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15481  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switched on: October 26, 2006, 03:49:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 26, 2006, 02:56:08 PM

Yes, I am.  As someone who edits video professionally, the imovie and idvd apps are incredibly robust and blow the fuck out of every comparable consumer app for the PC.  If you actually had tried it instead of making baseless assumptions about it you would know that.

Blow the fuck out. Nice. Who's spreading hate? I indicated their commercials insult the viewers intelligence. Which it does. Ability + Tools = success. If either part of the left side are greater, the overall product shines. That being said, does imovies REALLY overcome ability? How would YOU know, already admitting to having Ability? I'm not a Mac hater; I've had an iPod for quite some time, and I have licensed quicktimes 6.0 and 7.0 (love the 7.0 "upgrade" surprise too... asshats). I've been in iStores and seen iComputers and iSalesfolks, and even entertained the iDea of paying an iFortune.

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 26, 2006, 02:56:08 PM

Because it's about the hardware AND the software combination.  It's a lot easier to keep your software working with everything if you don't have a
billion hardware configurations to contend with.

It's also a lot easier to maintain profit margins when you have no competion in your market. Wait, isn't that why MS is the devil and the focus of much more hate than Apple.  disgust

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 26, 2006, 02:56:08 PM

Actually, the price gap is thinning.  A comparable machine that Dell sells to the current Mac Pro desktop system is actually $1000 more.  And while the Mac Mini may cost a little more than a comparable PC, the incredibly small form factor can account for that.  The added bonus now is that you can install windows in a partition for those times you want to play games.

Who says anything about Dell? When did a semi-proprietary system manufactured from a large company enter my description of a PC? No thank you. Let's stick with the fruits we ARE comparing. As to being able to install a Windows partition, I don't see why they can't certify drivers for their hardware and reverse the situation. Oh, wait. They CAN. They choose not to.

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 26, 2006, 02:56:08 PM

Quote from: purge
I can't believe how much people bitch about MS activation schemes and the new Palladium hardware/software integration that MS is developing. I mean, MAC is already doing it with their "Buy your hardware from us, or don't buy a Mac!".
Except with a Mac you actually get your money's worth.

But hey, feel free to spread the bigotry and hate.  Those of us who like and use both Macs and PCs will just sit on the sidelines happily while the close-minded idiots on either side froth at the mouth.

You clearly aren't sitting on the fence (you seem to be riding high in the saddle however, so I can understand the perspective you have). You just posted a quote that is some sort of canon because it came from a Apple support employee. Not exactly without bias, IMHO. Palladium isn't released yet; so where is your cost analysis coming into play?

Let me reiterate my points in a clear and concise manner so there is no misconception:

1) I am using PortraitOfAKite OSX shell on Windows, because YES, there are some VERY NICE user features. (note the link above).
2) I have owned apple products in the past, including a current gen 60gb iPod video, a 60gb iPod photo, QT 6.x and 7.x licensed.
3) Apple hardware has been keep proprietary to force out any competition, more than to concern themselves with "stability".
4) Apple commercials are transparent, glib and insult viewer intelligence.
5) I can built a PC more powerful than a Mac WITH MS licensed OS far cheaper than current Mac PCs. (and with a Linux or BSD it's even cheaper)

[edited for some f***ed up quotation marks  icon_smile]
15482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apologies on: October 26, 2006, 02:39:44 PM
I'd like to apologize for being the voice of reason. It really wasn't intentional; it just sort of happened.
15483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switched on: October 26, 2006, 02:34:52 PM

I love the "I'm a mac. I'm a young, trendy guy who thinks clearly and is never condescending." vs. "I'm a PC. I'm boring, I am overwieght and not at all exciting. I'm balding and have no sense of fashion."

Yeah. Since we've identified gaming as being a PC pursuit, you'd think the iconic representation to be reversed. Oh, and the experience and versatility of a PC vs. the small software market in comparison?

