Lego

Lego is part of pop culture and people go crazy about it… or they just have too much time. Check out these videos:

Matrix:

Michael Jackson’s Thriller:

8-bit homecomputer chip-sound tribute:

D-Day (CG animated):

Lego photo by miwaza

Epic win over telecoms by the European Union

Another epic win by the European Union after the one billion Euro fine on Intel (https://warczyk.wordpress.com/2009/05/16/go-home-intel/) and bashing the telecoms giants for far too high roaming prices and introducing a standard for mobile charging devices! Here is the next:

http://www.euronews.net/2009/11/24/eu-telecoms-reforms-enter-force-in-december/

“Broad new telecommunications rules for the European Union have finally been fully approved, carrying various customer benefits. When a customer chooses to change service providers, the company will be required to transfer the same mobile phone number to the company that has landed the customer, within one working day. And the automatic downloading of personalised information to a user’s computer when he visits a Web site will need the customer’s consent.

Viviane Reding, the EU’s information society Commissioner talked about further assurances as well: “When data are lost — personal data — the person should be informed immediately. Internet access could not be cut off without first going through a judge, and so on. So, we see that consumers’ rights are central to this new legislation.””

Just recently Microsoft messed up their T-Mobile service and lost the data of users so this topic is hot (more info: http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2009-10/15177910-t-mobile-sidekick-us-users-face-personal-data-loss-020.htm)

I general I think it’s a great idea to stop the telecoms from doing what they want… they behaved too long like an international mafia! I’ve been a victim of the roaming prices BTW… Vodafone tried to tell me that I need to pay 2800 Euro for using my German 3G/GPRS service in Poland for one week. I took a lawyer and we finally settled without going to court but still I paid a lot for the lawyer and the settlement.

avast

avast – is the best free anti-virus in my opinion – check their PR campaign to celebrate the 100,000,000th user:

Avira just throws tons of false detections and asks for buying the premium version. Avast is much better!

More info: http://www.avast.com

The James-Bond-like car remote control with an iPhone

Here the original Nokia James Bond car remote control for his BMW in “Tomorrow never dies”:

Now possible with an iPhone! Nice 🙂

AOL

Well, well… AOL and Time Warner are splitting up finally and I can’t stop wondering how this great success story could end so sad. AOL as a portal had what Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! never had – an access business. Users who have chosen AOL as their Internet provider used the AOL front page, AOL Mail, AOL Messenger and many other services and they have been happy with that! My wife for example has been one of the AOL users. She went online with it, used AOL Mail, their Weather and some other services like News. Not sure what really happened and at what point but AOL lost the focus on the access business… and that has been a big mistake in my opinion. AOL now tries to drive the same strategy as Yahoo! with focus on advertising in terms of monetization and I have to admit that their advertising network and technology is really good (Platform-A). So what can I say now they are splitting up with Time Warner? Good luck AOL! Hope you won’t layoff everyone over there…

More info: http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2009/11/17/aol-and-time-warner-officially-splitting-up

Latest AOL layoff: http://www.businessinsider.com/aol-asks-2500-employees-to-quit-2009-11

AMD Phenom II @ 7GHz

Cool beans! Phenom II rocks… I have one too (but not overclocked 😉 )

DirectX

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Just in case you wonder what features the new DirectX 11 brings and what DirectX introduced in the past I’m posting these videos. Personally I’m still happy with DirectX 9 but the new version looks interesting indeed. I’m sure I will upgrade to Windows 7 and a DirectX 11 graphics card at some point but I think I’ll give it some more time.

The upper videos are more kind of ads than information but this one is really detailed although you can see that the guy in the video tries to explain everything in easy words 😉