Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Read on slashdot ...

1) Vista Beta compared to Tiger
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/31/1415208&from=rss
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_beta1_vs_tiger_01.asp

Have a gander at a review of Vista Beta 1 with a "chicken and egg" type theme.

2) Nintendo registers insane (*sic*) patent
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/30/1645253&from=rss
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,935,954.WKU.&OS=PN/6,935,954&RS=PN/6,935,954

Nintendo has patented an "insanity" system for video games where characters are affected by the situation they are in there preparedness and general state of mind so as to affect the reaction on input etc. Yikes, a character that refuses to move and cries for his mommy cause you didn't do enough training ...

3) Sorry waiter, there seems to be a worm on my Zen!
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/30/0118252&from=rss

So for the technology blunder of the week, it seems that some 3700 Zen Neoon mp3 devices have been shipped including the W32.Wullik.B@mm work. Poor bastards.

Read on Engadget ...

These 2 items via engadget today that caught my attention,

1) 1GB CF Round up
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000857056563/
http://www.pcstats.com/artvnl.cfm?articleID=1842
Ok .. so you wanna buy a highspeed 1gb CF card, but which one to get? The answer .. its doesn't really matter! Read this review and discover that unless you have a very top-end DSLR it wouldn't really matter much. Mid-range cameras like the Canon S500 really didn't show a difference. Of course if you are into bragging rights you would want the king of the test .. the Sandisk Extreme 1Gb .. which I happen to own :).

2) Archos Gmini 500 released
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000243056485/
http://www.generationmp3.com/index.php/2005/08/29/1299-exclusivite-gmp3-photos-et-specifications-de-larchos-gmini-500
So Archos has released yet another repackaged Gmini .. I gotta tell you I don't know why they insist on doing that. You know I own the Av400 and its a great damn device, the only problem is that it lacks hard drive capacity. I honestly believe that while its good to have a small mp3 player, when it comes to video devices a large screen is a must and PVR (pocket video recording) is super important. The perfect device would be one that retains the AV400 form factor, BUT with a much larger screen. The AV700 misses the mark cause it seems TOO big. Really is there a market for a Gmini device? Also .. where is the Xvid capibility? And I would kill for some good management software, I don't like synching my device like an Ipod , cause I use it as a portable drive as well.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Openoffice

Read a somewhat opinionated review of openoffice (which I also use casually) at http://www.realtechnews.com/posts/1705 , none the less its a good indication of what to expect in version 2.0 and shows just how far the product has come.

via SlashDot ..

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More on google tonight..

Slashdot reports on a possible plan buy google to develop a cheaper alternative to the current internet in order to provide high bandwith applications more cheaply. Yup, sounds about right to me. What would be interesting is how the implement the last mile delivery .. could it be Wifi? I hope so.

On another note Cringely is on record as pinning the google development as peaked at the moment, and is calling the rapidfire google developments like the dark fibre buyout just an expensive smoke and mirrors game so that google can shape the world around them a little. For example, release a chat client based on open standards ... boom everyone else runs to do the same. Interestingly he calls Apple the biggest threat to the current way. Ok ,ok .. that particular theory is a stretch, but have a look.

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More Apple-Intel developments.

Slashdot has more information on the Apple-Intel saga. Seems like they have arranged for some low end PowerPC chips throughout 2008, are they just hedging their risk as the article says?

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/12492493.htm

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Skylab Van.

Some people just have too much time on their hands. Have a look at a bonafide geekness extravaganza. A van kitted out like skylab ..

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/28/if_the_vans_aorbitin.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumbles/sets/838784/

The google master plan

An interesting take on the google plan, sounds scarily similar to skynet ..

http://gigaom.com/2005/08/26/google-the-ultimate-deflator/

Can you imagine trusting one company namely, google, with ALL your data and applications and becoming solely reliant on one source for all of this? I dunno if they are going with the whole client server route they are gonna need to have one helluva fantastic great fallover/backup system. Not to mention .. how will they guarantee 100% uptime. 99,9% just wont do ..

via geeknewscentral

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Engadget - 1985

Wow! Boy have we come a long way! The only thing I really associate with is the NES! :)

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000430055334/

Monday, August 22, 2005

Google respond with Word Verificiation.

Looks like the little threat by Mark Cuban did not go unanswered , google is listening. How refreshing!

Comment spam and the inevitable move to Moveable Type.

So , having recently fallen victim to the annoying google comment spam issue, caused by an "authenticated" user, I managed to stumble on this article quoting Mark Cuban as having threatened to actually block blogspot from IceRocket. Of course the issue is that you don't have to email validate your comments, thus giving rise to all sorts of splog bots coming online in the free blogspot environment (yet another problem).

While I'm not sure whether I should care about an IceRocket listing, I do think that this is symptomatic of some larger future problem, and I will be looking at moving to something like Moveable Type in the near future.

Peace...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Linux and Windows on the PSP

Engadget reports information on a private individual who has managed to get linux and windows 95 running on the PSP by porting Bochs (an open-source x86 emulator) to the PSP.

Yet another amazing feat , showing us how handy the PSP platform may become for us Geeks out there.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

iPod Garage : So you wanna start podcasting, Part 2

Check out the second installment of this excellent series on beginners podcasting. This one is on entry level mic's and goes into some of the technical terms involved, like Dynamic vs. Condenser.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Wired News: Hackers Annihilate Wi-Fi Record

Wired News: Hackers Annihilate Wi-Fi Record

A 125 miles is a long way for a wireless 802.11 connection. And here I am worrying about a couple hundred meters!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Google RSS reader

Google has added basic RSS functionality to the google homepage, check it out via the google labs link. BTW. you need a google profile, and you need to be logged in.

Windows Vista Logo

Bask in the glowing glory of the Windows Vista logo, appreciate it greatness and superb originality here.

Do you detect a hint of sarcasm ;)

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