random updates

Just a few more random updates:

  • It’s good to see myself in print again — there’s a feature in the PC Authority that hit the stands today that lists 99 great free apps, and I contributed the Linux portion of it. I checked it out today and I think it came up pretty well!
  • Microsoft finally received my 360 today, after nearly a good few days in the post. I sent it on Friday, and i didn’t think it’d take so long to get a console to Sydney, but either way, they have it now, so I should have it back within a couple of weeks of today. In the meantime, I scored a loaner 360 from a friend, which is awesome.
  • I signed up with iiNet for our home ADSL yesterday, so of course Internode launched new plans today. Luckily, there’s nothing there that would entice me back — iiNet will still be a better deal, even before the DSLAM comes online here. I decided to jump to iiNet now rather than waiting for the DSLAM just to avoid any downtime; doing it now means a churn and just an hour or two of downtime, rather than a disconnection and reconnection and the days of downtime that’d cause.

iPhone review, part 2

I was going to rant about Apple’s assault on interoperability and software freedom with the iPhone here, but as it turns out, PC Authority were happy to pay me to rant over on their site instead, and I was happy to sell out. If you want to know what I really think about the iPhone, then, you’ll have to head here.

new atomic

The latest Atomic is in stores now, with my big fat six-page feature on the state of Linux gaming. There’s also a tutorial on how to stream MP3s and videos, including DivX/XviD files thanks to the Fall update, from a Linux box to an Xbox 360. Getting the gaming feature in shape for this issue was tight, but I’m really happy with the result, and I’m looking forward to doing some follow-up tutorials.