July, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    London Floods

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    Fear not, this is the power of CGI - quite shocking when I first saw it in light of the recent UK floods but a new film is to chart what would happen if the Thames Barrier was overwhelmed. Flood features Robert Carlyle and is based on a Richard Doyle book. More info from the Beeb but surely there would be more boats on the river? :)

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    Ozzie talks Live

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    At the Financial Analyst Meeting last week, Ray Ozzie went in to more detail on the Windows Live platform layers. You can see the webcast and download the presentation - I have to say our slides on this are getting much cleaner, which indicates our story is getting much cleaner!

    Steve Ballmer also mentioned "Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure" which I expect we're going to hear much more about. You can get full details of the FAM at on the Investor Site.

    Gotta dash...need some kip but wanted to get this info out there.

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  • Steve Clayton

    National Rail Vista Gadget

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    I blogged about this a while back but the guys at Conchango who developed it let me know that this week it's gone live on the National Rail website.

    Personally I think it's one of the most useful and well designed gadgets to date. 990 downloads so far!

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  • Steve Clayton

    Where is Jim Gray?

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    I picked up the latest edition of Wired on the way back from the US last week and read a sad but intriguing story about the disappearance of Jim Gray. I blogged about this a while back when the legendary computer scientist went missing and this was a long overdue update.

    The part about this story that touched me so much was how despite considerable competition between companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Oracle and others in a time of need those companies threw down their differences and went to the aid of a friend and colleague. Nothing surprising really but sometimes it’s easy to forget that we’re all just people doing stuff we love and secretly admiring those who do the same.

    Read more at Channel 9

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  • Steve Clayton

    BBC iPlayer in beta

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    Well it's got a lot of press recently, largely for being Windows only, but the BBC's iPlayer is now out in beta. Though it doesn't look like the cool demo that was shown at Mix06, it does look promising in terms of the service:

    BBC iPlayer Beta will let you download a wide range of BBC television programmes for free from the last seven days.

    It's a great example of Software + Services - a rich client application consuming a web delivered service. I guess they could have delivered this simply via a web page but the experience would not have been as good. In the same way, I think Google Gears validates the S+S approach.

    I just registered though it says it's not available for Windows Vista. Dunno why but if you wanna check it out, you can apply now.

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