Tuesday, September 25, 2007

SNK PLAYMORE USA Announces 2007 Tokyo Game Show Line-up

Wall, NJ – Sept. 21, 2007 – SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION, the U.S. publishing arm of the SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION, today announced its 2007/2008 line-up at the Tokyo Game Show 2007, being held Sept. 20-23 at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo.

"We're pleased to once again be bringing fans more of the quality fighting and great arcade games they've come to expect from us," said Ben Herman, president of SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION, "and with the addition of a number of downloadable console titles, SNK aficionados will have even more options available to them."

The SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION Tokyo Game Show 2007 line-up is as follows:

THE KING OF FIGHTERS COLLECTION: THE OROCHI SAGA (Wii™, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system)

METAL SLUG 7 (Nintendo DS™)

SNK ARCADE CLASSICS Volume 1 (PlayStation 2 system, PSP® system)

SAMURAI SHODOWN ANTHOLOGY (Wii™, PlayStation 2 system)

METAL SLUG 3 (Xbox LIVE® Arcade)


FATAL FURY (Wii™ Virtual Console™)

WORLD HEROES (Wii Virtual Console)

MAGICIAN LORD (Wii Virtual Console)

In addition to console titles, SNK PLAYMORE will also be announcing three new arcade titles at the Tokyo Game show:




Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION (SNK) develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1978, SNK is one of the largest privately held interactive entertainment content providers in the world. Known for such franchises as THE KING OF FIGHTERS, METAL SLUG, and SAMURAI SHODOWN SNK continues to be an industry leader by focusing on their rich arcade history. More information on SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION can be found at www.snkplaymore.co.jp SNK PLAYMORE USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION with offices in Wall, NJ. It handles operations in North America including publishing, marketing, development and localization. More information on SNK PLAYMORE USA can be found at www.snkplaymoreusa.com


Thursday, September 20, 2007

$1 CAD = $1 USD

The US and Canadian dollars were worth exactly the same at just before 2pm CDT today. My dad still remembers the last time it happened over 30 years ago.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Google Presentation - Google's PowerPoint app goes live

Google's long-rumored and eagerly anticipated PowerPoint clone has finally shipped. Although we've only had a chance to have a first look, here are some impressions. What's there: PowerPoint import, Versioning, Collaboration, Online presentation sharing. What's not there: Animations, Sound, Video, exporting to PowerPoint.

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Wi-Fi Play Confirmed on Smash Bros. DOJO!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl supports Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. If you connect your Wii to the Internet, you can enjoy linked battles with distant people!

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Friday, September 14, 2007

iPod Touch unpacking tour and first look (photos)

Looks a lot thinner than the iPhone, lots of photos of an actual iPod touch 16gb

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

StarOffice 8 is now free as part of Google Pack

You can download StarOffice 8 using Google Pack at no cost. It usually costs $70 USD. It only add some minor additions to OpenOffice.org but it's still neat to get free software that you'd usually have to pay for. See here for more details.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Nathan is 4 weeks old tomorrow

Mom & Dad are so happy. This first month has just flown by. One of our favorite pictures of our little guy. Feel free and leave some comments here as 10 years or even 5 years down the road it will be neat to be able to show this post to Nathan.

Apple 8GB iPod Touch @ Future Shop

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1. Don’t write anything down. Ever. We can play back the error messages from here.

2. When an I.T. person says he’s coming right over, go for coffee. It’s nothing for us to remember 3,000 screen saver passwords.

3. When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies and Popsicle art. We don’t have a life, and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

4. When you call the help desk, state what you want, not what’s keeping you from getting it. We don’t need to know that you can’t get into your mail because your computer won’t power on at all.

5. Don’t put your phone number in your e-mails to the help desk. We need to keep an eye on the address book performance.

6. When I.T. support sends you an e-mail with high importance, delete it at once. We’re just testing the public groups.

7. When an I.T. person is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.

8. When an I.T. person is having a smoke outside, ask him a computer question. The only reason why we smoke at all is to ferret out those clients who don’t have e-mail or a telephone line.

9. Send urgent email all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

10. When you call an I.T. person’s direct line, press 5 to skip the bilingual greeting that says he’s out of town for a week, record your message and wait exactly 24 hours before you send an email straight to the director because no one ever returned your call. You’re entitled to common courtesy.

11. When the photocopier doesn’t work, call computer support. There’s electronics in it.

12. When you’re getting a NO DIAL TONE message at home, call computer support. We can fix your line from here.

13. When you have a dozen CGA monitors to get rid of, call computer support. We’re collectors.

14. When something’s wrong with your home PC, dump it on an I.T. person’s chair with no name, no phone number and no description of the problem. We love a puzzle.

15. If you hate your mouse, get some other pointing device and discard the manual. We know all the keyboard accelerators.

16. When an I.T. person tells you that computer monitors don’t have cartridges in them, argue. We love a good argument.

17. When you get a message about insufficient disk space, delete everything in the Windows directory. It’s nothing but trouble anyway.

18. When you have an I.T. person on the phone walking you through changing a setting, read the paper. We don’t actually mean for you to do anything; we just love to hear ourselves talk.

19. When an I.T. person tells you that he’ll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: “And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?” That’ll get us going.

20. If you have a 14-inch monitor that says VGA on it, set the display to true colour, 1024 x 768. You’ll never again have to worry about people reading confidential files over your shoulder.

