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Note : This is not a tongue twister !!

If you have still not decided as to which search engine to use, postpone your decision.

Because now you have a choice.

Combining the power of both Google And Yahoo, here comes GAHOOYOOGLE.com

Special thanks to my friend Amol for recommending this site.

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Why to use GahooYoogle ?

And How to rememeber the name and spelling of the site ??

Read On.

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Here’s a screenshot showing both of the Search Engines displaying results side by side.

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So keep searching !!

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Consider a 3D game. First player shooter. Graphics comparable to Unreal Tournament or Quake 4 or Doom III. It also involves hours of gameplay.

And it has a size of a mere 96 kilobytes !!! And Yes, this is True. (Even the size of the screenshot below is 76 kilobytes)

Check out the screeenshot –

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The entire loading of the game is done in the beginning which takes about 5 minutes.

Once loaded the game runs at it’s best.

Although there are some compatibility issues with some hardware. The game runs fine for me on Windows Vista with an ATI Radeon Graphics Card.

Everything you see in .kkrieger is procedurally generated at the beginning, in the “loading” Phase. There are neither stored images nor stored geometry in the executable file, everything you see is generated procedurally.

The technology used by them is Procedural Texturing.

This is not all the German company has also developed more products based on this technology. Check out there site .theprodukkt

There also something called DemoScene, which include intros and demo; all 3D,animated with funky sountracks, in a size of mostly 64kb.

One more cool thing about the site is that there is also a 170kb 3D animated video called .debris, having a runtime on 7minutes, complete with a groovy soundtrack.

Here’s a screenshot –

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All of there technology is now also available as a free to try software by the name .werkkzeug. This is the ultimate tool for designers. No need to worry about algorithms or any programmer’s stuff, just create texture the way you want.

And this is the ultimate solution for all game producers, that need to give size a second thought. We all know : size does matter ! They help you to deliver smallest textures possible.

The “official” minimum specs for .kkrieger: chapter 1 beta are:

  • A 1.5GHz pentium 3 / athlon or faster.
  • 512MB of RAM.
  • A GeForce4Ti (or higher) or ATI Radeon8500 (or higher) graphics card supporting pixel shaders 1.3, preferably with 128MB or more of VRAM.
  • Some kind of sound hardware.
  • DirectX 9.0b.

Download .kkrieger: chapter 1 beta here (96k)

Compression At It’s Best !!

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Hello again !

Now I decided to write this post because there are still people like my friend, Nakul who still download the 23.2mb big Adobe Reader to view pdf files.(through his limited 550mb/month broadband connection)

A lot of people might have heard about Foxit Reader, but many are still unaware. So now all these people can actually judge which is better.

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The basic factor is the SIZE.

Adobe Reader is a whopping 23.2mb

Foxit Reader in an incredibly small size 1.67mb !!!

Now I am mentioning some of the feaures of the Foxit Reader.

In the past, you have to download a huge PDF reader from another software company, go through a lengthy installation process and wait for an annoying splash window to disappear just to open a PDF document. Moreover, if you want to annotate a PDF document, you have to pay US$299 to buy certain PDF software.

Now with Foxit Reader 2.0, you don’t have to endure such pain any more. The following is a list of compelling advantages of Foxit Reader 2.0:

  • Incredibly small: The download size of Foxit Reader is only 1.67 M which is a fraction of Acrobat Reader 20 M size
  • Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
  • Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader 2.0 allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
  • Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
  • High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware or adware.

So download Foxit Reader now !! Click Here

Still, why do most people download Adobe Reader ??

Because…….

A Google search for “pdf” results in Adobe Reader at the top and Foxit Reader at the bottom(9th) !!


					

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