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1481  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Want a New Pocket PC? Dell is on Sale! on: October 25, 2006, 07:20:05 PM
Bear in mind that smartphones are eating into the PDA market, and Dell is getting out of the Axim market (hence the price drop).

jkontherun article

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The Windows Mobile Pocket PCs available today look for the most part like your Dell of yesteryear.  Speaking of Dell, since they have killed off the Axim line there are no really cheap Pocket PCs likely to come along that are cheaper than you paid for your Dell.  Usually hardware gets cheaper over time but you are correct in your observation that apparently that's not true for Pocket PCs.

The other factor at play here is the sales numbers that show Phone Editions and Smartphones are passing the traditional PDA so OEMs are shifting in that direction.  These devices with integrated radios, often 3G, are more expensive to produce so the only way to get cheap hardware is to sign up for a data plan and get the Phone Edition subsidized.  Those that have no need for wireless connectivity are getting left in the dust.
1482  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Horrible, HORRIBLE battery life in new laptop on: October 19, 2006, 01:46:56 AM

Quote from: jblank on October 18, 2006, 07:10:11 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on October 18, 2006, 04:37:49 PM

Do you use any USB devices with it?

I seem to remember an odd bug related to a certain chipset and USB equipment draining laptop batteries in half the time.

That said.. what kind of videocard is in it? Is it the usual laptop onboard or is it a discrete solution? My E1705 with a 7900GS in it maxes out around 90 minutes even with all the power saving options turned on.
Its got the ATI Radeon Xpress 200M chipset and no, outside of occasionally using my wireless mouse, nothing USB is plugged up to it.

Wireless will effect your battery life too, whether wifi or bluetooth.  My tablet has a handy dandy button to disable/enable the wireless devices when not in use.  I can't say whether wireless activity would account for the short life.

Additionally, Centrino's (like the Dell) tend to be better on Battery life - here's a link to an older comparison - click the performance test results link for a popup with the results.  Other tests may vary, as it does appear as if your battery life is still low compared to that link...

Good luck!
1483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: More EA Hijinks (Battlefield 2142 related) on: October 16, 2006, 07:31:22 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 16, 2006, 07:02:34 PM

Quote from: warning on October 16, 2006, 06:49:00 PM

Why reward a company financially for bad behavior?  It's not like there aren't any other games out there to play.
See, at this point, EA's business practices are like Peak Oil.  As much as we wring our hands and sob and oh so passionately demand on internet forums that we switch to ethanol engines, or not buy EA games, the fact of the matter is, EA, like fossil fuel usage, is completely unstoppable at this point.  A few hardcore gamers ignoring an EA release does nothing to their profitability.

Instead, it's better if we just buy the damn game if it's fun, just like buying the damn fossil fuel if we need to drive somewhere.  In both these situations, we are actually affecting positive change because we're doing our part to force both moments to a crisis -- oil depletion will finally light a fire under our asses to get some alternate fuel going, (or it'll just kill us all but oh well), and EA will continue doing shadier and shadier little tricks until someone sues their ass and they shape up (or they just go bankrupt but oh well).

No, that wasn't supposed to make any sense.

Unfortunately, Sony was able to brush their foul-up under the carpet with too much ease. EA's BS is here to stay.
1484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 06, 2006, 04:25:19 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 06, 2006, 02:35:20 AM

I think he might be able to pull it off with the 360.  Games come out fairly spread out.  Still, I'm posting just in case, because I can't pass up the chance for a free game.

Go look at the coming releases, esp for November- the 360 library is about to grow geometrically. 

 I'm wondering what the sports game/ driving game completion state will be.

And I can't figure out whether Oblivion would be a good purchase or not.
1485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Review Scores impact sales? Not really on: September 21, 2006, 02:30:15 AM
Studies like this are much more valuable if their methodology is examined rather than just their conclusions.

