Tuesday, November 18, 2008

JJ Abrams and Star Trek

I have seen the trailer, read the blogs, read and heard the interviews, speculated with friends and acquaintances, and conversed with both Trekkers and Non-Trekkers about this movie.

This new movie looks like something different than the Star Trek we are used to, and yet it feels familiar, and to me, somehow "right", based on what I've seen so far.

The new Enterprise, what has been published, looks to be very well realized, with a degree of familiarity, yet completely new at the same time.

The new uniforms are great, with the basic look of the original show, only with more detail and subtle tweaks to make it convincing that the primary-colored tops could be 23rd century uniforms.

The Bridge looks very different, yet with a basic design in keeping with the original, and it looks like something far more real.

The film looks like it will be very much an adventure in the truest sense of the word, with plenty of fun to be had.

The leaked information indicates that there are many moments that center on the characters that we all know and love.

So far, I'm very happy with the way it's going, and hopefully the film will live up to the promise of the trailer, and to the promise of adventure.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Visual Studio 2008 - Launch Event Freebies

It is unfortunate, but many IT Professionals cannot afford on a personal budget to get hold of the development tools for creating software.

I was pleased, however, when the Visual Studio 2005 Launch Event came up.

Well, what do you know... they were giving SQL Server 2005 Standard (with 1 CAL), Visual Studio 2005 Standard, and an online IOU to download BizTalk Server once it was released.

Score !!!

And before that, I went to an Office 2003 Launch Event and got Office 2003 Professional and OneNote 2003 as freebies.

In addition, I got Visual Basic .net 2003 as part of the Office 2003 development tools, and and yet ANOTHER copy of Office 2003 Professional, since the first license given did not have development capabilities.

Well, I managed to cajole my boss into letting me go to the Visual Studio 2008 Launch event.

And guess what: I'll be getting VS 2008 for free, and versions of Windows Server 2008 (probably a 180 day trial) and SQL Server 2008.

So, Thank you Microsoft for the freebies. I am putting them to good use.

If only I'd gotten to the Office 2007 launch event ...