About two days after I posted about my inability to get past Vasoline in RockBand, I finally made it through. I was having trouble with the hammer ons which appear throughout the song. I didn’t do that great but at least I made it through and moved on.
This evening was the first chance I really had to play again so I went back to work on the medium tour. After knocking out a couple songs, I ran into another stumper – Metallica’s Enter Sandman. I have been frustrated with the Rock Band guitar and I think we need a replacement. You really have to press the strum bar hard to get it to register which can be very tiring when playing sequences of rapid notes. After failing 3-4 times, I decided to try the Guitar Hero II Explorer guitar. It really is much easier to play and I made it through Enter Sandman without any problems. Yep, we need to get a new Rock Band guitar.
After finishing Enter Sandman, I also completed “Highway Star”, “Flirtin’ with Disaster”, “Train Kept a Rollin'” and “Green Grass and High Tides” without any problems which completes the Medium solo tour on guitar. All I have left to play are some of the songs on the bonus tour as well as some of the songs we have downloaded.
I was listening to the TWIT podcast the other day and they mentioned something called Cradlepoint. Apparently Cradlepoint is a new gadget which will allow you to turn your cellular broadand device into a WiFi access point which a bunch of people can share. This is a very interesting concept. I have an AT&T Laptop Connect Card for work and it is really handy, I use it all of the time. At least, I used to. I have a problem now when I insert the card into my PC slot, my computer blue screens.
I am now using a Sony-Ericsson Z750i which was given to me by one of my contacts at SEMC before I went to Japan (the Z750i is a GSM phone which supports the 200 MHz band which is available in Japan) to connect to the Internet. I took the SIMM card out of my PC card and put it in the phone- everything works as it should. Need to do a little more testing with it for I claim victory nit so far, so good.
I can see using something like Cradlepoint when we arte somewhere WiFi isn’t available but it seems like a “nice to have” versus a “must have”.
Last night I enhanced the swimmer data model so additional information can be captured. The swimmer record now support five (5) optional fields which are under the control of the site admin. This is similar functionality to what the user profile provides. Both the User profile and Swimmer profile optional fields hve been enhanced to support required, optional, and yes-no fields.
I also made a bunch of other minor tweaks to various things as I get ready for Swim Team registration on the 13th. Our team registration will be the smoke test of the system.