Example - I would expect bad reviews to more severely impact something like Daikatana than Super Mario X, because it is far more likely that the shopper for Daikatana is buying it for him/herself, rather than for their kids, and since 40% of all gaming software is sold at Christmas time, this makes a big deal and will skew any study that doesn't account for it.
1486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 camera on: September 18, 2006, 10:49:47 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 18, 2006, 10:45:32 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on September 18, 2006, 10:27:23 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 18, 2006, 10:20:32 PM

I think its silly, unnecessary, and only going to bring out the worst in the prick teen crowd on XBL (dick bombs, etc). I think its a horrible idea and I won't be buying one.

The thing about it is that after awhile the jackass crowd will have gotten themselves dinged via account feedback and it, in theory, will go away after awhile.  I'm holding off for now, but I fully expect to see camera-specific account feedback options.

Not sure if I see your point about not having one helping avoid the idiots -- in UNO,  it'll be their gamerpic anyhow.

Just be anal about feedback and muting obnoxions.  (heh, heh - he said anal - heh, heh).

No, no, no, I am making 2 seperate points. 1 is that it will be abused, 2 that its a horrible idea and I won't be buying it.

Maybe its cuz I am older, but I don't feel the need to share my face with the rest of the XBL community.

Oh, I fully agree on this point, though if the integration into games is good, it might be worthwhile.  I can also see the videophone usefullness - I already tend to talk more over XBL with my cousins in PA than I do over the phone.
1487  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Outlook 2003 task issue on: September 18, 2006, 10:35:33 PM
Looks like there is a patch problem:

Try reading through this thread and it should point you in the direction of a hotfix you'll have to get from MS.
1488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 camera on: September 18, 2006, 10:27:23 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 18, 2006, 10:20:32 PM

I think its silly, unnecessary, and only going to bring out the worst in the prick teen crowd on XBL (dick bombs, etc). I think its a horrible idea and I won't be buying one.

The thing about it is that after awhile the jackass crowd will have gotten themselves dinged via account feedback and it, in theory, will go away after awhile.  I'm holding off for now, but I fully expect to see camera-specific account feedback options.

Not sure if I see your point about not having one helping avoid the idiots -- in UNO,  it'll be their gamerpic anyhow.

Just be anal about feedback and muting obnoxions.  (heh, heh - he said anal - heh, heh).
1489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rolling Stone is Retarded. on: September 17, 2006, 07:35:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 16, 2006, 11:51:17 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on September 16, 2006, 11:42:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 16, 2006, 07:04:21 PM

I think Rolling Stone votes with tradition rather than purpose.  Seriously?  Bob Dylan is #1?  I can't find 10 people that listen to Bob Dylan. (or did in the past) He sounds like he's mildly retarded and sings through his nose. 

If we are going by market impact and sales, the baseball "Hey" song would be up there, as would the Macarena.  Both songs suck, but people sure bought the hell out of them. 

I suspect that has more to do with the title of the song.

And the fact that Bob Dylan is widely regarded as one of the greatest song writers around.  He may not be on the radio these days but he has made huge contributions to music.  Having said that, my Dad played his records all the time when I was a kid and I don't mind his music, but it isn't something that I listen to often (although I have friends that do). 

And this makes it the greatest song of all time? Don't get me wrong, I have a few Dylan albums (and Highway 61 revisited is way up there) but I just don't see that as #1.
1490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rolling Stone is Retarded. on: September 16, 2006, 11:42:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 16, 2006, 07:04:21 PM

I think Rolling Stone votes with tradition rather than purpose.  Seriously?  Bob Dylan is #1?  I can't find 10 people that listen to Bob Dylan. (or did in the past) He sounds like he's mildly retarded and sings through his nose. 

If we are going by market impact and sales, the baseball "Hey" song would be up there, as would the Macarena.  Both songs suck, but people sure bought the hell out of them. 

