Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: Blu Twitter Client

I was asked the other day by the people at Blu to give their new Twitter client out and see how I like it.

Blu, by the company Thirteen23, has release this very flashy and graphical Twitter client native for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Developed using C# (Microsoft .Net), this new client has alot of impressive animations and while also running very smoothly when moving around the application. Unlike other Twitter clients, being native to Windows means that installing of frameworks like Java or Adobe AIR is unnecessary.

The interface is straight-forward and empolys a single-column layout allowing for simple list viewing of recent tweets. Clicking on tweets allows for replying and retweeting as well as for users to view entire conversations.

The software remains basic with the absence of choice of URL-Shorting service(TinyURL is used by default) and photo hosting services that users of TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop have come to expect.

Overall I am impressed by the interface and design, however I have had experiences of the transistions not running as smoothly as I hoped.

Images provided by Thirteen23

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged

I had received a laptop while in the office that had a Yellow Exclamation next to the system DVD-ROM drive.
When looking at the properties of the drive the status read the following:
Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged.
I had found the following article on the Microsoft TechNet site with the following solution:
Remove/Delete the LowFilter and/or UpperFilter (you might have only one od these) entries from this registry area:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Note: You will have several identical keys like this {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. The one you are looking for will have DVD/CD Rom Drives as the top entry. Reboot after deleting the LowFilter and/or UpperFilter entries.
Once I had rebooted the laptop, this now worked 100%.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

GDGT Fail: Vista Popular?

I can't say that I know how GDGT.com's engine works on gadging what is or isn't popular but apparently Microsoft's Windows Vista is a popular item.

Say WHAT?


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Exchange 2007 requires iPhone to have Passcode



At work today we have finally got around to installing our new Windows Small Business Server 2008 and finally getting rid of our dated old SBS 2003 server (although it has has served it's time very well and been very reliable).

However when I have gone to setup the new exchange account on my iPhone, I was prompted to create a Passcode for my iPhone which I first pressed "Cancel" as I have never had one nor wanted one. But then found that the email would not sync until I had done.

This is what I have discovered.

When researching why I soon found this document from Apple selling the feature of Microsoft ActiveSync and soon found this point-by-point feature list.

Noticed I have highlighted "Enforce Password on Device" which got me think that this must be a server-side feature of Exchange 2007, as our previous server didn't require it.

I soon logged on to our server and found that it in fact it is a tickable feature.


The screenshot on the right shows the options located in Exchange's
"Mobile Mailbox Policy" .

Notice that it, by default, has selected "Require Password" and that the "Minimum Password Length" must be 4 characters long.

So in conclusion, the iPhone requiring a Passcode when setting up Exchange Activesync is BY DESIGN, but can be altered at the server-side by your network administrator.


Additional Screenshots


This is where I located the Mobile Mailbox Policy








This is the actual policy that I found to edit the above configuration.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Review: Fishbowl - Facebook Desktop Client

I recently had the opportunity to test out an interest bit of software called Fishbowl (www.fishbowlclient.com).

Fishbowl is a Facebook desktop client designed for Windows. User are able to logged on to Facebook and view their Friends updates, photos etc via this neat little application.
While this software looks complete, uniquely this is only concept software simply just showcasing the potential of Windows 7 software development. However, it will not only run on Windows XP and up, it is usable software (see system requirements). According you the official MSDN blog, it has been developed using Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, which is similar to the now popular Adobe AIR platform.

Visually, it is very similar to the standard Facebook website. The familiar blue setting and similar layout will help user feel right at home.
Although this software DOES allow you to change its colours, it's nothing to get excited over. The colour selection is as follows; Facebook Blue, Blue, and Dark (or Navy Blue). If you like your blue, this app is for you. Again the general layout and design of Fishbowl is simple, familar while at the same time being quite elegant.

There is a "Mini-Mode" which transforms the standard looking interface into a small and tidy, Windows Gadget-looking thing that can be simply tucked into the corner of your screen and watch the status updates roll in. However this doesn't actually streamline into Windows' actually gadgets.

Photo uploader is simple enough, offering a drag-n-drop facility and allowing you in the same step to create a new photo album or import the photos into a existing album. Works well.

They have stuck with the traditional News Feed for listing status updates, in contrast to the actuall Facebook pages' News and Live Feed pages. I found this easier to deal with.

Problems I did have with this application was that it did NOT have chat support. Surprising as there are plenty of Facebook chat clients available (i.e. Digsby) and has become an essential part of Facebook.
Also, when updating your status, although Facebook has registered you just updated you status, the client failed to refresh your last status update line in the application which does make it confusing whether it worked or not.

Overall, this is a nice simple application and does accomplish 90% of what users do on the Facebook website, but obviously as concept software they haven't included everything.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Top 10 First Person Shooter Tips of the Web

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I have recently really gotten in to play the very popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 first person shooter game on the XBOX 360 (also available on other platforms) and finding that I was really sucking. My girlfriend has also become interested playing. That got me thinking what would be the best advise I could give her and everyone else when it comes to play most first person shooters online with multiplayer.

So what I have done is gone out on to the web and tallied up the top 10 tips that others believe are important when it comes to playing First Person Shooters (FPS) online/mulitplayer.

(Please note here that I am assuming that you have SOME First Person Shooter experience.)

Number 1: Learn your maps

It's agreed upon all over the web that it's important that you know your maps. Understanding and knowing your maps like the back of your hand will give you a huge advantage when playing. Knowing where the places to not only hide and killing your enemies, but to also collect and regain your health during tence moment can help save your life, and prevent yet another notch against your death tally.


Number 2: Weapons

In at a close second was tips regarding your weapon(s). First, like your maps, make sure you know what you can do with you weapons (more than just point and shoot). Know they're range and accuracy and it will help you with you kills. Pick the best weapon for the job.For example, leave shotguns for close range and sniper rifles to long, accurate shots.
Also, make sure you have plenty ammo at the ready. Reload when you can while also not wasting your shots.

Number 3: Don't stand still

Best advise ever. Keep moving. Never stand in the same place for too otherwise players will soon learn your location and hunt you down. Again. KEEP MOVING.

Number 4: Check your back

While you may have a nice, juicy target in your sights, you might be in someone elses. Always check you back, before you find a knife in it.

