May 31, 2008
BF 2142 Patch Out

Just saw that the 1.5 patch for BF2142 is out. New maps, fixes, addition of widescreen mode and various other goodies. Glad they've updated this game, looking forward to playing it!

Posted by Arcterex at 11:01 AM
May 30, 2008
25 Years of Ewoks

Great post about Star Wars: 25 Glorious Years of Loving the Ewoks, pay particular attention to the song at the bottom :)

Posted by Arcterex at 02:39 PM
Battlefield: Bad Company Video

Battlefield: Bad Company Demo Video Released over at shacknews. Very nice, I recommend the high quality stream to view it for sure. May even do the pre-order thing to get access to the demo, though normally I wait to see the demo before knowing if I'm going to buy the game or not.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:20 PM
Toys for the Disturbed

Toys for the Disturbed. Very.... disturbing.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:50 AM
F35 Hover Mode Video

Youtube video which shows the 1st F-35B switches to hover mode (while tied down). Not hugely exciting, but cool to see the next generation of jet fighters.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:49 AM
May 28, 2008
Unsharp Mask Tutorial

Yea, I know there are a million USM tutorials around, but this one (found via a photo board) Unsharp Mask: How Do You Actually Use That Thing? is nice as it seems to show more the application of it in the form of "slide X to value Y, look for property P, move slider back to Y-10" type instructions. Very good for slow people like me :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:34 AM
Office Environment Boggling the Mind

So scary it's funny.... check out Overdue Retirement on The Daily WTF. A sampling:

"Backups: not a chance! When I started I asked about the backup procedures. I was told that all the software was stored on the 'software notebook.' Yes, a notebook.

*brain explodes*

Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
Far Cry 2 Trailer

Far Cry 2 Trailer Released, video over at shacknews. Looks purrrrty.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:27 AM
Speed Climbing

Not computer related, but this video of Dan Osman - Speedclimbing is awesome, even ignoring the fact he's doing it without rope or any protection at all! It is from (I believe) Masters of Stone 2 (anyone got a copy of this btw?). Dan is the man, may he rest in peace.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:14 AM
Homemade Render Farm

Some dude built a home linux render cluster. 24 cores, 48G of RAM. Hardware porn factor = 11.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:07 AM
May 26, 2008
Canine Freestyle @ Britain's Got Talent

Robert passed on this video of Britain's Got Talent Seaon 2 Kate and Gin Dog Act... that is definitely not another set of dog tricks :) Even Simon seems impressed!

Posted by Arcterex at 02:55 PM
Phoenix Mars Lander Site

So in this day and age we have no only things like twitter updates on the landing on Mars, but also a full Phoenix Mars Mission website with widgets, updates, pictures, etc.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:16 PM
Joe McNally @ Google on Video

Buddy Grizzled found a video of Photographer Joe McNally talking at Google... apparently totally awesome, currently using TubeTV to convert it for watching on the way home tonight.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:50 AM
May 25, 2008
Gimp Masking Technique

Very cool masking technique for the GIMP: Perfect masking using a highpass.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 PM
Spore Movies

Spore Creature Phase Trailer.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:08 PM
Doctorw Who Mid-Season Trailer

All I can say is.... wow. Doctor Who series 4 mid season trailer.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:36 PM
May 23, 2008
DD-WRT Updated

DD-WRT is updated to version 24. Hit the link for the new highlights.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:47 PM
New Weezer Video With All The Internet Stars

I'm not a huge weezer fan (except for one song), but when Darren pointed me to the video of Pork and Beans and told me it was epically awesome, I have to agree. The Digg page has links to all the memes and internet superstars that are featured. Numa Numa guy!!!!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:45 AM
May 21, 2008
D&D Photoshop Contest

Worth1000 has a D&D Photoshop contest.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:18 PM
ETQW 1.5 Update

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars 1.5 Game Update Released. Not much else to say, grab it while it's hot!

Posted by Arcterex at 03:15 PM
Altered Subtitles (Funny Vid)

Hilarious video passed on from Darren - Hitler Plans Burning Man.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 AM
May 20, 2008
iPhone 2.0 FUD

The Macalope looks at the iPhone 2.0 FUD-o-rama.

Rob Enderle, in regards to anything Apple, is not an "analyst", Eric. He is a quote machine. And, thus, the horny one will not be linking to or bothering to dissect the source of Zeman's piece.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:21 PM
Gallery of Bad Tattoos

Bad Tattoos. Via BoingBoing.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:12 PM
May 19, 2008
LWN on the Debian SSL Key Issue

LWN has a nice article entitled Debian, OpenSSL, and a lack of cooperation.

