Category Archives: Gadgets

Review: the New Zune

“Having survived its freshman hazing, the Zune is back for its sophomore revenge, and the iPod has every reason to be frightened. The Zune 4 (4GB, $149) and Zune 8 (8GB, $199) offer a leaner, lighter version of Microsoft’s full-size Zune 80 MP3 player (80GB, $249).

 

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With a new hardware and software design, wireless sync capability, subscription music compatibility, and integrated support for audio and video podcasts, the Zune 4 and Zune 8 are poised to compete directly with the third-generation Apple iPod Nano.”

Source -> http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/11/23/zune/index.html

Amazon.com Black Friday Madness.

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As if Amazon.com couldn’t get any better, they’ve finally put down a wicked competition in the Black Friday madness this year.

They have a unique system where you, the consumer vote on what incredible deals you’ll get. There are 8 rounds, each of 3 items under a specific category. For example, the first round consists of the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 (40 GB model) and the new Xbox 360 Arcade system that is replacing the Core system. Each are sold at incredibly lower prices (over 50%!) but you’re only able to get that deal on the one you vote for, if you show up at a specified time and are offered that deal.

You can vote once in each round, careful though, you can’t change your vote. You have to be a registered user but it’s free and you only need your basic information until you buy the product. I would recommend setting up your account for one-click buying however as these deals are highly limited to about an average of 500-1,000 pieces of inventory per item.

Head over to this url to get started: [ http://promotions.amazon.com/gp/holiday/amazon-customers-vote ]

Happy shopping viewers of The Underground!

AllChars

Have you ever been typing and wanted to type certain letters or symbols that you weren’t capable of typing with your computer? For example have you ever wanted to type a word with a Spanish accent? Or have you ever wanted to type a cents sign?

Then use AllChars! AllChars is a free program that adds a missing functionality to Windows: an easy way to make accents like é Ü ç î æ and special characters like € ƒ ² ‰ © £ ± ß ° ½ ¿ » ™.

You can use this program with ANY OTHER program. Why? AllChars hooks itself to the windows platform, then watches all keys typed. the character created depends on the program, font, and size.

To learn more about AllChars, Click Here.

Download AllChars here

Give Away Of The Day: Always Free, Guaranteed.

Today, I have decided to reveal something I found out not to long ago. I learned that there is a place on the internet that gives free software and games everyday! They are free downloads and are your to use forever if you choice to download and install it.

Directly from the website comes this knowledge:

The idea behind this initiative is that many sites and publishers offer trial downloads; but only we offer giveaway downloads. What does that mean?

Basically, every day we nominate one software title that will be a Giveaway title of that day. The software will be available for download for 24 hours (or more, if agreed by software publisher) and that software will be absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software will be free for our visitors”

Of course, the only drawback is that you must install and activate the product within the time limit, so you have to install and run the program on that same day.

Giveaway of the Day

Interview: Musicmasteria on the PS2 Mod

[Commentary by Versatile1] Hey guys, this is an exclusive interview with MusicMasteria. On youtube, he has several video’s depicting how to make your own slide card for your PS2. He knows his stuff, and today we present the first ever interview with the brainchild…

The Underground: How did you get involved into PS2 mods?

Musicmasteria: Well, I wanted to back up my games and without any form of modding at the time, I couldn’t do that. So I left it alone and continued my life. Then, while looking around on afterdawn.com I found a simple template for a slide card. Then I decided, I could make a better template than that so… I did. I first created my own slide card and tested it (without swap magic at the time) and it worked so I made a template and put it on my website. I then decided to spread my template to You Tube and created a tutorial and that is what you see today.

 

The Underground: How did you decide to go the slide card route? Have you tried any other methods such as HDALoader, or memory card exploit? Do you have an original slide card? Or did you make one up from a template?

Musicmasteria: I decided to start with a slide card because I had the means to make one for free. I don’t have a HD for my PS2 so I haven’t tried HDALoader but, from what I have read, it is a very good mod. Quick load times were a large factor for that. I have however tried USBAdvance. I didn’t really get it to work for me that well but I have seen it work on You Tube videos. I do not own an original slide card. Why would anyone spend $5 on something you could make for little or no cost with my tutorial? My first slide card was my own interpretation of a simple template I found on afterdawn.com a long time ago.

 

The Underground: How big is your PS2 game library?

 Musicmasteria: Well if I were that kind of person, I could have an infinitely long list of PS2 games but if you would like to see my game collection, go to http://gamelist.musicmasteria.2ya.com

 The Underground: What is the most common question you get on your You Tube video?

 Musicmasteria: *Laughs* I get a lot of the same questions on my You Tube video. A common one is: “What does a slide card do?” or something along those lines. I don’t know why people ask this when there are so many other videos on You Tube saying how to use swap magic and slide cards. Another question is: “Where can I download games?”. I can’t really tell you that but if you really want to know, Google can tell you.

I have 96 comments on my video so far and that’s not including my responses to questions and comments *laughs*.

 The Underground: Do you plan on moving onto other consoles and modding them too?

