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81  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a free mail client that can import Windows Live Mail (Win7) on: February 18, 2014, 11:07:49 PM
I want to say that the addon didn't quite handle what I needed it to. Honestly cannot remember. Thanks for the reply though.

Did manage to solve the issue. I used my Win7 machine to download a copy of Live Mail (The version that is not always on) and transferred/installed that to the new laptop. For whatever reason when you try to download a copy with Win8 they really would prefer you use the always on version. I'm sure I could have tried a few other search words and eventually got it but after hours of updating and installing my patience was wearing thin.
82  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / *Solved* Need a free mail client that can import Windows Live Mail (Win7) on: February 18, 2014, 03:38:34 AM
I need a mail client for a laptop my mom purchased. It has to be able to be used with no internet connection. She wants to import her old mail and contacts from windows live mail that was on their Win7 machine. The laptop is running Windows 8. The mail program that Win8 provides is purely web based and as such cannot import. Tried the new windows live mail that comes with essentials. That too is web based. Tried Thunderbird but it does not import Windows Live mail. Tried Claws Mail which also does not import Live Mail.

So again I need a free mail client that can run without an internet connection. That can import from a Windows Live Mail export (It created a bunch of folders and the file in each folder had a .fol extension). It needs to be user friendly as Mom is not tech savvy.

As an aside I freaking hate Windows 8. What a piece of garbage. I've been working on this machine for at least four hours just to get it updated and then this mail nonsense happened. I will never install it on anything I own.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kickstarter hacked on: February 17, 2014, 01:05:10 AM
Posting this just in case some of you don't see the news or check your email that often.

Right now they are saying that email, phone, encrypted password, name and mailing address. No credit card info has reported to have been taken. But as is often the case with these things I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite is revealed later on. Besides the fact that I believe the card is tied to your account so someone could, after unencrypting the password, pledge for whatever.

So just do the standard change your password for Kickstarter and anything else that shares that password/email combo.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 01, 2014, 04:11:01 AM

Quote from: Zekester on February 01, 2014, 02:38:49 AM

Almost any Adventure Game.

They always sound so appealing, but end up never reeling me in.

Because of the puzzles or just in general?

I know I prefer the inventory kind versus logic. Even then I usually resort to a walkthrough at points because I'm really there for the story first and foremost.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 01, 2014, 04:06:55 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2014, 02:45:21 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 31, 2014, 09:25:14 PM

Yeah i love RPGs and JRPGs,but for the love of me i just can't get into any of the Tales games

I can never get into anything that's considered a "sandbox" game.  GTA, Just Cause, Saints Row, Far Cry, etc..  They always sound awesome, then I end up incredibly annoyed or frustrated with them.  Having a ton of flexibility on what to do and where to go is actually a detriment for me.  I much prefer a game that's tightly scripted.

Have you tried to just stick to the main story line or is it the mere fact that you can wander off a distraction? If it from time to time, in some way, reminded you about the main line might it work better? Can remember Garnett Lee not liking games like Skyrim because he easily got distracted. I think he liked the open world but wanted the game to keep nudging him back to the main path. Which sort of defeats the point of being able to do as you please. Though he did like Red Dead Redemption.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: January 31, 2014, 11:04:10 PM
Metroid & Castlevania. Tried multiple games and just cannot enjoy them at all.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 31, 2014, 06:05:46 PM

88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: January 15, 2014, 05:38:50 PM
I think the hope is that the FCC will re-classify online connections to common carrier. Which would give them a much stronger leg to dictate terms. The problem is the FCC chairman was a lobbyist for cable & wireless. Which isn't to say he won't do something but more than likely will not. We really need an FCC that has the guts to go all in but I just don't see that happening.

Now if you will excuse me I have to go bleach my brain after reading a comment on GigaOm from an idiot that thinks neutrality is a bad thing.
89  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *Taken* Free Joe Danger 2 steam code on: January 14, 2014, 06:04:21 PM
All you have to do is message me.

Runner 2 has been taken.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 03, 2014, 10:33:30 PM
So you can expect even more intrusive ads. You know, because fans demand it.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Deadpool on: January 02, 2014, 05:15:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 02, 2014, 03:23:54 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on January 02, 2014, 03:10:26 PM

I know this is a conversation for another thread but this is just one of the many reasons I hate/fear the move to all digital.

