"Longhorn Reloaded": Enthusiasts Just Won’t Let Go

Longhorn Reloaded is a project run by enthusiasts (not Microsoft) dedicated to the revival of the original operating system known as code name “Longhorn”. Their goal is to finish what Microsoft started before the operating system was reset back to the Win2k3 codebase and eventually became ‘Vista’ but not quite their

These guys/gals have started with Windows 6.0.4074, which was originally released during the 2004 Windows Hardware Engineers Conference. They appear to have formed a loose group of Developers and Testers and are cherry picking features to

If you’re interested in participating in the revival project please let us know how it goes. The main site and the forums list d/l locations for the ISO while the wiki is tracking known issues and recommended drivers.

Link to LH Reloaded main

Link to the discussion forum

Link to their wiki

via OSNews

GOOG Launches Mobile Calendar Service

I mentioned before how addicted I am to my smartphone and it’s mail/calendaring capabilities satisfying some of my obsessive needs to remain in touch.

If you use Gmail and their other services such as their Calendar then as of 3 days ago you can view and maintain your calendar from your mobile. Just visit calendar.google.com from your mobile and start planning your next LAN party or DnD session.

Link – GOOG blog announcement

Chocolate Goodness

You gotta love the imagination of some people.  I’m all for a bar of chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth on occasion, but these guys have taken the presentation factor of sugary heaven to a whole new level!

Here for you to gaze at in awe, is the Chocolate Tool Set.  A Must have for the mechanic in your life with a hefty sugar need 😉

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Also, the same store offers a set of Bolts.

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Yummy!

Mach 5 Steering Wheel Hub

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Mach 5, the car Speed Racer drove is a technological marvel containing useful gadgets that were easily deployed by pressing buttons marked ‘A’ through ‘G’ on the steering wheel hub.

The buttons had the following functions:

  • Button A: Releases powerful jacks to boost the car so anyone can quickly make any necessary repairs or adjustments. The auto jacks can also be used to jump the car short distances at high speeds.
  • Button B: Toggles special grip tires for traction over rough terrain (firm, icy, or unsteady ground, ocean floor, vertical mountainsides).
  • Button C: For use traveling over heavily wooded terrain. A matched pair of powerful rotary saws protrude from the front of the Mach 5
  • Button D: Deploys a transparent cover to seal the cockpit into an air-tight, water-tight chamber that also allows submersion under water. The cover is bullet- and crash-proof.
  • Button E: Controls special illumination lights which allows the driver to see more clearly than with ordinary headlights. When used with the night shades attached to Speed’s helmet, his vision is enhanced with infrared.
    • Button E was later modified to activate mini-wings that would slide out from under the car to assist Speed in long jumps.
  • Button F: Used when the Mach 5 submerged. An oxygen canister supplies the cockpit with breathable air for 30 minutes. A periscope can be raised to scan the surface of the water.
  • Button G: Releases a homing robot from under the hood of the car. The homing robot can carry pictures or tape recorded messages to an intended party. The robot also can carry handwritten messages, X-ray film, and other types of code. It has been used as a means of self-defense by flying at adversaries. The bird-like device is operated by a built-in remote control within the cockpit. A separate button sends the robot ‘home’.
  • Extra Button: Pops, in one episode, put an extra button in the car that makes it glide short distances

What Is That??

Well it looks like noone was able to guess the last WIT photo; a macro image of fine grain gunpowder!  I’ve been ill lately, and still not quite over my bug yet, but I’m going to give this a try anyhow.  All in the efforts to stump you guys, I’m plowing on to bring you even more challenging images to peruse for your guessing pleasure 🙂

 So here we are:

What Is That??

So power up those noggins, folks, and shoot some guesses my way!

Can I Have One Weather Gadget To Go, Please?

This is my new favorite weather gadget for Vista, it’s from the Weather Channel!

According to a Microsoft Evangelist Glen Gordon, this is the story of how this gadget came to be:

My colleague Chad Brooks worked with them, encouraging them to put a gadget together. According to Chad, the devs started tinkering around with building the Gadget and were amazed at how easy it was to put together. Some of the higher ups said “what would it take to put it into production” and the dev team said it was basically done. So they put it through acceptance testing and now have (in my opinion) the coolest weather gadget out there.

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You can get the gadget here from Weather.com, or you can rate it and leave comments at the Gadget Gallery here.

