Lunar Magic – Create your own Mario Level

Are you a Mario fan? Of course you are. Then you probably always wanted to create your own mario levels. I’m gonna tell you how to do it. Alright first you need to download the following:

Lunar Magic (the level editor)

zSNES (The SNES emulator)

Super Mario World ROM

After you’ve downloaded and unzipped all the files, you can start Lunar Magic and open the ROM. Now you can edit the level. If you don’t know how to edit a level, you can search for tutorials (there are plenty on YouTube). If you’re done editing the level, you can start zSNES and load the ROM. Now you can play Super Mario World with your own levels!

Note: It’s very hard to find a stable website that hosts the Super Mario World ROM. If the website is down, please leave a comment or sent me an e-mail (oekelwm@oekelwm.com) and I’ll try to find a new one.

New disc can store 500 GB

General Electric claims to have made a disc that can store a total of 500 Gigabytes of data. That’s around the data that would fit on 100 normal DVDs. The new technology has yet to be made in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices. The company says that the price will be about 10 cents per gigabyte, which is nearly 90 cents cheaper than Blu-ray. Mr. Lawrence: “The price of storage per gigabyte is going to drop precipitously”.

SocialMention

There are a lot of websites these days, where users can post there own user-created content (varying from videos to comments). SocialMention is a search engine, that you can use to search most of these websites. So let’s say you wanna know on which of these websites your name has been mentioned. All you have to do is go to socialmention.com and type in your name, select the category in which you want to search (Blogs, Microblogs, Bookmarks, Comments, Events, Images, News, Videos, Audio, Q&A or All) and press search. SocialMention will then give you a list with all the sites you’ve been mentioned on sorted by time. You can also subscribe to a search query, so the website will send you an e-mail with updates every day.

XBOX 360 Repair Service

Two weeks ago (Saturday) my XBOX 360 had an error (code E 74). The customer support said that I needed to send my XBOX to the Microsoft Repair Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. So I did. On Friday a UPS van came to pick up the XBOX 360. On Monday, the XBOX 360 arrived in Frankfurt. On Wednesday, they send the repaired XBOX 360 back to me. And today, Friday, it arrived. It seems to work fine. So, all by all, my XBOX 360 was repaired in 13 days. With the repaired XBOX 360, I also got a 1 month XBOX Live Gold Subscription card for free. I think, that if you don’t count the days, that were needed to get my XBOX 360 to and from the XBOX Repair Centre, they repaired it pretty fast.

Burning Sand – A sandbox simulator

A while back ago I stumbled upon a program called Burning Sand 2. Burning Sand 2 is basically a sandbox simulator, that will allow you to mix all kinds of elements. By example if you mix salt with water, you get salt water. And if you would heat up this salt water with some fire, it will vaporize the water into steam and leave salt behind. It’s also very easy to mod Burning Sand and create your own elements to mix up. You can download Burning Sand 2 at siebn.de. Burning Sand is, too bad, not available for Mac.

Googling bad for environment

According to a research done by the Harvard University, two search requests done on the search engine Google, produce as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle of water. Every time you do a search requests on Google, it produces 7 grams of CO2. A recent research, done by the research firm Gartner, claimed that IT causes 2 percent of global emissions nowadays. In total there are 200 million search requests done on Google every day, that’s 1,400,000 kg of carbon dioxide every day. Google replied to this research by claiming that every search request would just produce 0,2 gram of carbon dioxide. And, if you do the maths, that’s just 40,000 kg of carbon dioxide every day.

Previously, it has been calculated that worldwide 8.3 megawatt hours could be saved, if the home page of Google would be black instead of white.

Can my computer run this game?

Have you ever wondered if your pc can run a certain game? Do you want to buy a game, but you want to be sure that it’ll work on your computer? You can find out easily now. If you head over to www.canirunit.com, you can select a game and then click on the “Can-you-run-it?”-button. The website works best in Internet Explorer and might not work properly in Firefox. After the website has analyzed your computer’s specs, it will tell you if your computer is able to run the game and, if not, it will tell you why your computer won’t run the game properly.

Tabbloid

Have you always wanted to turn your favorite feeds into a personal magazine? You can do this with Tabbloid. On tabbloid.com you can enter the feeds URL and it will show you the feed in a magazine form. You can also decide to let the website mail you the magazine

The New XBOX Experience

As you may’ve heard, Microsoft is releasing a new XBOX 360 User Interface on November 19. This new interface will completely change the entire look of the XBOX 360. Also, it will add several new features. One of these new features is the ability to create your own 3D-avatar. And another feature is the Xbox Live Community Games. This feature allows gamers to create their own game and share them with the rest of the XBOX Live community. The new XBOX Experience is going to take up 128 MB of storage space. Because some gamers don’t have enough storage space on their memory card, Microsoft has launched the XBOX Storage Upgrade Program. This program allows these gamers to buy a refurbished 20GB Hard Drive for just $20! On this website you can check if you’re eligible for this memory upgrade.

Security Camera Setup

Do you want to have your own security camera system? Well, it’s possible for free with Dorgem, an open-source program for video recording. After you’ve downloaded the program you can use it to capture an image every few seconds. Also, if you don’t want the program to take that many images, you can also make it respond to motion with the motion detector. If the motion detector is on, it will only capture an image every few seconds for as long as it will detect motion.

You can download Dorgem here at SourceForge.net.

If you would like to read a tutorial or learn more about the program go to here.