This has nothing to do with what's going on right now. The digital copies will continue to exist for all foreseeable future. The only difference is that they can't sell the games any more. If you own them digitally, they're still yours and you can download and reinstall them as often as you like. Retail is no different. Expect these Marvel games to have a mass recall from stores in the coming days. You can still play your retail discs, but you can't buy new ones.

You're hating/fearing the wrong thing.

Reemul basically stated what I meant. Once something has been pulled, if it was only digital, you don't get a chance to purchase it. We also saw something similar with Disney. They had movies pulled and with it went the availability to view by those that also purchased it. Granted the latter was apparently a mistake and I'm assuming they did work with Apple to fix it. But the point still stands that if you want to play it safe have a physical copy or at the very least a backup. But even with those precautions you might be stuck if you have to authenticate to servers that no longer exist. Then your only path is the shady side of the law.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Deadpool on: January 02, 2014, 03:10:26 PM
I know this is a conversation for another thread but this is just one of the many reasons I hate/fear the move to all digital.
93  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 22, 2013, 06:25:20 PM
I really have a lot of respect for the members here that are able to respond to stupidity, time and again, and not lose their minds.
94  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 20, 2013, 05:59:25 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 20, 2013, 02:17:52 PM

This is isn't hate or slander - he's expressing his opinion and isn't pushing it on others. He also calls out the greedy, drunks, slanderers and swindlers. They just don't have as strong a lobby group.
They don't need lobbyists. They are called politicians.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film]Sin City: A Dame to Kill For on: December 14, 2013, 12:08:58 PM
I take it that it will be a new Sin City world and not one based on the previous movie because
Spoiler for Hiden:
the characters played by Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke died
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: RIP Nelson Mandela on: December 09, 2013, 12:02:29 AM
I would have such a hard time not reading anything else your FB friend posted through the prism of this person is a douche.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair on: December 07, 2013, 12:55:32 PM
There in lies the problem with Narnia. It was never about the battles, indeed they were not really described in much detail with the possible exception of The Last Battle. But that is probably what the films had to rest on to even get made. Not saying a film maker cannot expand on the source material but Narnia was never really about fighting but about the children and their impact on the world and it's impact on them.

The allegories were definitely a part of the books but I never felt they were too heavy handed. Heck as a kid I didn't think about it at all only as an adult did I see the connections. Thinking about it now it seems a little weird in the way Lewis portrays Aslan. He is the creator of Narnia but also interacts with it from time to time so it would seem to portray him as the trinity. But then there is the Emperor over the sea that Aslan mentions several times and how the emperor has rules that he and Narnia must follow. Then there is Charn which Aslan knows about but does not interact with. Maybe someone with more knowledge in religion can connect all that together but it seems like Lewis wanted something like Christianity but not.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair on: December 07, 2013, 04:27:25 AM
This is odd to me as Douglas Gresham didn't want Walden Media involved and because of that there was a moratorium of 7 years past the last film. Though I guess there was no explanation on what he meant by that beyond saying it was "To prevent them from using anything from the Walden films".
I don't see a problem with using the established cast unless it conflicts with the above. Now that I think of it they would be bringing back two sets. The children for Silver Chair and the young adults for Horse and Last. The exceptions would be Eustace and Jill who were around 13 for Silver Chair and probably 16 for Last Battle.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 23, 2013, 07:03:46 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 18, 2013, 11:41:24 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 18, 2013, 11:18:29 PM

I'm sure I've played worse but the two that come to mind right away are Postal 2 and Painkiller.

Wait, the first Painkiller?  Or one of these late expansion/sequels done by other developers?

First one.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 18, 2013, 11:18:29 PM
I'm sure I've played worse but the two that come to mind right away are Postal 2 and Painkiller.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 hours until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 14, 2013, 11:29:19 PM
Can definitely tell who Fred Meyer is backing in this whole thing. This weeks paper has a half page devoted to the PS4 plus a small three foot section inside the electronics department. The Xbox has a full page plus four foot display on the outside of the department that you have to walk past when you enter the store. The display btw was converted a few weeks ago from a kinect one that has been there for close to a year.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Still looking for the video outtake/blooper for Phantasmagoria on: October 26, 2013, 01:14:37 AM
I've been looking for this off and on since at least 1997. First saw it on a fansite run by Anthony Larme. For whatever reason it was taken off. Been doing searches every five years or so and just keep coming up with nothing.

