Thursday, September 30, 2004

Random Fact

There is no Hardcore porn genre. It is simply as a buzzword to get peoples attention, and is only really used by people to describe something as over the top.

Just Release The Bloody Thing Already

I Really Don't Care If You Have New Screenshots.

The Gay Dog Inn

dvboy works for one of those 118 directory inquiry companies. Heehee

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Demo Revisited

My opinion Hasn't Changed, but I did notice that if I build a coaster and have lets say three trains going round. Then open the ride and allow guests onto the first train. The first train leaves the station and my guests enjoy the ride. As the first train leaves the station my second train moves forwards and waits for passengers. This is all good, but lets say no passengers get onto the ride because it's at the back of my park.

In this case what should happen is that the first train should finish going around the ride track, dock at the station and let the passengers out. This is not what happens in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3!

What does happen is that the first train arrives back at the station, and then it holds the passengers until it arrives at the front of the station, but because the ride is at the back of my park it could be hours before the guys on the first train can get off. And the really odd thing, is that they don't seem to mind being stuck on the ride!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Random T-Shirt Idea

Cavity Searches Rule!

Half Life Source

Looking at This screenshot the only differance is that the warter has bump-mapped reflections.

Half Life 2 Packages

As the Über 1337 g4mer that I am, I will be getting the Bronze pack.

Reason: I don't play DD, I have all the previous titles and I don't want any more promotional clutter.

Monday, September 27, 2004

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Demo

You are going to hate me for writing this.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 lacks the quality of the previous titles. The day and night cycles are like someone just turn a light on or off. No gradual change or anything.

  • The buttons on the interface are all very small and pixalated. And I am constantly having to rely on the mouseover tooltips, but the interface is just generally bad.

  • When people get onto your rollercoaster they sit with their arms waving and the air as if they are riding, but no they are just waiting for the ride to start. They look like robots or somekind of automated scarecrow.

  • The screem the guys make when they are riding only happens with acceleration. So when they start moving onto the lift system for a coaster they scream!

  • Animations are horrible in general. If you go to place a workman on the map, you will see a tarrible looped animation. In the two previous titles we had a very nice swinging animation, but what they have now is worse than a placeholder.

  • No option for antialasing! So everything looks very pixelated.

What went wrong! I was so looking forward to this!
I want to say something nice, but even the camera annoys me because it won't stay tilted. And since the two previous titles where exuding quality, the third one just feels cheap.

RIAA Being Quiet

I haven't heard anyone being sued, or kids being teargassed and strip-searched in the playground for ages. Maybe they have realised that wasn't a good way to treat customers then.

First Half Life 2 Review

PC Gamer will have the first review in their November edition, and you can buy the November edition of the magazine on October 1st (Yes I know how that sounds, but it's true).

Sunday, September 26, 2004


You CAN have a small squad of guys follow you around the battlefield in Star Was Battlefront, but they don't exactly use anything that resembles team-tactics.

The game is better if you play in a third-person perspective and the vehicles are certainly easier to pilot, but I can't get the multiplayer to work.

Brook Voted Off Survivor!

I didn't even know I was on the show, but they Voted Me Off!

From the fans:
Brook didn't deserve to go ... he was tough, and strong and sexy and so adorable

Sorry for the madness, but it's rare that I see anyone with the same firstname as me.

Saturday, September 25, 2004


I would just like to point-out that even though I can't stand Star Wars Battlefront it will still sell by the bucket-load because appart from being Battlefield 1942 with a Star Wars themed mod the game gives the illusion of open-ended sandbox gameplay, but there is no way for the player to play the game in any different style than what's expected. As a gamer you won't be surprised by any of the games contents or events while playing and you certainly won't have any memmorable moments to tell the folks about.

It's just pants, face it.

Now if they had a single story driven campaign, with some story related mission objectives, and maybe some indoor maps. THAT would have made it double the game it is now.
And if they just went a little further and implemented a squad AI and allowed the player to issue objective orders, even to just a couple of other units and had all the others as they are now. I would be still playing it.

Random Fact

Paper currency is not made from paper (like it is commonly believed), but instead cotton, because it's hard wearing and washable.

Star Wars Battlefront

I was impressed with the main menu because it's all 3D and has some cool animations, but other than that this game is terrible.

