Happy 10th Birthday Wikipedia!
Today is 10 years [Believe it or not] since the first article on Wikipedia was created and in those 10 years over 3.5 million articles have been written in the English Wikipedia alone with around 17 million [17 657 955 to be exact – 14/01/11 20:41 GMT!] in all the language variants, of which there are more than 278.
I do remember the first time I went on it way back in 2002, I believe I was looking for something to help with my homework [As is every other person who checks in to Wikipedia], and to my surprise I found this wealth of information that seemed very relevant indeed. Wikipedia is a great starting point for looking up something but one must use caution on the site since it is of course freely editable by anyone in the world. However, it is a brilliant starting point and can provide many happy hours of flicking between entries.
So hereâ€™s to Wikipediaâ€™s eternal reign over our informational needs.
One of my favourite pastimes is to have a nice olâ€™ drive on a train simulator. My personal favourite, OpenBVE, has come on leaps and bounds since I last wrote about it.
Taking advantage of these new improvements is the Network West Midlands route from the people at Trainsimcentral.co.uk. A fictional 25 kV route set in the Midlands, it features a multitude of electric units and diesel units with long stretches of super quick 125 mph sections running into several termini, all highly detailed.
For your viewing pleasure I have included some screenshots of its latest update that show how the route has come on 😀
And some new screenshots from the 2011 preview release.
[Screenshots from the 10.10 Maybank – Hobbs Cross 2008 Route diagram using the Class 323 from Trainsimcentral running OpenBVE 220.127.116.11]
New features include animated clocks, passing trains, moving traffic over bridges, a massive visual overhaul and support for new â€œrandomâ€ features in OpenBVE allowing for sections of the route to be changed randomly to show maintenance workers and weather.
Here’s an video of me playing a version of the route from 2009 in OpenBVE:
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click image to play
Its a great update and really shows off some of OpenBVEâ€™s new features.
To download the latest release you will need the very latest edition of OpenBVE 18.104.22.168 and you can download the route from their site at BVE4.net [At the time of writing their site seems to be down]
Happy New year everyone! Hereâ€™s to a great 2011 from SouthanUK!