Friday, 30 December 2005

100 things we didn't know this time last year

You can learn alot of things in 365 days, thankfully, the BBC has compiled a list of the things we didn't know this time last year.
A sneak peek :

14. It's possible for a human to blow up balloons via the ear. A 55-year-old factory worker from China reportedly discovered 20 years ago that air leaked from his ears, and he can now inflate balloons and blow out candles.

18. If all the Smarties eaten in one year were laid end to end it would equal almost 63,380 miles, more than two-and-a-half times around the Earth's equator.

22. The length of a man's fingers can reveal how physically aggressive he is, scientists say.

29. When faced with danger, the octopus can wrap six of its legs around its head to disguise itself as a fallen coconut shell and escape by walking backwards on the other two legs, scientists discovered.


Thursday, 29 December 2005

Flexible Keyboard

Here are photos of a flexible silicon keyboard my uncle sent me. Pretty cool.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2005

Oh yeah, the PSP

I've not written much at all about my PSP ever since I bought it, mainly because I didn't know what to write about or didn't have time. The PSP is high-ranked in almost all decent Top Ten gadget lists all over the web, and could possibly be the most revolutionary handheld device ever made. The first time you pick up the device it will be hard for you to keep your eyes of the TFT screen, the PSPs most noticeable element. The screen is 110 mm/4.3" (diagonal) 16:9 ratio TFT LCD, sporting a 480 x 272 pixel resolution capable of 16.77 million colours. In other words; the best screen ever put on a portable device.
The PSP has tonnes of games at the moment, but the device is being bought mainly to exploit it and run homebrew apps and games. Picture yourselves as Sony, its kind of scary when your Unit sales exceed your game sales by a huge margin. A few months after the consoles` original release somewhere in December 2004, the firmware was cracked by a group of spanish coders. Since then, Sony have released 5 critical updates, 4 of whom which (to my knowledge) have been cracked.
If you're into portable entertainment, you must have a PSP. The amount of music, videos, games and/or apps you want is limited only to the size of your memory stick, not forgetting Wi-Fi internet access. Be it podcasts, DVD movies, UMD movies, magazines or music, the PSP can store it all. But above all, the PSP is worth every dollar thanks to its 1001 multifunctional uses.

Tuesday, 27 December 2005

Podcasting 101


Ever since I got my PSP, I've been doing everything an iPod can't (except the iPod Video.. lets not go there) Since podcasting is so popular nowadays I thought of looking around places and selecting some of the best that are worth downloading. Podcasting started becoming popular around 2004, it is the term used when RSS Syndication is used to keep track of, distribute and download media for mobile devices (originally the iPod; hence 'pod'casting) If you're a proud owner of an iPod or any other mobile device, you might want to put your memory stick to good use by having a look at some of the casts/content below. Podcasts are really handy when you're too busy to read the latest news and/or happenings, just a quick download and you're good to go.

“Diggnation is a weekly tech/web culture show based on the top digg.com social bookmarking news stories.”

Gamespot presents The HotSpot
"GameSpot editors recap the hottest news and trend in the gaming industry from the past week!”

Extremetech.com Podcast

“News, reviews and technology updates from ExtremeTech.com.”

Boagworld.com Podcast
“This podcast covers all things relating to web design. Whether you are a website owner, designer or developer hopefully this show has something for everybody. Each episode includes news, review and hints and tips.”

PC Gamer podcast GamersDaily
“The official podcast of PC Gamer Magazine”

TWiT (This Week in Tech) Podcast
“Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in digital technology. Winner of the 2005 People’s Choice Podcast Award for best overall podcast and Best Technology Podcast. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.”

The Mac Cast
"A Macintosh show for Mac geeks by a Mac geek. News, reviews, opinions and commentary about all things Macintosh. The MacCast also offers Mac help via email and a call in Hotline.”

MuggleNet Podcast
"MuggleNet.com's new podcast, appropriately titled "MuggleCast", is an informative weekly talk show dedicated to everything Harry Potter."

