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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Championship game on: January 14, 2015, 11:46:02 PM








82  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 14, 2015, 03:56:16 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 14, 2015, 03:44:14 AM

Interesting... so a 'soundstand' rather than a soundbar. Hadn't stumbled across any such thing yet, hope it works out for you.  icon_cool

The display model at bestbuy sounded nice.  I got it for $217 after tax.  It would have been around $320 at normal price.
83  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 13, 2015, 09:05:24 PM
Got the chance to hear it today.  Sounds great.  Wish I could have bought it there, but I have $50 in gift cards at dell.com to use towards it.
84  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 13, 2015, 06:43:16 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 13, 2015, 06:47:34 AM

Quote from: naednek on January 13, 2015, 06:23:44 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2015, 03:15:10 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 03, 2015, 06:44:11 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2015, 04:58:00 AM

Heck no, mine uses HDMI. I guess I should say "as well" but all I'm using are the HDMI ports.

which one do you have?

I've had this Sony HT-CT100 Sound Bar for awhile now and it's been a good choice, IMHO. Discontinued now but plenty of newer models, from what I recall they all have a decent selection of connection options.

So your sony soundbar has led me to this...  I have $50 in gift cards that expire in a few days.  I've been toying with getting a 2nd controller for the ps4 but I might use that towards this...  http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A7679079
What do you think?  I'm gonna go check it out at best buy and hope it's on display

No experience with the Sony but I just bought this http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-ATS-1030-Built-Subwoofers-Bluetooth/dp/B00NT6JSKK at Cosco for $189.  Seems to work well but have yet to try the Bluetooth stuff.  I liked the built in subwoofers instead of a separate wireless one that others had.  It has coax, analog and optical inputs but no Hdmi input.  I'm using it along with my XB1, PS4 and Wii U setup.  The consoles plug into the TV via HDMI and the TV goes into the sound bar via optical.

Ya that's a nice system.  I heard that a few weeks back and almost bought it only to see it's limited in connections.  If my TV had optical I would be fine.  But I also use the TV firestick that requires hdmi.  This soundsystem from sony seems to address all of my needs.  Going to bestbuy in hopes they have it on display.

But that yamaha sounded really nice
85  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 13, 2015, 06:23:44 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2015, 03:15:10 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 03, 2015, 06:44:11 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2015, 04:58:00 AM

Heck no, mine uses HDMI. I guess I should say "as well" but all I'm using are the HDMI ports.

which one do you have?

I've had this Sony HT-CT100 Sound Bar for awhile now and it's been a good choice, IMHO. Discontinued now but plenty of newer models, from what I recall they all have a decent selection of connection options.

So your sony soundbar has led me to this...  I have $50 in gift cards that expire in a few days.  I've been toying with getting a 2nd controller for the ps4 but I might use that towards this...  http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=A7679079
What do you think?  I'm gonna go check it out at best buy and hope it's on display
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Divisional Round on: January 12, 2015, 02:51:57 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 12, 2015, 01:40:33 PM

Word ont he street is Buffalo is looking to hire Greg Roman for OC.

How upset should I be by this?

Just get used to him planning on games for personnel or skill types your team doesn't have.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Divisional Round on: January 11, 2015, 10:51:10 PM
1 team down one more to go next week.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Divisional Round on: January 11, 2015, 05:12:39 PM
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: January 09, 2015, 06:45:39 PM
man it's like a pesty fly that won't go away.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: January 09, 2015, 05:08:07 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 09, 2015, 06:20:54 AM

I just started playing the game last week... Is anyone else turned off by the nature of the explicit content? I know I've become more sensitive towards mature content in entertainment since getting married and living with my wife, but it seems way too vulgar. The strip clubs actually show bare breasts, the dialogue is pretty harsh (particularly when Trevor is talking), the violence is not as "cartoony" as it used to be with Trevor smashing people's heads in left and right.

Maybe I'm not remembering clearly, but I thought GTA IV was classier about its content.

