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Thekstategeek is new and improved. TECHTOIT.COM

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

WE HAVE MOVED. Due to our unexpected success, we have changed domains and moved to a “big boy” server. If you reach this page via a search, or reference or anything really, then click the link below to take you to our new site – TECHTOIT.COM. New logo, new slogan, new look, new feel… it’s the real deal.

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K-State Custom Xbox 360 Mod

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Getting tired of your boring old Xbox 360? Probably not! But for those of you who are bored with your 360, I might have a few ideas to give your Xbox some new life. You maybe asking yourself: “What are these changes?”. Well hold tight and get ready to see what is in-store for your 360.

The picture above is known as a case mod. If you have seen a case mod it would normally be for something such as a computer; not your gaming console. So what all is featured in the picture above? You see a variety of different colored lights, two fans, and my personal favorite, a K-State Powercat, back-lit by Ultra-Violet LED’s.

Unfortunately we did not take any pictures at the start, so we can’t walk you through the full process, but the internet can certainly help. Search Google and YouTube for “case mod tutorials” and I guarantee you will find something to help you get started (it sure helped me).

While this post is not a tutorial, I”ll provide an overview containing the materials used, cost of the project and some tips on how to make the whole process of case modding easier.

Cost: This project cost roughly $50. This included: LED’s, wire, fans, and the power supply. You can subtract $20 for the fans since they are mostly a cosmetic addition.

Tools: To get from start to finish on this project you will need most of the following: soldering gun, wire strippers, dremel, drill, filing tool, sand paper, set of screwdrivers, and some scissors never hurt to have close by.

Tips:

  • Be prepared to spend a lot of time working on this. Patience is key!
  • Start by checking your warranty! If you still have one, this may not be the best thing to do since it voids your warranty.
  • Have someone with you when opening your Xbox (preferring someone who has opened one before).
  • Have an idea drawn on the cover before start drilling.
  • Use lower gauge wire to make sure the cover will fit back in place.
  • Have fun!

I will leave you with a gallery below of the work that was done and some shots of the final product. Hope you guys enjoy. Leave some comments or e-mail pictures of any case mods you might have for your Xbox 360 to thekstategeek@gmail.com.

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-KSUGadgetGuy

One thing the Xbox should have, that it doesn’t

January 16, 2011 1 comment

The Xbox 360 is versatile. Wanna indulge in the guilty pleasures known as video games? Xbox has it. Wanna watch highlights from last night’s big game that you missed? Xbox has it. Wanna listen to your favorite band and related artists on internet radio? Xbox has it. Wanna video chat with your friend across the country? Xbox can do that. Wanna update your Facebook status or tweet something on Twitter? Xbox can do that. Wanna surf the internet? PS3 and Wii can do that. Wait a second, Microsoft’s game console can’t surf the internet?

Herein lies the issue. Microsoft was established on April 4 in 1975 as a computing company. Their operating system, Windows, has sold billions of copies over the years, amassing an incomprehensible amount of revenue. Their success has created four billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from within their employee pool. Within the last decade they have diversified, creating the Xbox and its successor the Xbox 360 as well as portable media player brand Zune and a mobile phone OS Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7. Both the Zune and their mobile OS have internet browsing capabilities, but the Xbox does not. The biggest computer company on the planet has withheld the ability to surf the internet on their gaming console. Ironic.

Its not an issue of can or can not, for both of the Xbox’s competitors as well as hackers have been able to load internet browsers onto their game consoles. The Nintendo Wii’s computing power is weak in comparison to that of the Xbox 360, yet the console allows for fairly smooth navigation online. The PS3, however, is more powerful so it does not come as a surprise that it also has an internet browser. In addition to flexing its computing muscle, the Xbox has internet-enabled applications that are built into the OS. Netflix, ESPN, Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm are all accessible when you’re connected to the internet. Oh, and one more thing. Xbox LIVE. The online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service that requires the internet? The service that millions use on a daily basis to interact with each other. That too, is an internet-driven Microsoft force.

So why, Microsoft? Why, Xbox 360 team? We want an internet browser. We know you can, and that you should. I mean, come on, everyone else is doing it.

