CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…

15Jan/110

Pioneer’s new DDJ-S1 Serato hardware DJ controller… niiiiice.

Pioneer DDJ-S1 Serato Hardware Controller

Pioneer DDJ-S1 Serato Hardware Controller

I wasn't expecting this...  Pioneer just released the info on their new Serato and Traktor hardware controllers.  Why am I suprised?  Because in the past Pioneer has always said they weren't going to be jumping on the hardware controller bandwagon like the rest of the manufacturers.  But with the relative success of controllers from other manufacturers, I guess it was only a matter of time.

While I couldn't find any real hands on videos, I did find Pioneer's official introduction video, which you can check out below.  I'm not a fan of Traktor, since I got used to Serato Scratch Live with my two CDJ-800's patched through an SL-1 box, so I really didn't look much into the DDJ-T1 - the Traktor version.  The DDJ-S1 also uses Serato ITCH instead of SSL, which I don't yet know what the difference is (maybe I'll post once I find out...).  Otherwise, the system seems to provide all of the same features as what my current coffin offers, with a few apparent drawbacks...

14Jan/112

The 34th Dimension

The 34th Dimension

The 34th Dimension

A few days ago a friend of mine told me he was going to take another go at running a website.  I know he's put in tons of hours getting it going over the past couple years, mostly on getting the design and template tweaked... but of course its kind of boring to write for a site when you get no traffic (kind of like this blog!)...

So when he mentioned that he was going to work on the SEO - first thing I said that what matters most is your content and then your backlinks.  He then asked me how these magical backlinks are acquired... to which I replied good content of course.  So as my good deed for the day, despite the fact that this site gets little to no traffic anyways, here's your first backlink my friend - The 34th Dimension -

If you are reading this post right now... then you really have nothing better to do, so why not check out his site?  It's actually pretty good!

Oh and Kent - why don't you Flattr me?  😛

7Sep/101

PS3 mandatory system update tries to block PSGroove jailbreak, can be bypassed!

Do you own a PlayStation 3? You might have not been following this in gaming news, but the once-thought-to-be-invincible console has finally been jailbroken to play homebrew code (like PlayStation 2 emulators) as well as load game backups off the hard-drive at twice the read speed it would get from the disc thanks to an open sourced code called PSGroove, which can be run on a USB Dev board like the Teensy++.

PSGroove Jailbreak on PS3Following Sony's legal battle that managed to ban the PSJailbreak in Australia, the retail jailbreak key that was way overpriced at around $170, Sony has obviously now shifted part of their efforts onto patching the PS3's software with the mandatory release of the PS3 Update 3.42.  Given that the update only takes the software from 3.41 to 3.42, and there are no new features provided, it can be assumed (and has been confirmed) that it is an attempt to block the PS3 jailbreak exploit.

PS3Hax.net has seen a massive increase in traffic since the release of the PSJailbreak, and has been faithfully covering the news and keeping the community updated on the latest on PSGroove.  Their users have already found two confirmed methods of bypassing the mandatory update (be sure to go through the comments) for fears that Sony may be able to identify the PSGroove's fake license code and ban the consoles from accessing PSN, similar to the "8002A227" ban that is applied to users who share their PSN accounts with too many friends.

At the moment, the PSGroove software has been ported to work on not just usb dev kits, but other devices like Android phones and even TI-83 calculators.  Work is underway to port it for use on the PSP, and it is believed that it will probably at some point be portable to something every PS3 gamer has: the DualShock 3 controller.

The real beauty of the PSGroove is that it does NOT modify or void the warranty on your console in any way - all you literally need to do is plug a device loaded with the software into the USB port, hard power your PS3, and start loading your games onto the internal or external hard drive!  Although it does not yet load ISO images, most respectable torrent sites like TorrentLeech.org have already begun receiving PS3 torrents, like the site mentioned listing 52 PS3 games available for download at this time of writing including Mafia 2, Just Cause 2, and Blur.

4Aug/100

Pisexy.org’s open for signups – hurry in!

If you are still stuck using ThePirateBay.org and the rest of the "low level" (read, crappy) torrent trackers - here's your chance at getting into a normally quite exclusive torrent tracker called Pisexy. They have opened their signups for a limited time - so make sure you rush in, sign up, and KEEP THAT RATIO UP! If you don't use the account or seed back it's bye-bye...

Remember to seed or bleed out there...

20Dec/090

Can’t find your cellphone? WheresMyCellPhone.com will!

