Aghhhhh…. Customer service idiots!


Aghhhhhhh… F*&£$&G CUSTOMER SERVICE IDIOTS! Now that’s out the way. I hate it when i get idiots on the customer service chat room interface things. They never answer any questions that are not “pre defined” on the crib sheet in front of them making them about as useful as an interactive FaQ board. But i dot have a FaQ or I would have read the answer on the flipping FaQ page! The below conversation is on of many I have had recently with the “customer service idiots” where after 15 mins of waiting for responses the only thing i learnt was that I am never going to use this company. All I really wanted to make sure was that a new domain I am setting up for my wife was going to be hosted within the UK. Simple right, any normal person would simply look at where the servers were based, then answer, yes or no. Or they would do this:


Welcome to, SandeepR will be right with you.
Hello Mike. Welcome to HostPapa sales. Howmay I assist you ?

Hello, How much is the damin fee after thefirst free year please?



After the first year the price of the domain is£9.99 per domain per year


so it would be better for me to buy thedomain through 123reg, godaddy, hostgator,ect… than from you. Or could you pricematch?

We manage the domain for the client and thusthe price may differ from others.

So is that a no?

Any changes in the price will be updated onour website. Till then there is no change ofprice.

Are your servers UK based?

We have our server located at variouslocations around the world. However we donot disclose the location to our clients.

Can you tell me if they are UK based, please?

I cannot let you know the location of theservers but please note that the servers arelocated at various locations around the world.

I am not fussed where abouts in the countrythey are, just there global location

So if i get a domina, can you host it inthe uk?

I may not guarantee you that your website willbe hosted on UK server as it is doneautomatically depending on various conditions.

Can those conditions be manipulated so that iam guaranteed a uk hosting?

No those cannot be manipulated as it mayincrease the server load and make some serverdown.

So, if the only condition of my order with yourcompany is that you give me uk hosting, thereis nothing you can do to guarantee it? (Yes orno please)

As I mentioned earlier, I cannot guarantee.And there is nothing which can be done toprovide guarantee.

AS i mentioned in the previous question, yes/no, I even said please. If you cant followsimple instructions like “yes or no” I really don’t think you are the web hosting company for. thank you


I think that they must be hiding something witch is why they were so evasive, or he was simply another, “Customer Service Idiot”!

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How to beat Beat Zoikz Level 3 (again)

Its been a while since I posted a Zoikz video, and as 70% of the traffic coming to the sight is Zoikz based I thought I better get back on the ball and post a couple. My first offering is me beating Level 3 again, except this time I did it a bit differently. I had some “haters” on my last video saying I used to many turrets and did not invest in the more top end weapons. So I listened and completed it again using Shock towers and flamers placed in the more high traffic areas. I still used turrets and rockets to mop up and range the targets but in the end had 5 shock towers and 3 fully upgraded flamers. Personally I found this to be a harder approach than just using turrets and rockets, but each to there own and all that. I did use a cheat again around level 48 as it helps loads. The full cheat code list can be found HERE. The music is buy the Ides again, the instrumental for the bulk of the video is called Faith to burn and if you would like to here the full version of that track lyrics and all or to fined out where they are playing next head over to their myspace page Theidesofficial. Enjoy the video, and if you like it please give it a thumbs up, or like the page or leave a comment or whatever… its all gravy. Love you ;)

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Best Black ops video montage I have seen

The you tube widget on my igoogle home page does occasionally throw up some real gems and today it delivered in spaids. I have watched plenty of black ops montages in the past am sure I have become desensitised to 1 shot triple kills and cross map t-hawks scalping so much so that I have started to see them as a “normal” occurrences. The top 10 kill count downs were fun, till everyone started doing them and the kill streaks with commentaries tended to be audioed by 12 year old children with as much charisma as the accidental condom split that lead to the birth of the little…. I did not fined them to be of a generally interesting and/or informative nature (is a calmer way to put it). So, where to go from here, how can a new fresh spin be put on a black ops kill montage. Step up an odd combination of Mettifrags, Hazard Cinema, Skrillex and some mad editing skills. The music is so “fat and dirty” that it fits perfectly with the vid content, being shooting people in the face. Someone has also been very busy in their editing suit as the effects overlaid are superb. It amazes me that “non professionals” can produce something of such a high standard, for fun! Anyway I have bleated on enough click the vid and give it a thumbs up, the last thing I will say is that the bloke in the vid definatly did not take my advice on Black ops easy class set up.

