Archive for the ‘tech’ Category

Spore Part I

Finally, Will Wright and his cadre of demoscene hackers has created something that I’ve wanted since I first started playing games. Spore lets you take a species from molecule to intergalactic civilization an a free-form manner. The game is both evolutionary and revolutionary (and I use the latter term cautiously) in a number of ways.

Tag / Comment Support For Ogg Vorbis Files in WMP!

So I bought some music recently (hey, it IS my birthday!), in high quality Vorbis format, of course.The files had the appropriate metadata, of course. Rhythmbox displayed a lot of nice information, of course. Windows Media Player 10 didn’t. Of course. I’m used to MS stuff being a bit backward sometimes, but this had me […]

Plan9 from… Bell Labs

Clear! Plan9 had a bit of coverage on Slashdot, so I thought I’d share with you how to give it a test drive in Windows.

MPAA admits to unauthorized movie copying

A story like this HAS to be mentioned…

Cry Engine 2 and Crysis

Far Cry was, and still is, one of the best looking games to date. The huge outdoor environments and detailed murky indoor ones, set the mood fantasticly well, and made the experience great fun! An now, Crytek has come up with their next project, the Cry Engine 2, and the game to show it off […]

SiteAdvisor samples nearly 150,000 downloads for malware

The good folks at SiteAdvisor have put in a good bit of work in checking 140,000 downloads from over a million sites to find and rate the “best of the worst” sites and downloads when it comes to adware.

Valve gets hot over in-game ads

Any counterstrike player will be familiar with the experience of joining a server, loading up the map, and seeing a few changes. Like seeing a massive floating banner for whatever clan it is that runs the server. Normally these are just a minor irritation.

Oil Cooled PC

This is cool…very cool. See how some crazy German guys made their PC completely silent – they filled the case with 8 gallons of oil!

HD-DVD tech demo fails at CES

Microsoft’s Kevin Collins was surprised as a HD-DVD player he was demoing failed to work at CES yesterday. Of course, this isn’t the first time a Microsoft executive has been embarrassed at a tech demo (thanks to the ever-keen-to-bash-MS users at /. for the link!).

Microsoft releases more propaganda; some surprised

The folks at Microsoft’s “Linux and Open Source Lab” have done a ‘study‘ (and I use the term as loosely as possible here) to “dispel the myth that Linux will run on legacy hardware”. They claim their sudy shows more or less that Windows runs as well as Linux on legacy hardware. Interesting.