Number 5: Keep cover

Nothing better for keeping you alive than hiding behind something that bullets and explosive can't penertrate. When reloading or waiting for the shooting to ease, crouch down behind a wall, car or some sort of solid object that might just protect you. Very important.

Number 6: Learn your controls

This one might seem a little obvious. I mean, how else will you play the game? No. Learn every corner of you controls. Learn combos, learn how you can manover in the game. The better your are at controlling, the better you will be overall in the game.

Number 7: Practice in Single Player

This tip was surprisingly common while at the same time overlooked. The best way to become good at Multiplayer FPS, is to become really good in the Single-Player mode of the game you're playing. If you can finish the game at least once on a hardened level, then you will be well prepared for Multiplayer. However, this is not a Rule. If you want to just get straight to the online mulitplayer, f*cken go for it. It's a game, just have fun.

Number 8: Keep cool

Doesn't mean turn on the air con. No. In the great words of Douglas Adams, Don't Panic. Stay calm. If you are getting hammered or somehow just getting into a panic, just find a dark corner and chill out for a moment.
Like in real life, you make more mistakes when you panic and not thinking. Stop, collect your mind and then, unleash hell.

Number 9: Learn from you mistakes

One of the best ways for you to improve is to correct your mistakes. Often games will give you a replay of how you died. Watch that footage and watch and learn what went wrong and how you can not make that mistake again. Maybe you thought you were hiding, where in fact you were standing in the open. Maybe you for Tip Number 4 and you got shot in the back. Watch and learn.

And Finally...

Number 10: Headshots

There is nothing more rewarding in a FPS. A headshot is the title give to a single bullet to a players head killing them instantly. These shots will often reward more points as they require more skill incomparison to standard body shots. Sniper rifles will help make these shots at long distances but it is possible with other guns. The more headshots you get will not only get you points, but respect with other players as it proves your skill with you gun.

Again these tips were taken from a variety of site across the web. These are all important in becoming a true player. Good luck.

Defrag Progress Bar? You don't need one!

For some stupid reason, I decided to give my laptop a Disk Defrag using the built in Windows Vista defrag utility (which is still going by the way).

But... Where the f*ck is the progress bar? I see this as a big design flaw.

Microsoft (and other software developers for that matter), give me some idea how long this process will take.



This is a screenshot of the Windows Vista defrag window. Can you tell how long its going to be? Around a few minutes to a few hours is not good enough.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Review: XBOX 360 update

For a while now I have had the latest of the xbox updates particpating in the trial. Overall I have generally welcomed the update however there are a couple of design features that bother me.
The biggest thing about the update is the Twitter and Facebook as from the XBOX 360 console. Users are mow able to access and communicate directly from their Xbox. However typing your tweets or status updates can be a task in itself if you do not have the chatpad.

The Twitter and Facebook clients are run as separate applications. In other words, once you click on the Twitter screen it loads up a dedicated application. You are unable to tweet or upadte your facebook status anywhere else but within the applications. My problem here is that I was expecting to be able to tweet during game play. Or the xbox might be able to tweet when I have unlocked and achievement. But sadly no.

Users also gain access to the Zune video market place. Here users can rent and stream down a wide selection of movies. Don’t bother if you don’t have a solid broadband connection. Standard definition stream will average out to be about 4gb. High definition will cost you about 8GB in downloads per movie. To rent a movie you do have the choice of either entirely downloading the movie or instantly streaming. If you’re in a hurry, stream it. Each movie will cost you anything from 200-800 Microsoft points. Fair deal when a standard definition movie will convert to about AUD$4.

I imagine the update will be available for all shortly as most of the true issue are ironed put however it currently is only available to those who registered and accepted for testing with Xbox live gold members given priority.

Again overall it’s well done and about time but missing the obvious like updates during gaming is a major disappointment for me.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rebuttle to Bryan Lunduke's "The Perfect Linux Distro"

While browsing various useless articles on Digg.com I happen to stumble on a interesting, opinionated article by software developer and podcaster, Bryan Lunduke and his opinion on the perfect Linux distribution.

What impressed me the most about this article is that Bryan's "I dont give a fuck" attiude to is feature and package selections in constructing his "perfect" distribution.

For example, in the section regarding software development environment he has the following to say:

So what’s the most accessible and feature rich IDE available currently for Gnome applications? And which one gives developers direct access to the widest array of frameworks from which to build great applications?

MonoDevelop.

I know. I know. “Mono is bad cuz of teh Microsoft.” If you genuinely believe that then you are not likely an actual (professional) software developer and should probably spend your time worrying about something else.

MonoDevelop is a great tool. There. It’s decided.

The general theme of the article is combining software that has been known (as well as what seems to be author bias) into a solid OS regardless of whether it will start up a turf war, in the case of the development software which is built around using Microsoft-based development code in comparison to more Linux-friendly development languages.

Bryan also suggests using Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR which is closed-source software and is a taboo in the open-source community. But for me, the sparks a stroke of respect for the writer as he has the user in mind rather than try and force open-source software that is a "good alternative" but we all know still just doesn't reach par.

When it comes to the simple things like a web browser or office suite it seems straight forward to Bryan:
Web Browser
Firefox. It’s there. People know it.

Office Suite
This is also a tough one. The new KOffice is really nice. But OpenOffice works, and works well. So that’s what we’ll use.

It's not surprising though that the OS based on the still popular Ubuntu instead of more base distros like slackware, fedora, or even debian (although debian was originally considered).

Although I like this article and do have my own opinions on the "best" Linux distribution, it is laughable about how defensive the rest of the Linux community gets regarding what makes the best OS. This is more or less a "hey, just so you know, this is what I think", but does introduce so up-coming software packages and invokes conversation.

Visit the full article here.

Microsoft Works not longer

Microsoft annouced on Wednesday as part of a new licencing scheme of Office 2010, that Microsoft Works will no longer be continued.

As part of an effort to encourage user to use Microsoft Office products, Microsoft will be release a ranges of what they will call Microsoft Office Starter, a cut down versions of the popular Microsoft Word and Excel products. The Starter edition will only contain essential features as well as being ad-supported that is intended on only being distributed on new PCs. Users do have the functionality to easily upgrade to full-featured versions of the products and are encouraged to buy yet to be release "Product Key Cards". These "cards" will be sold without media, allowing the user to key in the product into the pre-loaded software on their new PCs and upgrading to the full software.

So people, this will hopefully be the end of the awefully overly used oxymoron "Microsoft Works".