Monday, 26 December 2005

Post-Christmas Post

Merry Christmas to all of you, and thanks for reading the blog every once in a while. I've actually got 4 readers on Feedburner (Yayy haha). If you look to the right, there's a movie poll, if you have time, vote :)

Featured Link - If you have an iPod here are stuff you can do with it | A How-to Wiki on how to do lot's of things
Featured Software - Pando A 3mb 'small' program used to transfer huge files between PC's.

Ha ha, look at this idiot..

Friday, 23 December 2005

Dugg

Stuff that you should see / should be knowing :
Google Zeitgeit / Microsoft buys Opera /Clearest image of our Milky Way obtained by Astronomers /Halo 3 on sale? /Cracking Wi-Fi protected access / iPod Nano. Playing video! / Volkswagen Transparent factory in Dresden /Minimize Firefox to tray /Xbox 360 on a 35ft theater screen. Close to life size while playing /

Peter Jackson's King Kong


This year will be looked back at and remembered with many events and happenings that occured during the course of this year. King Kong is one such event. 72 years since the original King Kong released in theaters, the all new Peter Jackson-directed King Kong was released this month. The movie itself has a runtime of 187 minutes - thats quite long for a movie, and some may say that a three hour movie would be boring and too long to watch. King Kong is everything but boring. Peter Jackson was given 200$ million to play around with to make the new King Kong movie, and after watching it, I can say that every single dollar put into it was worth it. Up till today, King Kong has grossed 66.18$ million in the box office.
With a cast consisting of actors such as Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody, Peter Jackson is able to make the movie even more exciting. The CGI sequences are so realistically done, and the CGI characters garner such emotion that its hard to believe they were computer-generated. Every other minute of the movie is pure CGI (hard to tell) and adds to all the excitement and confusion that occurs during the intro of the movie. This review itself does not convey what all the fuss is about; you'll just have to go see it to experience another one of Peter Jackson's pieces of art.

Tuesday, 20 December 2005

UT 2007 Media

HowTo : Watch TV on your PC

Here a some freeware software that let you connect to channels that stream tv and especially live sports events. Includes all channels such as the Champions League, Uefa cup, Wrestling MTV and custom stations such as gamerTV .
Sopcast - Click the link, download, unzip and select Sopcast.exe. Double click a stream/channel and it should automatically open up in WMP.
Pplive - Click the link, download, run and go here to see the channels list (does not come with the software).

Courtesy - http://www.ghacks.net/2005/12/19/watch-tv-with-your-pc/

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Featured Software - Windows Live Messenger 8.0 a.k.a MSN 8.0

Sunday, 18 December 2005

A history of Google


At first, the term 'Google' was meant to boast about how much of information the search engine could be able to search. Google was originally named 'Googol' - the word that represents the number 1 followed by 100 digits, the name Google was used after Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an investor who then addressed a check to 'Google'.
Google was originally started in 1996 by two PhD students from Stanford University, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. They proposed the idea of a search engine that was based around the relationships between websites as they thought this would give better results. The project was first called Backrub, as it rated a sites popularity based on its backlinks.
The domain google.com was registered on September 15, 1997. They formally incorporated their company, Google Inc., on September 7, 1998. After some initial stumbles, Google's initial public offering took place on August 19, 2004. 19,605,052 shares were offered at a price of $85 per share. The sale raised $1.67 billion, of which approximately $1.2 billion went to Google.
The vast majority of Google's 271 million shares remained under Google's control. The IPO gave Google a market capitalization of more than $23 billion. Many of Google's employees became instant paper millionaires. Not to mention, at the moment their market capital is $115 billion.
Google is renown for its famous corporate culture. Many people dream of working for Google, with their enticing perks and benefits, Google receives 150,000 job applications per month! Currently, Google employs 4,989 people (they employ on average around 9 people a day)
If you are employed by Google here a some of the perks you are entitled to :
  • Free cafeteria meals
  • Free use of laundry machines
  • A child care center
  • A free annual one-night ski trip (resort destinations vary depending on office location) Dog-friendly offices
  • On-site doctor
  • Engineers can devote 20 percent of their time to projects of their choice
Apart from the perks, Google uses ingenious ways to recruit new staff (Click to see the Google Labs Aptitude Test). One question asked: "In your opinion, what is the most beautiful math equation ever derived?" The Gaussian integral, a complex mathematical equation used in studying the kinetic molecular theory of gases among other things, has been suggested as a smart answer by some on the Internet. Another question involved filling a blank rectangle "with something that improves upon emptiness," leaving applicants scratching for a subjective winner. Also, the famous Google mystery billboard, where people would have to solve the problem inbetween curly brackets which then reveals a website.

