Archive for July, 2010

Corsair gets a gold star for customer service

July 23, 2010

I bought a used Corsair power supply as part of a home-built system in a moving sale and discovered that the prior owner had not used most of the modular power cords when he built his rig. Of course, he couldn’t find the rest of them now.

Problem: I needed these “extra” cables for upgrades to the machine.

I contacted Corsair about how to get a replacement set and soon heard back that they would ship them to me. The SATA cables would need to be back-ordered, but they would also send those along as soon as they came in.

No hassles! They were not in any way obligated to do this, I note. It impressed me that they would replace a set of cables lost by the prior owner of a used device at no charge.

Corsair, you just moved up another notch on my “preferred brands” list. You join eVGA, which allowed me to RMA a high-end video card without the extended warranty in place. I also need to add Asus which just authorized the swap of a failed motherboard for a friend of mine that he had bought used.

All three brands win high marks from me for what they did for customers AFTER the initial sale. We all grumble about bad service. It seemed only fair to offer praise when a vendor does the right thing


The Witcher is growing on me. Here is a tip against one of the trophy critters (Archespore).

July 19, 2010

I finally am getting around to playing The Witcher and the game is steadily growing on me. It isn’t perfect, but some of it is so well done that you are forgiving of the occasional flaw.

Here is a tip for new players: You will face a tough enemy in the swamp in Chapter II called an Archespore. It is a trophy creature and completes a quest. Here is how to beat it without putting yourself at undue risk. Once you get the fire spell, put lots of points into it. Get to where you can power-up and strike from a distance. Once you get “Incinerate”, then you can launch fireballs at the Archespore from a safe distance (outside its own ranged attack) and watch it become barbecued veggies. You can use this same tactic on the other attacking fixed-location plants (the Echinops). The fireball spell (Igni sign) will become a friend for other tough fights, but it will save your life against the Archespore.

Fallout 3 DLC now available on Steam! Life is good! No more MS GFWL hassles!

July 17, 2010

Now Available – Fallout 3 DLC
Product Release – Valve 12:02
You can now enjoy all five of the Fallout 3 Game add-on packs! Create a character of your choosing and descend into an awe-inspiring, post-apocalyptic world where every minute is a fight for survival.

Fallout 3 DLC:
– Operation Anchorage
– The Pitt
– Broken Steel
– Point Lookout
– Mothership Zeta