Monthly Archives: August 2011

August 18, 2011

Treme, season 1

To explain why David Simon makes the best television in recent memory is nigh on impossible. Maybe it’s because that every second of his work values realism — be it in the setting or in the depiction of human beings and their interactions — above all else. Treme impresses in every area that The Wire impressed in some nine years ago.

★★★★★

August 17, 2011

Over ten thousand downloads

It’s been a couple of years since I developed the Most Popular Tags plugin, and I’m extremely happy to announce that it has been downloaded over ten thousand times from the WordPress plugin directory. Special thanks to anyone that’s tried it or, even better, liked it.

PlayStation Vita development kit priced at €1900

Sony has revealed that Vita development kits will cost just €1900 plus VAT, making the upcoming portable a viable proposition to smaller studios.

I really want the Vita to succeed, as it has many things going for it: attractive hardware, especially the addition of a second analogue stick; a competitive price point, helping it to compete with Apple’s and Nintendo’s offerings; and a cheap devkit with which to entice indie developers.

August 11, 2011

London Underground map with distance grids

The London tube map, whilst functional and easy to comprehend, does not accurately represent the distances between stops. This map combines the traditional tube map with geographical information, making it simple to approximate the distance — and thus time — of your journey. (via Boing Boing)

August 10, 2011

Isostick

The isostick is a USB flash memory stick that likes to pretend it is also an optical (CD/DVD) drive. As far as the computer knows, there’s two things in that little device: some flash storage, and an optical drive.

The idea is to put CD/DVD images, also known as ISO9660 files or “iso” files for short, on the flash memory drive and then you’re able to “insert” any one of those files into the optical drive. The computer will think there is a real optical drive sitting there with a disc in it!

This could well be an invaluable tool for IT admins and geeks alike. Also, the product’s Kickstarter page indicates that the project is on the verge of receiving funding.