February 27, 2007

Not so fast, Vista

A french researcher has run tests and claims that Windows new operating system, Vista, is slower than XP. Things like how fast menus appear, how quickly you can open a folder from the desktop, and even how precise the mouse pointer is -- all slower on Vista than on Windows XP. In fact, the researcher found that Vista is at the same level of performance that Windows 98 was. And that was a loonnnng time ago.

So, think twice before taking the vista plunge. You might be better with XP.

February 26, 2007

More Palm Rumors

Ah, my beloved Palm. I've used you since 1996 and loved every day of it. Yes, I've wandered across the trailer lot to Windows Mobile-land a few times, but hey -- a guy's gotta look around every now and then, right? Well, more and more now I hear rumors about your demise and it just makes me sad. Rumors that you're going down for the last time, that you're on your last legs, that you've jumped the shark and preparing to sell the company. Now those rumors have resurfaced. Please Palm, say it ain't so. Remember all the good times we've had; all the things we've seen and done together. Continue to innovate and come out with some unbelievable product that will have everyone throwing away their Motorola Qs, their Blackjacks, and not even look at that iPhone which is poised to blow away all comers. Do it Palm. Do it.

February 20, 2007

Why Second Life's Not So Great

Inflated figures? In this age of recent Enron/Arthur Andersen scandals, it should come as no surprise that people have inflated their numbers and overstated their actual worth. Such seems to be the case with all the hype surrounding Second Life. Apparently there aren't as many real users as they're claiming, and the real money to be made simply isn't there. Gee, what a surprise--the virtual world really isn't a cornucopia of goodness and the streets aren't lined with gold.

Microsoft's Free Virtual Emulator and Damn Small Linux

Microsoft recently released a new emulator for it's Windows XP and Vista operating systems. While it gets props for making it free, it loses for the environments it can emulate. I mean, if you've got a brand new Vista machine, do you really want to emulate Windows Millenium (ME)? I think not. I'd love it if they opened it up a bit so you could emulate Mac OSX, or some of the other more obscure OS's. Apparently it can run IBM's OS/2 Warp (a damn fine OS in it's day, and ahead of it's time), and some people have had success getting Linux to run on it. Now that it's out, it's up to the hackers to make it do what it really should.

Speaking of Linux, I've posted before about some of the different flavors I've tried and liked. I've just been introduced to another one, which you may to try out as well. Damn Small Linux. Small enough to be installed and run off a USB key, making for a very modular and portable OS. I like it. Sometime soon I'll put it on a USB device and give it a whirl.

February 15, 2007

Scale like Spider-Man, get Vista for free

Amazing inventions are just a web click away. An MIT student has developed a way to let regular people (OK, police and firefighters; I doubt they're going to give me one of these things) a way to scale buildings like Spider-Man. Cool (speaking of Spider-Man, I caught this story, which somehow escaped my notice back in December).

In other news. Bill Gates isn't very happy about the recent "I'm a PC and I'm a Mac" commercials. Geez, with all that money, doesn't the guy have a sense of humor?

Ways to get Windows Vista capabilities and looks on your current non-Vista rig, and ultra-small PC's are all the rage at the Consumer Electronic's Show (CES). You know I want one, but with price tags between $1000 - 2000, I think it will have to wait. I'd settle for a brand new Palm, and while that doesn't look like it will happen any time soon, they are trying to move things along and grab market share in Europe . The problem is: Europe's already got Symbian and they're quite happy with it, thanks. Good luck there Palm. Maybe innovating instead of just cranking out Treos would make you more attractive. Damn it, give us some cool new features we actually want, and maybe wrap it up in a shiny new handheld. Not everyone wants a new phone.

And, speaking of things I want, there's a new player in the flat-panel TV area, and it's cutting costs to make a name in the industry. How much cost-cutting? How about half-price? Now your'e talking.

February 11, 2007

Some thoughts on '24'

A really poorly written opinion on the last few episodes of "24" (go to the heading called, "Brotherly Shove"). Has it jumped the shark? My opinion is no, but I wonder what others think. Personally, delving a bit into Jack Bauer's personal life gives a bit more dimension to the character. You know, amidst all the violence.

February 10, 2007

Revision 3?

Hmmm... and I thought the Revision Bar name was pretty unique. Now it seems some guys have launched a site called revision3. Seems I missed the launch in September. No matter. Guys talking about comic books? Sounds like a good show to me.

February 05, 2007

Chewbacca's in Trouble...

It's so sad when fantasy-film characters run amok. I smell a "Chewbacca: Behind the Growls" special on VH1 coming up.