Link Roundup: Nov. 2, 2005

I won’t be able to post for the next few days, so be sure to check these links out.

End of Aging?
Yet another Aubrey de Grey article. I really don’t know if he knows what he is talking about, but he can’t be too far off. Even if he doesn’t get it quite right, I’m sure other scientists will be able to solve many of these same problems. Don’t be surprised if the life expectancy gets pushed back 10 years at a time, and in those 10 years they’re able to push it back another 10. Plan your retirement accordingly.

Share the Bandwidth
Fon is setting up a system for accessing and sharing wireless network connections. If you want to provide network access, you can either charge for it, or share it freely. If you share it freely, then you’ll be able to freely access other people’s network too. After my bad experience with wireless I look forward to these types of systems.

Indigo Prophecy
I read a review of Indigo last week that sounded very interesting. I decided to try out the demo for myself. The game has a great concept. Your character is forced to murder someone, and now you’re on the run. From what I can tell, it’s a non-linear adventure game. The graphics are decent (comparable to Max Payne 2), and the sound is very nice. The show stopper for me was the control system. To manipulate objects in the game, you have to use mouse gestures. I just couldn’t get the hang of it. I’m sure it would play much better on a console using an analog stick. Along the same vane, a friend suggested Eternal Darkness.

Pygame
“Pygame is a set of Python modules designed for writing games.” One of these days, I’m going to build something in Python. When I do, it might as well be a game.

Flickr Printing
I haven’t tried it myself, but Flickr now allows you to print your pictures. I’ve set up my account so that anyone can print my pictures. They’re giving users 10 free 4×6″ prints, so I’ll have to try it out soon.

Eye:hand Photos
Speaking of Flickr… Here’s a set of pictures and corresponding drawings. It’s a really cool idea and seems like a great way to practice drawing, even if you aren’t going to post the results.

Darwinia Update
It looks like there is a new Darwinia demo available. If you haven’t played the game before (or even if you have), be sure to download it and try it out. I need to download the latest patches and replay the game itself. It’s very cool and I love supporting indie game developers like Introversion. While I’m looking at it, I see that they’re hard at work on a couple more games. I can’t wait to check them out.

Firefox 1.5 RC1
The first release candidate for Firefox 1.5 is available. Technically, this still isn’t the final version, but it will be unless they find any major bugs. If you want a faster, better, and safer browsing experience, I suggest you download this version. It will automatically notify you and upgrade when any updates are available.

Microsoft Live
It’s all over the news, Microsoft has announced a new set of web applications/services that it’s calling “Windows Live” (dumb name). For some reason, visiting the site in Firefox seems to reveal more than in IE. With IE, all I see is a search box, but in Firefox I see what looks like a bit like the personalized Google site. They also indicate that they’ll be supporting Firefox (on Windows only?). With all of the standards compliance talk on IEBlog (the blog for IE 7), maybe Microsoft is finally going to stop abusing its monopoly. Okay, I’m not holding my breath either, but one can hope.

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