Monthly Archives: July 2010

Goozex – Trade games without loosing your shirt

Before I get into a glut of promoting different companies, I should state that Goozex is more of a community then a company.

I happened across Goozex by chance from a link someone posted on AdventureGamers.com (another cool site by the way).

Normally, if you are trying to track down an old video game (be it PC or console), you must resort to long searches on eBay, Craigslist or Kijiji to find it and then often the price is greatly inflated.  Goozex provides an outlet that lets you avoid all of that nonsense.

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I just want to write that Goozex is actually a really cool concept.

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iPhone 4 Now Available In Canada

Honestly, I could care less, but there appears to be a lot of interest in Apple’s newest creation.

Despite the acknowledged antenna design flaw, hundreds of interested buyers lined up this morning so that they could be some of the first in the country to own one.

For fun I went and checked and the Rogers web site informed me that I am “eligible” to upgrade both of my cell phone accounts to an iPhone 4 if I so choose.  I guess that means that they give me permission to sign my cell phone rights over to them for 3 more years and likewise agree to pay excessive data charges for said privilege.  Personally, I’m happy with my LG eXpo (review coming soon).

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Monoprice

Monoprice may very well be the best place that you have never shopped.

Sorry, I just wanted to get that out there.  No I don’t work for them……no really.

I only mention this because I am working on a review of a 4 port HDMI switch with digital/analog audio out that I purchased from them.  From what I can tell, the alternatives for a HDMI switch that outputs digital audio extracted from the incoming HDMI signal cost 2 to 4 times as much.

I find that they have the best prices on cables and adaptors.  Along with the HDMI switch, I ordered 6 HDMI cables (3×1.5′ & 3×3′) and a HDMI/DVI adaptor.  The cables came to $22.86 with shipping and these are high quality cables.  In the past I have purchased DVI cables, component cable, toslink cables, speaker wire, banana plugs, you name it.  Check them out if you need any of that kind of stuff.  They also sell some networking and computer equipment, but I honestly haven’t tried anything like that from them.

www.monoprice.com

ComputerAbuser

GMail – No dots for you!

While checking out other websites/blogs with Random Musings in the title, I came across one from a guy by the name of Sandeep.  You can see his post here.

The post mentioned how he had found that GMail doesn’t recognize dots/periods in user names.  I guess it caught my eye since I use a dot in my GMail address.

According to Google, these are all the same….
o homerjsimpson@gmail.com = hom.er.j.sim.ps.on@gmail.com
o homerjsimpson@gmail.com = HOMERJSIMPSON@gmail.com
o homerjsimpson@gmail.com = Homer.J.Simpson@gmail.com

I thought I was clever when I made up the user name, adding capital letters and a dot to make it unique.  So sad.

Now that I think about it, I have two GMail addresses with periods!

ComputerAbuser

PAX 2010

PAX 2010 is now only 36 days away.

If you don’t know what PAX is, Wikipedia has a pretty good article on the event….Penny Arcade Expo

I didn’t get around to purchase tickets yet, and now I see that they are sold out of 3 day passes.   🙁

I already discussed going with my wife and she suggested taking our son.  I think he would have a good time, but I intend to sit in on many of the speeches and panels, and I just don’t know if that will be enjoyable for an 11 yr old.

I’ve never gone before, but I know people who have.  It’s only a short ferry ride from where I live, so I definitely plan on going.  I figure I had better purchase tickets soon or they will completely sell out.

ComputerAbuser

Inception

Inception (2010)

I don’t want to go too deep into discussing this film because it seems that it is already causing quite a stir on the Internet.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you might just want to stop what you are doing and go see it.  It is a fantastic piece of work from the brilliant director of The Dark Knight and Memento.

Right now Rotten Tomatoes has it down at 78% (Top Critics), which is pretty rare for a “Summer Blockbuster”.

Honestly I prefer to know as little as possible about a film before I go and see it, so I intentionally avoided reading any reviews.  As with most modern films, the trailer gives away too much information.

Anyway, if you like a bit of action and science fiction with some thought provoking ideas and beautiful cinematography, you should really give this film a viewing (or two).

ComputerAbuser