You can stop rubbing your eyes because 66% of the virtual console releases this week are actually solid games as the Nintendo month of Metroid continues.Super Metroid (1994, Super NES, 800 Wii points)--Arguably the best Metroid platformer ever made, Super Metroid improved upon the classic formula which resulted in an explosion of popularity. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (1993, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points)--In this sequel to The Revenge of Shinobi, you find out that Neo Zeed, the last game's villian, is still at large. It's going to take some fierce ninja action … Read more
Note: This post was updated on August 17, 2007, to make a correction.
With VMware's official release of Fusion 1.0 less than two weeks ago, there are now no less than four different ways to run Windows applications on Intel-based Macs. Fusion, as well as SWsoft's Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac use virtualization technology to allow you to simultaneously run the Windows operating system as a virtual machine alongside the Mac OS. CrossOver Mac 6.0 from CodeWeavers uses a different virtualization approach by building on the open-source API, Wine, which allows you to run individual … Read more
Wow. The ink was barely dry on my critique of Tim O'Reilly's position on whether proprietary companies will buy up the open-source companies, and along comes the news that Citrix is buying XenSource. It's a good technology fit, but Citrix would have been one of the last companies I would have accused of a predilection for open source.
The news is pretty intriguing, and funny on at least one count:… Read more
One day after the spectacular public offering of virtualization company VMware, Citrix Systems on Wednesday said that it intends to acquire open-source virtualization company XenSource for about $500 million.
Citrix makes so-called thin client software that delivers business applications from servers to desktop computers.
By acquiring XenSource, the company intends to move into the adjacent server and desktop virtualization market.
The acquisition will be financed through a combination of stock and cash and includes the assumption of $107 million in a vested stock options.
The company's open-source "hypervisor" software, called Xen, lets a single computer run multiple … Read more
VMware said late Monday that its stock offering is ready to go forward, with shares priced at $29 per share. The virtualization software specialist will begin trading on Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "VMW."
VMware had been an independent company until storage giant EMC announced a $635 million acquisition of the software maker in December 2003. In February of this year, EMC said it would sell a stake in the company through a public offering. The stock offering comes as virtualization is taking on an increasingly central role in the computing world.
Nintendo continues 'The Month of Metroid' with the release of Samus Aran's original adventure on the virtual console. With it come two other games no one remembers from their childhood.Metroid (1987, NES, 500 Wii points)--The original Metroid game helped shape the face of adventure platformers. In fact, the mechanics first introduced in Metroid are still emulated to this day. And for all you die-hard Metroid fans, apparently " Justin Bailey" still works. Shining in the Darkness (1991, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points)--Shining in the Darkness is an adventure game that puts you in the middle … Read more
When it released the original Digital Sound Projector in 2005, Yamaha was one of the first mainstream manufacturers to dabble in the burgeoning virtual surround-sound field. Since then, the company's products have been the benchmark in the single-speaker surround field. Not content to rest on its laurels in the face of increasing competition, Yamaha's just announced three new models, which make up the third-generation of the Digital Sound Projector line. All three are designed to deliver a wider soundstage than earlier units, and include new 5-Channel and "My Surround" modes in addition to standard Dolby Digital and DTS decoding modes. While they can be used in conjunction with AV receivers, each model is essentially a fully functioning home-theater-in-a-box, so you can just connect your sources (DVD, cable/satellite, game consoles, etc.), and be good to go. The big step-up feature for 2007 is the addition of HDMI connectivity to the two top-of-the-line models. Details are as follows:… Read more
I downloaded a copy of Windows Vista off the Internet last night. And since the same site had XP, I got that too.
I figured it was okay, since I was doing research for the blog here.
It was all very convenient. The server where I found them has a lot of bandwidth, so the files (4.5GB and 1.8GB respectively) downloaded quickly. These are pre-installed disk images, so there's no trouble with activation.
The greatest irony is that the group providing them for download has configured them for maximum security-- so once you have them running, you … Read more
For people wanting to design their own 3D virtual world, or online game, doing so just got a little bit closer to reality.
That's because the Multiverse Network has announced version 1.0 of its development platform, a system that allows anyone to create a fully functional massively multiplayer online game based on a common set of tools.
Until now, the platform had been in beta, but over the last year or so, more than 11,000 teams of designers have begun using it.
Multiverse's model provides the platform free of charge to anyone who wants it. The … Read more