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Noteboek by Evelien Lohbeck is virtual reality at extreme

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Apr-2009 09:12

Noteboek (English title: Notebook) is an animated clip of Dutch artist Evelien Lohbeck. More of her video clips on Vimeo...







Alien vs Predator Sky TV ads

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Apr-2009 09:07

It seems Wellington artist Benjamin Parry was asked by through DDB New Zealand to create the artwork for a Sky TV ad campaign based on "Alien vs Predator".

Click the pictures for the full resolution and more details:





Found through Laughing Squid...





Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 brings virtual environment on desktop

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Apr-2009 12:20

This is one of the coolest things I've seen on this new OS: Windows XP as a licensed OS virtual environment running on a Windows 7 desktop - or "Windows XP Mode for Windows 7".




XP Mode consists of the Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site. (That is, it will not be included in the box with Windows 7, but is considered an out-of-band update, like Windows Live Essentials.) XPM works much like today's Virtual PC products, but with one important exception: As with the enterprise-based MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization) product, XPM does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop. Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the host (Windows 7) OS as well. (With shortcuts placed in the Start Menu.) That way, users can run Windows XP-based applications (like IE 6) alongside Windows 7 applications under a single desktop.



Polaris uses Google Analytics API to bring stats to your desktop

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Apr-2009 11:39

If you use Google Analytics on your domains then you should know a bit about Polaris Desktop Reporting for Google Analytics.

It is a beautiful application running on Adobe AIR - it means you can have it on Windows, Mac OS and Linux - and uses the just released Google Analytics API.

The application is free for one domain, or US$15/year for multiple domains.

It's a quick way to glance at your analytics stats, with beautiful charts on an browser-independent program.




Windows 7 Release Candidate Update: dates confirmed

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Apr-2009 11:34

A post in the Windows Blog confirms we will be able to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate from MSDN and Technet on the 30th April, and public availability will begin on 5th May.


On behalf of everyone here, I would to thank all of our beta testers for helping us get to this point. You guys have been busy. At the peak of the feedback cycle, we were receiving a “Send Feedback” report every 15 seconds for an entire week. Since then, the engineering team has been busy analyzing the feedback, fixing bugs, and working hard to improve the overall experience. Many of your suggestions helped us refine the new and improved taskbar, the behavior of Aero Peek, Touch, Windows Media Player, and much more.


More information in Windows Blog...



Telecom unveils the XT Network branding

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2009 19:10

That's it then... The upcoming Telecom New Zealand WCDMA network is now officially known as XT Network.

Subscribe for more information via email on their XT Network promotional website.

You can find more information about WCDMA 850MHz in a previous blog post. Also there's a discussion going on Geekzone about the TV ads and branding.






Help shape Sprite Backup 7.0 for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2009 09:36

I got an e-mail from Sprite Software, a New Zealand-based company that produces mobile software such as Sprite Backup for Windows Mobile.

The company is planning a complete redesign of Sprite Backup from the ground up. It will be completely reengineered to make the most of the features offered in Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 7 (and most likely 6.5).

What they need at the moment is user input and to make it a sweet there's something in there for anyone willing to help.



Basically they are holding a Backup 7 Feature Hunt, with some great prizes:

1st prize (2 winners, each receives a HTC Touch HD)
2nd prize (5 winners each receives a Bluetooth GPS Unit)
3rd prize (30 winners each receives an 8GB MicroSD Card)

You can read more about at www.spritesoftware.com/Backup-7-Competition.
 



Things to check before buying cheap PCs

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Apr-2009 12:24

When you buy a PC and the price is too low, it might be time to think "Is this too good to be true?"... I've just posted on Geekzone how Microsoft is leading the charge against New Zealand companies that sell hardware with counterfeit copies of their OS.


Three Auckland-area companies found to be selling unlicensed software have settled with Microsoft as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to protect local resellers and consumers by reducing software piracy.

The three companies that entered into settlement agreements are: TDM Technology Limited, operated by Ayman Franso and Nicholas Jansen; Pars TV, operated by Al-Huseiny Ibrahim; and PCTown, run by Linjiang Yu.  Two other companies did not settle with Microsoft, and the matters are before the Auckland District Court.

These latest settlements follow two High Court proceedings filed in November 2008 against Auckland-based traders charged with selling counterfeit Microsoft software likely sourced from China."


Illegal copies might be loaded with all sorts of malware - virus, trojans, keyloggers, etc. When buying a PC you should ask yourself:

• Am I buying from a reputable reseller?
• What is their return policy, and do I have contact details in case I have problems with this product?
• Are they giving a strange explanation for why the price is so low?
• Is a Certificate of Authenticity included?
• Is a hologram CD, DVD, or recovery media included?
• Are the product packaging and documentation of high quality?
• Is an End-user License Agreement included?



Geekzone Jobs forum updates

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Apr-2009 18:35

Just a quick note about a couple of updates in our Geekzone Jobs forum... Until now most of the posts in that forum came from other Geekzone users looking for or offering a position.

But because of the current conditions we thought it would be cool to provide a bit more to our readers. So we partnered with CVB to automatically load their job listings into the Jobs forum.

I have also created a special Geekzone Jobs RSS feed that you can subscribe and see all the latest jobs openings.

Of course our users can continue to post in the forums as usual.



Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 available for download

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Apr-2009 12:29

Last week Microsoft announced the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. Since Geekzone runs on SQL Server 2008 I worked on our test server to deploy this update - which worked out to be quick and painless - and no server reboot required! Mind you, the database will be out of action for a few minutes while the code is changed, but that's pretty much it (I've tested this in both 32 bit and 64 bit environments we have here).

According to their blog announcement:


With this Service pack, Microsoft is introducing 80% fewer changes to customer configurations compared to previous SQL Server Service Pack releases. 

With this service pack, Microsoft has made investments to ease deployment and make management of service packs more efficient. Key improvements in SP1 include Slipstream, Service Pack Uninstall and Report Builder 2.0 click-once deployment.

o   Slipstream allows administrators to install SQL Server 2008 and Service Pack 1 in a single instance. This decreases the total time for an installation, including a fewer number of reboots thereby increasing productivity and deployment availability.

o    Service Pack Uninstall allows administrators to uninstall the service pack separately from the database release.  This feature also improves DBA productivity, reduces the cost of deployment and improves overall supportability

o   Report Builder 2.0 Click Once improves the existing SQL Server end-user report authoring application by easing deployment to business users.


It seems this is mainly a rollup of previous cumulative updates and minor fixes. No new features are being released. If you are running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 you should start planning (or implementing) for it now. Download the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 to start working.



 



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Mauricio Freitas
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I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

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