Archive for May, 2005

Xbox 360 and MSN Spaces

This will be great!

Tony Gentile wrote down a great vision for the Xbox 360!

It’s not hard to imagine XBOX 360 flowing a gamer’s "verified" high scores, feats, wins, etc to their MSN Spaces ‘blog’. Think Google Video, then think 3 minute snipets from a duel or frag fest (along with the necessary "I rOxOred u" smack talk) published to Spaces; the only thing better than winning is showing off your moves to the entire world in perpituity, no?

As InsideMicrosoft writes: "Halo 2 outputs your stats as XML" So streaming real-time stats on your Space will be absolutly no problem. I also think that the combination of blogging, gaming, presence, IM and sharing photo’s/video’s will be a great feature!

But what about real-time video? You can easily stream real-time video to the MSN server, and from there you can create a world wide arena, for watching a game all over the world!
How long will it take before more people will watch the Virtual Olympic (frag) Games than the normal Olympics?  
I’m curious if there is going to be a MMOFPS (Massively multiplayer online first-person shooter) for the Xbox 360 in the near future. I’m guessing that the CPU with 3 die’s, the video chipset and a large MSN server could realize a nationwide action game where thousand of people could play together….   Wow.. Future gaming looks very cool!

And more good news  about the Xbox 360 this week.
It will probably already be launched in November and it will probably cost only $300! 
I told my girlfriend I was prepared to pay $500 🙂


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Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth

Microsoft has released some news about ‘MSN Virtual Earth’, this is Microsoft’s answer to Google Maps. Here you can see some nice screenshots. Here you can see the Channel 9 video!

The service is promised to provide:

  • Satellite images with 45-degree-angle views of buildings and neighbourhoods 
  • Satellite images with street map overlays
  • Ability to add local data layers, such as showing local businesses or restaurants

It looks great!

While writing about Maps.

Two days ago the German paper called ‘Der Spiegel’ found a image of a American Stealth bomber on Google maps, read about it here.

And I totally loved this post, about the UFO that was found on Google Maps.
Can’t wait until someone find the first images of a naked celebrity on the next version of Google maps. 😉

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Office Communicator 2005 video

A great video has been made bij the Microsoft Channel 9 team about Office Communicator 2005.


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In 2050 people can become immortal

This is a great article that describes some ‘visions of the future’ from ‘Britain’s leading thinker’ Ian Pearson.

He predicts that within 45 year people can upload there consciousness into a computer, which will result in ‘immortal personalities’..

"’If you draw the timelines, realistically by 2050 we would expect to be able to download your mind into a machine, so when you die it’s not a major career problem,’ Pearson told The Observer. ‘If you’re rich enough then by 2050 it’s feasible. If you’re poor you’ll probably have to wait until 2075 or 2080 when it’s routine. We are very serious about it. That’s how fast this technology is moving: 45 years is a hell of a long time in IT.’"

I’m sure that i’m not the only one who ever thought of doing this to your own brain..:

"He believes that today’s youngsters may never have to die, and points to the rapid advances in computing power demonstrated last week, when Sony released the first details of its PlayStation 3. It is 35 times more powerful than previous games consoles. ‘The new PlayStation is 1 per cent as powerful as a human brain,’ he said. ‘It is into supercomputer status compared to 10 years ago. PlayStation 5 will probably be as powerful as the human brain.’"

Ian thinks that it will be possible to make a conscious computer with superhuman levels of intelligence before 2020! Can’t wait for that to happen! 🙂

And good news for the business users that are always crying and cursing about there inability to use computers and software, because (according to them) computers are user unfriendly….


"The next age, he predicts, will be that of ‘simplicity’ in around 2013-2015. ‘This is where the IT has actually become mature enough that people will be able to drive it without having to go on a training course. "

Well. this is definitely the best future vision I’ve read for a long time!
No more phone calls from the family to reinstall or configure there Windows desktop. Great!

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My Dream Car – The Aston Martin V8

I fell in love with this car.. It’s the Aston Martin V8

According to the guys at Top Gear (i think this is best tv show in the world), it will cost as much a a Porsche 911. Yheeeah!

I got a new reason to start saving some money! 😉 I’ve got almost a year to get it, because if i rememberd correctly it will be ready near the end of 2005.

I made a video from some of the photo’s i found.

This video also brings music to this blog.. Just hit ESCAPE to end the music.

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Office Communicator 2005 on Microsoft CEO Summit

I recorded a part off the Microsoft CEO Summit about Office Communicator 2005 with my mobile phone/pda, the HTC Magician (or Qtek s100, I-mate JAM, MDA Compact, Dopod 818, mini-XDA)…

Because of thss i warn you for the screen quality..
To bad this is the only way i could think of since the only ASF Recorder wouldn’t work..
Does anybody know why, or know a good alternative?

Here you can see the video

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The future of IM and Presence according to Bill Gates

So much interesting has happen last week, but so little time to read about it or blogging about it! I try to post the most interesting this that happend this week the topic of messaging and Presence..

This week there was teh CEO summit at the Microsoft headquarters..

The future drawn yesterday by Bill Gates looks interesting…..

This is what he says about Integrated Communication
"Unified communication: Integrated communication will provide a single "point of entry" to the networked world that is consistent across applications and devices. People should have a unified, complete view of their communication options, whether by voice or text, real-time or offline, with ready access to tools like speech-to-text and machine translation. You should be able to listen to your email, or read your voicemail. Project notifications, meetings, business applications, contacts and schedules should be accessible within a single consistent view, whether you’re at your desk, down the hall, on the road or working at home."

And then.. Presence..
"Presence: We’re just beginning to tap the potential of presence information to help information and notifications flow where they’re needed and better enable ad-hoc collaboration to solve problems and get things done. Presence information connects people and their schedules to documents and workflow, keeping you close to the changing data and expert insight that is relevant to what you’re doing."

That alls sounds pretty obvious to me.
Can’t wait for it to become reality!

You can see the video of this presentation here.

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