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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sony Catching Heat for Cheaper PS3

Sony is apparently taking some flak over their "cheaper" version of the PS3 which lacks a memory card reader, WiFi, and more importantly HDMI outputs. WiFi alone would justify the cost of the $100 upgrade, to say nothing of the outputs and bigger hard drive. It will be interesting to see what the marketplace says about all of this.

Rotten Effort

Just read an article on ComputerWorld discussing Microsoft's latest strongarm tactics, where they use threats of illegal licensing of software as an angle to get Microsoft consultants into your business. This kind of crap is just arrogant BS at it's worst. Not surprising, since Microsoft has lost all of it's fear of the legal system. They will run over anyone now, and laugh at anyone that tries to stop them.

A.T. Hun comments: Color me not in the least bit surprised. This is the problem when you utterly dominate a market. Pretty soon, there are no legitimate ways to grow your business anymore. Eventually you turn to glorified protection rackets. Even if an individual or corporation has no other reason to consider Linux (and there are many others), this is the best reason to consider the switch. Remember this is what MS does to its customers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

SiN Episodes: Emergence First Impressions

I played through the first couple levels of Emergence tonight. For starters, when they say make sure your drivers are up-to-date, they are NOT kidding. I needed to update both my Audigy drivers and the nVidia drivers. Hopefully they haven't screwed up anything else.

The game? Rocking so far. I really enjoyed Sin 1, so this is a refreshing game for me. Lots of object interactivity, plenty of eye candy, and the sound is good too. I think this one is much more atmospheric than Half-Life 2 as well. Good stuff.

PS3 Pricing and Controller

IGN (amongst others) got news on the cost of the PS3 and the PS3's newly designed controller. The PS3 will come in two versions: one with a 20G hard drive for $499 and one with a 60G hard drive for $599. There is some speculation that other features may be missing from the 20G version. The controller looks much like the PS2 controller, except it can also sense the pitch, roll, and yaw of the controller, so you can control things by spinning or shaking the controller itself. It does not have a rumble feature.

That's pretty pricy for a console, but when you consider what a high-end video card costs these days . . . Naturally I will be waiting until at least the first price drop so that a) they will be cheaper, and b) the initial bugs will be worked out.

Past Two Days' News

Recent Headlines

January 5, 2015: It Returns!
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May 20, 2007: PhpBB 3.0 RC 1 Released
February 2, 2007: DOOM3 1.31 Patch

January 27, 2007: Join the World Community Grid
January 17, 2007: Flash Player 9 for Linux
December 30, 2006: Darkness over Daggerford 1.2
December 19, 2006: Pocket Tunes 4.0 Released
December 9, 2006: WRT54G 1.01.1 Firmware OK with Linux/Mac

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