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9921  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: October 09, 2008, 03:21:18 PM
I got to do that "Nerd-gasm" inducing quest in Tal Bruinen last night. It was a real treat, in fact it was totally...
Spoiler for Hiden:
precious... icon_biggrin

I dunno, I have very inconsistent luck finding teammates but it is really as group-encouraging MMO as there is. But a lot of people get very attached to their higher level characters (I've got 41 and 48 characters now and don't play much else) and I think that contributes to certain lower level ranges often not having many people to team with.

I'm in a good-size kinship but they're almost all from Australia so we don't team much except on weekends. It is invaluable in terms of having people you can ask to craft items for you, or to ask questions of. If I was starting over though I'd probably try to somehow find an East Coast kinship so at least I would know we'd all generally be on around the same time.

And lot of us are just bashful. I'm not really comfortable basically spamming chat channels to try to get a group quest done, although sometimes I will. Sometimes I'll resort to cheesy humor and sometimes I'll get some interest just by being a little different (it doesn't always work though).

I don't know how Moria's going to affect things. I'm sure it'll bring a lot of players back but whether it brings back mostly people who had L50 characters and were out of things to do, or people who want to come back and restart (which would help fill up the 1-20 areas and make it easier to team up in those ranges), who can say. Only the Watcher knows...
9922  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an MSI Wind? on: October 09, 2008, 03:00:43 PM
Something called Fudzilla has a lot of shots of the Wind U120. It isn't much changed on the outside, aside from trying to be a little more sharper-edged, and business-like, they seem to indicate:

MSI's new Wind U120 pixellized
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9855&Itemid=1
9923  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Acer Aspire One? (yet another mini-notebook) on: October 09, 2008, 02:56:22 PM
AA1 is seeing some use as a testbed for WiMax testing. Engadget has a roundup:

XOHM roundup: WiMAX-enabled Aspire One, speed testing
http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/09/xohm-roundup-wimax-enabled-aspire-one-speed-testing/

More specific to AA1 at:
Hands-on with Mobile WiMAX Acer Aspire one (Laptop Magazine's blog)
http://blog.laptopmag.com/hands-on-with-mobile-wimax-acer-aspire-one
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I just finished complaining in a previous post about the dearth of WiMax netbooks here at the XOHM event in Baltimore. Then I was invited by Ben Wolff, the CEO of Clearwire, to take a ride in an Intel-pimped mini van to chat about the technology and test it out. And lo and behold there was an Acer Aspire one waiting for me–with Mobile WiMax baked in. ...

We’re looking into whether this Aspire one was simply a demo unit or if the company is actually bringing a Mobile WiMax-enabled netbook to market. So far the company has only announced two notebooks with an integrated Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series adapter, the 14-inch Aspire 4930-6862 and the 16-inch Aspire 6930-6771.
9924  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Acer Aspire One? (yet another mini-notebook) on: October 09, 2008, 01:10:31 PM
A Phillipines site tested the 6-cell battery Aspire One A150X (basically, it's the XP model with a 6-cell battery):
http://blogs.inquirer.net/techaddicts/2008/10/08/acer-aspire-one-redux/
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Most of the Atom-based notebooks reviewed before have ho-hum performance, operating for just about two hours before dying out. The 6-cell battery allowed the Aspire One A150X to run for a phenomenal 3 hours at full charge with the Wifi connections running and a video playing on a loop.
Not exactly the twice-the-battery life people were hoping for from a 6-cell but I guess that's a worst-case usage scenario.
9925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 09, 2008, 02:20:03 AM
Because my life is soooo empty, I typed up all the entries on the "Wheel of Misfortune" in Episode 2. Like so...
Quote
Wheel of Misfortune
-You're Fired [in red]
-The Hole
-The Cage
-Floor Inventory
-Storeroom Inventory
-Display Duty
-Customer Service
-7 p.m. Breakroom Clean Up
-Check Out
-Parking Lot Cart Duty
-Dust Big Mike's Office
-Diaper Station Duty
-Bathroom Cleanup
icon_razz
9926  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 08, 2008, 10:23:58 PM
Some cool news for people constantly running out of inventory space - Moria will change the handling of quest items and "key rings" to try to slim down the personal inventory mess.

