Category: "Media"

Battlestar Galactica Season 2

Just hours left now.... wooooooo!!!!!!!

X&Y cracking album

Best album of the year so far. Coldplay just seem to improve on each album with such ease.

Battlestar Galactica season 2

Well season 2 of Battlestar Galactica will be airing in the US in July, I can't find any date for the UK. :(

Battlestar Galactica

I knew we were in store for a treat when I saw the 2 part miniseries back in early 2004. But now having watched the whole of the first season - I can say it's the one of the best sci-fi series ever made. Those of you in the US and other places where it's just started screening - watch it!!!

Battlestar Galactica 2004

There are just so many cool things about it, it's silly to try and list all of them so I'll just go over the few that I think really bring it above the level.

Characters spot on, a great mix of lots of different characters and widely spread out over the season so you don't feel overwhelmed by the same old ones in episode after episode. Story and scripting spot on, I won't go into this to avoid spoilers, but we all know the story from the original - take the core from that, burn away the rubbish, throw in a deeper background to it all add several advanced plot lines, mix them around a bit and you've got the new one, the episodes individually are put together brilliantly. The way it's filmed is quite unique and adds a more immersive factor to it all. The space scenes are spot on, no stupid OTT physics going on all the craft handle and look quite believable - a big plus in my opinion since I love to nit-pick with things like this.

Overall rating - kick ass, go watch! It's also got no silly robot daggit thing in it, +3 points!

Best of all two weeks or so ago Ronald D. Moore, creator and executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, announced he was doing up the scripts for the second series. God job too the first ended with, shall we say, unresolved things... So let's get this new one on show pronto!

Two days with the Zen Micro

My sister got her Zen Micro on Monday, after Creative released the new firmware for the device to add MTP/PlaysForSure support that was it, I had to get it - technically speaking it's mine as I paid for it - she's not paying me back until January 2006.

Quick to charge up in about 3 hours, I installed the software, installed the latest firmware to update it for MTP support so I didn't need Creative's software, which was promptly removed, I'll let Microsoft handle the software thank you. Obviously this firmware is included in all of them leaving the factory today, so you won't need to install Creative's software initially to update the firmware. Once I'd updated the firmware using my machine, she went off and just plugged it into her laptop and away it went, easy as that.

Using it is a breeze, my sister has been ripping her CDs and syncing them over with WMP10 with no problems. You can also use it as a removable hard drive, just using Windows Explorer. Well it obviously has all the benefits of being a PlaysForSure device so I won't bother going into how needed this kind of stuff is (wake up Apple), not having to install any software to use the device, you just plug it into your Windows XP machine and away it goes, that's how things should be done.

Creative's Zen Micro

Yes she wanted a purple one. I have no idea why.

The device itself feels very nice in your hand it's all curved at the back, so it doesn't feel like it's going to cut into you like an iPod Mini. The touch interface works very well and the screen is nice and easy to read. Sound quality on the device is absolutely mint, couldn't tell the difference between what was being outputted from that and my computer (I was switching between the two sources on my amp). Included headphones are pretty good for in-ear headphones, it also comes with a AC charger (charging over USB will probably be preferred by many) a belt clip and lots of other stuff, the packaging is also very posh which adds to the overall quality feel of the device. Battery life not sure yet, we're still on it's initial charge we've probably used it for 4 may be 5 hours and it's still showing 2 out of 3 bars on it's LCD.

My overall rating... I won't say it's perfect as there's always something that could be improved (battery life 100 hour battery? That'll be the day, WMA lossless support, digital radio etc) but it's the best player on the market today, Creative totally nailed it with this one. Strongly recommended to people who need music on the go.

Xbox 2 media capabilities

Bill Gates speaking about the goals for the Xbox 2:

Broadening the market, having media capabilities that when there's a PC, we connect up to that. This whole story of the Windows Media Connect and how all the formats and rights management and that simple Media Center menu that's just got TV, photos, music right there--those are common elements we're bringing to all the home devices.

We didn't do Xbox just to do a video game; we did it to be part of our vision of the digital lifestyle, and with the next generation, we really get to go there. In the first generation, we had one simple goal, which was to establish credibility as a great video game platform. We've done that. Actually, the last few months in the United States, we outsold Sony with the PlayStation. So even though they have the biggest installed base, we are a very strong, credible No. 2 in that. As we go into this next generation, it's much broader.

Yes, great video gaming but videogaming for a broader set of people, more communications, more media, more connectivity. And at the same time, we move up to things like high-definition graphics and wireless that the chip breakthroughs allow us to get to.

So just for the games alone you'd go, wow, but the concept now of bringing in your music, your media, connecting to the PC, connecting Xbox Live to Messenger--that just makes it a very big deal.

Yes Windows Media Connect support on Xbox 2. Can you say killer feature? Have to wait and see how and to what extend it's going to be implemented but it's largely cleared up my problems with Xbox and lack of connectivity some of which I mentioned on my entry about Extender for Xbox post.

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