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Thursday, May 4, 2006

Happy Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you.

(But it's my only line!)

Original Star Wars Coming to DVD

Lucasfilm has announced that they are rereleasing the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy on DVD this fall. Here's the goods:

In response to overwhelming demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release attractively priced individual two-disc releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Each release includes the 2004 digitally remastered version of the movie and, as bonus material, the theatrical edition of the film. That means you'll be able to enjoy Star Wars as it first appeared in 1977, Empire in 1980, and Jedi in 1983.

Of course, I just know that I'm going to have to get this. Thanks Slashdot.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Bitboys Oy Is No More

It is with a tear in my eye that I announce that Bitboys Oy has been bought out by ATI. Bitboys Oy is the reigning king of hardware press releases and vaporware. Despite never actually producing any hardware, ATI bought them out for a cool €35.2 million. Some of that amount is contingent on certain unstated goals being reached. It seems that the main thing that ATI gets out of this is a partnership with Nokia for the cellphone market. RIP Bitboys.

For kicks, you can check out our news stories referring to Bitboys over the years, going back to 1999. The astute reader will note that most of those blurbs involve sarcasm in one way or another.

ODF Accepted as an ISO Standard

It's pretty straightforward: OpenDocument format (ODF) was accepted as an ISO standard. What this means is that ODF won't just be a standard among free software fans, but it is an official ISO standard. That should make it easier for acceptance among government agencies, etc. Microsoft's OpenXML (which many are saying is a contradiction in terms) is up for ISO approval soon too. Thanks Slashdot.

Carmack on Developing for Cellphones

Gamasutra caught up with id's John Carmack to discuss game development for cellphones and how it differs from traditional PC/console development. I've never had a phone with sufficient power to play any interesting games. I've got my PDA for that :) Thanks to J for the link.

The Master comments: You can also read Carmack's thoughts on this in his latest blog update. You know - even with the mind-bending pain, I really miss Carmack's old .plan updates.

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