Microsoft appears to be well on its way to releasing Windows 7 Beta 1, and may have it available by the middle of January. To get your hands on a copy, you'll need to attend one of Microsoft's upcoming MSDN Developer Conferences, with copies ready perhaps in time for the January 13 events in Chicago or Minneapolis. Word around the web is that attendees will either receive a Windows 7 Beta DVD at the event, or if the Beta isn't ready in time, Microsoft will send a copy in the mail as soon as they become available.
Earlier this year, Microsoft gave out alpha editions of Windows 7 to those who attended PDC. At the time, Microsoft said it would release a beta version in early 2009, though it still has not committed to a specific date. Attending an MSDN Developer Conference ensures you'll be one of the first to get a copy, and it's not too terribly priced at $99, assuming you're not planning to go solely for the DVD.
Attendees will also have a chance to win several prizes, including a Mindstorm NXT robot with a copy of Professional Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio, a Mobility Pack consisting of a LifeCam NX-6000 and Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000, and a Gamer Pack containing some Xbox 360 swag.
In the beginning, Valve created Half-Life 2, and it was pretty flippin' awesome. Then, more towards the middle of the beginning, Garry Newman whipped up Garry's Mod, bestowing upon gamers a simple interface behind which they could all wield Valve's body-flinging, face-pinching powers. And after that, things got a little weird. But not for creator Garry Newman, who -- after selling his mod for $10 a pop on Steam -- found a new breadwinner.
Now, two years later, Garry's Mod has stripped 312,541 kids of their lunch money, bringing the total haul up to roughly $3.1 million -- or about 30 Midways.
"GMod hasn’t just given me financial stability," Newman said in a champagne-stained blog post. "It’s also made me a lot more experienced in c++. I learned how game engines are meant to work. I got to fly to Valve HQ and meet some game making dudes. I got to tell a nice bearded fellow how I was sick all over myself in the shower after eating airline food, and then realising I was talking to [Deus Ex creator] Warren Spector."
"And it’s my hope that it has inspired other people to do stuff. I mean, I’m a fool like you, I’ve just got more experience in pretending I’m not, and I did it... So why can’t you?"
We don’t know how we’ve managed to live this long without a set of vinyl Gmail stickers for our computer. Finally, our prayers have been answered, and Google’s offering to give away these priceless keepsakes for free. Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the address at this page, and you’ll get back a set of Gmail stickers.
The stickers include the Gmail “mvelope” icon, a set of Gmail hotkey reminders to stick on your keyboard, and one of three (collectible!) nameplate stickers. You’d better hurry, though, because knowing the way us nerds snap up anything Google or pseudo-ironic, these suckers are probably going to go fast.
Is anyone else as excited to receive your Google stickers as we are? Let us know in the comments. And if anyone gets the unicorn faceplate, hold onto it—we’ll trade you.
One of the advantages with Firefox that has helped it move up in market share is the perception of a more secure browser over Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Whether or not IE has managed to level the security playing field is a topic for another post, but there's at least one new piece of malware specifically designed to go after just Firefox users.
"Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A filters data sent by the user to over 100 online banking websites," BitDefender warned in a press release. "The banking websites include: bankofamerica.com, chase.com, halifax-online.co.uk, wachovia.com, paypal.com, and e-gold.com."
One the malware identifies one of the websites, it records the user's login information and forwards it along to a server in Russia, and not for safe keeping.
Unhappy holidays are ahead for 8 percent of Adobe's workforce. That translates to 600 full-time employees who, instead of receiving a Christmas bonus, will instead be handed a pink slip.
The news comes amid lackluster fourth quarter earnings, which the company said would be between $912 million to $915 million, less than the $925 million to $955 million from its previous outlook. It's also less than what Wall Street was predicting, which had the company pegged to pull in $930 million.
