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Comment: Microsoft's rush to next-gen could see the Xbox take a tumble   25 Sep 04
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(Source: Gamesindustry) from the article
 Microsoft may be making a colossal mistake by trying to force
 the industry into a next-generation cycle before it is ready
 to move. Sony, with its enormous dominance of the market, could
 probably just about get away with it - if it moved, the industry
 would have to move with it, however much it hated the idea. But
 Microsoft, still a relatively small player in the games industry,
 just doesn't look like a company that has the influence needed to
 force a shift like this. It may be backed up by the biggest
 software company in the world, but publishers will still look at
 the bottom line - in this case, installed base and cost of
 development - and base their decisions on that alone. Herein lies
 the arrogance; Microsoft isn't used to making decisions as an
 industry small-fry, and it's trying to act like an industry leader
 in an industry it simply doesn't lead.

PlayStation 2: Computational Cluster   25 Sep 04
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The NCSA has constructed a PlayStation 2 Linux cluster as a test bench for scientific computation on "toy" hardware. The cluster consists of 65 compute nodes, 4 user login and development nodes, and 1 prototype node for software installation tests. All the nodes run the Sony Linux distribution for PlayStation 2. The compute nodes fill a 24-inch rack; 5 shelves at 13 per shelf (see left); link Looking forward to see such solutions for the new upcoming Playstation 3.

Gametrak   25 Sep 04
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Gametrak. is a new videogames controller, giving you precise and intuitive control in 3D space. link

Unlike cameras, infra-red, RF systems or tilt technologies, Gametrak. allows movement forwards and backwards as well as up, down, left and right.

With Gametrak you can punch your opponents with your hands; sports games let you pick up and play using real golf clubs or tennis racquets . you can even bounce virtual basketballs!

Designed and manufactured by In2Games, Gametrak will launch across Europe on PS2 in September 2004 with the revolutionary fighting game, Dark Wind.

Future Gametrak titles include golf, baseball, adventure, dancing and basketball games.


Good to know: Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD   25 Sep 04
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I’ve put together a single floppy or CD which contains things needed to edit the passwords on most systems.

The bootdisk supports standard (dual)IDE controllers, and most SCSI-controllers with the drivers supplied in a seperate archive below. It does not need any other special hardware, it will run on 486 or higher, with at least 32MB (I think) ram or more. Unsupported hardware: MCA, EISA, i2o may not work. Some newer IDE/SCSI-raid systems may not work either.

Tested on: NT 3.51, NT 4, Windows 2000 (except datacenter?), Windows XP (all versions), Window Server 2003 (at least Enterprise).

DANGER WILL ROBINSON! If used on users that have EFS encrypted files, and the system is XP or later service packs on win2k, all encrypted files for that user will be UNREADABLE! and cannot be recovered unless you remember the old password again


This I believe! - Tom's 60 TIBs   25 Sep 04
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Tom Peters is back with more Big Ideas for your job, your company, and your life. The marketing and strategy guru holds forth on why audacity matters, why women are the future of leadership, and why diversity is crucial to business success. Those who have never read Tom will find an excellent primer here; those well-versed in Peters’ ideas can get up to speed on his latest thoughts. link direct pdf download

F*ing software patents will kill open source and small to medium size companies   25 Sep 04
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I just now came across this link on slashdot. The only thing I can say is that like in the RIAA (sic) cases one really wonders about our politicians. And this is the weakest way of putting it .. oh boy! Lessing has said it correctly: *If we don’t fight for our freedom, we do not deserve it*. I am so sick of all these stupid trivial patents like double-click, hyperlinks, etc. .. does anybody care that obvious prior art exists?

The /. link

Some nice quotes :-)

 Ministers were being trusted to represent the view of the government that sent
 them... but it seems as if business interests have found that these
 individuals are a weak link that can easily be "bought off" and convinced to act
 on their own.

 The corporations won the war.

Werner's Oracle - Linux page   25 Sep 04
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Jolly good Oracle & Linux page by Werner Puschitz. There are several instructions on installing Oracle 9 and 10 on a range of different Linux versions.

The Irony of Extreme Programming   25 Sep 04
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(Source: Ron Jeffries) The irony of Extreme Programming is that while detractors continue to explain why it cannot work, software developers all over the world are having success with it.

Introducing agile methods if the customer is obsessed by dead trees   25 Sep 04
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(Source: posting to by John Goodsen) I think a big mistake many of us make trying to introduce Agile development practices, is we fall into the trap of agreeing that we are not providing documentation. If your organization wants to see documents along the way, don’t tell them they can’t have it! Tell them they will have the most up to date documentation that they have ever seen, because you are going to generate it directly from the code. Our teams use an XP process. It doesn’t take much to tie in a tool to auto-gen design specs from the code and if you are automating customer tests, you can put description in the headers of tests methods and use a javadoc based generation of a "requirements specification"… so rather than view your organization as an enemy that requires an "undergound attack", listen very carefully to what people are asking for and figure out how Agile approaches can deliver it. We are not the enemy. We are the liberator. We have exactly what they want, but we often fail to match up our Agile solution with what the stakeholder is asking for.

When an organization wants more than the Agile process requires, it is easy to show the additional cost each iteration, and as the team builds credibility the customer/stakeholder(s) might be less inclined to want to spend money each iteration producing documentation.

So have some courage, tell your stakeholders that they can have it (whatever "it" is) if they want it and then make sure you follow up with giving them a good picture of the cost and value they get from "it". It’s their money - let them blow it if they want to. Let them slow the velocity by asking for non-code related items. All you can do is make it visible and help them down the path of figuring it out.

The sooner you start delivering some working code, the sooner you’ll have the credibility to address their real process issues. "It" will become less important the more iterations you deliver working tested code.

The hard part is getting code started, right? Maybe you can disguise the first few iterations as "prototyping" and use TDD as the process for your prototyping? :-)

CIO magazine current issue all about agile... (IT oriented, but)   25 Sep 04
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Denis Haskin posted this to the XP-ML. lnik
 I assume this popped up on everyone else's RSS aggregator as well, but...
  From Darrell Norton's blog [1] and Artima developer forum [2]: the
  current issue of CIO magazine is all about agility:


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