The Problem With Using Old Technology

I’m sure it’s happened to you, you go to use a piece of older technology you have, only to find out that you’re missing something.  This can be a headache.

My problem?  I was going to use my old Sony Handycam, but in order to get the video off the tape, I needed a Firewire cable, which I didn’t have.  Not just any Firewire cable though, a 4 pin to 6 pin cable.

This is annoying simply because I spent half a day running around town looking for one and no one had one.  We went to Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Staples, Radio Shack…..ok Radio Shack had one, but it was like $35 for one 6ft Cable?  Seriously?  That explains why they still have theirs in the store.

I came home and did a little research.  Low and behold, I can get what I need for my Camera for a mere $5.  That’s it.  Radio Shack can keep their $35 cable.  I’ll put that extra $30 in my pocket.

Where did I find this cable at?  Amazon of course, of all the places.  Now, all I have to do is just order the dang thing and be done with it.  Then I’ll have better quality video for my Youtube channel and I’ll be able to mess around with video editing a bit better.

Problem Solved.  You can get a 4 pin to 6 pin cable for your Handycam by clicking the image below.

4 Pin to 6 Pin Firewire Cable

Stupid Things People Do #2

Gamestop, notorious for selling the latest games and consoles, even used games and consoles.  Star Wars: The Old Republic, currently on Prerelease status.

My cousin went down to Gamestop to Preorder Star Wars: The Old Republic, the very first MMORPG put out by Bioware.  How ever, there was a slight problem.  When my cousin Preordered his game, he didn’t get a Preorder code.

When you look on The Old Republic’s website, you’ll find out that they’re supposed to give you either a Preorder Card with the code on it, or print it on the Receipt.  After they run out of Preorder codes, they’re not supposed to sell any more copies.  It’s a limited Preorder release.

The problem?  Gamestop sold a Preorder copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic to my cousin without giving him a Preorder Code.  He thought it was printed on the receipt.  Come to find out, they were out of them.  So, they sold a Preorder that they weren’t supposed to sell.

On top of that, Gamestop apparently has taken those Game Cards and given out the Preorder codes to their friends and family who didn’t even Preorder the game.  Which is a bad, bad, bad business practice.  Those codes are for people who Preorder only.  That’s the whole reason they go in their in the first place.

This whole incident with my Cousin, is the exact reason why I will not ever shop at Gamestop again.  So, it’s not my Cousin who was stupid, I think Gamestop is really, really stupid.  The sad part is, they know this is going on and they’re not really doing anything about it.

Are you going to spend your money at Gamestop, knowing that they could potentially be committing Fraud?  That’s exactly what this is.  Fraud.  They’re giving away things that they have no right to give away.  That’s theft from those who really want to buy the game.  Not an isolated case either.

I say shop at Best Buy.