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13841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 05, 2006, 09:55:26 PM

Quote from: Gwar21 on October 05, 2006, 09:46:48 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on October 03, 2006, 04:46:07 PM

ORLY?

They already TROUNCED Green Bay at Lambeau.  You think Green Bay has a chance in Chicago?  Ha!

The Green Bay rematch is their last game of the year.  If they've clinched everything they can by then, they're likely to rest starters, giving Green Bay a shot.

Not to mention is SHOULD be Favre's last game so hopefully he'll be amped to go out with a win. Of course, that probably means he'll throw 6 pickles, but...
13842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 09:53:21 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 05, 2006, 09:18:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 08:57:00 PM

The 360 has not arrived yet (and if Amazon is accurate, it won't be here until mid- November), so that gives me some time to play my existing systems.
That's an error.  Call them and tell them to ship your 360 immediately, as the deal stated they would.

I don't know that I want it yet, frankly.  A console with no game. What's the point!?  icon_biggrin

Modify: Of course, I could buy a game now and since GoW will be free I still stay in the contest!
13843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 09:04:39 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 05, 2006, 08:59:39 PM

The Holiday season'll probably have plenty of deals for older 360 games.

You're totally going to buy more than just Gears of War.

Do Live Arcade games count?

<Cough>. Read the OP.
13844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 09:03:53 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 05, 2006, 09:00:36 PM

You have 8-10 game backlogs for all current systems and you think you can avoid a any backlog at all for a new system... not a chance. smile

That's the whole point. I don't want to tie up any more money in this hobby.  The incentive to me is a 60.00  hit if I break the rule.
13845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / One Game At a Time: Updated. Backlog Pared Significantly! on: October 05, 2006, 08:57:00 PM
The 360 has not arrived yet (and if Amazon is accurate, it won't be here until mid- November), so that gives me some time to play my existing systems.

I intend GoW to be my first game on this console and I intend for it to be my ONLY game, until I've finished it.

I, vow, before all of my GT brothers, that I will not have a backlog for this console. EVER.

I've purchased two consoles this year already: PS2 and DSL.

PS2 backlog is currently: 10 Games (with probably 300 hrs of gameplay)

DSL backlog is currently: 8 games  (with probably 150 hrs of gameplay) <7 if you don't count Animal Crossing which I played for about 2 hrs and will probably never touch again>

Did I mention that I had an XBOX already?

XBOX Backlog is currently: 10 games (with probably 150 hrs of gameplay)

So, that said, I will not have more than one game at any point of time being actively played on the 360.

Caveats:

  • If someone purchases me a game as a gift or sends me a game for free that will not count against the tally
  • XBOX Live arcade games may or may not count- I'm not familiar enough with what they actually are yet and will solicit you're advice as to whether they should.
  • If I complete or sell three (3) titles from my existing 3 console backlog, I am allowed to purchase one XBOX 360 game that is $30.00 or less + shipping
  • Open/Multi-player games will count toward the tally, but my judgement will determine whether an appropriate gameplay to cost ratio has been established (I don't forsee my buying many, if any of these)
  • Purchases of games for any other console do not count against the tally. Come on! Bully and GH2 are coming out!
  • Purchase of the Wii, any Wii accessories or any Wii games will not count against the tally

Contest:  If I buy an additional game for the 360 before I have completed the one in active play, I will buy one lucky person who posts in this thread a game of their choosing up to $60.00 + shipping.

Contest will be void upon completion or sale of all backlog games for other consoles. Caveats subject to change/revision (without changing over all contest parameters) based on suggestions from GT readers
This contest not endorsed/supported or otherwise underwritten by GamingTrend (though I will accept sponsorship offers  icon_wink).


13846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War hands on on: October 05, 2006, 08:30:37 PM
I don't know if FSW was fantastic.  It could have been legendary, but the level design was SO CLOSED OFF that it may as well have been on rails.

