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by Draal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1084
Views: 26923

Re: Something's different...

I've read all of the criticism surrounding the front page and don't want to add another "me me me" post, but why is it displaying the same stories in the same view, in all three columns? And how or why is this design more "mobile friendly" when I have to "request desktop sit...
by Draal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1084
Views: 26923

Re: Something's different...

DrFish - have you spoken or communicated with the new owners in some capacity? And if you are able to tell us, what was the internal announcement of the hand off like? From this thread, it sounds like there was no internal announcement. They knew it was coming, but the timing was a complete surpris...
by Draal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1084
Views: 26923

Re: Something's different...

DrFish, when you mentioned that 'forums are SEO gold', is that because they are an advertisers data mining wet dream? Are the forum posts something to sell in the way Facebook sells its subscribers? Quite literally the two links you'll want to read to understand their "perspective" are: h...
by Draal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1084
Views: 26923

Re: Something's different...

DrFish - have you spoken or communicated with the new owners in some capacity? And if you are able to tell us, what was the internal announcement of the hand off like?
by Draal
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1084
Views: 26923

Re: Something's different...

Pretty shocking all said and done and I literally checked the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st. After [H]ardOCP closed up shop and (even before when they laid off their one other writer with what, two weeks severance and zero notice?) Dr.Fish bluntly outlined the state the site was in, I kn...
by Draal
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Outputting directory and file structure to a text file?
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Outputting directory and file structure to a text file?

Howdy, I'm in the process of re-organizing about 4 TB of files on two external drives and wanted to take a "snap shot" of the file and directory structure before I begin shifting files around. As this isn't explicitly copying the files themselves (instead I'd just like an output so I know ...
by Draal
Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Moving from desktop to laptop - performance?
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: Moving from desktop to laptop - performance?

However, it would be much less expensive to get that same performance in a small desktop PC. Isn't the premium for a comparable latop vs. desktop system in the same performance range, about 1.5x the cost or higher? Performance wise, I have the same CPU in my desktop that your friend is packing and ...
by Draal
Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Inexpensive Laptop with Dual Hard Drives?
Replies: 27
Views: 5019

Re: Inexpensive Laptop with Dual Hard Drives?

I understand the clutter ratio and the fact that they are looking for a desktop replacement, but this sounds as if a bit more complex desktop system paired with an inexpensive laptop and NAS of some kind, would be a much better replacement than a somewhat pricey and exotic, dual hard drive laptop sy...
by Draal
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Inexpensive Laptop with Dual Hard Drives?
Replies: 27
Views: 5019

Re: Inexpensive Laptop with Dual Hard Drives?

Skrying wrote:
If this person isn't worried about performance and this laptop will spend the majority of its life on the desk... why the SSD?


Why the laptop?
by Draal
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Enter our MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti giveaway here
Replies: 1004
Views: 26092

Re: Enter our MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti giveaway here

Thank you for entering me: thankfully number of entries isn't based on post count.
by Draal
Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 Collectors Edition: $100
Replies: 22
Views: 3785

Re: Starcraft 2 Collectors Edition: $100

They stand to make a lot of money if they can convince people to buy the collector's edition for each game in the three part series. I wonder if this is a "limited edition" thing like the collector's edition of Halo 3 was. I think I just recently saw it on sale for the price of the normal...
by Draal
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ebay seller sues over negative feedback.
Replies: 12
Views: 1371

Re: Ebay seller sues over negative feedback.

Isn't the point of leaving feedback to describe the experience with the seller and their merchandise? The tiring thing is that eBay already has mechanisms in place (and usually weighed in favor of the seller) to respond and argue about such criticism. Amusing thought - has anyone been taken to court...
by Draal
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: 24 inch gaming monitor
Replies: 9
Views: 2206

Re: 24 inch gaming monitor

Based solely on second hand information, I'd suggest the Samsung 2233RZ. 120 HZ (which appears to be more than just a marketing gimmick), 22 inch (a little under) and it runs about $330. Of course don't take my word for it, but TFTCentral uses it as their new reference monitor (they even compare it ...
by Draal
Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Where is Zelda for PC?
Replies: 47
Views: 4580

Re: Where is Zelda for PC?

Oops... When I said Blood Omen 2, I meant "Soul Reaver" which is a true PC clone of Zelda 64.

Aside from that, I think we've established that Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, and maybe Soul Reaver are perhaps the better PC zelda clones.
by Draal
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Where is Zelda for PC?
Replies: 47
Views: 4580

Re: Where is Zelda for PC?

Also, Blood Omen 1 is awesome just to play and listen to how Simon Templeman narrates stuff, but the action is sloooooooooooooow. And getting it to run on a modern PC is like trying to have a snowball fight in Hawaii. If you had a PS3 you can get it on PSN, but the loading times of the PSX version ...
by Draal
Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Where is Zelda for PC?
Replies: 47
Views: 4580

Re: Where is Zelda for PC?

Ugh? Zelda for PC?

