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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 8, 2012, 20:19 jimnms
 
Ozmodan wrote on May 8, 2012, 14:27:
Not sure why people get excited about Gimp, it is a unix program, not a windows one.
You either didn't read the article or didn't make it to the second sentence: "The cross-platform image editor has been available for Windows, OS X and Linux for many years now..."

I've been using it a while, ever since Corel bought Paintshop Pro and turned it to shit.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Text-to-911 May 5, 2012, 07:50 jimnms
 
Seriously? I can see it now:
pls hlp im hurt snd amlnce qik
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
28. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 4, 2012, 18:09 jimnms
 
Agent.X7 wrote on May 4, 2012, 12:50:
pnag wrote on May 4, 2012, 11:37:
I use Media Center (not Media player, there is a difference) for watching all my media (blu-ray, Avi's, Mkv's, live satellite tv etc)

Tried all the alternatives (MythTV, XBMC etc) and in terms of overall functionality? Nothing came close.

I think it's a mistake to remove it, as I doubt the codec licensing savings will be passed on to the end user.

Surprised at blue to hear him say he'd pay to *not* have it?!?

You're only surprised because you are one of the minority that like Media Center. It's intrusive and it starts itself at the most annoying times. I'll take any media software over that.

You know you can uninstall Media Center if you don't like it. It doesn't auto start, and the only files it's associated with are .wtv and .dvr-ms which are recorded shows in Media Center. I have an HTPC build on Win7 using Media Center. I record shows OTA HD and basic cable, and watch DVD and Blu-ray movies. Microsoft is basically giving people another reason not to upgrade to Win8.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. DCS A-10C Warthog May 2, 2012, 22:25 jimnms
 
Damn that is tempting. I've been out of flight simming for a while though. I have Black Shark, but I haven't put much time into it.

I think the main reason I haven't played Black Shark too much is the lack of a dynamic campaign. The training is fun, but once you've learned it, there's not much left to do. I don't like the static missions and branching campaigns. Replaying the same mission over until you complete it gets old.

This comment was edited on May 2, 2012, 22:31.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
20. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 30, 2012, 19:00 jimnms
 
Prez wrote on Apr 30, 2012, 18:10:
Well, to get the obvious out of the way, on average well less than a gig of it is from torrents. I may occasionally torrent shows I can't find elsewhere on pay services, etc, but in truth, all it took was cutting the cord. My daughter watches two to three hours a day worth of anime and CW crap on Netflix, my wife watches old sitcom re-runs on Hulu for 2 hours a night, and my son and I watch tons of TV over Amazon Instant Video and Netflix. Considering that I'm a night owl, there's usually a TV going non-stop from dusk to dawn in my house. Add in VOIP telephone with two females and a couple of multiplayer gaming-obsessed kids in the house and we blow the cap out of the water without even trying.
That's one thing that they don't factor in about caps is family size. A single person and a family of four have the same cap. By my self I used to only rack up 50-60GB a month. My sister cut her cable and internet to save money and they come over here and mooch off of mine. With my sister doing her shit and my niece watching crap on Netflix, I'm now nudging the 150GB cap my ISP has. I don't think it's enforced, but I do have basic cable as well.

Until recently it used to say there was a 30GB cap on their web site, when I was doing double that. But for over a year their site was out of date showing the fastest package as 4Mbit when the standard package was 10Mbit. It's still out of date though as it shows the highest speed package is 10Mbit, but sometime ago they upgraded. I'm getting 12Mbit, and their TV commercial advertises speeds up to 50Mbps. Of course there wasn't a cap when I signed up years ago, and I was never officially informed of a cap.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 28, 2012, 15:31 jimnms
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Apr 28, 2012, 13:08:
Let me know once they have Middle Earth Street View ready to go

You can walk it yourself in Minecraft:
http://www.mcmiddleearth.com/

There are videos too
Part 1: http://youtu.be/QhksNvUwaRc
Part 2: http://youtu.be/PoU_OHkrjsw)
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 26, 2012, 14:04 jimnms
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 26, 2012, 10:39:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 26, 2012, 00:48:
I still hold every drive I have ever owned.

As do I. Not for security reasons, as I'd be destroying them otherwise, but because it seems like a good idea at the time, but then you realize external enclosures are a pain in the ass, you don't miss 99% of the files you have on it and buying a new, second HDD with 10x the capacity costs peanuts.