I'm looking forward to GoW.
13847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 06:48:28 PM
Oh Purge...where art though? I must get my order in by 2 PM PST for it to ship today. I have just about 2 hrs.


You're my only hope.
13848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 04:32:48 PM
After you answer the above... another set of questions:

It looks like the ends of those cables are terminated...so I won't need any additional tools to terminate them, correct?

If yes, when I feed them down into the wall, should I take the ends off to avoid damage or just drop em down?

How do the jacks connect to the wall plates? Just pop em in?

Any particular reason you chose orange cables?  icon_wink

I'm thinking 50 ft of cable should be more than enough...any reason to get 100?
13849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 05, 2006, 04:22:32 PM
Bills in an upset 13-10.

 icon_twisted
13850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 05, 2006, 04:18:26 PM

Quote from: Clay on October 05, 2006, 01:19:28 PM

Edit: Seems that The Associated Press is also calling Foley a Democrat.

Dick Cheney flexes his muscles.

I'll bet Al Jazeera gets it righ!
13851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a lot of fun on: October 05, 2006, 03:55:21 PM
Ahh yes. Teh sand blobs that knock you down and kill you. That was frustrating.  Still, as I said before, I thought it was an appropriate last boss.  But tomato tomato.
13852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Never Delete Any Email Ever on: October 05, 2006, 03:49:13 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on October 05, 2006, 03:30:23 PM

All companies that might EVER be involved in any sort of litigation or dispute should have a very specific and detailed document retention policy that tells all employees how and when to delete old emails.  Employees should then hew to that policy precisely.  Anything else is, these days, courting disaster.

And believe me, for every email you're glad you still have, I've seen one that people wish was deleted in the routine course of business.

My secret to never being exposed is to keep everything in the deleted folder. Then, should the time come, people will be pouring over my email and not find a thing.

FBI guy 1: Did you check the deleted folder?
FBI guy 2: Why would I check in there? Everything's deleted.
FBI guy 1: You're right. I guess he's clean.
13853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 05, 2006, 03:47:18 PM
No. No. You're supposed to have another witty comeback and then I have one. Then when it hits 3 pages we agree to disagree and the thread dies.

 ninja2
13854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 05, 2006, 03:37:41 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 05, 2006, 03:36:31 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 03:13:54 PM

Good Lord you're weeks late.

On the front page still no less. Updated TODAY no less!

And you claim to work here?

That would be the ComicCon footage versus the link above which is the full trailer showing in theaters this weekend. Also, I missed your post as I've been elsewhere for a while. icon_wink

You're head is still in the clouds.  See todays update. 

<sigh> Rookie.
13855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 05, 2006, 03:13:54 PM
Good Lord you're weeks late.

On the front page still no less. Updated TODAY no less!

And you claim to work here?
13856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Never Delete Any Email Ever on: October 05, 2006, 03:05:36 PM
There was a small issue that could have resulted in big problems and it was possible that it was my fault for not completing the task.

However, a quick check of emails from 6 months ago proves that I passed the task (with my portion completed) off to someone else.

Huzzah for huge hard drives that allow me to save every email I've ever received!  thumbsup
13857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console information from EBGames Convention. on: October 05, 2006, 02:52:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 05, 2006, 02:40:58 PM

Could suck for those annoying little kids who hog the kiosks for hours on end  icon_twisted

Yes, but you can always bring your mommy's credit card.
13858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:49:05 PM
Ok in chatting with my dad I think I have a solution (not necessarily due to his insights, but where they took me  Tongue).

I hope I can explain this:


Above the TV room is the classroom where we home school.  In this room there is a network jack (rarely used) and a tv jack.  When they wired the house originally, the forgot to put the tv jack in the tv room, so they spliced the cable from the classrom and ran it down into the tv room.

What I'm thinking is that I can repeat this same process with the network cable as follows:

I run the TVC (tv cat 5 cable) down into the wall of the classroom terminating one end there. 

I run the other end of the TVC next to where the pros ran the coax (will have to drill a bigger hole) and terminate the other end there into a network jack.

