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5201  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: [FIXED TOPIC] TrackMania Nations Forever - Free, fun, and totally awesome! on: June 20, 2008, 04:20:55 PM
I played solo and cleared a bunch of the medals. I think I had gold medals on all tracks for the first and second difficulties, and mostly gold in the third. Then I installed it on my better computer (which was out of service at the time) and found out that even though you have to log in to your account to play, it doesn't keep track of the medals you've earned.

So now I'm at the bottom of the list again.  thumb down thumb down thumb down
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Accessing the contents of another computer's hard drive on: June 18, 2008, 09:30:30 PM
First of all, you need to disable "simple file sharing" - and then you need to grant some access rights. Make sure you have identically named (and passworded) users on both machines, that makes things easier. On some windows versions, you can access the "administrative shares", on some you can't.

Where do you go to disable Simple File Sharing? I don't understand why it's so hard to get XP to let me access my files, but usually I have to resort to an external drive to accomplish anything. :-(

I have XP Pro SP3, FYI.
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spore Creature Creator Released - Make Cody Creature Contest! on: June 18, 2008, 09:16:22 PM
Very cute,...
makes weird sounds for a bird though.

Yeah, I think that's because his "beak" is really a crocodile mouth. I'm not sure if the monkey sounds are Cody or background noises like the cricket chirps.
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "The browser is the new OS" ...(really?) on: June 18, 2008, 09:07:17 PM
For those here who say Games in a browser suck, check out the Fallen Empire Legions video.
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spore Creature Creator Released - Make Cody Creature Contest! on: June 18, 2008, 08:49:51 PM
Okay video is up on YouTube:

5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spore Creature Creator Released - Make Cody Creature Contest! on: June 18, 2008, 07:16:31 PM
I tried but I guess I don't have a YouTube account, and I was in a hurry. I've got some time now, I'll try again.
5207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kodak (Complaint) on: June 18, 2008, 07:12:32 PM
Kodak could learn a thing or two from NewEgg. It's not that hard!
5208  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NewEgg on: June 18, 2008, 07:08:47 PM
Feeling a good deed deserves to be recognized, I submitted a positive note to NewEgg Customer service (limited to 1000 characters):

This transaction left me on shaky footing in regards to my opinion of NewEgg's reputation. That is, until Dennis from Product Support read my negative product review and saw I was unhappy, then on his own volition forwarded my review to the people who could solve my problem.

The truth is that the shipping costs were not the real problem, as I'd already written and been told the money would be refunded. But I still had a bad aftertaste from the experience and was generally displeased.

But Dennis was on the lookout to solve my problem without even receiving an e-mail from me complaining, and wanted to fix it. That action restored my faith in NewEgg and fortified it!

Dennis deserves to be recognized and rewarded for his efforts in going the extra mile and making sure customers are not only satisfied, but that they have an "Eggcellent" Experience!
5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / NewEgg on: June 18, 2008, 06:48:17 PM
I ordered a 500GB SATA hard drive from NewEgg. It was Dead On Arrival (DOA). It was making clicking sounds and my computer wouldn't recognize it. But just to be sure I called tech support (India) to verify that it was defective.

I was at first very unhappy with the tech support since it said I had a 13 minute wait and after 15 minutes the first time I was disconnected before talking to anybody, then when I called back I was disconnected again after only 2 minutes. Finally when I called the third time I was on hold for about 20 minutes before someone answered. Someone with an Indian accent. It didn't look pretty.

But I have to say that this was probably the best experience I've had with Indian tech support. His accent wasn't too thick and we got through the troubleshooting steps without much delay and without feeling like he was reading a script. Yes, I'm sure he probably was following a script (I've worked tech support before for Dell and DirecTV--you pretty much always follow a script or you get in trouble), but it didn't seem to me like he was reading everything word for word. In other words, he either knew what he was talking about or was good at rephrasing the script into his own words. Or I guess it was just a really awesome script, but that's unlikely.

