May 22, 2009

The Royal Wii

The Nintendo Wii has positioned itself as the gaming console for everybody. As it turns out, that includes the Queen of England. Recently Famous game company THQ gave a special version of Wii for Queen as a gift. What makes the Queen's "Royal Wii" different? It's gold-plated, no more white plastic for Buckingham Palace. There was a rumor that she was "addicted" to playing Prince William's Wii last Christmas. Now she'll have one of her own a gold plated Wii.

According to the VG Chartz web site here are the gaming console sales. As you can see Wii is still in the lead. For me, I'm still using my PC for gaming.

May 20, 2009

Windows 7 Installation

I have downloaded my copy of Windows 7 RC last week. The I decided to install it on my home computer which runs on Windows XP Professional. I have a very old Pentium 4 computer so, before the installation I want to check whether my computer suits for Windows 7. I have checked the minimum requirements for it from the Windows 7 Official website from Microsoft. It was Ok. So I have insert the disc to the drive and started the windows setup on top of Windows XP.

The initial screens were very beautiful. May be the most beautiful setup screens I have ever seen for a Operating system installation.

It's going to download some files from the internet to make every thing working smooth.

Have to Accept the Licenses Agreement.

Because I'm running it on top of Windows XP it's prompted me to upgrade it or to install a fresh installation on a different partition.

So, I have selected a empty partition for a new installation. (I don't want to say good bye to Windows XP, not yet ! )

File copying progress.

After few restarts everything was installed. If you interested in what's new on Windows 7 RC please watch this video. You might want to install Microsoft Silverlight to view this video. Don't worry you can always download it from the given link on the page.

May 10, 2009

Speed up your computer using windows system tools

When you are using your computer for many months and years without reinstalling the operating system most of the time it is getting slower and slower with the time. No matter how good your computer hardware is this might happen to you. I'm using Microsoft Windows XP as my operating system both in my home and office. I'm not sure that these facts are applying to the other operating systems because I'm not using them. So, if you're using Windows as your operating system, you have few system tools to tweak and speed up your computer. Follow this path on your windows system to access these system tools.

May 6, 2009

Real time SinGlish to Sinhala unicode converter

If you are not familiar with sinhala typing like me, here is a interesting website that you can convert your English words (Not exactly English it's called Singlish, Sinhala words typed in English) to Sinhala in real time. This website was developed by University of Colombo School of Computing.

May 5, 2009

Windows 7 Release Candidate

Microsoft just launch the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing program. What it does is you can download a pre-release copy of Windows 7 on to your computer. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and they're not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time to download it. Once you have downloaded it and install it to your PC, it will automatically and anonymously send Microsoft engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests.

In order to install this Windows 7 release your computer should meet with these system requirements.

1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)

DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

You can download both 32bit and 64bit versions of it and Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Go to this URL and start downloading your copy today.

The RC copy of Windows 7 will expire on June 1, 2010 and starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. So keep that in your mind too.