September 2008 Archives



September 4, 2008

My favorite new tag

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September 9, 2008

I love MT Pro 4.2

They have really expanded the use of the If statement, and right now I am making heavy use of it on a current project.

In other news, MT Pro 4.2 is one heck of an upgrade from the version of MTCS I was using earlier this summer: My thoughts on MT Pro; My original post on MTCS that got some attention on the Internets.

And randomly (but related!) I finally got Action Streams working. In reality it did not take much work at all. Just some time and patience. I still have to declare some CSS rules for some services that were added after the 1.0 release of Action Streams.

Now maybe I will upgrade my blog to MT 4.2... ha ha yea when I have free time.

NOVASTRIKE Bug Fix, Trophy Patch

Hey all, fire up NOVASTRIKE for a nice 283 MB download. You get trophies, and a playable game! Yes that's right kids, the developer added a "human" difficulty setting, among many bug fixes. Here is a list of trophies from PS3F.

September 12, 2008

R.I.P. PowerBook G4 (2001-2008)

My 1 Ghz PowerBook G4 is no longer usable. It will no longer take a charge, no matter what battery I use. I got seven good years out of it. And it was a MUCH better system than that lemon 500 Mhz PowerBook G4 I had prior. Of course I broke the cardinal rule, I bought the first rev of an Apple product.

Now if my three year old Dell laptop would perform half as well as my seven year old PowerBook did, I would be happy to use it as a laptop replacement. I think it is WIndows XP. This Inspiron 700m is slow as shit. Shamefully I need it to test web pages on, so I don't think I will be installing Linux on it any time soon.

I will sure miss my PowerBook. I will get another Mac laptop some day. But my next Apple purchase will be a Pro desktop, to replace my "aging" three year old dual 2.5 Ghz proc G5.

Computers sure don't last long enough any more.

BG Views Developer Blog

Introducing the BG Views Developer Blog. Not sure what this is all about? Check the About page. Other than that, stay tuned for more (at the dev blog, I will not be double posting).

Aw, Snap! Google Chrome Killed Movable Type 4

It seems that Google Chrome doesn't like the MT4 admin that much.

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The dialog says: Aw, Snap! Something went wrong when displaying this web page. To continue, press reload or go to another page.

I had gotten a dialog that said the page was not responding (like a script not responding in Firefox) and the option was to Kill Page. Yes, those terms. Google, you are using some rather brazen terminology here. I mean "Kill" and "Snap!" all within a matter of minutes?

Once I told it to kill the page, I got this Aw Snap! blue screen (of death?)

More PAINful installs: PAIN Update and Abusement Park

So of course I am going to buy the Abusement Park level. It is only 50 MB to download. I install it. Then I have to update to version 1.89 of PAIN. It has to download the _entire_ game again it seems, as its a 235 MB download.

Download takes forever. Install after that takes forever. Finally into the game. Sony, you need to learn something about updating and patching your games. Seriously, this has got to stop.

Last.fm Now Works in My Action Stream

After about 20 emails back and forth John figured out how to fix a bug in his Last.fm plugin for Action Streams.

So thanks to John to all the help.

My Action Stream is currently at my BG Views blog, mainly because I am still running MT 3.35 here.

September 13, 2008

PAIN Trophies Costs (More) Money to Achieve

OK, so there are PAIN trophies for the Abusement Park expansion, I understand that fully. That is just fine, I understand that. But what is not cool and sucks eggs is this:

Trill: Get PAINful Bullseye Trophy with Scurv Dogg or Hung Lo.

Grenade-A-Made: Get Exploded 200 times in Downtown Fun With Explosives (single or multiplayer) playing as a female character.

That will cost you $1 for each characters (the game ships with no female characters). I do not agree with that. For starters, I can't believe they charge an entire dollar for what amounts to a new character skin, and second the game costs enough as it is, especially after the expansion pack.

Bad form Sony, Bad form.

September 15, 2008

More Problems With My Xbox 360

You know what, I am getting just a little sick of all this crap. I am on my 4th Xbox 360, after all. This is a referb Elite and lately it is having issues reading games. It thinks they are DVDs (the tray on the Dashboard says Play DVD) or it does not even think anything is in the tray at all, displaying the Open Tray button.

Not that I am one bit surprised, but man I am going to be irritated if I have to send this one in again. Absolutely crap hardware.

If it were not for the games and the fact that all my friends were on Xbox Live, I would start to purchase all my multiplatform releases on the PS3.

September 16, 2008

Castle Crashers Soundtrack a Freebie

And to think I was willing to pay money for it...

Seems someone decided to be generous and put up the entire Castle Crashers soundtrack for free. The music in the game is awesome across the board, though nothing compares to lopping heads off to "Jumper." For the rest, check out the original post on Xbox.com.

September 17, 2008

Blogcritics Action Stream is Live

For those of you who have decided to jump in and install Mark Pask's excellent Action Stream plugin, there is now a Blogcritics plugin too, thanks to Gautam Patel.

You can see it in action on my action stream page, which I will soon have here on Breaking Windows.

Find Me on 12seconds.tv

You may notice in the sidebar a widget showing my 12seconds.tv updates. Thanks to Anthony for sending me an alpha invite. I have stated "12 second review" of games. The posts regarding Blogcritics are tagged, and everything is at my channel. Incidentally I have come to the conclusion that the true meaning behind 12seconds.tv is to see time-laps recordings of my beard growth.

