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Toys toys toys
November 17, 2006

This year there are all sorts of cool toys that I'd enjoy playing with -- too bad they're so expensive :) Here's a list of things that have caught my eye:

1.The Nintendo Wii: I can't wait to try this thing. Brilliant move on Nintendo's part... I hope it does as well in the end as it has done out of the gate.

2.The Zune. I'm fascinated by this little gadget. The screen looks great. Too bad it's a bit chubby, but I could live with that.

3.PS3: While I would love to stare at this shiny object beside my TV, the going market value makes this impossible. Oh well :)

4.Xbox 360 Steering Wheel: I love racing games on the 360, so I can't wait to try this thing out. From the screenshots it looks as thought Microsoft has done a great job designing it.

5.Flight Simulator X: After just completed ground school, I'm intrigued by this 10th edition of MS Flight Simulator. The screenshots look great.

6.NHL 07 for Xbox 360: The demo for this game shows off some nice graphics and good use of the controller for stick handling and shooting. I'd like to try the retail version of this game. (The demo is limited to shoot outs)

The PS3 launches
November 17, 2006

I can't believe what a big deal the PS3 launch has become, especially considering how close in power it is to the Xbox 360, which launched a year ago! I read today that a PS3 was sold on eBay for $9,000 US. I've seen others going for $3,000+. What are these people thinking?!

I've been playing in the iCoke contest this month trying to win one. Two weeks have gone by without any luck, so we'll see what the next month holds. If PS3s were being sold on eBay for their in-store price, I'd be tempted to keep a won PS3, but as it stands that would be crazy... it makes the prospect of winning one monetarily lucrative, but a little emotionally dry.

Windows Vista
July 17, 2006

Here I am, sitting in front of Windows Vista Beta 2 for the first time. She's an interesting toy at this point. Lots of visual polish, decent/good performance, and a myriad of features that I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of. I'm relatively pleased with how different Vista is from XP... I was expecting XP with a different skin, but that's not the case at all. You can tell that a lot of thought has gone into refactoring the UI, protecting the user from the Internet, etc. There have been a few frustrations, but overall I'm impressed.

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