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Watto's Junk Yard / Computer Companies and customer service
« on: May 11, 2006, 04:40 PM »
I thought I'd share this little story with all of you and see if any of you have had any similar experiences with your computer(s).

About a year and a half ago, I purchased a laptop from HP.  The laptop I bought was fairly top of the line and quickly became an important tool in working towards my Masters degree as well as games and entertainment when the Air Force sent me TDY to california for 6 weeks for training, leave etc.

Unfortunately, I kept having display problems every few months.  The tech support people were very helpful and even though I would lose my laptop for about a week, they'd fix it and send it back to me no charge.  Unfortunately, I ended up having this problem yet again and my computer was out of the warranty.  Even thoough it was out of warranty, HP tech support said they would pick it up and fix it for free yet again, but after having this problem for the 4th time in 18 months, I was understandably not at all happy about it.

Luckily, my fiance works for HP and had access to this voice of the customer tool that tech support normally doesn't have.  She gave them all my information and in about 3 days, HP sent me a brand new laptop that is top of the line by today's standards and still have the great features of the 17" screen and full keyboard.

Bottom line of my story, even though I originally received a bit of a lemon for my original laptop, HP's customer service has been nothing short of outstanding and I'd probably buy another one.  I don't mean for this to sound like a great HP commercial or anything, but I was curious if anyone else had similar problems with either an HP computer or another brand and how well their experience with customer service/tech support has been.

Modern Trading / MR Darth Vader FX for trade!
« on: February 12, 2006, 05:44 PM »
Hey everyone, due to me not having the heart to tell my brother I already have an FX Darth Vader lightsaber from Master Replicas, I now have two.  I'm willing to trade one for ROTS Anakin FX or an FX Mace Windu.

I realize that this isn't the most traded item out there, but I thought I'd try trading before I tried selling.

The Wookiee Arcade / Which one's the best?
« on: October 2, 2005, 02:54 PM »
I just got this thought while watching the new Battlefront 2 trailer.  The announcer says that Battlefront is the highest selling Star Wars game of all time.  It's a great game, but is it the best?  What are your thoughts?

Just list which game you think is the best, and why.  I think it would be interesting to see everyone's opinions on this one.  Although I'm tempted to just put Force Commander down for Jesse James so he doesn't have to type anything!   ;)

For me, actually it's a toss up between Jedi Outcast and Knights of the Old Republic.  While I love playing Battlefront for hours on end online in multi-player.  These two games have amazing and compelling storylines in them, huge levels and especially with KOTOR, the chance to play it over and over with different results.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Post NJO books--The Dark Nest Trilogy
« on: August 16, 2005, 06:05 PM »
I know I read an article that new books were going to come out and would take place after the NJO series.  Anyone have a list of titles?  Or a link perhaps?

The Wookiee Arcade / ICONS: Star Wars Games
« on: August 10, 2005, 09:54 PM »
I don't know if any of you watched the show Icons on G4 Tv, but tonight's episode was a history of Lucasarts' Star Wars titles.  They talked about the highpoints (Dark Forces, the X-wing/TIE Fighter series, and KOTOR) and the lows (Force Commander {Sorry Jesse}, Masters of Teras Kasi, and Power Battles).

I thought it was pretty interesting, and if you missed it, it'll be on again 14 August.

Star Wars Universe / Revenge of the Sith made all EU wrong!
« on: August 8, 2005, 01:22 AM »
Well, from Heir of the Empire on anyway.

Yoda said that Qui-Gon Jinn found a path to imortality, so basically, anyone who learned this from him (Yoda, Obi-Wan and in a round about way Anakin) would be around forever.

In Heir to the Empire, Obi-Wan appears to Luke Skywalker in a dream and says that the bonds between him and Luke was going away and he would not be able to communicate with him anymore thus leaving Luke on his own to restore the Jedi order to the galaxy.


If we go by what ROTS puts forth, Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin and even Qui-gon could be around to advise Luke and the other Jedi in all the problems of what the Jedi should do, act and whatnot throughout every EU story post ROTJ!

Now I'm not going on some crazy book burning crusade or anything, personally there are many EU stories I really enjoy, but this little tidbit's been kind of bugging me lately.  Granted none of the authors knew that this was how GL was going to establish how there could be Jedi spirits running around in the OT, but they could've made it possible to communicate with them, and possibly even train the technique to future Jedi.

Think of how different the NJO series would've been if we could've seen Anakin Solo again?

Oh well, I just thought I'd share my thoughts on this and hear what the rest of you would have to say on the subject.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Firefly / Serenity
« on: July 15, 2005, 09:37 PM »
I never watched this show when it was on Fox, but I saw the trailer for the movie Serenity when I saw ROTS.

I'e been thinking about getting a set of the Firefly show on dvd to see it, but I just saw that the Sci Fi channel will be showing the entire series starting next Friday.

Anyone here ever watch the show before?  It looks pretty cool, but I'd like to hear a review from someone who's seen it before.  Spoiler free please.

The Wookiee Arcade / Anyone else get this message?
« on: May 25, 2005, 05:33 PM »
I recent;y got an e-mail from a saying that Lucasarts has hired a thirdparty for some feedback for KOTOR II.  Here's the body of the message:

LucasArts has hired a third party, Nielsen Interactive Entertainment, to ask gamers to tell us what they think about Knights Of The Old Republic II

Please spend a few moments answering our online survey questionnaire and help us make better games!

