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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Revision3 (Systm/thebroken) Announces CEO

Jay Adelson will be joining Revision3 Studios (our Systm/thebroken holding company) as Chairman and CEO. Jay is founder and Chief Technology Officer of Equinix, Inc. (nasdaq: EQIX). Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services for enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and network services providers.

Link Here

---DW
posted by UAB Tech Guy at 10:38 PM | link | 0 comments

Friday, May 27, 2005

PClinuxOS

After spending a few months with Kanotix Linux, which I considered to be one of the best Linux distributions I have used. I figured it was time to try out a new distribution, after doing my daily search on DistroWatch, I came across PClinuxOS, based on Mandrake-Mandriva Linux. I had tried this distribution once before, and really disliked it. It was hard to use, most of the programs did not load right off the live cd and the install to the hard drive did not work. Now there was a new updated version, so I gave it another shot, and good thing I did. This distribution is definitely worth checking out.

This distribution comes in three different forms. One with no proprietary video card driver included, one with the ATI proprietary driver, the other with the NVIDIA driver. I have an ATI X800 pro, so I downloaded the ATI ISO. As I started the system, it found my USB cable modem connection and Ethernet ports, and loaded up the fglrx driver. The distribution is a Live-cd which can also be installed to the hard drive. This is nice for when a rescue disk is needed. I went directly for the hard drive install, which went very smooth. Had all the functions needed to make an install nice and smooth. After it was done, I rebooted the system to load it up to my nice new Linux distribution.

However, after I rebooted into it, I faced many more problems. My USB connection to my cable modem was no longer working right. It would connect to the DHCP server, but not to the Internet. I could not figure out why, so I set up my Ethernet connection, which worked out fine. Also, my sound faced many issues. As I played some music in Amarok, the sound was just plain bad. I tried to tweak the settings and use different programs, but nothing worked. That is, until I went to the sound settings to see that it set my speaker configuration as Speakers 2.0. I have a subwoofer, so I changed it to speakers 2.1, and everything sounded fine. Also, a lot of the packages in this distribution are very outdated, for example KDE is version 3.3.2, not the new 3.4. Luckily for us, PClinuxOS included the RPM version of apt (which threw me off at first, as I usually use YUM for RPM distributions.) so it is very easy to update the system to all the new programs.

PClinuxOS includes Openoffice.org for all your office needs, Mozilla Firefox and konqueror for web browsing, and gaim or kopete for instant messaging. Also included are bit torrent programs, an easy to use control center to change system configurations, skype for VOIP, and more.

Overall, if you are looking for an easy to use distribution using the RPM Package system, this is the one to get. For a Debian system, get Kanotix.
innerlogic
posted by innerlogic at 7:33 AM | link | 0 comments

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Why, oh why...Nintendo will never die...

Nintendo.

That name stirs up a lot of emotion for pretty much every gamer. And rightfully so. Hiroshi Yamauchi and the rest of Nintendo Co. Ltd. did an outstanding job of bringing console gaming to the level it's at today. Unfortunately, we all know how Nintendo missed the boat with the Nintendo GameCube. But will Nintendo bounce back from their GameCube woes? Possibly. This year's E3 will have a lot to say about that. Revolution had better have on-line multi-player and DVD, or once again, it will be playing third fiddle to the PS3 and Xbox:360.

But enough with the rumors. It's time to look back at yester-year. Back when gamers would go to the arcades to meet up with friends, or head over to Timmy's house for an all night session of Super Mario Brothers. And, most importantly, a look at why, oh why, Nintendo will weather the storm of the console wars, no matter what the others throw at it.

Let's start off with something near and dear to my heart. Music. Everyone likes it in some form or fashion. We carry it around with us. We listen to it at work. We take it in the car. We listen to it to help us sleep. We use it for all sorts of things. And we reward people for it, or at least we're trying to.

But what about all those great songs that backed Nintendo games? Well, have no fear those great doots and hoots are no further than Google. I searched "Nintendo Music" and returned 4,690,000 hits! One of the hits, Nintendo Midi Music, has a great selection of music. From Zelda to Kid Icarus, Super Mario Bros. 3 to MegaMan, you can find just about every game on this site. I love it. I think I'll put on my Nintendo-themed desktop now.