So we determined it was DOA, I got my case number, then I referred to NewEgg documentation for how to get an RMA and send it back for a working drive. I saw on the packing slip that I could do the RMA stuff online, went to the website and it said I had to pay shipping to send it back.

I was not happy about that at all!

Nevertheless, I bought the shipping label, printed it out, and shipped the hard drive off. Sometime within the next couple of days I decided to write a customer review on NewEgg for the product. I informed other customers that the drive came defective and mentioned that NewEgg was making me pay to send it back. I also found out that "TigerDirect" and "India" are in the inappropriate words filter for customer reviews. I can understand why they don't allow TigerDirect, but why "India" was a "bad word" is beyond me.

Then I found a form to send an e-mail, and the blurb talked about NewEgg's "Legendary Customer service," (all while cynically thinking, "Legendary? Yeah right!") and proceeded to write an e-mail using my "angry voice" to express my displeasure with having to pay extra to get what I paid for in working condition. I mentioned that I could have bought it from TigerDirect for less, once these extra charges had been placed on there. I got an e-mail back the next day saying sorry for the inconvenience and that the shipping costs would be refunded to my card.

That appeased me but the experience still left a sour taste in my mouth, so to speak. Their reputation had dropped a level, in my book. I still felt a mixture of "Thanks!" and "You're smurfing right you'll be refunding my money!"

I got that e-mail two days ago, on the 16th.

Today I received another e-mail from NewEgg.

Apparently someone in NewEgg Product Support had read my customer review, forwarded my information and the review to someone else who could do something about it, and asked them to correct the error of charging me for shipping. All of his own volition.

That action right there completely restores my faith in NewEgg. Even though the "problem" was already taken care of due to my own complaining, this man has fixed the real problem: removing the bad aftertaste of the experience and restoring (and improving) my faith in NewEgg.

NewEgg: I just have to say this experience was a bit rocky, but in the end I'm a very happy customer!  Thmbsup Thmbsup
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spore Creature Creator Released - Make Cody Creature Contest! on: June 18, 2008, 02:01:36 PM
Haha, only saw the video now - great stuff. But pretty scary sounds Cody is making! smiley

Probably because his "beak" is really more like alligator jaws.
5211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spore Creature Creator Released - Make Cody Creature Contest! on: June 18, 2008, 11:22:45 AM
Okay here's mine. Doing the tail fins is hard Sad


Edit: Here's a picture with Cody Babies and a video (avi format) is attached (zipped in a RAR). Cody doesn't seem to be very happy when the babies show up.

5212  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 18, 2008, 01:04:32 AM
I miss my All-in-One Mouse Gestures. The only one updated for 3.0 are FireGestures which is missing one I used to use all the time!

This one only allows one command per gesture but All-in-One was smart so that if I did an upward movement it would open a new tab, but if I did the same upward movement when clicking on a link it would open the link in a new tab. FireGestures seems unable to do that. Sad
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3 Released on: June 17, 2008, 12:24:47 PM
Anyone check the filesum hashes to compare RC3 to 3.0 Final?
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Let go of your bookmarks! on: June 16, 2008, 11:58:52 PM
I use Firefox as my bookmark tools. If I find an interesting page/site I want to come back to later, I open it in a new tab. Then I have Firefox restore all previous tabs when it loads up. So sites I visit often are always right there when I launch Firefox, and sites I don't normally visit but have found interesting lately also stay open until I haven't used them for a while and decide to close them.

Now that I think back on it, I am pretty sure the advent of tabbed browsing and restoring tabs at launch when I stopped bookmarking.

Although I guess sometimes I also do use Gmail for bookmarks. I'll send an e-mail to myself, or someone I think would be interested in the site, containing a link and a short description along with some keywords (tags, basically) to make it easy to search for--years later from right within my Gmail.
5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Philips Flat TV 20" on: June 16, 2008, 11:49:57 PM
640x480 spread over 20 inches?  stars

I guess that would be good if you have vision problems, but other than that it would really, really suck.
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How can I get hard drive space... without deleting (my) stuff? on: June 16, 2008, 10:34:04 PM
You can buy a 500GB SATA HDD for $70 at TigerDirect right now. The discount ends Tuesday the 17th (tomorrow). But you can get the same or similar 500GB SATA HDD from NewEgg for $80.

