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June 21, 2009

Toy Story 3 teaser

Filed under: movie — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 03:22

The first Toy Story movie came in 1995 and I really liked it. And it was ground breaking, the first computer animated 3D movie. And I also love the comedy of the films.

Next year, in 2010, 15 years after the first movie, Toy Story 3 will be released. Here is a teaser of the movie, taken from It’s a great watch, but it won’t give away any of the story of the new movie.

More Toy Story 3 News & Previews

June 17, 2009

TV2 HD over the air from June 25 in Norway

Filed under: news,TV — Tags: , , , , , , , — technofranki @ 21:02

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) was launched in some parts of Norway in September 2007 and the whole country was covered in November 2008. Unlike US which killed the analogue switch in the whole country on June 12, Norway have taken an other approach. Norway have been devited in regions. Each region have had simulcast for 6 -12 months before the shutdown of the analogue signals which took place in the first part of Norway in March last year. On December 1st, 2009, there will be no more analogue signals.

In opposite to many other countries who started their DTT with MPEG-2, Norway chose MPEG-4 from the start, which is a much better compression technology. Norway, as rest of Europe, use the DVB-T standard. There are 25 TV channels available and 16 radio channels. Only the three TV channels from NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Coopration) are free-to-air, unencrypted. The rest of the channels are available from the commercial pay-tv operator RikstTV.

It was said that because of the simulcast in the transition from analogue to digital, only three multiplexes would be available from the start, which wouldn’t give enough room for HD TV. In an ectually big surprise for me, TV2 (the biggest commersial broadcaster in Norway) announced that they will start to broadcast in HD from June 25, 2009 over the air. At first TV2 HD will only be available  on digital terrestrial television. But other providers like Get, ViaSat and Canal Digital will probably get a deal to broadcast TV2 HD through cable and satellite TV later this year.

TVNorge HD was the first homegrown HD channel in Norway and launched in October 2008, and is only available from Canal Digital. TV2 HD will be the second homegrown HD channel. And NRK are planning to start HD transmition next year with the Vancouver Olympics. TV2 HD will broadcast in 1080i.

TV2 HD will start to broadcast some shows in HD, and then expand on that. The first show is Allsang på grensen (best described as a sing-a-long-show) then Tour de France. They will broadcast movies on Friday and Saturday in HD, main match in Norwegian Soccer on Sundays, TV shows like Greys Anatomy/ Cleaners/ Scrubs/ Brothers & Sisters/ Criminal Minds / Life on Mars/ X-list, Nordic TV shows, Varg Veum (Norwegian crime show), Jakten på kjærligheten (love show), Da damene dro (When the Ladies left) and Skal vi danse (Shall We Dance)

I’m very excited over this and think I will be watching a lot more TV, just beacuse it’s in HD.

Source: and (Google-translated version)

UPDATE: The first HD show have been aired on TV2 HD, I watched in and have written about it in a new blogpost.

June 15, 2009

a-ha signing in Oslo

Filed under: blog,music — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 22:17


a-ha released their new album – Foot of the Mountain – today, and they was in Oslo to sign some CDs. A lot of people showed up, and I had to wait around 40 minutes to I got my CD signed by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. It was worth the wait.


The new a-ha album – Foot of the Mountain – have a total of 10 songs. I’ve only had time to listened to it once before posting this, but so far, so good. I like it.

  1. The Bandstand
  2. Riding The Crest
  3. What There Is
  4. Foot Of The Mountain
  5. Real Meaning
  6. Shadowside
  7. Nothing Is Keeping You Here
  8. Mother Nature Goes To Heaven
  9. Sunny Mystery
  10. Start The Simulator

I also made a small video which I’ve posted on YouTube.


Here are some more pictures. All pictures on this post have a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported lisence.








Added three new pictures on June 16.

June 14, 2009

Retro Game #64

Filed under: retro,Retro Gamer — Tags: , — technofranki @ 20:01


Well, it’s actually been some weeks since Retro Gamer #64 showed up in my mailbox, but this is what you can read in this issue of Retro Gamer:

  • Back to the Eighties – March 1987
  • Back to the Nineties – November 1991
  • In the Chair with… John Twiddy
  • The 10 Best Tetris Games you’ve never heard of
  • The Classic game – Garou: Mark of the Wolfes
  • The Making of… Dandy
  • Retroinspection – Virtual Boy
  • The Making of… Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • From the Archives – Beyond
  • The Making of… Qwak
  • The Complete Story of Shinobi

You can get Retro Gamer from

WordPress 2.8 Baker – available for download

Filed under: internet,news — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 18:26

The new version of WordPress 2.8 Baker is now available for download. The new version have 180 new features, changes and upgrades, and over 790 bugfix.

Here is a video from, showing some of the highlights of the new version.

Here is the highlights of the new version, check out for a full rundown of all the new features.

  • New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API
  • Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors
  • Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns
  • Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options
  • Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment
  • Support IIS 7.0 URL Rewrite Module
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation

Ghostbusters: The Video Game – video review (

Filed under: PS3,Wii,Xbox 360 — Tags: , , , , , — technofranki @ 03:02

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is out in US for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, and gave it an 8.0. The 360 version is region free and import friendly for European gamers.

Here is the video review from

More Ghostbusters: The Video Game News & Previews

June 13, 2009

The History of Microsoft – 1993

Filed under: Microsoft — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 22:38

This time, The History of Microsoft have come to 1993. Quote taken from the, where you also can find all the other episodes:

For Microsoft, 1993 is a stellar year as we introduce Microsoft Encarta, the first multimedia encyclopedia designed for a computer. The Microsoft BallPoint Mouse is launched into Space and Microsoft reports that the number of licensed users of Microsoft Windows now totals more than 25 million, making it the most popular graphical operating system in the world.

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