Monday, February 28, 2005

Play Gameboy games on your iRiver

I can't seem to keep up with emulation news. I did an entry before about emulating GB games for your Nokia series 60 phones, it turns out that now you can play GB games on your iRiver iHP-140.

The emulator used is the Rockboy plug-in that enables Gnuboy to function in the iRiver interface. If you have iRiver MP3 player, try out some GB roms from Edge Emulation. You can thank me later.

I love webcomics

The webcomic is the next step in the evolution of the medium. I love webcomics so much because not only are they frequently updated, but they are professionally made as well. So to spread the love for webcomics, I figured that I'd make a small list of my favorite online comics, but as luck would have it, the controversial Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw has beaten me to the punch.

Anyway, Yahtzee is one of those cynical, internet humorist that churns out material like a madman, not to mention his special talent for creating games and giving them away for free.

You don't' need to monkey around in the web to find good comics to read, Yahtzee did the research for you, and he claims he's always right. Without further ado, here's Yahtzee's list of the Only good comics on the internet.

[Update: My personal favorite comic is 8-bit theater.]

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

You still have no Gmail?

If you still want a Gmail account you can just email me and I'll send one your way. I have about 50 invites untouched.

Another alternative is to go to and request for an invite.

I really think that this Gmail bit has reached it's saturation point.

Black Cat

Train Heartnet was the most fearsome assassin of the new world order organization called Chronos. Dubbed as the Black Cat because of the surefire mistfortune he can bring to his targets, Heartnet realized that he was not cut out to be an assassin anymore, and after a life-changing experience with a sweeper, he vowed never to kill again.

Armed with his handgun, Hades, Heartnet goes against Chronos to live a life of a bounty hunter. Together with former International Bureau of Investigation (IBI) agent, Sven Vollfield, Heartnet brings his awesome marksmanship to become just another sweeper. With enemies that have superhuman powers, will Vollfield's inventions and Heartnet's skills be enough to survive their newfound partnership?--You must read on to find out.

Black Cat is a fun, albeit unlicensed, shonen manga. If you want to read the scanlation of this light-hearted comic just go to Stop Tazmo for chapter d/l.

Monday, February 21, 2005

What's the fuss over Photoshop 9?

Photoshop has for a long time been the best choice for digital photographers and graphic artists as the number one image manipulation software. Even with the superb open source and free GIMP (GNU image manipulation program) floating around the internet, serious users still buy the very expensive Photoshop for their graphics needs.

Photoshop 8 is still available in stores packaged in the much hyped Creativity Suite series of Adobe, but rumors are floating around the net of a Photoshop CS 2.0 that improves upon the already formidable Photoshop CS.

According to rumor mill, Photoshop CS 2.0 will feature enhancements like a customizable user interface. This new object-based user interface will enable users to select multiple layers and perform manipulations across all of them at the same time. Another improvement to the Photoshop interface is Adobe's new cross-suite file browser (a.k.a. Bridge) that will allow easy access from one Adobe application to another. This will greatly increase productivity because of the enhanced interoperability of the whole CS 2.0.

Not only did Adobe add some refinements in the products UI, they also added editable filters allowing it to update when filtered content is adjusted. This auto-updating routine is also available with bit-mapped images and vector files where the image is updated while retaining the ability to edit the original.

The new adobe series will also have a stringent product activation process as a deterrent against piracy especially from P2P networks. Strangely enough, if you download Adobe_Photoshop9.exe in P2P networks, you will be downloading a strange, mass-mailer virus called Bagle-Q.

On the downside, Photoshop CS 2.0 will still be restricted to below 2GB of ram usage, in addition, the software will only be for 32-bit systems though they will be laying the groundwork for 64-bit systems.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Taking a break

I'm taking a short break with this blog thing. I have headaches when facing the monitor for too long. Expect some manga reviews on my next posts.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Opera CTO whips MS

I love using Opera, but here's one big reason why Opera can't display some webpages properly. Hakon Lie, CTO of Opera, accuses Microsoft for posing as a supporter of interoperability but are really out to monopolize the web.

It's really cliche to bash Microsoft for being this and that, but this article of Lie seems to come straight from his heart.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

IRC tutorial hell

Using a tutorial I checked out the IRC for some manga when I was banned in the #eternal-blue channel for reasons I don't know. I'm just a noob at using the IRC and just minutes after I joined a manga channel I got banned. Heck, I've not even started typing anything significant yet.

That's just a great way for you IRC people to greet a noob--ban him at once. Well, minutes after I got banned, I'm sure that I'm not going to be touching the IRC anytime in the near future. But for those interested in learning IRC look at the link below for a tutorial:

This is the tutorial I followed and I got banned. Thanks Eternal Blue.

[Update: Woe is me. I wasn't just banned from #eternal-blue, I was banned from the whole]

Monday, February 14, 2005

Online manga scanlation is a manga scanlation site that hosts 89 manga titles (some rare ones like Akira, Evangelion, and You're under arrest are available) that you can read online. They also offer chapter downloads, but I noticed that they are so hardpressed for bandwidth that I can't read some of the online comics they have.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Fangs of the MPAA

This site used to be Lokitorrent, one of the many torrent tracker site linking to illegal downloads. Will this scare you?

