Archive for the ‘tutorial’ Category

How to add your computer to a workgroup

September 3, 2008

In this tutorial you will be shown how to add your computer to a workgroup in Windows XP. The menu system is slightly different in Windows Vista, but the principle is basically the same. The menus should only be slightly different.

The first step is to right click My Computer and go to Properties

Next click on Computer Name and then click on Change

This should bring up a window with the computer name and the workgroup. All you have to do is change the workgroup name. Note: You will have to restart after doing this.

And that’s it! You’re done!

Make your own Nintendo characters out of paper!

August 19, 2006

imgSome of these are really cool! There are step-by-step tutorials to make it easy for anyone to make them!

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Pipe your Xbox360 audio through your PC Speakers in 10 steps.

August 11, 2006

Note: If you like this tutorial, you might just like my webcomic! It updates 4 times a week and is still going strong!

We now return to your regularly-scheduled tutorial already in progress.


This tutorial was written by me, not pasted from some other site. I came up with this myself.

Step 1: Find what is shown in the photo below

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This adaptor can be found in the box that your Xbox360 came in. I cannot speak for those bought outside of the US, or if such an adaptor can be found in a Xbox360 Core package box, as I bought the $400 SKU.

**UPDATE: I have been told that I was wrong, and that such an adaptor only comes with the 360 to VGA output adaptor (which I have). If anyone can confirm this, please either email me or comment below because I am unsure.**


Step 2: Connect the “Red & White Audio” cables to the adaptor as shown in the photo below

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Step 3: Connect the adaptor with the audio cables attached to your PC audio input port (where you would regularly plug a mic) as shown in the photo below

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Step 4: Connect your speakers (or if your computer doesn’t require powered speakers, your headphones or earbuds) to your computer like you would have them wired regularly, as shown in the photo below

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Step 5: Open the Control Panel

Step 6: If your Control Panel is set to the default “Category View”, open “Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices” as shown below

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Afterwards, open “Sounds and Audio Devices” as shown below

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If your Control Panel is set to “Classic View”, open “Sounds and Audio Devices” as shown below

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Step 7: Click on the “Advanced” button that is in the “Device Volume” part of the window, as shown selected below

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Step 8: Under the “Options” dropdown menu, open “Properties” as shown below

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Step 9: Scroll down the list and make sure that “Microphone” is checked as shown below

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Step 10: Make sure that the “Microphone” volume is unmuted, and I recommend that you make sure that “Mic Boost” is unchecked as shown below or else your audio will be what I can only describe as “crunchy”

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Congratulations! You should now be able to hear your Xbox360 audio through your speakers!

If anyone encounters problems, has any questions, concerns, or comments, please send me an email at

Holes in Warlock

January 23, 2006

You can find the video here or you can copy the link below into the address bar of your web browser: haymus22.wmv

Size: 16.4 MB
Takes about 4-6 minutes to download with a Cable Modem (around 500 kbps) ?

Please leave your comments below and tell me what you think of the video editing, quality, hosting provider, and anything else you want to add.

Halo 2 (Part 2)

December 28, 2005

Halo 2 is what is known as a FPS, or First Person Shooter game. It is played from a first-person perspective, as if you were looking through the eyes of the person that you control in the game. The “Shooter” part is pretty self-explanatory.

When playing Halo 2, either on Xbox Live or in the Single-Player “Campaign” mode, on the screen a HUD, or Heads Up Display is shown. (see below). This important information is vital to function in Halo 2, as the information is not shown in any other location.

Note the arrow next to Your Score, indicating which is yours, making it independant from who is in the lead. If you were the Leader (the player winning), your score bar would be at the top, and the player in second place or who was tied with you would be below your score bar.

Your Shields are very simple: when you get hit with a weapon, your shield meter goes down. If you keep getting hit, depending on what weapon you’re being hit with, and where you’re being hit on your body, and from how far away you’re being hit from, your sheilds will drop completely, and the outline of the now-empty bar will blink red, and beeping sounds can be heard in the game. They will only recharge if you go without being damaged, either by a Melee (I’ll get to that later), a grenade (also later) or a hand-held weapon of some kind (see above for example) for a sufficient amount of time. If you keep taking damage after your shields are brought down, you will be killed.