I was loosing interest halfway through the first mission, but after completing the campaigns, being disappointed by the fact that there is no original FMV. The only original content is the briefing audio before a mission and the load screens, but after realising how many hours I would have to wast to complete the Galactic Conquest mode. I have decided to discontinue play after only a couple of hours play.

I won't recommend this to anybody, not even when it hit's the budget range because the gameplay isn't even original, interesting, fun or challenging. I hate horde killing games and this is a game where that is it's only feature. Save your money or get The Sims 2 instead.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Fine Line

I realise now that one of the horrors of Blogging is that there is a line between a personal Blog and a news/topical blog that has no connection to the writer.

And there is a very fine line between a personal Blog and an intimate detail Blog, where you post Details Of Your Sex Life and that's ultimately a very bad thing because then everybody knows what you have been upto.

Signed Up

So I went along to uni today with Adds (Adam) to see what societies or clubs we could join. Chris didn't come because he had already gone home for the weekend. He will regret that decision early next week because both me and Adds signed up to the Rock Society (Chris's thing). Not sure if I will bother actually going to anything because they basically just go to clubs that play very loud music and mosh.

Not sure if moshing is my thing, but I am not going on my own, and Adds says no. So that's probably a no go. I feel Chris has really missed out on signing up for something he would love, and meet people who share interest (hasn't been socialising much, and that's odd because he works in a bar).

Adds also signed upto Tennis and I signed upto the LGB Society which is another clubbing thing, but it will be a lot of fun because LGBT people are always dead friendly, so I am sure I will make some new friends.

There was loads of other stuff you could sign-up for like Badminton, Diving, Rock-climbing, Games Society (Warhammer 40K stuff), American Football and loads more, including Taekwondo which I am kind of wondering if I should have signed-up for because I have always wanted to learn a martial-art, but I should meet plenty of people in the LGB society anyway so I am happy either way.

Wanadoo's 1.1Mbps Service

Upload is 256Kbps, so that's a quarter of the download capacity. In real terms that's 120K/s down and 30K/s up.

I didn't think surfing the web would be quicker, but the Trailers Over At Apple can start playing really soon now and it's kind of like streaming them because even on large they download faster than they play. Plus if I am on a site like IGN looking at one of their Photo Gallery Pages with FireFox I can open loads of windows and they all load very quickly, even though each window has a big high res picture on.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Earth And Beyond = Dead

I was a beta tester for E&B and it would have made a good singleplayer game, but as an MMO there was simply no reason for player to player interaction. Other plays exsisted in the game world, but you didn't need to interact with them and frankjly there wasn't any reason to or even any advantage or easy way of doing it. And so E&B Is No-more. It's probably for the best.

Not Just Me

No it's not just me being pissed about with. Foofly might have been kicked off his course and possibly crawled back onto it purely because he put the wrong course code on the assignment. And that's a very easy mistake to make.

The guys (Chris and Adam) can't have the internet in their rooms because they would have to pay BT to connect them with phone lines first and they aren't prepared to do that.

I didn't miss anything interesting last night, but Adam's main concern is that he is finding it difficult to meet people at the mo, as his basement buddies (he is on the ground floor, but it feels like a basement) aren't exactly the friendly types and are really keeping to themselves.

And Chris has a different timetable to us so he might be all on his own in lectures, labs and stuff.

Hell Uni And Back

So I had my introduction day, today and frankly I am appalled. Nobody knows what the course title is and everytime I ask I get a different answer. I might get into Artificial Intelligence IF I' am lucky. And whoever I talk to is in no authority to do anything about anything. So I just have to hold onto my student card and pray everything is ok.

I never got sent a 'welcome to the course' letter so actually I am not even sure if I am actually on the course, but there was a timetable left attached to my student card at the student support center. Although that has written on it:

The following 1 module has no timetabled activities: COMP2007/y

What does THAT mean!?
It's not AI because that's CSCI2412, but that's the one that's not on my timetable! So have they signed me upto the wrong module or do I have the wrong timetable!?

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

When It Rains It Pours

Funny kind of day.

  • I finally have my 1Mbps connection. Which I ordered on the 6th.

  • I have my new watch which my Mum bought me for my birthday. Also ordered about the 6th.

  • Fund a carpark in Leicester that does all day parking for £2.50, but closes at 6pm so I am more likely to use that one on Dover st that charges £3.70 because I can park there all day and get my car whenever I want. Although the cheapest option for getting to Leicester in the car is still the Park And Ride at £1.50!