Enjoy.

MSDN Gets A Facelift (or is it just lipstick?)

MSDN recently launched the redesigned pages under a code name Tobago. After a little browsing it appears they may be rolling it out in stages to different areas as some of the software sites under MSDN still had the same ole look and feel.

The new design provides a somewhat richer user and search experience along with consistent top-level navigation for Dev Centers and Tech Centers.

They’ve also revamped the Navigation controls for section tabs, eyebrows, content controls (left nav, multi tab control, search, etc…). And lastly, the library searching now has an auto complete feature.

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via Sandcastle

Here He Comes, Here Comes Speed Racer!

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All kinds of hero goodness coming to the silverscreen right now with He-Man and Wonder Woman on the way.

Well, it looks like “Speed Racer” is in pre-production now according to IMDB and starts filming in Berlin June 5 2007 with a release date in mid 2008. To top it off it’s being Directed and written by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix movies)!

If you’re not familiar with Speed Racer, the first thing you need to do is go to Netflix and get the DVDs of the TV series in your queue. The second thing you need to do is punish yourself for the lack of geekiness (you choose the punishment, talk to a girl or sit in the front row or something).

So far we know the cast consists of:

sm_Speed_Racer Speed – Emile Hirsch EH_SR

Trixie Trixie – Christina Ricci CR_SR

Racer_X RacerX – Matthew Fox MF_SR

Mom_Racer Mom Racer – Susan SarandonSS_SR

POPs_SR Pops Racer – John GoodmanJG_SR

Casting Goodman as ‘Pops’ is spot on, good call. Fox as ‘Racer X’, I can see that, too. The rest of the cast is probably OK with the exception of Ricci, she just doesn’t strike me as ‘Trixie’. Ricci was chosen over Elisha Cuthbert and Kate Mara (!?!)

Speed Trivia coming soon…

He-Man returns to big screen

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Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver (‘Matrix’) are working with Mattel to turn “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” into a live-action film. They’re overhauling the 80’s superhero in an effort for Warner to compete with the upcoming Transformers release this July.

And for Mattel, success in this movie could mean an entire relaunch of their toy line.

From Variety:

The franchise has been reimagined by the producer and the writers and pitched to Mattel as a classic good vs. evil battle, using the kind of visual effects strategy employed in “300.” A warrior is touted as the last hope of a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

Link to Variety

GOOG’s Daily Top 100

Google Trends is a new feature that enables you to compare the world’s interest with your favorite topics. Or you can simply browse the top 100, such as today’s Top 100 hot trends in searches.

Not surprisingly, today there are a lot of indicators that the top entertainment activities are on people’s minds. For instance the NBA Lottery was today, along with searches for some of the NBA teams like the Supersonics, Trailblazers, Greg Oden and ‘NBA draft’.

3. nba draft

7. nba lottery

8. 2007 nba mock draft

It appears there are happenings going on with ‘Dancing with the stars’ and ‘American Idol’ tonight based on the many variations on searches there.

1. dancing with the stars winner

4.american idol winner

5.who won american idol

I don’t see any GEEK related searches like ‘Vista Patch’ or ‘Linux Kernel’ 😀

But there are more than a few WoW searches like these samples:

26.wow mods

68.world of warcraft realm status

78. worldofwarcraft.com

83. wow auctioneer

99. wow interface

100. cartographer wow

Vista’s CMD In Full Screen Mode

If you use the Windows Command Shell a lot (cmd.exe) then you may already know that in previous versions of Windows if you put the focus on CMD and hit ALT+ENTER, that the command window goes to full screen mode, really nice. Especially for devices running Windows that want to replace the Explorer Shell with Command Shell.

In any case, I tried this the other day on Vista and this was the unpleasant response below, sigh. Looks like it’s not supported.

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As long as we’re on the subject of CMD.exe, here’s a couple of CMD tips:

  • To make reading the console easier I usually set green font on black background or yellow on black.
  • Set screen buffer size to 9000 so you don’t lose important info off the screen
  • Use the UP and DOWN arrows to walk up and down the command buffer

Back To the Nike Future!

Looking for a snazzy pair of shoes to blow all your friends away in style?  Well, look no further than those spiff sneaks Nike created for Michael J Fox in the movie “Back to the Future II”. 

