To Sound or not to Sound

Today I saw a headline and photo about Toyota’s active noise control system.

Immediately what came to mind was a TechDirt article I read about Lotus adding engine noise to make hybrids sound like cars. It’s funny that the article reminded me of the Lotus, because the article also made reference to an electric car maker putting sound back in. I think that adding artificial sound to make an electric car sound like a combustion engine is rather silly.  Afterall, slience is golden.

New Release of NES Emulator for Wii

A couple of days ago, version 2.0.0 of FCE Ultra GX for the Wii/Gamecube was released (it is a port of FCE Ultra 0.98.12 for Windows/Linux).  Until yesterday, I had been using a hacked version that provided Wiimote support.  The official version now provides Wiimote support and it is much better than the hack I was using.  There are some nice menu enhancements and game settings are now saved in an XML file on the SD memory card.  There is also preliminary support for loading/saving via a network share, although I haven’t had any luck with it.

Happy Birthday Google!

Wow, can you believe Google is 10 years old today?  Google has grown into much more than just a search engine over the past ten years.  Through acquisitions and their own development, they’ve also brought us photos, a blogging platform, free email, discussion groups, a social network, an online rss feed reader, a geographical mapping website and application, a web browser, an online calendar, online documents (spreadsheets, and presentations), and so much more!  It’s hard to imagine a web without Google.  Granted Yahoo! and Microsoft Search have improved over the years as well, but if it hadn’t been for Google they wouldn’t have been forced to do so.

New Social Network for Gamers

Bwana put together a nice video about Raptr, the new social network for gamers. As Bwana will tell you, Raptr is similar to other clients that will track what you’re currently playing on different gaming platforms.  Raptr supports XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and Mac.  Any of your friends that have the client installed will see what you’re playing.  In addition to having a client, it will also tie into other social networks such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook. It also outputs an RSS feed for integrating with blogs and news readers.  I signed up and started checking it out, and so far I like what I see.  If you join and you want to be my friend, my nickname is GeekLad.