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High resolution Skype video calls

Usually, when you’re using Skype, your little webcam is only busting out a nice 320×240 resolution. But what if your webcam can handle SO MUCH MORE? then it’s a tough break… until now. In the developer forums, there’s a couple interesting hacks that you can perform to get your Skype to transmit in 640×480. Break out the hi-res, baby. For both PC and Mac.
Via MAKE

Game Review: Sid Meier’s Pirates! for the PSP… ARRRR!!


Gamespot gives this PSP game a 8.6 on their review and overall, it’s been one of better adventure games that I’ve been able to get my hands on for the PSP.
Outside of the original revenge plot, you start out with one of the countries: England, France, Spain, or Holland. These were the big countries back in the day of pirating and exploration of the Caribbean. Each of the affiliations will give you a harder or easier position to start with. The more the cities, the more ships to attack, and vice versa. You’re also able to take on the pirates of the time and become the biggest “ARR” of them all.
ARRR you ready for Sid Meier’s Pirates! for PSP?

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Boyz II Men in Greensboro on March 2nd

Remember Cooleyhighharmony?
Nathan, Wanya, and Shawn are going to be in Greensboro, NC on March 2nd, 2007. At the N-Club. Looks like tickets are thirty smackers. Considering that the Boyz has been the most successful R&B group in the past fifteen years, it’s worth it to go check it out and get your fill of Boyz II Men.
Their new album, Remedy, is also out. Brand new music from those harmonizing guys from Philly.

Migrating your iTunes to an external drive

Lifehacker has a brilliant howto on migration of your iTunes to an external drive. It’s really not that bad, having migrated songs to different drives before and it’s no different than from moving your iTunes folder to another directory. This goes into more detail on which files are required for a successful move and how to get iTunes to look at the new source of your tunes.
Via Lifehacker

Customer service survey domain discrepancy?

I really don’t understand customer service surveys.
Recently, I got one from the Apple Store. It wasn’t spam. I knew that I had called their support department and they were all very cordial. But the email that came to ask about how it was? Didn’t come from a apple.com domain.
Now being very suspicious as it is, it’s interesting to note that no one would click on any address that doesn’t come from the origination domain right? We all know not to not to click on spam URLs and to go directly to the source to make sure that it’s what it claims to be. So why would you click on a customer survey link that for all you know could be going to some phishing site? Through e-mail no less?
Easy way to fix this issue? Set up a sub-domain where you run the surveys. Use the third-party if you wish, but have them set up their survey software off of the sub-domain. Then you won’t get paranoid people like myself thinking it could/might/maybe be a phishing site.
Baffles the mind. Really it does.

Virtual Keyboard for PSP

Virtual Keyboard is pretty useful when you’re surfing the web on your PSP and don’t feel like using that keyboard that Sony provides. It’s not that it’s terrible, but this is very useful due to the fact that it works directly with the PSP Internet browser, and doesn’t require homebrew. Unfortunately, you can’t use this with anything else since it’s Javascript but still it makes it just a bit more happy.
PSPFanboy < DCEmu

Pro-Messenger for PSP

Pro-Messenger has been released for the PSP. The nice thing about this software is that you don’t need homebrew to use it and it’s way better than anything that’s out there for instant messaging on the PSP. Oh wait, there isn’t any!
Only bad thing? Well, the PSP typing is terrible. And there’s no Bluetooth keyboard. Or keyboard in general. Ick.
PSPFanboy < DCEmu

Obama’s speech writer not in touch with today’s youth

Obama in Texas:

Obama told the Austin crowd that they should try to recruit their friends to support his campaign. “I want you to tell them, ‘It’s time for you to turn off the TV and stop playing GameBoy,'” Obama said. “We’ve got work to do.”

Gameboy? What? Even Joystiq was baffled. The generation has moved on with portable devices such as the Sony PSP or the Nintendo DS (Phat) or Nintendo DS Lite. Even with the newer generation of gaming devices such as the PS3, Wii and 360 would have been a more preferable word choice.
Ick. Just shows you how trying to get in touch with young people requires… well, knowledge of young people.
Joystiq < Yahoo

Getting the most out of your Mac battery

There are two different ways to do this. One is for the older iBooks and PowerPC based Powerbooks:

  • Step 1: Make sure that your laptop is fully charged. Plug in the power adapter and wait until the battery is fully charged.
  • Step 2: Unplug the power adapter and use your laptop normally until the system goes into sleep mode from loss of power and not the Power Settings. Make sure to drain the whole thing in one sitting.
  • Step 3: Once your laptop has put itself into sleep mode, plug the power adapter in and let the system sit until it is fully charged. Your battery is now calibrated correctly.

The other steps are for the newer Macbooks and Macbook Pros:
  • Step 1: Make sure that your laptop is fully charged. Plug in the power adapter and wait until the battery is fully charged.
  • Step 2: Allow the battery to remain in fully charged state for two full hours before proceeding. You may use your laptop normally during this time.
  • Step 3: Unplug the power adapter and use your laptop normally until the system goes into sleep mode from loss of power and not the Power Settings. Make sure to drain the whole thing in one sitting.
  • Step 4: After the system has gone into sleep mode, allow it to rest for five full hours before recharging the battery.
  • Step 5: Plug the power adapter in and let the system sit until it is fully charged. Your battery is now calibrated correctly.

All of these battery calibration information was gleamed from Macinhack. They have a howto on more ways to keep your battery running smooth as silk.
Via Macinhack

TJX security breach could be bigger?

Ouch. Definitely big ouch.
We reported that TJX Companies got hit by a security breach a little bit ago. It seems that the breach extends a bit farther than previously mentioned.
Now it’s said that the breach happened at least into 2005, and perhaps as old as 2003. As of yet, the company has not reported the magnitude of breach, but analysts seem to think that with the latest discovery, there could be the potential of millions of effected customers.
Via SecurityFocus