Here and there

If you have been reading and following me lately, you will have noticed that I have moving my blog here and there, trying out different hosts. But now I am back.

Ever since taking down my home web server, I was looking into a hosting service where I could have pages as well as the blog.

First I tried SquareSpace.com. Must say this is an excellent service and the customising interface is state-of-the-art. But having to pay for that (at least $14/month) was just not in the cards for me at this point.
So once my trial expired, I went elsewhere.

Next I tried WordPress.com. Another great service with plenty of options and plenty of freedom to customise, but at this point I thought a head of all the effort to not only moving the posts (despite the easy task of export/import built in to the site) but also losing all my current visitor data and starting again.

So I am now back here with Blogger.com. More reasons that I have returned is that most of my data is centered with Google and it all ties in very nicely.

So, more posts so to come on the blog you have come to know and love.

Rebuttle to PCUser's "Windows 7 Verdict"

In the November 2009 issue of PCUser magazine, author Darren Yates writes about his results when reviewing the yet to be released Microsoft Windows 7.

Darren Yates [Darren] has done a good job at making a fair comparison by using UserBench suite of benchmarking software, however I have found several incosistancies and isses in the article that read strange to me and don't make sense when doing a benchmark review.

"Our Test System"

There is nothing wrong with their test system as they have built it with quality parts. However, my concern is mainly with the CPU configuration. Nothing wrong with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, but PCUser decided to overclock it for their benchmark. Why?
It's defined by Intel themselves that overclocking is a bad idea (http://bit.ly/inteloc), resulting degration of general system reliability as well as possibility of killing the processor despite speeding up the processor's clock time.
In my opinion, these results are already tainted due to the procesor being modified beyond it's factory standards, comprimising the integrity of the processor and the tests. My angle has always been from the everyday user. Not every user overclocks their system, and CPUs don't come overclocked. So, there will be alot of people questioning wht can't mach the times published right out of the box.
I say this was a bad move by PCUser.

Starter vs. Ultimate Comparison: What the hell?

To be released with this version of Windows, consumers will see on the shelves three distinct and familar editions; Home [Premium], Professional & Ultimate. In the background we of course have the N edition (No Media Player), the almost E edition (No Internet Explorer) and the Starter edition.
The Starter edition in Windows Vista was intially marketed to emerging countries and low-end devices. Australia never really saw Windows Vista Starter Edition at all. In Windows 7, starter edition has been developed with the targets of again emerging countries and low-end devices especially the now popular Netbooks.
Currently in Australia, netbooks are packages with either propietry Linux-based operating systems or Windows XP Home. But once Windows 7 is officially released to the public, we will see it prepackaged on all the Netbook devices. So as I said, Windows 7 starter is designed for low-end, barebones machines. Not mainstream desktop or laptop solutions. But PCUser had other ideas.
In this article, PCUser decided that the comparison should be between the absolute basic edition to the absolute highest edition, Ultimate edition. Their main question was the following:

...whether ther are other limitations in Starter that may cause it to run slower than the more expensive versions of the OS.

My question is why would want to run Starter edition on a Core 2 Duo based desktop? Starter edition is (as I mentioned earlier) targeted to basic, barebones machines. But PCUser thought it test the OS on everything (multimedia, imaging, security and gaming) against the top of the line, Ultimate. I find this rediculous, a waste of time. You are not finding Starter edition on your next Pavillion. And you're not running your next LAN Gaming session from your EeePC. Their results were of no great surpirse as their test results were pretty much level proving that the different edition didnt have any hidden advantage or limitations.
My main problem is that starter edition isn't apart of the official product line, its a specialised release. So why treat it and conduct this type of benchmark on it?

"Windows 7 vs. Vista vs. XP"

I was impressed with the extent that PCUser went with this test. Here, PCUser compared the follow versions of Windows:

  • Windows XP Professional SP3 (32-bit)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 Starter (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Ubuntu 8.10 (32-bit)
  • PC User UserOS Extreme 9.04 (32-bit)
  • Ubuntu 9.04 (32-bit)

According to the tests, Windows XP still ranks the fastest in most tests, but then Windows 7 comes in a close second. But then my comfusion is why test 64-bit versions if you arn't going to test every 64-bit version. Windows XP has a 64-bit version, but it wasn't not mentioned. Nor was Ubuntu's. Another area where they seem to have a hole in their research. This issue was even questioned in the previous sections table of results as they listed the times of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, but Starter doesn't even come in 64-bit. So how is it relelvent.
Although Windows XP 64-bit edition was ahead of it's time, PCUser should have still tested it while they were conducting irrelevent testing. This article was supposed to be informing users of Windows 7 in relevent ways, not in unrelatable methods.

"Built-in GPU Drivers"

It is widely understood that developers will through in code just to get the product out the door. Microsoft as a developer is no different. With Windows Vista, marketing and communication was rushed with it's partners resulting in very poor overall support. Windows 7 is essentially the redefined Vista. But with this in mind, I can't see Microsoft having the time and support to develop hardward drivers. Especially for graphics. In this section, PCUser test the built-in GPU drivers that are packaged with Windows 7 in comparision to those developed by the chip developers themselves. But before they even start, who would you think to have the better driver?
The question PCUser raised here was whether or not the built-in drivers compared for true 3D performance. In the same paragraph we find the answer; No they're not. What a freakin surprise. They reveal that Windows was good enough to detect and install the drivers for their test graphics cards (Geforce 8600 & Radeon HD 4850) to at least start with the correct resolution. However when it came to high-end testing, downloading the latest official drivers was the way to go. What a surprise? Don't people do this anyway?

"Is Windows Or Linux Faster?"

This was my favourite section of this entire article. Previously I had was a Linux fanboy and defended to the core of the OpenSource philosophy. But since I have since come to the relisation although Linux is very developed and does have it's markets in the world, it will never beat Windows or over take the desktop market. Never. But I always enjoy a good Windows/Linux fight. And this sections starts this fight. The test to see which one is faster.
What I was pleased about this test was that the software they are using to benchmark the system is the same on both OSs. I like consistency and this was a very good start. But this was my favourite line:

"According to our tests, the overall performance difference is about 8.5% in favor or Windows."

Now if that doesn't start shit I don't know what will. However, to fair, PCUser fails to state what distro of Linux they are using (although we do assume they are using their own PC User UserOS or Ubuntu, but it would have been niced to be disclosed). In basic processing it seems that Windows and Linux are equals but when it comes to Multimedia, Windows is out front. My other favourite line:

"It's not that Windows is more repsonsive than Linux...".

