Finally things are getting smaller

In a world of bloatware, its refreshing to see developers looking to squeeze technology back into a small space. Today I went to make a backup copy of my new edition Microsoft Exchange 2007. First I made the mistake of trying to copy a CD, it was a DVD, next my laptop took ages to copy an image to my hard drive in preparation for the ‘burn’ to DVD. Finally with an image ready it asked for the all important ‘blank’ media. Placing a DVD -R in the drive I prepared for the smooth production of my backup copy,.. uh ah, it wasn’t to be. I was told my mere 4.3GB blank DVD wouldn’t handle the 5.8GB of the image. How did an install disk for a program like Exchange blow out to this kind of madness.

Anyway, moving on I am refreshed by the new wave of applications for thumb drives. The lads at XAMP have a 80mb install for a full webserver, database environment and with suites like the critically acclaimed U3 and the new popular PortableApps Suite, there is a great deal of enthuse happening in the market.

On top of that, feel free to check out this little collection I found recently at Snapfiles.

Go the minimalist software developers!


Failing Forward

I had a really great night out at the movies with the kids last night. CINEPLEX – the people who own the movie theatres at South Bank, Balmoral and Hawthorne have built a brand new state of the art theatre at Victoria Point in behind the Mobil Service Station. It has 9 theatres and still their excellent family friendly cheap pricing. One of the theatres was set aside for this 3D showing and they have a Gold Class type area called ‘the Lounge’ about to start up soon.

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Well last night we went to see the new ‘Walt Disney’ animation called, “Meet the Robinsons” and went to one of the 3D sessions. It was AMAZING. You know how most of the 3D movies you take the kids to have parts in 3D like the SpyKids movie – OK, "Put on your glasses now". Well the whole movie was in 3D and such great clarity it was superb. BTW – great new seats at this cinema as well so enjoy the comfort factor.

The message behind it was the great message “Fail, Fail often, but keep Failing Forward”. Very well done! The thing to watch for is to see if you can see all the threads. [Possible spoiler ahead] Once you do, then you may want to go and check out if you have any ‘goobers’ in your life.

Really bright colourful and entertaining movie and the kids GOT IT! Go out and enjoy a great kids movie.