Blogging through Performancing Firefox extension

June 9, 2006 at 9:36 pm | Posted in General, Technology | 1 Comment

Hi peeps, I recently downloaded a Firefox extension called Performancing through which I can post blog entries, how awesome is that?  Anyways I’m just testing it out right now, I don’t even need to log into wordpress.com!  Anyway’s here’s the link if anyone’s interested.

Performancing.com | Helping Bloggers Succeed

Channel seven to show V8 Supercar’s next year.

May 28, 2006 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Cars | 1 Comment

Channel Seven have acquired the rights to show the V8 Supercar’s next year instead of Ten. If you follow the sport, you’ll know that Channel Ten has done quite a lot for it’s progression over the past 9 years or so. Now that seven has the rights, it’s a tad concerning, especially considering it’ll be conflicting with the footy for a time slot on Sunday afternoon. With any luck though, Seven will maintain Ten’s high level of quality in televising the V8 Supercar’s. From the article: “Ten will continue to cover MotoGP and Formula One and is expected to throw major new investment behind its F1 grand prix coverage.” Hopefully that means no more staying up til the early morning if you want to watch the F1. Who knows, maybe this move will give us the best of both world’s, good V8 coverage on Seven and good MotoGP and F1 coverage on Ten. We can only hope.

Security hole found it Symantec Antivirus v10.x

May 26, 2006 at 4:52 pm | Posted in General, Technology | Leave a comment

A huge security flaw has been found in Symantec Antivirus version 10.x (aka Norton Antivirus) which, if exploited, would allow teh h4x0rz (hackers) to take complete control of the target computer “without any user action”. How do you protect your machine from teh ‘sploitz? By deleting Symantec Antivirus, how do you like that for irony.

Apparently this gaping hole hasn’t been exploited yet… “Great, let’s advertise this unexploited security hole instead of reporting it to Symantec to get it fixed and see what happens” yes, lets. Lets indeed. I’ll be taking bets on how long until someone takes advantage of this.

If you are using any version of Symantec Antivirus, I would advise you to delete it and get a better antivirus program, like McAfee or even AVG Free (what I use), because Symantec is generally not a very good antivirus program. Of course, if you have your heart set on Symantec and are using v10.x I would advise that you at the very least uninstall it until a patch to fix this hole is released. If you’re using an earlier version it shouldn’t matter, as it appears this hole is only in v10. Great work Symantec.

Samsung releases PC with NAND flash based Solid State Drive

May 24, 2006 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Hardware, Technology | Leave a comment

What did I just say? That headline might not have meant much to you, but it’s representative of a step forward in mainstream data storage. Basically, Samsung are releasing a PC with a flash based 32GB Solid State Drive instead of a Hard Disk Drive… Yeh ok that’s pretty much what the headline said. Regardless, SSDs are faster, with a read time of 53MB/s (300% faster than HDD), 28MB/s write time (150% of HDD) and twice the shock resistance of Hard Drives (no moving parts = win). They’re also completely silent, compared to around 30dB produced by an average laptop.

This is the first time this type of data storage has been used in a PC. Read about it here.

Well, it’s official…

May 15, 2006 at 5:19 pm | Posted in General, Technology, Video Games | Leave a comment

Nintendo stole the show this year at E3. If you need proof, take a look at these videos from the show. The morning rush – guess where everyone’s headed. That’s right, everyone, every single person in that video was running, not walking, to the Nintendo booth. At the end you can see someone from Sony getting frustrated because noone was interested in PS3. At least now I know why they felt they needed to steal Nintendo’s idea (in case you don’t know, Sony announced a week or two ago that they’ve put a motion sensor in their controllers…).

If that’s not enough, check out this video of the line-up to play Wii for, what, two minutes maybe? In case you can’t be bothered clicking the link or are on dialup or something, I’ll just explain that the video is a walk from the start to the end of the lineup and goes for four and a half minutes. Apparently at one point the lineup took four hours to get through.

Looks like Nintendo’s back.

A gaming wheel with a full six-speed gearbox?

May 15, 2006 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Technology, Video Games | 3 Comments

You read that right. Logitech are releasing a racing wheel for PC, the Logitech G25 with a full six-speed manual gearbox and clutch pedal.

It’s the most advanced gaming wheel ever made, you can even heel-and-toe downshift with it. Of course, it comes at a price… US$300. Apparently it’s also compatible with PS2. I assume you plug it in through USB, so here’s hoping it’ll be compatible with 360 as well, not that I have one, but it’d be cool. Forza Motorsport 2, I’m looking in your direction.

By the way, I was going to post this yesterday, but for some reason wordpress.com wasn’t letting me log in… I suppose it doesn’t really matter, noone reads this thing anyway 😛

Well, it’s that time of year again

May 10, 2006 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Technology, Video Games | 2 Comments

For those of you who don’t know, E3, the Electronics Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles just started. It’s pretty much the biggest video games expo in the world, unfortunately it’s only open to the press, but a lot of the stuff that’s shown there (considering that a lot of it is actually trailers and screenshots) is available online anyway. Its the place were heaps of games are announced and shown every year, and this year’s no different. Particularly impressive, to me, is the Nintendo Wii, formerly known as Revolution. In case you don’t know by now, in which case you should be slapped particularly hard around the face, the Wii is Nintendo’s new console. What makes it especially different is the controller, which has 3 dimensional motion sensing, meaning it senses movements left, right, up, down, forwards, backwards and even twists. It was announced a few months ago, but now some games have finally been announced, showing off what the system’s really capable of. If you’re interested, visit the Nintendo Wii Homepage to find out all about it.

It really is looking to be incredibly fun, and the next big thing in console gaming, in my opinion. ExciteTruck, Super Mario Galaxy, Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Wii Sports, all of the titles announced so far look incredibly fun and I’m interested to see how they turn out.

Oh, by the way, I’ve decided that Jake is the biggest Nintendo Flameboy that I know. Whether or not you know who he is, he hates Nintendo for no good reason and keeps finding bad things with their products, which are actually good things in most cases… Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest. Ignore him if he posts rubbish on here; make up your own decision about it, and everything, for that matter :P.

Edit: wow – Flameboy Jake just decided that the Wii “looks alright”. Progress, people, progress. 😛

Pandora

May 3, 2006 at 2:05 am | Posted in Music, Technology | 6 Comments

I recently discovered a web service called Pandora. It’s currently the best way of discovering new music that I know of. How it works is, you type in the name of a band you like and it streams music in a similar style, by an assortment of artists. I’m just playing around with it now, so check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Hello

May 2, 2006 at 11:24 am | Posted in General | 1 Comment

Well this is my first post on my new blog. Hi everybody. Anybody? Ah well, I’ll try to keep my blog updated every now and then but don’t be surprised if I don’t update it very much, I’ve been pretty busy lately. Anyways kthxbye.

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