Clearly they are hurt by this (LOL).
I don't mean to be Windows bias, but the fact they even made the comparison is rediculous as Linux is so absolutley varied to Windows on all grounds that it makes it near impossible to make a fair comparison on performance.
Sorry Linux folks :S

"The Verdict"

Simply on this section, you would expect PCUser to make more of a statement than

"...that Windows 7 is a positive refinement of Vista".

I mean, come on. That's it? You mentioned about some features that should have mentioned earlier, but really, nothing actually more concrete than "It's sorta ok".

"In Conclusion"

Agreed, Windows 7 is still yet to hit the masses but if the tech community has accepted so highly already than I would expect the public will be adopting Windows 7 more than they did with Windows Vista. But the problem here is this line:

"Is it as good as XP, though? If you're still happy using XP and think it Microsoft's finest hour, you may not think the same of Windows 7. This is especially true when you consider that XP ships as a 550MB CD, while the 32-bit versions of Windows 7 DVDs start at 2.4GB and the 64-bit version 3.2GB"

Their conclusion further goes on to say that although it's better than Windows Vista, they wouldn't spend $299 to upgrade to Windows 7 Home. Even though it's better out of the box then any previous version of Windows, they will stick with XP. And by the way, what difference does the size of the OS on the disc is? You install it and that's it, right? Or is the folks at PCUser mag doing something else that were missing out on?

MY Verdict

MY final verdict is that although Darren has worked very hard to conducted thorough tests on various different configurations (and I commend him on his efforts), the article seems to miss key points while examining other irrelevent comparisons, and then introducing new points in the conclusion. My opinion of Windows 7 is that is a big imporvment on previous versions of Windows, especially since it's the first in it's line able to run on lower hardware specs than it's predecessor. Impressive. Well done Microsoft. You will win back alot of computer users with this release.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SimCity for iPhone/iPod Touch

I have always been a huge fan of the SimCity games ever since I first got SimCity 3000 Unlimited. This was merely a starting (excluding the year I spent on my next door neighbors Macintosh Plus play the original). I have since played all the version available on the PC and have my various likes and dislikes regarding all of them. But imaging my excitment when I found SimCity for the iPhone.

The iPhone release of SimCity seems to be greatly based on the SimCity 3000 release of the PC game, although some modifications have been made in order for the touch control of the iPhone/iPod interface.I find though my big problem that I am constantly trying to look around my fingers in order to lay roads or zones etc. Much prefer a mouse and keyboard when playing this type of game.Although, I was happy to find that the graphics where redefined for the release which seems to make the game more efficient and less time is spent on rendering.EA Games have done an excellent job in porting this game for the iPhone/iPod and will recommend it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Review: Evony


Evony (www.evony.com) is an massively multiplayer online game designed to allow users to build cities and create nations.

The browser based game starts with the user defining who they and what their game name is going to be. From there, users can start creating their empire.

The encourages players through the development of their cities using quests as a checklist. While building cottages, farms, cities walls and more, players cities slowly develop into empires. All players have the ability to talk to other players as well as making alliances with other cities as wars do happen.

For new players, there is a grace period of 7 days to allow newbies to build their cities up enough to get a good decent start in the game.

Because the game is browser based, the game can be played on almost any platform, so long as it has a web browser that can display Adobe Flash. Even slow internet connections will be able to play as it is not graphic entensive.

Evony is played in realtime. Meaning that building your city can take from minutes, hours or even days. For example, a level 1 cottage will take less than five mintues to complete. Where as upgrading your town hall can take 2 hours. Upgrading city walls can take days. Rules define that anything under five minutes and be "Sped Up" for free. However, anything that takes longer than five minutes will require users to purchase "Coins".

"Coins" requires users to pay evony for the in-game currency which can be used to buy items such as the ability to speed up build times on buildings taking longer than five minutes to player guides.

Communication is easy give the chat window located at the bottom of the game window allowing players to chat to other either isolated to a chosen aliance or to those in the "World". Also, Evony creators have provided a forum for Game and other general discussion.

Generally, players understand an etiquette while also not affraid to excersice their right to wage war on others.

Overall, the game is good if you have the time and patience. Being realtime, everything happens very slowly. If you're looking for action packed, this is not the game for you. However strategy skills are very useful in Evony in order to succeed.

Tip: For people thinking of looking me up in the game, my name is Glorshia on Server 38.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Printing Windows to Mac Shared Printer

For most Windows users, adding a shared printer to another networked computer is fairly straight forward. However when it comes to adding a printer that is being shared from an Apple Mac, it's another story.

Your first step is obviously going to be setup Priner Sharing on the Mac.
Go to the Apple Menu and select "System Preferences". Then select "Sharing".


In Sharing you will see the option for "Printer Sharing". Tick this option and then select your printer.

Now that is the easy part. We now go to our windows PC and install the printer there.

First you will need to install a program called Bonjour. This is software from Apple themselves to help us printer from Windows to Mac. It can be downloaded from here (http://support.apple.com/downloads/Bonjour_for_Windows).

Once you have download it, install and run the software.


When you start the wizard, it will guide you through setting up all you need to print.
As long as you are connected to the network, the wzard should be able to detect your Apple Mac and the available shared printers.


As you can see in the image above, the wizard has detected my Epson (BTW, I hate this printer) on my Mac Mini. Select your printer and click next.

The next screen is where you locate the Windows drivers for the printer. The Apple Mac doesn't actually have the drivers you need to install the printer. Therefore you will need to either get out the disc for the printer or download the drivers from the website. Once you have done that, you will need to select the "Have Disc..." option. If the drivers are already installed on the PC, the wizard will be able locate and suggest the drivers to install.

Once you have done this, click "Next" and "Finish" and your printer will now be installed on you PC.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Microsoft to release free AntiVirus software

More reports are emerging that Microsoft is soon to be releasing antivirus software which will be available for free download.

In comparison to it's previous attempt at security software OneCare, it will be free for all Microsoft Windows users, however lacking further features like Parental Controls and other popular utilities found in current security suites like Norton and Trend Micro.

Morro will be title of the new software which is claimed to help compat common security threats such as virus, spyware, rootkits and trojens. Also, Microsoft is claim that this software will protect it's users from being infected with fake antivirus tools like the common AntiVirus Pro range.