Granted there is a lot of CRAP programming out there for PCs, but that is in part due to marketshare, and the open-ended nature. The home movie commercial is a real insult to intelligence; the iMovie vs PC's movie... You're telling me that the 3rd party software for PC is dwarfed by their home-movie crap?

If they expect me to buy into that, the next thing you know we'll be motivated to shop at Wal-mart due to women in museums with all of their groceries / purchased articles, standing in a state of catotonic stupor staring at the 'amazing low price' on their bill .... because, you know,  EVERYONE carries their groceries through a museum. They also don't notice how much stuff costs while buying it, or it's total value when being rung up at the cashier.  disgust

If Mac OS was all that great, why don't they release a MAC OS for the PC? I mean, they're both using the same basic physical platforms now, right? Right?

Yeah, that ain't gonna happen. The functionality is bunk; it's all about overpriced hardware with limited market penetration. I can get a more powerful PC for half the price and do everything I want it to do INCLUDING playing games. Let's see a MAC do THAT.

I can't believe how much people bitch about MS activation schemes and the new Palladium hardware/software integration that MS is developing. I mean, MAC is already doing it with their "Buy your hardware from us, or don't buy a Mac!".
15484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamefly not in Canada.... so GameAccess is!! on: October 26, 2006, 01:31:49 PM
I've had the service for about 2 months now, and it's great!

I spoke with their support yesterday, here are the new features being added :
Buy it - buy a game you've been renting. the cost is going to be much lower than retail; you need to be a customer to take advantage of this.
Quick-notice - you can let them know when a game has been shipped back so you can get them to mail you out your next game without waiting.
15485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] How to make a Japan/Euro region account on Xbox Live on: October 26, 2006, 01:25:56 PM
I'm posting this here in case the game site is ever shut down. ( )

First off you should go to the passport site : Make sure you are not logged in, and click on the "create hotmail account" link. Now, here is the important part, the site will ask you where you are from, select either Japan, the US, or Europe. Remember, this is the country where the demo is available, not where you really live! You will require some information regarding those countries so Microsoft will allow you to register the e-mail address.

Here is the info we used:

United States
Postal Code: 10012
State: New York, City New York City
Phone Number: 1-866-530-1234

Postal Code: 150-2345
Province: Tokyo-to
Phone Number: 3201-3331

Postal Code: 54292
City: Trier
Phone Number: 065112345

You can use any valid address and phone number from the country where the demo is available.

Once you have filled out the info and applied for the Hotmail account, activate it and turn on your Xbox360. Press the guide button and choose "switch profile" (X Button). Now create a new profile, and a new Xbox Live Account, make it a Silver account instead of a Gold (so you dont have to pay). Next you will require the phone number mentioned above to use your passport. You could theoretically take care of all the passport stuff on the Xbox, but it will go much faster on PC with a keyboard.

Well, that is about it folks! Pretty sweet huh? The cool thing is that you can disable (they actually are disabled from the start if you have already a gold membership installed on your box) the auto sign for the foreign accounts, hence leaving your primary "Real" account hassle-free. Ejoy the demos!

*Update*: Apparently some of this info comes from
here, the reader who submitted it did not mention the source. This info has been floating around gaming forums for sometime, we figured it was time for a site-based tutorial.

I've also attached pics (hopefully in the right order). Credit goes to the site, I just don't want it lost when someone needs it. It's reference, and in no way supported by this site or it's administration. biggrin

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15486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk on: October 26, 2006, 12:41:32 PM
I like Project 8's demo. It actually sold me on it, rather than turning me away from it.
15487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance is now 720p only on: October 26, 2006, 12:39:51 PM
The SD TV gets moved to the bedroom / den / garage with the old VCR and older DVD player. It's not the focal point in homes; the new set is.
I don't even own an SD tv anymore.
15488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 5 games of the past 3 years? on: October 26, 2006, 12:28:55 PM
Knights of the Old Republic 1
Halo (although I never tried it on PC)
I would agree with Half-Life2, and F.E.A.R and Farcry were amazing games.

