Episode 10 – Remembering the Atari ST

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Going to Bournemouth in the morning for a couple of days. Resolved to last the weekend on only the iPhone! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the podcast tonight.

News:

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Snow Leopard Bites Back!

Sky on your XBox

£55 for the new COD game?

Jailbreak news

Logitech MX Revolution Mouse

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Retrobit – The Atari 520 ST

iPhone App of the Week

Runkeeper

Mac App of the Week

Yojimbo

Bargain of the week

MP3 speaker – £7.99

Website of the Week

a nice cup of tea and a sit down

Email at David@iconfessimageek.com

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Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adaptor £29.99 from Gamestation – or is it a scam?

Thought I got a bargain this morning in Gamestation.  An Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adaptor for £29.99, IF you buy a new xbox product. So, after deliberating over the in-store advertising for about 3 seconds, I chose a £4.99 game and went to the till. But they didn’t have any to sell! No more will come in, no-one else has them! Bah, humbug!

I have written to the nice people at Gamestation (below) – to see what they think – especially as there’s loads of stock on their website – not at £29.99 but at £59.99!

The Elusive Xbox 360 adaptor

The Elusive Xbox 360 adaptor

“I must say how disappointed I am after  trying to buy a wireless xbox 360 network adaptor from your stores. I went into the Maidenhead store this morning and picked up on you fantastic offer of buying an adaptor for £29.99, if you buy new product. I took the case to the till to be told they were out of stock, they weren’t getting anymore, and no other Gamestation in the country had them (the salesman was obviously a genius as he didn’t need to check the till to tell me all this).  I come home to discover that your website has lots of stock but at the unseasonally humbug price of £59.99!

Can you tell me please how I can obtain one of these wonderful devices for the price advertised in your stores? Or has the season of goodwill come to an end already?

Regards

xxxxxx”

UPDATE:


Hello David,

Thanks for your email.

Here at Gamestation.co.uk the prices and bundles that are advertised may be different to the ones that are advertised in the Gamestation stores. This is because the Gamestation website and the Gamestation stores both operated as separate entities and therefore both have different prices.

When prices and bundles do differ the store will not be able to match the price that is on the Gamestation website and vice versa.

If you require any more information please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0845 345 0335 or drop us an email.

Regards,

John Patrick
Email Administrator
Gamestation

This is just an email sent by a Robot!

Anyway, I went to the High Wycombe branch today where the deal was again heavily advertised – lots of empty packets on display but no stock.  I then went to Bracknell where I was told the deal finished on the 1st!  Does anyone at Gamestation know what they are doing?

Have you been scammed in the Sales or at Xmas?  Let me know and I’ll take it up for you!

Email me here:

Lego Star Wars: Best Xbox game to play with a 4 year old?

Lego Star Wars Xbox 360

Lego Star Wars Xbox 360

We’ve had the Xbox now for over 2 years. I’ve had great fun killing aliens and Germans, but that sort of game isn’t very suitable to share with a 4 year old. Great fun was had by all downloading all the different demos on Xbox live, and then we discovered Lego Star Wars.

It’s a cracking game, full of humour, and any Star Wars fan will appreciate all the little in-jokes that are scattered all the way through. All 6 films are faithfully plotted in the game. The best thing though is that all the content is kid safe. There’s nothing better than being directed by my son to where all the secrets are or him helping me complete the puzzles.

The graphics are excellent, and all the original sound effects and musical score are used to make this game even more magical. When my son realised that this game was based on 6 movies, he was entranced by the droid characters R2-D2 and C3-PO.

This game is enormous in size and will take many hours to complete.

Highly Recommended!

Top 10 gadgets to buy this Xmas for the Geek in your life!

OK, I know there’s only just over a week ’til Xmas – but I thought it would be a good idea to list the Top 10 gadgets, that ANY geek would love to have at Xmas!

NUMBER 10

The Slingbox Classic

Slingbox Classic

Slingbox Classic

If you spend a lot of nights away, either in hotels on business, or on foreign getaways, I’m sure one of the first things you miss would be all the TV you’ve taped on your Sky+. Easy fix! Buy a Slingbox, connect it to your Sky/Freeview box, set up your network settings – and when you are away from home, merely run the slingbox software on your PC/Mac. Watch programes live, or watch your prerecorded programs.

Available at a bargain £69.99!

Slingbox Classic (UK)

NUMBER 9

1tb Buffalo

1tb Buffalo

A massive external hard drive – pick up a USB hard drive with 1tb of data storage – ideal for backups, or for extending the capabilities of an existing PC/Mac.

Buy this one for only £74.99!

Buffalo Drivestation 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

NUMBER 8

Bytestor 16gb USB

Bytestor 16gb USB

A massive USB stick – available now in 16gb – ideal for attaching to a key ring – load with your favourite films/TV/important software.

ByteStor 16GB USB High Speed

NUMBER 7

TomTom ONE

TomTom ONE

TomTom Statnav. Now as cheap as chips! If they haven’t got one already – get this one! With maps of Europe (in case of holidays), and a really nice touch screen.

TomTom ONE V3 Satellite Navigation System – Western Europe

NUMBER 6

The Apple iPod Nano – Lots of colours to choose from, now with a “GENIUS” feature, that finds similar songs on your device automatically. Get a refurb old gen model from the Apple Refurb Store, or the latest one, with the Genius and SHAKE shuffle feature below for just under £100.

Ipod 8gb NANO

Ipod 8gb NANO

New Apple iPod nano 8GB – Blue

NUMBER 5

For watching Freeview TV in the shed, invest in one of these!

The Roadstar 8

The Roadstar 8

Roadstar 8

NUMBER 4

This is my recommendation for a printer that can SCAN, COPY and PRINT photo quality. I love this one because it also prints onto printable BLANK CDs/DVDs and is also cheap to run. (I have the older MP610 – so can personally vouch for it.)

Canon MP630

Canon MP630

Canon PIXMA MP630 All-in-one Printer (Printer/Copier/Scanner)

NUMBER 3

The Topfield TF5800 PVR – reviewed here. I own one, and rate it as one of the best gadgets in our house.

Topfield TF5800 PVR

Topfield TF5800 PVR

Topfield TF5800 PVR 250GB – Black finish

NUMBER 2

Great for long winter nights – the XBOX 360 – now at an even better price thanks to recent price reductions. Hundreds of quality games to choose from in glorious HiDef.

Xbox 360 Arcade

Xbox 360 Arcade

Xbox 360 Arcade Console (256 MB Memory Unit)

NUMBER 1

The fastest selling type of computer at the moment – tiny and portable. Run Linux or Windows XP – powerful enough to surf the web, send emails, word process, and run low tech games. The prices of these are plummeting, starting at less than £150 from Staples.  This unit has 4gb of on board storage and 512mb RAM. The one to go for is the Acer Aspire ONE, that has 1gb RAM and a 120gb Hard Drive.  This model even includes a webcam, wifi, card reader, etc. UNBELIEVABLE value at £215.

Acer Aspire ONE Netbook

Acer Aspire ONE Netbook

Acer Aspire One A150-Bb Netbook, Windows XP Home, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 120GB HD (Sapphire Blue)