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Monday, January 01, 2007

2006 Predictions - The Review

It’s been a tradition on TNL.net to have predictions for the coming year and I will soon have a set out for 2007 but before I move on to that, I need to fulfill the other tradition on TNL.net, which is to look at the previous year’s predictions and rate how successful (or not) I [...]

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Best of the rest: Alexander's picks

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Civilization 4: Warlords (PC)
Civilization 4 is still one of the best games out there -- even though it's from 2005 -- and Warlords polished it to a finished product. Adding some random bits of goodness to the game, Civ 4 delivers epic strategy, intuitive gameplay and the best replay value of almost any other title out there. Civilization 4 delivers like few games can. And as I can't help myself, whenever I mention Civilization, I've got to ask: Sid Meier, where's Alpha Centauri II???

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New games this week (lousy new year edition)

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Happy new year! But you couldn't tell if it were based solely on new games. Sure, publisher's would be stupid to release more new titles this close to the holiday onslaught that just finished up. And do you really need more new games? Do you need the added stress of a larger "to-play list?" Maybe ... if you're play-like-crazy James or have no soul. So look hither, gamers; t he paltry quantity of titles for the week of January 1, 2007 is here:

PC
Great Invasions
Model Train 3D
Air Cargo Pilot
Hipsoft Puzzle Game Collection
Mozaki Blocks Deluxe

DS
Super Collapse 3
Yu-Gi-Oh!GX Spirit Caller
Paws & Claws Pet Vet

PS2
Karaoke Revolution American Idol
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Best of the rest: Justin's picks

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Company of Heroes (PC)
Bringing the most gritty and realistic view of World War 2 yet, Company of Heroes managed to give the glut of WW2 game made over the past decade a new breath of life. Company of Heroes managed to build a RTS that didn't focus on traditional resource gathering but on capturing and holding strategic points. The atmosphere of the game is, bar none, the best produced, ranging from fully destructable environments to excellent sound production.

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Best of the rest: Kevin's picks

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Saint's Row (Xbox 360)
Sure it's a ripoff of Grand Theft Auto, but the graphics, gameplay, and plotlines are loads better. Plus you get to throw Mila Kunis out a window. What other game offers you that? It wasn't a feature in the recent Family Guy game.

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Game Boy Advance at the lowest point on earth

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Did you travel over the holidays? Well the game boy who is taking a Game Boy Advance around the world seemingly did, this time venturing to Jordan and the lowest point on earth -- the Dead Sea.* Now let's see if he can't snap a picture inside Sony headquarters for the full scoff effect.

* Technically Antarctica is home to the lowest point on earth, but that doesn't count 'cause it's frozen!
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Weapon of mass distraction (Halo 3) spotted in Iraq

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In what could only be described as a brilliant combination of PR and QA, Microsoft brought their forthcoming money printing device to the soldiers in Iraq for a proper alpha-testing. We know that soldiers spend a lot of their free time playing games -- with Halo near the top of their list -- so who better to test drive the latest outing? Lucky for us there are certain realities of modern life. Namely, if something is supposed to be secret we can be guaranteed pics and blurry video footage! While the screenshots may seem innocuous, savvy netizens have already noticed a discrepancy between the first image and footage p eeped in the "Et Tu Brute" video: three grenades versus four. Check out more images and video after the break. Anything else we can extract?

[Thanks Joe and Ben; via Xbox 360 Fanboy]

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Application Integration Appliances

Can an appliance handle application integration? Cast Iron says yes.

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Guitar Hero-esque Frets on Fire working on Mac OS X

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Our Mac-obsessed brothers at TUAW pointed out that Frets on Fire -- the free, open-source music game that's more than a little bit like Guitar Hero (let's say it was heavily influenced by) -- is now available for Mac OS X. Before you all scream, "Who plays games on Mac OS anyways? LAWL!" we'd like to point out that the game was previously released for Mac OS ... it just didn't work. Now it 's been updated and should be working. We've gotten some random crashes on a MacBook Pro, but otherwise it works great.

[Note: Interested gamers should use the Sourceforge mirror; we had some trouble with the download linked in their post.]

[Via TUAW]
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No 'Silver Bullet' for IT/Business Alignment

There is no "silver bullet" for enhancing IT/business alignment. Rather, it requires attention to several areas, including governance and communication between the two cultures.

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The Hottest Skills for 2007

With fewer IT openings expected this year, these five premium skills are job clinchers.

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The Three Big Tech Battles of 2007: Who Has the Edge and What Is the Winning Strategy?

For this last column of 2006, I thought it would be interesting to look ahead to 2007 and explore the battles that are to come. The three big ones are the Battle for the Digital Home, the Battle for your Pocket, and the Battle for Your Lap. The battles will be long and likely bloody. [more]

Application Integration Appliances

Can an appliance handle application integration? Cast Iron says yes.

Visit IT Business Edge for the Application Integration Appliances interview.

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No 'Silver Bullet' for IT/Business Alignment

There is no "silver bullet" for enhancing IT/business alignment. Rather, it requires attention to several areas, including governance and communication between the two cultures.

Visit IT Business Edge for the No 'Silver Bullet' for IT/Business Alignment interview.

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Simple start

Windows Middle East shows you how to install Windows Vista from scratch… [more]

Application Integration Appliances

Can an appliance handle application integration? Cast Iron says yes.

Visit IT Business Edge for the Application Integration Appliances interview.

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No 'Silver Bullet' for IT/Business Alignment

There is no "silver bullet" for enhancing IT/business alignment. Rather, it requires attention to several areas, including governance and communication between the two cultures.

Visit IT Business Edge for the No 'Silver Bullet' for IT/Business Alignment interview.

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Blue Orb

Make a stylish orb. [more]

Parties All Seasons

In this tutorial we will learn how to make a web header for a night club. [more]

3D Text

Learn how to create this convincing 3-dimensional effect using only layer styles. [more]

Simple Clean Tutorial Template

Construct a quick tutorial page template with a fading theme. [more]

Old Burnt Paper

This is an easy step-by-step tutorial for beginners. It's about making an old burnt paper effect. [more]

Q&A with Six IT Rock Stars

We asked six industry luminaries, from Vinton Cerf to Robert Metcalfe, to reflect on 2006 and predict the big IT stories and surprises of 2007.

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Oracle Simplifies, Consolidates Pricing Schemes for All Apps

Oracle has simplified its licensing scheme into four models that cover all of the products developed internally and gained in its major acquisitions -- including PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems -- over the past couple of years.

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Microsoft Releases Draft API for PatchGuard

Q&A: Ben Fathi, vice president for the Windows core operating system, talks about the company’s decision to release draft APIs that will let third parties access its PatchGuard security tool.

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Cognos Adds Link to IBM-Yahoo Search Engine

Cognos has unveiled a tool that links the Cognos BI search tool with a joint IBM-Yahoo link to provide Cognos 8 Go Search users with free electronic access to unstructured data.

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