Archive for October, 2007

24 Day 7 Preview

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“Hello, my name is Kiefer Sutherland, right now, I’m trying to look like a normal person – but don’t buy this shit! I’m a REAL psyc***ath!”

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btw: “My smiling right now, is my biggest acting job EVER!”

But now, let’s jump right in!

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“Witness, did you torture that guy?”

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“Uhm, what guy are you talking about exactly?” (Does he really expect me to remember…?!?) “Ah, that guy.”

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“Dude, why are you even asking???”

But there’s even more new!

New ladies!

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No, not the red one is the president.

Lots of folks with headsets!

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Yes, every one of them is super-important AND very busy! What else should they take off their heads and throw away in joy once they’ve won?

Exciting new revelations!

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Is Chloe really wearing a headset too?

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“Oh fuck no, I’m wearing one too!!!” (And no pictures of the baby yet!)

Whacky zoom-ins!

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Yes, you got it right the first time, this really is a Dell notebook! Cool!

And some even got themselves looking mighty hideous:

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“Yes, all I wanted was to die in my wife’s arms, but Jack was the one to hold me, now I’m back to make you all pay for that!”

Yes, just saved me 20 bucks. :D

Play

Episode IV

As Princess Leia, you were last seen boarding a Corellian Corvette with C-3PO as the Bothan spies handed over data of unknown proportions. In Episode IV, you must battle and race against imperial forces as you traverse the galaxy to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Empire to an enclave of fellow rebel scientists.

As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.

Question:

Can I connect my WiFi device to a WiFi network?

Answer:

Yes you can. What the *beep* do you think a WiFi device is good for, if you could not? That’s its sole purpose! Just check the supported standards. 802.11b only devices won’t support 802.11g, while 802.11g usually offers backwards compatibility. 802.11n is still a thing of the future (although first pre-standard devices exist).

Also, if you tend to forget things often, bookmark this instead of asking the same question again. Thank you for your cooperation.

Notice: WiFi or Wi-Fi is the general used english expression. WLAN is used in Germany. It’s normally the same thing.

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Yes, it really always blinks.

Oh, the 4 years passed so fast…

Offline Mode

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Ad Absurdum

EP 2 is out but I’m not happy, why is that? The story began with all that orange and whatnot box bullshit. Oh wait, it wasn’t BS in the beginning. One box (orange) should contain everything for new customers, who didn’t already own the series. Uninteresting to me, but okay, as long as there was a retail box with EP 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. That’s where it started. The retail box containing EP 2, Portal and TF 2 was canceled. The retail market didn’t want two boxes was given as explanation. I don’t know what to make of it exactly. Other games have 2 boxes with just a different picture on the front. Remember World of Warcraft, one box for each side. Or games that come along as standard and collector editions right away. This was the first setback, as I tended to collect the boxes (or DVD cases) of all HL titles.

Okay, but what the heck. Let’s buy the game via Steam instead. Still a change I could live with. The price “leaked”, $29,95 instead of the $19,95 for EP 1. Okay, the episodes may be games that take only 4 hours to finish per run, but there are 2 other (new) games in the package (EP 1 had HL2 DM and HL Source DM, both were already available with other packages) and maybe EP 2 is longer than EP 1. I’m not amused anymore, but I can take it. After the release date was postponed a bit, the big day came closer and closer – finally. Another ugly thing hit surface. Only the complete orange box was advertised, no word about the stand-alone. I was waiting to pre-purchase it, so I could finish the download early, so I would be able to play right away, after the games were unlocked.

My expectancy was now, that they wouldn’t enable people to buy the stand-alone until the release day, so everyone would have to purchase the orange box, who wanted it early on. This was the first time, when I was no longer sure that I would buy it. Come on, HL is and was selling great, why pull such stunts? Is this kind of behavior really paying off? I hope it does, because there’s no other positive effect to it. None I can see, at least.

My belief was now, that after the release day, the stand-alone would be purchase-ready in its original configuration. But boy was I wrong again! Good news was, the pricing of $29,95 still stuck. Bad: Portal and TF 2 weren’t included anymore. Every title can now be purchased alone. Summed up: The 3 titles now cost 80 bucks instead of 30 everyone expected. Nice move guys. I so won’t support the orange box…

The story could end here, should end here. But it doesn’t. EP 2 is even censored in some countries, green blood, vanishing bodies… The cut takes place when the title is bought via Steam using an IP that is supposed to be from one of the Countries which should have the cut. Uhm, that means german buyers get the altered stuff, but also people from Belgium, because Steam thinks they are from Germany. The strange thing is, since HL 2 no (HL-) title was cut in Germany. Why now cut EP 2? It’s content is hardly more violent. Are they trying to get a lower rating and are cutting it as a preventive measure, although they wouldn’t have to? But there are ways to play it uncut nonetheless. A foreign retail serial (orange box) number activated in Steam in Germany is still uncut. So the cut is only active when buying through Steam (and german retail)… This doesn’t make any sense and only creates lots of confusion? Me says yes. Also, why wasn’t this mentioned? It surfaced only, after the first players bought it. Bad luck! Steam should mention this important information before. This issue should be solved once and for all. That it sucks for people over 18 to have access only to censored games should need no further explanation. And by saying “should be solved once and for all” I don’t mean that people should go nuts all the sudden (with craziest additional regulations). Amazon.co.uk sells the uncut serial to german customers without age verification too…

A4.02
1. Update Realtek 3D engine.
2. For special customize settings.
3. Fix no sound issue when Hibernate back for ATI chipset.

Download.

IE 7’s URI Problem

If IE 7 is installed on XP, it changes the way the OS handles links, when using % in some links, programs can be launched and thus malicious commands could be executed.

Not that the existence of a flaw like this would be a big issue (if fixed in a reasonable amount of time), the bigger problem seems to be, that MS doesn’t care about it AND pushes the distribution of IE 7 at the same time, thus making sure most XP systems will contain this security hole… I really don’t understand why someone would do this when he’s fully aware of the situation.

In other words, a large number of Windows XP users being affected by a serious security problem, which only occurs if they install Internet Explorer 7 and is not present at all in Vista, is not sufficient to justify an update. Microsoft prefers to sit back and watch while users and application developers struggle to secure Windows XP systems that behaved perfectly before IE7 was installed.

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Seems to be another slight hint of the “upgrade to Vista”-sort. MS stated, that they try to spread IE 7 to make the Internet more secure (earlier when they released 7.0.5730.13). Coolio.

So, except a few applications who where updated accordingly (e.g. Firefox filters % links now), everything that passes URLs on to Windows can “suffer” from this.

So keep it in mind…

And according to a report on the security mailing list Bugtraq the IRC client mIRC is affected as well.

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Remember how everyone used to create a slipstreamed version of his installation CD? XP SP3 will be the last (for the foreseeable future) SP that allows it.

The slipstream version of Windows Vista SP1 is media that already contains the service pack, which companies can use to deploy the operating system to new computers or to upgrade existing computers. Availability will be limited. Microsoft will update Windows Vista retail media with Windows Vista SP1 slipstream media in the future.

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Life 1×02

Look who guest stars… And no way, she’s trying to marry a guy. Creepy!

btw: Which picture would be a better choice as a wallpaper – the first or the second? It’s so hard to decide…

IE for XP 7.0.5730.13

IE 7 is now available without WGA check and with some additional changes.

Download.