Category: "I &#9829 Microsoft"

So Fresh and So Clean

On Friday night my internet on my desktop stopped working. Well, sort of. IM, Skype, and a bunch of other stuff still worked but I couldn't access the web. At first I thought it was my internet but I could still ping websites and everything was working fine on my EEE. I tried a bunch of things but nothing was working. I decided on the extreme option of doing a clean install of Windows. I forgot how nice it was when there isn't all kinds of crap on your computer. Just like in real life, I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to programs and plugins and stuff and everything is a bit disorganized. I swear this time it will be different, but I know better. I'm trying to only install things as I use them, but sometimes the temptation is too great. But for right now, I will enjoy this and savor the freshness.

In other things, Danny and I attempted to do a podcast yesterday but he got called away on other business. We were going to do it today but I slept in and then had to deal with my computer. You see, it appears Plug and Play in Vista is a bit of a joke. When I re-installed and rebooted, Windows didn't detect any of my hardware. Not even my built in network card. So I had to go on my EEE, find the drivers for my motherboard and then install all those. Then I had to install my printer drivers. So that was fun. If you want to get in on the podcast, we're trying a new recording technique that we should have done ages ago. Each person records their end of the conversation on Audacity and then either Danny or myself assembles it. That way we can control all the levels. So if you have Skype, Audacity, a decent microphone, and headphones, we welcome you to participate.

posted by | 02/15/09| 02:50:54 pm| I'm a Big Geek, I &#9829 Microsoft| Leave a comment »


The Return

On Friday I was overjoyed to see that my Xbox had arrived. I'm very impressed with the service and the turnaround time from Microsoft. Friday night I hung out with Justin, Jon and Grace to celebrate Grace and Justin's birthday and I finally got my LAN cable from Jon. It wasn't Jon's fault at all but I've been a tad lazy about it and pretty darn busy. So now I finally have internet on my desktop. I had been wanting to set up Xbox Media Center for a long time and now I finally could.

Before I really got going with setting up Media Center I got hooked into Bionic Commando: Rearmed. I loved Bionic Commando when I was a kid and this takes the old game and somehow makes it even more awesome. The game looks great and the new features are a lot of fun. It's well worth the 800 Microsoft Points.

Once I pried myself away from my grappling hook adventures I set up the Media Center Extender on the Xbox. It was a really simple setup process and once I got it going I started listening to my music collection which was pretty cool. Then I browsed through some of the online content options which included all three seasons of Arrested Development as well as content from TVTonic. TVTonic, in addition to its own internet video channels, allows you to add any video podcast feed you want. It also included exclusive Olympics feeds. The coverage is really great and in addition to a basic highlights channel they have channels for many different sports. I subscribed to the Basketball feed and watched a couple of the games in their entirety. I also checked out the whole Opening Ceremonies. Everything looks great on my TV.

The one minor problem with Media Center Extender is that unlike the Xbox itself, it can't stream Divx files. There are some programs and hacks out there to allow playback through the Extender but I tried one and couldn't get it to work. Instead I just set up Media Sharing on Windows Media Player and watched a couple TV shows through the Dashboard. The Divx files looked pretty amazing on my TV and there was no stuttering or anything like that. I'm very impressed.

Since I got a free month of Netflix as part of a settlement from something that happened with them awhile back I'm going to hop back on the Netflix train. While Microsoft did announce that you will be able get your Watch Instantly library through the dashboard sometime this fall, you don't have to wait until then. You don't have to buy a Roku either. All you need to do is download vmcNetflix and follow these instructions.

Now that I've got all this stuff going, my 360 has become an all-in-one entertainment solution. I certainly won't miss cable TV. It's kind of amazing to think how far home entertainment, broadband internet, and console gaming have come that all this can be possible.



Golden Eye for XBLA?