The Default Controls in Halo 2 are as seen below. As seen above, there are two kinds of grenades in Halo 2, the plasma grenade and the frag[mentation] grenade (known and displayed as the frag grenade). The frag grenade is very bouncy. It will explode only after bouncing off of something (anything, including your face) at least once. It takes about 2 to 3 seconds to explode if you throw it at eye-height. Depending on how much time it has been since the grenade was thrown, it will explode almost immediately after its first contact with an object. The plasma grenade is completely different. A frag grenade, if it explodes right at your feet, will take down your shields. A plasma grenade, however, if it explodes at such a close range, will instantly kill you. Also, it sticks to you. No, that was not some kind of typo. If you throw a plasma grenade at someone and it comes into contact with them before it is right about to explode, you will get what is commonly called a “Stick” but is officially named a “Stick It” medal (see bottom for information about medals and an image of the “Stick It” medal).

What you’ll also see below and may be confused about is the “Melee Attack”, more commonly referred to as the “Melee”. This involves taking the weapon that you are holding and hitting whatever may be in front of you. The damage that this deals is dependant on where you are meleeing your opponent from. A melee to the back is known as an Assassination (see bottom), which is an instant kill. Someone who is jumping down from a height and melees someone on the ground as they are falling will deal much more damage than a simple ground-level melee, which usually (depending on what weapon that you are using to melee with) kills in 2 to 3 melees. A midair melee, which is a melee that occurs when both the target player and the player who is meleeing are in the air, deals almost twice as much damage as that of a ground-level melee. If you kill someone using a melee, you get a medal known but almost never referred to as the “Bonecracker” (see bottom).

If you look at the bottom-left hand frame, you’ll see that the Y button is illuminated and is labled “Dual Wield”. See the image below for an explaination. If you press the Y button or melee while dual-wielding a weapon, you will drop the dual-wielded weapon.

Dual Wielding weapons is extremely strategic, in that there are dozens of combinations, and choosing the right one for each battle situation can mean the difference between victory and defeat. For example, a close-quarters weapon combination like dual-wielded SMGs (SubMachine Guns) won’t be effective at all against someone with a Sniper Rifle on the other side of the map.

As you look at the image above, you’re probably wondering what the red X’s with the arrows underneath mean. Those are known as Waypoints. (See below)

Waypoints are extremely important for teamwork, since running into a room (like I was doing in the image above) filled with several Red X’s may not be the best choice of action, as it probably means that your opponent[s] have a firm hold on that area of the map.

The icon that you see inside the waypoint (the white astrick-like symbol on the red and purple background) is what is known as a player’s Emblem. See the image directly below for some more examples of player emblems in Halo 2.


There are dozens of medals. The three below were mentioned above. Medals are awarded when certiain events occur. Most of these events require quite a bit of skill and more than a little luck to have happen.

The “Bonecracker ” medal is awarded when you get a “beat down”, or kill someone using a melee. It is referred to as the “beat down” medal because when it occurs, the notification on the screen says “You beat down Player” (Player would be the name of the player that you beat down)

The “Stick It” medal, most often referred to as getting a “Stick” is awarded when you throw a plasma grenade and kill the player that you are throwing it at by getting it stuck to them by the time that the grenade explodes.

The Assassination medal is awarded when you kill someone be meleeing them in the back, causing immediate death.

One of the most common ways to compare performance after a game of Halo 2 on Xbox Live is to measure up who was awarded the most medals. It is just one of the many ways that Halo 2 is so competetive and fun.

Halo 2 (Part 1)

December 27, 2005

The Xbox controller is relatively simple (see images below). In most games, it is held with your left thumb on the Left Analog Stick (which clicks down when it’s pushed) and with your right thumb on the Right Analog Stick (which also clicks down when pushed). Although this differs tremendously between players, most of the time I play with my left index finger on the Left Trigger, and my right middle finger on the Right Trigger, with my right index finger over the A, B, X and Y buttons.


For those who don’t own an Xbox, or any other game system, the controller plugs into the Xbox console (see below).

When you buy an Xbox Live (I’ll get to what that is later) starter kit, it comes with a headset (not shown) and a Puck (see below).

The Puck can be connected to any cellphone headset, and has an extremely sensitive volume dial.

The Puck also has a mute button (shown below). This does not stop sounds from coming through the headset connected to the Puck, but instead mutes the microphone on the headset. This way you can talk to someone who isn’t in the game, or do something noisy, without disturbing the others in the game.

To clear up any misunderstandings, when the light is red, the microphone is muted, and when it is green, the microphone is not muted.

As for Xbox Live, it is an online service that costs $50 per year. With it, you can play with other members of Xbox Live and talk to them in real-time (like a phone) and compete with people from across the globe. The Xbox itself has a port built in for Internet access (see below).

The most popular game to date (the one most played based on users online) on Xbox Live is Halo 2, a game created by Bungie Studios, which is a part of Microsoft Game Studios, a division of the Microsoft Corporation.