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  1. Rocky
    in Windows 7 type in the start menu cmd.exe
    right click on cmd.exe and run as administrator
    cd "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync"
    move Backup folder to x:\Backup (the whole folder)
    then type mklink /d Backup <drive:new backup location>\Backup

  2. Rocky
    So I got the new iPhone 5, yep I was sad enough to queue up for it on release morning,

    The whole thing was very painless!

    Queue
    Buy phone
    Go home
    Apply Screen protector
    install protective case
    Phone myself from landline to check number has transferred across!

    Now all the software stuff.

    Settings - usage - battery as a percentage - ON
    Add Twitter and login!
    Add Facebook and login!
    Connect to gmail account!
    Check Calendar has picked up all my data.

    This is going waay to smooth lol.

    Hmm, how to get my iPhone contacts appearing...
    Checks iTunes for contact settings - it says they are synching over the air to icloud! Wow, never knew that. So, set ew iPhone to sync contacts from the cloud and BANG, there they all are on the new phone. That is very cool.
  3. Rocky
    I've been using Evernote for a long long time, but it has always bothered me that I couldn't use it for ALL my notes, because some data you just don't want out there in the cloud i.e passwords and bank details. So what I did was have one Note called "Secure" and marked it as "Do Not Sync.", so that data stayed on my HD and off the cloud. That still left it insecure on my own PC though.

    So I let this bother me for about a year, maybe more, and today, finally, I googled it.

    It was quite an interesting read, not only did I discover there was a very very simple way to secure that data with Evernote, I discovered a whole bunch of other stuff about Evernote that was really cool, very cool.

    Put it this way, if Evernote was my car, I just discovered today for the first time that my car has more than 1 gear.

    Stuff about Evernote I need to remember.


    Securing your sensitive data. Evernote can encrypt sensitive data within a note. Highlight the sensitive data, right-click, select "Encrypt selected text." Enter a password. In order to view that information in the future, you (or anyone else) will have to enter the password to do so.
    This is awesome, now I can password any section of text and it remains hidden from view until a password is entered. What's very cool is that this desktop feature syncs perfectly with mobile versions (ie iPhone). The password request is handled exactly the same on the mobile device, ie the text is hidden until the passphrase is entered.


    Backing Up DataThere are so many different apps for handling lists, passwords, memos these days. Many options too for webmail, contact lists etc. Where most of these things all falldown though is backup and retrieval. I have list manager apps on my phone and if it was to crash and burn, I have no clue how I would recover that data. Even webmail contact lists used to be difficult, although generally you can at least export to a CSV file these days. With Evernote though, there is an abundance of options. The biggest safety net of course is that your data is always in two places, on your local HD, and on the cloud - so that's a good start. But backing up is a simple export away, with four different export types, including HTML! Finally, I just love this quote from their blog..



    Check out all the different ways of getting data into Evernote.


    Type It Email it (to your evernote address) and it appears in Evernote as a note. Use snapscan to scan stuff straight into Evernote Drag and drop any filetype into Evernote Photograph it, Evernote will even make any text in the photo searchable.
    My Evernote is a right old MESS of notes, with lots of junk surrounding some really important notes, so now I am sure about it's security, I'm going to tidy it up and start using it more!

    If you have never seen Evernote, it's one of the big players out there right now, check it out.

    http://www.evernote.com/

    http://michaelhyatt.com/is-your-data-safe-in-evernote.html



  4. Rocky
    So I eventually got around to getting rid of my disapointing X360. Nobody wanted to buy it, so I traded it in for a new Wii - and after a day playing the Wii I wish I had done it a long time ago.

    The games I got were 2 family type games where the kids could playing bowling and boxing etc, and two for me I just went for two of the highest rated games, RE4 and the latest Zelda game.

    I have never played Zelda in my life, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about, because I understand the game is HUGE. Off the bat it reminded my of Final Fantasy, back in the day. It looks pretty easy going so far, so it might provide a welcome respite from the horrors of Bioshock on the PC.

    RE4 looks very promising. I loved the very first one, I think that was a PS1 release? Surprisingly, the whole aim and shoot process is a bit easier than with a joypad, I seem to find, so that's a bonus. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised with the quality of graphics too, I didn't expect much, so to find them more than adeqaute was another bonus. They do look a little "washed out" I suppose, but it's kind of atmospheric, so it's all good.