Back in April 2006, a Debian user reported a problem using the OpenSSL library with valgrind, a tool that can check programs for memory access problems. It was reporting that OpenSSL was using uninitialized memory in parts of the random number generator (RNG) code. Using memory before it is initialized to a known value is a well known way to create hard-to-find bugs, so it is not surprising that the valgrind report caused some consternation.

Read the full thing, it's very interesting to see how it's maybe not a cut and dry issue of someone deleting something they shouldn't have.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:01 PM
Evernote Beta Invites (Expires May 20)

TUAW has a 24-Hour Evernote beta invitation.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:49 PM
Wikipedia for iPhone / iPod Touch

Wikipedia for iPhone is out.... shexy!

Posted by Arcterex at 12:48 PM
iPhone and Data Plan in Canada?

Another rumor has it that there'll be a 3G iPhone in Canada next month with reasonable data costs over at the Apple blog. The $7 unlimited data plan they predict sounds very good, especially compared to the $97 for 25mb that they currently have. This combined with an upgraded / tweaked iPhone, maybe a 32mb version, and I'm there. I love my iPod Touch, but would love to combine it with my phone for one less bit to carry around :)

Course, all this depends on a new iPhone, a 3G version, and Rogers not to completely shaft us Canadians with data plan pricing.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:46 PM
May 18, 2008
'Wanted' Featurette

Found a Wanted featurette which looks very cool, makes me want to see the movie (and find the comic too)!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:33 AM
May 17, 2008
Firefox 3 RC1 Available

Firefox 3 RC1 is now available. No hugely obvious improvements, however I've noticed.

  • The back button isn't quite as disproportionate to the front (slightly smaller)
  • The awesomebar is faster and has had some tweaks to it to make it look much nicer (IMHO).

Posted by Arcterex at 10:33 PM
May 16, 2008
Mummy 3 Teaser

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Teaser Trailer on /Film. Looks cool, though almost a bit too mystical-ish for me. The first 2 mummy movies were of course mystical, with the whole mummy-coming-to-life thing of course, and they worked well, so we'll see how Brendan Fraser does this time.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:03 AM
May 15, 2008
Ubuntu / Linux ID Cards

FS-WebDesiGn Blog 2.0 (in spanish) has links to some very nicely done Linux and Ubuntu ID cards. [Via comuNIdad]

Posted by Arcterex at 01:57 PM
Thunderbird 3 Screenshots

Following up on the release of the new Thunderbird 3 Alpha, lifehacker has a screenshot tour.

Still not convinced about tabs though.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:07 AM
May 14, 2008
Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Alpha

Saw that Thunderbird 3 has an alpha released.... check out the Shredder a1 Release Notes. Oooh! Tabs!

Posted by Arcterex at 07:02 PM
Animatronic Wall-E

MUST WATCH: Animatronic WALL-E Spotted in LA - Wow, now that's cool!

Posted by Arcterex at 01:10 PM
Shooting Smoke

Found a great article on Capturing Delicate Wisps of Smoke complete with setup, pictures, and video. Good for the photo buffs out there.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 AM
May 13, 2008

IO9 has a nice ditty on how you could Now You Can Have the Real Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy using simple and easily available parts.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:38 PM
Best Twitter + BASH Hack Ever

Great Twitter + Bash hack. So evil, yet so perfect :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 PM
Microsoft Releases WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope was released today from Microsoft. If anyone remembers, this is what made Scoble cry.

It makes me cry becuase it is, of course, Windows only (the requirements for Mac are "Microsoft XP SP2 or Vista", ha!). Guess I'll stick with Google Sky for now.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:44 AM
Debian OpenSSL Package Fix

Saw that a flaw in Debian with a fix: New openssl packages fix predictable random number generator. Update quickly, keep yourself safe.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:41 AM
May 12, 2008
New Google Reader for iPhone / iPod Touch

The Google Reader Blog announces that they have a Brand new Google Reader for iPhone. Looking forward to playing with this.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:26 PM
McLovin's Anti-Piracy PSA

Just a little bit of naughty language, however hilarious is this "Piracy PSA" with McLovin, the geeky guy from Superbad.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:16 AM
Hacker Propaganda

Via comes this old (judging by the computer pictured) news article (assuming it didn't come from the National Inquirer) about how Hackers can turn your computer into a BOMB (emphasis mine). Nothing better on a monday morning than funny old propaganda!

Posted by Arcterex at 07:43 AM
May 10, 2008
New Indiana Jones Trailer

A new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been released.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:18 PM
May 09, 2008
Clone Wars Trailer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer over at yahoo...

Posted by Arcterex at 01:08 PM
May 08, 2008
Speed Racer First 7 Minutes HD

You can watch the first 7 minutes of SPEED RACER on Yahoo! Movies (including HD links).

