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October 12, 2007

The Top Movies Of 2008

Filed under: movies — vagus @ 4:50 am

On the slashfilm blog we have a list of the twenty most anticipated movies of next year.

They are:

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2. The Dark Knight (Batman Begins 2)
3. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
4. American Gangster
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
6. Iron Man
7. I Am Legend
8. Get Smart
9. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
10. Charlie Wilson’s War
11. Hancock
12. Beowulf
13. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
14. Mamma Mia!
15. The Incredible Hulk
16. Speed Racer
17. Step Brothers
18. Bee Movie
19. Mr. Magnorium’s Wonder Emporium
20. Starship Dave

For me it’s Narnia 2 and Beowulf :-)


October 4, 2007

India’s broadband woes – is TRAI the culprit?

Filed under: broadband,rants — vagus @ 7:59 am

There was an e-mail posted to a mailing list I’m subscribed to which asked for server co-location options in India. The poster mentioned a Reliance executive claimed that TRAI (India’s telecom regulatory authority) was controlling the minimum sale price of bandwidth!

I haven’t been able to locate any sources (TRAI website, PDFs etc.) to confirm whether or not this is true, but if it is then it’s a shame, and a shock to me, that TRAI is the cause of India’s currently poor broadband situation.

The poster mentioned the Reliance executive also stated that they would have done for the broadband market what they and other telecom companies have done for the mobile telephony market, which is vibrant competition and dirt cheap prices.

On the other hand, I have the impression (not from personal experience, but from others’) that you simply cannot rely on Reliance, so the executive’s claim may not be true.

Another person on the mailing list, in reply to my follow-up questions, suggested that even though TRAI may not be explicitly controlling minimum pricing, their narrow-minded licensing policies, which has entry fees and a percentage of revenues as license fees among other things, serve as a barrier for providers reducing bandwidth prices and spurring the growth and adoption of broadband in India to be on par with international levels.

Microsoft “opens” .NET source code – is it a trap?

Filed under: microsoft,open source — vagus @ 5:42 am

Read this post on Microsoft-Watch and this post on EWeek.

What do you think?

I wonder if some Microsoft employees will blog about this and try to explain it away :-)

October 2, 2007

Hardware And Software Bonanza Coming Up

Filed under: computers,gadgets,linux,open source,windows vista,wishlist — vagus @ 10:08 am

A bunch of new GNU/Linux distributions’ releases are coming up and will coincide with my plans to buy a new desktop and a new tablet PC for home use.

OpenSuse 10.3 is coming October 4th, Ubuntu 7.10 (codename: Gutsy Gibbon) is coming October 18th and Fedora 8 is coming November 8th. I plan to install and play with each one and decide on which distro to settle. My current preference is Ubuntu even though I like KDE better than GNOME. I’m currently running Ubuntu “Gutsy” Beta on my home desktop and “Feisty Fawn” (Ubuntu 7.04) on my work desktop and am very impressed with things.


The Case Of The Failed File Copy

Filed under: microsoft,windows vista — vagus @ 9:23 am

I read this new blog post by Sysinternals’/Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich today about a file copy failure in Windows Vista. It’s not as “sensational” as, say, the File Open Dialog Delay or the Audio Networking Slowdown but it’s still interesting.


Plus, again, he’s not done with just posting a blog entry, he’s going to follow up with the Windows developers to get them to fix/improve things in Vista.  Much appreciated!

If you’re a regular blog reader then Mark’s Blog should definitely be on your blogroll :-)

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