XBOX Takes a Step Closer to PC Land

Yeah, it was just a matter of time, really.  Microsoft dropped hints of this slick little unit a few months ago, and now its been confirmed.  The QWERTY will be making it’s debut this summer for eager console owners to make their messaging and typing a whole lot easier. The addon connects seamlessly to controllers, and provides easy typing access without hindering normal gameplay.

QWERTY

I’m not a console fanboy by any means, and i’m not sure what the purpose of this device is really, since a computer would do a much better job of anything you’d need to accomplish with a keyboard.  However, if a demand for these types of accessories are created…who’s to blame Microsoft for generating a new source of funds for their XBOX cash-cow?

Entertainment, Gadgets / Devices

Windows Live Messenger Coming To XBOX

Sometimes I think you can just be too connected. And that’s the reason why I turn off Communicator at work, because people can randomize me to the point where little gets done.

Of course I’m not the target audience for this XBOX announcement anyway since I don’t even have a ’360′. In fact, I’m still waiting for the prices of the Atari 2600 VCS to come down in price before I jump into this whole console deal.

Here’s the press release.

Games

B.C. Creator Johnny Hart Dead At 76

BC Comic

The comic strip legend Johnny Hart, creator of ‘B.C.‘ and co-creator of ‘The Wizard of Id‘, died over the weekend at the age of 76. Hart suffered a stroke while working at his storyboard, died working on his labor of love; that’s the way I want to go. MSNBC has the story of his life and his death.

When I was a kid, the running gag that got me hooked on BC was ‘Clams got legs’ and that whole line of evolutionary fun he had with the stories. G’night Mr. Hart.
BC Cast

Announcement

SETI Turns To Higher Wavelengths

The SETI investigation now includes possible communication via Laser.

According to ScienceNOW, astrophysicists are already processing photons picked up by existing gamma-ray telescopes being used to scan for exploding stars. The goal is to find any anomalous flashes of light that may be an alien civilization trying to communicate their presence through an optical beacon.

[Via 3quarksdaily]

Science

Introduction to Randomness and Random Numbers

Random Bitmap

Random.org is run by Dr. Mads Haahr and he provides a True Random Number Service. It’s a true random number generator as opposed to the more common Pseudo Random Number Generator because the site uses atmospheric data as a random source instead of allowing the computer to generate numbers.

The page describing ‘randomness’ is really cool because it’s not just a primer on RNGs but delves into the debate between Quantum Events and Chaotic Systems used by builders of True Random Number Generators.

If you’re not in the mood to check out that excellent article, at least swing by the main page and play with a few of the simple and fun generators like the Bitmap Generator. I just created the 128×128 bitmap at the top.

Science