I can even remember what it was. Will spoiler tag it just to be on the safe side.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It's close to the end and Adrienne (Hero) is running from the demon that had possessed her husband. She reaches a gap that appears too long to jump to the other side but conveniently there are pipes above that can be shimmied. I believe in the game you were never given a chance to try to jump the gap but they did shoot a sequence where she tried but for reasons of space could not fit it on the 7 discs. What happens is she tries the jump and doesn't make it. The FMV then breaks the forth wall and it shows her jumping onto a landing mat with the set (Green screen and I believe lights) behind her. The director then starts yelling at her about what was she thinking and she replies that she thought she could make it.

This has to still exist somewhere. It just has to. I've looked through various search engines and then just through youtube. I just keep hitting a wall.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 18, 2013, 09:40:03 PM
September 1998

The DIG Soundtrack $14.99
 Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned (Anne Rice) (Audio Cassette) $27.97
Shipping $4.90
Total $47.86

Good news is that if I for some reason wanted to buy the physical CD of The DIG again a nice UK site would be happy to sell it to me for only $3773.27 plus $3.99 shipping.    (just copy and paste the text. For some reason it really wants to add characters at the end that I didn't put there.
104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [kickstarter] City of Titans on: October 15, 2013, 04:43:22 PM
Titan wanted to use CryEngine as well but Crytek never got back to them so they settled with Unreal.

The examples that I gave were just that. Examples of a group of individuals that stuck through a long period of time to make something happen.

Would a single player game first before an MMO benefit them. Possibly. If nothing else it would let them see how they work as a group and allow them to cut their teeth on something smaller. The problem that I could see happening with that, though, is there is an even less chance to be funded. Who would they pitch to? If it's the group that wants a successor to Heroes then they won't be happy. So then they have to appeal to a much larger audience that is constantly getting bombarded with requests. Whereas a hero mmo is niche as is a space combat game in that you don't have to spread out to find your audience in that they are already there begging for more.

Just in case it comes up, no, I haven't put any money into this. I'm not sure if I will. Waiting for the three I already have (Tesla Effect, Space Venture, Dreamfall Chapters). Also I hate spending money (225 dollars for a ship are you nuts!?).
105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [kickstarter] City of Titans on: October 14, 2013, 09:19:01 PM
That kind a sort a is what kickstarter is though. A person or persons has a dream and you give them money because you would like it to happen. A little bit for them but mostly for you. No one says that every endeavor will succeed and there's a good chance it won't or maybe even worse will be a disaster. If at this point people don't realize these fundraising pitches are not guaranteed then that's tough luck for them. Cripes I pay the stupid tax (lottery) every once in a while because it gives me a little hope. That's all these things are. Just a hope that something neat can happen.

I sometimes marvel at the amount of money that some of the people here are spending on Star Citizen and it's not even out yet. I couldn't spend that much money even post launch for just a single item. But it's something they obviously feel passionately about and that passion allows them to get past the nagging voice that says what if.

Believe me, I get it. There's a good chance this thing will crash hard maybe in a month or in a year. I think both the donors and creators get it too. We hear all the time of various fan projects that fail. But then we sometimes get a Black Mesa or a Katawa Shoujo that through some miracle manage to happen even after a decade.
106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [kickstarter] City of Titans on: October 14, 2013, 05:28:53 PM
I'm looking at what they are putting under budget. Of the initial request here is how they break it down. I also looked at the cost of software, that they don't break down, from Amazon where applicable and direct if they didn't carry it. So prices may be cheaper than I've listed.

$320,000 initial amount
-70,000 Kickstarter - Amazon - Taxes - Perks & AddOns (I'm not sure what they mean by this as there are no physical items in their pledge amounts)
-70,000 Unreal Engine (They do say that this amount is rounded, and from a cursory glance the UDK has two options royalty free or fee plus a percentage of initial sales. Guessing they are going to royalty free which right now is 50,000, if that is indeed the amount they are paying then that is one heck of a round up.)