I'm great at putting things down and forgetting where I left it the next second... like my cellphone.

Today I lost it, and had a traumatizing image of my phone sitting in the jeans I just put in the washer... For a second I thought I'd go check the washer... but realized that would only make a mess (it's a building coin-op) and decided I'd take a leap of faith and just assume it was somewhere dry. I don't have a landline (or friends I could call obviously) to make it ring, so I figured... there must be someway to do it on the internet!

So, I Googled call my cellphone and WheresMyCellPhone.com was the first result. Clicked the link, typed in my phone number (only woks with +1 country codes, ie, North America), and two seconds later I hear my annoying ringtone that my girlfriend set for me coming from the other room.

Hopefully I won't be getting any marketing calls now...

18Nov/090

Flukiest Modern Warfare 2 Knife Kill Ever!

It's one thing to randomly chuck a grenade for a splash damage kill or two in an online match, but quite another to end the round this way, check it out:

15Oct/090

Baby 2D Flash Version of Portal is VERY Addictive!

Portal: Flash Version, Level 15

Portal: Flash Version, Level 15

Looking for a healthy time-waster?  I found this highly addictive puzzle game on Break, which is a 2D version of the very popular Valve game called Portal.  The flash game puts a portal generator in your hands, just like in the Valve version, where you create an entry and an exit portal which you can use to get around the level.

The catch, however, is that you can only shoot portals within line-of-sight.  The later levels have you dodging giant spikey things coming from the roof or electric fields that will fry you if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It's a great way to waste your time.

Find the game at Break.

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12Sep/090

Direct2Drive Turns Five, 50 SWEET Games at $5!

Direct2Drive

Direct2Drive Turns 5 Promo

I guess Direct2Drive is on it's fifth anniversary (seems like just yesterday she (he?) was born!) and to celebrate they are having one hell of a deal on games.  It looks like every Monday for the next five weeks, they are going to have a new gift box opening that will offer up a new genre of games.  The catch, however, is that last week's games will no longer be available at the promo price.

Unfortunately you don't get to see what games are specifically coming in the next four weeks, but this week it's strategy games...  Here's the list if you are interested: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2, Civilization 4, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, X-Com Complete Bundle, Sid Meier's Railroads! (the one I'm buying! :P), Empire Earth Gold, Far Cry, Call of Juarez, The Settlers - Heritage of Kings.

This coming week you are gonna be getting a helping of Action games, week 3 is RPGs/MMOs, week 4 is indie games (!!!), and week 5 will be war games.  Be sure to keep checking back there I'm sure something will catch your interest...  Might even see a promo deal on Eve Online in week 3...

12Sep/091

What Eve Online is all about…

I wanted to share an awesome video that grants a very small look at the universe that is Eve Online...  It's short and sweet and only scratches the surface of the incredibly deep and complex MMO, but gives a good sense in my opinion of the draw and excitement the game has.  Take a look for yourself, and if you're at all interested, you should sign up for a free 14-day trial that doesn't even require a credit card!

Be sure to click fullscreen when viewing (second button from the left on the bottom).  There is a banner on the right side that will take you to the signup page for the trial!

11Sep/091

OpenOffice screen lag and artifacts on Ubuntu with Compiz and nVidia drivers fix

OpenOffice Writer, Calc, Impress

OpenOffice Writer, Calc, Impress

Since using Ubuntu I obviously no longer use MS Office (although I could, as Office can be emulated in Wine) since OpenOffice can do pretty much everything I need so far.  However, I was having a bit of an annoying problem where the screen seemed to be getting artifacts and text dissapearing and reappearing when scrolling around in Writer (OO's Word) and editing / updating cells in Calc (OO's Excel) was either slow or didn't appear on screen at all.  A quick search on Google came up with this thread on the Ubuntu forums site, pointing to this blog post, in which others have had the problems before, and offered a fix.

The problem is apparently caused by an incompatibility between compiz and the nvidia proprietary drivers, which causes the screen to come out of sync and not get redrawn correctly.  This will obviously only affect people with nVidia-based cards running their drivers.  Luckily, as with most things Linux, there is at least a workaround available, and this one is very easy to fix:

If you don't have it already, install the compizconfig-settings-manager package, which you want to have anyways if you use Compiz desktop effects, either through the package manager or through the terminal:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then open up System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager and navigate to the Utilities section in the screen that pops up.  Click on Workarounds plugin, and enable the “force syncronization between X and GLX” checkbox.  Close the window and your problems will be fixed immediately!