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Building Left 4 Dead Maps With Google Sketchup 44

notthatwillsmith writes "If you're a fan of Left 4 Dead and you've ever wanted to build a zombie-filled map of your hometown, office or grocery store, Maximum PC just posted a how-to that shows you how to convert photos of real-world locations into ready-to-play L4D 1 or 2 maps. It's everything you need to know in order to kill zombies with your friends — in the comfort of your own backyard."

Submission + - SPAM: WiGig fast wireless group finishes standard

alphadogg writes: The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has completed its specification for a technology to deliver as much as 7Gbps over a very high unlicensed frequency band. It will have the capacity to deliver high-definition video streams or let users connect laptops to desktop docks and displays, the group has said.
The group, backed by wireless heavy hitters including Intel, Broadcom and Atheros Communications, announced the WiGig specification in May and said it would be finished by year's end. Though the standard is now written, it's still undergoing text editing and an intellectual-property review that the WiGig Alliance called routine.

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Submission + - Build Your Own Left4Dead Map With Google Sketchup

notthatwillsmith writes: Do you love Left4Dead? Ever wanted to build a zombie-filled map of your hometown, office, or grocery store? Maximum PC just posted a how-to that shows you how to convert photos of real world locations into ready-to-play L4D 1 or 2 maps. It's everything you need to know in order to kill zombies with your friends, in the comfort of your own backyard.

Submission + - 20-ft Mecha Robot Exoskeleton with Flamethrowers (

MMBK writes: Mention Wasilla, Alaska, and presidential also-ran Sarah Palin leaps to mind like a caribou. But the southern Alaskan town’s more animated, engaging, and intelligent invention is easily a 20-foot-tall robotic mecha robot with flamethrowers for hands.
Input Devices

Submission + - Of Mice and Men: The History of Input Devices

notthatwillsmith writes: From the first trackball invented in the 50s (it used a bowling ball) to the FPS controller craze of the mid-90s to the death of the mouse ball, Maximum PC collected the wackiest and weirdest mice, game controllers, and keyboards to examine the most revolutionary uses of technology as well as call out the biggest flops. Whether you're looking for optical mice that will work on glass, a controller powered by brainwaves, or the Wii Remote's precursors, they're all here.

Submission + - First Look at the Level 10 Concept PC Case

notthatwillsmith writes: "Maximum PC just posted an exclusive hands on with Thermaltake's unique Level 10 case. This concept design features individual compartments for different components (each with dedicated cooling) all mounted on a black steel frame. The case looks like a prop from 2001, rendered in black steel instead of white plastic. It's absolutely unlike anything I've ever seen before."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - From Doom to Dunia: The History of 3D Engines

notthatwillsmith writes: It's difficult to think of a single category of application that's driven the pace of desktop hardware development further and faster than first-person shooters. Maximum PC examined the evolution of FPS engines, examining the key technologies that brought games from the early sprite-based days of Doom to the fully 3D rendered African savannah as rendered by Far Cry 2's Dunia engine. It's truly amazing how far the state of the art has moved in the last 16 years!

Submission + - Dawn of the Personal Computer: From Altair to IBM

notthatwillsmith writes: Think about your first PC. Remember when you thought 8KB of RAM and a 2MHz processor was all you'd ever need? Maximum PC unearthed 25 machines that shaped the modern computing era. Artifacts borrowed from private collections were brought in, booted up, and had their guts examined. From revolutionary computers like the Kenbak-1 and Xerox Alto to popular machines like the Commodore 64 and TI-99/4A, each system was examined and evaluated to see what impact it had on the computers we all use today. Did your first computer make the cut?

Submission + - History of 3D Accelerators: From Voodoo to GeForce

notthatwillsmith writes: Maximum PC just posted a comprehensive history of 3D graphics acceleration. From S3's ill-fated ViRGE chips to Nvidia's latest dual-GPU boards, the GPUs of the past 15 years have supplied the visual horsepower behind most of PC gaming's most memorable titles. Do you remember the major GPU milestones--John Carmack's collaboration with Rendition on VQuake, 3dfx's meteoric rise and subsequent fall, the evolution of programmable architectures, and the ongoing rivalry between ATI and Nvidia?

Submission + - How Revolutionary Hardware Shaped the Modern PC

notthatwillsmith writes: Maximum PC just posted its timeline of the most important desktop PC components of the last fifteen years. This is the hardware that shaped the modern computing era. From groundbreaking processors to game-changing 3D accelerators to the venerable dial-up modem, these were the must-have parts for any PC-building enthusiast. Who wasn't envious of the first kid on the block who bought an Obsidian X24 graphics card or the first consumer-level dual-CPU motherboard?

Submission + - Developers Get "Early Look" At Google And (

CWmike writes: "Developers can now take an "early look" at the SDK for the next version of its mobile platform Android, Google said on Monday on its developer blog. Version 1.5 will include support for soft keyboards, including ones from third parties, live folders and speech recognition. Another feature drawing interest is the ability to create widgets for the home screen. "That is something people have been longing for," said Konrad Hübner, founder of SkyCoders, whose Cab4me application reached the top 10 in the Android Developer Challenge. Google also promises better camera and GPS performance, support for video recording and the stereo version of Bluetooth. A final version of the SDK is expected later this month, and Version 1.5 will be available as an over-the-air update for Android-based smartphones soon thereafter, a Google spokesman said."

Submission + - The History of x86 CPUs: From 8086 to Core i7

notthatwillsmith writes: This marks the 31st year of the x86 architecture's iron grip on the personal computer. To celebrate, Maximum PC has posted a visual retrospective of x86-compatible CPUs, starting with the original 8086, documenting the rise of the 486-compatible chips, Intel's Netburst failure and the subsequent dominance of the Athlon 64, all the way up to the modern monolithic quad-core designs of today.

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