One thing the Xbox should have, that it doesn't

January 16, 2011 1 comment

The Xbox 360 is versatile. Wanna indulge in the guilty pleasures known as video games? Xbox has it. Wanna watch highlights from last night’s big game that you missed? Xbox has it. Wanna listen to your favorite band and related artists on internet radio? Xbox has it. Wanna video chat with your friend across the country? Xbox can do that. Wanna update your Facebook status or tweet something on Twitter? Xbox can do that. Wanna surf the internet? PS3 and Wii can do that. Wait a second, Microsoft’s game console can’t surf the internet?

Herein lies the issue. Microsoft was established on April 4 in 1975 as a computing company. Their operating system, Windows, has sold billions of copies over the years, amassing an incomprehensible amount of revenue. Their success has created four billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from within their employee pool. Within the last decade they have diversified, creating the Xbox and its successor the Xbox 360 as well as portable media player brand Zune and a mobile phone OS Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7. Both the Zune and their mobile OS have internet browsing capabilities, but the Xbox does not. The biggest computer company on the planet has withheld the ability to surf the internet on their gaming console. Ironic.

Its not an issue of can or can not, for both of the Xbox’s competitors as well as hackers have been able to load internet browsers onto their game consoles. The Nintendo Wii’s computing power is weak in comparison to that of the Xbox 360, yet the console allows for fairly smooth navigation online. The PS3, however, is more powerful so it does not come as a surprise that it also has an internet browser. In addition to flexing its computing muscle, the Xbox has internet-enabled applications that are built into the OS. Netflix, ESPN, Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm are all accessible when you’re connected to the internet. Oh, and one more thing. Xbox LIVE. The online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service that requires the internet? The service that millions use on a daily basis to interact with each other. That too, is an internet-driven Microsoft force.

So why, Microsoft? Why, Xbox 360 team? We want an internet browser. We know you can, and that you should. I mean, come on, everyone else is doing it.

Microsoft keynote at CES 2011: Kinect social, Hulu Plus, IE9, New Surface

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft announced Avatar Kinect tonight during their CES presentation. Simply enough, the Kinect will follow your facial features as far as talking, mouth gestures, eyebrow movements and more as you are represented in a visual chatroom of sorts. The trailer that Microsoft played showed the option of picking from different settings (sports event, doodle city, forest and a few others) and sitting around just hanging out with friends… Very Second-Life ish. They did not go into great detail as far as the extent of Avatar Kinect but Microsoft did announce it will be released in the Spring for Gold LIVE Members for free.

A slew of new Kinect features were presented in addition to the Avatar Kinect including Netflix (finally), Hulu Plus services and a new interactive ESPN interface that includes trash talking and voting on your picks for the big game.

Besides talking up the next update for the Xbox 360 console and its Kinect peripheral, Microsoft took time to brag on its own successes stating that they were aiming to sell 5 million Kinect units and have so far sold 8 million, reminding everyone of the 30 million Xbox LIVE users, and going into lots and lots of detail about how friggin’ awesome Windows Phone 7 is. A quote from CEA Ballmer himself:

We pulled together the best of Office, Windows, Xbox, Xbox Live, Bing, and more to focus on building a great phone. The reaction to the product has been great. We launched 9 phones across 60 countries. In the past few weeks alone, we’ve added great new titles: Kindle, Bank of America, Fruit Ninja — there are already 5500 apps in the Marketplace. 100 apps a day. 20,000 devs have registered with us.

In a word? Wow. Truly spectacular for such a new mobile platform. (They want us to forget how terrible the previous Windows Mobile OS was… and so far they are succeeding with WP7.) The only release information for WP7 is the minor update “NoDo” (which is a stab at Android 1.6 codenamed Donuts) that will include Copy/Paste and speed up general performance. The first substantial update has been dubbed “Mango” and will essentially be Windows Phone 7.5 when it is released in the Spring.

Beyond the Kinect and Windows Phone 7, which are two very hot topics these days, the next installment of Internet Explorer was mentioned, although brevity plagued this part of the presentation. Simply, Ballmer stated the fact that 20 million people had downloaded the beta of IE9. The official release will include HTML5 and hardware accelerated graphics.

The last object of interest during Microsoft’s keynote I shall quote from Engadget’s liveblog:

7:32PM New Surface is out now — this is the version that we saw earlier with the crazy PixelSense tech which is able to use each pixel as an individual camera, which means you can put a piece of paper on the display, and it will read the text you’ve written on it. The screen also uses infrared sensors for touch input.