Once Morro is ready for release, OneCare will be discontinued.

Microsoft hasn't release a specific dates for release but it is expected to be available later this year.

More information here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8095932.stm

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: Rivet - XBOX 360 Media Streaming From Mac

For a while now I have been using Connect360 software on my Mac to connect my XBOX 360 to my iTunes library. This is excellent software and works very well.

However, in my scenario, I do not put my videos and movies in my iTunes and have them stored in separate directories while having no intentions of importing them into iTunes. So began a hunt for some new software, and was successful.

Cyncial Peak's Rivet is very much the same technology as Nullriver Software's Connect360, however I found it better as it allows you to manually define directories where you videos are stored allowing them to be streamed to your XBOX 360. Supporting all the popular codecs (DivX etc.) it works well over Wireless and Wired networks. Security features including the ability to restrict and allow certain IPs and netmasks.

Trials are available where the only restriction are the amount of music and video files able to be viewed per session. However, at the price of US$18, it's well worth just perchasing it and getting full capabilities.

Depending on your setup on your Mac, the Connect360 software maybe be perfect for you and I encourage you to look at both when choosing a solution.

Connect360 Website: http://cynicalpeak.com/rivet/

Rivet Website: http://www.nullriver.com/products/connect360

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Restoring entire SQL Database from file

One night I had to restore my entire SQL database server from a SQL file, but it took me a while to find how to restore this file without restoring specific databases.

Below are the commands for Linux.

If you have shell (command-line) access, use MySQL to import the files directly. You can do this by issuing the "source" command:
$su -
Password:
# mysql -u -p source
Once you have entered the password to your MySQL username, the restoration process will soon begin.

VSFTPD: Transfer Done (but failed to open directory)

If you like the following article and it has helped you out, please leave a comment and let other readers know of you success and thank you for reading my blog.

In most cases, the supplied sample configuration file for VSFTPD located in /etc/vsftpd will work for most simple setups. However, you might find that after connecting to your FTP server using you favourite FTP client, you find you recieve the following error in you client log:

Error: Transfer Done (but failed to open directory)

The main reason that the client can't read or "open" the directory is permission issues on the folder denying the client access. When running a Red Hat based (Red Hat, Fedora etc.) server, SELinux is installed and live be default. SELinux controls a second set of folder/file access permissions on top of the standard linux folder permissions system. And because in most cases SELinux is not setup properly, users and administrators are unaware that SELinux is working on this layer.

Because of many issues with configuration SELinux, if you don't properly set this up, SELinux will deny FTP access to the folders and also see the access as a possible security threat.

In my configuration, the standard linux permission system is fine. Therefore, disabling SELinux resolves this issue.

To disable SELinux (Note: this needs to be done as root or sudo):
  1. Using a command-line, goto /etc/selinux/
  2. Open the file config using your prefered text editor (e.g. vim, nano)
  3. Find the option SELINUX= and set it to the following:
    SELINUX=disabled
  4. Save the file and reboot you machine.
Once this has been done, you FTP clients should now be able to access your folders.

The CHKCONFIG Command

This is just a basic outline of the usage and function of the linux command-line command of CHKCONFIG.

This command-line tool and be use in five different modes:
  1. Adding new services
  2. Removing services
  3. Reporting on current services
  4. Turning services on and off
  5. Reporting on service status
One of the more useful ways to use this command is to report on a specific service.

Basics
For example:
Note: these commands are best run as either root or using sudo.
#chkconfig --list httpd
This command will list init run levels that this service is set to run in.
This is the output from that command (example only).
[root@server ~]# chkconfig --list httpd
httpd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
To delete a service from all init run levels, use the following:
#chkconfig --del
*Where , insert the name of the service you wish to delete.

To add a new service:
#chkconfig --add

Advanced
For a more detailed approach when adding services, you can specify which run levels the new service will be configure to. For example:
#chkconfig --level 35 on
This will result in your specified service only running in run levels 3 and 5.
#chkconfig --level 01246 off
This will result in your specified service not running in run levels 0, 1, 2, 4 & 6. Leaving the service to run in 3 and 5.

Links
More information can be found at the following links.

http://linuxcommand.org/man_pages/chkconfig8.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runlevel

http://oreilly.com/linux/command-directory/cmd.csp?path=c/chkconfig

Thursday, June 4, 2009

No Network in Fedora 9/10: Removing NetworkManager

In Fedora 9/10 & later, it is found that software called NetworkManager which is setup to help with Network configurations especially in the graphical interface (GNOME/KDE etc.). However this utility hinders network operations of those on a command line level.

Symptoms include: (Remember, command-line environment.)

1) Unable to enable network card (e.g. eth0).
2) Network card won't enable on startup/boot.
3) Command 'ifconfig' does not show any network interfaces other than Local Loopback.

Resolution
The only resolution I have found to get you system online without a GUI interface is the following

1) Remove/Uninstall NetworkManager
Easiest way to do this is these commands as root:
  • rpm -e NetworkManager
  • yum remove NetworkManager
  • apt-get remove NetworkManager (This may work for Ubuntu)
2) Verify your network configuration using the Fedora Network Configuration Tool.
As root, type the following:
system-config-network
Follow the prompts and this should have your network cards configured in no time.

3) Lastly, you have got to check to see if the network services will run on boot. Check this by running the following (as root):
chkconfig --list|grep network
If the results are 'No', then run the following:
chkconfig network on
After this, the service should then start on boot automatically.

Once all this is done, reboot your machine and your network should be working fine.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Quick Reference: Linux Init Runlevels

This is simply a quick reference to the Linux Init Runlevels.

0: Halt ( Shutdown the system )
1: Single user mode
2: Multi-user mode, not network access
3: Full Multi-user mode
4: Unused
5: Full Multi-user Mode plus graphical user interface
6: Reboot (Shutdown and restart the system)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Top 10 Instant Messengers for Mac OS X

After wondering one night what there was to offer as far as Instant messengers for Mac OS X, I began doing some research, and here is what I have found. This is a list of the TOP 10 messengers for Mac OS X.

#1 : Apple iChat
Apple's iChat is the pre-packaged solution for those who use AOL Messenger, Apple's MobileMe, ICQ and other XMPP-compatible messenging protocols.
Apple's iChat supports text, audio and video across clients for easy video conferencing.
iChat comes pre-installed on every Apple Mac, and is not compatible with other operating systems like Windows or Linux.

