Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Shahbaz walks out of Big Brother

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Shahbaz walks out of Big Brother: "Big Brother 7 contestant Shahbaz Chauhdry has walked out of the television house, Channel 4 has said.

The 37-year-old Glaswegian was being watched by show psychologists after threatening to kill himself during his time in the house.

In a statement, a show spokeswoman said Shahbaz had decided to leave because he was 'unhappy' and finding it hard to integrate with the other contestants.

She added that all the housemates were free to leave the house at any time.

Shahbaz had earlier described himself as 'a dead man walking' and said the reality television series was to be 'his last curtain call'.

'I came here to die on this programme,' he told concerned housemates.

Channel 4 said the welfare of the 14 participants was 'of the utmost importance'."

FF: " Cruel world, i thought he was the most entertaining person in the house"

The truth about global warming - it's the Sun that's to blame

Telegraph | News | The truth about global warming - it's the Sun that's to blame: "Global warming has finally been explained: the Earth is getting hotter because the Sun is burning more brightly than at any time during the past 1,000 years, according to new research.

A study by Swiss and German scientists suggests that increasing radiation from the sun is responsible for recent global climate changes.

Dr Sami Solanki, the director of the renowned Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany, who led the research, said: 'The Sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures.

'The Sun is in a changed state. It is brighter than it was a few hundred years ago and this brightening started relatively recently - in the last 100 to 150 years.'

Dr Solanki said that the brighter Sun and higher levels of 'greenhouse gases', such as carbon dioxide, both contributed to the change in the Earth's temperature but it was impossible to say which had the greater impact.

Average global temperatures have increased by about 0.2 deg Celsius over the past 20 years and are widely believed to be responsible for new extremes in weather patterns. After pressure from environmentalists, politicians agreed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, promising to limit greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2012. Britain ratified the protocol in 2002 and said it would cut emissions by 12.5 per cent from 1990 levels."

FF: "Our sun is getting HOT, lol"

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Road Test: Maybach 62

TechEBlog ? Road Test: Maybach 62: "At $385,520, the Maybach 62 is an ultra-luxury sedan with a powerful 5.5 Liter biturbo V12 engine that pumps out 550 hp — boosting it from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds. Top Gear takes this gem for a road test. Watch after the jump."

FF: "Maybach, i wanna take on a ride"

Friday, May 12, 2006

How do you think high definition will change gaming?

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto: "
I think at some point there will be a point down the road where most everyone does have an HD TV. But right now I don't think that what gaming needs is more high definition graphics, I think what's more important is the interface for how you interact with your games, how your games connect to the internet and take advantage of that functionality, and even more simply just how everyone in the household is able to interact with the hardware itself and find entertainment value in that, thereby allowing us to increase the people who are engaging the game. I think these are far more important issues for us to be thinking about rather than simply prettier graphics for the same games that people have seen."

FF: "Shigeru Miyamoto spot on, we need a games console for entertainment and relax"

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Live from E3

Nintendo Wii Won: "Nintendo Wii launch: 4th quarter, for less then HK$3876

Sony PS3 60GB launch: 11th November, will cost HK$5426

click here for Nintendo Wii video"

FF: "with a price advantages and plenty of games to download from, i believe Nintendo's new console - Wii might win, Sony went too far on graphic and Blue Ray"

Nintendo Wii - Controllers

Nintendo Wii - Controllers: "Games are many things to different people. Some see games as gateways to an unknown universe while others see them as extensions of the world around them. Nintendo created Wii to fit everyone's ideal break away from the everyday. The wireless, freehand Wii Remote not only makes games easy to play, it makes them more fun than ever before. Accentuating the sense of touch in the game lets you feel the heat of emotion with each movement. Because up to four players can grab a Wii Remote and play, there's always a party ready to happen with Wii!

The Wii Remote frees you from cords and excessive, complicated buttons without sacrificing gameplay depth. The motion sensors contained within the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controller add totally new interactions to existing games while opening doors for new genres. Wii makes your senses come alive!"