World of Warcraft if you're looking for a time-sink.
15489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 25, 2006, 08:03:31 PM
+1 for the positive praise, and
+1 to the comment on no voice commands. Sad, really. I enjoyed that aspect.

Oh, as to the heat-vision ... you ARE a special ops team, not Joe Schmuck with a gun and a mission.
You would use the best tools possible to increase your chances for success.

Oh, and unless your red dot on the scope is a cutting laser, I doubt it would show up with heat-vision.  :slywink:
15490  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Looking for a dedicated MP Double Agent player to fill out a 3-person team on: October 25, 2006, 07:27:55 PM
Uhm, Calvin is selling his.
15491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 N00bz Journal- Updated 22/Oct/06 on: October 25, 2006, 06:38:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 25, 2006, 05:11:29 PM

How do I start the free trial Gold membership on live that 'came with the 360'? 

Send me all of your monies, and I'll help you out.  :slywink:
15492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 N00bz Journal- Updated 19/Oct/06 on: October 25, 2006, 06:32:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 23, 2006, 01:55:04 AM

Is that an answer to a question I didn't ask?

No, I was correcting statements above, and then indicated best practice (as you WILL get tired of AA's... trust me.) The play-n-charge kit IS worth the coin.
15493  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Splinter Cell Double Agent For Sale on: October 25, 2006, 01:19:46 PM
PM sent.
15494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 25, 2006, 12:41:00 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 19, 2006, 07:43:01 PM

HERE'S WHERE I HAVE HUGE ISSUES (and it's sort of hard to explain, so bare with me):

 eek TML, I don't care HOW tight your "six-man crew" is; I will NOT bare with you. Maybe that's why they don't want you going one-on-one with a friend.  icon_razz

Check out #32 ... pervert.  :slywink:
15495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apologies on: October 25, 2006, 12:26:15 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 19, 2006, 04:08:56 PM

I want to apologize for being a GT contributor of such unparalleled magnificence, that Deadzone shall never be able to contribute anything even remotely as cool or interesting and for the resulting blows to his self-esteem.

 eek How did you NOT break your arm pattin' yourself on the back, Mister Magnificence (Can I call you Unparalleled?) ?  icon_twisted
15496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switched on: October 24, 2006, 09:17:11 PM
First off: I hate Apple advertising. The whole PC vs. Apple arguement with virii is  retard. Gee, your OS isn't a target because most people don't USE an apple. Why would you write a virus for <10% potential impact? Therefore you don't have existing code for virii to build on and create hundreds upon thousands of variants. Sheesh. IBM should advertise OS/2 Warp is Virus Free. Security through obscurity. Now with BANYAN VINES!  finger

As to the interface, it IS more slick than the Windows stuff, and certainly more accessible than the average UNIX/LINUX implementations.

On the other hand, you could just load into your windows XP OS and get all the benefits, AND the not risk not being able to run PC apps / games.  (give that site a login name, then use the pulldown menus to download FlyAKiteOSX). If you ARE looking to run Apple apps, you're going to have to go to the big fruit though.

The only problems I've had with it have to do with running Remote Desktop through another Remote Desktop on a citrix platform, and that was only the minimizing to toolbar (where I couldn't actually minimize).
Minor stuff, and the benefits are there. HIGHLY recommended.

Oh, install EVERYTHING, and then upgrade iColorFolder to the latest version to be able to change folder image styles to some awesome ones. biggrin
15497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lik-Sang is dead thanks to Sony on: October 24, 2006, 05:23:56 PM
A cease and desist wasn't good enough?  disgust

Asshats. mad
15498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes premiers tonight on: October 24, 2006, 05:05:39 PM

Quote from: Bob on October 24, 2006, 03:13:50 PM

During Heroes? Sacrelidge!

