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761  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 21, 2007, 06:07:00 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 15, 2007, 08:43:36 AM

I think WMP only lets you rip to various WMA qualities, MP3, and WAV.

..thus why i don't use it.
762  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please recommend a good freeware MP3 ripper/encoder on: January 11, 2007, 11:01:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 05, 2007, 05:14:28 AM

I don't want to cause waves, but what is wrong with just using Windows Media Player?  What features are you looking for that aren't available there?  It's all I really use, but I have pretty archaic needs. 

is it possible to rip Vorbis OGG with WMP?  it must be, but it's gotta be kind of a pain.
763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: casual games? on: January 09, 2007, 02:45:51 AM
or you could use like, a square, a circle, a diamond, a star, etc... 9 different shapes

Kakuro uses simple addition - give that a try, if you're so inclined


Stiffler - have you tried Word Krispies yet?
764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG!! Possible GoW for PC? on: January 09, 2007, 02:39:02 AM
the original Halo is still my favorite online FPS game (beating out Unreal Tournament, Battlefield, blah blah whatever you'd care to name) .  i've played it many, many hours on PC, and only about 2 on Xbox.
765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 11, 2006, 03:47:03 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on December 04, 2006, 05:05:24 AM

The dartboard minigame drives me nuts, lots of times I scored but the game registered a miss.  icon_mad

this is one of the 'refinements' to the dartboard game that i was talking about - there are certain sections of the dartboard 'highlighted' (shown in the upper left-hand corner) and you have to throw your driver through that particular ring or wedge section - otherwise it says you 'miss' even though you hit the target.
766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 11, 2006, 03:42:35 AM
i've played the original FlatOut quite a bit, and just got the demo working.

initial impressions:
FlatOut 2 has enhanced physics models over the first one, with a lot* more objects and junk on the racetrack.  the graphics have been worked over as well ...  i won't say 'enhanced' as the original game did (and still does) have very nice graphics, with incredible natural lighting.  FO2 looks more '2006 gfx trendy', with a lot of HDR-like lighting and some exaggerated motion-blur effects.  it runs very nicely with my Radeon 9700 Pro with detail set to "Very High", tho it does pause briefly now and then (usually when a lot of graphic detail is suddenly displayed on-screen) - it did that on the original FlatOut as well, so i have to figure out how to alleviate those pauses. sound effects are about the same, and the 'unsigned band' soundtrack of the original has been replaced with the likes of Audioslave and Rob Zombie - due, no doubt, to the increased development budget.  doesn't matter much to me, as i just turn the music off anyways.  it bothers me how some of the car models are overly shiny and new looking; while you can still get rusted-out patched-together heaps in FO2, i liked the original game in which all the crusty-lookin' cars looked like they were specifically re-assembled for dirt road rally races.  the control over your car is more precise than in the first game (though i did like the 'driftiness' of the first one) and the full-on collision situations where your driver is flung from the car have been reduced, with more wide-open tracks and easily-destroyable obstacles.

i'm not sure i like the refinements made to the minigame sections, but that may be just personal taste speaking. demolition derby mode is much improved in a number of ways over the first game - the damage model on your car seems to have been made more robust, and you can even lose wheels. 

unfortunately, one can't navigate the main menu with the game controller - it's all keyboard driven, unlike the first game!  boooo to that.  FO2 does* play very well with a gamepad (i use an Xbox controller) with full rumble support.  i have not tried a steering wheel, as i don't have one.  replays still have a limited command set, and you still can't save them for later viewing.

overall, i like what i see of this game so far, even if it is a bit 'big-budget' and more accessible. it's in no ways resembling a sequel failure along the lines of, say, Carmageddon TDR 2000 vs. Carmageddon 2.  i would recommend that if you like either FlatOut or FlatOut 2, to definitely check out the other game. both bring different aspects of arcade-y rally racing to the table, and aren't redundant, especially since the original FlatOut can be quite difficult.
767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut 2 demo on: December 05, 2006, 02:35:54 AM

Quote from: Scott on December 04, 2006, 08:26:45 PM

This is something I'll consider when the 360 wireless controllers finally work on the PC.  I can't wait for the device that allows this.  Otherwise, this doesn't look as fun w/out a good controller.

does it have to be wireless?  you can already use any other Xbox/360 controller with the PC with a USB adaptor cable (either purchased or constructed).  i play the first FlatOut on my PC with the original Xbox controller.
768  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hardware Review: Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse on: December 01, 2006, 11:48:31 PM
i like tall mice (where you can rest your mitt on it) - a lot of mice are too low-profile, including my IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0.  what are good recommendations?

