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by anand
Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:22 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Rec. for a cheap (< $500) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 3630

Well, I ended up getting one of the Gateways :) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834101087 I will miss that extra 1 yr. of warranty I would have had with the Compaq but with the Compaq, I'd have to wait until at least Oct. 10th before they could ship it out and that's cutting it...
by anand
Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Rec. for a cheap (< $500) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 3630

I've been reading up on Istanbul and reading about the various tourist scams. Seems like the big one is where a group of guys will try to convince you to have a drink with them... at a bar of their choosing... and end up hitting you with a huge bill and threatening you until you pay up. Thanks for t...
by anand
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Rec. for a cheap (< $500) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 3630

One more question... are most laptop power supplies capable of handling 220V? I know I'll need a plug adapter but are the units capable of handling it? Just wondering if I should invest in a 220V->110V transformer or if a plug adapter is sufficient.
by anand
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Rec. for a cheap (< $500) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 3630

That is good advice re: the memory. In the case of the Compaq, I can save $10 by specing it out for 512MB instead of 1GB. Then put that $10 towards 2 1GB sticks of RAM (~$65 at Newegg). I will be there for 3 weeks so I'll have 2 full weekends to look around. Hopefully I can con one of the people I a...
by anand
Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Rec. for a cheap (< $500) laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 3630

Rec. for a cheap (< $500) laptop

I'm going on a business trip to Istanbul for a few weeks and am looking for a cheap laptop to use in my hotel and on the plane. My main uses will be web surfing, playing DVDs, and general productivity apps (OpenOffice, etc.). Ability to play the latest games is not that important though I might play...
by anand
Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: How come we don't use avatars?
Replies: 20
Views: 2146

There is a phpBB mod to allow each user to turn on and off avatars and signatures. I've got it on my forum and it works pretty well. I also saw a mod that would use Javascript to enforce avatar size limits, even for non-locally hosted avatars. IMO I think avatars are far less annoying than signature...
by anand
Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: RIP: Kerio Personal Firewall
Replies: 11
Views: 1872

I used to use KPF heavily as well. I actually preferred it's predecessor, the free version of Tiny Personal Firewall, more but KPF wasn't too bad a replacement.

Right now I use the SP2 firewall combined with a broadband router. I don't do anything exotic and this fits my needs for now.
by anand
Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone using a ThermalTake Big Water cooling system?
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

You're right, there is a place for a 120mm fan there. However, there isn't enough clearance around the hole for the radiator (the recessed portion for the expansion slots interferes). A completely external solution like yours should decreases temps in the case a little bit too, so that's always a bo...
by anand
Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone using a ThermalTake Big Water cooling system?
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

Thanks. I'm thinking of going completely external as well as I don't think I want to spend the money for a new case. Probably won't go quite as far as you did though :)
by anand
Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Anyone using a ThermalTake Big Water cooling system?
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

Anyone using a ThermalTake Big Water cooling system?

If so, what case are you guys using? I have an Antec Sonata and there isn't room to mount the radiator inside the case. I tried doing it outside the case but couldn't route the hoses from the back to inside the case without kinking them (unless I made them really long but then that required too much...
by anand
Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Id3 tag reapair software
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

I'm a fan of mp3tag for mass editing tags:

http://www.mp3tag.de/en/

Foobar2000 also has pretty decent tag editing capabilities but it's a little clumsy compared to dedicated tools.
by anand
Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Best fuel mileage?
Replies: 37
Views: 7052

I bought this car first: 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero (with a few mods) = ~20 MPG on premium Then bought this car later on as fuel prices started to creep up for really cheap off Craigslist :lol:: 1994 Mazda Protege DX = ~33 MPG on regular The Protege is for commuting back and forth from work and the Saab is...
by anand
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to view a registry file?
Replies: 6
Views: 1557

Ah cool, that works. Thanks z-man. I got confused because those two menu items were greyed out on me (since I didn't select HKLM or HKU).
by anand
Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:57 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to view a registry file?
Replies: 6
Views: 1557

Regedit can only view and export from the registry of the active Windows installation. It can't open "offline" registry files from another installation. There is an "Import" option but that can only import the entire .DAT file and overwrite everything that is there already which doesn't sound like a...
by anand
Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: How to view a registry file?
Replies: 6
Views: 1557

How to view a registry file?

