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I hate error messages

Because they are generally unhelpful and/or stupid.

Yes I know the connection to my computer was lost because I turned it off forgetting that the movie I was watching was streaming from the said computer.

Make sure your computer is turned on: I just told you I turned it off. It was a mistake, an accident.

Connected to your network: There’s nothing wrong with the network. I turned the computer off.

And is running media sharing software: Dude! I was just watching a movie. Do you think that would have been possible without running media sharing?

Error messages suck.

Curse you 2K!

How many times do I have to finish Bioshock? I already completed the game 4 times to get 49 achievements out of 50. Now 2K released a patch on XBox live fixing the widescreen issues. I didn’t think it was much of a problem but looking at the screen grabs i’s worth playing a couple of levels.
The patch comes also with a bunch of new features:

● Sonic Boom: Hurls creatures and objects back with a blast of force
● EVE saver: Enables Plasmids to use less
● EVE Vending Expert: Reduces prices in the vending machines
● Machine Buster: Increases the amount of damage players deal to cameras, bots and turrets

They’ve also added a 51st achievement for beating the game on hard without dying.*sigh* Thank you 2K

Hey Microsoft!

Don’t you think it’s time for a Windows XP Service Pack 3? I was doing a clean install of XP Service Pack 2 today and I loaded the machine with Office 2007. This is what it took to bring it up to date:Installation of the active X control for Microsoft Update. Back to the home page for software upgrades, namely Windows installer 3.1 and Windows Genuine Advantage then restart. Back to the home page, 102 updates for a total of 244.2MB!!!!

Think that’s bad? Wait! Restart then back to Microsoft Update and another 14 updates totaling 42.7MB this time.

And that’s a third restart. Back to Microsoft update, behold! One security update for .NET framework. 8.8MB and we are done.

That’s roughly 300MB worth of update and you have to reboot your computer 3 times.

Microsoft? Time for Service Pack 3, like now… But I guess you’ve already decided that it was for the first half of ’08.


COD4 public beta update

I guess there was no need to panic yesterday afternoon after all. I calmly went back to the registration page this morning and after completing the process got the following message:

Your name will now be entered into a random drawing for Tokens into the Xbox 360 Multiplayer Beta. At 7pm PDT tomorrow, Tuesday August 28th, we will be drawing names for entry into the Beta. Within 72 hours of this Drawing, we will contact you via email with news on whether or not you were admitted. Even if your name is not chosen in the random drawing, there will be more ways to get into the Beta, and we will continue to update you on the details as soon as they’re finalized!

If you are selected in the Drawing, please be patient and wait until you receive your token. We will be sending out Token Codes in batches to ensure the Xbox Live servers are ramped up at a safe pace.

If you use an email client such as Yahoo, G-mail, or Hotmail, please be sure to check your junk mail folder for news on whether or not you’ve been selected. Also, please add Cod4beta@infinityward.comto your address book. This will ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the action.

Check back into Charlie Oscar Delta for Updates, and don’t forget: this is a Beta! You can send us your feedback at betafeedback@infinityward.com as well as post your thoughts on the Charlie Oscar Delta Boards. We’ll be reading your Feedback, so please let us know what you think!”

I could swear it said the beta was on a first come first serve basis yesterday, anyway I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Update: I’m not totally crazy. From the Beta page:

“Due to overwhelming interest in the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta, we will no longer be accepting entry into the program on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure everyone has a fair shot at getting in, the Beta Registration System will reopen shortly, and will remain open for 24 hours. We will collect names until 7pm PDT tomorrow, Tuesday August 28th, after which we will randomly select names for entry into the Beta.”

The agony of defeat

I tried to sign-up today for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Public Beta, aka COD4 without much success. Before downloading the game from XBox Live you had to get a token code from the site starting at 3:00 PM EST today. I knew there was troubles ahead when the site started to slow down dramatically at 2:30. Since 2:55 that’s all I’ve been getting:
In other words: It’s down. Which left me wondering, who gets through on this kind of things and why? Oh well…

Update: After being down for over an hour, Activision finally decided to forward the registration page to the maintenance page. Bleh!

“STARDUST” Explorer – 30 points

“STARDUST” Explorer:
Found all of the target marks in Mission 11.And that’s it for “Lost Planet”. I’m shipping back the game tomorrow morning. The online part just wasn’t entertaining enough or at least very uneven, I liked the game overall though. I expect gamefly to ship Resident Evil 4 for the Wii and either Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Forza Motorsport 2 or even possibly Dirt for the 360. I’m actually looking forward to play any of these games. I’ll play some more Gears of War in the meantime, it’s been a while…