Sunday, September 28, 2008

30 day delay, but how about some carnage while you wait?

Folks, stop partying. Just, stop.

Jack Thompson's not disbarred yet. The court order landed Sept 25th, and he's to close up shop by Oct 25th when the disbarment takes effect. He's got an appeal available, and he's taking it to the federal courts.

Meanwhile, I hear some mergers are cutting up the gaming arena. With Vivendi snatching up Activision and Blizzard, you'd think that alot more games will come out. Unfortunately, three made the cut:

Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutant
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

Out of those three, I think only one is a PC running game -- PROTOTYPE.

Everyone else? Left for dead. Here's a short list from Gameplayer Austrailia:

World in Conflict (Massive Entertainment and Swordfish Studios)
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (Swordfish Studios)
Bourne Conspiracy (High Moon Studios)
Sierra Online and all Sierra games

Monday, September 1, 2008

Google Chrome

So Google is jumping into the open source browser biz with Google Chrome. What's so different with that compared to Firefox and Safari?

Instead of following Google's comic done by Scott McCloud (at since the regular site's being Slashdotted), let me try to tell you about it this way.

Remember back in Netscape 4.x that you didn't have tabs. You had a ton of windows. IE up to 6 has this too (7 introduced tabs, as did Netscape 6). What a mess! Tabs helped, but it was still controlled by one instance of a program.

Now, instead of one instance with multiple tabs, make every window be a seperate instance of that program, and swallow all the instances into the main window. Each instance is accessed by tabs. Popups are swallowed and put on the bottom of the tab until you ask them to. Close a tab, close the instance. Memory is handled by the OS, not by the browser, so slowness is a fault of the OS or an external program not handling it's memory. Security gets enhanced because no site can futz with another site -- infact, the instance is reset when one domain is swapped out for another.

Intresting, no?

Check the comic out. I just hope they make the omnibar optional.