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Comment Re:How easy is it to roll your own? (Score 1) 304

It's actually not that easy. First you have to get a hacked iso, and do an install. Then you have to go and hunt around for patches for audio and your graphics chipset. I have an ATI 3870 Radeon HD and setting that up wasn't a picnic.

Then, since I have a wireless connection - I had to find a suitable wireless controller that would work with Mac OS X 10.5 -- and there was only ONE I could find, and the driver was for 10.4 .Still I got it working in 10.5, but sometimes, the system failed to recognize it and I had to plug and unplug it in the USB socket in order for it to show up.

I think third-party wireless controllers supporting MacOS X are going to die a slow death because Apple has built in wireless across their range of computers.... So expect more wireless driver hacks.

All in all, it's a headache to set up.

Web 2.0 As A New Wave of Innovation? 174

Vitaly Friedman writes "In his article in the recent Educause magazine, Bryan Alexander, Director for Research at the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE), presents a comprehensive analysis of the rising web 2.0 companies and describes the emerging of web 2.0. From the article: ' ... larger players have entered the field, most notably Yahoo, which has been buying up many projects, including Flickr and del.icio.us. Microsoft is considering a massive extension of RSS. And Google has been producing its own projects, such as the Lens RSS reader and Google Maps. Meanwhile, academic implementations are bubbling up, like the social bookmarking and search projects noted earlier. This Web 2.0 movement (or movements) may not supplant Web 1.0, but it has clearly transformed a significant swath of our networked information ecology.'"

MS to Launch Paid Security Subscription Service 359

user24 writes "MSN reports that Microsoft 'is launching a subscription service aimed at providing better protection for the Windows operating system, which has been vulnerable to Internet attacks. Windows Live OneCare will protect up to three computers for about 50 dollars a year.' From the OneCare website: 'Windows Live OneCare works continuously, automatically, and quietly in the background on your PC, ever vigilant against threats but never in the way, allowing you to have fun and be more productive:'"

Abandoned Games 334

Ghost Pig writes "The people of Exiled Gamers have put together an Abandonware Campaign with which they hope to be able to convince game publishers to rescue titles from their current 'Abandonware' status, and make them available for the public to play (legally) once again. They have made mention of quite a few titles that have slipped into the status of Abandonware (titles that it's no longer possible to buy at retail, and that are near impossible to locate on sites such as eBay), which includes System Shock 2, Freespace 2, as well as older titles, such as The Chaos Engine, Alien Breed and Flashback."

Two-Player Games for Mixed Skill Level Players? 506

koreth asks: "What are some good two-player games that a newbie can successfully play with a more seasoned gamer? I want to find a good console or PC game I can play with my girlfriend, who has only recently started gaming. Something cooperative would be great, but head-to-head is fine too. All the games we've tried are made for players of roughly the same skill level -- so either I end up dumbing my gameplay way down (no fun for me) or blowing her out of the water without much effort (no fun for her). Is there any game out there that gives two players tasks of varying difficulty to keep both of them engrossed, at the same time?"

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