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Sony

Journal: PlayStation 3 and Backwards Compatibility? 2

Journal by handsomepete
So I've been planning on getting an Xbox 360 for a while. I've been selling off old games on Ebay / Glyde / Amazon trade in / etc so it wouldn't feel too painful on the 'ol wallet.

Then the new PS3 drops and I've been going through all my old games and I thought it would be nice to keep some of the PS2 stuff around - but my understanding is that backwards compatibility has been stripped from the PS3? Is there someone in the know who can fill me in on the history of this - is there some older revision that can do b.c. or did they strip it completely in firmware? Is there any reason why I would get a PS3 over an Xbox 360?

Any info or random musings on the subject would be appreciated.
Windows

Journal: Question for the Windows/IIS Know-somethings

Journal by handsomepete
Ok, I've been banging my head against a wall for a day or so trying to understand why this happens. Hopefully it's something stupid and simple and I can go on with my life. Forgive me if I refer to something incorrectly, I'll try to make sense and not embarrass myself.

Scenario:
Domain: MYDOMAIN (mydomain.com) (2003 Active Dir. in 2000 compat mode)
servera - 172.18.2.10 - Windows 2000 server, IIS 5
websitea - 172.18.100.30 - DNS A record for intranet website on servera

IIS configuration of websitea on servera:
Integrated authentication, no anonymous. Local directory for .asp files. Using 172.18.100.30 as its only IP, the IP is assigned to the nic. It is _not_ the default site. Everything else (more or less) default.

When I go to http://websitea/ from any box in the domain my NT credentials pass through to IIS and work fine without prompting for a username/password whether it's a new session or not. That's what I think should happen. When I go to http://websitea.mydomain.com/, I get asked for a username/password (with servera.mydomain.com in the title bar of the password dialog box) every time I initially access the site.

Why?
GameCube (Games)

Journal: Resident Evil 4

Journal by handsomepete
So I think Reisdent Evil 4 might be the best game I've ever played. It's not my favorite (at least not yet), but it is definitely one of the highest quality and most entertaining games I've seen. Warning: there's probably spoiler like material below this sentence:

Jaw-dropping graphics/animation/sound/voice acting - plus (so far) a perfect camera

Virtually no load times (this has become a mysteriously important attribute to me)

Good controls

Interesting story (so far)

Excellent action

Some fun (easy) puzzles

Genuine tension/excitement

rpg-ish elements with a store system and weapon upgrades

Huge detailed bosses and enemies (if you've seen the pictures, they're pretty accurate)

The enemies are almost smart - they know how to get at you almost everywhere you try to hide

Interactive cut scenes (i.e. press various buttons to run from a boulder and dodge it)

Bear traps. Best. Idea. Ever.

So far I have ~3 hours recorded on my save game and I'm in level 2-2 (out of 5-3 or so), but I think I've actually spent twice that just screwing around or dying and reloading or replaying boss battles for fun. I just found the president's daughter. Finding or creating a place to keep her safe isn't nearly as irritating as I thought it would be - it's actually fun. When I got back to the village, I took her into a two story house, barricaded the front door and window and left her upstairs. By the time I got back down, the villagers had busted down my barricades. After I cleared 'em out I noticed that there was a ladder to the second floor outside. Got up there just in time to kick it down in front of a climbing villager and take off his head with a rifle. That's neat. Anyways, all I'm saying is that even if you don't like this type of game or have never like Resident Evil games (like me), you might want to try it out. It's really really good.

Upgrades

Journal: Question for Inuyasha Fans 1

Journal by handsomepete
I kinda got sucked into this show after leaving Adult Swim on TV at night. My question is - why is Kagome's family so OK with her jumping down a well into a demon filled feudal era 500 years in the past? Not to mention rarely going to school? Is it just progressive parenting? Is there some sort of history in the family and the well? I don't know why this is such a sticking point for me, yet here I am. Is there any good way to see backstory to all the stuff that's currently on AS?
PlayStation (Games)

Journal: A PS2 Related Public Service Announcement 1

Journal by handsomepete
If anyone gets a 2004 Holiday Demo Disc in the mail from Sony, be careful. The Viewtiful Joe 2 demo can (and apparently will) wipe out whatever memory card is in your PS2. I received this email from them about it:

Dear PlayStation(R) Underground Member,

You are scheduled to receive the Holiday 2004 Demo Disc including the playable Viewtiful Joe 2 - please take note. It has just been brought to our attention that there is a glitch in this demo which will erase all of your saved files from your Memory Card(s). If you have not yet played the Viewtiful Joe 2 demo, please remove your Memory Card(s) from your PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system before you load the Holiday 2004 Demo Disc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America would like to express our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

User Journal

Journal: Zonk? 1

Journal by handsomepete
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/28/2012202&tid=207&tid=193

Did I miss a memo or something? Who's Zonk (the story poster)?

Got X-Men Legends [flash] for Gamecube last week for anyone that's interested in that sort of thing. It's pretty rad - a couple repetitive levels, but it can be a good time killer to play with a couple friends and tear up Sentinels. I've only played one of the "flashback" levels (Weapon X), but it seems like you can't play them again once you do them which sucks.
Sun Microsystems

Journal: 4 Post Racks 1

Journal by handsomepete
Where would a person go to find a reasonably priced 4 post, open frame rack (in the range of 18U to 24Uish)? Every single racks-are-our-business.com site seems a little fishy to me; I need the insight of someone who has looked for this before.
User Journal

Journal: The precious sanctity of online auctions 5

Journal by handsomepete
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=62053&item=8122008245&rd=1 (or here for a cap of it)

I really doubt "jamesyencken" is going to pay the $2,000,000+ dollars he's promising for that copy of Doom 3. I don't want to live in a world where one anonymous stranger is unable to make an obscene profit from an auction on a newly released game just because another anonymous stranger decides to bid decidedly silly amounts with no intention of paying. Truly sad.

I rented the movie Hellboy a couple nights ago. Was it just me or is that film pretty awful?
Utilities (Apple)

Journal: freeipods.com - Have we already been through this? 2

Journal by handsomepete
I'm sure someone has already brought this up, but a site called freeipods.com is causing quite a stir promising a free ipod to anyone who will participate in a random offer (get an account on Ebay and bid, sign up for AOL or ancestry.com, etc.) and get five friends to do the same. Seems scammy and chain letterish, but if anyone wants to follow the drama, watch this thread and see if anyone ever actually receives their ipod.

And yes, I'm a sucker. Here's my referral link. Join in teh stupidity if you get the urge.
Java

Journal: Is Jboss really as complicated as it looks? 1

Journal by handsomepete
Today I had a Jboss/Tomcat linux box dropped in my lap to support. I can't figure out what the hell I'm doing with it. Does anyone have some good links on how to do the "simple" stuff (virtual servers etc)? My only real webserver experience is with Apache, and the only thing the dropee showed me was the location of the config files. Any info appreciated.

I hope everyone is doing well, by the way. I haven't said anything in a looong time.

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