Archive for May, 2007

LaserWar & America’s Army

by on May.29, 2007, under Gaming

LaserWar is a cross between LaserQuest and PaintBall, it takes place outside (like paintball) and uses weapons which utilise laser (not actual lasers) technology. Last weekend I went with a few mates from LSUCS.
It turned out to be an awesome morning, we initially booked it for the day, however the place we went to,, were due to get some new weapons in the day before. This meant they had been able to take more bookings for the same day.
The plan was to have two teams, us and someone else, and we would play against each other. The problem was the weapons never arrived therfore there were not enough weapons to go around. So we ended up playing in the morning and the other group played after us (about 2ish). We did however get refunded for the trouble.

Anyway once we got kited up, we set off into the field and fought amongst ourselves for about 4 hours. Totally awesome experience and fully recommend it above paintball. So much more tactical than paintball but does require a little bit more walking to get between battlegrounds. Fully recommended!!!

Anyway following this trip to LaserWar, I decided to have a look and see how far America’s Army (the game) had progressed. WOW its come far since I last played it (couple of years back). There are loads of new maps, and the graphics for each map are immense. The great thing about it though has to be that the gameplay side of the game has not been affected by all the changes. Its still seems as good as I remember if not better.

The game can be downloaded here or here and is available for Windows, MAC and Linux. However the MAC ad Linux clients are now longer being developed by the same people who develop the Windows version but it will be continued as a community project (feel free to correct me on this if I am wrong).
For those running Vista, punkbuster requires you to run the game “as an administrator” (untill they come up with a better solution). The easiest way to do this for those who don’t know is to right-click on the shortcut and goto properties, then click on compatability and check the “Run this program as an administrator” box, this will then run the game as an admin everytime. Hopefully they will come up with a solution soon.

BTW for those who havn’t noticed I decided to change the look and feel of this section to my site, feel free to drop me a comment about wether you prefer it or prefer the other theme.

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Impressivness of Vista Utils

by on May.25, 2007, under Vista

The time came to reinstall Vista this afternoon, and not for the usual reasons. It was reinstalled to update the license to a legal version of Vista Business :)

Have to admit I was quite impressed with it, I decided to play around with the backup / Easy Transfer utilities that Vista now offers. Here is what happened:
The Easy Transfer utility worked like a charm. Installed Vista, inserted the disk created during the Easy Transfer setup on the old install where I told it to copy all my email settings etc and when I ran it in the new install it just copied them over.
Started up the mail client and hey presto all my accounts are there (had to enter all the passwords again), all my emails and all the rules which I had previously spent hours setting up. Nice job Microsoft 😉

Thought I would also have a look at the backup feature but that doesn’t seem to like backups created under other installations for some reason. Keeps claiming that I need to create a backup before I can restore a backup … “I have created one” … oh well never mind might create one and see if I can then use the older backup.

Just found out that the Easy Transfer utility even copied over putty and a couple of other utils (with their configs).
Will do a guide on how I did this at some point (after revision for final year exams are over lol).

Decided to stick with Winamp for my music player and went to look for a new skin for it. I actually found an awesome skin which fits in perfectly with my desktop setup. It evens has a feature which folds it away in to the right hand side of the desktop. This mixed with the transparency -> opaque on hover settings (found under alpha blending skin options) means I can still do everything I want, without having to have Winamp on top of all my windows.

The skin can be found in the main winamp skins collection and below are a couple of screenshots showing the skin visible on the desktop, 10% transparency and folded up 😉
Visible Winamp Skin

Winamp Skin with 10% transparency

Minimised view of the winamp skin

Click the thumbnails for a larger view :)

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Family Guy – Streetfighter

by on May.18, 2007, under random

Just got sent this link to a random but hilarious video on Youtube.

Enjoy and wait till the end, its hilarious.

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