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Friday, October 30, 2009

New BANDAI 1/60 PG 00 Raiser GN-0000 + GNR-010 Gundam images

Those waiting for their orders to be fulfilled here are more pictures for the new Bandai PG 00 Raiser kit!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oh for those who don't know about this yet... apparently the O Raiser's wing doesn't turn as shown in the first image above. Read the translated article here (http://ngeekhiong.blogspot.com/2009/10/pg-00-gundam-limitation.html). Still, I think Bandai or some fan will have a fix for this in no time!

Original article @ Ngee Khiong: PG 00 Raiser New Images

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Car Heaven: Mercedes-McLaren SLR Stirling Moss

The Mercedes-McLaren SLR Stirling Moss. Such beauty... Only 75 will be made and if you've got some spare change (also not affected by the Global Recession), it will only cost you approximately £700,000! Think of it as an investment... The original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that is kept at the Mercedes' Stuttgart museum is said to be worth £30m. Anyway check out the pics below.

I want this in my games room... The Lexus LF-A.

Well if I had a games room this would be one item I would love to have in it. The Lexus LF-A Crystallised Wind. This car is made entirely out of acrylic glass and it was made for the Milan Design Week exhibition.


And pics of the real (drivable) car below.

Still worried about Sharks?!

Seems like there are bigger fishes in the sea that you should be more worried about... We've only been given a teaser...

Install 8XXGM Series Video Driver on Windows 7 - Tutorial

If you are upgrading your OS to Microsoft's latest Windows 7 and are installing it on older systems will find that you will have hardware compatibility issues once installed. When I had the Release Candidate installed, Windows 7 didn't provide a driver for the built-in Intel 82852/82855 Graphics Controller. Instead it defaulted to the Standard VGA and restricted the resolution to 640x480 maximum on a 14 inch screen. YUCK!

Who works with those resolutions these days? Absolutely no one in their right mind would. This happened because the Intel 82852/82855 Graphics chip does not support DirectX 9.0. For Windows 7, a GPU with at least a DirectX 9.0 support is required so that all of its fancy Aero and other effects are displayed. I’m installing this on a very old laptop of mine (that still runs XP fine!). Apparently would work fine if you were to install Vista but who would bother installing that pile of rubbish.

Well after spending a few hours scouring the WWW, I found a temporary solution that lets you install Intel 82852/82855 Graphics driver but there are limitations and abit finicky to install. The most obvious, you don’t get is any DirectX support! So this stops you installing Silverlight or any DirectX related apps. MSN aka Messenger Live installed but would hang the OS when you start it up. Perfect! Argh! Adobe Flash stuffs works though so anyway. And I could set the resolution back up to 1024x768. YAY!!!

Now that the final version of Windows 7 is out, I’ve gone ahead and installed it on the same laptop that I had the RC on, formatting everything in its place for the new final OS. I was using the laptop for casual Internet browsing and miscellaneous stuffs anyway so it was ok to format everything and start from scratch.

First of all Windows 7 installed in around 30-40 mins which is roughly about the same time it took to install XP. As expected the graphics driver defaulted to Standard VGA and was back to the 640x480 resolution. Went through Windows Update and hoped that it would pick up an Intel 82852/82855 Graphics supported driver but it didn’t. Bugger! Wishful thinking…

Again went back to the WWW and spent a little over 30 mins to find something that worked much better than the previous method. With this new method, it requires you to make a change to the main VGA driver which then prevents Windows 7 from installing it thus enables you to install the Intel 82852/82855 Graphics driver from XP!

Anyway long story short, everything works now. Resolution is back to 1024x768. I don’t get DirectX support but I’m not too bothered about it. Again it’s just for general Internet browsing and stuffs. MSN works fine now. I didn’t install Silverlight and haven’t tested Adobe Flash yet but I’m happy the way it is at the moment. Went through to install 4 display languages for the OS and it took almost 3 hours to do it!

If you’re having issues with the video drivers then I suggest you go and read this article. It may work for other graphic chips but there is no guarantee in this.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How Transformers Revenge of the Fallen should have ended...

You have got to watch this. This is a fan made toon for how Transformers Revenge of the Fallen should have ended... This is freaking hilarious!

14 Blades Trailer

Another Donnie Yen movie... 14 Blades.

During the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor of China possessed one weapon greater than all others, the Jinyiwei, an elite force of assassins recruited from street orphans. Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades, eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade being reserved for suicide when a mission failed. Above the law, with a license to kill, the Jinyiwei devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch JIA, the best of the Jinyiwei, QINGLONG and XUANWU, are assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. However unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission Qinglong is betrayed by Xuanwu and barely escapes with his life. Now as the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei.

