Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’


December 31, 2008 Leave a comment


Its the Y2K of Zunes everywhere. It seems as if all of the 30 Gigabyte Zunes by Microsoft have all failed and have become bricks. At around midnight of December 30 2008 all the 30 Gig Zunes have failed en mass. People thought it was only their Zune but further investigation shows that all the Zune models have failed at the same exact time. They just shut off without any notice and when restarted, the loading screen comes up but freezes when loading is almost complete. Talk about the Zune Screen of Death haha, or Load Screen of Death. Microsoft is aware of this and are working hard trying to fix this problem…well no, because they’re all drunk as the new year arrives. Pretty sure they will start working on the problem once they get back to work in about four days. What a crappy manufacturing defect this has. Everyone was so worried about Y2K and when 2K9 comes about, an unexpected problem occurs with Microsoft…sickening! This news is not good for Microsoft as they’re losing the battle against Apple’s iPod. Weren’t they still recovering from the DRM fiasco that came with the first generation of Zunes?


Cheating at FreeCell

August 30, 2008 2 comments

Ever since I discovered this game back in high school, I have been hooked on it and playing a couple of games each and every day. At first when I started playing FreeCell, I did not know what to do. I did not know you would have to press F2 for a game to start as usually when I play the games that come with Windows like Hearts, Solitaire, Minesweeper, Spider solitaire, and Pinball, the game has already been set and the computer waits for my first move. FreeCell actually doesn’t do this on default and I had a wonderful time looking at the in the middle of the window look from left to right as I dragged my mouse around in the game. At this point I still have not found out about the F2 process. When I did finally figure it out I saw all fifty-two cards arranged in piles. There were four spaces for cards on the top right and top left corner of the window. As I tried to figure out how to play this game, I discovered that the boxes on the top right side of the window are for the cards I set free and the ones on the top left hand side are basically the ones I put on probation. After looking at the arrangement of cards, I trivially though that this game was like Solitaire which basically is, you just have all the cards face up in front of you so you can arrange them in a descending, alternating colour pattern.

I managed to rack up a lot of games played over my first few months of playing the game. I played about 2000 games with a winning percentage of around a high 50%. Now after reformatting my computer, I have a long way to go playing 2000 games but my record right now is 100 winds and 58 losses at a 63% winning percentage. I have an 8 streak win and a 4 streak loss. I say, it is pretty good to have my win/lose ratio this high. Usually my win/lose ratio is around a 40% and then I manage to bring it up as I play more games.

Playing this game, I discovered a lot of neat tips and tricks to winning. I also discovered many cool cheats and stuff. While surfing on the internet, I managed to find some really cool things I did not know about FreeCell:

1. If you press Ctrl + Shift + F10 while playing a game you get a message that asks you to choose ‘Abort’ to Win, ‘Retry’ to Lose, or ‘Ignore’ to cancel. If you choose ‘Abort’ and then move a card, all the cards quickly pile up into their free cells and you win the game.

2. If you want to select a game, press F3. The neat thing is, what happens if you enter a negative number? If you type in ‘-1’ you get a game that, well, you can not possibly win. All the cards are piled up in eight rows just like always but they are piled up in a way that will just make you laugh.

3. When selecting a new game, type in ‘-2’ and you’ll get an arrangement similar to ‘-1’ but the cards are arranged in a different order, and you might be able to win this one if you think really hard about it.

4. If you don’t like your stats, you can always change them. You’ll just have to play a lot more games and make sure you win all of them. OR you can type in ‘regedit’ in the ‘Run…’ command from the Start menu in Windows and with the window that pops up, go to this location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Freecell
From this point you can edit all of your stats to make it look impressive, but you’re gonna have to know how to convert to Hexadecimal first. Don’t worry, it is not that hard.

So far these are all the cheats that I have found so far. There could be more, but I have not found them yet. With these cheats, its pretty much GG for FreeCell.

TF2 and a Microsoft Keyboard

August 30, 2008 3 comments

I’ve lately been playing the game Team Fortress 2, developed by Valve in 2007.  The Heavy update finally came on August 19th and I’ve been playing non-stop for a week now trying to gain all the achievements.  I’ve managed to get twenty-three of the thirty-eight achievements available and am now using the nicely made K.G.B.  What pisses me off though is the keyboard I am using.

I know for a fact that since I am a gamer that wired keyboards and mouses are preferred to rather than their wireless counterparts. The main problem being that you never know when the batteries will run out, especially the batteries for the mouse that can crap out on you when you get ambushed from behind by a pyro wielding a backburner.
I’m using the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 3.0 package and I can tell you, I do not like this keyboard what-so-ever. The keyboard and mouse have their advantages and disadvantages but the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages.

