LittleBigPlanet 2 Countdown
If you're looking for a countdown for one of the most anticipated games for the PS3, you've found the right place.
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Chrome Extension for PS.com Forums
I've made my first-ever browser extension. I chose Google Chrome, mostly because I actually use Chrome on a regular basis. It also turns out it's not too hard to make extensions for.
This extension adds some features to http://boardsus.playstation.com
Read on for more information.
Moderating for 5 Years
A major milestone. Not everyone can say that, but some can. You see and learn a lot about a forum and its posters when you've been reading posts for 5 years.
New PlayStation Website Launch Woes
PlayStation.com launched a new website and updated the forums, but not without hitch. In addition to the extra unexpected maintenance, and stability issues, there have been many complaints about the design of the site, removed features, and slow performance.
PlayStation.com Forums Down
The North American PlayStation.com forums and website have gone down for approximately 13 hours (10pm Pacific/1am Eastern to 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern) for some serious renovations. But what can we expect?
PSN Connect Tool
With the advent of PS List, and knowing that it was possible to connect to the PSN and pull profile information, I couldn't help but make something with PHP. Check out what I've done and what is possible by clicking Read More.
PSList: PS3 Friends List for PC
PSList is a program developed by a PlayStation.com forums user lets you login to the PlayStation Network and view your PSN friends list. It shows thing such as friend requests pending, users online and what game they're playing, and who's offline.
Arizona Iced Tea
A very popular iced tea beverage which comes in several varieties. To add to the great taste of the drink, is the price, 22fl oz can for $0.99. So, basically it's cheaper than water. Buyer and Arizona fan beware, not all varieties are created with equal levels of deliciousness. By request, and without further delay, the Arizona Iced Tea review.
Should a GPS be Smarter?
If you've ever used a GPS, you know they're not perfect. They may tell you to get on non-existent streets, or send you through city streets instead of the highway going around. With modern GPS's sporting processors fast enough to play simple games and enough disk space to hold a short movie, why don't these devices make use of all that power?
Happy 10th Birthday PS.com Forums!
It's been 10 years for the PlayStation.com Forums today. This makes it the oldest forum for Lithium, and one of the oldest official console gaming forums.
Everyone gets these, and it only seems to get worse over time. I got nailed after I got a credit report via Bank of America.
If you acutally read these offers, some have a notice at the bottom, on the back, on how to stop getting most of these offers.
Do any one of the following:
- Call 1-888-567-8688
- Go to https://www.optoutprescreen.com/
- Write to:
Experian Consumer Opt Out
P.O. Box 919
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123
TransUnion Opt Out Request
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094-0505
The website is probably the easiest option. To be permanently removed, you will have to return a signed form.
Been a crazy day. Was dragged out for a walk in the woods, and ended up collecting a grand total of 23 ticks on just myself. Lithium decided to change the way they pay their moderators. I got a job interview Friday for a mysterious non-profit organization (found the job through Manpower), and LOST season finale.
I made this site about 3 years ago, and it hasn't changed much since. Fortunately, I made it somewhat simple, and easy to manipulate, so I could make future changes, which I have. Unfortunately, my website is still a bit behind the time, and needs some updating.
First I need to decide to use the code I already have, or start from scratch. Starting from scratch takes much longer and more planning, but allows for code thats more willing to deal with whatever changes I want to make. If I use my old code, some things may be a bit hack-job, but will let me spend more time on new cool stuff.
I also need to invent some creativity to give this site a little spice, else I pay for a custom design, or find a free template to hack up.
But, for things this site should do:
-look more professional
-more customization for front/landing page
--change order of posts
--change post views on a per-post basis
-connect to social-networking sites
-better user accounts
-captcha-like user registration form
-a "shoutbox" like something, with captcha
Please comment with more suggestions :)
After a series of unfortunate events, and then a lack of time, my website has been down for quite some time. But now it's back online, obviously.
Lost some databases, namely the comments database. So, nothing has any comments, sadly. I have a better backup regimen, so hopefully that won't happen again.
Some other things don't work as well that I'll be getting around to fixing maybe.
I got a new (used) car today! :D It's not a racer for pimping out, it's for a nice reliable ride. I spent a couple weeks looking at cars, and really had to finagle money around though to be able to afford this :D
It's a 2000 Chevy Impala, 65,000 miles. I spent $7200 on the car, blue book is $7500, so I did alright. It's not *loaded*, but it's got most of the things that work for me. The engine is a 3.4L V6, 180hp. It's alleged to get as much as 30mpg highway (twice as good as my old car).
