boomsbeat.com blacklisted.

I’ve decided to block boomsbeat.com on my router due to the fact that the website wanted to upload two files to my computer, the first being GmlujqCrx0s.swf and the second being JtBuV7ccOZ0.swf

I don’t know what they are other than they are shockwave files, but no website should be trying to upload files to your computer. So this is a warning to my few readers to stay away from that website.

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ARC – Attack Retrieve Capture. The first ever massive-multiplayer game?

Way back in 1995 two students (John Vechey and Brian Fiete) created a computer game they called Attack Retrieve Capture which they then hosted on a network called Hoopy Entertainment.

This game was effectively a multiplayer game where people around the world with an internet connection could join teams and fight against each other with little flying saucer ships. Before the likes of Modern Warfare and other online games in which eSports has evolved into today. The community then on this game started their own leagues in order to capture the flag and crown the top clan.

Effectively this might have been one of the first ever games to host large numbers of players fighting this style of game. A standard game normally consists of eight players in a 4v4 match. There were other maps that could host 32 players against each other and there were one or two maps that could house 64 players against each other. That’s a lot of players attacking each other in their little ships and maybe this is the historical aspect which has been over-looked by the current industry of techno wizards.

At its height in the 1990s the game had a user base of a few thousand, not a lot but it could have done better if it wasn’t so miss-managed by the companies that brought the game and then swallowed it up into the downfall of Sierra Entertainment.

Sadly, the game is no longer with us, but there are other forms of it out there and the community has passed on.  However, it could be said because of the games unique ability for multiplayer it could have been the first to have such high player numbers facing off against each other. Only history will know.

A snippet of ARC I uploaded years ago to YouTube, looks a bit laggy, joggy, but the game played smoothly. 

Installing a sound bar!

I just brought an LG SK1 sound bar for my LG TV and when it arrived it didn’t come with an optical lead! Surely when the only two options are Bluetooth with newer TVs and optical for the slightly older ones like I have you would of thought they would of supplied you with an optical lead.

So out I went to John Lewis to buy one. I got back and connected it up! Or so I thought I had done it all properly. I couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong so I phoned up LG customer support and went through all the options on the phone with him.

Nothing was working, he asked his boss and the reply was… have you taken the caps off the lead!!

OMG! I did not know there were two tiny caps on the end of the lead, nothing was written on the box nor was there any leaflet in the box for the lead telling me there were any caps on the ends to be removed.. For all the technical problems I thought I was having it’s down to… simple not taking all the packaging off!

I had to turn off the built in speakers on the TV, but at least I got better sound quality for watching movies and such.