September 19, 2008

Sim City Creator Wii and DS

Sitting here at EA Blogger's Day just got out of a session on Sim City Creator for Wii and DS. Both games are completely different. The DS version has you go through five different ages from dawn of time all the way to the future.

The Wii version is very much like the PC versions we know and love but has an accessible facade fofr new users. At its core it is very much the full Sim City experience, with all the management you want.

Off to the campus tour next.

My Sims Kingdon Demo

Before lunch we got a demo of My Sims Kingdom both on DS and Wii. Mostly the Wii version was shown. New graphics engine, world is much more lush. New story, this is NOT a sequel, an entirely new story. Well thats it for now I gotta jet.

September 20, 2008

We came back double fisted

It sure is a hard day's work taking notes and playing new video games.

I am leaving the hotel at 4 AM as I have a 6 AM flight. It is about a 25 to 30 minute ride to SFO. So you can bet I will be sleeping on the plain..

Tonight you are getting a at-a-glance overview of the day. I will have an article with more substance on Blogcritics later.

The day started with a continental breakfast and then we broke into three groups. My group was to see SimCity Creator first, rock on that is the game I am most interested in.

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September 22, 2008

Dear Sony, Life with PlayStation Sucks

Life with PlayStation is a pretty sparse life if you ask me. Not many cities listed at all. NONE in Ohio. Lets see here, Cleveland Plain Dealer, thats not a big newspaper, is it? Akron Beacon Journal, Toledo Blade, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, I could go on here, those are just the major news sources (and major cities) in Ohio. But lets not pick on Sony just because I live in Ohio...

All of two cities in California, one in Texas (why they would pick Houston is beyond me), one in Florida, three total in Canada. Many U.S. States with no listings, mainly the ones between Denver to Washington D.C. -- yes that is a lot of land.

In all, Life with PlayStation lists only 12 U.S. cities in the States. Pretty pathetic when you fire up the weather and news channels on the Wii.

Sure, this is better than looking at molecule diagrams and it was a brilliant idea to make Life with PlayStation the facade for Folding@home. But lets list a few (read: lots) more cities in the U.S. and worldwide.

My G5 Has No Video Output

Yea, life without my G5 sucks. Work without my G5 sucks even more. Thursday I turned my computer off and Sunday I turned it on again, only no video appeared.

The monitors work just fine. It has a startup chime. Nothing I can find on the machine, which I find by my serial number that is a June 2005 model.

I am not sure if resetting the SMU would do the trick. Heck if I can find it to push that button. I also am not sure if the battery on the mobo is dead or not.

So now I get to wait until the shop downtown gives me a call.

Block Premium Text Messaging 47941 or get $9.99 Charge

OK this has just been a wonderful day. I have Verizon Wireless. Today they had nice customer service that was helpful to a point. They blocked this "Premium Text Messaging" for me but cannot refund the $9.99 that has been charged to my account.

So do this, call up Verizon Wireless (or whatever your carrier is) and have them block premium text messages. Then you won't get a rogue $9.99 charge on your bill.

If you call the phone number on the text message (I got it Aug 31 and disregarded it as spam, so did not even look at it) you get a mumbling voice that tells you he can help! He then gives you instructions to stop the service (text STOP to 47941) and then says any other inquires should be sent to their email address, support@toolazy.net. So there is no human being at the phone number, that being 1 800 510 1468. That is right, the flipping company is called Too Lazy. And they sell horoscopes.

The Verizon billing specialist I talked to tells me they used a double opt-in method, where someone has to text the premium number, 47941 in this case, from the handset. Well that never happened. I don't need to pay $9.99 for ONE text message to tell me that I am a son of a bitch (I am a Taurus, thanks for asking).

Right now I am looking for a place to lodge a formal complaint about Too Lazy LLC. So the moral of the story is to call your carrier and have them block premium text messages. Then this shit won't happen.

September 24, 2008

Unsubscription Links, Bad Webmonkey

This is really irritating to see in the footer of an email:

You are currently subscribed to %%list.name%% as: %%emailaddr%%.
To unsubscribe click here: %%url.unsub%%
or send a blank email to %%email.unsub%%

If you are at all familiar with the CAN-SPAM Act (and you should be) you should know that this is, in fact, a violation of that act.

Not only should you always provide a way to unsubscribe or opt-out, but it is a requirement by the CAN-SPAM Act. Someone's Webmonkey needs to fix what is broken.

Peggle Nights Swag

You might have heard that a little known game called Peggle Nights just came out. Check out this super cute plush that came in a box this morning!

Peggle Nights Swag

September 28, 2008

Breaking 1500 at Blogcritics

Soon, I'll be breaking a milestone for Blogcritics. With one more post, I'll have 1500 articles on the site. While not the highest count by any means, that's 300 articles a year on average, a crap load of writing to say the least. I don't write anywhere near as much as I used for the site, so I was surprised that I was close to anything notable.

I'm not sure if I should do something special or just let it go. The next article on tap is a Blu-ray review to the simply fucking terrible sequel to Rest Stop. Hardly a celebration. But if I don't do anything special, there's always 2000, which sounds more impressive anyway I guess. If someone has an idea, feel free to post it here, but either way, something is going up in the next day or two regardless.

September 29, 2008

Breaking 20,000 Gamerscore

I have been meaning to post this for about a month now, but at the end of August I broke 20,000 Gamerscore points. Yes, this is another notch on the useless-achievements-in-life list. Oddly enough it was harder than you would think. I actually was sitting at 19,999 for a couple days before I sat back down and got some achievements in Assault Heros 2 (see, I am not as obsessed with these things as some people I know).




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