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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two Reviews and Latest Project

'Mornin'\'Afternoon\'Evenin'!  So I compensate for time zones, what of it? 

Anyhow, I finished two video game reviews, one for Band Hero and the other for Far Cry 2.  Both titles appear on the XBox 360 and Playstation 3.  My reviews are based on the XBox version of each.  I'm not a big fan of Band Hero's content, but that's because I'm not a fan of pop music.  The game itself is fairly solid; I just don't like it.  Far Cry 2, on the other hand, is one of the best first-person shooters that I've played since Doom; it's one of my favourites.

As for what I'm "working" on, it's a two-fold effort.  The first part is creating a new resumé and cover letter to apply to The Source.  While sales is not my forté, selling gadgets can be because I'm passionate about them.  I'm a little slow because I prefer to sell on a needs-based agenda (meaning yours), and I prefer it this way. It simplifies customer service when you sell customers things that actually suit them.  They also tend to actually trust you.

The second part is that I'm working on producing some clinics for my Dad's company, Connections.  The first is a basic computer use clinic aimed at people who've just bought a computer and want to know how to use it and maintain it.  The course will be based around Windows.  I think I'd like to start with Windows XP and go up to Windows 7 because lots of people are either still running computers with XP or buying Off-Lease/Refurb machines with it installed, so it would be very appropriate to still cover that.  People are also still using Vista and if buying Off-Lease/Refurb, will also be subject to buying a machine with this operating system, so it can't be ignored either.

I doubt we will ever do a clinic specifically aimed at Linux, but time will tell.

Quite a bit of the basic computer use clinic is already planned out.  Each component needs to be subdivided into the different subjects that we'll be discussing and then I'll have to figure out to change it from IT-speak into English-speak.

I'm also going to piece together a clinic for parents who will be buying game systems for their kids this Christmas - or anyone for that matter.  Game systems were pretty simple until the XBox came along and networking became part of the mix.  Now the bloody things are media centres, and it isn't just the latest incarnation of the XBox. 

And basic networking no longer applies now that game systems stream audio and video.  You can even connect them to a music server.  But, to use all of their features properly - specifically anything internet-related - you have to do things with your router that just weren't necessary, even with the original XBox.

That's where this clinic comes in.  The clinic will include how-to's as well as guides for each system that demonstrate exactly what needs to be set up so that you can use it as you'd like.  It'll also cover things such as internet carriers, bandwidth and the like.  I may also incorporate some other nifty surprises, although I'm not yet sure what I want to throw into it just yet.  Some computer networking will have to be part of it, because anyone setting them up for XBox Live, the Playstation Network or Nintendo's online services will need to have an idea of what they need to putter around with as well as the potential consequences.

That said, I need to get some rest and recharge my batteries.

Until next time...

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