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1  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which portable device is best for MS Office? on: June 09, 2014, 01:58:57 AM
So I find myself in need of a portable device that can run Microsoft Office.  I mostly need Excel and Outlook, but Word is handy as well.  I would like to spend less than $500.

What are some of the best options out there?
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: December 17, 2013, 11:54:01 PM

Quote from: soulbringer on December 17, 2013, 07:56:02 PM

Just finished the first chapter. All I will say is Im glad this is episodic content.  The intensity doesnt let up imo. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Still. Not. Bitten!
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: December 03, 2013, 04:08:15 AM
According to the Telltale Games Twitter page, season 2 is due out this month! And here is a preview pic:

4  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Plants vs Zombies 2 out in iOS app store on: August 15, 2013, 04:30:17 AM
Downloaded Plants vs Zombies 2 and just started playing.  So far it looks really interesting!  icon_biggrin
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intermittent USB sound issue on: August 03, 2013, 04:39:10 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 01, 2013, 05:34:37 AM


Thanks for the link, Purge.  Tried it and it says no problems detected.  Still getting that USB device connect sound though.

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on August 01, 2013, 01:39:16 PM

Have you tried to use other USB mouse or keyboard? Problem like this can also from faulty USB devices.

If you have another USB keyboard, then try to use that and see if the problem go away. If not then you try replace the USB mouse. If you still have problem after both keyboard are mouse are replaced then at least you know the problem is not with the devices but with the computer (either software or hardware).

That's a good idea, but I don't have a spare keyboard or mouse.  I'll try to dig some up.
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intermittent USB sound issue on: August 01, 2013, 03:58:28 AM
Was looking for real help. icon_frown
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Intermittent USB sound issue on: July 30, 2013, 04:04:38 AM
So my HDD died recently and I replaced it and found out that my CD-ROM drive died as well (trying to install Windows no less) and ended up replacing that too.  So I installed Windows (Vista 64 bit, and yes I know it is old) and now I am getting the USB sound when a USB device is plugged in randomly and several times an hour.  Needless to say, it is rather annoying and I am running out of ideas on how to fix this.  I tried uninstalling the USB drivers and letting Windows reinstall, but this is still happening.  I don't see any notification of a USB device being plugged in on the task bar.  The only USB devices plugged into my PC are my mouse and keyboard.  I have a Razer Naga mouse and standard Microsoft keyboard.  Any ideas on what to try next? Help!
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burgers on: July 19, 2013, 05:45:47 PM
I don't understand the fuss about Five Guys.  I tried them once and it seemed like a giant rip off.  It's fast food, but I'm paying more than double what I do at In N Out.  If I'm going to be paying that kind of money, I'd rather get Umami Burger.   ninja
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burgers on: July 17, 2013, 06:31:55 PM
In N Out. 'nuff said  nod
10  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: July 16, 2013, 08:51:24 PM
Fury of The Feywild is launching August 22nd from an email I just got.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Total Time Logged in on: July 05, 2013, 08:17:40 PM
I must hate you all since I've only been logged in for 15 days, 56 minutes.  nod
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Ostrich Pillow on: July 03, 2013, 08:31:57 PM
I was intrigued until I saw the $99 price tag.  No thanks!
13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: June 20, 2013, 06:10:12 PM
Anyone playing the Legacy of Romulus expansion for STO?  Made a Romulan Tactical officer and it's been a lot of fun.  I'm really glad that I waited until just recently to start playing this game because in this current state, the game is pretty good.   thumbsup
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kobe beef jerky kickstarter on: June 17, 2013, 02:17:18 AM
Wow, that's a real big disappointment.  icon_frown
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legal advice needed - Landlord screwed us on: June 13, 2013, 04:56:50 AM
Thanks for the advice all.  I called a couple of tenant attorneys to try to get a free consultation but they were closed for the day.  I'll have to try again tomorrow.

On a side note, we called a professional cleaning company and when the guys came out, they instantly recognized the smell as cat urine.  That's great since I have cat allergies.  I was wondering why my eyes were itchy and my nose was so stuffy.  Now I know...
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legal advice needed - Landlord screwed us on: June 12, 2013, 04:18:27 PM
Yeah, I know we should get a lawyer, but I was hoping to hear what options I have available so I know what we are getting into before we contact a lawyer.  BTW, I live in California.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Legal advice needed - Landlord screwed us on: June 12, 2013, 03:12:35 PM
So I am not sure what action to take but we really need some help.  These last few weeks have been a total nightmare.  Here's the events:

So at the beginning of May, we find out that we need to move since the house we are renting is scheduled to be torn down and rebuilt.  It took us several attempts, but we finally find a place that we can afford and we ask to tour the place.  They show us unit B which is on the ground floor.  It is very nice inside with new paint and new bathroom fixtures.  So we submit our application to B and we are accepted.  We pay our first month's rent and security deposit.  This is a week before we need to move out. 