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Minecraft Quick Start Guide – First Day

As promised I have done my first Minecraft official video. The hardest thing for me to decide was where to start? “At he beginning” a small nagging voice said (aka “the wife”). So I settled on producing a very in depth, informative and serious quick start guide to Minecraft. FAIL! Unfortunately all I managed to produce was me, very quietly bumbling my way through a new start on a new world while dropping in some pretty poor and tasteless jokes. I should really have done a second take (or maybe a third) but again thanks to my crippling laziness and “that will do” attitude, I didn’t.

In short the video will show you what I do every time I start a new world, with a few quick tips thrown in that will make surviving the first few harrowing nights allot easier. It also shows you how to craft all the necessary tools that will allow you to easily harvest resources and go on to pimp out your first safe house. So I have put the video (and embed code) for your viewing pleasure and don’t worry if it is not detailed enough for you, I am planning on doing a Quickcraft series of vids that will break down all aspects of Minecraft into easily understandable bite sized chinks. Anyway, have a watch and I hope you enjoy:

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Man Fat on Minecraft – Minecraft Intro

After playing allot more Minecraft than was probably healthy for me, I have decided to preach what I have learnt to whoever will listen. Much like a new religion my followers will start small, but hopefully as people spread the good word, more heathens will see the light and start to play Minecraft and listen to what I have to say. I will help the newly converted survive there first harrowing night and teach them how to easily dig up there first precious ingots of iron. I will entertain the long standing Minecraft community with my witty and cutting banter (but will probably end up piss allot of people off, as usual. GET A SENSE OF HUMOUR!) and I promise always to follow my newly formed Minecraft 10 Commandments.

All that stuff aside, as I plan on doing a few videos I wanted them to all have a uniformity and as any good video maker will tell you, a good video needs a good intro. Due to my laziness I was unable to create a good into, so we are all now stuck with this: (enjoy!)

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Please feel free to leave any comments on, well anything really, but keeping it on Minecraft stuff will probably be helpful. Oh and if anyone wants to use any of my videos then please feel free as i will be posting the embed code below for each one (to save you having to click through to YouTube to get it, but please subscibe if your there picking it up anyway).

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What was your favourite game you played this year?

Narrowing down one great game for 2010 is no mean feet as I have played allot more games this year than I probably should have. But, after much deliberation I have managed to pick my favourite game. Its probably a none controversial decision as it is one of the best selling games of 2010 and I have done a couple of post already on it, it’s Call of duty Black Ops. Don’t moan at me for picking something obvious as I have good reasons for my actions. The standard of games released this year has been unusually high but from my personal perspective Call of duty Black ops has ticked all the boxes. To show this I have broken it down into three sections to show the “ticked boxes”.

Single Player (Story Mode)
NO SPOILER, don’t worry if you have not played it I am not saying anything about the overall story line. Yes, as usual with nearly all fist person shooters the over running story line is “One man takes on the world” but you have to remember, its not the story line your interested in, its the way it is told to you. No mater what twists and turns they put into a story now we have seen it all before (probably ten times over) so they cant really introduce anything “new” to the mix. What they can do is immerse you in the story so that you buy into the games world that in turn leads to you growing affinities (love, hate or other emotion) for different characters. For me, this game delivered this in spades. This is something that the call of duty brand has been bringing to the table for the last few games they have released. In my opinion it is very difficult for a first person shooter to do this as it needs to be done with cut scenes and in action exchanges. If done wrong this can lead to people hammering the skip button more than the loud trigger as most of the time you just want to get to the action and shoot something, but call of duty seam to have hit the sweet spot for me and deliver just enough cut scene to shooter action. To top it all off there is a totally random and brilliant ending (after the credits) that makes it for me.

