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John Carter of Mars – A Great Movie in Hard Times


John Carter, Warlord of Mars

John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although John Carter is a great movie,  it seems that high production movie’s must be able to make Avatar like dollars at the box office. John Carter is actually doing well, if you take into account overseas totals. Currently running at $182,571,393, as of today, it is actually running ahead of The Lorax. What is the issue? Like movie’s, such as The Golden Compass, John Carter seems to have a larger global appeal. Unfortunately, in North America, media has declared John Carter one of the biggest flops. It will probably be far from the truth. The movie itself is action packed and has a great story line. For those who read John Carter, before seeing the movie, they will know that it is an excellent series. At issue is North American, in particular U.S, taste. For some reason they are just not flocking to the theatre to see John Carter. With the Hunger Games in release, it’s unfortunate that it may simply get lost in the shuffle. The first trailer, in my opinion, was the best one. I’d urge anyone to take a second look at John Carter. We have to realize that the world does not revolve around the U.S alone.

http://disney.go.com/johncarter/

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Nintendo sees future of gaming in three dimensions


TOKYO – Nintendo, the world’s biggest maker of video-game players, said it aims to start selling a version of its DS handheld video-game machine that allows the user to play 3D titles without special glasses.

Nintendo plans to give details of the model at the E3 show in Los Angeles in June, and the console will go on sale in the next fiscal year, it said yesterday.

Nintendo follows rival Sony in counting on 3D technology to help boost sales growth of game consoles. Sony, which has said it will enable PlayStation 3 (PS3) machines to run games in 3D, plans to start selling game titles as well as Bravia televisions enabled for the format in June.

“It’s hard to foresee with the limited information disclosed today how Nintendo will appeal to customers by adding 3D images,” said Satoru Kikuchi, an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG in Tokyo. “I’m expecting to see examples of 3D game titles and more functions, such as strengthened Wi-Fi connections, added to the new model.” Kikuchi recommends investors “hold” the stock.

The gamemaker, which forecasts net income will fall 18 per cent to 230 billion ($3.6 billion) in the 12 months ending March 31, projects sales of the DS player will drop 3.8 per cent to 30 million in the fiscal year.

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Beowulf – Real and Unreal


Sorry for getting off track a bit on this one! I rarely would I ever comment on a movie, but the progression of 3D CGI graphics has defiantly hit a new level. When Lord of the Rings “The Two Towers” was released I was amazed on how real Golem looked in the movie. Meaning, how well he blended into the film. Now, with Beowulf, we are seeing 3D graphics progress even further. It is not perfect, however it makes me wonder what 3D graphics will look like in 4-5 years. Will we be able to tell the difference between the real and unreal? Beowulf is the classic story about the warrior Beowulf, who must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel’s mother, who begins killing out of revenge. Beowulf” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Gory violence and Angelina Jolie (enough said…)! Yes, I placed this under Sci-Fi, but I guess I will have to make a new category for “Fantasy” sometime soon.

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a. “The G.T.A Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario

NOTE: If you are looking for some reviews about the movie, see the links below

http://www.thestar.com/article/276961

http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/11/16/movies/16beow.html

http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=8510

The Ubuntu coming out party! But where is the marketing and advertising effort from Dell and others?


The final release of Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) will be released shortly and Dell has indicated that it will be pre-installed on some of their Notebooks and Desktop PCs. It will include GNOME 2.20 and the default installation of NTFS-3G, which provides read/write access to Windows (NTFS) partitions. Also included is Compiz Fusion, the 3-D window manager and desktop effects package. Improved plug and play printer support and a host of other features. However the story of success does not rest in the fact that Dell is offering its support to Ubuntu. The big question is the marketing and advertising of Ubuntu Linux. As far as I am concerned Ubuntu is still the best Linux distro available, for the commoners. However, why is there so little advertising of Linux? Is there a reason why Dell is not fully backing Linux? Ubuntu has a chance on becoming a big player for Linux enthusiasts and possibly people who want a PC, but for online and basic home PC usage. But, the progress will continue to be a slow one, as long as no particular hardware vendors helps in marketing the product, in the same way Microsoft Windows is pushed. I sense that Dell does not want to fully upset the Microsoft behemoth. Dell is now offering XP as a downgrade (of upgrade – depending on how you see it), for users that do not want Vista. Vista has experienced extremely bad press, along with a host of problems. The question is since Microsoft is not coming out with a new OS anytime soon; why not help push the Ubuntu Linux cause? Is there more at play than we know? Dell may simply be riding the Linux wave for free, while not helping (spending too much) to promote Ubuntu, at the expense of XP. Also, Linux is still not mainstream in the public eye. At a recent event the subject of Microsoft Vista was brought up. These are not “technically inclined” individuals; however they ALL had nothing good to say about Vista. Many said that they would buy a Mac. Some said “a Mac is hard to use” (did not get that one). However at the price, they could probably purchase 2-4 basic low-end PCs, with Microsoft XP. Only a few knew about Linux, however they said that “it was for nerds and programmers”. Well at least they knew something about it! A little education brought them up to speed, however more work needs to be done. While HP, Acer and others are contemplating Linux ventures, Dell has an opportunity, with its marketing knowhow, to boost the general profile of Linux. I hope Dell jumps on the opportunity, which should help to change the technical landscape for years to come.

