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Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

greymond Re:stopped using it? (857 comments)

I mostly don't. I have my main apps I use everyday pinned to the taskbar and then my games have their icons on the desktop. The only time I ever used the start menu is to bring up the search box so I can type in the name of a new program I just installed or a file.

Outside of the IT world, what would a typical user need that is in their start menu?

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack

greymond So what? (734 comments)

The DVDin my tower came with Power DVD software which plays any DVD including the BR's I own. So WIndows won't come with default software to play DVD's? Ok. Every DVD drive that you can buy, or windows box system you buy, comes with tons of software that will. Who the hell has a system with ONLY the OS installed?

more than 2 years ago
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When it comes to U.S. colonies on the moon ...

greymond Re:Depends how it is funded. (583 comments)

Why, you live on the United States of Earth, governed by the American police, so why wouldn't it be an American Moon?

more than 2 years ago
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Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

greymond Re:Aimed squarely at children (389 comments)

UI Scaling and Mods are something Bioware Stated would come after launch.

about 3 years ago
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Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

greymond Re:No Mac Version yet (389 comments)

WoW and EVE are the ONLY two MMO's I know of that bothered to make a mac client of their game. I honestly can't think of a single other MMO that is dual platformed.

But who cares? Unless you have an old non-intel Apple system (in which case the system requirements wouldn't work for this game most likely) you just install Win 7 on a second partition or hard drive and play the game on your mac that way. Stop trying to complain about something that isn't an issue anymore.

about 3 years ago
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Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

greymond Re:WoW 2.0 (389 comments)

Yup, it's basically KOTOR 3 but with a monthly subscription.

about 3 years ago
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Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

greymond Re:So, when did subscriptions become traditional? (389 comments)

"Disclaimer: I have not played the game yet, and my opinion is based on reviews and people who have played the beta."

You should have stopped commenting right there. I was in Beta as well as started my early access on the 13th. While the voice acting is amazing and top notch graphics it is exactly like every other MMO out right now. Except they didn't put in a real LFG tool yet, though they have a PVP queue, and they don't have phasing like in WoW.

Honestly if this game didn't have STAR WARS in the name no one would care.

about 3 years ago
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Inside a Last-Ditch Effort To Save the Space Shuttle

greymond Get over it already (134 comments)

Stop thinking about space and get over it. Our bodies can't handle fast space travel anyway, so leave it to the octopi.

about 3 years ago
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Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers

greymond Um I don't see a problem... (593 comments)

The first thing I see is:
Project Manager – Senior, Billed: $322,455 Paid: $101,690

That employee is getting paid roughly 1/3rd of the price of the contracted work, but I'm not sure what people are expecting here. Having worked with numerous types of consulting agencies both as a contractor with them and managing contracts it's not unusual that the agency that bills us at a rate of $120/hr is paying their employees/contractors anywhere between 10-60/hr depending on their responsibilities. The part-time social media intern is getting paid around $10/hr and the full-time web developer is getting around $60/hr, regardless of what is being done, and by who, the agency will bill the clients at a rate of $120/hr. This is pretty standard.

more than 3 years ago
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Solar Company Folds After $0.5B In Subsidies

greymond It's worth noting (694 comments)

That plenty of Green Businesses here in the Bay Area are doing very well, primarily Petersen Dean, though others include SunWize, RPS Solar and REC Solar to name a few. Of course they are all private sector businesses that our current government wouldn't concern themselves with because they only want to give handouts to corporate america and green start-ups that have no legitimate plan for growth or success.

more than 3 years ago
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Razer Announces Dedicated Gaming Laptop

greymond Overpriced Garbage Laptop (200 comments)

Description from the article:
2.8GHz Intel® CoreTM i7 2640M Processor
8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® OptimusTM Technology
2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
Built-in HD Webcam
Integrated 60Wh Battery
320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
It will ship in the fourth quarter of 2011 for $2,799.99.

Cost of an actual gaming laptop with a GTX and SSD $2400 http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X7_Xtreme_S2_Notebook/

While some may or may not like CyberPower, my main points are that you can't sell "gamers" a gaming system without a GTX card, the GT's just don't cut it and while a 320GB 7200 rpm drive is alright, you can get a 128GB SSD for about the same price, maybe around $30-50 more. No one uses anywhere near 320GB on their primary drive. I have Win7 with Office 2k10 Pro, Adobe CS Design Suite 5, LOTRO HR, DDO HR, WoW, Rift, EVE, STO, CO, PotBS, LoL and numerous web/net apps installed on my laptop and I'm using only 140GB of space.

more than 3 years ago
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Russia Approves Siberia-Alaska Railway

greymond Re:But what... (449 comments)

Followed, in about 15 years, by Ice Pipe Tunnelers.

more than 3 years ago
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Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

greymond I'm just upset (415 comments)

I'm upset that none of the hot female teachers when I was growing up wanted to leave their husbands and bang me during and after my junior high classes.

more than 3 years ago
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OK Go Goes HTML5

greymond Should add a warning on that... (171 comments)

The link to the "interactive" portion after putting in your message and hitting "Go" opens up 15 separate Chrome Windows. Thanks for the warning douchedot...

more than 3 years ago
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Anti-PowerPoint Party Formed In Switzerland

greymond People with nothing better to do... (113 comments)

If employees feel they are wasting their time in uninformative meetings, it's probably true, but I don't see how that's PowerPoints fault at all. Also, this caught my attention (from the article):

So is this just a promotional gimmick?
"Yes, it is a tool to promote my book. But it doesn't end there," Poehm said via e-mail.

