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161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Mac or PC on: December 09, 2011, 12:29:06 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 23, 2011, 08:51:01 PM

I have no idea if it's true that Apple computers keep a better resale value, but let's go with that.

i just sold an 8-year old iBook G3 for a modest sum. any laptop that shipped with Windows from that time won't fetch nearly as much.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Thanksgiving. What's Your GOTY? on: November 25, 2011, 10:25:40 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 24, 2011, 02:12:31 PM

Also, no Minecraft? I was totally expecting to see that one come up (since it officially came out this year IIRC). I'm not a fan, but I thought there was a significant Minecraft following here.

i was considering that it had come out last year. but if it counts for 2011, then it's easily my GoTY.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Thanksgiving. What's Your GOTY? on: November 24, 2011, 12:43:56 AM
The Binding of Isaac. probably.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious Sam 3 is out! He's also going indie with DD! on: November 24, 2011, 12:37:17 AM
i'm waiting for the 50% off sale (as i usually do with digital-distribution titles)

but it will be one of three 'major' releases i buy this year (along with Deus Ex and Rage).
165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Indie Royale: The Difficult Second Bundle on: November 14, 2011, 05:38:23 PM
i've been liking Desura, lately. it's nice to have a game distribution service on my Ubuntu machine.
166  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam codes for ARES and Sanctum - from indie royale deal on: November 14, 2011, 05:34:48 PM
are you allowed to give away the Steam codes from these bundles? the HumbleBundles explicitly prohibit it.
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Humble Voxatron Bundle on: November 08, 2011, 10:21:10 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on November 07, 2011, 02:52:56 AM

I think they're doing too many of these Humble Bundles, frankly.

no such thing.

- this is a great way for Linux games to get distributed - it seems that going through HumbleBundle makes some creators put out Linux ports of their otherwise Windows-only titles.

- this is pretty much my main game purchasing venue now. i've gotten a high number of quality games from these deals.

- charity giving!

i hope they keep up the pace of these new bundles. i've put more hours into The Binding of Isaac than almost any other game this year, so far.
168  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which cell phone should I get my work to get for me? on: November 02, 2011, 09:52:35 PM
i would say NO on the Xperia (using one now at work). i've used the Evo 3D and it's fine.

i prefer Android over Windows Mobile 7.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Voxatron (indy dev's "Robotron w/ Voxels") on: October 31, 2011, 11:16:41 PM
does one game count as a 'bundle'?

i'm still going to get it, as i like these frantic shooters and the aesthetics are immensely pleasing (to me, at least).
170  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: New Silver 360 controller, 360 Games,PC hardware FS!! on: October 31, 2011, 07:17:20 AM
wow, weird. anyways, Calvin contacted me, so we're taking this offline.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recent British Television Comedy on: October 26, 2011, 08:52:27 AM
the first season of "Spaced" was pretty good... didn't care for the second season at all.
172  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: New Silver 360 controller, 360 Games,PC hardware FS!! on: October 24, 2011, 10:28:06 PM
the monitor i purchased from Calvin died after eight months of use. does anyone know how to get ahold of him? he apparently hasn't logged in for a long time and my PMs have gone unanswered for the past few weeks.
173  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: It finally happened.... XBox advice please on: October 22, 2011, 09:39:41 PM
with some effort and time, you can repair it as well. doesn't require any special electronics knowledge:
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: As if our culture weren't lazy enough... on: October 16, 2011, 10:24:28 AM
no footies, no deal
175  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: no display on LCD monitor on: October 14, 2011, 07:47:22 AM

Quote from: heloder on October 13, 2011, 12:33:46 PM

Inverter probably. Sometimes the inverter can shut the monitor off if one of the back lights is on the fritz, though, so that could be the issue as well.

When you turn your monitor on, do you get a picture for a few seconds and then it shuts off, or does it shut off immediately?

i don't get a picture at all. nothing is ever displayed...

