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Entourage, great show!

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Adding some randomness to our blog entries, I thought I would plug one of my current favourite TV shows: HBO’s Entourage.
I don’t get to watch too much TV nowadays, and in fact I’m one of those who’s all in for on-demand TV and movies, since it’s usually when I have some free time that I want to watch a given kind of show or movie… not what is available but what I want. (It also happens Tivo is non-existent where I’m living right now, and PPV shows are limited).

Earlier this year I got completely caught by Kiefer Sutherland’s thriller 24. I remember a cousin of mine telling me a couple of years ago how awesome the show was… unfortunately I didn’t pay much attention at the time. So, like I was saying, earlier this year I started watching the show (can’t remember how or why), but I ended up watching the whole 4 seasons in less than 3 months. That is a lot considering you’ve got 45-minute-long episodes, 24 episodes per season = 96 episodes of 24 and still starving! Before 24 it was The Sopranos, I remember which was a pretty similar story, watching five seasons in a row in just a couple of months (last year).

I guess I lost my point completely… HBO’s Entourage, watch it, great show, lots of fun.

Written by Julio Franco

June 28th, 2005 at 4:41 am

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Firefox tweak guide soon!

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Just wanted to let you know that Thomas’ Firefox guide is now complete and fully edited. I was about to publish it tonight but unfortunately it got too late (5:30am) to start working on the HTML and readying everything for public consumption. I decided to delay its posting until early next week, hopefully Monday morning.

Written by Julio Franco

June 24th, 2005 at 5:31 am

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Batman Begins reviewed

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Unless you’ve been living like a hermit the past few months, you’re probably well aware the new Batman film is out this week. Any good? Well, yeah I thought it was. Different to the others, a proper “origins” comic film. The main complaint being any of the “fights” were too much shaky-cam.
Then again I could be wrong. That’s right, Karl’s gone & gotten all riled up again by Batman Begins (The last time being his Half-Life 2 review). The results of this can be viewed in the Batman Begins Reviewed thread . Enjoy ;)

Written by Julio Franco

June 18th, 2005 at 2:24 pm

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Ads and more ads

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I remember a long time ago how this and many other tech sites just refused to show more than 1-3 advertisements per page. I remember so because around the time I started TechSpot (3ds), tech communities started taking shape in bigger scales, and back then many webmasters prided themselves of running communities in the form of “barely” commercial websites. Nowadays it seems though that concept has been forgotten by those same people.

As a site owner myself I know there are costs to be covered, especially if you want to remain competitive, so my point here is not blaming on those sites, not at all. My point here is that I have noticed certain sites (some which I like and visit) are running ads on really shameful quantities. I will be the first one to admit we just don’t run a couple ads per page, but I often try to balance them, up to the point where you won’t be annoyed or distracted by them, at least from my stand point of view… and so I hope that’s the case for most of you, too. Your feedback is more than welcome as always.

Written by Julio Franco

June 13th, 2005 at 6:38 am

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Job Hunting

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Well, what better way to begin my first blog entry than by moaning about my job. I’ve recently joined the ranks of those who find (Or, will find) their role outsourced to another country. Your job isn’t gone, just the role is… unless you don’t find another role. Hmmm.
So any fellow Irish readers have any tips on job seeking in the (occassionally) sunny South East? For a while I’ve been at the seemingly obligatory Monster.ie/RecruitIreland.com (Making my first application today – not bad for 5 weeks ehh?).
Also upcoming is a Foobar Media Player guide BTW.

Written by Julio Franco

June 8th, 2005 at 1:44 pm

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New site developments…

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Just to give you a quick overview of what is cooking behind scenes. Today we posted our third DVD Burner round-up, which is one of the articles I had in my backlog. Then we have scheduled for the coming weeks: a complete guide to Foobar 2000, a Quake 4 preview, an update to our high-end buying guide, a Firefox tweak guide, and a 19″ LG monitor review… with more stuff in the making as well.

I’m also working on a few new sections that will include a deals page (coupons, etc.), a complete db of Windows Services, and a db of Start Up programs. TechSpot T-Shirts should be on its way pretty soon, too!

Finally, I plan to open a new contest during this month… with all of the aforementioned developments being worked on, and hope to be unveiled in the coming few months. As always, your suggestions and comments are more than welcome.

Written by Julio Franco

June 7th, 2005 at 7:52 pm

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Ecuador close to 2006 World Cup

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I guess it’s time for me to post something completely unrelated to TS… Last saturday, Ecuador’s soccer team beat Argentina 2-0, which puts us really close to the World Cup clasification for the second time in our history (first time was in Korea-Japan 2002). As you can imagine, soccer is huge in South America and for Ecuador this could become a really big achievement that goes beyond plain sports, but a really good excuse to bring people together in a country where poverty and political corruption have taken away much of people’s hope. Then of course it’s a second good excuse for drinking and partying in the streets, too. BTW, I live in Ecuador, just in case you were wondering ;).

Written by Julio Franco

June 7th, 2005 at 7:40 pm

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Console emulation on the PSP

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Although I got my PSP on the first day of its release, I haven’t spent much time with it. So far, I’ve only got 3 games which still should be enough considering I’m not playing heavily on it, so no more money needs to be spent on it for now… and while I haven’t been paying much attention to new game releases, it seems I’ve also been missing other developments that exploit its speedy hardware. While browsing around I found the following at Slashdot:

“The PSP is now the ultimate in handheld emulation consoles, already it boasts Full Speed Gameboy Colour Emulation and improving Snes & Master System but added today it also has NeoGeo CD and Sega Genesis emulators added to the impressive list of homebrew releases.”

Written by Julio Franco

June 2nd, 2005 at 1:02 am

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