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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 17:03
Enahs
 
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 17:03
Nov 24, 2007, 17:03
 Enahs
 
My roommate has an amazing Olevia 37" which is what we have our computers hooked to [via HDMI] and my 360 elite.

Circuity City had the 37" WS HDTV Olevias for $299! But you had to spend $499 or more for the 18 months no interest.


I just priced an Aquos 42" here, and it's $1800. You suck.
CircuitCity.com is doing some great holiday sales all weekend, as well. You can still get it online (and possibly in-store pickup) or free shipping plus 18 months no interest if you qualify for $799, If you really want it.

But PHJF is right, there are two versions. A 720P and 1080P. The 720P is the one normally ~$1800, which is the one I got.

Really, unless you go over ~47 inches, the real difference in any visible quality comes from the quality of the TV and not the resolution (between 720P and 1080i/P).

Both my LCD's and Plasma are native 720P, and they look fucking awesome. And the Sharp one looks bloody amazing at 720P.




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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 16:36
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 16:36
Nov 24, 2007, 16:36
 
I wish I had the time or initiative to do proper bargain hunting and shopping.

I still use a CRT computer monitor from 2001 and I've been using an old vcr/tv combo from when I bought my N64.

My roommate has an amazing Olevia 37" which is what we have our computers hooked to [via HDMI] and my 360 elite. So, that's also a factor in not having my own HDTV just yet. But really, if someone would do the shopping for the top of the line but good bargain TV, I'd have it by now.

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 16:15
PHJF
 
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 16:15
Nov 24, 2007, 16:15
 PHJF
 
turns out there are multiple models of the Sharp Aquos 42"; the 720p was the one on sale.

YUCK.
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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 15:25
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 15:25
Nov 24, 2007, 15:25
 
I got a Sharp 42" Aquous LCD HDTV for $499 at 18 Months no interest.
I just priced an Aquos 42" here, and it's $1800. You suck.
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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 15:02
Enahs
 
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 15:02
Nov 24, 2007, 15:02
 Enahs
 
I got a Sharp 42" Aquous LCD HDTV for $499 at 18 Months no interest.

After tax, with no interest for 18 months that is $30.11 a month.

I now have 4 HDTV's. I am keeping the 27" WS HDTV for the computer room. I am thinking I am going to swap the 42" LCD for the 42 Plasma in the living room and put the Plasma in my bedroom, as the LCD looks better and I watch very little TV in the bedroom.

I am going to sale the old 53" HD protection TV.

I mean, it still looks amazing. But it is just so big and annoying now that I have flat screens. Plus, I do not need it. It was a purchase at 24 months no interest, and it has long been paid off.


Really, it sounds like I am rich and watch a lot of TV and such; which is not the case. But when I do watch something I want it to look good! Just, sometimes some deals are just amazing to pass up, and I never buy one unless at the minimum I get 18 months no interest!





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Beowulf
Nov 24, 2007, 13:57
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Nov 24, 2007, 13:57
 
I went and saw Beowulf yesterday in 3D and IMAX.

I loved it. The 3D was exceptionally well done because translating a CG movie to 3D must be pretty simple as I would expect the computer handles it all. Unlike a live-action movie where the editors (or whoever is in control of that) need to choose what to make 3D. A CG movie is already 3 dimensional inside the computers designing it anyway.

I also loved the digitization of actual actors. In fact I think this is how all movies will be made in the future. When it becomes impossible to distinguish from CG and reality just imagine it: They'll be able to use the mannerisms, speech, delivery, tone, everything that makes an actor good, and then they'll be able to add the makeup in CG, remove defects, increase um, "assets". Of course people will complain that it's all fake but for me, as long as we don't lose the performance go ahead with it!

When all special effects, and increasingly the settings and backgrounds, are CG what's stopping them from just using CG characters as well? That's why I think digitization (and using the likeness) of actual actors is the future. Limitless possibilities and we still retain the skilled performance.

/end ramble

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 03:31
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 03:31
Nov 24, 2007, 03:31
 
Ummm. What? Yeah, they added 64-bit extensions, allowing the x86 architecture to address more than 4 GB of memory without any special requirements.. 'only'? 'memory hole'?

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 03:10
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 03:10
Nov 24, 2007, 03:10
 
Decided it was time to ditch x86

youre not really ditching x86 by going vista 64. the core2 architecture still use x86 code base. if i recall correctly, they only added 64bit extensions to the x86 architecture. hence, when you use more than 4gb ram you have to enable the memory hole settings in the bios of your motherboard.

