New iPhone

iPhone 4s is underwhelming. Some cool stuff, but nothing that really knocks your socks off.
* Voice command – similar to other new smart phones
* Better Camera – similar to other new smart phones
* Faster processor – similar to other new smart phones
* Faster graphics processor for better gamer
* i3GS now free
* i4 – 8GB = $100

Software Scam

What a good scam…

  • If you purchase software, and open it, you can not return it to the store for a refund.  You can exchange it for the same title, but that’s it.  This seems to be the policy for Best Buy, Target, and everywhere else I’ve ever tried.
  • Popular video games tend to have expansion packs or sequels.  So, if you create a highly successful game, like say SPORE, you might create an expansion pack to get more revenue.  On this package you would post in big letters – “Requires the Full Version of Spore”
  • You might also create a mini version of one of the more popular features, like the Spore Creature Creator so that you could play with creating creatures outside of the main game.  One would think that if this game required the full version it too would have the big letters saying  “Requires the Full Version of Spore”
  • What would REALLY be strange would be to create an expansion that not only doesn’t require the full version of the software, but can’t even be installed on the same system with the full version.   What would be worse, would be to not clearly label on the outside of the package that you can’t return that if you have already purchased the full version, don’t purchase the expansion because it won’t work.

So now the question is, what can I do about this open SPORE expansion game (Creature Creator) that isn’t compatible with SPORE, that I can’t return to the store for a refund.

  • I can attempt to return it, and complain a lot to the store management and they might give me my $10 back.
  • I can return it for the exchange, get that, open it, and return it a few hundred times until I’ve opened every copy Best Buy has in stock.
  • I can complain to EA and/or the Better Business Bureau
  • I can forget about the $10, because it’s only $10, but it’s a matter of principal.
  • Any other ideas?

Friday – iPhone Random 10 + 1
With blog shorts

  1. It’s OK (Fine Young Cannibals)
  2. The Bottom Line (Depeche Mode)
  3. One More Time (Cure)
  4. Hit (Sugar Cubes)
  5. Gorilla Girl (Dead Milkmen)
  6. Chorus (Erasure)
  7. They’re Red Hot (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  8. Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order)
  9. IWE (Noisettes)
  10. Honey Power (My Bloody Valentine)
  11. Some Americans (Squeeze)

Friday – iPhone Random 10 + 1
Special Monday Edition

  1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
  2. Blowing It (Dinosaur Jr)
  3. ???? [track 13 on More Amadeus] (Mozart)
  4. Hot N Cold (Katy Perry)
  5. Another Nail In My Heart (Squeeze)
  6. All Her Favorite Fruit (Camper Van Beethoven)
  7. Dreams Of Home (Ziggy Marley)
  8. Cry Little Sister (Gerald MMann)
  9. Why Does The Sun Shine (They Might Be Giants)
  10. Surround (Dada)
  11. The Middle (Jimmy Eat World)
  • I played Settlers of Catan three times over the weekend; twice Friday and once Saturday.  It is a bit like playing Civilization as a board game.  Each time you play, the board is different from the last time you played.  On the third game, I managed  second place out of six players, but that was by far my best finish.  In contrast, Justin did okay in the first game, won the second, and took third place in the third game.

Friday – iPod Random 10 + 1
and blog shorts

  1. Long Gone Long (Rainmakers)
  2. Having a Blast (Green Day)
  3. In The End (Green Day)
  4. Something To Do (Depeche Mode)
  5. Sister Of Night (Depech Mode)
  6. Spellbound (Smithereens)
  7. Welcome To Paradise (Green Day)
  8. Behind the Wheel (Depeche Mode)
  9. Truce (Dresden Dolls)
  10. Mercy in You (Depeche Mode)
  11. Girl From Out Of This World (Material Issue)
  • Brother John called from Switzerland last night. He said that they had taken a boat across Lake Geneva to a castle that he said was close to the coolest thing he had ever seen in his life.  He said that I have to add it to my bucket list. He said that you were allowed to tour the entire castle -nothing was blocked off; not even the dungeon.  He said they had a church/cathedral as part of the castle that had its ceiling painted prior to Columbus sailing to America, and despite never having been retouched, the paintings were still vibrant and alive.  I can’t wait to see the pictures.
  • If the weather cooperates, we are going to attempt to take the boat out when I get off work tonight.  I’m still learning how to deal with how the current affects the boat when docking.
  • Tomorrow will be a busy day:
    • Danielle has a play date
    • Allison is going to a birthday party, then has a sleepover
    • Justin is planing on having friends over to play D&D.
    • I’m playing D&D tomorrow night.
    • No clue what Mrs. Mosquito Eater has planned.