Official website click here.

#2: Microsoft MSN Messenger

Microsoft's MSN Messenger is a simple program allowing user to chat to those on the MSN network (or Windows Live). This client doesn't not support multi-protocols.

Microsoft's solution for the Mac is lacking features including Audio/Video, but is simple enough for basic chatting and file sharing capabilities. As I mentioned be for, incredibly basic in comparison to the Windows version of the client.

Microsoft MSN Messenger can be downloaded from Mactopia or Apple's Downloads Site.

#3: Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger is feature rich as a native soltuion for the Mac. Yahoo! Messenger allows for only the Yahoo! protocol have does allow for Video Conferencing, chat room interaction and more. For user in the US, you are able to have IM sent to you mobile and also status updates.

Yahoo! Messenger can be downloaded from the Yahoo! Messenger website.

#4: Skype

The popular VoIP application is also available on the Mac giving it's user all the features found in the Windows version. User are able to make calls, video calls, and basic chat. However, Skype only supports it's on protocol and doesn't allow others.

Skype can be downloaded from the Skype website.

#5: AOL Messenger

Mainly for US users, the AOL Messenger allows you to connect with other AOL buddies and only supports text chat, no audio/video. However, this software gives nothing more than what the iChat software already provides.

AOL Messenger can be downloaded from the AOL Messenger website.

#6: Aduim

Aduim is an open-source multi-protocol solution for the Mac that allows users to chat to buddies on a number of networks including MSN, yahoo, AOL, Facebook, Jabber and more. Natively developed for the Mac means that it runs cleanly with the system. No audio/Video capablities.

Aduim can downloaded from the Aduim website.

#7: aMSN

aMSN is an open-source solution for the MSN network on the Mac. aMSN supports a whole range of features like sound-clips, webcam support, and multiple account logons. No support for multiple protocols, but for those just interested in MSN, this is the client for you. aMSN has builds available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

aMSN can be downloaded from the aMSN website.

#8: Pidgin

Pidgin is a popular multi-protocol client on the Linux system, but now has a port for the Mac system. However, the port is not fully supported by the Pidgin development team and downloading the software seems too complicated as it is not located on the Pidgin website. Overall still a feature rich messenging client.

Pidgin can be found at the Pidgin website.

#9: Mercury Messenger

Mercury Messenger is a Java-based MSN Messenger client supporting multiple logons and other customisable features. Support audio/video only on the Windows and Linux versions. User also have the option to run it from the USB drive.

Mercury Messengercan be downloaded from the Mercury Messenger website.

#10: Fire messenger

Fire is another multi-protocol messenger solution offering a range of feature, however the down side is that it is no longer being developed or updated due to lack of developer support. Fire support MSN, Yahoo, AOL and more protocols.

Fire can be downloaded from the Fire Messenger website.

Like this article? Please leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are or what can be improved.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Response to Top 10 Responses to Why Should I Use Linux?


In the article 'Top 10 Responses to Why Should I Use Linux?', it runs through a selection of the most debated points to computers making the switch to using Linux instead of Microsoft Windows operating systems.

It is written by a Linux enthusiast who has written down 10 key points why they think you should at least not fear the Linux operating system. However, I myself was a Linux enthusiast and at a stage of my life attempted to "convert" a selection of windows user, but to no success.

Although primarily I am a Windows user, I do also own and Apple Mac while also use a Linux web server. Reason I disclose this is outline any suspected bias that my rebuttal might draw.

I will now go through each point and explain why each point isn't exactly as straight forward as perceived.

1. Linux helps you get rid of viruses, worms, and other computer infections
Although it is possible to get infected even with Linux (malware is mainly written for Windows), its system architecture, based on a server-client relationship makes it difficult for a virus to do any damage.
This is where the heading doesn't match the content. Though it's false that Linux help you get rid of viruses etc. the operating system itself is not as susceptible to virus and worms. As the paragraph mentions, due to the way Linux core is design and developed any negative software that is trying infect an Linux system require Administrator access to the system before it can cause damage. Having said that, Apple Mac OS X is exactly the same.
This first point is probably the actual a reasonable point if you are paranoid regarding PC Security.

2. Linux is fast and will stay fast

Unfortunately, I don't believe this at all. In this paragraph, the author claims that the operating system does not require extensive amounts of RAM or other hardware to run the operating system. There are also claims that Windows XP and Windows Vista are resource 'hogs'. However from my experience I would agree the Windows Vista was memory hungry upon release however some issue have since been resolved. Windows XP is not resource hungry as long as it is maintained. Most Linux don't need alot to run, but once you start using Graphical interfaces like GNOME or KDE, then running Firefox, OpenOffice, and more you start using up what little RAM you have. So its true to say that the operating system doesn't need much, but will need more to start using it.

3. Linux is easier to use than Windows.
This statement is all about opinion. Some would say that Mac is easier than Windows or Linux. Some might say that SCO Unix is their OS of choice. To say that Linux is easier to use than windows is inaccurate. What makes it harder to claim this statement is that there is not ONE version/edition of Linux. Linux comes in hundreds of different "flavours" or distribution which means that one distribution is completely different to another. Ubuntu Linux has been dubbed the most user friendly version of Linux out there. From my perspective on the other hand, couldn't find another more difficult OS. Like anything, different things take time to get used to just like it was with the transition between Windows XP and Windows Vista. This point should not be made as a benefit to use Linux. This is a personal statement of preference.

4. Linux is free as in free beer AND as in free speech.
I agree and have long understood this benefit of Linux since I was first introduced to the operating system. It is true that 99% of the Linux distributions are free to download, use, copy and redistribute as one likes thanks to the GPL Licence. however the comment made in the paragraph for this point got me thinking.

Ain’t it great to have a whole operating system and not be afraid you’ll get fined?
"Fined"? Why would any be fined for using an operating system? This could only occur if the user was caught with illegal copies of the software i.e. illegitimate copy of Windows XP. But this should not be a benefit of using Linux. Users shouldn't afraid of using their OS as long as they're doing the right thing. This statement only makes me think that the only way the author might use Windows (or other software) is illegally, and the only way they can feel better is to use free, open-source software (though there is nothing wrong with that).

5. Your porn collection is safe with Linux

That's good to know. Isn't it? Take a read of the paragraph to go with this "benefit".