(also, i still like using the original Xbox controllers)
769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any good Freedom Force 3 news? on: December 01, 2006, 12:32:14 AM
they could just keep using the same engine (or modify it, too) and throw the next issues up on Steam for $14.99 or $19.99.  they really ought to take the comic book model and run with it... maybe even more frequently-released missions for a cheap price.
770  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 11, 2006, 12:36:51 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on November 10, 2006, 11:58:18 PM

I am using the Ubuntu Server OS...can't wait to get it installed and working.  Does anyone have any suggestions before I continue with this endeavor?

haven't installed server before...
771  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:21:06 AM

Quote from: Ibby on August 17, 2006, 04:39:31 PM

Why bother with Knoppix when I could use Ubuntu?

it does appear that the Knoppix liveCD is much* faster than the Ubuntu one (or any other liveCD i've tried).
772  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: November 08, 2006, 11:17:23 AM
been using this for a bit longer.  getting the 3D drivers for my Radeon 9700 actually wasn't nearly as difficult as i had feared, and in the process, i've become slightly more comfortable with editing the xorg.conf file. hah. also fine-tuned my monitor settings (refresh rates, especially) and it looks really nice now.

i managed to make my Intellimouse non-detected for a while, but realized that i had chosen a wrong mouse option in the X11 configuration 'wizard' (solution: pick 'IM', not 'Explorer').  i switched my speaker system to the SoundStorm audio for the time being, and it works fine with that.

still some stuff i gotta do (Automatix2 to grab all the codecs), and there are a few outstanding problems, like amaroK not detecting any music CDs in my DVD drive.  i also have to install a few games.  i downloaded the Darwinia linux patch, but haven't gotten it to work yet.  will be also getting patches for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Heavy Metal: FAKK, and possibly UT2K4.  i saw there's a linux version of Jagged Alliance 2, but i don't know if there's a patch for the Windows version.
773  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 30, 2006, 10:03:49 AM
ok... i'm able to use the mouse and keyboard with Edgy Eft on the second attempt (i'm typing this post from the liveCD runtime session right now).  it does come with Firefox 2.0, cool.   everything (including web connection) is running pretty slow, due to the OS running from the CD (tho Knoppix liveCD is much speedier).   some web sites (like ubuntuforums.org) are taking for-ev-er and a day to load.  it seems to use a 'smoothtype' sort of font display like WinXP has, but i wish to disable it  -ok that was easy, but it looks like crud.  back to 'best shapes' font.    OpenOffice looks really nice on Linux - it rather looks like MS Office 95 on Windows.  need to get it to recognize my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz soundcard, rather than the nForce2 SoundStorm integrated audio, and to change the resolution/refresh rate.  both are now fixed, mostly.  more impressions later.
774  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 08:39:56 PM
gonna try it out this weekend, probably.  i have some space reserved for it on my new HD...

UPDATE:  it took a really long time to load off the CD, including a part where it seemed to freeze up completely (this was during the logo/bouncing progress bar part).  when the desktop appeared, it displayed a "There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon. etc etc" message, and the system refused to respond to keyboard and mouse input.  you could see the mouse cursor in the middle of the screen, but it wouldn't move.  i ran a disc integrity check on the CDR i burned, and there were no errors.  i'll try again tomorrow.
775  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: October 27, 2006, 06:46:32 AM
oh yeah, Edgy Eft came out yesterday.
776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS1? on: September 29, 2006, 10:50:32 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 29, 2006, 05:43:09 PM

To answer your question though - the old PS1s were crap and were guarenteed to burn out after so many hours (cheap plastic holding the CD lens in place). The remade ones were much better in that aspect.

i have an old PSX which is on its way to death - cinematic videos are stuttery, and it's failed to load a game once, so far.  based on the symptoms, the laser assembly is malfunctioning, which is apparently a common problem with these units
777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 23, 2006, 11:11:53 PM
it's not pink, it's light red
778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And your 2007 Transformers are... on: August 24, 2006, 10:25:43 PM
*@&#ing michael *@&#ing bay is directing... did anyone actually believe he would stay true to the source material?
779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music question on: August 24, 2006, 10:08:40 PM
NIGHTWISH
780  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Instructions for checking out Ubuntu Linux on: August 23, 2006, 08:51:19 AM
i have an Ubuntu ISO i got from bittorrent to replace SUSE 9.2 on my current machine (dual boot with WinXP using GRUB) ... now, how do i do the replacement?  do i have to manually wipe out the SUSE partition, and... do what with GRUB?
781  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 09:22:41 PM
i like the shift to new software. more functionality is always good. 

