Spore, Woho the Release is Almost Here, but the Creature Creator is Here!

‘Bout time. EA Games gave me my Spore ‘fix’ this weekend when I downloaded the new Creature Creator. Since the game’s announcement was made, EA Games did not release much information about the whole design and playable aspect of the game. However, recently this information has been released, along with a Creature Creator for users to mess around with.

For the readers that haven’t heard about Spore, I’ll give a little bit of an explanation. Spore is a mulit-genre game that takes place at the birth of life. The player experiences five different stages that represent the evolution of a species which the player creates. The five different stages are as follows: cell, creature, tribal, civilization, and space. At each stage, the player will get to dictate the development of there creature and how this species will grow as an organism, a tribe, and a civilization.

Now back to the Creature Creator. This weekend, I used the Creature Creator and designed a funny little creature (which I didn’t get to name) and this increased my anticipation for the game’s release. As some of you know, I am solely a computer based gamer and since we live in the time that doesn’t release good PC games, I am ecstatic for Spore to be finally released.

To download the Spore Creature Creator, click here.

Disable History, Disable Smart Locations Bar for Firefox 3

Welp, I guess many Firefox 3 users are in a pickle. Did you ever find yourself stammering to delete the history or cache of a shameful site? Well, you’re not alone because millions of Firefox users have that same dilemma. Finally, the people that have made the Distrust plug n have come to the rescue with their new Firefox 3 plugin.

When Distrust is enabled, Firefox 3 records the history and cache like it normally does any other time. However, when Distrust is disabled, the tracking of sites is turned off and the user can feel free to browse however they want to browse. This plugin is specifically used for the new Smart Locations Bar which records everything a user does on Firefox 3.

[Pseudo Banksy does not condone or endorse searching or looking at questionable material. This plugin is used for the discretion of its users].

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How Great is Firefox 3?

Mark from SecondStoryGamer.com asks,

How great is Firefox 3 eh?

Mark this question can be answered very easily. Its amazingly great. Today I finally got the chance to download the newest version of Mozilla’s leading Internet browser and boy was I impressed. To summarize the features of the newest Firefox, I put together a list of five different factors that make Firefox 3 insane.

Add-on Manager

The new add-on manager gives the user more options when customizing Firefox 3. Not only does the new Firefox give the user the option to change extensions and themes, but it also gives the option to disable the different plug ins that Firefox uses and allows the user to manually update their extension and themes. Is quick-time annoying you again? Boom! Disable it! No more grief from third-party plug ins.

Adaptable Interface

Firefox 3 introduces the possibility of increasing the image size along with the text size for users with seeing disabilities (or for users that just want to increase text or image size). This is great for people that used and enjoyed this feature in Firefox 2, except this time the image size also increases. If it’s hard to read the text, I’m sure it’s hard to see the images. Good job Mozilla, this makes browsing easier for all of us.

Another notable feature would be the ability to configure Firefox to launch different applications (web based) for specific links. When a user would want to email a webmaster about their site, the user would click the mailto link and up comes gmail. Pretty awesome!

Malware and Security Protection

Keeping your computer safe is one of the biggest concerns with the average computer user and Mozilla recognizes this fact. Protection of Maleware is key to the survival of your secure information and the new Firefox is better than ever with security. This is done by a little ‘button’ near the address bar. When the site is good and secure, the area will turn green and, if clicked, a window will pop up with the information about the site. When a site is reported as a phishing site, the button will turn red and warn the user. No more giving information to the wrong sources, I guess.

Smart Locations Bar

This is my all time favorite new feature of Firefox 3. By typing in the address bar, a user can bring up any page that is in its bookmarks or history by using a keyword. Can’t remember the exact URL of a cool site but only remember that it had video games in the URL? Type ‘Video Games’ in the address bar and it will remember the URL for you. Not only does the SLB remember the sites you look at, but it also remembers the most looked at sites. Remember that Video game site? Well the SLB site remembers that you checked it out five times today. When you type video games in the address bar, this is the first site that comes up since it was the most viewed page.

Increased Performance

Here is a graph to explain this feature:

These five features are not the only new features in Firefox 3. There are a few more notable ones as well. These include a better download manager, better ‘remember password’ manager, smarter bookmarks and native skins for different operating systems.