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 24, 2007, 00:31
PHJF
 
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 24, 2007, 00:31
Nov 24, 2007, 00:31
 PHJF
 
There are 22" monitors on sale at various places for ~$160 if I recall. A lot of Black Friday deals extend to tomorrow as well, so you may want to look into that.

Notebooks have been on sale at great prices, too; Dell Vostro's are starting at lower-than-ever prices (~$500) and at least Best Buy was selling Core 2 Duo systems for ~$600.
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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 22:55
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 22:55
Nov 23, 2007, 22:55
 
Last year I made the mistake. Somehow I completely forgot it was Black Friday and decided to go shopping that morning. Damn, no parking spaces anywhere at the mall and the BestBuy was no better. I was wondering what the heck was going on until the radio station said something about it. I laughed at myself and sped home. I really didn't need that headache.

I could use a new LCD monitor and my parents could use a new PC, but I didn't see any huge savings out there worth staying up all night in the freezing cold. And as it stands, I still don't know what to get everyone for Christmas yet so it was definately not worth it for me.
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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 22:30
PHJF
 
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 22:30
Nov 23, 2007, 22:30
 PHJF
 
Saw No Country for Old Men today; really good stuff.

Also picked up 2x320GB Seagate Barracudas for $60 a pop from Best Buy. I love America. Speaking live from Vista Ultimtae x64 now! (Decided it was time to ditch x86, eek a few more FPS out of Crysis)

Time to begin the awesomely fun task of reinstalling everything...


tried to get the orange box but they sold out, online and in-store.

I forced a friend to buy it. He says he's not into online games (because he's just never played any, even CS) but I convinced him TF2 was the perfect place to start. At $25 I was never going to let him leave the store without it.

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Yeah I went to my Best Buy at 5 AM. It was busy, but not TOO busy. Half the people in there were getting computers/notebooks, and there was an entirely separate line for them. Only waited 15-20 minutes in checkout line. I didn't need to go early since all I really wanted were the hard drives, but I figured I'd see what all the fuss was about. Best Buy didn't have any really really great deals on TVs, which I can only assume is what MOST people intend to buy on Black Friday. I saw a lot of people getting small things... movies, game consoles, music.

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 20:08
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 20:08
Nov 23, 2007, 20:08
 
Er you know you can get both of those on Steam right? What are the savings in store?

Edit - yes, I answered my own question. Ignore me, it's been a Looooong week

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 19:51
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 19:51
Nov 23, 2007, 19:51
 
I did my shopping ... for myself ... from my home. Orange Box and Bioshock at Best Buy for $24.99 each, before they sold out. Merry Christmas to me

tried to get the orange box but they sold out, online and in-store.

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 19:46
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 19:46
Nov 23, 2007, 19:46
 
I did my shopping ... for myself ... from my home. Orange Box and Bioshock at Best Buy for $24.99 each, before they sold out. Merry Christmas to me

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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 19:19
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 19:19
Nov 23, 2007, 19:19
 
And the newer named shopping day (from the same link):

Cyber Monday
Main article: Cyber Monday
The term Cyber Monday, a neologism invented by the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division, refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, which unofficially marks the beginning of the Christmas online shopping season.

In recent years, Cyber Monday has become a busy day for online retailers, with some sites offering low prices and other promotions on that day. Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is often wrongly said to be the busiest shopping day of the year for online shoppers, although in reality several days later in the holiday shopping season are busier.

Earlier in the 2000s the day had more significance (though it was not named as such until 2005) as most people did not have broadband connections at home and presumably used the first day back at work from the long Thanksgiving weekend to take advantage of such connections in the office to do online shopping. In response, many retailers now encourage people to do their online shopping at home on Thanksgiving Day itself by offering their Black Friday sales online that day.

Saw Hitman last night. Wasn't expecting much. It was a little better than that.


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Re: Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 19:18
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Re: Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 19:18
Nov 23, 2007, 19:18
 
What the hell is "Black Friday"?

Wiki states it fairly well:

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday may be as early as the 23rd and as late as the 29th of November. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employers give the day off. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open very early (typically 5am) and offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores. Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1970s. "Black Friday" was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day (see below), although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)


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Black Friday?
Nov 23, 2007, 18:54
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Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 18:54
Nov 23, 2007, 18:54
 
What the hell is "Black Friday"?

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hitman movie
Nov 23, 2007, 17:58
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hitman movie Nov 23, 2007, 17:58
Nov 23, 2007, 17:58
 
saw it this afternoon, was worth seeing

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Nov 23, 2007, 17:08
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Nov 23, 2007, 17:08
 
forget trying to get in on the two day sale. tried going to a local electronics superstore at 4am and there was a line outside 5 people wide that wrapped around a warehouse twice.

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