US Popcorn Day

Dec2009 25

Santa Fu

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Santa Fu

Merry Christmas!

Dec2009 17



Borderlands is an RPG first person shooter from 2K Games and has just been named the Shooter of 2009 by IGN and honestly, it's a great game with a slick artistic style, great AI (pisses all over COD games) and a procedural weapon system the likes of which hasn't been seen before. Fantastic.

Which makes you wonder -- how could they f--k up the multiplayer aspect of this game ? Left 4 Dead made it just too easy for a group of friends to get together online and start enjoying the game. No port forwarding on routers. No need to disable firewalls or allow anything. It just worked. Perhaps Valve should have gotten more kudos for this, but it is the year 2009, so it's not an unlikely scenario for us PC gamers to expect this sort of thing.

However, it seems 2K Games dropped the ball bigtime on this one, relying on GameSpy to look after the network code and so what do we have ? A half baked solution that works some of the time (or sometimes not at all), requiring you to practically sacrifice a goat to the gamer-gods praying that this time you won't get "Connection refused by host".

In November, 2K Games said a patch was being worked on and that was released on 9th December, however, only for people who bought the retail copy, not for people that bought it via Steam or Direct2Drive.

Plot thickens, is Steam now at fault because they haven't delivered the patch or have 2K Games not provided Steam with what they need ? All I know is, us paying customers are left out in the cold.

Dec2009 10

Colminator iPhone AppIt's here -- the Colminator iPhone App.

Now you too can have your very own award-winning Drum n Bass podcast experience with a fully functional sound board.

Wtih choice sayings from the main himself, Tony Colman aka London Elektricity, this is the must have app for Hospital Records and DnB fans alike.

This is the third app from the Code Army stable -- with more on the way. It's a fun little app and I was very happy to received this box of goodies from the guys at Hospital. Massive respect.

Nov2009 26


Check out the very lame Left 4 Dead 2 for Australia, which features bugger all blood splatter (even when compared with the first uncensored game) and corpses that magically fade away.

Nov2009 24


Check out this Crysis mod of a functional Delorean Back to the Future car. And if you don't like it, then why don't you make like a tree and get out of here.

Nov2009 23


DagoBAM!!

Nov2009 16

DanceNode"The new DanceNode website has officially launched bringing a new design, quicker page loads, and many happy pandas.

We hope you like the new look of the website. The previous design was in reality around 5 or so years old so we thought it was time to bring it up-to-date."

So, what are you waiting for -- head on over and check it out.

Nov2009 11

C-64 iPhone "Having been rejected, accepted and subsequently removed, developer Manomio has finally gotten its iPhone Commodore 64 emulator back on Apple's App Store.

Now, with further revised code, the emulator has reappeared on the App Store. In addition to the revised code, Casualgaming.biz reports that the application has received a boost in performance as well as three new games, International Basketball, International baseball, and International Tennis. These new titles join the other bundled games, Dragons Den, Le Mans, Arctic Shipwreck, Jack Attack and Jupiter Lander."

At $5.99 AU, it's one of the more expensive iPhone apps, but if it's just what you're looking for then it's a bargain. Pity it doesn't come with IK+ otherwise, it would be a no-brainer.

Nov2009 05

KrankyDigital 1.2This weekend is the 3rd Birthday Marathon extravaganza at KrankyDigital.com.

From 10AM (GMT+10) tomorrow, 24 of the finest DJs from around the globe will be mixing it up in a live twenty hour long set that will span every genre of underground electronica from Trance to Drum n Bass. Click here for the facebook event with set times, etc.

Also, if you weren't aware, the latest version of the iPhone App is now available.

Tune in, turn on and drop out.

Nov2009 02



Whilst I never really liked the original (too much walking around, talking, yawn) I must say Ubisoft are pulling out all the stops on this one.

Nov2009 01

More than 10,000 buy Windows 7 Burger"The Windows 7 Burger was a collaborative effort between Microsoft and Burger King to promote both companies in Japan for the Windows 7 release. The burger contains a whopping 7 layers of beef, which measures to a 12cm (5-inch) tower. The first 30 burgers were sold for 777 yen ($8.55 USD). Any Windows 7 burger after the first 30 were sold for 1450 yen ($16 USD). The burger contains a total of 2120 calories, which is almost a day’s worth of calories for most people!