Holy crap, if this rumor is true I will freak out. It makes sense since Rare is owned by Microsoft. I spent many hours playing multiplayer Goldeneye. I can't begin to imagine what it would be like on Live.

posted by | 01/09/08| 10:07:11 am| I Love Video Games, I &#9829 Microsoft| Leave a comment »


XBLA Rules

So I haven't played WoW in like three weeks. Why? Three reasons, basically: School, my DVR, and most of all, my XBOX 360. I finally took the plunge and purchased some Microsoft Points so I could buy some arcade games. After downloading a bunch of demos, I decided to start off with Uno, because I love Uno and I thought it would be fun to play online. I wasn't disappointed. This is probably the best five bucks I've ever spent. I also bought Geometry Wars, Pac-Man Championship Edition, Doom, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game. I had some difficulty choosing so I actually ended up buying some more points. The fact that you can buy more right from your console might prove very dangerous for me.

I was in retro heaven for the next couple hours. I was bummed I couldn't find anyone to Deathmatch with on Doom but it's fun just to play the game again. I'm now working in earnest to beat Honzo's score on Geometry Wars but I'm still getting the hang of it so I kind of suck. TMNT is as great as I remember it and the online co-op play is a blast. The real gem of the bunch though is Pac-Man CE. The graphics and music are revamped and really cool and the timed aspect is really fun and challenging. In Championship mode you go back and forth between two sides of the maze and each time you complete a side a new bonus fruit appears on the other side for you to snag. The configuration of the pellets keeps changing and the ghosts, of course, get progressively smarter and faster. I quickly found that Extra mode is for insane people who like Pac-Man at light speed and like to die a lot. It's still a lot of fun though. Per Luis' recommendation, I checked out Castlevania: Symphony of the Night but decided to hold off for now as it looks much to involving and awesome to start playing it before I get done with finals. It really does look amazing though.

So that's how I spend my nights these days; looking for a roommate in earnest, quickly finishing my homework assignments so I can fire up the 360, and frantically trying to catch up with my DVR to little avail. It's amazing I even have time to get out every now and then.

posted by | 12/13/07| 12:05:59 pm| I Love Video Games, I'm a Big Geek, I &#9829 Microsoft| 2 comments »


So Tired....

So last night Duncan sold me one of his 360's for a price I couldn't refuse. I was planning on buying a Wii but the search has been pretty futile. I'm still going to get one, just probably not anytime soon. Why did I buy the 360? Well, first off Duncan sold me a Premium system for the price of a Core and it also included Marvel Ultimate Alliance, which is a fantastic game. Also, while I haven't gone online yet (I need to get a switch or something for my room), I've been dying to get on Live Arcade. With great puzzle games like Puzzle Fighter, Lumines, and Puzzle Quest as well as classics such as Street Fighter 2, Pac-Man, Uno, Gauntlet, and many others, I just couldn't say no. So I stayed up way past my bedtime last night playing Ultimate Alliance. This feeling actually brings back nostalgia of video game hangovers past. Ah, memories.

Tonight I am meeting up with Jeri and some other folks to see a screening of Juno. This will be the third time I've seen the movie and I'm just as excited this time around.

posted by | 11/27/07| 12:16:50 pm| I Love Video Games, I &#9829 Microsoft| 6 comments »


Firefox 2.0 Final On the Way

iTWire - Firefox 2.0 coming your way on Tuesday

The final release version of Firefox 2.0 will be released Tuesday. I'm using the RC on my laptop and I really dig it. The improved feed subscription features and the built-in spell check are awesome. Meanwhile, recently released IE 7 has already had some vulnerabilities, with a patch being pushed out one day after the official release.

posted by | 10/22/06| 10:03:56 am| I &#9829 Microsoft, Firefox| Leave a comment »


Gringo and Honzo to go to Jail.

Yup. They had spats on Brendoman that were not under their real names. If they do this in the future, they could go to jail for it, thanks to a new law.

President Signs H.R. 3402, the "Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005"

CNET: Perspective: Create an e-annoyance, go to jail

Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.

It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.

In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess.

This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet, is buried in the so-called Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison....

To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice. The plan: to make it politically infeasible for politicians to oppose the measure.

The tactic worked.

