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In Apple on September 30, 2006 at 8:26 am

The “Hollywood Reporter” reveals that CBS has committed to a comedy pilot titled “Genius Bar” that, “explores the interactions between people who work at a place similar to the Genius Bar at the Apple stores and the cool, hip and beautiful employees at a nearby Abercrombie & Fitch-type store.”

ifoAppleStore – News and information about Apple Computer’s retail stores

I’m really not sure this is going to work out but I’ll watch at least one episode before making up my mind.

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Way to be ahead of the times, CTV!

In Mac on September 28, 2006 at 7:34 pm

No, I’m not dead. No, I haven’t been playing WoW non-spot (OK, A lot? Yes). And as for last week,s podcast, I decided to forget about “iSwitched presents isp”. I’ll explain more during this week’s podcast.

Now, let’s go down to business. I’m no fan of the US-only iTunes TV Store. I get even more pissed when I try to watch those “Free Online TV Shows” that the US networks offer. I always end up being told that it’s US only. Unfortunately the only US show I seem to be able to get free and legally up here in Canada is Deal or No Deal on Global’s website. But CTV does offer some canadian shows like Corner Gas and Degrassi for free. Unfortunately…

Is CTV Broadband supported on Macintosh?

Although CTV.ca is optimized for the PC systems as described above, the streaming video can work with most Mac systems.

PowerPC powered Macs – we suggest using Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player 9.

Newer Intel powered Macs – you must run Safari in “Rosetta” mode, with Windows Media Player 9.

Note – CTV.ca broadband will not work with the Flip4Mac plugin at this time.

This is from the help section of the CTV TV show player. IE for Mac? No longer downloadable. WMP 9 for Mac? No longer updated and Microsoft recommends Flip4Mac (which is unsupported). “Intel” Safari in Rosetta mode?! Are you kidding!? C’mon, CTV! Use Flash or Quicktime or something!

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Is MacTV Dead?

In Mac on September 22, 2006 at 6:45 pm

Some time ago, Asif from MacTV said that he would be doing a fairly big update of MacTV September 12th. That time has come and gone and worst of all, the MacTV site has been down for a couple of days. iTunes can’t seem to connect to the podcast feed either. Now, I liked the podcast alot. MacTV had a huge selection of Apple videos. So, I’d be sad, and I’m sure others would be too, if MacTV died so sudenly. If anyone from MacTV is reading this, could you please show us some sign of life, be it good or bad.

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World of Warcraft: The Revenge of the MMORPG

In Mac on September 22, 2006 at 6:23 pm

I found some good, free online games. I like ’em and they’re fun. The only real flaw is that they’re just for Windows. Yet, even after about 5 months without touching World of Warcraft, I decided to go back. Why? 1) I already payed (ok, If I remember, I traded in mostly for it) about $50 just for the game, excluding any monthly fees (except the included 1 month) and chances are I can’t trade it in because I entered a key to activate an account with Blizzard, an account that they don’t delete. 2) I want a Mac game. I want to just start my computer, NOT press alt to then go in to Windows, and play a game. Plus, even with reports that the Windows version performs better than the Mac version on Macs, the Mac version is vastly superior just because I can play my iTunes music in it (a features I don’t think comes with the Windows version). 3) I know a lot of people who are using it. It’s more fun when you have more that just a clue what they’re talking about… Although, I’m still not sure I’ll know completely: they’re REALLY into WoW. It’s nearly all they talk about. So ya, after this this post, I’m whipping out the WoW disks and Installing it on my Mac. Don’t worry if you don’t here from me again… I’m kidding. 🙂

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Rappelz and Podcast

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2006 at 6:37 pm

Sorry for no podcast this weekend. I will be coming out with one tommorow. I can’t tonight because I’m stuck in Vista. No, OS X did not self-distruck. It’s just that I got choosen to beta test gPotato’s (They offer FlyFF, an MMORPG that I played, in my area) latest game, Rappelz. Unfortunatly, the client download is taking longer than forever to download so I need to sit tight and wait. I’m getting it with bit torrent, which is slow but faster that the straight download I was dooing earlier on. Well, at least it’s comming in…

iTunes TV Rant #184

In Apple, iTunes/iPod on September 17, 2006 at 7:18 pm

I would pay for some of these show. I would pay for whole seasons! Or even just one episode and get hooked…. They’re giving away the season finale of LOST! C’mon! I’d be happy even if it started with only canadian shows. I love Corner Gas! Someone! Steve, you canadian TV execs, producers! Get off your lazy rears and START SELLING US SHOWS! And Steve, you better be keeping that promise for Movies in 2007 or it’s going to get ugly.