The last 3 GTA games have always been this bad.  It always makes me uncomfortable.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Relationship Help on: January 09, 2015, 03:06:14 AM

Quote from: Scraper on January 09, 2015, 01:49:02 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 09, 2015, 12:57:06 AM

Quote from: Scraper on January 08, 2015, 06:23:51 PM

A love for one's spouse has nothing to do with religious beliefs as far as I'm concerned.

Well obviously a secular position.  A Christian would say it has EVERYTHING to do with it...hence why I think it's the most important one.  I'd still let you buy me a beer if we ever meet.   Fabulous

Wait. WRONG ICON. WRONG ICON!

 The drink that never ends.
Did you just hit on me? :-*

1. Did he make you feel loved today?
2. Did he make you feel cherished today?
3. Did he lead you spiritually today?
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 05:06:03 AM
I think the point of the curved tv is for those who are not sitting dead center would get the same effect.  My experience from looking at one at costco was there was a huge glare on the sides.
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / bluetooth headphones for PC on: January 08, 2015, 12:57:23 AM
How would I get this to work with my PC?

http://www.sears.com/nakamichi-bluetooth-headphones-black/p-05738215000P?sid=IAx20050830x000545&aff=Y&PID=1225267&AID=11034749

My pc doesn't have bluetooth.  Is there some thing I can add to it to accept the signal?
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Divisional Round on: January 06, 2015, 05:40:40 AM







95  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need mp3 music software on: January 06, 2015, 03:54:59 AM
Mediamonkey works.  It wouldn't sync playcounts over usb, but it did over wifi.  Had to upgrade, but it was worth it.  Thanks!
96  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need mp3 music software on: January 04, 2015, 09:42:22 PM
So prior to this last August I was using itunes/iphone.  I have since upgrade my phone to a Samsung Galaxy S5.  I love it, but the only thing that I don't like is that it's hard to find something that works like itunes and how it manages the library.  What I usually do is I make a playlist and over time I take out any songs that shows a play count and add new songs to it.  It's how I refresh my music with new music that hasn't been heard in a while.  It worked great and perfectly. 

The Samsung Galaxy has a decent built in music player on the phone, but not so much with the PC client.  I found programs like doubletwist and isyncr that claims it tracks play counts, but I can never get it to work.  I also have issues with syncing my playlists using doubletwist.

Does anyone have any suggestions that would work with I do? Or suggestions on how to fix my issue using doubletwist or isynchr?
97  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 03, 2015, 06:44:11 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2015, 04:58:00 AM

Heck no, mine uses HDMI. I guess I should say "as well" but all I'm using are the HDMI ports.

which one do you have?
98  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Soundbar question for tv on: January 02, 2015, 05:04:12 PM
to piggy back on this.

I'm looking into getting a soundbar and selling my speakers/receiver.  I just built an HTPC and I don't believe I have optical on my TV or my HTPC.  Is that the only way to connect?
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Books Read 2015 Edition on: January 01, 2015, 06:40:22 AM
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100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games Finished 2015 Edition on: January 01, 2015, 06:39:33 AM
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101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Wild Card on: December 31, 2014, 01:44:34 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/30/falcons-49ers-to-interview-rex-ryan/
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Wild Card on: December 31, 2014, 01:21:25 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 30, 2014, 08:30:11 PM

Wow, this is just remarkable. Jed York went on KNBR radio this morning and was absolutely grilled quite aggressively by Brian Murphy, the morning host and ex-sports reporter for the SF Chronicle. He didn't hold back at all in his questioning and asked the tough questions everyone has been wondering. The result is York coming across as a total hypocrite and contradicting himself repeatedly. I give York credit for not hiding and trying to explain things from his perspective but holy crap, he might have been better off just not even going on the air.

