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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Windows 7 is to Windows Vista as Windows XP is to Windows 2000

Yes, you read that right - Windows 7 is an optimized and reskined version of Windows Vista.

I have just recently purchased a new Gateway FX Desktop, and when I brought up the Command Prompt I noticed the following version number.


The six is the main version number, with the one being the version update number and the 7600 being the build version. A friend of mine had his laptop, running Windows Vista, on hand, and I asked him to bring up his command prompt.


Compare these two numbers:


Remove the build number:


And remove the update number:


The same can be done with Windows XP and Windows 2000


Remove the build:


And the update:


Do you see what's wrong with this picture?

Windows 7: 6
Windows Vista: 6

Wouldn't Windows 7 be version 7.0?
This basically shows that Windows 7 is running the same Kernal as Windows Vista, just like Windows XP was with Windows 2000.

Bottom line is that they're the same system with different GUI's.

This isn't a bad thing, Windows XP was a decent improvement over Windows 2000, it just means that Windows 7 isn't an entirely new OS as Microsoft claims.

I'm not accusing Microsoft of false advertising, but I believe that the world should know this since it will help with avoiding a few headaches when they find that a certain program made for Windows Vista isn't listed as being compatible with Windows 7.

Go ahead and install that older program. It will work fine and you'll save money by not having to buy the new version.

Monday, August 9, 2010

More about hackers

I was playing Mario Kart Wii about three hours ago, and I ran into a hacker by the name of OMGITZMIKE with a VR of 37337. The several races we were in were some of the most fun I ever had on MKW, as I never knew what was going to happen. One of this guy's hacks caused him to always finish in last place, causing the VRs of everyone to skyrocket. There were a few other hackers online, but OMGITZMIKE is the one I'm focusing on.

Getting used to racing with "lulz hackers", as I refer to them as, is hard at first, but you eventually learn to laugh with them. Those who say that lulz hackers should be banned are either whiny noobs that should be playing Halo or Modern Warfare 2 (where they're actually tolerated), or are people with no sense of humor and would rather win a World Record (or thirty-two) than have fun. It's not fun when you are at the top because no one can give you a challenge. Trust me. I've been there many times.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The truth about Wii hackers

I know what you're thinking, I'm going to rant about how hackers screw people up and stuff, but that couldn't be further from the truth. My Youtube friend and one of the 4TB guys, Mr.BeanVR35000, arranged the 17th CTGP, a Grand Prix just for hackers. This Grand Prix is different from other online tournaments in that every track has been custom made. Yes, every track was developed not by some dude at Nintendo sitting behind a computer who probably will never play the game he's making, but by people like you and me, except for one difference - the courage to stand up to Nintendo's (completely illegal) control over what software can and can't be used on Nintendo systems.

As of this post, I have never hacked a Nintendo game (besides a few N64 titles, a bunch of Stage Studio Brawl stages, and one or two theme based hacked pokemon), but I have other reasons about why I haven't. The main reason is because I haven't the means, but that's besides the point. I'm approaching the issue of Wii hackers from a second person view, yet I am defending them like I'm one of them. Why would someone like me (someone who hasn't hacked a Wii) be defending people like them (people who Dr. HAX of Garry's Mod fame would throw computer monitors at if he had the chance)? Because I have seen the other side to hackers - the creative side.

I'm not saying I don't have a problem with hackers, people like EvilReba who abuse their powers and hack only to win can go and jump off a cliff, but I have seen what Nintendo doesn't want people to see, and I am now showing it to the world.

Watch the video and see for your self.

Keep an open mind and stick to common sense,


About Me

Sean McCartin, or 40KEndgame as he is known online as and perfers to be called on the internet, is a High School Senior with more than enough experience in science and engineering and a talent for debate and negotiations. He has also competed in two national level RC racing events, the most recent being the Futaba Nitro Challenge. On 7/28/2010, he caught a 7 foot Sailfish while fishing on a charter boat named the Whipsaw off the coast of Wrightsville Beach, NC.