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got a Kindle

Was given a Kindle for Christmas - its the 2nd gen one that is available in the UK. The display is glorious - absolutely incredible. My wife put a couple of novels on it as part of the gift and I'm test driving this device by reading one of them. All I can say is that I'm enjoying the novel ("The Pawn") - the device isn't getting in the way of the experience which is really what it is all about.

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Christina Unboxes an Ubisoft Party Pack

Christina Loguidice unboxes a free www.houseparty.com Ubisoft package, entitled "Fun, Fit & Guilt-Free House Party". This package is sponsored by Ubisoft's Your Shape, JELL-O, and House Party. This follows Bill Loguidice's earlier unboxing of the Windows 7 Ultimate party pack. The two most interesting items (assuming you don't REALLY love JELL-O mousse) are the Your Shape bundle and the Just Dance game, both for the Nintendo Wii. Your Shape is a direct upgrade to My Fitness Coach, sort of like Wii Fit Plus is the direct upgrade to Wii Fit. Of course My Fitness Coach is itself a follow up to the earlier Yourself Fitness. "Celebrity" branding aside, where Your Shape trumps them all is with the addition of the camera peripheral (it's also available on PC), though of course lighting conditions and other factors will affect tracking. Finally, Just Dance is an original game for up to four players to dance either for fun or as a workout, with no need for a dance mat.

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Wii Fitness for Dummies (2010) - Table of Contents

Wii Fitness for Dummies (2010), by Christina and Bill Loguidice, through Wiley.

We just finished primary author review on the book, so it's now considered at 100%, though there are still a few minor things to do. Since it's at that point, I'm now able to release what should be the final Table of Contents. Check it out here: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/3046 . As always, any questions, ask away. We're still looking at a February/March 2010 release.

Wii Fitness for Dummies, available from retailers worldwide, is THE book on the Nintendo Wii fitness revolution. Part 1 covers Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus, Part 2 covers EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer from Electronic Arts, and Part 3 covers Majesco's Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010. There are two parts of ten at the back of book, as well, which cover ten Wii fitness accessories, and ten other Wii fitness games, respectively. You'll not only get to know all of the games inside and out, but also learn proper exercise form, theory and methodology to maximize your fitness experience, all in the inimitable friendly and approachable for Dummies style.

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Quick and Casual Look at the APF M/MP1000 and Imagination Machine

The APF M1000 (MP1000) is a game console first released in 1978. Less than a year later, the Imagination Machine computer add-on was released for the console. By 1980, just as the positive reviews were starting to roll in, APF, who made a name for itself with calculators and home Pong clones, went into a rapid decline and the systems onto the clearance circuit. (Some photos below the video... Note that the video had to go to Vimeo because of a YouTube incompatibility. If you want the HD version of the video, head to Vimeo.)

Armchair Arcade: Quick and Casual Look at the APF M/MP1000 and Imagination Machine from Bill Loguidice on Vimeo.

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Epic Computer Disaster - Now with a happy ending

As some of you may recall, I recounted my personal tale of woe back in October when my Gateway Tablet PC (CX210X) - my then primary system - decided to no longer start up. It wasn't a hard drive issue, it was a motherboard issue. Since I bought it from Gateway directly back in 2007 - and they no longer support direct purchases out of warranty (even if you want to pay) - I was out of luck--or so I thought. I took a chance and hit up a repair service out of California via eBay called Laptop Rescuer, which for a $175 flat fee (plus my cost to ship it to them) promised to make everything right (their regular Website is here). So, with some reluctance, I shipped it off. They professionally called me when they received it. They professionally called me when they sent it back. Best of all, it arrived back to me relatively quickly (within a few weeks) and most importantly, working as good as new. While I don't necessarily like to promote such things, I must say in this case I give them my wholehearted endorsement and if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you probably wouldn't go wrong with this company.

So now I have my primary HP TouchSmart desktop (64-bit Windows 7) and my now secondary Gateway Tablet PC, which is now maxed out for a 32-bit system with 4GB of memory and a new 7200RPM 320GB hard drive, upgraded with Windows 7 Home Premium (for those wanting a 100% clean install from the upgrade version, check out these instructions). The OS install of Windows 7 was a major pain mostly because of the extra features of the laptop (namely the digitized screen via a pen) and Gateway's lack of drivers, but, through some hard detective work and a bit of luck, it now appears to be 100% and better than ever. Whew!

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2600 homebrew ordered

I have ordered Medieval Mayhem from the Atari Age shop. Was torn between that and Thrust+ but the opportunities for multi-player and the fact that I have two sets of paddles swung it for me.

I'll post a review here - though for those in the know it will be redundant such is the reputation this game has.....

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The Dell of DIY Systems - A Business Proposition

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day, which is a "Build Your Own Gaming PC with the ASUS Gamer Bundle" for $279.99, got me thinking a bit about the concept of "build your own", which we've been discussing a bit lately after I had to quickly order a replacement system for my dead laptop. I love the idea of these "gamer bundles", which give you properly matched CPU, motherboard and video card for a discounted total price. Ultimately though, this goes against the DIY spirit of picking your own components, which leads me to the thought of the day. Wouldn't it be cool if - like you can do at places like Dell, HP, etc., with systems - you could configure your own DIY parts list to have a properly matched set of parts delivered to you, which you can then assemble yourself? Say, pick motherboard A, graphics card C, power supply A, case G, etc., and the built-in configurator would be able to flag any mismatched parts, e.g., power supply A is too underpowered to drive graphics card C, or case G wouldn't fit motherboard A.

Now who's going to build that type of online retail system and make lots of money? If you are, I want in, because you can't tell me something like that (assuming it doesn't already exist), wouldn't be a boon to the DIY crowd. Of course there's also always the danger of people using the configurator to verify a setup's viability and then buy the parts for cheaper elsewhere (a la Crucial and their excellent memory matching retail Website), but if prices were at Amazon or other similar discounter levels, then that would certainly be a rare occurrence...

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My Epic Computer Disaster

Well, the timing couldn't be worse (have to work on critical book and documentary stuff this weekend)--my main computer, my Gateway Tablet PC, died some time after 4:30PM today. Not the hard drive, but something to do with the system, so it's fully shot. After a frantic run to the stores in the evening right up until they all closed around 9PM, no suitable replacement was found (seems like the stores are pretty much cleared out until after the 22nd, when they'll all mostly no doubt be Windows 7-based; I could have gotten an iMac, but I did not want to pay the Apple premium).

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