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Date:2011-02-17 12:48
Subject:Why did Smart get so complex?
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At approximately 11.15pm on February 16th, 2011 I complete my current project and decide to relax with a session of World of Warcraft. Upon loading the programme I discover that I need to renew my subscription, but this is not an issue since I had a Game Card that I had purchased earlier. So I open up the box and take out the card itself, turn it over and scratch the area to reveal the code. So far so good, but unfortunately, the Blizzard servers refuse to authenticate the code. I have been in this situation before – annoyingly with the last Game Card I used, and know that I have to contact Blizzard to rectify the problem. This involves obtaining an image of both the back of the Game Card and the receipt from when I purchased it.

It is now 11.45pm and I find myself resigned to the fact that I am going to have to find my scanner, bring it downstairs and connect it to the laptop after disconnecting the laptop to the wireless adaptor. Then scan the images, reconnect the wireless adaptor, and finally attach them to the Blizzard page that will deal with the issue.

Yet do I really want to do that? No, of course not. I can be smart because I have a Smart phone. Not a super duper up to date Smart mobile telephone, but a smart one all the same. If I take photographs of the images using my LG 540 Optimus, I think to myself, I can send them via the Gmail on my said Smart phone to my home computer, just three feet away from where I am standing. Terrific. I am brilliant, I think to myself. For once, I am taking advantage of the limited advanced technology I have at my disposal. So that is what I will do. And I do it.

So how long do you think that it takes the images to reach my home computer, which if you recall, I said was three feet away from the very spot where I took those two images? Well, as I type this, it is 11.22am. Yes, that is right. Almost twelve hours later and I still have not got those images from my mobile, sorry, my Smart mobile telephone via my Gmail account, via my Virgin media package. And I have sent them twice since…

Anyway, I digress, because at 12.30am, that is, last night, I am getting a little frustrated at the lack of images in my Virgin media e-mail in-box. Hold on, I think to myself. Surely my LG 540 Optimus can speak to my laptop PC, which is where I want the images to go, and I seem to recall that there is a cable to attach them. Terrific. I am brilliant, I think to myself. Again.

So I go in search of the box that the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone came in and discover that, yes, it does have a cable to attach it to other devices with a USB port. Terrific. I am brilliant, I think to myself. Again. I can connect the two after I have disconnected the wireless adaptor, and they will talk to each other and I will be able to search the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done. In just five minutes.

Five minutes later, I have connected my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone to my laptop. Oh, it wants a Driver. Well, that is okay, because it will need a Driver so that they can recognise each other and then I can search the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done. In just five minutes.

So I disconnect the mouse and reconnect the wireless adaptor. The laptop searches for a driver. None exist. Perhaps I should check the LG site. That will not take very long as I am sure that the drivers are very easy to find on the LG site. Then I can download and install the Driver so that my laptop and LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone can recognise each other and I can search the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done. In just five minutes.

So I do a quick search for LG Mobile and top of the list is http://uk.lgapplication.com. Which is not what I am looking for. It is LG’s “App” store. Will they have any drivers? No. I checked. Eventually I find the right site and page for my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone. I see a button that asks me if I want to register it. I decide not to, because in four years’ time it is unlikely that I will be sending it to school. I see a button that asks me if I want to download the LG Mobile Support Tool to PC. I decide that I do. This seems like a sensible option. Then at last I see an option that says “Manuals & Drivers.” I click on that. It takes me to another page listing the types of products that LG manufactures. I click on the option for mobile phone which lists all of the mobile phones available from LG. I click on the model that I own. Which you will recall is an LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone. Which takes me back to page for that model where the first question is, do you want to register your phone? You will recall that my answer to that was no.

In the meantime, the LG Mobile Support Tool has downloaded. It has not yet installed. My laptop has decided that it has better things to do. So I cancel the installation, shut the laptop down, and restart it. Go back to the web page for my mobile phone and download the LG Mobile Support Tool again. It installs after I have followed the instructions .

Just in case, I walk the three feet to my home computer and check to see if the images have arrived yet. No, not yet.

I walk back to the laptop. The LG Mobile Support Tool has installed and asks me if I have installed the USB driver for my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone. Which of course I had not because I had not been able to find it on the LG site. So, I say yes, please.

I install the Driver. Hurrah. So I click on my computer link and look in the folder for the various drives to see if the connection has registered. Just like it would with an external drive. Which would mean that my laptop and LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone would have recognised each other and I can search the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done. In just five minutes. But there is no link between my laptop and LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone. I cannot search the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done. In just five minutes.

I am confused. Why am I connecting my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone to my laptop if I cannot search the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done? In just five minutes.

