Early builds of Windows 8 have been going out to ODM and OEM partners this week and details are already leaking out of the cracks. Judging by some of the rumors it looks as though Microsoft might go down the Apple path and have a feature that is similar to Time Machine.
Microsoft seem to be calling this feature "History Fault", with the description of the feature explaining:
History Vault helps protect your files against accidents that could cause data loss. If an external disk or network attached storage is used, it can even protect your files against disk or entire PC failure.
This is meant to be an April Fools joke but seriously, virtually everything he said as a "joke" is actually true. This makes the entire case even sadder. My readers will know my stance for gaming and how consoles have virtually destroyed quality gaming and the advancement of gaming technology (gaming engines, advancements in actual gameplay, etc).
It has some quotes from Robbie Bach, former president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division:
Am I happy to have been a part of the destruction of PC gaming? No, of course not. But I am proud of the fact that I've helped convince a generation of gamers that it's cool to pay $10 for a pair of virtual sunglasses and that playing online should be considered a premium feature. Look, guys, no one's stopping your from installing Doom II and playing through that again, right? I mean, what's the difference between that and Black Ops, really?
This one is only sort of a joke. Arianna Huffington, infamous Editor-in-Chief of online news site, The Huffington Post, did not pull a single punch today when satirically criticizing the New York Times recent Paywall implementation. Huffington announced in a post today that her news site would now be "offering" digital subscriptions exclusively to New York Times employees (and residents of Winnipeg, but that's another story). Huffington writes that current readers of "HuffPo" that are not Times employees will not be affected.
Biting snippets include the introduction of a "first 6 letters at no charge" plan and content availability depending on what site redirected the Times employee to the Huffington Post:
If you come in through Facebook, you'll be able to access for free all stories involving animals born with extra limbs.
If you come in through Twitter, you'll be able to access for free words that contain more than six letters, but only those that refer to antiquated transportation machines (i.e. "funicular").
If you come in through Google, you'll be able to access stories of criminals who break into people's houses and then do strange things, such as take a shower or eat a snack.
If you come in through Digg, you'll be able to read for free all stories that refer to TV's Erik Estrada.
Huffington also took stabs at Bill Keller...
This is a good one. What appeared to be just another product listing on ThinkGeek turned out to be a bittersweet April Fool's prank. Bittersweet, because a lot of us would probably shell out the $180 for the entire Playmobil Apple Store set, including Line expansion.
ThinkGeek really went all out on this one, going so far to create miniature Wozniak on a Segway and miniature Steve Jobs giving the iPad 2 keynote. The sales floor is also suitably accessorized with miniature iPhones and iPads.
If you watched the promotional video first, you were alerted to the nature of the prank (if not from anything else, than the professional titles like "Squinty Bastard". Otherwise, you probably got very excited and pressed BUY NOW, only to be redirected to the "GOTCHA!" page where you promptly felt very sad and alone in the universe. Then again, my personal experience may not be the rule for everyone else.
You'll forget that you're actually playing with something, and not inside an actual Apple Store!
We finally figured out a way to create lifelong customers literally moments after they begin to walk.
Visit the site to check out their photo reel as well as the links to past 4/1 product pranks.
"What do you do when you have bugs in your code? Send in the Angry Nerds. Consider these issues resolved."
Atalassian announced their new mobile game today, Angry Nerds, in which the player hurtles various incarnations of "devs" against towers of concrete binary numbers, destroying various infectious "bugs" in the code.
Check out the site, you can even test out the game there. This is almost good enough to not be an April Fools Prank. They even put up a fictitious collection of "endorsements":
Please, Atlassian, never stop ceasing or desisting.
Here's their "press release":
Okay, a bit of a curveball, but let's face it: gaming is hot. It was probably obvious we were into gaming when we invited Steve Wiebe, from the movie King of Kong, to our GDC booth for a record attempt. We're purists mostly - Pacman, Donkey Kong, WoW. But mobile gaming is blowing up right now, and when we see a market opportunity, we jump on it.
So we're pumped today to release our first game: Angry Nerds. The story line is one for the ages - a team of software developers, armed with wit and wile, fighting against an evil hoard of bugs. It's all drama and suspense. Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Rings, Zero Wing.
But don't focus on the story,
I really hope that the generation is random, because I thought my profile would have given me something a little more literary.
LinkedIn is joining in the April Fools Shenanigans by offering connections to people that are clearly not on LinkedIn.
A couple more that made me laugh:
Keep refreshing your LinkedIn page, you're bound to get one that will make you chuckle.
They almost had me until the guy in the video mimes licking a stamp and placing it on an envelope, where the "envelope" is his lifted knee. And it just gets better from there. Google might be the most infamous April Fool's Day prankster since they began the tradition in April of 2000 with the MentalPlex
Thecus today have announced a new NAS with a twist, it centers around the idea of your IT engineer falling asleep, well, keeping him or her from falling asleep. The new AFD42000 Deluxe Coffee Edition NAS feature a 12 core CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and the new signature Thecus feature: the Thecus Turbo Coffee Deluxe Edution.
Thanks to the new smart coffee device, the TTCDE is capable of delivering 3 cups per minute. RAID functions are also available allowing the coffee to be fresher or faster depending on your needs.
Our Download of the Day today is Dropbox 1.0.28.
Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync and share files online.
2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.
Sync files of any size or type.
Sync Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected.
Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on a set of files.
You can see other people's changes instantly.
Automatic backup of your files.
Undelete files and folders.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - Nintendo 3DS Value Bundle - $269.
Offer: Great Nintendo 3DS Bundle here from Walmart. Get it for just $269 with free ship-to-store option. This bundle includes:
- Nintendo 3DS Game System (Aqua Blue or Cosmo Black)
- One Nintendo 3DS or DS Game (like Street Fighter IV 3D Edition)
- POWER A 3DS Flex Case, Black
The MSRP of the 3DS is $249, so this is a great bundle!