  • Phoned up Adam to see if him and Chris where doing anything since they have just moved into residence for uni. And they are going out someplace later. AND THEY DIDN'T INVITE ME! How rude! I was only across the road at the time.

  • Also got through to the Student Loans Company and they said my application had been stalled because the name of my course on the UCAS database and the name I had given was different. On UCAS it's 'Business Information Technology,' but when I was filling the form out I phoned uni to asked what the name of my course was (they actually laughed at me over the phone), but that was confirmed as 'Business Information Technology And Computing.' Plus I confirmed the UCAS code with them. So it's UCAS and their stupid database that's wrong, or the person who gave UCAS the wrong course title. Either way I did my best and still messed up the form!

    So an eventful day, and right now I am just going to relax while I see if I have 512Kbps upload or like NTL with their 1Mbps service 256Kbps upload.

Hunt For The Payment Schedule Letter

I finally got through to the Student Loans Company, only to have an automated message say that if I lived in either England or Wales I should have phoned a different callcenter! Why that message was apart of the queuing system and not the first thing I heard when I got through I don't know.

And to top that they sent me a leaflet with the number for the Scotland callcenter on! I mean they obviously know where I live and that the number in there, is going to be of no use to me!

So I phoned 08456077577 to get through to the correct place, and they don't open until 6am.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Full Spectrum Demo

I have to say This Demo made me very angry. See I am listening to the tutorial guy (the tutorial is most of the demo) and the guy is very quiet. He must have worked in a library before being promoted to training guy, because he is so very quiet.

Immediately after completing a training action like set a fire zone. The training guy starts yabbering away about the next training instruction as you would expect, but my Richeous Warriors Of Freedom (yes I am being sarcastic) keep talking over him with with classics like:

Starting to piss me off!


That's what I' am talking about.

So although I have completed training. I have missed probably a third of the audio.

The game itself is very linear. It might base itself on military tactics, but all you do is move from one corner to another, use covering fire, and shoot people. There isn't anything interesting. And after you have played a mission once it becomes very easy second time round. So you could say it's very much like a watered down version of Commandos, but with more yelling. Hooah!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Valve vs Vivendi

Last week I did A Post about Half Life 2 and how getting a game launched can strain the relationship between publisher and developer.

Well it Turns Out that Valve and Vivendi have been in a legal dispute.

Valve sued Vivendi back in 2002 because they where distributing Half Life to Cyber Cafés and refusing to pay Royalties (among other things).

And Vivendi has a lawsuit against Valve because Valve assured them that they weren't interested in digital distribution (STEAM) and where assured that any efforts would only promote the sale of CDs. Big Porkies I am sure you will agree, because STEAM (and other services like it i.e Direct2Drive) looks to be the beginning of the end for buying games at retail.

I don't know if this will effect HL2's launch. Some people seam to think it will, but I don't think so because that would equal loose of revenue for both companies and that's something that can be clawed back through lawsuits later-on. And on-top of all of this Vivendi is hoping to keep it's contracts intact with Valve, so they can still publish an agreed fourth title.

Student Loan Barcode

When I go to uni they are apparently going to want to see a barcode on a Payment Schedule Letter, that I should have received from the SLC (Student Loans Company).

This barcode (when scanned) will deposit the first loan payment into my account. I haven't received the letter yet. So I phoned the number it told me to, when you don't received the letter at least 14 day before the start of my course (7 days left). And the automated system just says:

Sorry, we are experiencing a high volume of calls, please try again later.

And hangs up.

Random Joke

A cucumber, a pickle, and a penis were all sitting around one day talking about how much their lives sucked. The cucumber said, "Man, my life sucks. Whenever I get big, fat, and juicy, someone cuts me up and puts me in a salad." So the pickle looks at him and says, "You think you have it bad? Whenever I get big, fat, and juicy, someone puts me in vinegar, puts spices on me, and sticks me in a jar." The penis glared at them both and said, "You guys think you have it rough? Whenever I get big, fat, and juicy, they put a rubber tarp over my head, stick me in a dark room, and bang my head against the wall until i throw up and pass out."