Some excerpts taken from http://talkgold.com/forum/r49501-.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google .

Redesign

Here are some banner blueprints I was designing in photoshop. If you want to comment, click the title of this post.

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Friday, 16 December 2005

Whats going down

Top Gear's Bugatti Veyron episode was aired a few days ago. I have to say, the Veyron HAS to be the most incredible thing ever created. Besides being the most expensive car in the world, it has 1001 horsepower with a level of acceleration unheard of in the sports car segment, propelling it from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds, and past the 200 mph mark in a mere 14 seconds! For pics of the Veyron, check out my Flickr slideshow.
Enough about the Veyron, more about Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, With and Wardrobe. This movie started off at a slow pace and it seems ages for it to actually reach the climax of the story, do not watch this if you're impatient. However, once it reached the climax, it was really enjoyable. I thought this movie resembled the LOTR movies alot, the only difference being this movie (based on the book) was meant for kids. Near the end of the movie, the story took quite a twist and made it all the more exciting, I'd rate this movie 7/10; watch it if you can.

Whats on the news: NSA Spies on the US. Here's an excerpt from the NYT:
Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.
Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible "dirty numbers" linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

Check out the Smart Stuff blog which features cool and, more importantly, smart products. They review and feature new and simple products intended to make life easier, and by extension, help you live smarter. The featured products are pretty cool.

Featured Link - The Cute Overload blog has nothing but pictures of adorable animals and character toys (haha :/)
Featured Software - Sweepi (Will make your system quicker and more efficient by deleting useless accumulated data)

Im hoping I get luckier than this guy.

Wednesday, 14 December 2005

Torrent hack and Ajax

Hey again. There's much happening at digg.com, such as Torrentfreaks guide to speeding up torrents. The guide doesn't contain old advice such as, "cap your maximum upload rate at 80% of your ISPs upload rate", (if you didnt know; do it!) it also contains a helpful link to a SP2 TCP/IP max connections hack. In other words, a legit program that safely lets you manually set the number of half-open connections.
Let me explain; Windows SP2 limits the number of half-open connections or SYN to a maximum of 10 (the previous being 65,000), the purpose being - it is supposed to slow down virus spread as their methods are to spread to a number of random IP's. The consequences of having a limited amount of connections is that it affects some software such as P2P clients and Bittorent clients. Enough technical jargon-talk if you want, click here to read all about it. After going through the guide and installing the TCP/IP hack, my downloads increased by a considerable amount, so based on experience; it's worth a try.

If you haven't heard of AJAX lately you have been living under a rock. AJAX or Asynchronous JavaScript + XML :
isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways.
To read an article on the basics of AJAX, click here.
Christmas is coming up, somebody get me a Oculas :)

Featured Links - Top Twelve Dream Gifts of 2005 (dream on..) | Not just your normal Firefox tweak guide (Must see)
Featured Software - PC INSPECTOR File recovery (What the title says + it's FREE. Recover accidentally deleted files!)

Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Xbox360, Welcome to Japan


Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe released yesterday, the movie is based on C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure based on the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England. Surfed a site the other day that claimed the Xbox 360 was not meant to play games while stationed vertically, it seems that discs get damaged pretty easily in some cases. Well, that does not put things in an optimistic way for Microsoft as sales figures of the Xbox360 in Japan are claimed to be lesser than the sales figures of its predecessor on release day.
Also, make sure you check out Del.icio.us. It's a social-bookmarking application that hit the big time Friday when it was acquired by Yahoo. It works like this: When you find a site you want to keep, you put it on your del.icio.us account with descriptive tags you invent to keep track of it.
Lastly, I'll let you in on a little secret about Bill Gates; he plays World of Warcraft. Shhh! Keep it down.

Watched - Aeon Flux
Featured Links - Utorrent 1.3 115 KB | XPize 4.2 Beta

Monday, 12 December 2005

X-Men 3 First Look


Here are photos from the upcoming X-Men 3 movie. Click here to view them.
Also, to watch the trailer for X-Men 3, Click here.

Sunday, 11 December 2005

The Protect-Your-PC post


Hello again. Spyware, Malware and Adware can be one harmful and at the same time annoying. Spyware is define as software that sends information about your web surfing habits back to another website. Often you may notice popups appearing at odd times or you may notice that your web browser's home page has been redirected to another site. Even if you dont get popups or browser issues, I strongly recommend taking some of the procedures listed below as no PC is immune to spyware.

Step 1 : Viruses
To start off with, take a free virus scan from either Panda Activescan or Housecall. If the scans show that you have viruses click Delete to remove all infections

Step 2 : Windows Update
Many people don't seem to have Windows Updates turned on. This can often lead to consequences such as Viruses and backdoor exploits, so therefore turn it ON. To do this, head on over to the Windows Update website and download and install all critical updates for your PC.

Step 3 : Scan for Adware/Malware
One of the most common adware is 'Coolwebsearch'. To check whether your PC is infected by it, download CWSShredder, extract the file, run the program and remove infections if there are any present.

Download Ad-Aware SE Personal, a free spyware removal tool. Once you download it, be sure to run the update tool before scanning to get all the latest spyware definitions.
Or if you are running Windows 200, XP or Server 2003 download Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta) from here.

Next, download HijackThis from here (Download zip, extract, store in its own folder e.g. C://HijackThis)

Once you have done this, click Scan. After it finishes scanning your PC, you will get a list of items similiar to the one show in the picture above. To analyse these results, hit Save log, save the log somewhere on your PC and head on over to this site to analyse the results. If you have any problems or need help, leave a comment on this post (Click the title to leave a comment).

Some parts taken from this article.

Saturday, 10 December 2005

In December


I was surfing digg.com and saw a digg on the houses of Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Steven Jobs. Pretty impressive, also be sure to check out Tiger Woods` house. Wow.
Watched Lord of War over the weekened, pretty good movie that revolves around the life of a guns dealer who goes the world over supplying guns to the most notorious dictators in the world, eventually he ends up facing his own conscience. The movie is pretty much about the devastating effects of gun deals in the world its worth watching ( 2 hours playing time).
In some other stuff, I've posted a link to the 'Music In Maldives' blog, which is all about educating, promoting and documenting music in Maldives. Its a free online project, which you can take part in yourself. Have a look at it, and if you have anything to contribute, feel free to post. Stay put for tomorrows post where i'll get a hold of some utility programs to help search for rootkits.

Watched - Lord of War
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Featured Software - ewido Security Suite

Friday, 11 November 2005

Stuff in general

Yay, just watched Flightplan - good movie but it took quite a while to reach the climax. After the movie, I checked out the trailer for the Exorcism of Emily Rose, which i think is really freaky. Also read a post by an NYC student on blogging, which was a good read. Gotta cut this post short for today >.<

Watched -
Flightplan
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Wednesday, 9 November 2005

Some re-design

Back. Argh, 4 days since my last post - Was kinda busy designing layouts for some magazine that's going to be released next month or so. From now on my posts will have a 'format' to it, this makes it easier for me to post regularly and keep posts in an orderly manner.
Anyway, played around with Photoshop CS2 yesterday and ended up with this and this.

