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Top 5: 20/20 in WASD

Posted by Q on December 23, 2009

Everybody has a college gaming story to tell…days spent unkempt & unwashed in front of a 14″ color CRT. You Single Person Shooter chaps, you! Squirreling away those ammo & medi packs. And reloading. Fuck! Sniper!! Duck!! OR those classic RTS tactics, more wood = more Eagle warrirors = Monetuzma is a happy camper. And those (groan!) technology trees.

Ah! Happy times. And all without PixelShader 5.0 or whatever. But Beer, Pizza, grubby keyboard & grubbier system specs are still on!

However, we must speak of the evil still to come. The decade is upon us. Have-blog, must-do-lists. Click-whoring traffic and all that. So without further ado, ta-da (okie, wait for it…)

Top 5: 20/20 in WASD*

aka Top 5 Games which made Q the gamer he is (pretty sucky, akshually)

1. Project IGI

 

And, as the Eagles sing, here’s where it all started. The gaming i.e.. Honestly. Yeah yeah, I know…it’s supposed to be Quake or Doom or Diablo or whatever. But this is my story and I am sticking with it

But anyway, on 20/20 vision, it’s a pretty generic shooter. With the out-of-control Russians as the enemies, (Yes, I know, ve should let Boriss know!!). A voice in the ear guide. Fairly difficult (Edit.-then!) and an insanely tough boss fight (Enya/Anya, I forget the name)

The tricky bit was that there was no way to save game. Yes, no save game. On a final boss mission which was nearly 1 hour long. The only freakin’ way to beat the boss was to modify the .cfg file of other NPC’s so that they won’t bleed your ass so bad. Alternatively, you could sit at your computer for a really long time. Either way, your call

Would I still play it™ = Fuck! No!!

 

2. Max Payne

 

To the game which introduced bullet-time to the world, you don’t just say Yeah! I liked it, you might too. You say which rock were you freakin’ plodding under, to have never heard of Max Payne.

Would I still play it™ = Hell! Yeah!!

(What? Waiting for a review??)

 

 

 

3. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

 

Move over sneaky kids. (sounds of sneaky kids moving)

The grand (clone) dad of all stealth shooters is here!! Yes, I am looking at you Thief (n), Splinter Cell (m), Solid Snake (k). With this concept of ratings after a kill and multiple ways to make that kill happen…mark me for the AAAaaaAAAaaaAAArrrghhh category (yes, I know it’s the name of a new parkour game n all, sue me).

I mean, I got Ninja as a rating. How cool is that 😀

Would I still play it™ = Maybe! Blood Money’s on the money too!!

 

 

4. Serious Sam

 

Sorry, but I need to borrow that AAAaaaAAAaaaAAaaaAAA from before. (Yeah, I know, scraping the sad barrel of borrowed creativity)

But hey! This is Serious Sam guys. The one with THE B-F-G**. Serving Plutonium cannon balls on a platter since 2001©

And those enemies, from the skeletal dogs which don’t seem to get hit by bullets (only ‘cuz their bodies were only skeleton and no tissue and NOT because I am a crap shot), to those massive bulls massing their massiveness in Luxor and the final boss battle (which was pretty tame, or maybe I had toned down the difficulty a bit. Memory fails me at this point)

Would I still play it™ = Dude! I bought Serious Sam (freakin’) HD!! How much more gaming manliness can I exude!!!

 

5. Call of Duty

 

Russian or No Russian, CoD set THE benchmark for smarter AI’s and WWII shooters. Which takes cojones. And game design. And something else also+. I have no idea what, but it is still awesome++

Squad-based shooters have been around for some time (Operation Flashpoint, I am looking at you), but making it into a cohesive single player experience was where CoD made its bucks.

On a related note, wtf was the difference between CoD & Medal of Honor? Don’t ask me

Would I still play it™ = I got no reason to, right? There’s practically no difference between CoD 1/2/3. Unless we get to modern warfare and start killing civies in airports and all that

 

And Cut. It’s a wrap!!

Okie, so we’re all done with the nasties for FPS. We still have to do the best of decade list, which looks at, you know, the actual game, rather than what I remember from the game. And also, that very short retrospective on RTG/TBS (preview – there are just 3 games there). Till then, keep sniveling for medipacks!

 

*WASD is the default movement control keyset of any FPS, but you already knew that, din’t you? Alas for the fleeting moments of artistic cleverness 😦

** B-F-G = Big Fuckin’ Gun

+ If I knew that, i would be running Infinity Ward, wouldn’t i?

