Macross Frontier Runs On Windows

August 17, 2008

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I was watching Macross Frontier Episode 19 today and I found something interesting at 20:19. At first it looks like some super cool programming from the future with stylish windows and lots going on. I was wondering how they program in the future so I decided to take a closer look. What I found appears to be a COM+ log and INF files for windows drivers. Without knowing anything about the code it looks pretty good. It makes you think, “Wow, people in the future are really l33t programmers,” but it is all just a dirty deception. These future people with their giant transforming robots and heart moving J-Pop music are still running Microsoft software that is about 60 years old.

To be fair, the scene lasts less than a second so it isn’t anything someone would notice casually. But still, I would have preferred something more creative and original, at the very least code that wasn’t so mainstream. It make me feel betrayed :’(

There is probably interesting code in other Frontier episodes, but I’m too lazy to go look through all of them. Here are some pictures of the code along with transcriptions. I’m no expert with drivers and COM+ so maybe someone else can tell me something more about it.

This is an INF file. I don’t know what the titles on the windows like TAG.C23/CMD. mean, but here, the “Signature=”$Windows NT$” glaringly tells us that this is for some version on Windows NT, perhaps the version that come out in 2059 AD. A search for “6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f” brings up hits and reveals that this must be real code taken from somewhere although I can’t find where exactly. Also we can see that the Driver Version is from 11/01/2002. I think it’s time to update your drivers; talk about being lazy, wow!

[Version]
Signature=”$Windows NT$”
Class=Image
ClassGUID={6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f}
Provider=%Mfg%
CatalogFile=es2ent.cat
DriverVer=11/01/2002,5.7.1.0

[ControlFlags]
ExcludeFromSelect=*

Some of this was hard to transcribe so don’t take this as exact. Two parts, marked with <<?>>, I really couldn’t tell at all.

COM+[11:23:54]: ……………………………………………………………….
COM+[11:23:54]: Setup started = [DATE:12.20.2004 TIME: 11:23 pm]
COM+[11:23:54]: ……………………………………………………………….
COM+[11:23:54]: Start OC_INIT_COMPONENT Component = com
COM+[11:23:54]: INF VERSION (com) = 1999,9,3422,5
COM+[11:23:54]: Instantiating CMasterNT5Wks
COM+[11:23:54]: Memory usage for setup process…
COM+[11:23:54]: PeakWorkingSetSize: 25300 Kb, WorkingSetSize: 1<<????>> Kb
COM+[11:23:54]: QuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage: 40Kb, QuotaPagedPoolUsage: 40 Kb
COM+[11:23:54]: PeakPagefileUsage: 15490 Kb, PagefileUsage: 16108 Kb
COM+[11:23:54]: MTSS: Answer File =
COM+[11:23:54]: Calling SetupOpeninfFile.
COM+[11:23:54]: Unable To open Answer File!!
COM+[11:23:54]: DRID-39104 -> Path: C:\WINNT\Java\Trustlib\
COM+[11:23:54]: Installed COM product version = 0.0.0.0
COM+[11:23:54]: SETUP VERSION = 3.00.3421
COM+[11:23:54]: Setup Mode = CUSTOM
COM+[11:23:54]: DRID-39103 -> Path:C:\Program Files\Common Files\ODBC\Data Sources\
COM+[11:23:54]: End OC_INIT_COMPONENT Return Value = <<?>>
COM+[11:23:54]: Start OC_INIT_COMPONENT Component = dtc

Some more stuff on the far right seems to be another INF for a Mitsubishi monitor:


Blogging about Blogging about Blogging about …

August 14, 2008

Blogging is an interesting thing.  People are in fact so interestesd in it that they start blogging about blogging.  And then that’s interesting too so they blog about how they always blog about blogging.  It’s a curious effect that people blog about it, and thus by blogging it, they create blogging about blogging about blogging about blogging.  This leads to a cataclysmic cascade of recursive blogging, which thus leads further to me blogging about blogging recursively.  It leads me to recursively blog about blogging recursively and thus recursively^n blogging about blogging.  Just accept it, you’re stuck in a real nasty infinite loop.  You should just accept it, but for more information see Blogging about Blogging about Blogging about …


Searching for God in all the wrong places

August 14, 2008

During my long blogging absence, I went on a spiritual journey on the internet searching for God.

