Archive for March, 2013

Today’s bizarre spam fake “comment” trying to evade the spam filters.

March 28, 2013

DO these clowns think anybody believes this was written by a human being who actually read the article and replied?

“Your blog is around hilarious things. It has humorous pictures, gifs, kittens and cats, rates, video clips and even more. Many of them are exceedingly humorous and in addition genuinely humorous. If you like this interesting material adhere to me….”


FIXED (used AMD 13.3 beta driver): I paid $80 for Bioshock Infinite and the DLC didn’t run without crashing my whole computer.

March 27, 2013

I paid $80 for a game and DLC that wouldn’t run five minutes upon release without freezing/crashing so hard that I have to reboot. I had the latest standard drivers and spent the night scouring the Internet trying to find fixes. I am even tried editing .ini files to try fixes that had worked for others, but not resolving the problem.

This is what REALLY sucks about PC gaming. The game looks amazing and the reviews are stellar. However, what good is it if it won’t run on what is still high-end hardware.

Rage was launched broken on the day of release (at least the fix was just changing a Catalyst driver setting). My grandson is bugging me to get SimCity, but the broken launch has scared me away (as did the mediocre reviewer meta-scores). Ken Levine is as sharp of a game guy as can be found, yet the grandson and I will be playing other games until some combo of driver upgrades, patches, tweaks, and prayers get this game to run.

Name any other area of consumer goods where the buying public gets screwed as much as PC gaming. Why do we accept it?

UPDATE 1: I am trying the AMD 13.3 beta drivers (I have an AMD HD 5970) and this time I managed to test the game for a few minutes with no crashes. I cannot declare victory, but it offers a ray of hope. Still, one shouldn’t have to resort to beta “as-is” drivers to get a game to function.

UPDATE 2: The grandson played the game for an extended session after school and indicated it was stable. We shall declare it tentatively fixed with the 13.3 beta.

If senators can’t pay for their own haircuts, then they are NOT serious about spending

March 17, 2013

Think about it: We are told the USA is too broke for White House Tours, but apparently we are still flush with enough cash for U.S. Senators to get taxpayer-subsidized haircuts.

Get real!

The clowns are the worst spammer of my office inbox. They can email several times a day! Remove list? Lies!

March 13, 2013

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(Editor note: You can click that link all you want. They will still bombard you with spam for months before each of their seminars.)

The latest spammers to be bombarding my inbox at work. Repeated attempts to get off their lists are epic fails

March 13, 2013

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My most surreal spammer fake comment lately. Try reading it with emotion.

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OK, Sheryl Crow is offically forgiven for her nutty politics due to extreme talent. Let’s soak up the sun!

March 7, 2013

This is 5:13 of some of the best ear candy one can find. Just try to listen and not feel a bit better about life or love or whatever. This will be my unofficial “get me through this latest legislative session” song.

I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up (I’m gonna tell ’em that)
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up, so I’m gonna soak up the sun

Nice bass line, too.

Skyrim getting on my nerves with the #@$# bugs and quirks

March 5, 2013

OK, so I fired up Skyrim again to play the Dragonborn DLC. I took my level 66 character into Whiterun with Serana from the Dawnguard DLC in tow. She has become my favorite companion in the game.

Anyhow I was attacked by some cultists in the town after leaving my home, which was supposed to happen to start the new DLC quest. OK, so far so good.

Then Serana and the city guards started dueling in the street (with the guards being slaughtered). Great… One of the guards must have caught a stray blow or spell. Hey, maybe it was an arrow in the knee?

So, not wanting to murder every guard in Whiterun, I went outside the town and waited a few hours.

I went back in to sell off loot and everyone seemed to like me again. Or so I thought until I hit Dragonsreach Castle. I went inside to sell some magic items to the court wizard — and was promptly attacked by the entire assembled court. Serana was laying waste to them again, but I decided I had seen enough friendly-fire bloodshed for one day of what were SUPPOSED TO BE peaceful NPCs and left town.

The ability to have NPCs turn hostile has been a generally fun part of the Elder Scrolls games. However, in Skyrim, the NPCs are so hair-triggered that the fun is lost.

C’mon Bethesda, stop cranking out DLC for a bit and tweak the game.