I have all of my drives as well. I have taken a few apart for the magnets, one of which I regret. It was the first HD in the first computer that was truly mine. It was as massive 527MB drive! I remember thinking when I got that system that I would never use 527MB in my life. Of course at the time, I was upgrading from a 386 with an 80MB drive.

I wish I kept that drive, for sentimental reasons, but also because that old drive was built like a tank. It was milled from a solid chunk of aluminum instead of molded and had four magnets in it instead of two.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 25, 2012, 14:01 jimnms
 
CommunistHamster wrote on Apr 25, 2012, 10:41:
I use the "drag favicon onto bookmark toolbar" approach to bookmarking, so I am upset about this.
If I'm bookmarking something on the toolbar I always drag the tab onto the toolbar. If I'm bookmarking it to a specific place, I just click the bookmark star and file it where i want it.

Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Apr 25, 2012, 10:47:
Just drag the site icon (to the left of the url) instead
The icon to the left of the URL is the favicon.
 
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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch
2. Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch Apr 23, 2012, 23:57 jimnms
 
Where do you get this light patch?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Gmail Apr 23, 2012, 20:47 jimnms
 
I'm not too crazy about the new look, but 95% of the time I used Thunderbird to access Gmail. I only used the web interface when I used my Netbook, and even using the compact setting, everything takes up so much more room now than with the old look. I found an easy solution though, I just installed Thunderbird on my netbook.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 22, 2012, 16:15 jimnms
 
Grimrock has been #1 for two weeks now. Did they even do any advertising or has this game spread by word of mouth?  
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Patched
21. Re: Legend of Grimrock Patched Apr 20, 2012, 13:54 jimnms
 
Bhruic wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 13:16:
Mine just started updating a minute or two ago.

Mine began downloading a 666MB "patch" a bout 5 after noon. Then about 20 minutes later it downloaded another 664MB.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Patched
15. Re: Legend of Grimrock Patched Apr 20, 2012, 12:29 jimnms
 
PHJF wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 12:05:
Short Bow is found in the very first room on level three. You literally can not miss it, it has a torch right next it (it's in a barred room accessed by some loose rocks).

There's also a sling (uses rocks) on floor 2.

By the way, the end of this game really sucks. The last few floors are just kind of thrown on, and the boss fight (yeah it ends with a boss fight) is stupendously bad.

Damn, I didn't find the sling. I'd go back up and get it, but I really don't need it now though, I've got about a dozen throwing starts and knives, and one of my rogues can attack with daggers from the back row now. I kind of wish they'd randomize the weapons and/or locations they appear. I know the old school RPGs didn't do that, but it would make things different if you play it again since once you know what items are where, you can plan your party to take advantage what you come across.

BTW, has the patch gone out on Steam yet? Mine didn't patch when I started it. Steam updated and I restarted Steam, but still no patch to Grimrock.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Patched
11. Re: Legend of Grimrock Patched Apr 20, 2012, 11:12 jimnms
 
MajorD wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 11:01:
InBlack wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 10:46:
Ok Im on level five, still havent found a SINGLE BOW OR CROSSBOW, although I have run into skeletons who do shoot arrows.

What gives???

HUH! You should have come across a bow already. I'm not sure what gives.....I'm trying to remember where I picked mine up.


I'm on level 5 and I've found 2 bows and a crossbow. I think the 2nd bow I found was on level 5 though, and I think the crossbow was in a secret area.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Concludes at $3M+
50. Re: Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Concludes at $3M+ Apr 17, 2012, 23:33 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 22:37:
Dev wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 21:46:
Or just forgo retail entirely.

I'd assume that's the way they go. Why bother with retail for a PC-only, old-school RPG? How much shelf space would he get at Gamestop, Walmart and Best Buy? Maybe an inch on the bottom shelf, so they can put one copy there, sideways? They'd sell 15 copies if they're lucky.

I'm pretty sure they'll just go digital download only. And Fargo especially has already said that he doesn't care about additional customers. If he gets them, great, but he's making the game for the people who put up their money, and that's all he cares about.

Which is exactly the right attitude to have, and why I think his Kickstarter may become the most successful of all of them.

