Well even though they told me yesterday that I wouldn’t be wired for 2 more weeks I got e-mail today that said to check my DSL modem, the little *OK* like should be on and it should be working.
Well I guess there was some communications trade show, CeBIT, and NTT DoCoMo was there showing off their new FOMA phones. You can see pictures of some of them here. W-CDMA and Bluetooth.
So my finals were today. I think I did okay. I’m not 100% sure I passed. You have to get 80% or better but I think I did okay. I’ll find out Monday. The listening part was not very hard.
Today I saw a video showing off the first(?) PS2 web browser. No idea on the details. It’s not by Sony and you’d think that Sony would want to control that as much as possible.
I couldn’t find pictures of the modem online but it basically looked like a sqaure cigar with a short cable to plug into a USB port and a RJ-?? socket on the opposite end.
I noticed today at Sakuraya that Sony is pushing their DSC-P1 digital still camera along with PS2 software called Picture Paradise. You plug your camera into the USB port of the PS2 and then you can edit and print your images.
Also it appears you can and use your face in several playstation games. Some of them work by letting you load up a picture of your face and then you mark your eyes and mouth so that the game can try to fit your face to the model (or your model to the face).
What is it about trains, malls and department stores that they can’t set the damn thermostat in Spring and Fall and on any day that’s out of the ordinary.
So after playing Mario Advanced for another 20 minutes I figured out what Nintendo is thinking I think. 🙂 They are counting on the fact that Mario 2 is from 1988 and that therefore almost none of their main audience, boys 8 to 14, have ever played Mario 2. It’s not a bad idea I suppose. It’s one of the best jump and bounce side scrollers. The biggest problem I see is the press has played it before so it may get bad reviews.
They added a bunch of digitized voiced to the characters too. They are pretty poor. They are all in English so I’m assuming they are not going to change them for their target audience but some of them are pretty awful.