Monday, 29 October 2007

De operadoras de telefonía y otras torturas...

Cada vez invierto menos tiempo en ver la televisión, lo reconozco, pero como cada vez hay más y más anuncios, al final termino "tragando" la misma cantidad de publicidad que siempre. De esta forma todo queda equilibrado, y no corro el riesgo de convertirme en un troglodita desconectado que no sabe quién ha ganado el puto Gran Hermano este año...

El otro día, entre cuarto de hora y cuarto de hora de Sleepers, en una de mis sesiones diarias de tv-marketing, tuve la gozosa experiencia de ver otro anuncio más de telefónica. Esta vez, nos regalan el ADSL de 10 Mb. Fíjate tu... no se cansan de repetir una y otra vez en el anuncio, que su ADSL es de gratix.

Claro está, mientras dicen eso, hay una carrera de letras en "Arial 6.5" que pasan por la parte baja de la pantalla, a tal velocidad que constituyen un ejemplo perfecto de lo que, en edición de video o animación se denomina: "motion blur"...

Por supuesto, en esas letras se dice algo así como: "Promoción válida durante los 30 primeros segundos de uso. A partir de ahí, 40 lereles, como toda la puta vida..."

Y digo yo... ¿Cuando van a dejar de tratarnos como si fueramos subnormáticos profundos?

A mi, personalmente, ya me harta tanta bobada y soplaguindez...

Nota: que quede claro que todas las operadoras hacen lo mismo. Comento el anuncio de telefonica porque es el último que ví, nada más...

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Great master of chess trying Simax

Several months ago, we had the pleasure to receive at our facilities to the great master of chess Miguel Illescas.

He was trying one of the first prototypes of the simax simulator. Although it was in a very primitive stage, he liked it and enjoyed a ride with a Volkswagen Polo.

I include this post now, because I´ve received this link with some info about it (Basque Language)

http://www.xake.net/6Gogoratzen/2007_EUS/2007-05-29%20Miguel%20Illescas,%20xakelaria%20eta%20informatikaria%20-Berria-n.htm

XNA Game Studio 2.0

It seems that version 2 of XNA Game Studio is around the corner. We are all willing to test the new features described here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2007/08/13/announcing-xna-game-studio-2-0.aspx

Just one note: it will finally work with all versions of Visual Studio (2005 professional, ...).

Cheers!

MSFT Madrid

Today, I had the chance to visit Microsoft facilities in Madrid. It´s a beautiful place as you can see:


Good to work here, specially after you see several XBox360 at the entrance ;)

Thank you guys!

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Photoshop CS3 Layers. Select all pixels & rasterize effects

I´ve been messing around with Photoshop CS3 and I´ve found a couple of things I´d like to share with you.

In versions of PS prior to the CS2, only one layer in the layer palette could be selected at a time. Now, there´s the possibility to select more than one layer and work with them alltogether, in the typical ctrl+click way to select and de-select layers.

This is great, but that combination (ctrl+click) was previously used to select all layer´s visible pixels. So now, how is this thing done? Well, after 15 minutes trying, searching, and desperating, I´ve realized it´s the very same thing, but clicking in the layer´s thumbnail instead of any part of layers entrance.

Second trick I´ve found here:

http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/photoshop/qt/flatlayereffect.htm

HOWTO flatten, or rasterize all layer´s effects:

If you have applied some effects to a layer, all of them keep editable at all the time. This is also great but if you need at some time to "apply" all that effects, rasterize them in the layer and reset all the effects properties, so you can work again with the modified layer "from scratch", there is no obvious option to do so.

A very easy way to do this, is to create an empty layer and place it just below the layer you want to flatten. Then merge that layer down (ctrl+E) to the empty layer you just created and voilá! all the effects get applied and disappeared.

Cheers!