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Sunday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-February-2011  15:00:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The big story of the last couple of days is Nokia and Microsoft teaming up to try and recover some mobile phone market share from Apple and Google's Android. More info here. In short, Nokia will be moving from their own platform to using Microsoft's Windows Phone, which will presumably strengthen that platform as well. Nokia’s history of innovation in the hardware space, global hardware scale, strong history of intellectual property creation and navigation assets are second to none. Microsoft is a leader in software and services; the company’s incredible expertise in platform creation forms the opportunity for its billions of customers and millions of partners to get more out of their devices. Discussion here.

Actually scratch that, a bigger story is the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel Edition. You’ve waited 14 years for the game to come out; why not splurge a little? 2K Games punctuates the May release of Duke Nukem Forever with a special edition that’s as over-the-top and obnoxious as the game’s star himself. There's a hands-on preview of DNF on ArsTechnica and GamingNexus. GamePron have confirmed it has not been edited for Australian release.

Tech Report decided they hate glossy laptops, and did something about it. With a scouring pad. Sure, glossy plastic looks great when it's fresh from the factory or right after it's been buffed with one of the cleaning cloths that always seem to come with it. However, even gentle handling tends to leave behind a mess of fingerprints and smudges that's impossible to ignore.

The BBC are shutting down many of their websites for budgetary reasons, but a BitTorrent user has archived them for $4, with more info here. Once the individual discovered that the BBC would be deleting the 172 websites, he began spidering them and ripping their content to a VPS server, purchased for the bargain price of $3.99. This seedbox is hosting the content which is all neatly wrapped up in a torrent for anyone to download and share.

ITNews report from Kiama Downs, where NBN fibre is being laid down. A way to dig the lead-in trenches from the pit to the side of a house is by water blasting, which NBN Co is trialling in Kiama Downs. Between 150 and 200 homes were trenched with water blasting.

ComputingOnDemand cover installing Linux from a USB drive. So when my friend asked me help him install Ubuntu on his Aspire One, I obliged. Remember, netbooks do not come equipped with CDROM/DVD drives and unless you have an external drive or converter, your only option is to use USB.

OCModShop have a guide to upgrading a Synology diskstation, which is of interest to me as I recently converted the AggCave media server from a full PC to a diskstation. The only real complaint I have is that it pretty much vanishes from the network during power-save mode, so PCs and PS3s have to jump through annoying hoops to see it again after it starts up, maybe 50% of the time. Anyone else had this issue?

I'm not sure if we've seen this before, but Symon sent in this cool scale of the universe slider thingy. Meanwhile, today's completely indecipherable timewaster is KOI2 from Tzortst. Seriously, I have no idea what's going on there. :)



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