Archive for May, 2008

Rock Band Photos

May 27, 2008

Had some mates round for a blast at Rock Band. Went down very well, although I was bullied into sticking on Eurovision by the end of the night! Lots of photos here.

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Selling stuff online for free

May 24, 2008

Yesterday I decided to sell my Wii Fit. The novelty had definitely wore off on that one, and I needed to clear out some room for Rock Band. I was hoping to get as near to the cost price (£70) as possible since it’s sold out everywhere and copies are going for over £100 on eBay. 

I didn’t want to go down the eBay route. Even though copies of the game are selling well there, I didn’t want to deal with eBay/Paypal fees and postage on such a large and heavy item. Instead I looked into ways of selling the game locally. I placed an advert on four websites (all for free), and this is what I found…

  1. Hot UK Deals. I’m a big fan of this site for finding great deals. It was the first time I’d posted on it. I initially received some negative responses, so gave up on selling it there, although later on I received a few offers (£50, then £75 although I’m not sure if these people lived locally). 
  2. Facebook Marketplace. Submitted the advert, but it never seemed to appear on the Marketplace. Seems to be very buggy, I’ve noticed adverts appearing and disappearing. The most recent ads are from a week ago, so either it’s not popular or they have server problems.
  3. Game Radar Forum. This is a games forum I frequent. They have a Trading Post forum, so tried my luck there, but had no takers. They’re all such enthusiasts there that anyone with an interest in the game already have it.
  4. Gumtree. This was the definite winner. I quickly had lots of interest. Accepted the first offer (£70) although had another 8 offers over the weekend (ranging from £50 – £80). It will definitely be my first port of call next time I have something to sell, and I obviously recommend them to you. 
Ironically later that night, Sheila was talking to a neigbour who said she had been looking for Wii Fit, and couldn’t get hold of a copy!! LOL. 

Photos from Feist gig

May 21, 2008

FeistWent to see Feist play The Queens Hall, Edinburgh last night. I’ve posted a few photos from the gig on flickr. Nice gig, she has some great songs and some which are on the dull side. The projections behind the band were all being created live, which was pretty impressive.

My Top 5 Video Podcasts

May 19, 2008

While most of you will be well aware of video podcasts, some won’t have experienced this great new form of entertainment. Think of video podcasts as on-demand TV shows which you can subscribe to and watch on your computer, ipod, or TV whenever you like. Anyone can make their own show, and anyone can watch them – for free. I use iTunes to subscribe to these shows, then watch them on my Apple TV or iPhone (they’re great for the bus).

Here’s my top 5. If you rate any show that I’m missed, let me know….

  1. Diggnation – A weekly tech/web culture show based on the top digg.com social bookmarking news stories. Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose present from their couch. Very funny, entertaining geeky stuff.
  2. Internet Superstar – Another show on the Revision 3 network. Martin Sergeant and Gator invite the online world’s most popular, compelling and outrageous characters into the shed to swap stories about what life is like at the top of the online heap. 
  3. The 1up Show – Videogames news and reviews from American magazine publisher, ZiffDavis.
  4. Tekzilla – Technology show. Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont deliver product reviews, computer help, tech tips on everything from iPods to camcorders, HD to the Internet, plus do it yourself projects.
  5. The Digg Reel – Every Wednesday the Digg Reel covers the top rated videos from Digg.com, the most popular social news site on the web.