What’s New With HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript?

Angry Birds Beta for ChromeAlthough we are still a ways away from being able to use HTML5 and CSS3 to their full potential, some really neat things are being done with them right now. In case you missed the news last week, a new, Web-based version of the wildly popular game Angry Birds was unveiled. For the most part, that application is built using HTML5 and JavaScript (relying heavily on the new <canvas> element and all of its power).

There was some minor controversy over the game, after it was discovered that it still requires Flash in order to play the game (to produce the sounds and music for the game rather than using HTML5 audio), but there are some potentially valid reasons for that.

VirtualBox – A Better Virtual Machine Emulator

VirtualBoxI am probably quite late to the party, but I discovered Sun’s VirtualBox a few weeks ago, and have been extremely impressed. In the short time I’ve had VirtualBox installed, I have already installed two operating systems that I was never able to successfully install on Microsoft’s VirtualMachine.

With my Vista Home install as the host system, I am now running Windows 98SE and SuSE (11.0) as guests on my computer. I will most likely install Windows XP Professional fairly soon, as well; though I will have to see what I can do with the licensing, since I also want to run some fairly modern version of Windows as a guest on my SuSE machine.

With Microsoft VM, I was never able to get Win98 installed properly (it always froze when I was trying to install), nor was I able to get any distros of Linux running through VM.

Play Homebrew Software on Your Wii

Wiibrew LogoA few weeks ago, an announcement was made the “Homebrew Channel” had been released for the Wii. What that is, is a channel for your Wii that allows you to boot homemade games, emulators, applications and demos on your Nintendo Wii. The channel is very well put together and looks very professional once it is installed.

It should be noted that this channel is not an official Nintendo release. This channel was developed by independent programmers, as is all of the software that can be run through the channel.

There is already quite a long list of programs that you can download and run through the Homebrew Channel. I have installed it on my Wii and am extremely impressed.

You can find all the pertinent information at WiiBrew.org.