Well there you go. Now I see why it's being spread around the internet as "news".

more than 3 years ago
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Specific Media To Buy MySpace

greymond Congrats (52 comments)

On buying a site no one but "indie" musicians care about.

more than 3 years ago
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Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster

greymond good riddance (523 comments)

While an electric sports car is indeed innovative, if companies actually want to make a successful business from hybrid or electric cars they need to sell to the masses first, then target disposable incomes second. The Nissan Leaf, Ford Fiesta and even the Wheego are all more realistic options. Granted they're above the average consumer level too being in the $30-40k range which places them in the luxury price tag category of the lower end and great gas mileage cars from Mercedes and BMW, but still no where near the small pool of people who would actually pay $110k for an electric roadster. I think most who can afford that price for a car would still rather have an Aston Martin or Bentley due to their status symbolism.

As someone who lives in the bay area, I think I saw maybe 1 Tesla around Palo Alto near Stanford's campus once. I see a dozen Prius's ($23k) every time I get in my car.

more than 3 years ago
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Where Is Firefox OS?

greymond Aside from it being stupid... (288 comments)

Using Google Chrome as an example, the Chromebooks serve a small niche of users who only do specific tasks. Real OS's like OS X, Windows and Linux provide the ability of satisfying all user types to do any task.

Besides, explain to me how a Firefoxbook/pad would be able to compete with a Chromebook when it'd take several hours to boot after grandma accidentally let FF install 100 different useless add-ons.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Teams With Anonymous, In Operation AntiSec

greymond These groups could be useful (419 comments)

Groups like Anonymous and LulSec could probably do a lot more good for a lot of people if instead of pontificating about leaking government information actually did something useful like erase consumer debts instead of just posting passwords to porn sites online...

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

greymond Can iOS run Adobe CS? (577 comments)

I know it's hip to be an Apple user now these days and all the cool kids are rocking their iDevices, but a good majority of graphic designers/artists use the platform and I while it's cool to watch netflix in bed on an iPad, it's irrelevant when you have to start using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, though I imagine Illustrator and Photoshop wouldn't be as big an issue to use on a tablet as InDesign would be.

more than 3 years ago

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Are Visitors or Pageviews more valuable than Subscribers for Magazines?

greymond greymond writes  |  about a year and a half ago

greymond (539980) writes "I've recently began working with a niche trade publication who has a strong subscriber base in this industry, however because of their target audience the overall web exposure hasn't been the best it could be and is one of the initiatives I'm working on improving. However, my question is to those who advertise with magazines, which do you value more — subscriber numbers or their monthly unique visitors and pageviews? Obviously if one is only advertising online or print the choice is clear, but what about when advertisers have the option of one ad price thats included in both editions?"
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AT&T to Start Data Throttling, How Will It Aff

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 3 years ago

greymond writes "AT&T has announced that starting on Oct. 1 it will throttle the data speeds of users with unlimited data plans who exceed bandwidth thresholds on its 3G network. AT&T is following in the tracks Verizon and Virgin Mobile in reducing data throughput speeds of its heaviest mobile data users. With more data-intensive apps being published everyday, how will AT&T's data throttling affect users' mobile experience?"
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Follow up on Out of Control Job Responsibilities

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 3 years ago

greymond writes "A while back I posted about out of control job responsibilities, and then later on about even more additional responsibilities and my desire to move to more open source solutions. Well, I felt a follow up was in order as regardless if it was due to my year and a half of convoluted job functions or a growth in the local economy, I was recently called by a company interested in me and offered literally double my previous salary to make an immediate move. Needless to say I made the transition and have been extremely happy with my new gig, which is focused on maintaining multiple Drupal sites and not a laundry list other random activities. Shortly after another employee I had kept in touch with at the previous company found a similar offer as well. So for those who find themselves in this type of situations, let it be known, there is opportunity out there."
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Can Windows, OS X and Fedora all work together?

