Preview 22:33 pm - Wilfred
stole a preview on
the hotly anticipated C&C2: Tiberian Sun. This is a first parter which covered the
storyline, interface and more! Here's the snippet.
Although Westwood's hard-earned stake in
the genre has been challenged, it is by no means lost. For just shy of three years,
Westwood's been developing the third entry in the venerable Command & Conquer series,
Tiberian Sun, a title Westwood hopes will vault the company back to the top of the genre.
By offering new tactics, interactive environments, detailed units, an intuitive interface,
addictive mechanics, and the age-old conflict that made the original a classic, Tiberian
Sun could expand the boundaries of real-time strategy gaming beyond anything we've yet to
Guide to 3D Terminology 21:06 pm - Kan
Ever wanted to know what exactly are frame
buffer, bit depths, tripple buffering etc? Sharky whipped up an article telling you all
these 3D terminologies.
Double Buffering In order to maintain fluid
graphics without artifacts a technique called double buffering is deployed when rendering
both 2D and 3D. The video board renders into what's referred to as a back buffer and when
the image has been finalized it's flipped into the front buffer and the back buffer is
cleared so that the video board can start rendering the next frame. Easy as your ABC
SingNet Scanning Computers 19:07 pm - Kan
This time, SingNet
was caught with their pants down (literally) for scanning more than 200,000
SingNet as well as Magix customers' computers without their knowledge. Hey! How can they
scan and invade our privacy without our knowledge? It seems like they can brush it off by
saying it's a "value-added service" and we (consumers) should be
"glad" SingNet offers such a service to us. Voice your comments over at our forum.
MORE than 200,000 SingNet and SingTel Magix
customers' computers, or close to half of Internet subscribers here, are being scanned
without their knowledge to see if their systems are vulnerable to hacker attacks.
The Internet Service Provider had asked the
Home Affairs Ministry's IT security unit to do the scan following news on March 6 that two
boys who had hacked into 17 SingNet customers' accounts had been arrested. The scan, begun
last month, will continue till all customers' accounts are covered.
Revolutionary Pen Computing
Text Entry 19:06 pm - Kan
In an article from TheRegister, looks like those
geeks from New York University's Media Research Lab developed a new method for pen
computing text entry.
Designed for the Palm handheld, the
Quikwriting system is, the researchers claim, much faster than the Palm's current text
entry technology, Graffiti.
Developed by MRL Associate Professor Ken Perlin, Quikwriting arranges characters in a
special sequence of groups that determines how each letter, number or symbol will be
drawn. Within the sequence are symbols which tell the software which character within a
group you actually want to enter.
Moving the stylus from the centre, towards the desired character's location, to one of two
special symbol areas and back the to the centre allows the system to figure out which
character you want and display it.
The speed comes because it's instantly clear how to get a given character -- you don't
need to learn Graffiti's shorthand -- and you need never take the stylus off the screen
Roller Coaster Tycoon 19:05 pm - Kan
Those chums over at Firingsquad did a review on Roller Coaster Tycoon.
This game looks interesting in which your objective is to build, design and manage a theme
park. Sounds fun huh?
The graphics in Roller Coaster Tycoon are
nothing short of amazing. Chris Sawyer, developer of this game, pulled out all the stops
with this. The game is colorful from top to bottom, and it utilizes just about every color
in the visible spectrum. You'll be amazed at all the tiny little details. Hundreds of
people will be jam packed into your parks, but the game can keep track of every one of
them, as they enter the park, walk around, stand in line, get on a ride, dump trash on the
ground, whatever. One of the cooler aspects of gameplay comes when it rains - put up an
information booth and all the park patrons will purchase umbrellas there and walk around
New WinTune & Powerstrip
18:22 pm - Wilfred
Johnny of DemoNews
informed us of the following updated versions of WinTune v1.0.38 & Powerstrip 2.41.09.
Here's some information:
New Direct3D tests run full-screen, measure NULL driver, PRIMARY display, and SECONDARY
Here's what I written in my news if you
want to easier it up: "Windows Magazine released a new version of WinTune 98 just a
while ago. WinTune 98 benchmarks all your computer's parts like, Video, OpenGL, Direct3D,
Memory, HDD, etc. A great benchmark program! This version has some great updates. Now you
can run the Direct3D test in full-screen and now you can choose between the PRIMARY and
SECONDARY display, ex. Voodoo2 and a TNT." [Download Here]
".....preliminary support for Voodoo3, TNT2, Savage4 and Rage128." [Download
Windows 2000 Hardware
Compatibility List 18:10 pm - Wilfred
Game Palace sent word that Microsoft has updated their Win2k HCL (dtd 29/4).
