Waaaay back when my whole class at junior school had a “music class” (which was part recorder lesson and part music appreciation), we had a cool teacher (Mr Downham) who at one stage mentioned a theory of his that music styles would repeat themselves, and that perhaps one day we would be listening to the latest thing music which would actually be some form of baroque or other classical style.

Its something that’s stuck in my mind for some reason, and through out my life I’ve often noticed when the “latest style” has had some similarity to older music.  Generally its a re-take on some mainstream style/trend from a while ago, but I was just listening to a playlist of mine in WMP10 and started thinking, “hey, I don’t remember adding my mod files to this collection” (and by mod files I mean mod/s3m/it and other such files)… So I looked at the playlist and I found out that it was playing “Parade of the Athletes” by DJ Tiรซsto…

Certain bits of the songs just reminded me of the old “chip” mods from an AGE ago, and (I think) some of the stuff by Future Crew… (Not sure if I’m getting my demo groups mixed up)  Anyway, I kinda missed those times with the old 8bit sound cards (or simply just the PC speaker) and the excitement of finding out so many new and cool things.  Using usenet to read up on the latest “scene” news and finding demos that did amazing things on my little PC that I didn’t think were possible with just a 5kb executable.  I still have a part of me that wants to go to one of the “demo scene” competitions (I’m not even sure if they still exist). 

I do remember one local demo group from durbs(? I think they were called Asphyxia) who put out some awesome Turbo Pascal tutorials which got me interested in assembly and 3D graphics… I even ended up helping some guys at school learn trig and other fun maths concepts using their 3D tuts. Oh, the good old days… ๐Ÿ™‚


Employee abuse…

So this looks like its the latest meme on the blogosphere, but check it out… I got this link via Craig Patterson‘s blog about the game industry.  He got it via a post on Jason Olsen’s blog, and the actual link is by a spouse of a guy that works at EA

Read it! You’ll be happy you don’t work there…

Geek food Internet/Links

New MSN Search

I heard that MSN were launching a new search, but I just read about the new Beta of their own algorithmic search engine (which you can find at MSN Search Beta) which has some cool features… I like the advanced search – you get to pick results near where you live, and can choose how you want your search weighted (by accuracy, popularity and how recently the page was updated)

Very cool… ๐Ÿ™‚ I found out about it from this post by the MSN Search team.

Geek food General

If wishes were…

When I was growing up I’d often hear people say “if wishes were horses, I’d be riding” (or something like that…)  Today I’m saying “if wishes were smartphones, I’d have the iMate SP3”

But no, wishes aren’t smartphones, and Vodacom don’t seem to be keen to help a geek like me get my hands on a one either.

Locally, Leaf Wireless started importing a new version of the iMate PDS last month and a smartphone, their press releases are: PDA (i-Mate PDA2k) and Smartphone (i-Mate SP3). 

Motorola do the MPX200 and MPX220.  The MPX200 uses older technology and doesn’t do bluetooth, the MPX220 uses the newer Windows Mobile, has bluetooth and a few other things.  Unfortunately its not in SA yet… I e-mailed Motorola SA about a month ago and was told it would be here in November/December.  I mailed them a few days ago and was told that the launch was postponed to somewhere around December 18 because they didn’t have stock when the original launch date came.  But they also warned that the December date was subject to stock availability, and I’m guessing SA is not a big priority for Motorola so we’ll probably only see stock next year. ๐Ÿ™

Now in the mean time I’ve been following these phones for a while and I was most pleased that they’d be launching around the time I was eligable for a cellphone upgrade.  I could officially upgrade my phone on November 5th this year.  Since I knew that Motorola hadn’t launched yet, I resigned myself to getting the iMate SP3.  I was thinking that since the press release came out almost a month ago, Vodacom would certainly be offering it as one of their upgrade options.

Unfortunately I was very mistaken.  Vodacom have “discontinued” the old version of the iMate (a logical move since its replacement is out), but they haven’t started offering the new one.  I also found out that they have “discontinued” the MPX200, which is less obvious since its replacement is not yet out.  There is no indication from them as to when they might actually get hold of the new versions of the iMate and start offering them. 

It is most frustrating… I *WANT* a smartphone, and I *WANT* it now. ๐Ÿ™  Ok, so enough pouting and whining… I’ll just try waiting a month and see what comes of it…

But for those of you who are most fortunate and have one of these babies already, check out  this link I got in the latest “Microsoft Insider Update”  newsletter (click here to subscribe) – Download award-winning applications for Windows Mobile – free! 

Looks like there are some cool apps for these phones.  Now I must go and prepare myself for the long wait till December and the new list of phones I can get from Vodacom…