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2551  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: August 08, 2012, 09:24:22 PM
this sounds like a fine product and a quick check showed that it retails here for about ~$130-$150. so IainB got it at a really good price.  thumbs up

i couldn't tell from the review but does this headset come with the box thingy where one can adjust volume and such? something like this:
 (see attachment in previous post)

No.  It comes with the headset, a USB dongle (the normal kind -not the mini), and a spool that doubles as a cord organizer and a place to put the dongle if you don't want to reach around to the back of the computer.  The only controls are on the headset, and it doesn't have a separate DSP (which is what those usually are).
2552  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Robert Downey Jr credits BK saving his life... on: August 08, 2012, 06:57:03 PM
You can't make this up!


...Unless it's a $200M movie...

That's just ... crazy talk!
2553  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Steam set to become app store on: August 08, 2012, 06:14:23 PM
It will probably be the same as what it does now, I'd think... steam doesn't really care, nor try to impose any limits on you.  There's an icon at the bottom to let you know what platforms a game is for, and other than that, you can buy it.  I've never bought anything on the Mac, so I can't say for sure if it restricts (or warns) you if you try to buy for a platform that something isn't available for, but I can say that you can see everything.
2554  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: August 08, 2012, 05:13:51 PM
I have it also.  I use it for gaming, and it's pretty cool for that.  It has great isolation, bass, and the 7.1. works amazingly well.  I actually use it with my desktop, so I don't have any problems with the dongle, and do like that the charging cord also doubles as a wired solution when you have to use it but it needs charging.  My only complaint is that it's a bit heavy after prolonged use, and can become a bit stifling, but all of them at this level suffer from that kind of problem.

Also, IainB apparently got a good deal... it's usually about $110-130 on most outlets (Amazon's showing $113 right now for me, and newegg (where I got it from) is showing $124)
2555  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Steam set to become app store on: August 08, 2012, 05:02:20 PM
I still haven't had that problem (shrugs).

And Impulse (that POS) already has applications other than games in the store.

I still think that the word App is being overused - what I usually think of when I think of Apps is a The Single Responsibility Principlew, i.e. something that does one thing well.  Those are the types of Apps I look for also.
2556  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It's Official: Many DC'ers Are Psychopaths~! :P on: August 08, 2012, 03:59:30 PM
It's been a few years since I dissolved mine- at the time I had group rates with only three members through BCBS.  The biggest disadvantage was the lack of balance in liability because of the size of the group- premiums ballooned very quickly.  But I never had a problem with taxes, especially since I found that at the time corporations were very sloppy about filing the requisite paperwork when it came to transfers between corporations.  They'll file the W2 quite quickly... but not much for paying another corporation for work.
2557  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The pleasure and possibilities of living a time-shifted life? on: August 08, 2012, 01:49:02 PM
Well, as long as what you have works for you.  I haven't found anything yet that I can't pay in advance... it's just that their systems don't sometimes keep up with it as a forward payment.   This includes a PO Box... I'm not sure why your post office doesn't let you re-up in advance... mine doesn't care.
2558  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Microsoft keeps DNT as default in IE10 on: August 08, 2012, 01:23:02 PM
Ok, so it's not exactly altruistic, but Microsoft sticks to its guns, keeps Do Not Track on by default in IE10.  Of course, its up to the advertisers to abide by the DNT headers, but it's still a step in the right direction.
2559  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The pleasure and possibilities of living a time-shifted life? on: August 08, 2012, 12:55:25 PM
Not all that tough to do. I pay off my car insurance for the year within about 5 months of the yearly cycle, and then I try to do my yearly savings (or in this case desperation while unemployed!  ohmy   )  in the summer.

