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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Windows 7 multi-touch: does it "just work"?

Funny movie showing Windows 7 and its multi-touch capabilities.

Have fun :-)


Do you want videos from MTV?

Go to www.mtvmusic.com and enjoy the best videos transmitted by MTV.

Sorry for this flash post, but I’m watching videos :-D


Apple getting bigger than Microsoft

ZDNet publishes a really interesting article comparing Apple and Microsoft from a economical point of view: is Apple becoming as big as Microsoft?

Take a look at the data:
Revenue: $15.1 billion | Net profits: $4.3 billion | Cash & cash equivalents: $20.7 billion
Revenue: $11.7 billion | Net profits: $2.4 billion | Cash: $25.5 billion
Is the good old fight back again?
Will Apple ever catch up?


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Have a first look at Windows 7

2981819448_098c5ff9f3 Live form PDC, the embargo is over and first screenshots of Windows 7 are you. Check this sites:







(More links coming as PDC goes on)


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Are you ready for PDC?

certifiedwindows7 I hope you are knowing that next week Microsoft is presenting new things at PDC. The main thing that will be presented is Windows 7, and this is the real reason you should follow what will happen in Los Angeles.

To follow it live the right links are:

Ed Bott

Mary Jo Foley

Kip Kniskern

Rafael Rivera

Paul Thurrot

Tom Warren

Long Zheng

Check their sites out and you can discover what is the next big thing form Redmond.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Instinct wins

instinct_wallpaper2_sm Imagine the infamous “I am a Mac” advertisement with the products in place of the silly Apple’s actors. Imagine a fight on features instead than on myths.

If you are able to imagine this it means that your reality distortion field is weak today, so you may also know who is going to win and who is going to lose.

Samsung made a clever series of advertisement for its Instinct. Have a look and tell me what are you wanting right now.

Sorry Tcid, next time you have to let me play more with your iPhone… while playing I wasn’t looking at defects of the iPhone. And don’t forget to install some extra games and take a stronger battery or a longer power cord. I and Swanz can’t stand too many hours of boredom while we are at lessons.

Thanks to FolBlog for the post about this ads.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

A must read: The UNIX haters handbook

To celebrate a university course where I should learn to do Linux system programming in C I’d like to tell the world what really UNIX is.

I’m not going to write down anything, someone did it years ago but since UNIX is old, terribly old, I don’t think someone is going to experience something better than the hell is described in the book. :-D

The good thing of the book is that has also some bad words for C programming language, so I didn’t had to look for another book telling how crappy is C. By the way I don’t mean that if you want search you are going to find nothing. Just try and tell me what you found.

If you are a UNIX fan and you think that what is written in the book isn’t true you just have to add a comment.

If you are a UNIX fan that wants to help me even if I’m a bad boy you should tell me a small (I mean really small) Linux distribution to run in a virtual machine. Your help would be really appreciated.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Why all of us should have a laptop?

Today just a link, but I think you should spend few minutes to look at it. I’d never thought that a laptop could ever have been so useful!


Are you still thinking that laptops aren’t useful?


[ITA]: Guida wifi Politecnico di Milano per iPhone

Sorry, this post is in Italian...

Per tutti quelli che vogliono collegarsi alla rete wifi del Politecnico di Milano con il proprio iPhone o iPod Touch: finalmente รจ arrivata la guida!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

myRadio 0.1 is out: get it now!

Some days ago I posted the announcement of the myRadio development. Now the program finally reached a good level of functionality (At least it works on my machine) and I packed it the first jar of the project.

Even if it is far away form perfection, especially in the user interface, I think that you should give it a chance and report the feature you want, the bugs you find (I hope you aren’t going to find too much bugs) or other suggestion to the sourceforge tracker of myRadio.

With myRadio you can enjoy creating your favorite radio, mashing-up the radio program you like with the podcast item downloaded by myRadio. I’m doing it and I can assure you that, using last.fm or a shuffled library for the soundtrack, you’re going to forget what a old-style radio is.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Worried about your privacy?

I've just found this video and I've found it astonishing.

It does not depict a real situation but a possible one: most of your data is digitalized... what if the wrong people get their hands on them?


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Computer History: 1994 – Netscape

2803596552_2d0b9223d6_oHappened in 1994:

  • Apple releases the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors.
  • Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, is found dead in Seattle, Washington
  • Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix.
  • Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first Black president.
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army announces a "complete cessation of military operations."

In 1994 was also released the first version of Netscape, since Google Chrome revamped world interest on browser war I’m going to dedicate the first episode of Computer History to it, one of the main characters of the original browser war.

Before the .com bubble, the first browser war, and the web as we know it

After Netscape died his code was taken by Mozilla Foundation to develop Firefox, but this is another story, you are going to know more when we are writing one of the next computer history stories.


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