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  1. There have been several mentions of the excellent tool Hijack This in these forums over the last few months, but these are often accompanied with confusion as to what is and what is not safe to remove. Whilst you should always exercise care, and post your log either here or directly in the SpywareInfo forums, you can get a good idea of what is safe to remove and safe to leave by using the: Hijack This Log Analyzing Tool Unless you are comfortable with Windows processes, this tool should be used as a general guide, and will allow you to highlight potential problem areas for more investigation. If you are still in any doubt, post your log here or in the forum linked above and somebody will be able to advise you.
  2. Nelson's Victory (do you see what I did there? Oh, nevermind...)
  3. That is indeed the trick, and one you're going to have to master for some of the later puzzles. Actually, it's not that hard; the trick is timing, not aiming. When you're flying through the air, just aim downward and fire your next portal at literally the last second before you hit the floor. Once you get the timing sorted, you can make these movements with ease. Actually, it's worth playing the game again when you've finished with the developer's commentary on. It's not only an interesting insight into the game itself, but reveals just how much intense work goes on behind the scenes of games like Portal.
  4. Hehe...as I recall 15 requires quite a lot of very nifty timing. You think that's tough? Wait until the later levels...
  5. You control your player from their viewpoint; that is, you are effectively looking through their eyes, and use the mouse to look around and the keyboard to move and execute other commands. Given the freedom of movement in three-dimensional space, and the sheer amount of data that has to be processed to render that space, first person games usually require fairly hefty system resources to run. Fortunately, in keeping with most Valve products, Portal is hugely optimised, so it can run on what is by today's standards is a very modest computer. An interesting side-point to all this, and a good illustration of the amount of thought and work Valve put into their games, is the viral marketing they did a few months ago: Essentially, an update was released for Portal (a game which was by then over two years old) that included a new achievement to acquire. No other information was given or a reason for this mysterious update. I won't provide spoilers, but that achievement led to multiple situations in the game that started spurting out fragments of Morse Code as well as other seemingly meaningless audio files of hiss. Once the gamer took all of those Morse fragments, put them together then deciphered them, they received a some telling information about an aspect of the game. The hiss was a mystery for days until some people found SSTV image data hidden within the sound files themselves; images which gave grainy CCTV camera shots of what appeared to be the game's setting. By this point, Twitter and Facebook had erupted in activity as hundreds of thousands of gamers, geeks and other interested parties passed information back and forth and began to take apart other files in a hunt for more hidden information. It was then discovered that some of the images pulled from the audio files appeared to give a series of numerical fragments. People worked on this and eventually pieced together an encoded number string that, when deciphered, appeared to be a US telephone number with a dialling code that matched the location where Valve have their headquarters. The number was dialled and it was found to be an old 1990s style BBS (Bulletin Board System) number. Old dialup modems were dusted off and a swarm of people connected to the number. They were met with an authentication request for a username and password, which were eventually worked out from a combination of the SSTV images and from a certain website that Valve had secretly setup. Once in, people began to get a stream of more CCTV images, plus what seemed to be email fragments between various employees at the facility where the Portal game takes place, hinting at certain things. Not long afterwards, the BBS login message changed and appeared to give hints at something about to happen, and the version number 3.11. On the 11th of March (3.11), Gabe Newell, the co-founder of Valve, was due to pick up a Pioneer award at The 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco. Gabe accepted his award and gave his speech, but as he came to a close, the huge video screen behind him 'crashed' with a classic Blue Screen of Death, giving further information on aspects of Portal, together with new cyptic data for people to decode. The data contained in it has already been found to be hexadecimal EBCDIC code, which, when translated, gives the message 'SUSPENDUNTILEEE'. Basically the entire alternate-reality puzzle, that started with a tiny and mysterious update from the developer to a two year old game and had its latest update with a 'crash' of the video screen behind Gabe Newell during his award acceptance, has been crafted as an official announcement of a sequal to Portal, and the general consensus is that the latest deciphered messges from the 'crash' screen is a reference to the E3 computer conference in June, where Valve are rumoured to be showing off the Portal sequal for the first time. Now that is the kind of obsessive attention to detail that makes Valve one of the top game developers today.
  6. Oh, you guys! Actually, I'd be curious to see what you think of it. It is a first-person perspective game, which I know some people don't get on with so well, but it's definitely worth a look even if that's not normally your thing. The puzzles are solidly written and the dark humour throughout is enormous fun. Portal's only real problem is that it's so damn short (you can comfortably do the whole thing in an hour and a half).
  7. I would also chip in and say that Portal is one of the best, most original puzzle games to have been developed in recent years. If you have yet to experience the delight that is Portal, I advise you to do so with all speed. Still not sure? There is a 2D Flash version HERE. Whilst this does not come close to matching the wit, style and humour of the actual game, it gives you an idea as to the game mechanics and concept of puzzle solving with portals.
  8. Sounds as though your .doc file association key in the registry has been lost or corrupted, preventing Windows from knowing what to do with the file. You could try the quick fix of finding a word document file (not on an email, an actual file), right-clicking it and selecting the Open With menu. Select Choose Program at the bottom of the menu, then select OpenOffice Writer from the window that pops up. Remember to check the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box, then click Ok to open the document. The checkbox you ticked restores the file association in the registry root, which means that other programs, including your email client, should now subscribe to this default. If you don't see OpenOffice Writer in your pop up program list, you can use the Browse button from that same Window to navigate to it. I don't personally use OO so can't give you the exact details, but you should find it somewhere under the C:\Program Files folder. Once you do, simply select the main executable, then click Open to return to the association window. If none of the above works, I can show you how to repair it directly in your registry without the need to do a complete system restore, or you could just go ahead with a restore as conniff suggest; it's up to you.
  9. Oddly enough, I was going to post 'dumbass' without the solution...
  10. How does that square with personalised belief systems that are geared toward commerical profit? I love the Cult (sorry, Church) of Scientology, are links thereof against the forum rules? If they are, I'd think again. I wouldn't want to have to inform Mr Cruise, he of the Scientology-Fu and ropey acting ability, about you Rooster. You really wouldn't want that, you know. Tom and I know about aliens and stuff.
  11. I'd also advise anyone considering this to punch 'forever living products' into Google and read up from multiple sources before making their decision. You will also note that you only need to get as far as typing 'forever li' before Google's autofiller suggests both 'forever living products [problem]' and 'forever living [problem]'. It might be genuine, it might not; either way you should be wary.
  12. And for those of you who are still not convinced by the subtleties of locutus' warning or my choice of linked image, it's worth noting a few points about 'Forever Living Products'. Whilst there is a genuine company of that name at Companies House ( incorporated in 1988 ), the linked website above - built by Tariq interestingly enough, using the Joomla template system - is privately registered, and Tariq has chosen for some reason to register this website in the name 'Pro Remote Support'. In addition, Tariq only registered the website on the 3rd of May this year - only 11 days ago - with the host UK2; surprising you might think for (to quote their newly created website) a "company with a proven track record that shows integrity with every business decision." I'm sure people can make up their own minds as to whether this unique business opportunity is worthwhile, but I'd echo locutus in being wary if you are seeking any sort of home-business arrangements.
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