It's a little more involved than that.  An example.  I change jobs today.  My new job pays 30 days in arrears, but my old job pays on time.  Let's say that both pay on the first.  Since my pay is time shifted, on 9/1 I'm actually releasing funds from 7/1 (full paycheck from old job).  With that, I pay bills from November, including estimated utilities based on the average for the year.  It doesn't matter that I actually haven't gotten paid from my new job.  It also doesn't matter that I didn't get paid from my old job (except for the 8 days in August).  That money used was already made two months ago.  And is paying bills from two months in the future.  I'd have to (1) not get paid for two months, and then (2) not pay bills for two months for everything to be back to normal.
2560  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It's Official: Many DC'ers Are Psychopaths~! :P on: August 08, 2012, 12:48:31 PM
So do 1-man companies have MORE rights than one man!?

That's an easy question to answer... and the answer is... Yes!  And the 1 man corporation pays less taxes for more benefits, and enjoys more protections.
2561  Other Software / Developer's Corner / There's Apple in my Microsoft on: August 08, 2012, 11:25:19 AM
Carol made a joke (I think it was Carol) that the discourse was:

Apple: Do something that makes money but is stupid
Microsoft: Do what Apple does.

She's pretty much right on the money- an e-mail that I just received from Microsoft:

Quote
We’re excited to announce new benefits that will help you get your
apps out to millions of people to see, try and buy! As an MSDN
subscriber, you’ll receive one-time 12 month Windows Store and
Windows Phone Developer accounts!

With a developer account, you can
• Create apps
• Publish your apps in all available markets
• Watch your progress with detailed reports

WINDOWS STORE DEVELOPER ACCOUNT AVAILABILITY:

You can sign-up for a company account starting today! Simply go
to the benefit overview page to get your registration code and start
the registration process. You'll also see Windows Store Developer
account listed on My Account. Individual account registration will
become available later this fall.

WINDOWS PHONE DEVELOPER ACCOUNT AVAILABILITY:

Later this month, you’ll be able to sign up for your Windows Phone
Developer account. You’ll know it’s ready when you see the benefit
list on My Account. Just click on ‘Get Code’ to get your promo code
and start the registration process.

Enjoy your new developer accounts and best of luck!

Look familiar?  :;headdesk::
2562  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Curiosity Mars rover - live feed from NASA on: August 08, 2012, 07:24:53 AM
I got trapped for an hour reading Dork Tower after seeing the devastating new comic.
http://www.dorktower.com/...2012/08/DorkTower1098.gif



That one is up further in the thread.  But this is another good one...

2563  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The pleasure and possibilities of living a time-shifted life? on: August 07, 2012, 09:44:35 AM
The amount I make is pretty much unpredictable. Sometimes I'll make as much in a few days as in some months. And I'm always getting paid a couple months after the work, so... Not something that I could really manage to do myself unless I were to time-shift bill payments by making them late. tongue

That's actually when I started to do it- when I used to contract.  You have to do it a bit at a time, and it takes real discipline.  I remember the first time I actually saw the problem- the company told me when I started that I would invoice 30 days after starting, then get paid 30 days after that at the most.  So I had 90 days saved up to pay each month as it came.  What wasn't accounted for was the time it would take me to get into their system as a vendor - it was a multi-national company, so one vendor they weren't going to go out of the way for, no matter how key I was to this project.  120 days later, I was paid. 

A full 4 months... but I received all of the payments for the 4 months at once.  I wasn't so far off in my projections- it hurt, but it wasn't so bad.  So I put money aside, and I paid an extra month on a few of my bills.  Each month, I did that, taking it out of my discretionary money, and by the time a year had passed, I was very near ideal. 

I don't think that most people could do it all at once... but a little at a time with discipline and it works.

