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Acer Aspire One slow Wi-Fi

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This will possibly be my last post about my Acer Aspire One as I’ve now passed this onto my wife and I have a sparkly new laptop (more on that in a later post).

A known issue with the AA1 is that the Wi-Fi can be quite slow. This, as it turns out, is due to some overly aggressive power management.

  • Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  • Click on the Hardware tab and then the Device Manager Option
  • Expand the Network Adapters section. You should see an entry for the Atheros adapter. Right click on this and select Properties
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • In the left hand column click on Power Save Mode and change the option on the side from Maximum to Off.
  • Finally, click OK and close Device Manager.

This is the workaround reported by many users and has certainly worked for me.

Armageddon Riders PS3

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Last week I made mention of this game which had just turned up in the PlayStation Store. Now I’ve had a chance to play it.

Before I start, he’s a quick recap of the storyline behind it…

There has been a fatal accident in the Large Hadron Collider that plunged the nearby city into chaos, filling it with anomalies and turning the residents into zombies. The restricted zone became a Mecca for marauders and criminals who hunted for artifacts and thrills of dead city street racing. Outrageous speed, rivers of blood, brutal cars, equipped with instruments of destruction: spikes, saws and blades, and don’t forget the boosters. Hundreds of hungry zombies roam the streets, jumping on cars and trying to get to the drivers. To survive there and return to tell the tale is a real challenge.

So, basically, drive around, destroying others car and zombies. If you’ve ever played Carmageddon in the past you’ll know the score. It’s a real “blood fest” and has an 18+ certificate to go with it – zombies can be killed in all sorts of ways, including run over, sliced by knives that come out of your car or simply ground up in rollers mounted in front of the bonnet. Blood is splattered everywhere, including over the screen. Zombies can also jump onto your car and attempt to trash it – a hard handbrake turn or smashing it into a wall normally sorts it though 😉

There are loads of different types of missions and, as with all the best games, it’s “sandbox” style, allowing you to just freely roam around the levels doing whatever you wish – you can take part in a mission or just have fun. You can pick up various extras, including repairs and cash, the latter of which you can spend on improving your car – and there are some really interesting options! You have a boost for extra speed, handbrake turning, the lot.

The sound and graphics are superb. The controls are (I don’t know whether intentionally) pretty much a match for Burnout, so you’ll know just what to press. The cars are a bit more “skitish” than in Burnout though, almost as if you’re permanently driving on ice. However, this can be great fun sliding sideways towards a group of approaching zombies. What I haven’t yet tried is my Logitech GT wheel – I’ll report back once I have!

There isn’t an online play facility (not surprisingly considering that they’ve had to have their own server for this) but you can play it in split-screen 2 player mode (not enough games offer offline 2 player modes these days!).

[review]Cracking graphics and gameplay and gore by the bucket – what’s not to love? The best bit about the game, though, is the price – £7.99. Download it from the PlayStation store NOW![/review]

Useful Links

PSN Page

Official Armageddon Riders website

Video

Nintendo Wii U – my first impressions

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Earlier this week the successor to the Nintendo Wii was announced – the Wii U.

The Wii was needing a replacement because, although popular at first, sales have slumped. The Wii was always behind the Xbox and PS3 in terms of processor and graphics capabilities but I think the lack of media capabilities drove more people to find consoles such as the PS3 a more tempting proposition – it’s recently come down to £200 and that includes a built in blu-ray player as well as iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD built-in.

So, rumours with rife before the launch at E3. It had already leaked that the controller would have a built-in screen – I could image a small colour LCD that could display useful information. Further rumours including a hard drive, Blu-ray player and 4GB memory. None of these were scoffed by followers as they seemed eminently practical.

However, now we know the details I’m left deeply, deeply underwhelmed.

The console itself looks like a more rounded version of the Wii. It uses it’s own optical disc format – they appear to be Blu-ray capacity without being so. So no movie watching. Still. No hard drive either. The processor and GPU specs don’t appear to be definite but it looks like it may be as good as the PS3 and Xbox (hardly next generation) – at least it’s HD now. It’s backwards compatible with the Wii but not the Gamecube. And that’s about it.