21. When we offer training on the upcoming Operating System upgrade, don’t bother. We’ll be there to hold your hand after it’s done.

22. When the printer won’t print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes.

23. When the printer still won’t print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the branch. One of them is bound to work.

24. Don’t learn the proper name for anything technical. We know exactly what you mean by “my thingy’s outta whack”.

25. Don’t use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.

26. If you’re taking night classes in computer science, feel free to go around and update the network drivers for your all your co-workers. We’re grateful for the overtime money.

27. When an I.T. person makes popcorn, help yourself while he’s checking out your access rights. And we keep chocolate in the top drawer, too.

28. When you have an I.T. person fixing your computer at a quarter past noon, eat your lunch in his face. We function better when slightly dizzy.

29. Don’t ever thank us. We’re getting paid for this.

30. If you’re an intern, feel free to bring in all your friends from college and have your Daddy complain to our boss when we won’t let them use the scanner. We had no friends when we were in college; that’s why we’re such a bunch of tight-assed little twerps.

31. When an I.T. person asks you whether you’ve installed any new software on this computer, lie. It’s nobody’s business what you’ve got on your computer.

32. When an I.T. person finds the AOL shortcuts in your Recycle Bin, tell them you’ve never seen those before. We couldn’t tell bullshit if it kicked us in the face.

33. If you have NT, feel free to change the local administrator’s password to “biteme” and promptly forget it. We like installing NT.

34. If the mouse cable keeps knocking down the framed picture of your dog, lift the computer and stuff the cable under it. Mouse cables were designed to have 45 lbs. of computer sitting on top of them.

35. If the space bar on your keyboard doesn’t work, blame it on the e-mail upgrade. Keyboards are actually very happy with half a pound of muffin crumbs and nail clippings in them.

36. When you receive the new Yanni CD for your birthday, shove it into any slot on the front of your computer. We like getting physical with 5.25 floppy drives.

37. When you get a message saying “Are you sure?” click on that Yes button as fast as you can. Hell, if you weren’t sure, you wouldn’t be doing it, would you?

38. When you find an I.T. person on the phone with his bank, sit uninvited on the corner of his desk and stare at him until he hangs up. We don’t have any money to speak of anyway.

39. Feel perfectly free to say things like “I don’t know nothing about that computer crap”. We don’t mind at all hearing our area of professional expertise referred to as crap.

40. When you need to change the toner cartridge, call I.T. support. Changing a toner cartridge is an extremely complex task, and Hewlett-Packard recommends that it be performed only by a professional engineer with a master’s degree in nuclear physics.

41. When you can’t find someone in the government directory, call I.T. Support. Due to budget restrictions, we double as directory assistance.

42. When you have a lock to pick on an old file cabinet, call I.T. Support. We love to hack.

43. When something’s the matter with your computer, ask your secretary to call the help desk. We enjoy the challenge of having to deal with a third party who doesn’t know jack shit about the problem.

44. When you receive a 30-meg movie file, send it to everyone as an e-mail attachment. We got lots of disk space on that mail server.

45. Don’t even think of breaking large print jobs down into smaller chunks. Somebody else might get a chance to squeeze a memo into the queue.

46. When your eyes fall on the family pictures on an I.T. person’s desk, exclaim in a flabbergasted tone of voice: “YOU have a child?!?” We need to be reminded of how lucky we were to ever have got laid.

47. When an I.T. person gets on the elevator pushing $15,000 worth of computer equipment on a cart, ask in a very loud voice: “Good grief, you take the elevator to go DOWN one floor?!?” That’s another one that cracks us up no end.

48. When the Finance folks are printing a 100-page spreadsheet on the LaserJet, send your black and white print job to the color printer. We get the black toner for free.

49. When you lose your car keys, send an email to the entire department.

People out in Alert like to keep abreast of what’s going on.

50. When you bump into an I.T. person at the grocery store on a Saturday, ask a computer question. We do weekends.

51. When you see an I.T. person having a beer with a member of the opposite sex on a Friday night, walk right up to them and ask a computer question. We don’t do dating; the reason why we have that horny look on our faces is because we’re discussing the new Intel processor.

52. Don’t bother to tell us when you move computers around on your own. Computer names are just a cosmetic feature in NT 4.0; they won’t be doing anything useful until the next major release.

53. When you can’t access some shared directory on your boss’s machine, just tell us that you’ve lost your X: drive. We know all that shit by heart.

54. If your son is a student in computer science, have him come in on the weekends and do his projects on your office computer. We’ll be there for you when his illegal copy of Visual Basic 6.0 makes your Access 95 database flip out.

57. When you bring your own personal home PC for repair at the office, leave the documentation at home. We’ll find the jumper settings on the Internet.

58. We’re aware of that problem with computers just sitting there and not doing anything. We’re confident that with the next service pack they’ll be able to dance the jig.

59. The correct location to store important files is the Recycle Bin. It’s just like a real office, where you keep your tax receipts in the blue can under your desk.

60. If you miss Windows 3.1, find the line that goes shell explorer.exe in your SYSTEM.INI file and replace it with shell=progman.exe. It makes troubleshooting infinitely easier when we ask you whether you have a Start button at the bottom of your screen and you truthfully answer us that you don’t.

61. If you curse every morning when you start to type your password and the Virus Shield splash screen pops up in your face, disable the Virus Shield. Again, this is just like real life: if you don’t like condoms, just don’t use them, that’s all.

Thursday, September 06, 2007