March 2007 Archives

March 1, 2007

Sony expects to resolve PS3 shortages by May

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp. is on track to ship 2 million PlayStation 3s to North American stores by the end of March, and expects shortages of the video game console to have completely eased by May, a top executive said on Tuesday.

"April or May is when we feel like we're going to catch up to demand and have product fully in stock across North America and stay there," said Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Source: Yahoo! News

Please excuse me.


But really. Even Meijer has them. I think someone at Sony didn't get the memo. This is the same man who said in an EGM interview he would pay anyone $1200 (in January) if they could find a PS3 on a store shelf for more than five minutes.

That would have been the easiest million I have ever made. For those not keeping score, the PS3 has been widely available since late December, early January.

March 2, 2007

The Truth About Switching

Ahh, another touching story about a switcher!

In related news, Bruce Kratofil got a Mac!

Sony Tries to Bully Kotaku

Wow, this debacle may be over, but this is another black eye for SCEA PR. How can they think they can do that to Kotaku, who was only doing their job as journalists?

I am just dumbfounded that Sony would threaten to take away press privileges if Kotaku does their job.

Kudos to Brian for going ahead with the RUMOR and kudos for Sony for *quickly* coming to their senses on this one.

For those know need a refresher: Kotaku ran an article on the rumor of the PlayStation Home. Sony threatened that if they ran the article (they did) that all press privileges, such as a debug unit, meetings at GDC, and other press events, would be revoked. Then Sony finally came to their senses.

How can Sony tell a journalist not to do their job?

Critic's Bash Pizza Hut Book-It

Yes, that school program you remember from when you were an 80s child has been denounced by stupid people who believe it's responsible for making kids fat. In case you missed it, Book-It is a program in which kids read books and earn free pizza at Pizza Hut when they've read X number of them.

Critics say it's bad to reward kids with food and it's nothing but marketing. These people have high-end college level degrees. See what those shiny pieces of paper do for some people? They let you get paid for being stupid.

Do you think kids will suddenly not want Pizza Hut if Book-It was called off? No. Want to know why? THEY SERVE PIZZA. Book-It or not, these kids are READING. You know, the thing they say kids should be doing instead of playing video games? Now they're bitching because because they're reading too? There's only one very obvious statement left, which if you know me, you probably know what that is and it will save you from clicking on the break.

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March 4, 2007

Three-Panel Soul

Wouldn't have found out about this if VGCats hadn't linked it (and even then I didn't realize whose it was till I saw the names; they certainly don't mention it on their old site): Three Panel Soul, Ian McConville and Matt Boyd's new comic. Ian is a BGSU grad and they did MacHall while he was there. Must have just started recently, since they're only up to eight comics so far. Nice style too, some are b&w almost Frank Miller-ish, and some are the unique style Ian developed for his old comic. I guess the main idea is following the new adult office lives of Matt and Ian. They also still do video games sometimes.

March 5, 2007

"Honey, Remember when I Asked You About Head?"

This isn't what I had in mind.

Imagine you're expecting some parts to a table, and you get some parts from a dead guy (including the head) instead. Ouch.

March 7, 2007

One thing PC users can do that Mac users can't

Maddox is pretty funny. This is priceless.

Microsoft Word 2007 .docx

You know I haven't had a good rant in a while. I think it is time.

I have a beef. I don't have Microsoft Word 2007. I have a PC with Office XP on it And you know what? My PC is dead right now (and I am willing to bet that Office XP will not open a .docx file). But I use a Mac all day. I have Office 2004. It does a really good job of opening .doc files, it allways has.

Why on Earth would Microsoft put some of the GDC fact sheets out in Microsoft Word 2007 .docx format? That is just plain stupid. Frankly, I am a little disappointed in Microsoft over this.

Maybe someone will read this who can post actual word documents, that can be read by any version of Word before 2007 (but I doubt it). I am sure (read: probably not) when Office 2008 ships for the Mac, it will read .docx files, but that is little help to me right now.

Couple this with the fact that the two games I am most looking forward to, and looking for information on (Forza 2 and Mass Effect) both have their fact sheets in .docx format.

How about putting the releases up in PDF format? Wouldn't that be a grand idea? I would have thought PDF was the standard by now.

Thank you Microsoft for making my job of covering your games that much easier.

March 12, 2007

The Hook Up: How to Manage 18 Consoles on One TV

Digital Press has a wonderful little saying at the top of the site’s main page: “consoles precariously wired in spider-web fashion...”

Yeah, that just about covers it. Every once in a while though, something goes wrong when you’re dealing with stuff like this. In this case, it was a new TV. New cables led me to a new switch box, new cabling, and moved systems.

Now, it’s simply not plausible to move two consoles around. The mass of tangled wires behind the TV doesn’t allow for something like that. In this case, there’s only one thing can be done. The dreaded, all encompassing “movement of them all.”

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March 14, 2007

Meancode Media Goes Brick and Mortar

As if I needed another reason to be busy this week, I am moving my small business out of my apartment and into an office downtown. It has been a long time coming.

I snapped some quick shots before we started moving in.

Meancode Media, LLC, Martini Creative, and Winged Design will be sharing this office. It is so nice being able to split the rent!

We even have an intern lined up. How cool is that?

We just bought a G4 off of eBay to use as a file server, and I set that up today (OS X Server, of course). Verizon didn't deliver the DSL modem twice this week, it should be here tomorrow. Then I can get the networking going.

Sadly, only one room has a drop ceiling. The rest of them are 1x1 tiles that we will have to carefully pry down to be able to fish all the Ethernet.

Thats gonna be a blast.

March 19, 2007

R.I.P. Home Office 2002-2007

R.I.P. Home Office 2002-2007
Originally uploaded by meancode.
I will never forget the memories we had. But it is time to move on... to a better place.

March 20, 2007

My New Office!

Here it is, all setup. What do you think? All it needs now is some Ethernet, a phone (no jack in the room, grrr) and we will be in business!

Until we run wires through the ceilings, I will have to make due with an Ethernet cord running all the way down the hallway.

I am quite happy with this setup. Need a few things, but I am flat broke from buying furniture for the office. Guess I have to work on a few web sites now...

March 21, 2007

Judge Judy Slams eBay Seller

One of those classic "it's a picture of the item" auctions, and the seller gets ripped a new one by the only entertaining judge on TV. I could almost side with the seller if she had listed it properly, but Judge Judy caught her on the weight of the item, and from that point on, all the taunting is fair game.

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