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hmm... If I were spedmetal, maybe I WOULD want to remain anonymous... wherever you are, I don't think you have much to really worry about so long as you don't sell modchips. If people bring them to you and all you do is solder, you're fine. Sorta doesn't matter anymore though because of FCMB.
Originally Posted by lolnoob
PS2s aren't part of their services. I think he got burned w/ modchips on that so that's why we don't see it.
Anyway, domain wasn't hijacked or anything. Merced had the name for a long time, just didn't bother registering it so local competition snatched it up.
sorry had my bills and toms mixed up. fixed
Originally Posted by lolnoob
I was talking to Spedmetal up until August 12, 2007. He told me he was raided and they took his PC, all his modchips, copied games, consoles and the consoles he still needed to work on. He was really depressed and scared at the time, worried for his life, that they might of hacked into his PC, and constantly thinking of what they might do to him. I tried to help him rationalize it to better deal with it in a real way, but I think it was just too much for him to handle then. I haven't spoken to him since and really hope he's doing ok wherever he is. I just hope he didn't do something crazy, cause he sounded like his world was ending. I guess I would of probably felt the same if I was in his position, since he really didn't know what was going on or how to protect himself from it.
On a side note he stated to me a few times how he wanted to quit the modchip stuff for years, but I guess he couldn't for some reason. So yea, I really can't see how this could be him.
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anyways i've done business with both and can honestly say that 4ics.net does much better work and is more reliable than this new guy norcal.
Getting raided is not easy to handle for most people, when the ESA busted down my door, and threw my face into the glass showcase, and then held me down at gunpoint for hour, while they were searching the place, and drag me into a little green room with no phone, no food, no water for almost a day drilling me to spill the beans, and get me to cough up to more stuff, etc.
Originally Posted by ps2dragon
It is not easy for most humans to handle, but I personally did, with the help of a good long-time friend, a wonderful lawyer, and good strong woman that didn't get scared off by all the police, dogs, guns, etc.
And a very hard-knock past and life history that has given me a harden shell to other fellow human beings to make me tougher, wiser, and fast able to get back on my feet.
I feel for "Spedmetal" and can understand his pain, and don't know one way or another if he got back into modding, I know myself I did not, I got back into the video gaming business, but only with repairs and even that was not easy, with people following me afterwards, and throwing bricks thru my windows, and down right nasty phonecalls and customers demanding to have stuff modded and claiming I am liar, and calling me even name in the book.
I am sure whoever is using "Spedmetal" name is not him, and just someone trying to take over his good name and get the business he had, because I had the something happen to me, other people in the business, copying my older website word for work, even taking my original ads, and just changing the location and phone number.
when were you raided? you created maximus fw for 360. ESA seems pretty dormant these days.
clearing stuff up
clearing stuff up –
i have read all the posts here and on xboxscene and want to clear stuff up.
1. yes i know spedmetal
2. i am not spedmetal
3. he does do some work for me mainly ps2 stuff, that was never my specialty
4. merced mods and norcalmods (spedmetal) did not team up, but i am using the name with his permission. this actually happened when i told him that this retard real name (noel) from 4cs.net aka icspwnz on xboxscene stole the name i was using (mercedmods) i guess spedmetal just felt my pain i guess.
5. i did make a fake 4-ics.net site suggested by spedmetal to show him how it feels
6. the pic on my site of the d2c is spedmetals work, which i had done for my self. ive always been a fan of his work
7. 4ics.net sends hella bad feedback on me and trashes my site and adds he pretends hes a customer and says i broke his xbox, stole parts, or just stole his xbox. check out these links to see what im talking about
im posting as 4ics and mercedmods and the real 4ics is icspwnz and dharrison
now why the hell would this guy bring me xbox after xbox after xbox if i broke it stole it and was a crook. now this is not the only site he bashes me on. this happens on google, yahoo, craigslist, xboxscene, theamxecuter and all the other sites. now tell me that this wouldnt piss you off. i have been modding in merced for 6 years now and at one point i was the only one doing mods here. i had no competition but the only way this guy can do it is to trash the competition.
Pay this guy (icspwnz aka Noel) no attention. Clarify your identity and his on your "about us" section so there is no confusion. Direct all past and new customers to your X-S thread to comment when you finish their work. That's all you have to do. Talk to the admins to tell them whats going on and they'll prevent him from hijacking your thread. He'll get his one day
Thanks for clarifying, maybe you could convince spedmetal to pop in and say hello....we miss him and would like to hear hows he is doing. He has friends here and were only concerned for his well being and that he is doing ok.
Originally Posted by norcalmods.net
Im sure what you say is true, not that we wouldnt believe you, but we know spedmetal and it would mean a lot to us to hear from him.
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Also, using norcalmods as a name has it's pluses and minuses. Ensure you get details from spedmetal on what actually went down with him and if it's really safe to be operating under that name