++Hey! Did you realize that you almost made through an entire retrospective review without reading the word “awesome” anywhere. Don’t get your panties in a bunch, I am that good 😀

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The Boy Least Likely To

Posted by Q on April 4, 2009

As much fun as pelting Susie Derkins with Water Balloons

Candy Pop...Ur doin it right

Via Pitchfork

Sounds like a lot of bright colors thrown about with abandon! Go ahead & listen!

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Look what the IRC Cat dragged in this week…

Posted by Q on March 11, 2009

Okie, this is more like last week’s releases. But that’s ok, cover pr0n is always mucho appreciato 😀

Usually IRC dumps are 90% Torquere & Cousins/Project Gutenberg and 10% recent fiction. The trend continues this week; a few notables though

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Read ebooks or just start with one

Posted by Q on February 2, 2009

Teleread is one of the blogs that’s pretty much keyed into the whole ebook scene (note: ebook & not #bookwarez) and they’re promoting a Read An ebook Week in March. And i’ll welcome anything that lessens the upward eyebrows which get drawn as soon as i start speaking e-speak. I wish them the best. Here’s the banner (plz click, o! irregular reader)

read an ebook week

read an ebook week

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i can haz new indie rock?

Posted by Q on November 27, 2008

My slow descent into Alcoholism…

cat

…saved by cheezeburger kitteh!!

been listening to some indie rock for some time; Flaming Lips, White Stripes (ok, not indie anymore), the new pornographers et al.  And as teh kitteh wud sey…

massrom1

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Getting back @ the man

Posted by Q on September 30, 2008

https://i1.wp.com/www.comtech-networking.com/images/Administrator.jpgi detest my sysadmin. Or, to put it more accurately, i think their IT policy is moronic

lemme list out the weirdo rules:

  1. No Admin Rights
  2. Scheduled AV scans; daily, weekly, monthly
  3. No USB access
  4. This is all ofcourse, on top of outdated hardware; pis-poor RAM power

In the often meandering & confused fight against piracy; these guys have the typical buried-head-in-the-sands routine…lets shut everything down, no sysadmin rights to users, no new software, no piracy blah blah blah.

What does it matter that Xobni is revolutionizing the way we(I) use Outlook, Evernote is making my notes seamless between machines, Dmailer sync is eliminating 3.5 kgs of Laptop lugging everyday…Feed Demon, Google Talk, WinRAR; are all what i NEED!

So, anyway. here’s the guide to a more powered existence. Death to syadmin rules!

a) Power-Up from user to admin

Download this Zip File (Link). Burn CD. Follow instructions. You’re set

USB Access is ofcourse granted the minute you get admin rights

b) Delete scheduled Admin scans on Symantec AV

Run REGEDIT on CMD

Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>INTEL>LANDesk>VirusProtect6>CurrentVersion>LocalScans>

Delete all “ClientServerScheduledScan” folders

Anybody else has a solved/unsolved grouse, do write in!

P.S.>No Torrent/P2P/mIRC How-To’s to be posted

P.S.2>psst, use Usenet 😉

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Warmonger’s Walkthrough for Civilization IV (v2.0) – All Levels

Posted by Q on October 31, 2007

Civ IV victory

In a previous post i had outlined how to get a big brash victory over AI forces Noble and above but Monarch and below modes. After a few more victories in the higher modes, i have a slightly different war plan to share.

first up, this is still a very war-specific approach to CIV, so diplomacy, culture, space and (god-forbid) time-based victory options do not find any mention here. So, let the pillaging begin. Second, i think i have underestimated the power of navies in this

Now, setting up the game

Custom Game:

Map : Ring/Pangea/Team_Battleground/Islands/Lakes/Pangea

Size : Duel/Tiny/Small

Climate : Temperate

Sea-level : High (this means less available land)

Choice of Civ: For a change, it is not Aggressive 😉 Especially, if we have taken up a sea map, water tiles become a good place for generating gold. Also, since the game would extend for a bit, you fill find that you have a big empire which needs to have its maintenance costs low enough to sustain research. And finally, health and happiness will play critical roles, as we shall see in the guide next. So, my choice of leadership qualities, in order of importance is:

  1. Financial (+1 commerce from +2 commerce sites – sea, river plains)
  2. Organized (Civic Upkeep -50%)
  3. Expansive (+2 Health/City)
  4. Aggressive (free Combat I promotion- +3 exp points for Melee & G-powder units)

