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Sunday, July 29, 2009

GeeVee

GeeVee is a new service which provides free hosting and viewing of gameplay videos. A YouTube for gameplay, in other words, but it seems to have a few advantages over its mega-popular counterpart: videos are larger and higher-res, video comments aren't full of spam and there's a digg-style ratings system (cool / lame) which adds an extra element of democracy to whether a video gets popular or not.

If you're looking for a place to host your gameplay videos with a bigger display and higher resolution than YouTube, GeeVee might be worth a look.

[GeeVee]

Saturday, June 30, 2009

BethBlog


It's almost as if the people at Bethesda Game Studios just want to be liked. Their efforts began on the Fallout 3 forums, and they've now colonized a little speck of the blogsphere. I predict we'll be hitting up Todd Howard's MySpace in a week or two.

Pete Hines is apparently responsible for the newest iteration of Bethesda's quest to be loved by all. Not that he'd admit it:

This (blog) is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but I didn’t have the time to do it on my own with everything else going on (that “Oblivion” thing, for one).
Yeah, now you've only got that "Fallout 3" thing going, so you have a lot more free time? Way to win over the skeptics, Pete!

Let's face it: Todd Howard and co. are treating disgruntled fans like the new kid at school who just wants to be your friend. I think it's sweet. I don't think it's going to work. I think a lot of fans will be saying that time spent making affable blog posts could be better spent, ahem, elsewhere.

[Bethesda Blog via Kotaku]

Friday, June 21, 2009

How to install Ubuntu on the PS3


What is Ubuntu and why should I install it? The PS3 allows you to install alternative operating systems (once you have partitioned the hard drive). A neat candidate would be Ubuntu, which is free, Linux-based, and regularly updated. The OS comes in several different flavors, including Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu. They're each slightly different -- Google 'em.

Are there any limitations? You can still watch Blu-ray DVDs and use Ubuntu, but not at the same time.

Where do I start? There are detailed instructions at the Community Ubuntu Documentation project. It actually doesn't look too tricky, so let us know if you get it working!

[Playstation 3 Ubuntu documentation via Lifehacker]

Friday, June 09, 2009

Ergonomic DS Lite stylus


Ergonomic in the sense that it totally maximizes productivity while reducing operator fatigue and discomfort, etc. And it's free. As opposed to the other styli* out there, which cost money. And let's face it - nobody wants to pay money for a slip of plastic. It just feels wrong.

Sal Cangeloso, unhappy with the ergonomicality (-ness? Yes, I am making up words) of the stock stylus decided a little DIY was in order, pictured above.

My version is actually a stock DS Lite stylus cut down to the right size and placed in a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto pen. I also put in a little bit of rubber from the grip from an old pen so that the stylus tip has a little bit of give. It ended up taking about 5 minutes to put together and it was free, which is always nice. I used an old stylus which, as any DS Lite user knows, starts to fall out of the holder when the little stopper ridge wears out. The extra size makes the stylus a lot more comfortable and the added width helps as well. I should be easy enough to do with any old pen body so long, though the Coleto definitely scores some extra points for style.
End notes: the rubber grip was placed around the back end of the stylus before inserting into the pen, the cartridges for the Coleto are 0.4mm and 0.3mm, and no, the pen is not 'clicky', but Sal says version 2.0 will be.

* Apparently styli is the plural of stylus. I predict your friends will hit you if you drop the word in conversation, however.

[The best DS Lite stylus? DIY at Arghyle]

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