I suspect that has more to do with the title of the song.
1491  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 06:25:40 PM

Quote from: DonD on August 12, 2006, 05:47:51 PM

I'll echo the comment that has already been made about linking the GT logo in the upper left back to the front page.  I used that quite a bit.
Please, else I'll never find the front page again
1492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Knights of the Old Republic - Questions on 360 on: July 19, 2006, 10:34:38 PM
If you want the full widescreen presentation, you'll probably have to flip the HD switch on your video cable and let the TV stretch the image.  That's something I've seen with 360 BC.
1493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BFME II Discussion on: July 17, 2006, 10:04:16 PM
Quote from: "metallicorphan"
i downloaded the demo...played the tutuorial and the mission on offer,which was mouth of saurons gang against the elves

quite suprised,as i quite enjoyed it...may pick it up

but xbox live for me isnt needed for this game,that doesnt interest me at all


I think CR is saying that he can't check out the demo as no xbox live (at all, not Gold)
1494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/17) on: July 17, 2006, 09:59:37 PM
Thinking about BFME2 (360) - yeah, I wait a little...
1495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer TV: Hex, Blade: The Series and Dark Angel on: June 29, 2006, 07:18:31 PM
Hex is good stuff.
1496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Further idiocy from someone inside Sony on: June 23, 2006, 11:59:56 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
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1. the geeks at E3 are what would be the early adopters, and the ones who would pre-order. they are the initial evangelists. A bad rep with them will harm their sales.


Again, I disagree.  What us geeks think, say, do, etc. does not mean jack shit.   No one gives a rats ass what we think. The few lost sales form negative geek feedback is a drop in the ocean of the consumer market that Sony is marketing to.


Untrue - where do you think people go for reviews first now?  Who's writing the early reviews?  If the buzz on teh internet is that the PS3 is an overrated overpriced hunk of developmental technology with bad games, do you really think that won't get out to the mainstream?  Dan Rather might be able to tell you a little about the power of negative internet feedback.
1497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Further idiocy from someone inside Sony on: June 23, 2006, 06:49:31 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
whiteboyskim, I may have a disagreement with you on how hamrful Sony's idiot talking heads have been.  I would bet a full 80% of the market for a new console this coming christmas are absolutely unaware of the horrible showing at E3, all the bullshit that Sony has been throwing around, or even that they are going to be charged an arm and a leg.  'Going down in flames' for a multi-billion dollar company over what is rampant hatred & disapproval from a bunch of pasty faced geeks is way too strong of wording.  The non-seeking of feedback from 'consumers' over E3 is a joke: E3 is just for geeks, and home consumer electronics is a MUCH more gigantic market than us.

Now, as for a very real possibility that this christmas Jane Consumer will be standing in a store, look at the PS3 at $600, and the Xbox for $350, I can't figure out how Sony doesn't realize that WILL kill them.  Perhaps brand loyalty is that strong in Japan.  Someone needs to point them to GM in the '70's.


3 more notes:

1. the geeks at E3 are what would be the early adopters, and the ones who would pre-order.  they are the initial evangelists.  A bad rep with them will harm their sales.

2. User education - which unit is joe consumer going to buy?  HDMI?  Bluetooth?  Blue-Ray?  Why do I need to know this for my kid to play games?  Does the unit include the $100 (retail) HDMI cable, or an HDMI-DVI adaptor, or Component HD as well?

3. It's all about the games.  Here is where Sony is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Nintendo has already grabbed the pre-teen family market.  MS will have their second generation of games out, with a significant amount  of exclusive content (don't forget Live Arcade is also 'exclusive content') as well as an extremely significant price point differential.  And an HD-DVD addon.  All of which can probably be had in one bundle for less than the PS3 premium.  Early EA games (based on reports) are also going to be ports of 360 games, and even if they could look better, might not be for years, if ever.
1498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Civil liberties just took a big hit on: June 15, 2006, 05:44:52 PM
Part of it is that you have the right to know what is in the warrant, and what limitations there are to the search.  You may also need your lawyer present to verify this.  Most people don't keep their lawyer locked up in the basement for just such an emergency...
1499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Live Co-op games? on: June 07, 2006, 10:06:09 PM
Kameo now allows co-op play over Live, as well as split screen - you have to download the update from Live.
1500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Warcraft to PS3? on: May 24, 2006, 07:33:49 PM
Bill has a nice post on what might be happening behind the scenes:

The greatest bidding war in the history of gaming is going on behind closed doors.

