17 May
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Halo Reach: Banned From Playing Matchmaking Online

Banned From Halo Reach Online? Is it Permanent? How Do I get Unbanned from Halo Reach Online?

Answers Below!

The other night I was trying to play some Halo Reach Beta online, but my internet was acting really weird.  Thanks to Time Warner Cable, the damn thing has been so unreliable.

I stated a couple games the other night, just playing Grab Bag Matchmaking, but I was lagging all over the screen and couldn’t seem to kill anyone. I on the other hand would die almost instantly when someone was near. The other really strange part was that my internet strength showed to be full green each time that I spawned. In fact, everyone in all the games that I played that night showed full green bars. So I just tried to play through, thinking that I got a couple Bad hosts. But that wasn’t the case. Something was going on with my internet. After playing each game for about a minute or two, I would get lagged out.

Then I got a warning that “if I quit anymore matchmaking games that I would be banned from playing Halo Reach Beta Matchmaking online.”  But I wasn’t actually quitting any games. I was trying to play them, there was just something wrong with my internet connection that night that was lagging me out of the games.  Bungie assumes that I was quitting out of the games and banned me from playing.

I called Tme Warner Cable before getting banned to have them reset my internet to see if that would help. They reset it, but I still couldn’t play decent games without lagging around, and getting lagged out everytime. This problem lasted about 2 days before the internet went back to normal.

So you can imagine that I was pretty frustrated with not being able to play any online matchmaking games for 2 days. And furthermore I was pissed off that Bungie had banned me from playing online because my internet provider sucks!

But after seeing that the ban was only temporary I was a little happier. When you get banned from Halo Reach for quitting too much, the ban only lasts for about 20mins or so I think. But you will constantly be reminded during your online play that you will be banned if you quit a game.  So this is a little annoying, but its not a permanent ban.

14 May
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Home Brewing: Beer Not Carbonated Enough, How to Fix Flat Beer

After two weeks carbonating in the bottles, my second batch of beer was ready to taste!  I opened the first bottle, and poured the beer into a glass. To my surprise, the beer hardly had any carbonation in it, and pretty much no head!  What am I doing wrong. My first batch seemed to be a little under-carbonated as well. They are still drinkable, but it would be nice to get a little more carbonation in my beers.

Both of my first two batches seemed to come out under-carbonated.  I am not sure what I am doing wrong…

After transferring the beer from the fermenter to the bottling bucket, I boil 3/4 cup of dextrose with 2 cups of water for a few minutes. Then I let it cool and add it to the beer in the bottling bucket and stir it all together gently before bottling the beer.  When I fill the beer bottles I am pretty sure that I am leaving the perfect amount of airspace in the bottles (about 1 – 1.5″ of airspace at the top of every bottle.)

Am I doing something wrong in this step?  Do I need more Dextrose than 3/4 cup for a 5 gallon batch of beer? Am I better off just putting a teaspoon of dextrose into each bottle, rather than boiling it with water and adding it to the whole batch?  I heard this could allow bacteria into your beer if you don’t boil it first?

I would love for my beers to have a bit more carbonation, and a nice head on them. Can anyone tell me what might help me get some well carbonated home brewed beers?

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5 May
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Free Halo Rerach Beta Invite Emailed to Me For Being a Loyal Halo Fan!

So after a long debate with my self weather it would be worth buying a copy of the Halo 3: ODST just to play this Halo Reach Beta, I decided not to do it. Especially with rumors that the Halo Reach Beta is only supposed to last for a couple weeks.  So last night I just had a friend bring his Hard Drive over with his copy of ODST, so we could get a couple hours of the Beta in, and so I could see what it was all about.

There are only 2 levels that you can play right now, but the different layouts for the characters are pretty cool. Being able to chose between a stalker, who can turn invisible, or get a jet pack that allows you to fly, or being able to sprint around, or even become invincible for a few seconds. All these different options add an unpredictable element to the game, and you never know which one your opponent is going to use!  All in all I would say it was a pretty fun game!

So after I though I got my halo fix in last night, I login to my email this morning to find that Bungie has sent me a Halo Reach E-mail Invite for free, and thanking me for being such a “Loyal Halo Fan!”

So tonight, it looks like ill be getting back on the Beta, thanks to Bungie sending out free invites. Because I was not about to go out and spend $30-40 on the ODST!

I’m not sure how exactly they select you to receive the Halo Reach Beta for free, might be people who participated in the Halo 3 Beta when that came out a long time ago, or if you sign up an account at bungie.net.  Those are the only things that I can think of, because they have your email address already on file.

Do anyone know how they chose you to get a free invite to the Halo Reach Beta?