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Sleepy Sims 2 Update

Alex and David had a public WooHoo in a changing room. There is some old guy after Alex. And after quitting his job as a thief (terrible hours), David is doing well in his new job as a postal worker.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

My Username Is Koorb And I Have A Sims 2 Addiction
*Polite Clapping*

Firstly I would just like to say that I didn't like the original. I had a family of three in the original and the only bed sharing the father would do, was with his daughter! Plus anything they did, they did because I told them. So I really didn't have much fun at all. And I could never understand why it was 2D, even then.

In contrast with The Sims 2 I don't need to be in front of the computer for my Sims to function. They can make themselves food, go to work, got to bed, get out of the way of other Sims, have a shower, clean the shower, interact positively with each other, make friends, go to the toilet and most importantly flush the toilet! All by themselves!!!

I started by setting myself the challenge of having a gay couple and from thinking it wouldn't happen, to seeing both David and Alex go into the bedroom all by themselves and both WooHoo with each other. Five hours after starting the game, I have to say I am impressed.

It's just a really great, fun game. You can try having an objective, but it's too much of a good sandbox game for anyone to want to play it competitively. The only thing I with they had done differently is the sex. Frankly I find the kissing more erotic than WooHoo. And that has shattered dreams of selling pictures of my Sims as porn.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

I would have given this a 5/5 if the ending hasn't of talked my ear off. And I missed the first fifteen minuets of The Enforcer last night because I was stuck watching one of the overly long talk-o-ramas.

And ARG! My keyboard doesn't vibrate! So I can't play any of the Snake Tales!
I so want to know if Snake and Otacon manage to catch that sea-monster so they can open that Zoo.

Friday, September 17, 2004

University Again

I contacted Uni about my enrolment and I am enrolled, but they didn't have any of my unit choices. Even though I remember filling the form in for them. So I did that over the phone.

The choice is either Database & Analysis (evil) or Artificial Intelligence (something I haven't done before). I have no idea what the database module covers, but I know for AI you work in a group to program a little robot with AI, so it can find it's way through a maze (sounds like fun I know).

1Mps Where Are You!

Since it is day 11 of my 10 day wait for my upgraded 1Mps connection. I phoned Wanadoo (number 5 on my speed-dial). Wanadoo said that because of demand the period is now 14 days. So I should be upgraded by Monday.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Spawn Of Splinter Cell

April 18, 2002 Splinter Cell Announced
May 21, 2003 Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow Announced
May 10, 2004 Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Announced

*Looks deep into Crystal-Ball*
Hmmm Looks like Splinter Cell 4 will be announced about May-time 2005.

Half Life 2 Might Be Finnished

Apparently A Release Candidate has been sent to Vivendi (HL2's Publisher).

For anyone that doesn't know, when the developer (Valve) has finished their product (Half Life 2) a Release Candidate of said product, is sent to the publisher (Vivendi) for approval. If the publisher is happy with the product then it is sent to the printers. Otherwise it is sent back to the developers with a report on what needs altering or tweaking before the publisher will permit the product to be launched.

This whole process goes with patches too, and sometimes the publisher can be very stubborn at this stage. Even to the point where the Publisher to Developer relationship is severely strained.

Letter From University

Dear Student

Bla Bla Bla
If you haven't pre-enrolled, turn up on the 20th, but if you have, come on the 23rd.

Your Sincerely
Dr Pamela AC Watt
Course Leader

Now I remember filling out a form for my unit choices, but I can't remember filling out any-kind of enrolment form, and I certainly haven't received a 'you have been accepted' letter. So it looks like they will be hearing from my mouth again tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Demo

27th Apparently.

N Is Also For National Security

Which we seem to be lacking right now.

It must have been an inside job.

N The Ninja

It's been years since I last played a Good 2D Platformer, but N is fantastic.

You play this little Ninja guy, on a none scrolling 2D area and you just have to get to the exit. I have been playing it all day and it's great. You can even get replays of the top scoring Ninjas from the Highscores screen.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Peasant's Quest

Peasant's Quest is a flash based RPG, that spoofs the old Kings Quest series.

I got to six points before reaching for the Walkthrough, but I am glad I did because the whole game is quite a nice experience.

University Said

We are sending the letters out today.

Happy Bithday To Me

I don't want to be 21, I liked being 20.

Monday, September 13, 2004

University Keeping Me Informed As Always

I know (by way of rumour) that my enrolment date is the 20th. And with a week to go, my academic institution still haven't sent me a single letter or anything telling me that.

