Phillyman

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  1. Next Generation Issue 020 August 1996 COMPLETED! ETA = June 14/15 2007
  2. Choo Choo.......these guys are being scanned today
  3. New Image: World of Warcraft 13 (variant) (January 2009) https://t.co/sC6y7XeIwm https://t.co/W6SLgxyRTb

  4. The little brother to EGM #65 has now been scanned, this one weighs in at 396 pages. Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 64 (November 1994) Status (Scanned)
  5. Exactly, everyone can choose their own path at Retromags. If you want to scan, scan.....if you want to edit, edit.....if you want to upload missing covers, index a magazine, add db info, upload adverts, post new topics on the forum, help new members get started.....it all helps in the end.
  6. Not sure how I feel about this, I mean I am so accustomed to seeing health depicted this way in video games. Source
  7. In my defense my daughter is now 15 months old....and is a handful Recently we have started reaching the stage where I can plop her in front of cartoons on the TV and give her a bowl of dried Cheerios and a sippy cup and get 15 minutes to watch someone yelling at an old game on Youtube
  8. @E-day is waiting for me to fix up the Tips and Tricks section....its on my list
  9. Back in November 2015 when my daughter was born, I started looking into ways to control items remotely. Due to the fact that I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, our daughters crib is in the room with us. Anyone who has kids knows, when they are sleeping....you want them to stay sleeping . So I went out and bought a IP based webcam so that we could monitor her from our Iphones/Ipads without constantly opening the bedroom door and risking waking her up. Well sometimes we would put her down to sleep, and forget to turn on the white noise machine, or turn off a lamp in the bedroom. I remembered these types of devices existed.... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MMSTNG/ But these are very limited, they work great for something like Christmas lights that should come on at the same time each day and turn off at a certain time. I needed something that could be controlled via an App, so it could be turned on and off at will. So I came across these devices..... https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Required-Control-Anywhere-HS100/dp/B0178IC734/ Very simple device, where you connect it to your home wifi, and then you can set a schedule for devices to turn on and off. You can also manually turn them on and off thru an app on the Iphone/Ipad. So I originally got two of these, but unfortunately the noise machine when powered back on from power loss goes to a heart beat, rather than just white noise. So I put one of these on the lamp in the bedroom, and another on our box fan. This way if I lay down on my bed for a few moments and fall asleep....the lamp in the bedroom will turn off at midnight and the fan will turn on to drown out any outside noise. When Xmas rolled around, I bought a third one and had our Christmas lights turn on at 5PM and off at Midnight. Everything was great.... Then those damn commercials for Amazon Echo started playing, and I was like.....Yeah, I need a little hockey puck in my living room to answer random questions for me! So I bought one of them and set it up..... https://www.amazon.com/All-New-Amazon-Echo-Dot-Add-Alexa-To-Any-Room/dp/B01DFKC2SO/ You could ask Alexa fun things, like to tell you the news for the day, or what the current weather is. Then I realized that Alexa could integrate with the Smart Plugs above. Oh that is when everything changed.....Now rather than looking for my phone and opening up the App, I could simply say "Alexa, turn off the bedroom light" and poof it happened. Before I knew it I had 2 more Amazon Echo's for the bedroom and bathroom. Now I had full coverage of the Apartment and could state a command in each room and one of the three Echo's would respond. I then went further down the rabbit hole, and started looking into more of the TP-Link line up. I came across the TP-Smart Switches, now I am not an electrician, but they were pretty easy to install..... https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Required-Fixtures-Anywhere-HS200/dp/B01EZV35QU/ I ended up buying two of these and installing them in the dinning room and kitchen. Again they integrated with the Amazon Echo and worked just like the plugs. Now I could control the dinning room and kitchen lights with voice commands. This also came in handy because of how dark my apartment is when I come home at night. I was frequently stepping on items Olivia had left out, all while trying to reach the dinning room light. Now I could schedule the lights in my home to turn on at 5:30, right before I get home each day. Well I didn't stop there, I kept researching the TP-Link products.....and I found that they had wifi enabled bulbs! https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Dimmable-Tunable-Equivalent-LB120/dp/B01HXM8XHO/r Now your asking, but you already have the lights being controlled by smart switches and the lamps by smart plugs.....why these? Well I ended up taking the smart plug off of the bedroom light and changing it to work off of a smart bulb. Going back to my daughter being in the same room, it was just too bright when the lamp would come on. So the above bulbs can still be scheduled to come on and off at specific times, however you can also control their brightness from 1-100. The bulb with the blue bottom has dimming and also changes the color of the light depending on the time of day. In the mornings the light is yellow, and as the day goes to night, the light turns more bluish to help promote sleep. This really helps with getting Olivia down at bed time, as we don't have a 60W bulb at full blast while reading books to her. We have the light set to be dim and blue at night so we can get her down more quickly Now the green bottom bulb, doesn't do the yellow/blue light settings, but still does the dimming and scheduling. So I bought one of those for the bathroom and now when I wake up for work in the morning, I have a nice soft light to get ready with, rather than a retina burning regular bulb in the bathroom. The best part of all this, is you can create groups. So I have a group called "All Lights" and when I say "Alexa, Turn off All lights".....the two smart switches turn off, the two smart bulbs kick off, an the smart plug for the Xmas lights turn off. Oh and the Alexa Echo's pair up with Bluetooth speakers, so the one in the living room is hooked up to our Bose speakers, and the one in the bathroom is hooked up to this..... https://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-Wireless-Waterproof-Hands-Free-Speakerphone/dp/B00MYYCGKW/ Yeah I bought a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for the shower. So I can hop into the shower and ask Alexa to play music. Awesome little device, and you can either ask Alexa to skip to the next song or turn up the volume......or you can use the buttons on the side of the unit to do the same thing. Now I am starting to do research into the Logitech Harmony Remotes, which also tie into the Amazon Echo, and should allow me to change the TV channels by just requesting them
  10. Amazon.com has Titanfall 2 (PS4) on sale for $24.99. Shipping is free w/ Amazon Prime or if you spend $49 or more. BestBuy.com has Titanfall 2 (PS4) on sale for $24.99 with free in-store pick up where available.
  11. Newegg has select Video Games at great prices when you apply promo code EMCRCBG36 at checkout. Shipping is $2.99 or free shipping w/ Newegg Prices after code EMCRCBG36 Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) $19.99 Doom (Xbox One) $19.99
  12. Outside of my apartment is a utility room with a heavy duty shelving unit inside, the vast majority of magazines are in there, then my car has about 300-400 magazines in the trunk, then there are a few hundered magazines inside of my home, mostly stacked up between my desk and wall. I keep swearing that I am going to sell off all the duplicates and scan and dump the rest
  13. See that is where we differ, you ask for permission.....I beg for forgiveness
  14. New Image: World of Warcraft - Ashbringer 01 (November 2008) https://t.co/rDSZPGXKiJ https://t.co/gqrmgcz4jl

