Charge the Battery on a Game Boy Micro

January 12, 2007

Charge the Battery on a Game Boy Micro

Short Introduction

Rechargeable batteries are a vital component on today’s technology. With all of the devices that are made specifically for portability, the most convenient way to provide power to your units are through rechargeable batteries. The Game Boy Micro is one of these devices. If you are a serious gamer who wants to take your gaming device with your everywhere, you might find it useful to know how to charge the battery on a Game Boy Micro before leaving the house.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Instructions:
1. Remove your Game Boy Micro from its packaging. There should be an AC adapter included with the package.
2. Take the AC adapter from its packaging. Unravel the cord so to lengthen it and give you more room to work with.
3. Insert the small round end of the cord into the corresponding area on your Game Boy Micro. You will notice this area on the top of your unit. If the tip does not fit, you are likely putting it in the wrong place.
4. Pull out the electrical prongs from the large end of the cord. Do this gently to avoid damaging or bending the prongs.
5. Plug the AC adapter into a standard 120-volt electrical wall outlet. Anything different could cause damage to your unit.
6. Allow your unit’s battery to charge. You will know it is charging because the START and SELECT buttons on the unit will be lit up.
7. Disconnect the AC adapter when the START and SELECT buttons dim. This is the signal that your Game Boy Micro battery has fully charged.

Tips:
1. For best results, allow the unit’s battery to charge fully before using it.
2. After removing the adapter from the wall outlet, fold the prongs back into their original position to avoid damage to them during storage.
3. Always turn your Game Boy Micro OFF when not in use. This will save the charge on the battery and help to prevent damage to the battery and the unit that could be caused by leakage.

Warnings:
1. Never leave the AC adapter plugged into the wall outlet without the DC connector plugged into your Game Boy Micro. Doing this could cause severe damage or possibly even a fire.
2. When disconnecting the AC adapter from the wall, pull on the connector rather than the cord.
3. Use only Nintendo licensed equipment with your Game Boy Micro. Using other equipment may void your unit’s warranty and could cause irreparable damage.

Overall Things You Will Need
Game Boy Micro unit
AC adapter (included with the unit)
Rechargeable Nintendo licensed battery made for the unit (also included)

Buy Accessories for a Game Boy Advance SP

January 12, 2007

Buy accessories for a Game Boy Advance SP

Short Introduction

The Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP is a great portable gaming system for the avid gamer. One thing that makes this a great unit is that there are many accessories and products that can be added to it to make it an even better gaming unit. It is not difficult to buy accessories for a Game Boy Advance SP, you just have to know where to look for them.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Instructions
1. Know the make and model of your unit before you begin shopping. Some accessories and products are made strictly for specific units.
2. Log on to your favorite electronic accessories website. Your safest choice, however, would be to buy your Nintendo accessories directly from the Nintendo online store – http://www.nintendo.com.
3. In the search box, type “Game Boy Advance SP accessories.” Or, if you know the specific accessory that you want to buy, type that in there, too.
4. Find the accessory that you want to buy. Double-check to make sure it is compatible with your unit to avoid future hassles. Follow the instructions from the website for selecting your product. Usually, this is just a matter of clicking an icon that says “Buy” or something to that effect.
5. Fill in the information for purchasing the product. This will include information such as your payment method, your name, address, etc.
6. Finalize the purchase. There will usually be a screen asking you to confirm your purchase. Just click on the “Confirm” button, or whatever version that the particular website uses.
7. Log out of the store’s website. This is just an added precaution so your information cannot be retrieved by somebody else who uses the computer after you.
8. Wait for your product to arrive in the mail. Normally, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks.

Tips
1. To avoid waiting for the mail, you can also go to your favorite electronics store to purchase your gaming accessories.
2. Other stores also sell accessories, including K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc.
3. Many accessories are interchangeable between Nintendo products. Check to see which ones have this capability before purchasing them if this is an important feature for you.

Warnings
1. It is best to use a reputable website to buy your accessories. Giving your personal information out to less-than-reputable websites could be detrimental to your finances.
2. Make sure you purchase accessories that are compatible with your unit. It can be a big hassle to send the products back and get a refund. Sometimes, you even have to pay the postage & handling if you choose to return it.

