Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Windows XP SP3 due March '08

Not only is Windows XP Service Pack 3 alive and kicking, but Microsoft also managed to leak details about what the refresh will contain. The Redmond Company's policy when it comes down to future releases of the Windows platform is to gag all details. XP SP3 is old news for Microsoft. And with the general availability of Windows Vista it was pushed to the background. But in all fairness, Microsoft never confirmed the cancellation of the third service pack for Windows XP. The company only scrapped it out of sight and under the rug with repeated delays. More...

Taken from Softpedia XP SP3 Article

Monday, November 5, 2007

Google buys

In it's attempt to make it easier for Chinese user to access Google, Google recently purchased the domain This isn't the first time Google had to compromise for China. Google had to remove certain content form their search engine results to conform to China's policies. More...

Here's Tux (Linux mascot) in all his glory as a huge LEGO model. Everybody loves penguins right?

picture taken from ericharshbarger

Monday, September 24, 2007

The first Brian Lam Halo 3 Swag Video!

To those who weren't able to watch the video in Gizmodo (the video was taken down) and are stuck with Brian Lam's Rebagging (with the apology) video. You can also view the video in Gizmodo's Australian site here. For you YouTube lovers here's the link.

I personally don't mind that Brian throws the stuff around. Most of them where in their packaging and wouldn't suffer any damage anyway. And c'mon... It's not like its our swag bag to touch and cherish right??? Give the man a break!

The Linux Base File Structure

Click here or the picture itself to enlarge the picture.

If Apple Never Existed

A great read, found it while searching Digg, enjoy!

Loyd Case - ExtremeTech Sun Sep 23, 8:20 PM ET

Back in 2005, I wrote a column depicting a day in a fictitious world without Microsoft. Now I want to turn the tables and imagine a world without Apple.


I arrive at the office, courier bag slung over one shoulder, Peet's coffee in one hand. It feels earlier than it is, probably because I'd been working on deadline until late in the evening.

The problem with writing about home computers is keeping track of all of them. There are times I wish a single home computer standard existed, but that's a pipe dream. Still, HC's have come a long way since the early days of the Altair and Compupro boxes.

When I arrive at the office, several large boxes are awaiting me. The new Harmon Kardon home entertainment computer is in one of the boxes. Harmon is trying to establish a new category, the "HEC". I say, to HEC with it. Who wants to get locked into one type of media, when the CD is perfectly adequate? The Harmon PR rep had spoken eloquently about how transferring the music from a CD to the magneto-optical drive built into the Harmon HEC meant you could have as many as thirty CDs on tap at any one time. But once in the HEC, you couldn't get the music out, locking you into Harmon gear forever.

I plopped myself down at my desk and pulled out the Tandy NB5000 portable computer. It's a neat device, not much bigger than a large paper notebook, with an 80-column LCD screen. It had been a long, arduous process getting the Ziff-Davis IT department to approve the Radio Shack NBCs. Apparently, buying the utility software to convert the text format to something the DEC minicomputers could recognize was expensive.

I found myself wishing that one of the big computer companies had dived into the market for HCs, but alas, they had ceded the territory to the big consumer electronics companies. Sony, Toshiba, NEC and others had gobbled up companies like Amiga, Atari, and the various CP/M hardware companies in the late 1980's, and proceeded to deliver dozens of different HCs. It was really a hobbyists dream and nightmare both. All the different devices were pretty cool—except that getting your data from one to another was a real mess.

This was all exacerbated by the dozen or so companies building microprocessors for HCs, all of which had different instruction sets, different word lengths and different bit order. But it was job security for writers like me, who could make sense of it all to end users. No one company had gained enough traction to set a single standard.

I read over my roundup on the latest 200MB magneto-optical drives, then transferred it to the 5MB floppy built into the side of the NBC. The NEC unit was clearly best, but Sony's was a close second, due to its support for both the standard 200MB format and a Sony proprietary format that was also 200MB. However, the proprietary format could store up to twenty minutes of video, making it a sort of poor man's Laserdisc. I popped out the floppy drive and walked over to our production team.

The roundup needed to be edited, then formatted for the various electronic mail blasts as well as the print version. We had four people dedicated to reformatting the text into formats that the various mail readers on the several dozen HCs could understand.

