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by anand
Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 1)
Replies: 50
Views: 3353

I've managed to avoid grocery stores since Easter passed which is a good thing for the team. Cadbury Cream Eggs = Good. Cadbury Cream Eggs on clearance = Better :)
by anand
Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: AT&T Cell Phone
Replies: 7
Views: 2478

If it didn't work with the Cingular SIM card, you can easily unlock the phone to let it use it. You can purchase an unlock code here for $5 (Nokia phones only though I think): http://www.unlock123.com/ There is also freely available software to generate unlock codes for you. Barring that, it's not h...
by anand
Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: AT&T Cell Phone
Replies: 7
Views: 2478

Cingular uses both 850 and 1900MHz in different areas. It seems like Cingular uses 1900MHz in urban areas while 850MHz is used in more rural areas. If you're staying in or near a city though, a 1900 only phone shouldn't be a big problem.
by anand
Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Mitch Hedberg Dead at 37.
Replies: 14
Views: 1127

Might want to remove that howardstern.com link. That pic on the front page is definately NSFW :o Anyway, definately a big loss. I've been kicking myself for not seeing him when he came through Dallas last year. I just thought to myself "oh I'll just see him when he comes around again" :( I liked his...
by anand
Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Best Sub $100 Video Card For Photoshop?
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Matrox has announced PCI Express video cards. Didn't see them on Newegg or Pricewatch though so I guess they haven't hit the retail channel yet. But if 2D image quality is your #1 priority then Matrox is still probably the best choice. I don't know about the latest ATI and Nvidia GPUs but in the pas...
by anand
Wed Mar 30, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Integrated audio on gamer oriented motherboards... why?
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Integrated audio on gamer oriented motherboards... why?

I've been curious about this for a while... Almost every motherboard these days has integrated audio on it, and all of the integrated audio solutions on the market right now are CPU heavy compared to add on cards like Creative's Audigy series. Now, for lower end boards I see the attraction. I don't ...
by anand
Wed Mar 30, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 vs. 6 vs. 7
Replies: 7
Views: 898

7.0 is by far the most stable version I've used when it comes to Firefox. Enough so that I'm not afraid to keep the browser integration thing turned on. With the browser integration thing turned on, 5.0 worked half the time and 6.0 almost always caused Firefox to hang but 7.0 seems to just chug along.
by anand
Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:35 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Newsgroup provider?
Replies: 17
Views: 1894

I use Verizon's news server. They carry all the pr0n groups. What else do I need? :lol:

The speed seems to be capped at around 50-60KBps per connection which is a little annoying but I can deal with it considering it's 'free'.
by anand
Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:32 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 1)
Replies: 50
Views: 3353

This whole week hasn't been great for me as far as working out goes. Between going out of town, early morning appointments, and my mom coming in town to visit I've only been able to hit the gym twice this week. So don't expect any great losses from me this week. I'll be back to normal next week thou...
by anand
Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:38 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Parsing log files
Replies: 24
Views: 3630

There is alot of good stuff in Cygwin. You can get a full gcc development environment which is great for programming classes. I use 'wget' frequently which is a command line utility to download files from a URL. You can also install stuff like Perl, Python, etc. in it. It's a good way to get familia...
by anand
Tue Mar 29, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Parsing log files
Replies: 24
Views: 3630

You can try out Cygwin: http://www.cygwin.com/

Make sure grep is selected under the base category. It should be by default.

Then you can run C:\cygwin\bin\grep.exe ... to use the GNU grep program.
by anand
Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Parsing log files
Replies: 24
Views: 3630

That's a strange problem. Sounds like a bug in the copy of Grep you are using. I just tried the same test you tried on a big text file and the filesizes are comparable between the original file and the two new files. I am using GNU grep 2.5.
by anand
Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: 30,000 Calorie Sammich !!!
Replies: 25
Views: 3166

The oil shouldn't count. It looks like most of it went into the deep fryer and stayed in the deep fryer. McDonald's fries are bad you but you can't say they're 100000 calories just cause they're fried in 10 gallons of oil, can you? :)
by anand
Mon Mar 28, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I've got Action Jim's car for the week
Replies: 103
Views: 4698

Remove some of his spark plugs and then when he complains his car doesn't seem to be as powerful as it used to be just say it felt fine to you. You can also switch the wires on all of the controls. So pushing the window up button will make it go down and vice versa. Do the same for the blinkers! 8)
by anand
Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Metabolism Overclock Battle (MOB)?
Replies: 98
Views: 17242

