Online Tech Auctions

I spend too much time online…I’ll fully admit it. It is absolutely necessary, however; I test SaaS for a living. My physical computing projects do not lend themselves to non-online research. Non-online…holy smokes. I think I just coined a new term: nonline. I should trademark that.

Anyhow, I spend a ton of time staring at screens. That has changed the way I conduct myself, in general. One of the fall-out things I have noticed is in shopping. Where I used to do product research at brick and mortar stores, now I do all of my research online. Most of my purchases are now done online too. I never thought I would buy jeans online, for example, but now I do, without fail.

Certain items are foolish to buy at a physical storefront… especially anything tech related. There are the conventional online stores, but if you have some patience and a good eye, online auctions can be the best source of deals.

My favorite auction site is DealFun…case in point:

deal fun auction tech site

!!!

A super cheap PS3 is par for the course. DealFun has all sorts of screaming low prices that end up winning auctions, but they also have the customer service aspect to boot. As the dealfun.com reviews indicate, they are reputable in addition to providing good deals. You want that…trust me.

Another cool thing about that site, is the notion of beginner’s auctions. You can learn the ropes without spending a fortune on bids. Pretty cool.

Take a look…holler if you see a Kinect.

PS3 Move | PiiMote?

Sony has finally made a solid attempt to bridge the gap between the BluRay/Media Center/FPS beast that is the PS3 and the Wii’s uber-user-friendly-out-of-the-box gaming experience. Introducing the PlayStation Move —>

looks a lot like...

looks a lot like...

From CNET:

San Francisco, California (CNET) — On Wednesday, Sony unveiled Move, its motion-sensitive controller.

A small device that looks like a microphone — but with something on top of it that looks like a ping pong ball with an LED inside — Move is Sony’s bid to gain control over the motion controller wars that are currently led by Nintendo, with its Wii controller, and which many think will be dominated by Microsoft and its Project Natal controller system.

Among the types of games Move will work with include those that involve swords, bows and arrows, guns, punching and much more. The idea is that Move will provide players with a realistic and precise feeling of holding whatever kind of thing the game calls for, be it a sword or a gun.

Further, the controller comes with its own accessory, known as a sub-controller, which will accentuate what’s possible with Move. And later this year, the forthcoming game SOCOM 4 will incorporate both Move and the sub-controller

PS3 To Support 3D

Who doesn’t like 3D? This ol’ gal certainly does. Or did.

lol-ing the shit out of some 3D

I don’t get the last joke, but Engadget reported the following:

Get your active shutter glasses ready: your PS3 is going to go 3D this Summer. In conjunction with the release of its 3D BRAVIA LCD sets, Sony is planning to release updates to turn the PS3 both into a stereoscopic 3D gaming platform, in addition to a 3D Blu-ray compatible movie player. Sure, we knew Sony was planning to give us 3D sometime this year, but now that we’ve got a summer time frame we can plan our wardrobe decisions according — jean cut-offs, here we come!

I’ll gladly wait for Visio to come out with a 3D LCD/LED, and kindly pay less than half of the price of a Bravia, thanks. Regardless, this is pretty sweet news.

Calling All XBoxers…

I’ve let it be known that I am a Wii dude. A Wii-tard, if you will. With my recent PS3 purchase, I have, for the first time, a real ‘live’ gaming unit. This has set me on a search, so to speak, for easy access to this world. I stumbled across these guys, offering xbox live 1 month code promotions on the cheap.

wood

I chose a wood backdrop, and sure am glad that I did

Pretty slick site. In addition to the 1 month xbox live code mentioned above, they offer Wii card points, Playstation Network credits, and any sort of console access you could possibly want.

marbled..nice touch

I feel that the marble-ing adds an air of sophistication

I understand that not all gamers are going to be looking for xbox live 1 month offers, but the good folks at pcgamesupply have you covered with instant access to even the most non-console offerings…you guessed it, WoW and CoD Modern Warefare 2.

Hit one of those links to check them out…I know you have the time.

