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3121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/05) on: July 06, 2010, 05:57:13 PM
I ended up pre-ordering DQ9 even though I haven't played any in the series yet.  Damn you Seth!!

Worse yet, I then looked into that bigger screen DS and came across the forum thread on it, and ended up ordering one of those and that Devil whatever game was recommended in the thread.  Stupid forum effect!  This is what happens when I get depressed, I just start buying crap.
3122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Damageinc =( on: July 06, 2010, 01:53:37 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 05, 2010, 11:24:39 PM

So sorry to hear about this.  He will be missed.

Sentiment echoed... 

I read this earlier today and have not been able to shake the haunting sadness of losing someone I didn't know well, but always felt a kind of distant camaraderie with.  He joined the Wanderers a couple of years ago in Warhammer and I got to game with him then.  Always seemed like the nicest of guys and a terrific guildmate... 
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Kin already scrapped on: July 04, 2010, 10:33:45 PM
Wow that's pretty sad.  I think I saw all of one commercial for it a little while ago.  The real reason it failed though was because the phones looked like a freaking turtle!
3124  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 03, 2010, 11:51:26 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 03, 2010, 04:01:01 PM

I picked up Hotel Mogul for $1.99 (usually $6.99). Similar to Build-A-Lot in that it's a time management real estate game. Pretty fun so far.

Just to be clear that was Hotel Mogul for iPad, the regular version is also on sale for $0.99.

From the list above, I'd say Highborn is a no-brainer for $0.99 if you are at all into TBS.
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Surely it can't have been 30 years since Airplane! came out on: July 03, 2010, 11:45:37 PM
The first time I saw it I was a kid and the jive scene almost made me pass out from laughing hysterically.  I think that might have been the hardest I've ever laughed in a movie in my entire lifetime, there were points I just couldn't stop.
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: July 03, 2010, 11:44:19 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 03, 2010, 07:02:05 AM

Their blunder is the testing; they should have at least coated the antenna.

Agreed - or even more simply just shipped the damn thing with the bumpers (or maybe a thinner sleeker sexier one) as a part of the design.  Hell they could have advertised multiple colors to begin with that way smile  Also agree with Gellar that the sad part is that the actual general performance of the new antenna really is actually better.  Unfortunately while engineers and tech types may be willing to understand and accept the concept of engineering tradeoffs, most consumers won't.

It's a shame that more thought hadn't gone into everything on Apple's side - from releasing the design as is, to advertising it (and thus drawing more attention to it), to the initial denial of any issue, to the "reveal" of the "bad software bars."  In the past they've seemed to take their time to react and be able to control issues much better.  The hiring of new antenna engineers leads me to believe that they may indeed have been caught off guard this time (were the old ones fired or just flogged?), though I'd still be shocked if not a single person had brought this up as a possible risk/concern.
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M. Shamalamadingdong Night's Last Airbender movie on: July 03, 2010, 12:04:39 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 12, 2010, 02:33:47 PM

Fail, cause no Appa



Good news, Appa is in the movie in a number of scenes smile  And it's nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews I've been reading.  I'm wondering how many reviewers were actually familiar with the source material, and how many were just slap happy to jump on the bash M. Night bandwagon.  Don't get me wrong, I considered The Crappening one of the all-time worst movies I've ever seen, but I was still willing to give him a chance with some new source material.

OK now on to the movie.  My 5 year old nephew liked it.  Some older kids I heard said it "blew chunks."  The more hardcore fans of the show who watched the entire series multiple times (that would be my older nieces, my sister and some of her friends) all seemed more or less disappointed at what they decided to change or omit.  Me personally, I thought it was OK, neither horrible nor good.  I liked most of the effects, most of the actors did about as well as you might hope given the dialog, and the general storyline seemed to follow and be consistent with the episodes I saw of the show.  I'm not sure if the racial blending was a good thing or ultimately just a distraction (I'm leaning toward the latter).  The "water" tribes are based on eskimos, but the main 2 characters are played by Caucasians, but then some of the villagers looked like they could be Eskimos.  The "earth" tribe was largely Asian Oriental, and the Fire tribe Asian Indian.  The lead character in the TV series seems like he should be Chinese, but his name is Aang (I don't know what that would be considered) and he is played by a Caucasian in the movie. 

