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Sony confirms PS3 controller redesign


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It has been confirmed (finally!). The controller that legions of Playstation fans detested ever since day one has finally officially been scrapped and Sony Computer Entertainment’s worldwide division has gone back to the drawing board.

The ‘boomerang – cresent moon’ design in my opinion was one of the worst designed devices that sony had ever created, and I am so glad that they too have see this and chopped it. The redesign has yet to be revealed, but all signs are pointing to an unveilling at this year’s E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in May.

I wonder what they will come up with? I (and the millions of other playstation gamers) was very very happy with the PSX and PS2 controller’s (both more or less the same case) as they were both easy to use and fairly comfortable to hold for long periods. Hopefully this new design will be based around that similar concept which made the original controllers to popular, but I hope they don’t try anything too drastic.

I can’t say this enough Sony…“MAKE SURE USER TESTING IS PRIORITY NO #1”. If I’ve learnt anything in my User Interface design and Interaction design classes at Uni is that the user should definately be involved in the project as much as possible, becuase user feedback is the best indicator of a good product (im sure you guys @ sony know this :)).

Really looking forward to the redesign, and and unanimous “THANK YOU” on behalf of all playstation gamers!

Finally fixed my Linux issues


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This is so great. I’ve been using Linux for about 2-3 years now and I love it, but more recently over the last month or two, I switched from Fedora Core to Ubuntu 5.10 (“Breezy Badger”) and since the two distro’s are pretty different in terms of their package management, getting my internet connection functioning correctly in Ubuntu was a challenge, (a very big unnessesary challenge).

My cable connection requires a login client to access the internet (Telstra Bigpond) and the only implementation of a login client for linux we have is bpalogin which is an open source project integrating the same windows functionality of the client, for linux use.

It ended up being nothing, just my inexperience with Ubuntu which lead to my months of pain lol. All I needed to do is install bpalogin either with the Synaptic package manager or (The way i did it) use apt-get to get the file for installation. Thats where Ubuntu really shines from other distros making software installation a piece of cake. I had configured it all properly but still didn’t work. I read somewhere that the client requires port 5050 to be open on my router, so i forwarded that port, now it all works, and I couldn’t be happier.

I love the stability linux brings and I love not having to worry if windows is about to go crazy on me, and linux distros are looking better and better these days, and there are tons of  gtk themes, wallpapers, icon themes, etc to customize the look and feel to your heart’s content (im using the ‘Gentle’ gtk 2.0 theme and ‘edge’ icons in case u were wondering lol). Most linux users out there know about sites such as http://gnome-look.org and http://kde-look.org but if your new to the linux world and feel like tinkering a bit, go check out those sites, they have heaps of stuff and are pretty cool.

Thanks guys, thought i’d share that with you lol.

Shenanigans of a math lecture


Hey guys, I was just in one of my applied mathematics lectures, got out like 5 mins ago. My lecturer is really good, and he really knows his stuff, and he was funny as hell today lol.

About half way through, he started going over logical expressions of boolean algebra and gave an anecdote to understand the rules and that they are something that need to be learned:

“Maths is just like music, if you don’t know what the musical notation is, what the little squiggly fly shit is, then your’re stuffed aren’t you? It’s rules that you need to learn.”

Lol, it sounded really funny comming from an applied mathematics professor. Another thing he mentioned which was amusing was when he was discussing how not to implement specific rules and such:

“Imagine if you were trying to tell somebody that this is an algebraic law…bullshit they’d say.”

That was funny as hell. Applied Mathematics professors typically are not very humerous, and are usually straight to the point. I love my math lecturer this year, funny and he knows his stuff at the same time, the best way to learn.

Trailer for “High Score”: Documentary about Breaking Missile Command Record


HIGH SCORE follows Bill as he attempts to take down the Atari classic Missle Command and its 20 year-old record. To get the 80 million points he’ll have to play the game on one quarter for over 2 days straight. There is no pause button. There will be no sleep. There can be only one victor in this classic story of Man versus Missle Command

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Pure Pwnage episode 10 released


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The super funny internet show about “pro” gamers, Pure Pwnage, has released its 10th episode! For those who don’t know, Pure Pwnage follows Jeremy (aka “teh_pwnerer”), a Canadian gamer, through his daily life. Many other zany characters appear, such as first-person-shooter fanatic “FPS Doug”, Jeremy’s Love interest Anastasia, and cameraman Kyle help round out the show.

I have been watching this show ever since Ep #1 and have loved each and every episode right up until the most recent #10. I’ve talked about this show numerous times on my blog, but I just can’t get enough of it, such a hillarious show. You have to check it out if you haven’t already, you don’t know what your missing.

PurePwnage Episode #11 is scheduled for a May – June release (rumor). Since episode 5 or so, they have been releasing each new show roughly every 2nd-3rd month or so, so this information is fairly accurate I would imagine. I so can’t wait.