From microsoft.com: “REDMOND, Wash. — May 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the evolution of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, to a new platform and new markets. Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally this fall. This marks an important development in the Zune strategy and brings the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox LIVE subscribers. In addition, Microsoft confirmed the next generation of the Zune portable media player, Zune HD. Available in the U.S. this fall, Zune HD is the first portable media player that combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser.”
Despite the fact that my neighbours may never speak to us again, the kids got Rock Band for the Xbox at the weekend, along with the drum kit, guitar and mic:
All I can say is that it’s awesome! We (the adults) played it until 6:30am Sunday morning, and now have no voices left. The kids resumed a few hours later, and were much more serious than we were. They managed to win a tour bus and a few thousand fans, and unlocked a few new tracks. We had downloaded some extra tracks in the early hours, like the Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen In Love”, “Roxanne” by the Police, and other such classics which we then truly murdered.
If you’re a budding or wannabe Slash, Jon Bon Jovi or John Bonham, and haven’t quite managed to get that contract signed, then this game won’t help you at all.
But it is really tremendous fun.
(Note to self: everything in moderation…)
Thanks to www.komplett.ie (and payment of course), I got my RTM copy of Windows Home Server yesterday and installed it last night.
I’m a happy bunny now that my RC copy won’t expire, and I can get access to all my music, photos, etc. anywhere in the world via my personal homeserver.com sub-domain.
This product is going to be HUGE, maybe not with the V1 we have now, but with the suggestions being posted to MS for future inclusion (media server with multiple TV cards feeding recorded TV to local PCs, etc), watch this space.
If only I could buy shares in Home Server…
Read all the features and FAQ
Good sites to visit on WHS are We Got Served and MSWHS
The Kidic video for “Holding Doors For Strangers” is out now – enjoy…
I previously and shamelessly plugged Kidic, officially the NBT (next big thing). I have to declare a vested interest here – I know Colin, the bass player (or Cono, as he now likes to be known). They’ve got their first single, “Holding Doors For Strangers” coming out on May 18th, and their new album “Rhetoric” is out in July. Anyways, they’ll be playing the following dates around Ireland:
«——The “Holding Doors” Tour——-»
28/4 Kilkenny, Morriseys
4/5 Cork, An Cruiscin Lan
12/5 Dublin, Tower Records In Store (1.30pm)
12/5 Drogheda, McHugh’s
18/5 Dublin, Whelans
19/5 Mullingar, The Stables
25/5 Waterford, Electric Avenue
«——The “Rhetoric” Tour——-»
13/7 Dublin, Crawdaddy
If you haven’t heard it anywhere else before now, you heard it here first!
I have an X-Fi Elite Pro. I know, I’m very lucky, but I got it because of the excellent sound quality. I had hoped that the RTM drivers for Vista (and associated apps, EQ etc.) would have been available at the lastest yesterday or today, given the public launch of Vista.
No. The following is an extract from a moderator posting on the Creative support forums:
Due to additional requirements in the Windows Vista driver certification process, the release of the final signed drivers for the Sound Blaster range will move out beyond our initial projected date until early March. The current Beta drivers are still valid for use under Vista and are required to take advantage of the benefits of Creative ALchemy with the Sound Blaster X-Fi range to restore multichannel audio and EAX to your games. We appreciate your understanding for this change to the schedule as we work to bring you the best experience for your Sound Blaster series cards while adhering to the requirements of this new operating system.
I have my cake, but I’d like to eat it please…
I have to give a plug to an Irish band who you will hopefully be hearing a lot more of – Kidic. I think their forthcoming single, “Holding Doors for Strangers” is excellent, and frighteningly infectious.
Being young and cool things, they also have one of those Myspace pages where their fans can congregate and worship.
Well that just sux. According to the Register, we’re not going to see Microsoft’s Zune music player here until the end of 2007 and possibly not until 2008. That SO ruins my Santa list…