Glimpse of the new Gundams in the upcoming Gundam 00 Movie

Here is a vid showing the evolution of the Celestial Being Gundams in the upcoming Gundam 00 Movie.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Content Aware in Adobe Photoshop

I was just watching this at John Nack's blog and OMG this is one feature that I've always been looking for in Adobe Photoshop! If you use Photoshop for your daily photo editing etc, you will notice that the Healing Brush, Patch and Clone Stamp tools have been part of Photoshop since version 7 was released. But as newer versions of Photoshop are released, newer algorithms make these tools even better to use.

If you've tried or seen Photoshop CS4 (Adobe's latest offering) you will notice that there is a new feature called "Content Aware Scaling" and it is a pretty cool feature. In a nutshell Adobe's new feature senses "dead" areas in photos, and resizes the image to avoid squashing or stretching every object within it. If you want to see Content Aware Scaling in action, Russell Brown has done a video demo on the Adobe TV site.

Right, this is where the fun bits begin. John Nack has just done a video demo of what's happening behind the scenes @ Adobe Labs. Their latest concoction? Its Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop. Content Aware Fill? You know that sometimes when you're out and about taking various shots, there comes a point where the picture you’re trying to take will contain wires or items you don’t want. You can’t get away with having a different composition or anything. It is there by nature and the only way is to edit that picture in a tool such as Adobe Photoshop. Well this is where Content Aware Fill comes in and its best by viewing the video below to see what it does.


Least to say that I'm very excited about this feature. Hope it comes in as an update to Photoshop. It will definately save you a bucket load of time.

Original article @ John Nack on Adobe: Video: New from Adobe Labs, Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media

Unless you’re a student (who are able to benefit from the massive discounts on Windows 7), the only other option is to either buy the Full version (if you’re installing on a fresh PC) or an Upgrade version if you’ve got Vista or XP already installed.

If you’re performing a clean install then buying the full version is always preferred even though it is pricy to purchase a new Operating System. But really if it is good as XP then it is a worthwhile investment and on the plus side, you’re up to date on the latest OS offerings.

Here is a saving tip! You can actually use the Upgrade version to do a clean install, saving you £££! How do you do that? Well, on a fresh PC, insert the DVD into the drive, restart your PC and let the setup process take its course. Once completed, if you try to activate your newly installed Windows 7, it will tell you that you can’t mainly because you’ve used an Upgrade version of the OS and not the Full version to install.

Ok here is the trick and it involves you getting your hands abit dirty in the Windows Registry. Make sure that there are no Windows Updates pending that would require a system reboot. If that is the case then you’re ready to go.

- Open regedit.exe with Start Menu Search and navigate to: HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
- Change MediaBootInstall from "1" to "0".
- Open the Start Menu again and type cmd to display a shortcut to the Command Line utility.
- Right-click this shortcut and choose "Run as administrator." Handle the UAC prompt.
- In the command line window, type: slmgr /rearm
- Then tap ENTER, close the command line window and reboot.
- When Windows 7 reboots, run the Activate Windows utility, type in your product key and activate windows.

Done! You’ve just saved yourself £££ and you’ve got Windows 7 fully installed on your PC!

Original article @ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

DJ Hero is out in 3 days!

DJ Hero is out in the next 3 days! For up-to-date prices check it out here @ DJHero.org.uk. Can't wait to get my hands on the Renegade Edition!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture reconstructed from 1000 cellphones, 2000 text alerts

Vodafone NZ's Symphonia features 1000 cellphones syncing 53 different ringtone alerts from 2000 sent messages to reconstruct Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. Gotta love the kiwis for this.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Petition for the Unlocking of the iPhones in UK

O2 in the UK needs to provide a carrier unlock for iPhones that are out of contract. Other operators do, including Vodafone & Orange and it is standard practise to let customers unlock other phones (even for a fee).

Apple are technically able to provide over the air unlocking and there is NO reason to prevent customers who have fulfilled contract obligations (monthly or PAYG) from properly using their phones.

So I urge you and others to sign this petition (http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/O2UKiphone/).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Live UK Freeview now available on your iPhone


iPhone users everywhere now have the ability to watch live UK TV on their iPhone. Though the service is still in beta, it now offers 11 11 UK Freeview channels on the iPhone.

Naturally, streaming these channels to your phone is best via a WiFi connection but tested a few minutes ago with the normal O2 3G connection I was able to watch Film4 on it with no problems. Well, when turned to landscape mode the screen was flickering about an inch from the right but otherwise ok on normal mode.

Check out this link http://iphone.tvcatchup.com/ from your iPhone to start viewing.