According to TIME, the burger joint sold over 10,000 of these burgers since October 30th. Considering that there are only 15 Burger Kings in all of Japan and the obvious fact that this burger is probably not too healthy, this is an impressive number."

Ughh ... not even I'd attempt to eat that.

Oct2009 26

Various Artists - Critical Sound"2009 is definitely the year of minimal Drum n Bass and Critical Records have collated the sound from the freshest artists and packaged it on their new LP - Critical Sound."

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Oct2009 22


Now this looks good ... zombie season in November anyone ? Of course, we won't be buying the Aussie version as that'll be as weak as p--s.

Oct2009 11

News.com.au reports that "The sequel to a popular video game has been modified so it can be sold in Australia. A toned-down version of Left 4 Dead 2 has been given a rating of MA15+ after the original was refused classification last month.

According to the Classification Board's report, the modified version removes considerable amounts of gore from gameplay."

This is bulls--t! Where is the R-rating that video games in Australia badly needs. All I can say is, I hope Steam isn't touched.

Oct2009 01


"Hospitals rogue trader Mistabishi continues to deliver drum+bass of the wildest kind, this time with a remix from the don Matrix."

Sep2009 30

Alix Perez - 1984Alix Perez (Charleroi, Belgium) who first came to prominence back in 2005, has been described as one of the most talented Drum n Bass producers as well as one of the “Leaders of the Nu Skool” by Knowledge Magazine, he now brings us his LP titled “1984”. But does this LP live up to the hype?

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Sep2009 25


Okay ... now this game is looking really, really good ...

Sep2009 21

Logistics - Crash, Bang, Wallop! Logistics aka Matt Gresham (Cambridge, UK) follows up his successful "Reality Checkpoint" with his third LP - "Crash, Bang, Wallop!" Hospital has been dominating the Drum n Bass scene for so long, can their artists keep them on top or have they jumped the shark ?

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Sep2009 16


According to Kotaku, "While the Australian government dawdles on changes to the country's classification guidelines, games continue to be "refused classification" on the grounds they exceed the maximum rating of MA15+. The latest game on the chopping block? Left 4 Dead 2.

Yup, Valve's Zombie shooter has been refused classification, which means it can't be made commercially available in the country. Not quite the same as a banning, but it has the same effect."

C'mon Aussie Govt, C'mon. We need an R rating for Video Games. Though I have to wonder if this will affect digital downloads as well, otherwise Steam FTW.

Sep2009 16


On the 4th September, the Hospital Records crew gave fans, ravers and budding producers a chance to hear how London Elektricity, High Contrast and Logistics make their tracks.

Hosted by BBC Radio 1s Nerm it was 90mins of excellent hints, tips and questions from the audience. Here is a little round up, check it out!

Sep2009 12


Can't wait ...

Aug2009 26



Check out this video by the Scratch Perverts.

Aug2009 24

On Sunday 23rd August at 9:00AM, the Australian Haiku Developers and Users (Virtual) Conference - Haiku Down Under kicked off for the 2nd year in a row.


Aug2009 13


Jul2009 30

After two months off (great Underworld track btw), DanceNode has returned to the digital airwaves.

DanceNode

As well as returning, there are format changes and new resident DJs - Brooka (Progressive House / Trance) and myself, DJ Sikosis (Drum n Bass / Electro House).

I'm really excited about the new changes as well as the opportunity to spin some awesome tunes on the show to a much broader, global audience.

Jul2009 09

Rinse FM iPhone AppWell, my first app is now live on the iTunes App Store -- the Rinse FM iPhone App FIYAH !!!

Using your Wifi or 3G connection (if available), you can now listen to Rinse FM wherever you go.

Rinse FM is a London pirate radio station, which also broadcasts over the Internet. The station plays grime, dubstep, UK garage and other underground music genres.

Rinse FM has been described as London's biggest pirate radio station and "without doubt the world's leading grime station." They are also celebrating their 15th year in a couple of weeks.

As you can tell, I'm pretty excited, I've been waiting 13 days for Apple to approve it. In fact, during that time I've made a number of updates, so look out for version 1.1 coming soon.

