Monthly Archives: September 2009

Busy, Busy Busy…. wow…

So I’m a busy little bee… and it’s great.

I’m writing on another site now, Bona Fide Reviews. Let’s just say the site has changed hands, and is moving in a new direction now.

So as of now I write for or should I say manage.. oh well, something like that…






and Bona Fide Reviews

So I’m keeping very busy, and it’s great… life is good I think…

at least it’s getting better.. this year started out pretty bad with my Mom dying in February and then my Grandmother in April… but I’m getting back into the swing of things. Keeping busy is a great way to keep your mind off other things in life, but I was fairly depressed for a while there, even though I really didn’t show it.. Especially my Mother dying, yes she was sick, but something me kept hoping she would get better and continue living, but it wasn’t meant to be I guess…

Dog bite and other news..

So yesterday our neighbors Pit Bull attacked my wife as she was walking home from school… she got bit on the leg, drew blood of course. This dog is a nuisance, it’s always chasing people around, it always seems to get loose from it’s collar. She was walking home from school minding her own business, this dog broke free, followed her through three yards and then attacked her for no reason. She was on the sidewalk just walking, actually nowhere near the house. The houses sit up on the hill about 30 yards from the sidewalk, so this dog essentially stalked her across three houses and attacked her… They’ve got three of them in total. Now she had to go to hospital, get shots, and still go get more shots for rabies now along with getting an anti-biotic prescription..

There’s something wrong with people in the world is they train their dogs to be mean like this, and especially if they can’t contain them properly. The dog is obviously dangerous, but yet it’s not secured to protect other people. All I can say is that they’re very lucky it wasn’t one of my kids that got attacked, there would be hell to pay I guarantee it…

anyway, here’s some of the latest news from sites I write for:


My Stuff:

OCZ Agility Series SATA II 2.5" 60GB SSD –Fast as fast can be!!

Wi-Fire Wi-Fi Adapter –It’s ok…

LG GSA-E50L 8x Slim Super Multi DVD±RW DL USB 2.0 External Drive –Small and portable!

Cocoon Innovations Travel Case Netbook Case –Awesome Netbook case!!

Extra DVD Ripper Professional Reviewed –Junk!



Other writers:

Pepcom 2009 Holiday Spectacular Recap

How Stuff Works: DVDs and DVD Players

MusicSkins for PSP


So I drive quite a bit, not like I drive many miles, but I spend a lot of time dropping kids off, picking them up and going to the store etc. The majority of my driving is city type, with lots of red lights and stop signs. I’ve noticed a new trend lately, something that was happening a bit, but now it’s almost as if it has become a law. What I mean is turning on red, yes we’re allowed to make a right turn on red if there’s not a sign saying you can’t. What I’m talking about is those one or two and sometimes three or four cars that blatantly just go through the red light, left or right turns and even if it says no turn on red.

What is with this? Did a new law go into effect stating we’re allowed to go through red lights if we’re in a hurry or on the phone? Did I miss something? In my drive I see it all of the time, it’s to the point now that if I’m first at the intersection I will not go when the light turns green, I’ll wait to make sure these morons are done. I’ve watched people actually stop for the red light, and then just decide to go on through, and it’s not just turning, it’s going straight as well..

Most times I’ve got my kids in the car with me when I’m driving, I’d have to beat the crap out of the person who did this and harmed one of my kids in the process. What is SO important that you’ve got to run through a red light and endanger  the lives of other people? Are you really that important that you must be on the phone at all times and just not pay attention?

And that’s something else too, I WISH my state would enact a hands free law for cellphones. I hate following behind someone only to have them hit the brakes and turn or park their car without signaling, 99% of the time they are on the phone. I’ve also almost been hit many times by people turning from the opposite direction and me thinking that they’re going straight because they couldn’t use a turn signal because they were on the phone.

What the hell is wrong with people these days? It seems everyone is just so self-absorbed that they could care less about the rest of the world. It seems that they think they’re the most important people in the world and no one else matters except for them.’

Stop signs are good for this as well, I almost got into a wreck yesterday, goofy chick just blew right through the stop sign because of course she was on the phone. It’s not like it was the old ‘slow and go’ either, she blatantly just drove right on through, never even slowing down at all. If I hadn’t been paying attention I’d probably be in the hospital right now as she was going faster than the speed limit and she would have hit the driver side of my car. Luckily I pay attention, I saw her coming up and was about to pull out, but then noticed that she was not slowing down for the stop sign..

I don’t get it, where are the police when you need them? I could point out intersections to them where they could nab many, many drivers for going through red lights. The city could be making quite a bit of money on these morons instead of raising our taxes yet again…

Oh well…. I guess all we can do is pay attention..

Firefox WTF?!?!

Oh Firefox I used to love thee.

At one point I recommended you to all of my friends and installed you on all of my computers.

What has happened to you?

You now crash at least four times per day, usually more than that, and usually at the most inopportune times.

Why have you forsaken me Firefox? Why are you treating me this way, why are you doing this to me? What have I done to deserve this scorn from you?