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 4 years ago

greymond (539980) writes "In my ever growing job responsibilities, I’ve recently been tasked with documenting our organizations IT infrastructure, primarily focusing on cost analysis of our hardware leases and software purchases. This is something that has never been done in our organization before and while it’s moving along slowly, I’m already seeing some places where we could make improvements. Once completed, I see this as an opportunity to bring up the topic of migrating the majority of our office from Windows 7 to Linux and Exchange to Gmail. However, this would result in three departments each running a different system, Windows, OS X and most likely Fedora. Has anyone worked in or tried to setup an environment like this? What road blocks did you run into? Is this really feasible or should I just continue to focus on the cutbacks that don't require OS changes?

The requirement for having three different systems is that the vast majority of our administration, who rely solely on an install of Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel, are savvy enough that if they came in and saw Gnome running on Fedora with Open Office they’d pick it up fast. However, our marketing department is composed entirely of Apple systems, and the latest Adobe Creative Suite doesn’t seem to all work under Wine. The biggest issue is with the Sales department though, as they rely on a proprietary sales platform that is Windows only, as well as generally, sales personal give the biggest push back when it comes to organizational changes."
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Out of control Job Responsibilities

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 4 years ago

greymond (539980) writes "I was originally hired as an Online Content Producer to write articles for a company website as well as start up the company’s social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter. With budget cuts and layoffs I ended up also taking over the website facilitation for three of the company’s websites (they let go of the current webmaster). During this time the company has been developing a new website and I was handed the role of pseudo project manager to make sure the developer stayed on course with the projects due date. Now that we’re closer to launch the company has informed me that they don’t have the budget or staff in place to set up the web server and have tasked me with setting up the LAMP and Zend App on an Amazon EC2 setup, which while it’s been years since I worked this much with Linux I’m picking it up and moving things along. Needless to say I want to ask for more money, as well as more resources, as well as a better title that fits my roles, but what is the best way to go about this? Of course my other thought is that I'd much rather go back to writing and working with marketing than getting back into IT."
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Will the iPad finally make digital books popular?

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 4 years ago

greymond (539980) writes "Will the iPad finally be the product that brings the era of digital books or will PDF’s and ePub’s continue to remain a niche market? It would seem to me that with the release of Sony’s reader, Amazon’s Kindle DX and now the popular iPad that we’d start to see an increase in sale of digital books. However, does anyone have numbers that can confirm or deny this?"
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San Jose as a Travel Destination

greymond greymond writes  |  about 5 years ago

greymond (539980) writes "Team San Jose has been considering revamping their website, www.sanjose.org, for some time now and I have been asked to see what level of interest the online community would have if we were to allow for inclusion of syndicated bay area blog content and/or general user generated content, such as the uploading of photos by site visitors and the submission of venue reviews.
If SanJose.org was to proceed with a redesign what feature would you most desire to have offered from the site? Keeping in mind our ultimate goal would be to generate an online community that responds to events that happen within the city of San Jose and create an accurate picture of the city.
An additional inquiry weââd appreciate feedback on is how you view the city of San Jose as a destination, and not just another city on the map. Many people consider San Jose to be the heart of Silicon Valley with its history with companies such as IBM, however, how do you feel towards San Jose as a place of tourism and fun? While its location allows for a plethora of adventures 30 to 90 minutes in any direction, what venues, services and hot spots, that are not business related, bring you to San Jose? If business has been your only interest within the city, what places have you considered to be the most favorable and the least enjoyable?"

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What do you think of ebooks on mobile phones

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

greymond writes "With eReaders seeming to gain some popularity, how many think eBooks will become popular on mobile devices? As a Blackberry user, I can't imagine myself reading a book on my phone, though when on the train I will read my Google news feeds, as well as I have used it for the more simple stuff of getting directions or updating my Twitter status. But actually reading a book, not in my list of things to do. But then again, I don't think I'm much of a techno fan that way; as I prefer to use machines that make my life easier, not give me more choices. What does the Slashdot crowd think of ebooks on mobile phones?"
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Google AdWords Increases Organic Search Results

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

greymond writes "A theory that Google's AdWords increases the organic results of AdWord users is being conducted. The results after two days of testing have been posted with some interesting results so far. The article also does some comparison with Facebook Ads, but ultimately this continues to perpetuate the theory that you can buy Google search results, without actually having to spend money by 0.01 and other low bidding tactics. Essentially, just using the service to gain impressions over click rates increases the organic search results of any sites used in your ad campaigns."
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Can Technology Help Commercial Real Estate?

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

greymond writes "I work for one of the largest commercial real estate entities in the world. Unfortunately our offices as well as our competitors, for the most part, have always been slow to adopt new technologies. While myself and many other of the in-house designers, marketing specialists and PR people have been pushing for years to take advantage of everything that is available to us, we've finally been granted the opportunity to start using a wide variety of online marketing tools. Since our business is primarily a relationship based business we've started to use social tools such as twitter, and blogger, as well as LinkedIn for networking. But more importantly is our work with tying in our database and Google Maps where our listings and managed property can be seen as whole on our offices main sites or on individual broker pages with just their listings, as well as generate what we call "EFlyers" on the fly and pulling people back to that office's or broker's website. These Eflyers are pages displaying multiple photos, PDFs and even YouTube videos of the properties.