Back in the clasroom, I place my Netgear print server (which is currently not being used) and plug the TVC in there thus creating the following wiring scheme:


Cisco switch in Office <---direct line to---> Classroom <---direct line to ---> Print server <---TVC---> to TV room.

Questions:

Will the fact that it is a print server and not a switch result in what you described above (waiting for optimized 'traffic patterns'?)
Would I be better off with a switch in the classroom?  I'd only need 2 or 3 ports? Are they available that small/cheap?

Overall what you think?
 

13859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:18:19 PM
No basements in NC.

Blown Insulation.

I've added a bit of text to the 2nd paragraph re: gettnig through the floor above....

Where does what cable come out?
13860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:12:04 PM
I have absolutely no idea how to run a cable from the attic, through the wall of my master bedroom (which is directly above my office) and down into the wall of my office.  I can't see any existing cable, as I'm guessing they ran it through the floor before it was put in.

How do I determine where the heck I am in the attic in conjunction with where I want the cable to come down in my office?  After that, how do I burrow through the floor in the master bedroom (one can assume there is a layer of plywood or stud inbetween the floors) once I get there?
13861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to draw Female Comic Characters! on: October 05, 2006, 01:59:36 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 05, 2006, 01:50:06 PM

Or on breasts.

Become a rock star.
13862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: October 05, 2006, 01:01:00 PM
As I am progressing through Battles of Prince of Persia, I'm finding that it is rather a good game.  There's strategy in spades as you have to not only plot your armies movements, but do so with the right card.

If you haven't played it and Mage Knight isn't up to snuff, BoPoP can be had for 10.00 at BB. It's a solid B title right now.
13863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: Harry Potter responsible for the school shootings. on: October 05, 2006, 10:15:04 AM
If Harry Potter was a Christian, you'd have no problem with this motion.  Here's the crux of her argument:

Quote
Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday that the popular fiction series is an "evil" attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.



13864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300! on: October 05, 2006, 09:47:54 AM
Full Trailer is up.  Bootleg one is better.
13865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to draw Female Comic Characters! on: October 05, 2006, 09:40:31 AM
I wish I could draw.  Not as much as I wish I could play an instrument, but almost.
13866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a lot of fun on: October 05, 2006, 09:36:39 AM
<giggle> had to finish it, eh!

Can you explain to me the final boss? I cannot for the life of me remember what it was....oh wait: was it

Spoiler for Hiden:
where the pieces of the pillars are in the air and you have to jump and climb them to the guy and then jump over and stab him...yeah I think that's it.

I actually didn't find that battle too bad and thought it fit in rather fine.  I was actually let down by the ending though...
13867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: VOIP Thread on: October 04, 2006, 10:59:03 PM
Have Vonage. It's not so great.  It's more than 30 bucks a month cheaper than regular phone so that's why I keep it.

I"m interested in hearing great alternatives...
13868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick, name a video-game franchise you enjoy on: October 04, 2006, 10:37:32 PM
MGS

POP

are the two that pop into mind first.
13869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 04, 2006, 09:47:53 PM
george bush did it!
13870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 09:45:06 PM
as long as they honor mine all will be copasetic
13871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 07:14:28 PM
UPdate to the situation:

"Just got off the phone with Amazon: Here's the skinny.

Sales rep said I should go ahead and punch through the sale even though the total cost shows as 459.xx. Since they only charge the card once an item ships, she said that once Gears of War is released it will ship with no charge on the CC due to this promotion.

I asked what if it doesn't? There's no record of this promotion on the sales transaction.

She said that we can easily see what promotions were offered and when and we can refund the charge for the game if the charge appears...which it most likely won't.

Therefore, making the leap of faith I'm going to go ahead and order it.

Worst case, I have to call back and wrangle in November to get my money back.

Total outlay should still be 399.99."

13872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 05:57:40 PM
I have one PC that's hardwired at all times through a switch to the router.