If it's not immediate, are you sure you're checking the screen with the flashlight while it's on?

totally sure.

Quote from: Blackjack
While I'm sure you already checked those, it wouldn't hurt to check every connection again to be sure they're tight.

septuple-checked that...
176  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / no display on LCD monitor on: October 13, 2011, 08:37:05 AM
i purchased a Dell 2005FPW from a user on this very board back in January, and one day a few weeks ago, while i was using the computer, the display suddenly went completely black. it now displays nothing on the screen (not even the on-screen menus), but the power light will turn on and off when the power button is pressed. i've tried the VGA, DVI, composite and s-video inputs - none work. i've tried shining a light on the monitor to see if i can see anything displayed on the screen at all, but i can't see anything. i figure my next step is to disassemble the monitor (as shown here) to see if any capacitors have swollen. what is the likely problem here?
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP custom firmware on: September 18, 2011, 07:30:38 AM
I've been meaning to install custom firmware on my PSP-1000 for homebrew for a few years, but want to do it now, as i have two new games that require the firmware to be updated. I'm currently on official firmware 5.03 and I have been avoiding playing these new UMDs, as I thought the system had to be on firmware 5.03 to have a different firmware installed. I've done some forum reading, and I can't quite figure out which updater or CFW I should use. the latest version of PRO-B8 seems to be the way to go, I think?
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Tablet? on: September 15, 2011, 12:13:29 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on April 12, 2011, 04:52:55 PM

I really use my Kindle in conjunction with and Google Books to find pre-1923 books of interest. I download the ones that have epub versions (most of the ones I'm interested in do) and convert them to mobi at Retroreads and can send them directly to my Kindle. The conversion is a bit ugly but isn't really a detriment to me.

Project Gutenberg already has Kindle-formatted versions of many of their texts - would save you a step.
179  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Skype Question on: September 14, 2011, 11:13:56 PM
i've been using this for eight years now, and it has become very simple to set-up. just get the skype installer from - every option it presents to you is pretty much a no-brainer. it will also detect your camera, and you can calibrate from the Tools -> Options -> Video Settings menu.

180  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Mac Gurus: Vmware Fusion vs. Parallels? on: September 14, 2011, 11:10:53 PM
i actually would recommend having more than 4GB of RAM for Parallels, as launching a Win7 virtual environment twice or more in a row tends to seriously bog down everything.
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Am I just sexist? on: September 14, 2011, 08:41:41 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 15, 2011, 02:53:16 PM

Am I just sexist?

Just sexY
182  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [trade] MY 360 for your PS3 on: September 12, 2011, 08:10:24 AM
i have a 120GB XBox i would gladly swap for a PS3. no one's going to go for that trade, but it's nice to pretend.
183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Bluetooth wireless speakers on: September 05, 2011, 04:16:40 AM
the Jambox would be a good thing to strap onto my bicycle rack. my bike sound system idea keeps getting easier to implement over the years...
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Black Dynamite, the cartoon! on: August 15, 2011, 07:41:45 AM
that was disappointing. at least they kept (most of?) the original actors for the voices. if you haven't seen the the original movie, definitely do so.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 01, 2011, 07:35:29 PM
1) The game requires a constant internet connection. It cannot be played offline.

as the Internet eloquently says, DO NOT WANT
186  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle #3 on: July 26, 2011, 09:32:48 PM
recommended if only for Hammerfight! but i've also played the VVVVVV demo numerous times...
187  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal: Revenge of the Titans + Zeno Clash on: July 15, 2011, 06:14:01 AM
re Zeno Clash - best first person beat-em-up i ever played
188  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Tower Bloxx, Arma 2, Men of War free on: July 09, 2011, 09:15:47 PM
site is much less busy today
189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 08, 2011, 10:01:54 PM
any good bundles on sale? i now regret not getting the indie variety and action packs from a few weeks ago.
190  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for old Nokia phone - TMobile or unlocked on: June 27, 2011, 02:44:25 AM
all that matters is that it works on GSM networks for T-Mobile and has the charger. monochrome screen, whatever - 'candybar' models preferred and the smaller the better, but age/technology doesn't otherwise matter. if you have one collecting dust, let me know...

