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4001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Uber-Impulse Buy! on: February 23, 2005, 03:21:10 PM
my wife would kill me... doesn't mean I haven't thought about it though. slywink
4002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good Xbox Games You May Be Missing... on: February 23, 2005, 05:31:29 AM
Just what I needed, a list of more games to buy... Die Seinfeld 7 looks like my kinda thing smile
4003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do we need Avatars? on: February 23, 2005, 05:28:35 AM
If you give me the option to disable avatars on my screen I'll make my no a yes. Avatars (even clean ones) make the site a bit less work friendly.
4004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 Impressions on: February 23, 2005, 05:24:56 AM
Planning on picking it up tomorrow if my super sekrit gamestop has it in stock... My backlog is down to 24 console games, must be time to buy a new one!
4005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Excel Question [complex] on: February 22, 2005, 04:14:19 PM
simple enough:
year of pay date 1 = year(statement date) + if(month(pay date 1) > month(statement date),-1,0)

year of pay date 2 = year(pay date 1) + if(month(pay date 1) > 6,1,0)
4006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Excel Question [complex] on: February 22, 2005, 03:31:41 PM
I can come up with a solution, it's most trivial date manipulation with some complex logic wrapped around it. The logic part will take a while though.

here are the functions you need:

Get to work!
4007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else a "sodaholic"? on: February 22, 2005, 02:46:02 PM
Not quite the same thing, but I kicked the 6 coke a day habit a little over 3 years ago... haven't had caffeine in any way except the rare bite of chocolate since.. I still have the occasional sprite when I can't get decent water (there's some BAD water in the Dallas area) or lemonade.
4008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sanitizing Food by Blowing on it on: February 21, 2005, 01:23:28 AM
If it lands on the tile it's good to go, if it lands on the grout or carpet (and is soft and/or sticky food it is headin for the trash.
4009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines - Minimimum Specs on: February 21, 2005, 01:21:49 AM
Quote from: "spatzi"
I'm playing this on an Athlon 64 3500 with Radeon x800gt, 1 gig ram, and it runs like crap! Choppy all the time. Long loading times. This is the worst running game I've ever experienced.

I have basically the same system, only the Intel/Nvidia counterparts to your components and it's smooth as silk at 1600x1200.

I have 2BG RAM and a performance RAID, each may help with load times a bit.
4010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We're going to need a bigger boat! on: February 19, 2005, 05:06:22 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
It was a red x to me too but I copy pasted the link from the properties to view it then when i came back to this thread it showed up here too..wierd.

not actually wierd... the linked site is set up to prevent remote linking, when you paste the address in to the browser you aren't remote linking so it will serve the image... when you come back to the thread the image is in your cache from the same address so it uses that rathre than asking the site to serve it....

this is why people who post red X images don't realize the site is blocking the remote linking, they appear to them when the preview the thread because it is in their internet cache.

geek enough for you?


clickie here to avoid copy/paste:
4011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 'Freedom Force 2' Demo Available... on: February 19, 2005, 05:02:29 PM
there is a problem with the name of the msi file...

copy this and rename the Freedom Force blablabla.msi file to this:
Freedom Force® vs The 3rd Reich Demo.msi

I think the "circle R" character in the name got messed up in the zip file.


the game appears to be completely identical to FF in every way I could see, so you don't really need a demo if you played the original
4012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you gellin'? on: February 18, 2005, 03:32:44 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Like a felon...

Like magellan?
4013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Which P2P client do you use? on: February 17, 2005, 02:19:23 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
You are missing "Other" and "None" smile

What he said.
4014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can anyone answer this? Resolution related. on: February 17, 2005, 04:08:57 AM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
What hardware are you running to be able to run everything @ that high res?

256MB GF6800 GT
3.4GHz HT Intel
2x74GB Raptor SATA HDD

basically the same system as you...
4015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Midway Arcade Treasures 3 on: February 16, 2005, 06:06:55 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"

Midway is bound to run out of games soon. Don't ya think?

Based on the content of that compilation, I think they already have. bleh
4016  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / APB: New MMOG by GTA developer on: February 16, 2005, 04:18:27 PM
I stopped reading at:
APB is scheduled to release in early 2007

A little early to get amped about a project likely to be cancelled in the next two yaers.
4017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP pics ... holy *@#$%^&*!!! (56K warning) on: February 16, 2005, 04:17:16 PM
Quote from: "Cleric7"
better than sex ...  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:

Although they are nice, I'm thinking you need to give sex another chance...
4018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Email App? on: February 15, 2005, 06:27:27 PM
outlook at work
squirrelmail for my personal site email
hotmail for spamerrific sites
gmail for stuff I actually want to get but not risk spam on my personal account
4019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / March looks to be a great month for game releases on: February 15, 2005, 06:23:22 PM
I'll probably grab God of War used (unless I hear it is really short)... pass on the rest
4020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TiVo Revolution! Are you with us? on: February 15, 2005, 02:25:29 PM
This topic prompted me to check and see if Comcast had the dual tuner PVR ready yet... here's the (short) story, told through emails for your amusement...

