Forza Motorsport for the XBOX

In only a few days you can buy the most realistic and fantastic looking racing simulation for your XBOX. It’s called Forza Motorsport and is there to beat Gran Turismo 4.
I had the chance to play a little bit with it…and it’s insanely great! More than 50 cars. Dozens of tracks. And a realistic driving model I never experienced before.

Here are some ingame screenshots to tease you for the 3rd May:

I strongly recommend buying this game!

Source: Forza Motorsport

HDTV…you don’t have enough cpu power…

It’s great that more and more movies are broadcasted in HDTV. But it’s disappointing how much CPU power you need to get smooth video playback. Especially when it’s MPEG4 and not MPEG2.

This graph shows it: a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 is not really enough to handle high quality MPEG4 compressed HDTV. Almost 50 percent CPU usage when playing a 720p movie… don’t expect 1080i/p to run fluently…. this sucks.

The Premiere of “OPERation Rossini”

reply2all VJ Justus Rogman wrote about the premiere of “OPERation Rossini” in which he took part in:

“The premiere of “OPERation Rossini” was a complete success. Endless applause from a nearly sold out audimax took alot of load off our shoulders. Everything went well, just a small softwarecrash, but nobody noticed that and I was there for this emergency case and calmed down everybody so we could continue as nothing would have happened. First reactions from students on the opera & our visuals were positive after the first act so that we could do our job in second act a little bit more relaxed :)

It was just great!! They even forced me to come on stage while applause, so it’s me in background on the very right of following pic. But the applause of course is due to the actors infront. They really earned it! Like the orchestra. Was a great performance, especially in this cultural less-developed town :-p…”

text: Cesare Sterbini / Music: Gioacchino Rossini
musical adaption: Juri Lebedev
text adaption: Maximilian Ponader
staging: Maximilian Ponader, Hamburg
conductor: Juri Lebedev, Weimar
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Opportunity stuck in martian sand

Bad news for all the mars rover fans:

“A note to all you Opportunity fans: Get used to the current scenery, because we’re going to be here awhile,” said Steve Squyres, lead scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover effort at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “We are very optimistic that we’ll be able to get out of here, but we’re really going to take our time doing it.”

So let’s hope the best for the little rover.

Actually it’s great to see both rovers in good health so far. Remember: Officially their mission is over since more than a year…

Source: Opportunity Mars Rover Stuck in Sand

even more technical eBooks…Digital Signal Processing

At the moment I’m reading several technical books in preparation for the exams. Especially the Communication Systems and the Digital Signal Processing exams are known to be very hard. My mate Christian gave me the hint for this outstanding Digital Signal Processing eBook:

You can download the eBook for free. So if you want to know (or you’re expected to know) anything about Digital Signal Processing, get this eBook.

Source: www.dspguide.com

free technical eBooks for your pleasure

It’s quite a time since I found this website where you can download several technical eBooks for free. One very interesting eBook is this:

A Programmer’s Guide to the Mind

“We will try to explain how the mind works, and we will also show how a person can make it operate more effectively. If we compare the task of developing the mind to that of taking a journey, then this volume could be described as a combination road map and tourist guide. While there are many similarities between a brain and an electronic computer, there are also several factors which make the human ‘computer’ unique: First of all, it is rather large. The electronic chips which are contained in the computers of the 1990s are constructed from flat little squares of silicon, no bigger than postage stamps. In contrast, the human thinking apparatus is a three pound, three-dimensional, solid chunk of neurons and interconnections. The average human brain contains about one hundred billion neurons and around one hundred trillion connections. Compare this to today’s computer chip with its total of about ten million transistors, and you can understand why, at present, we have about sufficient technology to simulate the brain of a slug.”

Source 1: A Programmer’s Guide to the Mind
Source 2: TechBooksForFree