Archive | September, 2006

Gears of War Leaked to Usenet

Ok, crack open your copies of Newsbin, Gears of War has been leaked to Usenet it looks like. 7.2GB and 157 parts to the download, it’s almost easier to just pay the $60 and buy it.

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Jet Li + Jason Statham = Testosterone

For those of you that read BIDB regularly, you know Jason Statham is my hero (Transporter 2 and Crank are outrageously awesome fun), he’s up there with a few select people that I just love to watch kick ass. A lesser known fact is that Jet Li is completely and utterly awesome, if you like [...]

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Sony 70" XBR2 (KDS-R70XBR2) Owner Pictures

Well it seems that the “initial impressions” thread is turning into an owners thread as ‘Mixdoctor‘ just posted some shots of his new KDS-R70XBR2 that got delivered, the quality is a little low of the pictures, but you can take a look at what the TV looks like both with and with out the speakers [...]

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Alan Wake Video at IDF

This is one game I am very excited about. I am starting to lean farther away from classic FPS and Fighters and really get into RPG-type games, mostly games with strong story lines and characters and Alan Wake absolutely looks like it will have all of the above. To prepare you for this or to [...]

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Professional Java Swing Interface

Wow, was reading through the Swing Sightings recently and saw the announcement of UltraMixer as the “best looking Swing interface we’ve ever seen”, I have to agree: I think it’s obvious from the website and the interface that this is the result you get when you mix software development with professional graphic artists, so polished. [...]

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Picture of Mitsubishi WD-65831 On with No Glare

Mitsubishi WD-65831 with BDI Deploy Max Stand

‘SupraLB‘ posted some shots recently of his beautiful new WD-65831 on the BDI Deploy Max stand (personally this is the setup I will be gunning for if the XBR2 flops and don’t dazzled consistently across the board, so it was nice to see). The first pictures shows that glare from all the windows in the [...]

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Initial Impressions of Sony 70" XBR2 (KDS-R70XBR2)

Ok, they are leaking in, looks like most deliveries will be done first and second week of October (next week). Here is a user that provides his first impressions of his 70″. Also some more in-store first impressions of the set side-by-side with an XBR1. The verdict so far? It looks like the XBR1. If [...]

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IBM/Lenovo Recall Batteries

Well now that I’m a ThinkPad T60 owner this effects me, and maybe some of you. IBM/Lenovo have joined the recall fray recalling all their Sony batteries… just like everyone else. Use this link to check your battery.

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Samsung HL-S7178W Picture #1

Samsung HL-S7178W Pictures

Ok this one is for the Samsung lovers out there, ‘RayPaganJR‘ asked me to host these shots for him over on AVS and it was just too pretty of a setup not to share with all of you… notice the THX-ceritifed power amp, combined with the Samsung BluRay player and some hugely complex tuner… it [...]

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Sony 70" XBR2 Reports Leaking In

Ok finally, reports of shipping confirmations, deliveries to local Tweeters and others have started to trickle in over the last day or so on the XBR2 current “Release date” thread. This is just a heads up if you’d like to track it yourself, I’ll keep you guys posted on any pictures, reviews, etc.

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eBay: Proof That Consumers Don't Care About Quality

Caution: Venting ahead… I’ve been eBaying on and off for about 10 years, and as I’ve gotten older and grumpier I’ve noticed more things about more pieces of software and hardware pertaining to usability that have gone from not noticing them, to absolute rage-induced comas brought on by the stupidity required for such design decisions [...]

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XBox 360  Shown with HD-DVD Addon

XBox 360 HD-DVD Addon Available in November: $199

It’s official, the Microsoft XBox 360 HD-DVD addon will be available in November for $199. For a limited time it will include both a HD-DVD copy of King Kong and the XBox 360 Universal Remote. It wasn’t clear from the announcement (a) just how limited-time the bundle was, (b) if the control was also limited [...]

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Evolution and KMail Development Stymied

Jason Clinton put together a pretty insightful writeup about some factoids (from IRC groups, issue trackers and rumors around the water cooler) that point at Novell’s Evolution and KDE’s KMail applications development almost completely stymied and/or maintained by very small teams. In the case of KMail there are considerably bugs that have been hanging around [...]

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Impressions of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic

Ok so I grabbed the Dark Messiah of Might and Magic demo off of Steam and tried it out and here’s my verdict: awesome. You can check out GameSpot for some more information and screenshots on it (check out the movies). To be honest when I saw the movies I didn’t think much of it, [...]

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Sam & Max Screenshot 4

Sam & Max Episode 1 GOLD

For the Sam & Max fans out there, Episode 1 just went gold. Here are some screenshots: Sort of reminds me of the cartoon fun in games like Leisure Suit Larry, which I thought was a lot of fun/funny.

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Sony Playstation 3 Price Point: $60

Hmm not so bad. Sonystyle has pre-orders up for 7 PS3 titles, all priced at $59.

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Article Explains How XGL/Compiz/Mesa/Device Drivers All Relate

Ths is a great writeup done by Emanuele Tamponi on how all these 3D-related technologies combine to give Linux users eye candy. He explains what the drivers need to support, where the X Server fits in here, what Compiz does and more. As you know I was already confused about this, so check it out. [...]

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Optimal Settings for Mitsubishi WD-57831 & WD-65831

Ok guys, a LOT more feedback pouring in on the Mitsubishi WD-57/65831 and I have to say you might as well just forget that post from a few days back where people were having problems, this thread has turned into nothing but praise for the set. Everything from picture quality, to flexibility of card-read, to [...]

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ImgBurn Screenshot

Fantastic Free CD/DVD Burning Tool

For those of you (like me) that every once in a while need a good CD/DVD image burning tool for Windows and don’t want to buy a commercial solution because you just don’t use it enough AND maybe even used to use BurnAtOnce but stopped after development on it stopped so long ago, then you [...]

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Glowing Window Buttons - Close

Compiz Branched, Project Beryl Created

Well in the true fashion of no commercial entity ever understanding how to keep an open source community committing to it’s spin-off project (Eclipse doesn’t count, they benefit from huge quarter-million-dollar-a-year-strategic-partners), Compiz (Novell’s compositing manager) has been branched due to growing developer concern over the level of communication, feedback, bug fixes and documentation taking place. [...]

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My Impressions of the Mitsubishi WD-65831

Ok so I finally found a place in town that carries the Mitsubishi WD-65831, Roh’s Electronics “Where we charge you retail, because you are a sucker”. Ok that’s not really their tagline, but it should be. I walked into Roh’s, which actually had a very high end layout/setup. Qualias, Pioneer Elites and the WD-65831. Many [...]

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Addictive Flash Game: Custom Sledding

Not sure why this is so addicting, but it’s a Flash game where you use basic drawing tools (like a Pen) to draw what is effectively a snow hill from the top left of the screen to the bottom right… then you hit Play and a little sledder rides your hill down. The sledder seems [...]

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Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5728 (aka RC1 Update 1) Released

Well when it was first announced it was only available to XXX, but now Build 5728 of Windows Vista has been released to the public (Vista blog announcement), although from the download page it just looks like the 32-bit version. I was happy to see this given all my problems with the RC1 release. While [...]

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Diagram of Engine Design

Relativity Propulsion Engine from Microwaves

This is just too cool for anybody that ever wanted a flying car or to go into space. Roger Shawyer has developed an engine with no moving parts that propels itself using microwaves “by exploiting the strange properties of relativity”… whatever that means. The British government is funding Shawyer’s work with interested parties from the [...]

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