Apple har släppt iPad

På en presskonferens idag kl 19:00 svensk tid visade Apples grundare Steve Jobs upp företagets senaste innovation. iPad, är en ”tablet-PC” som består av en 9,7″ multi-touch skärm med WiFi och 3G (utvalda modeller). iPad är tänkt att vara ett mellanting mellan en MacBook och en iPhone. Den klarar högupplösta videor och spel, iWork (Apples motsvarighet till Office-paketet) och ska vara underbar att surfa, läsa mail och föra kalender med.

Men huvudsyftet var att utmana Amazon.com och deras Kindle – en skärm i nästan samma format men endast för e-böcker. I och med iPad introducerar Apple nämligen iBooks som är ett iTunes store för e-böcker i ePub formatet. Du kan bära med dig tusentals e-böcker och läsa dem var som helst. Touch-gränssnittet möjliggör bläddring i böckerna med fingrarna, ungefär som en riktig bok, vilken lär tilltala tvivlarna till e-boken. Gränssnittet är ungefär detsamma som på en iPhone eller iPod touch med skillnaden att man kan få upp ett stort snyggt on-screen tangentbord vilket gör det bekvämare att skriva mail eller att jobba i iWork än vad iPhones lilla skärm skulle tillåta. Dessutom är iPad kompatibel med alla iPhone applikationer som dessutom kan uppskalas till att täcka hela skärmen.

Källa: www.engadget.com
Mer info här: http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.289342/ipad-ar-har

Personligen hade jag gärna sett uppdateringar av Apples MacBook Pro familj som är i slutet av sin produktionscykel. En gissning är i alla fall att de utrustas med Intels nya i5 processorer (i7 skulle vara för strömkrävande), något som exempelvis Dell redan har gjort med sina Inspiron laptops. Nya MacBook Pros lär komma snart men den som väntar på något gott…

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Fotomässan 2009

WebMurder’s Inc. visited Fotomässan this year at Stockholm International Fairs.

At the same time, WebMurder’s Inc. imaging goes High Resolution! Sorry for the longer load times people. However, there will be exceptions with low-res images at times…

A(H1N1)v infektion

Senaste uppdateringen från European Centre for Disease Control:

I EU och den Europeiska Frihandelssammanslutningens (EFTA) 31 länder, har 30 länder rapporterat sammanlagt  19 404 bekräftade laboratoriefall av den Nya influensan A(H1N1), inklusive 35 dödsfall. Från den 22 till den 23 juli 2009 har 1671 nya fall rapporterats från EU och EFTA.

Globalt finns 151 656 laboratoriebekräftade fall av A(H1N1) och 868 dödsfall kl 17:00 den 23 juli 2009. Av dessa återfinns 35 dödsfall i EU/EFTA området.

Källa:
ECDC Situation Report 23 juli 2009

Den Nya influensan A(H1N1) räknas som klass 6 pandemivarning på den 6-gradiga skalan av WHO, vilket innebär; ”pågående smittspridning/utbrott mellan människor i flera länder på åtminstone två kontinenter”. Det i sig betyder inte att smittan är farlig, bara att den sprider sig snabbt och lätt mellan människor.

Sverige har 390 laboratoriebekräftade fall medan Storbritanien har flest i EU/EFTA området med 11 159 fall varav 30 dödsfall. Övriga länder i EU/EFTA med dödsfall är Spanien, 4 och Ungern, 1. På fredagen aktiverade Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset sin pandemiplan.

Läs mer här:
http://www.smittskyddstockholm.se/

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日本の月 ”Nihon no tsuki” 3 – North Korea

Few people can have missed that Dictator Kim Jong Il launched a ballistic missile on April 5th 2009. Moreover, it’s the same Taepodong-2 rocket onto which North Korea presumably may mount nuclear warheads. The Taepodong-2 has a theoretical range of reaching Japan, Hawaii and Alaska. This is as close a nuclear war the world has been since the Cold War.

Japan, together with the U.S.A. have always played a stern North Korea policy since the Korean War armistice in 1953. Meanwhile, China has a more reasonable tone towards North Korea and the regime. Possibly because they are immediate neighbors and that they were allies during the Korean War. However, since the Taepodong-2 launch when one rocket stage landed in the Sea of Japan and the other fell together with the payload in the Pacific Ocean, even China might have to reconsider.

The United Nations Security Council condemned on April 13th the North Korean launch. In response to that, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said that North Korea discontinues all Six Party talks and will re-enact the nuclear enrichment program. The Yongbyon reactors, crucial for North Korea’s Plutonium production have been restarted, and all IAEA inspectors have been expelled from the country.

Korea has been a unified nation since the 5th century A.D. It was occupied by Japanese forces in 1895 during Japan’s imperial expansion. After Japan’s victory over the Russian navy in 1905, Korea was declared Japan’s protectorate. During the 1930’s and later the Second World War, Japan oppressed the Korean people, stripping them of rights and education. The Japanese forced them into slave labor and depleted Korean food and metal resources, literarily sending the Koreans back several centuries of development.

Together with the Soviet Union, the U.S.A. divided the country in two at the 38th parallel in order to drive out the Japanese in 1945. The division of North and South was decided by the two superpowers without the consent of the Korean people. Even though the Japanese surrendered on 10th of August 1945, Japanese administrators were still in their original positions of power prior to the capitulation; by order of the U.S. Moreover, the U.S. had no intention of restoring Korean rule over the country. Instead they demanded more U.S. control which made them an eye-sore in the eyes of the Koreans. 35 years of oppression, continued by both Japanese and Americans infuriated the people.

