Here they are:
- It looks like computers have finally got it over the humans with the defeat of Vladimir Kramnik by Deep Fritz in a 4-2 chess match (source Engadget). The post indicates that it might be the end of the road for chess playing computers – presumably because in order to further advance the state of game playing you need a well matched competitor. My argument is that they should get computers playing and learning from each other at this point. Still – there is still room for computers to play games and the word is that Poker and Go might be the target game.
- IBM votes against the “Office Open XML” standard, but it still got up as ECMA Standard 376. The contention seems to be why Microsoft didn’t choose to support ODF. I think the answer to that one is actually pretty obvious. The Microsoft Office suite is a superset of other suites that are out there at the moment, so anything that wasn’t originally designed to cope with the features of say Word just wouldn’t be effective as a standardard. By Microsoft working with ECMA to come up with a standard file format which can store data in full fidelity the industry benefits as a whole because it will actually get USED as opposed to TALKED ABOUT. Both formats use a ZIP file to contain compressed document meta-data so what people are really arguing about is the structure of the XML rather than its packaging. I think that this battle has been won and its now time for suite vendors like IBM/Lotus to get behind the new defacto standard – if they don’t then it is at their own peril. Fortunately there are already a few Open Source converters out there to help their customers cope if they don’t.
- This is a funny post about what programmers/code can do in movies vs. in real life.
- Darren does another audio post – this time he is talking about coding standards.
- Keith Brown posts up a cool little PowerShell Cmdlet called “Out-Clip” which ouputs the contents of the object pipeline to the clipboard. Very cool – and very useful.
- According to the infosthetics site a report to the House of Reps in Australia suggested that they allow politicians to use tools such as PowerPoint to illustrate their speeches. It isn’t actually a bad idea because ontop of needing to embed some kind of display in the benches they could also provide an interface for doing things like voting which is a process which can take some time due to the need to count votes.
- Shane Morris – the UXB here in Australia wants to go to Designertopia (me too!), but Frank needs to be convinced. Apparently we shouldn’t lobby Frank directly – but it seems to me – blogging about it is about as direct as you get with Frank 🙂
- An interesting post up on Techdirt today linking to an article on Reuters about how video games are becoming a family bonding experience. I agree with this, Bella has a few favorite computer games that we all play together including Zoo Tycoon (Complete Collection), Spiro the Dragon and Pikmin.
- For those that still didn’t get closure with the Serenity movie can look forward to the series (Firefly) and film (Serenity) transforming into a MMORPG. Actually, when I first caught Serenity on the tube it reminded me a lot of the game Eve Online, so I it great to hear that the online universe is going to be along those lines [source: Techmeme].
- Seems like Pluggd is going to market with a technology offering that allows people to search through audio and video content for specific words and phrases [source: Venture Blog/Techmeme].
- Bart de Smet links to a post by the BCL team about a new System.IO.Pipes namespace. I am very keen on the kind of BCL improvements that get made over time and this is a classic example of a core windows feature that is now being surfaced with a useful abstraction in managed code. Imagine how much easier parts of WCF would have been to implement if this had existed – actually, I bet that some of the code the WCF team wrote will be finding its way into the BCL in the System.IO.Pipes namespace.