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Battlefield 3 has Released is Murder on Video Cards

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I'd like to write about Battlefield 3 now that I've played, but mostly I can just tell you the game is very pretty. I know this because I have plenty of time to examine each frame in detail as they each take their time on my screen. It turns out that the 6850M on my laptop isn't up to the task of running BF3 at the lowest settings in 1920 x 1080. Unfortunately, it also doesn't want to scale when I run at a lower resolution. It seemed like I could play at cell phone resolution, but that's a kind of disappointing option since I'm effectively playing on a cell phone sized screen. My desktop video card is a bit aged now as well. Looks like it's time to upgrade. You can see some different graphics cards benchmarked against Battlefield 3 here.

I don't really want to put $700 into a video card right now, so I'm looking at the options that are good enough. The Radeon 6970 looks like it's going to be the best bang for the buck at around $330 to $400. The GTX 580 is a little better, but also a little more at around $490. I'll probably go with the Radeon this time. I'll let you know what I think once I've tried it out.


Copying Text from Images and Pictures Using Microsoft OneNote

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I accidently came across this feature while writing a recent article. If you right-click on an image in OneNote you have the option to Copy Text from Picture. You can then paste the text wherever you want. It works best on pictures of text only documents or where the images on the document are relatively large and clear. Below is an example that gave it a little trouble. If you look at the text I pasted from OneNote below the picture, you'll see it still did a decent job.


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Samsung Series 7 Slate Supports Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), Dock Sold Separately

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The Amazon site has been updated with more details on the Samsung Series 7 Slate. Apparently, the Series 7 Slate will support Intel Wireless Display (WiDi). This is an exciting feature because with WiDi you'll be able to wirelessly stream 1080p video from the Series 7 Slate without having to plug an adapter into it. You just need a WiDi receiver on your television (the Netgear Push2TV HD PTV200 or Belkin Screencast both support 1080p) and you can work or stream video from your tablet to your television without any cables.

Unfortunately, it looks like the keyboard and dock are going to be sold as a separate bundle. No word on pricing yet.


How to Make a Nexus One Show when Debugging in Eclipse

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Since I had plugged my Nexus One into my laptop before I ever installed the Android SDK, it already had installed its drivers and wouldn't show up when I hit debug in Eclipse. I only had a list of virtual machines. To fix this I had to update it to use the drivers included with the Android SDK. I use a Nexus One, but this process should also work for other Nexus phones. Here are the steps:

  1. Install the Android SDK (The driver is included).
  2. Open Control Panel -> Devices and Printers.
  3. I setup a Bluetooth connection with my Nexus One so it shows in the list twice. The one that looks like an external hard drive was the one I wanted to work with.
  4. Right click on the Nexus One under Devices and click Properties.

  5. Under the Hardware tab select the item named Nexus One and click Properties.

  6. Click Change Settings to unlock the settings.
  7. In the Driver tab click Update Driver.
  8. Browse to the folder with the driver. For me this was: C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver
  9. Click Ok to let the driver install.

That should be all you need to let the Nexus One show up for debugging in Eclipse.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 15:02

Battlefield 3 Pre-Order Breakdown

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I've been trying to decide where to pre-order Battlefield 3 since each location has different pre-order bonuses. I'm going to list them below to help anyone else decide. If you do decide to pre-order, double check the offer since I'm not sure these are the same in every country, or even part of the country. I play the PC version so that's what I'm researching here; the console offers should be similar though. If anyone finds one I've missed please comment and I'll add it.


You get 5 unique dog tags and the Karkand Expansion.

Direct from EA

You only get the pre-order for ordering the digital download of the Limited Edition. You get the Physical Warfare Pack and the Karkand Expansion Pack. The physical warfare pack includes: DAO-12 shotgun and Type-88 LMG as well as flash suppressor and flechette ammo customizations.


You get the Physical Warfare Pack and the Karkand Expansion Pack. The physical warfare pack includes: DAO-12 shotgun and Type-88 LMG as well as flash suppressor and flechette ammo customizations.

Best Buy

You get the SPECACT kit which is a group of 8 alternate skins for your characters and the Karkand Expansion Pack.


Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 01:25

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