Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy Holidays! I probably won’t be posting news for a little bit since well there's not much to post and I’ll probably be busy. On a different note I’m in dire need of authors for the blog especially since I’ll be taking a long trip soon and I won’t be able to make posts.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The long awaited Club Nintendo has come to North America you can now register games and take surveys and other things to get Free Rewards. If you’ve never heard of this before it has been offered in Europe and Japan for many years but now we can enjoy it as well.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Finally the long awaited WLE Pack has been released you can now enjoy Windows Live Messenger 9 RC1 with over 200 bug fixes as well as the other programs in the package! Get them HERE.
Edit: For those of you use that use Messenger Plus! this build is not fully compatible with the current version of it however it will load the menus and features such as tabs and Custom Statuses still seem to work.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Well after a long wait the Home brew Channel finally has a new release. There’s not really many noticeable changes other then it being a little faster and you can use different kinds of controls. Hopefully in the future we will see more drastic changes such as DVD and USB drive loading for homebrew. Also I’m hoping that they will make it easier to organize your homebrew in the order you like it in future release.
If you haven’t logged into your Gmail account lately now is the time to do it because you can now txt message to USA cell phones directly from the Gmail chat. After your enable the SMS feature in the labs settings you can type a phone number in the chat to send messages to that person. Happy Txting!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Wii Homebrew launcher started out life before even the 10 minute limit version of the Homebrew channel, before wiimotes had even started to be usable. In truth, the Homebrew Launcher was the first Wii Homebrew loader with a graphical interface. And by god, even back then, it blew everything else completely out of the water. For the time, it was beautiful. Of course, it used a gamecube controller, the graphics by today's Homebrew standards were not too good, and it used the infamously terrible SD library, but it was the best thing anyone at the time had seen. Of course, since this was before the wad manager or the Homebrew channel, you had to use the slow-to-boot twilight hack to start all your Homebrew. However, takeup was slow, especially with developers who preferred the convenience of apps such as geckoload and tcpload (no prizes for guessing what those did), and including the title.bmp and title.txt that the app then used for the icon and the app name never really became the norm like it did on the hbc quite quickly. However, something as small as that didn't stop the many enthusiasts who created icon packs with icons for tens and later hundreds of apps in. The Homebrew launcher is now of course long obsolete and there is no reason to even think about downloading it.
Or so it would seem.
As a matter of fact, the Homebrew launcher is still very much alive and kicking, and it is mainly ignorance now that prevents people from using it.
The Homebrew launcher is amazing.
It has easy to use support for the four major media types on the Wii: SD cards, usb drives, DVDs, and samba shares. Of course, it fully supports both hbc's method of storing apps, and its own now rarely known about method. It supports Wiiload and compatible apps. Its skins and suPported languages are plentiful and easily customisable. It supports loading of your own Wii channels. It supports storing individual roms and loading them individually, if you modify the emulator slightly. It supports a miniature slideshow for each app if you so wish. The possibilities are almost endless. So, pick up the launcher, learn to get used to the slightly unusual pointer, and see how much easier it can make your life. You won't regret it.
The Homebrew launcher can be booted like any other app or installed like any other wad. For legal reasons, it has no banner.
Download: http://wiihomebrewlauncher.be.cx (if you're not french, use google translate)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
All non-development posts will go on here as usual.
- Got the new X driver working and made a script for it. This means it is now compatible with all video modes (theoretically; I still need to test 480p, I have the right TV and cable, just haven't been bothered yet). TODO: hack the driver to allow widescreen resolutions (should be relatively straightforward as long as there aren't any incompatibilities).
- Got all of the wallpapers looking good, one for each screen resolution (this is set by the TV config script)
- Made an alternative config for pypanel to compensate for PAL50's different overscan (again set by the TV config script)
- Used and partially tested (only tested with the SD card, not with the image loading or USB loading features) nuvalo's new kernel that he made for me. This makes it quite literally 10 times faster, so some app changes I was going to make have also been canceled as the current ones are now fine and full speed.
- Installed a hacked SDL version for supertux, broke DOSbox in the process. Will look into getting supertux to use a different one to DOSbox.