I returned to my office just as the phone rang. It was Steve, a PR rep from a new company starting up Santa Clara. "Hey, we have a pretty neat gadget. It's about the size of a cassette Walkman, but uses a tiny MO drive to hold three hours of music. It only weighs about eight ounces. Want to check it out?"

"Sure," I said. "Might be a cool gadget for our holiday gift guide."

"One other thing. I've picked up a new account. They're building these HCs using off-the-shelf components and the same magnetic disk technology used in minicomputers and mainframes. It even runs a kind of UNIX."

I sighed. "How much does it cost."

"That's the great part. It's under $10,000."

"Steve, that's too much for most families."

"Hey, it's really cool. You know, Loyd, you've got to learn to think different."

You might wonder how this rather bleak scenario might exist if Apple had never come to pass. Despite not being a Mac user, it's my belief that Apple acted as a catalyst for the industry. Prior to Apple, there were a host of home computers and business-oriented PCs, either running proprietary operating systems or some variant of CP/M. But even CP/M machines often couldn't talk to each other.

Had there never been an Apple, the IBM PC may never have emerged, which then set off the tidal wave of innovation + standardization that allows us to have cheap PC technology today. Apple has had a tremendous impact, both directly through its suberb industrial design and efforts to simplify technology, and indirectly, by stimulating competition that eventually resulted in the PC ecosystem we have today. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

We're not sure what's wrong with the old drugs-up-the-anus technique, but a Malaysian businessman tried to smuggle 2 kg worth of heroin inside two laptops. Where he went wrong was using two incredibly old laptops instead of something current, and well, looking suspicious while he did his smuggling thing. The airport officials took his stuff, X-rayed it, and found five plastic packs with said heroin inside. Why this cheap bastard couldn't spring for some gigantic Alienware laptops that are already heavy is anyone's guess. [Zjol via Spluch]

(Gizmodo Article By Jason Chen)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Microsoft to Disclose Windows Secrets to Developers!

Computer users were promised better and cheaper products yesterday after Microsoft lost a three-year European legal battle.

In a ruling described as a major victory by consumer groups, a Brussels court confirmed that the software giant must make it easier for rival systems to work with its Windows operating system.

It means that Microsoft must disclose its secret computer codes to enable rival companies' gadgets such as media players to work seamlessly with Windows personal computers when downloading songs and videos.

The European Court of First Instance, the EU's second-highest court, also ruled that the world's biggest software company must pay a £343 million fine imposed in 2004 by the watchdog European Commission when it ruled that Microsoft abused its near-monopoly position to freeze out competitors.

Jim Murray of BEUC, a consumer organisation, said:

The decision should bring more competition in the market and more incentive for other companies - and for Microsoft - to offer improved products and services at a competitive price.

(Taken from Daily Mail's Article)

Chinese Man dies due to 3 days of continuous gaming!

Another death from gaming too much... A 30-year old Chinese man from the Chinese city of Guangzhou died last Saturday in an internet cafe due to exhaustion. Chinese officials claim that the man's death was brought about by 3 day of continuous Internet gaming, prompting the other clients to flee the Internet cafe after witnessing the man's death.

Shame really... People have to learn that everything must be done in moderation, and that was ancient Greek philosophy, yet we still fail to apply it to our lives.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yowza Vlog! The Review!

Yowza Vlog is one video blog (Vlog) you shouldn't miss! Designed and developed by the very talented Nico Cardenas, a member of the locally renowned PhilWeavers (group of proven and talented Filipino Flash Developers), the Yowza Vlog features a sleek looking interface, accessible components that are easy on the eyes and to my knowledge, is part Nico's latest site iteration soon to be released summer 2008. You can check out the portal here.

The jewel of the Vlog is the cute looking panda/teddy bearish looking TV. The TV allows you to watch (duh) select on-site movies, all with a fully functioning player. Yowza also allows you to download the movies, I don't know if they're freely distributable elsewhere, buy hey! =P

The Vlog features a fully working comment box situated in the upper right corner, along with links to select blogs. If you happen to pass by, be sure to leave your comments! One thing that caught my eye, was the login textboxes on top, but there doesn't seem to be a registration link anywhere! Pending work I suppose!

