CXM is back, rejeuvenated and ready to go! Don't believe me? Check out today's strip
. There, now don't you feel better?
Lots of cool stuff I caught in the last week or so. The first up is a big event for specifically Mac users, though I think the impact will be felt throughout the computer community. The press on the launch of Mac OS X has been fairly light, partially by Apple's design, partially because the Mac's importance in the computer field is still growing. OS X, or specifically the concept of a completely revamped Mac operating system, has been eagerly anticipated for almost seven years. We've gone through Copland, Rhapsody, and finally Mac OS X has delivered. We finally have the underpinnings of a modern operating system like preemptive multitasking and protected memory as well as a killer interface to boot. Certain features are still quietly missing in action, such as DVD playback and CD burning, though both of these are expected to be added by updates by "late spring." Apple, though, has delivered its promises of OS X compliant versions of its iTunes, iMovie and AppleWorks software packages. It's impossible to say today what the launch of OS X will mean for computer users, but when we get six to twelve months down the road, once OS X is formally bundled with all of Apple's shipping systems, I think we're going to see the Mac playing a more important part in the computer industry. The power of UNIX and the ease of the Mac are a combination that are going to be hard to ignore.
Now that I've finished my computer related diatribe, I can move on to the next thing that caught my attention which can only be appropriately described by words like "amazing" or "spectacular": a short clip showcasing the special effects work on Sony's upcoming Spider-Man film. You'll need Real Player or Microsoft's Media Player to view the clip, and you'll also be required to register at the Spider-Man site (it's free, don't worry it). The clip is only a few seconds in length, but it showcases Spidey climbing a wall in his typical fashion. Very phat. I'm very much looking foward to this movie; why must it be so far away? We'll add Spider-Man to the very prestigious list of films which I'm highly anticipating (a list which is currently topped by Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and, of course, Episode II).
Also, while I'm on the movie front, I'm going to drop a hint that you should definitely check out this trailer. The most legendary superhero of all time returns to the big screen. Why must I be stuck in Scotland?
As I made clear on both Monday and Friday of last week, I was graced by the presence of many of my friends in Scotland. Huge thanks go out to my Cornell friends Phil, Kendyl, and Marcel (who planned the whole shebang), as well as my illustrious CXM co-conspirator Jason and the wee lovely lass, Ina. The trip provided many excellent photo opportunities, my favorite being perhaps Jason's political statment (just sugar and salt, people!).
While I said that we would return to normal operating this week, that was perhaps overly optimistic of me. As it stands, I will be on my own vacation this week visiting that famous country of neutrality and Protestantism, Switzerland. I'll be spending Tuesday-Saturday outside of Geneva with a friend from high school and his sister, so I will not be providing newsposts for Wednesday or Friday. Rest assured that one of my colleagues will be "entertaining" you in my place. But I will be back on newspost duty next Monday. See you then.
Dan Moren wishes his flight did not leave at 6:10AM.
Quote of the Day: "Some day you're gonna get bitch-slapped, and I'm not gonna do a thing to stop it."
-Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, 10 Things I Hate About You