While we haven't been a complete stranger to all technologies such as distributing for some time now our Market reports, transactions, press releases and other information via RSS feeds and Podcasts, we've begun to really focus on expanding on all aspects of our online presence. While we've gone back to the basics and started using different SEO tactics for our featured property pages and incorporating Google Analytics into many of our websites pages, we've also began tracking all of our HTML email campaigns as well setting up an intranet that allows us to send text announcements globally.

That all said, my role has me focused on the west coast markets of the US, primarily California and Nevada and I am constantly asked by our managing partners and board of directors if any of this will really make much of a difference over the next year or two given the state of the US economy. Unfortunately I don't always know how to answer this, while I believe had we been utilizing all these tools when they first became available we may have been in a slightly better position, it doesn't change the fact that the US has been struggling very badly with residential properties and I don't think we've seen all of the fallout possible on the commercial side of things. On the other hand, I think that it is important for our company moving forward to incorporate these tools and others into our daily activities so that when the market does improve we may have made some relationships we may not have made otherwise and be in a better position to make deals. But I'm curious, at the end of the day what do the tech savvy really believe of companies like ours using these tools?"

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Ave Molech Book Review

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greymond writes "Ave Molech is a fantasy steampunk setting created under the Open Games Licence. It's actually been loose since 1997 and this is the Second Edition, although regretfully this is the first time I've seen it. The Introduction helps, as it is a reminisce by the author about how he got into role-playing and how the Ave Molech setting came about.

Chapter 1: The World of Ave Molech sets out its stall: a post-cataclysmic mediaeval fantasy world with steampunk inventions and a Wild West attitude; and recommends that not only the core Dungeons & Dragons 3e books but also D20 Modern be used. Due to the catacysmic events of the past, much of the population has been living underground or floating high above, and only the past couple of hundred years has seen more than the most adventurous venture out on the surface. Now both magic and technology are being harnessed to make the surface a fit place on which to live again. Much knowledge, especially the detailed history of what took place, has been lost; but some remains to be discovered. A brief history describes what little is known of how the cataclysm came to occur, how it opened the world to external invasion, and how matters developed thereafter until the present day. Then comes a couple of 'eyewitness' reports and a timeline of major events.

Next, the current state of affairs is described — basically, fragmented outposts of various sizes each doing their best to survive against the remnants of alien invasions and hostile neighbours. However, different groups bring a range of talents, skills and knowledge to the world community as a whole — there is even a primitive Internet to enable different settlements to keep in touch with one another! Magic exists alongside technology, being of the familiar arcane and divine persuasions as well as 'ancient magic' from which all else stemmed. Most divine magic comes from a belief in oneself rather than in an external deity, as veneration of gods seems to have vanished during the cataclysm and its aftermath... and the gods themselves appear to have gone to sleep. Various other topics, ranging from psionics and planar travel to fashion, economics to body-art and piercing, transportation and more are also discussed to present an overall picture of Ave Molech as it is today.

Chapter 2: The Races and Lands of Ave Molech gets into a bit more detail than the overviews already presented. On races, any fantasy race can exist here, but the most common are humans, goblins, tiefling, halflings, half-elves, half-orcs, half-giants and the sec'toda. Full game details for these races as they appear in Ave Molech are provided. Few pure-blood elves remain. Sec'toda appear human, adapted to subterranean living, but they are not — instead they are the outwardly-visible partner of a symbiotic relationship with a 'bloodmate.' Being a new race, they are described in greater detail than the others.

Next comes a gazetteer section, describing the cities, swamps, coastal areas and other parts of the world. The level of information is sufficient for at least a visit to each location mentioned. The maps presented are somewhat rudimentary but provide a good overview of the world with plenty of scope for individual DMs to develop areas of interest within that context.

Chapter 3: Organisations and Important People puts some meat into the setting, providing details of various groups and individuals with which characters might interact — or whose wider machinations may well impinge on their lives. It's a setting in which both exploration and intrigue can flourish, depending on your group's tastes.

Next comes Chapter 4: Game Mechanics begins with a look at character creation. It's suggested that the D20 Modern methodology be used for such as ability scores and core classes, with amendments as appropriate to fit the setting. However, skills and feats from both D20 Modern and the D&D Player's Handbook, modified as necessary, can be taken. The DM should judge, based on the type and focus of campaign, just what will be available.

Just to give you a start, though, Chapter 5: Advanced and Prestige Classes goes into much more detail to enable progression to be planned and characters developed. Each in turn is presented with the necessary information to enable them to be used. They include members of several of the organisations mentioned earlier as well as more general classes that do not require you to sign up to a specific group. One intriguing prestige class is the Dragonne, who have mastered the use of technologically-advanced battle armour as well as more mundane combat skills. Sneakier folks might prefer to become Shadow Dancers, while a Fearasitic Mage is as scary to his enemies as he is inspiring to his friends. In a land without religion, the dead (or more correctly, the undead) might become a problem, hence the Ecclesiarch class, specialist in controlling them; while for more mundane problems, you might want to send for a Bounty Hunter.