Scrolling down (which is a bit of a chore because the mouse wheel scroll event listeners don't seem to be implemented yet) you get the other half of the Vlog, the blog per se! There are some posts on a wide variety of articles like Transformers, gaming and gaming lifestyle articles, technology, and a whole lot more to keep prospective readers busy for a while. Beside the blog posts, are the video archives of Yowza. Here you could browse through the archived videos, aptly categorized as technology, animation, and gaming.

To be fair, I'm going to release the inner critic in me. Maybe the vlog would look better if the video content and the blog could be displayed side by side, so users won't have to scroll down to much. And maybe the comment box could be placed in it's own column, along with ads and other quick browse stuff. Lastly, the video information would look better if it were coupled with the now playing area. That way, it would save some space and still keep it's aesthetic look.

Phew! That's it! Keep it up Nico! =)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mario's Latest Adventure

After almost five years of relative inactivity, Mario is back for a new adventure, this time you get to use the Wii! Super Mario Galaxy is set for release on Nov 12, 2007.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Self Playing Mario Level (Video)

The Only Mario Level That Plays Itself - Watch more free videos

Check out this cool video of a Mario level where Mario gets through the level without user intervention.

NoPoPo - Pee Powered Batteries!

The Japanese have done it again! Another wacky invention to add to their already wacky portfolio is the NoPoPo (No-Pollution Power) Battery! Powered by fluids containing ions (your urine, blood, sweat, etc.) the battery can last up to ten years with a capacity of 500mAh. If it runs out of energy, what do you do? Pee on it! =)

(Original Post)
(Aqua Power Systems)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Apple iPod Touch!

With the relative success of the iPhone, Apple is now set to release it's latest iPod iteration, featuring the iPhone's touchscreen technology! At 3.5 inches, the widescreen display lets you feast on movies and browse through your pictures and album pictures without sacrificing too much quality! Not bad for something so small! The iPod touch also features a fully working Safari browser, and note that Apple has sign a deal with Starbucks to allow the iPod touch unlimited access to their Wi-Fi network!

With the release of the iPod Touch, Apple felt it was time to revamp the iPod line. Consolidating the iPod Video and the other iPods to one name and a quick design change here and there, Apple renames it to the iPod Classic. Although the Nano retains it name, it design changes a bit. Check out the image below for the changes.


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Google Earth Flight Simulator (with Video)

A cool flight simulator has recently been discovered in Google Earth. Oh C'mon you say? You can check it out yourself by pressing the following key combination: CTRL+ALT+A. The flight simulator features two planes to try, a F-16 jet and a SR22 prop plane. Although the simulator may not be as good in terms of flight physics or the other features you normal see in flight sims, Google's flight sim is good enough for me because it already features a primitive (and functional) HUD and you get to experience Google Earth better by skimming through the great looking scenery and landmarks.

The HP Virtus!

HP is currently keeping their new Virtus Desktop details under wraps, but Engadget has managed to get some cool looking picture leaks! For more pictures check out Engadgets article on the HP Virtus!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Darth Vader... Transformer?

This is one hot looking transformer, and yet not your run of the mill transformer! This is the uber bad ass of the Star Wars myth brought to you be Hasbro! Darth Vader himself transforming to the equally infamous Death Star! This beats Unicron any day hands down! God I'm such a nerd! =D

The toy is currently on a pre-order basis in Amazon, order your very own here for $49.99! Or you can check out Hasbro's Transformer line here.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Microsoft's New Sidewinder Mouse

A mouse may not seem like the typical gamer upgrade since mice are point and click hardware right? Wrong! For the really serious gamers, a good gaming mouse can really improve your gaming experience assuming that you make use of the gaming mouse features. To pre-order your own Sidewinder, Amazon is currently accepting pre-orders for $79.99. Check it out here.

The Sidewinder's main features from Microsoft:

Shape Designed for Handling
The unique shape and button positions are engineered for fast, comfortable, precise gaming action.

On-the-Fly DPI Switching
Three buttons instantly switch between DPI 400, 800, and 2000—or you can customize settings using special software.

First-Ever LCD Display on a Mouse
DPI settings and macro recording icons are displayed on the mouse to reduce on-screen interference.

