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.web:Threadsy.

Communication is vital. Yet it is getting more and more overwhelming each day. Maybe even minute.
Checking your facebook account and checking Gmail only to later find out that the message
you were waiting for was sent on your Twitter account. This is the problem of communication today.
Too many different platforms, each equally important.

Threadsy intends to solve this problem by being a centralised platform for all your communication needs.
The reason you don’t know what it is, is because it still hasn’t been released to the public yet, it’s in private beta.
Threadsy works through your browser, which is great as who needs more programs anyway?

Threadsy connects to all major email and social networks. Facebook, Hotmail, Gmail, Twitter and
many others are covered. You can send and receive messages through all your accounts connected
to your Threadsy account. Users of Gmail will love the fact that Gmail labels are supported.

Threadsy is broken down into two parts, Inbound and unbound. Inbound consists of messages you receive,
i.e. emails via Gmail or direct messages (DM) via Twitter. Inbound section takes up most of the screen,
and is on the right side. You can compose emails and send them from Inbound.
Unbound consists of status updates from Twitter and Facebook and is on the left side
of the screen and takes up a third of the screen.
You set status updates on Facebook and Twitter from Unbound.

Instant messaging support is supported for Meebo, Facebook, Gmail and a few others with more to be probably added.

The people tab  is where you can view full profiles and connected networks of people on your friends list.
It is being worked at and isn’t complete yet.

All in all, Threadsy looks very promising and is free.  It may well save us a lot of time.
Want a Threadsy invite? Send me a message through the comments or via Twitter.

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Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

A DC Universe animated original movie.

Directed by Lauren Montgomery & Sam Liu.

Written by Dwayne McDuffie.

Starring the voice talents of:-

Mark Harmon as Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El.
Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman/Princess Diana.
James Woods as Owlman.
Chris Noth as Lex Luthor.
William Baldwin as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Released on February 23, 2010.

Running time 75 minutes.
This animated feature is based in some ways on the grand Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline from DC. As is the case with any animated feature, it always takes liberty from the source work.  The main protagonist here is a heroic Lex Luthor from an alternate universe where the Justice League are evil.

As is earth is about to be overrun by evil, Lex Luthor comes to our earth’s Justice League for help.
Thus begins an epic battle of good version evil. The mouth-watering prospect is that we get to see an evil version of the Justice League, known as the Crime Syndicate.
The primary roster of the Justice League includes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter and the Green Lantern. Their Crime Syndicate counterparts,or simply put evil versions are Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, J’edd J’arkus and Power Ring. Both sides also have a supporting cast of lesser known DC heroes and villains.

The battle is between the good versus evil versions of all our favourite heroes.  We have always at some point asked ourselves what would happen if Superman used his unlimited power for  evil, the Dark Knight become one with the darkness and helped spread it. This is where we get to find out. Plus we get to see how our heroes would fare against themselves.

The first thing you will notice with the film is that the voice casting is bad. Kevin Conroy isn’t the Batman. Now that is a very big crime. Anyone who has ever watched a single Batman animated feature (cartoons or even the awesome game from last year, Arkham Asylum) knows that Batman voiced by anyone other than Conroy is unacceptable. They have boosted star power by adding Mark Harmon from NCIS as Superman, a move completely unnecessary but very common in direct to viedo animated features from DC. Using the core voice actors from the animated series would have been way better.

The movie is way too short in length, clocking at just 75 minutes. This makes the story line very forced and there is no character development. Prime characters like Batman are given way little time to exert themselves. Owlman also suffers the same fate as being one of the prime antagonists, he could have used some more screen time.

There is also a side storyline about The Martian Manhunter which I felt was not needed at all, having little to do with the main storyline. Had that story line been exclude, then that time could have been put to better use in story and character development.

Crisis on Two Earths is by far the best storyline with the Justice League in any animated feature. It is the closest we have come to getting an onscreen representation of Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline from the comics. This project has been in development hell for quite a while, being slated to come out during the Justice League Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited Animated Series.

This is a must for any DC comics fan.

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.web : Backup.

The site is back (if anyone noticed it being down, thanks for being so regular!). The problem was due to the inexperience of the new management at my hosting company, who are upgrading and migrating servers.  My site being down made me realise a very important thing. Backup.

The most important thing my brother taught me about life (and computers), is to always have backup. I remember it every single second. So should you.

It’s very common to see people not backing up their data. Always backup all of your important data. This includes class notes, documents, pictures, music, work stuff and even all the data on your website.
Backups should be preferably stored on an external medium, like an external hard disk or be burnt on a DVDs. Both these medium are very cheap and getting cheaper almost every month, especially hard drives. For weekly backups, keep them on your external hard drive or on a flash drive. For monthly or annual backups, burn them on a DVD. This is because external hard drives may crash. But once the DVD has been burnt and verified, it will work for a long time with proper usage and care.

Online data storage is starting to catch up. Online data storgae is backing up data online on storage sites like SkyDrive, Dropbox, etc. This is a very cheap method as the amount space they give for free is usually sufficient for documents. However, I usually do not recommend this method as your account may get compromised and your data may be stolen. Worse of all you may never know it.

Students, like myself, most of your university life will be spent doing assignments, projects, reports and all others of that sort. As you are doing this, keep regular backup of what you are working on every few hours. The preferred media for this are usb keys. Keep them plugged in while you work and regulary save and send a copy of your work into it. Nothing is worse than loosing all your hardwork because your hard drive crashed or data got deleted erroneouly.

Those of you who are photographers or take a lot of photos, with either your camera or phone, backup all your images. Originals and edits, both are important. Burn your files to DVDs and label them properly as well, preferably by location, event and date.

Musicians, all of you probably have external hard disk(s). Therefore your backing up will be preferably done on DVDs. Keep all demos, samples and performances. Who knows, when you get famous, you might release them as special unreleased tracks.

For all you webmasters out there, a special word of warning. Do not under any circumstances rely on your hosting company to backup your data for you. I almost lost my data because of this. Even if they promise regular backups, it is the smarter and more efficient thing to make your own database dumps.

Always keep in mind, data is important.  It’s your life’s work.