Friday, February 01, 2008

Friday February 1, 2008

Hi All! Welcome back to my words for the tail-end of yet another week. I was browsing eBay this week when I spotted what looked like a remarkable deal. A full-featured 3D modeling and animation package for less than $10. The specifications listed were very impressive, as were the screen shots. So what was the catch? The software in question is Blender, a program that can be downloaded for free from the developer's site. That's right amgios, some clever parasites are selling pieces of FREE software to the unsuspecting neophyte bargain hunters. Not just Blender but some of the very best free and open source stuff is being sold online, including Audacity, NVU and Open Office. I can see repackaging free stuff on a CD or DVD and charging folks a bit for the media, but these guys are simply providing a download address. My suggestion is to ALWAYS do your homework before buying such a low-priced package. Chances are, the cool music or graphics application you're considering is available elsewhere for the downloading.

The picture of the week was created using Project Dogwaffle.

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The loops of the week are some drum loops.

The PC game of the week was Sword of the Stars.

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Bye for now!