if a Nokia model can't be located, i'd accept something from other manufacturers. i might be able to get an AT&T or other GSM device unlocked as well...
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Pug Owners on: June 26, 2011, 09:46:39 PM
they make great armrests when one is sitting on the couch and every pug i've ever met has been friendly, but i don't see the point of breeding dogs with inherent health problems (e.g. nasal passage issues).
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 25, 2011, 10:00:03 PM
i'm not sure why some people here are downplaying Java and instead recommending C#?
193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to take the plunge from Windows 7 to Ubuntu - Now all things Ubuntu/Linux on: June 12, 2011, 09:31:46 PM
i'm liking Unity on Ubuntu, even though it still seems to be in a beta release state. i can see a few areas where usability can be (and should be) improved, but it's the most 'flowing' UI i've used on a *nix machine yet. too bad the memory usage is somewhat more substantial than GNOME/KDE...

i was going to replace OS X Tiger on my iBook G3 (ca. 2002) with Debian, but it doesn't look like that will fix the inability to connect to WPA2 networks over wifi - appears to be a hardware limitation of the original Airport.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So THIS happened while I wasn't looking... on: May 20, 2011, 05:38:27 AM
i suppose this has something somewhat related to context of thread
195  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 on: May 15, 2011, 12:38:04 AM
Windows 8 crash screen:

Apple Leopard crash screen:

very imaginative.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Source Code on: May 02, 2011, 05:58:08 AM
did anyone else notice that the (voice of) the main character's father was played by Scott Bakula...

heh heh
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Are Mac & PC People Different? on: April 27, 2011, 02:57:37 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 25, 2011, 02:30:08 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on April 24, 2011, 11:40:26 PM

I think the main reason for that difference is that most people who know nothing about computers buy PCs. And so while there are almost certainly more absolute numbers of tech-savvy PC people, there are also almost certainly higher absolute numbers of computer illiterate PC folk. So relative to their install base, Mac users probably have a higher percentage of tech savvy users.

Keep in mind that OS X sits on top a Unix variant, which is attractive to some techies.

This would be the reason i use Mac (and Linux) machines at work - the Unix-based command line interface.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trip to Seattle in the fall - what's the best time? on: April 15, 2011, 07:15:08 AM
get here in early September (first half of the month for sure).


- if you can get here for a day of Bumbershoot, do so

- the downtown Central Library (check out the architecture from the top floor inside)

- Discovery Park in Magnolia - be sure to head to the beach

- Archie McPhee in Wallingford (near where i live... website explains all: )

- the giant stone troll under the Aurora Bridge in Fremont (there's also a huge statue of Vladimir Lenin in downtown Fremont)

- Thai Tom in University District - if you like Thai food, you must go here. the place is a hole in the wall, but there's a reason there's always a line in front of it when there are about a dozen other Thai restaurants within a few blocks....

(there are at least 200 Thai restaurants in Seattle ... and around 100 Teriyaki shops. see the NYT article about it)

- Samurai Noodle in the International District for prettttty good ramen

- Gasworks Park in... what's that neighborhood called... uh, North Lake Union?  go to the top of the tallest hill there.

- Pink Gorilla in International and University Districts for rare/import video games

- Easy Street Records in Queen Anne (great record store)

- Big Bowl Pho in Ballard... because the portions are huuuge (and good)

- if you must eat by the waterfront, check out The Pink Door

- drive out for a hike to Mount Sai or Pilchuk

- take the ferry to Bremerton
199  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Indie Bundle 3 on: April 13, 2011, 12:31:18 AM
for the first time, i already own zero games from the bundle. ON IT
200  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Why is there no Steam weekend deal? on: April 01, 2011, 06:14:09 PM
you don't need anymore games.
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