The controller, on the other hand, is huge. It’s not a small screen built in, but a large one. Quite how this is to be used I’m not sure – I’m not sure how you concentrate on a game on your main screen and look at this at the same time.  It looks like a tablet and will probably feel heavy after a while. It does have a camera built-in though, so that could be interesting.

However, there’s not talk of the Wii U using a sensor bar so one of the revolutionary things about the Wii has been lost – indeed the controller doesn’t have a pointing device in it.

But here’s the big rub… you only get one controller with the Wii U and, because of the price of them, Nintendo say that they won’t be available to buy separately. I’m assuming Wii controllers are compatible, but where’s the fun of creating a new type of controller for a “family console” and restricting it to one each. Indeed, Microsoft Kinect in particular and Sony Play to a lesser extent are shifting away from the controllers and getting the console to do the work – that way you can have lots of people using it with a minimum of cost.

It will be out mid-2012. I’m not excited.

 

Creative Vado HD 8GB – a pocket video camera for less than £60

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The pocket video camera Creative Vado HD is available from Amazon at the price of £55.90 (P&P of £4.23).

It has garnered quite a few positive reviews. Even the negative points, however, can be ignored when you consider the current selling price – it has a RRP of £179.99!

It has 8GB of memory (not expandable, but enough to hold 2 hours of video), records at 720p resolution, a 2″ screen, HDMI connection and a built-in USB connector. It comes with a  silicon case and editing software.

Why so cheap? Simply because it’s not a current model. It’s still supported by Creative, however, and if buying one the first thing I’d do is head to their site and download the latest firmware and applications.

But that doesn’t stop it from being a bargain – if you’re in the market for a pocket video camera, I’d get one now!

 

My new site avatar

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You may have noticed that the site is gained a brand new favicon and matching avatar in the header – yes, that’s me in Manga form.

It has been drawn (at great expensive to my wallet) by my eldest daughter, Laura, who apart from being a great artist is a big Manga & Anime fan as well.

Check out the gallery below of some of her other work.

What is it with… PS3 downloads?

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The PlayStation Store is working again today so I took the opportunity to buy and download the game Pain. Great game.

However, I wait for the over 1GB of data to download, then for it to install before I can run it… then I have to wait for it to download and install updates. Updates? When I’ve only just downloaded it. Quite obviously you only download the original version and then all updates are applied. But, why? If you download PC software from a website you generally (I can’t think of any exceptions) download the very latest version – no updates should be needed. Why can’t Sony do this for the PS3?

The other bug-bear is that the updates, unlike the original download, can’t be downloaded in the background so the PS3 is tied up whilst it happens. And, again unlike the original download, the PS3 shows no indication of how long it will take.

Armageddon Riders – Zombie death for the PS3!

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Back in the late 90’s I was a huge fan of Carmageddon on the PC – driving cars around, knocking competitors out of the race and all while running over zombies [1]yes, it was a controversial game. Wouldn’t that be great now, on the latest generation of consoles? Well, it now is – Targem Games is set to release Armageddon Riders for the PS3 (available exclusively as a download via the PlayStation store).

Targem Games are a Russian games company established in 2002 with a few console games already “under their belt”. However this game is the first project of the studio as a publisher on PSN.

Here’s the official description…

Drive and kill in a bloody car battle with no rules and no brakes on PS3.

Armageddon Riders is a bloody car battle for fans of fast drive, with no rules and no brakes! You’re driving a killing machine on the streets of a dead city. Your enemies are zombies and marauders. Go get them!

There has been a fatal accident in the Large Hadron Collider that plunged the nearby city into chaos, filling it with anomalies and turning the residents into zombies. The restricted zone became a Mecca for marauders and criminals who hunted for artifacts and thrills of dead city street racing. Outrageous speed, rivers of blood, brutal cars, equipped with instruments of destruction: spikes, saws and blades, and don’t forget the boosters. Hundreds of hungry zombies roam the streets, jumping on cars and trying to get to the drivers. To survive there and return to tell the tale is a real challenge.

