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And how much is this free weekend?

If you are a reader of Rock Paper Shotgun[1] then you are probably already aware of this but Shattered Horizon is having another free weekend.

Shattered horizon is a brilliantly original competitive shooter but sadly lacking in players. it is DirectX 10 only and when it was first released Vista was the only option for playing it. I just hope that this free weekend and the increased number of people with DX10 capable machines will save it, because it would be a shame if all shooters were clones of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You can read my thoughts on the game here.

As well as being an excellent shooter set in space with jet packs there are no unlocks to worry about, so new and old players are on the same footing apart from practice, which is how it should be and makes it easier to get into for a free weekend.

The pre-load should go live on Wednesday night and the game should be free to play from Thursday night until Monday, though as Valve and time differences are involved this may vary.

It will also be reduced over the period so keep an eye on the store page and be sure to download and have a go when it goes live.

It’s free right?

[1] if you are not you should be, a better blend of humour (not humor) and game journalism can not be easily found elsewhere.


My New Computer – Part 3: The Software

I was going to leave this until after I finished the build, but with the hold up I thought I would put this together while I was waiting.

As part of my new build I obviously have to put all my favourite programs on my newly installed OS. So that I won’t loose anything I have on my current computer I made a list of everything in the program folder, I don’t tend to save installers so I will have to re-download them all but this is a good thing as often they will have been updated since I installed them last. Anyway, the following is about all the useful free software I have on my computer.

IMPORTANT! I can not guaranty the safety of the following links! Use all of this at your own risk!

GNU Image Manipulation Program. A free Photoshop alternative, so it probably isn’t good enough if you use Adobe professionally but it is still a very powerful piece of image editing software and it is getting better all the time. Some people might not like the muti-window layout of the user interface but it is quite good when you get used to it. Now up to version 2.6, there is nothing I need to use other image editing software for, well almost nothing, more on that further down the page.
For a full overview of the features have a look here.

There are many programs available to open or create archive files, but this is my favourite. Not only is it free, with no nag screens unlike winRAR, but it can also open almost anything you throw at it as well as compress files in a wide number of formats from .7z to .zip. It can also make spanned archives and self extracting .exe files, though the latter two give false positives for viruses when sent via yahoo mail.

UPDATE: The latest version of IZArc seems to be quite buggy to me so I have changed to 7zip for the time being. I don’t like the interface quite as much but at least it works. Thanks to M_the_C for the suggestion.

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