Friday, October 28

Visual Studio 2005 Ships!

Visual Studio 2005 Ships!:

"The official launch is still November 7th, but Visual Studio 2005 is available for download starting today. This includes Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, the role-based editions, and Visual Studio 2005 Team Test Load Agent. We're also releasing a Beta 3 Refresh of Team Foundation Server. Of course, the downloads are for those with the appropriate MSDN Subscription."

Time to play around with some new tools at work...

Wednesday, October 19

New Media PC from Sony - with 200Disc DVD stacker

From Matt Goyer's Media Centre Weblog:

The Sony VAIO XL1 Digital Living System includes a 200disc DVD stacker, and fits in nicely with HiFi components. It runs Windows Media Center Edition 2005, and has nice add-ins to allow you to quickly rip 200 CD's onto your computer at a time (by loading the stacker, and telling it to do its thing, while you go off and do yours), and also catalogues the DVD's that you have in the stacker, so that they have title pictures/etc that are easily browsable in Windows Media Centre.

A press release. There is also a Q&A on Microsofts site with Microsoft and Sony people

what is it?

what is it? I guess I'll find out in 12 hours. In the mean time there are 6 short teaser video clips on the site.

Monday, October 17

Torchwood - Dr Who spin-off show

The Independent Online reports:

The BBC has commissioned the Doctor Who scriptwriter Russell T Davies to make an adult post-watershed spin-off of its mostfamous sci-fi show.

The new programme will be called Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) and will follow a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain.

The series is set to start at the end of the next series of Dr Who.
The program is planned to be distinct from Doctor Who and no stories will directly cross over between the two projects.

Tuesday, October 11

BetaNews | Companies Push 802.11n Forward

BetaNews | Companies Push 802.11n Forward:

27 companies announced on Monday that they would be joining forces to promote the next generation of wireless networking technology. The group would be known as the Enhanced Wireless Consortium and will push for the ratification of 802.11n.

802.11n promises connection speeds of up to 600 Mbps.

According to the group, a proposal for a standard could be reasy as early as early next year, with final ratification in late 2006.

Wallace and Gromit Studio Loses History

Slashdot reports that the Wallace and Gromit Studio Loses History:

TheFarmerInTheDell writes 'CNN is reporting that the Aardman Animations building in Bristol, home of Wallace and Gromit, has been destroyed by fire From the article: 'Today was supposed to be a day of celebration, with the news that 'Wallace and Gromit' had gone in at No. 1 at the U.S. box office, but instead our whole history has been wiped out'

Saturday, October 8

Still not sure if you should see Serenity? Check this out

From Sean Alexander's Blog:

Still not sure if you should see Serenity? Check this out:

Universal just released the first 9 minutes of the motion picture Serenity online.  Now that's smart marketing- in order for this one to get out of orbit, more folks (than just the fanboys) need to see just how good it is.

Link to see the first 9 minutes of Serenity

Google RSS Reader

Google has introduced an Beta RSS Reader at It can import your existing RSS subscriptions from an OPML file, such as what BlogLines can export.

Importing my bloglines feeds, it kept the categories that I had, converting them to Labels, as per GMail. Some sections of the UI were quite CPU intensive, running on Firefox 1.07. They performance seemed much better under Firefox 1.5 beta 2.

I think I'll need to wait a few days, so that new posts can come in on a variety of feeds, before I decide on whether I'll use it instead of bloglines.

Thursday, October 6

Space Above and Beyond - The Complete Series is taking pre-orders for Space Above and Beyond - The Complete Series:

"Availability: This title will be released on November 8, 2005. You may order it now and we will ship it to you when it arrives. Ships from and sold by "

Can anyone believe that it has been 10 years since this series aired on TV?

Wednesday, October 5

Orson Scott Card on Serenity and Enders Game

In a review of Joss Whedon's newly released Serenity movie, Orson Scott Card says:

This is the kind of movie that I have always intended Ender's Game to be (though the plots are not at all similar).

And this is as good a movie as I always hoped Ender's Game would be.

And I'll tell you this right now: If Ender's Game can't be this kind of movie, and this good a movie, then I want it never to be made.

I'd rather just watch Serenity again.

In the same review, he also states his negative opinion of most other Sci-Fi films (Charlie Kaufman's movies excluded). A good read.