First impressions of BT’s new OnLive service

I must be honest the release of the new OnLive service had caught me by surprise. I hadn’t heard much of the usual buzz or fanfare that goes with such launches; maybe I just had my head in the sand.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, I know similar services were running in the states with mixed success, but it’s such a bold move that I couldn’t wait to give it a try out, cloud computing has been the fashionable trend for a long time now, but could it really translate into a distributed server side gaming system?

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, after a couple of false starts, namely desync and disconnect errors The app connected. The service currently has an eclectic mix of free games to try out ranging from shooters like Fear 2 and Bioshock to RPG’s like Titan Quest and platformers like Prince of Persia. [Read more…]

Book Review: What I talk about when I talk about running – Haruki Murakami

First up in what I hope will be a regular review feature is ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ by Haruki Murakami.

This isn’t a new release but something I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and at a thrifty 179 pages I really don’t have any excuse for leaving it this long.

I found this book nestled firmly on the sports shelf of my local bookstore; but it isn’t so easy to categorize. Part memoir and part treatise on running I was originally recommended this book by a few fitness mad friends who’d found this to be an inspirational training aid.

Now I should make it clear from the start that I’m not a keen runner, it’s never been one of my hobbies, running to me has always just been a neccessary evil to get fit. So as I began to read I really wondered if I’d gain anything from this book; but I had been advised the story alone warranted it.

One thing that surprised me about this book, whilst the individual recollections were stark in their brevity (possibly a side effect of the translation – granted), the narrrative assumed an almost meandering tone. [Read more…]

Remove the system beep on VMWare Player

I do a lot of messing round on the free version of VMware Player, it’s a really handy tool to test configs etc. the only thing that really annoys me is that on failure/error the VMWare player sends a system beep to the host system – even if you have all sound options off.

Please for the sanity of your co-workers turn this off! thankfully it’s incredibly simple

add the following entry into the config.ini:
mks.noBeep="TRUE"

For Vista & Win 7:
C:\Program Data\VMWare\Config.ini (hidden by default)

For Win XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini

It’s that easy – I guess this really should be a toggle setting in the program itself, although I’m still struggling to understand why you would ever want it on.