Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Deadliest Sith Lord: Episode 1 Match-Up

Friday, June 24, 2011

Coming Soon: Deadliest Sith Lord

 Who is the Deadliest Sith Lord? Find out in this monthly blogisode devoted to a face-off between the mightiest warriors ever to grace the galaxy!

Want to see your favorite Sith Lord in action? Have an idea for a great pairing? Visit the contact page and let us know who you think we should feature!

Episode 1 Arrives August 1st!

Who is the Worst Sith Lord of All Time?

Cast your vote!

Who is the worst Sith Lord of all time?
Darth Incontenence
Darth Pacifist
Darth Flatulence
Darth Congeniality
Darth Hasslehoff
Darth Mediocre
Darth Monotous
Darth Mall Cop

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Thanks to TheForce.net for the candidates!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

But I Just Got This One!

I love technology. I love gadgets. I would love to have the kind of income that allows me to buy both whenever I wanted to, but that just isn't the case.

I have and iPod, a Droid, and a Kindle. I would love to have something that combines all three of these with a long lasting battery, plenty of storage, and a larger keyboard so that I can update my blog while traveling.

So my recent quest has found me searching for something that allows me to combine the specifications I would like with a price tag I can handle. I looked into various tablets and found them either too expensive, with limited or non-upgradable storage, and lacking the phone features I desired. So after a few hours of searching and reading random forums, I decided to use my phone as my base of operations.

I picked up the Freedom Pro Bluetooth Keyboard so that I can type more quickly and without having to squish my hands together. It folds up for storage and includes a stand that holds your phone up for easy viewing while typing. I got it for $85 on Amazon, significantly less than the MSRP of $129.

Next, I needed to address the battery life issue that is a problem when employing the Droid as a reading device, so I shelled out $49 for the Seidio Innocel 3500 extended life battery. Right now, I can read for about 2.5 hours with the the basic phone and e-mail apps running in the background. Theoretically, this should increase my time to a minimum of 6 hours. Less if I am listening to music at the same time.

Finally, there is the storage issue for all my music so I grabbed a 32GB MicroSD for $45 from Sandisk which should provide me with plenty of space.

With the exception of the intallation of a few apps, I have done little configuration with my Droid so this may be a learning process. I also need to find the best app for music and get it all running!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Am Excited, Even If You Aren't!

I need to send out thanks to the fantastic peeps at IndiaEye for designing my new logo with some ridiculous intsructions from me, and in record time! They even created two versions with different color schemes for me to choose from. I could not be happier!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Parents MMORPG Resource Center....NOT!

So this probably dates me a bit, but does anyone out there remember the big hoopla in the mid-eighties over  rock music? For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I am referring to a big committee formed by "concerned parents"  who were worried that the suggestively sexual and violent imagery of rock music and videos were leading to the destruction of American families. They called themselves the Parents Music Resource Center and lobbied for those little labels you see on CD's (if you even bother with anything other than downloadable music) today. I've included the list of their "filthy fifteen" worst songs thanks to the contributers of Wikipedia, and because I got a hell of a chuckle reading through them and remeniscing about my apparently corrupted childhood.

# Artist Song title Lyrical content
1 Prince "Darling Nikki" Sex
2 Sheena Easton "Sugar Walls" Sex
3 Judas Priest "Eat Me Alive" Sex
4 Vanity "Strap on Robbie Baby" Sex
5 Mötley Crüe "Bastard" Violence
6 AC/DC "Let Me Put My Love into You" Sex
7 Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It" Violence
8 Madonna "Dress You Up" Sex
9 W.A.S.P. "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" Sex/Language
10 Def Leppard "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" Drug and alcohol use
11 Mercyful Fate "Into the Coven" Occult
12 Black Sabbath "Trashed" Drug and alcohol use
13 Mary Jane Girls "In My House" Sex
14 Venom "Possessed" Occult
15 Cyndi Lauper "She Bop" Sex

This all came back to me over a comment someone made to me about World of Warcraft and the perceived toll it has played on the time and safety of said commenters child. Every parent has the right to deem what is acceptable for their child, so I don't want to harp about that, but I do want to take a moment and make my own comments.

First, in my over five years of playing WoW I have never been unduly harassed or verbally assaulted by anyone. I have never had an individual attempt to socially engineer their way into my personal life or account. I use a mobile authenticator and strong passwords to protect my information. On the few occasions I have encountered an individual who I have deemed rude or idiotic, I have "ignored" them. I don't think that I have ever even reported someone, although I still get a chuckle over the supposed ten year-old who followed me around for an hour then asked if I would be his girlfriend.