You can count me in. I was around 260 at the start of the year. After going low carb and hitting the gym most mornings, I'm down to 231 as of this morning. My target for now is 200. So put me down as 231/200/31. Damn....looks like a bunch of overweight geeks who need to go on a diet :lol: ...turn of...
by anand
Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:15 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Getting A PSP?
Replies: 34
Views: 5851

I'm tossing around the idea of getting one but as an investment. I bet this things will be fetching a nice amount on eBay around Christmas :)
by anand
Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:22 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Linksys Ethernet Hub AC Adapter
Replies: 2
Views: 882

The end of the manual gives that info. This is what it says:

Power
EFAH05W v2 7.5VDC, 700mA
EFAH08W v2 3.3VDC, 3A
EFAH16W v2 3.3VDC, 3A
by anand
Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Hosting Web Pages
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Dynamic IPs aren't that big a liability. As you as your computer is up 24/7, it should retain the same IP address as long as you don't shut it down for an extended period of time. A dyndns.org address also helps because they have low TTLs so if your IP does change, the downtime should be minimal (as...
by anand
Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing thread
Replies: 2607
Views: 416225

Anyone tried out the KOLMafia client?

http://kolmafia.sourceforge.net/

It supports the mall and cocktailing (actually any item creation). Now I have no reason to load up KOL in my browser anymore :)
by anand
Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Bought an Audigy before the end of 2004? Creative owes u $$!
Replies: 5
Views: 1089

Nice. Too bad you can only use the certificates at Creative Lab's own online store where everything is at MSRP. Although if you take the inflated prices from their shop and knock 25% off it does save you a few bucks versus paying "street price" elsewhere.
by anand
Mon Mar 21, 2005 6:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DeLorean Dies
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

They're not that fast either. O-60 is in the 8 second range. Half the minivans and SUVs out now can outrun them :)

Of course, no one turns to look when you're driving a Odyssey :)
by anand
Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What will Verizon do if i download too much stuff?
Replies: 13
Views: 1329

Alright. now i don't have anything to be afraid of. By the way, i doubt it's possible to attain 20GB of upload bandwidth in one month, even if i do it 24/7. 128K up bandwidth stinks a LOT. You can max out at around 41GB a month with a 128Kbs upload during a 30 day month. You have to maxxing out you...
by anand
Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: University of Minneosta combats music piracy
Replies: 12
Views: 1345

At the amount of transfer I'm sure these guys go through, they probably pay out the nose for unmetered Internet hookups so bandwidth itself doesn't cost them anything.
by anand
Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: University of Minneosta combats music piracy
Replies: 12
Views: 1345

That actually doesn't sound that bad too me. I do most of my music listening on my computer so having to pay extra for downloads wouldn't be a big deal for me since I'd use the streaming service more often (assuming that player has decent playlist functionality). It costs $0.79 to pay for the right ...
by anand
Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DeLorean Dies
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

DeLorean's aren't exactly expensive. There are a couple on autotrader.com for $20k-$25k. No need to be a multimillionaire :)
by anand
Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Web Designing
Replies: 11
Views: 1344

If you want to learn HTML, XHTML, CSS, etc., this is a great site with some easy to follow tutorials:

http://www.w3schools.com/
by anand
Sat Mar 19, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What will Verizon do if i download too much stuff?
Replies: 13
Views: 1329

I've probably hit 10GB a month a few times and nothing has ever happened. I've never heard of Verizon hitting any DSL customers with excessive bandwidth usage.
by anand
Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: what do i do with my old drive?
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Might want to make sure the old drive has comparable performance to the new drive. If your new drive is an 8MB/7200RPM unit and the old one is a 2MB/5400RPM unit, you might be better off leaving the paging file on the new drive. Also you should try to put the two drives on different IDE controllers....
by anand
Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:36 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Which Next-Gen Consoles Are You Planning To Get?
Replies: 29
Views: 4067

Is the PS3 gonna maintain backwards compatability with the PS1 and PS2?
by anand
Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Why Dual LAN Jacks?
Replies: 5
Views: 951

One use for dual jacks is that you can use your machine as a firewall/router for your home network. One jack will get a public IP address and be connected to your Internet connection, the other jack will have a private IP address and be connected to your home network. Since you already have what sou...
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