Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Fallout 3

Fallout 3 Series
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Genre: Action RPG, Open world
Engine: Gamebryo
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
                    PlayStation 3
                    Xbox 360
Release Date: October, 2008
Expansions: Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta.
Fallout 3 New Vegas (October 2010)

Fallout 3 is one of the best Open World RGP games based on the post apocalyptic journey through the Washington, DC wasteland, the game has a lot to offer in lines with World Map, Story, Weapons, Tools and AI (humans, machines and mutants), the best part about this game is that no matter how many times you play, depending upon the choices you make the game has something different to offer, you could choose to be good, evil or neutral.   

The plot involves finding the characters father by following clues left by him and making a decision to follow in his footsteps in saving humanity or not.

The Game play is very crisp with realistic graphics and works fine with a basic PC configuration (Dual core with Nvidia 800 series GT); you can either play from a First person or third person perspective, the game also a VATS mode (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) which lets the player enter a combat mode, effective when faced with an overwhelming horde or enemies.

There is a huge choice of weapons and armor than can be purchased and upgraded, the currency used in the game is CAPS (bottle caps), The player gains experience as he/she progresses in the world, these points can be used to gain abilities and better the characters chances of survival in the wasteland. The game has an option to purchase or rent a house, acquire buddies to help in your cause, decide the fate of entire towns.

This game can be played more than once since there is a lot to explore in the wastelands of DC, critical decisions to take, new levels to reach, new skills to earn and a lot of enemies to kill. This game offers a lot of freedom and is one of the games that I don’t get bored playing.

Mr. Man

A man's gotta do What a man's gotta do...I'm no one to judge and neither are you.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Essential Software After Fresh OS Install

Most of us don’t like to format our Hdds even if we know it’s needed, the reason being, besides creating a backup for the data, all the software and settings would need to be reinstalled which is quite painstaking and time consuming, especially for those who like to experiment at the cost of their computers and need to format often.

It’s best to make a master DVD of all the 3rd party software along with motherboard CD and other drivers that are required on a fresh OS.  (It’s better to back up your browser bookmarks as well i.e. .Json file for Firefox)

Mentioned below is 3rd party software (Freeware) that I recommend after a fresh OS install depending upon your needs

Drivers: Most required drivers will be included in the Motherboad, Graphics Card, Keyboard and LAN Card Disk
The common drivers are .NET Framework and Direct X 9.0/10.0/11.0

Browser and Plugins: I would recommend FIREFOX or Google CHROME don’t forget to install their respective FLASH  
PLAYERs or no YouTube videos J

File Sharing: uTORRENT is my Bit Torrent of choice it offers features like Search, Streaming, RSS, Rating all within the software interface.  
If you prefer direct downloads (rapidshare, hotfile, megaupload etc) you could opt for FreeRapid Downloader by Vity or FREE DOWNLOAD MANAGER

Chat/Messenger: DIGSBY or TRILLIAN are good multi messenger softwares you can login to Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, MSN etc all via a single interface, good for us who like to experiment with different providers.  

Office Utilities: OPEN OFFICE a replacement for MS office
7-ZIP for all those compressed files (7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR), also supports unpacking of (ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.) formats.

Antivirus:  There are many free Antivirus softwares, I prefer to use AVAST, been using it for few years now and it’s never been a disappointment, keep in mind that an antivirus software is only effective if it’s frequently updated.  

System Tuning: CCLEANER lets you clean the registry and unwanted files, programs can also be uninstalled from this software.
UNLOCKER a handy tool when you unable to delete a file in windows, and can’t figure out what program’s using it.
3DMARK is a Benchmarking tool to determine the performance of your computer's 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities.
SPECCY will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives and Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!

Audio and Video: K-LITE MEGA CODEC PACK contains all the codec and tools that you would require to play a large number of formats
QUICK TIME PLAYER from Apple allows the playback of Quicktime movies (.mov) and many other formats.
VLC or KM PLAYER (versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others.)
MEDIAMONKEY if you don’t like using Windows Media Player or I-Tunes

DVD Tools: DAEMON TOOLS to backup CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray discs into "virtual discs" or "disc image" (.iso .mds)
CDBURNERXP to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs, It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs

Windows has a decent Disk defragmenter and cleaner hence 3rd party softwares with similar functions have not been listed above.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Shimla – HP

Reached Shimla HP at about 6:15 pm, it was extremely difficult to find a Budget hotel after spending about 35-40 mins with our luggage we settled for Hotel – Vatika @ INR 350 which is below the market area of Manali, about 15 mins walk. The hotel was undoubtedly the worst budget hotel we stayed in the mattress below the sheets had stains there was graffiti inside the cupboard doors, the wiring for the mains in the rest room was exposed, since it was a question of one night so we decided to tough it out.
The next day Sep’28 we explored the area near the Shimla market also called as the Mall, visited the Trishul bakery for some tasty treats, the Rendezvous Bar and the Christ Church near the Ridge, unfortunately it was closed at the time, it is the second oldest church in Northern India. This was the only place during our journey that we spotted a pizza shop; the area is very similar to the Fort area in Mumbai in terms of Architecture and people density.


