November 28, 2014
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Really, who cares about anything today other than the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Posted by Arcterex at 12:58 PM
November 27, 2014
IOS 7 Concept (old but funny)

I randomly came across this IOS 7 Concept video from over a year ago. I’m sure when it came out (before iOS 7 was released) it was looked at as possible and probably a really cool idea and completely possible. However now iOS 7 (and iOS 8) are out, some of the ideas can be seen as simply ridiculous. Just as the iOS 9 concept that popped up today will look completely silly in a year or so.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:44 AM
November 26, 2014
The Origin of the Wilhelm Scream

Where Did the Wilhelm Scream Come From and Why Do So Many Filmmakers Use It? is the best article on the Wilhelm Scream I’ve read so far.

Now I know what I’m looking for, I can’t un-hear it.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
November 25, 2014
Jurassic World Official Trailer

Yup, it’s finally here, the first trailer for Jurassic World.

A natural progression, probably horribly predictable, and you can bet I’ll be there opening day!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:51 AM
November 20, 2014
AnandTech Previews Windows 10

Windows 10 Technical Preview First Impressions:

But now we come to Windows 10.¬†Windows 10 is ditching the “One Interface to Rule them All” mentality, and moving to a more user friendly model of a single store across all platforms, and multiple interfaces to the same OS depending on the current usage model. We have not seen all of this in practice as of yet in the Technical Preview, but Microsoft has demonstrated their solution to this change in input mode with a feature they are calling Continuum.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:46 PM
Very Cool Map Of Vancouver

Archie’s Press: Vancouver is a fantastic city map that explains Vancouver like I’ve never seen it before (and I’ve lived here all my life). On their products page there are most other major North American cities available.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:57 PM
November 19, 2014
MusicBrainz Announces The AcousticBrainz Project

The MusicBrainz Blog: Announcing the AcousticBrainz project:

The AcousticBrainz project aims to crowd source acoustic information for all of the music in the world and make it available to the public. The goal of AcousticBrainz is to provide music technology researchers and open source hackers with a massive database of information about music.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:37 PM
November 10, 2014
NASA Supercut of Amazing Space Footage

Hollywood Can’t Compete With This Supercut Of NASA Footage. I agree with the original poster, watch this on the biggest screen you can.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
November 06, 2014
Panic on The Future of Unison

Panic blogged today on The Future of Unison (their Usenet client), and showed why they are classy and do what’s right.

The new version is:

  • New, with bug fixes and updates
  • Free for all users
  • Unsupported, as it goes into the sunset

So they update an app that’s basically at End Of Life, and instead of letting it wallow, broken on a new OS version, they make sure it’s up, running, useful, and then make it free so anyone who would like to use it, can, as they’re not selling it anymore. The only thing that they haven’t done is open source the code, which they address in the comments saying it’s not practical (probably shared libraries with other products or something like that), but if issues arrive in the future, they’ll consider it.


Posted by Arcterex at 03:01 PM
November 05, 2014
Dropbox Partners with Microsoft

Dropbox: We’re partnering with Microsoft

We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and Microsoft Office to get work done. In fact, Dropbox is home to over 35 billion Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. That’s why we’re partnering with Microsoft to help you do more on your phones, tablets, and the web. Soon you’ll be able to access your Dropbox directly from Office apps, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.

Very interesting. I suspect this won’t affect other platforms, but still, a bit worrying. I wonder how much money was offered (they famously rejected a bid by Steve Jobs at Apple a few years ago).

Posted by Arcterex at 02:57 PM
Android 5.0 Lollipop Review

David Pogue reviews Android 5.0 Lollipop. Overall cool and different, but not without some issues.

On this Settings screen, for example, some lines of text are buttons (tappable). Some are just labels; nothing happens when you tap. One makes a pop-up menu appear. One opens another screen full of options. Can you tell by looking which is which?

Posted by Arcterex at 12:28 PM
Chappie Trailer

The first Chappie Trailer has hit the web. From the directory of District 9 and with a similar tack.

I’m amazed at how good CGI is… I really didn’t not believe the main character for a second, and if you think about it, it’s all created inside a computer. Amazing tech.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 AM
November 03, 2014
The Suitsy, The Men's Business-Suit Onesie

A Men’s Business-Suit Onesie? I need one of these!

Maybe not for $300…. but still, looks classy and comfortable!

Posted by Arcterex at 12:21 PM
Great Honda Ad Video on Youtube

Honda has a great video (ad) on youtube. Pretty innovative use of the technology and really well done.

So good you have to watch it twice (no really, you’ll see what I mean).

A nice behind the scenes look at the editing and filming side of it.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:08 PM
My cousin Oskaar on Daylight Saving Time

Via Staticred comes My cousin Oskaar and some of the best commentary on Daylight Saving Time that I’ve seen so far.

Note: naughty language.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:29 AM