Meanwhile the LG Mobile Support Tool is awaiting my input. Do I want to update my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone it asks? Why yes I do and say so. It begins the process with a warning. The update will wipe everything of my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone. My contacts. Downloads. My images. I wonder if the update will include the ability to get my laptop and LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone recognise each other and enable me the memory of the LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone, grab the images that I want and be all done? In just five minutes. That would be brilliant.

Except if it did, it would wipe off all of the images I want to get off my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone. Damn.

It is now 1.00am. The two images sent from my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone have not arrived. Even after an hour. Plus my laptop and my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone are not talking to each other. LG and my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone are talking to each other though. Which is a bit like LG not approving my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone’s choice of laptop boyfriend.

So feeling frustrated, I go to bed. Which does actually take just five minutes.

Twelve hours later and the images are still on my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone and not anywhere else that I want them to be. I cannot update my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone because that would mean that those images or the other ones that I want to transfer from my LG 540 Optimus Smart mobile telephone would be wiped out.

This afternoon, I plan to go upstairs, unpack my scanner, bring it downstairs and plug it into my laptop after I have disconnected the wireless adapter. Scan the images that I want and save them. Then disconnect the scanner, reconnect the wireless adapter, attach the images to the message that I wanted to send at 11:45pm last night, and then send the message off. After which I will take the scanner back upstairs and pack it away. All in 30 minutes.

In the meantime, and just in case, I walk the three feet to my home computer and check to see if the images have arrived yet.

No, not yet.

[As an addendum, I did try sending this to LG via its website. Unfortunately, the website decided that neither of my e-mail addresses or my actual name were valid. Since I have had this name for some 43 years and at least one of the e-mail accounts for ten years, I am not that I like to be invalidated.]

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Date:2010-07-15 20:29
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I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


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Date:2010-07-12 20:08
Subject:Omar Shakti’s Cat!
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Mood: cheerful

In terms of Call of Cthulhu and myself, today has been a good day. After part of a weekend working hard at a review – to be published soon, I promise – the publisher seemed please with my comments and feedback. This is always good to hear, as not every publisher takes the time to get back to me.

Even better news is that Masks of Nyarlathotep was sent to the printer last year. It seems crazy not to have what is regarded as one of the hobby’s best campaigns be out of print, so the news that it will be available once again is certainly welcome. What is interesting to note is that for this the fifth or sixth edition, the title is simply Masks of Nyarlathotep, andnot The Complete Masks of Nyarlathotep. I doubt that the Australian chapter that originally appeared as a scenario in Terror Australis will be missing from this new book, but the change of title seems odd...

So why the interest in Masks of Nyarlathotep? Well, as many of you will be aware of, I have busily involving myself in The Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, a monograph that will dwarf all that have gone before it. Although it is unlikely to see publication in August alongside the reprint of Masks of Nyarlathotep, this is going to be book that everyone who has that campaign will want. If only every campaign could have a book as a useful and as detailed as this... Anyway, today the editor sent me a sample of the layout for the main five chapters – all 190 pages of them. These chapters correspond to the first five chapters in the campaign, so not Shanghai, and not any of the extra articles, the Keeper’s advice, and of course, my pre-generated investigators, but that is still 190 pages of gaming goodness.

People are going to be so impressed by this book.

They are going to wonder if it should be a MULA Monograph.

I showed it to Louise and she was very impressed by the layout, and agreed with me that it looks good enough to be a proper book.

Then she said, “Oh look Omar Shakti’s Cat!”

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Date:2010-07-04 11:07
Subject:Happy Birthday...
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REBEL SCUM

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Date:2010-03-07 13:31
Subject:March 7th is...
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Anti-Mother's Day

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Date:2010-01-20 17:55
Subject:A Bargain That Can Help
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Right now OneBookShelf (RPGNow and DriveThruRPG) has put together an incredible bargain that if you purchase will mean that not only do you get over one hundred PDF titles, but you will be doing some good by donating towards the much relief for Haiti. For your $20 you receive RPGs and supplements that would cost you over $1400 were you to buy them at your local friendly gaming store.



Some of the highlights include Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. (and all of its supplements), BASH! Basic Action Super Heroes (New and Improved), Barbarians Versus, Chronica Feudalis, Cortex System Role Playing Game, Diana: Warrior Princess, MARS: Savage Worlds Edition, Summerland Revised and Expanded Edition, Thrilling Tales 2nd Edition (Savage Worlds), Three Sixteen, and eCollapse. I have reviewed at least a couple of these, and just these titles alone are worth the $20. I hate to think how long these are going to take to download, but that is not the issue here.



Personally, I do not think that I paid enough for these titles and plan to match what I paid for the $20 super-bundle. I do not suggest that you follow my lead as I hate to think that I was preaching at anyone, but please do match the generosity of the publishers who have donated their creations for our benefit.

