Gone Edgy

Done… I’ve upgraded my desktop and my server to Ubuntu 6.10.
Everything went smooth, the Desktop took a little to long to upgrade because the mirrors were a little crowded but the server upgrade was awesome. I upgraded it via ssh, although I was a little afraid something could gone wrong and kill the ssh daemon, but nothing bad happened. Here’s a small how to for the server upgrade:

Ubuntu Server upgrade – From 6.04 to 6.10

# cd /etc/apt
# cp sources.list sources.list.dapper
# sed 's/dapper/edgy/g' sources.list > ed
# mv ed sources.list
# apt-get update
# apt-get dist-upgrade

Peanuts 😉

[tags]Ubuntu, Ubuntu 6.10, Edgy Eft, Linux, Dapper, Upgrade[/tags]

I’m going Edgy…

… cya after the update.

[tags]Ubuntu, EdgyEft, Linux, Updgrade[/tags]

Another Dark Day in Sony’s History

Quoting from Lik-Sang’s website:

Important Notice: Lik-Sang.com Out of Business due to Multiple Sony Lawsuits
Tue Oct 24 2006 21:58:51 Hong Kong Time – Corporate Info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OUT OF BUSINESS NOTICE

Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 – Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang’s sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

As of today, Lik-Sang.com will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed. Furthermore, Lik-Sang is working closely with banks and PayPal to refund any store credits held by the company, and the customer support department is taking care of any open transactions such as pending RMAs or repairs and shipping related matters. The staff of Lik-Sang will make sure that nobody will get hurt in the crossfire of this ordeal.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment directly on the lawsuit against Lik-Sang, but recently went on to tell Gamesindustry.biz that “ultimately, we’re trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not – in PS3’s case – backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty”.

Lik Sang strongly disagrees with Sony’s opinion that their customers need this kind of protection and pointed out that PSP consoles shipped from Lik-Sang contained genuine Sony 100V-240V AC Adapters that carry CE and other safety marks and are compatible world wide. All PSP consoles were in conformity with all EU and UK consumer safety regulations.

Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe’s very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan’s official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who’s who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.

“Today is Sony Europe victory about PSP, tomorrow is Sony Europe’s ongoing pressure about PlayStation 3. With this precedent set, next week could already be the stage for complaints from Sony America about the same thing, or from other console manufacturers about other consoles to other regions, or even from any publisher about any specific software title to any country they don’t see fit. It’s the beginning of the end… of the World as we know it”, stated Pascal Clarysse, formerly known as the Marketing Manager of Lik-Sang.com.

“Blame it on Sony. That’s the latest dark spot in their shameful track record as gaming industry leader. The Empire finally ‘won’, few dominating retailers from the UK probably will rejoice the news, but everybody else in the gaming world lost something today.”

Shameful, there’s no other word that might describe this hideous law suits from Sony. Lik-Sang is one of the best video game online stores available, as a customer I’m sad and angry about all this law suite crap. Sony has no reason to do this whatsoever, Lik-Sang has provided European and American gamers with first class imports, games and accessories that we probably wouldn’t buy if it wasn’t for import online stores. This will probably be the beginning of a “witch hunt”, who will be next? Play-Asia?

Today I’m truly ashamed of being a consumer of Sony’s products.

[tags]Sony, Lawsuit, Lik-Sang, Import Stores, Video Games, Online Stores[/tags]

Pissed Off

Things that are pissing me off lately:

  • PSP Media Manager get’s updated to 2.0 and Sony doesn’t announce it to customers who bought ver. 1.0 (like I did) and apparently we get no free update from 1.0a to 2.0. Way to go Sony, getting better day by day. Update: While browsing my GMail spam folder I noticed a mail from Sony announcing the PSP Media Manager 2.0 and a special price of $9.99 for Media Manager 1.0 registred users. My apologies to Sony, looks like not everything is lost.
  • People always bashing the PSP because it doesn’t have a harddrive, because it doesn’t do jumping tricks, because it doesn’t make pankakes… etc. IT’S A FRIGGIN’ CONSOLE AND IT WAS MADE LIKE THAT! BUY IT IF YOU WANT, OTHERWISE STFU! The problem is that this crapy comments and rumors came mainly from the so called “Industry Experts” who claim that not only ONE but TWO new PSP models will arrive spring 07. The Nintendo DS doesn’t have half the features that the PSP has and everybody loves it… or maybe it’s not quite like that (and this leads us to the next topic).
  • Nintendo HYPE – All this Nintendo loving is getting sick. IMHO there’s lots of people out there buying a DS not because it’s a great portable but because Nintendo is now hot and trendy. All this hype around the DS and the Wii is getting Nintendo lots of (free) publicity and attention, but I predict it will end in a painful way. Lately there’s no good games coming out for the DS, we’re getting kiddy games all over again, the classic franchises except for Zelda have all been released and there’s nothing “eye opening” on the horizon. The DS browser has been released in Europe and Japan, and the experience you get from it is nothing more than a Opera Mini on steroids. Meanwhile, people continue to show their DSs on Flickr like it’s next big thing.

[tags]Sony, PSP, PSP Media Manager, Nintendo, Nintendo DS[/tags]

Playgear Pocket Skins – Volume 2

Only 2 skins this time, I’ve been lacking the time. Enjoy these for now, more to come soon.

playgearskin_100_kzl.jpg

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[tags]Playgear Pocket, Logitech, PSP, Playstation Portable, Skins, Killzone Liberation, Metal Gear Solid 4, Raiden[/tags]

vNES

Alert!!! Productivity Killer >>> Virtual Nintendo Entertainment System 😀

[tags]vNES, NES, Nintendo, Emulator[/tags]

Beryl on Ubuntu Dapper

Compiz has been forked. And it’s about time if you asked me. Since I updated the kernel on my Dapper, Compiz stoped working and no updates have been around since then. I found out about Beryl via Rui Moura’s blog (by the way, welcome to P*) where he presented us with a nice and simple tutorial to install Beryl on Dapper for the ATI, but since I have a Nvidia, it was just a matter to find the right instructions for XGL.

Beryl was very fast and simple to install and it’s much more easier to configure via the Beryl Manager, the only cons are the slightly loss of performance, less themes and a few bugs, but besides that Beryl looks promising!

[tags]Beryl, Compiz, Ubuntu, Dapper, XGL, Nvidia[/tags]