Now I personally have no idea what this is, and the demo at the conference only revealed the fact that the Surface knew 20 “digits” were being pressed against it. It reminded me of the fact that we are getting closer and closer to Minority Report-esque navigation. And… as a side note Microsoft noted this is staying commercially exclusive. No New Surface on consumer tablets 😦

[Sources: WinRumors, Engadget, Gizmodo, PC Magazine]

Gameloft, iOS’s game fuel

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Gameloft is known for one thing: its uncanny cloning ability. Several titles have fallen victim to the crafty coding of the French developer based out of Paris – Final Fantasy, Uncharted, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Call of Duty, God of War, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil with plans to create a StarCraft iPad clone. Their online multiplayer service is called Gameloft LIVE and you can obtain trophies (sound familiar?) as well as gaming points for completing certain tasks. Everything about the company wreaks of rip-off… yet I am in love with the company. Gameloft is single handily fueling the iOS gaming platform. They are providing iPhone/iPod/iPad owners with quality console titles despite their blatant inspiration from popular franchises.

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The screenshots above are reminiscent of many games I spend my time playing on my Xbox or Wii or my friend’s PS3, yet I commend Gameloft for being able to produce the likes of which they have. I actually collect Gameloft games. It is my guilty pleasure. But mind you, in addition to the wonderful clones that they produce, they have several “official” titles as well: Asphalt, Asssassin’s Creed, Spider-Man, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, James Cameron’s Avatar, Brothers in Arms, Driver, Oregon Trail, UNO, Rayman, Earthworm Jim, Tom Clancy’s HAWX and more. Tell me that you do not begin to drool at that list.

Gameloft’s biggest competitor currently is EA Mobile with the leading sports titles Madden, NBA Elite, NCAA Football and FIFA as well as Battlefield, Need for Speed, Sims and classic board games such as Monopoly, Life and Battleship. They are running the biggest holiday sale with 70 titles tagged at only $.99, thus propelling them up the charts, but Gameloft has initiated their own $.99 sale on their older titles (N.O.V.A 2, Shadown Guardian and Eternal Legacy can’t enter the market at that price, they are worth much more than that!) as a counter-attack.

So all in all, this is my ode to Gameloft. I thank you for all of your December releases, and keep them coming. You have made my trip to my grandmother’s house for Christmas a tad more exciting 🙂

Gameloft, iOS's game fuel

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Gameloft is known for one thing: its uncanny cloning ability. Several titles have fallen victim to the crafty coding of the French developer based out of Paris – Final Fantasy, Uncharted, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Call of Duty, God of War, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil with plans to create a StarCraft iPad clone. Their online multiplayer service is called Gameloft LIVE and you can obtain trophies (sound familiar?) as well as gaming points for completing certain tasks. Everything about the company wreaks of rip-off… yet I am in love with the company. Gameloft is single handily fueling the iOS gaming platform. They are providing iPhone/iPod/iPad owners with quality console titles despite their blatant inspiration from popular franchises.

The screenshots above are reminiscent of many games I spend my time playing on my Xbox or Wii or my friend’s PS3, yet I commend Gameloft for being able to produce the likes of which they have. I actually collect Gameloft games. It is my guilty pleasure. But mind you, in addition to the wonderful clones that they produce, they have several “official” titles as well: Asphalt, Asssassin’s Creed, Spider-Man, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, James Cameron’s Avatar, Brothers in Arms, Driver, Oregon Trail, UNO, Rayman, Earthworm Jim, Tom Clancy’s HAWX and more. Tell me that you do not begin to drool at that list.

Gameloft’s biggest competitor currently is EA Mobile with the leading sports titles Madden, NBA Elite, NCAA Football and FIFA as well as Battlefield, Need for Speed, Sims and classic board games such as Monopoly, Life and Battleship. They are running the biggest holiday sale with 70 titles tagged at only $.99, thus propelling them up the charts, but Gameloft has initiated their own $.99 sale on their older titles (N.O.V.A 2, Shadown Guardian and Eternal Legacy can’t enter the market at that price, they are worth much more than that!) as a counter-attack.

So all in all, this is my ode to Gameloft. I thank you for all of your December releases, and keep them coming. You have made my trip to my grandmother’s house for Christmas a tad more exciting 🙂