Watched
- The Interpreter (click for info)
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Featured Software - RootkitRevealer 1.56 (removes mechanisms and techniques whereby malware, including viruses, spyware, and trojans, attempt to hide their presence from spyware blockers, antivirus, and system management utilities)

Saturday, 5 November 2005

Desktop Styling

Hey again, I've customized the look of my desktop totally. This post contains some helpful links on where to find wallpaper and programs to give your desktop a new look.



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Wallpapers (Socksoff.co.uk)



Programs - Konfabulator, RK Launcher (an application that will allow the user to have a visually pleasing bar at the side of the screen that is used to quickly launch shortcuts)

Themes - I recommend getting Neowin UXTheme Multi-Patcher v4.0 and then downloading themes, this just patches the Windows theme settings so you don't have to use programs to use themes. If you need links to some nice themes, leave a comment and i'll get back to you.

Featured link - Is the Xbox360 a Dreamcast 2.0 ?
Featured Software - Lavasoft Personal Firewall

Wednesday, 2 November 2005

Pro Evo 5


Woot, got my hands on Pro Evolution Soccer 5 yesterday. From the first impression, it looks just like Pro Evo 4 , but only when you start playing the game do you see the difference. The game has a new look to it, with Henry and Terry on the front cover of the game. The main menu has also been redone and looks nice in its sleek black design.
As usual, the intro cinematic was really awesome; a bunch of 3d players showing off different types of skill on the ball. At first play, i realised that the controls to the game were 'stiffer' and bit unresponsive compared to the responsiveness in Pro Evo 4.
Graphics on the other hand were stepped up a notch. Player models and the environments were very detailed which led me to believe some of the pitches were redone. As I kicked off my first game (Arsenal vs Real Madrid) , there were some considerable changes in gameplay and control of players. Player movement etc has been changed a bit, resulting in, what i thought, was 'edgyness'. But on the whole, the pros outweighed the cons; players responded in a more realistic manner on and off the ball.
Tackles, passes and long balls were a lot more realistic than in Pro Evo 4, there's around a million ways you can score a goal. This is one of the reasons Pro Evo 5 is the best in its genre. As i said earlier, the player models look realistic enough that you can actually tell which player has the ball without looking at his name. One significant change is the AI in the game, without doubt i give it 5 stars. Players reacted well and there was no sign of AI gone wrong, as Henry pulled off a diving header on a loose ball and scored into the farpost ( :( )
The music that came along with the game (a sort of techno type) went quit well with the game, with the occasional rock track. Overall, this was a really fun game. I look forward to Pro Evo 6. Make sure you check out the gameplay screenshots which are linked below
Rating : 8/10
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Monday, 31 October 2005

It's Halloween. Yeay

Happy Halloween everyone, im a day away from getting my hands on a copy of Pro Evo 5. Ill try my best to write a review and post some screenies. Umm nothing of bloggable interest has happened lately, so ill just blog some nice finds or software.
There’s a new version of the popular peer to peer voice service skype, Skype 1.4.0.84. Also, another interesting piece of software, Google Web Accelerator. Google Web Accelerator is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator is easy to use; all you have to do is download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before. Click here to download it.
World of Warcraft creators Blizzard have officially announced the expansion to the popular game, Burning Crusade. Over 5 million people worldwide subscribe to this MMoRPG (Massively Multiplayer online Role-playing Game). Some solid facts Blizz has revealed about the expansion:
  • Level cap raised to 70

  • Blood Elves confirmed new horde race

  • Flying mounts

  • New profession (Jewelcrafting)

  • New talents, abilities and spells.
For more information, check out the official website.
BTW, im writing this post in MS Word (testing out the Blogger MS Word plugin).
Till tomorrow.

