Saturday, March 19, 2005

Keep up the good work!

Mozilla Firefox continues to eat into Microsoft Internet Explorer's share of web browser usage - dropping IE under 90% market share. Firefox is at 6.17%, and rising - but we can do better. Tell everyone you know - Get Firefox!

Friday, March 18, 2005

George Lucas plans to re-release Star Wars - in 3-D

Interesting announcement - appearing at ShoWest in Las Vegas, George Lucas and a group of other Hollywood directors including James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis and Robert Rodriguez promoted the latest in 3-D technology, Lucas going as far as stating that he will re-release the Star Wars films - all of them - in 3-D. He stated that he hoped to re-release Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope in time for it's 30th anniversary in 2007, and then re-release the rest one per year. Part of the presentation included a screening of clips of Episode IV and Episode II that had been put through the new 3-D treatment by the Agoura Hills, California based firm In-Three. And director Peter Jackson (who joined the others via a pre-taped segment, recorded in 3-D) screened portions of The Lord of the Rings that had undergone the treatment. Lucas was quoted as saying "When you see some of this test footage, it's shockingly good, and you can see how people would want to go see it. It means we can repurpose a lot of old movies, and at the same time it really gives a whole new dimension to the movies we're making now." So, the question is - is this legitimately for the promotion and enhancement of the technology, or just a chance to grab more money?

Mozilla cancels release of Thunderbird 1.0.1

Mozilla announced yesterday that they've cancelled the anticipated 1.0.1 release of their email client, Thunderbird. Their browser, Firebird, is currently on a 1.0.1 release. They said they will work on the next release of Firebird (1.0.2), and the fixes that would have occured in Thunderbird will be added to it's next release (also 1.0.2). So, what does all this mean to the average user? Nothing really - things will work fine till the next release. No announced date, they'll only say that "Release candidate builds of Firefox 1.0.2 and Thunderbird 1.0.2 are expected soon."

Thursday, March 17, 2005

A look at Sony's PSP

I really want one of these - here's an article all about the Sony PSP. It's available starting next Thursday, should cost about $249. It plays games and is capable of showing movies using Sony's high capacity (1.8 GB) Universal Media Disc (UMD). The first 1 million US units will come with a Spiderman 2 disc. It's got Memory Stick, an IR port and 802.11b wireless built in - plus you can connect it to a PC using it's USB 2.0 port, and if you add software to your computer for Sony's Connect online media purchasing service you can download music directly to your PSP. Eventually Sony's Connect service will have video content offerings as well - the service is going to be re-launched later this year to support those kinds of content downloads. Folks in Japan (where PSP has been available for the last 4 months) have figured out a hack to allow you to download content to PSP without paying for it, so I'm sure someone here will figure it out also.