Assassin’s Creed: Conspiracy what-what?

Assassin's Creed cover.

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I recently finished Assassin’s Creed 2. Yes, I know, it released over a year ago, but I went through a bit of a dry spell with new releases in 2010. I’ve still got about 7 AAA titles I have to work through, oh my, the horror…

Anyway, With Assassin’s Creed 1, I lest than impressed with the repetition of fetch quests, eavesdrop and other bad game design choices. Those were thankfully removed or improved in its direct sequel, Assassin’s Creed 2. A better era to screw around in (Renaissance Italy), more weapons, better designed cities that looked lovely and awesome scenes, in-game and in-cutscene. And the story is amazing. Really, I could see this in a movie house not too long from now. Really. Continue reading


Going Ape for a Songbird

Songbird is beautiful.
MediaMonkey is technical.

I mean these words. But I must explain from the bottom. This is a story (read = guide) of my music woes, from playback to organization. Here are two applications that truly make life that much more musical. And pleasant.
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Update Me, Seymour!

    “There is an update available. Would you like to update now?”

    These messages are irritating. In fact, they are down right repulsive and as a result, any new piece of software I install gets dragged through the mud until I can find a setting to tell it to NOT tell me that there is a new version. However, I do like old software to be refreshed, and made useful again.
    Now, I’m not going to be searching the internet for updates to software that may, or may not be available. But I sure as hell am not going to be enabling any Auto-Updates. So, off I went to search for more software! (which also wants to auto-update)

    Now this software, Update Checker, is far from perfect. However, it is TINY in the way that only tiny can be. There is even a portable version (No install). This makes Matthew happy. Matthew likes freeware, prefers Open Source, but I did say its not perfect. All right, to the review!!
    FHUpChck, my personal shorthand (rhymes with Phupchuck), is a tiny freeware by It quickly scans software installed on the PC and returns a webpage with links to the updated installs of those programs. It does have a custom location scan, as it does not scan every single folder on the drive, which would be very slow.
    The webpage it returns shows the programs with updates, what version you have, and what is the latest. All the updates are hosted on their servers. I would have liked a link to a changelog, but that’s too bad. I’m still going to use it.
    I checked (Awesome site for, well, alternatives to software you currently use) and FHUpChck gets 45 likes versus 14 from Update Notifier. Seems others also like it. So go get it.
    Here’s the links Update Checker – Installer (112kb) Update Checker – Portable