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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it really unreasonable to ask for folder-level navigation in an MP3 playe on: June 01, 2007, 05:23:41 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 01, 2007, 04:37:38 AM

For the Sansa series you need to download (for free) an external program that'll generate playlists that you can play from inside the player. You can make them folder based, or just anything you want. If you need it, let me know and I'll go dig up a link or two.

Thanks--I've already tried Playlist Creator (http://www.infosys.tuwien.ac.at/Staff/cp/playlist_creator.zip) but it choked on quite a few of the folders of Japanese MP3s.  Not sure why.  Maybe I should mess around with it a little more.

Thanks for the replies, everyone.  After years of dealing with folder navigation on my small player, it's kind of a shock not to have it on my newer nicer one, and it seems kind of klunky to have to make playlists just to play a folder.  But maybe that's just how it has to be.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it really unreasonable to ask for folder-level navigation in an MP3 playe on: June 01, 2007, 03:02:52 AM

Quote from: Laner on June 01, 2007, 02:56:01 AM

Check out http://www.rockbox.org/ - third-party firmware that allows for folder navigation.  But yeah, tagging is crucial smile  There are plenty of great apps for mass tagging, such as mp3tag, tag & rename, and musicbrainz

Rockbox is still in development for the Sansa e200 series.  It didn't really work well on mine.

I suppose I should look at tagging software.  Thanks a lot for the suggestions.  For that matter, I have a book with some examples/exercises which involve reading and writing tags.  Hmmm.  A project.  That sounds like it could be fun.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it really unreasonable to ask for folder-level navigation in an MP3 playe on: June 01, 2007, 02:52:40 AM

Quote from: wonton on June 01, 2007, 02:39:57 AM

I was planning on getting a sansa e200 series player.  How much did the 4gb run?  And could you describe how it shows the files a little more?  Are they jumbled because you don't tag them properly?

The 4GB runs $119.99 at Circuit City this week, cheaper than the $129.99 at Best Buy.  Apparently BB sells the 'R' version, which is restricted to BB's music store, or something like that.

When you load your files onto the player, it indexes them based on the ID tags, and you can play them by artist, album and/or song.  That's great if your files are tagged consistently.  However, I ripped my own CDs a long time ago and didn't pay much attention to tags.  Most of the J-pop MP3s...well, let's just say that I wasn't responsible for the consistency of the tags, or lack thereof.

I suppose tag-based indexing could be a great thing...but I just want to navigate through my folders myself.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is it really unreasonable to ask for folder-level navigation in an MP3 player??? on: June 01, 2007, 02:05:25 AM
So I've been looking for a new MP3 player; my old 128MB Lyra doesn't quite have the storage capability I'd like.

I'd like an iPod, but they're a little pricey for a guy with 2 kids and an impending move.  Over the weekend I picked up the 4GB Sansa e260.  Nice player.  Nice screen.  Nice price.  I connected it up and copied over my nicely-organized folders of J-pop MP3s...and discovered that I couldn't actually navigate to those folders to play them.  Nope: the player goes through the files and indexes them for you.  As a result, quite a few of them just plain don't show up, and others are a jumble.  Feh.  I'm taking the stupid thing back to Circuit City tomorrow.

It doesn't seem unreasonable to expect to navigate through folders to find MP3s.  Are there any players in the 2-4GB range that let you do this?  Do iPods give you this ability?  Any recommendations and insights are welcome and appreciated.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 20, 2007, 02:50:02 PM
They showed the Nagano victory????  Crap, now I have to look through 30 episodes on the DVR to try to find it, and I'm leaving in a few hours.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 20, 2007, 04:39:52 AM
My wife and I caught this show by accident one evening and have been hooked ever since.  My 7 year old is addicted; he considers himself in training for Ninja Warrior and tries to practice the obstacles on our backyard play equipment.  He's quite good on his Cliff Hanger swingset.  And our 5 year old is good at picking out Japanized English words.  Fun for the whole family.


Quote from: Tebunker on May 19, 2007, 11:37:50 PM

and that only one person has ever finished it in 8 years is amazing.

