Kerbal Space Program

Hello,

Thanks to my good friend Davis, I recently discovered an awesome computer program game for both Windows and Mac OS X called Kerbal Space Program. KSP is a game where the players create and manage their own space program. Build spacecraft, fly them, and try to help the Kerbals to fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space. The game is currently under heavy development. This means the game will be improved on a regular basis, so be sure to check for new updates. Right now, KSP is in Sandbox Complete state, but is available for you to try out and have fun with. The first versions are free to download and play, and will remain so forever. It’s also pretty hilarious.

Go try it out here: https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php

By Adam Posted in Home

Look what I found in a closet!

I found a Commodore 64, Commodore VIC 20, Introduction To BASIC Part 2, and Easy Script.

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Possible lawsuit against EA

I received the following text in a letter today:

Important Notice from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California About a Class Action Settlement

If you bought a new copy of an Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL, NCAA Foorball, or Arena Foorball videogame for Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, GameCube, PC, or Wii, with a release date of January 1, 2005 to June 21, 2012, you may be a class member and may be entitled to benefits from a proposed settlement.

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action alleging that Electronic Arts overcharged consumers for certain football videogames. Electronic Arts denies any liability and all allegations of misconduct, including that it overcharged consumers. The sole purpose of this notice is to inform you of the class and proposed settlement so that you may decide what to do.

If the settlement is approved, class members who submit a Claim Form may receive a payment. Class members may also choose to exclude themselves from the settlement or object to the settlement.

For a full description of the settlement, related Court documents, and deadlines and forms, please visit http://www.easportslitigation.com. Claim Forms are due March 5, 2013. Requests to exclude yourself from the settlement are due December 10, 2012. You can file a claim online or get a Claim Form at http://www.easportslitigation.com. Please do not telephone or address inquiries to the Court or Electronic Arts.

By Adam Posted in Home

Activision Blizzard Stock!

Hey! A few weeks ago I bought stock in Activision Blizzard and I would highly recommend you do the same! In this post I am going to give you reasons why Activision Blizzard and its stock will do great! One of the huge reasons why Activision is going boost in popularity is because of their new releases for China. China has never been big fans of console gaming(Call of Duty), but they have been MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) fans(World of Warcraft). Next year, 2013, Activision will be releasing the new World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Just like all of the other WOW games, Mists of Pandaria will have a Chinese theme. Because of this Chinese theme, WOW Mists of Pandaria will be somewhat targeted to the Chinese population, especially because China has 1.3 billion people. It is said that when Activision releases this game to the world, Activision stock will rise at least 50%, mainly because of the Chinese population.

The second game Activision Blizzard will be releasing soon is Call of Duty Online, aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. Call of Duty Online is an in-browser client that will feature standard and multiplayer modes, but will have it’s own Campaign story, based around a series of “Spec Ops” missions.

The last thing I want to talk about is the possibility of Activision Blizzard being bought by another company. Recently, there has been some activity of Activision looking for buyers. Currently, Activision Blizzard is worth about 12.9 billion. If Activision decides to sell to a company, no matter what that company is, it will be an automatic gain for buyers of the Activision Blizzard stock. But, what many people are hoping is that Microsoft will buy Activision Blizzard. There have been many rumors that Microsoft has been mentioned as a potential buyer. Microsoft see’s the opportunity to own two huge gaming series’, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. This would be an outstanding purchase by Microsoft. After all, Microsoft does want to be a monopoly. An estimate price of what Microsoft could pay for Activision would be over 20 billion.

There also has been some recent news that EA (Electronic Arts) is looking to sell. Though, Activision Blizzard is far superior to EA. I will say that there is a rumor that the people who are looking to buy EA are willing to pay 6 billion for the 4 billion company. Because of this rumor, the stock went up 5 and a half percent today plus after sales. Keep in mind that EA hasn’t been doing to well in the past and all of this news is just a rumor. Activision Blizzard is a much more reliable stock, especially because they are doing very well, have no debt, and are the top gaming business.