Don’t laugh. I’m not a big fan of porn, but it has a big market share on the Internet. On Linux, (which is Trojan, virus etc. free), every user gets a password, and you can see the source code so you know that FBI isn’t checking you out, like on Windows.
This point is really a two-for-one deal. Let's break it down.
"On Linux, (which is Trojan, virus etc. free), every user gets a password" re-visits the point about the security of Linux. Its a known fact that majority of the porn sites on the Internet contain viruses, worms, and other malware. And in most cases a computer is infected by the exploits of insecurity of Internet Explorer. In windows, this can be prevented by keeping security updates up-to-date through Windows Update or using an alternate web browser (i.e. Firefox).

"...You can see the source code so you know that FBI isn’t checking you out, like on Windows" opens up a characteristic with most hardcore Linux users/advocates. Most Linux enthusiasts believe in Anti-Microsoft conspiracy theories that claim Microsoft have hidden agendas trading user privacy with government control.
There is belief that Microsoft have hidden code that allow various US Government agencies to monitor user activity. Because the operating system's code is closed-source meaning that the programming source code which is used to develop and construct the operating system is unavailable to the public. Unlike Microsoft closed-source code, all Linux distributions offer open-source code allowing anybody to evaluate and modify the operating system in anyway the user/developer see fit.
At present, this is nothing but a conspiracy theory and not to be taken seriously.

The FBI doesn't give a shit about you looking up porn. And if they are, they arn't going to go through Microsoft to get it.

6. Thousands of Windows-only applications (even Photoshop CS3) and games work with Linux

This is true and I myself have been able to accomplish it. Using a technology called WINE (recursive acronym for WINE Is Not Emulator), Windows API can be execute in the Linux desktop environment. However, although the technology is always being developed, it is a gamble whether or not your chosen application will work as it should. Popular applications like MS Office and some versions of photoshop have proven to work but still from my experience not 100%. Company call Codeweavers have developed a commercial version which has more selection of tested applications but isn't free unlike WINE. WINE does take an amount of configuration before you application will work. Be prepared.

7. Linux looks better than Windows Vista or Mac OS X

Nothing more or less than the author's opinion. Just like Windows and Mac OS X you are free to make it look the way you want it to. So to say it looks better is useless for the users looking to convert. If their program won't work, they won't if its better looking or not.

8. Linux is fun

Linux users have the power to expand their system for free, they are free to modify the system exactly to their needs.

If its fun to spend your time configuring and constantly working on you computer and its operating system then absolutely Linux is for. I have spent, back in the day, many days mucking around with the Linux OS. But in the same fashion, Windows is fun. So is Mac OS.

9. You can help improve Linux

Because Linux distributions rely on community feedback, its up to you whether or not you want to give feedback. But certainly not a reason to move to Linux.

10. Linux makes you give your computer a name

This is final and probably the most ridiculous reason to use Linux. Why? As you go through to installation process of any operating system you will at some stage give the computer a name. Not all that important for the home user, but more important for the network administrator of a company as such. This is not a benefit of using Linux. You can do this with all Operating Systems.
No Special feature and I will go as far as to say, forget number 10. For the geeks that like spending lots of time on the computer typing away, Linux is your answer. I would recommend Fedora, Ubuntu, or even Slackware distributions of Linux. Long running and developed OSs'. Good place to start. But you just need to use you PC every day and are happy with using Windows and Mac, then stick with it. This list doesn't articulately explains reason for using Linux, nor does it have any target audience. Although it aims to answer questions by newcomers to Linux, it vague on whether its long time computer users or novice computer users.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Review: Mint Linux

For the past few weeks I have been using another distribution of Linux called MintLinux.

Mint Linux has been developed of the popular Ubuntu distribution while carrying a few modifications. Mint Linux comes packaged with video/audio codecs, DVD playback, Java and much more.

This is my review of Mint Linux using my HP Pavilion dv3000 series notebook (dv3110tx). Like the Ubuntu review, my goal here was to see if the distribution was easy to use the distribution was out-of-the-box.

I am tempted to run through the install process but that's not the focus here. In my opinion, Operating system installs are about the same and asks the same amount of questions. Whether you are installing Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, or Ubuntu, if you don't understand hard drive partitioning or can't follow prompts, then it's time you stop trying to be a tech person and do a little more research before you break something.

Once in the operating system these are the things I start looking at:
  • User Environment
  • Network
  • Web Browser / Email Client
  • Office Suite
  • Movies & Music
  • Package Management
  • Custom Utilities
  • Overall
User Environment

The default environment for Mint Linux is the GNOME desktop environment. This is consistant with the Ubuntu distribution however, the developers at Mint Linux have decided to customise the layout of the desktop enviroment from the conventional GNOME layout. Traditionally, the taskbar is located at the top of the screen, but in Mint the taskbar is located at the bottom just like you would find in Windows or KDE.


Adding the "Computer" and Users' folder on the desktop is also helpful for when moving to Linux from Windows.

Network

On my particular laptop, all network cards (wired & wireless) were detected and installed during install and driver provided by the kernel.

My wireless network was instantly detected and I was soon connected and online. The GNOME Keyring application keeps record of any network passwords, but the annoying thing here is that during every reboot, you are prompted to enter your set password for the Keyring application before you are connected to the internet. For MS Windows users, this will be confusing and a nuisance since Windows does this automatically.

Web Browser / Email Client

As most Linux distro these days, Firefox is the default installed browser. Accompanying with it is a slightly customised version of the browser, by which I mean when you do a Google search, you will find that the results page has the Mint Linux logo all over the shop.


With the email client, again the indurstry standard plays a part here as Thunderbird is the default email client. Strangly the popular Evolution email client is a optional download.

Both versions of the programs are old versions thanks to the age of the release.

Office Suite

The office suite of choice is the popular OpenOffice.org office suite. Unfortunately, the suite released on the CD is out-of-date, and in my attempted to update it, ended in failure. The package manager does not register a new version available nor does downloading a new version from the OpenOffice.org website allow you to easily upgrade the software. The deb package does not run properly even though Mint is a derivative of Debian. The manual package also doesn't run properly.

Despite being an old version, it still works fine.

Movies and Music

One of the primary features of Mint Linux is that it comes pre-packaged with Video and Audio codecs allowing users to easily and out-of-the-box play Divx video and MP3 audio files.

