Business, Hardware, Software Programs

Concise History of Slot Machines – Meet the Pokies

The slot machine is ubiquitous throughout the developed world, beloved of the Brits in their pubs and seaside resorts, the Americans in their bars and casinos, the Japanese in their pachinko parlours and game centres. Pokies – that?s gamer slang for slots – have formed one of the staple parts of the gaming industry for over a century, offering that classic casino adrenaline rush, all over the world. If there is a sweeter feeling than watching those symbols lining up and hitting the jackpot, we have not felt it.  Pokies are a huge draw to gamers, currently garnering around 70% of the income of most


Business, Software Programs

Interplay Wins in the Battle Chess Saga against Topware and SouthPeak

It has been a long hard road for Interplay Entertainment yet the company is making progress. Back in 2010, Interplay sued Topware Interactive and SouthPeak Games for trademark infringement. It appears that both of the defendants wanted to trade on the goodwill of the Battle Chess name without licensing it from Interplay. At the same time, the company was preparing a Kickstarter campaign for the resurrected Battle Chess. What is Battle Chess?Battle Chess was a very popular brand during the late 1980’s to mid-1990’s and still retains a very strong cult following. The game featured animated chess pieces that upon taking a square would fight


Graphics, Reviews, Software Programs

REVIEW: SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011 Professional Benchmark

Months have gone swiftly past since the initial announcement that SPECapc for 3ds Max 9 would be replaced by SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011. The previous version of SPECapc for 3ds Max 9 certainly did show how good their own professional graphics cards performed (on specific systems shown within the SPEC website). Until now the website was dominated by the Tier 1 vendors. However, things change. The new SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011 benchmark removes these limitations. New, revisited SPECapc benchmark provides so much information not only for the System Integrators and VARS but to the actual end-users as well. Many organizations tend to use their


Business, Enterprise, Hardware, Reviews

Review: Intel Xeon Processor E3-1280 and the Server Board S1200BTL

The ever increasing flow of CPUs from Intel most certainly keeps us on our toes with the new mainboards that together make the platform. Servers are not often top of our list join us as we take a swift look into the new Sandy Bridge Series Xeons. The E3 series was recently introduced featuring professional-class for the first time. As it usually goes, advancing to a new architecture with higher level of integration meant that the pricing on CPUs and Mainboards are once more more affordable for the SoHo office and small business. Thus, smaller businesses can go to an SI (System Integrator) or VAR (Value Added


Graphics, Hardware, Reviews

AMD FirePro V7900 Review: Best in Class?

This has to have been the most exciting period in professional graphics we have seen in a very long time. Firstly ATI in April 2010 launched its successful new range of professional cards starting out with the FirePro V8800 which caught many by complete surprise – bringing enhanced CrossFire and Eyefinity multi-display technology. A few months later and out popped the V7800 which ended up being one of AMD’s main income source for the FirePro series. FirePro V7800 2GB was acknowledged as a successful entry high-end professional graphics card that had 2GB GDDR5 of frame buffer memory and an aggressive price point. In the recent month many