According to Wikipedia, Nagano completed it in fall of 2006.  I haven't seen that episode but my wife and I are eagerly awaiting it.  We're big fans of Nagano.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for some information about cell phones & plans on: May 19, 2007, 12:49:41 AM
And the winner is...Sprint.  They had the phones I wanted at the price I wanted, the plan I wanted and were in the location I wanted.  Thanks for your input, everyone!
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for some information about cell phones & plans on: May 18, 2007, 05:07:03 PM
Thanks again.  I think I'm going with Alltel.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for some information about cell phones & plans on: May 18, 2007, 04:46:14 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 18, 2007, 04:33:43 PM

I've been happy using Verizon, but now I hate their policies (especially their "we have a patent on internet packets" lawsuit against Vonage, as well as their "giving your private information to the government is an expression of our freedom of speech" stance), so I'll be leaving them soon.

Yep, Verizon isn't even an option.

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I used to like AT&T... but now they are part of the Cingular evil empire.

What's so bad about Cingular?


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I have some friends who use Sprint, and are very happy.  Another friend is a phone geek, and he really likes US Cellular.

I'd consider Sprint but the guy on the radio ads is the most annoying radio voice I've ever heard.  Any Sprint ads make me turn off the radio in a rage.

But seriously, their plan provisions are kind of skimpy compared to some of the others.

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One I've been meaning to check out is Alltel.  I believe they actually offer a plan where you can pick five people from any service provider, and all your calls to/from them are free.

It's called "my circle" and it gives you up to 10 numbers you can call for free.  That was a big selling point to me, since I'd love unlimited talking time with my wife and kids.  But since I'm going to get a second line and a phone for them anyway, I think the "unlimited mobile-to-mobile" thing might have us covered anyway.  But right now Alltel seems to be the best bet for us.

Thanks unbreakable!
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So what was the verdict on Gothic 3? on: May 18, 2007, 04:25:20 PM
Local Target has Gothic 3 on the clearance shelf for $20.  When it first came out I read a lot of complaints about bugs and comments about how good the game would be when it was patched.  So how has it turned out?  Thumbs up or down?

Considering that I haven't finished Gothic or played Gothic 2 at all, I probably shouldn't get it anyway, but it can't hurt to ask...
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for some information about cell phones & plans on: May 18, 2007, 03:55:47 PM
I'm moving to Milwaukee this weekend for my new job.  My wife and boys are going to want to talk to me on the phone a lot, and it's time for new call phones anyway, so I'm looking for some recommendations.

First of all, I see that a lot of plans offer "unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling".  Is mobile-to-mobile regular phone calls, or is it that irritating push-to-talk walkie-talkie stuff I see people doing?

Do any of you have recommendations for cell companies?  Nextel and T-Mobile are out; I've already used them and wouldn't again.  Leaning toward Cingular or Alltel.  Any input is welcome.

Some of these online outfits have better deals and prices than the stores do; are they reliable?

Thanks!
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Take this job and shove it on: May 15, 2007, 09:21:03 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 15, 2007, 08:16:06 PM

I've worked for people that somehow take it personally when someone quits or leaves the company.  One jackass took it so far as to immediately fire anyone who turned in two weeks'...then got pissed when people just started quitting without notice.   retard

Sounds like some high-quality management.  Like we have.  "We'll treat you like crap!  We'll treat you like a thief!  We'll make you want to quit, and then act surprised and offended when you do!" 

Idiots.


Quote from: the Nightbreeze on May 15, 2007, 08:20:38 PM

Quote from: Qbe on May 15, 2007, 02:29:32 PM


....Said VP replied and said that I wasn't very professional, giving them so little notice then said, and I quote, "What would Jesus have done?"...

I'm a Taoist, but I'm guessing he would have given to Caesar what is Caesar's, and nothing more.  They paid you, you gave them work.  Sounds like Caesar got all he has a right to expect.  Either that, or he would have told a story to let your boss know what a jackass your boss is acting like.

Sounds like you know Jesus better than a lot of WWJD moralizers do.  Years of studying the New Testament have taught me that the answer to "WWJD" is, "Not what you think he would do."


Quote from: the Nightbreeze
They had a chance to keep you happy enough to make you want to give them a customary but not required two weeks notice.  They failed.  You didn't give them that notice, and now they realize they were better with you than without.

There must be money in treating people like dirt, that's all I can guess from your bosses and mine.

Good luck, and I hope you're treated better where you are going.

