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41  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Amazon Marketplace - Anyone Been a Seller? on: April 24, 2014, 07:13:28 AM
about ten years ago, i sold a course textbook on amazon and the buyer claimed to never receive it. i refunded his money, but he still went ahead and gave me a one-star rating... now, in the years since, pretty much no one bothers to leave feedback for me, at all, ever, on the media they buy from me... so i *still* have a not-fantastic average seller rating. i even emailed the guy a couple years back asking him to please rescind the rating, as he did get all of his money back (and i was out my book and shipping costs) and he did agree to do so, but then wrote back and said he was unable to change the rating. hooray.

(i have an otherwise perfect rating, and i *do* have a perfect rating on ebay/, so i am decidedly not a scammer...)
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 24, 2014, 07:04:56 AM

Quote from: naednek on April 23, 2014, 06:37:12 PM

The HTPC will also have a built in DVR.  What I want for my DVR is to have multiple tuners so I can record more than one  over the air show at a time.  

Would this work with Leaf 50?  

does your HTPC have an ATSC tuner card in it? if so, yes. as would any UHF antenna with a coax connector (and save $30+)
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 10:10:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 09, 2014, 06:05:17 AM

and my tv can't get broadcasts because it doesn't have a tuner.

check your local Goodwill or craigslist for an external DTV tuner; should run you about $10. you'll also need a UHF antenna if you don't have an old one lying around.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/360/PS3] Dark Souls II on: March 13, 2014, 05:39:18 AM
no thread yet?! or is everyone waiting for the Windows version...
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retirement for Veterans on: March 12, 2014, 07:13:57 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 03, 2014, 05:12:03 PM

An ex coworker developed an incurable disease while he was in, but the only effect on his life is blood in his urine.

what disease is that??
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 08, 2014, 07:12:15 AM

because yeah
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a restart. on: March 08, 2014, 01:32:03 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 04, 2014, 10:44:15 PM

Well, you know what I'd say about getting your health issues under concern.

QFT - once you get the health part under control, the rest follows.
48  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: GameCube Component Cables? on: March 08, 2014, 01:12:26 AM
would S-Video be acceptable?
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 02, 2014, 12:13:44 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 27, 2014, 12:25:42 AM

Then there's the super restrictive internet here, which means I can't even access things like the website for my favorite shows. I feel like I need to get someone to download them online and send them to me on disc. It's a small petty thing, but I need to get my mind off this stuff for a bit during the day.

if you need media downloaded off the internet, burned to optical media and sent to you, let me know.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 21, 2014, 08:09:33 AM
i've seen a lot of the bands on my own personal 'must-see' list (including the afore-lamented Curve and Bowie), but i would go for The Young Gods for sure. missed them opening for Ministry's 1995 tour.

also some others:
Brian Eno (in any capacity - missed a talk he did at some college in Vancouver BC a few years back)
pre-mid-80's Tangerine Dream
pre-geriatric Hawkwind
The Police
any King Crimson lineup
Syd Barrett's "The Pink Floyd"

Big Country were on my list, and i recently saw a new line-up with Mike Peters (of The Alarm) on vocals and Derek Forbes (of early-80s Simple Minds) on bass, and it was better than i could have hoped for.

Quote from: Roman on February 19, 2014, 08:54:38 PM

Depeche Mode

they were my favorite band for years. i have seen them on every tour since Devotional (1993 - by far the best of them, but of course Alan Wilder was still in the band) and while my liking of of their post-SoFaD output is not so high, i still have to see them every time they come around. also, the fan base is fun - if ever there was a Grateful Dead or Phish or Jimmy Buffet for black-clad, moody angsty poetry-writing sexually-tortured 1980's art-school types, DM is that.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 09:48:53 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 07, 2014, 06:55:29 PM

Hadn't thought about herbal teas. Do those have the same diuretic quality as decaf coffee?

it depends on the herb, of course. i think many are not diuretic at all (or very mildly so), while some (like nettle, dandelion and yarrow) are used expressly for that purpose, due to their "diuretic effectiveness".
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 09:45:45 PM
you can build your own water carbonator for about $170:

just get the CO2 tank refilled when it runs out ($15, after making ~250 liters from a 5-lb tank)
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 01, 2014, 11:06:50 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 30, 2014, 04:37:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 30, 2014, 04:14:49 AM

I thought that states without income tax make their money on property taxes. I know that's the story in NH, at least.