Key features:

  • A multitude of drivable vehicles and upgrades
  • Many ways to destroy zombies
  • The LHC campus is a complete city open for exploration, sandbox style
  • 8 game modes of racing and combat
  • Advanced collision and damage physics

It runs at a 720p resolution and is Dolby 7.1 compatible.  It also has a 2 player mode. Also bear in mind that this game has an 18+ PEGI rating.

The game is available now for just £7.99. I’m hoping to post a review in a few days – I’m really looking forward to playing it as it really looks excellent.

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1. yes, it was a controversial game

Really, Sony? Really

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So went my favourite Tweet today.

Playstation Network has gone down… again. No warnings and, worryingly, Sony are saying it’s due to “unscheduled maintenance” – the same thing they said after being recently hacked.

It went down early afternoon GMT and there are now reports of it being restored – a number of hours ago in the US. Many are hopefully suggesting this might indicate the Playstation store is to return, but I doubt.

However, the big problem – again – has been Sony. No reporting of the issue (their blog and Twitter feed is quiet) and, indeed, the UK PlayStation Network website has, throughout the entire afternoon, shown the network to be “online” – that is, until you try and log in.

Although Sony themselves are saying nothing via Twitter, plenty of people have something to say to Sony in return – sadly, most of which won’t be suitable for this site. Needless to say, people are not happy, with many talking about switching to Xbox. After everything that’s recently happened, you’d really think Sony would be pulling out every stop available to them at every turn. Instead we have another missed opportunity – PSN goes down again, with no support from Sony. Poor.

How to be a great website builder

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Making your own website takes time and effort, especially if you need your site to be user friendly, manageable and most importantly, look professional. With so many websites out there, trying to get yours ahead of the game takes time, skill, hard work and a bit of know how. First of all, you need to acquaint yourself with a good website building programme to ensure that the very fundamentals of your site are correct from the word go, otherwise trying to embellish a site which is poorly designed or constructed will get harder and harder as time goes on. This will hinder your website’s traffic, rankings and user interaction. Let’s look at a few things to consider:

Use a good website builder

There are plenty of website builders out there, but as easy it as it is to buy one, it’s hard to know which will give you a website you can be proud of. End product is everything. A particularly effective website builder is SiteMaker. Before buying your website builder, it’s advisable to try out a free download. Namesco offer a free download on SiteMaker so you can try it out before buying. SiteMaker is one of the best website builders out there, with numerous templates to choose from, up to 2000MB email storage, unlimited number of pages, widget libraries and up to 5GB of monthly bandwidth. It is user friendly – especially for novice website builders – and allows you to log on and edit your site anywhere in the world. Well worth investigating.

Graphically speaking

Another sign of a great website builder are the graphics used. The graphics you choose to implement are often ruled by your chosen website builder but you can make sure that what you put on your site is graphically great. Choose pictures and images that complement your site. Don’t use too many in fear of overcrowding your site and, if you can, embed them with appropriate search-engine friendly tags.

Content matters

Your website can look as professional and well-designed as you like, but the mark of a truly great website is the content which you put up. Although this comes as part of post-site production, content should be considered from the off. What content will you need? Will you write it or will you outsource it? Quality content is the key to a successful website.

ReTrak launch Worlds Smallest UK folding Plug

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Building on from their success in the United States and Canada, Emerge Technologies is bringing their ReTrak brand of all retractable accessories to the UK, launching in June.

The entire 70 product ReTrak range comes with retractable cables and Emerge have found a solution to the bulky UK plug –  the world’s smallest folding plug named the “ThinPlug”.

Products with integrated ThinPlug design will include a universal Laptop and Netbook charger and 4 and 5-in-1 products. These will offer wall, car and sync in one compact unit, such as the iPod and iPad combo charge unit.

To me, these sound excellent – often the most bulky part of any “gadget” these days is the UK plug on the end of the charger!

ReTrak products start at £9.99 for a set of retractable headphones up to £89.99 for a 90 watt retractable notebook charger which fits 7,000 different notebooks.

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