Minecraft Beta Soon: Get it now!

Look how beautiful randomly generated terrain can be.

At long last, Minecraft Beta has been announced! The program has been chugging along in alpha for so long now, everyone thought Beta would never exist.

Apparently, the game’s Beta is set to launch on the 20th of this month, just in time for the holidays! The beta promises a mod API (for all you modders out there), a narrative early on to help people get started, a late-game goal to try to work towards, among other things.

But get it now!

With the release of the beta, the price will double. Plus, if you get it after the Alpha is done, you will have to pay for future releases! According to WordOfNotch.com (The developer’s blog,) :

We will also change the license to remove the line that promises all future versions of the game for free. Please note that this change only affects people who buy the game after December 20, so if you got the game for during alpha, you will still get all future updates for free, despite this change. A promise is a promise.
Buying the game during beta will include all updates up until release, of course, and bug patches will be free.

In other words, get it now.

[WordOfNotch.com]

Icentertainment.net

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I have a lot of new sites and great music I’d like to blog about at some point (like www.jsFiddle.net and Movits) but for right now, I’d like to share some great local talent.

From time to time, I like to promote friends of mine. Seriously, promoting talent is really important to me. A lot of talent often goes wasted because it simply isn’t noticed. I blogged about a few of my friends before, and I’d like to do another for you right now.

Brandon: Pittsburgh’s rising DJ

My friend Brandon started a DJ business in Pittsburgh, and he’s been tearing it up for a while, DJing at local clubs and parties. He’s actually pretty good. He’s released a few original tracks (check them out below) a while a go. He had me build a website for him, and since he’s one of my first few clients, I figured I’d help get him some hits on his new site. So, check out his new site, icentertainment.net. If you’re interested in booking Brandon, all the information is on the site for you. He keeps his twitter account, @djice412, updated so you can check out news, events, and public performances if you want.

I’m trying to convince him to let me put some of his music up here. If you want to really want to hear his music, post a comment and I’ll see what I can do. He’s talented, but really wants to make a good first impression (which I totally agree with).

icentertainment.net
Follow him on twitter
Check him out on Youtube
Like him on Facebook

Immunet 2.0: Antivirus just keeps getting better.

Awhile ago, I did a write-up of this interesting, cloud-based antivirus software called Immunet. It was fascinating to me because, unlike other antivirus software I had seen, it did all it’s authentication and scanning in the cloud. Ooooh. That means that instead of taking up all that processing power on YOUR computer, it sends file properties to a cloud, where they are processed, examined, and spit back to your computer with a pass or a fail. But…

It just got better.

THAT’S RIGHT. Immunet 2.0 is out, public, and fantastic with a new community feature, making fighting virii even more fun.

How it works

Alright, this is kinda neat. Like most antivirus programs, it works by running two kernel drivers. One driver monitors files, while the other monitors the program itself to make sure it’s still working. Additionally, it saves space, time, and speed by only monitoring disk activity, like program installations and executions. But the majority of the scanning takes place online, which

By default, the program will block programs after they’ve been executed or files after they’ve been moved, but you can set the program to check everything before it takes any action which, according to Immunet, will only take 200 ms per check. That’s damn fast.Any new virii detected on your computer are added to the cloud, so the more people that use Immunet, the better each individual person is protected. The idea is that as viruses get more and more advanced, the Immunet network will adapt to match them, all-the-while providing light and responsive client software to its users.

On top of that, Immunet has added this neat community feature, allowing you to track how many viruses you’ve stopped. You can add friends to your “network” to increase protection between your computers. You even get a score based on how many threats your computer has stopped and how many people are connected to “your network.” If you want, grab a copy of Immunet, drop me a comment and I’ll add you to my network.

Speed

Speaking of fast, the program runs two different kinds of scans. One is a typical file scan, which works well. The other is a “flash scan,” which scans only active files and processes to see if your computer is actively being influenced/impacted by a viral process. It’s super fast. They’ve ranged from a minute to three minutes.

It only takes 200 milliseconds (1/5 a second) to send a request to the cloud, process it, and have it sent back to your computer. Just saying.

Compatibility and cost

The software will run on ANYTHING with a screen and a keyboard, I swear to God. You pretty much need a computer that will run your operating system: If you have Windows XP, the minimum processor speed is 300 Mhz. I haven’t seen a computer that slow since… well, never. It only needs a quarter of a gig of ram, and it takes up 10 MB of hard-drive space. Seriously. If your computer turns on, it will run Immunet. You do need a dedicated internet connection to connect to the cloud, though, and part of the software’s display is powered by Internet Explorer 7, so you do need to have at least IE 7 installed. The software displays how much processing power and memory it’s using on the side of it’s panel, so you always know how efficiently it’s performing.