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What's a console exclusive for World of Warcraft worth, anyway? 50 million? 100 million? More? I'm not sure there's even a method to accurately value the fanchise, but I do know that whatever it's actually worth, Sony or Microsoft will overpay significantly.


I'm still not sold on it, but I've never played WoW (I refuse to pay $15/month).

FWIW, I think expansions would be shipped on a second DVD containing the appropriate art assets, etc.  I don't think bugs would be as much of an issue given that the game has been out forever now, and the console hardware/drives are a known quantity...
1501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Warcraft to PS3? on: May 23, 2006, 08:52:04 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Well either way, it would have to be a hard-drive based system, so the gimpy360 owners are out of luck.


Why?  I could definitely see them storing everything on the servers, and linking to your account.  I do have a Premium though, so I'm unfamiliar with the full limitations of the Core...
1502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: May 11, 2006, 06:23:28 PM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
Wow, it looks fantastic, but I worry about how one can keep up with controlling so many units on such huge maps.


I don't see using that zoomed in view ever, except if it is possible after being knocked out of an MP game...
1503  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 20" Widescreen LCD- $280 on: May 11, 2006, 06:09:01 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
It depends on the game... check out http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/ to look up specific titles.


It can be a bit difficult navigating that site, try this link for particular games:

Master Gaming list
1504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are you hardcore enough.... on: May 10, 2006, 05:29:23 PM
Definitely a wait and see.  Last Fall I sprung for the 50" Plasma +Wall Mount+ High-Def cable DVR and got the 360 to go with it.  Rather than pump $600 + $50-100 on accessories + $60/game + Sales Tax, I'll probably just get 3-4 360 titles and maybe the HD-DVD add-on to the 360, if it looks like the titles will be there, as well as quality, etc.

Sony appears to be banking on the kind of reception the 360 got to drive demand, but a chunk of that demand is tied into the HD market and HD gaming, and it may be that Sony is going to launch too late/too expensive to really catch that wave.

It *May* be.  Between now and November, every gamer buying HD sets will also get a 360 to maximize the experience.  Then they'll be faced with another large outlay for the PS3.  If there are any to be had.  Any production shortages just might kill the PS3 - MS could survive last holiday season's shortages because there was no competition, Sony can't - every box a potential buyer can't find easily the first time into the store will likely become a 360 buyer - cheaper + more games + available will be tough to compete against.
1505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 11:26:26 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "JCC"
No price? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's the reason I watched. BOOOOOO!

That surprises me as well. Only reason I can think of is that they're waiting to see if Microsoft decides to drop their 360 price to make the PS3 even more outrageously expensive.

We'll see tomorrow?


Yep, I agree. They want to see what MS does today. If they drop the price on the 360, then expect the Wii to be $150.....if not than it will be $200.

That would be my guess.


MS won't drop the 360 price until the PS3 is about to ship, definitely not tomorrow.  They might not even do it then, as I could see a coupon/rebate strategy, coupled with a third sku - integrated HD-DVD and/or larger Hard Drive to capture the high end market.
1506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How long can you stay conscious after being decapitated? on: May 05, 2006, 01:22:44 AM
Probably depends on what drugs you are on... post-decapitation:

1507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 1,200 LB man...put down the Twinkies on: May 05, 2006, 01:16:23 AM
Oh holy mother of god!
1508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 Request Thread on: May 05, 2006, 01:08:26 AM
Quote from: "GGMark"
Guitar Hero II, if no one said it please.


One thing I *didn't* see in the Press Release - what platforms it is/will be on.

Specifically, the press release did not state PS2/3 exclusivity - which leads to speculation...