Yeah, that's what I always heard about WA when I lived there.

WA is hugely dependent on sales taxes. during the last economic downturn, the state was in trouble because people stopped buying so much stuff. this hasn't really recovered since then, so alternate funding is going to be needed at some point.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for Windows Live going away in 2014? on: January 12, 2014, 12:22:36 AM
current list:

of interest:

"Legacy Titles

    Simple product key check; requires internet access but does not attach the key to your Microsoft account.
    Activation limit between 10-20 (usually 15); Microsoft support can help reset the limit but will not reset a second time; after that you will need to buy the game again. "

i never knew that... >:{
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Unexpected XMas gift from Target: Data breach on: January 11, 2014, 12:21:41 AM

"Target is extending our offer of one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all Target guests who shopped in our U.S. stores. We will be sharing more information about this offer next week."
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 09, 2014, 11:08:24 PM
the trailer video of this makes it look like a Devil May Cry ripoff?
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: January 09, 2014, 04:01:06 AM
i am having fun with the early access demo. handles, feels, looks and sounds good. the physics are pretty nice. i apparently can't steer worth anything, tho.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old man winter sucks. on: January 08, 2014, 09:03:02 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 07, 2014, 06:34:36 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 07, 2014, 05:44:02 PM

Only from November through March.  The rest of the year, it's 60 and raining.

quoted for truthiness. 

* August temperatures are known to go into the 70's.  feel the heat

this is usually the driest area of the country in late July, fact.
59  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 08, 2014, 04:51:29 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 06:18:48 AM

The non-padded outer segments or the part that slides in?

Mine seem pretty firm, though the plastic may be a bit thin on the housing.

the part that slides in (to which the hinges are attached). i wrote monoprice and lodged a customer complaint on these. not sure what good it'll do, but i feel better now. wish they'd replace them... i slathered superglue on the new cracks, maybe it'll do something.

anyways, in my researching of cheap-but-good headphones, these newish models look like winners:
60  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 06, 2014, 06:16:12 AM
yeah, i had no problem with the hinges... i just wish there were more of them. the extending bands (the parts that extend from the main body of the headphone band) are what i had a problem with - cheap, thin plastic. i looked up the reviews on and there are numerous complaints about this.
61  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 05, 2014, 10:37:05 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM

i have these, and while the sound quality is ok for the price point (or even good, for bass-y music), i was concerned about the build quality when i got them. adjustment is more about flexing the cheapy-feeling plastic to fit than using joints and hinges, and it seemed like they would break if flexed a little to far. i use them exclusively at work, and for no more than 4-5 hours a day (many days not at all) and even with this moderate usage, my suspicion turned out to be correct - the right adjustment band cracked almost in half after about 16 months of use. it is epoxied now (albeit with reduced adjustability from the glue repair) and i intend to keep using them, but i am seeing new cracks appear.

some people may not care for $23, but i would rather not replace my headphones every year and a half if i can help it.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Collector's Edition purchase do you regret most? on: January 05, 2014, 10:11:44 PM
i paid an extra $1.88 for the Deus Ex: Augmented Edition and never looked at any of the bonus materials. waaaah
63  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for NEO GEO games/accessories on: January 05, 2014, 09:45:51 PM
it's a real one (the home system, or 'AES', straight out of 1990)
64  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for NEO GEO games/accessories on: January 03, 2014, 09:10:29 AM
just got one. i currently have Samurai Shodown 1 & 2 and World Heroes 2. let me know what you have!
65  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for SNES games on: December 16, 2013, 08:54:19 AM
pm sent
66  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for SNES games on: December 05, 2013, 08:26:51 PM
i only have Super Mario World, Starfox and Mario Paint. looking for various games (other than sports titles). let me know what you have!
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long will my "fixed" 360 work? on: December 04, 2013, 09:19:22 PM
i did the x-clamp repair on another xbox. it lasted about 2 months before RRODing again. gonna take a heat gun to the mother board, if i get it back.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long will my "fixed" 360 work? on: December 04, 2013, 08:53:14 AM
my launch Xbox was covered under warranty repair... however, it did lock up while playing Two Worlds just this year - and i haven't used it that much...
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend Giveaways!!!! on: December 01, 2013, 03:17:02 AM
is this where i leave post?
70  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 29, 2013, 09:00:42 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 29, 2013, 02:05:47 AM