Yeah, I missed the whole stickman thing. So anyways the creepy black guy isn't the kids father. The preview showed a bald black man hugging the kid; from the .25 second shot they looked the same.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the more and more I see the cheerleaders father, the less I think of him as evil, just a self-serving agent of a larger org.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The artist will figure out that he doesn't need heroin to do the paintings... and then there will be a struggle for his lost love.
15499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: October 24, 2006, 02:02:09 PM
Dude. Seriously, we don't want to see pics of your mom.  :slywink:
15500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 24 things you should know about the PS3... on: October 24, 2006, 02:01:03 PM
Uhm, was it just me, or was point #1 "it's sexy" and Point number 3-12 are "it's sexy".

Slot load doesn't impress me; more moving parts that fail. I've had more problems with slot loads than trays, EVER.
It's shiny. ooo, sexy. I'm pretty sure that shelling out that kinda dough doesn't raise one's sex appeal any. In fact, most video gaming tends to do quite the opposite.

They had maybe what, 4 points to make, and streched it to 24 points? Also, he dismisses the heat issue, even though there were some big heat issues reported by many sites.

The drama, I tell you. It's almost not worth it to try to get my hands on a few to ebay them at 300% profit. Almost.  :slywink:
15501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strange...Bundled xbox 360 controller only good for that system? on: October 24, 2006, 12:41:11 PM
Heh. The first time, I ended up going to and use the knowledge base article to get the exact steps.

I didn't even KNOW about the white button on the controller.  icon_lol That's what I get for reading manuals.  ninja
15502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes premiers tonight on: October 24, 2006, 02:28:36 AM

Quote from: Bob on October 23, 2006, 08:10:59 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 23, 2006, 07:45:48 PM

Quote from: Zimix on October 18, 2006, 01:56:54 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on October 18, 2006, 06:00:40 AM

I'm assuming the glaxed over white eyes thing means there powers are in effect? I mean you don't see it with Hiro since he shuts his eyes but it seems when other people are in the "power zone" there eyes turn white. Just something I've observed anyway.

Have others had it happen other than the nurse-guy?

Spoiler for Hiden:
The nurse-guy appears to have the ability to absorb the powers of those that he is around.  I.e. flying when he is around his brother, drawing the future after being around the artist, able to move when time is stopped around Hiro, etc

You bastard! I hadn't figured that out!!! OMGZ!!  eek I am a  retard.
You are a rube. Peter tells Mohinder Suresh that he thinks his power is that in the last episode. It's not supposed to be a secret anymore.

To be fair I was also doing laundry at the time.  disgust
15503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strange...Bundled xbox 360 controller only good for that system? on: October 24, 2006, 02:20:53 AM
No, they aren't paired that way. Go through the following :

Hit the sync button on the 360.
then when the lights are rotating, hit the white synch button on the controller.

They should find each other.

If not, call MS.
15504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes premiers tonight *spoilers!* on: October 23, 2006, 07:51:34 PM
To answer a few questions I can fill in :

Not everyone's eyes get milky white. I think the artists are to show his trance state (easy visualization). The cop doesn't use it.

Black dude in bar:
Spoiler for Hiden:
He's Ali Larters husband. The previews show him hugging his son.

Cheerleaders dad:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm not convinced he's "evil". I think he's a Nick Fury. Or he's an area 51-ish agent with no concern for human life. This means he has the cheerleaders parents in a jar. nod

The whole hotel scene:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Was a setup for blackmail material against a budding politician(in case you hadn't noticed)

Ali Larters character:
Spoiler for Hiden:
May have been the one to kill the gang members buried in the desert. Also, the black dude doesn't know about her powers. (from the teaser it seemed that way)

Indian guy
Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't think the indian guys dad is dead. Also, I think he's got some powers too; not just the ability to drive cab. JK!!
15505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes premiers tonight on: October 23, 2006, 07:45:48 PM

Quote from: Zimix on October 18, 2006, 01:56:54 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on October 18, 2006, 06:00:40 AM

I'm assuming the glaxed over white eyes thing means there powers are in effect? I mean you don't see it with Hiro since he shuts his eyes but it seems when other people are in the "power zone" there eyes turn white. Just something I've observed anyway.