Fast forward to May 28th when we are told we would receive the key to start our move. The listing agent shows up and tells us that now we need to move to unit F and that B is no longer available.  We were totally shocked but at this point we have no choice since we need to be out by June 3rd.  The agent takes us up to F and the fist thing I notice is a musty, smokey smell.  I ask the agent if this is going to be cleaned and he said they would.  They also said that since it isn't ready yet, they would give us the key on May 31st.

So May 31st arrives, and we get the key and the place still stinks of smoke.  Apparently, the landlord's son lived here and smoked so much marijuana that he was admitted to rehab.  The landlord refuses to believe that there is any smell and reluctantly sent his handyman to steam clean the carpets twice.  The first cleaning was done before we moved in and like I stated, it still smelled.  We had to complete our move by June 3rd, so we had no chance to do anything but move.  The next weekend, June 8 - 9, I bought two boxes of baking soda carpet cleaner to try to get rid of the stink.  For the most part it seemed to help but there was a little smell left.  The second cleaning came yesterday and now the place stinks just like we first moved in.  icon_rolleyes

To make matters worse, we just found out that the people who moved into B actually applied to F and we have the documents to prove it.  So the landlord screwed us with the bait and switch.  If we didn't have the time constraint, we would have looked for another place but we are stuck.  Also, my bed is ruined since it sits on the floor and absorbed the smoke stink.  What legal action can we take?  I hope we can sue this guy...
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kobe beef jerky kickstarter on: May 22, 2013, 11:02:47 PM
I know you guys want to try this out! Haha... Kobe Red
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: April 29, 2013, 08:13:09 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 26, 2013, 10:29:05 PM

Quote from: namatoki on April 26, 2013, 09:33:19 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on April 09, 2013, 04:05:04 PM

They finally revealed the cause of the blackout and it actually makes sense. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Nanotechnology.  Self replicating virus sized nanobots that block electrical current.

While the show isnt perfect it can be entertaining, so Ive continued to watch it. 

What I don't understand about that is

Spoiler for Hiden:
if they are breathing in the "nanobots" and they are strong enough to absorb/block electricity, how are people still alive?  The human nervous system runs on electricity too.  Wouldn't that block brain activity and heart activity?

See previous page

Okay, but...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Pete was talking about an EMP not causing people to die, but these "nanobots" are absorbing all electricity according to Rachel.  Seems like those two are different animals, hence my question, how are people still alive? smile
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: April 26, 2013, 09:33:19 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on April 09, 2013, 04:05:04 PM

They finally revealed the cause of the blackout and it actually makes sense. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Nanotechnology.  Self replicating virus sized nanobots that block electrical current.

While the show isnt perfect it can be entertaining, so Ive continued to watch it. 

What I don't understand about that is

Spoiler for Hiden:
if they are breathing in the "nanobots" and they are strong enough to absorb/block electricity, how are people still alive?  The human nervous system runs on electricity too.  Wouldn't that block brain activity and heart activity?
21  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: April 22, 2013, 05:06:03 PM
Yeah, it has been a lot of fun and I'm enjoying it a lot.  The Star Trek geek in me is overloaded with all the cool stuff in the game.  Speaking of which, is there some sort of website that explains the mechanics of the game?  The Star Trek Online wiki is pretty good, but some of the info there is outdated.  I'm trying to figure out what the optimal configurations are for my character.  I started off as a Science officer, but I decided to switch over to an Engineer since I like the abilities they have.  The game is pretty overwhelming so any help or info would be greatly appreciated!
22  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: April 21, 2013, 06:16:13 PM
Anyone playing this anymore?  I was looking forward to playing this when it launched but the lackluster reviews kept me away.  I recently saw one of my Steam buddies playing this and decided to give it a try.  Wow, I guess they really made some improvements because this game is pretty fun!  So, was looking to see if any of you guys were willing to give this a second or third chance (or however many chances smile) before Neverwinter sucks all the gaming time away next week.  Tongue
23  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nimble Quest (iOS) on: April 04, 2013, 01:40:22 AM
So I don't know if I missed something but what is the bar for under each character in the character select menu?  Is that some sort of xp bar?  If so, seems like you need to kill a ton of monsters to get it to move. I've purchased the 1 star upgrade for all the characters unlocked thus far.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Introducing The Order of the Stick on: January 01, 2013, 12:25:22 AM

