Monthly Archives: August 2011

August 31, 2011

Compact Calendar

The Compact Calendar is a printable calendar in an Excel spreadsheet, designed to be easy to use for impromptu planning by yourself or with a group of people. It’s provided in three styles, and has been localized for different countries by generous volunteers from around the world.

Great for quick scheduling and time estimation.

Wacom Inkling

The Inkling digital sketch pen captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process.

$199, and available from mid-September. But what makes this product interesting is this:

Inkling does not require any specialized paper. It is intended to be uses with standard paper or Sketchbooks on flat, rigid drawing surfaces.

This is unlike my LiveScribe Pulse, which requires its own notebooks.

August 25, 2011

GameStop removes OnLive coupons from Deus Ex packaging

The company came under fire after telling its employees to open copies of Deus Ex and remove coupons for competing digital distribution service OnLive, which were included in the game’s packaging.

That’s some disgusting behaviour; to open another company’s product and remove a part of it before sale. But the game’s publisher’s response is even more disgusting:

Square Enix issued a statement Wednesday supporting GameStop’s decision.

“As part of Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s boxed offering on PC, Square Enix included a third-party coupon,” the gamemaker said. “GameStop was not made aware of this inclusion and Square Enix respects the right of GameStop to have final say over the contents of products it sells and to adjust them where they see fit in accordance with their policies.”

Don’t utter a bad word about GameStop, because without them, you can kiss goodbye to retail sales in the United States.

August 23, 2011

Thai Fanta

Now I reckon this drink could well be illegal ! The high sugar levels and excessive use of artificial colouring must be breaking some kind of law somewhere. It’s hard to pinpoint the flavour and I guess bubblegum or cough medicine is the best description I can think of. Of the fruits pictured on the can, I could detect only a hint of banana.

I tried this yesterday and, to be perfectly honest, thought it tasted foul. It’s a shame that I’m a sucker for soft drinks I’ve never tasted before.

August 18, 2011

Hewlett Packard to exit computing and buy Autonomy

Hewlett Packard has confirmed plans to exit PCs, tablets and phones, in order to refocus on software.

HP also said it was considering a sale of its personal systems group, which includes the world’s biggest PC-making business.

Aside from the potential purchase of Autonomous, what software of major significance does HP have?

[Update] The Financial Times has the details on how large a role software plays in HP now:

Former SAP chief executive Léo Apotheker, who took the top job at HP last year, has said that the company wants to expand in software, an area that accounted for only 2.4 per cent of HP’s $32.4bn revenues in its latest quarter, and 4 per cent of its operating profit, or $154m.

If it decides to sell its PC business, the company is in for a major change in how it operates.