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2601  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: The story of Origin/Ultima/EA on: September 18, 2012, 10:37:30 PM
Necro post? That first article was written in 2005.

Perhaps, but I just came across it, and found it interesting.  Should I not post links to something that was written long ago that I come across just because its old?
2602  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / The story of Origin/Ultima/EA on: September 18, 2012, 07:55:42 PM
Very interesting reading on one of the largest acquisitions in gaming that led to the current monolith that is EA.

http://www.escapistmagazi...87-The-Conquest-of-Origin

http://hardcoregaming101.net/ultima/ultima8.htm
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In rememberance of....The antiquated hardware/software reminiscence thread on: September 18, 2012, 01:34:39 PM
Later this job was done by a more flexible Zip-Drive

I still have a Zip drive, but the Jaz drive was the one that revolutionized it for me.  I still hate that none of my machines have SCSI now.  In terms of video cards, the Rendition Verite was so cool.
2604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cascading grammar trolls on: September 18, 2012, 01:29:47 PM
This is getting to be something of a ritual but your rite on the lolly.

To write rite isn't quite right in this situation.  It shouldn't take a wright to correct it, how ever.
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 500 Internal Server Error on: September 18, 2012, 11:42:56 AM
A good comment:
Quote
The base64 data is very likely encrypted, and only Google, Inc. has the decryption key. It's useful to them if you send the base64 junk, but you can't get any details about their server through that error.
2606  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / IndieGogo spotlight: Internet 2012 Bus Tour on: September 18, 2012, 09:39:38 AM
Internet 2012 Bus Tour
Campaign-style bus tour talking to local startups, colleges, media, politicians & orgs about the power & promise of the Open Internet.

$13,494 Raised of $40,000 Goal as of September 18th 2012.  Ends on Fri Sep 28 at 11:59PM PT.

On January 18, 2012, tens of millions of Americans defeated SOPA and PIPA two bills that threatened the Internet, one of the healthiest parts of the American economy.

And now we’re making sure our government understands just how important the Internet is to all Americans. This October we’re taking a bus (literally half red, half blue) from Denver, CO to Danville, KY to campaign for the Internet during the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

The Internet 2012 Bus Tour will collect, document and share stories throughout the American heartland, because this isn’t just about Silicon Valley. It’s about parents taking Skillshare classes on blogging in Boulder, TED meetups in Omaha, Kentucky folk festivals that get funded on Kickstarter, artists in Missouri who can sell to the world on Etsy and retirees who can make some extra money renting out a room on Airbnb. Thanks to the Open Internet, people are learning marketable skills that are turning them from unemployed to gainfully employed.  

There are many more stops to come, but we need your help! Join us by contributing here, or by telling us who to meet along the way on r/Internet2012.

The Open Internet is about the freedom for Americans to help themselves, and it's an enormous engine for economic growth. Let’s make sure both parties know it this fall.

reddit is covering some of the hard costs of the trip (gas, bus, driver etc), but we need your help to get a graphic wrap for the bus, host events across the country, and document and share the stories we find with the whole Internet.

Open Internet for All!

Alexis Ohanian, startup guy and co-founder, reddit
Erik Martin, GM, reddit

r/Internet2012
#Internet2012

// Press contact: kathrina@alexisohanian.com
2607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 500 Internal Server Error on: September 18, 2012, 09:10:32 AM
Have you tried to decode it?  It looks like encoded data... could be an Easter egg...
2608  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google says goobye to Internet Explorer 8 on: September 18, 2012, 09:09:13 AM
So that means no google apps on XP unless you use something other than IE.

Hmmm... that's going to go over well, I'm sure.  I only have Chrome/FF at work because I'm a developer and have admin privileges.  A lot of our internal apps don't support anything but IE.  But we use Google apps.

I see a definite conflict there...
2609  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Request for Help from Skyrim Players on: September 17, 2012, 09:51:49 AM
If I ever actually get through.  I have the publication paralysis problem with my coding.  I keep tweaking and testing and tweaking, and never actually release.  NANY has helped somewhat in that regard... but I hate releasing applications with defects/problems or always see something to tweak so never release.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me Improve my Culinary Card Game for Kickstarter: Cooking Party Cards on: September 16, 2012, 07:10:16 PM
First - to reduce costs and to set the bar lower for production, set the minimal costs at B&W artwork.  Then have a stretch goal for color.  Maybe the baseline could also use clip art type art- and a stretch goal for original art.  You could also have stretch goals for a better stock of cards.  I guess what I'm saying is to take your goal for the cards, and reduce it to the bare minimum to give it a better chance of getting funded.  Then the stretch goals make it better.  There's also expansions as stretch goals.

As far as perks - something special to denote the judge could work.  One level for the basic game with no cards- just the rules and templates.  One for the full game, and one for the full game with overproduction type stuff, i.e. tokens included (which could instead be a stretch goal).  Perhaps by default the tokens could be a punch-out sheet, then as a donation level the tokens become chits instead.  Or that could be a stretch goal.

There's also the non game perks, i.e. artwork, t-shirts, mugs, etc.