What was clearly missing, and this is what I'd feared, was much of the humor and sense of fun the show has.  Yes there are lots of serious things going on in the series, but it's always lightened with Aang's playful attitude, Sokka's humor and the Uncle's goofy jokes and obsession with tea.  There were maybe one or two cute/fun moments in the movie, everything else was treated with utmost seriousness.  The other problem I felt was that it seemed like they were trying to cram too many things into the plotline, it's like they tried to jam the entire first season (or Book as it's noted in the series) into an hour and a half, and then decided to add additional elements.  So what you get is a lot of characters and plot elements and a lot of bouncing around; it ends up being a bit difficult to follow the train of thought.

All in all, because I kept my expectations low, I think I had a decent enough time, and I actually do hope they get to film the 2 sequels and complete the story.  But hopefully with a new director and scriptwriter.

3128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: July 02, 2010, 11:47:17 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 02, 2010, 10:54:57 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 02, 2010, 10:47:18 PM

I tried this out on one of the display models in the store here in Tokyo and I was able to replicate the results.  Japanese iPhones don't use AT&T so blaming them for the signal loss is a little lame.

Not understanding what's actually being said is more than a little lame.

The point is not that AT&T is what is causing the issue - the "issue" occurs with every phone on every provider ever made.  Cell signals fluctuate based upon a large # of characteristics.  The iPhone 4 displays this more prominently than others and since AT&T blows so hard, a signal loss when you have crap signal to begin with causes dropped calls.  Shocking, I know.

What's amazing is all the hand wringing over a phenomenon that has been around since pretty much cellular phones were made - cellular signal strength is not a constant!  HOLY SHIT.

While I agree with your final point Gellar, what you are forgetting or ignoring is that Apple is using (and advertising to be a better design!) a completely new antenna.  Worse, they've made it external and allowed it to be completely exposed (and scrutinized), which in all honesty is a completely inane decision given they are flat out leaving the antenna vulnerable to pretty much anything a person can come up with (hand squeezing, sweat, covers, dielectrics, paint, metal, keys, etc etc).  In their quest to maintain the smallest form factor, they either forgot or chose to ignore some fundamental concepts in antenna design, particularly where consumers are concerned.  Leaving the metal exposed is bad enough, but leaving a feed point (or whatever the separation thing is, I could see it also potentially being the gap for an RF switch that changes the antenna's RF length internally - yes I've done something like this professionally so I'm not spouting crap out of my ass) open to de-tuning is just a poor engineering design.  Of course all cel-phones have antennas that are subject to de-tuning, but this one is left out in the open so that people are directly, physically interacting with it.

This blatant coverup as a software issue is completely inane and almost embarrassing, but it actually works, because as mentioned earlier, there are no standards for the bars so they can manipulate the numbers in software to make the "problem" seem less obvious and more difficult for the general consumer (who judges primarily by how many bars they see) to reproduce.  Unfortunately, people who really want to dig (as shown above) can find alternate ways to monitor the signal strength and will still be able to reproduce the issue.  Obviously Apple is gambling the numbers will be minimal and ignored.

Now on the flip side, I do agree the whole thing feels like it's been blown out of proportion because if no one had told me about it, I likely would never have noticed it in normal every day usage.  Based on my testing, there's no natural way I could reproduce the issue - I had to forcibly position my fingers a certain way and press hard enough and long enough to get the effect.  But contrary to the theory that it has to do with AT&T's poor coverage (sorry again Gellar), this was not based on lack of signal strength, as I was able to do it at home right next to my 3G Microcell just as well as I could at work where we have a really strong repeater near my office.  In other words it was clearly a hardware issue based on the antenna design itself.    
3129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Final Destination 5 is now called..... on: July 01, 2010, 06:25:51 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 01, 2010, 04:58:45 PM

at least it's not going to hurt the series' stellar reputation.  and now they can cash in on crappy 3d effects to add in even more pointless gore.  hooray crap!