Cable Anchor + Accessories Storage Box
Enjoy wired performance with the feel of wireless, easily adjust your cable configuration, and conveniently stow away your accessories.

Quick Launch Button
One-touch takes you to Games Explorer in Windows Vista. Easily access your games on your PC.

5 Programmable Main Buttons
Customize your main gaming buttons to your preference.

Advanced Gaming Software
Buttons and switches can be assigned on the fly, you can program macros and profiles, and game settings can be customized for fast action.

Engineered for Speed

  • Resolution: 2000 dpi
  • Image Processing: 7080 frames per second
  • Max Acceleration: 20 G
  • Max Speed: 45 inches per second
  • USB reporting: 500 Hz
  • Glide 3 sets of different mouse feet (for glide preference)
  • Buttons (Left/Right): 9 million clicks
Replaceable Mouse Feet
Choice of three different materials for glide preference.

Wide Metal Scroll Wheel
Better feel and response with detent clicking action.

Vertical Metal Side Buttons
The top/bottom design makes locating the side buttons easier and reduces the inadvertent actuation risk.

Adjustable Mouse Weights
Select your preference of mouse weight with the included 4 weights, giving you the choice to adjust your mouse weight anywhere between 5 and 30 grams in 5 gram increments.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

iPhone Hacked by 17 year old in 500 hours!

Here's George Hotz interview on how he hacked the iPhone to use another carrier instead of AT&T! This George really inspires me! Being only 17 years old and he gets to crack the iPhone, and here I am 20 years old with a college degree and almost worthless to the world! By the way, George traded a second cracked iPhone to the Co-Founder of CertiCell for a brand new Nissan 350Z, three 8GB iPhones, and a consulting job in CertiCell!

Crazy Windows-Based Messages!

Really crazy Windows messages, no wonder there are more Linux converts! Enjoy! Click on Read More for more crazy Windows messages!

Thanks Microsoft...

Hmmm.... I see...

My Favorite!

read more | digg story

Digg Arc

From Digg Lab's:

Digg Arc displays stories, topics, and containers wrapped around a sphere. Arcs trail users as they digg stories across topics. Stories with more diggs make thicker arcs.

A really great looking flash movie showing active Diggs updated and added on the fly by by users! I video captured 2 minutes worth of video and saved it as a MOV for both PC and Mac users. Check it out yourself here!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nokia Issues Recall for it's BL-5C batteries!

To users of the following Nokia mobile phones and accesories:

Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60, Nokia Wireless GPS Module LD-1W, Nokia Wireless GPS Module LD-3W

Please be aware that Nokia has recently issued a product advisory on it's BL-5C battery warning consumers that there have been reports of the battery over heating and short circuiting while charging, dislodging the battery from the phone. There have already been approximately 100 incidents globally.

To check if your battery is under risk, check out Nokia's battery replacement page.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Scientists Create Paper-Thin, Flexible, Biodegradable Battery

Part of the problem with designing flexible batteries and supercapacitors has always been the necessity of layering such devices. Typically, two electrode layers sandwich two charge-holding layers, with an insulating layer in the middle of it all. As the layers build up, flexibility goes out the window.

read more | digg story

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Useless stuff about me!

I happen to stumble upon BlogThings, a repository of quirky quizzes that determine your personality and relate them to a certain item. Here are some of mine:

You Are 70% Boyish and 30% Girlish

You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.

You Are Chinese Food

Exotic yet ordinary.
People think they've had enough of you, but they're back for more in an hour.

What Your Latte Says About You

You don't treat yourself very often. You find that indulging doesn't jibe with your very disciplined life.

You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.

Intense and energetic, you aren't completely happy unless you are bouncing off the walls.

You're addicted to caffeine. There's no denying it.

You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You're occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.

You are honest and genuine, but you are never tactless.

Your Fragrance Profile

The best calming fragrance: jasmine
The best fragrance for everyday wear: sandalwood
The best fragrance to boost your sex appeal: rose
The best fragrance for energy: peppermint

Sunday, August 12, 2007

If GOD was a Programmer

Crazy program authored by "God"! A really enjoyable read! Check out the source of the page to review the "Code"! =D

read more | digg story

Solar Powered Mouse?

Although still in the testing phase, the solar powered mouse promises to reduce power consumption by relying on natural light to power it.

read more | digg story

Windows XP: The OS that won't die?