Characters sorted, Chapter 6: Equipment, Vehicles and Other Ware looks at the kit your characters might acquire. Note that the D20 Modern wealth system has been used, so those desiring more realistic economics will have to devise their own price lists. There's a range of delightfully exotic personal equipment which is described in enough detail for you to know what it does without necessarily needing to know how it does it: perfect for the steampunk-style tech in this setting. Mechanical vehicles, ships and airships, wonderous items... even piercings that deliver a magical effect... enough is here to get you started. Oh, and there are some exotic riding animals if you prefer creatures to mechanical wonders.

Worthy of a chapter of its own, next we have Chapter 7: Clockwork. Developed to a level to rival real-world electronics, clockwork can be used to power and control devices of all natures, limited only by the inventor's imagination. One major use is in Clockwork Companions, in other words, robots — but not advanced enough to be living or self-aware. The chapter concentrates on the manufacture, programming, operation and repair of these constructs.

Next is Chapter 8: Monsters, detailing the wildlife — or at least three of the more dangerous species — inhabiting Ave Molech. You really don't want to encounter any of them! This includes more detail on the main alien invader, the Hybrude — including background that is not known to natives of Ave Molech. There are also notes on quite a few other creatures that you might encounter, although you can of course use many of the creatures in the Monster Manual series of books as well... although they may have been warped on their way there. Chapter 9: Creature Templates provides some of the tools, with a selection of templates you can apply to the monster of your choice.

Chapter 10: GM Stuff lifts the curtain on some of the underlying concepts, and shares things like the house rules and mechanical approaches which the author has found best reflect the flavour of this setting. In terms of general gaming, there is a rules-light approach avoiding as much number-crunching as possible with the aim of keeping action as the focus of the game — worth reading if this style of game appeals even if you are not using this setting. One intriguing idea reflects the racial melting-pot Ave Molech has become, using a system of Heritage to accommodate a character with several different races in his ancestry, rather than the easily-derived half-and-half model. There's also more background on what the deities which created the place were really doing, and the few cults which survive in the godless present day. Oh, and there are plenty of adventure ideas, some based on location for those who want to explore, and others involving the characters in intrigue or open warfare.

Next is woven in the first 4 Journals — if you buy this book, only buy Ave Molech Journals Vol.5 as the material from the others is in here! The concept is a combination of short story with adventure seeds and other game ideas. There's lots of atmospheric description as well as useful ideas — and much could be used in another setting if you prefer.

Finally, Chapter 11: A First-level Campaign is just that — a linked series of events aimed at a group new to Ave Molech (although they'd do better at 4th-6th level than 1st!). Reaching out to sieze and involve the characters from the outset, a simple plea for help from a frantic halfling whose clockwork cleaner has gone beserk leads to... well, a series of adventures which demonstrate how Ave Molech is such a unique setting to explore.

Overall, this is indeed a rich and intriguing setting with a heady blend of steampunk and fantasy with elements of horror lurking, potential for exploration and intrigue and scope for a range of adventures to suit all tastes, especially those which go beyond pure combat and loot aquisition."

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Social Networking for RPG's?

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greymond writes "In the past news outlets have reported on social networking sites helping to bring casual games (read: mini games you can usually play in your browser) to the next level, but what about social gaming networking sites? Many game companies, like Blizzard, have taken advantage of places like MySpace, but what about the sites focused purely on more traditional gaming such as RPGBomb or RPGLife, who's primary audience is Tabletop, Miniatures and RPG. Why aren't more game companies there? Is it a lack of awareness, or are these sites just seen as communities trying to grab at the latest marketing fad to ward off their supposedly diminishing customer base?"
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WoTC plans to revise GSL

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greymond (539980) writes "It appears that a lot of the disgruntled 3rd party publishers may have caused WoTC to rethink their policies and procedures within the GSL. It's nice to know that some companies do listen, of course when you have the help of producers like Paizo complaining it can help quite a lot. Of course, who is to say that they won't just come out with something more restrictive? WoTC News Post"
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New scam or just a really bad work policy?

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 7 years ago

greymond (539980) writes "I recently received an email from a recruiting company for a Graphic Design / Desktop Publishing position. While I have my resume available online as well as pieces of my portfolio I didn't find it at all strange to receive this initial email. I hadn't responded by the afternoon when I received a call from a lady named Pyra who asked me to send her my latest resume because they were very interested in hiring me. I asked about the positions pay since the job title and position seemed like it would be a lot lower pay grade than my current Art Director position I now hold. She said she would inquire about it, but to please send my resume.

