PS3 19-Blade Fan & WHS v2 Installed

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windows-logoMy PlayStation 3’s 19 blade fan arrived today and I installed without any trouble. I started up the system and it sounds noticeably quieter during idle. I tried running [email protected] for 30 minutes or so and it remained quiet. I’ll put it through its paces when I get my hands on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow which my bro is currently playing through. Or maybe I’ll play some Bad Company 2 multiplayer.

Who am I kidding? I’ll be playing Civilization V.

Which is one reason why I haven’t been playing around with the Windows Home Server v2 Vail beta I installed on the Shuttle ST20G5 finally! So far it’s been a cinch to connect and administer, but I have yet to try any backups or media streaming. Perhaps I’ll have more time during this upcoming long weekend.

Checkpoint: 2010 Tournament Finals Edition

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World Cup 2010 & Evo 2010 World Championships.

I’ve been keeping tabs of the former, but really taking a shine to the latter this year. Internet streaming brings all that Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace excitement home and it’s hard to ignore for a fan of fighting games. The Super Street Fighter IV semi-finals were excellent with many of the matches going the distance. There were upsets, epic comebacks and lots of crowd pleasing moments.

Although the stream quality isn’t top notch, the commentary makes up for it. There’s a lot of fighting game lingo being thrown around, but they do take the time to explain what it’s all about. Nice to know what “Resets” and “Option Selects” are all about.

Along with personal pride and egos, there’s also lots of national pride with 20+ countries being represented. And if I’m not mistaken, this is the first year where we’ve got some women’s action with a dedicated Super Street Fighter IV Women’s Invitational. It’s great to see so much diverse love for fighting games.

Out of all competitive gaming, I much prefer watching competitive fighting games. It’s visually stimulating and very easy to get into when paired with the commentary.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more Evo 2010 to watch.

P.S – Congrats to Spain for winning their first World Cup!

Checkpoint: Digital Distributed Fun Edition

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I could almost convince myself to live with just Steam, PlayStation Network & Xbox Live! Arcade services; a purely digitally distributed world. But, when I look at games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and check out my current bandwidth cap of 60 GB per month, I am reminded of how much change is required before that becomes a reality.

51.58/60 GB of bandwidth is left. Much of it was taken up by gigabyte sized demos, large Steam purchases and high definition streaming video which I’m a big consumer of. I’ve tweeted about purchasing Siren: Blood Curse for $29.99 from PSN, but I have yet to download the multi-gigabyte game. Bandwidth issues have gotten so bad that I’m reluctant to even allow the newly released Team Fortress 2 update to download.

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Sony’s Columbia Pictures Blocks Movies From NXE’s Netflix Streaming

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If I was an American and was a fan of streaming movies from the net, I would be somewhat upset over the fact that Sony’s Columbia Pictures is blocking its movies from being streamed through the New Xbox Experience’s NetFlix functionality.

Is Sony just being petty? Not completely. Apparently, it’s a valid licensing issue involving just the streaming of movies via the Xbox 360. NetFlix is working with Columbia Pictures in resolving this issue so it’s not worth posting rants over. Just sit back, relax and think about what your Avatar is going to wear tomorrow.

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