PS3 Review: First Person Shooters

Round two of the PS3 piece-meal review: First Person Shooters

After horsing around with the PS3 for a few weeks, I think I can finally pen a review of the ‘game’ portion of the damn thing. I have two games at this point, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Uncharted, Drake’s Fortune. Both of these games were gen 1 drops on the PS3, and both have sequels, so to say, with both CoD5 and the new Uncharted receiving great reviews. For our purposes here, the 2nd /vs/ 1st generation doesn’t make a ton of difference.

yeah it's blurry, big whoop. wanna fight about it

yeah it's blurry, big whoop. wanna fight about it

~~~~~~~~my SmackBerry is in need of a replacement…photos are blurry, so I Van Gough-ed the shit out of that pic. The Gimp rules, but I’ve already spent a ton of time on that soapbox. ~~~~~~~~~

Anyhow, here is the deal. Dual analogue sticks are fucking retarded. I make no effort to hide the fact that I am a Wii fanboi to some extent. Re-learning the dual analogue control scheme using the PS3 controller is more than an issue of fighting up the colloquial learning curve, it is an antiquated means of engaging in gameplay. CoD, World at War for Wii soundly beats CoD4 on PS3 in terms of accuracy, speed, camera control, and whatever else by which one could gauge a FPS. Uncharted, too, feels awkward. Not only in the controls/camera, but the graphics render block-ily in some levels.

I suppose the long and short of the deal is that even with it’s far superior graphics, the PS3 is still lagging behind the Wii as far as controller interface is concerned. For games (that I don’t care for) such as Madden or a traditional console fighter, dual analogue might be the bee’s knees. A well-designed Wii game, like Galaxy, Boom Blox, CoD, or Okami will smoke the shit out of anything on the PS3 to this point.

With a new Zelda and the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy slated to drop in 2010, pretty sure I’m going to be plugging AAs in my Wii-motes for some time to come.

Netflix on Wii

Well, Netflix streaming is finally coming to the Wii. In one fell swoop, there goes one of my two reasons for getting a PS3.

boo.

Live streaming will hit Nintendo’s console this spring, according to a today’s joint announcement between the two companies. The setup will be nearly identical to that of the PS3, with a free disc available from Netflix needed to stream…no additional charges, however.

I’m not sure how the Wii will compare to the PS3, since it’s 720 output seems like a stretch. I do like some HDMI…not really excited to fire up the RCAs again. I’ll give it a shot when it drops.

PS3 Slim Hands-On: Browser

Instead of doing one gigantic review, I’m going to tackle a review of my new nerd toy piecemeal…up first: the browser.

slim, sexy, clunky

Slim, Sexy, and Somewhat Clunky

    The good:

:) Setup was effortless. No issues getting my wireless connection up and running.
:) Speedier than Opera on my Wii. Page loads are fast…no issue with Java.
:) Pandora support! Pretty much rules. Sounds great; no lag.

    The bad:

:( Screen navigation clunky. Dual analog controls are definately not ideal, but the zoom and scroll feature leaves much to be desired
:( Clumbsy menu structure. Address entry is a chore.

    The fugly:

:x On-screen keyboard is a fucking joke. No excuse for this, whatsoever.
:x Multiple browser window function. Audio dies when window is not in the foreground. Why?

All-in-all…not a netbook replacement for the couch. Yet. This might be a more viable option with the addition of a wireless keyboard, but until the window configuration is improved, I’ll have my Mini 9 on the davenport. Sony dropped the ball on the browser…seems like a little bit of market research would have made the PS3 a serious alternative to the quickly expanding netbook market.

In related news…sources are reporting that a new Zelda game for Wii is on the horizon in 2010. Looks like I’m still a Wii guy.

2010 Tech Roundup

game boy...still awesome

on a scale of 1 to awesome...

That’s right…we are starting out 2010 with a little tech roundup.

Roll Call

PS3
Wii
Dell Studio 15, running Ubuntu Karmic Koala
Dell Mini 9, running Ubuntu Karmic Koala Netbook Remix
Game Boy, gen 1
48″ Visio 1080p
Bresnan HD Cable / DVR
Wireless Guitar Hero controllers

Not pictured…17″ Dell, also running Ubuntu, and my SmackBerry. I love technology.