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641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: July 29, 2008, 06:28:00 AM
Just thought I'd post my impressions of the Premium Drum Covers:

I got the premium drum covers today and put it on my EL drums.  As per a suggestion on the web, I put 2 pads to start with (for EL) and took it for a spin (it came with 4 pads for each colors).  What a difference.  With 2 pads, it muffled the tapping sounds quite a bit, however, since the covers are made of felt, the drums do lose a bit of bounce but the sensitivity is still there for each drum.  When you hit the rims, they will miss notes but if you stick to the inside of the drums, no notes are missed.

Another good thing about these covers is that they're not permanent.  There's no adhesive, the cover has strings that you tie to the underside of the drum set.  So if you happen to have to RMA your drums, you won't lose your covers.

So aside from the loss of bounce, I'm pretty happy with the covers.  The craftmanship is pretty good and it arrived pretty fast.  I ordered it Wednesday night of last week, it was shipped by Thursday morning and got to my office on Saturday, since no one was at the office, USPS took it back and redelivered Monday morning.  Definitely worth the $44 ($34 + $10 shipping).

Here's the website if any of you are interested in purchasing one:
642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Randy Pausch of Last Lecture fame died today on: July 25, 2008, 05:48:23 PM
Oh man, RIP Randy.

I saw his lecture and bought his book and loved both of them.
643  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Rock Band - organized jam sessions on: July 24, 2008, 06:04:52 PM
I would like to join on the Rock Band fun.  The gf and I play it and sometimes we manage to get a 4 people band going with another friend and his wife.  She's hooked on Rock Band more than I am at this point.

I usually play drums on medium or guitar / bass on medium.  The GF can sing on hard (she usually sticks to easy / medium for songs she doesn't know) and bass on easy.  We have the Boston pack, Oasis pack, Jimmy Buffett pack (gf's choice) and a few single songs (paramore, all american rejects, b-52 and Blink 182).  I will buy more songs / packs as budget allows.

Gamertag: TokiMoki
644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vote for Lund Bros. (lildrgn's band) to play at Austin City Limits (updated) on: July 22, 2008, 11:27:59 PM
 thumbsup Voted
645  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company Weekend! on: July 19, 2008, 02:31:07 AM
I picked this game up today and may be looking for some MP action this weekend.

Look me up and send an invite to TokiMoki  icon_biggrin
646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 17, 2008, 07:08:53 PM
Holy cow, I just checked the theaters that I got the tickets for tonight and they added 3 more midnight shows, which makes it a total of 6 theaters and all but 1 theater are sold out.

That's crazy!!  I better get there early and wait in line later today.
647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 17, 2008, 05:09:22 AM
Anyone here doing this using the perfect pushup?  I bought it last week and it's harder to do with this little machine, however, I do feel more of my muscles being used vs doing the push ups without it.
648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Contest - Old School vs. New School on: July 17, 2008, 12:54:24 AM
Old School:
Space Harrier.  I loved playing that game in the arcade which had the moving seat.  I believe that was my first taste of playing an arcade with a seat that moves when you move your guy on the screen.

New School:
Have to go with Mafia.  One of the few games that I've finished numerous times and still go back to every once in a while.  In fact, I just reinstalled it about a month ago and still have it on my hard drive.  The graphic is good for its time, great storyline and great characters.
649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 16, 2008, 05:04:50 PM
The GF and I got tickets to see the midnight show on opening day.
650  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GT Xbox Live Gamertag List on: July 10, 2008, 09:46:50 PM
Gamertag: TokiMoki since Tokek was taken

Currently playing:
651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 10, 2008, 09:41:58 PM
I'm probably going to repeat week 3 next week and move down 1 tier.  Having the same problem as some of you that the tier 3 is way too much.

