Random Thoughts

Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

New Windows Vista Commercials… Better.

Much, much better. Nice job. They take a stab at the cloyingly annoying Apple commercials and inject a little bit of reality.

Here's the first:

And you can find the other two here and here.

Nice work.

Netflix To Abandon HD-DVD

I just received the following email from Netflix

We're Going Blu-ray

Dear Steve,

You're receiving this email because you have asked to receive high-definition movies in the HD DVD format. As you may have heard, most of the major movie studios have recently decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format. In order to provide the best selection of high-definition titles for our members, we have decided to go exclusively with Blu-ray as well.

While we will continue to make our current selection of HD DVD titles available to you for the next several months, we will not be adding additional HD DVD titles or reordering replacements.

Toward the end of February, HD DVDs in your Saved Queue will automatically be changed to standard definition DVDs. Then toward the end of this year, all HD DVDs in your Queue will be changed to standard definition DVDs. Don't worry, we will contact you before this happens.

You can click here to change your format preferences.

We're sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call us at 1 (888) 638-3549.

-The Netflix Team

That just sucks. I was about to cancel my subscription anyhow as I get more value from Amazon Unbox (and I believe I'll get a lot of value from iTunes movie rentals once Apple releases the AppleTV upgrade).

See ya Netflix. It was nice knowing you.

Holy Eight Cores, Batman!

Is this the year that I finally switch the last bastion of Windows in my house over to Apple?

Fastest Mac Ever—Eight Processor Cores Standard

The new Mac Pro features the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors based on state-of-the-art 45nm Intel Core microarchitecture running up to 3.2 GHz, each with 12MB of L2 cache per processor for breakthrough performance and power efficiency. With a new high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses and up to 32GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory, the new Mac Pro achieves a 61 percent increase in memory throughput.

Pretty cheap too, though it'll need a RAM (and maybe a video card) upgrade.

I realized recently that I do pretty much all my video and photo editing on my MacBook Pro these days, and it's a little slow. The desktop in my office is mainly for browsing and running iTunes. I'd like to be more productive with it - it's a nice machine, with lots of nice peripherals attached, but I think it might be time to finally switch it to the shiny newness.

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