The original request for info sent from the web site contact page, my personal account info was tied to the message:
DVR page indicates dual tuner support is now available. If this is now
 available I would like to swap out my single tuner DVR for a dual tuner
 model. I can be contacted during the day at 469-241-XXXX

Their response a few hours later:
Dear Kevin XXXX,
     I am so excited you are interested in our new dual tuner DVR
 product.  You will really enjoy the outstanding features.  I would be
 more than happy to set up the appointment through this medium if you
 can provide some dates and times.  Otherwise, You may also contact our
 call  center at 972-445-5555.  Our Customer Account Executives are
 available  24 hours per day/ 7 days per week to assist you with this
 matter.   Please let me know if you have any additional questions or
 concerns.   Have a wonderful day.

 Thank you for choosing Comcast.


 Comcast Customer Care Specialist

I called the customer service number and confirmed that I could swap my single tuner box for a dual tuner at the office and they had them available immediately. Of course, I ran out of work went home and unhooked my cable box and went in to the office... where they told me the current state of the network in my area did not support the dual tuner DVR.

I sent the following frustrated yet polite response to the email customer care people:
I did call the call center and was told that I could bring in my existing
DVR and trade it in for a Dual Tuner model. When I arrived at the Comcast
customer service office (1414 Summit, Plano, TX) I was told that I could
not swap out my DVR as the Dual Tuner would not work with the cable system
I currently have. I believe she said it was because we are still on a two
cable system.

I would be thrilled to find out the customer service person at the office
as incorrect. I'm fine with trading the box in at the local office rather
than setting up a service appointment if in fact the person at the local
office was incorrect.

It would great to have this issued cleared up, either way it goes I would
like to see the phone/email customer service folks giving the same answer
as the folks in the walk-up office.

Kevin XXXX

....and the anticipated response
Dear Kevin Cooper,

Thank you so much for expressing interest in our Dual-Tuner DVR.

I apologize for the miscommunication, however, the agent at the cash
office was correct. Only single-tuner DVR's are available in the
Plano/Richardson area due to the dual-plant cable system. Please let me
know if you have further questions.  We truly appreciate your business.
Take care and have a wonderful day.

Thank you for choosing Comcast.


Comcast Customer Care Specialist

On the plus side, our single tuner DVR was about 80% full of unwatched shows and we were going to lose all of that programming forever and that issue was averted. Apparently it could be years before the cable network is upgraded. Tongue
4021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can anyone answer this? Resolution related. on: February 15, 2005, 02:13:42 PM
Quote from: "zinckiwi"
Well, the next step up is 1280x1024. The problem with that is that it's a 5:4 ratio, not a 4:3, so some things can look "squished". The 4:3 version, 1280x960, isn't quite as ubiquitous (though most/all modern, resolution-independent games should support it).

actualyl in recent years I've seen quite the opposite, 1280x960 is often a choice and 1280x1024 is not. Historically I've always gone with 1280x1024 but in the last couple of years have often been forced to 960... I solved by upgrading my system and monitor and playing at 1600x1200 slywink
4022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just played the God of War demo-O M G !!!!!!!! on: February 14, 2005, 09:05:58 PM
Quote from: "Caine"
one of those i'll give a look at when i can find a demo.  thanks for the info everyone.

played it on the demo machine at the local gamestop, pretty cool arcade action.. I'm not sure I'm gonna mess my pants over it like some here, but definitely entertaining.
4023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest American Hero on DVD on: February 14, 2005, 06:29:45 PM
Quote from: "JLu"
It'd be worth that just for nostoliga (and if it doesn't hold up well at all, well, I've wasted more money on dumber things).

Nostalgia only gets you so far... though I agree on having wasted more money slywink
4024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TiVo Revolution! Are you with us? on: February 14, 2005, 05:05:36 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Wow, kinda forgot the plain vanilla "no" option didn't I.  Its honestly a subliminal should get a DVR, dinoboy. slywink

just change "No, I don't watch TV" by adding one word at the end... "efficiently"
4025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest American Hero on DVD on: February 14, 2005, 03:00:12 PM
I can't even imagine anyone but the guy's mom buying those DVDs and even his mom may be too embarrassed in the checkout line at best buy... she'd have to use amazon.
4026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TiVo Revolution! Are you with us? on: February 14, 2005, 02:43:18 PM

Comcast DVR

I'd prefer TiVo but Comcast DVR is cheaper and integrated, if only my wife would let me go DirecTiVo... but she's anti-satellite.
4027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened to 94.9 Zeta??! on: February 14, 2005, 01:49:51 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Google is my enemy. That article needs registration anyway.