Another hit, and truly a bit more impressive, is the Blindfolded Nintendo Piano Player. WOW, does not describe it. I sat through the entire 10 minutes awestruck, which is not easy to do. Even my boss at work recognized the songs. She had me e-mail her a link so she could pass it on to her son!

While we're on the subject of musical interpretations, let's not forget the choirs. Being a 5-year veteran of South Alabama show choirs, I know how much work and time usually goes into just 2 or 3 performances at the end of the year. And these guys and gals did it a capella!!! *Stands and claps* Outstanding job to all of you (especially the guy brave enough to yell out 'MORTAL KOMBAT')!!

But enough with the music! What will Nintendo bring to the table in the future? Well, at this year's E3, Nintendo really seemed to announce a bunch of nothing! Now don't go calling for my head just yet. Yes, I watched their news conference via the web. But to be perfectly honest, I'm not impressed! Let's take a look at some of what Nintendo actually did at E3.

Nintendo Micro
Where did this come from? Yes, I love the stylish look of it, the small size, and the back lit screen. But really, do we need ANOTHER Gameboy? Unless it's going to support mp3, it's just another play for Nintendo to try and suck the last little bit of cash out of a tired game system. Please, but the boy to rest and join up with the rest of the gaming industry.

Nintendo DS

Finally!!! Nintendo does something with an on-line multiplayer. With the ability to connect to pretty much ANY wifi hotspot, it seems that the DS may be the system to watch for Nintendo this year. And with games now starting to take advantage of the touch screen feature (Animal Crossing DS), DS might be able to compete with the Sony PSP (YEA RIGHT!).

Nintendo Revolution
Well, There's not much to talk about. All Nintendo decided to bring to E3 was the shell of the Revolution. While promising backwards compatibility and a service that will allow you to play ALL of Nintendo's games, even those from the good old days of NES, Nintendo decided not to "reveal it's hand just yet". Not even a glance at a controller. No one knows what to think of this move by Nintendo. But everyone IS placing them squarely behind Xbox 360 and PS3 in the next-gen console wars.

Any way you look at it, Nintendo is here to stay. The question everyone should be asking themselves now is, 'Will Nintendo continue to disappoint, or will it begin a new Revolution in the gaming industry? Nintendo was last place in the last console battle, will it be last again, or will it blow everyone away? We shall see, we shall see...
-UAB Tech Guy
posted by UAB Tech Guy at 10:36 AM | link | 2 comments

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

DVD's that could possibly hold up to 850 Gigs.

This was too cool to rip off from somewhere, so I’ll just link and give a quick rundown. A company called Iomega has received two patents that cover a specific use of nanotechnology to write the info to the disk. This in turn could allow DVD's to hold up to 100 times more than what they hold now. We'll see if they can get it working well enough for it to be commercially acceptable, but holy crap, if they do, who will need Blue-Ray? People aren't going to want to ditch out DVD's yet. I just don't believe they've lived out their cycle yet. I suppose only time will tell, but an 850 GB DVD will surely help their cause to hang around a bit longer.
Full Article

Ðoak
posted by TheGipper at 9:30 PM | link | 0 comments

PearPC

Ahh, good old PearPC. While most know of this emulation program to run the PPC architecture (for things like Mac OSX), not many have seen how much it has advanced in a matter of one year. Although the last version on the sourceforge site is at version 0.3.1 the CVS and "Pre 4.0" versions have been in the works. PearPC can now emulate G4 processors, and allows users to right click on the mouse and scroll (by a patch).

Now speed wise, don't expect this to replace a normal Mac. The emulation right now, while useable, is no where near "great". I have an AMD 2700++ Athlon 32 bit CPU and 1 gigabyte of ram, yet it still has lots of problems running it. It is very slow, loading programs can be quite a task, and from someone who uses Linux and Windows, it's quite a bit different to use OSX. However, just the fact that the people working on this project got the thing "running" is just insane, and how it's gotten more useable in such a short time is even more of an accomplishment.

Also note, OSX Tiger right now is "working" but not really. It will run on PearPC, but installing it is somewhat hard. The other OSX versions run fine however.