The first and second games in the Blood Omen series had a vibe similiar (I mean gameplay/general story devices (not plot) as The Link To The Past and Zelda 64.

Closest thing I've found anyway...
by Draal
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: All Certs and No experience - Questions on Tech Jobs
Replies: 9
Views: 865

All Certs and No experience - Questions on Tech Jobs

Hello, I find myself in a rather interesting position; I've attained the Comptia A+ and N+ certificates and am currently working on the CCNA and plan on either getting the associates of CISSP or SSCP with a desire to become a system administrator of some kind. The dilemma I guess is obvious; I have ...
by Draal
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: DX10 Obituary
Replies: 78
Views: 4112

Re: DX10 Obituary

Were there any other games that supported one off tricks on specific pieces of hardware? All the earlier GLIDE 3dfx games. GLIDE was an API, wasn't it? And it was part of an entire hardware lineup that spanned multiple generations... Wasn't really a one off, but I just find it interesting that ther...
by Draal
Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: DX10 Obituary
Replies: 78
Views: 4112

Re: DX10 Obituary

The DX8-era Wolfenstein had support for TruForm for initially, but it was eventually turned off in later patches. Dungeon Keeper 2 springs to mind as one of the earlier games to have the novelty of supporting bump mapping. The only card to support it at the time was the only Matrox G400 though, and...
by Draal
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Positive Playstation 3 Talk and Q/A
Replies: 2206
Views: 251875

Re: Positive Playstation 3 Talk and Q/A

Has anyone out here used their PS3 controllers to play games on their PC? Tempted to try this out as my hands feel more comfortable on the PS3 remote than the Xbox 360 (the squishy movement pad also creates issues for long term play when using an emulator), but I've heard conflicting reports of comp...
by Draal
Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Connection to a https site returns an error...
Replies: 0
Views: 726

Connection to a https site returns an error...

Hello, Trying to connect to a https site such as https://www.meebo.com/ returns a page that states... The connection was interrupted The connection to http://www.meebo.com was interrupted while the page was loading. * The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments....
by Draal
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic the gathering, Dungeons and Dragons
Replies: 12
Views: 1630

Re: Magic the gathering, Dungeons and Dragons

Yes, well... I'm trying to go pre-med (this means biology) but I am also taking physics as a minor....

Once again, I have absolutely no idea what this means... Techreport; PLEASE JUDGE ME!
by Draal
Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic the gathering, Dungeons and Dragons
Replies: 12
Views: 1630

Re: Magic the gathering, Dungeons and Dragons

Erm... What if you play both?
by Draal
Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Please assist with my computer lab...
Replies: 3
Views: 1268

Re: Please assist with my computer lab...

The point of the lab was for me to create a "clean room" environment (in this case, a VM running XP with a working connection) to install and infect the system, follow through with whatever process they ask for, then disinfect the system. What I need to find is a random ransome-ware "...
by Draal
Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Please assist with my computer lab...
Replies: 3
Views: 1268

Please assist with my computer lab...

Hello, Taking a "computer repair course" and am trying to duplicate the situation a laptop that was brought in for repair; it had the WinPolice Pro Virus/malware, and I am trying to find it so I may infect, then repair a lab computer. The issue is this; I cannot find a site that actually c...
by Draal
Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Batch file renaming?
Replies: 11
Views: 6886

Batch file renaming?

Hello,

Have forty groups of ten files that need to have a suffix added to them (Disc 1, Disc 2, etc) and while I can manually change the file name, I was wondering if there was a utility or command in windows that lets you select and rename groups of files?

Thank you,

Draal
by Draal
Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Transcribing an audio file to text?
Replies: 14
Views: 4751

Transcribing an audio file to text?

Hello, I've been asked to manually transcribe around 75 hours of audio seminars and of course, being the geek that I am, my first thought was to automate the process. In trying to find a solution, I've stumbled across a few pieces of very absurd, outdated, and mysterious software packages, the most ...
by Draal
Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:15 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Street Fighter IV
Replies: 81
Views: 11445

Re: Street Fighter IV

So I played in the tournament today. I won my first fight, but lost my second. But, again, I think that I would have fared a whole lot better had I been using a FightPad, FightStick, or been able to change my buttons. And, once again, the D-pad on the 360 is terrible for 2D fighters. I can't stand ...
by Draal
Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Video chipset feature shell game
Replies: 3
Views: 1698

Re: Video chipset feature shell game

The answer is, oddly enough, found on Wikipedia. A few direct links... Nvidia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_9_Series#GeForce_9M_Series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_200_series ATI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_ATI_Graphics_Processing_Units Navigate to series numbers as req...
by Draal
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Doom 3 performance issue
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Doom 3 performance issue

Do other OpenGL games work or is it Doom 3 specific? A few cards (namely, the intergrated radeons present in some laptops) have been known to have horrible OpenGL performance. The OS is also important because out of the box (and even after a driver install) Vista has issues with running OpenGL, as o...
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