Now, leader combos can be err..4C2= 6, whose esteemed selves are:

  1. F&O: George Washington (American)
  2. F&E: Queen Victoria (England)
  3. F&A: Huayna Capac (Inca)
  4. O&E: Julius Caesar (Roman)
  5. O&A: Tokugawa (Japan)
  6. E&A: Genghis Khan (Mongols)

A comparison of the Civ Unique Units & Leader special Civ’s

Leader

Special Civ

Diplomatic Ally

Unique Unit

Starting Tech

George Washington Universal Suffrage Frederick, Gandhi, Ashoka Navy SEAL (Marine) Fishing & Agriculture
Queen Victoria Representation Napoleon, Bismark, Cyrus, Ceaser Redcoat
(Rifleman)
Fishing & Mining
Huayna Capac Hereditary Rule Louis XIV, Alexander, Kublai Khan, Catherine, Hatshepsut Quechua
(Warrior)
Agriculture & Mysticism
Julius Caesar Representation Napoleon, Bismark, Cyrus, Ceaser Praetorian
(Swordsman)
Fishing & Mining
Tokugawa Mercantilism ~none~ Samurai
(Maceman)
Fishing & The Wheel
Genghis Khan Police State Peter, Isabella, Montezuma,
Qin Shi Huang
Keshik
(Horse Archer)
Hunting & The Wheel

 

A comparison of the most powerful Unique Units would also be helpful. Eventually, most of your wars in any era would be won by using these units only.

Unique Unit

Replaces

Strength

 

Advantage

Navy SEAL Marine 24 (24) 1 first strike; 1-2 First Strikes
Redcoat Rifleman 16(14) 25% vs Gunpowder Units
Quechua Warrior 2(2) 100% vs Archery Units
Praetorian Swordsman 8(6)  
Samurai Maceman 8(8) 2 First Strikes
Keshik Horse Archer 6(6) 1 first strike

 

The Most powerful unit of its era still remains the Praetorian – for a puny 40 hammers,Praetorian Redcoatyou get one kick arse unit 😉 but yes, the Redcoat is a smiliar unit which can give significant gains. And, it has a similar +2 point heads up over it’s comparative unit (the Rifleman). But, of late, my preference has shifted to the Redcoat. As map sizes become bigger, games take more time to end; consequently Redcoats appear at the right time of conquest for me. The choice of map will eventually dictate whether it’s the Redcoat or the Praetorian that is you battle arms. I’d certainly recommend the Redcoat.

Now, the Technology Tree:

The tech tree will be decided by which Units & Buildings do you want in your Civ. The following are must-haves, IMO:

  1. Oracle (1 free tech)
  2. Pyramids (unlocks all Gov civics)
  3. Parthenon (+50% GP rate in all cities)
  4. National Epic (+100% GP rate in one city)
  5. Heroic Epic (+100% Military Unit prod.)
  6. Great Library (2 free scientists)
  7. West Point (new Mil Units get +4 Exp Points)
  8. Oxford University (+100% research)

On higher difficulty levels, it’d be difficult to get both Pyramids and the Oracle, so i usually concentrate on getting the Oracle, because my end term use for the Pyramid is the same as the Oracle (getting Bureaucracy up and running). Rest, Heroic epic and west point are obvious to any lame-ass duck shooter.

Now, my tech-tree looks something like this:

  1. For chop rushing
    • Mining > Bronze Working
  2. For building the Oracle
    • Mysticism > Polytheism > Priesthood
  3. For building Cottages/Villages/Towns
    • The Wheel > Pottery
  4. For getting to Civil Service using the Oracle
    • Hunting > Animal Husbandry > Writing > Code of Laws > Civil Service (from Oracle)
  5. For Building the Heroic Epic
    • Alphabet > Literature
  6. For building Catapults (for successful sieges)
    • Mathematics > Contruction

This is the time to destroy atleast one Civilization. The idea is to get a Level 4 unit (3 promotions). and 3 successful promotions would also mean more than just killing rampaging barbarians.

