Friday, January 09, 2009

Dolf Zone's Best of 2008

Here are my picks for the best of 2008.

Best TV Show:

* Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld - Who knew running gags about enslaving foreign teens in your basement and same-sex, rest stop bathroom trysts could be so funny? One of the most offensive shows on TV. I hope it stays on forever!

Best Movie (Tie):

* The Dark Knight - The perfect mix of incredible performances, special effects, and social commentary. It's rare for a "big" movie to have all of those elements align so well...

* WALL-E - This movie is now my favorite Pixar film! Besides some very clever (and biting) social and economic commentary, the technology behind the film demonstrates that *anything* is now possible... Any crazy, psychotic, and far out images that one can dream up can now be realistically recreated on the screen. Unbelievable visuals... I really want a sequel to this.

Best Product (Tie):

* XBox Live "New Xbox Experience" (NXE) - I have seen the future of entertainment and it's here... Games, TV Shows, Movies, Social Networking... It's all here in an incredible user interface.

* Logitech Freepulse Wireless Headphones - I HATE wires! Especially when I am trying to work out. These headphones are a godsend. I dream of a day without wires...

Best Video Game:

* Call of Duty: World at War

Best Song (Three way tie):

* "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

* "Pork and Beans" by Weezer

* "Supernatural Superserious" by R.E.M.

Worst Product (Tie):

* Microsoft Vista - Was there any doubt I would pick Vista in this category???

* The Scientific Atlanta SA8300HD DVR used by Time Warner Cable - Horrible! Unresponsive. It feels like the remote control's signal first travels to Mars and then back down to the box. If I had to use this at home I would kill myself. Thank God I have a Tivo HD.

Biggest Disappointment:

* Dell Computer - It was a sad day when I removed Dell from my "Dolf's Top Brands" category.

Best Software (All free!):

* Skype - Videoconferencing that works!

* Malwarebytes - If you have a spyware-infested machine this WILL fix it.

* Opera Mobile - If you have a Windows Mobile Phone you must ditch the awful mobile version of Internet Explorer and use this!

* Slide Rocket - Google needs to buy this company and make its excellent presentation software completely free. This is what PowerPoint should be...

Worst Software (Tie):

* Microsoft Vista - A two time winner!

* Outlook 2007 - Want to bring any modern supercomputer to its knees? Launch FireFox and Excel while Outlook 2007 is booting up, sit back, and enjoy the show...


Wrecking Machine said...

Vista was released in 2007, douchebag.

MattyP said...

Your 3-way tie for best song would all make my top 10 list for the year.

But have you heard the Creaky Boards' "The Songs I didn't Write" (The song they are claiming Coldplay ripped off for Viva la Vida)? It's 1) eerily similar and 2) a pretty good song on its own. Here' s a link to it on YouTube:

Have you listened to MuteMath? Even though it was released in 2007, I probably played their debut more than any other album last year. Great Stuff! (Plus they did a very cool version of the Transformers original theme song for the movie)

Dolf said...

Machine, I also think the headphones I so adore are probably 2 or 3 years old too... I exist outside the confines of space and time. I know it's hard for you to understand. But please trust me on this one.

I am planning to do a clean reinstall of Vista and will give it one more chance. If things work out better I will make it known on the DZ.

Dolf said...

thanks MP, I will check out the tune. I think Joe Satriani is suing them too for the same thing!

I love MM's Transformers song. Very cool...