Tech

360 Reasons To Play

So, now that I have my lounge wired networking sorted out, the ground was prepared for my 360 purchase. I was going to wait until between Christmas and New Year before purchasing it, because I put all the games I wanted on my xmas list so people could choose from it, and thus I didn’t want to buy any ‘bundle’ that included games (I’d seen some with Halo 3 and Assassins Creed for example) until I knew what people had got me.

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It's networking Jim, but not as we know it

As regular readers will already know, I recently made my choice between 360 and PS3, in favour of the 360 (on the basis of the view that right here and now, it best matches the gaming experience I’m personally looking for). After that it really just came down to practicalities, and one of the things about the 360 is that it has no built-in wireless. An odd decision in hindsight, I can only assume that it was decided early on when the machine was being designed, and that they couldn’t add it in later without having major space or shielding issues - certainly the cost of a wireless chipset is low enough now not to be an issue, so I assume it’s a design problem related to fitting wireless in with the other components.

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LEDs never get old

Like any self-respecting geek, I like gadgets, and I like LEDs. They just add something to every occasion, whether it’s christmas decorations, keys, desktop toys. They’re like chocolate sprinkles - there’s nothing they can’t improve. I have two new LED-bristling gadgets in my household this week, so I’m happy as a pig in.. well, you know. **Powerball Neon Pro ** An implulse purchase this one, I just happened to come across it as I was buying something else.

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Monkeyshines nostalgia

When we were 7 or 8, my best friend got a Philips Videopac G7000, otherwise known across the pond as the Magnavox Odyssey 2, although I didn’t make that mental connection until fairly recently. At the time it was the awesomest thing on the planet, with so many games all in decorative, oddly sequentially numbered boxes. Compared to the only-recently-colour TV games we’d survived on before, supplemented of course with expensive bouts of Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac Man in the arcades (this was pre-Gorf for goodness sakes!

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Hardware!

Well, the ‘flu’s after-effects are certainly dragging on and I still feel like I have a nasty cold, but I have at least been able to return to work and start catching up, with the Ogre forums too. One of the other things that’s been on the back burner is that I’ve needed to revamp my ATI test rig, which also doubles up as my wife’s machine when she uses it.

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Androids dream of phones, not sheep

I’m just catching up with the news of a day or so ago, so feel free to yawn and comment on how slow I am on the uptake 😀I don’t particularly watch the phone market that closely, because I own a fairly simple phone right now, but I’ve been intrigued like most people about the fact that Google paid a lot of money to secure a segment of the newly available section of the wireless spectrum from the FCC, and had been testing all kinds of phone tech.

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What do you know, other OS's have teething problems too

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I’m pretty unimpressed with Vista, whether it’s the ham-fisted UAC implementation, the ‘burn resources for zero practical benefit’ attitude of Aero and the generally derivative nature of most of its enhancements. As an OS it rates very much in the ‘could do better’ camp, and when measured against a 5-year development cycle it edges into ‘what the bloody hell have you all been doing?

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Lightning 0.7 (Thunderbird calendar add-on)

Thunderbird has been my primary email tool on all platforms for some years now, and the relatively recent version 2.0 update was great. Let’s face it, Outlook is one of those tired old applications that was worth some money in bygone years, but email is so ubiquitous and commoditised now that pretending you can add real value in a commercial application without doing anything radical is frankly ludicrous. Its popularity continues to stem mostly from unimaginitive corporate policy, bundling with Excel & Word, and ongoing Exchange Server lock-in, and the associated spill-over into home buying preferences.

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Schrödinger's Mac

My MacBook Pro appears to now be in a state of quantum flux. As previously mentioned it worked fine yesterady when I took it in, and indeed I used it for most of the morning (testing) and most of the evening (doing some Dx10 work). This morning though, it was back to the same problem so I took it in again to demonstrate it. As if to mock me, whilst it at least demonstrated the problem on boot up, as I was filling the incident report form in and it was sitting idly on the desk untouched next to me, it suddenly decided to right itself.

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MacBook Pro Lives!

Typical. Not unwelcome, but still typical. After experimenting multiple times with my broken MacBook Pro last night, I’d given up and first thing this morning I took it to my local Apple reseller, iQ (actually there are 2 in the island, but iQ are ‘Premier’ resellers and that’s where I bought it). I was explaining the problem and fired the machine up, and what do you know, it was fine. 😕

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