South Park is Back for The 11th Season

March 07th, 2007

South Park Season 11 has started! The first episode of the eleventh season is titled “With Apologies to Jesse Jackson” with the tag-line “The ‘N’ Bomb Hits South Park and Cartman Fights a Midget”.

Synopsis from iTunes Store:

“With Apologies to Jesse Jackson”

After Randy Marsh experiences an unfortunate incident on national TV, the “N” bomb hits South Park. While Randy seeks forgiveness from Jesse Jackson, South Park Elementary invites a midget by the name of Dr. Nelson to talk about sensitivity.

South Park Season 11 on iTunes Store

Without revealing any spoilers to those who haven’t had a chance to see the episode, South Park is back to tickle your funny bones and to offend those who are easily offended.

As usual, Comedy Central will air the episode number of times for the next few days. The episode is scheduled to be made availble on iTunes Store on March 13th.

Meanwhile, South Park – The Complete Ninth Season DVD was released on March 06th, 2007. It includes the infamous “Trapped in A Closet” and the Emmy® Award-winning episode, “Best Friends Forever.”

http://www.southparkstudios.com/

Vista PC Reviewed: HP Pavilion Slimline s7700n PC

This HP Pavilion Slimline s7700n PC is actually the second PC with Windows Vista pre-installed that I worked on. The first one was Gateway® GT5404 Desktop.

UPDATE: Download and install the latest nVidia GeForce driver to enable higher resolution display. I tested it with Samsung SyncMaster 940MW at 1440×900 resolution.
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

HP Pavilion Slimline PC is roughly one-third the size of a mid-tower PC. Previously it was equipped with Intel Celeron, AMD Sempron, and AMD Athlon 64 Processor. HP Pavilion Slimline s7700n PC is equipped with AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ dual-core processor.

Product specifications:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ dual-core processor (2GHz)
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • 1GB DDR2 PC4200 RAM (2x512MB); Supports up to 2x1GB
  • Multi-format/dual-layer LightScribe DVD drive
  • 5 USB, 1 FireWire, 1 VGA, 1 headphone, 1 microphone, 1 S/PDIF out, 2 PS/2, 9-in-1 memory card reader
  • 54g Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g)
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Integrated nVidia GeForce 6150 LE video card with 128MB dedicated memory and TurboCache
  • 1 PCI slot
  • 56K bps data/fax modem (occupying the PCI slot)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

It is a great Windows XP machine, but it is a little sluggish running Windows Vista. I eventually upgraded the RAM to 2GB (2x1GB) and it’s been running a lot better.

Windows Vista uses around 800MB of RAM right after it finishes booting up. The computer was unusable for the first few minutes when it has only 1GB of RAM. After Windows Vista settles down it uses around 500MB of RAM; that’s before having an anti-virus software installed. It is imperative to have a minimum of 2GB of RAM on this machine if you want to run Vista comfortably.

This computer is equipped with nVidia GeForce 6150 LE video card with 128MB dedicated memory. It also takes 191MB from the sytem RAM. It has one VGA port, no DVI. It has no problem driving a 22-inch flat panel at 1680×1050 resolution. It has one PCI slot available, so theoretically a PCI graphic card can be added. Unfortunately it will only accommodate cards with shorter bracket. At this point there is no option to adjust the amount of system RAM shared by the graphic card. There is no such option in the BIOS or in nVidia control panel.
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Megadeth New Live CD Appears First on iTunes Store and Napster

Megadeth new live DVD “That One Night – Live In Buenos Aires” is released today. The CD version is scheduled for release sometimes later this year. Without any announcements, the “CD” is made available on online music stores such as iTunes Store and Napster.

This is one of few instances when songs are released on the online music stores first before the actual CD. A lot of times, new CD’s are leaked on to the internet days, weeks, and even months before the actual release dates. The fact is, most of the times the recording, mixing and mastering of the CD’s are done long before the actual release dates. Advance copies of the songs are the likely source of the leaks. The songs can easily made available for purchase on the online music stores whenever someone leak them on the internet.

Artist can greatly benefit from this model by releasing some of their songs early on the online musi stores before the CD release date. Online music stores are the perfect medium for new singles.

Now, if only we can get rid off those pesky DRM……….

For sure fans of Megadeth are now buying the songs on iTunes Store and Napster to accompany the DVD.

Megadeth “That One Night – Live In Buenos Aires” on iTunes Store (iTunes required)
Megadeth “That One Night – Live In Buenos Aires” on Napster

Megadeth “That One Night – Live In Buenos Aires” DVD on Amazon.com