    I can see many afternoons of hilarity playing bowling with the kids though, neat stuff.

    The controller is VERY accurate. I have to admit when I initially saw the idea behind the controller when the Wii was released, I was in the "sounds great but I bet it won't work worth a dime" crowd, well, it does work, very very well.

    I'd love to find a game like the arcade shooters, where you reload by shaking the gun off screen, and take on a house of zombies etc, I don't think I saw anything like that in the top rated Wii games though.

    Impressive piece of kit though.
  5. Rocky
    For sometime now my system restore is out of action. I get a message about being unable to restore. I very very rarely use this function (like maybe once every two years or something), but it annoys me to think something is not working correctly.

    CNET have a really good solution filled discussion about the issue here, worth bookmarking.
  6. Rocky
    Here's a handy tool for checking your burned DVDs for errors.

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/cozzwmowze2/CDSpeed.zip

    This is the free version before it went paid!
  7. Rocky
    Youtube is starting to get its act together with stuff like Hi-Res videos etc, but it's not always easy to know how to take full advantage of some features, here's a handy list of the ones I use.

    To link to a video with an HD option you need to add &hd=1 to the end of the url.

    For region limited videos remove the watch? text from the url, like this....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<somecode> to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<somecode>

    To download a video just go to the address bar and add the word "kick" to the start of the url and hit return. (i.e. kickyoutube.com/video code here)

    and one I have not tried yet but sounds cool, link to a specific start point in a video by appending the following to the url.. #t=03m22s
  8. Rocky
    Beyonce performed If I Were a Boy on the X Factor final last night, an absolutely stunning performance, never seen anything like that before, just plain remarkable. Browsing around it looks like I'm late to this party (again lol), nevertheless, this is a timeless performance.

    I'd heard that song on the radio before, but didn't even now who sung it until recently. But after seeing that performance I've been browsing around to find other live performances, found some good ones below with HQ viewing options.

    X-Factor Final Live HD (big box link to stopid video in bottom left unfortunately)
    If I were a Boy Live (spanish subs, but still amazing).
    MTV Awards Official Footage
    Live at MTV in HD It's shaky cam and the audio suffers sometimes, still good though, pity the guy didn't focus in more on those keyboard players though.
    Crazy in Love Live, awesome, check the drummer out at the end.
    Strictly Come Dancing.
  9. Rocky
    DYNAMIC FLASH PHOTO GALLERY Live Example.

    DFFG is a pay product (quite expensive), but there is a free example download from Template Monster. Template monster have some pay-to-use photography websites that use the same technology as this free download, and it's very impressive. For example, there's a php Admin centre where you can control the various options for your photo galleries. The free version is for trial only and not suitable for a live gallery, as any changes you make in the admin section are not saved. However, if you are willing to pay for a template for your portfolio, it is well worth checking this out, I've never seen anything quite like it.

    There was a lack of instructions, and considering the download was a fairly hefty 106Mb I thought this was going to be too much trouble to get going. However, it's just one of the folders that needs uploaded, and it was only 15Mb so not too bad. The sample gallery worked right out of the box which was a good start. To get the full use of the admin section though, you do need to FTP in and set some CHMOD permissions.

    The Admin section (login is admin/admin) is amazing. You can add new galleries, upload photo's from your hardrive, label them and even edit the actual photo's (cropping, rotating etc etc) all using a very smooth flashy control panel.

    If you have the money, and like the sound of having a Admin Control Centre for managing your gallery, then this really is the product to get. View their dynamic photo templates here.
  10. Rocky
    There are heaps of flash photogalleries to choose from these days, so I' decided to try a few out and see which is the best. To do this I used the same 9 photos in each example, to see which was easiest to set up, and which gave the best end effect!

    TILT VIEWER Live Example.



    TiltViewer has a free and a pay version. The only difference is that the pay version has extra customisations for colours etc, the free version is perfectly suitable for most applications.

    TiltViewer has a couple of options for image location, you can have it pull images from Flickr, or from your web space, which is the option I went for.

    I only had to check the instructions once briefly before I had my gallery online and working great, so TV is a quick way of getting a flash gallery online easily. It's xml driven, so it's a simple case of editing the sample xml file and changing the filenames, and file descriptions, and that's pretty much it. You don't even need to create thumbnails, just have a folder full of the images you want to use, and you're good to go.