>> After getting to CS, enters a consolidation phase in the game. Usually, now i am playing Victoria, so i want to get to my UU Rifleman (Redcoat) asap. so, i set the tech Tree to Rifling. In the meanwhile, i use the Alphabet to get a few tech trades going. This is also the time to start building up a naval capability, so, i make sure that i get Sailing, Optics et al in the kitty too. Basically for the time between 200AD to 800 AD, i am relatively quiet and consolidating for the final 500 year intermittent war period 😀

Choice of Civic

  1. Legal – Bureaucracy – will get +50% hammers & +50% commerce in capital
    • Military Unit Capital (with Heroic Epic & Barracks): +4Exp Points, +150% prod. rate
    • Science Capital (with Parthenon, GL, Oxford Univ): +150% research
  2. Government – Representation – 3 research/sp. & +3 happiness points
    • Should switch to Universal Suffrage as soon as available
  3. Labor – Slavery
    • Nothing much to explain here. Pop Whipping is always great for emergency situations
  4. Economy – Nothing special in here. Choose whichever suits your taste.
  5. ReligionFree Religion
    • Most guides recommend a Theology & Vassalage. I for one, have never found them to provide any significant benefit vis-a-vis the aggressor thing. With a Heroic Epic, you could probably double the number of units and get the same result, without the high upkeep. Not worth it, in my experience.

GP Farm:

Unlike walkthrough v1.0, i am willing to concede that at higher difficulty levels, having a GP farm becomes almost critical for success. To what end you use the GP is totally upto you, i usually prefer settling them in the city and getting their production/gold/research bonuses. For a GP farm, we definitely need the Parthenon & the National Epic. Since the National Epic is a national wonder, you don’t have to worry about anyone beating you to the punch for it…but yes, build one GP farm asap.

City Happiness & Health

Happiness & Health Management is another topic which i didn’t quite dwell on in the last walkthrough. The idea is to have the following buildings in each city

  1. Library
  2. Courthouse
  3. Granary
  4. Barracks (i prefer it, though it is not necessary)
  5. Stupa/Cathedral/Temple (religious buildings giving a happiness boost)

With usual resources available within a city, the default happiness level is 5. After this, religion can add +1, while religious buildings can add +1 more bringing it up to +7.

Fur, Gems, Gold, Ivory – +4 (ancient age)

Incense, Silk, Sugar – +3 (with Calendar)

So effectively, special resources can add up the Happiness Level to 14 . Adding the representation Civic can enhance this to 17. But then, that’s the best case scenario, More often than not, you’ll be stuck at 9 health or somewhere near and will have no option but to whip population to keep your cities under proper production levels.

Health is almost congruent with Happiness, so there is very little difference, just one more PITA before you get on your conquest.

Capital City Blues

The most important City-build question is what to do with your Capital – make it a GP farm, a Mil Unit generator, a commerce/production centre et al. In my experience, the Capital should always be a first choice Mil. Unit Generator. Build the Heroic Epic and choose bureaucracy, and build away to glory! Because this is primarily a Conquest guide, which preferably ends latest by 1800 AD. i have never been in a game after that period. The battles just become tougher and it’s difficult (and more expensive) to maintain a current & relevant stack o’ doom. So, keep it a Mil City and we shall be fine. Also, it never hurts to build a few science/research generating buildings – Library & Observatory etc here, since the +50% bureaucracy boost goes both for production AND research.

That should be all, rest is simple. build up your invincible stack o’ doom and get sieging those pitifully under-defended cities. Carpe Diem!!

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The e-Idiotproof Solution

Posted by Q on September 30, 2007

Sony ReaderIt’s been a halcyon month for ebook-enthusiasts – esp. this one as he finally managed to shack himself up with his new Sony Reader over the weekend. In other major news, the ebook revolution has also inched a couple of paces forward with the adoption of an international standard (ePub), Amazon.com’s declaration (not the DRM free music) of entering the devices market with an e-ink based device called Kindle and miscellaneous other equipment manufacturers making proper sounds (IRexiLiad, Bookeen-CyBook et al) including Sony which has brought out an update for its PRS-500 series with a PRS-505 to be shortly available for enthusiasts.

More on Sony than the others…Electronics innovator, owner of the walkman phenomenon and darling of engineering schools around the globe, when Sony announced its foray into ebook devices, everyone stood up and took notice. Many hailed it as the ipod for ebooks (including this author) and the coming generation of ebook publishing. A year down the line, the buzz still hasn’t quite been as infectious as was believed. It hasn’t been a failure, but it has a long way to go before it revolutionizes ebooks the way ipods did for music.

