Monthly Archives: November 2009

FarmVille – How to Harvest Your Crops on Time!

FarmVille Review: I won’t be embarrassed… I won’t be embarrassed… OK, I’m embarrassed. I’ve been playing FarmVille and I am currently the proud “owner” of 12 growing plots of land. I have cash in the bank and I can’t wait to harvest my little wheat swaths for more sweet sweet dough. I am fascinated by how they grow and how little I must do until its harvest time.. Little, that is until, like many of you, I’m devastated in the morning when my little plots of land are gray and withered… Why must these poor little farms loose their lives due to my inability to return and uproot them with my harvest tool at set intervals through the day and night??? And why no reminders or alarms!? Damn FarmVille! Don’t you know I can’t be held responsible for such a schedule?

OK, so that wasn’t much of a review – but perhaps you can sense my intense interest in growing my little FarmVille home.

The game is simple. You buy a couple seeds and they do what seeds do – they sit and grow, unless you ignore them and they live full lives and then – well, then they die before you can profit. If they don’t die, you can sell them to buy more “impressive” seeds. These more impressive seeds are something to be very proud of evidently. I imagine the culmination of the game is to have a farm full of the most “expensive” plants and decorations. I can’t wait! Suck that Jenny M@@an (told you I would amount to something…) Now, humbly, I will just wish my crops would stop dieing during happy hour… Play on friends, and if you do, become my “neighbor” so you can harvest my crops while I’m catching some shut-eye tonight.

~If you care – I originally wrote this about FishVille – but the same applies (minus some crop death sadness). Is it interesting I only had to change 24 words..?

UPDATE:
Amazing! Someone has come to solve my problem about knowing when to revisit the Farm so that you can harvest your crops! The Farm Clock Alarm is everything I’d been hoping for. It counts down the seconds until you need to return so that you never miss a harvest again! About time someone thought of this (Separate review to come).
Finding some useful info online to help you through your FarmVille experience.
Checkout the Unofficial FarmVille Guide for good strategy
You might also want to check out the handy FarmVille updates available at Farm Addicts

FishVille – Feed your Fish Before they Die

I won’t be embarrassed… I won’t be embarrassed… OK, I’m embarrassed. I’ve been playing Fishville and I am currently the proud “owner” of 30 growing fish. I have cash in the bank and I can’t wait to harvest my little food troughs for more sweet sweet dough. I am fascinated by how they grow and how much they need to eat! And I, like many of you, am devastated in the morning when my little mouths are laying belly up in the soupy froth atop my virtual fish tank. Why must these poor souls loose their lives due to my inability to return and virtually feed them at set intervals through the day and night??? And why no reminders or alarms!? Damn FishVille! Don’t you know I can’t be held responsible for such a schedule?

OK, so that wasn’t much of a review – but perhaps you can sense my intense interest in growing my little FishVille home.

The game is simple. You buy a couple fish and they do what fish do – they eat and swim, unless you starve them to death – well, then – they die. If they don’t die, you can sell them to buy more “impressive” fish. These more impressive fish are something to be very proud of evidently. I imagine the culmination of the game is to have a tank full of the most “expensive” fish and decorations. I can’t wait! Suck that Jenny M@@an (told you I would amount to something…) Now, humbly, I will just wish my fish would stop dieing during happy hour… Play on friends, and if you do, become my “neighbor” so you can feed my fish while I’m catching some shut-eye tonight.

–UPDATE–
Ah! My friends I’ve figured out how to save the fishes! Check out the Fish Clock Alarm – and never miss another feeding. “Save the Fishes!”

How to Cure Speaker Hum

It’s sooo annoying! Why is my high end audio equipment making that constant terrible hum? Why are my speakers making that high pitch rattle? I spent so much money buying the good stuff – this shouldn’t be happening to me! If you are like almost every other newbie to the high end audio world – and even the not too high end world, you will almost certainly suffer through a very common pitfall called “speaker hum.” You will also find that there is almost no information out there on why this plaque is effecting you. You see, most people attribute the problems to defective equipment – or some kind of rogue source, and often the solution is to either live with the background speaker hum, or buy new stuff.

