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Windows 7 Public Beta Released

date_range 11/01/2009 18:58

The Windows 7 public beta has officially gone live yesterday. Originally 2.5 million keys would be handed out, but this limit was immediately reached due to popular demand and unlimited keys were handed out on the first day of release. If you weren’t lucky enough to get one, you can still download the 32-bit or 64-bit version for free to use as a 30 day trial. Windows 7 brings many new exciting new features that are definately worth upgrading to if you have the time. I’m using it as my main OS right now and have had no problems since,...

Happy New Year + NVidia’s Ambient Occlusion

date_range 05/01/2009 00:32

Happy new year guys, quite exciting to have yet another year pass and once again, personally having the frustration of still thinking it’s 2008 :(. Anyway, in some other news I just found out about some new NVidia drivers. They’re not yet listed on NVidia’s official site as they’re leaked versions (then again, perfectly legal). The new 185.20 drivers. Another driver release, the typical improvements? Nah, a bit more than that: Half Life 2 Comparison Open these in two seperate tabs to see real differences: Call of Duty 4 – ON Call of Duty 4 – OFF Some people have...

Loading time issues resolved

date_range 30/12/2008 16:57

An issue with certain incompatibilities with WordPress plug-in has been fixed so the page no longer takes an excessively long time to load. The rest of the site still functions normally.

Merry Christmas!

date_range 29/12/2008 00:54

Merry Christmas to everyone, hope everyone had some rather exciting presents they received, I sure enjoyed mine! 2009’s right around the corner, I’m quite curious to see what’ll be happening next year.

Irrlicht

date_range 19/12/2008 14:17

Ogre was increasingly difficult for me to manage, so once again I had moved engines. It’s always a good idea to stick with something, but for someone who has not had extensive knowledge previously in programming, Ogre was not the best way to do things. So I moved to Irrlicht. Irrlicht seems quite similar to Ogre3D. It uses some similar features which helps with the migration to the new engine, but it is a lot easier to manage. No external plug-ins are required for most basic actions, and it is more than just a rendering engine with all of the...

Core i7

date_range 16/12/2008 01:03

Core i7. The new CPU architecture from Intel. It has now been out for about roughly 2 weeks, and it’s both cheaper and faster than the almighty QX9950 processors. Though Cheaper might not be the correct word. There are 3 models. The 920 – 2.66ghz ($400ish) , 940  – 2.93ghz ($600ish) and 965 3.2Ghz (a mighty $2000-3000ish). The cheapest of these, the 920 has beaten the QX9950 processors in most performances tests, which is great because it is faster and cheaper, and shows the Core i7 is a great and succesful starting architecture from Intel. Some of the highlights are that it uses...

More Ogre

date_range 04/12/2008 17:45

I’ve began to look a little more into Ogre recently and have learned a little bit more. I’ve installed all I need so far without any noticable problems, and I’ve started on the tutorials. It may not be much, but I’ve got to make a start somewhere.

YouTube goes HD!

date_range 25/11/2008 22:41

About a week ago, YouTube started supporting a new High Definition format. First there was the ‘&fmt=18’ extension, then came ‘&fmt=22’. Full 1080P streaming. ‘YouTube’ and ‘HD’ previously were frowned at when both used in the same sentence, but to top it off, youtube now has a widescreen video player for their HD videos. Just look at these two stunning images from Gran Turismo 5, taken from fullscreen mode in YouTube. Video artifacting and noticable compression is very light compared to previous YouTube playback, and it is now actually watchable! Well done YouTube! The fullscreen button finally has a purpose!...

One week till the holidays..

date_range 21/11/2008 19:11

Alright, so I’ve got about a week to go to the holidays. A few things to do, science assignment, maths test, VID assignment, and animation assignment, possibly an English test and I should be done.. So what does that mean? 2 months of holidays – Spare time. I’m thinking of doing something reasonably contstructive and interesting, but I don’t know what yet. I’ll definately like to give my movie project a go, and maybe make a start on a new game engine to finally continue Terramortis on. I’m not really sure on my plans yet, but hopefully I can do at...

Fallout 3

date_range 09/11/2008 22:49

Alright, so I managed to get my hands on Fallout 3.. It really shows that it’s one of those games by Bethesda, yet again I’ve grown the addiction I’ve had once with Oblivion. It’s similar. It’s that same recognizable engine. It’s Oblivion with guns, blood, more blood, blood, mutants, nukes, wastelands, and other stuff that you can just dream about. It’s good, very good. I’ll try not to repeat myself on the points of the many features I’m impressed with. The only thing that’s a little more unfortunate is the constant crashes of the game, but nothing a patch can’t...