Monthly Archive for January, 2007

The ‘WOW’ starts now

I noticed this outside the local computer store today.


Microsoft have come a long way since . Top stuff guys.

went into this store a few days ago and asked the sales assistant what the difference between all the versions of Vista were. He didn’t know. Seeing from Joy of Tech reminded me of the encounter.

Google Botch Sydney Flyover

The Sydney Morning Herald changed their , so I’ll post it as the title here. The choice quote is this:

Terry O’Connor, a spokesman for Air Services Australia, which oversees air traffic control, said that the aviation company hired by Google was warned when the flight plans were lodged last week that it would be “very difficult or impossible” to give the plane clearance to fly over some of the proposed areas.

The flight plans were lodged last week!? At least Microsoft were realistic as to where they were going to do . Perhaps we got on the Windows Live maps instead.

No mention of Engadget in the 2007 Bloggies

I just followed the link from Hugh’s to the nominations for the . I see that is nominated in the following:

  • Best American Weblog
  • Best Computers or Technology Weblog
  • Most Humorous Weblog
  • Best Writing of a Weblog
  • Best-Designed Weblog (huh?)
  • Weblog of the Year

Where’s in all of this? I think Larry Dignan was spot on when he the iPhone keynote coverage of some tech blogs, Gizmodo and Engadget being two of them.

10:57 a.m. Jobs keynote wraps up. Gizmodo has stuff up, but posts jump everywhere. It starts to dawn on me that I may have been at the wrong URL with a bunch of other people. Confused by the nav going on there. Was I at the wrong URL? I’m guessing this strange approach is designed to maximize page views.

Being the blog in Technorati doesn’t count for anything? Is it because of the fact that they’re owned by the these days?

Google no-show on Australia Day

I work for a company called . One of the companies under the iMMedian umbrella is . With Google’s on Australia day we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to fly the flag, so to speak. We’d picked our spot and turned up at Centennial Park at 8:45 ready for the flyover between 9:00 and 9:30.

Well, according to the website that was the plan.

Google flyover centennial park

We were going well. Everything was ready by 9:00 for the flyover.

The third guy in the picture above is Nick from , who also had a banner on the ground. By 11:00 there was still no sign of the elusive plane. We’d heard rumours that they were simply taking a few shots of an area just north of where we were. Then the ranger came along to kick us off.

We moved location but by 11:30 we were sick of waiting. The hope was that the plane was flying high enough for us to miss it (and that the sunburn was worth it!).

Google flyover on Australia Day

is very cool. On a Google branded plane will be flying over the CBD, north shore and eastern suburbs of Sydney producing high-resolution imagery for Google’s mapping services. I wonder how many of we’ll see.

My Alp d’Huez

When I was in Grenoble in October last year, one of the things I’d planned to do in my free time was climb the famous . I was all set to catch the bus to Bourg d’Oisans, hire a bike and attempt the climb. Little did I know that my bus timetable did not apply on Sundays and seeing that I was leaving the next day I couldn’t afford to go in the evening. Since then, however, I’ve been riding to work 4 days a week (realising I was an idiot to think I could do the famous climb in my then state of fitness!) and have been eyeing up my own mini Alp d’Huez. Well today I got home, dropped my bag off, went back into North Sydney, across the bridge, and on my way back I finally did the climb. Here, courtesy of Google Earth, I present my Alp d’Huez:

My Alp d'Huez

Looks tiny doesn’t it!?

Google could save 3000 Megawatts per year simply by changing its colour scheme?

I found on Digg. They reference explaining energy usage of a sample monitor with different solid background colours. Now it doesn’t specify whether the observations were taken using a CRT, an LCD, an display or whatever exotic display type you can think of. I’d imagine it is based on a CRT judging by the old operating systems listed in the Energy Star section. It makes fascinating reading but I don’t believe that the same principle applies to LCDs, especially seeing as one of the main determinants of quality of an LCD is its .

Besides, where would you rather go?


or here:

HD-DVD piracy on BitTorrent. Why bother?

I’m catching up on my RSS feeds (another topic: Google Reader’s is fascinating) and see post from Calacanis. The files on the torrent site linked were 24GB each! The question of this being game over is irrelevant for me at least. My gives me 20GB per month, after that downloads are shaped to 64kbit/s (not particularly pretty). Aside from being a massive download, I’d use my entire quota in one hit. The most expensive “home” plan my ISP provides has an 80GB download quota. That doesn’t even give you 4 of these movies. Now I’m not sure what the state of play is elsewhere, but HD-DVD downloads are simply not feasible in Australia. My internet connection costs alone allow me to purchase about 3 of these movies legally. Why would I bother?

The game is over when everyone has cheap high-speed internet access, but wasn’t that always going to be the case?

Oh and I’m still concerned over a comment made on :

Life hasn’t been the same since Steve Gillmor passed away suddenly last month, and we all had a great time remember the good old days. We miss ya buddy, and we’ll see you on the other side.

Jason, when are you going to clear this up for us?

OpenSolaris to be licensed under GPLv3?

eWeek has posted an claiming to have a source that states that Sun is set to license under GPLv3. Granted I’m not particularly knowledgable about licensing matters, this is particularly interesting for a number of reasons. The regarding the license and its use in OpenSolaris was a in its day. I don’t believe, however, that technologies such as DTrace would find its way onto without it. We’re also seeing more that ZFS is supported in Leopard.

The choice of license does begin to make sense with this news coming almost 2 years after the initial release of OpenSolaris. It allowed the core source to be released quickly, unencumbered with the restrictions of GPL, while allowing work on things such as device drivers to be available under the new version of GPL to continue. It also seems that Sun have been the idea around for quite some time. As states enthusiatically, it’ll lead to a lot of developer mindshare.

I’d love to see what has to say about all of this.

Attempting to run Joost in Parallels

Originally uploaded by .

Having been invited to the private beta of The Venice Project a few weeks ago and being a mac user has caused a few issues. Parallels runs most applications I throw at it rather well (granted I don’t play games in Parallels). Every time I started up the old builds it would crash. With the rebranding as , I decided to check it out once more. It now gives me a nice error message telling me I don’t have direct3d support.

Now, when are Parallels introducing that we’ve all been hearing about?