A look at Microsoft’s Windows 8 teaser video

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Microsoft have released a new video, embedded below, demoing what is now being called Windows 8. Microsoft had refused to name the successor to Windows 7 until recently when Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer recently naming the new OS at the CES conference in Las Vegas. The video continues the trend of naming the new OS [...]

Sport will be the key driver for 3D TV growth

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

With UPC having followed Sky into the 3D TV field, Emmet Ryan looks at how sport rather than movies will prove the biggest driver in developing the home market for this technology.
Moving slowly
The biggest obstacle facing 3D TV from the start has been the lack of people using it. It remains an issue but sport [...]

The curious case of Microsoft’s Skype purchase

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

After a longer than expected hiatus, Ger Healy returns with to blogging with my comments on the biggest news in tech this year. On 10 May, Microsoft confirmed its acquisition of Skype for an impressive figure of $8.5 billion. While regularity approval is still outstanding on the deal, it is planned that Skype will become [...]

Retro Games: California Games

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Video games can be expensive. A copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops for the XBox will set you back about €60; not a small chunk of change, especially in the current economic climate. However in real terms, video games are much less pricey now than in the early 90s. One of the most popular [...]

What every nerd wants under the Christmas tree

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

In what will likely be his last piece for Villa81 before Christmas, Gerard Healy looks at the top gadgets to get that special geek in your life.
Christmas is fast approaching so to get you ready, here’s a top 10 nerdy Christmas gift list. Obviously not all of these gifts will appeal to everyone. In fact, [...]

The Weekly Record: Bumper turnout at Science Week, Samsung launches Omnia 7, and DIT offers LMA places

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Science Week secures record participation, DIT offers 300 places on LMA, and Other Voices sells out.
Discover Science and Engineering (DSE) has announced a record participation in Science Week 2010 as over 115,000 people attended events across the country.  Science Week Ireland 2010 was also one of the most successful Science Weeks to date with 505 [...]

Getting to know Portable Apps

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Gerard Healy looks at how portable applications can solve problems for users moving to an unfamiliar machine.
Working in the IT profession presents plent of problems. There is nothing more difficult than debugging an issue that you haven’t come across before on someone else’s machine. Often by looking in the obvious places like [...]

Retro Games: Duck Hunt

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

In the first of a new series of pieces looking back at computer games from the past, Brian Condron remembers 1984’s Duck Hunt.
In the month where Microsoft seemingly have revolutionised video game input devices with the launch of the Kinect it is worth remembering that the 1980’s had its very own version, the light gun. [...]

Linux, why it’s still a dirty word

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Gerard Healy looks into the image problems Linux still suffers amongst less tech-savvy users, despite being around for almost 20 years.
The rate of development in IT is astonishing quick. In any other discipline Moore’s Law would be laughed at but for IT, there isn’t a stronger greater fact. With that in mind, I often, when [...]

Successful Large Hadron Collider test bodes well for 2028 Leaving Cert

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Inspired by this Tweet by Caitlin Moran of The Times following today’s successful test of the Large Hadron Collider in CERN we decided to do a little investigating. Will the wave of celebratory nerd sex spread worldwide and could it reach the Emerald Isle to such an extent as to boost performance in Maths and [...]