Overall Things You Will Need
Game Boy Advance SP
Internet access
Payment Method, such as a credit card or checking account
Your unit’s specific make and model
Money

Buy Accessories for a Game Boy Advance

January 12, 2007

Buy accessories for a Game Boy Advance

Short Introduction

The Nintendo Game Boy Advance is a great portable gaming system for the avid gamer. One thing that makes this a great unit is that there are many accessories and products that can be added to it to make it an even better gaming unit. It is not difficult to buy accessories for a Game Boy Advance, you just have to know where to look for them.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Instructions
1. Know the make and model of your unit before you begin shopping. Some accessories and products are made strictly for specific units.
2. Log on to your favorite electronic accessories website. Your safest choice, however, would be to buy your Nintendo accessories directly from the Nintendo online store – http://www.nintendo.com.
3. In the search box, type “Game Boy Advance accessories.” Or, if you know the specific accessory that you want to buy, type that in there, too.
4. Find the accessory that you want to buy. Double-check to make sure it is compatible with your unit to avoid future hassles. Follow the instructions from the website for selecting your product. Usually, this is just a matter of clicking an icon that says “Buy” or something to that effect.
5. Fill in the information for purchasing the product. This will include information such as your payment method, your name, address, etc.
6. Finalize the purchase. There will usually be a screen asking you to confirm your purchase. Just click on the “Confirm” button, or whatever version that the particular website uses.
7. Log out of the store’s website. This is just an added precaution so your information cannot be retrieved by somebody else who uses the computer after you.
8. Wait for your product to arrive in the mail. Normally, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks.

Tips
1. To avoid waiting for the mail, you can also go to your favorite electronics store to purchase your gaming accessories.
2. Other stores also sell accessories, including K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc.
3. Many accessories are interchangeable between Nintendo products. Check to see which ones have this capability before purchasing them if this is an important feature for you.

Warnings
1. It is best to use a reputable website to buy your accessories. Giving your personal information out to less-than-reputable websites could be detrimental to your finances.
2. Make sure you purchase accessories that are compatible with your unit. It can be a big hassle to send the products back and get a refund. Sometimes, you even have to pay the postage & handling if you choose to return it.

Overall Things You Will Need
Game Boy Advance
Internet access
Payment Method, such as a credit card or checking account
Your unit’s specific make and model
Money

Charge the Batteries on a Game Boy Advance SP

January 12, 2007

Charge the batteries on a Game Boy Advance SP

Short Introduction

Rechargeable batteries are an important component with today’s portable technology. With all of the devices that are made specifically for portability, the most convenient way to provide power to your units are through rechargeable batteries. The Game Boy Advance SP is one of these devices. If you are a serious gamer who wants to take your gaming device with your everywhere, you might find it useful to know how to charge the battery on a Game Boy Advance SP before leaving the house.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Instructions
1. Remove your Game Boy Advance SP and the accompanying AC adapter from its packaging. The battery will need to charge before its initial use.
2. Insert the small rectangular end of the AC adapter into the appropriate slot on your Game Boy Advance SP. Gently push it in until you can feel that it is secured in there.
3. Fold out the prongs on the other end of the AC adapter. Also do this gently to prevent damage or bending of the electrical prongs.
4. Insert the prongs into a standard 120-volt wall electrical outlet. Push the prongs into the outlet gently until it is fully inserted.
5. Notice the Indicator light on the AC adapter. It will be lit up to indicate that it is charging. When it is no longer lit, your Game Boy Advance SP is fully charged.
6. Remove the AC adapter from the wall outlet. Fold the prongs back into the adapter’s housing to prevent damage while storing.
7. Remove the DC connector from your Game Boy Advance SP unit. Pull on it gently to remove it from your device.

Tips
1. After the initial charge, you can play games on your Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP. It will take longer for the battery to charge if you do this, however.
2. Do a full battery charge if it has been a long period of time since the last time you used your Game Boy Advance SP unit.
3. For further questions, visit http://www.nintendo.com for troubleshooting tips and techniques.

Warnings
1. Do not try to charge your battery during an electrical storm. This could cause severe damage to your unit.
2. The DC connector end of the AC adapter also fits into another compartment on your Game Boy Advance SP. It is important that you have the right side facing up when you plug it into your unit.
3. Do not force the DC connector into your Game Boy Advance SP. This could damage both the unit and the AC adapter beyond repair.

