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My 20 Favorite Movies

CB068381The only criteria is movies that I could watch over and over again without ever getting bored. I’ve watched lots of great films but for some reason I always have a reason to watch these again, even if they may not be the “best” movies.

In alphabetical order, they are:

  1. Aladdin
  2. Apollo 13
  3. Avatar
  4. Back to the Future
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Brother Bear
  7. El Laberinto del Fauno
  8. How To Train Your Dragon
  9. Match Point
  10. Minority Report
  11. Star Trek
  12. The King’s Speech
  13. The Lion King
  14. The Lord of the Rings
  15. The Prince of Egypt
  16. The Rescuers Down Under
  17. Titanic
  18. Toy Story
  19. WALL-E
  20. WarGames

If you have any recommendations for an awesome movie, let me know because I finally have Netflix! :) As always, comments, objections, rants and suggestions are appreciated.

ITESM Achievements List


Compilado con la ayuda del genial @lhchavez. Por pura diversión, no tomar en serio Smile

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6 awesome mindhacks and tricks I learned at Microsoft

At Microsoft, I acquired lots of neat tips and tricks that I have now adapted into my daily life as a CS student. I’ll share some of my favorites.

1. In to-dos and tasks, use $ for in-progress tasks and * for mostly completed tasks


In my team, in our bug-tracking system we used $ to mark items currently in progress and * to mark when a work item or bug was moslty completed but not yet checked in. That makes it very easy to track how progress on a given tasks is going. I have since incorporated this into my regular to-do list.

2. In code that does a lot of error handling, use status variables and macros to check for errors


Instead of writing long if clauses to check the result of every system call, hide those error checks behind a macro. It makes code much cleaner and makes error checking and logging a much more painless affair.

3. Lock your computer often


More about privacy and security than productivity, it’s always a good idea (and company policy at Microsoft) to lock your computer when you’re going to leave it for a while. You never know when someone might come by and use your account or steal your data. Windows+L is a very easy keyboard shortcut, so use it often.

4. Use Zune Pass to keep your music fresh


There’s nothing worse than listening to the same music over and over again while you’re trying to work. Zune Pass is an awesome service because not only does it let you download all the music you want, but it also gives you recommendations on new music to listen to. This way, you can keep your playlist fresh and new. Grooveshark, and Pandora also work, but Zune Pass is the only one that also lets you download music to listen offline and copy to MP3 player.

5. When working from the command line, batch scripts and shortcuts are king


This one’s a no-brainer for anyone that spends a large portion of the time on the command line. Whether it be Windows or Unix-like shells, shortcuts and scripts always help a lot when navigating and getting stuff done on the command line. Use aliases, scripts and commands to get the best out of your command-line experience.

6. Keep highly hydrated for best performance


Microsoft offers free drinks to all employees for a reason. It’s very important to keep hydrated to be productive. Whether it be water or your favorite caffeine-rich drink, try to keep you brain happy while you’re working.


Have a tip of your own for working better? Leave a comment!

The 7 Best Windows 7 Gadgets

Windows GadgetsWindows Vista brought a great new feature to the desktop: sidebar gadgets, little programs that offer information, entertainment or just plain eye-candy to a dockable bar to the right of the screen. Now Windows 7, Vista’s successor, has improved it even more: doing away with the sidebar, it lets you reorganize you gadgets however you want, in either small “sidebar” size or full size anywhere on your desktop.

The huge problem with gadgets, though, is finding functional, interesting and good looking ones. The official gadget repository, Windows Live Gallery, is not very useful, as the screenshots have a very low resolution and an incorrect aspect ratio, and ratings are usually unrepresentative of a gadget’s quality. However, after navigating a while through the Live Gallery I’ve found very useful and aesthetic gadgets. To celebrate the upcoming version of Windows, here are my seven favorite. Note: These gadgets are also compatible with Vista.

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