Quote from: ATB on December 25, 2012, 03:44:09 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 25, 2012, 08:12:31 AM

Quote from: namatoki on December 24, 2012, 05:09:39 PM

There won't be any new OotS comics any time soon because the creator/artist Rich Burlew injured his drawing hand severely back in September.  According to his website, Giant In the Playground Games, he is undergoing therapy and isn't even sure if he can gain full control of his thumb. frown  Here's hoping for the best!

That's pretty damn old news to any OotS fan. slywink The latest reports are that everything is going well, though not as quickly as he had hoped. The original estimate was that he'd be back to work around this time.

Has he said with any certainty when the next OOTs book will be expected? I stopped reading the strips a LOOONG time ago, because I enjoy the books so much...
I just wanted to make sure that the folks here knew what was going on with Rich Burlew, since some of them didn't sound like they knew he was out of commission.

On another note, THERE'S A NEW COMIC OUT! biggrin
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Introducing The Order of the Stick on: December 24, 2012, 05:09:39 PM
There won't be any new OotS comics any time soon because the creator/artist Rich Burlew injured his drawing hand severely back in September.  According to his website, Giant In the Playground Games, he is undergoing therapy and isn't even sure if he can gain full control of his thumb. frown  Here's hoping for the best!
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 24, 2012, 07:35:50 PM
Just downloaded Dragon Island Blue today for free. Looks like it is free for a limited time.
27  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mechwarrior Online - reserve your name on: November 06, 2012, 05:43:18 AM
I'm getting my ass beat in the trial Mechs and it's pretty frustrating.  I'd love to join you guys that are doing pretty well.  Most of the random teams I get lose.  My pilot name is namatoki.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 25 most common passwords on: October 25, 2012, 05:58:46 PM
I like number 7. LETMEIN!   icon_lol
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: October 21, 2012, 06:54:23 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on October 19, 2012, 02:57:48 PM

I was initially excited about a new space based game from Chris but once I found out it was going to be an MMO I have pretty much lost all interest in it.

I know it's supposed to have a single player mode but I'll wait for reviews on that before even considering this game.
According to the Kickstarter page, it's not an MMO.
Quote
Is Star Citizen an MMO?


No! Star Citizen will take the best of all possible worlds, ranging from a permanent, persistent world similar to those found in MMOs to an offline, single player campaign like those found in the Wing Commander series. The game will include the option for private servers, like Freelancer, and will offer plenty of opportunities for players who are interested in modding the content. Unlike many games, none of these aspects is an afterthought: they all combine to form the core of the Star Citizen experience.
 
Last updated: Thursday Oct 18, 10:20pm EDT
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MTG:O Tips on: October 15, 2012, 05:13:18 AM
If you feel like investing a little more money into Magic, the Duels of the Planeswalkers is pretty newbie friendly and helps give you ideas on what works well for decks.  What kind of advice were you looking for?  I'm not great, but pretty decent. smile
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chili plant care tips/advice needed on: July 19, 2012, 02:46:38 AM
Thanks for the info, Ironrod.  I keep my plant outside, but I have it potted right now.  I have to move it from my balcony to my front yard to chase the sun.  It's getting about 8 to 10 hours of sun right now.

I have tried helping pollinate the flowers with my finger and cotton swab, but I have no idea if it is working.  Most likely not since 2 flowers have died and fell off the plant.

I was reading that pruning the plant is supposed to help with growing peppers?  How do I know which leaves or stems to trim?
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chili plant care tips/advice needed on: July 18, 2012, 03:22:43 PM
So I recently bought a ghost chili plant that is about a foot tall and I really have no idea how to care for it.  I did some Google searches and read so much conflicting info that I really need help from someone who knows how to care for plants.  I have no idea if I am giving it enough water, too much water, enough sun, etc.  The plant is blooming with flowers but they are dying off without producing any chilis.  Help! frown
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: June 25, 2012, 06:28:05 AM
Also, when you beat the game, it makes an autosave right where the new DLC wants you to be to see the extended ending.  As long as you keep that autosave, you should be okay. smile
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 26, 2012, 05:05:14 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 26, 2012, 04:50:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 26, 2012, 03:58:55 PM

What's the point of WD pets in Nightmare+?  They die almost instantly.

