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Passmark OSFMount mounts CD, DVD, DD images and VMWare virtual discs

There are plenty of free tools out there that allow you to mount disc images as virtual drives, but Passmark's OSFMount offers a bit of additional functionality. Apart from being able to mount everything from ISOs to raw DD (a Unix imaging tool) images to VMWare virtual disks, OSFMount can also extend and format certain types. Images may also be mounted as a RAM drive, which can yield better...

Microsoft submits new patent: now watch as the number of well-endowed girls on the Internet declines

Some plucky researchers at Microsoft have just applied for a new patent, and it doesn't immediately come across as all that desirable. Its purpose: generating realistic avatars. Your avatar is how you portray or display yourself on the Internet, be it on a forum or virtual world like World of Warcraft. An avatar usually takes the form of who you want to be, not who you are. Becoming someone els...

Fugly Friday: Cybertown

Do you tire of your humdrum, meatspace world? Does Sony's PlayStation Home look too real? Are there too many flying penises in Second Life for your taste? Well, strap on your hippie goggles and head over to Cybertown, where VRML never really went out of style, it just got better textures. I remember stumbling into Cybertown around the turn of this century and being plenty impressed. Back then, b...

RocketOn: what fresh hell is this?

What could be more fun than browsing your favorite sites? Why, browsing your favorite sites while directing a funky-looking avatar to parade around and do your bidding, of course. Unlike PMOG, where your experience is backgrounded until you stumble upon mines or loot (but requires a Firefox extension to work), RocketOn figures it'll be a lot more fun to disrupt your browsing with some crudely anim...

Is Google testing a Second Life style virtual world?

Students at Arizona State University are being offered a chance to test a new product that will be launched later this year by an unnamed major company. Although the beta is available only to ASU students, and participants have to sign a nondisclosure statement to sign up, one student snapped a couple of images of the signup page. So here's what we know. The questionnaire asks about social sites...