Thanks, and thank you for the support guys.  It's been an unpleasant day which has been the end of an unpleasant 8 months of employment (2 as a contractor and 6 as a low-paid benefitless employee).  I've appreciated all your comments and advice.  Time to go sign out...for good!

On Monday I start my new job in Milwaukee.  Two days after I decided that Michigan is dead (at least for IT), I got a phone call for a new job, then an interview, then an onsite interview, and after that they were practically begging me to come and work for them.  It's nice to be appreciated.  I've had my fill of crap jobs.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Take this job and shove it on: May 15, 2007, 08:10:17 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 15, 2007, 08:00:52 PM

You should have responded to the WWJD comment with "he'd sue your ass for religious harassment!"   icon_biggrin

Within an hour I'd thought up at least a dozen zinger replies to his WWJD comment...but I haven't sent him any reply at all.  That comment is one of the aces up my sleeve in case they try to screw me out of a paycheck.

The more people purposely try to push my buttons, the colder and more stubborn I get.  Either these guys are trying to get a rise out of me to make me say something I shouldn't, or they're blatantly stupid.  I once leaned toward the former, but now am leaning toward the latter.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Take this job and shove it on: May 15, 2007, 03:33:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 15, 2007, 03:28:52 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if he didn't know that you're an actual employee now, especially if it's a big company.

Heh, the company is a dozen or so, but it wouldn't surprise me either if he didn't know  icon_wink
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Take this job and shove it on: May 15, 2007, 03:14:46 PM
Fortunately (or so I thought) this is a telecommuting company, so all emails are on my Gmail account and I've archived all relevant IM exchanges to my own drive, along with the employee handbook webpages.  I've never been to the home office, and never will.  When I log out, I'm gone.

Yep, I'm concerned that they might try to screw me out of my last week's pay.  My brother-in-law is a lawyer.  I have his number.  But in any case, the signing bonus at my new job would more than offset the loss of wages.

Hostile workplace.  You could say so.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take this job and shove it on: May 15, 2007, 02:29:32 PM
[Job-related rant ahead]

So I quit my job today.

The managers are largely incompetent jerks.  They've complained that I am not getting a particular project done quickly enough; then when I focused solely on that, they've complained that I haven't gotten enough other things done.  Finally last Wednesday the VP ambushed me by IM and said, among other things, "broaden your focus or seek employment elsewhere."  He was trying to bully me into quitting, I guess.  Imposing the requirement that I send him hour-by-hour status was the tipoff.

Well, if I didn't already have a much better job offer, I would've been worried.  Instead, his tirade made me decide to give them no notice of my leaving.  But I compromised.  Last night I sent them my resignation email, informing them that today is my last day.

Said VP replied and said that I wasn't very professional, giving them so little notice then said, and I quote, "What would Jesus have done?"  WTF????  This is an "IT" "company".  Either the guy's mocking me, knowing that I was in the clergy years ago, or else he's serious.  Either option is disturbing.  But typical of this place.

The president's reaction was more ominous; he sent an IM to others suggesting that I have a contract which requires me to give more notice.  When I was a contractor at this place, my employment contract said that I was supposed to give 28 days notice.   But in December I became an employee: my signed and witnessed employment agreement indicates no such thing.  He's probably trying to be his usual jerk self to try to make me worry.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.  This is the worst job I've had in 20 years.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New DS Lite Owner Here on: May 15, 2007, 01:18:44 AM

Quote from: slackerjoe on May 14, 2007, 11:00:29 PM

Quote from: Qbe on May 12, 2007, 09:03:59 PM

I bought my DS primarily for 漢字そのままDS楽引辞典.  But you're probably far beyond needing that.  icon_wink
I could definitely use more practice writing kanji by hand.  I'm fine with reading and writing using a computer, but I haven't written by hand since I left school!

I'll check those out, thanks.

It's very difficult to write decent kanji with a little DS stylus.  A big pen-size stylus works much better.
58  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: May 14, 2007, 06:40:14 PM
+1 to depward for a great deal on Children of Mana.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New DS Lite Owner Here on: May 12, 2007, 09:03:59 PM
I bought my DS primarily for 漢字そのままDS楽引辞典.  But you're probably far beyond needing that.  icon_wink
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: nice wife on: May 11, 2007, 02:39:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 11, 2007, 01:51:21 PM

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stray sticks of TNT. 
As opposed to the ones that are supposed to be there?   icon_twisted

Right, the sticks he's planted to make his house's demise look like an "accident" so he can get out of Home Ownership Hell.  Those aren't supposed to go off this weekend...or are they?
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: nice wife on: May 11, 2007, 01:15:48 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 11, 2007, 04:58:30 AM

Id check and see if there was a large life insurance policy taken out on me in the recent past.