my only suggestion would be to disable the displaying of the 'print' button.
782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Computer Gaming World no longer?? on: August 03, 2006, 10:25:22 PM
Quote from: "Crawley"
Although I do hope they quickly roll past the review style where they quote other reviewers within the game review


yeah, what's up with this??  it's laziness.  and it seems to manifest as

"So-and-so from gaming-website said 'Blah blah blah' regarding such-and-such about the game, and I happen to agree with that."
783  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 31, 2006, 10:51:36 PM
+1 to corruptrelic
784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Interesting article on Blu-Ray and HD-DVD on: July 28, 2006, 10:55:32 PM
i'm still doing fine with my VHS tapes...??
785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AMD set to buy ATI for $5.5 billion on: July 23, 2006, 08:49:33 AM
what i would like to see are AMD-processor motherboards with *decent* integrated ATi graphics chips made mainstream...
786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Out of This World / Another World free on: June 22, 2006, 06:35:18 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
I actually just sold the original AITD on floppy on Ebay. biggrin


how much did you get for it?
787  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: June 20, 2006, 01:39:59 AM
i had a girlfriend once who collected game consoles... had boxes and boxes of peripherals and cables, and a fair number of games - but in the year+ that we went out, i never saw her playing much of anything besides DDR, Samba de Amigo, Master of Orion II and HoMM III.
788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Windows Vista - 40 page preview on: June 03, 2006, 08:05:12 AM
a lot changes in 7 years!  i now care more about new linux distros...
789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hasbro to release 'classic' Transformers on: June 02, 2006, 08:21:11 AM
i've not seen the Alternators before...  Tracks was one of my favorite Autobots, so i'm tempted to get that one... and Wheeljack was my first ever Transformer, but the reissue is weird.  and what's up with the Grimlock/Ravage/Shockwave rejiggerations??  and Optimus Prime as a pickup truck?  i'm not OK with this.
790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hasbro to release 'classic' Transformers on: June 02, 2006, 12:10:08 AM
Astrotrain still turns into a train (as well as a space shuttle), check the link in the first post.  it looks less than cool, but that functionality is still there.  i'm still wondering why they picked that one to re-release...
791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Books Read in 2006 (Keep it Updated) on: May 30, 2006, 01:32:05 AM
Calculus for Cats - Kenn Amdahl and Jim Loats

an often amusing read about the diabolic obfuscation of the mathematics of calculus as perpetrated by an alien species - the furry household feline.  it explains the core concepts thoroughly, and gives illuminating examples in a way that calc textbooks (and profs) tend to gloss over, or ignore entirely.  these involve catmobiles and headlights on hilly roads, quadratic mice and cats ice-skating circles and spirals, holding a string...  i really wish i had this book a few years ago - i now have a workable idea of what derivatives, the rules of differentiating, and limits are (their definitions and appropriate usage), and that my downfall was really an inadequate grasp of algebra*.  the knowledge i gained from this book would have actually let me complete the class i was in at the time, instead of succumbing to an ineffectual teacher and a dense textbook.  think it's time to try again.

* - i'm going to read their Algebra Unplugged book next...
792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / stalker shadow of chernobyl on: May 28, 2006, 07:20:34 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
The cuts made to this game after all this time...  What have the devs been up to?  It takes years to carve out all those features? :lol:


i first heard of it in 2003.  apparently they had a helluva time trying to get the AI working so everybody (NPCs, animals, mutants, etc) was off doing their thing and also would interact with each other in a believable way - imagine that...  

so that was the main reason it was delayed.
793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wolfmother... Oh yessss... on: May 28, 2006, 07:14:37 AM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Do you like Zepplin?


they never appealed to me...
794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wolfmother... Oh yessss... on: May 28, 2006, 02:23:21 AM
i'm currently into ooold Sabbath, oooold Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Cheer, MC5, Sir Lord Baltimore... so you would think i'd be into this band (and they're from Australia toooo) - but the guy's vocals really irritate me.
795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you use the word "tight?" on: May 28, 2006, 02:20:17 AM
hate that phrase...
796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you still have videotapes? on: May 28, 2006, 02:19:24 AM
almost all the tapes i own are either music video compilations from bands that haven't (or never will) been released on any other media, ever; or personal recordings.

besides, i don't even own a standalone DVD player.  : \
797  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PC game sale on: May 28, 2006, 02:14:29 AM
aw crud - i just got rid of Hitman 2.  : /
798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just installed DivDiv... on: May 28, 2006, 02:07:08 AM
i really* do want to play this game, but it tends to crash on my computer randomly when entering buildings.   i've done all of the 'suggested fixes' on the official website (except 'roll back your video driver to a much earlier version' - yeeeeah, sure thing) - nothing worked.
799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How fast is your internet connection? on: May 07, 2006, 10:35:55 AM
to Seattle (i live very close to downtown):

Download Speed: 533 kbps (66.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 210 kbps (26.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

i have never ever gotten blazing DSL transfer speeds anywhere that i've lived.  : /
800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider Man 3 Villian cast...but who is the villian? on: April 14, 2006, 06:31:34 AM
no Vulture??
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