With all of your updates I thought you were getting better, but it seems you’re just getting worse.

I’ve taken to using IE more now, but it feels like cheating, but when you’re not there for me I’ve got to turn my attention elsewhere. I don’t want to cheat on you but you give me no choice.

Is our relationship coming to an end? Is it really over?

It was nice while it lasted but it seems your desire to become popular has overshadowed your actual usefulness.

You were my rock, I could depend on your like no other, but now you fail me, you’ve let me down.

I think it might be time to part ways my dear Firefox, parting is just such sweet sorrow.

It might be time to move on to another that will not let me down as you have.

You used to bring me happiness but now you just bring me frustration and even anger, and that I cannot live with anymore.

Why have you done this to me?

I will miss you.

Maybe, when you get your act together, we can start anew, but until then I just cannot bear to see you anymore.

Being a reviewer…

Being a product reviewer can be an odd and sometimes frustrating thing to be.

I’ve been told that I’ve got one of the greatest jobs in the world, and I’ve been told I’m ‘envied’ by some, it’s odd to hear that really, but whatever, guess I’m just modest..

Actually getting products for review can be fairly difficult, at least the new stuff. The idea of course is to get it first, early, before anyone else.

The new Zune HD comes out tomorrow and of course I hit up my contact to try and get one, but I was turned down. Why? I’m not sure, I got the canned, general response that you get instead of just NO, it basically says they don’t have enough units and you’ll be added to the list, that means you won’t be getting one, plain and simple.

My last Zune review of the Gears of War2 Special Edition 120gb version is still on the first page of Google search results. You can just put ‘Gears of War Zune’ in the search box and it’s there, near the bottom # 10 actually if you count the ads etc. If you knock out the ads it’s number 8. That rank isn’t too bad for a review that I posted almost one year ago, November 12th 2008 to be exact.

In fact a lot of my reviews are in the top ten search results, which is an achievement in itself I would think. Some of them were actually above the company product page for quite a while before dropping below the official page, but still they are there, a year later, in the top ten search results.

Another thing that bugs me, and one I’ve yet to understand is the what qualifies as a loaner product or a product that you can keep. I’ve kept products that sell for upwards of $800, and I’ve had to send back products that sell for $50… There’s no standard there at all when it comes to trying to figure it out.

I also can’t quite understand why a company would request a product be reviewed, and then never mention that it needs to be sent back, only to have the product arrive and find a shipping label inside of it to send it back..

This job is fun though, don’t get me wrong, it’s great, it’s awesome being on the ‘cutting edge’ of new products, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be really. It truly is a whole lot of work, and like anything, you can never please everyone, everyone as in the readers. You’ll also find someone to disagree with you about what you wrote or how you did or didn’t test something, or how you did the pictures or how you did the videos. For the most part though, the good people outweigh the bad, it’s the nature of the internet though, you’re always going to have ‘trolls’, people that just like to insult others and people that have nothing better to do than attack people they are jealous of.

The majority of the insults don’t bother me too much, I laugh them off and maybe I’ll have fun with them, the ones that really piss me off are the ones that accuse me of getting paid by the company for the review. I’ve never, and will never accept payment from a company for a good review. I post or publish my objective views, and of course toss in my thoughts, experiences and feelings as well. If those don’t correspond to someone else’s experiences that’s not my fault, it’s just my experience with it.

It might sound bad, but there’s another thing I do like about it, I appreciate the ‘Thank You’ that I get from people, it does make me feel good, like I am appreciated and that’s all we could ask for really, do the job to the best of your ability and have your work appreciated.

Darkest of Days Review


The other day I posted my review of Darkest of Days for Xbox360 over on TestFreaks..

The premise behind the game is a good one, but it just wasn’t well thought out really

The idea of time travel is a good one, but the game leaves you hanging at the end, like it’s unfinished, and running on the Xbox frame rates are choppy, and the AI is just downright stupid…  hit the link above for the full review..

Over on iGadget Life I’m running a series of review of programs that convert and/or rip dvds and videos to use on the iPod, I’ve just posted the 4th one last night of the Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum and it’s not a bad one, but a bit expensive at $39

So far I’ve checked out:

Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum

Extra Video Converter Pro

WinX iPod Video Converter

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper

and there’s more to come!

I also did a comparison of Windows XP and Windows 7 Running on my Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook as well, and I’ve got a second part coming tomorrow comparing 1gig to 2gigs using Windows 7 on the Acer..

The Beatles Rock Band

I know, I haven’t posted in a while.. but I just posted my review of The Beatles Rock Band over at TestFreaks..

I was luckily enough to get a copy early, Harmonix hooked me up!!! Awesome bunch over there…

The game is just excellent overall, there are a couple flaws, but none that aren’t overshadowed by the rest of the game.

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It’s the best Rock Band game I’ve played yet… I think the best music game I’ve played as well..

I got the new Guitar Hero 5 and there’s just something about it that I don’t like at all.. If you get any music game then get this one, even if you’re not into The Beatles..

Go check out the review: