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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: June 17, 2011, 08:10:45 PM
Just purchased everything I could find through the Kindle store!  Looknig forward to some good reads as I love me some Zombie stories. 
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever think about getting rid of cable TV? on: September 07, 2010, 02:28:40 PM
Been doing it for over a year and don't regret it.  Not missing the 120+ dollar cable bill that I used to get every month.  smile  OTA HD NFL Football is all I really care about everything else can be seen either on DVD or through some sort of streaming service. 
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MP3 Player for a Kid? on: August 25, 2010, 01:35:33 PM
The Sanza Fuze wouldn't be a bad choice either.  It's small, cheap, rugged and easy to use.  Thanks to the micro sd card slot you can buy the 2gb model and add more storage at any time cheaply and easily.  As a bonus, on Amazon you can get these nifty clear hard cases for really cheap that really do a great job of protecting the player. 
4  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Have some laptop hardware questions on: July 02, 2010, 06:09:50 PM
I just picked up a Toshiba laptop over the weekend from Best Buy that seems pretty nice and within the specs you are looking for.  

16 inch screen
Intel Core i3 processor
4 gigs of DDR 3
500gb 7200 Hard Drive
Windows Home Premium 64-bit
Intel integrated graphics
12 cell batter for 8+! hours of batter life

679.99

After a week with it I can't find much I don't like about it although it can't hold a candle to my MacBook Pro.  smile  It does have a "chicklit style" keyboard like the Macs do and the keyboard has a seperate numeric pad which is kind of nice to have - but not everyone may like this type of keyboard so they may want to try it out first on a store display or something. 

Here's the model and SKU number if you want to check it out:  Model: A665-S6050 | SKU: 9988697

5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 21, 2010, 03:55:00 PM
I really, really, enjoyed this movie.  Highly recommended!  Heck, my wife even liked it and she rarely likes anything I like.   
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] The Gates on: June 21, 2010, 03:50:16 PM
I watched it.  Pretty forgettable imho.  I don't see myself watching another episode.  

What is it with the day-walking vampires these days anyway?  At least they aren't sparkly.  Vampires are supposed to be bad-ass, soulless and nocturnal.  smile  
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWII Pics on: May 04, 2010, 06:19:31 PM
Roguetad - I was thinking the same thing yesterday when looking at all of the photos but I couldn't come up with a good way to say it like you did. 

It just seems like war, while always horrible, was extra-horrible back in those days.  Maybe it's simply a different type of horrible because it was more hand's on with less tech than today.  I am in no way making light of what our Military faces today because I know it's just as terrible. 

Any type of war is never good.

 

   

8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WWII Pics on: May 03, 2010, 02:55:30 PM
Those pictures are just incredible and haunting. 
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [DVD/BR]Avatar on: April 23, 2010, 03:11:34 PM
Just a heads up for you guys.  You may want to hold off on the Avatar purchase until the DRM boondongle is cleared up. 

http://consumerist.com/2010/04/drm-ravaged-avatar-dvds-may-not-work-on-blu-ray-players.html
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All kinds of awesome on: March 31, 2010, 02:55:48 PM
Heh.  That was great!  smile
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Trend Powers, Activate! Form Of, Voting Me A Winner! on: March 30, 2010, 08:25:23 PM
You have been votified. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your next American Idol on: March 30, 2010, 06:16:25 PM
Hehe.. Sophia welcomes her new fans.  smile  She really is one hilarious kid. 
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Apology for Battlefield Earth on: March 29, 2010, 04:13:35 PM
I never subjected myself to that movie because of how bad I heard it was.  smile  Maybe I should check it out.  Is it like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus bad or more like Transformers 2 bad? 
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Your next American Idol on: March 29, 2010, 03:49:36 PM
My daughter's rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  She has a pair of lungs on her doesn't she?  The excitement of Nanny, Paw Pete and Nana all visiting and the early Easter treats really had her going.  smile   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_i61A7MPIE


15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Ain't Your Daddy's Cadillac on: March 29, 2010, 03:15:14 PM
Neat!  Impressive driving. 
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Software to Backup my DVD's? on: March 16, 2010, 10:53:42 PM
I actually am using RipIt4Me along with DVD Decryptor.  It's pretty much a one click solution if you want to make a 1:1 copy of a DVD.  Good suggestions for you though all around. 