 

Andy MJ
a.k.a “The GTA Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario

 

Google tools to power virtual worlds


New technology will let virtual-world designers incorporate Google’s 3D Warehouse models, as well as terrain from Google Earth. Virtual-worlds platform developer Multiverse Network is set to announce a partnership Tuesday that will allow anyone to create a new online interactive 3D environment with just about any model from Google’s online repository of 3D models, its 3D Warehouse, as well as terrain from Google Earth.

The idea is simple: Multiverse’s technology–which gives game developers tools to design custom virtual worlds–will let those designers pick and choose from most of the millions of 3D models created using Google’s 3D software tool SketchUp, and to import pieces of terrain, as defined by entering specific longitude and latitude data, from Google Earth.

If you want to build a virtual world centered on, say, downtown San Francisco, you could use the new technology to create the area itself and populate it with the digital versions of real-world buildings that have been created and uploaded to the 3D Warehouse.
Virtual world images

“The goal is to grab things from the 3D Warehouse when looking at things in Google Earth and then make an instant multiverse world,” said Multiverse co-founder Corey Bridges. “What we’ve done is provide a more streamlined interface for using (Google’s technology) as a virtual-world production tool.”

Until now, incorporating this kind of information from Google has mostly been the province of fantasy. For some time, Multiverse has made it possible to upload some SketchUp models into a virtual world created using its platform. But the technology the company plans to announce Tuesday, informally called “Architectural Wonders,” brings the concept to much more well-rounded fruition, and answers what some people have been crying out for as obvious and necessary technology integration.

“Google’s mission statement is to make all the world’s information universally available and useful,” said Jerry Paffendorf, co-author of the Metaverse Roadmap and co-founder of a stealth start-up called Wello Horld. “So I would say this (is about) making all the world universally available and useful, and that’s why this is so fascinating.”

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Dell Preps for Next Linux Desktop Release – Gutsy Gibbon (aka Ubuntu 7.10)


A major desktop Linux upgrade is set to be released on October 18. Michael Dell is expected to personally use it. And the PC giant will pre-load it on selected desktops and notebooks. Buzz about this next Linux release — dubbed Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon — is growing across the web. But what exactly does Gutsy Gibbon (aka Ubuntu 7.10) offer to desktop customers and solutions providers? Here’s a look.

Canonical (the company that develops Ubuntu) has outlined a long-term road map for the operating system. During the UbuntuLive conference back in July, Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman said Ubuntu 7.10 would feature several core enhancements for desktop and server users. On the desktop, 7.10 will support:

* a 3D interface out of the box
* multi-monitor configuration
* laptop power profiling
* more details still to come

On the server, 7.10 will offer:

* Turn-key web administration
* One-step server recipes
* Proactive security with AppArmor, an increasingly popular open source security option
* “desktop” type simplicity

So, what does that mean to Ubuntu resellers and customers? Quite a lot. Ubuntu moved from niche status into the spotlight when Michael Dell himself began running the operating system. And when Dell announced selected PCs with Ubuntu preloaded a few months ago, even The VAR Guy decided to open his wallet for one of the systems.

If Ubuntu 7.1o continues that positive buzz, it could help desktop Linux to gradually become a mainstream operating system. But don’t expect that to happen overnight. In an exclusive TechIQ interview with Dell’s Linux gurus last month, the company indicated that it would take a slow-and-steady approach to Ubuntu. Translation: Don’t expect Dell to throw marketing dollars at Ubuntu PCs just yet.

The VAR Guy doesn’t expect that to happen for at least another year because Dell doesn’t want to over promise and under deliver to frustrated Windows users and small business owners who are seeking alternatives.

In the meantime, the countdown to Ubuntu 7.10 continues. And the buzz surrounding Ubuntu 7.1 will only grow louder as the upgrade’s October 18 launch date approaches.

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