Yeah, she's taking your daughter and clearing out for the weekend?  Better check the house for gas leaks or stray sticks of TNT.  icon_wink

But on the off-chance that it's on the up-and-up, I hope you really enjoy your weekend.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: its my birthday on: May 09, 2007, 08:46:29 PM
Happy Birthday! 

My wife turns 40 today (but don't tell her I said so).
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Secure Are You In Your Job on: May 07, 2007, 09:12:32 PM
I've been on the current job for 6 months and hate every minute of it.  Low pay, no benefits, management is incompetent when they're not outright absent.  Every day I wonder if I will get fired because I'm not getting enough done, despite not being able to get the answers and information I need to do my job in the first place.  Worst job I've had in 20 years.

A month ago I decided to look for a new job and sat down to figure out what the ideal job would be like, and a few days later a recruiter called with a job that sounded suspiciously like it.  I got the interview and the job offer. Two weeks from today I'll be starting.  Unfortunately it's in Milwaukee and my family will have to stay here till the house sells, but in the end it's for the best.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laid off on: April 30, 2007, 09:07:30 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on April 30, 2007, 07:48:31 PM

Quote from: Qbe on April 30, 2007, 04:30:31 PM

Hey, congrats on the new job!  Are you still going with the travel insurance company?
yeah - still going on with them. going to see how that works out. At least I now know though that if I don't like it for some reason - there are other jobs out there that are easy to get.

Yep, I've been discouraged by the dead job market in my area, but now that I'm willing to consider moving there are actually jobs out there.  I hope your new job is a great one!

65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laid off on: April 30, 2007, 04:30:31 PM
Hey, congrats on the new job!  Are you still going with the travel insurance company?

A few weeks ago I decided to give up on Michigan, and especially the local (Grand Rapids) "job market", and things are really looking up.  Last week I went to Milwaukee for an all-day interview and was offered the job before it was half over.  It'd be nice pay, signing bonus, paid training and network certifications, and great opportunity for advancement.  It has potential for surpassing my previous "best job ever."

Meantime I have a phone interview in a half-hour (for a telecommuting job) and another later this week for Zappo's in Louisville, KY.  All this attention is making it very difficult to have any sort of positive attitude toward my current lame job.  Ok, it was difficult enough anyway.

66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 25, 2007, 05:25:08 PM

Quote from: Kobra on April 25, 2007, 04:30:57 PM

Shelby Township?  Thats right down the road from me.

Should I take a visit on your behalf?  I am 6'4+ 265lbs former powerlifter, and make a convincing statement that you are my brother, and I don't appreciate him not sending the device to you.   Tongue

Could you take along a cameraman?  I think a lot of people would like to see this.  I know I sure would.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sent $500 to Seller, he claims he didn't get it on: April 24, 2007, 06:16:57 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 24, 2007, 05:19:38 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on April 24, 2007, 03:42:00 PM

If I lived in Michigan I just might have found myself settling our dispute face to face.
Live and learn I guess though.. for me though, this lesson left a pretty big hole in my wallet.

Where in Michigan?  icon_twisted

Yeah, where?  I'm in Michigan.  Maybe I can help settle your dispute fist-to-face.  ninja
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20Apr: ATB @ Calvin's House Splitscreening Gears of War Edi on: April 21, 2007, 01:24:37 PM
I decided to give Lunar Silver Star Story Complete another try on my PSOne and it's pretty fun.  I'll be spending any game time I get (which won't be much) on that.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Batman more badass than Indiana Jones? on: April 20, 2007, 09:32:52 PM
One word: Batmobile.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Look what I found on the wall.... on: April 17, 2007, 08:52:11 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 17, 2007, 08:49:35 PM

A 7 legged spider?