You should be able to find these 2 programs for download but if not, I can get them to you. 
17  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Software to Backup my DVD's? on: March 16, 2010, 08:05:26 PM
Oh yeah, that is definitely an option too.  Handbrake is great from what I hear.  I'll still get that information for you obviously.  smile
18  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My new hardware is rolling in on: March 16, 2010, 08:03:37 PM
I have that router.  It's a great router - especially if you load DD-WRT or Tomato on it. 
19  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hard drive corrupt, buying into RAID? on: March 16, 2010, 06:20:17 PM
You may want to consider an On-Line backup solution in addition to your Raid setup.  Lot's of good alternatives out there. 
20  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Software to Backup my DVD's? on: March 16, 2010, 06:14:45 PM
I would say a combination of AnyDVD plus DVD De-Cryptor.  I have used this for a long time now to backup all of my DVD's that I have.  At least I think this is what I use.  I will check when I get home.  The bad thing is that this stuff may be hard to find to download.  I have copies of this stuff that I can lay on you though.  

It's important to note that this software is shareware or freeware so that no one gets worked up about Piracy issues.  

Anyway, let me check when I get home, it's been a while since I have used it since my DVD purchasing has pretty much been next to nothing for a while now since Blu-Ray took over.  (I have yet to get a Blu-Ray player, I am so sad...)  

If you have questions or something, feel free to PM me.  
21  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: My new hardware is rolling in on: March 16, 2010, 06:07:51 PM
So jealous!  

I love every aspect of the tech buying process.  smile  The research, the pros and cons, the final decisions, the ordering and the anticipation that comes with it, receiving it and just examining your new goodies before you drop off the deep end and commence with the installation and usage of the new stuff!  I LOVE ALL OF IT.  smile  

Ever since the little lady came into the picture I have pretty much sworn off buying new gadgets unless absolutely necessary.  The good thing is that this enables us to apply that which we save to our daughters future so she has the resource to be everything that she chooses to be.  

Anyway, I am jealously living vicariously through you you lucky bastage!  smile  
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 08, 2010, 09:19:16 PM
I think Ubi deserves every bit of "ire" that they get.  It's pretty simple really.  Ubi knew 2 things before this game was released:  1.) DRM does not stop piracy at all.  2.) Customers who actually purchase the game legitimately get screwed over every time.  

Their choice?  Ignore both undeniable truths and release it anyway with horrible DRM restrictions.  

Maybe they should have just accepted the fact that Piracy happens and not taken it out once again on the paying customer and dialied back the DRM a bit.  At least they can be comforted in the fact that in most instances of piracy it doesn't lead directly to a lost sale and that sometimes piracy can even lead to more sales.  

Whatever though.  In the end, we lose and they have the scourge of piracy to blame all of their problems on again.        
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: March 08, 2010, 08:59:42 PM
I "instant watched it" with the help of my lROKU box.  Damn.  That was really hard to get through.  It is a challenging movie and I don't think I am up to the challenge to be honest because that would mean I would have to watch it again.  No thank you.  

Oddly, before this fiilm, I had myself pegged as a bit of a de-sensitized movie watcher since most movies typically fail to register much of an emotional reaction from me.  This movie kind of changed that for me as I pretty much felt emotionally spent after watching it.  It certainly will stay with you for a while.  
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 08, 2010, 08:46:51 PM
Here is the major problem as I see it.  Unless they somehow strip this horrible DRM for you before they do it, you are only going to be able to play the game for as long as they decide to keep the DRM servers up and running.  That doesn't seem right. 

EA shut down their Madden 09 servers this year as well as tons of others.  Sucks for those paying customers, and their DRM scheme was a failure before it evern began on all of those games.
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/01/ea-shuts-down-25-game-servers-including-madden-09.ars

The same thing could happen in this case too.  It stands to reason anyway that they will shut the servers down at some point.  Regardless of how long you might play a game, the fact that they dictate that in itself sucks. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Crazies on: February 24, 2010, 11:47:57 PM

Quote from: Kagath on February 24, 2010, 09:45:20 PM

Quote from: deadzone on February 24, 2010, 07:42:15 PM

I think Hollywood has gotten to me on this one.  I have to admit, I really want to see this movie and will more than likely go and watch it in the theater this weekend.  I just love the premise of the movie for some reason.  I never saw the original John Romero one but now I definitely will give it a watch too. 
Hmm a couple slip ups in this thread. It was probably 'George Romero' and mine should have been the FX channel...  icon_lol

