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by Stripe7
Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Im gonna get beat up
Replies: 65
Views: 7334

If the guy cannot keep his girl without beating up on the competition he does not deserve her. She has free will and she is not a possession. Beating you up does not mean he gets to keep her. If he thinks that way he is not too far from beating up spouses/gf's as well. That behaviour merits a 911 ca...
by Stripe7
Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:54 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: One gripe about ATi
Replies: 15
Views: 9805

I used to switch between ATI and nVidia until a few years ago. I am now firmly in nVidia's camp and have been for the last 2-3 years. The only reason being nVidia's support of stereoscopic displays. I hardly use it these days but every once in a while when a new game comes out I use it on my 3D disp...
by Stripe7
Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: PC game advertised on T.V.
Replies: 10
Views: 1091

AOE 3 sucks, get Civ4 instead. Orders of magnitude better
by Stripe7
Tue Oct 25, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's the last good movie you saw?
Replies: 199
Views: 55945

Serenity followed by Batman Begins, only 2 worthwhile movies to come out this year.
by Stripe7
Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Looks like Blu-Ray is winning...
Replies: 31
Views: 7943

People collect things, for whatever reason that makes sense to them. Think of the guys collecting comics, plastic toys, food, body parts etc..
by Stripe7
Mon Oct 24, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A little unbalanced
Replies: 23
Views: 1515

I had a similar thing happen, paid in full via CC at the doctors then get a note for the entire amount from a collections agency, checked CC bill to find the amount deducted from my CC? WTF? Call the doctor, they reimburse the CC! and bill me the amount again! Call them up going WTF? Tell them to ch...
by Stripe7
Mon Oct 24, 2005 3:34 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Why is Firefox so great?
Replies: 32
Views: 2355

Security aside, although I do use tabbed browsing on occasion, being able to block ads is my primary reason for using firefox. I prefer my applications not be intergrated into the OS. None of this integrated bloatware that M$ likes. I find it rediculous that IE is required for windows to work. It is...
by Stripe7
Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: What is on your USB flash drive?
Replies: 26
Views: 3883

I keep manuals and a terminal emulator on mine.
by Stripe7
Sun Oct 16, 2005 2:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cable TV, HDTV, etc just me rambling on
Replies: 19
Views: 3295

I get internet off cable. I am a movie junkie. I get digital cable and HDTV off the air and off cable. HBO, Showtime, Starz in HDTV. I have about a thousand DVD's and watch it all on a plasma screen (480p, it was one of the first models out) I probably will get a new TV soon. Waiting for the FED TV'...
by Stripe7
Sat Oct 15, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bird Flu just a scare.
Replies: 12
Views: 809

I thought most flu's came from pigs not birds with the 1918 flu epidemic being one of the rare avian flu's that went person to person.
by Stripe7
Sat Oct 15, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Need a good wireless cable modem
Replies: 7
Views: 921

I prefer seperate units. Since I have had to switch out several cable modems due to failure and upgraded my wireless network a few times both at different times.
by Stripe7
Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Battlestar Galactica Season 2
Replies: 37
Views: 5296

season 2 will finish broadcasting in Jan, we only got the first 1/2 of season 2.
by Stripe7
Sun Oct 02, 2005 11:39 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Anyone Notice ?
Replies: 23
Views: 3121

One thing I have found rediculous is all the "fast" LCD monitors with only 1280x1024 resolution. What is the point of a 19" monitor at that resolution? I play my games at 1920x1200 resolution or 1600x1200. If I get an SLI rig it will be for going to 2560x1600 resolution gaming.
by Stripe7
Sun Oct 02, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4342
Views: 680197

Fans of my PC. Crunch of Ritz crackers as I chew. wind thru the trees, distant sound of cars. Low flying private prop plane
by Stripe7
Wed Sep 28, 2005 2:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: SLI or Cross Fire?
Replies: 14
Views: 949

I am stuck with nVidia. I have a $7K 3D display that only works with nVidia stereoscopic drivers. Playing NWN & DSII was awsome on it. Probably order a OMEN system from VoodooPC and an Apple 30" monitor soon. I think I will get it in spite of my reservations about Vista and its built in DRM.
by Stripe7
Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: those huge crystals
Replies: 24
Views: 3635