Well, I can help answer what to do. You see the hum is a rogue source… AND, it is possible that if you buy new equipment the hum will go away. BUT, you can also keep your current equipment and just get rid of the rogue source. You see, the problem is not with your equipment at all, its actually to do with your local power grid. The hum you are hearing is actually to do with differences in electrical grounding between your various equipment. The solution is to be sure all your sources and your amp, EVERYTHING, are plugged into the same grounded outlet. Any variation in any component in your system will transfer the hum to everything (so don’t overlook that old VCR that somehow is still attached to your DVD player which, is ultimately attached to your Amp. This problem is a lot of the reason why the “energy cleaning” that Monster power cables, etc… can charge an arm and a leg. Now, I’m a pretty big believer in getting clean power (and plenty of it) into your system, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to solve this problem. If you have the cash, check out some of the high end expensive stuff (north of $299 may have good bang for buck – you may want to go north of $2,999). If you don’t go to Radio Shack and buy a $19 surge protector and then just be sure all of your components can get on that strip. Chances are, your hum will go away, and life will become a little sweeter again.

Best CD to MP3 Ripper – FreeRip

If you’re an audiophile, and I am, you need a good CD to MP3 Ripper as much as you need a great amplifier or speakers. Maybe more… You see, if you don’t get a perfect lossless quality rip from your CD’s, you are just listening to digital junk. And maybe you aren’t needing quite the lossless rip I require (meaning you would sacrifice some audio clarity for lots of file size reduction), but you still don’t want to hand your CD ripping job to any software other than a pro… And that is what FreeRIP CD to MP3 Converter is the granddaddy of doing.

FreeRip has been around for over a decade. Every six months or so it gets its regular update and gets better like clockwork each time. It is one of the most downloaded applications of all time – and it does one thing very well: It will rip your CD’s into most any digital format you like (MP3, WAV, WMA, Ogg Vorbis or Flac). As of this writing, I have over 44,000 songs on nearly 3 terabytes of hard drive space and I don’t download my music – it is all purchased so that I get a perfect recording. And iTunes doesn’t rip my cd’s into a FLAC format (which you kind of need) – so my digitally inspired world is heavily dependent on FreeRip’s simple masterpiece. It’s easy, powerful and I love it almost as much as my Brick (which delivers those sweet digital sounds into a my McIntosh amp… (I just turned up the volume…)

iPhone Air Mouse – Better than your Mothers Mouse

Standing on the second floor and looking at the TV on the wall – which is networked to a Mac Mini downstairs. The crowd behind me is oooing and ahhing. You see, I’m steering the Mac Mini’s cursor from a floor away using nothing other than my iPhone. In fact, this little iPhone-cum-mouse is better than that old laser mouse I’ve been using all these years in my office!

So what is so sweet about Air Mouse? Well, to start, it turns your iPhone’s cool touch sensitivity into a track pad for you cursor. Placing your finger on the iPhone screen illuminates that portion of the screen under your finger. As you slide fingers across the pad, watch the cursor moving on your screen. But it doesn’t stop there… Place two fingers on the screen and now use all the advanced features of the newest apple track pads. You can slide the page you are viewing on the screen up or down by swipping with two fingers, or zoom in and out by pinching (very cool). If that wasn’t enough, if you were to click on a portion of your screen that is a text entry spot, then the air mouse converts into a type pad and you can enter text just as you do all day whilst SMS’ing. ..And when you get really advanced, point your iPhone at the screen and start using it as a pointer – that’s right, the Air Mouse allows you to utilize the iPhone’s accelerometer to use the device as a pointer!

I like Air Mouse so much I don’t use my regular mouse anymore at the office either. It’s good! Try it!

Thank You Air Mouse – for making my friends admire in awe my technological prowess… (and my computational life, so easy)