"Due to the longevity of Windows XP Professional, it has become necessary to produce more product keys for system builders in order to support the continued availability of Windows XP Professional through the scheduled system builder channel end-of-life date," wrote the Microsoft system builder team on its blog yesterday.

To supply consumers with more XP, Microsoft will be issuing XP SP2c. No, there won't be any major changes from SP2 or any knowledge base updates, the SP2c designation will be used only for the distribution of the new batches of XP.

read more | digg story

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Early Christmas Shopping? Get Great Discounts here!

With Christmas looming, why wait for November or December to buy your loved ones and relatives their presents? Why endure the long lines and crowded malls? Why wait for the Christmas season sale? Why go through all these when you could avail of Coupon Chief's offers to get really great discounts on all kinds of great stuff!

My Family Christmas Wish list:

Dad: I know he loves watches and the ones with great utility features, so a great product line would be Reebok. A great brand with a lot of stylish goods with great features.

Mom: My mom is into fitness. She stays in great shape with a rigid diet and discipline. A great gift idea would be the Vitamin Shoppe, a great place to get your daily supplements as well as other healthy lifestyle products.

My Sister: My Sister loves books! Whenever I visit her room, I always see her nose buried in a book! So naturally a great site to get great deals (coupled with coupons) would be Amazon.

My Brother: My brother on the other hand values his shoes! He likes buying a lot of shoes of all occasions, on for his skateboarding, one for his school, and about three for casual occasions. For casual and sporting needs, I think Converse would be the one stop solution!

The New iMac!

Apple's iMac Statement:

More than ever before, iMac allows you to live a digital life. Loaded with iLife, the new iMac makes it easy to turn your photos, movies, and music into blogs, podcasts, books, and calendars. All the other essentials are built in as well, including an iSight camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Just plug it in, turn it on, and you’re ready to create something great.
Some of the iMac's features:

iLife ’08 - Included in iLife is Apple's digital lifestyle applications, designed to help you create new and better ways of authoring your very own videos, music, websites, and photos! The included software are: iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand and a completely reinvented iMovie.

Intuitive OS - Mac OS X sets the standard for operating systems with its combination of power and simplicity. Learn more

More fun with photos - Quickly and easily organize, enhance, and share your photos in the most fantastic ways. Learn more

Rock-solid security - Mac OS X — still the world’s most advanced operating system — is built for security. Learn more

Fast web browsing - Experience the web with the fast Safari browser, and enjoy its other great features. Learn more

Music maker - Create your own songs, soundtracks, and podcasts with GarageBand. Learn more

iTunes + iMac - Import, organize, and play your songs and videos using the world’s best digital jukebox. Learn more

Video chatting made easy - Start a video chat at a moment’s notice with the built-in iSight camera and microphone. Learn more

(Apple - iMac)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Super Mario... Wurm?

If you've recently received an email with an attachment that contains a seemingly harmless .exe file and tells you that the attached file is a Mario game, Beware! The attached file is actually a Mario side scrolling game with a Romario-A worm running in the background! Always exercise caution when opening attachments, especially .exe formats!

According to Ben Camm-Jones of

Once it has infected your PC, the worm then attempts to mail itself to contacts in the recipient's address book as well as spreading on USB drives and other removeable media.
And Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos:
Fraudsters are constantly innovating to find new ways of tapping into users' psyches to tempt them into clicking on infected links and attachments, This kind of attack is particularly stealth-like because nostalgic gamers can actually play the game once they click, giving them no reason to suspect that something more sinister is lurking beneath

Starbucks prices soar!

Coffee Junkies now have to pay even more at Starbucks, which has boosted it's price on coffees, lattes, frappuccinos by three percent - about nine cents a cup nationwide.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hello Business Cards anyone? Gold Hello Kitty Business Cards?

To commemorate Hello Kitty's 33 anniversary, Sanrio would be issuing limited edition Hello Kitty Business cards made of pure gold (99.99%)! Weighing 1g, the business card contains all of Kitty's vital stats like her real name, date of birth, zodiac sign, and even her blood type! Because this IS real gold, the card will be sold at 10500 Yen or $85! Order yours here (if you understand Japanese)!

