Archive for March, 2007

Nikon Coolpix S6: Attack of the white thingies!

Posted in digital photography, Rants on March 11, 2007 by Atul

A while back I got my hands on a Nikon Coolpix S6. As far as looks go, this one is a stunner; amazingly sleek, sexy and with a clear, bright, large LCD display. A classmate even mistook it for a bulky cellphone-cam instead of an ultra-sleek camera!

As far as I could find, reviewers are going ga-ga over this sweet ‘lil camera. But my experience was anything but sweet. Continue reading

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Brian Lara Cricket 99 PC on WinXP

Posted in cricket, games on March 6, 2007 by Atul

How to run Brian Lara Cricket 99 on a computer running Windows XP?

Yes, its a really old game now, Codemasters’ Brian Lara Cricket 99 but its still fun. And, given the state of affairs as far as Cricket video games are concerned, its still cool enough to give the latest cricket games from EA Sports and Codemasters a run for their money, if you leave aside the graphics for the moment. Then again, unlike these latest avatars, it can play on any PC purchased in the last 3-4 years.

Trouble is, it won’t run on Windows XP. The workaround, use modified executables. I’ve no idea how these freak executables came into being. I found them on a forum a ages ago (was thought to be an inside leak or something at that time). Be that as may. These files can be downloaded from my ESnips folder.

Theywork with original game CD, backup CD as also an image loaded on virtual drives like Daemon Tools. Don’t ask for a NoCD since I neither have any crack nor the knowledge to make one.

Download and extract the files in BLC directory to replace your original exe files. The three different exe were meant for different graphics hardware (as the name suggests, d3dtnt seems to be for nvidia TNT based video cards). Anyways, D3D high should work with newer video cards or else try all the three.

Also, you can download a set of Frequently Asked Questions for Brian Lara Cricket 99 PC, including hints, tips, troubleshooting, cheats etc…something I had written way back. Brian Lara Cricket 99 PC FAQ