Please find out more and especially if there will be xBox 360 versions... Quadrophenia+, baby!
1509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 'Fiscal Conservatives' on: April 16, 2006, 07:09:17 AM
helot - that is one well-written rant.  Well done!
1510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a book recommendation-Mystery Novel on: April 14, 2006, 10:54:00 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series- starts with The Black Echo but they can be read in any order (though I recommend going in order if possible).

Michael Connelly's The Poet- one of the best serial killer novels I've ever read (also a mystery).

The Alienist by Caleb Carr.  The hunt for a serial killer in the early 20th century.  One of my favorite novels.


I (Black Echo) this - all of the above are great.  However - Do not read the first 3-4 Bosch books out of order, if you  have any choice...  There is a Hardcover that has all of the first 3, which you may still be able to find.
1511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Oblivion Mod up on Live on: April 03, 2006, 10:14:29 PM
Quote from: "Jarrodhk"
I like the idea that they are offering mods for the 360.  However, as others have said, no way I'm paying money, especially 2.50, for a simple texture.

Honestly, if they charged 20 pts, or 50 pts I would probably go ahead and do it.  But, I want more actual content before I cough up the dough.

That said, if down the road they do a compilation of several mods for say... 200-400 pts.  I would consider that worthwhile.


Bingo!  It's the price point + value content that will drive this model.  If we want better than this claptrap, this better fail.
1512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - YES! on: April 03, 2006, 09:41:07 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Seems I have a bit of a convoluted setting, but like Jancelot, I'm testing out some workarounds.

Unfortunately I need a simple 2-button macro, but I have to create a whole new activity to accomplish this.  That's fine, but when I switch back to "Watch TV" it turns off my TV and cable box.  Still trying to figure this one out.  If I tell the software to ignore the device's on/off state then the power button doesn't work.  So far the best I've done is to create a menu option and map the power button to that.

Spent more time setting up the remote than I have with the 360...


I know my 680 has an option to always leave the cable box on (but it is a DVR cable box...).
1513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TempurPedic or Sleep Number? on: March 01, 2006, 11:34:19 PM
for the TempurPedic, if you sleep on your belly, does it matter to the benefits?
1514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Total Newbie!! XBOX 360 Questions on: March 01, 2006, 06:51:18 PM
2. It also comes with a free month of Gold, to let you try out the online play.
1515  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Possible to repair a hard drive? on: February 20, 2006, 07:32:13 PM
Another way is once you have it hooked up inside your computer, you can try ghosting (if you have a copy of ghost, or another disk imaging program) it to a good drive with all the error checking switches off.  This *can* lead to getting to some good data off of a bad HD.
1516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Last 4 eps of AD air tonight on: February 14, 2006, 11:06:12 PM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
I agree. Fox didn't kill AD, the American viewing public's indifference to its style did. Lamentable, but not Fox's fault.


If only they'd given Firefly as much of a chance...
1517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Glory Road Thoughts? on: January 03, 2006, 06:54:49 AM
Its actually about the all-black UTEP squad which beat the all-white, segregated Kentucky squad
1518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [RP] Bush Admits Authorizing Domestic Spying on: December 24, 2005, 07:33:11 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
I see your guys points, but...I still disagree. To each his/her own. I`m not a bush fan, but I think there are reasons for certain things, and I see a good reason for this. That`s all I guess.


the other thing to keep in mind is the 1st amendment too. What is  the effect of all this gov't spying on free speech?   Do you really feel comfortable saying what you believe about the gov't if  someone is listening?
1519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why are the 360 hard drives so difficult to find? on: December 12, 2005, 03:24:57 PM
Actually, it is that for backwards compatibility the HD is required.
1520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what did you play over the holiday? on: November 29, 2005, 12:39:22 AM
Hack the Router into a bridge to hook up xBox Live - oh wait, that's not a game (or is it?).

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (never played before, came bundled with xBox live subscription).

Damn, but this is a fun game!  Adn I haven't even tried MP yet...
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