Ajit Monteiro

Tetris – From Russia With Love (BBC)

Posted in Documentary, Games, Video by amonteiro on February 14, 2007

A very interesting documentary on how Tetris came to be.

“A hard to find documentary about Tetris and its creator Alexey Pajitnov. Also covers the rivalaries between Nintendo and Atari and the absurdities of buying copyrights for software from a country that doesn’t believe in property, much less intellectual property. Ultimately, a great documentary about a very important game.”

Tetris – From Russia With Love (BBC)

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DreamScene (Preview) Released

Posted in Microsoft, Random Thoughts, UI, Video, Vista by amonteiro on February 14, 2007

DreamScene (Preview) was available for Vista Ultimate users yesterday. For those who don’t know, its a Windows Vista Ultimate Extra that allows users to use a video as their desktp background.

I have been playing with it a bit, and I’m glad its still a preview, not a full release. It still needs some work; The one video that is included with it crashes for me.

Other video’s however do work, and my CPU utilization hovers at about 35% with most of them. This isn’t bad considering my computer is only a Dell Inspiron 6000, 1.6Ghz with 1GB of RAM. I could see it being worth it on a faster computer, however I’m still not convinced I want my wallpaper moving, seems like it would be too distracting; Maybe on a secondary computer.

If you have had the chance to install it, here are some additional scenes to download. Unfortunately they are all on Rapidshare.

Here’s the DreamScene demo that’s been going around…

Microsoft Norway Uses an iMac to Show Off Windows Vista

Posted in Apple, Video, Vista by amonteiro on January 26, 2007

Here’s a video of Microsoft Norway showing off Vista on an iMac; it has created quite a buzz on the blogosphere. I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, Microsoft is a software company, and contrary to popular belief they don’t make PC’s. If people bought their operating system for a Mac that would expand their market.

On to the video…

UPDATE: The inquirer has another Apple on an iMac sighting, with pictures 🙂

“There were several Apple computers on display, but the most prominent one, an iMac with a 24-inch didn’t run Mac OS X, but rather soon-to-be-released Windows Vista, in its Ultimate Edition.

Apple and Microsoft: CES and Mac World Expo

Posted in Apple, iPhone, Microsoft, Random Thoughts, SideShow, Video, Vista, Windows Home Server, Windows Live by amonteiro on January 9, 2007

I’m tired of people saying that Vista/Microsoft has copied Apple. My argument has always been that these things are immaterial in the big picture. Do you hear Microsoft fans yelling “they copied” after Stevo’s keynote today, ok maybe you do :). The browse CD’s feature on iTunes and Apple TV work awfully similar to Microsoft’s offerings.

In light of this sentiment, heres a list of what I found inovative from both Microsoft and Apple Inc. (formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc.) over the last few days.

Microsoft

  1. 3D map images on live maps
  2. SideShow (here is some of what can be done with it – MCE remotes, external displays on laptop bags)
  3. IPTV
  4. Windows Home Server (Here are some video’s if you are interested in learning more – Channel9, on10)

Apple

  1. iPhone (Does everything you could possibly want from a phone, PDA, mp3 player… and it sure looks pretty too – launch video)

Update: Lots of iPhone pictures here…

Old Vista Videos

Posted in Microsoft, Video, Vista by amonteiro on January 4, 2007

Here’s an old video of what Windows Vista (Longhorn) used to look like…

Vista (Code named Longhorn)
Vista (Code named Longhorn)

Some more if you are interested

Video 1
Video 2
Sidebar at that time
Start Menu at that time

As most of you probably have noticed it didn’t turn out anything like what you see in the videos. It was definitely cut back a lot, but hey we could always wait for Vienna 😉

– Via The Vista Forums

Microsoft Spoof of Apple Ads

Posted in Apple, Humor, iPod, Microsoft, Video, Zune by amonteiro on December 14, 2006

A recent Micorost meeting in Seattle featured this spoof of the Apple ad campaign.

After watching it, its worth checking out what the apple fans reaction has been.

The Future of UI’s

Posted in Linux, UI, Video by amonteiro on November 29, 2006

Here is an interesting video showcasing what XGL can do. For the uninitiated its… “an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers.” (XGL wikipedia page).

Although the demo is mostly eye candy and would not be helpful in a real world environment, like the bouncing windows and matrix style animated backgrounds. some would definetely increase productivity especially when they move into multiple cubed desktop.

Here is the video…

Ridiculous offices and other random links

Posted in Photography, Random Links, Video by amonteiro on November 16, 2006

I haven’t been blogging too much lately since most of my free time has gone into getting my htpc all set up. Its finally almost there. I promise pictures will come soon. But too keep you guys busy here are some random interesting links.

Update: There are some other very interesting dove films in the related film section on youtube.

Vista: Windows Media Center Walkthrough

Posted in Microsoft, Video, Vista, Windows Media Center by amonteiro on October 31, 2006

Here is Charlie Owen from the Windows Media Center team showing a demo of the new Windows Vista Media Center (Diamond)

The new interface looks really slick, however I am concerned since they seem to have reduced font sizes a little.

– Via Charlie Owen

Larry Larsen’s Home Office

Posted in Cool stuff, Video by amonteiro on October 24, 2006

According to Scoble, on10 hired a new lead, Larry Larson. Check out this video of his home office which was sent in with his application.