Archive for April, 2012


I just read about this so I’m sorry to say I can’t give you all the details right now but I’m so excited about it I had to post it before I forget about!

I’ve been developer desktop applications (including video games) for over 15 years now and I was excited about Microsoft giving independent and amateur game developers a real chance to develop titles for the XBox 360 with their XNA Game Development kit.  I’m still working on this but as I’ve taken a recent job working for a web design company I’ve been thrilled with the rate at which Google+ has been gaining popularity.  Well this just takes the cake now that they’re opening the doors for real native and hardware accelerated games which should allow game developers to create games of the same caliber as PC desktop games with their Native Client API for Google+.

I just saw one example of this new game development interface with the title, “GT Racing: Motor Academy”.

Read more about it on Games.com News, “Google+ and Native Client: A safe haven for hardcore game makers?

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I’m not “pro-IBM”, I just happened to be digging through the IBM site (actually because I’m looking for a firmware update), but found some really cool stuff on their site.

When I ran across this article it made me think about how the culture at the office had changed since the advent of social networking and I realized how important this media is now to the way we think and act.  Especially as of late with terms like “flash mob” and “crowd sourcing” becoming a regular buzz word in the media more and more society is tending towards random congregations at the “drop of a hat” because of something we heard on Twitter or Facebook.  Of course the most recent event which caught my eye was the story about a “flash mob” appearance because of a posting on “Reddit”.

The following article really sums up how effective this media has become in recent years and I believe underlines one of the key principles which successful technology companies in the last 30 years have already proven to be effective corporate cultures like Microsoft, Lucas Arts, Google, etc.  The key to being successful these days is to be socially engaging and foster communication and a sense of community.  At least that’s what I got out of it.

A social business isn’t just a company that has a Facebook page and a Twitter handle. A social business is one that embraces and cultivates a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization—both internally and externally.

Read more on the IBM site, “Social Business“.

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Here’s an exciting new project from IBM that could generate renewed interest in batter powered vehicles. If successful, it seems like this technology could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly solutions for generating power for homes as well, though I’m probably getting ahead of myself by saying thing. Check it out and you be the judge!

How it works: During discharge (driving), oxygen from the air reacts with lithium ions, forming lithium peroxide on a carbon matrix. Upon recharge, the oxygen is given back to the atmosphere and the lithium goes back onto the anode.

Read more on the IBM site, “The Battery 500 Project”.

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Yes, it’s late for Easter but apparently the engineers at Google are unaware of this.  In any case, you must now defend your Google searches from dreaded Zerglings.  Read more about it on LockerGnome,  Google Easter Egg Evokes Zerg Rush on Search Results.

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Last Flight Of The Enterprise

If you think you’ve seen every picture of the last Enterprise flight, you haven’t seen this one!

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Capcom and Nintendo, the gaming giants from Japan have enjoyed a long life at the top of the Gaming Hill with their Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and N64 gaming consoles. In the Generation X days of America I can remember a Nintendo or Super Nintendo at everyone’s house. Though I personally always tended toward the leading edge consoles like Sega Genesis, I have to admit that Nintendo has always been a much more popular product.

But what about today? XBox 360 & Sony Playstation are hands down the leaders in gaming consoles today. The Wii although it has some interesting features and still maintains a presence in living rooms around the United States is definitely not as popular as it’s predecessors.

Keiji Inafune visits San Francisco for Game Developers Conference in March.

“Man, Japan is over. We’re done. Our game industry is finished,” said Inafune, then a game producer at Capcom, at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009. Shortly after those remarks, the creator of the character Mega Man and producer of hit games like Dead Rising and Lost Planet quit Capcom to start his own game development studios. Free of corporate control, he has continued to raise eyebrows with his cataclysmic comments about Japan.

Read more about it on Wired, “Q&A: Mega Man Creator Wants Japan to Admit Failure“.

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This is very interesting! It is reminiscent of the later days before the “Dot Com Bust” of the nineties when venture capitalists were eager to purchase whatever edge they could get in the Internet “unreal-estate market” and major buy outs were occuring on a regular basis. Of course this has been going on for years now but Facebook is certainly setting a higher bar on what is acceptable for an acquisition.

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Will Apple’s growth continue in China? Or won’t it?

This is a very interesting thread on the future of Apple in one of the fasting growing mobile phone markets (still) in the world. If I may quote myself here as saying the following,

I hate to beat a dead horse here, but I also have to point out that Apple is in last place when it comes to “Cloud” technologies which is another upcoming technology that should spur on innovation in mobile phone software development.

I think the investors today don’t understand how critical software development is to any hardware platform these days. Google is far superior to Apple when it comes to fostering the development community for so many reasons, not the least of which is the barrier to entry. The cost to develop for Google which includes the Google Marketplace, Google Apps and Android is practically zero.

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In 1970, the first Earth Day inspired 20 million participants in the United States to walk out of the office and rally.

By the end of 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had been born, and efforts to improve air and water quality were gaining political traction.

“It was truly amazing what happened,” Rogers said. “Blocks just tumbled.”

Read more about Earth Day on National Geographic.

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In case you haven’t heard, Zombie Insurance is required by law! Watch this video for details!

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