Mid Week Gaming Deals (June 24)

By on Jun 24, 2015 | 0 comments

If you have visited my Deals page, you can see that recently I became an official partner of Green Man Gaming. As you can see, I have a custom voucher code available to those of you who visit my site or follow me on Twitter. STEVOF-C20OFF-GAMING Every few weeks (or more often if people seem to like it) I will post some Mid Week Gaming Deals that I think are worth your while. This week I have chosen 3 action game releases to highlight: Fallout 4 – 20% off with code Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition – 20% off with code Batman Arkham Knight – 40% off with code listed below Fallout 4 is currently listed at $59.99 but you can use my voucher code STEVOF-C20OFF-GAMING to receive 20% off. Devil May Cry 4: SE is currently listed at $24.99. Use my voucher code STEVOF-C20OFF-GAMING to receive 20% off. Batman Arkham Knight is currently listed at $59.99. Use voucher code BETHEB-ATMANG-MG40PC to receive 40% off. Please note: the Batman code is valid until 17:00 UTC June 26 and is good for both standard and premium...

Thanks, Electronic Arts

By on May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

I seriously never thought I would say that, but EA has awoken the casual gamer in me again. Recently I decided to move my Xbox One out of my living room and into another location in my house, the Den (as it is labeled in my Sonos system). The den is where my computer is located as well as a 42″ TV. Obviously, the 55″ in the living room plus surround sound gives a greater overall experience, but I realized I didn’t necessarily want all of that. All i really need is my leather recliner (also in the den) and a nice HD TV. 10-15 years ago I was much more into gaming. I had all of the consoles, and was an avid PC gamer. (I’ll blame Unreal Tournament for that.) and since then my console playing has dwindled. I have an Xbox 360 in the closet which hasn’t been turned on for 4+ years, and my PS3 which I used to play fairly often hasn’t even been taken out of the box I moved it in when I bought my new house in 2013. I’ve had the Xbox One since launch, but I’ve rarely played it. I have a handful of games, and they are great, but I know spending $60 each is not worth it for me. I just don’t play it enough anymore. This is where EA comes in. EA Access… what can i say? For those of you who aren’t aware of what it is, EA Access is a monthly service which allows you to play games from their “vault”.  The vault has recently been updated with all of the ’15 sports games, and has a few others as well. This service for under $30 a year allows me to download a bunch of games I wouldn’t have purchased for $60 each, because as i said before I just don’t play them enough. Not only that, but if I decide I want to buy any other EA games, I as an Access member, will get a 10% discount. I have to admit, I didn’t realize how much I missed playing some of these games. NHL 15 for example has been a blast. I haven’t played a hockey game in easily 5+ years. On a side note, I laughed when I saw an NHL 94 control scheme available in the options. I thought to myself, “wow i loved that game”.  I didn’t use that scheme though by the way. EA is definitely not the most liked company out there, any gamer knows that. But recently they seem to have changed their image slightly. Their stocks are going up, and people seem generally pleased with this new EA Access offering (which I should point out is exclusive to the Xbox One right now). I know I am very happy with what EA is doing, so as the title states, thanks EA.  I intend on using my console for the occasional gaming session much more frequently...

Nook Color Revealed – Ships Nov 19

By on Oct 26, 2010 | 2 comments

The rumors were true. Barnes & Noble is currently hosting their special event regarding the release of a new version of the Nook, the Nook Color. The new device is much different from the older models. It no longer has the e-ink screen but a full touch screen powered by Android. The new device is not just an ereader, it’s a tablet. Listed below are the features of the new Nook Color. The Ultimate Reading Experience: Stunning 7-inch color touchscreen Magazines & newspapers in rich color Kids’ books come alive Over 2 million titles at your fingertips Get social, surf the web, play games, even listen to music All for $249. To get more information on the Nook Color visit the Barnes & Noble site by clicking here. The product page has already been...

Roku For Dummies!

By on Aug 22, 2010 | 1 comment

I recently purchased a Roku HD player at a great price from Amazon.com. I am an avid Netflix user and streaming video to my laptop is nice but watching movies on a television is a much nicer experience all around. My Roku arrived this week and, unbelievably, I installed it on my lunch hour after I ate my lunch and I was not late returning to work! In less than thirty minutes I connected it to my television and the internet, registered my device with Roku, Netflix, and Amazon Video On Demand. It was an amazingly simple process. I had been told that I would need to manage my Netflix queue via the internet to add movies for streaming, however Netflix has made some upgrades that allow you to search for movies via your Roku device making adding and deleting from the device is very user friendly. Download speeds are fast and I have not had any issues with any movies needing to buffer as I watched them. The only thing I found a bit awkward was scrolling through a video I just wanted to watch parts of, however if you pause during a movie and come back later to resume watching, it immediately goes to the point where you left off. There are many options of channels you can add to your Roku device from podcasts to videos to photo sharing. Thus far I have added Mediafly, PodTV, woot!, Roku Newscaster, EZTakes, and USTREAM.tv. I have found each of these applications to be very easy to navigate and use. I have not found Amazon video on demand as simple to use though. I found their application to be a bit cumbersome and outside of a few current television show offerings, all of their content is available on Netflix, so paying for Amazon rentals is not going to be something I will do with any regularity. For those interested in MMA, there are a couple of channels for viewing UFC which offers LIVE events and archived PPV events and classic fights and Midwest Cage Fighting. It also has some internet radio channels, family channels with kid friendly content, some independent film channels, and several classic movie channels. In addition, in the few days since I have installed my Roku device, there have been several new channels added to the lineup, so I will be checking back often to see what else is new. If you have been considering purchasing a Roku device, I would definitely recommend...

