Yesterday during the Super Bowl we saw a commercial for the upcoming Star Trek movie. Some of the scenes were of things we saw in the previous trailer, but there was also a lot of stuff we’ve never seen. The scene that intrigued me the most was in the beginning which shows the young James T Kirk (Chris Pine) with a bloody nose talking to Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood).
Pike says to Kirk that he (Kirk) always had a “hard time finding a place in this world”. This seems to me that they had a relationship prior to Kirk coming on board the Enterprise. There are then scenes of a bar fight spliced in between the conversation - which is where I guess he gets the bloody nose. Pike then tells him that he can settle for an ordinary life or dare to do better.
I find this interesting that a relationship is being set up between the two. The only time the two characters met on screen was in the two-part classic “Star Trek” episode “The Menagerie”. If I’m not mistaken, there was no existing relationship between the two in “Star Trek” continuity. I blogged a few months ago about the possible minor continuity error of a young Kirk knowing how to drive a car in the upcoming movie, but not being able to drive one in the episode “A Piece of the Action”. I got hit hard by people saying that I should get a life, but this relationship between Kirk and Pike is a much bigger change in continuity than the car thing.
At this point, I guess we fans just have to say whatever. I would like them to stick to continuity, but if this new “Star Trek” film rocks and it does look like it will, it won’t matter. It’ll be a new day in the world of Star Trek and hopefully more movies with the characters of Kirk, Spock, and company.
A car is moving fast through the desert. It’s being chased by a motorcycle. The car is heading towards a cliff. The driver can’t stop in time and jumps out of the car barely making it out. The driver is a young boy. The motorcyclist is driving a futuristic speeder. The young boy announces to the cyclist that he is James Tiberius Kirk. So opens the new trailer for next year’s relaunch of the Star Trek franchise.
I wouldn’t call myself a “Trekker” or a “Trekkie” (I don’t know which is the preferred term these days), but I have seen a ton of Star Trek over the years.
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We knew someone who was such a Star Trek fan that he bought an original Communicator, at an exorbitant price we might add. While it looked kewl, it didn’t really do anything. This one does. The full size classic gadget features realistic sound and lighting effects with phrases such as “Spock here, Captain.”
It also has the “Hailing” function. Press a button, close the Communicator, and the Enterprise will call you back 5 seconds later. You can find them for $29.99 at ThinkGeek and then ask Scotty to beam you up.
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Many, many people have been waiting for official iPhone Exchange support, and Apple has finally responded. The company has licensed ActiveSync from Microsoft, which will make the iPhone fully compatible with Exchange. That means:
- Push email
- Push contact syncing
- Push calendar syncing
- Remote wipe to clear data off device if lost
All of this ActiveSync goodness will be available with the iPhone 2.0 software update, which Apple says will be released in June.
Amidst all the excitement about the new Apple announcements yesterday (Penryn Macbooks and MacBook Pros, plus iPhone 1.1.4 firmware), many were left wondering just where the heck the promised iPhone SDK had gone. After all, we’d been promised by Steve Jobs himself that it would appear in late February. As it turns out, Apple will be holding another of their Town Hall-type events on March 6, which will specifically deal with both the iPhone SDK as well as “some exciting new enterprise features.” On the invitation itself, you see a Software Update sign, an SDK sign, and an Enterprise sign. Yeah, fairly vague, we know. Still, it is a promising sign. Now we just wait for March 6.
Tony Alleyne designed a Star Trek-themed apartment based on the Starship Enterprise. After spending more than £30,000 (~US $58,000.00) to build it in England, he decided to sell it for £1.25 million (~$2.5 million). With no interest from bidders, he then upgraded it to a Voyager and changed the price to £500,000 (~$969,000.00.) Apparently the poor guy is still having no luck in finding a buyer, so if you are an eBay master you might want to handle the sale for him. Then again, if you are an conniving Trekker, maybe you can just trade for your transporter credits.
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Intel has revealed its new dual-core processors for high-end servers using more than four chips, the Intel Xeon 7100 Series. The units, although based on the outdated NetBurst microarchitecture, still offer relatively strong performance as well as power efficiency. The chips, built on the 65nm process, includes all of the features expected on Intel processors such as hyperthreading, virtualization, and Intel cache safe technology. The clock speed vary on different models, ranging from 2.60Ghz to 3.40Ghz, though all feature 2MB of L2 cache. The Xeon 7100’s are directed at enterprise customers. Admittedly, Intel has done an excellent job lately with their new technologies and processors. Looks like it’s time for AMD to play catch up.
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