On the previous evening we had booked the Train (Paschim Express) from Kalka – Haryana to Mumbai @ INR 1577 + INR 200 Agent fee (Tatkal).

The Train was scheduled to leave on Sep’29 but since we did not want to stay in Shimla, we check out from the hotel in the morning, after exploring the Shimla market area, we boarded the bus from Shimla Bust station to Kalka -Haryana @ INR 100 – 70km, we reached Kalka - Haryana by 5:40 pm, instead of staying in the hotel for a day we decided to try the railway quarters (Retiring room) which is located inside the railway station, to our surprise the room was well maintained with all the basic amenities the cost was INR 400 for 12hrs. 
Sep’29 we boarded the Train – Paschim Express @ 10:20 am reached Mumbai @2:30 on Sep’30
Overall the trip to Himachal Pradesh was excellent with a lot of first times like commuting through the Delhi Metro with its color coded tracks and insane rush during the evening, awesome trek through Kalatop followed by the Diankund trek which brought me to the limit of my trekking abilities, interacting with Tibetan Monks and the exquisite local food in McLeod Ganj, the view of Cannabis plants in their natural habitat in Manali, the face numbing cold and snow fall in Rohtang pass, the grotesque hotel stay in Shimla and the surprisingly spacious and clean retiring room in Kalka.
Himachal Pradesh is one the best places in India and a must go for any and all nature and culture lovers.

Manali – HP - Videos

                                          Hotel Vijayant @ INR 300 per day

                                          Hidimba Devi Temple
Manali Sanctuary - Funny News

Local School Kids - Manali

Cannabis Plants - Manali

Stone Tree - Manali

Tibetan Monastery - Manali

Yak Near Rohtang Pass

Sheep Shearing near Rohtang Pass

Bad Roads on the way to Rohtang Pass

Paragliding Rohtang

 Funny Interview "In Search of Ice" Rohtang Pass

                                             Funny Interview "Gupt Zaga" Rohtang Pass

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Manali – HP

Reached Manali - HP at 5:30 pm after a few attempts we finally found a budget Hotel – Vijayant @ INR 300 per day, the room had a good view of the market area of Manali, there is SBI ATM near the strip.
Hidimba Temple

Sep’23 we trekked about 2km from the Manali market to Hidimba Devi Temple which is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata, The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
Mahamaya Durga Temple

About 1.5 km from Hidimba Temple we reached the interiors of the sanctuary, on the way up the hill there are apple plantations and small huts along with cement houses, overall the hike was refreshing since the way to Hidimba Temple was toxic due to traffic and narrow roads.

Sep’24 we trekked about ½ km to the river bank temple which is just behind the Manali bus stand, the river was amazing the sound of gushing water just relaxing but the major drawback was that it was used as a Toilet by the locals, also near that area were a lot of Cannabis plants along with some livestock.

Sep’25 we visited the Himalaya Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple which is about ½ km from the Manali market it is located in the interiors but would be worth the visit, it has the usual beauty and ecstatic of a Buddhist temple, the living quarters for the monks which is located in the temple premises reminded me of some of old colonies located in south Mumbai.



Sep’26 boarded a bus from Manali Bus stand @INR 250 – 53 km to Rohtang Pass  it took us around 3 hrs 15 mins to reach since the roads (Leh–Manali Highway) were very bad due to landslides, try and avoid traveling in small cars to this location since they would lack the power and traction required to make this journey. We spent about 2.5 hrs in Rohtang Pass the view and climate was just uncanny, it was the first time I had felt the extreme cold weather and it wasn’t even winter, we had intended to push forward to Spiti Valley but unfortunately due to bad roads and time constraints we had to scrap the idea.

As expected refreshments in Rohtang were expensive Tea/Coffee – INR 20, Biscuit – INR 20 but it was worth it.

Sep’ 27 at about 8:40 am we boarded a bus @ INR 450 – 260 km to Shimla – HP 

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