As a device, the Reader is phenomenal. Crystal Clear view (not an LCD), zero strain on eyes, looks and feels like ink on paper, reads better in bright (or sunlight) than shade, is comfortable to hold, even packs in a music player in its tiny frame and provides a extra Memory slot – Adding a 2 GB SD Card (≈$30) to its equipment cost of $249, makes it a clear steal over any 2 GB iPod Nano(≈$200). Not only that, the device is also remarkably petite and easy to carry. If only it had a backlight, and could be read at night without any external sources of light, it would replace my Laptop as the insomniacal device of preference.

The only difference between the two – iTunes Vs Connect. Game Over!

To explain, let me take up an average music collection –

  1. Size – 20GB
  2. Number of files – 6000
  3. Formats – .cda, .mp3 & .wma (ogg/aac/flac anyone?)
  4. Meta tags – IDv3 (mostly unfilled and/or incorrect)

Average time taken to transfer/sync iPod with iTunes music library – 2 mins/GB (the highest data transfer rate from a USB 2.0 port is 3.6 GB/min). This average time includes the time taken to encode tracks to iPod, generating gapless playing information etc.

Average time taken to edit Meta tags – as fast as you can type.

The important thing here is that an iTunes library is scalable, I can put all my 100GBs of music on it (which would be around 30,000 tracks) and the library will still function as perfectly ok. Contrast this with the behavior of a Sony Connect

Average ebook collection –

  1. Size – 1GB
  2. Number of files – 3000
  3. Formats – doc, rtf, txt, pdf, pdb, html, lit, chm, cbz, cbr, rar
  4. Meta tags – File properties

The real trouble begins here. The reader converts all books to its proprietary format (BBeB) but it only supports conversion of rtf, txt, pdf & doc. Let me take up these formats first. Every non-BBeB book takes up about 30seconds to 1 min to transfer, every book. So, if all my books were to be transferred, it’d take me a cool couple of sleepless days before my device is fully loaded and operational. Also, don’t forget that I have to manually tag the file info because the reader does not have any support for picking up Meta from filename itself. So if I have to update my library, I’d really have to think really hard before committing such a timeless folly. And I haven’t even covered books from other formats yet.

Right, now since I’ve had the temerity to have a few books in html format, I’d have to CCP to RTF and say sayonara to its Table of Contents (which was why the book was in the damn format to begin with). Which is alright if you have one book, but isn’t so hot if it’s a short story collection and you have already read some part of it…think turning 657 pages is fun ?

Now, I am using a grand total of 6 applications – Kovid Goyal’s better than Connect’s libprs500, BBeB Binder, Book Designer, ABC Amber LIT/Palm converter & Softsnow’s HTML Book Fixer, which has made my life and reader simpler to use, easier to operate. Above all, I have decided to keep only my To-Be-Read pile in the reader, which amounts to a grand total of 30 books. But I still am stuck with a version of Neal Stephenson’s Cryptomonicon, which is one huge folder of linked html files – now this has defeated me totally. Unless I CCP all those 30 chapters individually to rtf and then convert to lrf, or generate a PDF from these and then convert the PDF using pdftolrf app, I am stuck with an insurmountable barrier of agonizing labor before I can end up reading it on screen.

Which makes me come to my point, finally. There’s no doubt that this is an outstanding device which really has been done in by a lack of understanding about the service requirements for it. The only way devices succeed is it if they are idiotproof and not a test of mental, analytical & technical acumen (can I throw in a Mensa test as well?). I cannot even begin to imagine this device being used by anyone except nerds…wonder what Sony learnt from the Librie experiment..Surely nothing that I can see.

Some DRM rumblings next time, I guess 😉

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Stairway to [link] Heaven..ah!

Posted by Q on September 4, 2007

Music Pirates! Rejoice!!! Stairway to Heaven is back, or rather should I say that I have found it yet again 😀 Musical nirvana ahead. Vixen, Stevie..here I come. Although I can see the inexorable march of HDTV links here as well, but no complaints.

SF readers rejoice too. A couple of fantastic links; freesfreader & notfreesfreader are a couple of websites run by a guy who claims to give     

Science, Speculative, Superhero, Swords, Sorcery, Supernatural, Scary and Sleuth Prose Fiction Ratings

Now comes the good part…apparently, he’d only review books by authors which are free to download.
Otherwise, he just gives a helpful rating and that’s about it. The ratings are pretty much on the ball too; I got one Accelerando from Charles Stross'(author) own site, a 5 on 5 rated book. Deserves every single bit of those stars too.

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the ebook revolution

Posted by Q on May 31, 2007

..yeah, the same one that’s been coming for so long, but not quite arriving all the same.

