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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wow! I actually FOUND one.

No, not one of those iPhones I couldn't care less about. Not only because they're not available here in T-dot, but who, other than those who'd do Steve Jobs' bidding, could really justify spending $600 on a device that's inferior to any Palm or Blackberry (which at that price wouldn't stifle you with a two-year, $60/month data plan, and PRAY you're not browsing the web away from an unlocked wi-fi connection else you'll be paying for what, 40kpbs access at how much per minute?) Never mind, I'll stay away from that.

What I'm really amazed about is that I actually, today, no shit, on a Saturday afternoon, actually, really, truly found a place in town that ACTUALLY had a Wii for sale. In fact, I was amazed that the local Best Buy had quite a number of them, and proudly had some hand-made sign on the front door proclaiming as such (seeing as the Wallyworld next door didn't have any in sight.) Now if only I wish I would have known one thing about them: if you're using ZoneAlarm as a firewall, and buy that USB Wifi connector to share your PC's internet connection with your Wii, you're like screwed. Unless you disable the firewall, which of course potentially screws your computer. And why can't Ninty write a Vista-compatible front-end for this thing? Going back to XP to keep my Wii happy ain't cool. Mind you, I should have just bought a freakin' router... except I would have needed to find a place to plug it in (the Wii just ate up the last available plug on my power bar. Shed a tear for me...)

But don't get me wrong - I truly am impressed by this thing. About as much as I was back when the N64 first came out almost 11 years ago. Of course then I got lucky and found an EB that were selling them a day earlier than they should have - no preordering necessary, just pay and go - and I got to brag about it. Now all I need are a few more games. Once I figure out how to keep a firewall going and still let my Wii stay connected. Without running to the Best Buy again to buy a router.

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