Solacement in Movies and Geeking

The whole Starfleet thing is like wading through mud - in fact, it's that hard going that I'm not going to write about it. It's too depressing. With that in mind...or rather not in mind...

InceptionInception. If you've seen any commercial TV this week you have probably seen the adverts for this new movie with Leonardo DeCaprio. Early word on the street is that it's awesome and deserving of two viewings because it's so visually packed, and in fact you can almost tell that from the theatrical trailers for it. The special effects appear to be stunning and it's clearly one of those movies that will mess with your mind in a similar way to that of the Wachowski Brother's Matrix series (which started so well and ended so poorly). Of course, there's a copy of the ad' online and I wouldn't be doing my single reader much of a service if I didn't share it with you. Yer Tiz then:

Freaky stuff. Can't wait to see it. I haven't heard what Mr Kermode has to say on the subject yet, but I'm sure it'll be interesting, and I also hear that Mr Mayo was very impressed, so I'm also keen to hear next weeks podcast.

Daughter had a bit of a film night with a few of her friends last night, so Mrs G and I retired to the upper floors to watch the latest offering from the BBC Drama department. The difference in quality between the ITV offering on Sunday and The Silence last night is clear for all to see. The script leads a beautifully shot piece of work and it keeps you gripped from the outset. In particular the way they've used sound to portray the effects of deafness is superb. Episode 2 tonight - I'd recommend you catch up on the BBC's iPlayer if you're in the UK, and if you're in the US, get your chequebook out to snap up the movie rights. OK, OK, so maybe I'm being a bit premature based on a single episode, but let's review on Friday after all four episodes have aired. There goes my week....

Just to re-inforce the stereotype regarding British people always being concerned about the weather, the beautiful sunshine has finally turned to rain, but the forecasters (who are notoriously poor) suggest it'll be back again towards the end of the week.

Geeky news now.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 support ends today....They've also reminded us that 74% of business PC's still use Windows XP, but actually who cares? On the subject of Microsoft (not something I write about very often anymore), they're upping their cloud offering with the Windows Azure Appliance. Fujitsu, Dell & HP are building it and it will presumably be x64 based, although this info's not particularly forth coming.

Android users - yes there are quite a few of them, might want to try out "Open Spot" which apparently helps you locate free parking spaces. Not sure what the UK coverage is like for this though. I suspect, poor.

Fring and Skype have fallen out with each other. For those who don't know Fring is an Instant Messaging client that runs on Android and the iPhone. It supports Skype, MSN, Google Talk, SIP, AIM and some other bits and bobs and it's latest version included video calling support, but it appears that Skype have finally had enough of this little startup usurping it's tech and the Skype features have been crippled. Not really clear who's done the crippling though. Looks like that's going to get a bit messy.

Slashdot (a great source of geeky news) has an interesting story about someone trying to retrieve their stolen laptop via it's IP address. Here's the story. I'm sure you'll agree, it's thought provoking stuff, and has led me to consider making some changes to my setup to be prepared for just such an eventuality. In particular I'm considering an automated email reporting any available location info, including IP address etc. Of course, your system should be properly secured in the first place, but we're all only human and mistakes happen.

And finally.... J.Jonah Jameson, the vituperative editor of the Daily Bugle as featured in Spider-Man, is now on Twitter: Now there's a man you don't want to mess with.