Yes this makes me nervous, but they will be hearing from my mouth tomorrow.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Alcohol 120% Alternative

So after Alcohol 120% changed I have been looking for a good alternative. And today I found the good alternative I have been looking for in DAEMON Tools. Small and very good is what I like, and DAEMON Tools is both.

Being John Carmak

My friend Bill, showed me This Blog by the guardian. And that contains a link to This Blog containing all of John Carmak's '.Plan' files since 1997.

I think he is working on Quake2 when the log starts, but it's a good read, even if he does rant about performance and game architecture from time to time.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Random T-Shirt Idea

I want a shirt that just says 'Pull Me' on the front.

Hipocritical Christian Site

I like to read game reviews on Christian Fundamentalist websites because they are always a good laugh. Generally anything with magic is blamed by them, but then Evil Avatar linked to This review of Doom3. The guy didn't like the game because you kill demons (occult reference), but I was expecting that.

Then I spotted This interview with a so called Christian developer. About a game called Eternal War: Shadows of Light. A FPS where you kill demons!

Surly I am not the only one that finds this more than a little hipocritical. So rather than the reviewer of Doom3 hating it, because of it's demon killing slaughtering, surly he/she should have been praising it like they have with Shadows of Light (Which incidentally looks like the Quake2 engine, but they claim it to be their own).

What Pre-1985 Video Game Character Are You?

What Video Game Character Are You? I am Kung Fu Master.I am Kung Fu Master.

I like to be in control of myself. I dislike crowds, especially crowds containing people trying to kill me. Even though I always win, I prefer to avoid fights if possible. What Video Game Character Are You?

Monday, September 06, 2004

This Whole Royal Navy Windows Kafuffle

There has been this guy from someplace Making Noise about how the Navy shouldn't start using Windows instead of UNIX in the navy's new Type 45 Destroyer. HMS Vanguard is apparently already running Windows 2000, but I don't know wither what the guy is saying is factually correct or just opinion based.

Ok Windows isn't exactly the most secure OS, but it's easy to develop for and very user friendly, but then I have absolutely no idea what the Navy would want to run on it, because they are obviously switching over for a reason. As switchovers like that cost a lot of money. So you don't do something like that unless you have a clear reason (not that Microsoft would be complaining either way).
*sight* Well as long as Windows doesn't error and fire a nuclear missle at France I suppose I can still sleep at night.

The Crappy Test

Everyone seems to be giving that Penny Arcade Test a go, and since the server is now working again.
I got 38 out of, 30 questions?!

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Someone Just Reminded Me

A bandwidth cap of 30GB a month, is a limit, not a target. (^_^)

An Enlightening Day

Today I learned something that has eluded me, ordered something that I have wanted, and later will watch something that I have both wanted and that has eluded me, at the same time.

  • For the past three years I have been trying to grasp what inheritance is in programming. This seems silly to me now, but nobody ever sat me down and explained it to me bluntly. And everytime I asked I would always get some garbelled answer with the word 'constructor' in there somewhere, but actually just in the last fifteen minuets I got it! And if somebody had just said, "Modules that you can store and duplicate under different names in memory", I would have understood. Instead I have spent the last three years avoiding inheritance, because it was always such a headache everytime somebody brought it up. And now I can actually see the advantage, and even easy-use for such a thing.
    It took you 17 chapters to get there, but thank you my Microsoft Press Book!

  • I was reading a newsgroup Post with someone asking if their local broadband supplier was charging too much. And in an attempt to answer their question I went to Wanadoo's pricing page and realised that all their packages said 1Mps!!!
    Now apart from currently being on a 512Kps package and paying the same price as the top end 1Mps. I didn't realise there had been a package change because I don't receive my Wanadoo newsletters, because frankly I have enough addresses to check as it is, but after a quick phone conversation it turns out that for a £20 administrative fee and a new 12 month contract I can be upgraded.
    So my broadband it now getting upgraded from 512Kps to 1Mps.
    I haven't agreed to a new 12 month contract, but they are connecting me anyway. \(^o^)/