I miight have forgotten a couple of things. There are quite a few things I'm planning now, you'll see when I complete them ;p
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
It’s getting closer to the holidays and everyone wants to get thier family and friends something awesome. Well I got great news for you. You can get them something both awesome and cheap! Everyday Woot! has a special deal only one item on the site everyday buy it before midnight or your our of luck. Anyways I bought an awesome 10mpix Kodak Camera ($39.99) and 2 Bluetooth headsets ($7.99 for both). These were awesome deals for awesome products I found the same camera at best buy for $200. Anyways get to shopping!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I’m sure you all know by now that there is a new TLP hack for the 3.4 update. If you don’t know well now you do unfortunately for you this version is deleted every time you turn off your Wii. So install the HBC and get it over with so you don’t need the TLP hack any more.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Well I told you I would find something to post about this week so I did. Anyways I thought I’d tell you guys about one of the coolest sites ever called Backloggery. It helps you keep track of all your games for everything you can think of. Once you make your account you can begin adding games to your list. After you have done so you can rate them track your progress or post comments about them to share with other people.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I have used many Anti-Virus programs since I’ve been using computers Norton, MacAfee, AVG, and Anti-Vir. The last three I have used have all been free Anti-Vir was awesome but had a really annoying ads. AVG was awesome but one time didn’t catch a virus like it should have so I switched when my long time friend Walter suggested I use avast! I haven’t had any viruses since I’ve switched to it avast always detects threats before I even download infected files and has saved me many times. It’s very easy to turn off when you need to and when it’s on its awesome it tells you with its own voice when it updates and doesn’t have any annoying ads. You have to get a new free license every so many months but its as simple as visiting a website and clicking a button for an email to renew it. I highly recommend avast! to anyone who doesn’t already have an anti-virus program or who wants to switch to a different one.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Most people online burn discs, whether they are on a CD-R or DVD-RW, to backup their files, burn a mix CD, or watch their family movies or slideshows. I’ve been using this program for years and it has yet to fail me. It’s a free program that burns everything that you can think of. It even burns ISOs for your Ubuntu Live CDs or whatever else might be an ISO. It’s great to have freeware when it has such great quality. Anyways, check it out and I’ll be posting more of my favorite programs I use on here!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I just saw this on ThinkGeek and thought it was funny. They're little Wiimotes that you press a button and it projects an image onto stuff of Mario and other characters on their karts. I wish I had the money to buy a couple. Maybe I will later if they're still making them.
There are so many messengers out there: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, Zephyr, and Facebook. I have friends on many of these different messengers, but who wants to have 7+ different messenger programs? I have 3 on my computer: Windows Live Messenger (main), Pidgin (secondary), and Google Talk (email). Pidgin is awesome for all of your messenger needs. When you just want to chat with someone, or if you're on Linux perhaps, it’s a great way to not have to use so many messengers. I will greet the day happily when all the messengers merge together like email and other things have done in the past. For now, however, I use Pidgin as my little bird messenger friend to help with my needs.
I was browsing the net and found something I thought looked interesting. Apparently the PS3 uses more power than the Wii. Apparently I’m paying $3 a year in power when my Wii isn’t on all the time, while the PS3 uses $15 of power a year when turned off. I think I can afford the $10 a year to leave my Wii on, though, but don’t leave your PS3. It’ll cost you $160 to keep that on.
I know I've got a few people that actually view this blog now, so I just thought I’d make a post about our official IRC Channel for this blog: ##WiiCoolZone on irc.freenode.net ! Anyways, come on in and talk about Wii and whatever other stuff you want with some friendly people just like yourself!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I’m on a roll this week with having posts about stuff other then homebrew, aren’t I? Anyways, I just thought of yet another awesome tool that is free and amazingly helpful. I myself film and edit my own videos in Adobe Premier Pro. When you're all done with your projects you want to be able to encode them with out loosing quality, but have them be a reasonable size. It’s hard to do this with the usual codecs that come with video editing programs. Super is a freeware program that encodes to and from almost every major media format. Not only that, but you can get video files down to a super small size with little to no quality loss to the video. It’s a great program to have if you're going to be uploading to YouTube or any other online video hosting site. So far I don’t think I’ve found a better program to use for getting videos ready to host online, but if you know of something better post in the comments and let me know. Anyways, feel free to check it out.
