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by Skrying
Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: When you're desperate for a product idea...
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: When you're desperate for a product idea...

Names are important. From a linguistic sense, one of the reasons we name things is so that we can group similar things together. If a name like "cloud" is so poorly defined so as to be useless for this purpose, then the name offers no real informational value. If I hold up a pencil and in...
by Skrying
Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: When you're desperate for a product idea...
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: When you're desperate for a product idea...

I may be putting words in his mouth here, but I think he's saying that "cloud" implies that if your own 'net connection is down, you can still get at your data from somewhere else on the 'net. The "single point of failure" concern is a valid one too. We don't even know the forma...
by Skrying
Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: When you're desperate for a product idea...
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: When you're desperate for a product idea...

just brew it! wrote:
I think he meant you could go somewhere else (like say to a pubic WiFi hotspot) and access it.


And the remote access features listed in the specs page you posted wouldn't fall under that? Again, I'm really confused what the issue is here.
by Skrying
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: When you're desperate for a product idea...
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: When you're desperate for a product idea...

If it's priced fair for the features it offers it doesn't really matter how they brand it. That said, it is kind of implied with "Cloud" that you can still access it if your network goes down. Unless you have redundant internet connections in your home, this does not qualify. I'm not sure...
by Skrying
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: When you're desperate for a product idea...
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: When you're desperate for a product idea...

I'm confused about what's so offensive about this device other than the naming and I find it very hard to get upset about a company using the term "cloud" liberally when everyone does that already. If Dropbox and the like is considered a "cloud" service then why would having such...
by Skrying
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Best cooling system
Replies: 12
Views: 2249

Re: Best cooling system

You'd be much better off putting money into a faster processor than spending more than $30 on a heatsink solution. You can get excellent overclocking results from reasonably priced tower heatsinks these days, higher end solutions are wasteful unless you're already buying high end gear (and even then...
by Skrying
Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: College Needs/Wants
Replies: 18
Views: 1890

Re: College Needs/Wants

Personally, I wouldn't buy any of those laptops if you plan on using them often. They're all too heavy in my opinion. Ideally I like a laptop that weighs under 4lbs if you plan on having it with you all day, every day. By itself the laptop isn't much in a back pack, but with books and other things y...
by Skrying
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Must have Android apps
Replies: 37
Views: 6881

Re: Must have Android apps

I finally cracked and bought Blast On's Player Pro last night. It's the best music player I've tried in the market and the stock Music app on my Atrix 4G is AWFUL and was some how made even worse (much worse actually) with the 2.3 update.
by Skrying
Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: The time has come. *update*
Replies: 21
Views: 1038

Re: The time has come.

Out of curiosity, are you dead-set on that PSU? It's listed at $120 on Newegg, but I know that you can find similarly priced units from higher quality brands and with greater efficiency ratings. From a cursory search I found the following: Thermaltake 850W with 80PlusBronze certification http://www...
by Skrying
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: The time has come. *update*
Replies: 21
Views: 1038

Re: The time has come.

You should verify that the motherboard you're buying won't have any issues with your heatsink. That is, when I had my mITX rig the CPU socket was close to the PCIe x16 slot. Larger blow-down style coolers would extend out far enough from the CPU socket that they would block the expansion slot. In my...
by Skrying
Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: My thoughts on the 775 push pin cooler
Replies: 19
Views: 4049

Re: My thoughts on the 775 push pin cooler

morphine wrote:
It's for backward compatibility sake. I do wholly agree with you, though.


They managed to include both an AC97 and HD Audio connector.
by Skrying
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: My thoughts on the 775 push pin cooler
Replies: 19
Views: 4049

Re: My thoughts on the 775 push pin cooler

Both mounting mechanisms suck to be honest. The push pins are obviously horrible on your first go around, but I didn't think they were that big of a deal. You just have to pay attention, maybe even try glancing at the instructions for the recommendation technique. AMD still not using a square design...
by Skrying
Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: TR Tanks - World of Warcraft
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: TR Tanks - World of Warcraft

I stopped playing shortly after Cata made everything a joke. I grew out of it I guess. Also the constant PvP buff this, no wait nerf it, no wait buff it! approach was awful. I quit the game and wiped my phone thus losing the authentication and any way of playing it again. About 15 minutes on the ph...
by Skrying
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Internet Speed
Replies: 156
Views: 41280

Re: Internet Speed

I have a 3Mbit connection. About the only time I feel the desire for a faster connection is when I buy something on Steam. Otherwise I can't really recall when my normal usage would benefit from paying $30 more a month for a 15Mbit connection. I'm more jealous of the guys posting from across the pon...
by Skrying
Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I got a chromebook
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: I got a chromebook

