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Posted 2002-10-16 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Hey, I'll stop posting these when Micro$soft stops goofing up. Lo and behold: another Micro$oft ad featuring an allegedly fictitious "real life" story. This comes on the heels of another such gaffe.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Transforming robots, next-gen consoles  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-16 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I played a few rounds of the new Robotech:Battlecry game last night with Jos. The game is fairly good-- much better in single-player (story) than 2-player (vs.)-- but has a lot of minor design flaws that point to a rush job. The original voice actors from the animated series make a repeat performace for the game, which isn't necessarily a good thing...
Next on the transforming robot lineup, and from the same decade, the Transformers appear to be coming to a modern console near you.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-15 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Micro$oft's own "switch" campaign backfires. Chalk one up for Apple this round.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-11 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The Register reports "Code used to authenticate messages to Outlook Express users might be turned against them by attackers to run hostile code on victims' machines."
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing?  Insert coin, please.  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-10 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
CNET reports: "Microsoft is considering charging for additional security options and acknowledges that it didn't move on security until customers were ready to pay for it." I don't know why anyone would pay for "new" security abilities when the old ones don't even work right.
 
     
 
   
 
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  High-power microwaves cook enemy electronics.  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-09 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Directed-energy weapons are now a reality, claims the USAF. High-power microwaves affect an area larger than a bomb, "but without harming physical structures or people." In fact, beams focussed on people merely produce a smell like barbequed pork.
 
     
 
   
 
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  CD-ROMs at Warp 9:  Bad idea.  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-09 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Flaws in your CD media can be turned into gigantic rends in the space-time continuum when spun at today's vicious RPMs, causing massive shards of plastic to shoot out of your computer directly into your eyes! [source]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Boring new Palm targets thrifty users:  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-08 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
With snoring features, and dodgy marketing claims that the new Zire handheld beats a paper organizer ("It's easy and fast to find stuff") the $99 US pricetag looks like a dubious deal. The system includes a rechargeable battery, but not a desktop cradle. It only has 2MB of RAM, and a non-backlit monochrome screen, which relegates the Zire to a straight-up organizer and not much else.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-07 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Opasoft worm targets Windows systems.
This, of course, is only a drop in the bucket.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Will the last car on the train please stand up?  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-04 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I can't believe they finally did it. After nearly three years of development and the acquisition of ailing kids sites Zeeks, Funschool, and Kids Domain, a former client of mine finally unleashed their paid subscription service. Behold... the Kaboose Network. This one should be interesting to watch from a dot-bomb standpoint. Can millions of visitors be converted to a paying audience? I guess we'll see in about a year or less. Their subscription fee isn't too bad at least. $60 USD yearly to buy "safety" for your kids online.
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


@GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
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Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
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