GRIMT3CH Technology, Geekery, & General Nerdiness

9Jan/120

Citrix – Applications as a Service


Virtualization is everywhere today, but I am very interested in the idea of applications as a service. Especially in a bring your own device environment. The ability to provide a virtual desktop environment to a standard machine is fantastic, but the ability to pull down just the app you want is amazing. In the education environment this has a huge impact. For example we have 1000 or so Office 2010 licenses. After 3 o'clock rolls by almost all of them lay dormant. What if a student could use them at home over board band. Enter Citrix. We can now provide them with the application they use in the lab, maintain license control, and provide them with better access to technology. Helping fill the void of "I don't have that software at home". I think in the next couple of years the standalone installs are going to be a thing of the past, well I hope so.

The option to pushing out apps  to desktops, laptops, and even tablets is a fascinating idea.  One that I will be coming back to in the future.  All I can say is running Windows 7 and Office 2010 on my iPad is an amazing thing to behold.

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6Jan/120

THE HOBBIT!!!

After seeing the trailer, I CANNOT WAIT, but I have to...

It already looks like they are including some interesting things, like the white council??? I am really interested to see them recreate Beorn. With LOTRs they basically forgot Tom Bombadil and left it to Treebeard to revive his character in the Fellowship. I am glad that Peter Jackson is directing as well. I think it will give the films the same feel. Have I mentioned I want to go to New Zealand!!!

December 2012 can't come soon enough!

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5Jan/120

2012 It is time to start this up again!!!

It's been a long time since my last post. I want to get back to reflecting on all the geek happenings and technology trends out there. So here it goes...

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22Mar/100

Smashing Pumpkins – Rocket

Haven't posted in a while figured I should rock the blog...  Hopefully I'll get off my ass and post something worth while :-)

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28Jan/100

Avatar sinks Titanic – $1.859 Billion Worldwide

Finally Titanic taken down a notch.  I had hope for Return of the King, but it looks like Avatar has done it.

The original Titanic sank in 1912. Now the blockbuster movie it inspired has also gone down.
This time, though, it was not an iceberg that toppled it, but a 3D film about a blue-skinned alien race defending their planet against human invaders.
Towards the end of the last decade, James Cameron's epic Titanic became the most successful movie ever with global takings of $1.843bn (£1.14bn).
But that record no longer stands thanks to Avatar - also directed by Cameron - which this week stole its crown as the all-time global box office champ, with receipts of $1.859bn (£1.15bn).
It is an astonishing achievement for the 55-year-old Canadian, and one that is unlikely to be repeated in his or our lifetimes.

[Via BBC News]

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17Jan/100

Avatar – No need for real actors???

After seeing Avatar and its excellent digital characters it really makes me wonder do we really need actors that are payed millions pre movie. It looks like they have the visual part of the technology very refined. Now they just need to add the back end. I mean really it's a script that could be read by a computer, develop some emotion/inflection component and let the animators run wild.

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15Jan/100

Media Distractions – David Gilmour & David Bowie – Comfortably Numb

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15Jan/100

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions) coming to Blu-ray in 2011 or 2012 possibly!?!

the-lord-of-the-rings-the-one-ring-3d-screensaverWell it looks like the extended version of LOTRs is finally coming to Blu-ray in 2011 or 2012.  It's to bad that they are going to push the theatrical versions out first but I think I will be waiting.

[Via Amazon]

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11Dec/090

Protecting the Great Lakes through mass poisoning…

I had know idea that these fish even existed let alone posed a threat to the Great Lakes. Seeing those fish fly out of the water is crazy.

Sometimes the "few" are made to suffer to protect the many. Tens of thousands of fish were poisoned last week in a drastic attempt to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Officials poured more than 8000 liters of the fish poison rotenone into a 9-kilometer stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which links the Mississippi river and Lake Michigan, during maintenance work on a barrier that normally keeps invaders at bay using electric shocks.

[Via New Scientist]

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4Nov/090

Media distractions – Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer

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