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  • Windows vs. OSX: Program installation
    you are fully aware that registration is required for technical support 2 2 No you don t want to view the Readme 2 3 No you would not like to install Gamespy Arcade 2 4 No you do not want to restart your computer since you know it isn t really necessary 3 Exit the program after it launches automatically 4 Delete the desktop and Quick Launch shortcuts that you didn t ask for 5 Check IE to make sure it didn t add itself as a Favorite or make itself your home page 6 Change back the file extension association s that it stole 7 Disable its stupid system tray program 8 Search the internet for instructions on removing the Explorer right click extensions On OSX installation doesn t really happen as we know it Here s how it works If you re downloading it from a website 1 Click the download link in Safari The file downloads as a disk image DMG that automatically verifies itself and mounts as a virtual drive Finder opens a window for the virtual drive If it s on a CD 1 Insert the CD Finder mounts it and opens a window for it This Finder window usually only contains the program itself one file and maybe a readme 2 Drag the program wherever you want it to live This is usually the Applications folder It remains as one big file 3 If you want the program to have its own Dock icon drag it to the Dock And that s it Uninstallation is even easier just drag the program from Applications to the Trash Gone The Mac process takes a bit of time to get used to For PC users we just sit there waiting for the installer to automatically run so

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  • Instructions?
    external hard drive enclosure from CompUSA yesterday The box contained this little sheet of paper I initially tossed it aside thinking it was the Spanish version But after unsuccessfully looking through the remaining package contents I realized that these were

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  • Game prices to rise?
    people would simply set their value artificially low Plus the people who pay higher prices would eventually find out about this and get pretty mad A constant price is necessary creating a price lock They ve set a price floor of about 50 It s extremely unusual to see a new game of any significance available for less Some people would gladly pay 100 for some games but they get a bargain and only need to pay 50 But others like me don t value the games that highly They re just not worth 50 to us So instead of paying 50 we pay 0 either by pirating the game or simply not playing it at all This is a lost sale and it s a loss of potential revenue for the company If people are willing to pay more than 50 they still get the game at 50 but if they re willing to pay less than 50 they don t get it at all This is a fundamental economic problem where should they set the price to maximize the overall profit It needs to be approached like other economic problems What are the competitive forces Piracy is a big one but not as much as they d have you believe If a game isn t worth 50 many people just won t play it therefore some potential customers are being left behind Meanwhile if someone pirates a game that doesn t necessarily mean that they would have bought it otherwise therefore every pirated copy is not a lost sale The industry has difficulty grasping this at least publicly Considering brand loyalty merchandising opportunities advertising opportunities and possible accessory purchases let s assume that a company is better off having 1000 customers instead of 10 even if they get

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  • Worst Game Consoles of All Time
    and a long battery life the Game Gear couldn t fit in any type of pocket and it drained six AA batteries in 2 3 hours Maybe Sega thought that if people were willing to spend 200 on a portable they d easily shell out 3 per hour to use it And for all of this price weight and battery drain the benefits weren t huge the early LCD screen blurred horribly when anything moved Sure Nintendo s Game Boy did this too but it was much smaller and much cheaper with more than twice the battery life But the Game Gear was not the worst portable game system ever released Believe me it gets much worse 3 Atari Jaguar Atari Jaguar Atari released the Jaguar in 1993 for 250 Its competitors were the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis and you could buy both for the price of one Jaguar Atari tried to justify the high price by advertising the Jaguar as a 64 bit system but the claim was misleading the main CPU was only 16 bit with a 32 bit graphics processor and some secondary 64 bit helper processors They didn t fool many people the Jaguar is one of the few systems that I ve never actually seen in real life Atari later released the Jaguar CD attachment shown here which looked like a toilet and performed similarly in the marketplace selling only its initial shipment of 20 000 units Jaguar controller The Jaguar s controller is an interesting relic of experimental gaming hardware During the craze for more buttons inspired by Street Fighter II Atari elected to include a full 12 button numeric pad in the middle of the giant Jaguar controller Instead of improving functionality this just confused its users Some games that used the buttons included descriptive overlay cards Well I guess nothing makes me feel more comfortable than having my game system do the same thing as cryptic DOS programs The Limbo Jaguar games were slightly nicer looking than Genesis and Super Nintendo games but because the system hardly sold any units very few developers actually made good games for it The Jaguar CD was far worse most of its games attempted to use polygons before hardware could use polygons well The game pictured here Highlander is highly regarded in the Jaguar community for some reason It s displaying at least 14 polygons with most of them completely untextured Maybe the developers realized that they didn t have to try very hard because nobody actually owned a Jaguar CD 2 Sega 32X Genesis with Sega CD and 32X Often referred to as the most poorly planned console launch in history the 32X existed and failed almost entirely because of poor communication In early 1994 Sega of America started developing the 32 bit Genesis add on that later became the 32X Unfortunately Sega of Japan was already making the Saturn a completely new system that was much more advanced than the 32X When the

