General

Transformers!

Everywhere I turn, every website I visit, almost everyone’s talking about the movie. I guess I’m the only soul in Malaysia who haven’t watched the movie.

Instead of being sad about it, I searched for the sound that Transformers make when they transform. Here’s the link for the sound if you’re interested. At least I’m cool that way.

If it’s not the Transformers movie, it’s the iPhone. Life’s good.

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Xbox 360

What’s free on Xbox Live?

Last update: Friday, July 20, 2007

After creating your Xbox Live account, I bet you will be hunting for stuff to fill up your Xbox 360 hard drive. However, most of the items available on Live requires Microsoft Points. What is there to download then? First of all, you can start by downloading the vast variety of arcade games trial, game demos and game trailers.

That’s all fine and dandy, but what if you want to spruce up your dashboard or your gamer picture on your Xbox? Most of them will cost you some points, but there are some free ones available. Here’s a list of what you can download and use for free (other than Arcade Demos & Game Demos) according to region.

All regions

  • Bringing it Home – X06: Mass Effect Picture Pack 1
  • Bringing it Home – X06 Picture Pack [Gamerpic]
  • Gun – Cole [Gamerpic]
  • Lost Planet Maps (Pack 1 & 2) [Maps]
  • Rainbox Six Vegas Maps (Red Pack & Black Pack) [Maps]
  • The Outfit -The Outfit Picture Pack 2 [Gamerpic]

United States

  • Aegis Wing [Live Arcade Game]
  • Animatrix First Episode [Free this week]
  • AXE [Theme & Gamerpics]
  • Ocean’s 13 [Theme & Gamerpics]

Singapore

  • Nothing exclusive so far…
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Xbox 360

Xbox Live in Malaysia

Streamyx

While I have only tested this with my ISP, Telekom’s Streamyx, this method works pretty much everywhere. I have entered the configuration below into my router and voila, my NAT’s open.

Port Forwarding

Xbox Live! requires the following ports to be forwarded in order to operate correctly:

  • UDP 88
  • TCP 3074
  • UDP 3074

If you have no idea on port forwarding, you can check out PortForward.com. There are step by step instructions for tons of routers, with step by step instructions on how to enable port forwarding.

Too Lazy?

If you’re too lazy to do all the above, just add set your Xbox 360’s IP as the DMZ and you’re done. :)

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Apple

Apple Confirms Resolution Independence in Leopard

Resolution Independence

Here’s a snippet from the latest email newsletter from Apple:

At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, you’ll find developers like Alykhan Jetha of Marketcircle and Apple engineers like David McLeod working together to build the exciting new technologies of Leopard into the next generation of Mac software. For Alykhan, that means he’ll come away with the knowledge he needs to use Quartz and Cocoa to make his products completely resolution independent.

You might ask, how does this affect me as the end user? High density computer monitors will be able to display sharper images and texts. Imagine reading an online newspaper that have text that looks as good as the one you see in a magazine! Will computer screen rival paper printing in the near future? For now, we will just have to wait and see.

You can read more about Resolution Independence from this Wikipedia entry.

Source: Apple Confirms Resolution Independence in Leopard Through WWDC Email

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Games, Xbox 360

Xbox 360 dash background

Sick of the background on your Xbox 360 dash? Andrey (Gamertag: Louco Diamante) has a gallery full of images (mostly games related) on his website for you to furnish your blades with.

If you’re wondering how you can change your blades background, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson can help you with that. Link.

Xbox 360 Dashboard

Examples:

Xbox 360 Dash: Blue Dragon
Xbox 360 Dash: PGR 3
Xbox 360 Dash: DOAX:2

Links:

Louco Diamante: Xbox360 Dashboard Blades
Xbox Live’s Major Nelson: How to use the water balloon picture as your dash background

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