Hopefully these features will persuade everybody to try the new Firefox 3, if they haven’t switched already. I know, I would recommend it.

Top 5 Firefox Add-ons

I’ve been using Firefox for quite some time now after becoming upset by the way IE was treating me. One of the huge factors that drew me to Firefox was the ability to customize my experience via add-ons (themes and extensions). The number of features Firefox has compared to Internet Explorer are huge and my personal switch to Firefox was incredibly easy. The add-ons are what make this transition easy. And with many different add-ons to choose from, I struggled to narrowed my list down to five add-ons. But after much thought, I constructed the following list of my top Firefox add-ons.

Forcast Fox

Forecast Fox is one of my all time favorite Firefox Add-ons. It delivers my weather to my browser via my zip code and updates itself about every 15 minutes to show me the current conditions in my area and the conditions for the future (the next few days). The future forecast is not what draws me to this extension but it’s the ability to produce live radar of my area. And with another add-on, the radar can be huge. Many Firefox users have complained that this extension takes a lot out of a system, but I disagree. If you use a standard DSL line, I am sure that this extension will work as expected.

Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus is also one of my favorite Firefox add-ons. This add-on gives users the power to change the way tabs are created, what windows becomes a tab, and how tabs are displayed. This extension also allows the option of creating multiple rows of tabs (in theory, this exertion can allow for an infinite amount of tabs). Since the big ‘tab boom’ last year created a tab dependency for computer users, I believe this extension is necessary for the new Internet Browser of the year 2008.

FasterFox

FasterFox is an awesome add-on. This extension eliminates the unnecessary elements of a web page, decreasing the time it takes for web pages to load. Plus, FastFox records the exact time it takes for websites to load and displays the time in the bottom of the browser. “Captain, how long did that one take?” Mine says 0.140 seconds.

DownThemAll

BOOM! Favorite extension. DownThemAll is a download accelerator and allows for the download of any mp3, jpg, or movie file of a web page. Being in such a media based world, this extension takes the cake on usefulness. One of my favorite things to do is to extract music from websites to use for personal use (mp3 player). This can be done by navigating to a site, click on tools>DownThemAll and then select the exact file you want to download. It’s that simple.

AeroFox

Okay, so this one is not an extension, but it does fall under the add-ons category. This add-on is really called a theme and changes the ‘skin’ or look of the Firefox browser. Downloading the AeroFox theme makes the browser have a sexy black look to it. Woho…kinda looks like Vista…Though this theme looks like Vista, it does not slow down your system like the infamous operating system.

A Quantum Leap: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Welp, Apple is at it again and this time they are naming it after another huge kitty. Developers have been busy programming and customers have been gearing up for the release of the latest operating system which they have dubbed Snow Leopard. This new operating system promises five different features that are sure to make the new Apple OS a smash hit.

What are the five features?

Th last operating system introduced by Apple had dozens upon dozens of gadgets and gizmos. This time Apple has focused on something a little less tangible: mechanics and hardware. When I say mechanics, I mean how the operating system interacts with the hardware and what the user can do with those mechanics to get the best out of their hardware. Like I said above, there will be five main features of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and they are as follows:

  • Microsoft Exchange Support
  • Multicore Support
  • 64-bit support
  • Media and Internet Technology
  • Open GL Technology

What is Microsoft Exchange support?

Microsoft Exchange Support allows Mac users and Iphone users to keep the same information on both devices. This is a pretty amazing feature since many of us have evolved into a “tech-creature” who uses at least three technical devices on a daily basis. The apple websites has this to say about MES:

Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 built into Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Mac OS X uses the Exchange Web Services protocol to provide access to Exchange Server 2007. Because Exchange is supported on your Mac and iPhone, you’ll be able to use them anywhere with full access to your email, contacts, and calendar.

Multi What?!? Multicore!

‘Bout time! Support for both of my cores (or the four cores for some people). This seems to be the biggest consern for myself when thinking about upgrading to a new operating system. Will both of my cores be supported? Mac users can now rest easy knowing that the money they spent on that fancy Quad-Whoeswhatist will work to its fullest abilities. Here is what the Apple website says about Mac OS X Snow Leopards Multicore abilities:

“Grand Central,” a new set of technologies built into Snow Leopard, brings unrivaled support for multicore systems to Mac OS X. More cores, not faster clock speeds, drive performance increases in today’s processors. Grand Central takes full advantage by making all of Mac OS X multicore aware and optimizing it for allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. Grand Central also makes it much easier for developers to create programs that squeeze every last drop of power from multicore systems.

