Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New King of Technology: Apple Overtakes Microsoft

Wow, looks like Apple has finally beat out Microsoft:

This ad parody really sums it all up. It was Microsoft's vision of the future several years ago, with an updated voice-over.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Free Screenplay / Media Production software

I ran across a free software package for writing screen plays called Celtx.

It's got a surprising number of features and works under Windows/Mac/Linux. It includes support for a variety of projects: Film, Audio-Visual, Theatre, Audio Play, Storyboard, Comic Book.

Here's the screenplay editor. Scripts can be published in a number of formats:

Story board editor:

For scheduling shoots for each scene:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 released!

I just upgraded to the new version. As with the last release, the operating system is integrated with the net, with a repository of 30,000 free software packages (one click install), and 2GB of free cloud storage.

Also, I like the integrated music store in the RhythmBox media player, where people can either purchase music, or artists can submit music. There's two music hosting services for artists: Jamendo (where music is essentially submitted as free/public domain), and Magnatune (with traditional music rights going to the artist).

Also, I'm happy with WINE (windows emulator) where I can run my older Windows applications, like Macromedia Flash 5. It's still a little hit-and-miss on the most recent Windows applications (where the emulator hasn't caught up) but I've found it runs older Windows programs better than Windows. I popped in an old Windows 95 game the other day, and it ran flawlessly.