Category Archives: A geek moment

The new X-Box ‘Kinect’

It’s ‘sleeker, smaller and quieter’ and according to the Vice president of Microsoft, the X-Box 360 ‘Kinect’ is the next revolution in gaming.

With 250GB HD and built-in wi-fi the console brings you technologies that allow you to use your voice as a control, plus movement and gestures.  The team at Microsoft have created new partnerships with the likes of ESPN in order to build more intelligent software that recognise you and your opponents to add in more interactive dimensions to the world of gaming.

You might worry that this will be detrimental to the quality you expect to receive as historically we’ve all experienced rich high-definition video but Microsoft promise they’re not moving away from delivering this quality and look to better their three massive blockbusters: Halo, Gears of War and Call of Duty.

One for your wish list to Santa, the ‘Kinect’ is due to hit stores by the end of this year.

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Geek Alert: Cloudkick launch Cloudkick Viz

With browser support constantly growing there’s been a lot of talk around how to make the web a more user-friendly place to live and work.

Cloudkick have developed an interesting tool for the IT guru’s working at the heart of the technical platforms that keep a multitude of web applications up and running for us all.

They’ve launched Cloudkick Viz;  a simple tool that makes it simpler and easier to manage server infrastructure.

Now for the techy bit: Cloudkick Viz turns your browser into an interactive Network Operations Centre (NOC) which automatically pulls in the data from the servers you’ve connected to Cloudkick. Built with HTML5, canvas (an element of HTML5 that allows dynamic rendering of shapes and images), and JavaScript this is the first cloud monitoring system in the world that runs in real-time in tune with your servers.

To make it even easier to use it’s all displayed in a nice 3D graph that rotates around a central axis: check out the live demo here

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Are we there yet?

It’s Sunday morning and ignoring the unwritten law that dictates this is the Hollyoaks omnibus slot, I’m watching Star Trek instead.

Further to that I’m investigating the Time Warp theory, I’m amazed NASA haven’t sussed this one, it’s simple.

Take a bit of space-time and move it, place a space ship (or transportation of your choice) inside that bubble of time, the space ship thinks it’s not moving and that the space-time is moving instead.

In theory what actually happens is the space-time expands behind the spaceship and contracts in front of it… similar to the big bang theory (where cosmologists refer to the idea that the Universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand to this day. Source: Wikipedia)

It’s fascinating, even more so is the idea of time travel paradoxes, you could have been on a trip you’ve planned, had a wild time and returned home before you’ve even left the house to get in your space ship and go…

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