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4001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 03:25:17 PM
Yah I checked out the guide functionality, but I would be too lazy to keep updating the guide regularly so I promptly forgot about it...

Very cool ability tho, so if I'm watching a movie and wondering if I forgot to set the DVR for something I can check the remote quick rather than stopping the movie and switching to cable.
4002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 02:57:39 PM
Very cool, Tivo may well be the greatest company ever. biggrin If the Tivo remote can handle it, I bet the Harmony remote could, and everything else for that matter.... not that you want to spend another $150 hehe.
4003  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Any Gamestop preown deals coming up? on: December 28, 2004, 02:18:30 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
I remember Gamestop having deals where you buy preowned games like buy 2, get the 3rd free. Does anyone know if one of those are coming up soon?


My local gamestop is having that exact sale at this very moment. I don't know if it is a store by store thing or national though. I picked up 9 used games yesterday...  don't tell the wife!
4004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 28, 2004, 02:14:30 PM
I'm not sure how any remote could deal with 2 tivos... at least in the same room. It seems like they would both respond to any inputs?
4005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 04:03:41 AM
Quote from: "Laner"
What model Denon is that coopasonic?  I've been looking for a receiver with multiple component inputs, but the most I've seen (at a reasonable price) is two.


Denon AVR-2105 $650

3 to 1 component video switching, 4 to 1 optical digital.

7.1 channel, 90watts per...

mmmmmm

4006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 02:06:35 AM
The next option woulf be a receiver with component switching. My current dream receiver is a Denon with 3 component inputs. It's about the same price as the switch above, but with other benefits.
4007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV - good solution for not enough inputs on: December 28, 2004, 01:18:57 AM
http://www.beachaudio.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=338

Only $537... Tongue Should be a  simple thing to do, but I can't seem to find one cheaper wth component inputs and IR.
4008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 10:21:18 PM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"
You misspelled "Evar" in the title.


I had it typed that way originally, but I couldn't bring myself to submit it that way.
4009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 07:45:25 PM
Quote from: "Pyperkub"
One thing that some of the earlier Universals had a problem with was losing all your Macros when the batteries died.  Make sure you get one with a backup system (backup battery, other), or you will likely return it, like my roomate had to with his favorite Universal.  Otherwise you'll have to go through the hassle of reprogramming the remote frequently, as those universals can eat batteries.


Two things, memory is retained when the batteries are removed and even if you do lose all of the programming, you just need to connect the remote to your PC, log in to the harmony site and reload the programming (even if you throw your remote against the wall and have to buy a new one).
4010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 27, 2004, 03:35:26 PM
Quote from: "Bulletpig"
If this gave me full functionality of all my stuff with one remote I would consider it.

Pig


That's specifically why I selected this one. It can control up to 15 individual devices. As new components are released support for them is added to the configuration web site. It has enough buttons for most everything, plus up to 6 custom label buttons on the LCD screen for each activity.

In fact, this remote can switch my TV to other inputs instantly, something the remote that came with the TV couldn't do (watching a DVD meant switching the video input 5 times, no more)!

It takes some setup time, collecting model numbers on your components, configuring extra buttons that aren't automatically configured, but in the end it's completely worth it to me.
4011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Correspondence Chess (for the slow thinker) on: December 27, 2004, 03:20:49 PM
(I don't think this really belongs in the game forums, but feel free to move it if you do)

Help me get through the dullest week at work ever...

http://www.chessatwork.com

Browser based chess, play multiple games at once (max of 6 unless registered), you take a turn and it sends your opponent an email... when he takes his turn, you get an email. Nice way to play if you don't like the pressure of a timed game at yahoo.

Free registration required to play. If you are afraid of spam give me your email and I will send you an invite for a google mail account you can use just to be safe.

If anyone is interested, register and send a challenge to "coopasonic"!
4012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 06:19:03 PM
I really like the model I currently have. There are some great benefits.

Now I forget which reply I was responding to. biggrin
4013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 04:57:47 PM
The make and model of all my equipment is printed on the front of all the equipment handily enough.

Quote from: "EngineNo9"
What is so hard about picking up the DVD remote and hitting play?


Old Universal Remote:
Hit the AMP button.
Turn the Receiver power on.
Switch the Receiver to DVD Input.
Hit the TV button
Turn the TV power on.
Press TV/Video 5 times to switch the video input on the TV.
Hit the DVD button.
Turn the DVD power on.
Play the DVD.