Posted by Arcterex at 10:31 PM
Kung Fu Panda Trailer 2

SlashFilm has Kung Fu Panda Movie Trailer #2.... looks a bit more amusing this time, maybe something I'd go see on a lazy Saturday.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:52 AM
May 07, 2008
OpenOffice 3.0 Beta 3.0 Beta Announcement. That is all.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:36 PM
ETQW 1.5 Changelog

The ETQW 1.5 Changelog is Revealed.... Mostly tweaks, a couple of nice UI changes though.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
Geek Movie Top Songs

Random post of a list from another site: The 11 Best Songs from Geek-Movie Soundtracks. Geek + movie + music sounds good to me :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:09 PM
Doom 4 Announced

Shacknews tells me that this morning's interesting news was that Doom 4 is Announced:

"Doom is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry to bring the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth," said id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead in a press release."

This is very interesting. Going to earth = cool. Better engine = a given (the new Tech 5 is presumed). I just really hope that they don't compromise PC performance / controls / gameplay to make it cross platform.... (which the Tech 5 engine is currently able to do).

It'll be interesting.... Doom 3 really excited me, but I didn't love it as much as I thought I should have (but I am also notoriously bad completing single player campaigns...).

Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
May 06, 2008
Canon P&S Firmware Hack

Lifehacker has a nice look at how to Turn Your Point-and-Shoot into a Super-Camera using the CHDK hack. It's a non-destructive hack to turn on a bunch of features on your Canon camera. You can hit the download page on their wiki to get a list of supported cameras, or hit the in brief page to get more info. As usual LifeHacker does a great job of boiling it down.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:19 PM
Coding Horror on MVC

Coding Horror has a nice article on Understanding Model-View-Controller. Well worth the read for people not so up on it like myself.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 AM
May 05, 2008
Adobe Color Mix Site

I'm not 100% sure what kuler is.... it appears to be a way to design and share and rate color mixes. Hard to describe, hit the link (you may need a flash upgrade) and check it out. Interesting stuff from Adobe for sure!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:56 PM
VMWare Fusion 2.0 Public Beta

Saw via my RSS this evening that VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1 Now Available. Highlights are multi-display support (for real), running apps from your boot camp partition, and 3D acceleration. Woot!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:22 PM
Three Minutes of Speed Racer

SlashFilm points out that there are Three Minutes of Speed Racer available online.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
May 04, 2008
New Dark Knight Trailer

Why So Serious has a new high def trailer.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:16 PM
May 03, 2008
Team Fortress 2 Free Weekend On Now

This is cool... you can play Team Fortress 2, the full game, same as included in the Orange Box for free this weekend. The Team Fortress 2 - Gold Rush promotion is on. I played some Gold Rush last night and have to admit, it was pretty fun. I'm not sure what the details of the promotion are, other than you have to sign up for and install Steam, but it does sound like a good deal (as free things sometimes are). Look for 'arcterex' online and you can come and kick my ass :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 AM
May 02, 2008
R2D2 Projector

See the R2-D2 Projector in Action from slashfilm. Oh. My. God. I want one!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:16 AM
May 01, 2008
Microsoft Photo Pro Tools... Not Suckage?

When I first saw the post about Microsoft Pro Photo Tools V1 I immediately dismissed it as more MS marketing crap, selling "meh" software as the 3rd coming. However, when looking into it a bit more, their Geotagging system looks.... "interesting". I'm a metadata freak, I figure if I can metadata the hell out of something I can always go back later and re-organize or find whatever I need to find. The idea of dropping a photo on a map (a la Flickr's tools) and have it's location/city/state/country/etc data in the IPTC fields really excites me. Looking forward to seeing this when I'm back around a windows machine.

Microsoft Pro Photo Tools also allows photographers to use geotagging for their photos. Geotagging is the ability to "tag" something with location information - and in the case of photos the location of where your photo was taken. You can quickly add location data from a GPS device or Live Search Maps to a photo's metadata.

Posted by Arcterex at 06:05 PM
Alternative Windows Software

From LifeHacker comes a good list of Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:18 AM
Getting VMWare Tools to Install on an Ubuntu Hardy Heron Guest

How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 under VMware Fusion managed to help me get my vmware tools running on my laptop. Finally found the right combination of magic to get it all working!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:00 AM
Hulk Trailer Out

Saw last night that there is a new Incredible Hulk trailer out. I wasn't all that interested or excited about this movie, however this trailer makes me feel slightly less "meh" towards it. Edward Norton may just be able to do it as Bruce Banner....

Posted by Arcterex at 07:54 AM