Mail beta

Heya, been doing some tinkering (still alot more tinkering needed) with the blogs design which resulted in a change of headers. This is mainly because im sick of all blogs looking Kubrick-like. So, I opened up Photoshop CS2 and began experimenting. Cs2 is really fun when you get the hang of it, otherwise you wont have a sense of direction and this will get you nowhere. The text in the header is the result of text-masking, something that is stupidly simple to do.
Im trying to get a hold of Microsoft Mail invites, and once i do i'll stick some up for grabs (or if you'r really impatient, click here to sign up for Microsoft Mail beta) . Microsoft Mail (codename Kahuna) , which is still in the Beta stages,
is a huge improvement over Hotmail, Microsoft's current service, and GMail, the Google-owned service with which it is clearly competing. Offering the best functionality from Web-based offerings like OWA as well as even Windows-based email clients such as Outlook, Kahuna is surprisingly full-featured.
Smashmyipod.com - launched by a 19-year-old Toronto resident, "dedicated to people who hate the 'iPod Revolution,'" in early October with a simple ambition: raising enough money to buy a 20GB iPod that he would smash on video, right there at the store. He succeeded. However, in a surprise plot twist, he gets kicked out of the Yorkdale Apple Store." If you hate iPods, you'll love this site (i think).
Also, if you want to find out the best movies to lookout for this season check out Metacritic.com 's Movie Reviews. Can't wait for Saw 2 (rated 40 - WHY!!) and The Legend of Zorro to come out.
Keep checking the site, i've got alot of changes planned.

Saturday, 29 October 2005

Mini compo

Back again, this time I thought i'll give away something in a post, and so, im giving away 30gigs Email accounts for those of you out there that don't think GMail has enough storage. All you have to do to get an account is comment on this post, as simple as that.
Got Civilization 4 today, it doesn't run that 'smoothly' but nonetheless its a really good game, expect a semi-review and screenshots once I properly get the hang of it. Also, i'll be getting my hands on a copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 5 soon, await screenshots etc.
And.. FireTune 1.8 "FireTune for Mozilla Firefox v1.x was developed for an easy and fast optimization of your browsing experience with Firefox. Usually you have to optimize Firefox manually, which can be time consuming and difficult for the novice user."
At the moment i'm : Checking out WordPress (not liking it), playing Civ VI, downloading torrents, on mIRC and finding stuff to post on. Till tomorrow, later.

Friday, 28 October 2005

Some stuff..

Wazza! Downloaded Azureus again, its been ages since I used this nifty bittorent client, so I thought I'll tell you all about it. First of all, you can download Azureus here. Once you have downloaded it all you have to do is find a torrent you want to download and start downloading. Simple as that. If you want a program that is light, and i mean light on resources, I suggest you check out UTorrent here (the program itself is 97kb big/small).
Im thinking of getting a new PC, or core components, at least. So im listing down some performance PC parts. If you like to help me out, click on the title of this post and comment. So far i've got :
Processor - Intel or AMD 3200 + socket one..
Motherboard - Asus something..
RAM - 1gb Kingston DDR2 X 2
Graphics card - Geforce 7800GT (256mb DDR3) or ATI Radeon X850XT

Also, if you're a fan of World of Warcraft (like me) then you'll surely be interested about the plans for the game expansion are going. Click this link to read about the new Horde races and other stuff that will be coming out with the expansion pack.
While looking through Tomshardware.com came across this nice guide on BIOS, for beginners. If you want to overclock your pc, check this guide.
Okies, that should do for today.
enjoy

Wednesday, 26 October 2005

The 'free' post


Woot it's me again, I couldn't post yesterday because of serious template deformalities. Todays post will be about News in general and other interesting (I hope) stuff. I applied for Adsense day before yesterday, now all I have to do is wait and see if the nice people at Google think my blog is worth showing ads. Another cool thing about Google Adsense is that it is somewhat a form of revenue. It basically works like this : Your site shows Google ads (you can choose what sort of ads you want displayed) , people visit your site, click the ads and you get paid for it.
Found some interesting piece of software/operating system (delete as appropriate) called Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is as quote
a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support.
And what's cool about it is the fact that it is 100% free. Where can you get a copy of Ubuntu? Easy, just click this link to have Ubuntu shipped (FREE) wherever you are in the world.
Just found a site that lists and tracks other websites and services that are all free. From everything that ranges from Online education, Music, DIY-stuff and good deals, Oolsi seems to have it all.
Some other free stuff, check this site out for the Best Free web applications.
If you are lucky enough to own an Xbox360 controller, check the Llamma's guide to disassembling the controller and how to wire/connect the LED's.
Oh, the image at the top of this post was my attempt at Photoshop CS2 ><. More from me tomorrow. BTW, i've added RSS feeds to this blog. If you can, subscribe to the feed :)

Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Woot.. nouhadsblog v2.0

Hello there people, its been well over 4 months or so since I last posted (was kept busy with exams and a whole load of other things). Anyway, im back to blogging. During my time away I was planning to restart blogging by redesigning the whole blog, and so, construction is underway in creating nouhads blog v2.0! Expect it to be released within a few months/weeks as im coding it myself in CSS and it is not easy :P
The picture above is a little sneak preview of how the banner for v2.0 will look.
There has been so much happening and so much that I have to post, see you tomorrow.

Saturday, 4 June 2005

Perfect Dark 0


Posted by a forum user, they are said to be grabs from the single-player game mode and feature some interesting-looking Metroid-style spiders. Hmm. Rare has been careful to keep the game under wraps so far, but now the first few details are starting to emerge - including news that all the weapons will feature primary and secondary functions, and you’ll be able to hold up to four at a time.


Friday, 3 June 2005

Exam hiatus; a quick post


Hey there people, i've not posted for ages. Its because I have exams on the 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 20th of this month.
I've been checking out some stuff. First off, get a gangster name. Click here to get a gangster handle yo! I be the Pimp Master Jo :D
Also X:Men 3 details. How to crack passwords.
Stay posted, i'll be back on the 8th :D
Thanks for constantly checking the site.
Edit : I've added a sloganizer to the bottom of the website, the site now has a favicon.

Thursday, 26 May 2005

iPod hackery, Batman and a Star Wars Prequel?


It's been a while since i last posted. First off, Accessing Hidden Files on your iPod,
Apple keeps the music files on your iPod hidden, but with a little hackery, all your music will be revealed, allowing you to copy the files (legally, of course) from one machine to another.
That basically explains it. Click here to find out how to do it.
Also, just released, a 10 minute peek into just how sweet the new Batman movie is going to be.
Click here to see the clip.
Moving on, about the Star Wars prequel this is what i found out
a prequel to The Phantom Menace. The story would follow the Jedi regaining control of the universe from the many Dark Lords some 88 years before Anakin Skywalker ever graced the universe. Yoda, who, according to Lucas, was instrumental in the effort, would apparently have a headlining role. However, Lucas, now age 60, says he won't be captaining such a ship if it ever happens."
Thats about it, Bittorent is getting stormed by the way.

Sunday, 22 May 2005

Security and some helpful programs

Hello there, this post contains information and a patch for the Microsoft Windows Generic Host Process error.
Symptoms that you need this patch are if :
After you install security update 873333 (MS05-012), you experience the following problems:
• You may receive the following error message after you start the computer:
Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error
Note This problem only occurs in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
• File names are not displayed in e-mail messages that include file attachments when the following conditions are true:
• The file name contains double-byte character set (DBCS) characters.
• The file name is longer than 42 characters.
Note This problem only occurs when the e-mail message format is Rich Text.
A direct download link for WinXP users can be found here. Otherwise, click here.

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More Xbox360 Movies and 'Spore'.

Here is the full list of new Xbox360 Movies.
Condemned: Criminal Origins Xbox E3 2005 Movie (72.41MB)
Saint's Row Xbox 360 E3 2005 Movie (147.64MB)

Also, Next year, Electronic Arts will release Wright's next attempted masterpiece, Spore, a game some are calling "Sim Everything."

Spore will give players the chance to control life -- from the ground up.
Click here to read about Spore.


Courtesy : Gamershell.com