Anyone know of a free registry program that can open registry .DAT files directly (for example to view the registry information for a Windows installation on a different drive) to view them and export data out of them? The standard regedit.exe does not have this capability. I'm trying to pull out so...
by anand
Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Vodka recipe
Replies: 49
Views: 4562

I've heard pouring cheap vodka through a Brita (or similar) pitcher can improve its taste tremendously. If you have a Brita pitcher, might be worth a shot.
by anand
Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:08 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your Favorite Final Fantasy Game?
Replies: 17
Views: 2387

I've only played 2, 7, and 8 so my experience is limited, by out of those I like 7 the best. The whole junction system in 8 was too complicated and poorly explained in the game. Maybe the manual explained it more but the used copy I bought didn't have one. On the other hand, the materia system in 7 ...
by anand
Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: on-line language
Replies: 45
Views: 6003

LOL, pretty interesting that curse words in URLs do not get censored for display. I smell a new hole past the censors... Did I really just say "I smell a new hole" in a thread dedicated to vulgarity? Dsmn!
by anand
Fri Aug 12, 2005 1:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's the gas-price in your area?
Replies: 250
Views: 55101

I filled up after work today for $2.59 (for premium). Regular was $2.39 at all three gas stations at the intersection near my apartment.
by anand
Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:18 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Avast vs AVG? which one
Replies: 20
Views: 4325

You can still get AVG for free: http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1 I think there's been some confusion because a while back AVG announced they were cancelling AVG Free 6.x. Which they did... because AVG Free 7.x was around the corner :D They probably could have worded that press release a little better s...
by anand
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Avast vs AVG? which one
Replies: 20
Views: 4325

I've had AVG installed for around 6 months now and no complaints or problems. I tried AVAST on another partition when I tried out XP64 and seems to a little friendlier interface but that's not a big deal for me as I consider antivirus programs to be something I load up once and never have to look at...
by anand
Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Automated, off-site, backups
Replies: 4
Views: 1870

I use this script for my backups: http://ribs-backup.org/ Basically a wrapper for rsync+ssh for doing stuff like incrementally backups, etc. It can also be set up you email you a complete log file each time it runs. It's nothing you can't code up yourself easily but it can save you a little time :D
by anand
Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:51 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Automatic resize of taskbar buttons
Replies: 0
Views: 642

Automatic resize of taskbar buttons

I've been seeing this on Windows 2000. I can't remember if my XP machine at home has this behaviour since I'm rarely running enough programs to see it. Anyway, if I open several windows (enough that the task bar buttons are reduced to just the icon, one letter, and a "...") and then close a few of t...
by anand
Wed Jun 15, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Dynamic DNS Software
Replies: 7
Views: 1380

I used this script before I got a router that could do it for me: http://a.domaindlx.com/GreatPumpkinator/dyndns.html All of the other clients I tried out wanted to stay resident in memory which I didn't like since generally the only time my IP changes is when I have the computer off for a while so ...
by anand
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Killer or Programmer
Replies: 33
Views: 5922

3/10. I am teh suck!
by anand
Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD's X2 Faulty Multitasking, Over At Toms.
Replies: 93
Views: 18285

I believe the DivX times are encoding the video in a loop, which is how they could get 470 minutes. Same thing with the LAME and RAR tests. They compress the same CD and software each time and count how many total cycles could be performed within the alloted time. For the Bond DVD, assuming 90 minut...
by anand
Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:01 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ford GT
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

There's actually a website set up dedicated to tracking the price of the GT:

http://www.fordgtprices.com/pages/9/index.htm

$230k is well above the norm at this point in time. Buy your GT somewhere else! :lol:
by anand
Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: UnitedGerbilNation Census
Replies: 229
Views: 210970

I've got one entry in UGN myself.
by anand
Sun May 29, 2005 1:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (The Finals/New Beginning)
Replies: 27
Views: 3237

Are we still weighing in on Sundays? If so I'm at 220 for a -2 :)
by anand
Fri May 27, 2005 10:41 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing thread
Replies: 2607
Views: 411334

The only way to trade karma for meat directly is by looking to see if there are meat based items in the stash (i.e. meat paste, meat stacks, etc.). You can trade those 1 for 1 since th autosell price of those is equal to their karma cost. If there are not any meat items in the stash though, you're o...
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