There are stories circulating that shooting starts in August 2008 of a "Prisoner" remake; six hours/six episode mini-series.
Many have waited a long time for such news, including me! Let's hope, if these rumours are true, the remake "does it right". Here's the article from six of one:
6th June, 2008 - SIX OF ONE EXCLUSIVE - The 2009 mini-series of the The Prisoner will feature six one-hour episodes, all written by Bill Gallagher (Clocking Off; Conviction; Lark Rise to Candleford). Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings; The Da Vinci Code) is in the role of Number Two and James Caviezel (Deja Vu; The Passion of the Christ) plays Number Six. The producer is Trevor Hopkins (Dracula; Agatha Christie: Poirot; William and Mary) and direction is by Jon Jones (Cold Feet; Northanger Abbey; Diary of Anne Frank). Location filming is in Namibia and Cape Town, with shooting commencing in the first week of August, 2008. The "pacy, radical reinvention of the original show" is a joint production between AMC (American Movie Channel) and ITV (UK).
Hmm...no mention of Portmerion in the location details.
Weather conditions allowing, watch, via the webcam on Saturday the 29th, as the 350 tonne bridge gets lowered into place.
TfL Press release
I read A Fall of Moondust when I was about 10, my first real SF read. Clarke turned me on to the genre.
Clarke's Three Laws
I've been using the private beta for some time, and now this team (many ex Google), have raised a $5m, and the site is now open for registration.
If you like the newsfeed concept of Facebook, but don't like the application "noise", then maybe give it a try?
I like it.
Scribble .jad download; it's different.
Today Plus Zen .jad download; updated Today Plus, right-scroll pops up the apps menu, my favourite.
Saying "goodbye" sometimes isn't easy! More concerns about retention of personal data makes the mainstream media.
Great quote from the Boston Globe article, "It's like the Hotel California," said Nipon Das, 34, a director at a biotechnology consulting firm in Manhattan. "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."
Nokia acquired Twango back in Summer 2007. The covers are now coming off a yet-another-social-networking offering. With many millions of camera capable, well connected phones, perhaps they are capable of making a dent?
Looks like 2008 might well be the year the DRM wall comes down.
Amazon announced today they plan to (licensing allowing) to extend DRM music sales beyond the US.
As the DRM free purchase model market expands via different suppliers, I suspect a segment of people who have legitimately purchased music in the past from say, iTunes, will now become aware of the DRM locked-in library they have invested in. They might not want to pay again, or perhaps they wont care....
iTunes Plus for a few months has opened a route to allow users to "upgrade" to some previously purchased music to DRM free, but I've not seen any news on the uptake of that service.
Joost have just lost/pushed their CTO, Dirk-Willem van Gulik. He's jumped over (or been snapped up by) to the BBC to work on a range of back-end infrastructure to support their interactive services.
Joost, with its required client-side install, and funky UI, and un-compelling content has never seemed to have caught the masses attention. I have it, I played with it, I don't use it. With my various other video options (YouTube (& variants), AppleTV, OnDemand via cable, BBC iPlayer, etc.) it wont get my attention. Rumours imply their money is running out fast too.
The first of many? Another good reason to be wary of pimping out your Facebook profile!
Fortinet Global Security Research Team discovered a malicious Facebook Widget (officially, a "Platform Application") actively spreading on the social networking site which ultimately prompts users to install the infamous "Zango" adware/spyware.