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March 31, 2010

Playstation 3 – firmware updeate v3.21

Filed under: blog,PS3 — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 20:43

On Thursday April 1st, the PlayStation 3 will be updated to firmware v3.21. But to call this an update, is a bit wrong since it actually removes a feature.

If you have a non-slim version of the PS3, this update removes the Install Other OS feature. This is not the most used feature on the PS3, but I still think it is wrong to remove a feature. If you don’t update, you miss the following featerues:

  • Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat.
  • Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later.
  • Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings).
  • Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later.

If you currently use the “Other OS” feature and you wish to update to system software 3.21, make sure you back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the “Other OS,” as they will not be able to access that data following the update.

Removing this feature have upsetted a lot of gamers. The post on the European PlayStation blog have only 950 comments, while the US blog have 3600 comments (at the time of writting).


March 28, 2010

The 3D box

Filed under: blog — Tags: , — technofranki @ 19:16

The pCubee 3D box is qutie cool. The box have five LCD screens showing content in the right angel based on motion of the box. Look for yourself in the video bellow.


March 21, 2010

New Ski Jump record

Filed under: blog,Nintendo,Wii — Tags: , — technofranki @ 19:38

Wii Fit make me exercise some and have cool minigames. I’ve been playing the Ski Jump a bit and getting the hang of it. Managed to set a new personal record today with 377 meters total. First jump gave me 185, while the second was 192m. But I thing I can do better and will continue to try.

I’ve recorded the new record which you can watch bellow.

March 9, 2010

Retro Gamer #74

Filed under: blog,retro,Retro Gamer,videogames — Tags: , , — technofranki @ 23:10

A new issue of Retro Gamer is available. This is some of the things you can read in issue 74 of Retro Gamer:

  • Back to the Eighties – March 1983
  • Back to the Ninteties – September 1992
  • The Definitive Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • The Making of… Xor
  • Retroinspection: Sam Coupe
  • The making of… Spy vs Spy triology
  • Controlling History
  • Import Only: Aquales
  • The Making of… Tapper
  • The Classic Game: The Newzealand Story
  • Coin-op Capers: Double Dragon
  • The Making of Puggsy

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March 8, 2010

Oscar 2010

Filed under: movie — Tags: , — technofranki @ 20:04

The Oscar (aka Academy Award) was held on Sunday March 7, 2010. The big winner was The Hurt Locker with six Awards.  Under you’ll se all the winners. List taken from

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo’Nique – Precious

Animated Feature Film: UP

Art Direction: Avatar

Cinematography: Avatar

Costume Design: The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

Directing: The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow

Documentary Feature: The Cove – Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens

Documentary Short: Music by Prudence – Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Film Editing: The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Foreign Language Film: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), Argentina

Makeup: Star Trek

Music (Original Score): Up

Music (Original Song):  Crazy Heart – “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)”

Short Film (Animated): Logorama – Nicolas Schmerkin

Short Film (Live Action): The New Tenants – Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker – Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

Visual Effects: Avatar – Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Writing (Original Screenplay): The Hurt Locker – Written by Mark Boal

March 7, 2010

Blog statistics for February 2010

Filed under: blog — Tags: , — technofranki @ 19:57

I think this will be a monthly post, to blog about some of the statistics for my blog. The blogpost is mostly for my self so I can compare from month to month how many visitors I have, but also so that you have someone to compare to.

I use Google Analytics for my blog statistics.

In February 2010, I had 729 visitors. They came from:

  1. United States   30,45 %
  2. United Kingdom   10,43 %
  3. Norway    8,09 %
  4. Canada    7,13 %
  5. Germany    5,76 %
  6. France    3,16 %
  7. Netherlands    2,88 %
  8. Poland    2,61 %
  9. Australia    2,06 %
  10. Denmark    1,92 %

To read my blog, they where using:

  • Firefox    44,72 %
  • Internet Explorer    28,12 %
  • Chrome    11,52 %
  • Opera    8,09 %
  • Safari    5,08 %

People came from the following site to my blog:

  • google (organic)  237  32,51 %
  • (direct) ((none))  75  10,29 %
  • (referral)  68  9,33 %
  • (referral)  54  7,41 %
  • yahoo (organic)  38  5,21 %

Google is the most used searchengine with 80.6% of the serach hits for my blog, followed by Yahoo with only 12.3%. The most used searchterms to find my blog:

  • recording wii
  • wii
  • buy norwegian curling pants
  • how to record video on xbox
  • norwegian curling pants
  • norwegian curling pants buy
  • recording wii gameplay
  • wii firmware update
  • winter games c64
  • 2010 norwegian curling pants

The most viewed articles on my blog:

A month to the next post.

March 4, 2010

Norwegian Game Award – Gullstikka 2009

Filed under: blog,Microsoft,Nintendo,PC,PS3,psp,Sony,videogames,Wii,Xbox 360 — Tags: , — technofranki @ 21:56

The Norwegian Game Award – Gullstikka 2009 – was held in Oslo tonight. Under you will see all the nomenies, winners are marked in bold text.

The big winner was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with five awards.

Best Racing game:

  • Colin McRae Dirt 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Need For Speed Shift
  • Need For Speed Nitro

Best Sports game:

  • FIFA 10
  • Football Manager 2010
  • NHL 10
  • Wii Sports Resort

Best Action game:

  • Assassins Creed 2
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Adventure/RPG:

  • Borderlands
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Sherlock Holmes vs Jack The Ripper

Open Class:

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica
  • The Sims 3
  • Street Fighter IV
  • Tekken 6

Best Platformer:

  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
  • Little Big Planet
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time

Best Childrens game:

  • Knerten Spillet
  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
  • Mini Ninjas
  • New Super Mario Bros Wii

Best game with Norwegian language:

  • Buzz Norgesmester
  • Little Big Planet PSP
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
  • The Sims 3

Critics Award:

  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best PC game:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Sims 3

Best Console game:

  • Assassins Creed 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • New Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Handheld game:

  • Gran Turismo PSP
  • GTA: Chinatown Wars
  • Little Big Planet PSP
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Game of the Year:

  • Assassins Creed 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Online site:


Årets Ildsjel:

  • Bernt Erik Sandnes
  • Kim «Iterium» Uri (
  • Petter Røisland (FM Norge)
  • Vegard Skjefstad (The Gathering)

Best Retailer:

  • Gamestop Karl Johan
  • Gamezone Kristiansand
  • Spaceworld Megastore Oslo
  • Spaceworld Strømmen

Best Downloable game:

  • Battlefield 1943
  • Shadow Complex
  • Tales of Monkey Island
  • Trials HD

Best Strategy:

  • Anno 1404
  • Empire Total War
  • Halo Wars
  • Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War II

Best Multiplayer game:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • FIFA 10
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • New Super Mario Bros wii

Best Cellphone game:

  • Beneath A Steel Sky (iPhone)
  • Flight Control (IPhone)
  • Modern Combat: Sandstorm (iPhone)
  • Secret of Monkey Island SE (iPhone)

Gullstikka translates to something like The Golden Stick.

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