Some info here:
http://forums.lotro.com/showpost.php?p=2282704&postcount=262

Basically, most quest items will go into the quest book and no longer eat up inventory space (unless they require you use or interact with them in some way).
9927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 08, 2008, 08:57:03 PM
I was looking at the prime-time skeds over at TVguide.com (at the bottom of the home page is a useful TV sked):
http://www.tvguide.com/

The Blackjack scheme is to put that miserable Knight Rider remake out of its misery and move Chuck there. Then it's going against Bones on Fox (I like Bones, but it's no ratings juggernaut), the fading Pushing Daisies on ABC and sitcoms New Adventures of Old Christine and the poorly reviewed Gary Unmarried on CBS.

It's obvious being a lead-in to Heroes isn't helping Chuck's ratings (or Heroes for that matter), so I don't know if leading it into Biggest Loser: Families  icon_confused would hurt it any more then leaving it to get mauled by Dancing With the Stars week after week in terms of "traditional" viewership ratings. Or heck, move Chuck and Heroes to Wednesday, and see if Knight Rider/Biggest Loser is better counter-programming to the Dancing juggernaut.

Of course there is something to be said to not jerking a show around on the schedule back and forth (something NBC keeps doing with Friday Night Lights but it still gets so-so ratings). Just my 2 cents - not that NBC's gonna listen to me. If only I were a Suit at NBC. I'd whip 'em into shape. drillsergeant  icon_razz
9928  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 08, 2008, 08:36:00 PM
Foiled again!  icon_razz

After reading the manual at the LG site... I guess it says in some cases if the laptop is underpowered, you then use two cables to connect/power this. One is a USB power cable (with its own special jack on the drive), and then the other is a USB 2.0 data connection cable. It includes those two, but doesn't include the optional AC adapter, fwiw. So I'll be interested to see if my AA1 has enough juice that I don't have to do that.

Also, I guess if I wanted to conserve my AA1's wimpy battery power, I could actually plug the USB power cord into my desktop PC. Then, I would probably trip over the cords and accidentally strangle myself  retard.
9929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda sucks and they and anyone who likes them are going to hell (Fallout 3) on: October 08, 2008, 07:59:30 PM
Bethesda has an interesting ad campaign going on here in the D.C. area on the Metro subway:

Fallout 3 Hits Metro Center
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2008/10/fallout_3_hits_metro_center.html
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Local game studio Bethesda Softworks has blanketed the advertising space in downtown's Metro Center Metrorail station with some dark and kinda disturbing images of DC landmarks, such as a bombed-out-looking Capitol building and Washington Monument, lifted from its upcoming game title Fallout 3.
9930  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista (64-bit) freezing at startup on: October 08, 2008, 07:40:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 08, 2008, 07:24:50 PM

Frankly, I run without any protections period.
Yeesh, I hope you don't do that in all aspects of your life!  unibrow
9931  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Vista (64-bit) freezing at startup on: October 08, 2008, 07:02:40 PM
So, I sort of spoke too soon. Sporadically, it has still been gagging on NOD32.

Since CounterSpy never finds any spyware of note anyway, I finally just disabled it from starting up yesterday and I also disabled Windows Defender from starting up. Oddly, CounterSpy still loaded after I rebooted, once, but not thereafter. Anyway, with CounterSpy no longer starting up, the PC boots up much faster and quicker to the desktop with no "gagging" problems. Even LOTRO seemed to run faster (that might've just been the servers clearing out after the Oct. 2-6 event ended though).

So, I'll probably do a little more experimenting to see if maybe Windows Defender was the culprit.