Now here is where it gets strange...I sent my resume off (note: my resume has only my name, number and email listed in it — no address) I then received this email asking for my Social Security Number. I found this to be VERY odd as no one ever has asked me for that, save the human resource manager of a company who has already hired me. When I told her I would wait until the interview to give it to them, I was then sent this email which had this letter attached to it. I responded with the same response and needless to say I haven't heard back from them.

Oh and in case my bandwidth gets blown up, the recruiting company was Agneto and the company they were hiring for was supposedly AT&T. So, is this really just a new elaborate scam or just a really bad new business policy?"
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greymond greymond writes  |  more than 7 years ago

greymond writes "With the merger of RPGNow and Drivethrurpg into Onebookshelf.com is the future of Pen and Per gaming moving towards PDF's or will this continue to be a niche market? From a positive perspective it would seem like the market share has been growing, with the new site boasting of a combined 11% market share of all RPG sales. On the flip side, the current growth could simply have come from the influx of major players like WoTC, Privateer Press and White Wolf making many of their books available on these two sites in PDF format over the last couple years. (see original Slashdot article on that two years ago here)

And what about the Independent publishers? With the ability for virtually anyone to signup as a "vendor" and self publish a game, what type of impact has the quality of these indie publishers caused on the overall market? Will it bolster influence and growth in the online pdf sales market or will it hurt this enterprise?"

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No Sweat

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 3 years ago

After leaving Team San Jose for a consulting project with Stanford University and mobile hospitality app developer NugoUgo, I have also began consulting for a medical device startup, Miramar Labs, in Sunnyvale. I'm also writing for MMOSite and Examiner.

From the financial end I've managed to get my wife and I out of debt, then of course picked up a second car for her and finally am hoping to start chopping away at our mortgage. Unfortunately I feel like a zombie most days.

eStock me:
http://www.miradry.com
http://nugougo.com
http://news.mmosite.com/writerclub/michael_g_hurston.shtml
http://www.examiner.com/mmorpg-in-san-jose/michael-hurston

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greymond greymond writes  |  about 5 years ago

Iâ(TM)ve recently been hired as the Online Content Producer for Team San Jose who is currently working on the revamping their website, www.sanjose.org As part of my responsibilities I have been asked to see what level of interest the online community has with allowing for the inclusion of syndicated bay area blog content and general user generated content, such as the uploading of photos by site visitors and the submission of venue reviews.

Keeping in mind our ultimate goal is to generate an online community that responds to events that happen within the city of San Jose and create an accurate picture of the city. To better help others facilitate this, what features would you find most desirable to have offered from our site?

An additional inquiry Iâ(TM)d appreciate feedback on is how you view the city of San Jose as a destination, and not just another city on the map. Many people consider San Jose to be the heart of Silicon Valley with its history with companies such as IBM, however, how do you feel towards San Jose as a place of tourism and fun? While its location allows for a plethora of adventures 30 to 90 minutes in any direction, what venues, services and hot spots, that are not business related, bring you to San Jose? If business has been your only interest within the city, what places have you considered to be the most favorable and the least enjoyable?

Cheers

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Design, Marketing & Advertising - I do it all

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Since 1999 I have been working in the creative services industry, specializing in developing and implementing high-impact marketing collateral and facilitating advertising campaigns for individual, small and corporate businesses. I have an in-depth experience applying design fundamentals to produce both innovative print and web pieces.

I've worked on projects including corporate identity, logos, brochures, direct mail campaigns, magazine advertisements, trade-show graphics, extensive offering memorandums, photo manipulation and touch up, story boards, event planning, property signage, presentations, websites, SEO/SEM, newsletters and reports. I have a long-term vision and continually strive to exceed client expectations to ensure that the relationship between them and their target audience is strengthened and grows from a direct result of my creations.

I would like an opportunity to visit with you and receive your insight and suggestions on where my skills and abilities would be of the greatest value to your company. My salary requirement is in the $80,000 - $90,000 range.

Sincerely,
Michael G. Hurston
www.MichaelGHurston.com

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RPGBomb Exclusives

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago This summer RPGBomb, the only true social site for gamers by gamers, will be launching a new online store. Morbidgames will be offering special discounts and offers exclusively via our friends list on this site throughout the summer. If you'd like to get in on the action sign up with RPGBomb via our referral link and you'll automatically be added to our friends list. http://rpgbomb.com/signup/refid_812/

RPGBomb is truly one of the best places on the web if you are into any type of gaming, from role playing games, tabletop games to video games and MMO's - their users play them all. If you're looking for gamers in your area or just want to hear the latest from game conventions then visit http://rpgbomb.com/signup/refid_812/

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Lore: Forgotten Mythos Released!

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

http://www.morbidgames.com/wordpress/?p=1380

Lore: Forgotten Mythos is a collection of stories, places, monsters and people within the world of Ave Molech, written by aspiring authors and fans of the game. Each of these additions is designed to flesh out the world and will continue to help GM's and players of Ave Molech with ideas for their own campaigns.