Which pets? Not Gargantuan I hope. Zombie dogs die damn near instantly in Normal act 2, so that's certainly not shocking.

I beat Nightmare last night in a four player game and was using my WD with pets.  My pets lived through most fights.  Are you using the passives to boost your pets' health and damage reduction?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 23, 2012, 04:01:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 23, 2012, 02:07:03 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 23, 2012, 10:53:39 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 22, 2012, 08:12:30 PM

Well, I was enjoying Nightmare mode until Act 2, when suddenly it got stupid hard for me.  Gotta figure out a good skill combo or something, but later, because I am too angry right now.  Dying over and over isn't much fun. frown

Upgrade your gear.  Made a HUGE difference for me.  

The problem is I am getting shitty drops that I can't use.  Can you tell me what you focused on for gear?  I am playing a DH and seem to always get barbarian and witch doctor loot.
When you search the auction house, +dex and +vit are big, but if you can get gems, emeralds give +dex on armor and rubies give +exp on helms and +damage on weapons.  I would try to find some high quality gems, square or better, to go with some socketed gear.  Also, +dam items boost damage much more than your primary stat will.  For example, I have an amulet that gives +4 - 8 damage and it boosts my damage much more than +60 to int (for my witch doctor).  The only drawback is that you lose some secondary benefits from your stats, like more dodge from dex.

Remember, gear is a huge part of the game and if you aren't keeping up with your gear, you will die. A lot.

Edit: Also, as you get into higher difficulties, you want to limit the number of monsters you pull.  You won't be able to aoe down monsters like you did so easily on normal.  Snaring and rooting will help a lot. smile
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 05:19:08 AM
Glad I got to play all of 10 minutes in the last 24 hours of launch.  Thanks for all the fun, Blizzard.

Really glad that the game was sitting on my hard drive for a month too.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 15, 2012, 03:33:57 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 15, 2012, 03:07:29 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on May 15, 2012, 07:48:57 AM

That's probably more than even the best of databases could handle (and they aren't all the same physical database either, if they're smart)

I picture poorly-paid interns running back and forth to a card catalog, looking up login credentials. 

Paid? LOL. smile

I tried to make my character at midnight and like everyone else, timed out and gave up.  This morning, I log in and see my character list is full of demon hunters.  saywhat
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 06, 2012, 06:25:22 AM
There's an interview linked at diablofans.com of Jay Wilson and he said that he can't get past half of Act I on Inferno difficulty in less than 10 deaths!  eek  I'm excited to see just how tough it will be.  Although I hope it won't be impossibly tough like the multishot, extra strength, lightning enchanted champions that one shot me and my brother in Diablo 2.  I remember zoning into a cave and loading dead. frown

Here's the link to the interview in case people want to see it: http://www.diablofans.com/news/1192-cyclone-strike-runed-two-jay-wilson-interviews-blue-posts/
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 06, 2012, 05:30:57 AM
Figures that I get stuck with a bratty five year old kid behind me kicking my seat and yelling.  He even went so far as to spray spit mimicking "Hulk's smash."  mad

That aside, I really did enjoy the movie.  Figures that there was a second scene after the credits that I missed too.  I thought the first end scene was it. frown

Quote from: Harkonis on May 06, 2012, 03:14:15 AM

Quote from: Punisher on May 06, 2012, 03:08:41 AM

Quote from: Crusis on May 06, 2012, 01:41:39 AM

Great movie! We saw it at a packed 3D Imax theater. One thing I didn't get ...

Spoiler for Hiden:
How did Thor return? I thought the bridge portal thing was destroyed at the end of Thor.

Spoiler for Hiden:
They used the power of the tesseract to open a portal

Spoiler for Hiden:
Thor didn't have the Tesseract.. Loki did.  Odin used MAGIX to send Thor back, Loki asked Thor 'how much power did our father have to spend to send you back
Spoiler for Hiden:
IIRC, Loki asked Thor how much dark energy did Odin use to transport Thor to Earth
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: April 29, 2012, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 29, 2012, 05:11:24 PM

Does the game have a mechanic for allowing players with different character levels to play together?
I have watched several interviews with the developers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ku0oEryTX7o is the latest Blizzcast where they do confirm it, the last developer to speak) and they have stated that players can jump into games regardless of level or quest.  Not sure if you can jump into a Nightmare game if you are a Normal character though.  Probably no.
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