Adobe blamed the situation on weaker than expected demand for its Creative Suite 4 (CS4), calling it "the main cause for the shortfall in fourth quarter revenue." It all leads to restructuring for Adobe, and the company said it would take $44 million to $50 in pre-tax charges.
But Adobe has its work cut out for it, as 2009 doesn't look to be shaping up any better. The company is currently projecting revenue for Q1 2009 to be between $800 million to $850 million. Meanwhile, Wall Street had predicted the company would fare a bit better to the tune of $846 million to $1.02 billion.
Judging by the reader comments in past news blurbs regarding bandwidth caps, the general consensus appears to be that they suck, regardless of the limit being imposed. Not only have opponents attacked the concept of a set cap, but many of you voiced concerns over the inability to track your internet usage to know when you're approaching the newly imposed GB ceiling. Come January, that's going to change for some customers.
According to DSLReports, Comcast will start offering its subscribers a bandwidth usage meter, possibly by the first week in January. However, Comcast is being careful not to commit to a set date, saying it will first test the meter out with an employee trial.
"When that testing is complete, we plan to launch the meter to all of our high-speed Internet customers, said Comcast spokesperson Charlie Douglas. "It will be available for free via a customer's Comcast.net account and it will enable them to very easily keep track of their aggregate data usage each month."
Would a free bandwidth meter make the 250GB easier to swallow? Hit the jump and sound off.
Welcome to the latest installment of Disappointment Theater -- starring Your Life. Today's guest star: Grand Theft Auto IV! Wrecking one of the year's best games definitely seems like an impossible task, so read on and be astonished.
According to Steam's fuming masses, as well as gaming site Shacknews, GTA IV's creepy crawlies are all over the place. Topping players' lists of things not to be thankful for, however, are missing textures (apparently caused by corrupt graphics drivers) and the ever-popular crashing bug, which can potentially keep you from even loading the game at all.
Fortunately, one intrepid Steam user has tossed together a forum thread outlining all known issues and possible fixes, so as a (highly prestigious) reward we're putting his name on the site. Thanks, Ramzy!
Additionally, while it's not exactly a bug, the majority of wannabe-crime lords are being forced to run their game of choice at low graphical settings -- a complaint to which Rockstar has issued a response:
"Higher settings are provided for future generations of PCs with higher specifications than are currently widely available," claimed the developer.
Rockstar also released a statement promising that it'll unscrew this pooch as quickly as possible.
So, unless you want to pay $50 for a glorified beta test, wait a couple weeks before taking the plunge.
Ken Levine's latest dive 'n' demolish may have sold a gajillion of its umpteen-rapscillion units on consoles, but the brainy developer's true colors show right through his newfound wall of green. So, though it may be irrational, Levine is a PC man through and through.
"I wish the industry could find a way to make PC gaming more broadly successful. There are so many challenges for PC gaming--the complications from systems specifications to the drivers--most people look at PC games and say, 'What are you talking about?'" Levine replied when asked about his opinion on the industry's "biggest mistake."
"It's a shame because as a gamer, I am never more comfortable than I am sitting with a mouse and keyboard two inches away from my monitor."
Seems like a bunch of developers echo that sentiment -- which is great -- but can anyone other than Valve and Blizzard actually do something about it? What's your take?
Those of you that use Google Desktop know it’s capable of some pretty cool things. It’ll quickly search all the information on your computer, check the weather in your location (looking outside is so 1990), and now you can even check your Gmail – all right from your desktop.
The new gadget, released just this week will allow you to read, send, search and star your email messages from your desktop. It’ll also link up with your Gmail account’s contact list and auto-complete anyone you might be trying to send email to. It should also be noted that it’ll only take up as much screen real estate as you want it to. You can resize the window to show as many or as few messages as you want.
If you’re new to Google Desktop, they’ve included this gadget in the latest download available right from Google. If you’re already a user, be sure to check out the gadgets page to download it. Either way, it’s pretty snazzy and worth checking out!