Archive for October, 2005

Call of Duty 2

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I just played the PC version of Call of Duty 2, and I must say that I am very impressed. To date, it is the best single player experience that I have ever had on my computer. The explosions, animations and gameplay are excellent, even with my graphics card. Right now I am using an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128MB, which is fairly old, but the game optimized the settings for me so I have no lag at all. The load times are quick, and the movies are great.

I can’t wait to get a new graphics card, so I can play this game on it. I also cannot wait to see what this game will look like on the Xbox 360, hooked up to a high definition tv and with surround sound speakers.

Suprnova.org is BACK!

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Well, it is, but under another name. A friend of sloncek, the admin of SuprNova, has opened a website based on the old optimized site code. The new website is NewNova.org, and has no affiliation to SuprNova.org.

I find this interesting. Back in the day when I first started using Bittorrent, SuprNova was my prime source for all things. I knew of a few other torrent websites but they did not compare. Then SuprNova went down because of lawsuits, and a ton of new bittorrent websites popped up. One of my favorite websites, lokitorrent.com, eventually got shut down because of lawsuits I believe as well. After that, I looked around and there were literally hundreds of bittorrent sites. Recently there have been a ton of invite-only websites, invites given out similar to the way that Gmail’s invite system works. Can anyone remember something similar happening a few years ago, possibly a lawsuit against Napster? That spawned the outbreak of many new P2P clients, such as Kazaa, Limewire, WinMX, and others.

I predict that as they keep cracking down on Bittorrent sites, that more and more will keep coming. They may have defeated some more P2P networks, but there are many still operating. I do not even use networks such as Limewire that much anymore, as I can download the full cd via Bittorrent.

The movie industry is going to have to create something similar to Itunes, but for movies, before we see any decrease in movie pirating. They can create all the copy protection they want, but there will always be someone there to bypass it.

I am a member of SuperTorrents, and OiNK. Oink is a great source for music, and supertorrents is where I get a lot of recent miscellaneous movies, music, and other files. I tried to get an account at Demonoid, but I could not successfully login, so I gave up. Of course all of the music and movies that I download have been released under the Creative Commons license.

Fullscreen vs. Widescreen

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

I’ve always wondered about which one shows more of the picture. This article uses Star Wars as an example. I never knew that sometimes that much of the picture got cut off, but apparently it does. It is not always an important part of the movie however, but sometimes we can miss stuff because of it.

Lesson: Always rent/buy widescreen, even if you have a fullscreen tv.