Musicmasteria: I don’t know. PS2 is the easiest console to play back up games on because of Swap Magic. No other console has a swap magic-like thing for playing backed up games. Also, the other newer consoles have a lot of protection against modding. Besides, I rather keep the warranties that I still have and wait for them to be long expired before I try modding them.. Now if someone was willing to give up their console or money for me to get one, then I would use that console solely for modding.

 The Underground: What was the first PS2 game you remember backing up?

 Musicmasteria: The first game I ever tried to back up was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (THPS 3). I didn’t even have a slide card or swap magic then and that of course didn’t work. Then, once I made a slide card, I used it to play my backup of THPS 3 with the original game (using the original game in place of swap magic). That worked but was very limited because you could only use the back up if you could play the original game up to one of the menu’s. Now that I have swap magic, I can play the back up in the case of my original breaking.

 I do still have a video on Google Videos for how to use swap magic and a slide card to play copied games if anyone is interested. It is on private view so you can only see it from the link (no search). It can be found here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2874997274037472959. I even have the old video of me using THPS 3 to play the back up of it. It is on public view and can be found here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4416144802633809982

 I personally like the newer video better (first link).  Thanks again for the interview. Means a lot 🙂

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To all readers: if you have questions you would like Music to answer, please, post a comment and he will reply. Thanks for reading!

How To Get Free Games, Game Consoles, iPods, and Other Things!

Alright, This is Voltaire once again with a “how to get free stuff” report. Those of you that have read my previous get a free iPhone article know what sticklers we are for free things. Well, I have found a really good site. Yes, it has iPods, iTunes cards, Wii games and extra Wii parts, xbox 360’s, HALO 3 (YES FOR FREE), xbox parts, xbox live cards, PS3’s with games and parts, music, DS’s with games, PSP’s with games, and much, much more!

And heres the deal: you dont need a credit card! Most of the offers available do NOT need a credit card. All you have to do is complete a little survey or sign up an account but you wont need a credit card. of course, for those of you that are willing to spend a few bucks, there are credit card and cell phone offers to be completed.

So, how do you get points? complete offers! or tell you friends to help you out.

Want to sign up? well, i didnt mention a link or a set yet.

So there it is! Click above to sign up and start getting free things!

(They have the Touch, so you better hurry!!!)

The site is reliable, and credits add up instantaneously. You will not have any problems!

How to Unlock Your iPhone

With the craze of the iPhone, it is no surprise that users are doing what they can to unlock the phone to use 3rd party applications, or to use the phone with carriers besides AT&T.

Did you know that in three days, Apple sold over 750,000 phones, which for Motorola took them a whole month to sell the Razor phones at the same quantity? Yes, iPhone is damn nice commodity these days.

Anyway, I found two great youtube videos that should have you unlocking your iPhone in no time. Enjoy!

Video tutorial part 1:

Video tutorial part 2:

Looking for a New MP3 Player? Creative Zen – Credit Card Sized

Hey guys, Creative is coming out with a new MP3 player on the block, and oh man is it sweet. It is a MP3 player that does video, as well as Apples AAC format, wma, divx, and xvid. Drooling yet? Plus, the MP3 player is about the size of a credit card.

Check out the preview below. The best part is you can add more memory to it via SD cards. It will come in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB flash memory editions.Zen MP3 Player

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Looking for a New PC Gamepad ? – Go Wireless

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Are you a PC gamer? Do you enjoy playing games on the computer that are tailored to using roms, or perhaps old school games like fighting games and what not? Well, if you are shopping for a new controller, look no further than the Cordless Rumblepad 2 from Logitech.

It truly is a badass controller. With a 30 hr battery life and running off of two double AA batteries, it is a remarkable product. Did I say it can rumble too? Of course, it depends on the game you are playing with. This product also works with the PS2!

Here are some specs:

  • 2.4 GHz cordless performance with 30-foot range : High-speed data transfer for precise control with no lag
  • 100 hours of battery life : Proprietary power management for longer battery life
  • Dual vibration feedback motors : Feel all the hits, crashes, explosions, andmany more effects
  • Familiar button layout : 10 programmable action buttons, plus Mode and Vibration selectors and 8-way D-pad
  • Analog control : Two analog sticks give you a performance edge with smooth 360-degree control
  • Software included : Customize buttons, download game profiles, assign shift-button, and more
  • Quality construction : As if you’d expect anything else from Logitech
  • Where can you get it? It probably will not be at your local retailer. Instead look online at www.newegg.com for a start. Price ranges from $30-$40 depending on where you get it.

    Gaim -> Pidgin

    Buddy List SnapshotApparently, Gaim has made a settlement with AOL and had to change its name to Pidgin. The user interface looks pretty sweet from the screenshots. As far as I know, I think the program is still open source and now 2.0.0.

    For those unfamiliar with Gaim (now Pidgin), it is a multi-platform Instant Messenger client just like Trillian. The main difference is that it gets rid of all the bloated bells and whistles and provides only the main necessities. People can still transfer files to each other and do just about all the things one would normally do with a typical messenger. Just think of Pidgin as the leaner and more efficient version of Trillian. It supports Windows and Linux platforms. Mac users might have to look deeper into that.

    As always, people can mod the program with their own skins, buddy icons, and smiley themes.

    http://pidgin.im/pidgin/home/