From TED Talks is a video of Will Wright talking a bit about spore (16 minute video).
Do I care? No! I want the game dammit!
A hilarious look (note the 'what would have happened in real life' sections) of 5 of the Most Absurd Superhero Origins.
Istartedsomething has some news on Vista hotfixes improves file performance, reliability, standby/resume, games graphics and global warming.
If you were one of the many betting on performance and reliability improvements in anticipation for Windows Vista Service Pack 1, then your winnings has arrived early, in fact some can already claim the jackpot. Winning lotto balls KB938194 and KB938979 for Windows Vista were distributed today to a group of Windows Server 2008 testers which is said to fix many of the mass-reported performance issues in Vista and even some unexpected improvements.
Sadly these aren't available to the common folk yet, but they are expected to be coming out via Windows Update "in the coming weeks", unless you're feeling very brave and want to download the patches from some random site on the net (I'd recommend not doing this by the way :)
Another post on Vista SP1 is here.
How cool is this!? Kevin Smith at Comic-con talks about how he'll be directing episode one of 'Origins', a 'Heroes' spin off series.
Whohoo! Low res, but in existance, check out this Iron Man trailer from Comic Con.
Ubuntu Security is a new sticky post on the forums, with lots of good info.
Unfortunate (Sexual) Things About Being a Man. As if the world needed to beat us down more!
Got a geek that works extra hard for you, or you think would love a bit of extra recognition? Head over and nominate them for the 2007 Sysadmin of the Year. It not only makes you feel really great to be nominated (thanks keth!) but the prizes are pretty kick ass too!
Very cool video of some of the new stuff people are doing playing with the newly merged Compiz/Beryl project, Compiz Fusion. The video is here. Great soundtrack too :)
OMG. SGI is setting up a system for NASA, the Largest Shared-Memory System in the World. 1024 dual core CPUs (that's 2048 cores). 4TB of RAM. 13 TFLOPS. Running linux.
Oscar the Cat Predicts Patients' Deaths. Sad and cool at the same time.
Yahoo's YSlow Plug-in Tells You Why Your Site is Slow, it's a plugin for firebug, and is now available for the masses. Here's the YSlow plugin page.
Much More Than Meets the Eye - hilarious comic, another one I'll have to subscribe to.
Gnome panel mania has a great look at some new panels and panel alternatives that are available...
I so love Top Gear.... here they are doing a video of a Bugatti Veyron at top speed, which incidentally, is over 400km/h. I think I've seen / posted this before, but I really don't care. We all love watching videos of cars with, you know, 10 radiators and who go that fast.
Really interesting interview with kernel developer Con Kolivas.
Con Kolivas is a prominent developer on the Linux kernel and strong proponent of Linux on the desktop. But recently, he left it all behind. Why?
He also talks about the linux desktop, Microsoft, and why he's no longer a kernel developer.
I've seen most of this already, but if you haven't, check out the Bionic Woman preview.
Video demonstrations of The 12 Kinds of Ads and ad formats.
It takes a bit to get going, but hang in there, this Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie Intro is actually really good!
Wow, this 11 year old drummer is amazing! Helps he's been playing since he was 2!
Hehehe, nice tips on How to Prepare for a Date.
Under no circumstances should these phrases ever leave your mouth on date:
1 - "…and that's why the courts ordered that I be castrated."
Read the full thing for the funny.
In other news, it looks like Xen Merged into the 2.6.23 kernel today. Iiiiinteresting things going on!
Andrew writes up a bit about Version control that doesn’t make your eyes bleed, in this case, the bzr system.
Very cool stuff... lguest was merged according to kerneltrap. Remember KVM, a kernel module with build in paravirtualization built directly into the linux kernel? 'lguest' is similar, but unlike KVM, doesn't require the VT enabled CPU.
Performance is still not up to Xen or VMWare, but it is something that'll be built in the kernel, is lightweight, and gives people hackability.
I'm not sure if more virtualization is better. I'd rather see efforts go into one of the existing technologies to make it faster / better or more compatible. Course, maybe lguest is is the project that'll get this needed attention.
Very cool, this would be (almost) perfect as a little router / nat box... the fit-PC only draws 3-5 watts of power, is the size of a paperback, and still has enough power to be a decent system. The ONLY addition I'd want is a third NIC to allow me to use dual WAN connections. Still, pretty good for under $300 right?