9932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 08, 2008, 06:16:15 PM
Episode 2, Chuck vs. The Seduction is finally up on NBC's site as well:
http://www.nbc.com/Chuck/video/episodes/#vid=731021

So, whether you watch it there or Hulu, lets give Chuck some "eyeball views" at least.  thumbsup
9933  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an Acer Aspire One? (yet another mini-notebook) on: October 08, 2008, 06:05:59 PM
Hey I actually saw an elderly lady using a display model (Best Buy locks them in these steel cage contraptions) today. She was asking a BB employee a lot of questions about it. I was tempted to chime in, "Hey, I have one of those, do you have any questions about it?" but I decided to stay out of it. Heck if I got started babbling, they might've hired me for the ultra-portables section.  icon_razz

If I'd had my AA1 in my car, I might've offered to bring it in.  icon_smile I know BB is waging war against shoplifters but I really think the cord-lock (as Micro Center does with all of netbooks/ultra-portables) is the way to go on things in this category so people can get an idea of the weight, pivot the screen angle etc.

The retailers didn't ask me of course - but I think even just a rolling video of people using an AA1 or other netbook in a coffee shop, on a plane, at a lecture, anything to show good opportunities to use it, would be better marketing than a locked up demo model in a lonely corner of a store. The category deserves some spiffiness and "bling" imho.  icon_cool
9934  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW joins the dustbin... on: October 08, 2008, 05:49:34 PM
Thanks for the WWII Online insights. I do realize it was pretty much a disaster at launch (I seem to recall it and Anarchy Online got "Coasters of the Month" awards from CGW way back when, for their launches) and then it seemed to gradually become a modestly successful niche MMO. I knew it was still up and running - just don't hear much about it anymore.

I'm content in my return to LOTRO at the moment and anxious for the Moria expansion. However, Warhammer is definitely on my radar screen, and I'd like to at least try a trial version of it some day if that's offered. I just don't think I'm PVP'y enough of a person to truly get into it. Planetside was about the only pseudo PVP-MMO that really hooked me (I guess some would call it more of an MMO FPS), and only for about 6 months at that.
9935  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 08, 2008, 05:37:20 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention -- Best Buy online is back-ordered.  icon_surprised

I'll probably pick one up Friday at lunch.
9936  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 08, 2008, 05:24:25 PM
Hey I think my slim external DVD drive ship has come in for my AA1 (though it would probably be a good partner to anything in this category so I put it here):

Slim External Super Multi DVD Rewriter
http://us.lge.com/products/model/detail/computer%20products_optical%20drives_optical%20drives_GP08LU10.jhtml
And you can even make your own SecureRom discs and tick off all the gamers in your life!!!  icon_twisted icon_razz

Best Buy has a $35-off sale on it, at $74.99. I saw lots of them in stock today, but figured I should do a little online research before buying it:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8990648&st=LG+8X+Slim+Portable&type=product&id=1218007087415

It's USB bus-powered (though it has an optional AC adapter jack), very tiny and light (13 oz.). The box was so tiny on the shelf. It's even specifically Vista 64-bit compatible, so I guess I could use it for home use in an emergency too.
9937  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 08, 2008, 01:33:21 PM
Event's over, and the server wait queues seemed to be gone, fwiw.
9938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 08, 2008, 01:28:29 PM
Hey, if they *do* replace the show with reality programming, Yvonne already has some experience at least...  icon_wink
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Czcv8kRedw
That's an Aussie satire of reality TV shows she did just before Chuck

For all things Yvonne, check out:
http://yvonnestrahovski.net/

I think she did say she actually preferred the Weiner-licious outfit/pony tails for fight scenes -- the shoes were flat heeled and comfortable, and her hair being tied up kept it out of her face during fight scenes.  icon_smile

They've already released some stills as far ahead as episodes 4 (Nicole Ritchie guest star; Sarah [Yvonne] goes to her own 10th high school reunion with Chuck as her date), and 5 (Tony Hale guest star, and then a few more episodes after that as the Buy More's newest assistant store manager).

