Lets Play Car Mechanic Simulator 2014

This one is an unusual one.  I saw the game become available on steam the other day and wondered how on earth they could make a game about being a game mechanic.

Of course I really  shouldnt have been surprised considering how many of sim games are now available. I am one of those people that like sim games but have got used to them being pretty poor and pretty badly limited in what you are actually able to do.

I have to say that Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 actually seems pretty competent. As your’ll see in the video I played the first full mission but what you wont see is that I had got half way through the second mission before my computer crashed which isnt the games fault. From what i have played already the game is well made has great graphics and seems to cover alot of varing situations.  The game is stable and I had a good time with it. Check out my video and then find the game on steam.

 

I am hoping to upload further missions very soon. Also look out for further episodes of my Age of Empires videos.

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The Death Of Google Reader And Finding A Replacment.

As you may have heard by now, Google has announced that as of 1st July they will be closing its RSS feed service Google Reader. I have been using it for a number of years now alongside Google’s listen app on my android  phone to keep track off my podcast subscriptions. It was the easiest way I had found to subscribe and listen to podcast rather than using iTunes and the various hacks that get that working on non apple devices. Anyway I am now like many others in the search of a new RSS reader and a new app to sort out Podcasts all preferably for free. So I’m going to look at suggestions and list them here for future reference and in the hope that it will assist others in their search. RSS Reader

  • Feedly – Currently relying on google reader but apparently have a plan in place to switch to their own RSS service.
  • Flipboard – A nice reader
  • Newsblur– The most Google reader like replacement.

Conclusion Podcast Apps (Android)

  • Double Twist —– This is an iTunes replacement it was pretty good when I used it last.
  • Stitcher Radio —–  Requires login. Can use Facebook details. Nice interface and nice to use. Also Web based No import feature?
  • BeyondPod — A paid for a “lite” version although you get 7 days worth of the full version for free. Nice interface. Allows import from google reader
  • Podkicker —-  Theres a free and a paid for version of this podcast. Currently missing the import from reader on the free version.

Conclusion  for now I’m using BeyondPod it allowed me to import my podcasts from reader pretty easily. Depending on what happens in 7 days when the full version reverts to the “lite” version I’ll probably continue to use it. I would have loved to use Stitcher radio I really like the interface of the app but without an option to import feeds or import directly from reader it is a bit too much work than I’m willing to put in. (If it did have this option it would be my app of choice. I’m kind of hoping i just missed it in the options) Other

  • Google Takeout  —- This allows you to export your google reader data to various xml files for easier transition

I will update this post as I find new replacements of course if you know of one or use one regularly that’s not mentioned or have views on something I have mentioned please leave a message in the comments or contact me on twitter @CTyxxxx

Update

A few weeks on and I think its due time that I told you what I got on with. I really liked BeyondPod but after the free trial was up and I discovered the price of the fully unlocked version I decided that £4 was a bit too much especially for someone who was looking for a free alternative.

I decided to search for another app that would fit the bill and hopefully be free and I finally stumbled upon one called PodcastAddict.  This pretty much did what BeyondPod did although not as smoothly or pretty but does what I needed and  the best thing is that its free.

Google +

Recently got invited to the beta of google+ google’s answer to Facebook.

I have been using it for a few days now and I like it. It’s very strange and takes a little while to get used to but the circles feature where you can group friends and family and others together is useful if you don’t want certain people to see certain posts. Much less chance of your boss seeing you call them an idiot if you were so inclined to post something like that.Assuming you don’t have your boss in your friend circle of course.

Theres also things called sparks which is sort of like a topic rss feed and Facebook’s pages/groups.  It does still need some work but im sure it will become very useful. i am already following a few topics and its giving me pretty accurate and interesting results.

Also much like Facebook’s “like” functionality Google plus has +1 which is already making its way onto many websites. apparently Google have made it so that it affects the search ranking a site gets so the more +1’s a topic receives the higher the page will be in a search result.

There’s a lot for google to do if they want to compete with Facebook but its a promising start at least. and i look forward to what they come up with next.

 

Have you got access? What do you make of it? Whats your favourite feature? Leave a comment:P

Google Chrome: Extentions At Last

Ok I know its been a while since I last wrote a blog.  But what with Christmas and stuff I have been really busy 12 hour  shifts are horrible. Anyway enough about me and on to what this post is actually about.

Google have finally realised a version of their browser Google chrome which allows the use of extensions. Now im fully aware that extensions have been available for a while for the browser but that the feature had been set to off as default. This is the first time that it has been enabled for all and the extension system seems to be working great.

In my opinion the lack of extension support was one thing that was holding chrome back, I can now see myself using it more often as I have already dropped internet explorer completely. I had only been using it for sites that didn’t like Firefox which is becoming a very rare problem nowadays.

I’m currently running the latest beta version which is 4.0.249.30 and having updated from a few builds ago and so far all seems to working as you would expect still running quick and no crashes so far. You can download it from filehippo here

Peacekeeper. Safari leads the way.

Peacekeeper came out of beta recently and is now live.

What is Peacekeeper?

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Peacekeeper is futuremarks next foray into the world of benchmarking software Peacekeeper basically is a bunch of tests that are run in a web browser of your choice that tests performance of said browser and give a tangible score for comparison. And the good news is it works on pretty much any platform although the system scanner which is optional will only work on windows.

Currently Apple with there safari 4 beta are leading in the speed stakes with googles chrome 2.0 beta and mozillas firefox 3.5 beta close behind and as I’m sure most people would expect Microsoft’s Internet explorer 7 and 8 taking up last place 8 being the slightest bit faster of the two.

Although at the time of typing google’s chrome has the highest one off score with a score of 5910

I have tried the test myself which everyone can if they go HERE And scored a 2033 in chrome 1.0.154.65 and a slower 724 in firefox 3.010

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You are given a fairly good feedback as to what the browser performed well in and what it didn’t, also the faq has a lot of information and explains that the reason for the seemingly strange name of peacekeeper is all down to the so called browser wars. Its well worth a quick read over Here

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Do the test and post the results in the comments I would be intresteed to see them.

Google Maps Street View

Google maps Street view is a relatively new feature that’s been added to google maps. As far as i am aware its still only in America at the moment and basically involves a google van driving around with a camera in its roof taking pictures so as to give a street view.

See this video for a better explanation

Its pretty neat however some people have been raising concerns about about privacy issues and to be honest i am not entirly sure what i think about it. There is no doubt that this feature could be useful and it is very intresting but would i like it so much if it was too my door? I don’t think really that i would. Theres nothing like a bit of NIMBYism [Not In My Back Yard] to make life intresting.

Lets just be glad it doesn’t go as far as this video

Well yet anyway.

50 Years of Building And Still Going Strong

Lego is celebrating its 50th anniversary today.

lego birthday cake

And as with any important event google is celebrating with a Lego google sign.

lego google sign

Now as a kid and infact as an adult I love Lego it is a brilliant toy and tool. Over the years i have used it for all sorts of things some of which were intended i.e.various models and the such. and some that weren’t so much Its very versatile stuff you know and can really help in a bind.

It seems to me that its one of those toys that will never really go away and Ii for one am glad of that. lets hear it for another 50 years and for many more!