People online I talk to always say, "Why do you use IE? It sucks. Use Firefox, it has Ad-blocker, Spell Check, and Scripts, and all kinds of stuff, and its security is better!" Well I must admit Firefox probably is better, but for some reason I just couldn’t adjust to its interface difference. But you know what? It’s not really a problem anymore! I found this awesome Add-On that's free and spyware free. It makes IE have almost everything Firefox has, and anything I can think that you could ask for. It has flash and ad-blocker, Spell Check, Form remembering, Download Manager, Online Favorites storage, the ability to use grease monkey scripts, and many other features. Anyways, if you want to check it out, it's an awesome program.
I just logged onto my Gmail account only to find there are now a bunch of themes you can choose from! Not only that, but you can choose a theme for each location you login to. Gmail keeps getting better every time I login. It now has Instant Messaging, Video and Audio chat, Themes, Huge File sending, tons of storage for your emails and files, and it doesn’t stop there. In another week or so, every Gmail account will be getting its own email and be able to text message to any cell phone in the USA for free and they can send you texts back to your Gmail phone number! Anyways, I’d say Gmail is by far the best email service, with Windows Live Mail coming in close second. www.gmail.com.
- Tried, and failed, to get nuvalo's new X driver to work properly. Well, it compiled and worked, but the PAL50 mode still didn't work for some odd reason. I've sent an e-mail out to nuvalo, and will investigate more tomorrow.
That's all. Didn't have time for anything today, really.
I use Windows XP, and it’s because I can’t use certain programs on Linux that I use in Windows. Even with programs such as WINE they just don’t work. However, I love Ubuntu. It’s awesome, and very customizable, and if you didn’t know if you are a Windows user, Ubuntu Wubi has made it even easier to get Linux running on your system by (un)installing it just like you do a program. There is no longer a need to create partitions or mess with your hard drive in unnecessary ways! Anyways, I really love Ubuntu, and if you're a Windows XP user you can customize your Ubuntu install to look almost exactly like Windows XP with THIS. You can download Ubuntu HERE!
I thought it would be cool if I put a little Windows Live Messenger Window on the side of the blog for anyone that wants to talk to me! By now you must think, “Wow, this guy’s getting paid off by Microsoft or something,” but lets think about this: if I was, would I use a blogging service owned by Google? Anyways send me an IM telling me how much you like the blog and any questions you have!
I just downloaded the Windows Live Write and used it to make this new blog post. It seems like its a lot easier to use than the in-browser interface. Writer allows me to Create and Edit content on my blog easily from outside of IE in its own Word-like interface. When you first set it up, you type in your blog’s address and your login. It then detects all the settings on your blog and configures stuff. I would say that it’s a pretty fast and easy setup. I’m loving all the new products Microsoft is making lately. I use to hate Outlook, but the 2007 version of it is so simple to get started with. I set it up for my mom, she has a Gmail account, and has a hard time with computers. I opened it and and typed in her email address and password, and it did the rest. It’s really amazing all the stuff these programs do on their own now. You use to input everything manually every time you installed the program. Anyways the Windows Live programs are way awesome, you should really try them out! So far I’m using Write, Picture Gallery and Messenger (which I use constantly and like the best out of them all). Download them here HERE!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- Tested davyg's libwiikeyboard with shift support build. It didn't work very well.
- Modified the meta.xml for Miight, and added jbc's new icon. I also formatted it for HBL as well, and added jbc's HBL icon.
- Implemented new wallpapers into Miight, for all the different TV types
- Came up with an idea for a first run script.