    The full upload package is less than 150Kb, so this is a lightweight system.

    As far as configuration goes, you can change all the colours (borders, background, text etc), and the descriptions support html. In fact the xml file is very similar to slideshow pro. On the plus side the author does permit users to download the fla file, so if you know a bit of flash, you can customise the effect all you like.

    It's a pretty clean cut layout in use, but still instinctive. You click an image to expand it, click it again to reduce it, or click the bottom icon to flip it over and find a description and option to link to another webpage, which could be the full uncompressed image is you like.

    So, TV is good for quickness, config, and useability

    FLASH GALLERY Live Example.



    Next up is the top Google result, Flash Gallery. This is a TINY system that will take up only 15Kb on your server, plus photo's. The swf file is a tiny 10Kb compared to Tilt Viewers 120Kb.

    There is more work required than with TV though, as Flash Gallery needs thumbs to work, so you have to create thumbs yourself. There is free software available to download that will batch process thumbs for you though, so no biggie really.

    The presentation is virtually identical to SlideShowPro, with a row of thumbs to select from lined up beneath the main image.

    Like Tilt Viewer there are a couple of icons, one to go full screen, and one to link to the actual image. In Tiltviewer you can set the link to go anywhere though, with Flash Gallery it only links to the actual image in the gallery, not even a full size version of it if you so wished.

    Where Flash Gallery falls down is two threefold.

    1. There's been no updates from the developer since summer 2007.
    2. It has a watermark on the bottom left.
    3. Lack of customisation.

    I guess the tiny 10Kb size has something to do with complaint number 3, but when weighing up against a 120Kb TiltViewer with more options, it's a bit of a no brainer. Unless you are deadset on this kind of layout and want a very small footprint, there isn't really much to recommend Flash Gallery. It works fine, but the limitations and watermark put me off. Shame really, to command the number spot on Google for flash photograph galleries is an opportunity to say the least.

    CAROUSEL Live Example.



    Initially I thought Carousel was going to take a little more time to get set up, as the download didn't come pre-stocked with a sample gallery that could be easily substituted with my own pictures. You even had to create the xml file that holds the image data from scratch! Luckily there is a wiki to assist!

    Eventually I found that the author's website had template downloads that were easily edited to create a new gallery in seconds. The whole thing is under 300Kb, so it's another lightweight system.

    As the title suggests the layout here is different from most other photogallerys as it presents the photo's in a rotating circle, the further the mouse moves left or right, the faster it rotates. Click on an image to have it open in a new window, or indeed open anything you like in a new window as the link is fully customisable. There's quite a lot tat can be customised, so if you like the basic premise, this is all free so dive in and have fun.

    The example I have linked above uses Lightbox technology for the very cool image popups. This required editing in two files, the xml file and also the html file. It only takes a few minutes and care to make sure you reference the images correctly. The simpler templates do not use this effect and simply link to the image in a new html page. Simple Example.

    The only downside is that all the Carousel shows have a small watermark link in the bottom left.

    FLASH PHOTO BROWSER Live Example.



    This is a neat presentation that stacks your photo collection up as if it's a pile of photos on a desk, lying askew to show just a little of each of the photos below. As you click on the top photo it makes its way to the bottom of the pack and the next next rotates slightly as it comes to the front. There's a button top right to switch to a more conventional layout of rows and columns.

    Getting this online and working is about as simple as it gets. You don't even need to edit any files, just have a folder of images, and a folder of thumbs (only used for the alternative rows/columns layout). There is not really much customisation that can be done, hence it comes in at an incredible 17Kb in total, including the readme lol!

    This is a great way of getting a gallery online fast!

    POLAROID FLASH GALLERY Live Example.



    Here's another very fast way to get a flash photo gallery online, Polaroid Flash Gallery. The interface here is laid out like a batch of polaroid photo's scattered across a surface. The photos can all be clicked and dragged to any location on the screen as if shuffling around the table, and expanded by double clicking. I'd have really like to see the blow up image a bit larger, or an option to see the full size image, alas this is not an option with the current version at least.

    A neat way to display images, and although it allows for a text description for each image, that is about as far as customisation goes.

    To get up and running you just have to edit a simple xml file with your file names, and upload the sub 400Kb suite of files to your webspace. No need to create thumbs, it could hardly be any easier really!

