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The age old debate begins again...

By Blackwalt - Posted on 17 October 2007

Xbox video games vs Education fund. With $165.0486850176726614176093708922016 to spend, what to do becomes a great debate.

"Daddy, Daddy, I need to be edumacated!"

"No, no, no, lots of time for that. Give me my money, I need to play Orange Box and PGR4."

"EdumacatioN!!" Read more

National Car Rental - Redux

By Ice - Posted on 16 October 2007

OK National Car rental has annoyed me again.

What did they do this time? Well this time the agreed to reverse the credit card payment they had made on the bogus tire changing charge.
Worse yet the lady on other end of the phone was polite and seemed pleasant, I didn't even have to raise my voice.

So why does this piss me off? Well how else can I be an cutting edge blog if I don't have an antagonist. First I had the mad Monkey Breeding scientist, then I thought I had National Car. Read more

Heroes: Kindness of Strangers

By Q-Bert - Posted on 16 October 2007

Or a better title would have been: "Heroes: Filler" Read more

When it rains, it pours

By Q-Bert - Posted on 12 October 2007

So, I was upgrading KC today (the server this website resides on) I was pretty much done.

My last step was to tune the dependancies and save a few configs. So I ran an automated script.

Well, the script ended up re-updating the main library that all Unix programs link to (glibc for the initiated). In fact, it downgraded my library. Now, only Apache and PHP work. That's why you can view this site right now, but I cannot login to my own machine, and no emails are being received or sent. Read more

N00b in Bloodbath land

By Q-Bert - Posted on 10 October 2007

So, I joined Akufadumamai and Maurice last night on Halo3.... legendary setting....

Not enjoyable.

On most of the maps that we were on, I would spawn and turn to see the action.... and die.
After the 15th time in a row, I got the message and just got up and did something else.

I've decided to not join that level of gameplay until I am WAAAAY better, or this will ruin my taste for network gaming altogether. I am sure that Aku and Maurice will weep for my absence.

What do they mean?

By Ice - Posted on 09 October 2007

If you were to receive a bill for

''replace right rear mismatch tire and return old" for repairs to a Mini Van, what do you think the mechanics meant.

Why am I asking?

Because National Car rental is trying to make me pay $251 for this, and I have no idea what it means. Almost a month after I return the van I get an invoice, which they have already charged to my credit card, for the above repair. So if anyone wants to guess what that means go for it. I may have an answer tomorrow when I call them to tell them I'm not paying for it. Read more

Heroes - Kindred

By Q-Bert - Posted on 09 October 2007

Well, the writers are getting their heads out of their asses apparently: Candice was fat.

Remember that I complained that Sylar and Peter were still alive. Well, with Sylar not being able to use his powers, and Peter with amnesia, it let's the other characters progress and prevents the second season from just being a carbon copy of the first. Also, I don't really mind the fact that Peter is becoming a second Sylar... I prefer a becoming-dark-lord to a whiney-emo-child anyday. Read more

Master chief unmasked!

By Swag - Posted on 07 October 2007

Master Chief unmasked!

After all these years of waiting for duke nukem forever....

Why I won't shop at Best Buy anymore.

By Q-Bert - Posted on 07 October 2007

So, I walk into Best Buy (next to the Lynx Stadium) to purchase an Xbox 360 drive and NHL'08.


  • Had to find a sales person to unlock the Xbox 360 Disk Drive "display". That took a good 10 minutes.

  • Looked at the NHL'08 cases that clearly say "PRE SALES". Good thing I asked the sales goon that came to unlock the Xbox 360 drives: "When does NHL'08 come out then?" To which he, of course, answers: "Oh, it is out already. It's at the front." Of COURSE! How stupid of me!
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Xbox 360 repair timeline

By Blackwalt - Posted on 04 October 2007

Okay so when my 360 core died I delayed a bit before calling Microsoft but...

  • Tuesday August 28th – Phoned Microsoft Support
  • Tuesday September 4th – Received Xbox 360 coffin through Purolator
  • Wednesday September 5th – Packed and shipped out through Purolator
  • Thursday September 6th – Received by Microsoft.
    ...long delay...
  • Thursday September 27th – Note from Purolator on door. Package can be picked up next day.
  • Friday September 28th – Picked up new coffin with refurbished Xbox 360 and 30 day free Live card.
  • Analyst: Nintendo 'Could Rival Apple' As Stocks Surge

    By Swag - Posted on 03 October 2007

    This site is way too Xbox biased, so I decided to post this article about Nintendo. Of course, bashing Xbox and Apple at the same time will probably get me in a lot of trouble here (although if you read the article, Apple is actually complimented).

    http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=15723

    From the article: "'We believe Nintendo's talent in creating new markets, evident from the launch of the DS and Wii, could bring it close to the level of Apple, whose high valuations are due in large part to its innovative business model.'” Read more

    The calendar.

    By Q-Bert - Posted on 01 October 2007

    So, Coxxorz asked me to put up a calendar where we could show when we were available for gaming. Took me a few weeks, but it got done.

    I'm not saying that I had to spend 20 hours of my time to get it done, but it wasn't 2 minutes either.

    I would certainly appreciate it if I wasn't the only one to actually use it to show my availability...

    It would be espcially lovely if the person who actually asked for it would use it.

    Not that I'm bitching, mind you...

    My XFest Musings

    By Stormblade - Posted on 01 October 2007

    or How I ate TWO Halo Burgers and Lived!!

    General Musings:

  • I knew in advance that I was not the world's best FPS player, but HardWOOD and his gang made me (and others) feel like pathetic newbies. It wouldn't have been so bad if I could have used Blackwalt's excuse of having a life away from the XBox, but I don't.
  • Xbox from the US

    By Ice - Posted on 30 September 2007

    Work takes me to the land of the even dollar this week. I'll be spending 5 days in the US. At the same time I'm considering purchasing an XBOX. It looks like the prices maybe up to $50 cheaper then in Canada, which would leave the Halo Edition at around $399.

    Does anyone know if there are any concern with Warrenties if I purchase one from the US and tried to have it fixed in Canada. (We know Xbox's never need warrenty work). Read more

    Gaming session

    By Noir - Posted on 30 September 2007

    Eric is an old man now. Did he atleast have a sweet gaming session in order to celebrate the occation?

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