I have two other laptops that are used periodically throughout the week (either wired also through the switch or are wireless).

The 360 would be the new edition in the TV room.

I'll get up in the attic and see if I have access to the cables from the office. I'm guessing I would have to be able to see them...I'll chime back in a bit.
13873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 05:05:48 PM
I'm trying to run a line from my router in the office on the first floor to the tv room on the otherside of the house on the first floor.

i have the entire second floor wired, so ideally i could just splice into one of those lines (via the attic) and run just one line down the wall into the tv room.

So I guess a non-powered hub would be the way to go as my son is less than a year and won't be internetting any time soon. Is there one on monoprice or elsewhere? Linky? Typical cost?  And I'm guessing since I won't be running a long line, I don't need 100 ft.

So given that, tips/tricks/knowledge?
13874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 04:15:43 PM
Thanks Gents-

Is there such thing as a splitter? That way I could run the line to both the upstairs and downstairs on the same line.
13875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Group wants us to boycott Dunkin Donuts and Applebees for not hiring illegals? on: October 04, 2006, 03:55:33 PM
The solution is obviously machine guns and pinpoint bombing!
13876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 03:29:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 04, 2006, 03:08:05 PM

I would guess your order got canned because you put both GoW and Viva Pinata in your basket.  When it comes up again, stick with just GoW. 

Instead of 'canned' shouldn't you have said 'torpedoed'?  Tsk Tsk.
13877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wife's 30th. Wanna do 'Something' Special on: October 04, 2006, 03:28:25 PM
What should it be?

Ideas?

Any callous or insensitive remakrs will be met with the overpowering use of scripture verses.

Parameters:
  • No trips. We're heading to DC at the end of October and to Disney in Jan 07.
  • Think outside the box...not flowers, cards or trinkets
  • She pretty much has everything she needs for her hobbies.  I could get her a pink DS, but she's not into gaming at all slywink
  • I want it to be an 'event' but not such an 'event' as to jeopardize our fiscal solvency.
13878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 03:05:24 PM
Okay so when I had our house built i neglected to have an Internet jack placed where my tv is.  (When I called just a few hours later to correct the problem, I was rejected- jerks!).

So now I must tap into one of my hardlines that are wired into the rooms upstairs and run a line down to my tv (I'd prefer not to go wireless as it just doesn't seem to be nearly as fast).

So: How hard is it to terminate cat 5 cable?  I'm guessing you don't have to polish it as it's not fiber, but....what unthought issues with the wiring am I missing?

Is cat 5 relatively cheap? I'm thinkgin I'll need 50 feet or so. 

What tools are required. etc. etc.
13879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 04, 2006, 03:01:25 PM

Quote from: warning on October 04, 2006, 02:13:52 PM

I was losing weight like a mad fiend last week.  Occasionally I can drop 6-8 pounds in a week but then I get scared and decide that's too quick (which it is) so I end up eating more to slow things down.  So that's what I did and of course I ended up gaining it all back.  Weird.

Anyway I'm down to 236 this morning.  A couple years ago I decided to lose some weight (using the Atkins program - ugh) and started it when I weighed 237 so anytime I'm under that number I'm feeling like I'm on the right track.

Well, if you're really overweight, losing 8 lbs in a week isn't too dangerous as it will taper off pretty quickly. However, if you're just a few lbs overweight that's way too much too soon.
13880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 02:48:30 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 04, 2006, 02:22:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 04, 2006, 10:03:11 AM

My order was cancelled.  I'm both pleased and dismayed at the same time.  If they put it back up i might do it again, but might not.
From CAG:

Quote from: Maddgief
Just got off the phone with amazon and they've said the deal should be back in 2-4 hrs.


Yes I am one confused little man. My wife has actually sweetened the deal in that she's letting me 'sell' my best buy gift certs to the house and letting me put the cash towards the 360.  So my out of pocket costs will be about 220....and with the 125.00 bonus i'm getting from work, final out of pocket will be south of 100.00.  Can't beat that with a stick.
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