    SIMPLE VIEWER Live Example.



    From the same developer as the cool Tilt Viewer comes the more reserved Simple Viewer flash gallery. This is a row and column gallery with the main image being displayed to the right of the thumbs. No special effects here, just a nice clean layout. The free version has a small image link bottom right, back to the author's website.

    You do need to create thumbs for this gallery though, so a little more prep is required than some of the other flash galleries. As usual there is an xml to edit with the filenames for each photo, with a few colour options available too.

    Each photo can have a description (caption) associated with it, which is displayed beneath the thumbs and can be formatted with simple HTML tags. A bonus here is that the description can contain a link, to another site or even the full image, it's up to you.

    A simple design, piece of cake to install.

    AND THE WINNER IS

    To win this little group test the gallery needed to show custom text for each photo, and have a nicely sized blow up photo when the thumb was clicked. Less important but taken into consideration would be the ability to have a hyperlink for each photo, a nice effect, and no watermark/logo.

    Flash Gallery was a bit Plain Jane.
    Flash Photo Browser and Carousel were both a nice effect but not very practical.
    Polaroid Gallery was neat, but the clicked photos were a bit small.
    Tiltviewer and Simple Viewer both managed to pass almost all those requirements easily, the free versions have a small logo present, but apart from that these are the best and it's hard to choose between them. In the end the nice big photo's and additional sound effects make Tiltviewer just that little bit more attractive and it wins the day, with Simple Viewer a very close second.

    Hope this helps someone select their next online photo gallery!
  11. Rocky
    So I had the joy of trying to repair a freinds PC with the dreaded missing hal.dll error preventing a boot.

    There's a tonne of google reading on that error, so for future reference, here's where I am at on this particular computer.

    Microsoft Support hall.dll Page

    In summary :

    1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
    2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
    3. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
    4. When you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
    5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console. In this case there was one install and no passowrd, therefor it went straight to C:/
    6. When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.
    7. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen. In this case there were none...
    8. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file:
    a. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message, press Y:
    Total Identified Windows Installs: 1

    [1] C:\Windows
    Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
    b. You receive a message that is similar to the following message:
    Enter Load Identifier
    This is the name of the operating system. When you receive this message, type the name of your operating system, and then press ENTER. This is either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
    c. You receive a message that is similar to the following:
    Enter OS Load options
    When you receive this message, type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.
    9. Type exit, and then press ENTER to quit Recovery Console. Your computer restarts, and the updated boot list appears when you receive the "Please select the operating system to start" message.

    So Now I could get a partial boot, partial because at boot I was presented with two XP installs and had to select one. The first choice meant it proceeded to the WinXP loading screen, and hing, the second choice booted to the original hall error message
  12. Rocky
    Here's how to skin your own BMW in GRID.

    Tools Required

    DxtBmp
    PSSG

    Pack of both files HERE.

    Extract dds files

    1. Backup and keep safe the folder grid\cars\bmw
    2. Start PSSG
    3. Browse to \Codemasters\GRID\cars\bmw\livery_00\textures_high\bmw_tex_high_00.pssg and click extract.
    4. Browse to \Codemasters\GRID\cars\bmw\livery_user\textures_high\bmw_tex_high_user.pssg

    This creates two new folders called bmw_tex_high_user_pssgfiles with all the dds files we need inside.

    Import 3 dds files

    1. Start DXTbmp (MW Graphics in start folder)
    2. Do Prefs > Select Editor and point this tool at your preferred image editor (i.e. photoshop or paintshop pro).
    3. Open bmw_main.dds" (in the folder "bmw_tex_high_00_pssgfiles). You can drag that file into the editor if easier.
    4. Select the "send to editor" icon in the bottom row.
    5. Do the same for the bmw_main.dds from the livery_user folder
    6. Do the same for the main_m1.dds alpha channel using the "send alpha to editor" option deom the drop down menu. Go to this image and resize it to exactly double the size.

    Depending on your setup you will either have 3 images in your paint editor, or 3 instances of your editor opened each holding one of the images.

    We need to get one image now, with each of those images as a seperate layer. So copy and paste two of theimages as new layers in the first image.

    You should now have one image, with three layers showing different parts of the cars design.

