I saw this movie on Saturday, and I'd thoroughly recommend for the "leave-your-brain-at-the-door-cinematic-romp®" that it is.
If you didn't know, Iron Man is the "latest" in the long line of Marvel superheroes who has been brought to life for the big screen.
Or not, as the case may be.
The Tolkien estate is suing New Line Cinema for damages. Allegedly, New Line haven't paid the Tolkien Estate a penny from the $3bn (or so) profit from the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. (Shame on them if they haven't!)
The plaintiffs seek more than $150 million in compensatory damages, unspecified punitive damages and a court order giving the Tolkien estate the right to terminate any rights New Line may have to make films based on other works by the author, including “The Hobbit”
|I've been fortunate enough to have had
access to several Blackberry hand-held (for work related things) and Sony
Ericsson (for personal usage) mobile/cell devices during the last 3 or
However, given that my loyal W800i is now getting a bit bruised, and now that I no longer have my trusty Blackberry 8707V, (it was company supplied in my last job), a review & consolidation on the mobile device front is probably long overdue.
Given the array of devices that are available on the market Today, I had a list of criteria that I wanted to be satisfied when I upgrade to my next device:-
So, after lots of research and discarding hand-helds like the BlackBerry 8800 (no WIFI) and the Samsung SGH-i600 (too expensive an upgrade on my network), I finally settled for the Orange SPV E650, (pictured on the left), which is the Orange "branded" version of the HTC S710 Smartphone.
It's early days yet, but initial impressions of the unit are very good, and the Windows Mobile 6 based SPV E650 certainly meets all of the above criteria very nicely. My only concern is that it can't (or won't) let me sync my contacts with my Notes client, and I have to use Outlook 2003 (yuk!) instead. I don't know if Mozilla Thunderbird is supported, (Probably not), but I'll be trying to sync with that next ... if it will let me.
Stay tuned for more updates, as I live with the SPV E650 Smartphone.
Lotus Notes is far and away the most horrible software on the planet. Sure, people grumble about Microsoft products. But that's nothing compared to how people feel about Notes. People hate Notes. As in, they want to change jobs just so they can stop using it. I'm pretty sure there are shrinks who have built practices around it. I get desperate e-mails from people whose companies have been acquired by IBM, saying that of all the bad things about having to work for IBM, by far the worst is having to use Notes.Given the "tone" within the rest of the article, it doesn't take a genius to work out that there's a real issue with all things Lotus/IBM here, let alone with the Notes client. Cue the guaranteed Sicko response from within the Notes & Domino community over this article.
I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don't use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.I can't comment on this, as I'm not a Mac user, nor have I ever been a Mac user. I'm curious to see what you Mac heads out there in the Domino Blog-o-sphere think though?
I received a lovely surprise when I was at work Today. My rather tired looking BlackBerry 7100v handset has now been replaced with the rather splendid BlackBerry 8707v.
I really wanted to get back to a QWERTY style device, as I found the SureType ™ feature of the 7100v just a tad too "fiddly" to use when composing long messages. Actually -- that's complete B*ll*cks! What I really wanted was a 3G BlackBerry handset, for faster browsing and a Bluetooth accesible 3G modem for my laptop. None of the newer devices (8700 & 7130) supplied by our carrier (Vodafone) have 3G capability, so I plonked for the chap on the right here.
Initial feedback about this device is good, but I'll reserve judgement on it until I've had a chance to live with it for a few months.
|Now that I am back in the world
of Domino Blogging again, I tip my hat, and say a heartfelt "Thank
You!" to the team
who are/have been responsible for developing and maintaining the excellent
I really don't do application development stuff in Notes & Domino. It's definitely not my day job. I'm far happier building &
Don't get me wrong, if the need arises I can "knock together" a simple Notes application, but I struggle (i.e. fail miserably) with the more complex elements of Notes/Domino application automation and user interface programming. That's why I am really happy that I use this as the content system for my blog. For folks like myself, (Sys Admins and Geeks who want things NOW!), the BlogSphere template is a dream to install, configure and use.
I absolutely adore all of the cool things that I can do in my blog. I can add pictures and store them in collections for viewing on-line. I can rate the pics, or have visitors rate them for me, if I chose to do so. I can create polls, substitute text for URLs without even thinking about it. I can even change the look and feel of the site, with very little effort. I can link to other cool Blogs, and display the links and RSS feeds in one nice little section. I can do lots of things with it!
I do all of that cool stuff from within my Notes client, but -- and this is the coolest thing of all, in my opinion -- I don't need to be a Domino Developer to do any of that stuff. So, Thank You (again) to all who made this wonderful Blog publishing system possible.