In any case, here is the transcript in all its crazy glory:

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2014/12/30/jed-york-interrogated-by-knbrs-brian-murphy-cites-football-philosophy-for-harbaugh-exit-wants-to-win-with-class/


The actually audio segment is here.  I had hopes for Jed, thought finally he's gonna right the ship.  He's just like his daddy.

http://www.knbr.com/common/page.php?pt=49ers+CEO+Jed+York+discusses+Jim+Harbaugh+fallout+on+KNBR&id=11541&is_corp=0
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Wild Card on: December 31, 2014, 01:20:39 AM
Well, we now know that Jim leaving wasn't about the $$$.  We also know it wasn't mutual

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-michigan-landed-jim-harbaugh-1419958985?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj

Quote
Harbaugh’s Michigan contract is for about $5 million a year plus incentives, interim Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett said in an interview. That is roughly the same as his 49ers deal. Numerous recent reports had said that Michigan’s offer was for as much as $8 million annually.

“Jim insisted that he not be the highest-paid coach in college football, or even the Big Ten,” Hackett said. “I think that tells you something about his values.”

I saw a twitter quote from the guy who wrote the article stating that he rather his assistants be well paid than be the highest paid coach.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Wild Card on: December 30, 2014, 06:06:02 AM







105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS+ trial code won't work on: December 29, 2014, 05:47:08 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on December 29, 2014, 03:24:21 PM

Hmmm... think I've seen this as well. You might find the 30 day trial is invalid after you entered the 3 months code.

This...

Not sure why you would enter the 3 month before the trial....
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 17 on: December 29, 2014, 05:01:00 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 29, 2014, 01:15:29 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 28, 2014, 07:25:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 28, 2014, 07:21:46 PM

Ken did you ever think that maybe Harbaugh didn't want to stay?  He never signed an extension and by all accounts they tried to sign him to one the last two years.

Have you took the time to realize that maybe the 49ers didn't offer what he thinks he's worth?  I mean you do have one of the highest rated coaches coaching your team, that turned a mess of a team into a powerhouse in 1 years time.  

Harbaugh knows that if the 49ers don't pay him, someone else will.  He's smart for not doing anything but wait.  He'll get paid for his final year, and then get paid at the new team.  

I think no matter what they wanted to offer him he wanted to leave.  

They just released their notice that the Niners and Harbaugh have mutually agreed to part ways and he is free to look for next gig without any constraints, so you are wrong about getting paid that final year.

http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-Jim-Harbaugh-Mutually-Agree-To-Part-Ways/7a9cb3ac-bd21-4eb0-827e-527f0b78a529

I was wrong if I said it would be mutual.  Even more of a classy guy.  He could have fought tooth and nail and let the 49ers fire him and made bank.  
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 17 on: December 28, 2014, 07:25:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 28, 2014, 07:21:46 PM

Ken did you ever think that maybe Harbaugh didn't want to stay?  He never signed an extension and by all accounts they tried to sign him to one the last two years.

Have you took the time to realize that maybe the 49ers didn't offer what he thinks he's worth?  I mean you do have one of the highest rated coaches coaching your team, that turned a mess of a team into a powerhouse in 1 years time. 

Harbaugh knows that if the 49ers don't pay him, someone else will.  He's smart for not doing anything but wait.  He'll get paid for his final year, and then get paid at the new team. 
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 17 on: December 28, 2014, 04:57:28 PM
49ers season in review.

You know it was going to bad season when all you heard was potential coaching changes, player misconduct, and holdouts during the offseason.  From Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver and Ray MacDonald getting into trouble while Vernon Davis and Alex Boone not showing up to work even though they are under contract.  Lots of dysfunction before the season even started. 

Then there were injuries carried over from the previous season with some critical injuries taking place during preseason and throughout the season itself.  Not something easy to over come.  The 49ers Defense was able to plug in the gaps with missing players thanks to a deep skilled roster.  It was the offense that didn't have that luxury.  That hurt the most, and while the 49ers had upgraded some positions they were still not deep enough to overcome the injury bug, particularly the offensive line. 

Then the distractions.  Player misconduct and the fate of Harbaugh was the constant source of distractions.  It's a fine line with dealing with adult professionals.  A team can't control what a person does off the field, and at the same time they shouldn't be responsible for it.  But it does affect the team should a player do something stupid, like shoot illegal guns off, or drive under the influence.  It's not the teams responsibility to make sure players behave, but it's their best interest to promote responsibility on and off the field.  I feel the 49ers failed to do that over the years.  But that's easier said than done.  And it greatly impacted the 49ers off the field, which in turn, affected how the 49ers would play based on availability on players.

