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Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2011, 16:25 jimnms
 
Hard drives are very reliable these days. I really can't remember the last time I had an HD failure. I had a scare about a year ago when my HTPC blue screened and the system log had several errors about bad sectors when it restarted and performed an auto disk check.

Being a 2TB drive full of recorded TV shows and not having enough spare HD space to back it all up, I was very worried. I manually did a full scan with WD's diagnostic software and it said the drive was fine. I did a full scan with Windows 7's chkdsk, and it passed and unmarked the sectors as bad. It has been running fine since.

I still do regular backups (every 2-3 days) of important things on my main system. I have an eSATA dock and a 1TB drive which I use for backing up files. I also have a 1TB USB drive that I backup to as well and keep in a fire-proof safe. When I go out of town I take the USB drive with me just so both of my backups aren't in the same place. I use TrueCrypt to encrypt it so if it gets lost or stolen, no one can get my stuff.
 
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News Comments > RAGE Tweaks
12. Re: RAGE Tweaks Oct 4, 2011, 15:55 jimnms
 
Where's the rage (punny?) over this? People went ape shit because you had to edit a config file to tweak certain things in Dead Island, but it seems id is getting it easy.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Firefox 7? Sep 28, 2011, 23:17 jimnms
 
Did they remove Firefox  4.3  7 from auto updating? I updated my desktop system they day it was released. A day later my notebook and another system didn't ask to update, and when I manually check for an update it says Firefox is up to date. My notebook is still running WinXP, the other two systems are Win7 64-bit.  
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News Comments > Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle
2. Re: Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle Sep 28, 2011, 23:04 jimnms
 
I already have Frozen Synapse (and a spare key) and the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle. I tried to get a friend to give it a try, but he won't.

I haven't played Frozen Synapse in a while. It's a fun game, but my only complaint is people that don't finish games when they realize they're beat. The last three MP games I played the opponent realized they could not win and they just quit. I thought that if the game started and both players made moves, if one quits and doesn't make a move after 2 weeks that you get the win. Apparently that isn't the case because I my win score didn't go up and they show up in history as in progress.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas DLC
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas DLC Sep 27, 2011, 21:20 jimnms
 
Now they just need to have a sale on all of the DLC bundled together for about $20.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2011, 22:22 jimnms
 
I've been noticing problems with YouTube videos pausing even when there is more than enough buffer to keep playing. For example, I'm watching a 10 min video, and I'm about 3 minutes in. The buffer shows a little over half way, but then the buffer bar stops moving or slows down. The video pauses anyway even though I should have a a few minutes buffered before it needs to stop. It's like it stops downloading or slows down, but even though there is video buffered, it pauses anyway just because of the slow down rather than playing whats in the buffer.  
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Sep 24, 2011, 03:40 jimnms
 
I haven't played it or really kept up with anything on it after playing the demo. I was almost about to buy it, but then I figured it would probably go on sale for $5 during the holiday sales. I've got plenty of stuff to keep me busy until then.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 24, 2011, 01:22 jimnms
 
Duke Nukem Forever is $9.99 on Impulse (GameStop)

http://www.impulsedriven.com/dnf
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched
7. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched Sep 23, 2011, 01:22 jimnms
 
Ratty wrote on Sep 22, 2011, 23:59:
I just saw my first ad on the loading screen. I'd heard people here mention them but so far hadn't seen any myself.
I still haven't seen any, but I blocked the game from connecting to the internet when my firewall prompted me the first time it tried to connect. I don't see why a SP game needs to connect, so I set it to block it.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch Released, DRM Removed
9. Re: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch Released, DRM Removed Sep 21, 2011, 16:56 jimnms
 
deadearth wrote on Sep 21, 2011, 16:20:
They said they were including all the previous patches into this one (which probably includes the vietnam content) because it was easier and less time consuming. Not sure if the steam patch is the full size or not.
The Steam patch is 2GB.
 
