Archive for September, 2010

Halo Reach is out of my Reach!

So I played a ton of Dragon Age over the weekend. I get home last night and figured I would finish the quest I was on so I could start the DLC to get the Stone Golem. I finished some college work and my wife was starting dinner, I thought “Hey I will hop on the Xbox and finish this up”. I grab the remote, and my controller and settle in on the recliner. I hit the power button on the remote and BAM!!! Red Rings of Death. Ok so you think I would be surprised? I wasn’t, this has been happening on and off for a few months. Get Red Rings, fiddle with Xbox Red Rings gone.
Ok so I play around with the power supply a bit trying to get the brick to turn green, but it stays a steady orange. Just Freakin’ Great I think to myself.
Ugh! Time to call Microsoft and see how much a new brick will run me.
After about 5 minutes on hold I get someone and rattle off my serial number, address, I get the phone number right on the 3rd try, and my email address.
Me: “Hi, I need a new power supply according to the website.
Them: “How do you know you need a power supply”
Me: ” I did the troubleshooting on your website”
Them: “Oh you already did the troubleshoot?”
Me: “Yeah”
Them: “Ok can I put you on hold to bring up your account”

Mind you I am calm throughout this entire phone call. Yeah I surprised my self too.
Ten minutes later:
Them: “Thanks for holding so long, I have your account up”
Me: “Ok”
Them: “Your Xbox is out of warranty so the power supply will be $35.00”
Me: “Oh ok, Can I buy one from an actual store then?” Simple question, no malice in my voice.
Them: “Can I put you on hold again?”
Me: “Um Sure?!”
5 minutes later.
Them: “Thanks for holding so long, I have good news. Since it is the Red Microsoft has extended the warranty to 3 years so the power supply will be free.”
Me: “That’s great, Thank you” Ok so this is good news, call should be over fairly quick.
Them: “Write down this request number: blah blah blah”
Me: “Ok got it”
Them: “Um something is wrong, it is not allowing me to submit the request. Can I put on on hold for a minute?”
Me: “Sure”
Ok now I am starting to wonder what the problem is. Everything on my end is straight. So I wait, and wait, and wait. Oh and dinner is ready now and everyone is looking at me like when are you going to be off the phone. And I am like, it should only be another minute.
35 minutes later….
Them: “Thanks for holding so long” Where have I heard that before, hmmm about a half hour ago.
Me staying calm: “No problem”
Them: “I am having system problems and need to transfer you”
Me thinking hmm system problems at Microsoft….classic LOL!: “Ok”
Them: “one moment”
Twenty minutes later an new voice.
Them: “Hello, you need a new power supply?”
Me: “Yes”
Them: “No problem, write this request number down”. Same number I had written before.
Me: “Ok got it”
Them: “Ok now let me process your request”
Me: “Ok thanks”
Them: “So what is your favorite game to play on Xbox?”
Me: “What!? Um I like to play them all.”
Them: “Oh you mostly play First Person Shooters?”
Me: “Um? Yeah I do”. Ok this dude is creeping me out. But then I realize, he probably sees my whole gamer profile and I feel silly.
Them: “Ok it went through so if you like you can send back the old power supply so blah blah blah.” Yeah you want it back I know. I am hungry lets get this over with already.
Me: “Ok I will send it back.” Stomach is growling now.
Them: “Ok Can I put you on hold?”
Me, my anger increasing: “Yeah”
Ten minutes later they come back and say Thanks and if I don’t have any questions it will be 5 to 10 business days till the power supply arrives. I finally get to hang up.
Then it hits me!!
Halo Reach is out in 6 days!!!! NNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Not this again. It might get here the day Halo Reach releases. I have my fingers crossed. Please cross your fingers for me.