$180,000 Funds now available
-46,788 Maya 24 copies (They are purchasing different versions and with that are different costs. I don't know what the breakdown will be so I multiplied both high and low versions by 24 then halved the amount)
-91,176 CDS Max 24 copies (This one is also listed in their write up as having different versions but Amazon only has one so for my sanity I'm going with that)
-7,390 zbrush 10 copies (They don't list how many copies of the following pieces of software so I just went with 10)
-5,900 Allegorithmic 10 copies
-6,210 Photoshop 10 copies (Used the CS6 version as they didn't specify so it may be a cheaper version)
-5,790 Illustrator 10 copies (CS6 as well with the same disclaimer)
-6,499 8DIO (This one is complicated. There are various instruments and vocals that you can buy. I just went with the full bundle)

$10,757 Amount Left Over

Then there are other items that they list. Which I'll just quote.
Then we have the costs for the website servers and bandwidth. The more you love us, the more expensive itís going to get.

And, finally, a little cash to put a tax lawyer, book keeper and legal professional on retainer. Purely fee for service, but they will pay for themselves in troubles solved and money saved.

There are a few smaller items, such as RAM for some rendering, some 3D mice, drawing tablets, depending on individual artist needs.

I will fully admit that I may be wrong on some of these amounts and it may be cheaper buying direct when you can rather than going through Amazon. I also don't know how much they are figuring would be spent on the services/hardware in the quote above. If someone wants to take a stab at those feel free.

Going through this with the numbers that they provided, and the amounts I came up with (Plus a guess at the quote), I would take a guess that they are underfunded by about 10,000. Though I am definitely making a guess and the remaining amount that I came up with may indeed cover the remainder that is not broken down (Again the quote). But let's assume that it is enough. If there is any remainder it does not a salary make, especially not for the 24+ people that are involved with this. So it has to be all voluntary. There is no way around it. I would guess that their hope is that the project will pay for itself (Server costs plus additional content) in the long term and if all goes really well provide a job for some of them down the line. Or maybe this game would live as purely a labor of love for the community. In which case content would be added on a contract basis, as funds permit, but otherwise the game would function in a maintenance mode where it exists but that's it. My feeling is they are going for the latter with hopes that content can be added a few times a year.

I'll admit that some of their goals may be pie in the sky, to which I'll nod to yourself Turtle on this one, as I have no clue beyond saying all game studios are that way initially. I believe they do want to start small on some of the things so that's good. What may also end up changing is the date. I'm going by the latest date on their pledges (Nov '15). If it is all volunteer that date seems a little soon though again I really don't know how big their eyes are or really about software development in general so it could be possible.

This whole thing started because NCSoft decided to play the petulant child and not let anyone purchase the City of Heroes IP or even reconsider the closure. Out of all this a community stuck together pretty well coming up on a year now, enough so that not one but two projects (Plus a secret one) were actually being actively pursued. If for no reason than this I do truly hope one or both of them succeed. It would be a nice ending to this story.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 12, 2013, 12:23:32 AM

Taken from Reddit
108  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [kickstarter] City of Titans on: October 11, 2013, 11:13:10 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 11, 2013, 10:34:45 PM

As it stands, the team will burn through this money in less than a year on basic living expenses, then post up a sad post about how they couldn't secure extra funding.

I'm confused, where in the proposal does it state that the money will be used as a salary?
109  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 09, 2013, 11:44:10 PM
Because he likes being speaker and the extremist faction within the Republican party has just enough pull to potentially strip him of that. Though something tells me he hates being in this position right now.
110  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 03, 2013, 07:40:48 PM
I can only hope that that idiot apologizes to the park ranger. But I doubt it and I know fox will just portray it as fighting that horrible Obama. Because clearly since she is there doing her job, for no pay, it must be costing the taxpayer a lot of money.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 03, 2013, 07:35:31 PM
How about this. For every day that a deal is not reached the party that obstructs loses a electoral point for the next five presidential elections.
Obviously hitting them in their pocketbooks (Pay freezes) won't hurt since most are wealthy or have the backing of those whom are. So go after the one thing that will hurt their agenda.
112  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *Taken* Free Bastian Steam Code on: September 28, 2013, 07:07:31 PM
First one who messages me gets it.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need recommendations on where to get good tree (disease) advice on: September 21, 2013, 03:17:17 PM
Here's the reply I've gotten from Ask an Expert. She did also say that this was a preliminary diagnosis and would hopefully have more to say after returning from travel.