They already used crappy 3Din the previous movie smile
3130  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy XIV Online on: July 01, 2010, 04:03:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 30, 2010, 09:37:01 PM


I just preordered the CE on Amazon.  Yes I am that desperate for a new MMO.  Also fwiw supposedly the CE pre order gets you started on the 22nd instead of the 30th.
3131  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 30, 2010, 10:32:31 PM
I'm not a big FPS fan but this looks pretty impressive:

http://toucharcade.com/2010/06/30/post-apocalyptic-open-world-3d-rpg-xenome-episode-1-hits-app-store-july-8th/
3132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Final Destination 5 is now called..... on: June 30, 2010, 10:12:52 PM
That looks too much like Anal Destination to me.  But maybe that's just me.   ninja
3133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 30, 2010, 06:54:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 30, 2010, 02:40:50 AM

Quote from: rittchard on June 29, 2010, 06:04:30 PM

In other news, Palm Heroes (basically HOMM clone) went on sale for $0.99 with a new update.  I was really excited about it until I actually started playing.  I don't know if it was me or what, but it seemed really difficult to click on anything, making it a pretty terrible play experience.  Disappointing, but I am sure glad I didn't pay $7 or whatever it was last week.

That was a short sale, it's back up to $9.99 tonight.  Bummed...I wanted to give it a shot.

I played a bit more of it on the iPad last night - zoomed in the graphics don't look good but it was easier to actually play the game.  It seems like hitting the correct spots is more difficult with the touch interface than with a mouse cursor, and they haven't done quite enough to adjust for that.  I think part of it has to do with being a Palm port.  Gameplay itself is very very very HOMM, so that's good.
3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 29, 2010, 09:47:04 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 29, 2010, 06:25:31 PM

I really didn't like this week's episode for some reason. For the first time I can remember, I was actually checking the clock to see when it would finally be done. The plot seems to be moving incredibly slow and there just doesn't seem to be the tension in these first three episodes that I remember from the past seasons.  And that scene with Tara and Sookie at the funeral was awful.

Yeah I kind of agree - I actually thought the teleporting (mentioned above) kind of made the whole show feel very disjointed to me; the pacing change was as abrupt as some of the plot elements.  And the editing seemed to make the timeline itself rather confusing and jumpy.  Just follow one character for instance.  One minute Sam is recovering from his brother's antics last week, then he's saying goodbye to his new family (where were they again?), then suddenly he's back at the bar with Sookie, then his family comes to visit him (and he even says they've come a long way), then he fights with his family, then he's in bed and finding his brother has been there. 
3135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: J R Richards (of Dishwalla fame) on: June 29, 2010, 09:24:11 PM
I was a huge Dishwalla fan back in the day, and have followed all their releases over the years.  I bought the JR Richards solo album last year as well.  He has what I consider to be one of the most perfectly beautiful sounding masculine male voices of all-time, and is really just an excellent vocalist overall.  I've always found it interesting Dishwalla never became more popular (relative to say Nickelback or Daughtry), I guess the material just can be a bit depressing and moody and not as pop friendly.  I think to the general populace the only song they are familiar with is Counting Blue Cars (Tell Me All Your Thoughts on God).
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Made an error in my interview thank you note - thoughts? on: June 29, 2010, 06:22:23 PM
Bad Engrishes grammars!!!  We laughs at you emailz!!!!   icon_wink

Seriously, most tech folk won't even notice.  Me personally as an anal grammar catcher (that sounded worse than I thought), I would catch it but laught it off and appreciate that you actually bothered to send an email at all.
3137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Bad TV] You're Cut Off on: June 29, 2010, 06:20:06 PM
So I recently happened upon one of the worst reality TV shows ever created, it's called "Your Cut Off" on VH1.  The premise is a group of about 10 spoiled, rich girls/divas/bitches are "cut off" from their family money and sent to live together in a house where they have to cook and clean for themselves (heaven forbid!) and learn life lessons about the "real world".  A psychologist lady puts them through challenges each week that they have to pass in order to stay on track to graduate from the program and be returned to their priveleged lifestyles.  In addition each week one girl is singled out as doing the best and gets to be the "princess" of the house with a nicer room (the others have to, gasp, share a room and bathroom).