Heh, whoops!  smile 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Crazies on: February 24, 2010, 07:42:15 PM
I think Hollywood has gotten to me on this one.  I have to admit, I really want to see this movie and will more than likely go and watch it in the theater this weekend.  I just love the premise of the movie for some reason.  I never saw the original John Romero one but now I definitely will give it a watch too. 
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It had to happen: Snow-covered, Nazi Zombie movie on: February 24, 2010, 07:37:12 PM
Added it to my Netflix "Instant" queue, looks like it could be a fun little zombie movie.  You guys should check out http://streamingsoon.com/ if you are into the streaming stuff that Netflix offers.  I have been knowing that Dead Snow would be available to watch instantly for a couple of months now thanks to that site.  I just add the upcoming ones to my regular dvd queue and then when they become available a little blue add button will show up letting you add that dvd to your instant queue.  It also will show a release date at some point for when it will go instant.     


28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which camera should I get? on: February 18, 2010, 09:43:37 PM
I just recently got myself a Sony Cyber shot DSC-H20 and I really like it.  It does all of the things on your list with the exception of the panaromic pictures.  The picture quality is really good if you control the settings and the picture quality is not too bad if you use it in Auto. 

The one thing I am really happy with is the video quality of this camera.  720p at 30fps makes for some really nice quality HD home movies!  smile

Little movie sample for you here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBoeygnG-pc

Picture samples here from the recent Mardi Gras celebrations:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shad-o/sets/72157623326661417/



29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIV Commercials on: February 08, 2010, 05:59:12 PM
The popcorn and nuts commercial was pretty good with all of the people doing water tricks like dolphins do.  smile

The Bud-Light commercials were pretty good for the most part - wasn't the T-Payne one a Bud-Light commercial because that one cracked me up.  smile

The Snickers one with Betty White was quite awesome as well.  smile
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: February 08, 2010, 05:52:49 PM
My prediction of a 42-28 Saints win was off by final numbers only.  The Saints beat them by 14 anyway.  smile  Wow I am on cloud 9 today. 

I only wish my Granddad would be alive to witness this milestone.  He was a Saints season ticket holder for years and his passing away was the only reason he doesn't still have them.  He only missed it by a year and a half.  frown   
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Live Superbowl thread on: February 08, 2010, 03:25:22 AM
Oh man it was just a thing of beauty!  That interception was just delicious!  smile
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: February 08, 2010, 02:48:47 AM
Don't come a knockin cause New Orleans is going to be a rockin!  smile
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: February 08, 2010, 02:47:58 AM
Oh my, the Saints just won the Superbowl.  I just can't believe it!  smile
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: February 08, 2010, 02:46:05 AM
WHO DAT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  "SAINTS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: February 04, 2010, 04:11:57 PM
I have a good feeling about this game for some reason... 

Saints 42 Colts 28.    smile
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: January 26, 2010, 04:39:05 PM

Quote from: Moliere on January 26, 2010, 03:00:24 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 26, 2010, 12:41:08 AM

So who thinks Favre is going to retire or come back?

Given his history I expect him to do both.

This is true.  smile  

I can't see him wanting to end on a sour note like that though.  It's gotta sting for him the way it ended.  
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: January 25, 2010, 03:52:19 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 25, 2010, 03:26:14 PM

Quote from: deadzone on January 25, 2010, 02:53:56 PM

Wow what a spoilsport.  Poking fun at you. 

Sorry.  I guess being a Browns fan has made me bitter.

I guess if the Browns ever made it I would be woofing like a dog for two weeks straight.  icon_biggrin


I totally feel your pain!  The Saints have let me down more times than I care to remember. 

Sorry about egging you on, as you can imagine, I am sort of wound up right now about us going to the Superbowl.  smile 
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: January 25, 2010, 02:53:56 PM
Wow what a spoilsport.  Poking fun at you. 
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: January 25, 2010, 02:49:18 PM
WHO DATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODATWHODAT......

WHO DAT.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: January 25, 2010, 03:21:54 AM
Good lord we are going to get torn apart by the Colts if we play like that though...
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