The Apple Experience

By on Aug 15, 2010 | 6 comments

I have been a Mac user for years now. When I first “switched” things could not have been better. Unfortunately, in my opinion, Apple is far from what it used to be. Many people will argue that they are more popular than ever, which might be true from a sales standpoint, but in terms of quality and reliability Apple products are a far cry from what they were even 5 years ago. Around February of 2005 I bought a G4 iBook. I loved it, and still do except for the screen resolution. It has always worked very well. I could easily take it to class and use it all day on a single battery charge. It is quiet and never overheats. As far as I’m concerned it has worked flawlessly, and I’d like to point out, it still does. The battery still keeps a great charge. The screen has zero dead pixels. It has held up perfectly. As I stated before it’s main downfall for “modern” times is the low screen resolution of 1024×768. It has a 1.33ghz G4 Processor, 1.25gb of RAM and runs the Leopard operating system. It isn’t fast compared to new laptops, but it is great for general internet usage, even still today. In May of 2008 I purchased a 24″ iMac. At that point I became a full time Mac user at home. I loved it. And for $1800 I hoped it would last a long time. Fast forward to 2010 and now I know I was totally mistaken. The iMac, along with every other piece of Apple hardware over the last couple of years, has various flaws that Apple refuses to do anything about and they just don’t last as long as they should. For one, they overheat. Apple seems to think that the more silent a computer is the better… No, that’s not the case. If I let the fans on my iMac run at stock speed, not only does the whole computer get ridiculously hot, but even the LCD screen burns in. In order to make my screen viewable after a few hours I finally figured out that I needed to remove the glass covering on my screen (it’s simply held in place with a few magnets) and use a program to control my fan speeds. Without the glass my iMac looks fairly bad, but if it helps the issue it is the only option I have. There have been various topics on the Apple forums regarding this issue and absolutely no solutions have been posted. Why? Because there are none. It’s a major design flaw. Nothing can be done to fix it other than what I have done, if you even consider that a fix. On a side note, other things have failed on my iMac also, including the Super Drive and the line-in jack. Another problem is their operating system support. Snow Leopard is great, don’t get me wrong. But I am unable to upgrade past 10.6.2 on my iMac. Well, that’s not entirely true. I can if I want to have a completely unstable and unusable computer. Starting with 10.6.3 and even in the current build 10.6.4, there is a major issue that causes the entire computer to lock up. The screen either gets lines all over it, or goes completely black, and the computer is unresponsive to all input. The only possible thing to do is to press the power button on the back of the iMac until you can restart it. This issue started all the way back in April of this year. It is now mid August. Once again, there is no response from Apple about the issue and they have no idea what to do. They released a so called “fix” for something but it had no effect on my computer. I am not the only one with this problem either. There are plenty of threads on the Apple forums regarding the same issue. I was forced to reinstall Snow Leopard and only upgrade back up to 10.6.2 to have a working computer. Because I initially liked my iMac so much, I bought a first gen iPod Touch for a whopping $379. I absolutely loved it. It basically convinced me to cancel my Verizon contract and switch to AT&T to buy an iPhone 3g. My phone has always worked fairly well. As a matter of fact, I still use the iPhone 3g. I have it jailbroken of course. But once again, Apple released their next great thing iOS 4. iOS 4 is totally useless on the iPhone 3g. My phone is already nearly 2 years old so the battery doesn’t hold a charge nearly as well as it did early on. iOS 4 absolutely destroys it, not to mention the fact that the useful features such as “background” apps aren’t officially supported on it. Needless to say, I am using the 3.1.3 OS, and I will never upgrade any higher. They don’t even support a wallpaper on the iPhone 3g. Amazingly, I have no issues with full themes while it is jailbroken. I’m sure you can imagine where I am heading now with this, the iPhone 4 “antennagate” issue… I would love to buy a new phone. AT&T was even nice enough to allow me to do so early if I wanted to upgrade. Why would anyone even consider doing this? Yeah I know,...

Fun With Photos

By on Apr 2, 2010 | 1 comment

Years ago I used to be really into photography. I took 4 years of photography and graphic arts classes where I learned many things such as how to use an SLR camera manually, developing B&W film and color slides and making enlargements. I used to take photos all the time. It really was a great hobby. Over the last few years I have moved away from all of that, but recently I decided to give it another go! This past week I decided to make a light box. If anyone is interested I can make a blog post about how I did it, though you can find many ways to make one just by searching online. The first round of photos I took with it can be found in this gallery on my Flickr account. Also, since spring has arrived I started taking some photos outside. I will be updating my Spring 2010 gallery on Flickr fairly often I hope, weather permitting. If all goes well, I hope to keep up with this hobby again. It’s relaxing, and fun to do. I just rarely liked the photos I took, and that’s why I originally stopped taking so many. I seem to have gotten over that for the most part, and enjoy sharing my photos more than before. I hope everyone who visits here enjoys them. Keep checking back for more! Well, if you like them that...

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