Empyrean Age, Due June 10, 2008

I’ve started playing more EVE Online and less World of Warcraft, so I was excited to read about the next EVE Expansion Empyrean Age. its going to be released June 10th and will be including Factional Warfare. Also, in this expansion the in-game story will play a key role and the situation in the game will reflect events depicted in the novel of the same title by Tony Gonzalez. (EVE The Empyrean Age)

This expansion will also allow players and corps to wage battle for control of NPC factions and even certain regions of space. If you have not tried the game yet click the large image above and sign up for a free 14 day trial of the game, But I warn you, you just might get hooked. I’m still amazed at the sheer size of the universe. Also the Economy in this game is truly amazing, its largely controlled by players as almost any item in the game is manufactured from players. The economy is closely tied with the (also player driven) political aspect of the game. CCP (the creators of EVE) is so dedicated to creating a truly amazing economy they have even gone far enough to Hire a economist to assist in the development of the economic side of the game.

What can you do in the EVE Universe? literately anything, like the idea of becoming a Pirate? feel like profiting on taking advantage of others? go for it, Or you could become a bounty hunter and seek out the Bounty placed on the heads of pirates by there victims. Perhaps you’d rather profit from Constructing large scale ships for other players. Or even mining the raw materials used by manufactures to buld the ships.

Take my advice if you try one new game this year let it be EVE Online. Oh yea what kind of computer do you have? not that it matters, EVE will run on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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My new favorite browser has got to be flock, I usually have the meda bar up top up displaying a live feed of HDR images from flickr.

To make things better, I’ve just discovered PocketFlock, we are not allowed to install applications at work so I have a full sweet of applications I’ve downloaded from portableapps.com, including firefox stashed in the My Documents folder on my work computer. I strongly dislike IE and refuse to use it even at work, (now if only I could get them to let me switch my work machine to Linux)

PocketFlock also requires no instillation to function and gives me all the features of the standard version of flock.

I strongly believe this is the direction ALL software manufactures should be heading can you imagine how much easier it would be to do a bare bones restore on a crashed system if all applications did not require to be installed? This is one of my absolute favorite things about OSX NO REGISTRY. want to back up your appications? just drag the /Applications directory over to your backup medium. need to restore it? Drag it back! So simple!

So Please by all means go get your hands on PocketFlock now and check out this wonderful browser! This very post was written via the “Blog this” right click menu from within pocket flock.

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Apple 24″ Display?

I’m drooling over the Apple 23″ display at the lovely Apple Store in beautiful San Diego. and suddenly it hits me. I’ve used dual monitors, both at home and at work, for years. Heck, I used triple monitors on my last job. So I asked myself “Why am I only using a single screen now.” After all, my iMac has a built-in output for a 2nd display.

But alas, Apple does not have a 24″ display. Meaning I would have to deal with a slightly smaller 23″ display. Yes I know what you’re thinking. Its only an inch. But, come on, Apple is known for its sleek and beautiful designs. I really don’t want to ruin that with a lopsided setup.

But wait there’s more!

DisplaysThats right, not only would you have a lopsided display, they don’t look the same at all. Have you looked at the difference between the Apple displays and the iMacs? Totally different design. Even if there was a 24″ screen it would still be sitting quite a bit lower than the screen on the iMac.

I guess you could always settle for a stack of books (on Windows of course, since you don’t need them anymore) under the screen to raise it to the appropriate height.

So I have simple solution. And I’d really like everyones opinion on this one. I was thinking Apple should produce a display that looks like the iMac. They already have a 20″ display, so for that model, it would be a simple design change on a second case for the screen.

As for the 24″ they don’t offer a 24″ display but they should start. Then manufacture a case for the 24″ display that matches the 24″ iMac.

How much better looking would that be? Having 2 identical screens sitting next to each other, one the actual iMac and the other a simple external display that looks like the iMac. I’d buy one right now if they had one.

