are a bit older and need more access, with all the risks outside? Well first, you simply can't strip the internet off of their lives until they get older. When I was saying a brutal change of lifestyles I wasn't kidding. When you were young, you probably didn't know how babies were born until you turned 14 if necessary. If you want to keep your children safe, it is time to give them "the talk" a bit earlier, than you. Information is a must, and explaining things is absolutely important. Be with them when they first use the internet. Install Firewalls, and other kind of filters. Make sure you prevent unecessary pop ups to appear to your child (Firefox with tools like adblock plus could help) as they could have porn or other inappropriate content. Monitor monitor monitor. They won't realize its a breach to their privacy till be in their teens, where they won't need you to monitor them 24/7 while they use the internet.

Others:

You can play with your technology with your children. I myself have used my iPhone to play with my little cousins. They adore a game called FairyFly which has Disney fairies and MyHouse, an app that lets them make their own houses. But I only give them 15 minutes with it. Afterwards, we go outside and play Hide N Seek and whatever other childish game you may think of. Moderation is a must.

Also, I mentioned the cellphone. It is necessary unfortunately. But for the love of God, don't give your kid a last model kind of cellphone. There are special cellphones out there specially for children which only have 4 buttons: call dad, call mom, answer, hung up. That's what you should give them instead of latest models with FM radio and cameras. They won't even need the SMS ability. Just call mom and dad in case something happens. Or the police and others if necessary.


Comparison of Cellphones
The left one was made for girls and has many features. The one on the right is special and if fully parent programmed. Depending on the child, you will know what to choose.


Technology will certainly force you to change your lifestyle with many more ways than the ones described here. If something unexpected happens, there are forums on the internet for troubled parents... Ironically enough. There are also websites (oh the irony again!) dedicated to this and to children security online, which you really should find useful.

Have a nice day and thanks for reading (if you did)!

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