Overall Things You Will Need
Game Boy Advance SP
AC adapter (normally included with the purchase of your unit)

Hootie & the Racists

January 7, 2007

Darius’s Views on Racism

Being the only black member of an all-white band, Darius Rucker has encountered his share of comments, racial epithets, and outright discrimination.  But rather than get worked up about it and let these things bring him down, he decides to move on and take these things with a grain of salt. In the region where Hootie and the Blowfish began their illustrious career, there were not very many rock bands that had a black lead singer. In fact, they may have been the only one at the time they were coming up to stardom.

But after more than 20 million records and a few grammys, Darius Rucker still hears comments like, “Their band is great even if they do have a ****** for a singer.”  So how does he handle things like this?  In an online chat session interview with ABC television, Darius took questions and talked extensively about race relations in America from a black man’s perspective.  He spoke of one time while he was on stage and a guy in one of the front rows was calling him a ******, thinking that Darius couldn’t hear him.  But he did, and didn’t acknowledge it, saying that the rest of the crowd paid for a good time and “that’s my job to give it to them.”  He went on to say that, “Those [racist] people really don’t matter to me.” 

As a black man who encounters discrimination quite often due to his unusual situation, Darius said that there are three stage – humiliation, self-pity, and anger.  Luckily, he said, “I usually get to the anger stage within five minutes.”  To counter this ignorance, people should speak up against it, rather than sitting by and hoping it will go away.  The most important thing, though, is to check yourself. Take personal responsibility for your words and actions…and let others worry about themselves. 

Being married to a Caucasian woman, Darius has had even a bigger ordeal.  He said that he experiences the discrimination from both whites and the black people.  Several lines of HBF songs deal with the experiences of these acts of discrimination, including interracial dating and simple hatred.

Being from southeast South Carolina and travelling all over the United States and other countries, he spoke of a difference between the northern regions of America and the southern regions.  He noticed that in the north, the discrimination was more subtle.  In the south, however, he stated that “you know who hates you there.”  He also mentioned how his bandmates often react quicker to it than he does. 

Finally, Darius had some closing remarks about people who hold these ignorant views.  “I can’t fathom the ability to hate that much,” he responded to a question about the Ku Klux Klan. “I enjoy loving too much.”  He also said that “We are God’s people” and if each one of us spent a day hanging out with someone from a different race, we would see how similar we all are.  We all have daily struggles, families to feed, etc. 

As if I couldn’t have anymore respect for these guys than I already do, reading this article heightened that respect.  This is just another example of why I love these guys. They’re not all about “in your face” attitude.  They’re about getting along…loving each other…helping each other out.  How can anybody not like that…except maybe Grateful Dead fans. LOL – that one was for you Muse. ;)

“Why must we hate one another? / When the people in the church, they tell me you’re my brother / Just ‘cuz you don’t walk like me / You don’t talk like me / Saying “Go back to Africa,” / I just don’t understand.”

Hootie & the Garth

January 7, 2007

When they first came out, Hootie and the Blowfish didn’t garner much respect from their colleagues or from the musical audiences as a whole. They were looked at as one-hit wonders and a novelty act that didn’t have any staying power. Sure, they sold millions of records, but that didn’t mean their music was meaningful. They were considered to be the flavor of the month – a refreshing alternative to the grunge music that had permeated the airwaves of the time.

But that turned out to be false. During the 1996 American Music Awards (I may have my year and award show mistaken, but I highly doubt it), there was new category – Favorite Artist of the Year. Among other artists, the nominees includedGarth Brooks and Hootie and the Blowfish.

Garth Brooks won the award, along with two previous ones that night. He walked up the stairs like he did after his name was announced for the other two. He held it and looked at it in his hands and made a short speech. The end of his speech, however, was a surprise. He looked at the audience and bluntly stated, “There is no way that I deserve this award when I’m in the same category as Hootie and the Blowfish.” He was obviously implying that they deserved it more because they sold more records than he did, according to an interview following the show. He left the award sitting on the podium and walked off the stage to an awkward applause. That award was discontinued after that year.

So Hootie and the Blowfish received a huge compliment from one of the mega-stars in music. Whether you like his style or not, it doesn’t get much bigger than Garth Brooks. Let the nay-sayers say what they will, but Hootie and the Blowfish has stood the test of time and they enjoy a strong following. Yes, it’s true. I’m not the only big fan of theirs. If you don’t believe me, you can visit their myspace page at www.myspace.com/hootieandtheblowfish.


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