New Universal Remote:
Hit "Watch Movie" button.

/shrug Beats the hell out of socks for Christmas.
4014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 03:37:44 PM
Video card: $400
Sound card: $200
PC speakers: $300
Monitor: $600
Universal Remote: $130
Not having to explain to the wife how to play a DVD yet again: Priceless
4015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In the mood for a good action movie? (Dawn of the Dead 2004) on: December 26, 2004, 05:58:23 AM
Very much enjoyed it, way better than i expected!
4016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Greatest Universal Remote Ever! on: December 26, 2004, 05:51:35 AM
Web based setup of your remote, no silly "learning" crap where you popint the remotes at each other and press a complicated sequence of buttons.

Harmony Remotes Link

Basically, you connect the remote to your PC USB port with the supplied cable, install the update software, go online and enter in your A/V equipment Manufacturer and Model Number and it walks you through preferences for activities. Hit update and it downloads the configuration to your remote and poof, it works!

Here is a picture of the screen to customize the buttons.

I'll never have to show my wife how to do anything with the A/V equipment against, it's all automagical! The one I have is listed at $229 or so on the manufacturer site, but it can be had for ~$130ish from tigerdirect or similar online electronics site.

Best remote ever. (well perhaps some of those mega-pricy ones are better... but I hardly believe it!)
4017  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Advance Wars 2 GBA $9.99 at Best Buy on: December 23, 2004, 08:27:59 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
If I can actually find one, I will definitely have to pick this up!


same biggrin I have a best buy gift card from kicking all my co-workers butts at laser tag... been looking for something to use it on.
4018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dracula 3000 - Worst ending EVER? on: December 23, 2004, 12:22:32 AM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
it had a SciFi (in space) element, where could we go wrong?


Dracula in space and you ask "where could it go wrong?"

Just in that statement it has already gone so terribly wrong.
4019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix - Christmas delays? on: December 22, 2004, 09:26:07 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
I'm having pretty much the same problem, and it makes me wonder if they aren't "holding back" on us .. heh.


As of this week I'm still getting stuff delivered overnight, two day turnaround in total. I had two of tuesday's new releases on tuesday.
4020  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How do you clean your computer case? on: December 22, 2004, 08:39:48 PM
Quote from: "croman"
To clean it out, I buy a new case and swap everything over


I'm with croman.
4021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix - Christmas delays? on: December 20, 2004, 11:49:20 PM
Up through the end of last week I've been getting the same 2 day turnaround. We'll see if I get the new releases tomorrow.

It's nice to be grandfathered into the 4 at a time plan. biggrin
4022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I told my son about sex tonight on: December 16, 2004, 04:31:35 PM
I never got the talk, it probably impacted me negatively... but I got by.
4023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Board Games] Betrayal at House on the Hill on: December 16, 2004, 02:28:07 PM
Looks very cool!

amazon link for  the search impaired

Pictures of the board and such on amazon.
4024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's in your wallet?!! on: December 16, 2004, 02:10:17 AM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"
If Capital One used more  ninja in their ads, I might get a card. If a card had a picture of a ninja , I would also be willing to get a card. :cool:


*submits suggestions to marketing*
4025  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / TGA for Firefox on: December 14, 2004, 07:03:14 PM
Quote from: "tru1cy"
Quote
Why not just convert them to JPG?



How?


http://www.irfanview.com/
4026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How does anyone surf with default IE? on: December 14, 2004, 06:52:02 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Does anyone (by choice) still use IE without any pop-up stopping?


At work I do. Very few of the places I go have pop-ups though. (the "choice" here is I could be doing work rather than browsing slywink )
4027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I need a manly moisturizer on: December 14, 2004, 05:07:20 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Can you buy it anywhere or do I have to go to some moisturizing product counter in a department store?  I'm not sure I could handle the embarrassment if I had to do that.


After you buy feminine hygiene products for your wife for the first time you are done being embarrassed abotu buying anything. Get over it. smile
4028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a gadget in the $300 range for Christmas on: December 14, 2004, 02:35:51 PM
I forgot about Harmony Remotes yesterday.

Good prices from amazon.com on them.. coolest remotes ever (well other than the gajillion dollar remotes in high end home theatre stores).
4029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX ARCADE on: December 13, 2004, 08:39:32 PM
Also notice those are introductory prices... /boggle.