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News Comments > 1.5 M Battlefield 3 Preorders
11. Re: 1.5 M Battlefield 3 Preorders Sep 21, 2011, 15:07 jimnms
 
I pre-ordered when NewEgg had it on sale a few days ago, but I'm not 100% sure I'll get it. I may cancel before release.  
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News Comments > Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch Released, DRM Removed
5. Re: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch Released, DRM Removed Sep 21, 2011, 15:01 jimnms
 
I didn't know there was a non Steam version. I thought it used Steamworks and required Steam. I must have confused it with something else.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
2. Re: Morning Previews Sep 21, 2011, 02:12 jimnms
 
It's too bad they fucked up the MP. I played the 1.8 in single player for a day and liked the updates. Then I updated my server and tried to play with a couple of friends. The endermen don't react to you at all in MP, until you attack them. The lag is unbearable, I even get lag though the server is on my LAN. My friends connected to it sometimes can whack a block and not see it disappear for 20 seconds. The game gets out of sync. I saw a friend get killed by a creeper, and I commented on our voice chat that I didn't know if I had enough room to hold his crap. He said he didn't die and was standing in front of me. There have been instances where I was following one of them and they couldn't see me, and times when they said they were with me and I couldn't see them. We finally just quit, maybe the next update will fix the shit they broke.

We started a new map with 1.8 too, so it's not caused by using an old map.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 20, 2011, 02:23 jimnms
 
Amazon has Dead Island digital download for $39.99. Is it worth it at this price, or wait for it to go lower?  
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News Comments > Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games
34. Re: Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games Sep 19, 2011, 12:16 jimnms
 
I was OK with that because I was surprised when they began offering streaming and threw it in for free. I didn't cancel either service although I rarely watch streaming myself. There are a couple of TV shows I'm catching up on, and I though I would cancel after I caught up and didn't have anything else to stream.

First they piss off half of their customers by splitting the DVD and streaming into two separate services causing prices to rise. Now they're trying to piss off the rest of their customer base by completely separating their shit into two different sites, making it an inconvenience to use. Now I've got my finger on the cancel button. What I liked about the streaming and DVD queues is that if one of your DVD's became available on streaming, it automatically showed up in your streaming queue. Now with the two on separate sites it's not.

I can do without Netflix streaming. I have Amazon prime, and I've found Netflix's streaming quality to be crappy compared to Amazon's. Amazon continues to add more titles, although browsing through them is worse than Netflix. Who do I go to now for DVD rental. Blockbuster made it clear they didn't want my money years ago, not Netflix is joining them. I don't like those DVD vending machines, it's not convenient for me to drive into town to find one and have to drive back to return it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Happy Birthday, Mr. Hard Drive Sep 18, 2011, 19:23 jimnms
 
My first HD was a 5.25" 80MB Seagate.  
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News Comments > Civilization V Game of the Year Edition This Month
6. Re: Civilization V Game of the Year Edition This Month Sep 14, 2011, 13:24 jimnms
 
Hopefully they'll offer an upgrade to the GOTY or at least a DLC bundle at a decent price for people with just the base game. Especially since it was recently on sale for $12.50 last weekend. I finally caved and picked it up on a GamersGate sale for $11.37 a couple of weeks ago. I don't care for map packs and scenarios, but I would like the extra civ packs  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Juarez: the Cartel
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Juarez: the Cartel Sep 14, 2011, 00:08 jimnms
 
Wow, I thought this was already out.  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Sep 14, 2011, 00:02 jimnms
 
NewEgg has Battlefield 3 pre-order for $47.99 with code EMCKAJG96 until midnight (Pacific Time) tomorrow (Sept. 14).

I'm still on the fence with this one due to my lack of time for MP lately and this Origin crap. I bought BFBC2 on sale for $7.50, but I've only had time to play MP a few times. Those few times were a blast, but I just find I don't have time to get into MP games as much these days. Well, they don't charge until it ships, so I guess I can always cancel later.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 11, 2011, 15:00 jimnms
 
Techie714 wrote on Sep 11, 2011, 13:57:
I really cant get over how long DX:HR has been. With so many games today being short 6-10 hour SP games that was what I was expecting. I've got 23 hours clocked so far & I think I'm close to the end. What an amazing ride it has been with a story line that is actually interesting & GOOD. Really loving this game alot & I cant wait for my second play through when the DLC drops.

I have 28 hours of play time so far, and I've just finished the first boss fight. I've done a lot of exploring and every side quest I've come across. I like to save before talking to someone and after, so I can go back and see the outcome of the other options. I stick to my initial choice though.

I'm not too crazy about the boss fights. I'm not going for a pacifist play right now, but I'm doing stealth which tends to be easier if you use non-lethal take-downs, stun gun and tranq. darts.

After I finished the boss fight, I reloaded a save from right before to see if I could use the take-down move on him. I stunned him with an EMP grenade, ran around behind him and pressed the take-down key. It went to a cut scene where he picks me up and punches me, then goes back to real time and I'm still standing behind him. WTF???
 
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