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The end of Vista?

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334w ago - The blows just keep on coming for Vista. It started with an extension of the life of XP and has continued with Microsoft's recent announcement that Windows XP's life will once again be extended, this time for two years and for ULC (ultra-low-cost) PCs, such as the Eee PC.

As if that wasn't enough, Bill Gates has also come out and said that the next version of Windows, Windows 7, is coming "sometime" next year. Considering that Vista hasn't even been on the market for two years yet, the fact that XP is still so popular and Microsoft is already talking about the release of the next iteration of Windows does not bode well for Vista.

Vista has been plagued with problems and complaints, ranging from a lack of driver support to the controversial UAC or User Account Control. Could Microsoft be attempting to quitely abandon Vista? I hope not (I own Windows Vista Ultimate).

As with any new operating system, there will always be a learning curve and those who are hesitant to adapt to the new software. For example, Windows XP had its fair share of complaints when it first came out too. Nevertheless, the criticisms directed at Vista seem to be much more relenting than those that against XP when it was first released and the recent announcements by Microsoft serve only to strengthen...
 

M33xEver Custom Firmware Plug-Ins for PSP released!

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334w ago - Red Squirrel has released M33xEver, a Custom Firmware plug-in that allows users to permanently activate the "speedy waves" Easter egg included in 3.90 M33-3.

This plug-in will retain the fast-forward like motion of the waves while keeping your PSP's original date and time settings intact.

Download: M33xEver v2 CFW Plug-In / M33xEver CFW Plug-In

Changes v2:

Now instead to set date to April 2, the plug-in will patch only the waves. Date will remain correct and at the same time you will have the waves of the M33 birthday surprise!
 

Hydrogen-powered plane takes off

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335w ago - The first manned, hydrogen-powered plane has been successfully tested in the skies above Spain, its makers say.

The small, propeller-driven craft, developed by aviation giant Boeing, made three short flights at an airfield south of Madrid, the company said.

It was powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which produce only heat and water as exhaust products.

The tests could pave the way for a new generation of greener aircraft, the company said.

Boeing's chief technology officer John Tracy said the flights were "a historical technological success" and "full of promises for a greener future".

Small future

Three test flights of the two-seater aircraft took place in February and March at an airfield at Ocana, south of Madrid. The plane was modified to include a hybrid battery and fuel cell system developed by UK firm Intelligent Energy.

The fuel cells, which create electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen, were used to power an electric motor coupled to a propeller.

During take-off the plane's batteries were used to provide an additional boost, but whilst in the air, the plane relied entirely on the cells.

Boeing said the plane has a flying time of 45 minutes but tests were limited to around half that time.
 

US man gets $2.6m for domain name

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335w ago - A US man has sold the domain name pizza.com for $2.6m (£1.3m) - after maintaining the site for just $20 a year since 1994.

Chris Clark, 43, accepted the offer from an anonymous bidder after a week-long online auction.

"It's crazy, it's just crazy," Mr Clark, who lives in North Potomac, Maryland, was quoted as saying by the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

"It will make a significant difference in my life, for sure," he added.

Regret

Mr Clark registered the domain name in 1994, when the world wide web was just starting.

He had hoped that pizza.com would help to get a contract with a pizza firm for his consulting company.

He sold his business in 2000, but kept paying the $20 annual fees for maintaining the domain, which he also used to sell advertisements.

In January, Mr Clark decided to sell it after hearing that another domain - Vodka.com - was sold for $3m in 2006.

"I thought, 'Why don't I just try to see what the level of interest is?'" Mr Clark said.

"If someone's willing to pay that much for Vodka.com, maybe there's more interest in pizza.com."

The online auction was launched on 27 March. The first bid was $100, jumping to $2.6m a week later.

Having accepted the latter...
 

Samus Comes to PS3, Courtesy of a new UT3 Mod!

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335w ago - Alcor43 has released a custom skin that players can load up on their PlayStation 3 to play as the star-studded Nintendo mascot. Now you can play as bounty hunter Samus Aran in Unreal Tournament III.

The model comes complete with an alternate armor set, maskless face, and gun arm.

Download: Samus Aran v1.0 USERDATA.JAM for PS3 [Right-click, Save As]

From the ReadMe file:

How to use this model:

- Put USERDATA.JAM on the root of a memory stick and plug it into your PS3.
- Load UT3, go in the Community screen, then under My Content do Import Content.
- Select the memory stick and follow the remaining on screen procedure.
- Go back to the title screen, Settings / Player / Customize Character.
- Samus is within the Ironguard faction.

Special Note:

The PS3 doesn't support custom family code as of v1.10. So the Samus model for PS3 is but a stripped down version of her PC counter part. There's no custom animations, physics, FPV hands nor gibs. As soon as a potential patch is released for PS3 that unlocks the family code, I'll release an updated and...
 
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