Update: Installation of Aureus from SourceForge and waiting a little over a day left Revelations.iso on my HD. Minutes later a DVD-RW was burned and placed in my DVD player. If you are downloading Revelations wait for the DVD download. The effects are still impressive but at DVD quality they do look like effects since they are too clean.
Bittorrent coupled with non commercial content like this movie and the twenty plus podcasts I listen to each week must surely have media companies rethinking their future. How long until even my basic cable subscription is not necessary? Already cable TV would be redundant if I (illegally) download the Simpsons etc – I know more than one person with a modded Xbox who is doing this. Personally I prefer to stay on the right side of the law for $40/ month, but is it really worth $40/month for a handful of shows? Micro-payments for legal downloads of ABC News and the Simpsons would have me calling Comcast tomorrow. I know first hand that Atlanta based cable companies hire smart developers. I hope their strategic planners are just as smart. It interesting to note that the BBC is already producing podcasts – doubt I’ll listen to live radio ever again.
News of Star Wars Revelations is exploding. Yesterday I finally got around to downloading it and was pleasantly surprised.
Apparently Mr. Lucas is fine with fans making Star Wars films, so long as they are not for profit. Take a look at the screen captures below (darn Media Player got me for a while with overlay mode so I swiftly installed BS Player on the laptop + switched to RGB mode).
Any more questions on why, how much and how did you achieve this for little cash etc are answered on the creator’s faq:
The film is free – you will soon find torrents and direct downloads all over the web. My mini review: sets are stellar, spacecraft are better than any of the original three films and you will see some familiar faces like storm troopers, R2D2, regulars of the cantina bar etc. The plots was a little weak, but if you like Star Wars you must take a look – good luck downloading it though, my torrent did not even start whereas podcasts often come down at up to 800k/s.
This is a huge thanks to the great folks that attended my presentation yesterday. We had a scream, everyone seemed to be having a good time, with both the audience and me cracking jokes – it was just like hanging out with friends except that over 50% of the faces were new.
‘Pauls tries to Write VB Code’ could have been written as a comedy sketch – first semicolons, then learning how to write a Dim statement. Finally an audience member realized that I had called the demo solution IsNumeric which became the default namespace and hence meant that using the IsNumeric keyword was not going to work. When coding it is great to have audience of forty sharp developers looking over your shoulder – perhaps a bit costly in real life though?
Well thanks again guys, whoever said ‘Paul Rocks’ during the applause totally made my day. It was good to see the somewhat ‘on-the-fly’ style is working out. Preparation for an hour long presentation used to take me close to forty hours (seriously!) but I have it whittled down to about ten now including some dry runs. It would be easy to recite a prepared script, but I think my ‘never-quite-the-same-twice’ style is working out. The disadvantage is that we always miss a couple of fairly important points during demos; still that seems a fair price to pay for having fun too. Maybe eventually the nervousness/anxiety/ panic will totally subside and I can last a hour without missing a beat.
If anyone is thinking of trying out presenting, then please volunteer for a 30 minute slot at one of the study groups in town (don’t try the main .Net group first off unless you are uber-confident!!). The first time will undoubtedly be a total trauma – building up to the day is the worst part, the 30 minutes itself will fly by. Once over you’ll feel great, even it was a little lame – because you will know that you could have done better and will have increased confidence to present again. Every presentation after that your confidence will improve and who knows you may even start to enjoy giving them one day That day took a year and almost ten presentations for me to achieve but it was worth it. Thanks guys!
Hopefully this presentation stirred some interest; especially in log4net. As promised here is the slide deck.
Also here is the log4net cut-’and-paste everywhere’ line:
private static readonly log4net.ILog log = log4net.LogManager.GetLogger(System.Reflection.MethodBase.GetCurrentMethod().DeclaringType);
For those not at the presentation that line of code uses reflection to determine the Class’s type instead of us modifying GetLogger(typeof (YourClass)) everytime we declare a logger. The reflection penalty will be swallowed once in each class’ static constructor.