Have others had it happen other than the nurse-guy?

Spoiler for Hiden:
The nurse-guy appears to have the ability to absorb the powers of those that he is around.  I.e. flying when he is around his brother, drawing the future after being around the artist, able to move when time is stopped around Hiro, etc

You bastard! I hadn't figured that out!!! OMGZ!!  eek I am a  retard.
15506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 23/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 06:48:45 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 23, 2006, 03:12:55 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 23, 2006, 03:10:24 PM

Ben Dixon's fate was the defining moment for me regarding animation in general (up to that point I believed no animated character could die),

For me the defining moment was Roy's death, and for the same reason.  Never could get back into GI Joe after watching Robotech...

For me it was the Transformers movies. God, the animated robots of yesteryear were mowed down like blades of grass to make room for new ones to occupy toy-store shelves.

It's hard to believe that it only lasted 4 seasons.

I dl'd the Lumines Live demo... tempting. Is the full game (without the pack) the full game on PSP?
I now have 19 or 20 officers unlocked in 360's Samurai Warriors 2. Fun stuff.
15507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you picking up this week? on: October 23, 2006, 06:41:50 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 23, 2006, 02:00:26 AM

Why must you tread on Destructor's turf?


At least link to the original thread; this topic is a weekly Destructor event.
15508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/23) on: October 23, 2006, 02:34:22 PM
I be poor, yarrr.

I had money down for PSU (360) but after playing it, I'm not sure I have the time and patience for grinding.

I've already got 54hrs into Samurai Warriors 2 and I'm just leveling Nobunaga Oda. That's enough grinding for me, thanks.

As to Marvel Ultimate Alliance, does anyone know the ESRB rating for that? Doh! Just checked. Teen for mild language and violence.
My son loves superheroes (due to an early exposure to them by my ex-wife  smoke He's only 3 and wants nothing more than to "Kill badguys". )

I don't think that game would help him any. I'm actually thinking of not letting him play video games without me playing with him at the time. That limits the games quite a bit. I might just get myself a Wii so he can have at least a LITTLE physical activity while playing games. Other than that, he's only getting age appropriate games, regardless of what she does.
15509  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dual Monitor/TV Signal Setup Question on: October 23, 2006, 02:13:21 PM
Since your dad's system isn't going to need DX10 functions  :slywink: I'd suggest something like a 9800 pro. It's cheap and it has the dual-outs. Even if he's looking at recycling monitors, you can pick up a DVI to 15pin VGA adapter for 5bux from 's store.

If he wanted 3 or more you're looking at Quad-head video cards.

Note that Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista support multimonitor mode right outta the box. (just make sure you have the right video card drivers installed).

If he's serious about the bloomberg thing, recommend a widescreen LCD like the dell 2007WFP or 2407WFP. Their stands swing into portrait mode which is TEH BOMZ0Rs for reading text / browsing etc.  The only thing you'll need to configure is a hot-key for rotating the display. This can be done from ATI's (or other MFGRs) drivers.
15510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lasik surgery tomorrow on: October 23, 2006, 02:05:53 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 19, 2006, 03:51:59 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 19, 2006, 03:27:29 PM

Here's a hot pic for you buddy! This should help the eyesight!  nod

Spoiler for Hiden:

:icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek::icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek::icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek: :icon_eek:

Aaaaand I'm blind again.  Thanks!

It's all love man, It's all love...and it's radiating from David's Speedos, apparently.  icon_cool
15511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [blog] What I learned last night on: October 23, 2006, 01:34:55 PM
Dude, she's not looking for casual sex; she's lookin' for some sucker to be the bologne in her man-sandwich.  saywhat

You'll end up on her with him on you; mark my words. She's thinkin' to herself  "Men stack like legos" eek
15512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fall update for 360? on: October 23, 2006, 12:48:33 PM
A freakin' Web Browser would be nice.

