Sunday, December 31, 2006

Poor ps3 sales - Completely Owned?

Console: Sales (according to
Microsoft Xbox 360 (Released 2005): 9.1 million
Nintendo Wii (Released 2006): 2.0 million
Sony Playstation 3 (Released 2006): 808,025
Nobody disputes that part of the reason so few ps3 units were sold IS the price. It's simply a deterrent to a majority of gamers as of now. If Sony truly did their stuff right (somehow magically made the price more gamer friendly at it's release) , my guess is that they would have at least a million sells by now. I KNOW for a fact that they shipped out that many units to the USA already. Of course they HAD to price it so high. (BluRay and such). Anyway, I guarantee you that Nintendo sold more units in relation to it's total units FASTER than the ps3 did in relation to total units.

Anyway, I still think the ps3 owns, but it's too expensive for me. When I said "completely owned", I meant in sales. Not in console awesomeness.

I like how one commercial sums it up. It shows a fat lady who basically keeps on saying "I'm large and in control". Then, a skinny hot girl in a bikini is saying "I'm just FUN!!! And playful!!!". After some more of this banter, the fat lady says "Don't you know that BlueRay is the FUTURE?!!! GOD!!!" Then she leaves, leaving the bikini girl to continue to say "I'm fun!!!!" (There's some inappropriate butt slapping going on as well :P) I'm sure you can guess who the ps2 is and who the wii is.

In better news, the ps2 is still selling awesome. I find that plain out sweet. The ps2 was truly the best selling console ever.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Ben Stein quote

Sorry, but this (relatively old) Ben Stein quote is too awesome to miss... (take to my friend Austin for pointing it out)

Herewith a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?

I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife. Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.

I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW." Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards .. honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

What to do?

Currently, I have a dual boot between Windows XP and Fedora Core 6. However, I might be triple booting in a couple of weeks after I receive my free copy of Windows Vista Business arrives in the mail (let it suffice to say that I won a contest through which I am now guaranteed receive both Vista Business edition and Microsoft Office 2007). I don't know if that's going to be an option though ... three operating systems on an 80 gig HD aren’t going to create a particularly pleasant situation. Vista itself takes up 15 gigs (ouch?) minimally; 40 gigs are recommended. Currently, my one hard disk looks like this -

Windows 60gigs (~13 gigs free)
Fedora 20 gigs

As you can clearly see, Vista has no room to fit in as a triple boot with my current configuration.

My options are (Assuming my XP partition must be at least 50 gigs (if I keep it at all), because it’s already 43 gigs in size), in no particular order:

(1) Delete Linux partition, having a dual boot between the Windows monopoly of operating systems. (Something in the order of 30 gigs for Vista and 50 gigs for XP)

XP - 50gig
Vista - 30 gig

(2) Triple boot between Linux, Vista, and XP. However, I’d have to shrink the Linux partition to around 5 to 10 gigs in order to accommodate Vista

XP - 50 gigs
Vista - 25 gigs (or 20 gigs)
Linux - 5 gigs (or 10 gigs)

(3) Install Vista completely on top of XP, meaning my config would be identical to how it is now, except I’d have Vista now and no longer XP.

Vista - 60 gigs
Linux - 20 gigs

(4) Install Vista on a whole new hard disk. They are relatively cheap, so I could theoretically handle this. However, doing the jumper cable and slave/master crap is a pain in the butt.

I’m sure there are other possibilities I’m not thinking of, but I’m tired.
What does everyone else recommend in his instance? My two requirements - I want to run Vista and keep XP. That eliminates one option at least.