But who knows. The last thing they did with their display line was drop the price a bit 2 years ago. Maybe a new design is already in the works.

Till next time

//Brandon Leon

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The Secret of lyrics in iTunes

Here’s a little known secret. Well at least little known to me since I just discovered it.

While I knew iTunes supported lyrics, I just discovered that both the iPod and the iPhone support it too.

Great good news and bad news right?

While I got a kick out of being able to load up the lyrics on my devices, I dread the idea of looking up the lyrics for 3500+ songs. On top of that, then needing to copy all that information over to each song. You can imagine that would take about forever.

And to tell you the truth, my collection really isn’t that large. At least compared to some of my other friends. Hell, I have a friend I used to work with that can fill a one-terabyte external drive with her music.

Sorrow Lyrics in HarmonicFortunately, I found a neat a little utility to help out. It’s called Harmonic by Mindquirk Software. (Link at the bottom).

This little guy is a dashboard widget (yep, you need a Mac) that does a few useful things. First, it checks to see if the lyrics exist for the current song playing. If they do, it simply displays them for you to view.

Now the real magic takes place when the lyrics do not exist. In this case, it automatically grabs the lyrics from the net and displays them for you. Then it writes the lyrics to the file so you can view them with your iPod or iPhone while you’re on the go.

WNo Lyrics Foundhat if it can’t find them for you?

It provides you a little button (the magnifying glass) to automatically search Google for the lyrics. In the example to the right the song was Bring Em Back Alive by Audioslave. When you click the button, it automatically launches your default browser and searches for the lyrics.

When it locates them, you simply copy them, go back to your dashboard, and click the “arrow” button to paste them into Harmonic. At the same time, they’re also written to the file.

The real beauty to this application is that you don’t really have to do anything, most of the time. It typically has no problem locating the lyrics.

Simply install this widget and then just listening to your music in iTunes like you normally would. Your collection will slowly become populated with lyrics automatically.

I hope you find this little guy as useful as I have.

Till next time

//Brandon Leon

Linky – http://www.mindquirk.com/

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MacHeist » Bundle

BoxI’m always up for a good deal. Check out the latest MacHeist bundle. They have done it again this year.

For those of you that don’t know, MacHeist is the website that has become known for its marketing tactics which include challenges or “Heists”. A successful completion of the Heist rewards the participants with free software licenses and/or extreme discounts.

They also offer a “Bundle of software”. The current bundle is an extremely good deal. Not only that, 25% of the profits will be donated to charity.

What charity you ask? Well, each customer may choose between 10 charities where the 25% off there purchase will go. Or leave the default and they all get an equal share.

Charities Available

25% of your purchase will be donated to the charity of your choice:

Action Against Hunger
AIDS Research Alliance
Alliance for Climate Protection
Direct Relief International
Humane Society International
The Nature Conservancy
Save the Children
Save Darfur
Prevent Cancer Foundation
World Wildlife Fund

The current bundle is as follows with more to be made available as certain milestones are met. The first unlocked software was CSSEdit by macrabbit. This application was unlocked after 5,000 copies of the bundle were sold.

The next application is Snapz Pro X by Ambrosia Software inc. This application will be unlocked after $100,000 is raised for charities.

Finally, the application I’m currently eyeing is Pixelmator. This is the flagship application for the Pixelmator Team. This application sells for $59.99 by itself. I’ve been eying it for some time, so when I heard it was being offered in the new MacHeist bundle I hopped right on it.

Ok, I’ve gone on too long. Here is what’s offered in the complete bundle.

  • 1password $29.95
  • CoverSutra $22.00
  • Cha-Ching $40.00
  • iStopMotion $49.00
  • Awaken $12.95
  • Speed Download $25.00
  • AppZapper $12.95
  • TaskPaper $18.95
  • CSSEdit $29.95
  • Snapz Pro X $69.00
  • Pixelmator $59.00
  • Total Value $368.75

All this is offered for $49.99. If you picked up the package please comment and let me know what you thought about it.

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