NASA Astronauts Drunk on the Job???

The Difference Between the iPod and MP4 players

Friday, July 27, 2007

China Cracks Down On Unlicensed Cellphones

Apple's iPhone not that hyped up!

The highly anticipated debut of the Apple iPhone was marred by disappointing preliminary activity. Analysts expect to get a clearer picture on the long-term sales trend for the device when Apple releases quarterly results on Wednesday.

Conway G. Gittens reports from New York

US war veteran gets a new (bionic) hand!

A US war veteran who lost his hand in Iraq is showing off the world's first bionic hand with independently moving fingers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Play Pokemon Online!

Ever wanted to play Pokemon again? But lost your cartridges or your Gameboy? Want to challenge friends online without the hassle of linking your Gameboys and going to the Pokemon center to link? Look no further, just head to Pokemon Crater's site and experience Pokemon online with friends! Below is a sample screen shot of the my Pokemon team within Pokemon Crater.

Like the real Pokemon games, your team is limited to six Pokemon and your attacks are also limited to four attacks. But unlike the real games, the Pokemon do not benefit from stat increases when leveling up and additional attacks. When leveling up, your Pokemon get an increase in HP and when at the appropriate level (usually 16 and 36) you have the choice of evolving them and get a whole new attack skill set (replaces the old four, so choose wisely).

Shown above is an example of a battle. As you can see, you have four attacks to choose from and so does your enemy! The attacks have different elemental attributes associated with them like thundershock is obviously electric. The elements have different effects on the Pokemon, some can be effective, not very effective, or have no effect at all! One thing I didn't like was that attacks with varying attack stages like pin missile, where you attack your enemy for a random number of times. In Pokemon Crater, pin missile is treated as one attack compressed into one.

To capture and heal Pokemon you naturally need items, shown above is the item shop where you can buy items to use.

Now I bet your wondering how do players get around the Pokemon world? Shown above is the interface of the Pokemon world in Pokemon Crater. You can move around be clicking on any of the visible red arrows to move your avatar (highlighted by a yellow outline and arrow). The other people you see on the map are actually other human players, who you can click on to view their information or issue battle challenges. Also, as you move around the map, you will randomly encounter Pokemon available for capture!

I'll leave you to explore (which is half the fun) and maybe you can find me online. I'm thor787 within the game!


Friday, July 20, 2007

Got an iPhone? Wrap it up in style!

Lucky or wealthy enough to get your hands on an iPhone? Wrap it up in style with these two great looking iPhone cases to protect your "precious"! The case shown above is from DLO,
a company that specializes in accesories like iPod to iPhone cases, earphones and so much more!

If you have cash to burn, why not dress your iPhone in an equally expensive Louis Vuitton iPhone case! The leather case fetches about $1250... Why not buy another iPhone eh? =D

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Mac or PC?

Check out this rap parody on the seemingly never ending war between the Mac and PC! Enjoy!


Monday, July 16, 2007

For all your back-up needs! All 1TB of it!

Another sweet looking backup solution from TrekStor, the Data Station duo w.c packs a lot of data at 1 TB! Being an external 3.5" hard disk drive, and a big boy at that, TrekStor integrates an onboard power supply (100V - 240V) sans the noisy fan. Read speed is 24.5 MB/s and write speed at 16.0 MB/s. Connecting it to a computer is simple as plugging the USB 2.0 connector to any USB 2.0 compatible port as the Data Station comes preformatted to work on the fly without the help of drivers. The Data Station runs without a hitch on Vista (all of the Windows OS from Win 98 SE to Vista work), Linux, and Mac OS X. If you want a copy of the Data Station's Data Sheet, click here.


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Cool Imation Flash Wristbands

Imation's great looking wristbands aren't just for show, they feature a fully functional flash disk drive embedded within the wristband itself! Now you can take your data anywhere without having to dig your pockets or have it dangling on your neck! Imation also gives you the choice to customize your wristband, the following are the customizable features:

  • Color
  • Drive Capacity
  • Your logo
  • pre-loaded files (optional)
Check out Imation's Page on the Flash Wristband here.


Mario Party 8 Recalled due to offensive word!