    Edit Your Design

    1. Redesign your car as you like!
    2. Save the design in a format that retains the layers, so you can re-edit it easily later. For example psp format for paint shop pro or psd for photoshop.
    3.
  13. Rocky
    Here's an awesome addon for backing up your DVDs (assuming it's legal where you are )

    Lifehacker have an article and link explaining it all, basically it's a set of macros someone came up with that when applied to DVD Shrink automatically make all the selections so that backing up your DVDs really is a one click process (after the first time, which needs settings defined).

    Very cool.
  14. Rocky
    Youtube has revolutionized streaming media on the web and made sharing video something that the general public at large could never have done on such a large scale before.

    Why then does it suck so bad? It's usability is simply appalling. Here's my top 5 reasons why Youtube sucks and they should get their act together.

    1. There's no flash player control other than play and pause! When it comes to flash players Youtube is trailing way behind any other streaming media site you care to mention. Not only is there a lack of fast forward and rewind, but you can't click on any point in the time line and expect it to play from that point, it jumps back to a predetermined point! In actuality, this is a very poor excuse for a flash movie player.

    2. Layout. The layout is so bad it is hard to believe. The five basic items of information you want is (a) Summary (2) Views (3) Date uploaded (4) Uploaded by (5) rating. But they are not grouped together, some is under the video player, and some to the side. Worse still, the Summary Information is a further click away. This information should be length restricted and shown at the side without the need to click again.

    3. Private Messaging. This feature is bust, every time I send a PM I get a message saying that there was an error, leaving me unsure whether the message got though or not. Maybe this is just me, I doubt it though.

    4. Sound. Why is the sound out of synch on so many of the videos? Is it the source that's been poorly encoded, or is it Youtube's encoding that's doing it? Youtube is the only site I see this issue on, but without further testing the jury os out on this one admittedly.

    5. Video quality. Although steps are being made to improve the quality, the resolution stays the same, that tiny window really isn't up to todays broadband capabilities. The option of a larger viewing area with better quality playback is long overdue.
  15. Rocky
    I'm so mad about the amount of hastle spam is causing me that I am declaring war. If I am going to end up losing my primary website address because of low life spammers, damn straight I'm going to get some revenge.

    It starts by reading up on spam, how they do it, and understanding how e-mail works. This will be phase 1. And it starts now.
  16. Rocky
    Other Mail Rules

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    3. Locate and click the following registry subkeys (save each key to a different file):

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{Identity Number}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Rules\Mail
    4. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File.
    5. In the Save In box, change the location to your desktop.
    6. In the File Name box, type mail rules.reg (for the mail rules key), and then click Save.
    7. On the Registry menu, click Exit.
  17. Rocky
    I stumbled upon a really great, legal, website for watching TV shows today - hulu.com. The problem is, just as I settled down to watch the very first epsiode of The Rockford Files, it gave me a message saying that it was only available in the USA. Turns out the entire website is only streaming to US residents.

    Well, that just won't do.

    A quick google, first result and viola - http://www.hotspotshield.com.

    Download, install, run, job done. It gives you a different IP number that hulu will accept.

    Here I come Jim!
  18. Rocky
    Adding a mp3 ringtone to a Palm Device, an aid memoir.

    * Use file encoding tool Super to re-encode the mp3 in mono at a constant bitrate.
    * Start RealPlayer on PC
    * Connect Palm to PC
    * Start Realplayer on Palm
    * On Realplayer on PC, click on Media Library Tab
    * Click on PalmOne Device.
    * Drag mp3 from file manager to RealPlayer and click Transfer
    * On Palm, open Minitunes and select the mp3
    * Click ADD
    * In Contacts, edit contact to use new Ringtone.

    That's it.
  19. Rocky
    I've been doing a fair bit of training for the last few weeks. I always train a minimum of 4 nights a week anyway, but for the last six weeks it's been more like every night. That's because today was my 2nd Dan grading, and I've been preparing for it like mad. It's been 12 years since I passed my 1st dan, and I've never stopped training since, so the thought of going for a grading after all that time was a tad stressful to say the least.

    Chief Instructors from Europe were over for a 3 day course this weekend, Fri - Sun, culminating in the dan gradings. Today was a killer, a 3 hour course with no break, getting tiny errors pointed out so we could correct them prior to the grading, hopefully. Then 2 hours later back to the honbu for the grading. Five sitting 2nd Dan and 2 sitting 3rd dan. A few pounds of sweat and a thick lip later, I was left with the others for what seeemed about 45 minutes during the deliberations.

