Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yo-mobil' - the new russian hybrid car.

ë-AUTO has introduced 3 hybrid-electric prototypes - a microvan, cross coupe and fourgon models.
The three vehicles were all designed by Andrey Trofimchuk and the prototypes were built by Cardi, which is responsible for the ë-mikroven and ë-van, and R.A.D. which made the ë-cross-coupe. Both houses are Moscow-based design studios.
The vehicles feature a hybrid system made up of a multi-blade rotary engine which serves as a generator and electric motors mounted on each axle.
The e-microvan and e-cross-coupe, both with a curb weight 700 kg (1543 lbs), will feature a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 8 seconds and fuel-economy of 3.5 liters/100 km. The larger e-van, with a curb weight of 750 kg (1653 lbs), is a lot slower, with a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 15 seconds. It's fuel economy is 4 liters/100 km. All three vehicles have a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 mph).
The models will go into a limited production of around 10,000 units a year in 2012. The constructor will be the holding company Onexim Yarovit.
ë-AUTO will swing open its doors and make the three prototypes available for public viewing from January 2-12.

Read more: http://www.worldcarfans.com/110121730096/-auto-presents-new-russian-hybrid-prototypes#ixzz1JIr0A2OU

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Angry Birds for PC

I was pleasantly amazed to find out today that this super addictive game became available for PC. Here is some info I found on some website:

"Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise has certainly proliferated itself across many platforms after making a huge, huge splash on the iOS platform, so it makes perfect sense to see Rovio ensure the slaughter of green pigs happen on most operating systems. For folks who spend more time on a PC will be pleased to know that you can now send different colored birds to a swathe of destruction across brick and wood. Of course, we don’t think that you will need a touchscreen display as a mouse will do the job nicely, and Angry Birds for PC is now available for free via the Intel AppUp Center. You can always head on to the Best Buy website and register for a new account – just ensure that you register yourself as living in the US, since logging in will reveal Angry Birds for free."

Well, even if I not live in US, i already got this game on my PC - I won't post any links because I'm sure you're smart enough to find it yourself ;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

My top 10 SCI-FI movies list

I made a list of top 10 sci-fi movies of the last decade i like the most. Please feel free to complete the list in the comments, or leave feedback on a particular movie.

10.  Cloverfield.  trailer                       9.  Serenity trailer

8.  Code 46. trailer                                7.  District 9.  trailer

6.  Sunshine. trailer                            5.  Solaris. trailer

4.  Moon. trailer                                      3.  The Fountain. trailer

2.  Donnie Darko. trailer                          1.  Children of Men. trailer

Saturday, April 2, 2011

xplanetFX 2.1.1 - Other GNOME Wallpaper

xplanetFX is a daemon for rendering high quality views of mother earth as wallpaper in real-time (sun, moon and clouds). It comes with a handy GTK interface but is fully usable under CLI.

xplanetFX depends on xplanet and imagemagick and is available as DEB, RPM (untested) and TAR.GZ. The GUI uses pygtk and cairo.

A couple of available templates embed the renderings in different scenes and are downloadable as separate packages which can be easily installed by drag&drop to the themes list in the GUI or since 2.0 directly online via the themepool inside the application.

Features like delayed autostart multi language (japanese, czech, dutch, english, spanish, italian, french, russian, greek and german by now) and a lot of customization make xplanetFX an easy-to-use interface for xplanet drawing the earth in high quality.

The base images of the templates are mostly licensed under creative commons from flickr.com and some free texture stuff from the www.

A lot more information, the users manual and the templates can be obtained under the web adress.

There is a signed repository for the deb package available, please read the infos in the blog under "installation".

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal is coming soon

Ubuntu is about to release its stable version of 11.04 Natty Narwhal. It is interesting to see how many of the expected features will be included. Some of these new features seem to have now been postponed for the next release cycle due to delays, security concerns, etc. Lets take a look at Ubuntu 11.04 new features.