Nintendo issues this press release that notifies the public that it would recall it's Mario Party 8 game:

The above game was launched in the UK today. Unfortunately we have discovered that a small number of games contain the wrong version of the disk due to an assembly error. We have therefore decided to recall all copies of the game from UK retailers so that this mistake can be corrected.

We will re-launch Mario Party 8 in the UK as soon as possible and will announce a new launch date shortly. We very much regret any inconvenience caused.

But contrary to it's press release statement, Nintendo's real reason for the recall is because of the word "Spastic". Although it's meaning can vary from culture to culture, in European countries (especially the UK), the word spastic refers to someone afflicted with cerebral palsy. It is similar to calling them retard, dimwits, etc.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Extreme Gaming PC - Dell's XPS 720 H2C!

Taking gaming PC's to the extreme, Dell now includes the H2C Version of it's XPS line of performance PC's. There are so many cool features (I begin to drool and cry when I see the specs!), that I don't know where to begin - almost every aspect of the XPS H2C is mouth-watering!

Maybe a good place to start would be the CPU included in the XPS. A consumer is given three choices to when choosing the CPU:
  • Intel® CoreTM 2 Extreme QX6700 Factory Overclocked to 3.46GHz
  • Intel® CoreTM 2 Extreme X6800 Factory Overclocked to 3.73GHz
  • Intel® CoreTM 2 Extreme QX6800 Factory Overclocked to 3.73GHz
All three are overclocked Quad-Core suckers! All four cores are designed to execute four separate threads concurrently resulting in blazing fast processing and rendering! The XPS also comes bundled with NVIDIA's nForce 680i SLI MCP core logic chipset, which allows two graphic cards to concentrate their capabilities to render one image, as if four simultaneous thread weren't fast enough for Dell!

To add to the sweetness of the XPS, Dell includes a pair of Corsair Dual Channel 4GB RAM that operates @ 800MHz. If your have a 64-bit OS, Dell also offers the 8GB version. For the hard disks the XPS H2C supports up to four SATA Hard Disk Drives. Configured as RAID 0 or 1, the XPS can support up to 2.75TB of data and up to 1TB of data on a single connection.

This being a top of the line gaming machine, it goes without saying that the XPS will include two SLI enabled NVIDIA 8800 GTX graphics cards, the first card to incorporate and fully support Microsoft's DirectX 10 Technology. The 8800 also features NVIDIA's PureVideo technology making HD and blue-ray capable!

Helping the 8800 GTX is the uber cool AGEIA® PhysX Accelerator. The accelerator renders particles to their highest possible level further pushing the physics engine and greatly improving the user experience.

Simply overclocking and plugging in all the best components you could think of would be futile if you didn't have the proper gear to handle all the heat! At the heart of Dell's XPS H2C System is Dell's sexy looking cooling solution which features a two stage cooling system, from Dell's XPS web page:
The H2C hybrid solution combines a liquid radiator, a thermoelectric cooling module and control circuitry, optimizing CPU cooling with minimal power consumption. The result is a processor that stays cool when it's overclocked.
If you're curious on why Dell named the XPS with the H2C? R134A refrigerant or CH2FCF3, which is the cooling liquid used in the system.

And did I mention the price tag? For just $5939 you can experience one of the best gaming experiences currently available in the market! Start saving! =)

All images taken from Dell's XPS website


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Microsoft releases critical .NET patch!

Microsoft is planning to launch 6 patches that target 3 Critical, 2 Important and 1 Moderate vulnerabilities in Microsoft products. From the July 2007 Security Bulletin Summary, there are currently 3 critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities, which Microsoft states as: "considered to be the worst vulnerability, given that it leaves systems vulnerable to hijacking." The affected systems affected are Office, Excel, Windows and surprisingly the .NET framework (the framework has it's own form of security in the form of the Code Access Security (CAS)).

Some of the reported implications of Remote Code Execution are that crafty hackers can remotely access your computer and websites, enabling them to run scripts and initiate Denial of Service (DOS) attacks. Another implication is programs that are programmed using the .NET framework are vulnerable and software companies are skeptical if the patch will adversely affect their software's performance.


Wii Laptop - Weeee!

