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 Friday, 6-April-2007  22:12:28 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Verisign are raising domain name fees by 10% for .net domains and 7% for .com domains. VeriSign on Thursday said it that it will increase the fees it charges for Internet domains ending in .com or .net. Starting October 15, VeriSign will charge $6.42 for .com domains and $3.85 for .net domains, it said in a statement. The fees are charged to domain registrars such as GoDaddy and TuCows, which typically handle domain registration for customers.

PCMech have checked out the process of hacking the Apple TV. Recently, Apple Inc. released one of its latest devices: the Apple TV. At just under $300, the Apple TV is capable of holding roughly 50 hours of television and wirelessly broadcasts media from one's Mac (or PC) to his wide-screen television. With the Apple TV you can now enjoy, from the comfort of your couch, all the TV episodes and movies you've downloaded (legally of course) through services like iTunes. Within a week of the release of the Apple TV, guides on how to hack and modify the device have already begun to surface on the Internet.

VIA Arena have looked into Personal Portability Uptime which is the relationship between the portability of a device and how much use you get out of it. One of the buzz terms floating around the office in Taiwan is ďPPUĒ. The term stands for Personal Portability Uptime. Man do I hate the overuse of acronyms! What PPU is basically saying is that because a UMPC is far more portable than a laptop, you get more use out of it. They certainly are more convenient to carry around than laptops. One of the toughest things about being a geek is all the gadgets and stuff you have to carry around.

DansData have posted an article about expectations of different users on technology. It's a balancing act, I tell you. If you know nothing about technology, you'll keep running into totally opaque, utterly illogical problems that totally shatter your workflow - or entertainment-flow, for that matter - and confidence, leaving you feeling like a chimp trying to pass a driving test. If you learn all of the ins and outs, though, you start to notice things.

You can expect coloured Wii controllers and nunchucks coming up in the not too distant future. Well, that rainbow never landed, and we've been a captive of White since then. However, that might be changing very soon. Go Nintendo reports that a retailer list they've seen announces the upcoming different colors for Wiimotes and nunchucks, and that they will be made available on June 29th in Europe. No mention of dates for U.S. or other territories.

XYZComputing have posted some info about Vista Readyboost on Laptops. One of the most notable new features in Windows Vista is ReadyBoost. This is a caching feature that uses flash memory in order to speed up Vista's performance. Because flash memory is cheap, very quick with random reading, and is easy to install this is something that any Vista user, regardless of their technical understanding can take advantage of. The effect of ReadyBoost is not always profound but it is generally enough to be worth taking advantage of, especially in a system that could use a bit more memory.

The Anti Blogger has posted their experience with switching to Linux. So, not exactly a planned thingÖ My new(ish) laptop started having problems a few weeks back and being the lazy procrastinating ass I am, Iíve been using a gifted ThinkPad T40 that I was using to test OpenSUSE 10.2. Yes, the first few days of using nothing but Linux & KDE drove me a bit insane. Itís not that I found it any more difficult than Windows XP, itís the general awkwardness of functioning in a new environment. That little tiny learning curve that comes with anything new.

Yonas sent in this page with some really interesting CG and pictures of it throughout development. I wanted the Night Elf to look believable, despite the fact that this particular kind of elf, besides the enormously huge ears, should perhaps have violet skin, freaky eyebrows and blue hair (also two belly buttons and a third nostril on her back). I began constructing the material and the lighting setup process for the Elf as if she was a human, gradually mutating her into the intended creature. The hair ended up being just a few planes with textures, painted in Photoshop with a mouse because I actually donít have a tablet. Even the teeth, I modeled separately.

Check out this special Foosball "good vs evil" edition which feature unique characters on each team who are regarded to be good or evil. The hand-painted detailed figurines are set into a hand-crafted maple cabinet which retails at £14,500. It sounds quite pricey but 400 man-hours go into making each table. The only dilemma is which side you're on; sounds like a perfect toy for a philosopher's games room!



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