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Jeremy W Jeremy W that blogging guy
  • Playing Flight Simulator from the "10 foot view"?

    jonathanh wrote:
    When MSR Cambridge moved to a new building a few years back, we got a nice auditorium with a couple of kick-(I need to watch my language) monster projection screens. This was also when the XBox had just been released in the US, but wasn't out yet in the UK. And it just so happened that I had a trip to Redmond planned, with some room in my carry-on luggage on the flight back...You can see what's coming next, right?You got it, one of the first games of Halo ever played in the UK, in glorious 20-foot tall color Gave the sound system a good workout, too!

    We did something similar at work the week Xbox came out. Sound system wasn't as good as the Halo Room at the MS Museum in Redmond though;)

  • Best blog hosting?

    W3bbo wrote:
    Jeremy W. wrote: greater flexibility and greater portability should you want to move the blog later.

    ...how, exactly?

    Your blog would be stored on another database that you don't have access to, so how is it easier to move your blog posts from a shared database to your own website?

    Ignoring RSS Export/Input, of course, since virtually all blogging engines can do that now.

    Flexibility: in themes, in full access to the presentational code, in the ability to add your own themes, in full access to all of the Options panes of Wordpress.

    The deal with WPMU is it gives folks the full power of WP, without having to host it themselves. So everything that makes WP better than any other hosted app is present in WPMU. Done.

    In terms of portability, WP will import/export to any service. I have no idea what you mean by "RSS Import/Export", in terms of moving the site to another service, however WP is part of every major standards project out there from FeedMesh to the new OPML work being done to the new syndication work being done. Going with WPMU or Wordpress.com gives you the benefits of all of that, as opposed to just a massive XML file (if you're lucky) from the other services.

    Again, with any WPMU-based system, you could literally do a WP backup, then a WP restore and you'd be set. Your theme would come, your posts / comments / authors would come and you'd be set. If you wanted to move to another service, you can pull your theme code and images down through WP, export your posts / comments / categories / authors and be set.

    Many other services allow some of this, but the strength of WPMU is that it's WP, just abstracted out so that each blog is its own unique environment. You don't lose any of the features in the transition.

    It makes Typepad et al look like crap.

    As I said before, though, if you're looking for a more social app, then an WPMU-based host won't be the best way to go. Yahoo 360 or Spaces or whatnot will likely be better.

  • Best blog hosting?

    W3bbo wrote:
    fergbrain wrote: Wordpress

    Wordpress is an engine, not a hosting provider.

    It's both.

    Wordpress is an engine. Wordpress Multi User is a hosted solution for Wordpress 1.6 alpha (not stable yet). Wordpress.com is running WPMU.

    And, yes, my recommendation would be to go with a hosted WP solution. It should provide you greater features, greater flexibility and greater portability should you want to move the blog later.

    Getting an invite is pretty easy. Just ask one of the dev guys Smiley

  • Playing Flight Simulator from the "10 foot view"?

    Detroit Muscle wrote:
    MS Flight Simulator used to be good, but is now seriously outclassed by its competitors. Check out IL2 Sturmovik.

    IL2 isn't the same class of game at all as Flight Sim. Do you have air traffic control in IL2? Real landscapes, cities, airports and planes? IL2 is a combat sim. Flight Sim is a huge, awesome flying sim.

    I have a number of friends who are real pilots / ATC's and they use Flight Sim to get themselves acquainted with new equipment before beginning training on it (generally to find out if they like the plane first).

  • Blog craziness

    /me rolls eyes.

    Welcome to blogging. I know you're new. But there are established conventions.

    One of those is that people can blog however they want. Besides that, though, there are a number of "standard" types of blog posts. They include, but are not limited to:

    1. Pointing to interesting things somewhere else (with or without commentary)
    2. Talking about your daily thoughts and ideas
    3. Posting longer, original, thoughts

    If the only reason you read a blog is for "new information", you're missing a hell of a lot of great blogging. Blogging is about people, not just about disseminating data.

    I know this'll come across grumpy, but it's well past my bed time.

    Your blog can be whatever you want. But there's obviously a huge market for just pointing to interesting things that others have posted. Memeorandum. Slashdot. Instapundit. Every mainstream newspaper out there.

    New doesnt' mean best. Old doesnt' mean worst.

  • Avatars Freaking Out?!

    Are avatars freaking out for anyone else?

    For me, in any thread, it's showing the same avatar as the the thread starter's... Really weird...

  • Post Your Desktop Screenshot! :o)

    Here's mine (a bit more cluttered than usual).

    Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

  • Dearth of XBox360 Games by Launch Date (11/22)?

    And, for the record, on a console I can move the tank (left thumbstick), swivel the turret (right thumbstick), change weapons (black/white buttons), select targets (left trigger) and fire (right trigger) all at the same time.

    In FPS's, I can run, jump, throw grenades, fire my weapon, move, strafe and block all at the same time. Which'd be much more difficult (and cumbersome) to do on a PC game.

  • Dearth of XBox360 Games by Launch Date (11/22)?

    Why use consoles? They're cheaper. They're more social. XBox Live is killer. You can play them more comfortably. Controllers are far more natural for gaming than keyboard/mouse, and comfortable in the hand.

    PC gaming is good. But I much prefer console gaming. I suppose if I wanted to I could hook my PC up to my TV, and hookup a wireless controller to the PC as well and have the same experience. But, I wouldnt' have Live, and play with multiple friends would be rather difficult.

    If that ever happens, I'd happily ditch consoles. But I haven't in nearly 20 years, because the experience is totally different.

    And, for the record, most console launches outperform the PC hardware of the day. Typically for about a year.

    This generation may lengthen that time, because of the new architectures. But, it's hard to say right now.

    Back to the original post, though, I'm disappointed in the 360 lineup. I'll be getting one at launch, because the controllers are far more comfortable, but the first round of games isn't that impressive.

    I'm sure in 3-6 months it will be, though. By the time Sony's console comes out, there are meant to be more than 100 Xbox 360 games on shelves.

  • Google and Sun

    robojamie wrote:
    This pissed me off today. I was expecting something exciting... Typical Sun P.R.

    Typical Google PR too.