From what I've read, the writers' strike has so far been brutal on just about every show that debuted last year, including NBC's Life (about the same ratings as Chuck so far) and ABC's whole Wednesday Night lineup (Pushing Daisies etc.). Heck, maybe they should move Chuck and Life to Wednesday, since ABC's competition is mostly ailing that night to begin with and not a Cultural Icon like Dancing With The Stars.  icon_neutral

So I just hope the networks stay the course with last season's debut shows and maybe focus more on where ratings are at the end of Season 2 rather than on the early going.
9939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 11:28:44 PM
And yet fans are still crying about the demise of the "Weiner-Licious" restaurant and her accompanying wardrobe.  icon_lol

And sigh, it's clear if the show's going to reach a 3rd season, NBC has got to move it and maybe Heroes too away from "Dancing With The Stars," which is devouring the 8-10 p.m. audience on Mondays. Chuck's ratings slipped from the premiere, which is sad.
http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/10/ratings-dancing.html

It has a full season 2 commitment, but I really think it's going to need to find a less brutally competitive spot at some point. Otherwise some network exec's going to want to put a reality/contest show in that slot too. disgust Though everything I've read suggests the Suits love the first half dozen episodes of season 2 that they've seen so far. I just gotta hope they Keep the Faith.  icon_smile
9940  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 07, 2008, 09:02:47 PM
Turbine posted some dev diaries on advancement from 50 to 60 with 3 of the classes (burglar, hunter, lore-master):
http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?&postid=2279432#post2279432
9941  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW joins the dustbin... on: October 07, 2008, 05:31:52 PM
I too learned the hard way not to commit to 3- or 6-month subscriptions unless I was truly hooked (I was, with City of Heroes, about 2004-2007). Even though I'm re-hooked on LOTRO at the moment, I'm sticking with month-to-month for now.

So when did you play WWII Online? I never knew anyone who actually played it for any period of time. I was curious about it (I'm a military shooter junkie though I think I've finally faded in my interest in that genre).
9942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 12:25:53 PM
Episode 2's up at Hulu, here's ze link:

#2: Chuck Versus The Seduction
http://www.hulu.com/watch/37997/chuck-chuck-versus-the-seduction

Stumbled on another fan site that's updated fairly often:
http://chucktv.net/
9943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 03:24:34 AM
This NBC "red carpet" video has a spoiler-ish reveal (at about the 1:16 mark) about the actors playing Captain Awesome's parents in a later episode:
http://zachary-levi.com/2008/10/06/nbc-red-carpet-interview-with-the-cast-of-chuck-part-2/
Spoiler for Hiden:
Bruce Boxleitner and Morgan Fairchild apparently play his parents.  icon_smile
9944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 07, 2008, 01:28:29 AM
Tonight's episode was a blast, although Casey (Adam Baldwin) had little to do. I guess they've got so many characters running around, it's hard to find time for everybody. Larroquette was a lot of fun, and bounced pretty well off Levi. I read he might get a return appearance or two down the road (it's a long season afterall).

I don't know if people noticed in the credits, but Robert Duncan McNeil (best known as Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager, but now focused on directing a variety of TV stuff), who directed some Season 1 episodes, including appropriately enough "Chuck vs. The Sandworm," is listed as one of the producers on the show. icon_smile

I had a long day at work, and the best thing I can say about the show is I always feel better after watching it.  icon_smile I don't think #2 has hit the various sites (Hulu.com, NBC's site etc.) just yet.
9945  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 07, 2008, 01:22:09 AM
I guess, in retrospect, the "estimated minutes" is really way off but there's no way they can read peoples' minds -- meaning a big clump of people logging off at the same time gets  you through the que real fast.  icon_cool I'm almost inclined to say they skip the whole "estimated minutes" thing because "<5 minutes" often means 30 seconds.  icon_razz

What annoys me is if it takes more than maybe 2 minutes, it just kicks me out altogether instead of starting up the game, which it just did now. It looks like it may be another Sacred 2 demo night.  disgust

My Hunter sort of took advantage of the 25% bonus by just grinding off deeds, the Hillmen one that gives a welcome Morale Boost skill in particular. I definitely felt like I was progressing pretty fast.
9946  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anybody got an MSI Wind? on: October 06, 2008, 09:09:48 PM
MSI announced a deal for Best Buy to start carrying the 3-cell, XP version of the 10" MSI Wind, at $399:
http://blog.laptopmag.com/msi-wind-to-be-sold-at-best-buy
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The Wind sporting a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, Windows XP, a 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and a 3-cell battery will be available for $399 at Best Buy in the coming weeks.
This is both online and in stores.
9947  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 06, 2008, 07:34:47 PM
Quote
I kept thinking the character was going to show up and when the character did, I squealed with nerdish delight.
Is it Spock? Singing the "Bilbo song"? icon_lol

I gotta say, the one quest with "look" in bright red letters still needs a "LOTRO for Dummies" explanation (maybe a pop-up explanation when you hover your mouse on the "look" in the quest description) to use the /look emote. I musta spent 15 minutes trying to "visually" look up where it says to look (because I misinterpeted the directions), before I pulled up an LOTRO database site on my Acer Aspire One and some helpful comments posters explained what to do.