Stop talking your parents into buying you old IBMs and Macintoshes so that when you need something you can really use, they'll have the money for it. Wink Thmbsup

Alternatively, you could get a summer job. Sad Sucks but that's life.
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Simply Google on: June 16, 2008, 10:18:10 PM
* Deozaan shrugs.

I guess people just need to learn how to use the tools they rely on. Everything I ever need from Google I can get from the main page (because I know how to search) or in one click (for when I don't know how to search).
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Simply Google on: June 16, 2008, 01:45:10 PM
That actually looks more complex than Google. Google is pretty simple all by itself. One search box you can type anything in.

That seems a lot more simple than 30 different search boxes.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Father's Day Memory of Fathers and Computers.. Your stories? on: June 16, 2008, 01:29:05 AM
I mostly just remember avoiding my father when I'd tinker around in the command line and accidentally break the computer somehow. I'd get a stern talking to and then stay away from him. I always wondered how he fixed it.  undecided cheesy

My brother (who is 10 years older than me) got a TI-99 as a graduation gift. Which means I was about 8 years old at the time. We also ended up with a similar BASIC games book, but they had graphics and ASCII characters.

5220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos? on: June 16, 2008, 01:04:54 AM
This is the CycloDS Evolution of coffee makers.

Ha! I get it! Homebrew. Grin Thmbsup tongue
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Let go of your bookmarks! on: June 16, 2008, 12:57:18 AM
I haven't used bookmarks for years.

Except at work to easily access the company intranet pages for information I use frequently.
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone actually use windows system restore if so,does it work. on: June 15, 2008, 01:11:54 PM
Windows XP System Restore usually makes me wait 5-10 minutes while it reboots and performs the Restore only to tell me that it couldn't restore to the point and it failed.

I've only been able to get it to work perhaps 2-3 times total in all the years I've run XP. It's not very dependable.
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dino Run - cool online retro style multiplayer game on: June 15, 2008, 12:52:12 PM
Fun game! I got a high score! Yay!

5224  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Hard Drive Serial Numbers on: June 15, 2008, 11:45:31 AM
Is it just me or does this thread have all the earmarks of a spam post setup line?

Yeah, that's what I thought at the beginning, but Google didn't found nothing.

Also, the capitalization of every word is different from normal spamming methods, as well as the second post to add a smiley that requires you to click on the [more] link to find. Not to mention that Mrs.D has customized her profile with a signature, location, Bio, and user icon.

I think it's a genuine question.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ENGADGET: 95% of returned products still work. Manuals not read on: June 15, 2008, 11:42:20 AM
but the problem in the shops is that if there is someone to help you they are generally young and/or not at all knowledgeable. Their sole purpose is to aid you to getting your purchases to the checkout, not help you to make the right purchase.
And, often, they will hand out totally erroneous "information" based on a mixture of willingness and ignorance.

Exactly! My sister was in the market looking to buy her son a Nintendo handheld, talked to the sales clerk about the difference between a Game Boy Advance and a Nintendo DS. The sales clerk told her information about the opposite products. In other words, when he was telling her about the GBA, he was really giving her information about the DS, saying the GBA could play DS games, could connect to the internet, had Wi-Fi multiplayer, etc. She ended up buying a GBA for her son when she could have just bought a DS for a relatively small amount more and gotten all the feature of the GBA and much more capabilities from the DS.

But again, back to the topic: I think the article headline is a bit misleading. In a situation as described above, I would return the product because it wasn't the product that I intended to buy. It would still be working of course, but it would be a valid return.

I've also returned video games that work because they were gifts and given to me for the wrong console (PS2 instead of GameCube). I returned an LCD monitor because about 20 days after I got it the same store was offering a better LCD monitor for a lower price.

My point in all this is that just because a product is still working that doesn't mean there's not a good reason to return it.
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