Wednesday, November 24

Death of VHS

BBC NEWS reports:

"The death of the video cassette recorder appears to be in sight after the UK's largest electrical chain said it is to stop selling them.

Dixons will phase out VCRs due to the boom in DVD players, sales of which have grown seven-fold in five years."

With DVD recorders becoming affordable, and Hard Disk based PVR's quite affordable and feature packed, I can see the death of VHS coming quite quickly. I can't remember the last time I used my video recorder. I possibly used it once last year, but not this year at all. I won't be replacing mine when it dies.

FireFly movie "Serenity" delayed from April until September 30th, 2005

Joss Whedon wrote on WHEDONesque:

"Are you guys starting to hear that fanfare? Those distant drums? Are you slapping on your side-arms, pulling on your long brownish-colored coats and thumbing your crisp new bills in anticipation of the cinematic event of the year? Well, it's official: on April 22nd you, the true the blue the loyal, can step right up with the rest of America and WAIT FIVE MORE MONTHS.

Heh. See, sometimes studios shuffle around release dates...

Okay. Don't panic. right now you're panicking. you're thinking, 'how could they do this to me?' But what you SHOULD be thinking is: 'How could they do this to JOSS?'. Seriously. That pity is mine and I want it back.

So what happened? Well, nothing terribly original. April got crowded with a lot of titles aimed at a similar demographic, and the studio decided September was a clearer corridor for the film to make the kind of impact it should. This isn't about a lack of confidence in the film -- in fact, they told me this before they even saw it. And now they have seen it, and unless they're way better liars than I'm used to, they dug it. Actually, they dug it pretty large, which is a good sign since there's not a single finished effect in the film. There's no reworking the end, no reshoots, no 'does it have to be in space?'. It's just a marketing issue. Now you'll get to watch lots of trailers in the summer. And hopefully, by the time it comes out, other people, people who ain't us, will get a whiff of what we're up to, and come along too.

I love this movie. I HATE waiting to show it too you. I felt pretty much the way I imagine you're feeling right now when they told me. But these guys know what they're doing, and they're trying to protect their investment, not bury it. So I gotta be a grown-up. The release date is September 30th. Hopefully it won't change again.

Spread the word. Keep the faith. And gleam the damn cube already.


joss | November 23, 05:12 CET"

Saturday, November 13

Pirated version of SoundForge used for Files In Windows Media Player

Slashdot reports that:

"German PC-Welt magazine reports that Microsoft used an illegal copy of SoundForge 4.5 (Google translation) for editing Wave files shipped with Windows Media Player. You can check that yourself by opening any file in the [Windows location] \Help\Tours\WindowsMediaPlayer\Audio\Wav\ folder in notepad or other editors of your choice and looking at the last line. There you will find a reference to SoundForge 4.5 and also a user called 'Deepz0ne' who happens to be one of the founders of an audio software cracking group called Radium."

Friday, November 12

Google's Index nearly doubles

8 billion pages and growing!

Google Blog has the announcement:

"You probably never notice the large number that appears in tiny type at the bottom of the Google home page, but I do. It's a measure of how many pages we have in our index and gives an indication of how broadly we search to find the information you're looking for. Today that number nearly doubled to more than 8 billion pages. That made me smile. "
"Together these pages represent a good chunk of the world's information, but hardly all of it. That's why we keep building more advanced systems for crawling the web and creating more sophisticated indices to sort what we find. So 8 billion pages is a milestone worth noting, but it's not the end of the road. The real test is how well we do in finding what you want from within those pages. We'll keep improving that too. "

Keep up the good work google!

Google have made a number of good tools that I now use everyday,
including Google Desktop, which I use to search for files and e-mails on my PC at work and GMail, which I use as my primary personal mail account.

Thursday, November 11

GMail introduces POP3

From the Gmail: Help Center:

"POP, or Post Office Protocol, lets you download messages from Gmail's servers onto your computer so you can access your mail with a program like Microsoft Outlook Express or Netscape Mail, even when you aren't connected to the Internet.

*Over the next several weeks, we are introducing POP access to all of our users. ..."

This means that people with gmail accounts will be able to access their gmail without seeing the adds, though also without conversation view and labels. This also allows people to download their mail onto their home computer for backup or offline access.

Wednesday, November 10

2004 IOCCC Winners

the 2004 IOCCC Winners have been put up on the The International Obfuscated C Code Contest web page.

They also have a Spoiler Page which has a description of what the code actually does.

Thursday, November 4

Transformers Movie News

Sci Fi Wire reports:
"John Rogers (Catwoman) is writing Transformers, a DreamWorks/Paramount live-action SF movie based on the popular Hasbro toys, Variety reported. Steven Spielberg is executive producing the movie, which is slated for a summer 2006 release and is being eyed as the start of a franchise, the trade paper reported.
Angry Films chief Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto, who executive produced the two X-Men films, are producing the movie, along with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. DeSanto wrote the story that Rogers will adapt, the trade paper reported."

Tuesday, November 2