May 2007 Archives

May 1, 2007

Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 for PS3 supports Wi-Fi

Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 for the Sony Computer Entertainment PLAYSTATION(R)3 adds greater than 500 package updates to v5.0 and now includes support for built-in wireless!

Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 offers:
- Support for the Sony PS3.
- More than 500 updated packages.
- Built-in Wi-Fi now supported.
- USB printers fixed.
- The bootloader is now included on the DVD.

Learn how to update your v5.0 installation to support PS3 Wi-Fi

Learn how to configure PS3 Wi-Fi

To learn more about Yellow Dog Linux

May 2, 2007

Man Sues over Pants, Wants $67 Million

Want to see another story on what's wrong with this country? Here you go. Guy took pants to dry cleaner, they lost the pants, guy wants $67 million in compensation for the pants, travel, and mental distress because he couldn't wear them the first day on the job. The worst part? The guy suing is a judge.

May 4, 2007

I hate Flash sites, part XIII

I hate Flash sites. This is ancient history on this blog. I loath Flash sites for video games. Especially when they crash my browser on repeated attempts to load the site. All I want to do is copy the system requirements for an email and I have to sit through a flipping Flash preloader.

The Flash site for the game Ancient Wars: Sparta will not load in Safari 2.0.4 or Firefox on the Mac. Its not like I have an ancient computer (har har).

My 1 Ghz PowerBook with 1 GB of RAM, while old, can handle some rather Flash-intense Web sites. But not this one (which I am not even going to link to).

Every last one of these sites should have an HTML version. This is utterly ridiculous. I can't wait to test this site out on my G5 and Dell Inspiron tomorrow, just to see how bad it is.

I got a raise! Lots to do this summer!

Not only did I get a raise, I got a raise on my birthday. How cool is that? And it looks like a lot is going on this summer at Student Publications. We will be upgrading our advertising software out of Mac OS 9 (thank God) and moving away from FoxPro (thank God). The new system will be running under OS X and a MySQL database with a Tomcat server.

Sure, you might not have a clue what I just said, but let me make this much clear: Mac OS 9 died at WWDC in 2002. For those playing at home, that was five years ago. I hate supporting Mac OS 9 almost as much as I hate Flash sites.

We are also set to get new computers thanks to the university's desktop replacement program - though I am not yet sure how many will get replaced. Usually its about six computers.

There is also this super top secret project that I can't talk about yet. But its gonna be a lot of fun. More on it when the time comes.

New Epochal Solutions Site

This past Monday the Epochal Solutions Web site that I have been working on launched. I think it turned out really great. It sells their product far better than their old site.

I still need to get a photo gallery in there, but the site is all there. The next part of this project is to improve upon their HomePort Builder web application.

New Site for JEM Photography

There is so much you can do with a photographer's web site. The possibilities are almost endless. But not when they need the site done the next day, and it is already 6 PM.

Though their new site is simple, it loads fast, and looks clean. And the client loves it, she was crying on the phone. Thats a first.

Is Super Rub-a-Dub a Wash?

In patented form, IGN hates Super Rub-a-Dub like it hates all downloadable games on the PS3 or 360. I really don't know that they have up their ass to give this game a 2.9 out of 10.

You get 60 levels in three difficulty settings, all for $6.99. You, being a rubber ducky, have to save all the baby rubber duckies on the stage and bring them back to the drain. Every stage has a different maze you have to move through, flowing water that is always a hazard, and sharks. Everything is done with the SIXAXIS controller and no buttons.

You tilt the tub and can jump by flicking the controller. This puzzle game is totally worth the money. It isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread, but its a solid puzzler and keeps my interest far longer than most of the rest of the PS3 library.

These downloadable games never seem to get the credit they deserve. This one is no different. The demo gives you five levels to try, so at least download it and give it a whirl.

PSOne Games on PS3 Finally Work, Still 480i

That 1.7 firmware upgrade that proclaimed that PSOne games would work on the PS3 was not a funny joke. Nice one Sony. Next time don't use the word "now" when you mean "the first week in May."