Samsung Galaxy TabSamsung just released the New Samsung Tab which is powered by the Android OS and picks up where Apple’s IPad left off i.e. Flash! I wasn’t really thinking of getting involved in the Tablet war but since I am interested in the Android OS and not being able to appease that by getting a Droid due to being an AT&T customer, this looks enticing. I have on the other hand been interested in an E-Reader, so again this looks enticing. There is one catch that gives me pause:

The Galaxy Tab can indeed be thought off more as an extra-large smartphone. It will be sold through carriers–large ones in the United States, Europe, Asia, and China, Samsung said, hinting that Verizon is a likely option. Indeed, unlike the iPad, there’s no version that doesn’t have 3G wireless networking and a carrier plan, though Samsung said such a move was possible with future models.

Read more: CNET

See there it is again “Verizon”! I will not have 2 cellphone plans just to get my hands on the Android OS! Unfortunately, I don’t want to switch carriers completely either. Hmmm.. Dilemma.
Well the Galaxy Tab doesn’t start shipping to the US until the end of the year, November most likely. So I have some time and so do they to get their ducks in a row. Either way, the tablet war has begun and I think Apple has their hands full with Samsung. Seems the Galaxy Tab packs a punch and is aiming for all of the IPad sensitve spots. We will just have to see where this goes.

Samsung Press Release:

Samsung GALAXY Tab Opens a New Chapter in Mobile Industry

A New Smart Media Device, surpasses mobile boundaries,
allowing you to enjoy more possibilities on the go

Berlin, Germany, September 2nd, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology, today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab (Model: GT-P1000). Powered by Android Operating System 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company’s tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab brings together all of Samsung’s leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7-inch display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via e-mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface.

“Samsung recognizes the tremendous growth potential in this newly created market and we believe that the Samsung GALAXY Tab brings a unique and open proposition to market. There is a new and emerging consumer demand that Samsung can satisfy since mobile is in our DNA. This demand continues to grow and develop as users tap its limitless potential,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung GALAXY Tab has been designed to enable consumers to maximize their online experience wherever that may be. The Samsung GALAXY Tab is pushing the market in new directions and Samsung believes this is only the beginning of its innovations as pioneers in smart media devices.”

A new concept of mobility for media

As a new category of device, the Samsung GALAXY Tab brings a wealth of mobile experiences. Its striking 7” TFT-LCD display delivers exciting mobile experience for watching films, viewing pictures, e-reading or sharing documents. In design, its light (380g) build provides perfect portability, with its svelte dimensions making it easy to grip and use. Supporting the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the Samsung GALAXY Tab fully supports swift, seamless viewing of every single page of the web.

The ‘Readers Hub,’ Samsung’s unique e-reading application, provides easy access to a vast digital library – from classical literature to the latest bestsellers and reference materials. At the same time, Samsung unveils ‘Media Hub,’ a gateway to a world of films and videos, and ‘Music Hub,’ an application giving access to a wide range of music tunes.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab has made rich communication truly mobile; it presents a level of converged technology that moves beyond mobile or PC to an entirely new category. Users have new powers to consume, create and communicate from wherever they are.

Powerful, always-on communication

With 3G HSPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth® 3.0, the Samsung GALAXY Tab enhances users’ mobile communication on a whole new level. Video conferencing and push email on the large 7-inch display make communication more smooth and efficient. For voice telephony, the Samsung GALAXY Tab turns out to be a perfect speakerphone on the desk, or a mobile phone on the move via Bluetooth® headset.

Powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is designed to deliver high performance whenever and wherever you are. At the same time, HD video contents are supported by a wide range of multimedia formats (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more), which maximizes the joy of entertainment.

While the front-facing camera allows face-to-face video telephony over 3G, the rear-facing camera captures still images and video that you can edit, upload and share, all without any hassle. As online content explodes, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the best portable solution for every lifestyle that needs a constant connection.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab will be launched in Europe in mid September, and in other markets including Korea, the US and Asia in coming months. .

3) The Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540
3 MP Camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony
Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents
Readers Hub, Media Hub* , Music Hub*, Social Hub
*Availability will be decided by market preference.
Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Full HD video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget
30 pin connector
WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth® 3.0
Gyroscope sensor, Geo-magnetic sensor, Accelerometer, Light sensor
16G / 32G internal memory with up to 32G external memory slot
RAM: 512 MB
190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g
4,000mAh (7 hour movie play)

Found the press release atDroidDog