Windows Server 2008 (formerly code name "Longhorn")

Pop over to Microsoft’s product page and you’ll see that official name for Windows Server “Longhorn” is now Windows Server 2008.

So they definately didn’t want an outdated product name, and this also allows for a later than previously announced Q4 2007 release.  The previous pledge was for a new server product every four years (so 2003 to 2008 doesn’t fit that pattern) with R2 releases every two, so I wonder how far behind W2K8 R2 will be…

Of course the virtualisation component of W2K8 is already delayed to follow 180 days after server RTM, for free.

Check out the review of Beta 3 on the SuperSite.


Movie Review: 28 weeks later

Hoping to build on interest from 28 Days Later in 2002, the new 28 Weeks Later continues the story.

Robert Carlyle is probably the best known star in terms of world-wide viewers (from The Full Monty).  When you consider that it was mostly a cast of 7 (Robert, two women, two army guys, and two new child actors), they did a good job of carrying the movie.  The use of different scenes and locations likely added to this.  I think location change and pacing is what makes many good action movies appealing including James Bond movies.

The movie begins with an incident of moral scruples and anguish (shown very well through Robert’s character) that will prove doubly haunting (albeit in a very co-incidental/human-radar way) through the rest of the movie.  It ends with the option of a wider playfield for another sequel, which only occurs because adults fail to communicate something important to children.  That depth of moral dilema (and the fact that not everyone ‘good’ survives) is what makes this movie rise above the average gore-fest.

The movie was entertaining and worth seeing if you liked the first one – just don’t expect any conclusion.