How long before the guys growing the synthetic diamonds for electronics get crystals of that size and what would it be worth?
by Stripe7
Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World Of Warcraft
Replies: 6792
Views: 1253793

http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5467&

http://wowaids.ytmnd.com/

Seems a plague is wiping out people left and right in one instance of WoW.
by Stripe7
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:25 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Installation Guide?
Replies: 11
Views: 1454

Usually a good idea to split your data from your windows installation. Changing the "My Documents" to link to another drive is a must. Note however that a lot of the settings for your applications are stored in your "Documents and Settings" folder. Losing your "Root" drive will still result in the l...
by Stripe7
Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Art - Can It Be Achieved Through Practice?
Replies: 16
Views: 3485

Its a question of love and dedication. A artist sees things differently, always looking at things and seeing what others do not. They take apart what they see/hear and put it back together in their minds and then try to reproduce that in their art. If growing up, you were facinated by music, you spe...
by Stripe7
Mon Sep 05, 2005 3:32 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows Vista System Requirements - whatever that means
Replies: 30
Views: 6014

I would say I am not an early adopter of M$ os versions. From what I read my original budget of $10k on a new computer system and 30" monitor, for both watching movies and playing games is no longer feasible. I will probably dump my 42" plasma for a 45" LCD get an upscaler and forget about a PC upgr...
by Stripe7
Thu Sep 01, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Woman vs spiders
Replies: 12
Views: 949

LOL! Reminds me of when I was 13 or so. My father told me to get rid of a large trail of ants alongside the roof of our house. I did not have any insecticide, so I built a flame thrower that shot a 20 ft stream of flame. I was going to use it on the trail of ants but my father stopped me after he sa...
by Stripe7
Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Game Crashing, Power Problem?
Replies: 23
Views: 2599

Try underclocking your card. If that fixes the problem, its probably heat related.
by Stripe7
Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Things to do in the Bay Area?
Replies: 32
Views: 2885

I have been to the converted IU's. There is a big difference between the original FRY's and the IU's.
by Stripe7
Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Things to do in the Bay Area?
Replies: 32
Views: 2885

Oh, one thing to note. You cannot be in the Silicon Valley and not go to Fry's Electronics! The adult version of Toys R Us
by Stripe7
Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:44 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New PC dilemma :S
Replies: 16
Views: 4857

I have been debating about buying a new system myself for the last couple of months. I was interested in going all out with a 30" Apple monitor, THX sound system etc.. About US$10K budget for the entire system. Total entertainment system for HiDef movies and gaming. Since I heard about M$ Vista's CR...
by Stripe7
Tue Aug 09, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Things to do in the Bay Area?
Replies: 32
Views: 2885

For food; Straits Cafe, Burlingame or SF. There is one in Palo Alto and San Jose but they are not as good. Bannana leaf in Milpitas if you hop on over there. 3300 Geary Blvd, SF 1100 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame 3292 El Camino, Palo Alto 333 Santana Row, San Jose If you like steaks, Izzy's is a great ...
by Stripe7
Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Vista's graphics support got your goat?
Replies: 33
Views: 4943

You will need all new hardware, both GFX card and Monitor. M$ Vista requires HDCP compatible cards and monitors.
by Stripe7
Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Windows Vista DRM
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Windows Vista DRM

I have been pricing a new computer system, I have not replaced my computer in 2+ years, where before I had been getting a new one every 9 months or so. However given what I have been reading about the DRM in the Microsoft Vista, I am debating about putting off my purchases for another year or two. A...
by Stripe7
Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guild Wars God Weapons
Replies: 102
Views: 17932

Max damage for Staff is 22. Staff add-on's for +22 health and +5 Armor are pretty good. I do not think I have see higher than +5 Armor. I have about a dozen major Runes, one superior and about a dozen gold weapons sitting on one of my characters. I ran /age and it said I had played about 600 hours t...
by Stripe7
Fri Jun 10, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Robert Jordan=hack
Replies: 33
Views: 7272

Yup, gave up on the series a few years ago. The first book was awsome. It should have ended in book 3 or 4. Dragging it out so far has only diluted the whole series.
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