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, I suspect it does, but I just bought the perfect push up things from walmart and it seems a helluva harder to do pushups with those things. On the plus side, I also feel more of my muscles working.
652  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: July 10, 2008, 09:33:09 PM
+1 to Stimpy for the xbox 360
653  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 06, 2008, 10:11:32 PM
My exhaustion test on week 2 is 35. Not much of a gain but it's still better than nothing.
654  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Norton caught a Trojan on: July 06, 2008, 01:21:46 AM
You can use one of these online scanners:
Kaspersky Online Scanner
Panda Active Scan

You can also download and use this tool:

If you think you have a pretty bad trojan infestation, I can recommend going to Bleeping Computer and posting your HiJackThis log in their "HiJackThis Logs and Malware Removal" forum.  They can help you remove it there.

I'd help you here but I'm still a trainee over there, so you'd be better off asking the experts directly.
655  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Vanguard] GT/OO Guild on: July 03, 2008, 06:24:29 PM
I should be on sometime this weekend, that is if I'm not too preoccupied with my "new" 360 and GTA IV
656  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Vanguard] GT/OO Guild on: July 01, 2008, 11:49:02 PM
I'm playing as well, thinking about joining an established guild but if the OO/GT folks are starting a guild, I can join you instead.

Not sure if I will stay past the free month though.

Currently replaying as a Vulmane Shaman, a bit more fun than my Thestran Human Paladin.
657  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard - free month for inactive accounts on: June 30, 2008, 03:41:23 PM
I started a paladin, with one of the human races.  Managed to get to level 8 adventuring and level 6 blacksmithing over the weekend.

Any other class that's fun to play?  I like a mixture of magic and melee, but must be able to solo well.
658  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard - free month for inactive accounts on: June 30, 2008, 06:12:28 AM
I'm playing this since I also got the free month.

So far, I'm enjoying it, even thinking about paying for a subscription.  I like the fact that crafting and adventuring are 2 separate levels.  Still trying to learn diplomacy.
659  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: June 29, 2008, 03:29:29 AM
I enjoyed 300 more than Wanted
660  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Online Backup Solutions or Backup Solutions on: June 28, 2008, 05:19:42 AM
I've been using mozy home, the free one, for a few months now. 2GB is a lot of space for backup for me and I'm not even at 1gb mark yet.

It's a little on the slow side if you back up a lot of data all at once but on a daily basis it's ok.  I set mine to back up at 4am every day on a few designated directories.  It has an option to back up your bookmarks too from your browsers, so if you have to reformat or reinstall, you won't lose your bookmarks.

If you want to try out the free one, use this URL and you'll get 256mb extra, free:
661  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And now - help me pick a phone! on: June 26, 2008, 07:08:53 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 26, 2008, 06:36:34 PM

Quick peripherial question - since these phones support bluetooth, anyone ever tried to use a keyboard with it? (e.g. fold out bluetooth keyboard from Dell for their PDAs)

We use the iGo Stowaway bluetooth keyboards with some of our blackberries and they work fine.  There was a driver that needed to be installed but once that's in, the keyboard works like a charm.
662  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Cell Phone Earpiece on: June 26, 2008, 06:06:29 PM
My coworker uses a jawbone and swears by it.  My gf just got hers a couple of days ago and she said she likes it.  I haven't had the chance to play with it though.

I placed an order for the BlueAnt Z9 and should be here tomorrow.  I will update on how it is after I played around with it a bit.
663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And now - help me pick a phone! on: June 26, 2008, 05:42:06 PM
If your main concern is email, I'd go with BlackBerry.

I carry 2 phones with me, the blackberry curve (AT&T) is the work phone and HTC touch (unlocked on T-Mo) is my personal phone.

I like the blackberry for emails since the keyboard is tactile and I can type faster since I can feel the button presses and it pretty much works all over the world (boss and sales people have taken their blackberries to Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, etc).  I can say that for work purposes, you can't go wrong with a blackberry.
664  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Kingston Memory Card Deals on: June 26, 2008, 07:11:54 AM
Free FedEx 3-day shipping

2GB MicroSD with SD adapter - $8.00
4GB MicroSDHC with 2 adapters (mini SD & SD) - $18.00
List of memory card deals

*taken from Fatwallet*
665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cell phones - help me chose my next provider on: June 25, 2008, 10:01:11 PM
I use T-Mobile for my personal and has been with them since 2003.  I have 0 complaint with them, good receptions in most places and great customer service.