FF: "Yes, we need innovation, i might go bak to game console"

Dell shows pics of next-gen gaming boxes

Dell shows pics of next-gen gaming boxes - Engadget: "If you thought you had to be at E3 to check out Dell's new gaming boxes, we've got some good news for you: Dell has launched a web site to show off the prototype models, the cleverly named XPS Next Generation Gaming Desktop and the previously revealed XPS Mobile Entertainment Concept laptop. The bad news? Dell's Flash-heavy teaser site for the boxes provides little in the way of real specs (unless you consider a statement that the desktop will include 'some of the latest processors, graphics capabilities and performance hard drives' enough info). The site does, however, show off some of the desktop's external features, including an aluminum case, a choice of LEDs in 7 different colors, and -- woo hoo -- a stabilizing fin. No specs on the laptop either, natch, but we already have the goods on that one. We're not sure if Dell plans to bring either of these to market, or if they're just eye candy designed to attract gamers to existing products, like the M1710 notebook. However, we expect the desktop to show up in some form, if only so that Dell can try to say that the company's home-grown, Intel-based gear is as good as the AMD stuff they picked up from Alienware -- which, at this point, may be the whole point of keeping the XPS line alive in the first place.


FF: "I luv Dell's Desktop, its awesome"

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bugmenot - pwd database

How To Use "You're browsing the web and you click a link to an article on a site (let's say but instead of getting the article you get a screen asking you to login or register. Infuriated at the idea of pointlessly registering for yet another site you turn to your good buddy"

FF: " provide username and password to access restricted article online, save me time, save yourself trouble..."

Nokia N80: Almost perfect

Crave at "The N80 has a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, infrared, quad-band, EDGE and WLAN connectivity, a miniSD slot that can support up to a 2GB card and a secondary 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera for video calling. It runs on S60 3rd edition software on Symbian OS and comes preloaded with a bunch of applications such as RealPlayer and Flash Player, so you can play and access a host of media files.

Via Wi-Fi, EGPRS or 3G, you can browse the Web with the built-in Web browser or download content such as games and ringtones. It also has an email client you can set up to access a POP3 or IMAP4 email account, and it lets you view certain attachments using a proprietary document viewer.

We were very impressed with the picture quality of both the camera and the 36 by 45mm, 262k colour screen, which is not only large enough to view images properly, but also comes with a light sensor that adjusts the screen's brightness according to the ambient light."

FF: "Yes, Nokia N80 with WiFi & UPnP support, u can access Internet everywhere, with Flash build-in, u can log-into web-based MSN, ICQ etc anytime u want... its a prefect phone, only a bit chubby"

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

NOKIA secret codes (series 60)

NOKIA secret codes (series 60): "Have you even try on this????


Displays - 1.Serial Number, 2.Date Made, 3.Purchase Date, 4.Date of last repair (0000 for no repairs), 5.Life Time. Talking Hours in total

*#06# Serial Number/IMEI indicates

*#0000# SW version (e.g. V3.42.1, 16-10-03, NHL-10)

*#2820# Bluetooth (BT) device address

xx# Directory quick access (xx = storage location e.g. 24 #)

On/Off key -short pressing for menu for switching between profiles

Menu key - Long pressing for 'task manager' - switching between active programs (with 'C' key programs can be terminated.)

Red key - Minimizes the program ()

Menu quick access - Over in the menu e.g. to point 3.1 arrive simply 31 enter (if the third symbol a file is opened is for these and then in it started the first Programm/Icon).

No Autostart - While switching on the phone, press the 'ABC' key (pen) till the pin inquiry to ignore the auto-initialization programs (and the MMC programs) - 'safeboot'

Deletes Wallet code & info

*#7780# - Reset to original settings

*#7370# - Soft format - clears the phone memory

NOTE! Battery should be full up to at least 75% "