What's new? They added the Riva TNT as Direct3D HAL compatible. That's it.
Shuttle MB11 BX 09:23 am - Kan
Another motherboard review
over at AnandTech. The Shuttle MB11 is a BX
Socket370 motherboard and it comes in the microATX form factor.
Here's the challenge, take a 9" x
8" circuit board, and cram as much on it as possible. How did Shuttle tackle this
design? The MB11 escapes Shuttle's usual motherboard nomenclature by providing a feature
never seen before on a Shuttle motherboard, integrated video. The lack of an AGP slot on
the MB11 is due to the presence of an integrated ATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP controller chip.
Mind you that the Rage Pro Turbo isn't the newly released Rage 128, rather the old-school
variant that was popular a little over a year ago. The integrated video occupies what
would be the AGP "slot" on the motherboard, leaving the 3 PCI and 1 ISA slot
alone to handle all of your expansion needs.
Voodoo3 3000 09:20 am - Kan
Here, we have another Voodoo3 3000 review by SysOpt. The V3 3000 looks as fast as the SLI in
benchmarks shown. Pretty good I will say.
After the failure of the Voodoo Rush to
deliver the goods, Voodoo2 entered the scene in March of last year. It was probably the
most anticipated video accelerator to this date. It's performance level was
incredible as compared with the Voodoo(1), and its 8-12MB allowed for resolutions up to
800x600. If you could afford a second Voodoo2, you could hook them up in SLI
(Scanned Line Interleave) which gave a huge increase in performance and allowed the
maximum resolution to increase to 1024x768.
Boston Acoustics BA635 09:17 am - Kan
Something new over at 3DHardware is the Boston Acoustics BA635 pair of
Last, but not least, comes the subwoofer.
This is the part of todays speaker system that really decides on the general
impression and can either bring a lot of joy or even more anger. The BA635 subwoofer is
very compact, measuring only around 8x6x6 inches, making it the smallest sub Ive
ever seen. On the rear of the woofer is the AC in, the two RCA jacks for the satellites, a
signal input jack for a standard 3.5 mm jack and a separate subwoofer volume control. All
the audio plugs are colored in accordance with the proper jack, which will make connection
easy even for the very most untrained computer users.
D-Link 5 Port HUB with
Switch 09:15 am - Kan
a review on the D-Link 5 port
hub with switch. Hey, this thing only cost US$99 !
The D-Link DSH-5 looks like most any hub,
with 5 ports plus an uplink port. Each of the 5 ports supports 10 or 100 Mbit speeds
automatically, depending on what is plugged into it. An internal switch provides the
ability to communicate between the two speed segments. This is very useful if, for
example, your two PCs have Fast Ethernet (100Base-TX) connections and a friend comes over
with a computer with only an Ethernet (10Base-T) card. He/she simply plugs into a spare
port on your hub and you can all communicate with each other. The DSH-5 also has LEDs to
indicate network status such as data transmissions and collisions. Unlike most hubs
however, the ports are on the back of the hub, while the LEDs are on the front of the hub,
allowing for more of a clean installation where the network cables can be moved out of
SuperSlotFan 09:07 am - Kan
done a review on the SuperSlotFan.
Hey, isn't this the fan I got a year ago? It sure looks bright and clean down there,
unlike the dusty one mine became.
||Picture a new cooling solution for your PC
that has no drawbacks or flaws, and one that just exhausts all the air it possibly can at
incredible rates at a pretty decent price. This cooling solution would blow air out of
your PC rather than add more to it, and it would sit in any expansion slot where the
majority of your heat is created. It would then take this heat and pump it directly out
the back of your case, and into the open where your computer will never know the heat was
Winfast 3D S320 09:05 am - Kan
Hardware posted a review on the Winfast
3D S320 II TNT2 card. Looks like Leadtek is determine to capture a slice of the
graphics market by being the first to offer the TNT2 on the market.
Leadtek has done a great job making sure
that their card includes everything you need to get you up and running. It was just a
matter of plugging in the card, hooking up the monitor and booting the computer. After I
was beyond that point I just pointed Windows to the CD and installed the card. Total
install time was around 5 minutes, this included the time for rebooting the computer.
The card includes a TV-Out adapter with
support for S-Video and Composite out. They have even included a composite and S-Video
cable, so that you a prepared to hook up the card to your TV. Leadtek has also included a
great manual with instructions on installing the card and using the utilities for the
ASUS TNT2 09:03 am - Kan
has some info on the pricing as well as
specifications for the range of ASUS TNT2 family cards. Hmm..looks like it will cost
US$249 for the AGP-V3800 Deluxe (Ultra TNT2).