I also use AT&T for work and they're also decent.  I also used to work for them way back before they merged with Cingular.

Phone selection for both companies are about the same.  Personally, I prefer T-Mobile.
666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [100 pushups] Results Tracker Thread. on: June 24, 2008, 05:17:18 PM
Initial test: 17
Level of intensity:

667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 24, 2008, 07:42:56 AM
Day 1:
10  10  8  6  15
668  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Updated! Mother in Law wants to buy a New Desktop OTS. Recommend brands Etc! on: June 24, 2008, 06:29:00 AM
Try this:

Compaq Presario SR5410F @ Staples

Item #736347

Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Desktop E2160 (1.80GHz) processor
1GB installed memory
320GB hard drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
Monitor sold separately
Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1
1 year warranty


-instant $50.00 coupon

Price: $279.90

Use coupon 79013 to get another $25 off

(Taken from Techbargains and Slickdeals)
669  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to the original Everquest - 3 Years Later (56K Warning) on: June 23, 2008, 04:50:38 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 22, 2008, 08:12:04 PM

It was great fun but UO was so much more.

Man, I still remember tieing up my phone line for a week to download the beta client.
670  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to the original Everquest - 3 Years Later (56K Warning) on: June 22, 2008, 07:02:28 PM
I created a druid on Fennin Ro and restarted the game from scratch.  I can't seem to get back into it though  icon_cry

Good to know Kelethin, Qeynos and Blackburrow hasn't changed.  Those really brings back memories.
671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 21, 2008, 07:20:17 AM
Did my initial test tonight and managed to get to 17
672  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to the original Everquest - 3 Years Later (56K Warning) on: June 20, 2008, 04:36:01 PM
I created a character in Fenin Ro last night, name's Thoke.

When I log in, there was a little window that said that my account had over 400k failed login attempts since I closed it.  Holy cow!!

I didn't even get past the tutorial, was busy trying to get rid of spyware on my gf's pc.
673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When Sales and IT clash on: June 20, 2008, 07:00:23 AM
Oh man, this clip will make its rounds tomorrow when I get to work!   icon_lol
674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Test your reaction times... on: June 20, 2008, 12:45:58 AM

I'm getting old.  I remembered doing this in college and was getting 0.16-0.17 times.  crybaby
675  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to the original Everquest - 3 Years Later (56K Warning) on: June 19, 2008, 08:59:16 PM
I will start the client download tonight and hopefully start playing by tomorrow night again.  It's been a long time!
676  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 19, 2008, 08:56:33 PM
I'm in although I may have to take it slow.

Last time I did some push ups (with an exercise ball to elevate my feet) I put a rib out of alignment and screwed up my shoulder.  I have no idea how that happened, lol.  Went to the chiropractor and got the rib and shoulder fixed but I think I may still need to go back to work on the shoulders some more.

So we'll see how I do.
677  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Disk Defragmentation on: June 19, 2008, 02:44:42 AM
I use the AusLogic disk defrag as well and like it.
678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 18, 2008, 12:09:46 AM
Updated mine at the office.  Will update the home pc and laptop when I get home.
679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MMORPG Tycoon on: June 17, 2008, 10:31:32 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 17, 2008, 10:25:00 PM

So it's a game game, then?

Yeah, the guy created it in 30 days for a contest.  He's still supporting it though.

Found the website for it and he's there answering people's questions too.
680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MMORPG Tycoon on: June 17, 2008, 10:18:55 PM
Found this yesterday, it's a free game and the premise is just like what the title says, you're managing an MMORPG.

You have to create zones, place towns, roads, spawn points, adjust monster difficulty, pricing, etc.  All these while trying to keep your subscribers happy and make money at it.

Try it out, it's pretty interesting to kill time with.
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