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Andy Taylor is Host of TechtalkRadio and its affiliate broadcast. He has been in the Technology Media since 1996 and has served on the Panels at Consumer Electronic Show Las Vegas and Moderated. He has presented a weekly broadcast on New Technology and Gadgets in Tucson's CBS Affiliate KOLD TV as well as been a guest on Radio Segments around the country. He currently serves as resident Tech Analyst for KMSB Fox 11 Tucson

Twelve WIIs at Best Buy this Sunday?

For those of you still waiting to get your hands on Nintendo’s little Wii, this coming Sunday may be the day you get lucky. According to an inside source at Best Buy – a surreptitious hero for nerds everywhere – the nationwide retailer will have no less than 12 Wii systems per store that day.

According to a videogame journalist at Gamernode.com, those units will sell out faster than Bruce Springsteen’s last concert in New York City. I recommend getting to your local Best Buy EARLY. Bring a chair, some food, and a handheld gaming system, because you may have to wait for a while if you want to be among the first dozen at the door.

If you want to thank someone for this tip, well, you can’t. He has chosen, in true superhero fashion, to fade away into the night after.

Category: Wii, Posted: 07/23/2007 by Eddie Inzauto, GN Writer

Adobe Creative Suite 3

Web Premium

So I finally decided to install the Web Premium Creative Suite 3 package I received a couple of weeks ago. The complete installation took about 4o minutes. What you get in the suite is One (1) complete DVD with Adobe Bridge, Adobe Contribute, Adobe Device Central, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Flash Video Encoder, Illustrator, Fireworks, Acrobat 8 Professional, Version Cue, Stock Photos, Adobe Connect, PLUS a bonus Video Training Workshop and all the help documentation with all the products.

Once I started installing it, I was anxious to find out what new features came with the product.

Here are some of the new features I got a chance to look at:

Adobe Bridge CS3
In the new Adobe Bridge CS3 program they’ve intergrated “Adobe Connect”… Essentially what you can do with this is “Start a Meeting”… which allows you to quickly solve design issues on your screen with colleagues and clients, you can easily collaberate on any design document, across platforms and applications, and enhance the creative process by engaging virtually anyone at any time through online collaboration. This new feature cost $39.00 a month, but if you’re a business owner, or designer, it is well worth it.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
In the new Photoshop, one of the nice features they’ve added is you can now set your workspace area to what you are currently working on… For example, if you are working on “web design”, you set your workspace to “web design” and the palettes which you are most like going to use appear on your workspace such as, color, styles, swatches, layers, etc. Some of the other workspaces include, “Automation,” “Color and Tonal Correction,” “Image Analysis,” “Painting and Retouching,” “Printing and Proofing,” “Video and Film,” and “Working with Type,” plus you have your “basic” and “default” workspaces.

The feature that I found most exciting to work with was “3D Layers”… With the new Photoshop, they’ve added some “Goodies” you can use… You can place some great “3D Models” in the document you are working with. You can manipulate that 3D model by rotating it, rolling it around, dragging it, sliding it and scaling it… You can also change the texture of the model by opening up the “texture” layer and changing it to a new “texture”. Once you change the texture to what you want, you save it and it applies it to the model. You can also “view” the 3D model from different directions like the left, right or bottom. You can change the appearance of the model by adding light to it such as blue lights, day lights, red lights, cube lights, etc. You can also “cut” the 3D model in many different ways with a feature called “cross section settings”.

Below is a “box” image I created with the Techtalkradio logo. All I did was change the “texture” of the box, changed the light a bit and added an “orange” outline around the lid of the box…
Another one I created looks like the CD is coming out of the CD cover… I used the “cross section setting” feature in Photoshop to “slice” the CD so that it looks like it’s coming out of the cover..

Photoshop has also integrated some “animation” into it’s product. You can open up an image in Photoshop and animate it. When you open the image and unlock it… Photoshop automatically creates a “timeline” for you in the Animation window. There you can “manipulate” your image and apply animation to it. You can also take the images you created and “import” them into “flash” to animate them.

Photoshop has also added another tool on the “tools” palette called “quick selection”… This allows you to quickly “paint” a selection using an adjustable round brush tip. As you drag, the selection expands outward and automatically finds and follows defined edges in the image. You can quickly select a section of your image and manipulate that section.

The intergration between all of the Web Premium products seems fairly easy to use as well… Once I get a bit more familiar with the new features, I’m sure I’ll be utilizing all the products together.

In conclusion, I rate the Adobe Creative Suite CS3 Web Premium package an A+. Even though I haven’t had a chance to utilize all the new features, so far, I like the new features that I have been able to use and have some fun with.

Thumbs Up for Adobe!!

