Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Trailer and more

Trailers have been released this more of the latest installment of Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 3.

I am unsure who is behind the development of this release as Activition has take more control over the franchise.

Update: As I said before, I couldn't remember who was behind this release, but I have since found that it is Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. Infinity Ward was the developer for the last Modern Warfare games. Due to current conflicts with Infinity Ward developers, Sledgehammer Games were contracted by Activision to meet the deadline on MW3 (See here).

Here is the trailer

For those Australian readers, you start you pre-order now at EB Games stores and online: http://bit.ly/iWEcp5 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Boot Camp Assistant cannot partition

The other day at work I was given the task of setting up Windows 7 on a little MacBook. As per normal, we got Windows ordered in and the customer dropped off their laptop. However I had a couple of issues when performing the BootCamp.

I kicked the process off by running the assistant, aligning the partitions how I wanted them (and the customer agreed on), and set it to partition. However I got this error:

The disk cannot be partitioned because some files cannot be moved.
Back up the disk and use Disk Utility to format it as a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) volume. Restore your information to the disk and try using Boot Camp Assistant again

Some how I had a feeling that there might have been some errors on the drive that may have faulted this. So I run the Disk Utility on the drive from the CD and sure enough the drive had several error and were repaired.

I reattempted the partition, but same error. I spent a bit of time on the net finding a solution, and I did find one.

Boot Mac OS X in Safe Mode, run the Boot Camp Assistant and partition the drive.

This worked for me, however the assistant didn't recognise the Windows 7 DVD despite the DVD being genuine.

After the partitioning, cancel the assistant and boot into normal mode. Continue the Boot Camp Assistant, and the setup will start to boot from the DVD.

Since it took me a while to find a solution on the net, I thought I would write up my experience to hopefully help someone else.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Microsoft buys Skype

The biggest news to come out of this week is of Microsoft’s acquisition of the internet VoIP giant, Skype.

Skype is the worlds popular video and voice communication system which allows users to talk for free Skype-to-Skype or for a small fee to landlines or mobiles globally.

Announcement came this week that Microsoft has purchased the company for US$8.5 billion, however the reason behind the purchase is unclear.

Analysts and insider speculate that Microsoft will be using the technology and user base to increase it’s market share in the communication space. Also it is believed that the software giant will be integrating the service into it’s other services like Windows Live Messenger, XBOX 360 with Kinect and even the Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft has said that it will continue development and support for non-Microsoft platforms like Apple and Android. Skype will become a new business division while the current Skype CEO, Tony Bates, will assume the title of President at the new division.

The most surprising thing to have been said about the buy out is that Microsoft paid too much for the company. Skype has reported losses and is not worth the price they paid.

Time will tell what Microsoft will do with it’s new toy and how it will continue the product.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

PSN Outage Leaves One In Five PS3 Customers Considering Xbox Live

Wanted to share out this article that mentioned that in a recent survey that 21% of PS3
owners are considering selling up and getting an XBOX 360.

PSN Outage Leaves One In Five PS3 Customers Considering Xbox Live