This type of growth and or fungus is usually a result of internal decay and is secondary, not the primary cause.

I will post the follow-up when I get it. I'm also still interested in what your brother thinks as well Purge.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need recommendations on where to get good tree (disease) advice on: September 15, 2013, 02:13:43 AM
Got the best distance shot that I could. As far as close ups, the other pictures will have to make due. I wasn't able to get a couple of the branches, that I make note of, due to the digital zoom being worthless.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need recommendations on where to get good tree (disease) advice on: September 14, 2013, 06:44:08 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 13, 2013, 09:59:22 PM

I'll ask my brother (an arborist). Can you post some decent pics of the spots (like, lots of them) and toss em up on photobucket with links or img embeds?

Hopefully this works. Haven't used photobucket before. Hopefully some of the pictures help. The iTouch sucks when it comes to wanting detail. At least my version does. Many thanks for the help.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 14, 2013, 04:21:50 AM

Well, my dad used to work for the state university Extension Service as an agriculture and horticulture specialist so my first thought is to try your state version of that.  They usually have offices in the county seat towns, but there are also online services.

I see your profile says you're in Oregon, and they have an "Ask an Expert" online thing here if that helps.  You can submit your description and any attached pictures as well, and my guess is if they're any good they will be able to identify it pretty easily and give you thorough treatment advice.

Will try this as well. Just need to figure out a good picture(s).
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need recommendations on where to get good tree (disease) advice on: September 13, 2013, 08:49:15 PM
Have an oak in my back yard. Lost a couple branches over the course of a month. One was very large and I lucked out in that it barely hit my house. Have noticed a few patches on the bark are whitish, break off easily, and the surface can be crumbled by hand into powder. I'm worried that this is the cause of the broken branches. See another patch higher up on the tree only this one is several feet long and there is no question that if the branch breaks in the wrong way I will potentially lose my car hole or part of home. I don't think it's fungus in that there are no growths on or around the tree. My guess is either a mold or insect. But I really need to know if there is something I can treat it with (Which means I need identification), if it's a lost cause, or not a problem.

While I would welcome any advice I figure someone might know an active forum I can try.

Also no there are no local arborists so I cannot go that route.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does anybody know how to get rid of a family of foxes living in the attic? on: August 29, 2013, 06:42:56 PM
Trick them into pulling one last caper.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 12, 2013, 07:57:07 PM
I think Fraser Agar from Video Games Awesome really says what I've been thinking.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 12, 2013, 07:33:29 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 12, 2013, 06:58:58 PM

Is it just me or does Don Mattrick look like he's got a permanent smirk on his face? He looks like someone who's pulled off the biggest joke on the world and finds it so funny.
No I've never liked him either. Always comes across as someone who thinks he's one of us but really falling short.
I've also never liked Kudo Tsunoda. I don't care if one of your eyes is sensitive to light find a better way that does not involve looking like a douche. And buy a suit.

Contrast that with Jack Tretton who yes is probably a suit but has always come across much more natural. And then of course there was Shu Yoshida who looked positively giddy being on stage.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 12, 2013, 07:23:17 PM
I always knew Paul Thurrott was a Xbox fan but I just never realized he was one of those rabid ones. Even when he previews the PS4 as well as a vs. he asks to tone down the partisan rhetoric in the comments but proceeds to make little digs at Sony as often as possible. Even his twitter is filled with the stuff. But my personal favorite is this quote "But once you get past the self-righteous indignation of supposedly outraged gamers, youíll find that the value proposition of this coming generation of consoles hasnít really changed."
I'm thinking Microsoft is actually getting their talking points from him. I also have to wonder if he has become so detached from the rest of us that he just cannot understand why we don't like the direction the Xbox is heading.

I'm really considering about abandoning Windows Weekly after this Thursday. Having listened since the beginning it's a weird thing to be thinking. But between this and Leo's inability to listen to what Paul And Mary Jo say mere seconds before I really have to wonder what I'm getting out of it. I've always had disagreements before but I guess when my knowledge base is 1:1 with theirs I find that the podcast is really slanted closer to one side than the center.

For the record I also have no plans on getting a PS4 either. I have too large a backlog to work through. About the only new game I would get would be Half Life Ep 3. But since that's never coming out I'm safe.
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