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April 2nd, 2008

We saw more problems at work, and the best we can figure is that they're related to version switching - people have been uploading new versions of executables left and right. It's pretty weird. We're starting to see why trying to work toward so many integration events while still spending most of our time on documentation is as counterproductive as it is illuminating. Meanwhile, our stuff looks pretty good overall. The problems are largely with other people's stuff.

The big problem, though, was that when I turned on the Wii today, I got no sound through the usual channels. I tried moving the cable to plug the sound directly into the TV, and still nothing. I even unplugged the optical cable to force the stereo to receive the sound from analog... nothing. Then I remembered that I still have the original cable lying around, and that worked fine. I finally called Nintendo tech support, even though the cable was still within Best Buy's 30 day return policy, but after being on hold for a while, the tech asked me to examine the cable, and I noticed something funny... it wasn't connected to anything. I'd pulled the audio cables and connected the ones from the stereo to the TV, not the ones from the Wii. No idea how that happened. Needless to say, the sound worked when I plugged it between something that produced sound and something that could make sound. The problem seems to be attenuation... for some reason, there's no longer enough power getting to the stereo to overcome the interference from the other component that's Y'ed into the audio ports. What I may do is try shortening the audio cable by removing one of the extensions, since I no longer need it (the video switcher's close enough to the stereo), and see if that fixes the problem. I can't figure out why the problem's just started, though... I put in the new optical connection, but unplugging that didn't fix it, and I even tried setting the stereo to Analog instead of Auto to force it to use the analog sound. I'm not done playing yet, but for now, the other connection goes to a different sound input. That's actually a passable permanent solution. I just don't like changing things.

Having spent so much time on the issue, however, I had to play some Brawl. I got two new characters via Adventure mode, and that's about it. It's getting late enough that I should probably be turning to anime once again, since I've been ignoring it in favor of other pursuits lately. I haven't even decided what to watch now that I'm done with the first disc of Ninin ga Shinobuden... but The Wallflower should prove adequately entertaining, especially since I bought it on the basis of having enjoyed the manga, with no clue that Shin'ichi Watanabe (Nabeshin) directed it. As long as it's not too penultimate episode of Mahoromatic, it can't possibly fail.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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