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Date:2010-01-16 22:56
Subject:[Reviews from R'lyeh] Maliszewski's Mansion
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My latest is a review of The Cursed Chateau from Rogue Games, a scenario for Dungeons & Dragons or other "Edition Zero" versions of the hobby's first RPG.
Come see what the leading commentator on the Old School Renaissance can create...

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Date:2010-01-12 23:43
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Mood: sad

I lost my Legends of the Five Rings Courtier/Detective tonight -- to another player character. I was possessed and he used a Fire arrow to prevent me from unleashing a catastrophe. It was the right thing to do, though use of the Fire arrow was overdoing it a bit as there was a chance that I could have survived an ordinary arrow.

I have to admit that I am a little saddened by her loss. Nioko was the longest running character I had had of late, and I had slowly grown attached to her and was interested to seeing what would happen to her next. Now that is not to be -- on her last initiative roll the only thing I could have her do is have her ashes float around everyone...

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Date:2010-01-08 16:44
Subject:Scandalous, but not Heretical
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I review Cubicle Seven's Victoriana Second Edition at Reviews from R'lyeh.

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Date:2010-01-08 13:16
Subject:This is marvelous.
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Doctor Who: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Date:2010-01-02 18:49
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Louise and I went to see Avatar this afternoon. She gave it a score of 8/10 and me 5/10. Specifically, I gave it 2 points for the plot and 3 because it looked pretty. It is difficult not to see it as a simplistic remake of Pocahontas or Ferngully on a really big budget. At best, it is a simplistic and obvious story, at worst, an obvious political commentary.

Also, why was Avatar in 3D? I really am not impressed by the use of 3D to date. It is great that I can see the effect, but what does it add? Certainly nothing towards any story told using 3D.

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Date:2009-12-20 21:51
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So with regard to the brouhaha over the Christmas #1... First off, the only winner is Sony BMG. Second, for those of you who spent months watching The X-Factor week in, week out, and now crow about the winner not having achieved the Christmas #1, I smell a whiff of hypocrisy, and a lack of principles...

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Date:2009-12-18 14:48
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Just got an e-mail offering me "A Night at the Opera." Sadly it was from Birmingham Town Hall for an evening of opera hosted by Jennie Bond and not a message from my cell leader ordering me to go a Delta Green Op with Jennie Bond.

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Date:2009-12-18 14:15
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Mood: cranky

I seem to recall that back in 1999 everyone was running around looking to the end of one millennium and the start of another in the year 2000. Which as we all know was wrong. The last millennium ended come December 31st, 2000 and the new one began on January 1st, 2001. The fact that people got this wrong was admitted afterwards...

So why has everyone forgotten this fact and decided that the decade known as the "noughties" ends on December 31st, 2009? Who decided that was a true fact and that we should all collectively buy into the fallacy?

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Date:2009-11-26 17:17
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Welcome to America, heretics one and all...

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Date:2009-11-23 16:10
Subject:Dear lulu.com
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I want to order the following two items: Cthulhu and The River Of Doubt and In Remote Places. The first is a novel and the second is a CD. I am not having any problems trying to order them, except when it comes to the postage and packaging.

If I want to order each separately, I am being asked to pay approximately $10 each time, about equal to the cost of each item. The expected delivery date is a few days. If I want to order them together, and I do because they are going to the same person, I am being asked to pay $112 and then told that the expected delivery date is December 25th.

Could I ask what the extra $100 is for and what you will be doing to or with each item in the time between when I place the order and you expect it to be delivered?

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Date:2009-11-08 20:46
Subject:[Reviews from R'lyeh] Our Ladies of Sorrow
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http://rlyehreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/when-shall-we-three-meet-again-in.html

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Date:2009-09-16 22:06
Subject:Sent to me by a friend -- thanks, Tom.
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Eye have a spell checker, it came with my pea see.
It marques four my revue, miss steaks eye kin not sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word and weight four it two say,
Weather eye am write or wrong, it will show me write a weigh.
As soon as a miss steak is maid, it nose bee four two long,
And eye can make the error write, it's rare lee ever wrong.
Eye halve run this poem threw it, eye am shore your pleased to no,
It's letter perfect all the weigh, my spell checker told me sew.

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Date:2009-09-14 15:49
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I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

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Date:2009-09-13 14:41
Subject:What the Publisher thinks...
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Normally I do even hear back from a publisher about a review. Today I heard back from a publisher -- in public.

You may have read my review of Age of Cthulhu Vol. II: Madness in London Town (http://gamecryer.com/2009/09/06/madness-in-london-town/) at GamerCryer.com, but you will not have seen the publisher’s response at yog-sothoth.com on page eight of this thread (http://www.yog-sothoth.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=173506#173506).

At this point I am still thinking about my reply.

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