On the first step of my journey I used Wikipedia, my usual starting point for internet research. I learned that g.o.d. is actually a now defunct Korean boy band made up of 5 people. Strange, I hadn’t known that until the internet told me so.

I then went to DomainTools to try to find out whois god. Apparently God was created 1994-07-13 and will expire 2014-07-12. That is sad, but at least we now know when the world was started and when it will end. I also found out that God is Canadian, living in Vancouver. I would have thought he lived in Korea, but I suppose God does have the power to live in two places at once.

Wow, I had already learned a lot of new things about God, but I needed more; I wanted to actually see god. So I went to God on flicker and found a lot of strange and disturbing pictures that I dare not talk about. There are just somethings we humans were not meant to see.

Lastly, I wanted to know how many followers God has, so I went to Google Trends. Many people worship god, but britney is a close contender having surpassed god on multiple occasions:

God V Britney

However there is one more deity that is more popular than god and britney combined and then tripled!

porn

Conclusion: porn is the most powerful deity


I am a lazy Nerd

March 3, 2008

Close up of 9thYes I know, I haven’t posted on the Crazy Cornellian in a long time and I missed two updates on my webcomic last week. Lazy is me. But do not despair, I think I am back on track. And by the way, the comic today is quite nerdy and would require knowledge of Big O Notation and Graham’s number. So in compensation to you, the reader, here is a nice close up of 9th. Stare into its evil-doing eyes of doom!


Need I explain?

February 1, 2008

AllyIt seems like a lot of people don’t understand the first comic in Ally the WebComic. Fine, I’ll explain it for you. Although it seems like nonsense to say that your favorite noise is blue, it makes perfect sense to Ally because different types of noise are classified by color. I could explain some other things in the comics, but I leave it up to the reader to figure it out.

Also I’ve noticed that some people miss the navigation menu I have. I should make some nice graphics for those some day. I’m now using FeedBurner so that I can have some fun stats to play with. There is also an email subscription that I’ve put up on the site thanks to FeedBurner. Anyway thanks to those who are reading my strange creation.


Introducing Ally the WebComic

January 29, 2008

AllyMy winter break was very long and I eventually went crazy and started talking to my lego friends. They told me that making a webcomic starring them would be a great idea since I can’t draw but I can use Photoshop. So I did some fun PHP programing, taught myself how to make a RSS feed (easy), took pictures of my lego friends, did some brainstorming, and spent a lot of time Photoshoping. And thus Ally the WebComic was born!


What is Quad Blogger?

October 16, 2007

Quad BloggerThere is a strange new Cornell Blog out there called the Quad Blogger. It is obviously part of the Chronicle since it is linked from there, but I don’t get the point of it. First reading the blog made me very confused, I had no idea what the conversation was about, but it actually made sense once I found what the IES Cephalonia delegation was. The best explanation of what the Quad Blogger is is on the about page:

QB is a “We” thing. QB is not an administrative amanuensis…

Call these liberties or limitations, one thing about Quad Blogger holds: Wherever Cornell-related news may be found, there will you find QB.

Sometimes. Not all the all the time. QB may not be here every day – but often enough, when campus actions, events or people provoke a little more than the standard news treatment. For QB is all-seeing and all-knowing.

Just not all the time.

It looks likes QB is just a fun toy for the Chronicle Staff, but I can’t be sure. The Chronicle as been pretty interested in blogs such as with the Cornell Student Blog Roundup last year and a little blurb from Elliot Back last month. It’s cool that they are trying get into blogging, but I wonder what they are really planning with this site.


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