Windows Vista: Five Broken Promises

It seems this old article I wrote up in September never got posted, Windows Live Writer saved it as a draft and I just found it, begging to be posted. Ah well, here it is anyway…

Extremetech spends two pages lamenting on the ’5 broken promises’ of Vista and lists them in detail.

The list is so-so in my opinion, but then again the author Loyd Case was likely looking for other ‘WOW’ factors than myself, though I wholeheartedly agree with the ‘Faster Startup’ issue.

#1 on my list would be: WinFS

Software

Amazon Review: Bic Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Black

A fellow from the UK named Matt Williams wrote an excellent, very lengthy and detailed product review, of all things the Bic ballpoint.

Wow, this guy is good! :)

It starts:

Since taking delivery of my pen I have been very happy with the quality of ink deposition on the various types of paper that I have used. On the first day when I excitedly unwrapped my pen (thanks for the high quality packaging Amazon!) I just couldn’t contain my excitement and went around finding things to write on, like the shopping list on the notice board in our kitchen, the Post-it notes next to the phone, and on my favourite lined A4 pad at the side of my desk.
My pen is the transparent type with a blue lid. I selected this one in preference to the orange type because I like to be able to see how much ink I have left so that I can put in another order before I finally run out.

…and continues on for another 6 paragraphs.

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What’s New in Blade Runner: The Final Cut?

Blade Runner

SFFMedia has the scoop on the Dec 18 2007 release of Blade Runner: The Final Cut. This is in case your itch wasn’t scratched by the Director’s Cut (Remastered).

You can pick up the 2 Disc Special Edition version of the Final Cut for US$14.49 or splurge and get yourself the 5 Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition for US$54.99, both available on the 18th but can be pre-ordered now.

Jeezus, 5 Discs? I loved the movie and have fond memories of having seen it when it first came out and I lived in Japan, watching it in the local theater with sub titles. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again with a few more extended scenes, but 5 discs? :!:

Just geeky

Pic: Female IT Experts

Perpetuating a myth of women and technology, for shame Jibjab. :)

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GOOG Continues To Amaze, Release The Chart API

The chart above is provided via data added within the following URL using a new service from GOOG:

http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=p3&chd=s:Z1a&chs=300×100&chl=Booth%20Babes|Science|Computers

This is GOOG’s Chart API at work that lets you dynamically generate charts. You can pass in optional parameters for color, legend, chart type, range markers and more. So far it supports these basic chart types: Line, Scatter, Bar, Venn and Pie.

The Google Chart API returns a PNG-format image in response to a URL. You can include a Chart API image in a webpage by embedding a URL within an <img> tag. When the webpage is displayed in a browser the Chart API renders the image within the page.

The encoding methods are pretty straightforward and you can learn how to leverage this yourself for your own web site from GOOG’s Chart Dev Guide.

Here’s some more examples, all generated by URLs, not by linking to a graphic, there are many more possibilities with this service, i’m already coming up with a To Do list of stuff for Geeknews to leverage this…:

Software, Web