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smiley A Domain by any other Name ...
May 15, 2010, 01:01:29 pm by Mad Penguin
Content aside, websites are all about who visits them. If nobody visits a site then it doesn't matter how good the site is, how valuable the content is or how much effort goes into maintaining it, the value of the site in any context is zero.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is a little bit of a black art, whereas the domain name is well ranked and is classed as a Google PR5, the sub-domain we are using for the forums, although indexed by Google, is not recognised as a site in it's own right and seems not to be acquiring it's own Page Rank. The content on the forums is way more current and changing daily while the content on the main site is old and static .. go figure (!)

So, I've set up a new domain name for the Forums and while this does not replace the existing domain name the new one will work in parallel and I will see if I can persuade Google to use the new URL and if so, how long it takes them to decide the site is worth ranking.

Hence I'm please to announce, our new URL is

You can check out our visitor stats at
xx The death of the Games Console (?!)
May 14, 2010, 12:27:40 pm by Mad Penguin
Just as we've gotten used to dedicated consoles as an alternative to PC's for playing 'computer games', could it be that the rug is about to be pulled from under the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo?

BT has signed a deal with OnLive, a so-called cloud-gaming firm, their idea being that consoles are a thing of the past and games should be played on hosted (cloud based) servers and the game experience delivered directly to the player's screen without the need for a console.

Now, before you laugh (I did!) BT are already talking about rolling out 20Mbit based copper broadband, and over the last couple of days have announced they will be providing fiber connections to residential customers in urban locations at 100Mbit(+) speeds. They are proposing that the game output would be transmitted to the player as a video stream,  and even at full HD (1080p) this is only 5Mbit/sec .. so you would end up with zero latency between players (everyone is playing on the same server), and assuming no broadband faults or traffic problems, perfectly smooth HD displays. It sort of sounds feasible (!)

"What about the games ?"

Apparently OnLine already have Metro 2033, Mass Effect 2 and Borderlands in their catalogue .. all fairly respectable games!

Note; for this sort of setup there's a hell of a lot of scope for processing game output using dedicated / custom ASIC chips which means high spec graphics chipsets and egg-frying consoles would be a thing of the past. As the owner of 4 defunct XBox units, this can't be all bad!

You can take a look at OnLive at, they do look pretty impressive.
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