If, like me, you missed the fantastic Xbox One reveal yesterday or whenever it was here it is in all it’s glory, but cut down to two minutes.
Via this post on r/videos where you will find such witty comments as:
I welcome our new $1000 HDMI repeater overlords
COLLAR DUTY: NOW WITH REALISTIC DOG GRAPHICS AND PHYSICS.
Be sure to follow @collarduty too for the latest collarduty news.
I can’t see myself buying one of these, not when I have a keyboard and mouse on my PC and I looked in vain for decent replacements for those when I did play games on consoles. The thought of going back to using a controller for anything but flight/car/platform games makes me shudder.
Forget all those projects on Kickstarter that are trying to recreate the games of yesteryear. This is a project we can all be part of. An orbital deathray to destroy the Earth. Amazing.
I didn’t know that SwiftKey had arrows at the bottom of the keyboard. You have to enable it in the settings. The arrows allow you to move around the text box with ease. It’s much easier than trying to place the cursor marker with my thumb.
I’m playing with the themes too. The original keyboard is a lot darker so this is quite the change.
And yes, I did start editing this post on my WordPress.com blog but copied it here, all without leaving the comfort of the WordPress app on my phone!
Google now has been updated. You can set reminders by talking to your phone. It understood my Irish voice, but then I haven’t had huge problems with voice apps in a long time. It’s quite amazing how will this tech has come on in the last few years.
It’s funny that the first web result is the apple forum, someone complaining that reminders don’t work…
It’s crazy how many pixels the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has. 1920×1080 pixels. That’s more than many computer users have on the desktop.
Of course, in 5 years time everyone’s going to be marvelling at their 4096 pixel wide screens and this will seem oh so quaint.
These are some of my most used Android apps, including Reddit is fun, Gmail, Feedly, Falcon Pro, WordPress, FBReader, Podkicker Pro, Amazon Kindle and Google Plus. Flipboard looks stunning on it and is one of the pre-installed apps that unfortunately takes up around half the 16GB internal space. The camera is superb. The background image is one I took in my back garden and processed in Pixlr Express. You can find some more photos in my Blarney post I made this morning.
It beats me why manufacturers of Android phones couldn’t make it possible to uninstall those apps I don’t need. I have all the gesture stuff turned off, and the Samsung Keyboard but they still remain on the device sucking up space. There’s still 4GB of free space so I have some breathing space still. Phew.
I really need to set up Folder Sync on this phone to copy stuff off on a daily basis.
My son Adam has taken an interest in Pinocchio after receiving a little wooden toy that looks similar to the well known character. He watched a few videos on Youtube of the Disney classic and since I knew the original would be available as a Kindle download I offered to read him a few chapters before going to bed.
What an eye opener.
I never saw the original Walt Disney cartoon but I’m familiar with the characters and the story. I’ve only got to chapter 6 of the story but so far Geppetto is in gaol for child(puppet) abuse and Pinocchio has killed Jiminy Cricket (Talking Cricket in the story) with a mallet to the head. (Apparently he reappears alive at the end of the story but it’s not explained how)
.. but unfortunately it struck him exactly on the head, so that the poor Cricket had scarcely breath to cry “Cri-cri-cri!” and then he remained dried up and flattened against the wall.
In an awful twist, later on in the novel Pinocchio is caught and hung by the cat and the fox. He dies and “Collodi actually intended that to be the end of his tale, but public outcry from fans got him to return to the story and bring the puppet boy back to life.” (src)
I may read the story for myself, but I’ll track down a book based on the Disney movie instead. It’s not just the much darker imagery and events in the book but also the odd, old fashioned English. It’s difficult going. Reading the story aloud is difficult.
Pinocchio to Talking Cricket: “Take care, you wicked, ill-omened croaker! Woe to you if I fly into a passion!”
The soldier without disturbing himself in the least caught him cleverly by the nose and gave him to Geppetto.
For further reading, you can find the original Pinocchio for free in many places including Amazon. Also take a look at this commentary and this one.
A talking parakeet called Disco. What a superb mimic! (via Reddit)
Finally, a Kerbal stands on the Mun in Kerbal Space Program. Well done Corkin Kerman! Unfortunately the lights go out each night as the rechargeable battery runs out of power around 3am. That upsets poor Corkin as he’s engrossed in David Nicol’s new book, Lament for the Living. He printed out the Kindle version you see..
I would like to say I did it without any help but Mechjeb 2.0 played a part in getting Corkin there. The Smart A.S.S is invaluable for landing and a great help lining up for a manoeuvre node. Thanks TalenTaylor for your asparagus engine layout and moon lander tutorials. With 7 Jumbo fuel tanks I reached orbit with a tank that was almost 75% full! Good thing too as I burned that getting to the Mun and cirularizing my orbit. Efficiency? Bah, I laugh in the face of efficiency!
It wasn’t all plain sailing. Once or twice the moon lander never even reached orbit. Ooops.
Here’s an early level from the demo of Trials Evolution Gold Edition called Beach Head. I wasn’t expecting the war setting with exploding bombs, smoke and flames or the export to Youtube option either!
This was recorded on a PC with an i5 2400 CPU and an Nvidia 560ti GPU. Some people with Nvidia cards are having problems running the game but it worked ok for me.
I was a big fan of the original Xbox 360 game but this is more of the same, just flashier and bigger! It’s a simplistic platformer at heart so don’t go into the game expecting something deep and meaningful. It’s very accessible, with the quick restarts making up for the many inevitable falls.
Having had my fill of the game on Xbox, I think I’ll wait until there’s a deep discount on the Steam Store for this. Try out the demo, it’s fun!
The Commodore 65 was a prototype computer produced by Commodore between 1990 and 1991 to be an improved Commodore 64. I’ve hardly ever come across it online and never heard of it back in the day, but when Commodore was liquidated they sold the prototype machines. If you have one and are willing to part with it you could be in for a nice surprise!
This one on Ebay went for €17,827 last month. It’s not as if much can be done with it as it was never official released but I guess you can run it in C64 mode.
Anyone got one or played with one? (via)