Still Not Dead!

So I’ve been quiet for a while. I large portion of my extra time and energy has been spent on Experience Points platform, but I am doing other things too! More is soon to come, so stay tuned!

Old Consoles Don’t Die Easily!

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I’ve had my PS3 since release. I was a first adopter of the original 60 GB version, back when manufacturers believed in something called ‘backwards compatibility’. Tangent; I’m less sore about it now, but when Sony and Microsoft changed policy to remove backward compatibility (BC) from their console lines, I was pretty pissed! At purchase, my library of PS2 games was bigger and more near/dear to me than the paltry PS3 offerings. It was important that I could still play those older games that made up the core of my library.

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[TRG Review] : Roku 3

When I was younger and still living with my parents, and even after I moved out and joined the Military, I typically used a computer to play all of my media. In the early days it was DVD media, then SD MPEG/AVIs, then BluRay, and now HD MKVs/etc. Until I moved into an apartment with friends during college I had never required a way to present media to a common area. Through some clever redirects of PlayOn and DLNA magic I was able to use my PS3 to act as a media center, but while this was satisfactory it was in no way ideal. The consideration to build a standalone Media PC was always there, but money was tight, so we made do!

Fast-forward a few years; I’ve purchased a house and now more than ever need to solve the same problem! I’ve owned several media set-top boxes. In order, the Apple TV 2 (Jailbroken), an Apple TV 3 (couldn’t Jailbreak), a Netgear NeoTV 550 (got it on a sale), a Raspberry Pi (running RasPlex), and an OUYA (video streaming is not its strong suit). Most recently, I’ve purchased a Roku 3. Here is the review!

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[TRG Rant] : Quick Save / Quick Load

I play a lot of video games; not as many as some, and certainly not every genre (typically I exclude sports and MOBA games), but a significant amount. I consider myself well versed and experienced, having backtracked through the arcade stage of the early 90s, and the non-mainstream consoles of the mid-90s. I approach video games in a holistic fashion, looking at all aspects of a game. The real quality of the game is not derived from a single piece, nor is it measured from equally weighted parts. Some things seem to matter more than others.

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Downtime & Selling Out!

[TRG Actual] experienced some downtime over the past few days. A problem with an IIS setting. A big thanks to Arvixe for troubleshooting and fixing the problem. Check them out if you want quality hosting for cheap! I am in the process of setting up the [TRG Store]. Until its ready, here is a picture … Read more

Social Media Login FTW

Previously I had comments completely disabled and was asking readers to comment on Facebook or Twitter. I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of managing users and combatting bots. Akismet is a good tool for automatically detecting spam in comments, but I’d still have to allow site registration and profile┬ámanagement. Using a plugin called … Read more

Check It Out! I Cleaned My Garage!

I’ve got a ton of junk… The first step is to admit that I may have had a pack-rat problem in the past. I think most tech-geeks hoard tons of old cable, remotes, and scraps of devices; I am no exception. But lately I’ve come around to the idea that maybe I don’t need all this stuff. Maybe I can live without the 12000 ft of used CAT5, and the 50 AC power cords, and the scraps of wood that are almost so small they couldn’t even catch fire…

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