  15. So as I have mentioned in the past, these individual databases can be chained together thru relational fields. I am thinking about creating an Master Database that would act as a searchable index for information. Lets take one of @kitsunebi77 recent releases..... On page 79 is a review for "The 7th Guest" by T. Liam McDonald However there is no easy way to figure that out on Retromags. No one has yet to jot down on the content page within the Magazine DB, but even if they did, we are very limited in gathering the information we need. What if we had a indexing database, that a user could go to and enter in those few pieces of information. Game Title Magazine Issue Page Number Type of Page (review, cheat, preview, interview) Person The Game Title and Magazine Issue fields would be tied to their respective databases, so as you type "The 7..." the fields would present matching records from those databases. With all of that data in 1 centralized location, a user could go and filter down results Show me all Interviews in GamePro Magazine Show me all prototype mentions in 1995 Show me all reviews for Super Mario Kart Of course this is only the first piece of the puzzle I need to work thru. We should also be able to chain the Video Game Database to the Strategy Guide Database.....we just would create a new field called "Strategy Guides" in the Video Game DB, and have that field chain back to a field on the Strategy Guide side called "Games in this Guide". Other chains could be.... People Database to the publications they worked on Book Database to the Video Games they mention Anyhow I don't own a whiteboard, but I am sketching up a rough draft in paint
  16. What are some deleted scenes from movies, that you believe should have been left in the movie. Maybe it was a kick ass scene, or it helped clear up the story. Number 1 on my list..... Black Speech of Mordor. This scene just kicks ass, it shows more to the sway the ring had over Boramir and just how awesome Gandalf is......scene just rocks!
  17. New Image: KiKi KaiKai (Japan) https://t.co/w09ssuIoUn https://t.co/mfNtrTllgt

  18. With so many changes that recently have happened, I am going to start documenting some of the things you guys can do now Contents: {As the list grows}
  19. I remember back to the 90s when Nintendo Power released out the indexes to their magazines. It went over which issues you could find game coverage in....and what type of coverage it was. It was a tremendous help for those first 50 issues of Nintendo Power. The ability to dump all of this into a database that can be filtered and searched would be a huge asset to anyone wanting to track down information. I know I would love to have an easy way to bring up any launch articles on the Super Nintendo. It would only take a few seconds to place in each entry, and anyone could add to it, but as each entry was added, it would become that much more valuable.
  20. So as a test I just created a new field in the Video Game DB called Strategy Guides, and chained it to the Strategy Guide DB. When you are editing a video game record it will look like this..... And when you save the record it will show like this..... and if I turn on Cross Linking, then this shows up on the Strategy Guide Record for Mario Paint....
  21. Most people are trying to get @Areala into bed, I however am trying to get her out of it!
  22. Social Sign on Hate having to type a username and password when you come to Retromags? You can tie your account to Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft or Google for easier access. If you have an existing account you can go to the following URL to link your accounts. https://www.retromags.com/settings/
  23. Mentioning Users You can easily mention a user by starting their username with an at sign....and clicking on their name as it appears! @Areala is a warrior nun! This should trigger a notification to Areala that she has been mentioned in a thread. When you do this in the Chatbox, it will make that message a different color for Areala, so that she can easily track down mentions in the chat!
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