The Mister and I have occasionally argued about the quantity of play time, but in the same way that one spouse would get annoyed that the other came home late from a party. The other difference being that instead of being out drinking, we were still in the same house together. My oldest youngling enjoys playing, and I allow him to do so with supervision. He has been warned about the "bad guys" who may be out there wanting to get information from him for a variety of reasons and knows that he should tell us if there are any issues. He also knows that he will not play if he does not follow our rules.

The fact is that there are idiots, creeps, and a**holes everywhere. To argue that MMORPGs are inherently more dangerous than say a trip to a theme park seems a stretch to me. If you teach your kids right and wrong, monitor their usage, and limit their playtime, I don't believe MMORPGs are the root of all evil. But that is just my opinion.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Get Your Opticals Checked: It's World IPv6 Day

What the heck is World IPv6 Day and why should I care, you ask?

In short, IPv4 was the most recent manner of providing IP (Internet Protocol) addresses for all sites on the Internet. While it is easier for humans to remember names like Amazon or Google, computers need numbers and so each "named" site is quickly converted from text to binary (1 or 0) so that your computer takes you to the right spot on the net. Because IPv4 is comprised of 4 sets of numbers  there were 232 or 4,294,967,296  IP addresses available for use, but they are running out. Enter IPv6 with its 264 possibilities and a whole host of new IP addresses.

Why should you care? Honestly, it is not really an issue for most people. If you have Vista or 7, you should already be set for IPv6. If not, it might take a bit of configuration to get ready. If you want to check your readiness, head to the IPv6 Eye Chart and find out!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

SWTOR Peripherals: They're So Geeky I'm Gonna Die!

I just got a preview of the new Razer peripherals for SWTOR from @realdarthhater. UnFRICKINGbelievable!

Here's a brief recap:

Keyboard $199
Adaptive keys with LCD keys that can change appearance and are programmable to skills and also can handle your regular apps. They are also multitouch capable allowing you to skip a mouse, if you prefer.

Mouse $129
Interchangeable faction emblems with 10 programmable keys on the side. It's based on the Razer Naga Epic.

Mousepad $49
 Made of hard metal that can be flipped either way to show your chosen faction.

Headset $129
5.1 surround sound lightweight full-ear coverage with a flexible microphone. USB ready and lighted which may be programmed to shift color or emit a sound to notify you of enemy presence.

All four are reversible/changeable to fit your given faction. They reverse, unclick, or allow for a color change of lighting features.

I will definitely be getting my hands on the keyboard and headset and cannot wait to jump in  and play. I think this is the first time in months the hype has been exciting enough to bring back my anticipation!

A Worker's Manifesto to Slacking Off

Money being as tight as it is these days, I took the younglings to the Dollar Tree to stock up in craft supplies, cheap toys, and candy. I was surprised to find this little jewel in the book section and thought it was worth sharing a few of the "52 Outrageous Office Games to Keep You Sane (and Drive Your Boss Crazy!)".

Let me say that I do not endorse any of these games as being healthy to continued employment, but at a buck it provided a bit of levity! I will be sharing specific games later!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Just Because You Are Paranoid Doesn't Mean They Aren't After You

As I have mentioned elsewhere, I am studying Digital Forensics so I spend a lot of time looking at the ways malicious users can ruin, steal, terrorize, etc... using a variety of tech. So it was not a surprise that I ended up having a conversation with the Mister the other night about the subject.

This time we were discussing the fact that the "average Jane or Joe" doesn't really understand the opportunities that  technology provides for malicious users and/or terrorists. (Note that I say "malicious user" and not "hacker" as I believe there is a distinction, but that is a discussion for another day). Even my family members who are bright, generally open-minded, and educated individuals joke about the possibility much in the way they talk about the possibility of diet food that tastes good.

Most of our technology is manufactured outside of the country, which could mean that the very foundation of our support system is compromised from the get go. Considering that many of our critical infrastructures rely on such technology, shouldn't we be a bit worried? For those of you who have difficulty with the scope of such a possibility, imagine what would happen if your cell phone died right now? How would you contact anyone? If you could get to a pay phone (which hardly exist anymore) would you know anyone's phone number? I had this happen to me yesterday, and I can assure you I had more than a second of "Oh crap!" to get through before I headed over to my carrier and got a new battery. So picture it on a grander scale as electricity, water, transportation, and GASP! the Internet could be shut down with a few commands.

On a personal level, any time we venture into cyberspace we are putting ourselves, our personal information, and our identities at risk. So every button we click, URL we enter, or search we conduct gives a wealth of information about us to anyone who cares to look for it. Is it possible that we should think about it for a second before we hit enter?

 I am not advocating extreme paranoia, but I think there is some sense in considering all the possibilities.