Okay, so they’re not actually available to buy, but the guys at McFly2015.com really want to make it happen.  Scoot over to their page and sign up on their petition to have Nike actually mass market them…

What are you….chicken??  (bawk-bawk!)

Plethora Of Links: May 22 ’07

China To Launch Luna Probe This Year
Physorg
The PRC’s recently announced lunar exploratory program consists of 3 phases. Phase 1 aims to have a lunar orbiter deployed to Luna this year. In 2012 they expect to have phase 2 implemented which is to land on the moon, no targeted date was given for phase 3 which is to collect samples and return them to Earth.

Running D&D For Kids
Jonathan Drain’s D20 Source
Thoughts and tips to successfully running a D&D game for children. Tips include simplifying the combat, pre-generating characters for them, simplifying the magic items, reducing the gore, etc…

NY Cops On Segways
NY Daily News
Can cops looks menacing enough when charging across the Bronx on a Segway? 25 members of the NYPD are about to find out.

Blizzard Officially Announces StarCraft 2
1Up
StarCraft 2 development is well underway according to a Blizzard press release last week at the Blizzard event in Korea. Though they gave no release date there was a live demo for the attendees and there are several gameplay trailers you can view from the link above.

Pac-Man’s Skeleton
Slashgear
Ever wonder what Pac-Man’s skeleton would look like? Well apparently so did the artist that created this. What do you think, did he capture the spirit of the true Pac-Man or is it just a circle with teeth?

Companies Try eBay To Sell Themselves
USA Today Tech
What do Beanie Babies, Pez Dispensers and troubled Internet companies have in common? They’re all for sale on eBay. Does this mean eBay needs a Web 2.0 category for sales?

You Know That Spam And Phishing E-Mail You Get At Work? It May Be Coming From Your Boss!
Washington Post
Some corporate IT departments have been tasked with phishing the employees on their corp net in order to identify the folks at risk to infecting the network. Employees are outraged, I’m snickering.

LOST: Wanna Get Spoiled?

Are you a Lost fan?

Are you anxiously awaiting the season finale this week?

Are you the type that can’t wait to rip open your birthday and Christmas gifts and sneaking a peek through the wrapper ’cause you just can’t wait.

Then you may be interested in the ‘Lost Spoilers‘ blog run by DarkUFO. I don’t know where Dark’s intel is coming from, but from *extensive* accurate spoilers listed for last week’s episode, I believe the information for this season finale is probably going to be very accurate. And no, I’m not going to peek at the spoilers for this last episode, I want to be surprised in case Charlie finally kick’s the bucket. 😈

So head on over to ‘Lost Spoilers‘ now and get your fill!

You may also be interested in Dark’s 18 other Lost blogs covering everything from Lost Mysteries to Lost Easter Eggs and more.

Hey, check it out, looks like Amazon already has a page set aside for ‘Lost – The Complete Third Season

DARPA Goal: Aircraft That Remains Airborne 5 Years w/o Landing.

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DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Military, it was their initiative in 1973 that led to what we call the Internet today.

They announced the VULTURE program last week which is an initiative to develop an airborne platform that is heavier-than-air and can remain aloft for 5 continuous years, this announcement is to potential offerors (or companies interested in contracting for some of the R&D).

This would be an exploratory development program with the overall goal to develop and demonstrate the ability to deliver and maintain an airborne payload on station for an uninterrupted period exceeding 5 years.

Note to you wannabe contractor geeks – the government is not interested in approaches that use either radioactive energy sources or employs any form of buoyant flight for this application.

The VULTURE Air Vehicle Program will research and develop technologies and systems which will enable the Military to deliver and maintain a 1000 lb, 5 kW airborne payload for an uninterrupted period exceeding 5 years with a 99+% on station probability.     The architectures selected and the specific approaches taken by the Offerors will determine the range of technical areas that are developed, including, but not limited to, environmental energy collection, high specific energy storage, extremely efficient propulsion systems, precision robotic refueling, autonomous materiel transfer, extremely efficient vehicle structural design, and mitigation of environmentally-induced loads.

The real purpose of the project isn’t necessarily to develop a working prototype for the military, but rather, while working towards that goal they must research and develop individual technologies that, while they may lead to a prototype, will definitely lead to more robust aircraft technologies that can be integrated into current or future systems. It’s envisioned that this program will, at a minimum, develop and demonstrate advanced reliability technologies for air vehicles.