Windows 7 Comes Friday

from Download Squad

During his keynote address at CES tonight, Steve Ballmer made it official. The Windows 7 public beta will be made available for download on Friday, January 9th, 2009.

If you’ve been leery of downloading the version that’s been all over the torrent trackers since last week, get your download manager ready and keep your browser tuned to Microsoft’s Windows 7 page for the genuine article. Technet, MSDN, and TechBeta members have already been given access.

I’ve had my share of problems with the leaked version and am hoping that the official release is either a slightly newer build or at least free of the issues that I’ve had so far. Internet Explorer 8 hasn’t been working 100%, and Explorer itself has stopped responding repeatedly when I’ve tried to extract large zip archive or move multiple large files onto my flash drive.


Vista Service Pack 2 Now Public

It’s December 5, 2008 and – as promised – Microsoft has made the Vista SP2 beta publicly available. Early adopters can install it now and take advantage of improvements like 10% better power saving, reduced resource consumption in sidebar gadgets, Windows Search 4, and a long list of security and bug fixes.

According to Wired’s post, you should be aware that you’ll have to uninstall the beta in order to install SP2 final once it’s released. Currently Microsoft is anticipating doing that some time in April 2009.

If you’re looking for more details before grabbing the file, check out PC World’s article Vista SP2: Six Things You Need to Know. Downloads for both 32 and 64-bit users are available at the Microsoft Download Center. Instructions are also available here for users wanting to install SP2 through Windows Update.

GTA IV for PC Delayed


*Sigh*  Finally, I let that out and feel much better now. You may be wondering what would throw me in such a fit…. Tis not anger, but shielded heartache. From 1UP:

If you’ve been holding out on Grand Theft Auto 4 in the interest of picking up the PC version, it looks like you may have to add two more weeks to your wait. As Joystiq has pointed out, online retailers are now listing the PC version of Rockstar’s crime epic for release on December 2, pushed back from its originally announced date of November 18.

As you can see on Amazon’s and Gamestop’s GTA4 listings, the date is now clearly marked for December 2. This has not, mind you, been confirmed by Rockstar yet, so it’s possible this could just be some sort of mix up… but not entirely likely. Once Rockstar issues a response, we’ll let you know.

Grand Theft Auto 4 for the PC, if you’re wondering, promises even sharper graphics than its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 predecessors, along with new multiplayer features and the ability to record, edit, and share gameplay videos

Google Chrome Has Landed

Yesterday brought a teaser concept of Google releasing a web browser. It was not specifying release dates or certainty of existance. We could only wonder if the concept was real and how many months away the release could enter beta release. Today brought the launch of the new browser, codenamed “Chrome”.

So far: I like Chrome. I like it for simplicity. I do like the fact that it imports my Firefox bookmarks, cookies, user names, and passwords. I do like searching from the address bar. I like Chrome.

While the interface and features do seem light compared to other browsers (Opera, Firefox), speed is light as well. The speed is comparable to Firefox and Safari for Windows. Maybe the subtraction of gadgets and add-ons keeps Google Chrome racing beyond other browsers. If so, I would recommend to Google to leave the clutter out in order to stay speedy.

Check out the video demonstration for Google Chrome:

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Gamer News

News for gamers from around the net.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Skies has suffered a release delay…. The day of retail release. Reasons are not known yet, however a new release day of September 15 has been announced.

Ubi Soft is offering Far Cry for free to those whom pre-order Far Cry 2 ($49.95).

In a similar move, Electronic Arts will be giving away a game as a preorder incentive. Those who order Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
will be able to download Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 for free.

EA also announced that, to
celebrate the 13th anniversary of the Command and Conquer series, it
will be offering the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert for free
to everyone
. The game will become available at 12:00 a.m. PT Sunday, August 31, at the official Red Alert 3 site,

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Hackentosh Releases

There have been several developments in the Hackentosh (aka OSX86) community lately.

JaS_10.5.4_options JaS has once again returned to the scene this week releasing Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5.4 Server. While OS X Server does limit the compatibility of many applications, alternatively the Client version can also be installed from the DVD. JaS is well known for quality releases featuring components for both legacy and modern machines. The new JaS Leopard contains Chameleon Loader, StageXNU (SSe2 / SSe3 kernel), NVKush (Nvidia extension), SMBIOS, SMBIOSResolver, all Radeon HD Series drivers, along with the standard drivers usually found in other Leopard installations. This release does not include any applications or modifications. See all options displayed in the picture to the right.

iDeneb debuts to OSX86 scene releasing Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5.4

iDeneb is a Mac OSX Leopard release modified to run on both Intel and AMD based machines. Highlights of this release include all updates up until Security Update 2008-005, the Chameleon boot loader, AMD patching, as well as the usual installation options (kernels, drivers). The Chameleon boot loader install on JMicron IDE DVD drives, or on SSE2 based processors.

As always: releases can be found at your favorite torrent directories.

“Far Cry 2” Specs Revealed


Last month you may recall that some PC specs for Ubisoft’s FPS Far Cry 2 were leaked along with a supposed tech-demo for the game. Today, however, Ubisoft has released the actual PC specs for Far Cry 2, and while gamers were crying foul over how demanding the “leaked” specs were, the official requirements tell a slightly different story. You will still have to have a decent system to run the game, but not a “super duper” gaming system like what was previously suggested.

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz, Pentium D 2.66 Ghz, AMD Athlon 64 3500+ or better
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Video card: NVidia 6800 or ATI X1650 or better Shader Model 3 required…256MB of graphic memory
  • Media reader: DVD-ROM
  • Hard drive space: ~12GB of HD space. (TBD)


  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Family, AMD 64 X2 5200+, AMD Phenom or better
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Video card: NVidia 8600 GTS or better, ATI X1900 or better…512MB of graphic memory
  • Sound: 5.1 sound card recommended


NVidia 6800, NVidia 7000 series, 8000 series, 9000 series, 200 series. 8800M and 8700M supported for laptops. ATI X1650 – 1950 series, HD2000 series, HD3000 series, HD4000 series.

Try not to get too angry at the recommended specs. Just remember that the game will still run on your system if you have only the minimum requirements instead of the ones suggested. It may not look as great, but you will still be able to play it — and in the long run that is what matters most.

Far Cry 2 is expected to hit retail shelves on December 15 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.