Category: Personal

Just returned from Microsoft Tech Days 2008 in Ottawa

And I got a buttload of free stuff from Tech Days 2008. Including, but not limited to – a Microsoft sticker, a cool toque, a spoon that also functions as a pen, a technet 6 month subscription, tech ed dvd sets, vs pro 2008, expression web, and a bunch of demo software. All in all it was a great day, but, I didn’t like the fact that it started at like 7:30 am, way too early for geeky people.

Here’s a picture of the free stuff

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Cool, looks like I’m in the PS3 Home Beta. Along with thousands of others no doubt.

Dear PlayStation®Network member,

Congratulations, you have been selected to help beta test PlayStation®Home!

We appreciate your help in making the PlayStation®Home experience the best it can be! Please log in to Home this evening from 6 pm – 8 pm PST for a big celebration of Version 1.0 and a load test of our new features.

How to download
After you have signed in with your PlayStation®Network Account:
– Go to the PlayStation®Store on the PLAYSTATION(R)3 system XMB™ (XrossMediaBar)
– Select “Redeem Codes”
– Enter the code (below)
– Click “Continue”
– The download will be available on the next screen


Please note: The unique code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as displayed.

Thank you for your continued support of the PlayStation®Network, and we look forward to seeing you in PlayStation®Home.

Yours truly,

The PlayStation®Network
Sony Computer Entertainment America

New World Record for Sending Camera to Atmosphere? The Great Balloon Chase sends camera up 37.28KM.

A buddy of mine helped to send a camera up this weekend in the Great Balloon Chase. Pretty neat stuff. They may have even beaten a world record, how cool is that.

From the Home Page

An excellent mission where almost everything went right! The prep, launch event, flight and chase could not have gone much better, especially given the weather. This was an excellent team effort.

We reached an altitude of at least 122,323’or 37.28km (not official yet, there are reports of a higher altitude). This surpassed a world record that stood for years before being broken by another group this past summer! To view the track of the balloon:


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You can view the map on Google Maps. It will show you the path of the balloon, and the pictures it took along the way.

If you just want to skip right to the pictures, you can also do that 🙂

Great work on this project guys. Love to see stuff like this.