Windows 2000 Final Beta 09:01 am - Kan
Game Palace told us that the Windows 2000 Beta 3 build 2031 is available for download. Duh,
you need to be a technical betatester before you can do that.
Interview @ QuakeCity 09:00 am - Kan
had posted an interview with
John Scott, developer for Raven software and they had some exclusive screenshots on
Solider of Fortune.
Technology wise : detail textures add a lot
to the game removing the bi/trilinear blurriness. The modeling system Ghoul is looking
amazing. Many different model types are allowed, one model can have hats, sunglasses,
different weapons et al. In brief, any effect that can be done in 3dsMax can be done on
the models in SoF. Aureal are doing our 3d sound and have optimized their code from the
Heretic2 version. The net play will incorporate most of the improvements in the later
versions of Quake2 and we are looking at some of the external packages (such as Q2admin)
to see what ideas we can use to improve the user friendliness of the game.
First Savage4 Review! 01:13 am - Wilfred
Our good Russian pals at iXBT scored big with a review on a sample Diamond Stealth
III S540 card. Due to incomplete drivers sent to them, the benchmarks delivered a mix bag
of results. Take a look!
Summing up we would like to say that
Diamond Stealth III S540 graphics card performed beautifully and is comparable to all the
new graphics cards. 3D quality is perfect. And as for a comparatively low speed in 2D, it
is more than compensated by the purely gaming aims of this product together with its
relatively low price, which makes it available for most 3D admirers. Besides, we feel like
mentioning once again that all we had was just a sample without proper drivers.
Click on the image
for an enlarged image of S3TC-enhanced Unreal. The clarity of the textures is really
astounding, so let's hope the final shipping boards will have all the kinks ironed out
Apple G3-350Mhz Macintosh 00:47 am - Wilfred
Still on the talk of translucent casings, have
a look at Ars-Technica's
review on Apple's sleek
beauty. Who says aesthetics are not important and they can't pack a punch at the same
I feel like I've got a powerful computer
that's trapped under an insufficient OS for my needs or the hardware's capabilities. The
Macintosh is fast, at times, on account of the G3, which is thanks to Motorola and IBM. My
forays into Mac OS X Server shows me that the MacOS has a very bright server future,
largely thanks to NeXT technology and BSD. My Q3Test experience has been piositive
so far, thanks to OpenGL and a decent card from ATI.
Translucent PC Casings 00:31 am - Wilfred
Over at Slashdot,
I followed a link and found some alluring
translucent casings for your PC. The new G3 Macs are really sexy, but I suspect my PC
will look stupid with biege monitor and translucent orange casing? =)
Return of PIII Serial Number
Debacle 00:24 am - Wilfred
It has returned to haunt
Intel so quickly. Apparently, a small Canadian software company found a way to make the ID
number on the Pentium-3 visible without the knowledge of the owner.
Intel in January reacted quickly to
complaints from privacy advocates about the serial numbers by distributing software that
enabled owners of computers containing Pentium III chips to hide the number, the newspaper
said. But the problem has not gone away. The newspaper reported that a small Canadian
software maker has found a way to make the serial number, that has been hidden, visible
without the knowledge of the computer owner.
Acting in what it says is in the public
interest, the Montreal-based Zero-Knowledge Systems placed a program on the Web site
demonstrating the vulnerability.
Intel, however, has reacted by persuading
Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC - news), a maker of the
popular Norton Antivirus software, to include the Zero-Knowledge program on its list of
malicious programs. Consequently, users who visit the Zero-Knowledge site get a warning
that the program is a virus. Zero-Knowledge officials have said that Intel has unfairly
portrayed it as outlaws, the newspaper said.
Breakthrough On Quantum
Computer 00:13 am - Wilfred
The Register reported a claim
by NEC of a breakthrough achieved on the supercomputing front. This is quite beyond me,
have a look.
According to NEC, the consortium has
developed the fundamental building block for a future quantum computer by controlling the
superposition of quantum states in a solid state electron device.
The quantum states are used to represent data as a quantum bit or qubit, with similar
characteristics to the binaries used by current machines. And NEC claims that when a
machine is built using the breakthrough, it will allow computation to be thousands or
millions of times more powerful than current supercomputers.
NEC boffins made the solid state qubit by creating a so-called Cooper pair box by
connecting a super conducting electrode some billionths of a meter with a reservoir of
electrons using a Josephson Junction2. Quantum superposition states allowed the wave-like
quanta to tunnel through the junction. In the device, two quantum states with a different
number of electrons are coupled into superposition.