I've seen this Internet Chatroom Parody a while back, but hey, I'll post it again. Basically what an internet chat would look like in real life.... and based on my own trolling experience, it's pretty accurate :)
Funny list of B10 things i hate about star trek:
Between Scotty's poor lubrication habits and Geordi's damned polarity reversing trick, it's a wonder the Enterprise doesn't just spontaneously explode whenever they put the juice to it.
Techdo brings a good look at a Preview of the User Interface for Firefox 3. I'm looking forward to a version that's in beta that I can give a whirl.
Very cool picture of storm clouds and lightning approaching the coast.
A trailer for Star Wars: Force Unleashed has been unleashed. Fileshack has both and HD version and the flash version. Force Unleashed is a console game (not for you PC players!) which looks cool. Well, the trailer (first bit) is supercool anyway.
Geeks of Doom look at Harry Potter 5: The Book Vs. The Movie.
I really want about 10 of these to begin my takeover of the world.
Cool video of the latest not-for-kids project, the Rocket Powered Matchbox Car.
The Bee movie, Jerry Seinfeld's new project has a trailer online. Looks..... uhmm.... kinda lame to be honest.
It is said that Real Men Love the Fifth Element... and if so, I am a real man.
Not everyone is an iphone fanboy, some even think that The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face. Caution, bad words present in the webpage. And the blink tag. Heathens!
Some great animal photos via reddit. I particularly like the one of the lions drinking at the same watering hole as the elephant. Bit slow to load though.
Note to self: Check out the Ignite Realtime (AKA openfire) jabber server.
Just a quick note to say a huge congratulations to Sillz (Sarah) who just delivered her second son!
You know someone is a true geek when they blog that they're in the hospital going into labor :)
LOL - the New Yorker's article on what I used to think people were saying about me.
Yup, another this-is-true kinda moment.
Good list of 9 things Firefox should steal from Safari.
Ed Bott has started a Vista Master Driver List. Still nothing there to help out my SigmaTel microphone issues, or my film scanner, but it's a nice place to start for others.
Chris Pirillo pointed out some software from BananaSecurity which uses a webcam to recognize your face, lock your computer when you're not there, and unlock it only when it recognizes your face again. Obviously there are some questions about this, like what if I'm wearing a hat, what if it's darker/lighter, how secure is the lock it puts on your computer, and what if I want to use the webcam? Course, it still interest me greatly as the laptop that work got for me has a built in webcam on it...
The 20 Worst Windows Features of All Time - according to PC World anyway.
How I broke into the iPhone UNIX files and lived to tell about it, via The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Full shell access via software, no serial or special hackery required.
Fozbaca posted a link to a video Perl in a Nutshell, the song.
... Easy to write
Not always easy to reeeeeeeaaaaadddd.....
Hindu Prayer Shouted Down in US Senate. Truly a grand victory for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and of course, that separation of church and state! Great job everyone!
Forget Foo has the Halo 3 Trailer. Great graphics, but the character animation and movement still feels (for the most part) a bit off. Same with the vehicles. Course, that's a bit off compared to real life, cause it does look fantastic!
No consoles for me though, so I'm out of luck....
I knew a couple of these Nine Brain Quirks You Didn’t Realize You Had. Cool list.
#9 - You have an instant playback feature.
Great video of when Kids Ignite A Matchstick Bomb consisting of 30,000 matchstick heads. Booya!
Great video about how people smuggled thousands of electronics into the superbowl and spelled out a secret
terrorist funny message.... check out The Super Stunt.
Hilarious video about the transformer Soundwave and his life after the original 1986 movie entitled: Soundwave - The Touch.
Get Smart Teaser Movie Trailer, thanks Forever Geek!
I remember watching Get Smart back in the day and just loving the coolness, cornyness and funnyness of the whole thing. Lets hope that they don't destroy this part of my childhood.... Transformers was excellent, I hope that Steve Carell does as well as Max Smart.
The Completely Fair Scheduler has been merged into the kernel 2.6.23 tree. This new scheduler (which decided which task to give the CPUs attention next) "tries to run the task with the 'gravest need' for more CPU time. So CFS always tries to split up CPU time between runnable tasks as close to 'ideal multitasking hardware' as possible."