Nuts.
4030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a gadget in the $300 range for Christmas on: December 13, 2004, 04:59:03 PM
www.thinkgeek.com

You gotta find something there. smile

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/69b9/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/64f7/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/6c17/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/audio/5e77/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/audio/69b4/

Otherwise, try brookstone and sharper image websites.
4031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Impressions on: December 09, 2004, 12:03:32 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Basically, the new-model PS2 is about as small as it's going to get at this point for a DVD-based system.  Add in the necessary screen and controls too, and you have an absolutely gargantuan "handheld" system.


Check out the portable PS2... yah a bit too big biggrin you'll notice the DVD drive is next to nothing tho
4032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 08, 2004, 07:17:03 PM
32, I'm the old guy (so far)!
4033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale on: December 08, 2004, 06:27:00 PM
I couldn't stand it, not really sure why. The dialog and combat started to bother me after just a couple hours. All the zone transitions got annoying as well as the perspective (fighting under trees is not fun).
4034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR 2 : The Sith Lords Impressions on: December 07, 2004, 09:48:20 PM
Definitely on my must have list, going to *TRY* to wait for the PC version this time. I failed miserably when it came to waiting for the first one, but the load times stopped me about half way throguh my "evil" play-through.
4035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which games will you pack away with your system? on: December 07, 2004, 09:43:27 PM
Hmmm... once the system has been replaced, I'm pretty sure it and all the games that go along with it will go to ebay or some friend with young kids that wouldn't know they are out of date games.

Of course, I generally wait at least a year after a hot new system comes out before I buy it (I bought my xbox summer 2003, my ps2 last month). I want there to be tons of discounted and used games available before I switch and then I will buy games like crazy in the following months.
4036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Ubisoft LAUNCHES Chessmaster┬« 10th edition on: December 07, 2004, 07:17:55 PM
Ok, so I am a bit behind. I got bored of the other games on my cell phone and started playing the java chess game on it. I realized how much I enjoyed (and how bad I am) at chess. The cell phone version takes forever to make a move so I decided to pick this up for play at home and hopefully to improve my game.

I played around with it a bit last night, playing a tournament against the lowest level AI opponents. There are definitely some very different playstyles among the AI opponents I saw and the worst of them was pretty challenging at my novice skill level. The graphics are absolutely beautiful with a couple dozen different sets of pieces to choose from. The basic AIs at least decide on their moves pretty much instantly, which is nice.

After getting my butt handed to my by the lowest rated AI opponents, I decided to go through some of the "learning" parts of the program. The basics are all covered, movements and such, but I already knew all that. There were some scenarios that were pretty cool, like they given you a board at a certain point in the game and challenge you to get checkmate in 2 moves and it seemed to have a lot of those scenarios, not sure if they were truly random or from a large set of options.

I've never really picked up on the strategy behind chess and I'm hopeful this game will help me out in that regard. I'm a relatively smart fellow and do pretty well at tactical and strategic combat games, so I should be capable, I just haven't ever given it a lot of time to sink in or had any real help with it.

Excellent presentation, appears to be very challenging, thumbs up.
4037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 06, 2004, 02:20:15 PM
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Gran Turismo 3
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction

...and Half-Life 2 on PC
4038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fallout Tactics observation. on: December 02, 2004, 07:43:54 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Man, I loved the Fallout titles...I just couldn't get in to Tactics for some reason.  Is that so wrong?


Not really. Tactics was a completely different type of game from FO1&2.
4039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: December 01, 2004, 03:10:53 AM
Quote from: "Gratch"
My experience with Bard's Tale:

-  1 hour:  "Damn, this game is hilarious!  Spot-on voice acting, some funny as hell moments, and a cool combat and summon system.  Exactly like Baldur's Gate:  DA, but with a sense of humor.  This is perfect!"

-  3 hours:  "Y'know, the combat is kind of annoying.  If I'm ever under the scenery I can't see what I'm doing.  But hey, I got a couple new summons and I just laughed my ass off at the 3 goblins having an oompa-loompa moment."


I think I was at about the same point when I put the game away, dunno if I will get back to it. Bleh. I found the humor up to that point to be pretty lame... I kept waiting for the laughs but they never came.
4040  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How often do you reinstall Windows? on: November 30, 2004, 04:38:28 PM
Never.

I don't install crap on my PC tho, other than Trillian, games and a couple of productivity type apps. I generally skip demos and freeware/shareware of any kind and I don't surf sites of a questionable nature and I think that goes a long ways to preserving the sanctity of my Windows install.

The only times I have ever done windows installs was on new PCs or Windows upgrades.
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