$450 buys you a HP dm1z.
by Skrying
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Back to School Deal Dilemma
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: Back to School Deal Dilemma

Buy a laptop with the best touchpad you can find, everything else is noise as long as the performance satisfies your needs. The best one I've ever used is on the MacBooks and its by a far margin, but I can't stand OSX. If you can that would be my recommendation.
by Skrying
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Smartphone fatigue
Replies: 36
Views: 3306

Re: Smartphone fatigue

There is no trade off with owning a smartphone other than cost. If you don't want to be reached; turn it off. You still have it in case of emergency. If you don't want to be constantly infiltrated with status updates and tweets then simply remove those applications from your smartphones notification...
by Skrying
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Smartphone fatigue
Replies: 36
Views: 3306

Re: Smartphone fatigue

Nope. Then again I've never owned a smart phone. Or a cell phone for that matter. I've never had a facebook account, or twitter, or my space. My land line doesn't have call display. I have no answering machine. And you know what? It's great. You're in a lucky position if you have a job that doesn't...
by Skrying
Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EA buys PopCap
Replies: 46
Views: 4008

Re: EA buys PopCap

I think his point was that publishers consistently take part in anti-consumer behavior and that's what "causes" piracy, not that DLC specifically has been the cause. I know he's crazy, but I think you guys have twisted his intentions a bit.
by Skrying
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Connect two ethernet cables together
Replies: 10
Views: 5102

Re: Connect two ethernet cables together

If you're buying online then I'd recommend saving a little and buying from Monoprice: http://www.monoprice.com/products/searc ... er&x=0&y=0
by Skrying
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Midrange discrete laptop graphics
Replies: 10
Views: 1123

Re: Midrange discrete laptop graphics

The XPS 15z is likely never going to be available with a chip as powerful as the 560M. That would likely require a modification of the thermal design Dell wouldn't be willing to do until a major series refresh. HP offers several AMD graphics solutions up to the HD6770M, which are not as fast as the ...
by Skrying
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Ubuntu now has malware
Replies: 28
Views: 6386

Re: Ubuntu now has malware

bdwilcox wrote:
So that means you volunteer to go through the Zeitgeist code line by line to see if it's doing anything shady, including all future versions? Wow! Thanks!


I'm not the paranoid one. But if you are paranoid then you're more than welcome to go see if it was justified.
by Skrying
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Ubuntu now has malware
Replies: 28
Views: 6386

Re: Ubuntu now has malware

What's even crazier about this thread is we're talking about open source software...
by Skrying
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Ubuntu now has malware
Replies: 28
Views: 6386

Re: Ubuntu now has malware

Turning off information tracking in a browser does limit it's functionality. How else are features supposed to work if you disable significant portions of code that make them possible? If you think the features are worth the potential consequences of their nature (as is the nature of Zeitgeist and r...
by Skrying
Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: xbox 360 I am dissapoint
Replies: 97
Views: 6870

Re: xbox 360 I am dissapoint

Probably uses refurbished hard drives. Personally considering those reviews I would go for it. That's a low enough price and even if the hard drive does fail the enclosure is worth it alone.
by Skrying
Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Come at me Microsoft
Replies: 56
Views: 14781

Re: Come at me Microsoft

Windows is far more stable in my experience than any distro of Linux I've tried. It's not even close to be honest. I tried running Ubuntu but at the end of the day I needed too many of the new features and all of those are ridiculously unstable.
by Skrying
Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: USB or PCI?
Replies: 7
Views: 1595

Re: USB or PCI?

I've personally had better luck with USB adapters than PCI or PCIe solutions. Either way, I'd say buy based on the reviews of each product and not just limit yourself by connection type right away.
by Skrying
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: xbox 360 I am dissapoint
Replies: 97
Views: 6870

Re: xbox 360 I am dissapoint

The 4 Gig X360 is a freaking joke, and no sane person should ever buy one. On the contrary -- it's not glossy, and you can hack your own harddrive on the cheap with very little effort. But most important; it's not glossy . :) Um, the 4 gig and 250 gig models look exactly the same. They look the sam...
by Skrying
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 7 Font Size
Replies: 0
Views: 706

Windows 7 Font Size

I was playing around with the Windows 7 DPI setting and adjusted the size to the 125% setting, when I moved the setting back to 100% and opened up Chrome I immediately noticed that the bookmark bar and tab titles were smaller than they had been previously. This appears to be system wide as right cli...
by Skrying
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: xbox 360 I am dissapoint
Replies: 97
Views: 6870

Re: xbox 360 I am dissapoint

What category does a game like Mincraft fall in to? How about Quake Live?
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