That's all, folks!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The announcement lists these changes:
- USB keyboard support in Mii Channel
- Enhanced parental controls
- Twilight Hack version 0.1beta cannot be copied to the console
- Improved SD card read/write speed
- Improved disc reading
"To ensure that your Wii Console is operating properly and efficiently, we may download updates, patches, upgrades, and similar software to your Wii Console. In addition, we may disable unauthorized or illegal software that has been placed on your Wii Console without notifying you where necessary, in order to comply with applicable laws, assist law enforcement, protect us, and our customers, and prevent the use and distribution of software obtained through improper channels."
"We may without notifying you, download updates, patches, upgrades, and similar software to your Wii Console and may disable unauthorized or illegal software placed on your Wii Console to ensure that your Wii Console is operating properly and efficiently, comply with applicable laws, assist law enforcement, protect us and our customers, or prevent the use and distribution of software obtained through improper channels."
Menu Layout: 1
Music and Sound: 9
I've been using WLM since it was MSN messenger back in the day and since I'm a beta tester for messenger I get all the new private betas before other people do. I've been using Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta Wave 3 for a while now and it's quite awesome. It has photosharing a better interface and a few other new features. The live team is working hard at finalizeing messenger it has been said that in the final version there will be group video calls and other group features. Also the live team is working on making messenger work with other protocols seeing that they already have Yahoo messenger contacts integrated into WLM it will be great to see all my other messenger contacts on it as well WLM by far is my favorite messageing program and I will celebrate the day when I can talk to all my contacts on it and not need multiple messenger programs. The live team already has a interal beta that has gtalk contacts integrated into it so maybe someday soon we will see a public release of this feature. If you would like a copy of WLM 9 Beta you can get it here I highly suggest it! Also I highly suggest installing Messenger Plus! Live its an awesome add-on that adds features such as tabbed chat windows and custom away messages to messenger.
Monday, November 17, 2008
edit by mcpancakes: I received (and probably other people) a message from Nintendo on my Wii message board. It talked about System Menu version 3.4 and what it does. You can find the transcription here.
EDIT: The update has been confirmed not to remove the HBC but it is still not encouraged to update.
Menu Layout: 1
Music and Sound: 1
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I just found this video of Wii Speak in Animal Crossing and it's quite a bit different then my Wii Speak Concept I came up with in 2007 before it was even announced. It's more like your in the same room with the person not having to wear something which is kinda nice for games like Animal Crossing but not so nice for FPS games where you want to have the conversation private between your team or keep it down so other people can't hear it. It looks simple and easy to setup but the video just showed the actual conversation and not really any installation I'm sure in the near future we will see how it fully works. Here's a link to my concept that I came up with in 2007 for a voice chat system for the Wii interestingly enough it has the same name maybe its because they couldn't think of anything better like me or they just liked me name and nabbed it.Click Here.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I've been granted access!
Does anyone read this?
EDIT: Matthew_8 (aka link_of_hyrule) told me to put details of what I have done and what I am doing, etc, in chronological order, so here they are
txt-read: A text reader for the Wii. Taking a break, a pretty functional version can be grabbed from wiibrew
wiishophaxx: A replacement for the Wii Shop Channel (working title). Cancelled: Nintendo stopped the ability of viewing the wii shop channel on the PC. Never got functional.
IOS51 and Wii Shop Installer: Lets you download and install the newest IOS51 and the Wii shop channel without removing homebrew. What made my name really, even though it literally just involved modifying 4 lines of code and commenting out a load of crap. Just because nobody else could be bothered to do it, I did it, and got praise :D (obviously no longer being worked on)
Miight: A distro of Linux with Xorg and many many other things. Again, like IOS51 and Shop Installer, none of it is my work, but I'm the person who has enough free time to sit there and spend ages putting all the bits together, making them work, etc. Still being worked on, was leaked, the leak was easily dealt with (and hopefully that's the last we'll see of it).
WiiTrivia: Trivial Pursuit for the Wii, can download custom databases n shit from the internets. Currently just starting, making pretty good progress but stuck on returning a struct array to main, can anyone help me here (nobody will ever read this probably, heh)
So that's all my projects. Pretty boring? Pretty much. Anything you want to help with? Just ask me.
I'll stick this on my wiibrew user page actually.