Thursday, October 28, 2004

Get it before they change their minds.

Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: "Breathe more life into your favorite memories with Photo Story 3 for Windows(R) by adding motion, effects, music, and more to your digital photos."

An article I was going to write (but lack the skill)

{ End Bracket }: A Tidal Wave of Change: "When I started working in the industry, computing was dominated by big iron machines..."

Tip from the Top, (Thanks Nic)

"Next time you are too drunk to drive,
Walk to the nearest pizza shop,
Place an order,
And when they go to deliver it,
Catch a ride home with them.

Microsoft Leadership Team Bloggers

Developer Division LeaderSpeak
"Many members of the Developer Division leadership team are blogging their plans for the division, and the products they are responsible for. This page gives you the ability to see what they are planning and insight into the direction for Visual Studio and the related products from now, through Whidbey and Burton, and to the future."

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Headset Screen

Headset Screen
Mitsubishi is going to introduce next year a headset with a small
liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen. Called the SCOPO, this prototype
compact wearable display is designed for users who need to perform
multiple tasks simultaneously.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Have a look at what the guy next to me is doing.

NZFC Virtual Football

"Welcome to NZFC Virtual Football League"

FYI this is Soccer (football) as a seperate entity to Rugby (football) or Gridiron (football)

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

How you can break Murphy's Law - By Jennifer Sym

"THERE'S grim news for people who worry that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. A new mathematical formula has proved Murphy's Law really does strike at the worst possible time.

Ordinary people have long known that computers crash on deadline and cars break down in emergencies, while previous studies have shown the law, also called Sod's Law, is not a myth and toast really does fall buttered side down.

But now a panel of experts has provided the statistical rule for predicting the law of "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong" - or ((U+C+I) x (10-S))/20 x A x 1/(1-sin(F/10)).

After tests of the experiences of 1000 people, they have discovered "things don't just go wrong, they do so at the most annoying moment".

Now the experts commissioned by British Gas - a psychologist, a mathematician and an economist - say the formula allows people to calculate the chances of Sod's Law striking, and even try to beat bad luck.

Project psychologist Dr David Lewis said: "The lesson from this is that, to cut the seemingly unbeatable Murphy's Law gremlins down to size, you need to change one of the elements in the equation.

"So, if you haven't got the skill to do something important, leave it alone. If something is urgent or complex, find a simple way to do it. If something going wrong will particularly aggravate you, make certain you know how to do it."

But he added a note of caution: "There is, of course, a Sod's Law factor to the equation. If you judge your ratings wrongly, you might become too optimistic - and calamity will strike."

In the calculation, five factors have to be assessed: urgency (U), complexity (C), importance (I), skill (S) and frequency (F), and each given a score between one and nine. A sixth, aggravation (A), was set at 0.7 by the experts after their poll.

Top of the most likely - and most annoying - events was spilling something down yourself before a date and the hot water heater breaking down in cold weather, followed by rush hour being worse when you're already late."

Thursday, October 07, 2004

New Cleartype Tuner

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP: "ClearType Tuner (New)
This PowerToy lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access."