We have a new Teamspeak server now. In the past we have had been using the Advent Exodus Ventrilo server as well as a Teamspeak server donated to Noobs Paradise by Largo. However the Advent Exodus Vent is generally pretty crowded, and the Noobs Paradise Teamspeak has been unreliable lately. I want to thank both of them for allowing us to use their servers, but its time we got our own.
We are starting out with a basic Teamspeak 3 server, and are watching to see how it goes. If it turns out that we need more slots, the server can be upgraded pretty easily.
You can connect to the server at: ts.neutralx2.com:9999
Xfire, the instant messaging/social network service for gamers recently raised $4 Million From Intel Capital, and is now an independent company again. A little over a year ago, Xfire was acquired by Titan Gaming, and since then development on the software has been pretty slow. Client updates have been few and far between, and new game support was outsourced to a team of community volunteers instead of being developed and tested in-house. As a result of the capital injection, Xfire is now flying solo again, and they have some big plans for the software in the future.
They are already testing a beta build of the client that supports in-game rendering for DirectX 10 and 11. This means that Xfire will start working with modern games, allowing you to chat, take screenshots, record video, and broadcast live gameplay all from the Xfire overlay that appears on-top of the game. They are currently testing with World of Warcraft (DX11), The Lord of The Rings Online (DX10/DX11), Dungeons & Dragons (DX10/DX11), and Battlefield 3 (DX10/DX11). If all goes well, expect to see a lot more newer games supporting XIG.
They are also focusing on fixing some of the social network features. Xfire has a network manager feature that allows you to chat on other networks such as AIM, MSN, and Twitter. However since it was first implemented, some of the protocols have changed, creating issues with the Xfire client. Fixes are promised, as well as support for additional networks.
Overall, it seems like it is a good time to be an Xfire user, and they want your feedback. If you currently use Xfire, take a few minutes to complete this survey and let them know how you feel about it.
Now to go download that beta client so I can get Xfire working in Battlefield 3.
The latest version of Firefox drops today, and it’s got a lot going for it, including a more minimalistic interface, synchronization, and a serious speed increase. You can download it from http://getfirefox.com or from within Firefox click on Help -> Check for Updates. You can follow download statistics for the new browser here.
I tend to build a lot of computers for friends and relatives. Anyone that does so often can tell you that the most time consuming part of building someone a new pc is not the hardware installation. If you know what you are doing it usually takes less then an hour to go from unboxing to booting. The real time waster is installing all of the apps that the user will need on a new computer. That is where Ninite comes in.
Ninite is a free web service that builds you hands-free installers for many of the applications you would typically install on a new computer. The website lists various programs under categories such as messaging and web browsers. You simply check off the ones that you would like, and Ninite will provide you with an installer that will automatically download and install all of the applications you selected with a single click. It is incredibly simple. Assuming you know what programs you want installed, anyone should be able to use the service.