The Student/Faculty Luncheon for NSC with the department chairs that I've been working on since school started is tomorrow and I'm kind of scared and excited. I just really hope it goes well or it's my ass and we lose respect from some important people. It's just one thing after another with NSC as I now have to do stuff for Round-up and then the Ice Cream Social, but it is kind of cool to have to make important decisions. Anyway, one of the guys who helped create Internet Explorer has defected to Firefox and he gave the five major reasons for his switch. He also gave a few problems with Firefox, but his bias is clear that the problems with IE outweigh them. The argument for switching has been made many times and I have a few friends who really harp on people when they use IE. So why did I mention this one? It's an interesting point of view but more importantly he gives some really good reasons that make plain sense. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned before how awkward working with Favorites are in IE and it's pretty ironic that for such an exploit laden program it keeps bugging you with security windows. The only one of his disputes with Firefox that I agree with is that the 'Find' box is at a bad place, but his other reasons seem kind of fluffy.
I consider the big news for geeks today to be that the Xbox 360 will be available in North America on November 22. That only leaves a waiting period of just over 2 months from now and it's not a good sign that advertising for launch titles hasn't really gotten anywhere yet. This is clearly they're "screw you" to Sony to payback the early release of the PS2 relative to the Xbox, but will they have enough quality titles to support the launch? At least Microsoft is admitting that they've been going about the Windows development process all wrong and are going about fixing it. Apple is slowly starting to throw its support behind video podcasting, which I hadn't previously heard of either but it's basically just a podcast with moving pictures behind it. Could this be a hint at a iPod Video? Lastly, if you're curious as to whether P2P trends have changed since the Grokster trial you should check out this survey presented in a pretty Flash format. It looks like P2P is still going strong.
Stop reading right now and watch the trailer for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Back? Good. That was totally and unbelievably awesome, and one of the best trailers I've ever seen I think to pump one up for a movie. Another cool trailer that has finally come in its American form is for Memoirs of a Geisha, which is largely similar to the previous one but with a few extra scenes. That movie is also looking really good so far. If you're more in the mood for a comedy you should check out the clip that IGN has from Wallace & Grommit. Lastly, if you want to know more about which mutants will be featured in X3, click here. I won't reveal them here for those of you who don't want to know about them.
Now for the 3x Thursday:
1.Do you ever just take a couple of days and go radio silent from the world? Why/why not?
I usually don't listen to the radio except for Live 365 occasionally. Now that I have my Volvo I only listen to it in the car if there's something good on, otherwise I just switch to a CD.
EDIT: Apparently no radio means no cell phones or computers, and I don't think I've done that since before the Internet came out! Thanks for the clarification, Missy ;)
2. Do you ever make it a point to get outside your everyday life? What do you do? Where do you go?
I try to have fun on the weekends but that's about it. My life is too busy for me to get outside of it. I'm already too deep inside of it!
3. Do you like it when people can't get ahold of you? How does it make you feel?
Not really. I'm usually pretty accessible though. The worst incidents with people not getting hold of me is when they IM me and I'm away and their window is on a tab that I hadn't noticed in a while.
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