Better yet, Immunet will run with virtually any other antivirus program without causing any sort of interference. I have it running with a copy of Norton 360, and it hasn’t conflicted at all. However, Immunet itself does in fact function very well as a stand-alone antivirus program. It can run full-system tests, and it monitors computer activity, just like a normal antivirus program would.

There is a paid version of Immunet, which I’d highly recommend buying. It allows for offline scans and rootkit removal, making it more of a stand-alone antivirus program. It also scans and protects your emails, IM’s, and archived files. It’s $20 for a 1 year subscription for 1 computer, but if you add on years or computers, the cost per computer per year goes down pretty sharply.  To protect 3 computers for the next 2 years, I’d only have to pay $40. That’s a pretty good deal.

Conclusion

Alright, my only critique about the software is that while it’s incredible, it doesn’t have a ton of users (compared to other antivirus companies). That’s where you can help. Download Immunet for FREE and start really protecting your computer.

Get Immunet

iOS 4.01: Antenna fix?

I laughed so damn hard when I heard that the new iPhone drops calls and destroys recording quality, not to mention any of a whole slew of other problems (including SIM, Mic, Camera, and proximity sensor issues). To top it all off, the thing is built out of balsa wood and fillo dough. The thing’s back shatters from even a 1 foot drop, which is fairly depressing. And no, they won’t replace your iPhone if yours has shattered. Sorry.

It gets even better, though. Rumor has it that Apple has promised to fix a lot of these issues, which seem to be caused by the iPhone’s too-underthought hardware, with a firmware update. That’s like saying your computer will have a bigger hard drive after you finally upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP. Granted, it’s a huge rumor, and Apple could certainly dispel a lot of criticism by announcing their progress. But when Apple tells people how to hold their phones correctly, under penalty of dropping their calls, things get a little ridiculous.

Does anyone else think this is recall territory? I mean, really?

Charlie Slum’s Mixtape, “Headband” out soon!

Coming out May 15thThe anticipation is killing me.

Charlie Slum – Outro
Charlie Slum – So Easily Forgotten

Yeah, yeah. I’ve been doing a lot of music promotion recently. You’ll live, I’m sure. That being said, I’ve been getting interested in a few young, local artists as of late, and wanted to help them get word of their music out. The latest and greatest is Cameron Bell, also known as “Charlie Slum.” He’s really a brilliant self-produced rapper from Pittsburgh. His mixtape, “The Headband” is coming out in 2 days (the 15th), so I’m really excited for that. He mixes mainstream beats with some truly unique lyrics to create some fantastic music. Plus, he’s passionate about what he does. His music is personal, which really adds to the whole experience. Seriously, give his stuff a listen.

Check out his Facebook Page

Listen to him on MySpace

GET THE MIXTAPE! [OUT 5/27]

iPad jailbroken, new model announced!

See that "root#"? That means that my interest in the iPad just doubled.

Thats right. It’s been roughly 24 hours since the release of the iPad jailbreak, and it is already jailbroken. What does it mean to be jailbroken? It means that all the files on the iPod can be edited and modified, new files can be created and deleted… Essentially, its file system has been unlocked, or “Jailbroken.” The dev team that engineered the iPhone/iPod touch 3.1.3 jailbreak used the same security loophole to jailbreak the iPad. They ran an SSH server on the device, and then wirelessly logged in through a computer.

Here is the initial tweet announcing it all.

New iPad specs leaked?

According to the Dev Team, a new iPad is already in development. According to an informant, the device will be slightly smaller and will have a speech codec, probably to support audio streaming in things like voice calls. So, think iPad mini with voice (maybe even video) chat.

Here’s a quote from the site.

The iPhone DevTeam has been passed confidential internal information relating to the next version of the tablet computer the ‘iPad’. An upcoming redesign of the iPad tablet computer will miniaturize the device so that it will be able to be carried on the user’s person (such as a pocket or small bag). Also a radical move to add a minimum of a 13 kbits/s speech codec to the miniaturized tablet variant is planned.

The inclusion of the voice codec will allow the user to directly utilize the GSM nomadic network, allowing person to person communications directly using your mini-iPad from anywhere dramatically speeding up the usual typed email or instant messaging capabilities that the iPad offers today.

It is the plan of the iPhone DevTeam to target this device as soon as it is released.

Click here for the Dev Team’s website.