GT Diablo II retrospective

June 29th, 2014 marks 14 years since the release of Diablo II for the Windows PC. Probably the first Action RPG game that I ever played in a multiplayer Co-op situation thanks to living near a PC gaming LAN cafe. I think that I usually played as the Amazon during both the single-player and multiplayer.

Gametralers, a website that uploads video game trailers and reviews has been working on a video retropective of Blizzard’s Diablo series.

 

Link to Gametrailers site where the video is hosted. There’s at least one more part in the series left since Diablo 3 and Reaper of souls expansion is the most current game.

 

 

 

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Call of Duty: Ghosts requires Windows 64-bit to play!?

The latest installment of the Call of Duty series is coming out soon. PC gamers such as myself will need to be aware of an important piece of info… You need to have Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 64-bit edition to play this game. This is on top of the usual hardware system requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit

CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ / AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better

Memory: 6 GB RAM

Hard Disk Space: 40 GB

Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 or better

Sound: DirectX compatible sound card

DirectX®: DirectX® 11

More of my thoughts can be read here


Winboard: Chess game for Windows

Winboard is a Microsoft Windows port of a Chess game for Unix called XBoard.

Winboard: free Chess game for Windows

Users on Windows Vista and Windows 7 already have access to Chess Titans which definitely offers better graphics. What Winboard lacks in graphics makes up for in other handy features…

  • Take a screenshot of the game board from within the game window
  • Save your  game, so you can continue it later
  • Move list history mini window
  • set (custom) thinking time
  • Use your own sound (.wav) files
  • International languages ( Russian, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese)

You can even use the game board without a computer opponent. This allows you to play with a local human opponent even plan out strategies by playing with both sides of the board.


Apps of Interest: Notepad++

Use: Text/ Source Code Editor
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Current Version: 6.1.2
Website:  http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Notepad++ Main Window with multiple tabs in use

A text editor like the built-in Microsoft Windows but with a few enhancements…

Tabs:  As seen in the screenshot above, You can have more than one text (.txt) file open organized in a single application Window just like modern web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE etc.)  Notepad++ can also remember what tabs/documents you had open (Sessions) when you close the main window.   Documents tabs will usually appear blue. Red means that there is unsaved data in the document and grey means that the document was set into “Read-only” mode.

User Interface Languages:   This application supports a great many languages from around the world.

Programming Languages: Recognizes  CSS, HTML, XML, PHP, Java Script, C++, Python, Ruby and others. Notepad++ also saves to the proper output files as well.

The application only  uses up 14 MBs of storage space and around for 12 MBs of RAM while I had the three text document tabs open for the screenshot.


Firefox 12.0 is out!

About Firefox 12.0 Dialog box

Mozilla has released version 12.0 of the Firefox browser. Read the release notes here.


Apps of Interest: Space Sniffer

Use: Hard Drive space usage analyzer
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Current Version: 1.1.3.1
Website:  http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/index.html

Space Sniffer Main screen

The main reason why I’m posting about this is because it shows you what files/folder are taking the most hard drive, flash drive, or even memory card space. It also can show you folder structure thanks to how it shows sub-folders. The app is currently freeware/donationware

The app is quite simple to use…

1) Start the application

2) Choose a drive or folder location. You can also paste or type in the folder path.

3) Hit the start button and wait for your computer to finish the scan

The Screenshot above shows you what the application looks like when it has finished a scan. It shows you file names and file sizes for items inside the drive or folder you chose. One nice feature of Space sniffer is that the larger the file, the more space it takes up in the window.  You navigate the application using you computer mouse.

Space Sniffer multiple Windows

Space Sniffer actually allows you scan and display multiple paths or drives.  You can assign different color for each file type group, such as video ( mp4, AVI,)  , music (aac, mp3, ogg, flac..) You can actually add filetype groupings to the application’s listing. You can use the existing groups, edit them and even make your own.

The pre-configured groupings are:

Archives/Disc Images: zip;7zip;rar;iso
Audio/Music: mp2;mp3;wav;ogg;aif;alp;au;3gp;ac3;amr;aac;m4a;wma;aiff;flac;m4a;voc
Executables/System files: exe;dll;sys;ini;msi;log
Pictures/Images:  jpg;jpeg;gif;png;tif;tiff;nef;raw;rw2;cr2;bmp;psd
Video/ Movies: qt;mov;mpeg;mpg;mpe;m1s;mp4;avi;mts;vob;wmv;rm;3gp;mkv

The application only takes up 2 MBs of Hard drive space, no installation, and used around 6 MBs in RAM usage during my testing.

 


Firefox 8 is Out!

Firefox Version 8 has been out for just over a week now. I’m not noticing too much of a difference, personally. You can read the release notes for this new version of Firefox at the link below

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/8.0/releasenotes/