Archive for March 17th, 2000

Sessions.edu

Sessions.edu is a website that allows people to take web and graphic design, advertising, multimedia and e-commerce courses online. For most of the classes, there’s no set class time or date, you just go through the courses at your own pace (which isn’t always a good thing in my case because I’m often not motivated enough to do it if I don’t have to). It sounds really nice in theory, but I don’t know for sure how well it works. Does anyone have any experience with this place at all? I’d be interested to know what people think. They offer a Design IQ Test which isn’t too great, but is still kind of neat. For instance, do which conveys the most meaning to the viewer: patterns, colors, shapes, or letters? (Do you agree with their answer?)

X-Box

Most of you probably know, Microsoft is coming out with a gaming console named the X-Box.

The X-Box, a videogame console based on PC components including an x86 chip and the Windows 2000 kernel, is Microsoft’s take on a single platform with a common architecture for the next generation of content.

I have at least one problem with it. That is, I am not fond of using the archaic x86 architecture. I’m sure they know what they’re doing and will be able to optimize it accordingly, but it still automatically strikes me as old/slow and the only reason the PC market holds on to it is for compatibility reasons. That may not be 100% accurate, but that’s the impression I get. They say the reason they went with x86 is this,

“Our goal is to enable developers to create better console games faster,” Bacchus said. “We wanted to give developers a platform they understood and was well supported so they didn’t have to learn the quirks of the platform.”

That definitely does make sense, and must be a good enough reason for them to stick with it. There’s plenty of time left before it makes it close to hitting shelves (it’s scheduled for Fall ’01), so we’ll see what happens. Check the source for more details.

On a side note, Wired must have just changed their layout cause it’s different now and it wasn’t last time I saw it.

Source: Wired

UPDATE: Gamespot has a nice story concerning the X-Box.

Dial It

This is funny, and may stick in your head for a while as it did me.

Call: 1-800-578-1453

Don’t worry. It’s toll-free, cost-free, not in bad taste, etc. (Thanks to Mr. Cowart for this one)

UPDATE: It appears as though the number no longer connects to anything. Did anyone actually get through before it went off? I should have recorded it…

Headgear

I was about to leave Wired’s site when I caught a blurb about ‘headgear’. I thought they meant portable computers utilizing headgear as a display device, but when I clicked the link, I discovered they were talking about dental headgear. Well, to make it short, there’s new headgear that monitors how long patients where the gear. This allows dentists to better motivate and monitor kids’ progress through the use of headgear (haha.. I had to wear that before. I wore it about 1/3 of the time I was supposed to, and the dentist always said my teeth were doing great and I must be doing a good job wearing the ‘gear’). Anyway, the one thing that made the article worth reading was this statement:

“He’s the father of headgear,” Jacobson said.

That’s so funny. Just imagine a bunch of guys that work with headgear all day long idolizing a guy as being the ‘father of headgear’. Well, it makes me laugh anyway.

Source: Wired

St. Patrick’s Day

Well, I’m not wearing anything green, but I’m carrying around green pop. Does that count?





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