Specter, that jackass. I wonder when he stopped beating his wife. (This comment was by Henry M. Imler)



Sony demonstrates its High Morals Once again.

Secondary Screening: Sony's Fony Graffiti

Looks like Sony paid graffiti artists to advertise for the PSP. Other G/A's found out and defaced the defacings.

Film at 11.



Holy Freaking Blank! Tivo and the Network Adapter

Why the blank does Tivo have to blanking not support any blanking wireless USB adapters? The the blanking ones that are on their supported and blanking recomended lists?!??!?!?

Most all wireless adapters come with drivers to make them work. All you have to do is load a disc with the drivers and kaaazzzaaammm instant workage. Tivo? flank all of that ability to have a drive bullblank. instead, lets make the system as blankingly closed as possible. No CD drive, no USB drives, ect...

I have bought the DLink DWL-G122 (just does not blanking work), the NETGEAR WG111 (right model number, wong serial number, the Belkin F5D7050 (wrong model number by 1 digit).

I tried to go wireless, because the wired atapter I bought and was working had a flip up flimsy port that broke. I tried to find one that does not flip up, but could not.

And yet I love the Tivo.

Update: I sorta got the problem solved.



Sony - "Hey consumers... suck it!"

"Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it," he asked? "The software is designed to protect our CDs from unauthorized copying, ripping."

I think TO should be traded to Sony for a couple of PSPs and a PS3.

posted by Hundiejo | 11/09/05| 11:31:02 am| I &#9829 Microsoft| 2 comments »


Duh of the Day

DUH

Oh yes, your favorite new feature is back. This time it goes to Bill Gates and Microsoft.

Microsoft invents a One Play Only DVD to combat Hollywood piracy >> thebusinessonline.com

The revolutionary product could be on the market as early as next year, with the new DVD players needed to view them. Microsoft hopes it will help the company dominate home entertainment as it dominates the desktop computer market.

Honorable "duh" of the day awards go to the guy who called this product "revolutionary" and any idiot who buys this thing.

posted by | 10/03/05| 02:14:11 pm| Movies, Funny Stuff, I &#9829 Microsoft| 3 comments »


It has been admited.

[Vista] is not going to work
-Allchin, Microsoft's co-head of the Platform Products and Services Division

Microsoft Windows Is Offically Broken

posted by Hundiejo | 09/25/05| 10:27:18 pm| I &#9829 Microsoft| Leave a comment »


Office 12 Preview

office12.png (PNG Image, 1023x714 pixels)

One of my spies has sent me this top secret picture of a beta version of Office 12. Definitely not to be missed.

posted by | 09/22/05| 02:30:16 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Funny Stuff, I &#9829 Microsoft| 1 comment »


Get internet explorer

Internet Explorer - We discovered the web

The wait is over. Internet Explorer empowers you to browse integrated with your entire Windows experience more than any other browser. Stay with the vast majority and continue using the default browser today — Other browsers don't understand the complete inner workings of your operating system like we do. They just can't compete.

(via Digg.com)

posted by admin | 06/07/05| 04:43:12 pm| Funny Stuff, I &#9829 Microsoft| 2 comments »


Be proud of us. We are catching up.

posted by Hundiejo | 2005-04-24| 21:48:31| In the News, I'm a Big Geek, I &#9829 Microsoft| 1 comment »


'bout time E! covered this.

BlaggBlogg: Clippy the Microsoft Office Paperclip: The E! True Hollywood Story

Funny as all get out.

Clippy's fortunes took their first turn for the worst when it was announced in 2001 that he would not be included in Office XP.

"Office XP is so easy to use that Clippy is no longer necessary, or useful," explained Lisa Gurry, a Microsoft product manager, "Plus, if people haven't figured out how to use freaking Microsoft Word by now, they don't deserve access to a computer."

Also see blogging with Microsoft, Clippy's new jorb. Thanks be to the Paladin of the 21st Century.

posted by Hundiejo | 2005-04-24| 01:23:41| Funny Stuff, I &#9829 Microsoft| Leave a comment »