Creston

Looking at how well Legend of Grimrock is doing, I don't think PC gamers give a fuck about retail anymore. Did LoG have any advertising, or was it all word of mouth?
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Concludes at $3M+
23. Re: Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Concludes at $3M+ Apr 17, 2012, 15:29 jimnms
 
John wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 13:53:
I'm surprised they got that much too but I'm glad to see they did! I backed at the $50 level because I wanted a physical copy and I like that it comes with a cloth map too.
I backed at the $50 level too. I want the old school box, manual and cloth map, plus you get a digital copy too, so it's two copies of the game. I just hope it's not the same type of "cloth" Bethesda used for the pre-order bonus map of Skyrim.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Apr 17, 2012, 00:10 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Apr 16, 2012, 20:19:
Superbrothers looks neat. Debating if I should grab it now or wait for the summer sale. Anyone play it?


I've started to ask myself this when a new game comes out or is on sale: "will I play it now or will it go on my to-get-to list?" I have so many games on my to-get-to list that the answer lately has been no, so I wait.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
19. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 15, 2012, 21:40 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Apr 15, 2012, 16:57:
It had been online previously. It used to be that it would be online, my internet would die, Steam would notice this, I'd click "Go offline", and it'd just go offline.

Now it seems you can only switch it manually anymore, not on-the-cuff as you used to, which is bullshit. Tried it on several computers, they all have the same issue.



Creston

My connection goes flaky from time to time, going down for a few minutes to a few hours. I leave Steam online and it notices when the connection goes down, but when it comes back up it re-connects. It even keeps track of achievements and gives me credit for them when it re-connects.

I've never tried switching offline while steam was running online and my internet connection went down, but I've been able to start it in offline mode when the connection was down.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 15, 2012, 16:42 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Apr 15, 2012, 14:37:
Has anyone else had problems with Offline mode lately? When my internet went down again, I tried putting Steam in offline mode, and the stupid thing said that "This operation cannot be completed in offline mode."

What, you mean turning ON offline mode? WTF?

Looking at Steam's support forum, it seems tons of people have the same issue, and of course Valve has yet to respond to a single one of the threads opened on the topic...

I'm just going to run it offline all the time, I guess. What's the point of offline mode if it doesn't fucking work when you need it??

Creston

I had a problem a while back where Steam wasn't shutting down properly preventing me from going to offline mode. I didn't notice the problem for a while because I usually start Steam when I play a game and leave it running until I shut down for the day. I believe the problem has something to do with the Steam Cloud syncing.

When you close Steam do you get a little box that pops up that says something about finishing sync? It has two buttons, one is grayed out and the other is cancel. It usually only pops up for a split second.

Check with task manager (or better yet Process Explorer) and make sure Steam.exe and SteamService.exe stop when you close Steam. Also watch and make sure a steamerrorreporter.exe does not run when you start and stop Steam. I suggest Process Explorer because I don't think task manager updates fast enough to catch the steamerrorreporter.exe. You can configure Process Explorer to highlight new and closed processes. Set the highlight duration to 3 seconds because it runs and closes in about a second.

When this was happening I couldn't switch it to offline mode, either while it was running or during start up. I also didn't get the little popup window about syncing when I closed it, which is why I think it has something to do with the Steam Cloud sync. I didn't realize this until after I fixed it though.

Try this before fixing it the way I did it. Go in the Steam settings and turn off Steam Cloud. Close Steam and open it a couple of times before turning it on again. If that doesn't work, this is how I fixed it. Rather than close Steam the normal way, I just killed the Steam process using Process Explorer. The next time it ran, the steamerrorreporter.exe didn't run, and Steam has been shuting down properly since.
 
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Patch Plans
27. Re: Legend of Grimrock Patch Plans Apr 14, 2012, 17:39 jimnms
 
This has nothing to do with games being dumbed down. In this case the game has made something more complicated than the old school games it's modeled after.

I don't know how Dungeon Master did it, and Arx Fatalis is a different class of game since you are in control of one person, not managing a party of characters. The games I grew up playing were AD&D titles like Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder, none of which required YOU to memorize spells. Once the character learned the spell, to make them cast it you select their spell book then click the spell to cast.

As it is now in Grimrock, I'm regretting bringing a mage. The other characters are leveling faster than the mage is because for the mage to attack it requires a minimum of 3 clicks to cast a spell while the others only require one click to attack. I usually cast one spell then just finish the fight with the other three characters unless I have room to retreat enough to re-select the symbols for another spell.
 
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