The Mod Nation

Being an avid Harley Davidson fan and rider, last night I went in search of adding some more pictures/images to my profile on myspace (like I don’t have enough… LOL) – myspace.com/mamabear369… In my quest to find some more photos, I stubbled upon a website that personalizes gaming cases… it’s a Harley Davidson 100 Years Game Case from The Mod Nation. I also saw that they had another “camo” gaming case… One day I would like to own one, if not both, of these cases for myself.

In researching some more information about “The Mod Nation”, I came to found out that the owners were two good friends that merged their two companies into one (Kikboxes and MNPCtech), forming “The Mod Nation, One Nation Under Mod.”

The History
Kikboxes started with a single project. During the summer of 2005 Stu King set out on a quest to build a pimped computer for the LAN group he was involved with. Until that time he had never considered the idea of expressing his artistic talents on a computers case. A web designer by trade, Stu had always used web design as his artistic outlet until the day his friend Matt (now business partner) put together a new system in a gleaming red RaidMax case. The idea of building a system as art was very appealing to him because of its great mix of mediums.

That summer, Stu started his first official project, the BooomBox, and never looked back. The BooomBox is a Wave Master case powder coated and polished to perfection. Much research was put into each mod and part integrated into the project. During his research Stu found MNPCtech right in his own backyard. Bill and Stu got together one evening to swap parts and the rest is history. Bill and Stu began trading phone calls to talk about computers, processes, the industry and modding culture.

Upon completion of the BooomBox Stu started getting calls and emails from other modders looking for powder coating services, parts and advice. Recognizing a good business opportunity, Stu brought his good friend Matt Kelly on board to assist in building the business.

Stu began to rapidly explore many areas of modding including airbrushed designs, mass production and even stealth PCs. Over the years Stu has worked with many artists whom he now counts among his friends. Many of these talented people have been featured in his projects from airbrushing, to sculpture, to powder coating. Kikboxes body of work has grown rapidly and exhibits a wide array of ideas, processes and techniques.

In 2006, Kikboxes was commissions to design the enclosure for a line of wireless routers and later that year, was incorporated. Since that time Kikboxes has begun creating custom cases for Xoxide.com, produced a line of production cases (The Modjitsu) and has begun building a presence on eBay selling cases, custom painted mice, wheels and more.

Partnering with his good friend and fellow modder Bill Owen (MNPCtech), Stu has contributed to the rapid rise of The Mod Nation. A project devoted to their work and the mission of nurturing the modding community, The Mod Nation promises to be the driving force that pushes the craft of modding beyond the realm of the hobbyist and into the domain of the artist and professional.

Kikboxes Custom Computer Craft has only begun to explore computers as art. Look for more great projects and products in 2007 and beyond. MOD FOR LIFE!

You can check out “The Mod Nation” at www.themodnation.com or on myspace at www.myspace.com/themodnation.
Photos for the “Camo” case:
http://mnadmin.powweb.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=185&cat=572

Photos for the “Harley Davidson 100 Years” Case

Asus Extreme Striker

Asus provides solutions for all categories of users and especially gamers. The release of the P5N32-E SLI motherboard onto the market also comes with the adoption of the Nvidia 680i SLI chipset. Asus further offers a more “advanced” motherboard with slightly different features and of course price. Asus Striker Extreme aims to become the number one choice where gaming/overclocking needs are concerned. We examine how Asus’ Striker Extreme performs and what are its main differences compared with the P5N32-E SLI motherboard.

Asus Striker Extreme

The Asus Striker Extreme is based on Nvidia’s 680i SLI chipset, which supports Intel®Core™2Extreme, Core™2Duo, Pentium®4EE, Pentium®D, Pentium®4, CeleronD processors for Socket (LGA775). It features 1333/1066/800/533MHz(FSB), dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800/667/533 x 4DIMMs with a maximum of 8GB.


Main Features

Overclocking, performance, unique features and a rich software bundle are our 4 basic commitments to R.O.G (Republic of Gamers) members. Striker Extreme provides a detailed BIOS option for enthusiast tweaking, 8-phase capless power to ensure SLI performance reliability, and the unique gaming features, such as LCD poster, EL I/O, Onboard LED, Onboard button,…etc. Once you use it, you would love it. And rich software bundled is a special characteristic, the hottest 3D game-Ghost Recon, 3dMark06 Advanced Edition, and a one-year license Kaspersky anti-virus software. It’s a total gaming solution.

The Republic of Gamers consists only of the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovative ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.

The Main Features Are:

Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo Ready
NVIDIA nForce® 680i SLI™
Dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533
Extreme Tweaker
SupremeFX / DTS Connect / Array Mic / Noise Filter
LCD Poster
EL I/O