Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Some Epic Recent Gaming News Stories

There's a bunch of gaming news stories that have made the rounds on Reddit and Twitter. Let me opine on a few of them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Game of Thrones Mods and Games

I've spent many hours recently playing the Westeros mod for Medieval 2: Total War, which lets you control one of the factions vying for the Iron Throne in the Game of Thrones setting. While there are a couple of different commercial Game of Thrones games in development right now I'm a bit concerned that they won't be as good as fans would like, since the first game released had such poor reviews. Mods like Westeros: Total War and other fan created projects seem like a better way to maintain my A Song of Ice and Fire addiction until the next book and new season of the HBO show come out.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sony BDP-S185 BluRay Player WiFi Bridge Setup

The BDP-S185 is a pretty good BluRay player made by Sony that I bought for my dad after his old progressive scan DVD player randomly stopped working. Since it was around ~$90 for that BluRay player with streaming video features and an HDMI cable to go along with it on Amazon I thought it was a more sensible purchase than a replacement DVD player. The one real compromise with this BluRay player compared to higher end set-top boxes like the Sony BDP-S580 is the lack of built-in wifi. However, since the BDP-S185 has an Ethernet jack and I happened to have a Linksys WGA54G wireless Ethernet bridge adapter around, I was (eventually) able to connect it to the wifi network and access the streaming features like Pandora, YouTube, and Netflix.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Most Useful Wordpress Plugins

While this blog is hosted on Blogger I have managed a few Wordpress installations and wanted to share the plugins I found most useful for various purposes. Everyone else on the planet has written a "Top WordPress Plugins!" post and I guess I felt compelled to chip in my 2 cents.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Game Development Postmortems

One of my favorite things to read online are the developer postmortems for games I've played. Getting to learn what it was like for the people who made games like Age of Empires 2 is both entertaining and useful, in an educational sense. Developer blogs, especially for indie game developers, will often have posts about the development process of a game, but for some more popular titles you have to read an article on a site like Gamasutra to get a glimpse into the development process.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Getting More Free Dropbox Space

If you don't already use Dropbox you really should. It's like having a USB drive on the Internet that you can use to share files between all your different computers and smartphones. You can also use it to share files with other people remotely. It's also a great way to backup your most important files, like source code or crucial documents, and that's the main thing I use my account for. By default free accounts will get just 2GB of storage space, and while you can pay a monthly fee for more space there are a few ways you can get a bunch of extra space for free. My account is over 24GB, all for free.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Game of Thrones Kindle Screensavers

I saw something on Reddit that I thought was worth sharing. Someone took the house sigils that HBO had made for some of the great houses of Westeros from the Song of Ice and Fire novels and the Game of Thrones TV show and made black and white versions of them scaled for use as Kindle screensavers. I modified them with GIMP to be black logos on a grey field, instead of the original reverse.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

WiFiKill Android App For Cutting Off WiFi Access

Here's an interesting little app that's useful for annoying your friends. WiFiKill is an Android application that lets you DoS the whole WiFi network your phone is connected to, or kick specific devices off the network. Obviously this is something you don't want to do in any place where Internet connectivity is important, like your workplace.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Overclock Android Phones With SetCPU

I overclocked my HTC Inspire Android phone using the SetCPU app some months ago and wanted to make sure it worked well before I wrote about it, and it has. SetCPU doesn't just let you give your smartphone a boost in clock rate and performance, you can also use it to save some power by decreasing the clock speed when the phone is idle. If you're already messing around with rooting and custom roms, this is the sort of thing you'll want to check out.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Add SATA Ports To Your Desktop With A PCI-E Card

Recently I had a bit of a panic when both of the SATA drives in my desktop computer failed to be detected by the BIOS on boot. I couldn't boot either of the two operating systems installed and none of my files were accessible. Since the BIOS didn't detect the drives I couldn't even use a live CD to access my files. I knew that it was unlikely for two hard drives to fail simultaneously without some sort of system-wide catastrophe like a power surge so I suspected that the SATA controller might have failed. This view was reinforced when people on Twitter said that that in their experience it's most often the controller that's the problem when two drives appear to fail at the same time.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Stream Media From An Android Phone To An Xbox 360 or PS3

Game consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3 use UPnP/DLNA to access media from other devices like computers that are on the same network. You can share media from your Android device to XBMC or any computer that can connect to Windows file shares with a Samba server app like the one I've been using, but to share videos, music and photos with an Xbox 360 or PS3 you'll need a UPnP/DLNA server app like iMediaShare. It's a free download on the Android Market.