The U.S.S.R. and U.S. agreed that both Korean sides should have self-rule after 4 years of supervision. Though, the only governments allowed were the ones in line with each superpower’s ideological position. This caused mass-riots in South Korea, where things slipped out of U.S. control. People in favor of the left-wing were prosecuted; tens of thousands were killed. At the same time; Kim Jong Il’s father, Kim Il-Sung became the leader of the North Korean government, quickly subduing any opposition and severing connections to nations outside of the communist world.

The year was 1948; Soviet and the U.S. left the peninsula when both Korean sides had “found” their leaders.

Both Kim Il-Sung and South Korea’s President Syngman Rhee wanted to unify the Korean peninsula. But, clashing ideologies soon escalated into the Korean War which was in effect a proxy war between the U.S.S.R. and U.S.A. Today, both countries are run more or less independently (yet, U.S. troops are helping South Korea to uphold the armistice). North Korea has the 4th largest standing army in the world, and South Korea is the world’s 13th largest economy. Roughly along the 38th parallel is a 4 km wide belt called the demilitarized zone, in which there is a train station used mainly for freight. It’s still awaiting the day families on both sides of the border can be reunited – once again.

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Det var en blöt nyårsafton

Nyårsafton 2008 Det som började som en vanlig nyårsafton med dammsugning och skurning av golven inför gästernas besök, blev till en upplevelse utöver det vanliga. En huvudvattenledning sprang läck mitt i gatan vid 11:50 tiden och snabbt letade sig vattnet upp ur sprickor och håligheter. Initialt försvann trycket i rören till bostäderna till att försvinna helt. Inget vatten letade sig upp i kranarna och viss panik infann sig – man kan inte bjuda gäster utan att ha fungerande toalett och vatten till matlagning! Stockholm Vatten skickade sina mannar på akututryckning för att få bukt med det hela. WebMurder’s Inc. stod på första parkett.

Som ni kan se av ovanstående bildgalleri blev gatan översvämmad. Den blev även glashal på sina ställen under kvällen, trots Stockholm Vattens arbete med att dränera och sanda gatan. Relativt fort lyckades de stänga av vattnet helt, vilket påverkade hela området. Ett tappställe öppnades ca 80 m bort. Det hjälpte inte mycket eftersom majoriteten i området är pensionärer och de orkade helt enkelt inte bära hinkar med vatten den sträckan. Dessutom informerades man inte direkt att det fanns vatten att hämta, utan man fick fråga arbetarna om den saken. Däremot var mannarna från Stockholm Vatten väldigt effektiva och fick på vattnet igen lagom till att vi skulle få gäster!

De gjorde ett bra jobb som ni ser i den nyupplagda filmen här nedan!

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Soul Eater is Licensed! Dattebayo Stops Subbing Naruto :'(

Sad to say, but one of my current favorite anime series have been licensed. Surprised? No, but the series had just aired a little more than a season (33 episodes). Could they have been more considerate? :P Now all the fansubbers have given up on fansubbing it since many groups got separate Cease & Desist letters… Darn!

Update! Soul Eater is still being fansubbed by both SEF and Hatsuyuki!

Second update: Hatsuyuki’s webpage has been suspended. The last known message (except for IRC channels) can be read here. Soul Eater Fan are the only group still subbing it. Please support them! As of now (10th of January 2009), their site seems to experience a downtime.

Fourth update: Soul Eater Fan doesn’t seem to sub anymore. Instead, Hatsuyuki are revived and sub Soul Eater in collaboration with Tsubaki Fansubs.

Fifth (and latest update): Wrong all again! Apparently, someone is using Tsubaki and Hatsuyuki’s name when subbing Soul Eater. They have nothing to do with either above mentioned subbing groups. Still they produce some good quality subs! Read Hatsuyuki’s admin’s comment on the issue here: http://www.hatsuyuki-subs.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=5

Read more here:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-24/cease-and-desist-letters-for-eva/1.0-soul-eater-fansubs

Black Star, Maka and Death the Kid

Black Star, Maka and Death the Kid

Say good-bye to Black Star, Maka, Death the Kid and the others…

Another perhaps likewise dramatic news in the anime world is that Dattebayo is going to permanently drop Naruto. Dattebayo have always showed up at anime conference Otakon, facing the anime companies; declaring, that if there is no alternative to fast, free, good-quality fansubs; then, they will keep subbing. Anime giant Viz, holder of the U.S. Naruto license, have now decided to do conform to that. From 15th of January 2009, Viz will start streaming Naruto for free, subbed on the Internet, one week after release in Japan. The week prior to this, the Japanese counterparts will do the same, and for a small fee you can get Naruto streamed the same day it airs in Japan.

Read about it here:

http://www.dattebayo.com/pr/100
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-17/viz-to-stream-naruto-within-1-week-of-japanese-airing

På svenska:
http://alindholm.wordpress.com/2008/12/19/narutocom-sander-de-fem-sista-avsnitten-av-naruto/

Third update: Dattebayo has released what probably will be their last subbed episode of Naruto ever. (Naruto Shippuuden 91, 8th of January 2009).

Watch future Naruto episodes here for free, if you’re a U.S. resident: http://naruto.viz.com/
Or here for a fee (for HD, free otherwise), without citizenship limitations: http://www.crunchyroll.com/
Read here about Crunchyroll’s role in this.
Read here on how to see streams outside USA!

Kuro-Hana Fansubs

Reposting a comment:

It seems that the Kuro-Hana website is “dead”. That’s all it says when you visit their site. Kind of freaky I think. Sorry everyone that the links in the posts doesn’t work anymore. Seems I have 3rd rank on Google for “Kuro-Hana” right now. All I want to say is that they were a fantastic fansubbing group. I think they have found other projects to work on. Wonder how many of their subs are still available for download though… I wish all the best for the former members of Kuro-Hana, whatever they are doing now.

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