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Friday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-February-2007  15:53:00 (GMT +10) - by Rational

It has been a long week, I am certainly happy it is the weekend :)

A funny thread is going on in the Pub where some people have photochopped a picture of Agg, our beloved "Lord of the Pings". Some of the chops are quite creative and others make Agg look like a good contestant for a Jesus impersonator or right out of Middle Earth.

Asher has sent in this article about a fake PS3 on display in a Harvey Norman which consisted of a cardboard facade attached to an Xbox 360. Overnight the pictures of the display has gone viral being posted to several gaming blogs. "A fake Playstation 3 (PS3) display at a Harvey Norman outlet has left the retailer red-faced, after pictures of the bodgie setup spread virally across the web...Sitting atop two posters advertising Harvey Norman's PS3 pre-order program was a printed photograph of the console, stuck to the front of an Xbox 360."

Mark Rein of Epic games has said that Gears of War is coming to the PC eventually when Epic gets around to it. "Yeah, eventually...I don't think that's any great secret that we would like to do it on PC, but for now it's a 360 game. Eventually we'll get around to a PC version. I just don't know when." Mark explains that the "when" will be largely dependent on how long it takes for the market to have enough PCs capable of playing the reconfigured game and thus be economically viable."

Apparently the AACS copy protection system protecting Blu Ray and HD-DVD discs has been broken totally. There is also a lengthy thread over at Doom9 forums discussing this. Extremetech also has some coverage on this. "A second user has claimed to have found a method for cracking and decoding the AACS encoding protecting HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. Meanwhile, SlySoft has already begun offering beta software to "remaster" and copy HD DVDs. "Arnezami," a poster on the Doom9 forums, has claimed he has found a method to find the "processing key" used in AACS, the digital-rights-management scheme used to protect next-generation DVDs."

XbitLabs has done a roundup of 120gb Laptop HDD's for those interested in upgrading. "120GB models seem to be the most interesting option right now among hard disk drives of the 2.5” form-factor. Currently offered by all the leading manufacturers, they provide an impressive storage capacity at a rather low price. Today we will introduce to you three new models from Hitachi, Samsung and Western Digital."

HardwareSecrets has written a lengthy article describing how to use P2P application on networks behind a router. "If you built your own network using a broadband router, the router will automatically prevent any P2P file sharing program (eMule, Shareaza, etc) from working correctly on your network: it will either get a “low ID” or will be shown as “firewalled”. As a consequence you will get lower transfer rates and also won’t be able to initiate file downloading from users that are also “firewalled”. In this tutorial we will teach you how to configure your router to correctly allow P2P file sharing programs to work."

DigitalTrends has posted a guide to some Flickr tools. For those who don't know, Flickr is a popular photo hosting service used by a lot of photographers. "There Internet is replete with sites and services offering to let you organize, manage, and share your digital photographs and Yahoo's Flickr remains an undisputed leader in the field. Partly, that's because Flicker offers easy-to-use features and boasts and enormous, active, and tremendously engaged user community."

For those interested in learning some Google power searching skills, BTXFormFactor has posted an article on that subject. For those who want some more stuff on that subject here is another article.

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