Digital Ireland →

The BBC are reporting that Irish cinema is set to go digital with the announcement that all cinemas in Ireland are to have their traditional film projectors replaced with digital projectors.

I would love to have some dates on the rollout of these kinds of things. Major directors like Michael Mann and George Lucas aside, 'digital filmmaking' has been relatively slow on the uptake. Perhaps this is the kind of kick in the ass it needs.

Personally, I'm thrilled at this. Aside from the technical issues, such as flickering and scratches and disjointed sound (which happened at the screening of Hotel Rwanda I saw in UGC - completely jarred me out of the movie), the major improvement I'm hoping this will bring is a quicker turnaround on movie releases here. Ireland traditionally has to wait in line to receive film reels as they do the rounds. For large films, such as the recent Hellboy or Incredibles, this wait can be as long as six months.

With digital filmmaking eliminating the needs for individual reels to be printed up, it eliminates that excuse.

Although I'm sure we'll still have to wait in line to download the 1TB that will make up the movie.

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kaboom! a short film by pes A stop-motion movie made of toys, matches, peanuts and christmas decorations

Phonecam Wishlisting The always-effervescent Merlin Mann comes up with yet another ingenious productivity hack: using your phone's camera to keep a wishlist while on the move

Happy 10th Birthday! →

Yahoo is 10 years old this year, and is celebrating with a Netrospective - 100 moments from the past 10 years on the internet. For shits and giggles, they also put up their front page from 10 years ago. Like everyone else, I'm sure, this is making me feel very, very old. I can remember when I first saw Yahoo like that. And yet, at the same time, it feels like it must have been very, very long ago - surely things weren't that shitty in 1995? Surely we've always had flash and animated gifs, and Jakob Nielsen telling us these things were bad?

But this isn't the only 10-year birthday we've got this year. Public Enemy's 'Fear of a Black Planet' is 10 years old in July. And it still sounds fantastic.

Happy Birthday, Fear of a Black Planet (and Yahoo).

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Unhappybirthday.com Did you know the song "Happy Birthday" is copyrighted? Neither did I. At least now you party-poopers have a good excuse not to sing.

Head in Vice Fascinating article about the business end of running Vice Magazine

X vs XP →

As a recent Mac convert, I'd like to throw some google-juice in the direction of X vs. XP, a well-researched and well-presented site comparing OS X and Windows XP. As well as presenting a modestly unbiased opinion, it's also amazing resource for learning about some of the things I've been wrestling with on OS X, such as "how do I tab into drop-down menus?" (impossible to navigate xe.com without this ability).

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Resistance is Futile "My little golden book about God", remixed.

A9.com on The O.C. Did amazon pay for the cringe-inducing "A9.com" mention on the O.C.?

Milton Glazer on Design A beautiful short film about the designer of "I love NY"

Paris Hilton's Blackberry hacked, address book posted online Fancy calling Pharrell?

200 worst-reviewed movies on Metacritic It's worrying to think how many of these I've seen. It's terrifying to think how many of these I like.

Action Figures @ Kidrobot.com In my dream house, every inch of space is covered in these

Dead DSL →

Our DSL has been on the fritz since Wednesday. This is probably a good thing, since it's giving me a good reason to ditch our current provider and take advantage of the Smart Telecom Offer of 2MB for EUR35/mon.

Updates will probably be more sporadic than usual until we're back up and running.

Mini-hops →

We're switching our network provider. Before we did, we decided to do some speed tests, to find out which was faster. We did this by pinging ireland.com. Strangely, we found that our old provider was faster, in spite of the fact they're supposed to be a slower link, with antiquated technology.

So, we dug about a bit more. Using our old provider:

[johnke@oasis johnke]$ traceroute www.ireland.com
traceroute to www.ireland.com (195.7.33.37), 30 hops max, 38 byte packets
 1  www.ireland.com (195.7.33.37)  256.913 ms  4.886 ms  9.690 ms

No wonder we it was faster. We're on the same subnet.

Anyway, I was just amused by this. I've never seen a one-hop traceroute to a major site before.

LookOut 1.2 →

It seems Microsoft has made LookOut available as a free download on their site. LookOut was a pretty fancy plugin for Outlook that made it possible to search a giant mailbox in a couple of seconds. Word on the street says that Microsoft bought LookOut to get at the search algorithm, which they intend to use on msn.com to compete with google.

Anyway, you can download LookOut here: microsoft.com

Outlook Quotefix →

Outlook Quotefix is a standalone module that 'fixes' many of the problems people have with Outlook - specifically the way it handles quoting. Goodbye top-quoting! Goodbye shoddy line-breaks!

From their site:

Outlook-QuoteFix can modify MS Outlook's message composition windows on-the-fly to allow for correct quoting and to change the appearance of your plain-text replies and forwards in general: move your signature, use compressed indentation, customize your quote header, etc.

Free X Server for Windows →

X-Deep/32 has been released as a freeware X Server for windows since its parent company (pexus) went into voluntary dissolution.

As someone who's spent months trying to find a decent free X server, and each time had to settle for the giant cygwin/X11, all I can say is: hurrah!