Oh, and a useful "what's new" segment right when you walk into the marketplace.
A tree heirarchy or something PLEASE.
Group Chat +1
Ooooo, categories for your Friends list. (GT'ers; IRL; Family etc)
The ability to use the codecs on your PC to play movies on your 360 through Media Centre extender.
Better customization options for the dashboard
New Visualizations
Set up so that a Vis / screensaver can be configured to kick in.
Sharper / different displays when on HD. I find that I could be looking at more info given the rez, but they need to accomodate the SD market.
15513  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Massive FS List (Help a Brother Out!)DVDs Added on: October 23, 2006, 12:42:53 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 21, 2006, 08:42:11 PM

Calvin, tell me your secret bro, how are you selling things here?  Tongue I couldn't sell a coat to a naked man in a snowstorm on here.

That's a pretty small market segment, jblank.  :slywink: And for the last time, I'M NOT COLD.  icon_biggrin
15514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 23, 2006, 12:36:18 PM
 saywhat K, it's first thing in the morning, but even my coffee-starved brain immediately sees the HD point.

What came first : digital transmission or HDTV?

If there was no HDTV, what would be the incentive for consumers to move to a digital television?

It comes in 1's and 0's? Nobody would switch over, and unless there was some sort of upgrade or shiny bauble that dragged everyone into it, you'd have people using the same television set that they had for years. As a matter of fact, that's exactly what happened before the HD incentive was around.

In needing to go to digital, the FCC needs market buy-in. They need demand to convert the +90% of american homes that have a television set which can't handle the digital signal.They went through set-top fiasco when the cable companies expanded beyond the 12 channel limitation in the 80's (IIRC); they want to avoid that this time around. They can't very well say to the public that they would HAVE to go out and buy a set-top box to keep watching what they already have.  (one per TV, no less).

As it stands, televisions are being required to accept digital signals WITHOUT A CONVERTER. That's where "HDTV Ready" came from; it's still just a monitor with speakers. You still need another component for you to be able to recieve HDTV (and subsequently, it's also a DTV ready not a true DTV). The market is just starting to shift to HDTVs and DTVs (thats where EDTV comes into play; 480p digital without the HDTV components).

I hope this illustrates my point. If you want to discuss or launch a rebuttal, feel free to do so in a new thread.


Yeah. Sony. Straws. Grasping. I'm still reeling from the past two weeks issues; I keep feeling like there's another shoe that's about to fall.
15515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Won't Enhance PS1 or PS2 Games on: October 23, 2006, 01:11:09 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 21, 2006, 09:08:12 PM

Funny, I think a good frame rate would make the game feel alot different than the mood it's aiming for.  The syrupy frame rate and stuff made it seem more dream-like, imo.  Even if it wasn't intended to.

I'd hate it if my old 75 coronet lost it's charm by not stalling either.  nod
15516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 N00bz Journal- Updated 19/Oct/06 on: October 23, 2006, 01:09:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 22, 2006, 05:25:11 PM

What's the point of Media Extender?  Why would I plug into my PC to watch TV through my PC/360 on my TV when I can just watch TV on my TV?

Is there a way to surf the web through Media Extender or is the sole functionality getting music on the 360 and viewing pictures?
As far as I can tell it's so you can stream video , music and pictures to your 360.  You can play your own music oiff your PC in game.  And AFAIK it's only one way to the 360- you can't send stuff to your PC.  There's no web browser on the 360, and honestly I hope they never do release one.  I can just imagine some PS3 fanboy fraktard writing a virus to take down 360's (if that's possible)  icon_wink

Media Extender lets you share photos and music from your PC to your 360. Basically, it means you don't have to waste HDD space on the 360 for ripping music, just stream it from your PC.
If you want video, you need to have Windows XP Media Centre edition, and not all codecs work. Windows Vista (Ultimate edition, and possibly others) will have the same video streaming capabilities.

