Sunday, September 30, 2007

How To Space on your Computer Hard Drive

I was just looking for a file on my computer. I tried searching by file extension and realized I have a LOT of duplicate files. Really though, you can just go to start, click search, then search your computer for files with "a" in them or "z" or "wmv" or "avi" and press on search, then you'll get the results of which you can arrange by file size. Eliminate duplicates if you wish or if you want just get rid of the really monstrously huge files.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dogwaffle Animation Tips

A few basic tips in Project Dogwaffle animation.

Dogwaffle Video Tutorial Basic Animation

This video tutorial shows the very basics of how to animate in Project Dogwaffle (you may need to pause it here and there because it goes a little fast). This video does not show you how to save the file.

Saving Files Using Free Dogwaffle

I made my first non-animated Dogwaffle image to test out the tools and features and couldn't figure out how to save it correctly.

If you notice the file isn't saving correctly, make sure you have the entire image area selected, or it will save ONLY what you have selected by default.

Once you save it, it will Targa format (.tga), now to convert this file into something usable, such as gif, png, jpeg (jpg) or other, you can use another free program Paint.NET which can open up the tga file and resave it in a more useful format for sharing it.

You can get the free version of Project Dogwaffle here.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Free Graphics Links To Free Programs

The following link will help you find freeware graphics for vector imaging, animation, flash, computer graphics, and many more free programs for authoring.

The following link.

Another useful link on the same site as the previous one here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Starcraft Should Be exclusively on PC & PS3

As much as people sometimes bash Microsoft, I still like it over all so it may shock you to hear what I'm about to say.

With the high popularity of HALO3, that's giving XBOX a huge competitive advantage over the Nintendo WII and the Sony Playstation III (PS3). Nintendo is probably safe with it's own niche market because they offer something really different.

My beloved PS3 however, I fear RPG's are too common a game genre to keep PS3 afloat as a gaming machine, the blu-ray gives it a huge boost for movies, but ultimately the PS3 is a gaming machine.

Starcraft II (SCII) is going to be huge. If Sony can cough up the right resources to work with Blizzard in making SCII, that can give Blizzard a boost to have a partner in the console market and the PS3 console a boost to have an amazing partner in the gaming market.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Art Is Resistance Blog Real Stuff NIN

The Director

A video inspired by the Nine Inch Nails (NIN) inspired movement, "Art Is Resistance." It's not just for NIN fans though. It's for everyone who cares.

Funny Video Compilation

Drive Through Janie Comedy Short

The best Halo 3 Mock Preview Video I've Seen Yet

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Unpleasant Newegg Service Experience

Ever since I first purchased from Newegg, toward the begenning of this year (2007), my experience has been utterly terrible. It's honestly ranking among my top dissapointing purchasing experiences I've ever had. I'm not sure if it's because of the total lack of unenthusiasm the customer service representatives have with helping me solve my problems, or the fact that I had such high expectations from newegg being referred by friends and relatives.

I suppose the problem was I made a very large purchase as my first and only purchase ever from newegg. Usually people only buy a few parts here and there. I bought everything I needed to build a complete system. Everything went just fine until the computer started shutting down, even with the temperatures being very cool. Whenever the computer was actually on for a while though, the power cord that came with the power supply (PowerTek) got so hot it would burn skin by touching it. Trust me, it sucks finding that out by accident, my wife burned her arm on it. I'm surprised newegg carries products like that. Everyone I told had never heard of a power cord from a power supply getting so hot it would burn you. Perhaps that was because the power supply was bad in the first place.

Well, I've sent the power supply back, lets see what they do.

Other than that, when I first got my computer case from newegg, one of the fans were "pre-broken" at no extra charge inside the case. To purchase the computer took so many tries and no one at newegg knew what was going on, I hated the thought of dealing with them again, especially since they were talking like I had never even placed an order. Just completely shrugging off that it was taking so many times to place one single order. Each time having to wait on hold for hours to get in touch with them, adding to my frustration. Then to reach them on the phone and all they have to say is "i don't know." So days and hours worth of ordering and waiting on the phone later, the same thing again. It turns out the problem wasn't completely their fault though. Apparently, I wasn't getting "some" of their automated emails because of a hard block on my ISP's server level spam protection. Due to being a previous employee and knowing the policies of that particular ISP and working with some server side email on my own free time, I'd say it was most likely due to a flaw in newegg's email security system. When I say security, I'm not implying vunerability of entrance to their system, but a lack of sufficient outgoiing email technology. Weeks worth of effort and many hours worth of being on hold, this problem could have been diminished so greatly if the first or even the second customer service reps I talked to would have taken the initiative and claimed ownership of her customers problem and taken a minute to look more into it, then found out what the problem was, instead of just implying I didn't know what I was doing. Said, suggested, implied, and timeline events: "Oh, I don't know why it didn't go through right. Maybe it will next time? If it doesn't, please feel free to wait on hold a few more hours and be told the same thing. Thank you so much for your time!"

So basically, my experience has been lacking in customer service. If you know exactly what's going on, they're probably great, but if somethings going wrong and you're not sure what, don't waste your time calling them, they've been a total lack of help.

I was going to stop here, but I forgot something important. When I spoke to a customer service rep over the internet, because I didn't want to have a neck cramp waiting on the phone or my cordless battery dieng while waiting, I eventually reached someone. I told them I needed to RMA (return) something but I wasn't sure how to go about it. They said I'd get an email. I told them I had a problem with email before, is there anyway they could make sure the email went through, maybe a call, or just let me wait for a moment while the email went through? They said no, I'd have to contact customer service again if I didn't get the email so I said can you send it to another email address? They said no.

Eventually, I received the email for the "shipping label" and I was surprised that it was just the ship to address. I thought they would at least pay for postage. I ended up having to pay $16.70 to ship the power supply.

Later, after sending it, I realized they had sent me a second email after the first one, it turns out they do pay for postage and that was the second email with the second half of the postage instructions. Why send the instructions in two different halves? I'm not sure of that one. But I am sure I was told to expect an "email" with shipping instructions, not "multiple emails."

My experience with newegg was unpleasant to say the least and don't worry, I could say a lot more than I've said here, but I'll save that for later.

Update: Sept 30, 2007 Well, they sent me another power supply... It seems to be working good now. I suppose I'll stop complaining about this.