Wierd, I didn't register and could read it from that link. I wonder fi the pop-up blocker interfered?
4028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happened to 94.9 Zeta??! on: February 14, 2005, 12:05:56 AM
google is your friend:

It was out with Pearl Jam and in with Tego Calder├│n at WZTA 94.9 FM on Friday when Clear Channel Communications abruptly flipped its Zeta alternative rock station to a Hispanic urban format.

Rebranded as ''Mega, Latino and proud,'' the station started pumping out a funky mix of reggaeton, Spanish hip-hop and dance tunes aimed at the bilingual 18-to-34 crowd.

The switch is part of Clear Channel's strategy announced last September to aggressively expand its portfolio in the booming Spanish-language radio market. The San Antonio-based radio giant said it would convert up to 25 stations to Hispanic formats across the country. Counting South Florida, it's done seven so far.
4029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR2-stuck on mission(Telos) on: February 13, 2005, 08:12:10 PM
Can you send the rest of the team back to the ship/apartment? Not solo mode, reconfigure your team so you don't take anyone with you.
4030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this funny? on: February 11, 2005, 02:03:04 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
not funny to me.

leaning toward the "not funny" on this one as well
4031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pull Up Your Pants - Its the LAW! on: February 10, 2005, 04:44:54 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
What if the law were a ban on PA t-shirts?


Well, at least the juicer shirt...
4032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pull Up Your Pants - Its the LAW! on: February 10, 2005, 01:51:19 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"

True that!  I think the ACLU will be all over this like white on rice, but I'm happy with it for now. Nobody wants to see your drawers...

Before you decide you are happy with it, think about the money the government is spending in drawing up, discussing and voting on a law that would actually institute the fashion police. Never mind the subjective words "lewd" and "indecent".

I don't care what your ass is covered with, a long as it is covered.
4033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Taser question on: February 10, 2005, 02:45:09 AM
Tasers fire two wires with probes, your chest completes the circuit, no need for ground.
4034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 09, 2005, 06:50:33 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
I just don't get how the same game on the same system can have such a varied response.

Stardrifter has had no issues. I had 5 maybe and some are getting crushed.

Makes no sense to me...

Same here. I had no lockups at all, nothing more than a momentary slowdown and no game bugs really at all... except the little thing where they let me finish the freakin game without ever getting a prestige class.
4035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The End of Amazing Race 6 - and the winner is.... on: February 09, 2005, 03:14:10 PM
What this season has taught me about the amazing race is that intelligence, street smarts and travel savvy don't count for a damn thing.
4036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix delays shipping of high volume customers on: February 09, 2005, 01:50:52 AM
Quote from: "lokiju"
I am appalled! So we who rent too often get punished on purpose? That is not unlimited renting, that is purposely delayed renting.

Basically those who turn around the most movies are the least valuable customers. If I didn't get stuck waiting for my wife to have time to watch some movies I could probably make netflix lose money on postage alone. There really isn't much motivation to make those customers a priority.
4037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Urbz: Sims in the City - impressions on: February 08, 2005, 03:21:55 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Now who is going to be the first to give impressions on that one?  And none of that "I'm just playing it for the excellent game mechanics" bull because we know you're playing it for the graphics.

When it shows up used at a gamestop buy 2 get 1 free sale I'll consider it... very rare is the $50 game for me these days The Urbz was the free in the buy 2 get 1 deal slywink
4038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gran Turismo 4 Review on: February 08, 2005, 01:22:18 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
I must be a masochist.  I'm honestly thinking about picking this up the week it comes out, despite the fact I *KNOW* I will be unable to advance beyond the first fifth of the game.  (I rationalize it by saying, 'but that's a lot of game even so.')

It could be worse... it could be R: Racing Evolution or way worse... Auto Modellista (at least R has animated boobies)... *continues working through my backlog* Man did I make some bad picks.
4039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gran Turismo 4 Review on: February 08, 2005, 12:02:12 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Quote from: "Eduardo X"
Apparently, I don't like driving games because GT3 bored me to tears. I did pick it up in November, so maybe that's why I got so bored.

See.. I like a lot of driving/racing games. I even had a lot of fun with PGR2, but I hate the Gran Turismo series. The Forza demo also absolutely bored me to tears.

because forza and gran turismo are not driving games, they are simulations.... I much prefer good quality arcade racing like burnout, nfs:ug, PGR2
4040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Urbz: Sims in the City - impressions on: February 08, 2005, 12:00:57 AM
Played on xbox (720p support). It has 2 player, but I couldn't get my wife to try it so iI could see how it plays in 2P.
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