How to update Firefox 4

If you’ve heard about the cool new features Firefox 4 Beta 9’s recent release, you might want to get that new update! Unfortunately, the update process isn’t as easy as you might think. I wanted to update Firefox 4 on my Mac today, and there didn’t seem to be any handy “update Firefox” menu item, and I didn’t want to download all of Firefox again to do it. Googling was no use, but I soon figured it out…

Firefox 4’s update command is hiding in the About Firefox menu! For Windows users, that’s under Help on the new Firefox menu, and for Mac OS X users it’s under Firefox on the menubar. Once you’ve got the About Firefox window open (as shown above), Firefox will automatically check for and download an update. Once it’s downloaded, a button will appear to let you restart Firefox and apply the update.

I hope this helps someone – it certainly confused me for a minute or two!

Fedora 14 Review

Fedora is a general purpose distribution on the leading edge of Linux development, second only to Ubuntu in popularity. The distribution is known for its dedication to using free and open source software and being a strong platform for developers. The latest release, version 14, is codenamed “Laughlin” and provides a bevy of changes for desktop users, developers and system administrators alike.

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Battlefield 2142 Retrospective

Battlefield 2142 holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first shooter I was any good at. I’d been playing the Battlefield series since 1942, but I never had a fast enough (read: non-dialup) internet connection to support online play. In 1942 I used to play at infrequent LAN parties at the houses of my friends. It was amazingly good fun, full of wing riding and jeep ramming, but only happened for a few hours a year.

When Battlefield 2 was released, I saved up my money and eventually was able to purchase it. Even though most of my friends had upgraded to broadband internet around this time, I lived so far away from the nearest town that no broadband would reach me. I used to go over to my friend’s houses to play it, staying up long into the night because I knew that when I returned home I’d be back to playing the lifeless singleplayer. I really relished the time I spent with my friends playing Battlefield 2, but eventually it came to an end when I had to leave the U.S. for university in England.

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Nimbus Review

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It begins like many other games — the adversary appears, snatches your girl, and runs away laughing. You raise your fist to the sky, and vow to get her back. This time though, you’re not a sword-wielding hero or a manic plumber. You’re a small brown spaceship. Your girl is a pink spaceship. And the adversary is, of course, a giant floating eyeball spaceship. So begins Nimbus, a 2D puzzle-racing game from Swedish indie developers Noumenon available on Steam.

In the game, you have to fly your spaceship past spiky traps and solve physics-based puzzles to reach the end of the level as quickly as possible. While you’re free to take the level at your own pace, the faster you complete the stage, the higher you’ll be ranked on the game’s leaderboards so if you’re at all competitive you’re likely to take the course at breakneck speed. This requires quick reflexes and often quite a few retries, but the levels are well-balanced and checkpoints are frequent, so it tends to be an addictive rather than frustrating experience. The solid gameplay is well served by the cheerful graphics and fitting retro soundtrack, making Nimbus a fun game that’s hard to put down.Continue reading

Bad Company 2 for iPhone Reviewed

Nine months after Bad Company 2’s successful release on consoles, publishers EA and developers Digital Legends Entertainment released Bad Company 2 for iPhone. At £3, the game isn’t expensive, but how does it compare to other iPhone shooters and Bad Company 2 proper? Let’s have a look at the shooter’s fourteen mission singleplayer campaign, online multiplayer and technical quality to make our decision.

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Tiling Windows – Get a Windows 7 Snap on Windows XP and Vista, OS X, and Linux

Tiling windows can be really useful, allowing you to quickly and easily move and resize windows on your desktop into useful combinations. For example, if you wanted to read a webpage while typing in a document, you could resize the web browser to the left half of the screen and the document to the right. This way, you can just look from one to another instead of switching back and forth. This is particularly useful on widescreen monitors, where there’s a lot of screen space going to waste. Yet on many operating systems, like Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X this behavior isn’t available out of the box.  On Kubuntu Linux there is a tiling window mode but it tends to be overly complicated, and there are no useful shortcuts set up as on Windows 7. Let’s learn how to make things better.Continue reading

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Bad Company 2 Singleplayer Review

Battlefield has never been praised for its singleplayer campaigns. In 1942, you could play a series of World War II battles in chronological order, but there were no characters and no plot, save the wee loading screen text. Battlefield 2 and 2142 didn’t even have a campaign, just a skirmish mode against dim-witted bots. Modern Combat, a mediocre port of Battlefield 2, had a singleplayer campaign, but it wasn’t worth the disc space it occupied. It looked like DICE, the master of multiplayer, couldn’t bring their strength to bear on the other side of the divide.

Luckily for us, DICE went back to the drawing board and produced Bad Company. With lessons learned from its previous failures and good ideas cribbed from other games in the genre, they crafted a fun story with believable characters that still felt like a Battlefield game, complete with massive landscapes and a large stable of vehicles. Now DICE are back and gunning for their biggest competitor, Infinity Ward and their genre-leading Call of Duty titles. They’ve promised an improved singleplayer experience that’s slightly darker in tone, but will that be enough to rival Modern Warfare 2?Continue reading

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In Your Face Recon

Snipers. We’ve all seen them. They spawn, climb onto a high perch, and start picking off enemies (or at least trying to). They die, they go right back up there. They get involved in low-stakes sniper duels. They occasionally score a lucky hit from miles back, and scream into the headset. They suck.

Recon is not necessarily about sniping. Not really. The clue’s in the name. Recon. Not sniper. Recon means spotting, it means movement, it means action, it means helping the team. More than any other class, Recon players are gamechangers, shifting the balance in their team’s favour with simple, sometimes explosive actions.Continue reading

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Vietnam Weapons Guide

Here is a brief introduction to the weapons of Bad Company 2 Vietnam. I used each gun for two rounds each while playing Squad Deathmatch to get a good feel for them. We’ll produce more in-depth guides for each of the new weapons in the coming weeks. I’ve also included short sections on the gadgets and specializations of Vietnam where they differ from vanilla Battlefield.Continue reading

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Vietnam Squad Deathmatch Tips

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you playing Squad Deathmatch in Vietnam.

Keep the high ground – visibility is everything in Vietnam; if you can see them coming then you can likely deal the killing blow first.

Stay away from your squad – if you’re in a tight group, you may fall to a few bursts from an enemy’s assault rifle. Use the dense foliage to your advantage, and hide meters away instead of feet away.Continue reading