Steam no longer Civilized

On the weekend Andre happened to show me Sid Meier’s Civilization IV and in particular the Beyond the Sword expansion pack. I immediately decided I wanted to get a copy for myself, having strangely enough, never played any of the series before even though others peoples I know like Ruari have spent way too many […]

What it feels like to be a woman

Just to brighten up this rainy Friday afternoon, I stumbled upon this bit of humour. On a Nationwide flight to Johannesburg, a plane passes through a severe storm.   The turbulence is awful, and things go from bad to worse when one wing is struck by lightning. One woman in particular loses it. Screaming, she stands up […]

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 CTP, February 2008

The latest and greatest CTP of SQL Server 2008 (code-named Katmai) is now available for download and testing. This is commonly referred to as CTP6 and is the first update since CTP5 in November 2007. You can download the CTP6 bits over here. To find out what is new and changed in SQL Server 2008 I […]

Gears of War 2 coming November

Hot off the press at the Game Developers Conference 2008 is that Gears of War 2 is going to be released exclusively for Xbox 360 in November. The official press release follows: SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 20, 2008 — Today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2008, Microsoft Corp. provided an exciting glimpse at what […]

Xbox LIVE getting XNA games and more

Finally the marriage between Xbox LIVE and XNA has been announced. Major Nelson live blogged it from GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco on his twitter feed and promptly posted about it. It was just announced at GDC that we are introducing a new, open distribution service for games created by the community. Games […]

The pain of SQL Server and working with dates

How many times have you tried to design an efficient database table design in SQL Server only to stumped with the problem of storing pure date values. Yes the currently released versions of SQL Server (up to 2005) don’t support a pure date only data type. Note that SQL Server 2008 add the new DATE […]

Zero Punctuation review of Call of Duty 4

Once again I find myself laughing my head off with the latest Zero Punctuation review from Yahtzee. This time he reviews Call of Duty 4 and I highly recommend everyone, even the non-gamers, go watch it. I’ve embedded it below for ease of viewing or you can head on over here.

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 RTM

Both the Windows Server and Windows Vista teams released new builds today. The much-awaited Windows Server 2008, formerly known by the code-name Longhorn Server, was released to manufacturing today, as was the highly anticipated service pack 1 update to Windows Vista. If you are running Windows Vista you can expect to possibly see the service […]

Glow in the Dark?

What is the deal with the South African government? Am I becoming an alarmist by writing this post and expressing my opinion? I honestly don’t know but I just feel the need to write my thoughts down. Last week the country, who had power, watched Derek Watts and the Carte Blanche team try to get to […]