Monday, October 31, 2005

HP is offering free online classes

If you're not aware of it, HP is offering a load of free online courses. The courses range from Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2003, to Security for IT professionals, to How to give a great presentation. I have taken a few courses and I have enjoyed them. They are not the "cheapo-depot" kinds of lessons but the ones where you can actually learn something from. You can view all of the available courses here: http://h30187.www3.hp.com/all_courses.jsp.

Can Google help OpenOffice conquer Microsoft Office?

It appears that Google and OpenOffice may work together to build an office suite. In the article "Google throws bodies at OpenOffice" by Stephen Shankland, CNET News.com, it states that Google is planning on hiring programmers to improve OpenOffice.org. Is this a move to make OpenOffice better for everyone, or is this just an inside the company kind of move where Google will make OpenOffice better just for Google and their employees?

Oh, btw, Happy Holloween everybody!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Are you being watched by the government?

It's not so much are you being watched but we know what you're printing. Or do they? Apparently some researchers found embedded tracking codes (dots), which can only be seen with a microscope, on printed paper. Does this infringe on your privacy? Read more about this story on DeveloperPipeline.com.

This story doesn't really surprise me and it shouldn't surprise you. I suspect that there are a lot more things out there that the government does/hides that we "common people" don't know and (some of us) don't want to believe. What else are they keeping from us? Okay, now you saw the conspiracy theorist side of me.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Half-Life 2 Lost Coast level released

The Lost Coast level for Half-Life 2 has been released. You can get it by logging into Steam and downloading it through Steam. You can see some screenshots of the awesome graphics on GameSpot.com.

The level is said to be about fifteen minutes long. The level uses HDR lighting which you won't notice unless you have HDR-capable video card. Read more about the level and about HDR lighting on GameSpot.com.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Google trying to compete against eBay?

I saw the article "Google Tests its Reputed eBay Killer" by Ben Charny on eWeek.com and want to know what others think out there. Do you think this is just a rumor and probably not true? Or do you think that it is true and Google will challenge eBay and Craig's List? Personally, seeing what Google has already done, I think they will try and challenge eBay in some way.

Hello Moto and MTV plan to have mobile phone comedy series

The article "Hello Moto Plus MTV Equals Hip Mobile Video" by Antone Gonsalves, TechWeb News, says that Motorola will partner with MTV and Comedy Central to produce a mobile phone comedy series. You can read more about the proposed series at the above article. My question is will it be Dave Chappelle? Just joking, I know it probably won't but man, someone has to get Dave Chappelle back on TV.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks has passed away

Rosa ParksNow for some important and sad news. Rosa Parks, the woman known as the "mother of the Civil Rights movement," passed away last night in her home. If you don't know who she is, shame on you. She became an important figure in history when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955. Let's not forgot about her, let's honor her. Here are a few sites about Rosa Parks:

Resident Evil 5 for PS3

There will be a Resident Evil 5 for PS3. GameSpot.com has some images on the game, check them out they look great. I can't wait for this one too!

Resident Evil 4 for PS2 is available

Resident Evil 4 which was originally released for the GameCube is now available for PlayStation 2. All Resident Evil fans have to get this one as this game is said to have great graphics, excellent storyline, and more. You can read more about Resident Evil 4 on PS2 on GameSpot.com.

Friday, October 21, 2005

2006 Boston Red Sox schedule released

The 2006 Boston Red Sox season schedule has been released today. They start the season on April 3rd, on the road at the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox's first home game is on April 11th where they will play the Toronto Blue Jays. Their first season series against the rival New York Yankees starts on June 6th at New York. You can see the entire Red Sox 2006 season schedule here: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

OpenOffice 2.0 has been released

OpenOffice 2.0 has been released and you can download your copy at http://www.openoffice.org. Why buy Microsoft Office for $200 plus while you have maybe a better office suite for free. I think you know which Office I will be using (OpenOffice). You can too.

Monday, October 17, 2005

OpenOffice 2.0 delayed

OpenOffice 2.0 was suppose to be released on October 13th but due to some kind of problem it has been delayed. No new date has been set for the final release. Read more about the delay on eWeek.com's article "OpenOffice.org Releases RC3 of Version 2.0".

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

New Half-Life 2 items coming soon

The Half-Life 2 Lost Coast level will be release late October I've read and the add-on for Half-Life 2, called Half-Life 2: Aftermath will be released this fall. I can't wait for these new games for Half-Life 2 to come out. You can see previews here:

Half-Life 2 Lost Coast - http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/halflife2/preview_6129904.html

Half-Life 2: Aftermath - http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/half-life-2-aftermath/ and http://pc.ign.com/objects/740/740555.html

Monday, October 10, 2005

Dorchester, my home town, not on a Boston map, what!?

I went to Boston.com this morning looking forward to just see what's going on in Boston today and I found the article, "Visitors won't discover some city areas via map" by Adrienne P. Samuels, Globe Staff, October 10, 2005. The article talks about how Dorchester, a neighborhood with history, is not shown on a map and how tourists should see the sites of Dorchester. Being someone who was born and still lives in Dorchester is a little upset over this. Dorchester is as much a part of Boston, if not more than Cambridge and other areas around Boston. You can view Dorchester on Google maps here.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Microsoft's new Office will allow you to "Save As..." a PDF file

In the article, "Microsoft: Office 12 Will Handle PDF" by Greg Keizer on InternetWeek.com, it says that in Microsoft's newest version of Office, when you're in programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more that you'll be able to save documents as a PDF file. This makes me curious a little of why they would do this because previously I heard that Microsoft would be coming out with their own "PDF' style format of document called "Metro". Apparently they will are still having "Metro" but is this some way of Microsoft being nice to their competitors or just trying to get the government of their back a little. Pam Deziel, the director of platform strategies for Adobe had it right when she said "Microsoft is a $40 billion monopoly, and a formidable opponent." Keyword being "monopoly." Stay tuned as I'm sure there will be more to this.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Free preview of NHL Center Ice

Until October 12 you can watch NHL games from around the league for free. If you have digital cable then you should definitely be able to view the channels that the NHL Center Ice free preview is on. There's usually an average of 4 game a day broadcasted on these channels. It's great for hockey fans such as myself. My brother and I are thinking about getting the package which is $129, which is said to have 40 games per week. You can get more information at their web site, www.gethockey.com.

Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 is now available

Mozilla has released Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 for users to download and use for testing purposes only. You can download Beta 2 at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/. You can view the roadmap (schedule) for future releases of Mozilla Firefox at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/roadmap.html. Remember to spread Firefox!