So anyways, the PS3's emulation of PS1 games is just as crappy with the downloadable versions than it is with real PS1 discs. That crappyness comes by the fact that your screen it dropped to 480i and you are staring at a stretched PS1 game. You have to change your TV to 4:3 yourself.

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May 17, 2007

Dear TNT: Piss Off

How many times do I need to see the same commercial for your original shows during the NBA playoffs? Just for the record, I will NOT be watching the four shows you're relentlessly pushing DURING EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK, shows whose name I won't mention here to further promote them. I'm sick of them all already. It's beyond absurd, and you're not even presenting a variety of them. It's the same ads repeatedly.

It's becoming difficult to sit through a full game. Commercials are fine, but this is quite possibly the worst display of self promotion I've ever come across on a cable network. Do you think the audience is forgetting about these shows in the span of 10 minutes?

Give it up. It's disgusting, annoying, and aggravating.

May 20, 2007

Host Monster Worth a Look for Rails Development

My current host, Stormwire (who I have been with for over five years) will not install Ruby and Ruby on Rails on my shared-server reseller account. They gave me the option to purchase a dedicated box. It is a good price, but far more than I can afford right now.

Thanks to my friend Pratap, I am now using Host Monster (in addition to Stormwire). While their features page lists some worthless bullet points, such as "Javascript/DHTML," they offer a lot.

If you purchase for 2 years, you get their hosting plan for $5.95 a month. This comes with a free domain, as long as you keep the plan and domain name with them. Nice deal there. Other important stats:

300 GB disk storage
3,000 GB/mo of bandwidth
SSH shell access
Ruby/Ruby On Rails v1.2.3 (even though the site says 1.1)
Support For Custom PHP.INI Files
SSL Secure Server (shared)

The rest of the bullet points every host has, usually because they use cPanel. Sadly Host Monster offers no reseller account, so no WHM. But for $5.95 a month, I am sold.

I called with questions, got through right away, and even found out that I can cancel and they refund the difference. Not bad at all.

May 21, 2007

BW is Moving Hosts

Hey loyal readers. We are moving hosts. I am moving this over to my new Host Monster account. It is a pain in the but, but it will be good to get the bandwidth off of my business hosting plan.

I don't know how long the site will be down (hopefully not long!) but when we come back, comments will be back too. Three cheers for that.

The Passing of Another Ferret

We lost another. Sierra was given to us after being found running through a neighborhood loose. She was extremely aggressive, biting everyone and everything. It earned her the nickname Vampira. It’s amazing anyone would let her go, especially given her gorgeous albino coat that assuredly cost someone a staggering amount of money.

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May 22, 2007

My Gamerscore Tops 40k

That took a while. Thanks to horrible games like Shrek the Third!

May 28, 2007

Xbox 360 - Nov. 22 2005 to May 27 2007

Son of a bitch. Right when I am going to have some friends over, my 360 gets a Red Ring of Death™. It did this a week ago, and it rebooted just fine. Now it won't turn on at all.

I had plugged in my play and charge kit, was charging my controller, and didn't want to leave the 360 on all night, so I turned it off (because it has the very nice feature for auto shut off). Right when I hit the power button, I got the three blinking red lights. One more push on the button turned if off, never to turn on again.

Maybe it was all the Guitar Hero II play it has seen lately.

It is dead, R.I.P. little buddy. My little blast furnace. I am going to miss ya. 11713 Gamerscore is a lot to through with one piece of plastic and metal, ya know?

My system, like so many others, was a lunch day unit. Thankfully, I know how to get this thing replaced, one nice perk of being the Gaming Editor at Blogcritics.

I will keep you posted on how long it takes. Since Monday is a holiday, the clock starts ticking on Tuesday.

Now that I have joined the club, its seems like a lot of people I know have had dead Xbox 360s at some point. Mine didn't even last a full two years!

May 29, 2007

Rejected Wii Play Mini-Games

Njiska will surely love the seal bashing, while female pleasure brought me to tears, like most of this video. Amazingly, all of these seem to work accurately. Shame the real game isn't the same way.

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