Now the biggest distraction was Harbaugh's future.  This was fueled by the Media in their ever growing way of trying to make a story.  They also know that Harbaugh is rough around the edges and was essentially poking the bear so they can get a reaction.  I hate how sports media has become this way.  They are more like TMZ than Sporting News.  Places like www.profootballtalk.com makes their living off that.  There wasn't a week where Harbaugh wasn't in their "newsfeed" and usually with some snide comment.  I honestly don't know why I keep going there.  Part of me was hoping the media was wrong about Harbaugh leaving, but the last few weeks it became more apparent that it was going to happen.

And for that, the ownership are completely idiotic for letting him go. Ownership should grow up and leave the personal issues aside.  Look at what Harbaugh has done since coming in.  3 NFC Championship games, 1 Superbowl appearance, and a 43-19 record.  He turned the team around the first year being here.  Quirks aside, you are not going to find another coach like that for a long time, and it's a shame that the 49ers ownership forgets that. 

Now onto football.


Offense:

It was a mess offensively. There are two things to blame.  Greg Roman's play calling, and the offensive line.  Yes the O'Line were riddled with injuries all year, but no matter who you are you have to do your job.  They couldn't defend against the rush, which gave Kaepernick no time and had a career high of being sacked.  The running game while not great nor bad could have been better, if the O'line could create lanes.  Again at one point due to injuries the 49ers constantly ran to the left which made them predictable.  I think if we had a healthy O'Line this would be a different story.

And then there's Greg Roman.  This year they spent alot of their free agency money on Wide Receivers.  With Crabtree, Boldin, Lloyd, and Stevie Johnson, that seemed like a great upgrade from what we had before.  Throw in Davis and that should give Defenses a hard time on picking who to cover.  But that didn't happen.  The 49ers became pass happy, causing teams to forget about the run and just cover the pass.  They were predictable and it got them nowhere.  When they had their success was when they ran first passed later.  Too many games this year they would go pass happy and it cost us the game.  Kaepernick isn't an accurate thrower, and Roman continued to call plays where he would throw it 20 yards down the sideline, always overthrowing or under throwing the ball.  If he wasn't throwing bad passes, he was being sacked.

Roman also failed to address the deficiencies on our pass protection.  Most teams would counter by throwing screens.  Not the 49ers, they either take the sack or throw it away.  Even dumping the ball off to a RB waiting on the outside would be beneficial than taking the sack.  People say Kaepernick had regressed, and while I think that's true, I think it's more true that the 49ers offense regressed.  It felt like I was watching Alex Smith play prior to Harbaugh coming in.

Lastly, every year this has been an issue, and it's a coaching issue.  Time Management.  For whatever reason, the 49ers have burnt so many time outs because they can't relay the call in time or that Kaepernick takes to long to read the defense and changes the play not in time.  I can understand this happening during Kaepernick's first year, but this happens every year, and this is a coaching issue that they have failed to address.   

Defense:

While not perfect and not as good as years past, they played pretty well considering all the injuries they took.  It helps that they are deep with good players to fill in.  I would have like to see more of a pass rush.  Early on it was non-existent and seemed to get better over the weeks to come.  I think the 49ers defense will be back in shape next year.  I don't have much to say about the Defense other than they played well for the most part.


Summary:

It was a year of distractions and injuries with some incredible bad coaching.  While Harbaugh is the face of the 49ers, I don't think he's the blame.  I feel that Harbaugh's pride/ego got in the way to address Roman's coaching gaffes, and for that the 49ers suffered.  It's going to be interesting how the 49ers are next year.  If the 49ers don't get a high caliber coach next year I expect to see the same type of football we saw this year.  Maybe this year was a preview to come?

Harbaugh, you will be missed. 

