The PI of Rick Astley


Rick Astley is brilliant. I realise this isn’t a widely held view so perhaps it’s just me, or perhaps it’s all people from the North West, I’m not sure, but I like him.

Over at whythatsdelightful I found this, which made me chuckle:

As you may know, Rick has been nominated for “Best Act Ever” at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards…vote for Rick here.

You can vote as many times as you want, which is great. Feel free to use one of the many online voting bots to really show your love! Once I find the link to my fave site, I’ll post it here..

For all those people that have never heard of Rick Astley (at least 2 people @ work hadn’t!), check this link:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI

Youtube seem to have banned embedding of this video?!

New Apple Ads Attack Microsoft


Two new Apple ads are again attacking Microsoft..one for not using the word “Vista” in the latest run of adverts and also for spending money on ads about Vista, instead of using the cash on Vista itself.

The V Word:

The Bean Counter:

I’m not a fan of Apple much at all..I’ve got a couple of iPod’s around but that’s it; I can see why people do like them but Steve et al aren’t my cup of tea. Despite that, these ads are kind of funny and if they were the other way round, that would be the case even more so (!), however as the guys over at Neowin say “is this just a friendly competition, or are they taking it too far?”

Let me know what you think…

Microsoft Censoring Software


Microsoft have new technology to censor swearing in speech which was awarded patent number 7,437, 290 by the US Patent and Trademark Office on 14/10/08.

The technology changes “undesired words” to unintelligble sounds and can be used in real-time to protect listeners of live broadcasts; this would have been handy for OfCom at Live 8!

I saw this on The Register.

Windows Vista SP2/Windows Server 2008 SP2


Windows Vista SP2 & Windows Server 2008 SP2. The release dates are un-confirmed but they’re expected to be with us before Windows 7, so end of 2009 at the latest it seems. *UPDATE-it seems liekly it will be the first half of 2009*

The word on the street is that Vista SP2 will include Windows Search 4, VIA 64-bit CPU support, and Bluetooth wireless as well as various application compatibility updates. Engadget point out there will also be the  ability to natively record data on Blu-ray media and Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify WiFi configuration. I’ve just seen a few more features that will be part of Vista SP2 that include the ex-FAT file system being enalbed, supporting UTC timestamps to ensure correct file synchronization across time zones and support for ICCD/CCID smart cards.

Windows Search 4.0 will also be part of VIsta SP2 and will feature Group Policy Integration to provide admins control over search parameters.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 is expected to give us various management and performance enhancements with DFS/FRS console and Storage Resource Manager. There will be Print server and spooler performance improvements for printers in Windows Vista and Server 2008 and backwards compatibilty with Terminal Service Licence Keys as well as the inclusion of Hyper-V. Also, improved error reporting in DFSR to help identify incorrectly configured deployments which lead to failed replication.

These are both anticipated with the next 4 weeks.

This info is from NeoWin via Mary Jo Foley.