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Excite Truck: The game I nearly missed

In Wii on September 16, 2006 at 3:43 pm

I had two games in the 2006 Wii line up I was interesed in. Wii Sports asside (I’m interested in it but it comes with the Wii), they were Red Steel and Rayman: Raving Rabbids. I pretty much didn’t care for the 1st party line up (again, except for Wii Sports). But then I saw footage of Excite Truck. I knew about, I saw a bit of it before but I never really cared for it. But after some of that footage, man! I want it! At launch! I never found a good racing game (never looked much, either). ET has what seems as obvious controls:

In order to move your truck you will need to press the would-be A button in order to accelerate, the B button to brake, and use the control pad for turbo. Excite Truck will then be using the accelerometer in order to steer and land jumps. To steer, you tilt the controller left and right in motion similar to using a steering wheel. To land jumps appropriately, you must tilt the controller in whatever direction will be needed in order to have all four wheels land in unison.

IGN: Excite Truck Preview

I don’t care for gears or anything like that, I just want to go fast. And according to IGN’s videos, I’m going to go fast and high. Sweet! Move out Rayman! Excite Truck is now taking your place on my wish list!

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The Long Road to Launch

In Wii on September 14, 2006 at 7:21 pm

NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime confirms $249.99 price, November 19 launch

Wii cuts up the Big Apple – News at GameSpot

And Canada:

Nintendo’s next-generation Wii console will hit stores Nov. 19 with a price tag of $279.95, the company announced Thursday.

Nintendo announces Nov. 19 release date for Wii console at $279.95 | CP

So we know now what we need to know… unless you’re not in Japan, Canada or the US. Compared to the conversion I did earlier, the console cost more but Canada and US get Wii Sports packed in. After some calculations, and for the time being, I’m planning in pre-ordering a console and only a console (again, with Wii Sports) for launch. I might change my mind in the future but that’s it for now. Today, we learned about Wii Channels and Mii. Wii channels is the menu interface for the Wii. The channels include one for accessing game discs, one for weather, with a nice weather map, news, the store for the Virtual console, the Opera web browser, a photo viewer with nifty features like slide shows and photo puzzles and the Mii channel. All your Virtual console games get their own channel also. Mii is the name of characters you can create to represent you or anyone with the Wii. You can even play as them in games like Wii Sports and WarioWare. Nice addition. Not entirely necessary but I’m sure all of this will be fun to play with.

Now about the price, I understand that I get a free game but I’d almost (just almost) want to get a basic system and buy myself a game. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m kinda glad Wii Sports comes with the Wii: I see it as a “I wanta play it but I wouldn’t buy it” game. As for the release date, I find it a bit late for what I was hoping but after my calculations, it seems I nearly need all that time to save up for it.

Well that’s about it for now. If I think about other things about the Wii I feel like ranting about, I’ll post it.

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Conversion Conversation

In Wii on September 14, 2006 at 5:40 am

Japan knows for sure!

During Nintendo of Japan’s media convention, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed the launch date and price of Wii for that territory.

According to Iwata, Wii will go on sale in Japan on December 2 for a retail price of 25,000 Yen. Apparently that price is including tax.

The Wiire – Japanese Launch Details Revealed

According to Apple’s conversion widget, that’s $212,825 US and $238,173 CA. I’m a bit sad of the Dec 2nd lauch. That very late! I hope Nintendo has more love for North America. Plus this package has one Wiimote/numchuk combo and no games! 😦 The Wiire article also notes that games will be between 4800 and 6800 Yen. (Thats $40,862 US $45,729 CA to $57,888 US $64,783 CA) We’ll know for sure of what North America is getting latter today.

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Guess not…

In Wii on September 13, 2006 at 11:22 pm

Seems the Japan event (or the presentation, anyways) starts @ 1 am eastern… Well, I guess I can wait for the summary in the morning. Goodnight!

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