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Farewell Co.CC?

Update 5/03/2013 ~ I am noticing a lot of people are finding this website via Googling if Co.CC is going to return. Sadly I doubt it is going to come back at all.

For those with better memory than a gold-fish on crack, a year or so back I wrote an article about Co.cc and how you can use them with email and I also did a Co.cc referral review but it seems as of today they might have pulled the plug.

For those that may not know, Co.CC was a free sub domain service that gave you a sub domain (like snat.co.cc) and then gave you full DNS access so you could use it as you would a normal domain and the service worked great – even I used them for a few throw away domains but that is where the problem came in.
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Is a tablet really worth it?

TFYP on an iPad

TFYP on an iPad

Tablet PCs are a very funny thing, they have been around for so long and no one seen a point in it but suddenly when the Apple iPad was released that everyone suddenly finds a use for it but honestly is it any good?

Well being one to always hoard new technical stuff that when it first came out “main stream”, I got myself a cheap Android tablet and while they was fine for a couple of things they basically sucked. While that put me off tablet PCs for ages, within the last few months I got myself a more “high-end” Android tablet which is what this article is based on.
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Legal issues in setting up an internet based radio station

Legal Minefield
Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As you may know I currently been doing a radio station called Tweaked for your Listening Pleasure and I asked a friend of mine called Dave over at Amazing World Music (yep, same person that provides the music in my videos) about the legal side of it and lets just say there was barely anything out there when it comes to online radio in the United Kingdom.

With that in mind, Dave went out researching and has compiled a report on what he found out. All credit goes to him and hopefully it helps someone else. Just remember none of us are lawyers and well, we can be wrong. Any comments, different view points or if anyone actually is a lawyer in this field – please do comment as we would love know the law exactly.
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Part 1: How to do a Let’s Play

Okay so you have seen a series like Playing Games with Snat and maybe you have thought – I would love to do one of these myself and have looked up and seen there is millions of ways to do it. Well you are in a bit of luck as due to me not having anything to speak about, I decided to talk about how I got around the problems I had.

I should note that I went down a hardware route as I do console games but I do also use the same setup for PC games in the future. This guide will assume you have nothing so far, not even a PC, but relax as I will even explain that. I will also note the price for it all but it may not exactly be cheap but where possible, I will link to cheaper or free places.
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Farewell Metal Gear Online

Silo Sunset  (Esper Girl)

Silo Sunset (Esper Girl)

I would guess that you have quite likely at least heard of a gaming series called Metal Gear Solid and if not well there is Wikipedia for that. Against I am sure what most people think, I am not really into the online gaming thing that much but there has always been one game that I have always enjoyed playing and that was Metal Gear Online 2 for the Playstation 3.

Having been released many years ago now, Metal Gear Online was originally a fine example of how to do an online shooter based game and while it was not graphically as good as other Playstation 3 games that has been released now, it always had that little special thing about being a stealth action game and all that stuff.

Now if you never heard of Meta Gear Online, let me quickly explain. The game was basically an online “sheath based” game where you was on one team and then had to do a few thing based on what the game mode was.

Midtown Maelstrom (Snat)

Midtown Maelstrom (Snat)

One of the modes involved you using something called a stealth camo and having to get a target and take it back (although near the end, everyone just prefer killing each other in this mode), a base mission where you have to take over a certain amount of areas and well modes where you just have to kill everyone.

However the mode I did like the best on Metal Gear Online was Sneaking Mission. In this mode you play as Old Snake and you have to collect a certain amount of dog tags from soldiers while ideally not getting involved in the battle between the two different teams.

Unlike many games that exist today on the Playstation 3, Metal Gear Online also had a whole range of things that allowed you to expand your virtual soldier. These changes included many different uniforms, paint camo and many things such as different harness and although none of these actually had any effect on the game, it was a nice little touch.

Midtown Maelstrom (Snat)

Midtown Maelstrom (Snat)

The next thing it allowed was the changing of skills. This allowed you to create a solider that was, lets say, good at CQC and basically suck at everything else. Another example would be your solider become good at being able to use an SMG without little recoil but then suffering from not being able to use handgun and the likes well. A problem with this however came up as due to people moaning on Metal Gear Online that they basically was not Old Snake and wanted to be able to run faster, shoot etc and all that without the need of using skills, the creators ended up “nerfing” the skills and on top of that players kept trying to kick people for using skills like CQC Ex as they did not want to change their method of playing the game.

As good as the game may have been, just like most games on the Playstation 3 – they tend to have bugs lying around places and one of the major problems it had been simply the lack of updates. Metal Gear Online had a few major bugs which involved how the game actually worked which allowed people to easily cheat and that ultimately ended the game for many people as they was unable to play the game without someone coming along and expolting everything.

Icebound Inferno (Esper Girl)

Icebound Inferno (Esper Girl)

Although these problems was well documented and recorded, the developers did not seem somewhat interested in fixing them and the game went on to be buggy for ages with no one seeming to care about its development and how it was running. It was during this time more and more people started to cheat and the game basically become a field where people would just run around and cheat just so they got a higher kill ratio as for some reason, people think that is fun.

Ultimately people got bored with the game and rightfully so, they ended up leaving the game and the ones that were left was either people who was hoping the game will change or cheaters and sadly, nothing did ever change. Well until the next Metal Gear Online game, everyone will have to just remember and enjoy how good the game was before all the cheaters got involved.

Oh okay, one more picture for the road.

 

Urban Ultimatum (Esper Girl)

Urban Ultimatum (Esper Girl)

 

Basic 2checkout processing script

We do not have a rant today, nor we do have a review. Today I am going to go over something that a lot of people ask me – how to create a very basic 2checkout processing script. I am going to say now that this guide is simply how to do the processing side of it, it will not cover anything like the database side of things so you can create something like automatic downloads – we may do that as another tutorial.

2checkout HTML Form.

The first thing we need to do is the HTML form for 2checkout. We are going to be using the single page checkout for 2checkout as I prefer that one. Replace sid value with your own and setup the bits below to what you want it to be called. If you want to add a second product to the checkout form, add things like c_name_2, c_price_2 etc. As stated either, I am not going into the database side of things in this tutorial but you can always use a programming language to prefill all in this and use cart_order_id as a method to know what order someone is ordering.
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