While the book can be read without having extensive knowledge of the world of Ave Molech, it does assume some familiarity with the campaign setting. Key words of places, beings and technology are used, though the average reader may be able to grasp their meaning or influence.

While these stories take place in the world of Ave Molech, they were written by fans of the world and some elements in them may vary from what is found within the Ave Molech Campaign Setting.

Available for $2.00 at:

Morbidgames Emporium:
http://www.morbidgames.com/emporium/

RPGNow
http://www.rpgnow.com/index.php?filters=0_0_0_0&manufacturers_id=759&affiliate_id=165172

DriveThru RPG
http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?filters=0_0_0_0&manufacturers_id=759&affiliate_id=165172

Drivethru Fantasy
http://fantasy.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?filters=0_0&manufacturers_id=759&affiliate_id=165172

YGN
http://www.yourgamesnow.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=88&products_id=2682

E23
http://e23.sjgames.com/credits.html?t=publisher&n=Morbidgames

Paizo
http://paizo.com/store/byCompany/m/morbidgamesPublishing

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MORBIDGAMES - Ave Molech: History & World Released

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ave Molech: History & World is a 37-page version of our Second Edition Campaign Setting. This condensed setting removes the game mechanics, classes, occupations and most artwork to give prospective GM's and players a look into the actual world, races and organizations within Ave Molech. In addition, this product should help those who may not want or be able to print out larger sized PDF's or find shorter PDF's easier to manage.

Important: If you own Ave Molech Second Edition you have all of this information.

Available for FREE from the MORBIDGAMES Emporium or at these online retailers for $2.00 MORBIDGAMES Emporium You can also get it the 16th here too!
YGN
RPGNow
DriveThru RPG
Drivethru Fantasy

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MORBIDGAMES seeks talented writers for new book

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MORBIDGAMES is looking for writers of all backgrounds to contribute to Ave Molech Lore: Forgotten Mythos, the second book in the Lore Series due out this summer.

Ave Molech Lore: Forgotten Mythos is a compilation of extended backgrounds on the races, organizations, classes, places, and characters in the world of Ave Molech. It will also feature additional campaign ideas and possibly some fan fiction.

Not only is this a great opportunity for fledgling writers to get their work out in the public and start to build their writing portfolios, but it's a way for some of the more seasoned writers who enjoy the world of Ave Molech to help expand on one of their favorite games.

Guidelines for submissions can be found at www.morbidgames.com

Writers will receive a copy of the PDF's produced as well as additional Ave Molech items for free.

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Vote for MORBIDGAMES :)

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

http://ideablob.com/ideas/4219-RPG-PDF-Publishing

Idea Description

I started a small online PDF publishing company in 2006 with just 1 game that I wrote and did the artwork for myself. Over the last couple years I have continued to write for this world as well as have been able to pull in various other artists and writers to contribute to my world with no cost. The company now has had just over 1,000 downloads since the first release and I would like to expand this company to grow and become profitable.

What will you do if you win $10,000 for this idea?

I've never been able to put any money into this company of my own, although it has generated a small amount of sales, approximately $1,000 per year gross. Unfortunately my biggest draw back is that I have to find the time to do everything as a one-man show. I create/maintain the website, write, send and maintain the marketing emails and lists, I do the actual writing for the game, I seek out distributors to carry the game and I do my best to promote the game via various social networking sites, but this is too much for one person to continue to do. With enough funding I would be able to actually afford to hire someone or at least have a means to focus on this as a full time position.

http://ideablob.com/ideas/4219-RPG-PDF-Publishing

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Morbidgames - RPGBomb - YGN

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Morbidgames, RPGBomb and YourGamesNow are partnering up for a cross promotion of epic proportions. Morbidgames through YourGamesNow will be offering up its five volume Journals series for FREE to all existing and new subscribers of RPGBomb. In addition new subscribers will be able to purchase the 162-page Ave Molech Second Edition Campaign Setting for only $5.

RPGBomb is the original social networking site for gamers of all types, from tabletop RPGers to MMO players to miniature games. Come join the site that offers artists, writers, and indie publishers a chance to show off their stuff in a community built by gamers for gamers. Sign Up Today

YourGamesNow, the sponsor of the ENnies and publisher Co-Op, delivers top indie and mainstream e-products to the masses. They offer a publisher profit sharing that puts more funds into the hands of your favorite indie publishers. If you want to support your favorite publishers, this is the place to do it at.

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Morbidgames - Ave Molech Announcement

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 6 years ago Ave Molech Hits Online Stores

It has definitely taken quite some time (5 months) but we've finally been given the notice that Ave Molech Second Edition has hit the online stores in both the US Europe. For a list of online retailers carrying the publication, you can click here to view the growing list. We've also submitted the full pdf to Amazon's "Search Inside" program which will hopefully begin the process of populating the cover image to other sites sometime next week.