Which reminds me of the other big thing to time-shift... vehicles.  I never buy new vehicles, but always get them 1 or 2 years old at the minimum.  I've also been trying to stretch the life of my vehicles so I can put the payments towards the down payment on the next vehicle.  Hopefully, one day, I'll be paying cash for vehicles instead of financing them smiley
2564  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The pleasure and possibilities of living a time-shifted life? on: August 07, 2012, 07:48:30 AM
I time-shift my bills, but I actually do it forward.  And then I time-shift my pay back.  I'm currently up to paying my next month's bills at the very least with my prior month's paycheck.  It sounds crazy to do... but I have software that actually lets me (and encourages me) to do so.  Of course, it drives some of my bill people crazy, because their systems aren't set up to keep track of someone who is ahead... I wonder why...  undecided

But it's incredibly freeing.  I don't pay bills on the date when they say I should... I pay them at the time of month when it best fits my schedule.  And I always have leeway if something unexpected comes up.  Some might say that's just savings... but my savings is totally separate.  The paychecks that I have set aside untouched haven't been allocated at all.  Quite hard to effectively explain... but it works.
2565  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday C=64 on: August 06, 2012, 02:25:04 PM
I wouldn't think that Elite II fit the description of what he was talking about.  But... there's plenty of info about it to say if so.

Wikipedia Linkw

Official Page

Retro Reminiscence article

It was an amazing game- but also a lone wolf type of game.
2566  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Curiosity Mars rover - live feed from NASA on: August 06, 2012, 12:40:39 PM
2567  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Apple's Marketing Mindset on: August 06, 2012, 09:47:00 AM
Apple's Biggest Marketing Secret Was Revealed In Federal Court

The title is a bit sensational- more like their marketing mindset was revealed.

Quote
Apple no longer actually needs to do ANY advertising when it launches new products, marketing chief Phil Schiller testified Friday in the Apple v. Samsung patent trial in a San Jose, Calif., federal court.
Instead, the company relies on these two strategies:
  • Rely on the media to create buzz for its products through positive reviews.
  • Product placement in TV shows and movies.
2568  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Olympic coverage this year SUCKS! on: August 05, 2012, 09:12:40 PM
Lifehacker's guide to overcoming nbcfail

And I don't feel bad at all about doing it...
2569  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday C=64 on: August 05, 2012, 12:06:55 PM
I remember mine looking exactly like that.  That was the reason that I used my Laser 128 for anything that wasn't gaming- the CRT gave a better image than the TV.   And I don't believe that's shaking- that's overscan from the settings being off.
2570  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hacked "hard" via the cloud. on: August 05, 2012, 12:04:24 PM
^ Hah... I'm with you.  When they give you a limited number of questions to choose from, I usually use a totally unrelated answer that I've related somehow to that question in my mind.
2571  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday C=64 on: August 04, 2012, 07:54:05 PM
,8 ,1~! Grin

A true (old) geek joke smiley
2572  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hacked "hard" via the cloud. on: August 04, 2012, 01:40:13 PM
I don't have remote wipe setup on my mbp.  That seemed quite silly at the time- to treat something that has a hard drive the same as something that doesn't.  I'm glad now that I don't.
2573  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook.com on: August 04, 2012, 10:49:12 AM
Yes, you have ads when you're not in an e-mail thread (conversation).  When you have an e-mail open, there are no ads.

And isn't that the same link in the OP IanB?
2574  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What do you desire from your job? on: August 03, 2012, 08:24:05 PM
Well, up until a few years ago it was
  • Money.
  • The ability to advance my skills/challenge
  • Money.
  • Work environment, i.e. I get to work how I want
  • Money.

Now its...

  • Relative Security
  • Money
  • Work environment, i.e. I get to work how I want
  • The ability to advance my skills/challenge.

I agree with the part about advancement being quite the illusion- it's basically in the eye of the beholder, but on to my points...

I totally agree with the fact that security is not all it's cracked up to be- but there is a relative level of security that you can maintain if you watch out.

Along the lines that security is very much not what it used to be, I need to be paid- that's the primary transaction.

I'm working for someone else, but I work better and am more productive if allowed to work how I work best, and not how you think I should work.

And being real about the security bit, I need to be able to keep up with the market in a real way so that if the bottom does fall out, I can say that I've used practical skills in a real-world environment, rather than on some hobby project.
2575  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Immersive Explorer: Oh God why? on: August 03, 2012, 06:23:48 PM
How about we just give it a one word code word... sort of like metro, but more fitting...

Windows IDTENT

(wonder how many will get that...)
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