Pre-packaged are MPlayer and Totem media players. MPlayer is a complex media player with lots of customisable features. Totem is a fine and simple media player, thankfully both of these players support video and audio files.
Rhythmbox is a excellent music player, but I wont review it as I haven't had time to test and use it.

Package Management

A application called MintInstall allows you to manage, install and uninstall packages available on the CD/ISO. For extra packages, using the Synaptic application allows you to search, download and install addition software packages from the internet. Synaptic also manages dependancies and allows safe package removal.

Mint Linux Software

As I already mentioned Mint Linux comes with some custom packages for customising your Mint Linux experience.

MintInstall - Allowing you to manage software packages.
MintNanny - A parental application allowing parents to ban sites being displayed to their children. Only problem I have found with this software is that it is domain specific and does not block site based on keywords.
MintDesktop - Customising desktop icons, etc.

Overall

MintLinux seems to me to be that little bit of an improvement on Ubuntu. It seems to be a little more user friendly as there are more aspects similar to MS Windows, for example, the taskbar is located at the bottom rather than the top like in Ubuntu.

Battery life on my laptop seemed to be improved than Ubuntu, but still not as good as when running on Windows. Hibinating in MintLinux is exceptional and perfectly restored on boot.

Again, I conclude that, although this comes very close, this is not a total Windows-Linux substition. First time linux users will like this distribution and I highly recommend it.


Linux On Laptops

Monday, April 27, 2009

Next Gen iPhone

Is this the next generation iPhone?

Slight degration of the screen's resolution to make up for development of other features.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Show Desktop Icons on Ubuntu


Most people like myself like having quick access to the "Computer" and "Home" folder just like in Windows having the "My Computer" and "My Documents". Old habits die hard.

However, some googling found the following solution.

To display Computer, Home, Network and Bin Icons, perform the following:

  • Open the Configuration Editor, by running the program gconf-editor. This can be down from the terminal.

  • Choose apps->nautilus->desktop.

  • Tick the box beside computer_icon_visible, home_icon_visible, and trash_icon_visible. The changes take effect immediately.

Nice and simple.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Firefox Personas

A new technology has been developed by the folks at Firefox.com that allows users to dress up their favourite browser (Firefox of course) with a more decorative feel than just changing the theme and buttons. It's call Firefox Personas.

Firefox Personas allows images to be displayed behind the buttons of the browser while not being too intrusive.



It's freely available to all users and comes all varieties of designs. Also, the Firefox labs people have allowed you design your own "persona" and publish it to their gallery for others to download.

I highly recommend you give it a go yourself.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

PCLinuxOS Website needs some editing

When searching Google for the popular Linux distrubution i found the following result in there find.

Perhaps someone should aware them of this.

The default 'Joomla' description is found during this search which indicates that their web master hasn't done enough editing of the site before going live.

Note: From the comments on the 2nd of April, I have since discovered that this has been fixed. Thanks PCLinuxOS. *Thumbs Up*

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fedora 10: Why is it so large?

I have just finished installing Fedora 10 on my HP Laptop and from the old days of me running Fedora Core I naturally ran KDE instead of GNOME, however, I can't get over how large the font is by default. Are they expecting seniors to be running this verision of KDE?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Why Facebook is Dying


The internet social network has been a fad for some time now and the creators have been loving the success of a site that has taken a simple concept of communication and keeping touch.
This is of course, Facebook.

The site has always had problems with the public whether it be company/corporate bosses wanting it gone due to lack of productivity from their workers or the numerous privacy concerns of the sites terms and conditions.

But recently, the site has managed to anger their users twice in a two month span in a big way.

1) Change in the Terms of Service

The changes made in Feburary 2009 to Facebook's Terms of Use outlined that they have total control of any and all content submitted by their users, even after the user closed their account. When this was accounced user made it known to the Facebook owners that they had gone too far. However, the current terms of use still state that Facebook owns and controls all content sumbitted by users.

Facebook Term of Use

CNet: Facebook changes terms of service

2) Layout changes

More recently Facebook has gone and upset user by altering the overall layout of the site. The current new design attempts to mirror the micro-blogging site, Twitter. Users are finding it hard to navigate the site and find it more difficult than ever before. Reports show that 94% of Facebook user 'hate' the new layout while also complain that there wasn't anything that needed fixing or redesigning.

CBS News: Facebook Users' Verdict on redesign: Hate

TechCrunch article

So why is Facebook dying?

With too many changes and unexpected/unwanted ulterations users will eventually get fed up with having to battle the Facebook creators to keep it with how they like it. Trying to change Facebook into something that it isn't (like Twitter) will eventually force users out and go elsewhere.

Facebook needs to be very careful otherwise we will see a decline in user over the next 6-12 months.

Review: Call of Duty 3

Note: I have noticed this page has been trending recently and I believe this to be because of the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. This review is of the 2006 Call of Duty 3 release. Please enjoy my review and leave a comment below. Also some edits have been made to correct spelling, grammar and removal of videos.

I have been playing this game for a while now and I do realise that it is aged since its release but this is how I am getting to playing these games.

Call of Duty 3 is the next advancement of the smash hit First Person shooter WWII games Call of Duty & Call of Duty II. Similarly to it predecessors, you play several characters as you advance through the game in various countries armies to beat the Nazi Germans.

This game takes no time in getting right into the action. You being as an American private and you brush up on your weaponry skills by taking out some practice targets. Once this is complete, you move into the back off a troop carrier and get right into the war.

Controlls are identical to the previous which allows you to get on with the job.

These are my main problems with the game (and as a disclaimer, I have only played the XBOX 360 version). I have found this release to be riddled with glitches and inconsistencies. In the first level of the game while walking through a bomb-damaged house, I was confront with a chair floating through the air. In the following YouTube clip, it shows a similar glitch with a radio wondering through the air (Apologies for the quality).

Edit: [Removed video as it's no longer available]

Also I found that it is easy to spot Nazis spawning and respawning even when you are taking aim. There doesn't seem to be a reason why they need to just disappear and reappear at the next window but it does become very frustrating.

Sound in the game is extraordinary with sound effects and timing of music during battle. However you will find that voices are poorly synced with lips.


Overall, the amount of poor development and glitches in the game really do spoil the fun of the game. Graphics are details and clear. Sound is also up to par. Call of Duty 3 does rank as a top War First Person Shooter.