It really was an adventure trying to get this car, because our family only had one car for about a week, and my father needed it to get to work. I finally got it, it's done, and I'm thrilled. My old car (link may be slow), was towed away today by the junkyard (RIP).
More pics of new car: http://picasaweb.google.com/coreno/Car
So, I guess I went on a bit of a programming spree this weekend. I guess I do that when I'm bored, and discover something new to play with.
I changed this site a bit, gearing it up for some more major changes later using mod_rewrite. It will make the URLs appear more like what some other sites and blogs will do. Also added some images to this site, and messed with the colors/theme a bit. I think it looks a bit nicer.
I also made this site: boardsus.playstation.com for PSP. The point of the site, except for me to program something to kill bordom, is, erm, I guess already described on there. "The point of this page was to make a PSP friendly, and user friendly, site for browsing the PlayStation.com Forums on your PSP. It was also made to cure my bordom, and to exercise my RSS skills using PHP. I also put in some AJAX stuff if you're not on the PSP."
Please let me know what you think. I'm also gunna put a post over in the PSP section of my site, with just the PSP info in it.
Back from Wizard World
I had a blast, everything was great. I made some great friends, got to get paid for working with PlayStation, it doesn't get much better than that :D. Got a bunch of cool free stuff, also a bunch of pics. Although my camera wasn't cooperating, so they're not very good :(
Eye of Judgment rocked, was totally awesome, and I can't wait for it. Though I'm still wondering how I'm getting a PS3... and games, and accessories lol.
I'm going to Wizard World
As a part of a promotion for Sony's "GAP" (Gamer Advisory Panel), they wanted to send "five lucky G.A.P. members the opportunity to share their gaming expertise in the official PlayStation booth".
They wanted a resume, cover letter, a picture of yourself, etc... So I sent that all in, got a call yesterday saying they were very interested, got another call today saying that I was going.
They promise to compensate me for my time, but haven't made clear what that compensation is yet. I am now waiting on an email with more details about what's going on and contact information.
This seems to be largely being run by "Marketingwerks", and not Sony themselves.
Well, ok, I guess i shouldn't be putting all the blame on the people that work at the help desk, but I need to rant about someone.
Now, maybe I just expecting too much from my laptop, or maybe installing vista was a bad idea, but I'm pretty sure benchmark tests claim the drive to be running at 3mb/s. Now, as far as I know, that is much slower than most drives.
So, I give it to them and say the drive isn't working, and a day later, today, they call me, and tell me they ran all their tests, and came back normal.
I guess, speed tests, aren't a part of normal testing procedures. Actual performance apparently isn't a concern by hardware vendors.
Anyway... i'm either crazy and the drive is indeed fine, or i gotta shit hdd and nothing i can do about it.
Happy New Year
So! I haven't posted anything here in awhile, so here is my Happy New Year and Merry Christmas Wishings. Though, many of your are about to start back to work or school tomorrow.
Hope Santa treated you well. I made out well, aside from being poor :( I'm certainly going to have to ramp up my job-finding efforts. Especially since it's looking like I'm spending the large portion of my summer vacation alone.
I do custom PHP programming if you're looking for a custom site or something ;) As for this site, hopefully I'll get some more more eye-appealing things, and maybe more content... right... Like that will ever happen.
I hate cars
So, couple weeks ago, I was going to take my car to go bowling with my friends.... but the brake pedal sank to the floor. Great. So I turn right around and park it, and find another ride to the lanes.
Upon futher inspection, it appeared as though the brake lines were leaking. A couple days later, I get the car down to my schools automotive department, about 25mins down the road. They fix students cars as a part of thier curricilum, so students don't have to pay labor, only parts.
This was an especially good deal for me, because replacing brake lines isn't cheap it turns out, because it's a lot of labor, though the parts are cheap. So I'd be making out like a bandit.
So, after a few days of not hearing from them for a price estimate, I called them. They then told me all the brake lines needed to be replaced, and would cost about $40. They also said that the rear shocks should be done, and that would be $20 (each?). I OK'ed the repairs, and they said they might send it to thier "Freshman shop" to get done, and they'd call me back.
Well, today, after they had once again failed to call me back, I called them up. They told me that they didn't have enough time to fix my car and want me to take it back.