Got an IM from my super-windows and super-security dude main man Dana with a link to Porn and it's Relation to Your Social Life which had me rolling.
I of course, fall on the far left side of the graph.
On a related note this came while I was reading up on why techs steal your porn when you bring your computer in for repair.
Found a funny list of 25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years from Dave Barry. Nice mix of funny and serious....
If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
Nice video on Using Catalogs in Lightroom 1.1.
Ars Technica has a great iPhone in depth review full of pictures, screenshots, tech info, etc.
Cool, Houston, we have filesystem access. Kinda, I think :)
Linux kernel 2.6.22 is oot and aboot, and the link has a summary of changes and new stuff in a (fairly) digestible format.
The report that came out a while back saying basically how Vista has had hardly any security issues and Linux has had tons has been, debunked by insecure.org. First of all it's shocking that someone with interests in Microsoft would see less vulnerabilities and someone with interests outside of Microsoft would see more. Shocking. Next you'll tell me that statistics can be manipulated!
Fish, Rats, Chefs and Robots. - all about designing characters for pixar's movies.
Well, that didn't take long? iPhone full shell access is here! Course, you need to do a bit of soldering to get the serial cable connected. Still, shouldn't be long now.
Not to be outdone by (IMHO) google earth's superior sat photos, here comes Microsoft Virtual Earth: 26 Terabytes Published to Virtual Earth – Biggest Update Yet.
Nope, still no good sat photography of my house :(
Yowza! You really don't want to Mess with this Dog! Remember those dogs from the Hulk movie? Mirror image!
Who needs sit-ups? Especially when you know what a hot potato is (hint: it's not something super-kinky that you would be afraid to ask your wife for :)
If this story where a Former Chinese Restaurant Employee Tells All is even half true, I will never look at Chinese food the same again.
StupidiPhoneLady.com is a site with just a video of, you guessed it, a Stupid iPhone Lady. Watch the full story for all the goodness :)
13 minute HBO show First Look: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix via Geeks of Doom.
Without comment I present Sugar Bush Squirrel-The Superstar Squirrel.
I found 5 Obscure Facts About the Declaration of Independence which is pretty interesting, even to a northerner like me.
Happy Fourth of July to my American friends and fiends!
KDE 4.0 Alpha 2 has been announced. Some screenshots and links in the comments.
Wired points that a firefox 3 beta should be coming really soon.
The final alpha of Firefox 3 was released to developers today. After this Mozilla’s roadmap calls for the release of beta 1 on July 31st which will be the first feature complete version of the next generation Firefox browser.
Last Transformers story today, I promise. This pic of a name change form shows someone who is way to into the transformers.
Cool look at the Transformers Special Effects from popular mechanics.
The article 10 minutes to run every Windows app on your Ubuntu desktop is standard is some ways (using vmware) and unusual in others (desktopless settings and RDP). Check it out anyway, if you have need for windows on linux....
If I came home and saw this I think I'd just move. No packing, just pick up my keys and leave forever.
Geeks of Doom has a transformers review. Good review, right in line with the rest, saying that other than a couple of minor things (juvenile love story sub-plot for example), the movie kicks ass and does not destroy your childhood :)
I'll probably be going tomorrow night, assuming I can juggle things around properly.
Well, I spent what little time on Saturday I had free reading iPhone reviews, watching the 'first unboxing' videos, usage videos, screenshot galleries, etc. Darren found a nice initial (but in-depth) review of the wee beastie (I want one!).
The end result from pretty much everything I've read is that it's gorgeous and amazingly user friendly (JK has a nice writeup on the little details that make Apple the leader in UI. It's not the major things, it's the little bits....) and gorgeous to look at and use. They keyboard gets some getting used to, and EDGE for data transfer sucks slightly more than other options. Definitely sounds like the pros outweighs the cons by a long shot though.
Congrats to Jon Patch for the release of Vancouver +for FSX, of which I am a proud beta tester, and was very impressed with the rendering(s) of my hometown(s).
Found this via a few different places, but check out this 22 minute (and well worth it) talk from David Pogue from a conference in 2006. He starts with a musical number (not kidding) and then talks about UI design and technology and how we deal with technology these days.