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Friday, September 29, 2006

5 commandments of selling games online

Etiquette for trading second-hand games online

  1. Do not be a noob – Do you WTB (Want to buy), WTS (Want to sell) or WTT (Want to trade)?
    In a WTT, the trader simply wants to exchange his game for another, but unless otherwise stated, you can offer to buy the game if you do not have what the trader wants.
    In all cases, make reasonable offers or suffer the scorn of fellow Netizens.
  2. Be honest – state the condition and regional code of your game up front.
    Charging US$30 for an NTSC/UC (United States) game that will not play on NTSC/J (Japan and Asia) consoles or for a game that is in Japanese is as good as selling a faulty product, as the buyer will not be able to play it.
    If the disc is heavily scratched but playable, or its box lost or damaged, make that clear and adjust your price accordingly.
  3. Respond promptly – reply to the other party’s messages and turn up on time for the deal. Especially important if you have never dealt with person before.
  4. Do not “fly aeroplane #1” – that is, do not agree to a sale and not honour it.
    For instance, standing up the other party without good reason or cancelling the deal because you were offered a better price elsewhere.
  5. Do not “fly aeroplane #2” – similarly, it is in bad taste to agree on a price, then ask for more money, or for a discount.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

How the Photo-sharing site square up

Costs: -
US$23 a year for 410MB of storage or US $60 a year for 1.2GB of photo storage. A 30-day 10MB trial account is available. No file size caps. No stated bandwidth limits.

Functions: -
Fairly low-key photo hosting and sharing. You can create a home page to introduce yourself. Choose from a template, tweak it or create your own within a well0-defined structure. Can view photos as a slideshow.

Upload ease: -
Bundle your photos in a zip file and upload it, PBase can handle it. Fastest method as the files are compressed.

Who it is for: -
The serious photographer who likes old-fashioned order.

Costs: -
A free account is available, but you are limited to just 20MB of uploads a month, three photosets, and your photos are resized smaller. Only your latest 200 photos will be shown. Stay inactive for 90 days and you may get bumped out! For US$24.95 a year, you can get a Pro Account which has a 2GB monthly upload limit but unlimited storage and bandwidth.

Functions: -
The format is fairly rigid, but you can go crazy assigning different tags or create photosets. Best of all, you or the people you allow can leave notes or tag specific parts of your photos with comments. Slideshow viewing that comes with a cool dynamic thumbnail strip for quick selection.

Upload ease: -
You can upload single photos, but to do it in a batch you need to download and install a
Flickr program which may pose problems on some public computers. You are also given a special e-mail address where you could e-mail your photo for automatic posting on Flickr.

Who it is for: -
The blogger or Netizen whose online life is more real than his real-world one.

Costs: -
Free for 12 months after which
Kodak may delete your photos. No stated limits. The US$24.99 Gallery Premier subscription will allow you to keep your photos.

Functions: -
This website is geared more for print-related output. Offers probably the mostly extensive photo editing functions. Allows viewing by slideshow. Download your photos in full resolution if you are a paid subscriber. Printing a 4R photo costs a flat 15 US cents.

Upload ease: -
Very easy to browse and select. Prettily done. Mass uploads require the installation of software.

Who it is for: -
The nostalgic photographer who likes to see his shots in print, not just on the screen.


Costs: -
US$39.99 a year offers you limited uploads and no file size caps. Monthly bandwidth cap of 6GB. For US$59.95 a year as a power user, the bandwidth goes up to 12GB.

Functions: -
As a power user, you can customize your website to a great degree. Pick from wee-designed templates to create your site. Cropping and colour correction available – even thumbnails can be tweaked. Almost full screen slideshow. Liveliest visual format.

Upload ease: -
Drag and drop! Done through a painless applet. There is even a progress bar. Does not get easier than this! You could also e-mail a bunch of your photos and they will popped into a new folder in your site.

Who it is for: -
For the cool power user who loves to tweak.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Better sound in CD ripping

A major advantage of the MP3 format is that songs can be compressed into smaller files that take up less room on your hard drive or portable music player.
For example, a CD track that normally takes about 40MB of space can be compressed into an MP3 file of about 4MB, making it possible to carry around hundreds of albums on a portable music player or squirrel them away on a computer without maxing out the hard drive.
The downside to this compression process is that the sound fidelity of the original music file is compromised as some of the audio data is discarded when the file is converted to MP3 or another compressed format like
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding).
Encoding CD tracks in formats that do not use this compression (like WAV or AIFF) with your audio player’s music-management software usually makes for better-sounding songs, but you will have larger files that may drain your portable player’s battery more quickly.
iPod player and iTunes software can also encode songs in a format called Apple Lossless, which is said to offer CD-quality music in abut half the storage space needed by an uncompressed file.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Prey - PC game

If you are hunting for some easy Xbox achievement points, Prey is great.
If features some of the easiest awards to achieve. They include:
  • Playing all three games in the casino at the start of the game and racking up a high score for them.
  • Finishing the game on Cherokee (hard) mode.
  • Killing players in multiplayer with a certain weapon a certain number of times.
  • Being at the top of the table for a certain number of games.

While hunting, note that several enemy units do not automatically attack you.

Most notable, repair robots and servitors (or servants). If you are low on spirit, use a bow attack to the head to snag some spirit from the servitors, but if you can, avoid the repair robots. And when in doubt about where to go, look up.
Late in the game, Tommy will fall into a cube that assembles itself around him.
To get out, observe the blue panels. Adjust the gravity of the cube, and you can form an electrical pathway that connects all the panels and exit the cube.


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