Last night's ep was an instant classic, these girls can barely turn on a computer, but were asked to prepare a resume and interview for a pseudo-job and then were sent to "work" for a full day.  Oh, the humanity!!!  One girl missed her job because it takes her 2 hours to do her hair and she won't leave the house without it done. 

I hate myself for it, but I find myself completely mesmerized by these vapid pieces of trash that really should be extinguished from humanity for the betterment of all.  It's hard to imagine there are people actually like this in existence.  Now of course I realize much of it is vamping for the cameras, but some of the stupidity and cluelessness just can't be faked.  On top of that you add a couple of uber-bitches who just never stop yelling and fighting, and you've got yourself one messed up show.

If you happen to catch it, you must see next week's episode where the girls are sent on a photo shoot - but the catch is the second go around they have to do it (gasp!) with NO MAKEUP.  Hilarity and tears will ensue.
3138  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 29, 2010, 06:04:30 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 28, 2010, 05:48:00 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 28, 2010, 05:06:33 PM

On the iPad front, last week was the release of "My Kingdom For The Princess."

If YK is featured as the princess, I'm all in!!!

OK I started playing this last night, very fun and well done interface, perfect for the iPad!  +1 for YK!!

In other news, Palm Heroes (basically HOMM clone) went on sale for $0.99 with a new update.  I was really excited about it until I actually started playing.  I don't know if it was me or what, but it seemed really difficult to click on anything, making it a pretty terrible play experience.  Disappointing, but I am sure glad I didn't pay $7 or whatever it was last week.
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 29, 2010, 06:02:15 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 29, 2010, 02:59:27 PM

That final scene was as awesome as the Bill/Sam gay dream scene was un-awesome.

The gay dream scene was the only awesome thing this season!  Fabulous

Well, that and the naked shapeshifting brothers.
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 28, 2010, 08:47:51 PM

Quote from: Devil on June 28, 2010, 07:15:34 PM

Finally - Last night kicked things up a lot.

I thought it was odd (but good for the show) that people suddenly started teleporting around locations to advance the plot.  Reminds me of the end of Lost (remember season 1 it would take days to get anywhere, by S6 they could jump to the temple to the beach to the Dharma barracks in an instant).  The pacing and sheer amount of subplots and new characters is a bit too much this season, I kind of wish they'd tone it down and stay focused on the core crew.

One thing that confused me a bit, are we to assume that Bill is seriously stuck/trapped and has given up on escaping?  The end sequence was pretty bizarre and seemed very out of character and almost out of the blue for me.  But maybe I have/had too much confidence in his ability to escape or just leave.  Also can someone refresh me on who that chick was?  I thought she might have been his maker, but then I thought Eric was his maker.  Bad memory!
3141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 28, 2010, 05:48:00 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 28, 2010, 05:06:33 PM

On the iPad front, last week was the release of "My Kingdom For The Princess."

If YK is featured as the princess, I'm all in!!!
3142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 28, 2010, 04:15:28 AM
I don't know if this one has been mentioned earlier in the thread, but I've recently become addicted to Strategery.  It's basically a simplified version of Risk with randomized maps and conditions.  I thought it would be lame but I am finding it really addictive.  Even on Easy mode I lose quite a bit as there is definitely a luck factor mixed with the skill.  I've also been playing Blood and Honor, another Risk clone for iPhone/iPad.  It uses real maps and world scenarios so it's much more like real Risk.  I like them both a lot, but I think I like the fast pacing of Strategery a bit better (you can allow the AI to place units for you so it can go really fast).

Also I just started playing Farmville lol.  Don't know if anyone is playing that from Facebook or not.

I'm always rittchard for these games so feel free to add me as a friend if you want some multiplayer action.
3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: June 28, 2010, 04:09:10 AM

Quote from: KC on June 28, 2010, 12:08:00 AM

I caved and picked up a 32 gig wifi version.  I know that I kept saying that I would wait until next year's version 2, but I finally saw a non-3g version available for purchase in-store and snapped it up.

btw, which case are you guys using?

Congrats and welcome aboard!

For general usage, I actually prefer no case at all.  I love the feel of the device on its own and I've found any added weight annoys me.  The only thing I had to have was a shield/cover for the screen; I chose one from SGP Steinheil (www.sgpstore.com) which ended up being the only one I was able to get on without a ton of bubbles.

For the treadmill, I slip on a rubberized cover from Incase:  http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/protective-cover-cl56426/2
This is a good general protective case and allows you to get a decent grip on it.  I was leaving it on everywhere for a while, but decided I didn't like the extra weight.

I also have the Apple case, which is the nicest one for reading/typing.  It's very thin and slick and probably the best for reading in bed or sitting it on your lap.

And finally for work, I bought a rather large-ish leather portfolio type of case which has a side pocket for business cards and papers, etc.  The iPad is held down by rubber band-ish things on the 4 corners.  I haven't used this one much as I kind of decided to keep this iPad at home.  Eventually I'm thinking I will buy a second gen iPad and then one of them will be a work iPad and one for home use.
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone know about FHA Loan Streamlining? on: June 28, 2010, 03:56:05 AM
I've definitely thought about paying more principal, but then again there are about a gazillion other things I might want to spend on as well, many involving upgrades or remodeling on the house.  But that's kind of a separate topic/issue, I'm very curious about this in particular as I believe a 0.5% decrease in the interest rate would be a major amount for me.  If I did the calculations correctly, it would bring my monthly payment down by around 6%, and of course that would all be extra money that I could use to pay into the principal and/or remodel or save/invest.  So really I'm just concerned this isn't some weird thing that ends up screwing you over, I suppose I could just call and find out what the real terms are, but it all just makes me a bit nervous not knowing if anyone has ever done it before.
3145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone know about FHA Loan Streamlining? on: June 27, 2010, 08:48:06 PM
I find it very confusing but I keep getting stuff in the mail about it.  I thought it was a total scam at first, but then I saw this online:

http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/buying/streamli.cfm

Still that confused me as well, I'm not sure what to think.  They say the only qualifications are:

Quote
The mortgage to be refinanced must already be FHA insured.
    
The mortgage to be refinanced should be current (not delinquent).

The refinance is to result in a lowering of the borrower's monthly principal and interest payments.
    
No cash may be taken out on mortgages refinanced using the streamline refinance process.

My situation is this: if you recall I just bought a home almost exactly a year ago, so I have an FHA loan at 5.25% for 30 years.  Obviously after only a year I've been paying pretty much nothing but interest, and that will continue for quite a while.  I know generally you can't do a refinance until you have more equity but this thing seems like a different animal than a conventional refinance.  Ideally I'd like to get my rate down below 5% (4.75% is what they are advertising), and I'd be willing to pay some up front money to make it happen.  I figure since I'm just starting, over the long haul dropping my rate is going to be pretty beneficial no matter how you work the numbers.

Anyone have any experience with this?  I'm very leery about it as I feel like there has to be some horrible catch, or it's fake or just a waste of my time.

Oh yeah, wmsloans.com is the one who has been most aggressively sending stuff to me.
3146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 27, 2010, 08:35:30 PM
Regarding the antenna, initially I was unable to reproduce the effect, but I did some more "testing" and this is what I found.  I had to hold/touch the antenna feed (or whatever you want to call it) in a very specific, deliberate and tight manner to observe the effect (basically I had to squeeze on the phone, which I would never normally do).  This was on 3G only, and I was running Speedtest to check (as opposed to staring at the bars).  I should note that once I did get the effect going, it was extremely dramatic, I was able to slow the download to a crawl and completely kill the upload test.  Today I tried again but Speedtest was wonky (or perhaps it doesn't like the 3G Microcell) - on the Microcell, not only did I have to hold/press in the spot(s) tightly, I also had to tilt the phone at specific angles before I could get the bars to drop appreciably.

