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Playboy Posts Unedited Back Issues Online, for Free


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by Mark Hachman

Sex sells, especially when it's free.

Through a partnership between Microsoft and Bondi Digital Publishing, Playboy Enterprises has put 53 back issues of Playboy on the Web, viewable through Microsoft's Silverlight viewer.

The images are free to access at PlayboyArchive.com, with no age verification required.

The issues cover the years 1954 through 2007, and appear as they did in the print version, with advertisements left intact. To do so, Bondi Digital Publishing - the software pioneers that developed the platform for The Complete New Yorker - scanned and re-typed each issue of Playboy, the company said in a statement.

"Playboy has an incredibly rich history and an intensely loyal readership," said Hugh M. Hefner, Playboy founder, editor-in-chief and chief creative officer, in a statement. "This is the perfect opportunity to offer them something they have always wanted and also a great way to allow a whole new generation to easily explore the magazine."

Users will need to install Microsoft's Silverlight player, naturally. The Web component was developed with Microsoft's Partner of the Year, Vertigo.

The player does not allow full-screen viewing, but users can pan around the digital image, which loads large enough so that text can be easily read. When the archive first loads, an array of Playboy covers can be viewed and clicked upon; after that, several pages from the inside of the magazine appear. A table of contents is also available, and the archive is searchable.

The site went live late Thursday, and was announced at Microsoft's Mix09 show in Las Vegas.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2343502,00.asp

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I am trying to create one of those portable IDs' that you have but it isn't working. I joined eu.playstation.

Is there something else I am not doing?

There are two. There's one directly from SCE Europe, and there's one from a parternship between SCE Europe and Playfire.

Here's how to get the Playfire one:

- Sign into the EU PlayStation website using your PlayStation Network information (PSN is universal, so it doesn't matter if you use a US account to log into a European PS website, and vice versa.).

- You don't need to join your account. Just go to the "My Portable ID" tab.

- Set up your information.

- Update your profile.

- Go to PlayFire.com

- Sign up on PlayFire.

- Go to this page. You want the automated one.

- Insert your PSN ID.

- Select your personalized card.

To use the SCEE one, you only need to do the first 4 steps.

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There are two. There's one directly from SCE Europe, and there's one from a parternship between SCE Europe and Playfire.

Here's how to get the Playfire one:

- Sign into the EU PlayStation website using your PlayStation Network information (PSN is universal, so it doesn't matter if you use a US account to log into a European PS website, and vice versa.).

- You don't need to join your account. Just go to the "My Portable ID" tab.

- Set up your information.

- Update your profile.

- Go to PlayFire.com

- Sign up on PlayFire.

- Go to this page. You want the automated one.

- Insert your PSN ID.

- Select your personalized card.

To use the SCEE one, you only need to do the first 4 steps.

Awesome, That helped me out and I have it now. Thanks a lot Wom!

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There are two. There's one directly from SCE Europe, and there's one from a parternship between SCE Europe and Playfire.

Here's how to get the Playfire one:

- Sign into the EU PlayStation website using your PlayStation Network information (PSN is universal, so it doesn't matter if you use a US account to log into a European PS website, and vice versa.).

- You don't need to join your account. Just go to the "My Portable ID" tab.

- Set up your information.

- Update your profile.

- Go to PlayFire.com

- Sign up on PlayFire.

- Go to this page. You want the automated one.

- Insert your PSN ID.

- Select your personalized card.

To use the SCEE one, you only need to do the first 4 steps.

I personally like the PlayFire much better as you can upload your own background and avatar :) hopefully Sony USA will get on the ball and fix their gamer cards

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