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Random New Stuff

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 20, 2008

Since the last time I posted, Microsoft has released an updated Live Suite. The programs are quite polished and very stable. It seems that I’m always living in the Beta/Release Canidate State. It will not be too long before This “Wave 3” seems old and out dated compared to what the future holds.

http://download.live.com is where you can get the goods.

 

Scythe Fans

One of my case fans died, I would not have noticed if my Western Digital Raptor did not die. I replaced it with a fan that should last next to forever. http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/002/sflex_detail.html Scythe uses some Sony Fluid Dynamic Bearing Technology, as a result the fan will last forever and is quite quiet while pushing a lot of air.

Velociraptor

It is well known that the hard drive is the slowest part of your PC, so I figure why not buy the fastest hard drive. Currently Western Digital Stands alone (Ignoring SSDs, which would be fun to play with, but are quite expensive) with their 10,000 RPM Enterprise Grade SATA hard drives. Their latest line dubbed “Velociraptor”.

I tell you, there is a night a day difference between using a standard 7200RPM hard drive and a 10,000 hard drive for your OS. Things just seem snappier. An early Christmas present replaced my dead Western Digital Raptor with a Velociraptor. Sadly, my original raptor had a short life, barely over a year, kind of lame. I think another hard drive manufacture needs to step in and provide some competition here.

Bottom line, if you are looking for an great upgrade for speed, the 10,000 RPM hard drives are not a gimmick, they really make a difference.

Fear 2

I love F.E.A.R. , it is probably one of the best games I’ve ever played. The single player was fun, the AI was great, and the slo mo was done quite well. Plus the game was pretty scary, kept you on edge. Sierra also decided to make a free multi player version of F.E.A.R. available, F.E.A.R. Combat. That was quite fun as well. Now adays the game is kind of old and neglected.

Wonderfully, F.E.A.R. 2 will be here soon. Looks like the Multiplayer is getting more attention this time. I loved the Multiplayer before, because of the gun feel and beauty of the game, but now this only adds to the greatness.

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/fear2/news.html?sid=6202574&mode=previews&om_act=convert&om_clk=previews&tag=previews;title;2

The Armor looks interesting. The gameplay should be best as just a normal first person super soldier though.

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More Screenies.

Can’t wait. The game is released February 10th.

I am of course getting it for the PC, as should you!

Windows 7

As you may have heard, Windows 7 Beta invites were sent out. I think this is an exciting time for Windows, things only can and will get better.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/

(Image from WinSuperSite)

7’s libraries and New Taskbar are great usability enhancements, also something that I bet will create a lot of resistance.

I never thought Vista was slow, but from what I hear, 7 will blow it away in terms of speed.

Tooth Fragment Extraction

Well, I am glad that I have no tooth extraction issues. I had a fragment left over from my wisdom tooth extraction a few years ago, I finally had it taken out. It is quite painless, though I cannot chew on that area. I will spare you any pictures of such procedures.

Foxit eSlick

Foxit, out of all companies, released a new e-book reader, the eSlick.

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/ebook/

This e-book device, eSlick, is priced at $229.99 for direct purchase ($259.99 retail), quite competitive compared to Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader at $359 or Sony’s PRS-700BC e-book reader at $399.

Screen: 6" E Ink® Vizplex screen 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 166 dpi, 4-level gray scale
Size: 7.4" x 4.7" x 0.4" (188×118×9.2mm)
Weight: 6.4 ounces (180g) battery included
Color: Black/Gray/White
Connectivity: USB2.0
Operating System: Embedded Linux
Supported Formats:
– eBook Formats: PDF, TXT, Any printable document(after converted to PDF using included software)
– Sound Formats: MP3
Internal Memory: 128MB
Storage Memory: SD Card (2GB included. Supports up to 4GB)
Expandability: SD card slot
Controls:
Buttons "ON/OFF", "Up ", "Down", "Right ", "Left", "Enter ", "Delete", "Menu", "Music".
Plugs: Euro 2Pin, UK 3Pin, US 2Pin
Battery:
Rechargeable Lithium-Battery
Processor:
Samsung® S3C2440 ARM 400MHz

I wonder if this can replace my heavy book bag of books. I just do not know how it would work out, but it would certainly be welcome.

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Call Of Duty Godliness

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

So Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty World at War seem to work well with me…

This is mainly a post to test out Skydrive’s new Slideshow Pictures feature. Works quite well.

http://cid-0b55a365b7176d9f.skydrive.live.com/play.aspx/Game%20Screenshots/Call%20of%20Duty?ref=1

Transitioning

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

I am currently switching from my old “Live Passport” Account to my new one. I am trying to keep this blog cleaner and more simplified.

My Old Blog is located at http://trix-rox.spaces.live.com/

I need a good unused url name…. http://<Something>.spaces.live.com

Any ideas?

Windows Live Spaces was updated, along with a lot of other neat things. I plan to actively use the following.

http://home.live.com

http://profiles.live.com

http://groups.live.com

http://skydrive.live.com

Check them out…

Being Sick Sucks

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

I got some random viral infection, either the Flu or Viral Bronchitis, either of which last 2 to 3 weeks, and in some cases months :(.