I do agree this is an incredibly poor design flaw and it's almost unbelievable they allowed it to go to production like this.  Hard to believe Steve Jobs is trying to say it isn't an issue.  It seems like adding a simple thin dielectric coating or protection might have prevented this, though that might deter from the elegance of the outer design.  Personally I don't see how software can "fix" this since it is clearly a physical phenomena, unless there is some sort of backup antenna that it can switch to when the problem is detected.

All that said, because of the specificity and unnaturalness (for me) of the way the problem is initiated, I don't see it really affecting me.  I had to really work at it to get it going.  Plus I will more often than not be using some sort of protection.

Now given that I am somewhat familiar with antenna design/engineering professionally, I have to say this is a very interesting issue and I'm very curious how Apple will address it. 
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 26, 2010, 04:07:47 AM
I *finally* got my phone after 2 days and about 5 hours total line waiting.  I went last night and after 3 hours was given a voucher to come back today.  At the store today there was really no line but somehow the throughput was excruciatingly slow and it still took me 2 hours to get out of there.  Eventually I'll post in more detail on my blog, but this has by far been the shoddiest, most unprofessional launch of the four iPhones.  Couple that with inane AT&T upgrade policies and the antenna design debacle, and I've been having serious glitches in my Apple fanboyism the past 2 days.

However I have to say that holding it in my hand, it definitely is a gorgeous piece of electronics.  The screen and overall feel are wonderful.  If the camera(s) and battery life and overall performance hold up to snuff, I'm sure all will be forgiven.

- - -

As for cases, Apple was out of bumpers when I was there, so I ended up grabbing the ifrogz Luxe Original case.  I like the overall look of it but Im not sure I'm happy with the red top which was the only color they had.  It will have to do temporarily until I figure out how I want to protect this guy.  I'm using the SGP crystal clear shield which looks really good, but seems to attract more fingerprints than I'd like.  I may have to go to something smoother/different eventually.
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 24, 2010, 03:14:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 24, 2010, 01:49:17 AM


OMG that dog is so cute.  What kind is it?  Sorry to go OT but I've been really wanting to get a dog lately, but I've never owned one so I'm kind of afraid of the responsibility.

Back on the phone, and having some knowledge of RF and antenna technology, I really have to wonder about this new phenomena.  Dielectric surroundings can de-tune an antenna, but it's hard to believe they wouldn't have done extensive testing with the beam-shape detuning from a human hand.  You'd think that would be the primary thing checked first.  Hopefully I'll get mine tomorrow and be able to do some testing.  FWIW, I've seen bar fluctuations at home on my 3GS as well, and that's even with a new 3G Microcell installed. 
3149  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 22, 2010, 08:05:58 PM
Bah, thanks to that $0.99 sale I bought a whole bunch of those EA games lol.  Thank goodness for iOS folders so I can organize everything!
3150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 22, 2010, 05:28:08 PM
Apparently pre-orders are being delivered to homes tomorrow (the 23rd), a day early!  I was never able to pre-order due to the server crashes mad

This release has been all around annoying for me, I feel like Apple is sending me a message to go to Droid X.
3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: June 21, 2010, 08:32:43 PM

Quote from: Roman on June 19, 2010, 11:52:01 PM

Quote from: ravenvii link=topic=35132.msg694189#msg694189 date=
Quote from: Roman link=topic=35132.msg694125#msg694125 date=
Just downloaded a different browser client called Perfect Browser and love it!!!!!!!!

Tabs just like in IE or FF with the same browser controls etc. No more hunting for opened links and trying to get back to your previous instance thanks to the tab interface. 

Very slick check it out.


I'm hearing rave reviews about Atomic Browser, and quite a few people like iCab as well. Have you tried
them? What made you go with Perfect Browser?


Nothing in particular led me to this -just blind luck i guess. I will certainly look into the atomic browser option a little later and perhaps even the icab. I am brand new to this world  eek so making choices is sometimes a  little hard to make.