  • Since I was in High-school I have had this mission to watch every Sci-Fi film ever made. Considering Hollywood doesn't like Sci-Fi that's made this an easier job, but there has been a film that has eluded me for years, Battlefield Earth. The trailer looked amazing at the time and I missed it at the cinema, but since it's apparently such a bad film that didn't bother me because I thought, I could would rent it later. Anyway several hundred films later I find-out that the film is based on a Bestselling Book and that the author was actually the guy that founded the Scientologists! Who are a modern religion, much like the Jehovah's Witnesses in that as a member you have-to sign over all your money and possessions when they join. And if you have ever watched that episode of the Simpson's where the family joins a cult. Well that's a reference to Scientology.
    The founder L Ron Hubbard has also written books on Dianetics and Brainwashing (you can read a copy Here and Kenneth Goff is his real name). Anyway I digress, because of this history behind the writer, and his best seller, this placed the film high on my list of films to watch, but I haven't been able to see it. The film was so bad I can't get a copy (just like you won't be able to get Starship Troopers 2 in a bit).
    Well it's on TONIGHT!

Star Wars Galaxy Thing

It seems like people are still riled about how SOE has been treating players (nothing new), but while reading up on the latest developments I spotted This. It's a thread on a SWG fan site that is offering free trials of EVE Online, to disgruntled SWG players.

Apart from being shocked that the EVE guys are trying to move players from SWG to EVE, I have to say it's a genius piece of marketing because EVE is twice the game SWG is, and the fans that try it will love it. And hopefully be able to Finnaly Leave one of the worst MMORPGs I have every played. Yes I am talking about you, Star Wars Galaxies.

Game Stars Live

Twas in London, I didn't get to go because I am having a slight Financial management problem (been spending too much). Anyway both GameSpot and my friend FooFly went. So you can read what they have to say if you like.

Natural Selection Beta 5 Client

There seems to be a lot of changes in favour of the Aliens, but I don't know because I am still downloading.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

BBC Iraq Documentry

So I was watching this one hour and half documentary and I occurred to me that the Americans are doing nothing to win over the people and the people are just getting angry. At one-point Sean (the guy filming) showed some of the reconstruction work going on in Iraq. This consisted is only security walls and blockages. He explained that all the water and electrical services had just degraded and broken because the American forces are just concerned with rooting-out terrorists.

Frankly I find the idiocy of the Americans strategy appalling. They had secured the country in the name of freedom and instead of then concentrating on infrastructure and returning the country to a productive environment for the people of Iraq, they just spend all their time raiding houses and trying to maintain an occupation that nobody wants. And the amazing thing is that even after loosing occupation of several cities to the rebellion, they refuse to change strategy. And so they just keep loosing ground in a war that should have been won already.

Tribes Vengance Beta

First I created a server with a password just so I could run round the maps and learn the controls. And quite frankly this is the best tribes game made yet (I hated the others), but when I connected to play multiplay, I kept getting some very nasty lag.

The End

HL2 Riddle

Go to and visit the Media page. Move your mouse over the pictures until one turns into a picture of the G-man and click it.

Type 'nova' for user and 'prospekt' for password. View the source of that web page (View > Source). Scroll to the bottom of the source code and copy the web address. Add this copied address to the end of the '' web address and hit enter. Now you will see a picture of a barnacle. Go back to the black web page with the white box and type in 'barnacle' in the empty field.

Enjoy :)

The Logitech MX 1000 Laser Mouse

A few people seem to be raving about this and Logitech seems to be making a lot of noise, but frankly after looking at The Promotional Website I don't see what all the fuss is about.

A conventional optical mouse works much like a digital camera. It takes pictures of your mouse mat and tells your computer what the mouse is doing by matching the changes between the pictures it has taken.

No idea how the laser works, but it takes higher resolution pictures and so in theory should be more accurate, but after reading the thoughts of Gary Krakow over at NBC this improvement seems negligible. Probably because our current level of optical mousing technology has reached a universally satisfactory level.

I won't be buying a MX 1000 however because:
  • It's wireless (I will only remember that when the battery runs out).
  • It's one of those mice that will make my hand sweaty because of it's molded body.
  • Too many buttons means I will keep telling my computer to do things I don't want it to (I had an MS Explorer mouse once, so I have experience with this).

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Spoof Site

Before someone posts this on Slashdot and then all the other news sites start running round like headless chickens. I would just like to point-out that This website is not official, and that the 15th of Jan release date is made up.

Steam Fixed

If you like me have been having the "Server Unavailable" error (even when trying to start the Half Life 2 preload), just delete the ClientRegistry.blob file and Steam will work again.

I actually remember deleting this file a few months ago, but with a different error.