So, so much for that. Now, I have to figure out what to do with my car, how I'm going to afford it, because I'm really poor, all the while still getting lots of school work done, all before the week is out.
5 Years at playstation.com forums
So, Aug. 23rd is the date I registered on the forums at us.playstation.com, exactly 5 years ago. Since then, my time on the forums has been sporadic, though eventutally became more frequent, leading me into the MVP Program during its premire, and eventually to a moderator.
My time there has been fun and exciting, and really enjoy playing a role in the forums, present and future.
New sig & icon
After having the same signature and icon for a really, really long time, I had someone make me a new one, based on one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite animes (yes, i watch some of those). I would like to thank r0ntu208 for making this signature and icon for me.
Let me know what you think of the new look :)
Dunno what the beef is, but my neobahumut.com forums were hacked the other day (now fixed with no loss or damages), and today I noticed someone attempting to break in to my computer via FTP, Telnet, SSH, and Remote Desktop.
I have the IP of my attacker obviously, but now I want to know who this person is and why they were doing it... if I don't get any contact, I'll report this IP and send all my logs to thier ISP.
So, I havn't defragmented in a long time, mostly because the drive was too full, and after moving and deleting a bunch of files, this is what my drive turned out to look like:
Here is a description of what fragmentation and defragmentation is:
Take a look a the "drive map". That's literally a map of the drive, and where data is on it.
When files are saved on the harddrive, they are saved in the first available free space. Say you save 2 files, the first file is 10Kb, and the 2nd one is 100kb. Then you delete the first file... that leaves 10kb of free space in front of the 2nd file. If you then save a 50kb file, the first 10kb of that file will be saved in the 10kb of free space in front of the 2nd file, and the rest is saved after it. Now that file is fragmented, because it's saved in two physical locations on the disk. File 2, is still contigious, and not fragmented.
When you defragment, it rearranges the files so that they are all contigious. So, in this case, it would probably move File 2 somewhere else, re-save File 3 so it's all together at the beginning.
How to do it
1. Open "My Computer", right click your harddrive, and click properties.
2. Click the tools tab. Click Defragment Now.
3. Select the drive you wish to defragment, then click Defragment at the bottom.
Note: the program I used is not the one in Windows XP, I used Executive Software Diskkeeper.
Well, while waiting for PS Forums maitaince to complete, might as well bitch about my laptop.
Couple days ago, I noticed that the left side of the screen is considerably darker than the right. Screen still works fine, and it's not always noticable, but when it is, it's annoying as hell.
I only had my laptop for a few weeks since it's last repaire debocle, which involved getting a new harddrive. So the help desk installed all kinds of lozer software on here, which I havn't gotten around to uninstalling or changing, so sometimes that software will do something to annoy me.
Anyway, I wonder if it's worth the 3+ Weeks to send out this laptop to get fixed for something not crippling, but still a problem that should be fixed while still under warrenty.
Tried playing a game of Counter Strike: Source earlier today, and the game froze. Windows was still working in the background, but when I couldn't get enough free processor time to end the game, I gave up and restarted.
When cleaning up files on my old HDD, I apparently deleted some files Windows was still using to boot up, so it wouldn't boot (Said "ntldr mising, press ctrl+alt+del to restart"). So, I was forced to reinstall windows (repairing the boot information didn't work in the recovery console).
After booting back into Windows, which was an unusual process, it appeared as though SP2 was uninstalled, though some elements of it are still there (Security Center in the Control Panel). But they don't work (Security Center window has no settings or anything in it). MS Word/Office doesn't work, even after selecting Repair and Reinstall options, Media Player doesn't work, my media licenses don't work, so I can't play WMA files I've legally downloaded and have the rights to play.
took this pic this morning because i thought it looked kinda cool
I forgot to update the domain name at dyndns and it expired for a short period (lol), i noticed and fixed it quikly though... the thing is i forgot to update my email address with them, so i never got the reminder email... oh well, all fixed
Got my laptop back! :)
Finally got my laptop back today. Gotta buncha stuff installed, things like google desktop and all that google goodness, norton firewall (which i think needs to be re-installed), firefox, executive software diskkeeper, a collection of powertoys, cyberlink power dvd and more...
I'm glad to finally have it back, and i was expecting it at the earliest next week.
things to do...
-tech support tab
--or make permissions (more flexible)
-quick edit link
---view post count
---view join date
-add editline (and count?)
-create installable version
-image gallery (simple one or two file, db free)
*tab and catagory levels
*finish news stuff