I have Perfect and Atomic, both are good particularly at giving full tab browsing.  I think Perfect is the best of the bunch at the moment, if only for a single feature: there's a slide bar on the right hand side that allows you to scroll down very quickly, which is incredibly useful for long pages like the ones in this forum.
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 21, 2010, 05:47:42 PM
It's starting to update now from what I read in Macrumors, although apparently not for all users at once:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/21/apple-releases-ios-4-with-multitasking-ibooks-and-more/
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 21, 2010, 05:46:44 PM
Yeah this ep was a bit of a letdown after last week, it felt like they were introducing a dozen new characters and subplots at once, getting kind of lost.  And the Bill dinner sequence just wouldn't seem to END!  Hopefully things will start to tie together soon. 

Still I enjoyed the (brief) Godric flashback (I still say I'd love an Eric and Godric prequel series, really seems like they've had the most interesting vampire lives) and shape-shifting/stripping scenes.
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I ate 5 Guys on: June 21, 2010, 05:43:35 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 21, 2010, 03:57:34 AM

Yum. I think I got my limit of salt in one visit. Loved it. Will go back.

I felt cheated by the title of this thread until I read the text more closely (see above).
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 17, 2010, 08:41:51 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 16, 2010, 06:44:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 16, 2010, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2010, 04:13:55 PM

Statement by Apple on iPhone 4 Pre-Orders

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

Pathetic and embarassing.

Embarrassing, yes. Pathetic? 600,000 iphone pre-orders? I'm sure they expected a ton, but that's freaking huge. I'm not sure that anybody predicted that much for a pre-order. That's a lot of hammering on the fulfillment system.

That said, I still maintain the problem originated with ATT...

I agree AT&T is probably the bigger issue, though at 2am people were getting through AT&T and NOT with Apple...

But like the MMORPGs that come out and are caught unprepared at how many people show up on launch day, I have to wonder how much competency it takes to "prepare for the worst" so to speak with things like this.  Not to mention we are talking about 2 huge companies with tons of money and 3 years of experience doing this now.  They've sold like 50 million of these phones now, and have touted the iPhone 4 as the most significant release since the original, so should they really be shocked that about 1% of that number want to pre-order the new version?

I'm almost wondering now if they are limiting the pre-order quantities not due to lack of hardware but in order to smooth out the activation load.
3156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSN) Journey, from the makers of Flower on: June 16, 2010, 05:29:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 16, 2010, 12:52:50 PM

As long as I don't have to listen to "Don't Stop Believing" one more damn time, I'm IN.

Damn you stole my joke!  Except I was going to make a Glee reference smile
3157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking of trying a.... <gulp> Macbook on: June 16, 2010, 05:26:34 PM
Actually if you want to lock in to $1000, the Macbook is perfect right now - they just updated recently:

http://guides.macrumors.com/MacBook_Buyer%27s_Guide

The guide over at macrumors is excellent and tracks when everything released.
3158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 16, 2010, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2010, 04:13:55 PM

Statement by Apple on iPhone 4 Pre-Orders

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

Pathetic and embarassing.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 09:10:21 PM
If pre-orders were such a mess, I can only imagine what the 24th is going to be like lol.  I hope they don't do what happened last time when they released the OS upgrade on the same day, it will completely break the servers.

I called the Apple store, basically they said nothing they could do with AT&T - however the girl recommended I try the Apple Store app on the iPhone.  Using the app, I was actually able to make a "reservation" to pick one up at the store in short order, it seems like it bypassed the AT&T section (which makes sense, why not just defer that torture until the time comes when you are actually buying the unit).  However I was unable to reserve a second unit and I have no email confirmation.  A "reservation" does show up on the app itself, but who knows if that is considered legitimate.
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 08:40:00 PM
I've tried apple and att with the same/similar results.

I did get through on the phone with att only to find out I qualify for exactly NO discounts lol.  Oh well at least I don't have to extend my contract so I'd be free to leave next year.

In the mean time they just said to go to a store or continue trying. 

LAME.
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