By Adam Posted in Home

Bought Power Mac G4!

Hey guys I just bought a Power Mac G4 from a local Good Will for 10 dollars! The exact Power Mac G4 I have is the model with AGP graphics and is called “SawTooth”, released in  1999. So far I have put a hard drive into it and upgraded the graphics card to a Radeon 9200. I plan on upgrading the ram as well to a anywhere between 1 and 2 gigabytes. Soon I am going to order a copy of either OS X 10.3 or 10.4 for the G4. Before I buy Panther or Tiger, I am going to try out a Power PC(PPC) version of Linux Mint to just make sure the CD/DVD drive is working properly. I find this old Mac desktop very unique and interesting. I can’t wait to get this machine up and running!

I got OS X Mountain Lion!

Hey guys! I just recently purchase Mac OS X Mountain Lion from the App Store and did a clean install! You may be wondering why I did a clean install. Well since I had very few files I wanted to save, I just put the few files on a 16gb flash drive and then transfered them back to my Macbook Pro after I was done installing. So far Mountain Lion has been great. Mountain Lion has over 200 new features and I am continuing to discover them. I have noticed that Mountain Lion is slightly faster than Snow Leopard. I’ve also noticed a few different trackpad gestures. Mountain Lion is a great Operating System and I would really recommend it to anyone who is using OS X 10.6 or lower. After all, it is only $19.99! 

Four reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival

1. No one needs Windows 8 on the desktop.

Quick: Name one thing about Windows 8 that they don’t already get from Windows 7-or a great desktop Linux like Mint or Mac OS X Lion? I can’t.

Indeed, I can’t think of a single significant new improvement in Windows 8. The ability to refresh the operating system? Faster booting? A Windows Store? Live boot from a USB drive? Come on! All these features have been around in other operating systems for years, and while sure, they’re nice, put them all together and at most they’re worth a Windows 7 Service Patch–not a whole new operating system.

2. Metro: An ugly, useless interface.

As everyone knows, Windows 8 has a totally new default interface: Metro. When I look at Metro, however, I see gaudy colors, boxy designs, applications that can either run as a small tile or as full screen with no way to resize or move windows.

Even if Metro was the best thing since sliced bread, which it isn’t, it will still require users to learn a new way of doing the same old thing. That’s a failure of an idea right here. Sure, you can use the ‘Classic’ desktop experience instead, but hey, I have an idea! Why not just use the Windows XP or 7 “classic” interface instead?

3. Where are the Windows 8 Applications?

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (read Windows 8 public beta) will be here real soon now and we still don’t know next to anything about Windows 8′s applications.

Seriously? Windows 8 will probably be out by this fall and we still don’t know anything about its apps? Come on! How can you take this operating system seriously?

4. Too little, too late for the smartphone/tablet market

Metro’s real point, of course, isn’t for desktop users. It’s Microsoft’s last gasp attempt to be a player on tomorrow’s computers: smartphones and tablets. If Microsoft was bringing something truly revolutionary to mobile devices, or they were still able to strong-arm original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s into loading Windows on their devices, I think they’d have a shot at the mobile space. Neither is true.

Smartphones are a dog fight between Android and iOS. Tablets did belong to Apple, but now Samsung, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are giving the iPad a fight for the tablet marketplace. Android and iOS are mature, have enormous developer communities and are wildly popular. Heck, if you count smartphones, thanks to the iPhone Apple is now the number one “PC” vendor in the world.

On top of that, the U.S. phone carriers have no interest in a Windows Phone. Too old, too slow Microsoft is arriving much too late to the 2010s style of mobile computing to be a significant player and that means Windows 8 Metro won’t find an audience either. I see no room left for a major third-party platform. A minor player, like KDE or Ubuntu? Sure. A Microsoft? No.

Add it up. The majority of Windows users have only just switched over from XP to Windows 7 in, at best, November 2011. Microsoft is now asking for its users to switch to a platform with no significant improvements, a radically different interface, and which is very likely to have few applications. The result? Window 8 will be dead on arrival.