**Link to a website at removed**

We appreciate you sharing your opinions with us and want you to know that your privacy is important to us. Please note that this survey is for research and development purposes only. No personal information is being captured and the survey information collected will be used by LucasArts, in accordance with our privacy policy, linked below.

Thank you in advance for your feedback.

LucasArts and the LucasArts logo are registered trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., P. O. Box 10307 San Rafael, CA 94912.

I'm curious to know if this is legit, or am I just setting myself up to getting some sort of spyware on my computer or ending up with all sorts of spam sent to my computer by ending up on some mailing list by clicking on the link.

Anyone know?????

Watto's Junk Yard / So how many times have you seen it?
« on: May 23, 2005, 12:54 AM »
Revenge of the Sith, that is.  I'm up to three times.

Watto's Junk Yard / The Science of Star Wars
« on: May 16, 2005, 11:11 PM »
I came across this show tonight when I was flipping through the channels after 24 ended.  Discoverey Channel is doing a series of shows all week on a variety of subjects.  Tonight's focuses on robotics.

You can see all of the scheduled episodes here.

Toy Reviews / ARC-170 Fighter
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:37 PM »
Now that I finally have some pilots for this fighter, I thought I'd write a small review of it.

Scale:  I think this vehicle is in perfect scale for the 3 3/4" figures.  The three pilots fit in it quite well, and so does the R4 unit (I put in the ROTS Preview R4 unit).  From the footage of the fighter in the trailers, I think Hasbro got this one dead on the mark.

Detail:  There's a lot of detail in this fighter, but I think there could be more.  They gave quite a bit of decals for this, but in the second seat (the Nav/WSO/EWO guy), there's two raised spots on the console, but there are no decals for them.  I think they would've been perfect for some kind of decals for some displays, but there are none.  There is also nothing in the tailgunner position, but I tink if there was actually something in there, the figure would not fit.

Playability:  I think this is one of Hasbro's best works to date!  There's tons of it for a kid to do.  The most interesting feature is the handle that actually folds into the ship, and was not made as part of the landing gear that has been done in previous vehicles (the Imperial Shuttle readily comes to mind).  There is also a trigger on the handle that drops the proton torpedo "Bombs" and the large wing-mounted guns also have firing projectiles that go pretty far!  (Another feature that scared my cat!)  My only complaint here is that the socket for the droid is a little too big, so the droid can fall out if you invert the fighter during a dogfight.

Overall:  This is the best vehicle Hasbro has made in the ROTS line that I have pilots for!  I'm guessing that the Obi-Wan starfighter will surpass this one once I get a pilot for it, but until then, this one reigns supreme!  5/5!

The Wookiee Arcade / Dark Forces Mod for Jedi Academy!
« on: April 30, 2005, 06:13 PM »
I stumbled across this while downloading a patch for Battlefront.  It's the first few levels of Dark Forces but created for the updated grapics of Jedi Academy!  It's not without a few bugs, as read about on the page, but it still looks pretty interesting.

You can view/download it here.

Anyone try it yet???

Watto's Junk Yard / Thank You God for my Jeep!
« on: April 28, 2005, 10:10 AM »
We're having another batch of lovely weather here in the Colorado/Wyoming part of the country....April 28th and it's snowing!  Well, I get up this morning at 4 am to go PT this morning and I had enough "OH ****" moments that I didn't need to do any cardio today!  :o

I bought a Jeep Liberty when I got here (my Lt Mobile) and it's the first 4-wheel drive vehicle I've ever owned.  It's awesome in this kind of weather, increases your traction by 1000%.  Just remember zero multiplied by 1000 is STILL ZERO!  Every overpass on I-25 was nothing but ice under slush....and I swear I saw about 30 cars off in the median or off to the side of the road.  Luckily, CDOT and WYDOT are great at helping stranded/unsuspecting motorists, otherwise I'd never have gotten to base because I would've been helping everybody!

Anyhow, just a little safety tip from you're Uncle careful out there!   ;D

The Wookiee Arcade / Battlefront II!!!!
« on: April 23, 2005, 01:46 PM »
Due out this fall, it looks like there are some good improvements to an already great game!

Check out the Official Site for some screenshots and news.  They have some shots already of a Tantive IV level, Death Star Level and even some space battles!

Already this game is better than Force Commander!  ;D

Toy Reviews / AT-RT Review
« on: April 21, 2005, 11:15 PM »
I managed to finally find one of these today and figured I'd share a few thoughts on the figure/vehicle.

Driver:  This has to be one of the most craptacular figures I have ever seen.  The figure has 5 points of articulation, Head, Shoulders waist and right elbow....that's it.  So, basically, the figure can only sit on the AT-RT.  I've heard rumors that the paint on this figure is hit or miss from some earlier reports from people who found it on 2 April, but the ones I saw at Target today were just fine IMO.

Vehicle: For a small vehicle, it's pretty cool.  Not a whole lot of detail in the sculpt of the parts, and not much paint, but it has it where it counts.  There's a small painted display between the "handle bars" which looks pretty neat.  There's also a pivoting Chin Gun and a walking feature which requires two AA batteries.  The walking feature is what makes this vehicle worht having IMO.  It works great on tile/wood floors or couter/desk tops, and I evenhad it walking on the carpet in my place, albiet not as well as the non-carpeted floor.  Really freaked out my cat too!   ;D

Overall, I'd give this figure/vehicle a 3 out of 5.  There's a lot of playability with the vehicle, but the one-dimensionality of the figure brings it down.  If they had made the legs articulated so the figure could be on it's own away from the vehicle, this thing would be great!

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