Traditionally, ebooks have a lot going against them. Bookworms & readers tend to be a conventional lot. The printed book industry has an insidious agenda of minting fresh pine-smelling books which befuddle the brain and makes it addicted. Plus, there is that whole curling-with-a-good-book notion. Personally, i dunno anyone who does that and does not have back pain. And then, there is this whole subsidiary industry of dried roses and misc nice smelly flowers which subsists within the pages of a good old fashioned book.

But, the single biggest reason why we do not have a surge for ebooks, is that no geek ever made a napster or a kazaa for ebooks. Yeah, conventional p2p/torrent/edonkey networks do carry a lot of good stuff, but you’d rarely find the newest bestseller released on a network as you’d probably find a movie or a music album. And that’s just because scanning & proofing a book takes a hell of a time compared to ripping a CD or DVD. Plus, the whole process is manual. Hence, you do not have as many ebook release groups as you have warez groups.

So, here is a convenience guide on the road to become an ebook devouring monstah’. the only thing you need is an appetite for destruction (& Guns n’ Roses, ofcourse).

First, the search. Unlike the times bygone, where intrepid explorers and googling experts like me had to trawl through many a virtual sever, drudging through mindless chit-chat and sometimes foreign languages to get the directory of the choicest delicacies, the ebook searching principle these days is ridiculously easy.

First up, lets assume you are a Ground Zero internet user and you love Jeffrey Archer (which a depressingly high number of people i’ve known are). All you need to key in is “Jeffrey Archer ebook Rapidshare“. You can change the last part of the string to megaupload, depositfiles, filefactory etc in case you wanna get some other stuff.

Going  up from zero, lets assume you know a fair bit about the internet and wish to find out some more avenues for finding out stuff. Let’s say, you love comics and the rapidshare (or any other file deposit site) just doesnt work out for you (long waiting times, banned by the admin or whatever). So, now you ‘re trying to find good stuff, the index search way. All you do is key in  something like  “parent directory” cbr OR cbz “Comics” -html -htm -download -links and voila! you have a directory ready to rip ! 

Ofcourse, a smarter surfer would realise that putting in a bit more of filters might narrow down the search to even more relevant web-pages. The most common one which is use is “-xxx”, “-porn”, “-torrent” etc. An even smarter surfer would realise that changing the extensions to a more desirable one. like say..avi, would give him/her some more coveted stuff 😉 provided  he/she has the bandwidth for d/l’ing it.

Directory search, however exciting would never lead to anything on a sustained basis, unless you are a fiendishly intelligent folk like me. So, lets go on up on the ladder of knowledge and get into IRC, or to be more specific mIRC. these internet chat programmes provide the perfect setting for getting books on your desktop on a daily basis without any hassles. With one month of dedicated logging in to a specific (or as many as you want) channel(s); you could build up a sizable book collection that will be the envy of all the dogs in the neighborhood. Alternatively, you could scan Packetnews.com for IRC ebook channels.  I’d most certainly recommend ebooksdrop homepage for the n00b, who wants to get around in IRC. The only problem is that IRC still remains a slightly non-friendly to non-tech-friendly souls. So, just hang in there for a while, before you start getting anything good.

Now, i am not an expert at this, and thats because i do not get/afford a shell account from my service provider, but A.B.E.B (Alt. Binaries.Ebook) group is the holy grail, if you ever need to proclaim yourself as the knight of the realm. To get a feel of the 90-100 TB of stuff that Usenet makes available to you, just visit this search link and see for yourself. The humungous content available at this site just pales away in front of the grand pappy of networks, called Usenet. Only the geekest of the geek (and the ones willing to spend upward of €10 per month) can enter this place. To  make a long quest short, you need a Usenet news client to get releases (NZB or otherwise) and untar/unrar/unzip  them and make a hefty dent in the storage capability of your hard drive. There are very few people who i know personally, who are comfortable working with either ABEB or ABB (Alt. Binaries. Books) and the small number represent the real release groups out there. The one’s who scan books which we so comfortably read and download and make available on our ridiculous storage places like rapidshare 😉

So, it goes, the whole circle of the ebook revolution. One thing is certain. Unless you dumb down the technology, there is no way it would prosper. So, while the whole trend of rapidshare catches on, even to the smallest of small users, the whole ebook industry stays in stasis. It’s only after ebooks would be as ubiquitous as the mp3’s or movies on your hard drive, that we can move on from paper to random electrons obeying our will.

 

 

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