What I find is that there seem to be a couple of schools of thought:
1. Make different perk levels to get people to get involved at a higher level, or
2. Make more stretch goals to get more people involved

It's just a matter of finding a balance between the two, though I think the second is better.  A low level to get in (with an underproduced game), then stretch goals to make it as extravagant as the player base wants it will get you two things: (1) a larger player base and (2) the production costs on the extras will be less.

(Also, I like writing this stuff down... I'm still working through my kickstarter idea, and bandying these sorts of decisions around... so this helps me vocalize stuff also. smiley)
2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me Improve my Culinary Card Game for Kickstarter: Cooking Party Cards on: September 16, 2012, 04:22:54 PM
I'd put in some extra leeway into your figures seeing how its gone with others who have done first games on kickstarter.  Going with about 10% would set your goal at $25,000.
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 16, 2012, 01:36:14 PM
For that matter, I don´t see how any one wood.
Enough of the caddy remarks!  embarassed


I'm sure you two will be able to iron it out eventually. Wink

I don't know... both of them seem to have a chip on their shoulders.
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: September 16, 2012, 11:40:55 AM
Mine is working well also.  I'm pretty impressed with Synology.
2614  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Pro will now include option to downgrade to Windows 7 on: September 16, 2012, 09:22:45 AM
@wraith -

Actually, it's not really a creative reinterpretation of the license at all. Microsoft did specifically take "small shop" and "custom builders" into consideration when they did the "builder OEM" license. That question came up in the partner channel when it was first announced. And yeah, you won't find the OEM version in stores AFAIK. You need to order it from someone like Tiger, Newegg, or one of those places.

And this is also why when I bought my mac at Bestbuy (since they're the same price anyway, their markups don't matter, and its one of the times when having a rewardzone membership pays off) and when he offered me a $200 copy of windows 7 and I said that I'd buy my copy of windows from Newegg he looked at me with a dirty look.  Cool
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tram-mļöi  hhâsmařpţuktôx on: September 16, 2012, 06:57:43 AM
^ Not really sure why you couldn't... worked fine for me.  Perhaps its regional?  Or something was wrong at the time...
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Pro will now include option to downgrade to Windows 7 on: September 16, 2012, 06:57:03 AM
^Nope. If you're a 'builder' you can get them in single quantities as long as you buy them at the same time you buy 'qualifying hardware' such as a mobo. Maybe the price isn't anywhere near as good as what Dell or HP get. (Rumors put it between $35 and $50 for the big quantity buyers.) But it's still substantially below retail. At Newegg, Win 7 Pro-64 is $139 for OEM, but $274 for the 'full' retail version.

That's just from third-parties who have purchased OEM versions in bulk that you re-purchase them from (that have creatively interpreted the license), isn't that correct?
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tram-mļöi  hhâsmařpţuktôx on: September 16, 2012, 05:25:58 AM
^ Both go to the same place... from what I understand, you're correct in most cases.  It's possible to break with that convention, but I haven't seen it done in practice.
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatically move files around tip (use your synchronizer program) on: September 15, 2012, 09:31:44 AM
Another good choice is Belvedere. (on Github)
2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Way to Share Kindle Books on Nook, Kobo, iPad on: September 15, 2012, 07:09:42 AM
If you have an iPad, you can use the kindle app.  If you have the Nook, you can root it (I think).  But it's like a lot of other things... platform choice is key.
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Pro will now include option to downgrade to Windows 7 on: September 15, 2012, 07:08:22 AM
It makes sense from a business perspective.  Not defending it, but without those abilities, they'd slow down the sales of components, computers, and a lot of other associated services every time they released an OS.
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 14, 2012, 10:56:32 PM
It's fun to make puns. But not forever! smiley
I did intend to use my last two and then quit… but there's a hole in one.

I don't know if I should hazard a reply to that one. smiley


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2622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Write until you pass out!? on: September 14, 2012, 03:19:46 PM
Cut that out.  I really mean it!  Grin
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Roboform, crippling the export function and Bits Du Jour censorship on: September 14, 2012, 09:17:42 AM
BdJ just removed a whole slew of comments.

Did they?  You mean from the RF2G thread?  I didn't notice it any shorter... what were they in regards to?
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Roboform, crippling the export function and Bits Du Jour censorship on: September 14, 2012, 07:59:15 AM
Hi,

A backup feature would only be relevant as an export-import option if it came with a restore feature that is available externally.  It would have to lack encryption (which goes against the expected internal encryption) and it would have to have the layout available, although that might be puzzled out, if there was not encryption.  Generally a backup is simply a mirror of the existing data file, which is useless for export-->import.

Sounds like simply another diversion, smoke and mirrors, from the Roboform crew.

Steven

That's why I didn't even bother posting the results here.  I'd been interested in roboform until this thread came up.  Now... not so much.
2625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas? on: September 13, 2012, 01:18:17 PM
For the nook, they have a store specifically for kids:

http://www.barnesandnoble...igital-animated/379003131

Grouped by age range.  Some of them are retail prices, but there are some bargain (and free) books also.
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