I've enjoyed the quests there (more so than in Forochel off Evindem, fwiw). And the one involving the two NPCs and their "battle" over soup ingredients is pretty funny, with pretty nice quest rewards.
9948  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Back-up Solution on: October 06, 2008, 06:10:11 PM
Chuck (from the NBC TV show) would be proud. You get the Nerd Herd award.  icon_cool

I used some Acronis software a few years back for moving for migrating one hard drive to a new one, and was pretty pleased with it.
9949  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 06, 2008, 06:07:39 PM
Laptopmag tested an interesting new 8.9" MSI Wind variant, though it appears to be hamstring by the Linux version it uses (SUSE) and the usual 3-call battery wimpiness:
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/msi-wind-u90.aspx?page=1

Apparently it uses the same chasis as the 10" model so the keyboard is the same size. I assume though mainly the model is an attempt to get down into the Acer Aspire one's price range (this is about $369) and weight (about 2.4 lbs. in this case).
9950  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: October 06, 2008, 12:58:08 PM
Massively.com had a pretty cool dev tour of the new areas both above-ground (in Eregion, off the Trollshaws) and Moria itself, including about 43 images.

If you prefer a sense of discovery when you actually play it, you may want to not view it.  icon_neutral I found it useful as far as knowing how to reach the new areas, among other things.

http://www.massively.com/2008/10/01/massivelys-exclusive-mines-of-moria-dev-tour/

Since I had been away from the game so long, when I stumbled into some of the content/places/quests the Book 10 update added way back when (off Evindem, and in the Trollshaws) for roughly 40-45 content, it was a really pleasant surprise - I hadn't read about any of it.
9951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In honor of Star Trek Online...I present on: October 05, 2008, 06:13:00 PM
Well, you can get the same feeling if you replace "Bilbo" with "Dildo" in the Nimoy video.  eek
9952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 05, 2008, 05:36:47 PM
I'm sure someone in the UK is exporting that version. I guess Gogamer isn't bothering since the North American version's due next month (I bough the UK version of Sacred and its expansion from them, quite a few months before a US version finally released).
9953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 05, 2008, 01:32:29 PM
A few more pics from the other day:

Quest List

I can't say the demo quests are all that interesting, but few are of the "hunt 15, hunt 30" MMO variety at least. And there's certainly no shortage of them.

A little less skimpy...


With friends

One quest eventually has you leading 3 NPC soldiers around for a while.

Active shield aura

This is one of the skills you slot in the lower right hand thingie. While active, it repels (or absorbs? icon_confused) attacks.

9954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 05, 2008, 01:47:48 AM
Couple new clips from episode #2:
http://zachary-levi.com/2008/10/04/chuck-versus-the-seduction/

I don't know how Levi managed to memorize his continuous seduction speech in the first clip.  icon_lol John Laroquette's going to teach him the "art of seduction."  icon_razz I was reading in EW Laroquette's a big fan of the show.

I had missed this "Chuck: A Look at Season Two" montage put together for Comic-Con fans, including a pretty funny into by Adam Baldwin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX7czCEk4UU&eurl=http://www.aintitcool.com/node/37687
A lot's from the premiere, but much of it's from episodes 2 and later. I think I read about 6-7 episodes are "in the can" as they say.

There's about a zillion different interviews, promos and "fan mishmash videos" (There's almost as many about "Chuck and Sarah" as there are about "Jim and Pam" from The Office) at You Tube, if you're into that. I'm unashamedly into that, and I've got a few dozen in my favorites now. The cast comes across as genuinely charming off screen as on, and Levi really is a videogame/gadget freak.

