Quake Live launching in open beta | News | TechRadar UK

Quake Live – can’t wait to play this….

Eagerly awaited online shooter Quake Live goes into open Beta today, with the ad-supported game likely to quickly pick up a fan base.

The game formerly known as Quake Zero is id software’s and uses the id Tech 3 engine, but it is likely to be speed of gameplay rather than graphics that are the focus of this first person shooter.

Somewhat excitingly, the free game is expected to take advantage of advertising, and with the reputation of Quake, John Carmack and id among serious gamers, could help create a whole new model for games playing.

via Quake Live launching in open beta | News | TechRadar UK.

Windows Skydrive to upgrade to 25gig online storage!

If you don’t know, Windows Skydrive is Microsoft’s offering of free online storage – previously it was only 5gig but now they are upping this limit to 25gig, more than likely to bring them in line with other free online storage providers out there (me cynical, nah!)

Anyways I played about with it a few months ago and promptly left it dead for the following reasons:

  • You can only upload a max file size of 50 meg, pretty useless nowadays
  • There are no tools to bulk upload many files so if you have 1000 files to upload, you had to use their upload form which if I recall only allowed 5 files at a time!!!
  • There is no way to map the service to a drive on your system
  • I’m going to keep an eye on this as it’s something I’m looking at seriously as online backup, I’d like the following features implementing which I feel are definitely required in order for it to be taken seriously by users:

  • Remove the max file size restrictions or at least increase it to something usable
  • Provide an API so that developers like us can write upload tools that actually do what we want them to do
  • Give us a better bulk upload experience
  • Automatic sync would be great
  • Possibly built in encryption (although I would encrypt anything I upload to there anyway) – not that I don’t trust you Microsoft, but I don’t!
  • You can read more at the Windows Team Blog HERE

    I’ve also just discovered Windows Live FolderShare – don’t know anything about it yet apart from the fact it’s about to be replaced by Windows Live Sync in December but i’m going to check it out and see how these services complement SkyDrive………………