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  • Scientologists Visit Marco.org
    the daily traffic It basically tells me if anything interesting happens like if people get to my site from a search engine or someone else s link I ve found a number of interesting hits and search engine results but this is definitely the best Yesterday at 10 31 PM Eastern someone from ws churchofscientology org visited my front page They got there from page 3 of Google s search results for the query scott nelson FBI This was a regular browser not a crawler robot or anything specifically they were using Internet Explorer 6 on Windows NT 4 They arrived here because Scott Nelson is the shipping manager for LG an article that appeared on the front page immediately above the Terror Alert I issued which contained the phrase FBI Most of the other Google results are actually for Scott Nelson a secret agent of the FBI Well he s probably not much of secret anymore Scary knowledge learned The Church of Scientology uses Windows NT 4 If this isn t bad enough they also use Internet Explorer The Church of Scientology known for their history of suing everyone who ever criticizes them while averting lawsuits against them for

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  • Sonic Heroes (Xbox)
    to his Saturn 400 that s missing a number of promised hit games and consider something else In a desperate move to reclaim their fans loyalty Sega started releasing a bunch of bad Sonic games for the Dreamcast They didn t resemble the original 16 bit series at all they were just a series of quick speed through levels that required little more than holding down the forward button I decided to give Sega another chance and try the new Sonic Heroes game for the Xbox It s supposedly from the original Sonic Team It must be good right Nope The great majority of the gameplay is just like the other post 16 bit Sonic games rushing through loops ramps curves and other non interactive elements I don t feel like I m playing the game because I don t really need to do very much it seems more like I m just holding fast forward while watching a movie This will probably be the last new Sonic game I try Difficulty It s difficult to stay awake Replay Value The levels are completely linear with very few alternate paths available The game offers absolutely no reason to play the

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  • Bush Declares War on Teleprompter
    have done and the work we will do I am fortunate to have a superb vice president President Bush said I have counted on Di The President looked momentarily worried then said That s disgusting I m not going to say that You know in America we believe in the freedom to say what you want to say That means nobody and especially no machine can tell you what you ve got to say For years the tele majiggys have been telling us what to say using all kinds of big words like Constitution and Abu Gaboo In the next four years I will take the war to the tele majigs Tele majiggy was not the only freshly coined word of the speech After his declaration of war Bush invented a number of other new words including Texify and Schwarzenize He also blamed the teleprompter for the war in Iraq I didn t want to go to war in Iraq I don t like war I had to try really hard to get out of one when I was younger And Mr Hussein was a friend of my dad s Dad was always talking about all the crazy things he

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  • LG Electronics
    a claim from the shipper DHL Airborne Express March 27 April 30 Constant phone tag with LG to get required documentation for my claim April 30 DHL voids my claim because I was shipping an item for warranty repair with a declared value of over 100 which is against their policies But I was just using the labels that LG sent me I confirmed with both DHL and LG that yes in fact LG is breaking DHL s policy with every warranty shipment The manager of LG s warranty repair services Scott Nelson said that they do about 2 000 warranty swaps per year and they have no intention of changing the policy However admitting fault he agreed to issue me a refund for my monitor May 18 Shipping labels arrived to send the monitor to LG again violating DHL s policy again LG promised me a check by June May 18 August 29 The check didn t arrive Every 2 weeks I called and was assured that my check was in the mail I was told that since I faxed a copy of my original receipt I will get a full refund of 350 August 30 I received a check for 245 Norita Fredericks who originally told me that I would get 350 changed her story and promised that the people who calculate the numbers would call me back They didn t During this process LG s call center has performed awfully I called over 25 times I was promised 9 return calls Only 2 were returned On 6 occasions I called during normal business hours and was told by another employee that nobody in PC Support was present and he did not know when anyone would return I changed my address in May The first time I told

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