From the site:” Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We’re on our way to Windows 7, and if you like trying out pre-release software, now’s your chance. You get to see what’s coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly.
How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you’d normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.
You don’t need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we’re not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use.
If you haven’t already tried, this seems a good time to give it a go to Project Torque, or maybe to come back to check it.
From the PT Site: Players! Are you ready to Torque up your System?
Thanks to the generous support of Project Torque by AMD we are proud to announce ‘Torque up your System’ sweepstake. Everyone who is entered into the sweepstake will have chance to win one of the 4 Quality Video Cards from AMD/ATI! We are giving away 2 ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 2 Sapphire HD 3850 Video cards!
To support this event we are sending everyone a key with FREE GIFTS! This key is ALSO your entry into the sweepstake. The only way to enter the drawing is to redeem the key. By redeeming the key you are automatically entered in the drawing. So check your email and spam filters for the free key from Aeria Games (subject: “AMD Torque up Your System Sweepstake”). Only 1 key per account allowed player, only 1 entry per account.
In order to qualify for this event must be registered user BEFORE The email notifiction with Code key is issued.
Redeeming your code will give you the following gifts:
Brand New Limited Edition AMD Rudy car Vinyl for RX-7
A 10 pack of Double RP (General Racing Item)
A 10 pack of Double XP (General Racing Item)
A 10 pack of Combo Seekers (Explorer Mode Item)
A 10 pack of Inixo’s Additive (Thunder Alley Item)
A 10 pack of Drifters Hack Pack 3 (Drift Racing Item)
1 Golf Cart – 7 Days – Fore!
1 Black Skeleton key – Unlocks or accomplishes any one mission, task or drivers challenge
New features & content under development:
‘King of the Hill’ Crew battle system – Monthly rewards for top crews
New Mission system with Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, prizes and Prestige rewards
1 new Fantasy car – The Cobra!
3-5 new Licensed cars
Crew heads up dueling system
Playing a Final Fantasy game is like reading a book, now this should be the last in the series, top notch graphic as always for some serious fun, while sitting on a sofa, digesting a hard work day or whatever..
“TwelveSky 2” is an adrenaline-pumping Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). Set in Ancient China, players are thrown into an age old conflict between three warring Clans. Centered on the reemergence of a new faction, players must fight for the honor of their brothers or turn their backs in their hour of need. Packed with jaw dropping martial art techniques, exotic weapons, armor, and pets, a robust war system, and a whole lot more, “TwelveSky 2” is primed to be one of the best Free-To-Play Player-versus-Player experiences to date!
Lastly, to celebrate our anniversary, we have a limited-time offer where you can get a FREE pane of Xunlai Storage. Our upcoming promotion will be the ONLY way to get this special pane; it is extra, which means you can’t buy it later. Keep an eye on the website and we’ll explain how you can get this bonus storage.
The Zaishen Menagerie
In a beautiful, lush new explorable area in the Battle Isles, the Zaishen Order runs a tight business breeding and training all the common and prestige pets from around the world for their clientele. There are a few ways you can start your own collection in the Menagerie. Bring any pet with you or your Heroes to the Tamer in the Menagerie Grounds. The Tamer will check your pet’s evolution and unlock that tier and any lower tiers. Adding charmed pets to the Menagerie is absolutely free. You can also use Balthazar Faction or pay with Zaishen Coins and gold to have the Zaishen Order unlock and train evolutions of pets for you. This way, you’ve got several choices for unlocking all your pets.
The Zaishen Challenge Quests
Many are familiar with the Zaishen Challenge in the Battle Isles, and soon the Zaishen will extend their Challenge in the form of new quests. There will be three different types of Zaishen Challenge Quests: Mission, Bounty, and PvP.
* Mission quests send you to replay storyline missions from each campaign.
* Bounty quests dispatch you to kill boss monsters in dungeons, veteran missions, and explorable areas.
* PvP quests challenge you to win battles in various PvP types.
