Morpheus 2

By Pete | @kingpetey | 20 Aug 2002

Morpheus 2 is the latest version of the popular download client that over the previous months has gone through a lot of changes. For those that don?t know I will explain Morpheus history. The original Morpheus started up using the same network as Kazaa the layouts were about the same and files could be downloaded quick and easy without many problems, then early this year Morpheus split from the same network as Kazaa and started using the same network as GNUtella with a program which looked very similar to Gnucleus. For those using dialups the GNUtella network is no where near as good as kazaa is for downloading music. Morpheus continued to use the modified version of Gnucleus for the following months, I?m guessing in this time they were working on their own client for the GNUtella network which was finally launched this month under the title Morpheus 2.

When downloading Morpheus 2 I initially had to download a 4mb setup file then a further 5mbs for the latest java virtual machine (I suppose it could come in useful for any other programs I download which may need it.) anyway 1 hour later after all this downloading the program finally installed. My first impressions were good, it looked nice ran at a good speed and was easy to use. However Morpheus 2 still used the GNUtella network so was slow to connect. I tried quite a few times and it didn?t connect in anyway as fast as Kazaa. I opened both programs up to see which connected fastest, on average kazaa took between 5-10 seconds to connect while with Morpheus I could wait any time upto a minute before giving up. Once Morpheus was connected I had this silly thing telling me how much search power I had. I decided to search for faithless once it reached maximum search capacity, after about 2 minutes it came up with 3 results before having to reconnect. With kazaa I found about 150 references to Faithless in about 2minutes.

I then decided to download one of the files I had found this went slightly better and I did get reasonable download speeds however I did have connection problems to Morpheus for trying to search for other things, these problems did not occur in kazaa. I personally didn?t think Morpheus 2 lived up to what my expectations were and I found there website most unhelpful when trying to find out anything about Morpheus 2. The site seemed more interested in advertising from the way it seemed to me.

Overall I think Morpheus 2 was easy to use and it looked nice, however as a download manager it doesn?t seem as good as its close rivals such as limewire and bearshare and its no where near the level that it used to be when it used the same network as kazaa. So I?m giving Morpheus 2 a poor 3/10.

Gas powered laptops!

By Pete | @kingpetey | 19 Aug 2002

?Darling, I?m just popping down to the gas station to top up the laptop?
Well maybe that?s a bit far fetched but by the end of 2004 we could be seeing gas powered laptops in the shops. As laptop components such as processors and graphics cards become more powerful they also require more electricity, in desktops this isn?t a problem as you have the mains supply but in laptops, where battery power is essential on the move trying to use as little power is important. This and the increasing sales in the laptop market has led to design changes in laptops. You could in theory either try to save more power in the laptop or put more power into it.

Various companies have tried different ways of improving power supplies, one of these has to fit laptops with small methanol powered system, you can extract the power needed out of the methanol without going over the flammability point of methanol. This meaning that the gas substitute for a battery is still a safe alternative. The advantages are that the laptop will be usable for up to 10 times longer however charging isn?t as simple as plugging it into the mains, its more likely you will have to pay for cartridges of gas.

Other companies have been looking at fitting laptops with super capacitors that can hold a lot more charge and can be charged a lot faster. Results have shown up to a 200% improvement. The advantages to this are that it can be charged by the mains and won?t cost you too much in electricity to charge it.

Intel has decided to invest in both companies to continue development in better technology for the future.

Winamp 3

By Pete | @kingpetey | 19 Aug 2002

Winamp for most people is a must have program for playing all sorts or audio including the popular MP3. Winamp is one of the first good mp3 players after the likes of windows media player so when I heard Winamp 3 was released I quickly wanted to have a look. By reading the Winamp site I had heard high hopes for Winamp 3 in the ways or being able to completely change the shape of Winamp 3 and by being able to watch video files as well as listen to music. Winamp it seemed was finally becoming a more full media player like its competition ? the likes of windows media player and real one player.

Once installing Winamp3 the first thing you notice is the change in design, other components now join the main window and play list editor, components like the ?thinger? and the media library are to name a few. The new features to Winamp 3 are clearly quite vast. I liked on the media library how you could search for songs on your hard drive easily then add them to your play list a feature you could only get from another plugin for Winamp 2. The thinger also made it easier to add and remove components on screen without getting things too cluttered or having to find them on a menu every time you want to open them. So far everything looks a good improvement on Winamp 2*.

However I decided to checkout the new cool skins I had seen on the site and heard all about, so I downloaded one but Winamp came up with an error when the download had finished. So I restarted Winamp to find that when starting Winamp I got an insertion error, I had to reinstall Winamp before I could use the skin I downloaded. Its annoying having to reinstall every time I want to try another skin. I checked with a few other people and they hadn?t been having this error but had been receiving just as annoying other errors.

Overall I think Winamp 3 is a good start for what could be a great follow up to Winamp 2*. Winamp 3 is suffering from the same sort of bugs that came up just after Winamp 2 was launched which should all be sorted out in subsequent releases. For now I?m sticking with Winamp 2.8, once Winamp 3 is a bit more stable and I maybe have a faster computer I will upgrade.

For now I?m giving Winamp 3 6/10 simply because the program is a bit too buggy for my liking at the momment.

MP3 Party?

By Pete | @kingpetey | 16 Aug 2002

"Are these guys serious or just messing around?" This is what I thought when I heard that the UK electoral commission had officially agreed to register the political party. According to one source the goal of the party is to "sustain and promote within the Nation the objectives and value of the "mp3-generation", whether this is economically viable to support the music industry the party does give some interesting ideas and stands against laws which the US is bringing in concerning digital anti-piracy and what the UK has to bring into place before December 22nd. These laws include new legal protection for digital watermarks, copy protection systems and other measures used to protect copyright material online.

There are also plans to incorporate laws against internet piracy But the most contentious part of the new rules is that which mirrors the DMCA's outlawing of devices intended to distribute anti-copying technologies. ?The downloading of music is not an economic phenomenon, it is cultural and political,? the Party Leader said in an interview. ?The downloading of music is not an economic phenomenon, it is cultural and political,? the Party Leader said in an interview. Though the standings of the party still seem a little weak the party it is certainly in favour with many music download users online, however how long can it be before they find themselves in court with one of the major music companies?

Computer problem

By Pete | @kingpetey | 15 Aug 2002

Just after i get my computer working just how i want it too the hard drive crashes big style! As i went to turn my computer on the other day the bios (that black screen you first see when yuo turn your computer on) could not detect the hard drive, so i opened up the tower and checked all the cables etc etc but nothing was wrong, i then checked the drive in another computer incase it was my computer playing up but still no joy. Thus i'm going to have to send it back to the manufacturers to either be fixed or to get me a new one. I'm hopeing for all my datas sake that they can fix it as i have a lot of songs and videos it would be a shame to loose let alone all the site files and the files for imafish 5!!

Anyway before my computer crashed we were making good progress on the beta version of imafish 5 and i have to admit its looking very good and a lot more professional. We were orginally planning to have the site done by the end of august/beginning of september now i'm not sure :/ However we will push on and keep working on more great content and articles for the site!