(And since BioShock is such a recent game, exactly what has it had the chance to influence yet?)
Well, you could look at Fallout 3 - there's a fair bit of the style that looks astonishingly similar to Bioshock... just look at the "Please Stand By" TV display for example.
[Cocking a snook at the blatant neophilia of the list]
My ten year-old 21" CRT does at least 1024 x 768 @ 120 Hz. I think it drops down to 100HZ for 1280 x 1024 though, but I'd still be willing to give it a shot.
It's a pity that you can't buy decent CRTs any more, as I've yet to see a TFT that comes close to the performance of my current monitor. I'll be forced to change when it dies, but until then you can pry it out of my cold dead hands.
"It took me nearly half an hour to realize that XP Home doesn't let you change permissions on files."
Really? I though you could get at NTFS permissions using (Explorer) Tools-> Folder options -> uncheck "Use simple file sharing".
If not, you still have CACLS if you're prepared to get your fingers dirty.
As well as that, how about setting the default admin account so you have no sounds, no desktop wallpaper, no animated cursors - none of the flashy crap that users seem intent on encumbering themselves with. You want the bling == run as a limited user.
However this would require limiting the capabilities of the Admin account, and this is something I'm not entirely happy with (as, admin *should* be equivalent to god mode).
I've been installing Foxit on new machines for about nine months now, and have a lot of love for it. It was the retarded reboot-on-upgrade policy of Adobe that particularly ticked me off (load times notwithstanding).
I noticed earlier today that V3 is out, will be giving this a trial run sometime over the next couple of weeks. Only thing I'm hoping for is that they've improved the process for unattended setups, as this is the only thing that bugs me at the moment.
You'd *better* believe The Man.
An oldie but a goodie.
unless the submitter has two identical machines. Reason being, if the hard disc is swapped into another system there's a fair chance the wrong chipset driver will be provided and the compisite machine will bluescreen.
Even worse would be if the machine starts correctly and then installs its own chipset driver causing bluescreens when the hard disc is swapped back.
My first port of call, before the memory diagnostic and before running SMART tests would be the event log. It's neglected far too much for my liking.
I'd follow that with perfmon, and then offline AV scanners / liveCDs. Then I'd start thinking about burn-in testing and swapping out hardware.
Had a friend's machine in over the holidays. It would boot, get to Welcome screen, then after logging in machine would log straight back out. You weren't able to interact with the system at all.
Tried safe mode - same symptoms. Therefore I was of the opinion that it was a driver, winlogon-hooked DLL or a service that was tagged to run in safe mode.
The WinPE preinstallation environment allowed me to find/remove some of the offending parties, but still no dice. Snagged UBCD and pulled updates for all of the antivirus / antispyware tools.
Booting to UBCD got _some_ results... Spybot found a large number of nasties (including some identified as Antivirus 2009); A-Squared found some, as did AVG. Even after running all of them, the actual root cause persisted. Unfortunately, SysInternals autoruns wasn't much help, as it retrieves startup info from the currently running system, rather than of the inactive o/s (anyone know whether there's a tool that'll do this?)
Ultimately I waved the white flag and pulled out a repair install of Windows to bring the machine back up, at which point I found the culprit - a process called winlogon.exe in \windows rather than \windows\system32 and invoked via the winlogon registry keys. I kicked myself for not spotting this, but also note that none of the scanners in the UBCD (updated as of 28 Dec) were capable of identifying this as foul.
The offending file has been sent to various AV vendors in the hope that this one can be spotted in future.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first teach BASIC.