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twistedsymphony writes "I work for a medium-sized aerospace manufacturer, we've got about 1500 employees across 3 divisions in the US. We've been in business for nearly half a century and our database system is nearly as old. At some point our old mainframe data was simply dumped into an AS400 without rethinking how the data should be stored, and we're still using that archaic structure today. I've been trying to get my company to improve it's thinking using actual relational structures for their data and possibly migrating to a more modern database platform. I've finally been given the opportunity to write a proposal for such a move. Now I have the problem of summing up the benefits of over two decades worth of advances in technology and methodology to a group of IT tyrants who treat new developments like they're still working on a mainframe. I know some of what I'd like to say but how can I present this argument simply, and tactfully?" top
twistedsymphony writes "Nintendo-Scene's WiiTracker now has a pool over 1,000 unique serial numbers that is uses to track Wii hardware data. Not only is there a massive pool of data to pull from but that data has helped over 80,000 people who have used the search page to determine what is inside their Wii console.
For those of you who don't know what the WiiTracker is: the WiiTracker is a database that contains Wii serial numbers and information about the specific hardware that specific Wii contains. Through the tracker you can enter a serial number of any Wii console and the system will give you an estimate of what hardware is inside based on similar serial numbers and manufacturing trends. This allows you to know what is inside your Wii without even opening it. In addition to the estimate, the data provides an excellent base for the creation of charts and graphs to map out hardware trends in Wii production." top
twistedsymphony writes "Nintendo-Scene has a report up of a Homebrew DVD player application released for the Nintendo Wii. The Application requires the use of a modchip with Dual Layer Disc support. It's basically a stripped down version of GameCube Linux with a DVD player application so you'll also need a Gamecube controller to control the DVD playback.
While this might not be the DVD playback feature everyone was waiting for Nintendo to deliver it certainly proves that it's technically possible to do with the Wii." Link to Original Source top
The last major stumbling block the Video Game industry has to conquer is not only the most important towards getting the government off their back but also the biggest difference between the movie industry and the video game industry is enforcement. A rating system is useless unless it is actually adhered to, without that it's just noise.
With the holidays over many gamers who are now proud owners of an Xbox 360 might be looking for for some good games to start building their collection. Many long time 360 owners might also be looking for some fresh titles to pickup or maybe some cheaper older titles that they might have missed the first time around. From the Xbox 360's launch to now I've compiled a list of 10 Games every Xbox 360 owner should play. This is the creme of the crop in terms of the Xbox 360's offerings after it's first year in the wild and if you own an Xbox 360 you owe it to yourself to at least rent these titles.
When the final case design of the Playstation 3 was released, it was widely critsised as looking exactly like a George Foreman Grill. A few months later, Photoshopped pictures started emerging on the internet of the Playstation 3 with a grill built into it we decided this would be a great project and challenge to actually build the Real PS3 Grill.