The Binding of Isaac -50% $4.99 $2.49 (84)
 - DLC on sale

if you don't have this yet, wait for the remake next spring. no more Adobe Flash engine!
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving Weekend Playlist - What are you playing? on: November 29, 2013, 08:56:32 AM
Finished Serious Sam 3 DLC (Jewel of the Nile). probably Slam Bolt Scrappers and Little Inferno next
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 28, 2013, 08:53:22 AM
would you be happy as a manager?
73  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Media Player keeps crashing. Any good alternatives? on: November 26, 2013, 08:46:09 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on November 26, 2013, 02:00:49 AM

Originally built because of all the different containers and codecs in use from the anime fansub community.... mission successful.

ok, you got my attention. going to try this out.

EDIT: oh hey, it's using Media Player Classic, which was my second-place Windows suggestion (after VLC).

side note: the only thing i use default Windows Media Player for these days is for HDCD playback on compatible CDs. looking just now, i see there's a HDCD decoder plugin for foobar2k, so i guess i don't need WMP anymore!
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Giveaways!!!! on: November 26, 2013, 07:38:20 AM
75  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows Media Player keeps crashing. Any good alternatives? on: November 26, 2013, 01:48:04 AM
VLC is the stuff
76  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Persona Q and Persona 4 Dancing Announced on: November 25, 2013, 02:41:27 AM
i blame SEGA
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 08:06:46 PM
also, i've found some people say E.T. (2600) is the 'worst game ever' more because it's _known for being known_ as such. yeah, it was programmed in six weeks, but i don't think this has to be the case - see this interesting article on one person's recent efforts to fix the game's bugs and take care of a few common complaints with the gameplay. (also gives you some insight into 2600 game code)

So, why do people hate E.T.? When it was released, it was well ahead of its time. It pioneered a lot of concepts that we take for granted in games today, but were unheard of in 1982 (Atari's Adventure and Haunted House had some of these features, but not all):

    It was one of the first home video games with a title screen.
    It featured an open-ended world with gameplay focused on exploration.
    It was completely non-violent. You can't hurt the bad-guys, and they can't hurt you. There isn't even any competition!
    You could complete the game. There are also several goals that you need to complete to win the game.
    There were multiple ways to complete goals. You can actually finish the game without falling in a single well.
    The game not only had an ending, it also featured an animated cut-scene as a reward.
    The game featured optional additional goals to complete (side quests).

While that seems like a great list of features, players in 1982 weren't prepared for that much change. You really needed to read the manual to understand the game and how to play it. As younger children were the primary audience, it's no surprise that it wasn't well received.

Of course, that doesn't explain why the game is so hated today. If we can identify the reasons why, we can try to address them. Here are the problems this page will address:

    The game seems incredibly complex. This isn't a real problem. Once you learn how to play, it's really very simple. You just need to read the manual, or watch a tutorial video, to understand it.
    The game is incredibly hard. It's difficult for novices to complete the game even on mode 3, the easiest setting. Fortunately, this can be fixed.
    You spend a lot of time accidentally falling in to wells. I believe that I know reason why this happens to so many people, and what can be done to fix it.
    E.T. is not green. I'm really surprised that this isn't a common complaint. We'll fix that as well.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 07:58:41 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 19, 2013, 03:52:31 AM

More recently, I've tried to avoid awful games, but Geist and the Bionic Commando reboot had me intrigued.  I should have trusted reviews on those.

i talked with someone who did QA on Geist - i think i remember he said there was one part where you could run out of ammo at a critical point in the game, so the solution came to be - make ammo unlimited.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 01:22:33 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 18, 2013, 11:41:24 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 18, 2013, 11:18:29 PM

I'm sure I've played worse but the two that come to mind right away are Postal 2 and Painkiller.

Wait, the first Painkiller?  Or one of these late expansion/sequels done by other developers?

The first Painkiller was fun. later 'stand-alone expansions', not so much... many of those were done by modders and just made official.
80  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble WB Bundle 11/5 - 11/19 on: November 13, 2013, 09:44:00 PM
i have Mortal Kombat 3 on a CD somewhere. now i have the Steam version!
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