You can take a pic from your PC library and set it up as your wallpaper for every blade. (only one, can't set different pic AFAIK ... AsFarAsIKnow ATB  :slywink:)

The 360 is turned on remotely by powering on a controller (hit the X logo). It takes a second, you don't need to hold it down.
You CAN turn off a wireless controller OR the console & controller(s) by holding the X logo for 3 seconds at any time when it's on. A menu appears on the right side and you choose from there.
I don't use this option generally; the play-n-charge kit doesn't charge if you turn it off this way. Hit the power button instead (while the controllers are plugged in). You'll note their charge lights stay on. Once they've charged it goes out. The 360 is still considered OFF during this power-off charge time, and no fans are running.
15517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 23, 2006, 12:51:11 AM
Not that this is even remotely on-topic, but the mandate itself has nothing to do with HDTV.

Check out what your local FCC has to say on the topic.

Note the following :

DTV broadcast technology is more flexible and efficient than today’s more widespread broadcast technology, which is called “analog.”

For example, rather than being limited to providing one analog programming signal, a broadcaster will be able to provide a sharp "high definition" (HDTV) program or multiple "standard definition" digital programs simultaneously. Providing several program streams using the digital spectrum is called "multicasting." The number of programs a station can send using the digital spectrum depends on the level of picture detail, also known as "resolution," desired in each programming stream. DTV can provide picture resolution, interactive video, and data services that easily surpass the capabilities of “analog” technology.

Converting to DTV also will free up parts of the scarce and valuable broadcast spectrum. Those portions of the spectrum can then be used for other important services, such as public and safety services (police and fire departments, emergency rescue), and advanced wireless services.

TV stations serving all markets in the United States are airing digital television programming today, although most will continue to provide analog programming through February 17, 2009. At that point, full-power TV stations will cease broadcasting on their current analog channels, and the spectrum they use for analog broadcasting will be reclaimed and put to other uses.

I'm guessing there are a few very interested companies in these spectrums and have been applying the pressure to their respective government agencies to get the spectrums released.

As to Sony's grasping at straws, I really think this launch is going to make them look WORSE than Microsoft.I'm not sayin' its a good thing; competition makes MS push the envelope.
15518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 22, 2006, 03:58:05 AM
Here's the condensed version of Kevin's comment: DTV, not HDTV, is the mandate by 2010.

Satellite is already Digital, they want to free up the wavelengths that analog TV signal use as they are very valuable.

They don't care about how crisp the picture is. They want you recieving 1's and 0's instead of wavelengths.

The only reason HDTV is rolled into that is because it gives people "incentive" to get new sets.
15519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPod turns 5 on Monday - have you ever owned one? on: October 20, 2006, 11:20:51 PM
had a 60 ipod photo; sold it for 240bux (215US) about 3 weeks ago.
I now have a refurb 60GB ipod video. Haven't decided if I want to keep it or sell it.
I paid almost 290bux (~260USD).

I used my photo a lot, but I'm not really missing it much.
15520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Public Relations = Grasping at Straws on: October 20, 2006, 08:05:21 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 20, 2006, 05:36:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 20, 2006, 05:30:34 PM

DVD playback was more of an issue last gen IMO.  Given that the Wii isn't designed for bedroom playing, odds are that whatever room the Wii will go in already has a DVD player now that also does a better job.  I don't think DVD support is much of selling point for consoles anymore and it would have bumped up costs because Nintendo would have to play a licensing fee on every Wii sold even if most people didn't use the functionality.  That's why MS didn't let people play DVDs unless you bought the remote on Xbox 1- that way they only paid the fee on each sale of the remote, not the console itself. 

Kevin I know its not a selling point, but its something most people have kind of come to expect. I haven't put a DVD in a console in probably 4 years (and that was just to test it), but I still like to have, yup, you guessed it, OPTIONS, something Nintendo isn't giving me at this point, with the Wii. They are so polarizing to me; I love my DS and probably play it more than my PSP at this point, but I didn't care too much for the Gamecube after a year or so, and get less excited about the Wii on a weekly basis.

+2 for Tebunkers STOP THE DERAIL vote.  nod
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