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irascian irascian Irascible Ian
  • Widnows Xp SP3

    It is incorrect to say XP Service Pack 3 has been tested with Vista - it has nothing to do with Vista.

    In fact it's incorrect to say that Microsoft have launched XP Service Pack 3 since it is not out yet, officially due "2Q 2008". They have (yesterday) made available on Microsoft Downloads a document (not really worth the paper it might be printed on) outlining what will be in XP Sp3 but that's all.

  • VS2008 Launch UK : registration open

    blowdart wrote:
    There will be virtual labs to play with as well.

    Some of which I may be running *grin*

    Why don't you use a spelling checker? There's only one 'n' (and an 'i') in "ruining" [6]

    Sounds like maybe the virtual labs area might be a good place for 9ers to maybe try and meet up (assuming nobody here knows the layout of the venue or a good meeting place ahead of the event itself).

    Given the difficulties we've had in the past with people failing to meet up at much smaller events like DDD I would suggest posting a time (or even several times) and place here BEFORE the event if people want to meet up.

    It's not finalised yet but looking like I'm going to be pretty tied up most of the day as a "roaming" cameraman (one of four cameraman covering things) for the event, so can't make any guarantees I will be able to meet up but if you know a time/place ahead of time it would be cool to get some 'on camera' reactions of 9ers to the day. If most are staying on for the drinks in the evening that would probably be the best time for me.


  • Post your twitter name?

    SlackmasterK wrote:

    Neat... Was this posted somewhere before and we missed it?

    Yes and no.

    Yes it was posted here before.
    No "we" didn't miss it, "you" did. Wink

  • VS2008 Launch UK : registration open

    Dr Herbie wrote:

    Charles:  perhaps you should get in there and make sure C9-guys are added to the goody-bag.  That'll generate a rash of new 9ers.


    A rash? You make it sound like something unpleasant.

    But I don't see this would achieve much. There have been enough figures doled out at different events and I'm constantly meeting people who say they visit Channel 9 but are never seen on the forums.

    I am insanely jealous of these folks - I think their absence from here might mean that they actually have lives!

  • HD Rocks

    It's hard to go back once you've made the switch, although initial impressions can be disappointing.

    Terrestrial HD broadcasting is disappointing - full of artefacts and poor compression.

    Discs on the other hand are another matter:

    I started with HD-DVD (my preferred format)
    Then Blu-Ray

    And now I just got the Sony PMW-EX1 camera which shoots stunning footage in 1080p (see some showreels on philipbloom.co.uk for what sold me on this camera) and captures everything to PCI Express cards with two "hot swap" slots on the camera.

  • Post your twitter name?

    blowdart wrote:
    Mine's not hard to figure out.

    Nor mine!

  • Heath Ledger has Died

    It seems the whole world has an opinion, and feel qualified to pass judgement, on celebrities - even when they don't know them, or don't even know who they are.  

    Even the most basic research pulls up the following facts, so before we all rush to condemn bear in mind the following:

    Fact: no suicide note was found. This is unusual in high-profile cases like this.
    Fact: no non-prescription drugs were found
    Fact: In an interview with New York Times last November Ledger complained his body was exhausted but his mind couldn't turn off. He complained he was averaging just two hours sleep a night.
    Fact: He said that even the strongest sleeping pills were only working for him for an hour.
    Fact: He had been working in London on Saturday and was undoubtedly jet-lagged when he returned to New York

    I'm waiting for the autopsy but in all the tabloid muck-raking that's going on I'm finding it hard to find any facts that justify some of the snide insinuations they're making.

  • CSS and JavaScript books

    W3bbo wrote:

    Fair 'nuff. Anyone know the cause of death?

    A lot of speculation at the moment, pending the outcome of the post mortem, but the police have said sleeping pills were found near the body and they suspect an overdose.

    Perhaps the most telling comments are those the actor gave in an interview before Christmas:

    "Ledger was taking sleeping pills after completing I'm Not There, in which he played one of the many incarnations of singer Bob Dylan.

    He told The New York Times in a November interview that he "stressed out a little too much'' during the Dylan film, and had trouble sleeping while portraying the Joker, whom he called a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy".

    "Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told the Times.

    "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going."

    He said he took two Ambien pills, which only worked for an hour, the paper said."

  • CSS and JavaScript books

    W3bbo wrote:
    irascian wrote:
    Trying to do too many things at once, and still in shock at news of death of Heath Ledger.

    I barely know who the guy is, other than that he's starred in a bunch of movies that never interested me.

    Does this rank above or below the death of Anna Nicole Smith?

    Unfair. Ledger had real talent. Indeed even when the film was crap ("Brothers Grimm" anyone?) Ledger was always a stand-out as being consistently good. He was that rare thing, a chameleon actor who fully took on a role and added something to it instead of just playing himself in everything he was in.

  • CSS and JavaScript books

    JChung2006 wrote:
    That's Douglas Crockford, not David Crockford.

    Sorry my bad!

    Trying to do too many things at once, and still in shock at news of death of Heath Ledger.