I read the book Underground back when it was released in 1997. Back then no one had heard of Julian Assange and Wikileaks didn’t even exist.
It was just a geeky book about the subculture of Australian hackers, I don’t think I could have convinced anyone to read it back then even though it was a good book.
Now Channel Ten have made it into a telemovie, I guess when you are fighting extradition people want to know about you.
You can read the books too
Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier
Get them before you watch the show!
A new movie is out, you might have heard of it, The Hunger Games. Yes lots of hype for yet again another movie based on a successful series of books. Joyfully this time there are only 3 books in the series. The big question is do I read the books before watching the movie?
The Hunger Games
Over the holidays we brought a new TV and I thought I’d best check the power consumption since saving power was part of the justification for the purchase. The old TV was a 3rd generation Plasma (from 2005) and the new one is LCD LED so it will use less power, right?
I’ve already posted about the smart power board we purchased in No more vampire devices but what if the TV was better then the standby power used by the power board? Why would I think this could be possible, well since we swapped TVs around I have had to manually activate the power board as the IR sensor is still attached to the old TV. Each time I’ve noticed that the power board is warm, this means that it is consuming a significant amount of power. Time to attach the power meter!
So what were the result?
The power board, old TV, Wii, and PS3 in standby consumed 7 Watts
The power board, new TV, Wii, and PS3 in standby consumed 4.5 Watts
I measured the new TV by itself, it didn’t even register a reading! That means that my based on my power meter it consumes less than a milliwatt!
What about the smart power board? It measured 2 Watts! So now I’ve just unplugged the Wii (2 Watts) and replaced the smart powerboard with a plain old normal power board and now the standby power is 0.5 Watts. A saving of 6.5 Watts in standby!
Oh and the TV also uses about half the power when it it turned on as well but it does have a 7 star rating!
I’ve heard good things about the TV show “Game of Thrones”, it has been called a Middle Earth version of the Sopranos. Unfortunately here in Australia it has been hidden way on Foxtel and haven’t had the chance to watch it yet. Although I’d heard about it I knew little more than it was a TV show on HBO.
Then this weekend while looking for Christmas gifts for my family I came across a book called A Dance with Dragons which looked like it might be the something to read once I finish the Wheel of Time. Once I picked it up, yes I judge a book by its cover, I found it was book 5 of a series called A Song of Ice and Fire and that the first book is called A Game of Thrones!
So now I know what I’ll be reading next!
A Dance with Dragons: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow: Book 3 Part 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold: Book 3 Part 2 of a Song of Ice and Fire
A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire
Well with E3 almost upon us I had better get this prediction out in the world.
Say goodbye to DVD and BluRay disks for your next games console. Removing the media drive will allow the consoles to be smaller than ever before, think Apple TV size.
Bluetooth is here to stay for the controller.
Wireless N will allow those games in the cloud to be downloaded with greater speed. All three (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) will come with HD Video cameras for gesture based control, think Kinect, and also video chat, Microsoft will use it’s newly acquired Skype.
All will be HD display with 3D and include movie downloads and social media interaction. HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt?
Since everything in now in the cloud your games and scores can follow you to your friends place. DRM and other craziness will have some impact to how useful these features will be but the console with the least to loose will set the standard and the other will have to follow if they want their slice to the market.
On the other side will be the TV companies adding their own functionality to the smart TVs of the future. Once Android is built into TVs and the apps store full of games designed for that platform casual gamers may no longer require a console, this prospect will hurt Nintendo the most so I’m sure they’ll be looking to combat that with their next generation console.
I’m told one of the uses for TimerResolution is to help reduce DPC Latency on Windows. This is supposed to improve performance of many games and applications.
I suspect that all that is really happening is that some poorly written drivers are getting a boost.
A great utility to check the DPC Latency on your system is http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml, try it with and without TimerResolution running and see if it makes any difference on your system.
With the upcoming release of Apple’s revised cloud solution I think it is best I get my prediction out in the world.
So will all our storage be now be in the cloud? Will my phone keep its contacts online? My iPod only downloads songs as a stream? My camera uploads instantly with no more SD cards?
Yes and No.
Bandwidth, access, cost, and privacy will mean that local storage will be around for a while to come. I think what will take off in the next couple of years is “Sync to the Cloud”
Yes “Sync to the cloud” has been around for a couple of years but no one has really executed it in a way that has changed how we work for the better. My hope is that with Apple’s track record and since this is not their first attempt that they might just get it right this time.
I look forward to never having to worry about backups, running out of space, transferring to a new phone, or worse a stolen camera with all my holiday memories. That day is coming.
The “Sync to the cloud” idea means that all my devices will have access to a common storage pool that is always up to date. My TV has access to the same photos and videos as my laptop and tablet, even it I’m out of the house no matter what operating system they run.