Anyways it causes heartburn, but I can’t take my bismuth infested friend Pepto Bismol, it has a Reyes Syndrome warning with all viruses.

I want to post some more videos of this new PC from Max/Microsoft, a few benches and stuff on power consumption. The power consumption I’d have to say is top notch with a 45nm processor and a 55nm videocard.

Trix Gets a PC

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

Lookie what showed up 😉

From here http://channel8.msdn.com/Posts/2019/

To

SNOW

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

First it was.

Live Doppler 10 chief meteorologist Chris Bradley said that the watch may soon be upgraded to a warning soon.
Bradley is checking two computer models. One predicts between 3 to 6 inches in the Columbus area. The other model predicts us getting about 12 inches of snow.

Then it was.

The largest snowfall potential we’ve seen in years is moving into central Ohio.
Live Doppler 10 meteorologist Mike Davis said that the National Weather Service is calling between 12 to 15 inches of total snow accumulation for Friday and Saturday.

I’m going to be stuck, I’m going to skip class. What a day I woke up to.

Brandon’s 1 inch guarantee is 10 inches. My last prediction of our last  storm was 1-2, and we got 1.5, I’m feeling meteorology might be my calling in life 😉

Free software…for students

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008
There is some great applications/tools that Microsoft is giving away to students…I really suggest some of you guys just play around with this stuff.
 
https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/
 
Channel8 has been on a roll lately.
 
Also over at Channel9, there was a post about Microsoft opening up some of their protocols, this is nuts!
 
http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=384839

I can’t believe it….

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008
Well guys today something amazing happened, I took a really crappy chemistry exam and I won a super sweet PC!!!
 
This thing is completely nuts.
 

· The Case: Antec 182B
· The CPU: Intel QX9650
· The Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6 (rev 1.1 if I can) ***this was out of stock so I went with the Asus P5E
· The RAM: Corsair 2 Gigs ***Since the Motherboard was a DDR2 based system, I decided to go with Kingston 4GB instead of just 2
· The Hard Disks: Western Digital Raptor and Backup Drive
· The Graphics Card: ATi 3870 series
· The Optical Drives: A draw… I decided to go with a DVD burner, no HD or BluRay
· The Input Devices: Logitech MX Revolution and Microsoft Reclusa
· Monitor: HP w2207

http://channel8.msdn.com/Posts/2019/

I suggest you guys enter the next series of contests…at C8. C8 is a Microsoft website targeted towards students.

Anyways, I can’t wait to get this baby…wanna try some video editing, soundbooth, some photoshop, Autodesk Inventor, some math programs, Excel calculations (that are complicated).

What else can one do with this sheer power?

Vista SP1, the cleanest install

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

Now that Vista SP1 is finalized, it is a good time to do some spring cleanup and start from scratch with Microsoft’s newest code. Overtime installing trials and random programs, lots of files get left behind so, might as well start from scratch. Below is just a quick guide of how to install SP1 pretty cleanly.

 

When SP1 is available to the general public, I’d recommend getting the standalone update exes. Burn x86, x64 or both onto a DVD.

Backup all users files and important documents, get them off your hard drive. I use http://skydrive.live.com to store keys and documents.

Insert your Vista disk, boot off DVD and format and install as usual. After about 15 minutes it will ask you to type in a username and password, don’t do that instead press "ctrl-shift F3", your screen will go black and your computer will reboot into "audit mode", this will allow us to install stuff before making a user name. Do not close out the Sysprep screen that comes up, just leave it alone and ignore it.

From here, insert your burnt SP1 setup files, and go ahead and run it. It will take probably about 30 minutes, it rolls up all the Windows updates to date along with a new kernel which has been tweaked for Windows Server 2008, which brings some performance improvements, so it takes a bit.

After SP1 is finished installing, the computer should have booted back into "audit mode" with a confirmation saying SP1 installed successfully along with the sysprep window. One more step, press your windows key + r, or go to the run box, and type "vsp1cln" and cleanup the temporary files SP1 has left behind.

Once that is finished, go to the sysprep window, set it to reboot into OOBE do not check generalize and click ok to reboot. You will then setup your user account and such on the next reboot, from there you can install your drivers and programs.

The reason I do my install this way, is because there is no clean method of integrating SP1 into the Vista DVD, plus Microsoft has identified a few device drivers that would fail after the Vista SP1 install. This is a problem with some driver makers, and not Microsoft. A simple reinstall of the drivers fixes this, but if you install SP1 before you install drivers, you will not run into that issue.

Now my personal experience with SP1 has been great, it is quite a bit faster, things just seem snappier.

Zune Update = Awesome

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on December 5, 2008

During the Summer I bought myself a Zune, mainly because I didn’t want to deal with itunes. It has never gotten that great of reviews, but I never had any problems with it. My only complaint was that it didn’t support podcasting.

Today Microsoft released a new update for the Zune, that updates both the onboard firmware and the client side software, and boy does this change the whole experience.

Check me out at the social http://social.zune.net/member/Trix+rox0rs