Also, check out pearpc.net for pre-0.4.0 downloads, CVS version's and guides on how to set up PearPC

PearPC is for Windows, MacOSX, Linux, even BeOS.
- innerlogic
posted by innerlogic at 6:44 PM | link | 0 comments

Greetings from the M guy

Well, I guess now would be a good time as any to formally introduce myself. With the busy schedule, you'll see a few opinion articles here from me, but mostly I'll be the BTS person typing up... well, let's just call them items for right now (psst... it's a secret!)

My name is Jake, but I'm probably better known as MrMiscellanious, the mean one on G4tv.com's forums, or the annoying one on Wikipedia. Right now, I'm focusing most of my free time on Wikinews, a great free source for freelance journalists, or amateurs looking to learn a few items of the trade. I've been most active in the Audio Wikinews subproject at Wikinews, mostly working with audio scripts.

I have 6 computers, Five desktops and one laptop. Two run Windows XP, one is running Slackware Linux 10, another running OpenBSD and the last is my nice little SPARC running Solaris 9. And of course, my modded Xbox also runs Xebian. I've been quite the fan of technology and electricity since an early age, and the one thing that fascinates me about the future is solar energy (which has already shown a great purpose to be a secondary energy source for low cost), which could in my crazy theories someday fuel us all - independent of coal burning.

But I'll save my ramblings for future items. Right now, the real people that deserve the attention are the posters that have posted before me.
mrmiscellanious
posted by mrmiscellanious at 4:33 PM | link | 0 comments

Monday, May 23, 2005

New writer on board!

And what a writer it is!

Hey everyone, this is InnerLogic (Because i'm scared that I will get rabid fans that will start calling my home and stalking my house if I give my real name ;-) ). I have done some game reviews and tech articles for websites and local newspapers before. I love to write about "tech" things because it makes me feel really damn smart for a short while. Untill I realise that all of you people who read it see right through the faux-ness of it. Then I get sad and sit in a corner, crying to myself. Then all of you will write back to me to tell me how bad you were and try to make me feel better.

It's a cycle. :-D

But really, I hope I can be of some help to all of you out there. Let me talk a "little" bit more about myself. I am a Linux-Distro Whore, I'm on distrowatch all the time wating for all the new Linux distro's to come out for me to try. I also like trying other OS's as they come out, like Zeta -BeOS (Which I have been a fan of for quite some time) and others. Also, I love playing games, Old and new. Give me a Intellivision over a Xbox anyday.

If you have any questions or comments, send it to innerlogic4321@gmail.com

innerlogic
posted by innerlogic at 5:17 PM | link | 0 comments

Introduction Thing.

Hi all. My name's Doak Gips, technology writer for The University Star in San Marcos, and now, writer here at Techspec. I do alot of gaming work, but love the tech just as much. If ya want to speak with me about something more than how much you hate me, drop me a line TheGipper08@gmail.com. Peace.

Ðoak
posted by TheGipper at 5:11 PM | link | 0 comments

Kevin Rose leaves G4

This is the final liberation; the last of TechTV has left the G4 building. A grand event, a grand event indeed!

Link
UAB Tech Guy
posted by UAB Tech Guy at 6:51 AM | link | 0 comments

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Introductions are in order...

Hello fellow tech junkies,

My name is Daniel and I will be sharing my tech knowledge w/ you via articles, links, and random bablings. This will be a wonderful and interesting venture. I hope that all you geeks out there in cyberspace will give us feedback on things that you would like to see us talk about. I'll take audio and text questions and answer them in a weekly "Questions" post. All you have to do is email them to me @ uabtechguy@gmail.com.

That's all I've got for now. I should have my first full blown article up no later than Monday. Until then you can check out my website, www.uabtechguy.com, and listen to my twice-weekly podcast.

Hasta Luego!!!
UAB Tech Guy
posted by UAB Tech Guy at 2:22 PM | link | 1 comments

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Firefox 1.0.4

Firefox 1.0.4 is now officially available!
Here's what's new in Firefox 1.0.4:

* Several security fixes.
* Fix to DHTML errors encountered at some web sites.
Click here to download
Phatlip12
posted by Phatlip12(administrator) at 8:52 AM | link | 0 comments

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Google DNS Error

I recently tried to get on Google and noticed that the site was down. Then I found out that Google had a DNS Error.
Example
Source:
mrmiscellanious from the G4tv forums
Phatlip12
posted by Phatlip12(administrator) at 4:31 PM | link | 1 comments