The future of the newspaper from 1981

January 30, 2009

I found this video on techcrunch here about the future of newspapers seen back in 1981 and wanted to share it with you all – it’s quite funny

My favourite part is that it takes over 2 hours to receive the whole newspaper and back then the hourly use charge of the telephone was $5 which makes this newspaper 10 bucks – pretty hefty 🙂


My Windows 7 experience

January 21, 2009

I installed a pre-beta of Windows 7 a while back in a Virtual machine and back then I already had the impression of it being more stable and faster then my host environment.

now I recently got my laptop back which had some issues with its display and needed repair and I decided to install Windows 7 on it to give it a bit of a closer look.

Here I will be talking about Installation, User Experience, things I like and things I don’t like.

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Windows 7 – Tips and Tricks

January 14, 2009

I have been playing with Windows 7 since it was Pre Beta and every time I play with it I am impressed.

For example I ran the pre-beta in a virtual machine on my Vista PC and it ran faster and more stable than my Vista computer – go figure.

Anyway one of my developers found a blog post of Tim Sneath who is talking about Windows 7 Secrets.

You can check it out here but I wanted to share my favorites with you.

The Problem Steps Recorder

As a System Admin I always run into the issue that when somebody come to me with a problem that they can’t explain to me how to replicate it.

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The Problem Steps Recorder provides a simple screen capture tool that enables you to record a series of actions. Once you hit “record”, it tracks your mouse and keyboard and captures screenshots with any comments you choose to associate alongside them. Once you stop recording, it saves the whole thing to a ZIP file, containing an HTML-based “slide show” of the steps.

This will make my life a lot easier 🙂

Specialized Windows Switching

Another feature that power users will love is the ability to do a kind of “Alt+Tab” switching across windows that belong to just one application. For example, if you’ve got five Outlook message windows open along with ten other windows, you can quickly tab through just the Outlook windows by holding down the Ctrl key while you repeatedly click on the single Outlook icon. This will toggle through each of the five Outlook windows in order, and is way faster than opening Alt+Tab and trying to figure out which of the tiny thumbnail images relates to the specific message you’re trying to find.

ISO Burning

Windows is finally able  to burn .iso images straight out of the box – you can double-click on any DVD or CD .ISO image and you’ll see a helpful little applet that will enable you to burn the image to a blank disc.

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there are heaps of other pretty cool tips – so check it out here.

I personally can’t wait for the final release.


Saving the worlds from the energy crisis

December 7, 2008

Slow-moving ocean and river currents could be a new, reliable and affordable alternative energy source. A University of Michigan engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into clean, renewable power.

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This device could harness energy from most of the water currents around the globe because it works in flows moving slower than 2 knots (about 2 miles per hour.) Most of the Earth’s currents are slower than 3 knots. Turbines and water mills need an average of 5 or 6 knots to operate efficiently.

Vortex induced vibrations are undulations that a rounded or cylinder-shaped object makes in a flow of fluid, which can be air or water. The presence of the object puts kinks in the current’s speed as it skims by.

The engineer says VIVACE energy would cost about 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour. Wind energy costs 6.9 cents a kilowatt hour. Nuclear costs 4.6, and solar power costs between 16 and 48 cents per kilowatt hour depending on the location.

So this might mean that we can battle the energy crisis and save money – I don’t know about you, but I like it.

read the full article here


The Lightswitch of the future?

December 1, 2008

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Flipping on a light switch usually doesn’t require much in the way of cranial fortitude, but mount three or four of the things in a row and it’s always a gamble to flick the right one.

Japanese graphic designer Mac Funamizu feels your shame, imagining a conceptual wall-mounted touchpad to end the confusion and inadvertent light shows. With his invention you’d simply drag your finger toward the light you want to turn on, do it again to turn it off, or make a circular sweep to illuminate the whole room.

Not a bad idea I say – there are some more pics here.


New Viral Games : October releases

October 21, 2008

As part of a monthly round up of Viral Game releases around the world (good, bad and utterly unplayable) here’s our digest of BRAND NEW releases within the past 30 days – compiled by Amnesia. If you would like to include your game in the next roundup let me know via twitter (here).

Second Life viral game (link to overview)
http://dusanwriter.com/?p=985

Popcorn Flicks
http://boxwish.viral-game.co.uk/
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Popcorn flicking… Do it from the safety of your monitor… 

Peanut Pickup
http://www.4mations.tv/clipgame.aspx?key=46F847D7014DBBEA&ctx=medialist&type=image

The History Channel – Ice Road Truckers program
http://www.gamesquat.com/en/games/free-online-games/play/?component=222

Top Gear – Rocket Robin
http://www.topgear.com/uk/games/rocket-robin

Top Gear – Office Drive
http://www.topgear.com/uk/games/office-drive

Top Gear – Amphibious Challenge
http://www.topgear.com/uk/games/amphibious-challenge

The Cell
http://thecell.tv/game/

Granny Bash Bingo
http://www.winkbingo.com/skin/grannybash.php

Holiday Fling
http://holidayfling.viral-game.co.uk/

Volvo Ocean Race
http://www.volvocars.com/intl/campaigns/Misc/VolvoOceanRace/Pages/Rush.aspx

Callum the Chameleon
http://www.4mations.tv/clipgame.aspx?key=8258AB217BD32BEA&ctx=medialist&type=image

CanonBall Crisis
http://www.emailinform.com/cannonballcrisis.htm

Luminex World Golf
http://www.lumixworldgolf.co.uk/

Suicide Kittens
http://www.4mations.tv/clipgame.aspx?key=0DA495C0B36267E7

– Have fun 🙂 See you next month.


Unboxing the new Google 3D Mouse

September 11, 2008

Last night we came into possession of what we believe to be a beta-release for a new kind of 3D Mouse from Google. Whilst we can’t disclose exactly who gave this (because they work at Google) it certainly raised a few eyebrows in here when we opened the package. We’ve never seen a mouse like this before and has a couple of really WOW features (check out the last image).

EDIT: Just uploaded a quick video (this was right after we took it out of the box).

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So our second unboxing in a month (*)… unfortunately we missed the opening of this box initially because it was totally unmarked so we didn’t know what was inside until we saw the mouse through the plastic …at which point we got the camera out. The mouse was well packed with inflated pouch to avoid any damage. 

Confirmed: It is green and has see through bits showing the Google logo.     

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Underside: Marked (A) is likely part of the 3D accelerometer. This lets you lift the mouse up an use it pretty much like like a Wii controller (see shot of screen below).

(B) seems to be part of the Wii-like 3D system for when you’re waving it about – yes you can actually see the yellow sensor inside moving as you move your hand.
 
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(C) – Appears to be the Biometric reader (nicely branded) and (D) seems to control all the 3D movements but doubles up as a really comfortable ergonomic gel to prevent RSI.

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Above: The mouse in action – after the mouse drivers install you get this pretty neat affect as you lift the mouse up; the cursor lifts up and becomes huge, casting a shadow on the desktop. We haven’t figured out what the use for this might be yet but it was fun.

We were a bit disappointed that the mouse is not wireless, but seeing there was no battery compartment it probably needs to get power from somewhere.

Incidentally it’s Google’s tenth birthday, and we know they love a good old joke down under 😉 …Happy Birthday Google, and thanks for the mouse – already put to good use.

Birthday wishes, @ Amnesia.


Google’s new zurich office…not as cool as the Amnesia office

March 15, 2008

Slides, gondela phone booths, fireman’s poles and a free restaurant are just some of the features in Google’s new Zurich office. It’s still not as cool as the Amnesia Sydney office. Video below is pretty ropey … there’s a better one here.