His best story, in an interview from New Zealand where he and Yvonne Strahovski visited for some promo photography, is that he cut his right hand playing Wii Tennis -- he tried to do an overhead smash and smashed his hand right into the ceiling-mounted light fixture.  icon_eek Perhaps they'll write that into a script some day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-adgzllJStQ

Strahovski's (Sarah) Australian, and always does interviews in her normal Aussie accent. It's a little jarring to hear in the interview videos. I think I've only seen one where she's asked to "speak in her American accent" and it's fun to hear her shift between the two so seamlessly.  icon_smile

Thought I'd take a break from my Nielsen ratings worrying to just be a fanboy.  icon_cool

9955  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO Free Welcome Back Weekend Oct 2-6 on: October 04, 2008, 03:46:40 AM
Holy crap, I'm in a 5 minute wait on Elendilmir sever myself.  crybaby

I might have to stick with the Sacred 2 demo tonight.  icon_razz
9956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: October 03, 2008, 10:09:32 PM
Although it's more of a Zachary Levi Lovefest site than a Chuck site per se, I've found http://zachary-levi.com/ is a good "aggregator" site of all things (including gobs of videos) Chuck that ever mention or pertain to Levi.  icon_cool The guy is just remarkably nice and "normal" whether in interviews, signing autographs or goofing off at Comic-Con.

What should be comforting for Chuck fans ratings wise is that Fox's heavily hyped Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, which airs opposite it, is floundering far worse in the ratings and many TV columnists expect it not to survive through this season. And I noticed the far more hyped Pushing Daisies on ABC (it airs on a different day) premiered to far, far worse ratings than Chuck did. So there's that.

A lot of year-to-year comparisons right now are a little screwy because they're comparing to last season's "Pre writers strike" premieres. And more and more people right now are watching things via iTunes, Hulu, Web sites or DVRs, none of which Nielsen ratings have found a way to include yet. I dread the ratings getting too much fixation from network execs -- because then we'll get nothing but knockoffs of American Idol, CSI, Law & Order and diva soaps.  disgust

I think from what I've read, while the Intersect will be a common "background arc" through the season, it won't likely be dominating each episode the way it did in the premiere. Bryce is supposed to return at some point, too.
9957  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: October 03, 2008, 06:47:53 PM
If $329 and $349 netbooks have brutal margins for retailers, how about a $69.29 one?  icon_razz

Microsoft installs XP, Office on cheap Portuguese laptops
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE4923S820081003
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Portugal started rolling out the "Magellan" computer at schools last month. It aims to hand out a total 500,000 of the laptops, which cost just 50 euros ($69.29) for school children, at home and export it to countries in Latin America and Africa.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the software package called "Magellan Learning Suite" to go with the laptops, which will include Windows XP and Office in addition to development applications, free email and instant messaging.
I'm not sure of the size, but judging by the photos of people trying Magellan, it seems to be in this category.

If you click through the photos, I don't think the Chavez one is going to make Microsoft's marketing department very happy.  icon_eek But his country's presumably one of the ones Portugal wants to export this to.
9958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In honor of Star Trek Online...I present on: October 03, 2008, 03:51:36 PM
That was hysterical btw. It took me a good 20 minutes to get that tune out of my head.  icon_razz
9959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 03, 2008, 03:05:28 PM
It's a European game, yes.  nod Yes, Seraphim (demo) and Dryad (seems to wear a ragged bikini) are not exactly clad for battle. The High Elf female warrior seemed (at least from the little portrait pic) to wear a bit more. There are specific armor pieces available for each class, and you can probably be as scantily or un-scantily clad as you want later on.  icon_razz
9960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sacred 2 Gone Gold on: October 03, 2008, 01:27:27 PM
Couple tips:
-The default inventory key is a baffling "F" so I changed that to the more traditional "I". I guess they had "I" set for a potion key.
-I couldn't seem to find a way to reconfigure keys without save/exiting to the opening menu. Maybe there's a way, I just haven't found it.  icon_confused
-If I'm remembering the original game correctly, as you level, you eventually get additional "circles" slots in the lower middle, so that you can quickly change between weapon sets and combat arts sets. Early on, it's frustrating cause you only have one slot of each.
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