Jul2009 05


Classic. If you haven't seen "these" before, the original was taken from a pivotal scene in the movie "Der Untergang" (The Downfall).

Jul2009 01

Microsoft has launched new commercials featuring Dean Cain, who you might remember from Lois & Clark or Ripley's Believe it or Not (snigger) now stars as a Public Service Announcer promoting Internet Explorer 8.



Jun2009 19

Resident Evil: Last EscapeOver at l4dmaps.com, you'll find a bunch of new maps for L4D where the latest community upload is Resident Evil: Last Escape by Outatime.

"This is a recreation of Raccoon City from Resident Evil 3 (Biohazard 3) in it's early stages."

1/6 Maps Available

  • Raccoon City Streets

  • R.P.D

  • Clock Tower

  • Hospital

  • Park

  • Factory

May2009 20



At the Red House ...

May2009 18



"Whatever happened to the Evolution of Dance guy or that kid who loved Britney Spears so much he cried for her under his sheet? We'll fill you in on what happened to them and other Web celebrities when their 15 minutes of fame ended."

Apr2009 28



lol ... double points for it being the shamwow guy :)

Apr2009 28

High Contrast - ConfidentialLincoln Barrett aka High Contrast has released his "best of" compilation titled "Confidential", something that is unheard of in the Drum n Bass scene. So, is it worth your hard earned cash ? Damn straight.

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Apr2009 27

My Life with Cables

I think we can all relate to this.

Apr2009 22

WTF !!! -- "This video is not available in your country."

Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles is a CGI animated television series based on both the novel by Robert A. Heinlein and the 1997 film adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven, who was also the executive producer for the series.

Roughnecks: Starship Troopers

It follows the exploits of the Mobile Infantry squad "Razak's Roughnecks" during the SICON-Bugs War -- well, now all 40 episodes are available for consumption on YouTube, though it seems it's not available for everyone.

Apr2009 22

TwitStamp

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TwitStamp allows you to use your current Twitter status anywhere - in the form of an image. This means you can post your status on blogs, forums, websites... wherever you want!"

My Twitter

Apr2009 21


"The free Survival Pack adds the new Survival game mode, where players are given time to dig in before fending off unceasing zombie hordes in an attempt to survive as long as possible. Survival Mode is played on 12 new maps--11 being sections of existing levels and 1 created especially for Survival Mode, Lighthouse.

The Survival Pack also brings Versus mode to the final two co-op campaigns, Dead Air and Death Toll. This release coincides with the release of Left 4 Dead: Critics Choice Edition, which contains the original game plus the Survival Pack."

Apr2009 18

Pac-man LIVE

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Ah that crazy frenchman Remi Gaillard does it again.

Apr2009 17


Wow John Madden retired ... End of an era indeed -- legendary coach and sportscaster.

Apr2009 08


Check out this remix by Addictive TV, as they say putting the DnB back into Goldie. Original footage and music was from when Goldie was on BBC's Maestro reality show.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Goldie is actually writing a composition for this year Proms programme.

Apr2009 07


It is 60 years since RCA record company released the first commercial seven-inch single, spinning at 45rpm.

To celebrate the anniversary, BBC News has been given access to a factory that still makes singles.

Apr2009 06

Fiber to the Home"The Federal Government and private sector will invest up to $43 billion over eight years in a super-fast national broadband network, in the "single biggest infrastructure decision in Australia's history".

In a bombshell decision this morning, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that none of five bidders for the national network - including Optus and Melbourne group Acacia - were up to scratch."

Click here for more information.

Apr2009 05

Like a Boss

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The SNL gang have done it again ...

Mar2009 17

Apple March 17 EventThis morning, Apple unveiled details about the iPhone OS 3.0 software and released the new iPhone Software Development Kit for developers.

Cut, Copy, Paste, Search, Auto-fill for Safari -- awesome. The New APIs also provides support for applications to communicate with hardware accessories attached to iPhone or iPod touch.

Click here to learn more about the 3.0 SDK.

Mar2009 17



Massive respect. If I was on that flight, I would have given him mad props.

Mar2009 14


Check out how fast this computer's disk access is when he raids together 24 SSD drives. Lightning fast.

