Monday, December 10, 2007
The site says, "The Hurdle Book was created to help encourage people to empower themselves and to learn the process of business planning to better accomplish their business goals."
Even though I haven't read it, after a quick scan of the pages it seems to deliver.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The interesting thing about a Points Model is that it abstracts the true cost of what you are buying. The live links above (at the time of this writing) put a Wii point at $0.009495 (a little under a penny) and a Xbox point at $0.01186875 (more than 10% over a penny). Of course you would have to calcualte shipping and/or tax (maybe?) into any equation to come up with a true cost. Then you could look at discounts (i.e. coupons) that could be applied to the overall exchange rate.
Wikipedia has taken a good shot at exchange rates based on average cost of Wii and Live points. I would be interested in seeing the cost to the distributer of these cards and the cost of manufacture, because these are surely devaluing the royalty payments the content owners are getting.
Putting together a good deal on points doesn't look to be that hard. Buy.com typically carries the Microsoft 4000 Point card for $48.99 no tax, no shipping. First time Google Checkout uses can knock off $10 anything at Buy.com wich drops the point cost to $0.0097475 which makes buying something like Puzzle Quest (a 1200 point game) to just $11.70 with points to spare. It simple economics--and I'm sure all the video game kids are all about that.
It's amazing that the console manufatures are making their consumers jump through all these hoops. Hasn't anyone learned anything from NetFlix? Consumers like to feel like they are getting a deal not like thier getting ripped off.
Monday, October 22, 2007
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Monday, September 03, 2007
But, I still bought all the stuff, and I did want a T-shirt for the draft, so I chose a simple one word shirt--CONVICKTED.
I had an old red "ringer" t-shirt that I had planned on making a Cincinnati Reds shirt out of once they got good. Needless to say it's been sitting in my closet for more than a few years.
First I laid out the letters in what I thought was a pretty straight line using a sheet of paper as a guide.
Nice and clean, but I wanted to give it a bit more of an athletic shirt feel, so I used a serving dish that had more of an elliptical curve to it.
Much better. Now all I had to do was break out the iron. (I hope my wife doesn't read this and realize I know how to use an iron...)
Ironing was a bit tricky. You have to time hitting the letters long enough to get them to stick, but not so long you burn the shirt. I tried about 15 seconds on the front, then turned it inside out for another 5 on the back side.
All said and done, the shirt cost about $6 in supplies and took about 20 minutes. Not too shabby...
Thursday, August 09, 2007
These are my actual results...
Career Inventory Test Results
personality tests by similarminds.com
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I looked into that 4 Hour Workweek book. Although it doesn’t appear to be worth reading, the idea is starting your own business then off loading the “busy work” to outsourcing firms in India.
This article is shorter and much funnier version of the same thing... Thanks to Marty for the link.
My friend Scott loaned my the book and I plan on taking it with me to the 2008 Game Developers Conference and giving it a good read.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
We'll see if that stabilizes my home system.
See this post for more info...
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Have a looksee... By the way, this is not my video, just a the same software I'm installing... :)
Maybe I'll drop a few pictures as things progress.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I'm struggling to troubleshoot Remote Desktop with Windows Vista. It seems that when connecting through the RDP Vista will reset itself with an "Unexpected Shutdown." It works better (but not perfectly) with Themes unchecked, but I don't have any idea why.
This isn't a reported bug, so I'm hoping some one stumbles across this and chimes in.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Now, that I’ve upgraded, I’m really surprised how many applications I run on a daily basis that work great in XP but poorly or not at all in Vista. Here’s a short list of what I’ve found so far…
- CD/DVD Burners (Nero or Roxio)
- Audio software (due to a lack of drivers…)
And most of the game software I wrote for Windows 2000 runs with warnings, but anything I wrote using OpenGL (like my rss screensaver for windows) has major issues.
This wouldn’t be so bad, but almost every vendor website that mentions Vista compatibility issues are charging for new releases that are Vista certified. In my case, my DVD drive came with DVD burning software for free, but to simply get my Drive working in Vista I’ll have to spend $40. (Vista, of course has it’s own DVD writing component, but I’ll have to use it more to either condone or condemn it.)
Long story short, if I didn’t have to upgrade Vista so I can support it in my past and future software, I might have waited until I bought a new system.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Assuming this fixes the last of the issues, I'll work on some more features.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
That's right, I skipped a whole version number... This version tackles the big interactivity problem and sets the stage (finally) for foreign characters. Here's what's new now...
- Hold down the SHIFT key to speed up the current story (fast forward)
- Hold down the CTRL key to snap the current story to full frame
- Hold them both to quickly view stories
- Some additional color palettes added to config
Check it out at rsssaver.com.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I'm still waiting on approval before it's available via Yahoo!'s Widget Library, but I'll update this page when it can be downloaded.
The widget is available for download here.