E3 Halo 4 Trailer

Halo 4 LogoTo my XBox 360 owning friends (Jeremy, I'm looking at you kid) it's time to start gloating again. Halo 4 is inbound. Granted you won't have it until Christmas 2012, but it will be a cold day in hell before PS3 owners can play Halo 1, 2, 3 or 4. So enjoy the bragging rights; I'm sure you won't be afraid to remind all of us PS3 owners that we are just SOL. If you haven't already seen the trailer shown at E3, I've embedded it below. I will worn you now - IT'S SHORT!

Not surprisingly it's one of the most watched videos of the past week with 2.7 million views. I remember when a few million views was amazing number of views for the lifetime of a video, much less a week.


Moxie Mo Show: E3 2011 Announcements

Sony Press Conference E3 2011Today over on the Moxie Mo Show blog I've got the story on what Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all announced at E3 this year. It's all pretty exciting if you enjoy gaming. Nintendo is the first to announce a new home console, Sony is releasing a new mobile gaming device and Microsoft is updating XBox Live. Check out the Moxie Mo Show for more details.

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Microsoft to Charge More for Vista Virtualization

Windows and Mac OS X

Apparently Microsoft is very concerned about the security of Vista, so much so they have decided that those individuals wishing to run Vista in a virtualization environment, they will have to buy the more expensive editions of Vista; even if all they need are a few applications that run only on the Windows platform. Okay, so what does this mean? Well, if you don't own an Intel Mac or you don't run Linux as your standard OS; it means little. If you are tempted to buy a Mac because you know you can now run Windows applications on an Intel Mac using either Boot Camp to boot directly into a Windows partition or via virtualization software that allows you to run Windows as though it were a program on a Mac or Linux based computer; then you will care.

Here is the link to the story that ran in the Seattlepi.com. Basically Microsoft is saying that if you run the lower end version of Vista (the home versions) the EULA "End User License Agreement" states that you can not use your license to run your copy of Vista in a virtual session. They say that they can not guarantee security, and it seems the end game here is to ensure that less savvy users that might get the home versions may not have the savvyness to make necessary adjustments to ensure security. Of course to many the whole conversation is rich since Windows is not know for being super secure. Microsoft says the security holes are due to the new virtualization optimization Intel and AMD have done recently with their new chip lines to improve the experience of software tasks like OS Virtualization.

Vista on a Mac

What people are thinking is that there is more to this decision, that this is more of a marketing decision than a security and safety decision. Many don't think that the holes Microsoft is worried about that are apparently exploitable in a virtualized environment, are really a big enough problem to forbid the use of the low end versions on Intel Macs and Linux PCs.

If you are wondering what a Virtualized environment looks like, check out the photo to the right. It shows Vista running in a window on an Intel Mac. The software known as Parallels has become a major player in the Mac OS world as it is allowing "switchers" the ability to easily run their favorite Windows apps on their new Intel Macs. These apps may be for work or a tool they need to complete some process that doesn't yet have a Mac counterpart or not one they like. The software costs about $80 with the home versions of Vista running $199 and $239 (new license). The version users will have to buy costs $299 and $399.

I'm sorry, but the whole thing sounds a bit fishy. You would think that Microsoft would want to sell as many copies as possible, but they may see opportunity here. Folks that needs to run Windows on a Mac that don't want to use Boot Camp (allows the user to boot a Mac as though it were a PC); may have no option but to buy the more expensive version of Windows. It doesn't have better security, as far as I know, so it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. I will have to read more to see if ever makes sense to me; but I don't have a great deal of hope. To make it even more confussing, the home versions will run in a virtualized environment, it's just against the EULA. I guess that means if you do it, and you get caught... you are going to jail!

Microsoft Office 12 - Beta (First Look)

CNet was one of the lucky groups, I guess they were lucky, to get their hands on the very first public beta of Microsoft Office 12. From what I am reading, this upgrade won't be like the last two upgrades that really didn't offer substantial change or new features; this upgrade will be more like the Office 97 upgrade after Office 95, big changes.

In several of the programs say good-bye to the standard file menu and hello to what they call ribbons. There will be lots of other "visual" changes and one would assume some deeper ones as well. Of course, will this software be worth getting on day 1, or even day 456? The verdict won't be out until probably day 120 of its release.

I will say that it looks like the Windows version of Office may finally get some of the pizazz the Mac versions of Office have had for a few years now, as well as the easier user interface. One can hope anyway.

Check out the review and the slideshow.