The Lunarsoft Wiki has had several updates recently. The front page of the wiki has been updated with recommended articles, recent changes and other information. This should help users find the articles they are looking for faster and easier.
We have also helped DjLizard as his wiki has come to a close. All of his articles can now be found here in the Lunarsoft Wiki. DjLizard has set up redirects so that if anyone attempts to visit the old articles they will be redirected to the Lunarsoft Wiki.
Also, as some may have noticed; our logos have also been updated. I'm sure that some of you may be wondering why we have not updated our forum skin. In actuality, we have been planning a new forum skin and it has been in development for several months. This new forum skin has been put on hold because Invision Power has announced that IP.Board 3 will be released later this year. An approximate date is not yet known.
This means that there will be many new features and changes. There will be a completely new skinning engine, which relates to the forum skin. If we were to continue developing a forum skin (our forums are in the 2.3.x stage) it would need to be completely redesigned from the ground up once IP.Board 3 is released. So we'll have to wait just a little longer until the new forum skin is released, but it will be worth it.
You can read all about it on the Lunarsoft Forums.
Hope everyone enjoys the changes!
Funding to port the popular VLC open source media player to set-top boxes could mean a lounge-room media player that actually supports all the media you want to play.
Media sharing enthusiasts got a huge truckload of hope backed up to the delivery dock this week when Neuros announced that it had, in effect, received sponsorship from Texas Instruments to port VLC (VideoLAN if we're being formal) onto its Neuros platform, an open source set-top box. Neuros is very much a niche project, but the fact that TI, a major player in the STB market, is involved makes it likely that a mass-market box capable of playing back virtually all downloaded and streamed content could eventually hit the stands.
A set-top box that could play pretty much any existing media format would be a boon to people who (ahem) acquire their TV shows and movies from a variety of different sources, especially since additional codecs could be added over time as required. That's great news for enthusiasts, but to be fair, those are the same enthusiasts who could already install VLC on a Mac Mini or a PS3 or a custom PC, given time, enthusiasm and a drive full of freshly-torrented televisual goodness.
On the night of May 31st, an explosion occurred at ThePlanet's H1 data center. Markus Langenfeld updated his blog about the issue, including the e-mail notification that customers received.
"I got an interesting email tonight, apparently there was an electrical fire at ThePlanet’s H1 data center in Dallas Texas. According to some sources there was an actual explosion powerful enough that it knocked down walls in an equipment room. So far there are no reports of damage to servers or networking equipment but power is offline at the facility and approximately 9000 websites are affected. This will surely be all over the tech news websites by morning."
There have been several updates since the initial announcement. Repairs are taking much longer than estimated.
Source: Markus Langenfeld's Blog
Overnight, Google got a new face on the Web--one measuring 16x16 pixels.
The search giant updated its favicon, the eensy little 256-pixel logo that appears in browser locations such as bookmarks, URL location bar, and window tabs. The old icon, a capital G in a black box, has been supplanted by a cuddlier-looking blue lower-case g.
It's a minor change, to be sure. But coming from a company obsessed not only with design choices but also the effect those choices have, I can't help but draw attention to it. And given how often most Web users see that icon sprinkled across their browsers, it's probably smart to pay some attention to that aspect of branding.
Note that the new favicon doesn't appear on all Google sites yet. And in some areas, there are other favicons: Google Docs, for example, shows different icons for online spreadsheets, word-processing files, and presentations. Conveniently, those favicons are color-coded with the same green, blue, and red colors used by Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
The Firefox team is looking for help getting into Guinness. What's it going to cost me, you ask? Only a few minutes of your time to download Firefox 3 on Download Day 2008. You can make your pledge to get Firefox 3 during Download Day to set the Guinness World Record for Most Software Downloaded in 24 Hour.
By the way, the official date for the launch of Firefox 3 will be posted here soon - so check back! Join our community and this effort by pledging today.
Link: Pledge Your Help
Typically when Microsoft ships a new OS (like Windows Vista), we immediately start talking about the next version-which begs two questions: 1) is Microsoft working on a new version of Windows, and if so, 2) why aren't you talking about it?
I thought I would spend a minute giving you an update on where we are. First, yes, we are working on a new version of Windows. As you likely know, it's called Windows 7.We are always looking for new ways to deliver great experiences for our customers. This is especially true of Windows - where we're constantly examining trends in hardware, software and services to ensure that we continue to drive the innovation that has both made Windows the world's most popular operating system and has provided a foundation on which our partners built great products and businesses. When we shipped Windows 2000, we were already working on Windows XP and we started working on Windows Vista even before we released Windows XP. So naturally, we've been thinking about the investments we made in Windows Vista and how we can build on these for the next version of Windows.