    Then we were called back in and given the news - all passed, apart from one. I passed and was awarded my 2nd Dan certificate, so at long last my stress levels can return to normal
  20. Rocky
    My recent boot HD failure made me re-think my backup strategy, which at the moment can be summersied in one hyphenated word, ad-hoc.

    In addition to all the usual PC backups everyone has to think about, I also have all the backups required by my websites. When I first started making websites, there was no need to backup, as the website code on the webserver, was the same files on my HD, so the site in itself was a backup. Now though there are SQL databases and dynamically created pages to worry about, and config files all over the place.

    So it's time to sort this mess out and get organised. There was a free backup app on the cover of PC Pro this month, that will help deal with all the local backups. And I am sure there will be an app somewhere that can backup up remote data like sql databases etc, that I can Google for later.

    So, I'll be editing this blog entry over the next few days as I think of new things I should be backing up incase of a total failure.

    I'll start tomorrow.

    Perhaps.

    Tuesday

    Okay let's start with Website Stuff.

    Ghost Recon.net
    Forums : database + image folders + upload folders + entire code
    FAQs : database + entire code
    Downloads : database + entire code
    News system : database + news folder + cgi folder
    Modders Portal : database + entire code
    Filemanager : user folders + data files

    AGR-S.com
    Forums : database + image folders + upload folders + entire code
    News system : database + entire code

    Tactical-Elite
    Forums : database + image folders + upload folders + entire code

    PSP guides.net
    Joomla : database + entire code

    Tomorrow I'll list all local backups! Then I'll need to come up with a schedule and see how much of it can be automated!

    Wednesday

    Time to start thinking about where all the files are on my HDs that need backed up.

    Documents
    Word/Excel : I keep these all together in a "files" folder

    Outlook Express
    Email Store : These are kept off the boot drive in a seperate partition
    Message Rules : Not sure how to back these up yet
    Signatures : As above, not sure how to backup.
    Contacts : Export Address book

    Firefox
    Bookmarks
    Plug ins : Need to backup up installed plugs because you can never find them later

    Media
    Digital Photos : Gigabytes of photos to backup

    Apps
    SpamPal : Backup up the whitelist

    Game Saves
    Call of Juarez : Doc&Settings/User/My Documents/Call of Juarez

    ... more later.
  21. Rocky
    I'm going to expand on this later, but for now here are my top two one reasons why the 360 sucks.

    1. Bear with me here... it's a console; console's are primarily aimed at and bought by people who for one reason or another do not have a (gaming) PC. The reason these people probably do not have a gaming PC is because they cannot justify the cost of building/buying a PC with enough juice to run the latest games. Remember that demographic, and recall it again in a sentence or two.

    Now consider this.

    To fully (or even BARELY) enjoy the 360, you have to (yes HAVE as in "MUST"), play it on a HD telly. A standard telly never has and never will be capable of displaying the sort of resolution that makes games look good. TV's were built for TV signals, not hi-res computer graphics. Without the required resolution (1) graphics look washed out and lack definition and (2) text is blurry and best unreadable at worst.

    Now jump back to that demographic you logged in your memory a moment ago, yeh, the typical "can't afford a gaming PC" console owner. What is the chance that such a household is likely to be in a position to own a large HD telly, when they can't afford a PC? I'd take a guess, NOT LIKELY.

    Now, I know some of you will be reading this, with an Xbox 360 and a huge HD telly somewhere in the house, bully for you, that's great and I am jealous as hell, but this isn't about me (really). This is about selling a next gen console as a loss leader (offset against the game sales), to entice everyone of any budget to buy it, knowing full well that without a costly HD telly, the "next gen" graphics are not going to look next gen, and even worse, might play worse than the previous gen.... but that's for another gripe in another blog entry.

    I'm sorry if this offends any 360 lovers, I just have a bit of a thing about the 360 right now, being as I bought it many MANY months ago, and have still never bought[1] a single game for it yet, because nothing I have seen beats what I am playing on the PC, as an overall gaming experience, and I am going to biatch about it. Alot. Probably.




    [1] Before anyone says "what about GRAW 360", I never bought it, it was sent to me.
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