Each day, a new quest of each type is available in the Great Temple of Balthazar. You can complete these Zaishen Challenge Quests any time you wish; however, you can only have three in your quest log at once. The most comprehensive strategy is to finish challenge quests the day you get them, so you free up space in your quest log for the next day’s batch. Check back daily to take on the new Zaishen Challenge Quest experience, whether in relaxed solo runs or paired up with a friend or larger group for co-op play.
We’re finally at our fourth anniversary! We couldn’t have come this far without each and every one of you, so in addition to our upcoming Fourth Year Anniversary Update, we’re throwing a big party in your honor.
The festivities begin on Thursday, April 23 after the live update and run until noon on Wednesday, April 29.
You’re in luck! Whether you’re feeling “Lucky” (pun intended) or simply looking for some fun, the citizens of Shing Jea Monastery have once again reopened the Boardwalk. Found only in their village, the Shing Jea Boardwalk’s games of chance will satisfy the most robust adventurers, and the more fortune-favored.
If you’re after the competitive thrill, you can battle it out in the Dragon Arena or enter a Rollerbeetle Race.
* To enter the Dragon Arena, speak with Captain Li Sah.
* To test your skill at Rollerbeetle Racing, speak with the Rollerbeetle Trainer.
* Find these NPCs in Lion’s Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.
Presents for All
In true birthday fashion, we’ll once again have plenty of presents for you! Starting at 12:01 AM Pacific on Tuesday, April 28, characters turning four will find a gift in their inventories that has a new miniature from this year’s birthday series. Characters turning one, two, or three will receive a wrapped miniature from that corresponding set of past Guild Wars birthday presents. We give birthday presents year round, so each of your characters will receive gifts on their personal birthdays (creation dates).
Join the festivities and have some fun with us—after all, Guild Wars only turns four once!
Thanks again to each and every one of you for continued support. We wish you the best of adventures in the coming year. Enjoy yourselves and, just as important, enjoy the moment!
Birthday Celebration Event Calendar
Thursday, April 23
* Indulge your Sweet Tooth when Birthday Cupcakes start dropping from creatures across Tyria, Cantha, and Elona.
* See awesome hourly fireworks displays over Lion’s Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.
Friday, April 24
* Test your luck and skill at the Shing Jea Boardwalk! Starting at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT), this popular venue will once again open to the public in the Shing Jea Monastery.
* Challenge yourself and others in Rollerbeetle Races and the Dragon Arena. Starting at Noon, these mini-games will be accessible from Lion’s Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.
Tuesday, April 28
* Starting at 12:01 AM Pacific on Tuesday, April 28, characters turning four will find a gift in their inventories that has a new miniature from this year’s birthday series. Characters turning one, two, or three will receive a wrapped miniature from that corresponding set of past Guild Wars birthday presents. We give birthday presents year round, so each of your characters will receive gifts on their personal birthdays (creation dates).
I am not a big fan on hardware things, after all so far it’s just the Von Neumann Machine, the computers do the same exact things of 50 years ago, only faster thanks to miniaturization.
But, i was interested in this ‘new generations’ of gpus (graphic cards), nvidia made this ion technology, basically you can have a computer in your house that is big as a small box! Wow this is very cool don’t you think?
With this tiny box, you can surf the web, play flash, video, hd movie, and play some (not too new) games. It’s perfect solution (probably) for a media pc, or for netsurfers, probably not so good for hard-core gamers. And from what i heard it consumes only 30 watt of energy!!
Intel and Amd are building their solutions, which are chips which include cpu and gpu all in the same chip! So i think will see more little box pc, who knows if they can do little box pc for hardcore gamers too?
Well for the moment i don’t know, but i must say it, i am really tempted to buy this little cool pc box…
The Uzebox is a retro-minimalist homebrew game console. It is based on an AVR 8-bit general purpose microcontroller made by Atmel. The particularity of the system is that it’s based on an interrupt driven kernel and has no frame buffer. Functions such as video sync generation, tile rendering and music mixing is done realtime by a background task so games can easily be developed in C. The design goal was to be as simple as possible yet have good enough sound and graphics while leaving enough resources to implement interesting games. Emphasis was put on making it easy and fun to assemble and program for any hobbyists. The final design contains only two chips: an ATmega644 and an AD725 RGB-to-NTSC converter.