Using the utterly wonderful WayBackMachine at http://web.archive.org, I have spent a while walking down memory lane. On the internetz everything becomes old fast, and revisiting playgrounds brings back memories. Or, well… I hadn’t heard of Google yet back then.
This is what you would get if you pointed your browser to Facebook.com in 1999.
The up-and-coming Hewlett Packard features a modern website with an easily accessible drivers section. HP support hasn’t changed much since 1996 though.
Apple, 1997. The not-yet-full-white apple launches a bold new look with integrated Internet functions, while BMW offers free CD-ROMs.
And also, my very first homepage, from 1999. I remember feeling smug about the Loading Time Indication Diamond System. The missing GIFs are “Under Construction” signs, of course! There were still people on the internet who thought these things were cool. Or I did, at least.
The address was short and simple: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Nova/9565 (though later I found I could use the redirect go.to/vetlemakt just by adding one more ad to my page!). GeoCities.com closed down earlier this year, taking my baby with it.
This is my computer, a HP Pavillion 9575. It’s been my loyal companion for two years, and I’ve driven it like computers should be driven – pedal to the metal, full throttle every day. I’ve had it in for repairs once, just before the one-year-warranty expired, changed the DVD player and motherboard. Two months later, I spilled a beer over the keyboard. Which, with notebooks, means I spilled a beer into the computer. Managed to pry it open and dry it over night, and it kind of worked fine after that. Until I did it again a month ago. This time my clumsiness cost me the fancy touch-slide volume control. But I created a nice little keyboard hotkey for it, so no real harm done.
Then, last night, it started acting up, shutting down, restarting, shutting down, going blank, restarting. So I figured it was dying.
I thought I would give it one last go, and unscrewed every single part of it, dusted and cleaned everything except for the dual processors, and reassembled it afterwards.
I turned the power on three minutes ago, and it still has not shut down or gone bonkers! If it should fail again, I am announcing game over for it, though. At least now I’ll have this nice blog entry to remind me of my brave computer.
EDIT: It’s now been 24 hours, and it seems to be working perfectly, yay!
Ok, this is nice.
Some person calling him/herself someperson made a very nice little program that will allow for you to watch live British television via internet streaming. And the quality is not too bad either!
What you’ll need is a computer with an internet connection (obviously), set up with either Windows, Mac OS or Linux. Also, you’ll need the awesome VLC media player (if you haven’t already installed it, now is a good time) and a small file called BritishTV.exe. Jump here for download and instructions.
For those of you not yet familiar with The Guild, here’s the very first episode, uncensored.
Two Mac owners who had trouble with their computers was denied service and repairs because they’ve smoked near the computer.
Apparently, Applecare may void your warranty if there’s a trace of nicotine, tar or tobacco smoke in your Apple product. Of course, I could understand it if the computer was clogged up with brown goo, causing overheating and failing parts, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.
Applecare denied repairing due to “health risks of second hand smoke”, fearing their employees might get ill by touching a smoker’s computer. Next, you’ll have to desinfect your Mac to have someone look at it. Fingerprints? Forget it, we’re not touching that mess.
I’m a PC myself, and recently opened up my notebook and left it under the dryer overnight as I spilled beer into the keyboard (again). I wouldn’t dream of sending it for repairs, of course, the warranty was voided when I opened it up the first time, and pouring beer inside a computer is very much “damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse (…)”. But I didn’t for a minute consider that the repairmen might get drunk.
I played Assassin’s Creed a bit earlier this year. A game that had huge potential, but got a bit monotone after a while. Animations were brilliant, atmosphere was brilliant, game controls were alright. But after a while it became repetitive and lost its charm.
Yesterday, hoping Ubisoft would take what was great about Assassin’s Creed and add a bit of variety, I set myself back in the recliner with the PS3 DualShock controller.
Fair enough, to begin with, it was slow. But then, colour! Set 200 years later than the original Assassin’s Creed, it takes place in 15th century Italy. The dialogue and story is vastly improved. Graphics are a bit better, especially seen in non-player-characters’ clothes and gear. Animations are the best you can get. Seriously. Yesterday I’d played Star Wars: Force Unleashed, and when playing Assassin’s Creed 2 later that day, I thought to myself: “Why couldn’t Darth Vader have had this kind of animation? Vader deserves this animation!”.
Assassin’s Creed 2 is the best PS3 game so far, no doubt!
And yes, I’ve played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. No competition in my opinion.
(Tagged “Computers”, “Games”, and, as I feel it very much deserves it, “Art”)
I’ve been looking for a set of speakers I can take with me in my laptop backpack. Usually, these things are too bulky to be considered really portable, but this might just be the solution I’ve been looking for. The speakers measures only 3,7cm (1,5″) when folded down, and costs $18 online. At that price, you probably won’t have your toupé blown off, but they’re still bound to sound better than your inbuilt speakers, right?
Available through design warehouse
With the coming of the highly anticipated first-person-shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Microsoft has banned as many as 1 million Xbox 360 consoles from the Xbox Live Service, rendering the consoles completely useless for playing online.
The reason for this sounds valid enough, Microsoft claims all the barred machines have been modified by chip or software, in order to play pirated games.
With some 20 million consoles worldwide sold, the ban affects a good 5% of the users.
In order to play Xbox games online again, a fresh console is needed. Microsoft has made a point about the users themselves not being banned, that it’s merely the invalid consoles that’s been grounded. For life, seemingly.
However, the modifications made would also allow users to play unofficial games on the console, games that are not necessarily pirated. Several users now denied full functionality also claim they have modded their Xbox to be able to make backups of their legally aquired games.
Over at TED.com there are tons of very interesting videos of brilliant people cutting the edge of technology. Now, TED stands for Technology – Entertainment – Design, so you’ll find more than just tech talks too. I’ve seen a good few of these video presentations, but I don’t think any of them has made me actually clap my hands before. Before this one here. Truly amazing, with potential for turning the world as we know it upside down, if done right. And this is where it gets even better! It would be very easy for the people behind this technological revolution, that is project named “Sixth Sense Technology”, to get incredibly rich by selling their idea to any major company.
However!! (and I never use more than one exclamation point, so this is heavy shit!) This week, Pranav Mistry the inventor announced his system will be released as OPEN SOURCE very soon!
I bow my head in respect.