Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Acer Aspire One AO722-0473 Netbook Review

There are a lot of very low end netbooks on the market but there are a few decent models too. I purchased this cheap Acer Aspire One for a relative because it's a good compromise between size, performance and cost. It's certainly not something to do development work or serious gaming on, but for general desktop use it's more than fast enough, and certainly better than some single core Atom netbook.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Block Xbox 360 Dashboard Ads

The latest Xbox 360 dashboard update has advertising built in, but fortunately you can simply setup your DNS to block the domain the ads are served from. Following a helpful post on Reddit I assisted my cousin with blocking the ads on his 360. Doesn't fix all the problems with the new dashboard, but it's a start. There are two ways you could do this, either using OpenDNS or configuring your router to block the ad domain.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Essential Oblivion Mods For 2012

Skyrim is out but I can't justify buying it at $60 when I know it needs patches and mods to reach its full potential. And it will go on sale on Steam eventually. However, I never played any of the DLC for Oblivion and Steam had a weekend sale not too long ago and so I bought it all for $6.24. The last time I played Oblivion was in 2006 when it was released, and since I didn't enjoy it as much as Morrowind I didn't play it again. I still have the collector's case and Imperial gold coin sitting on my desk though. Now that years have passed and there are a ton of mods out that fix my issues with the game I've decided to play it again, with a lot of mods, and experience the Shivering Isles expansion for the first time as well. Here's a list of the mods I think are essential for anyone playing Oblivion in 2011 and 2012.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

XBMC4XBOX Game Console Emulators

The original Xbox makes a great platform for playing emulators. Since it's already got four controllers and is hooked up to a TV, mine is a far superior thing to play old classic console games like Sonic 2 or Streets of Rage on than a computer. There are several emulators available for modded original Xbox systems that can be used along with XBMC4XBOX.