His name was Lucky.
71  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 17, 2007, 07:04:30 PM
+1 to Hrothgar for the free games.  Thanks, and sorry for the late feedback!
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/April/07 Last Non-Marathon Training Weekend Edition on: April 13, 2007, 12:42:09 PM
I'll be "playing" Battlefield: 1040 and Attack of the Atomic Mutant Mother-in-Law.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a C# book on: April 11, 2007, 08:27:07 PM
After looking at a few books, Jesse Liberty's "Programming C#" seems to be good for an experienced programmer, and Microsoft's "Build A Program Now" (free ebook you get when you register the software) is an ok intro to the IDE and some beginning GUI building.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty pleasures on: April 10, 2007, 02:30:39 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 10, 2007, 02:06:04 AM

Quote from: Qbe on April 10, 2007, 12:40:41 AM

Ninja Warrior.

Damn it, I wish they showed it on my provider.  Stupid Cox...

I've been told that it is a must-watch for me, but I have yet to see a single episode. :/

Must-watch.  Definitely.  An obstacle course so tough that it's only been beaten twice in 10 years or so.  The first stage brings out all the freaks; they get weeded out and the following stages bring out the guys who are seriously tough.  It's very popular at our house.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty pleasures on: April 10, 2007, 12:40:41 AM
Ninja Warrior.

And girly Jpop music.  The peppier the better.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPods for Every Student In Michigan on: April 09, 2007, 02:06:57 AM

Quote from: Kobra on April 09, 2007, 01:45:50 AM

Medicine, the future of Michigan is medicine so they well me..  Lets see...  11 new hospitals, 3 state of the art specialty treatment facilities, and 2  upcoming PRIVATE medical schools being considered. Not really good considering the state is banking on people getting sicklier and sicklier, but I guess it is ok if you are in anything healthcare related and want a high paying career, you'll find it here..

Yeah, Grand Rapids is banking on that: they want to become the Mayo Clinic of this area.  They're certainly putting their money where their mouths are: a mile or two of downtown along the highway is under construction as they build new hospitals, labs and a new medical school (I think this is the MSU school).  You definitely have to give them credit for vision...but their vision isn't helping the IT job market, at least not here and now, and I'm not going to wait around to see if it does.  Nor are my friends.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recommend me a C# book on: April 09, 2007, 01:36:07 AM
Or maybe this should go under "Software Hell"  icon_wink

Here's the deal: I need to ramp up C# skills pretty quickly (in a month or so) and am looking for a good book on the subject.  I will be using Microsoft Visual C# 2005.  I am not a programming newbie: I learned C in 1987 and have used it on-and-off since.  I program Perl for a living.  I've done some C++, but am not an expert in OO or event-driven programming or .NET or QRZ or KVE or any of the other popular acronyms these days.

The ideal book will not spend pages and pages on while loops or if statements.  It will start with a decent and concise overview of language syntax and ramp up quickly from there.  It will contain lots of practical examples and exercises.  It will not treat me like a Dummy or Complete Idiot but not like the inventor of C# either.  A book like "Accelerated C++", if you know that one.

My library has the following books on hand.  Does any one of them meet my criteria?  If you have any insight on these or would like to recommend another book, please comment.  Thanks everyone!

C# 2005 for Dummies -- Stephen Davis
Sams Teach Yourself C# in 24 Hours -- James Foxall
Microsoft C# Programming for the Absolute Beginner -- Andy Harris
Sams Teach Yourself the C# Language in 21 Days -- Bradley Jones
Learning C# 2005 -- Jesse Liberty
Programming C# -- Jesse Liberty
C# Precisely -- MIT Press
Accelerated C# 2005 -- Trey Nash
Visual C# 2005 Express Edition Starter Kit





78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPods for Every Student In Michigan on: April 08, 2007, 07:35:34 PM
Well, I think I've figured out the iPod thing. 

Think about it logically.  What's Michigan good for anymore?  It isn't manufacturing.  It isn't cars.  It isn't scientists.  It isn't tourism. 

The only career option left for Michigan school students is American Idol.  The iPods are their chance.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laid off on: April 07, 2007, 07:05:37 PM
Sorry to hear it.  Anything for you here?
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPods for Every Student In Michigan on: April 07, 2007, 01:42:09 PM
From what I've seen, Chicago is much better for IT jobs than western Michigan (how could it not be?).  I'm planning to start looking in the Chicago and Indianapolis areas and see what turns up. 
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