64-bits, If they are bits, does that mean they are small?

Well not really. 64-bit support means that processors with 64-bit processing capabilities can utilize the massive pluses associated with 64-bit processing. That means having more than 4 GB of RAM (more memory addressing), faster speeds (wider buses from 64-bit processors) and memory mapping files. Here is what Apple has to say about 64-bit Support in Snow Leopard:

To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. More RAM makes applications run faster, because more of their data can be kept in the very fast physical RAM instead of on the much slower hard disk.

Media and Internet Upgrades, woho!

This is a biggie in today’s world. Most internet users use some kind of media player and usually uses that media player to play video and music. Supposity Snow Leopard will have the new Quicktime X bundled with the new OS. Most users say that this media player will outdo any other media player on the market. Hopefully that statement is true because they keep bugging me to update mine…Here is what Apple has to say about the Media and Internet Upgrades:

Using media technology pioneered in OS X iPhone, Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, a streamlined, next-generation platform that advances modern media and Internet standards. QuickTime X features optimized support for modern codecs and more efficient media playback, making it ideal for any application that needs to play media content.

Because Snow Leopard delivers the fastest implementation of JavaScript to date, web applications are more responsive. Safari runs JavaScript up to 53 percent faster with Snow Leopard.

OpenCL, ‘the heck is that?

Open CL means Open Computing Language. This is something that I have never heard of before. But after reading what Apple has to say about this technology, I was amazed what I learned. The possibilities will make even the most computer illiterate person jump for joy. Can you say GPU processing? That’s right! The graphics card will be able to take on the ability to process regular data when not processing graphical data. This is possible through the OpenCL. Here is what Apple has to say about OpenCL:

Another powerful Snow Leopard technology, OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing.

Knowing the huge differences that will be introduced in the new version of Mac OS X makes me want to purchase a Mac Mini so I can fully understand the abilities of Macs. Hopefully this thought is unified throughout the computer enthusiasts community.

Final Fantasy 4: Four Fiends of the Elements [Downloadable!]

Scarmiglione!
Sssrrr, Sssrrr
Spreading poison gas and foul smells
Zombie, zombie. all my underlings are sludgy
Falling down from the bridge, back attack,
No big scenes in particular

Nexty, Cagnazzo!
Tsunami, Tsunami, Cagnoazzo the Tsunami,
Turtle man
Blue body
Adoration for Commander Dessler
My indecent bald head is shining
and soaked with water as always
Oh boy it’s soaked

We are the Four Fiends of the Elements
Earth, Water, soar up

I’m called Scarmiglione of Earth, but
I think I should be called Scarmiglion of Poison

Barbariccia!
Tonade, tornade, stormy woman, almost naked
Lovin’ Girls, Lovin’ Girls
I have no interest in guys
Cindy, Mindy, Sandy
which girl should I choose for today’s partner?

Rubicante the Fire!
Rubican, Rubican, Rubicante the Fire
weak to water
Gentleman, gentleman, fairly in battles
My voluptuous bare leg, getting a glimpse
Shall I show you the inside of my mantle?

We are the Four Fiends of the Elements
Wind, Fire, soar up

I think I’m the sexiest among the Four Fiends
Yeah, maybe…

My true strength lies in death
Taste my power and die!

I didn’t expect you would defeat me
Now, join me in hell

It seems Lord Golbez has underestimated you

I shall restore your strength, Now bring it on!

My turn? Okay then!
Golby, Golby, Cecil’s own brother, Lunarian
Brain-washing, confinement
MO as K*m *****
All for the sake of Lord Zemus’s world
All must be as Lord Golbez wills
Go! The strongest Four Fiends of the Elements

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Super Mario World Western Show

I don’t know if anybody noticed or not, but youtube.com created some new features for there website. One of the new features suggests videos that a user might enjoy. I found this insanly funny since all my suggested videos were about Super Mario. (Yeah, don’t know how that happened). Anyways one video caught my eye so I clicked on it to start the video and I couldn’t stop laughing. Below is that video. I will give a little warning: the whole thing is in japanese with english subtitles. Have fun watching and laughing. (Luigi is my favorite).