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iPhone 4 Released June 24, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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The iPhone 4 is going to be released today at 9am at Apple Stores and corporate owned AT&T stores all over.

Make sure to check your store’s website for availability. Be aware the preorders sold out on these phones (before I could place mine). Supply is expected to be low.

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If You Arrived From a Search Engine, Welcome June 24, 2010

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Since the start of the website, I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to get my articles to show up on a topic search from any of the major search engines.  For some reason, the site did not show up on any major search engine I used.

I did some digging into the site’s backend and I think I was able to add the site into the developer tools for the search engines of Bing and Google.  So if you were able to get to this site from a search for any of the content that I’ve talked about, welcome.  If you want to see if I’ve talked about anything else you’re interested in, search bar’s on the top right under the banner.

Nintendo Wii System Update Upsets Homebrewers, Yawn June 24, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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From the “What Else is New?” category, System Update 4.3 (mentioned here) for the Nintendo Wii has predictably made it harder for modders, homebrew enthusiasts, and pirates to run their illegitimate software on the console.

Nintendo has been doing its best to keep modders out of its hardware for some time now.  The last 4.2 update also did this, because it replaced the bootloader modders used to replace the console’s operating system with Linux with one they said was pretty buggy but I never had any problems with it.

I don’t trust homebrew code further than I can throw it.  I don’t modify my consoles in any way, because I find it more likely it would restrict me from doing legitimate things with my console, give my system a backdoor for the software creator to exploit, or at the very least hamper my performance.

System Update 4.3 also promises behind the scenes code improvement, which should make system performance a bit smoother.

Data Transfer Possible With 250GB Xbox 360 Slim June 24, 2010

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Have an Xbox 360 already but want the new model slim?  Want all your existing data on the newer larger hard drive?  Upset the new slims don’t have a compatible socket for the existing hard drives?  Don’t worry one bit!

If you at any point purchased an individual 120GB Xbox 360 HD, you already have all the tools you need to transfer your data.  If you haven’t, you will be able to buy those tools soon.

For those who are unfamiliar with how to transfer data between two hard drives, I’ll break it down.  You must choose a hard drive of smaller storage capacity as the one to transfer the data from, and the hard drive of larger storage capacity to transfer data to.  Remove your old hard drive, and connect it to the Hard Drive Transfer Cable.  Install your new Hard Drive into your Xbox 360.  Plug the Transfer Cable into your rear USB socket, and insert the included transfer disc.  Then have a coke while the disc migrates your data from your old hard drive to your new one, then wipes your old one, allowing you to sell it to whomever you choose, or just put it into storage.

The Xbox 360 Slim does not use the “shoe” style Hard Drive of the previous Xbox 360s, instead opting like Sony does, to just use a regular hard drive of certain specifications, which can be swapped easily by hardware enthusiasts.  However, the procedure behind the cable is still sound.  Microsoft has promised that the slim is fully compatible with the HD Transfer cable and software, and the software itself (in theory) should work as long as your old hard drive has a lower capacity than 250GB.

If you do not currently have one of these cables and disc combos, Microsoft should have them on shelves soon.  They will NOT be included with Xbox 360 slims.

I would gladly record how this procedure worked with a video, but unfortunately since I make no income from the site (or anything else for that manner), I can’t afford a new Xbox 360 Slim, however I invite you to picture it in your mind now and if you do I promise not to sue you for violation of copyright.