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Archive for December, 2008

toolboxI appreciate the fact that some of you have missed me.  But when I don’t blog, I don’t blog.  Inspiration comes in spurts (for me anyway) and I’ve kinda been busy lately.  Messages like “We miss you” and “Where ya been?” are appreciated.  Messages telling me what I should do, or how I should blog succeed only in pissing me off.  If you think it’s so easy, try doing it yourself.  Everybody needs a break once in a while.  Rant over.

An Addon I’d Like To See

Maybe it exists, and if it does, I’m sure one of my loyal readers will point it out to me.  I hate duel spam.  But I’m not sure I want to get rid of it completely.  I just find the duel dialog box to be completely useless.  Even just a little more information would be useful.  Like the class and level of the person who is trying to duel you?  Picture it…

Joemoron, a Level 79 Death Knight wants to duel you.
Yes / No 

Wouldn’t that be freaking awesome?  Good.  Now somebody go out and write it.

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Searching For "Fist"

Searching For "Fist"

It’s very rare that I will talk about something that I haven’t actually installed and played with yet.  But this is a new version of an addon I’ve used for a year or more, and if it does everything I think it does, then I need to spread the word as quickly as I can.  (If it blows, I can always delete the blog post later.  LOL.)

Possessions is one of my all-time favourite addons.  It’s one of the few that I really can’t imagine living without.  I blogged about it on the old Blogger blog as well as “that other place” that I used to work for.  Possessions really doesn’t get the fame it deserves.

Possessions keeps track of — you guessed it — your possessions.  Once it “sees” all your banks and inventories, you can search from anywhere from the command line.  (That’s one of the things I like about Possessions as opposed to other inventory mods.  For keyboard mavens like myself, it’s a breeze to find things without ever taking my hands off the keys.)  For example, typing “/poss silk” and hitting enter will search all toons and their inventories and banks for any item that has “silk” in the name.  It will even search guild banks but be forewarned that if you don’t visit the guild bank often, your information is going to get out-of-date fast because there is no way for the addon to know when other people deposit and withdraw items.

This most recent update adds new features that some of us have been waiting for for a very long time, including the ability to purge the Possessions database of characters you no longer have, or guilds you no longer belong to.  It was easy enough to do it before manually by editing the data file, but now it’s a simple command-line option.

Possessions is the perfect addon for the World of Warcraft packrat in your life.  Check it out today!

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Felicia Day From "The Guild"

The last I heard from “The Guild” — the hilarious online mini-series about online gaming — they had taken an offer from Microsoft that I originally wasn’t terribly excited about. I can see the plus side of it, though. Producing a quality product like The Guild takes money and Microsoft undeniably has money. The fine print though, in the contract with Satan, was that Microsoft-sponsored episodes would no longer be available through traditional outlets like Youtube, only MSN Video, Zune Marketplace and Xbox Live.

I had some concerns about what this would mean to me as a Mac user. I love the guild and I assumed that “MSN Video” had something to do with the MSN Messenger client. Yes, I know there’s a Mac version, but the Mac version also sucks and doesn’t have 2% of the functionality of the Windows version. It turns out I was wrong. MSN Video is, more accurately, Microsoft’s version of YouTube. (Yeah, I’d never used it before either.) You can’t link to videos directly or embed them in blogs. Typical Microsoft suck of epic proportions. So go to http://video.msn.com and type “the guild season 2” in the search box. Yes, it’s clumsy. But it’s the only way I’ve found to link to the second season.

There are two seasons “in the can” so far and I have to say that the one positive thing about the Microsoft involvement is that the production quality has improved immensely. The writing is still as brilliant as always, but now it looks more like a primetime television show and less like a Blair Witch spin-off.

I would gladly take a Microsoft watermark or even Microsoft advertising if it meant I could watch the episodes on Youtube though.

I wonder when somebody at Microsoft is going to realize that both of those desk microphones they use are Logitechs. I’m really quite surprised that Season 2 hasn’t featured Microsoft hardware more prominently.

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