Picasa 3.5 quick review (super quick)

In 2 words it has now the “face recognition” so I played with it and it’s fun.

The only bad things i can say it’s that is kind of slow with RAW files. Unfortunately this is how i take 99% of my pictures. But yeh! it work fine, you have to expect any application to work slower on RAW files. You gain in details retention but you lose on storage and processing time.

SGI is back

How you you like that? A pc with 80 cores and 1 TB of ram! wow!

SGI Unveils Octane™ III Personal Supercomputer

SGI today announced the immediate availability of Octane™ III, the company’s first personal supercomputer. This new product takes high-performance computing to a new level by combining the immense power and performance capabilities of a high-performance deskside cluster with the portability and usability of a workstation. The Octane III is uniquely suited for workplace environments and supports a vast range of distributed technical computing applications.

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A new Wii

Does it really need an update? It’s not the power that made it different but the gameplay no?

Next Generation Wii Coming With HD Graphics and New Controller in 2011 [Nintendo]

Leave it to Yoichi Wada—president of final fantasizer Square Enix, the biggest Japanese game house—to break the news about the next generation Nintendo Wii. All while predicting that Microsoft and Sony motion efforts won’t be “truly successful.”

Wada says that the next-generation, high definition Wii will offer the same capabilities as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while adding a brand new motion controller. We will have to wait till 2011 to see it, like previous rumors pointed out. [Joystiq]

Nostalgia 09-09-09

Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast

09-09-09 was famous for another thing 10 years ago!! And it wasn’t about the Beatles (now that i think of it, I don’t remember anything special about the Beatles back then)

Today 10 years ago was the release of the Sega Dreamcast. It was released on the market almost a year before the PlayStation 2. Sony hadn’t anything ready, but was trowing all kind of promises and specs on a shadow machine that was at least on paper to be technically superior to the Dreamcast! Most gamer still had the bast taste in theirs mouth of the Sega Saturn and where more tempted to wait and see.

I still think the Dreamcast was superior. It had an integrated modem and internet browser out of the box, the VMU (it’s memory cars with an lcd display) it’s still something that has never been duplicated on any other system. I dare someone to tell the difference graphically of playing a title on the DC or the PS2.

But Sega couldn’t play the wait and see game that Sony started. Couldn’t keep a large inventory of console while the PS2 wasn’t still on the market. Being already in the red for the Saturn failure it was too much and Sega dropped it and ceased to be a console maker shifting it’s business to game software development only.

The DC sold around 10 millions unit and was considered a failure where it took years for the XBOX reach 20 millions units and was seen as a success.

It’s all about hype and marketing!

If you want to read more about the Dreamcast : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamcast (it’s accurate)