I've gotten over $200 in cash back from them at places I would have shopped anyway! Ebay, Staples, more! I put it at the top because they ROCK. Basically, you get a kickback from Ebates when buy.com or whoever pays them. Win-win. If you like throwing money away, don't use them!

Friday, February 15, 2008

10% off Roxio Products Coupon

Kind of lame, but it's for their online store. You get it when you cause their website to return an error.

404SAVE10

Like this link that doesn't exist.

I was looking to see if they still had updates for Toast 5. I am still miffed at the way it said you can create DVDs on the box with it. BURN, not CREATE if you've got something else to AUTHOR it with is what you can do.

Toast 5 during the OS X transition wasn't exactly up to speed. Hence, 5.2.3 was the last fix...which means it took a lot of version updates.

I just ordered an OEM copy of Toast 8, so we'll see how that goes. Woes are there according to the internetweb.

It was $23 so I can live with it for that probably.

Roxio is one of those companies that makes cool stuff, it breaks from time to time, and it's usually fixed in the next product. So you have to buy or upgrade. The cool/working factor isn't high for them like Apple. I'd probably be pi$$ed if I paid $99 on their website for it, or $80 at CompUSA for Toast 5 like I did.

Right now, DVD burning form TiVo is broken and you can't transfer to a non-DRM'd format larger than 320x240 resolution. For you non techies, that's 1/4th the resolution of a standard TV.

DRM sucks. Roxio sucks to a degree. Apple sucks less.

In other news, we're hiring a staff writer with more of a vocabulary.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Blizzard you sort of Suck

I'm on hold now and here's the funny. Blizzard is playing music from Diablo on their customer service line.

That's good stuff, play music from the games you make on hold.

Here's the contention:

I and my kids have World of Warcraft games. I signed my son up back in December for a free 10 day trial and we played. I registered about a month ago, and I sent him a 'referral' yesterday so we could get a free month for registering him.

Well, turns out you can't get a referral if you didn't use the referral key you sent.

Now I know it's to reduce fraud, but Blizzard, I bought 3 copies of your game for $50 total, and now I pay $45 a month for me and my two kids to play.

Is it too much to ask for ONE free month I should have coming? I forgot to 'refer' my daughter, so that's my bad. I'm just asking for the one month.

Also, what you need is some sort of family package. Apple does it with their OS upgrades, and IIRC for .Mac accounts.

Blizzard, are you as good as Apple?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Q: Pet Peeve of the Day?

A: Cover songs of true classics. Some stuff should not be covered, especially if you aren't that good at it.

I just saw a cover video of 'In the Air Tonight' by Phil Collins. Sacrilegious.

Lets add to the list of stuff that shouldn't be redone:

1. Almost anything off Van Halen's '1984' album. (Yeah, VH did covers of other stuff. But they did it well.)
2. Anything from The Police's "Singles" album.
3. Good Jimmy Buffett songs. Cover the crappy ones.

Well, we all know there's big long list so we'll leave it at that.

Discuss.

Leave a comment.

Monday, February 11, 2008

World of Warcraft on Macbook using Cingular 3F and 8525 PDA

That title is nearing critical mass with keywords. What we like to call 'the ultimate blog post'.

In short, you can. World of Warcraft will play fine on a Core 2 Duo 1.83ghz machine (2 x 1 gig DIMMs) over a Cingular / AT&T 3G connection. I used Internet Connection Sharing on the PDA over bluetooth. 'Join Network on xxxxx' from the bluetooth menu on the Mac. OS is 10.4.11

The 8525 has been upgraded to WM6 (Windows Mobile 6.) Sometimes the connection will drop, but that's life for being able to play WoW from a tree in the forest. Ping times were good.

Dressing like an elf and frolicking in a misty glade optional.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Donuts not Bombs

My wife informs me that crème filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts are not considered gels by the TSA. Reference the 'turkey sandwich' skit on SNL. She made it through security just fine.

I wonder about the jelly filled.
 
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