Mar2009 08

Haiku PodcastThey're back for 2009 - Sikosis and TheNerd bring you the sixteenth episode of the Haiku Podcast. So, head on over and check it out.

Also, if you have something you’d like to tell the Haiku community about, please don't hesitate to get in contact with either Sikosis or TheNerd.

Mar2009 01


Watch what happens when DJ Goodwill hooks up with Cornetto, as part of last year’s award-winning "No Boring Bits" Proof campaign.

Feb2009 28



On the weekend, I picked up House of the Dead: Overkill, exclusive to the Wii and built from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii controls. And let's face it, shooting games rock on the Wii and suck on everything else. But, as the only shooting games available are Ghost Squad (which is too short) and House of the Dead 2 & 3 (even shorter), Overkill is a welcomed change.

The developers from Headstrong have done an amazing job with this game, splitting it up into 7 "movie" missions like Left 4 Dead did -- each movie based heavily around the b-grade, grindhouse genre. It's cliche to the max and I love it.

Full of swearing, violence and great gunplay -- 4 out of 5.

Feb2009 27

Safari 4 BetaApple has released a public beta of Safari 4, it's WebKit based web browser for Windows and Mac OS X. Apple have dramatically increased the browser's performance.

This is due to a new JavaScript engine, the Nitro Engine, which is said to run several times faster than its predecessor and up to 30 times faster than Internet Explorer 7.

It also has some pretty cool features, with a minimum look like Chrome, plus Coverflow view for your History and a Top Sites (most visited) home page.

Click here to download.

Feb2009 22

Mistabishi - DropJamie Pullen aka Mistabishi has released his debut album entitled "Drop" and it's a real mixed bag of sorts. By that I mean, it is a Drum n Bass / Grime album -- but also, there are hits and misses.

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Feb2009 20




That's so cool -- despite being a little cumbersome, you can fly ... on water !

Feb2009 10

{mosimage}Last night I attended the BIG (Brisbane Infrastructure Group) Microsoft event on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 -- two things I was really interested in hearing about.

About a week before, they announced that they were adding some XBox 360 session, which I didn't overly care about, but figured I could powernap during that ;). Over the years, I've been to a number of Microsoft events and they NEVER provide drinks -- they always have tea/coffee, but no water. Other vendor events always have water and usually have juice as well. This event was no exception.

Feb2009 04

{mosimage}Following on from our last review of the Shinichi Osawa album, is the second single to be released, called "Push".

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Jan2009 31




I think this looks better than anything that JJ Abrams will come up with :)

Jan2009 26

Top 20 DnB of 2008It's that time again, time to celebrate the Top 20 Drum n Bass of 2008, along with Australia Day (and Chinese New Year too!)

This year, we teamed up with Dancenode, so head on over to the 3rd Annual Top 20 Drum n Bass of 2008.

Jan2009 14

Ricardo Montalban RIP"Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became famous as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's Fantasy Island and secured his place in the sci-fi hall of fame as the title character in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, died Wednesday morning at his home, a Los Angeles city councilman told the Associated Press. He was 88."

Click here for the full story.

Jan2009 14

{mosimage}One way to describe Shinichi Osawa's debut album, The One, is as a dancefloor, pumping electro house album -- with depth.

Head on over to Dancenode for the full review.

Jan2009 07

Dr. Dobbs RIPDr Dobb's is essentially no more. "The official story is that the magazine is evolving into a section within Information Week, but that's just spin."

Dr. Dobb's first started publication in 1976, about the same time that Microsoft and Apple were founded.

For those unfamiliar with this publication, DDJ would cover topics aimed at programmers. It was also the first regular periodical to focus on software rather than hardware.

Jan2009 03

Matt Smith - 11th Doctor"Revealing a closely-guarded secret, the network said the 26-year-old would take over from the popular David Tennant as the star of the science fiction show that first appeared on British television screens in 1963."

British Actor Matt Smith, best known for his appearances in the BBC adaptations of Phillip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North alongside Billie Piper, has been cast to play the Eleventh Doctor from 2010.

He's certainly got big shoes to fill, Christopher Eccelston took the part to new heights (and then dropped it) with David Tennant picking it up beautifully and making it his own in an even better way.

Click here for the full story.



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