Multi Player
This to me is on of the most important elements of any new game as it extends the games “play life” from a couple of hours to a couple of months and I do not have enough good things to say about Black ops multi player experience. The maps are varied and exciting, the action is fast paced and satisfying, the characters customisations are endless and the levelling system is inspired. The introduction of in game money is a really good idea as it allows people to purchase perks and weapons specific to them and how they want to play the game. This means that you don’t have games full of snipers or “noobtubers” like the previous CoD offerings. The difficulty level has not been set to high either and there is always a Black ops easy class set up that will allow even the new players a chance to get their hands on some Easy Money in Black Ops. Another great addition to the multi player experience is the addition of contracts. These are more or less mini challenges within the multi player game that when complete pay you money and there are plenty of Easy black ops contracts to take as well as much more challenging ones. The reason why contracts are such a good addition is that they make people choose weapons or perks that they would not normally use, this again in turn make the multi player experience even more varied. I don’t want to ramble on to much about the multi player so I will bring up one more positive, the player card tag. This is where a player gets to put symbol(s) that they chose to give them an identity. The choice of colour and symbol is staggering and when you combine this with 14 layers it can lead to some very funny and interesting tags.

Game Tec
The graphics have been upped again. I played through this game on the xBox 360 and am still amazed on how far it has come since its release. I have not had any problems with glitches from bad code or any problems with frame rate. The single and multi player is smooth and silky and the in game environments and back drops are epic. The controls are intuitive and as would expect to fined them (although it is frustrating that they are not the same as halo) and the menus are easily navigated and do not offend my eyes.

All these ticked boxes and I have not even mentioned the return of Zombies (that can be played on one console or across the internet) or the addition of a bunch of mini games, a FULLY interactive opening menu (get up and take a stroll around the room) or combat training. The only thing I can say to sum up Call of Duty Black Ops is that if you don,t have this in your game collection you must have a pretty good excuse, so please leave your “excuses” bellow… ;)

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Kodak Zi8 video mode comparison side by side

Having recently bought the Kodak Zi8 video camera from Amazon (at a seriously good price) I thought I would do some posts on the cameras video quality and some other accessories i have bought with it. To start with I am going to do a quick comparison of three of the cameras video modes. The Kodak Zi8 can shoot in WVGA quality bit I do not think this is necessary to demenstrate… mainly because my old phone could shoot in a higher rez than that. So anyway back to the testing. As we have recently been having allot if snow I thought it would be the perfect time to capture some light saturated high movement shots so anyone can compare them side by side. The following 3 films were all shot from the same point (in my back garden) during some pretty heavy snow. The first video is shot in 720p 30fps, the second in 720p 60fps and the final video is shot at 1080p 30fps, they are all set to HD but I have had to shrink the vids to fit the width of the blog. They can still be watched in full screen to getter a better insight though. I had an external mic attached so the wind noise is quite bad (no boom) but clear. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to leave them below.

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Ted’s band from scrubs on radio one

I was listening to Scott Mills on Radio one recently and herd The Blanks (aka Ted’s band from scrubs, the barbershop one). It was to good not to share as they do a seriously good song snippet round up for scot that they say “has never been performed before” although it sounds like it is a bit to polished to be a first live run through to me. Anyway, you take a listen and decide:

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All Black Ops Covers

I have just been looking at the different Call of Duty black ops covers for each game format trying to see if there was any difference. I could not really see any apart from the obvious format logos plastered across the top. Some of the small (and very sad) things I did notice were:

1. That he seams to have 2 assault rifles equipped, cant do that in game (told you this was sad)

2. Sally (his right pistol) is an odd name for a gun for a start but then it also has eight marks next to it. He Still Gay is an anagram of Sally Eight, i am just sayin…

3. Rather than wearing tough commando gear he appears to be wearing some sort of extreme fishing riggout.

Any who, hear are the cover arts for the different formats, you make up your own mind…

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Easy Money in Black Ops

Having played through all game types on the Black Ops multiplayer I have realised that there are allot of ways to make in game money. Some are allot harder than others. The two easiest ways to make money are entirely dependant on how confident you are in your Black Ops skills. So I have broken it down into two sections:

If you consider your skills to be above average and have no problems stringing skills together then wager matches are the way forward for you. You can really rack up the cash here and i am in the middle of doing a full post on this so please check back soon.

If your skills, still need a bit of refining, then the way forward is easy black ops contracts. That post will help you chose the easiest contracts to obtain the fastest return and with the help of a Black ops easy class set up you will be flying. You don’t need to be a CoD pro to pick up some of the lower contracts and as you can do them once an hour you can rack up some quick cash.

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