A great invention by Benjamin Heckandorn, here is a invention that has both the capability to sense the movements of the controller and display the output in a small but effective 7 inch screen. You can also download a cool demonstration video from the inventors here! Key Features:

  • 16:9 widescreen LCD, 7-inch diagonal.
  • Stereo sound
  • Gamecube controller port
  • Built-in short range Sensor Bar
  • Ports for using original Sensor Bar and A/V output jacks (for use on external display)
  • Built-in power supply and compartment for power cord
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.7 x 2-inches


Monday, July 9, 2007

It's Summer, Go Swimming - With your iPod?

Fancy listening to your favorite music while scuba diving? H20Audio has a product that suits most outdoor and underwater excursions. Although it is submersible, there are limits off course to how deep you can go, due to pressure and all! Here are the features of the submersible iPod (video) casing:

  • Submersible up to 10ft/3m (when paired with H2O Audio Waterproof Headphones)
  • Commander™ Scroll Wheel allows function of the iPod Click Wheel in the water or while wearing a glove

  • LatchTight™ locking system

  • SealTight™ connector (compatible with standard 3.5mm headphone plugs)

  • Sport Armband included

  • *H2O Audio Headphones are NOT included


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Rubik's Cube Solved - By a Lego Brainstorm Robot!

Ever tried solving the Rubik's cube? I tried it once during grade school and failed miserably! I tried solving it again during college when a friend brought one to school, and to no surprise, I still failed miserably (although I broke my family's Rubik's cube and arranged it to it's correct form to give me satisfaction!). Even 95% of Mensans (group of people with incredibly high IQ's) are unable to solve the cube!

Many have also tried to use computers to help solve the Rubik's cube, some have even created computer aided machines to help solve the cube. This is where the Lego Rubik Utopy(LRU) comes in. Created and programmed by a cool Italian dude named Daniele Benedettelli, the LRU is able to solve the cube in 1 min and 45 seconds! Daniele's inspiration for the LRU comes from JP Brown's CubeSolver.

Pictured the left is the User Interface (UI) of the LRU, and is the brain of the LRU. The algorithm he used was the Iterative Deepening A*, and if I remember my Artificial Intelligence right, it is a depth-first search used to look for the best path (least cost) to the best solution. Daniele also used Lego Brainstorm's new brick set - NXT (JP Brown uses the old RCX brick set). The LRU features 3 servo motors with the help of light and touch sensors to power the arm and turn the cube for adjustment. And did you notice the web cam? It is responsible for capturing the current position of the face colors, and sends the information back to the UI for processing.

Below is a sample shot done by Daniele. It's really scary to think that people like Daniele can already solve puzzles like this! Now I just have to practice once more and hopefully crack the puzzle!


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Future of Robotic Warfare

Wartime casualties, the bane of a country's war effort. Currently unavoidable, but with ever advancing breakthroughs in the field of robotics and electronics, inventors and scientists are coming up with advanced application of robots that can sense the world around them and hopefully can be absorbed into the military.

Pictured above is the Samson Remote Control Weapons Station, which the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) plans to install near the Gaza Strip to prevent Palestinian militants from crossing into Israeli territory. The weapon would be remotely controlled by fiber optics wired to a remote operation station and is configured to act as a robot sniper with 1500-meter-deep no-go zone.

Another robotic weapon designed for the navy is a project named "Project Trident Strike" developed by the Mapua Robotics Team from Mapua Institute of Technology (Philippines). The project is currently sponored by the Philippine Navy Sea Systems Command. The project description from the Mapua Robotics site:

This project is a remotely operated sentry gun which can be mounted on naval gun ships or in strategic locations for perimeter defense. Utilizes the Armed Forces' 50 cal. machine guns and is protected with a high impact bullet resistant plate armor
Three Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) cameras are mounted on different locations atop the machine, providing a wider view range and cleared line of sight . The Gun Director may the view 3 corresponding LCD monitors and a robotic remote control system to aim the turret from a safe location, such as a command center or a boat's cockpit.
Seeing the potential of the wireless controlled weapon, the Mapua Robotics team went on to develop a land-based robot named "Project Phalanx", aslo sponsored by the Philippine Navy Sea Systems Command. The project description also from the Mapua Robotics team:
A mobile version of Project Trident Strike a multi-tasking Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) using wireless technology. Provided with a detachable chassis depending on the task to be done such as Bomb Disposal, terrain surveillance or Assault.