Got the link from Leoville.

Google employee fired for blogging

Another blogger bites the dust. After being employed by Google, Mark Jen started blogging his impressions and criticisms of the company. Days later, he was fired.

Good thing I don't piss off my boss for blogging. Oh wait--I am the boss. Wahahaha!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Turn your PC into a TIVO

Well, not really, but close enough.

How to never miss an episode with Bit Torrent and RSS.

Got the link from Oisshii.

Webpages that suck

Visit Vincent Flander's The biggest web design mistake of 2004.

The site is not out to ridicule the mistakes of others, but rather they exist to educate people about web design and usability.

I saw this link in Ambermac's blog.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Microsoft must improve IE

This article talks about the huge loss of market share IE will experience if MS won't do some improvements on the browser.


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Indispensable Manga Link Archive

Don't be fooled by the minimalist design of this web page because soon it will truly become an indespensable manga link archive. Lawrenceofarabia, member of the Direct Manga forums and author of the page, is qouted:

"I am attempting to create a 'complete' listing of every good website hosting HTTP downloads of manga on the internet. I will try my best to keep it up to date and add new sites as I find them. I hope people will use this and help Direct Manga by easing the load on the servers."

The page has links to a lot of manga sites as well as a complete listing of the mangas that the websites has available. If you are looking for some rare manga in the web, then click here to go to the links archive.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Firefox security

Is Firefox only secure because it's not yet that popular? I used to think so but this article tells the contrary.

[Update: Here's a link from digg. The article says, "Expert's predict Firefox spyware will show up this year."]

Hmm, so which is it? Will Firefox be safe from spyware or not?

Play roms on your cellphones

Zophar's domain has an extensive list of emulators (for Gameboy/Gameboy advance, Multi-arcade emulators, Genesis, Super Nintendo, etc..) that will run on cellphones like Nokia series 60 handsets and other mobile phone models.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Pokemon causes cancer

Well, not really. The story is interesting so take a look here.

Stop Tazmo

Talk about hate campaign. Stop Tazmo is a site for direct downloads of manga scanlations like Bleach, Gantz, One Piece, Naruto, Chaosic Rune, Hunter X Hunter, Black Cat, Shaman King, 666 Satan, Battle Royale, Blame, D. Gray-Man, and Great Teacher Onizuka.

The story of this site revolves around Tazmo, the owner of Naruto Fan, who they accuse of being a wife-beater and ripping-off members of the Naruto Fan site. And so, Stop Tazmo was born.

Personally I don't believe everything posted in the net, but atleast Stop Tazmo has a good selection of manga scanlations offered for free.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Old games revival

Here's a small list of games I gathered in the Lockergnome game channel that will be given a new leash on life in modern consoles or PCs:

Bomberman, Castlevania, Civilization, Super Punch-out

I hope they don't screw up these classics.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Rom translations

A lot of people Google my old site about rom translations. Below are the sites you must visit for updates on rom translations:

The Whirlpool

Translation Nation

Live torrent sites

This is just a small list of live torrent sites.




I'm pretty sure you can find more than anime in this small list.

All links gathered from Oishii!

Other sources for manga scanlations

If you want other sources for manga scanlations then visit the Direct Manga forum for information about up and coming scanlation sites and other fan related sites to some of the most entertaining manga floating around the web.

Friday, February 04, 2005

You are morons

There's this article (item no. 1) in the Laporte Report where a student was fined $15,000 dollars by the Norwegian supreme court for linking to illegal music downloads. I think the judges can't distinguish between linking to data compared to having and distributing the data.

I must agree that this is a very scary precedent for someone like me who only show you links to rom sites but not actually having the roms. Just goes to prove that getting through 4 years of law school doesn't make you any less of a jack-ass.

Stephen King on writing

Prolific horror novelist Stephen King takes a moments rest to discuss Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes.

Take a gander.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

A weblog or a website

Question: Why would I bother with a Weblog or Blog when I could just build a regular Web site?

Click here to find out the advantages of a weblog compared to a full web site.

Note: I don't have anything against anyone with a full web site instead of a blog, heck I'm making this blog as my full web site. It's just a matter of taste and personal preference. The article is an interesting read though.

46 best free utilities

Windows has never been a perfect operating system, good thing there are a lot of programmers who give away free utilities that makes using Windows easier and a lot safer.

Click here for the Tech Support Alert best 46 free utilities for windows.

Another great source for the best freeware applications is Pricelessware , a site with a collection of the best freeware software voted by the people of alt.comp.freeware.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

One stop emulation source

If you want emulation news, rom translations, hundreds of emulators archived in one site, hundreds of archived SPC and other videogame related music, then vist Zophar's Domain for anything emulation related information you may need. This site is just huge, give it a try.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Video game manual scans

I saw this information in Zophar's Domain , it's a link to video game high quality manual scans. If you have a game you want to play but it's missing a manual, chances are you can find 'em here.
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