New & Upcoming Projects

Well here is one of the new projects I have in the works, all about the pills that make us smaller and larger, although technically it's a lot more than pills, pretty much anything you can stick in your mouth and swallow...be it cake, pebbles turned into cakes, random vials of liquid or just a handful of mushroom stalk can all make for an interesting time. As for journals, yes we do plan on releasing a Volume 5 one soon.

Writer Submissions

We are still looking for writers for our Journal Series as well as any Ave Molech based pieces. If anyone is interested in helping out with Alice Wonderland or DijiniTech as well you can email me with any questions of visit our writer's page.

Thank You!

A big thanks to all of the people and customers who have helped this project over the last two years. We've come a long way since October 2006 and hopefully things will continue to go well from here on out. Thanks again for all your support.

Emailing List

You've recieved this email because either I know you in real life, you purchased one of my titles or you asked morbidgames/galthor publishing to periodically send you updates. If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, simply reply stating you'd like to be removed and I'll take you off. If you think you have a friend who would like to join my mailing list, then please have them send me an email at mghurston@morbidgames.com

Click to view our RSS feed here.

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4 Years Later

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So four years later and I finally decide to make a post on here. I guess I should mention my book Ave Molech (Second Edition) that came out. I'm still waiting for it to hit the Amazon and BnB/Borders shelves later this year, but it is available in PDF format from RPGNow.com and Drivethrurpg.com currently.

While I'm working on more stuff for the world of Ave Molech I am doing some writing on a side project called Alice Wonderland and the Abyssal Rabbit Hole to the Perditious Netherland.

More info can be found at my website morbidgames

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Slashdot sent me up the bomb

greymond greymond writes  |  about 10 years ago

So I got banned from posting on slashdot even though I have excellent Karma. Guess I should have posted my I HATE YOU FUCKING TIMOTHY YOU ARE A COCK JOCKEY FLAIMBAIT ARTICLE POSTING FAGATRON as anonymous.

Oh well guess it's time to just make a new account, say some creative yet ambiguous references to gimp being great on linux, os-x being a lesser evil compared to ms, and replace the S in MS with a $. Get some good karma and be back in no time posting I HATE YOU SLAHSDOT FUCKERS again.

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$sender_name instead of $POST [sender_name]

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm such a php noob - I was running 4.2.1 and wondering why my scripts wouldn't work on a 4.2.3 server - LOL

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Bought a BMW Z3

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Just bought a 2000 BMW Z3 Roadster (2.8) for 24k....

"Only in San Jose can a 24 year old nerd drive a better car than his parents ever had" - Girlfriend after riding in the car.

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Fuck U Bioware

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Today I awoke to what I had previously known to be true but never thought about until now.

I had been wondering why so many people who played my hork game were offended byt the dialogue and evil actions of the main character - and then it hit me....

Bioware makes good games. But games that are designed for your character to follow the good, rightious, paladin path not the evil mage of enlightenment path. Tthey don't find humor in having your chacter kill innocent women and children or use the word FUCK over and over again - whereas the people at Troika (who worked for blackisle as well) have much more liberal vews and are probably a lot of fun to hang out with.

With this in mind - it shouldn;t shock me that many people,players,and web sites who tried my game Hork and run Bioware fan-sites found my mod offensive.

Just cause you gotta kill Jesus?

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Damnit ALL

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm loving and using my Zaurus constantly but I just saw the new model the SL-7000 which looks DOPE AS FUCK and tho I wish I had the means/funds to sell off mine and get the 7000, my GF who bought me the Zaurus would be pissed and turn into a she devil and eat me more than likely.

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Epiphany

greymond greymond writes  |  about 12 years ago

Today I had the greatest epiphany - why not rob graves for a living - not the kind you have to dig up (I don't like getting dirty) but what about the people who are burried above ground in thier little rock homes who probably had a lot of money and probably were vein enough to have there jewlry burried with them - if only I could break in and steal it - I could pon it (or give it as gifts) to those who could actually use it - instead of wasting it on the dead.

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Z to the izzo R to the izzus....

greymond greymond writes  |  about 12 years ago

I just recently (as in monday) got my Zaurus SL-5500 and I must say this thing is fucking sexy - I installed Wyvern so I can start rebuilding the Hork world into the Wyvern world - if all goes well.

I've also found that a Zaurus + Kismet + a Wireless Prism2 card = very sexy internet access if your in a downtown/metro area.

Oh - did I mention I just installed Quake and Nethack on it :)

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Friday, October, 2002

greymond greymond writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Today I am at work. It is 4:16 pm and I have 44 minutes until I can get on with my life. This weekend will be spent pampering the girl friend and waiting until the banshee has been laid to rest then quietly sneaking away to my dark hole to play with DNS numbers, hosting bitches, and occassionally Crazy Taxi on my DC.

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