Who's Got it Better Than Us?
Michigan
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Christmas Loot on: December 27, 2014, 04:10:03 PM
Borderlands The Prequel
Diablo Reaper of Souls
Civilization Beyond Earth
Star Wars The Complete Saga Blu-Ray
A Nice Shirt
Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard
SF Giants 2014 World Series Champions Hat
SF Giants shirt
Staples Osgood Office Chair
BBQ Set with name on the carrying case
Some cash from my grandmother for Erin and I to use since she no longer has the patience/endurance for shopping. We're planning on buying a king size bed and using that money towards it. Just waiting for Erin's income to stabilize.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: December 27, 2014, 03:37:59 AM
I waited too long, it's now $44.  No thanks
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: December 26, 2014, 10:31:01 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 26, 2014, 04:51:46 PM

It's a lot better now than it was at launch. I'll cover ATBs post as its pretty comprehensive in its issues list.

Lag is much better. I honestly don't think I have any issues with lag at this point, which is a minor miracle given how the game launched.

I've always liked the maps, so that's a non issue for me. BLOPS2 had better maps, but after Ghosts awful maps this seems like a dream. I play objective based game modes so the spawn issues are very minor for me.

They fixed the HUD.

They've (mostly) fixed the gun balance issues and just about all types are viable now. There are definitely some stronger guns, but you can almost use whatever you want (aside from shotguns) and be effective. I have 6 classes with different weapons that I can use. Sure some (ASM-1, AK) are going to be better than others, but I can certainly run around with a 'lesser' gun and still have fun.

I've 'fixed' the kill streak issue by running ones with the Support modifier so I don't have to worry about dying and resetting.

Exos don't do much. I only use speed to get to an objective faster. Definitely a waste of time, but doesn't really detract from the game.

tl;dr version: I'm having fun with it now. It tends to be what I fire up when I do have time to game. It's *definitely* better than Ghosts and I'm drawn to it as much as I was to BLOPS2. I'm still not sure if it's worth $39.

How bout $29 Tongue  $29 is the digital version.  I'm assuming you're playing this on the ps4?
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: December 26, 2014, 04:35:18 PM
I take that as a no Tongue
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: December 26, 2014, 06:28:01 AM
Gamestop has the PC online version for $39... Has the issues been fixed?  Worth it?
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 17 on: December 24, 2014, 06:08:34 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 24, 2014, 02:11:24 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 23, 2014, 10:52:33 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 23, 2014, 10:28:48 PM

Go Rams and 49ers!

lulz

It could happen...I know I've got Naednek on my side at least.

I wouldn't count on the niners winning, and besides the cowboys are my #3 team I don't like....  1: Raiders, 2: Seahawks, 3: Cowboys, 4: any team Alex Smith is on.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 17 on: December 23, 2014, 06:55:33 PM


116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 16 on: December 19, 2014, 10:01:37 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 19, 2014, 04:07:03 PM

In all fairness, yes that call was definitely blown on the roughing call.  Although it would not have changed the outcome of the game, just the final score. 

I agree, I just found it funny.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 16 on: December 18, 2014, 11:19:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 18, 2014, 06:59:01 PM

I laughed when I saw both those memes earlier this week!

Ya I save them for the day before I update the thread title.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 16 on: December 18, 2014, 06:43:49 PM



119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 15 on: December 15, 2014, 08:47:35 PM
while he may do some read option, I think most of his runs come from improvising or designed runs that are not read option.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 15 on: December 15, 2014, 07:51:02 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 15, 2014, 06:49:52 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 15, 2014, 06:17:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 15, 2014, 04:05:26 PM

rough start, beautiful 2nd half.  On to the Cardinals at home.  I'm feeling good about our chances.  Big run of good wins away and at home and AZ is running out of QB's.

Sorry Niners for wrecking your playoff chances. 

Trust me you didn't wreck it.  That was called implosion.  From coach to QB

Yep except the defense I guess, 3rd in the league.  Did someone email out the offensive play book to the other teams this year?  It looks like everybody has figured out the Niners scheme.

Everytime 49ers does the read option the defense sniffs it out.  It happened yesterday, happened against the Raiders, and many other times.  The 49ers read option is outplayed.  The 49ers need to develop Kap into a normal QB, because it's going to get worse.  You can only do that for so long until it's figured out.  Ask Vick.
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