The Pros:
1. Ergonomically, the design is alright and the keyboard feels nice on the hands
2. It has many programmable macro keys for your programs and also has for short cut keys like a button for MSN messenger, calculator, my documents, my computer, notepad, e-mail, and the internet.
3. It contains media player buttons which are always good for watching movies, television shows, and also listening to music.
4. The mouse feels great and is ergonomically designed and fits the hand well. It feels very nice to hold it.
5. Mouse and keyboard do not take up that much battery power. For two years of owning this keyboard, I haven’t replaced the keyboard batteries and I’ve only replaced the mouse batteries twice.
6. The range can go up to five feet at least. I didn’t test at any further distances as my room is not long enough for this testing.

The Cons:
1. The program that comes with the package is easy to use and easy to install. It is very easy to navigate through and is intuitive. Unfortunately the macro keys and the shortcuts do not respond very well to the programs that are assigned to these buttons. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. I had a problem with always resetting the macro keys to their respective programs. The keys would respond for a short period but after a while or even after restarting the computer, the macro keys stop working.
2. The mouse wheel is too sensitive for me. This is a subjective view as I like the old school mouse wheels in which you can feel each click the mouse makes. The mouse wheel rotates very smoothly and you can barely feel any of the clicks. The wheel feels nice though with a translucent rubber finish. The scroll wheel can be moved from left to right which is used to help navigate through the tabs in Firefox and Opera but it seems as if the keyboard problems extend to the mouse as well.

Now the biggest problem:
3. This keyboard is not suitable for gaming what-so-ever! If you are a gamer, do not buy this keyboard because it will fail you and get you killed countless times, so many times that you will want to throw the keyboard and mouse out the window in frustration. The major problems that occur with this keyboard is that somehow the keys become unresponsive and de-sync somehow while you are trying to move your character. Just by pressing two buttons at once, your character will stop moving. This is very problematic especially if you try to crouch jump onto a ledge or even try and dodge while strafing and running forward.

While playing a scout in TF2, double-jumping is very important. What happens when you regularly double jump is you jump forward first and when you try to do the second jump you stop moving and just jump upwards – very frustrating.
Rocket jumping also is a big problem as jumping and trying to move forward is a big problem. Many times while rocket jumping I never move forward but only upward.
The biggest problem is strafing. Many times as I run forward and strafe to the left or right, the keys malfunction and de-sync or so and my character stops moving thus sending me to my untimely death.

These problems though never occur when I play DoTA, but mostly in WC3 its all done with the mouse and the keyboard hot-keys are not usually pressed at the same time.

In the end, this keyboard is ideal for any kind type of computer use except for gaming. It is great for businesses and casual typing. It is great for typing your blog or finishing off an essay for school but it is definitely not for games. If you are a gamer, stay away from this keyboard.

E3 ’08

July 15, 2008 Leave a comment

E3 Launched today, July 15th 2008. Marking the enhancements in technology and gaming while showing the world how much a force the gaming industry has become.  It is amazing how mainstream video gaming became. From its roots in pong to parents telling kids that it is stupid to actual tournaments being played where the top seeds get a six-figure salary in earnings.  It is amazing how the industry has sky rocketed into stardom and has become the new powerhouse in entertainment.

With E3 starting today, Microsoft were the first to present their upcoming games for the later quarter of 2008 and upcoming 2009.  Demoes of highly anticipated games have already been shown like Fallout 3, and Gears of War 2.  Viewers were given a glimpse of Square Enix’s new game, Final Fantasy XIII and as well as Fable 2.  There’s new information on Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero, most noteably the downloadable/playable content for each game (WOOO METALLICA!).  Many new trailers were also shown at the conference: Rage, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Too Human, Dragon Age, Mortal Combat Vs. DC Universe, and a whole lot more.

Tomorrow, will be Nintendo’s press conference and many are anticipating new game demoes coming out for the Wii and new weird, bright, and cooky ideas for the Wii, like Wii Motion.  Most likely they will be a blunder, but still there will be people buying it.

In the next few days, many of the Second Party game developers like Activision, Konami, and Ubisoft (They are Second Party I believe, or are they still considered third party?) will showcase their new games and show off the new visual enhancements and gameplay innovations like Farcry 2.  It will be amazing to see what these developers have in store for the rest of us.  This year’s E3 will be a blast – it better be, it can’t be the 2007 fiasco that the ESA did with the event.

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