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So… I’m not sure what I can and cannot disclose about my personal experience yet regarding Windows 7. I’ll have to double check to see if I can get Screen Shots and the like to help illustrate my experience with the system.  However, I do have the CES footage which I captured for work. 

So… as to avoid getting into trouble since I’m not 100% aware of what can and cannot be said, I’m going to just post the CES video here since that is something I have confidence in the legalities. Enjoy! (PS The Beta is now available.)

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Review

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows definitely takes a unique twist to the previous Spider-Man games. The twist? It’s not based off any films so Trey-Arch had as much freedom as they wished when creating this project, and they definitely took some liberties with that freedom. Did they take too much though? Let’s read on…

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Uncharted Review

Uncharted

Uncharted Montage

Having recently played through Uncharted again, I figured this would be a good start to the consistent reviews out of the group. I know it’s not Warhawk or Rock Band as I said originally, but this one has been hot on my mind, and it’s been a blast playing through again to get the Trophies for bragging rights. Hit the jump for the review to begin!

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Review: HP Printer – C4385

This is just a quick look at a new printer that I recently picked up for the family.

HP – Printer/Scanner C4385

We purchased this from our local Office Max for $129.99. It is a pearly white little printer with a small LCD screen in the bottom left hand corner of the navigation system on the printer.  It’s designed for high quality photo printing and you can even get a dedicated Photo Ink Cartridge to maximize the value on the final prints.  I’ll break it down step by step as I installed it.

Installation

Contents of the Packaging (According to HP Website)

  • Power supply
  • Power cord
  • USB cable
  • HP 74 black cartridge (4.5 ml)
  • HP 75 tri-color cartridge (3.5 ml)
  • CD with software
  • Set-up guide
  • Basics guide
  • Photo Paper Samples
  • Registration card
  • Pen shopping card

Easy, easy, easy.  Printers these days tend to just be a cinch to set up initially.  The only time you have troubles is after a user alters settings/configuration details on the machine.  Unpacking was easy, as you open it up there was all the CD’s and cables required for the installation.  Setup the Printer where it needed to go around the computer and then installed the software.  After the software was successfully installed, it prompted for the printer to be powered on then plugged in via USB. Make sure to walk through the initial setup on the printer through the LCD screen as it will prompt for a piece of paper to print out the calibration form.  Afterward, place it into the scanner so it can analyze the calibration automatically.  Once that was completed, toss away the calibration paper, plug in the USB cable, and ta-da! It will immediately connect and finish installation.

First Use

That was easy.  Tested it out with Word Documents and Text Documents.  It prints pretty quick with the normal mode activated.  I haven’t tested out the High Quality mode or Draft mode, but it would appear they function appropriately.  The site boasts the printer can run 30 pages per minute in black & white while capable of 23 pages per minute in color.

Last Thoughts

I’m going to have to play with the wireless settings to figure out how to get it to speak with my router, but other than that function, it installed very easily on Windows Vista.  It’s compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista as well as Mac OS.  I’m impressed, it’s relatively cheap for the quality of images that come out of the printer on Normal Mode, it’s quiet, and it’s quick.  Nice addition to the technical family, and it’ll appease the grandparents since Windows Vista made their original printer, the HP P1000, outdated.  I still would recommend the HP P1000 as a solid performing printer since it has lasted about 7 years now. The scanner on the machine functions very nicely as it works with both the Vista scanning program or the HP software included.

So there ya go!  Nice addition, $129.99 isn’t too bad, and the ink for the printer was $39.99 for a combo pack of ink which had both color & black included.  Enjoy and have a great day.

Wow, just busy from start to finish.  Friday was a busy day from work to the ‘hospital’ to the theater then some Rock Band until 3AM with some good friends.  Felt good! I conquered Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Expert with 90%! (Not me playing the game in the link, I’ve yet to put any videos on YouTube of me playing a game.) So that concludes the Friday broadcast.

Saturday: Wake up, helped out the family on a huuuuge landscaping project that my grandpa decided to start on this nice toasty 104 degree weather day!  Completed that, went and auditioned for a dinner theater production today, had callbacks for it as well.  I felt good about my audition, even my vocals for once.  So that was a breath of fresh air. After some rest, I headed out to Village Green to help them paint and prepare for their opening bash and now just getting home and chilling online with friends.

I did have to post a review about the play though.  I’ve been asked to review it on Now Playing Utah after seeing it.  So I did, but I figured I’d give the less formal bits about the show here.

I saw the play at my old stomping grounds, Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse, and I was completely entertained at the production of Lucky Stiff. To sum this play up with one sentence to describe it, I’d have to say that it is ‘Weekend at Bernie’s‘ the musical.  I’ve got quite a few good friends in this show, and they were saying that it was just a great show.  I agree with them. Everyone in the cast just does a great job creating this environment for the show.  My pal Rod plays the “Stiff.”  I give him tons of credit to not laugh at everything that happens on stage.  Got my friend Jason playing the lead male role in the show and he does a great job with that role.  Just a very fun musical where I found myself laughing a lot.  You’ve got a set of girls who think the Stiff is still alive so they try flirting with him while your protagonist has to cover up and keep the illusion going that he is still alive.  Great dance numbers, great songs, solid performances… if you live in the Northern Utah area, like seeing live theater, this is a great show you shouldn’t miss out on.

So there you have it! On that note, I think I can sleep now, have a good day and take care.