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by anand
Wed May 25, 2005 11:43 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: use linux and windows in one pc
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Yes, you can use two different partitions, one for Linux and one for Windows. You will probably want to create three partitions actually. One for Linux, an NTFS one for Windows, and a FAT32 one for sharing files between the two OSes. You could of course use FAT32 for your Windows partition itself bu...
by anand
Tue May 24, 2005 5:29 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Windows Language?
Replies: 36
Views: 11221

.NET isn't really a language, it's a framework. There are ports of almost every popular language out there for the .NET framework: http://www.dotnetpowered.com/languages.aspx If there is already a language you are familiar with it might be a good idea to see if there is a .NET implementation and sta...
by anand
Tue May 24, 2005 5:16 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: A pic of all 3 consoles
Replies: 15
Views: 2316

Wonder how pricing of the downloadable access would work. I doubt it'd be completely free since some of the titles still have some life in them as Gameboy ports. I'm guessing a monthly fee or maybe a per title fee (with it being free or deeply discounted if you can prove you own a real cartridge). P...
by anand
Tue May 24, 2005 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (The Finals/New Beginning)
Replies: 27
Views: 3305

I'd love to keep going. Having to report in every week to you guys makes me stick to my diet a little more ;)
by anand
Mon May 23, 2005 5:10 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Console vs PC gaming
Replies: 40
Views: 6830

A big plus for consoles for me is that you can rent games. I haven't seen any PC game rental places. It sucks paying $50 for a game you're not sure you're going to like and often times demos are crippled to such a point you can't get a good feel for the game (assuming there's a demo at all).
by anand
Sun May 22, 2005 12:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (The Finals/New Beginning)
Replies: 27
Views: 3305

I fear I must end the weighins with a lackluster -1 for the week :x

This week was a bad one for my diet. I hope to get back on track this week.
by anand
Fri May 20, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: AGEIA PhysX cards priced at $249 to $299, out by end of year
Replies: 44
Views: 4371

I hope this card takes off but I agree at this price point it probably won't. Unfortunately, most gamers put more of a premium on visuals rather than gameplay and this card can have a huge effect on gameplay once games start being written around it. It'd be cool to take down a building with a few we...
by anand
Wed May 18, 2005 10:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: If you could... (Star Wars related)
Replies: 22
Views: 1729

I'd take Natalie Portman myself. Or did we have to pick one of those three options?
by anand
Tue May 17, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: To Apache 1 or Apache 2 that is the question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1022

It look a while for the PHP4/Apache 2 combination to get out of the 'experimental' stage and there are a few issues using PHP4 under Apache 2. That's one big reason alot of hosting providers are staying with Apache 1. I've used Apache 2 and PHP4 myself on my own machine and didn't have any problems....
by anand
Tue May 17, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Where is 3G?!
Replies: 9
Views: 2424

EDGE is not 3G. It's an enhancment to GPRS and is the aforementioned 2.5G. The peak speeds for a true 3G phone would be in the megabit range but of course it will vary based on how many people you're sharing the bandwidth with, etc., just like GPRS.
by anand
Mon May 16, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Recommend me some reading
Replies: 35
Views: 3889

I don't think you're allowed to count the Belgariad and the Mallorean as seperate series since it's the same five books with different titles on the front ;)

It's been a while since I read them but I remember having a major case of deja vu reading through the Mallorean...
by anand
Sun May 15, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 7)
Replies: 14
Views: 1244

Holding steady here as well. I blame a night of cheating on my low carb diet by going to an all you can eat sushi house :lol:
by anand
Sun May 15, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Which MP3 player?
Replies: 8
Views: 1786

I wish someone would make a cheap (under $100 or so) Flash-based player that supported subscription-based WMA download services (like Yahoo's new Unlimited service). It seems like the more expensive hard drive based ones are the only ones that can be used with those services right now and they start...
by anand
Fri May 13, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Think Anything Wierd Happened to my Firefox
Replies: 4
Views: 1048

That happens all the time to me. Just one of those things you get used to with Firefox after using it for a while :) Basically something happened which caused Firefox to crash and the process to become hung. Even though you have no Firefox windows open, if you look in the task manager you will see a...
by anand
Fri May 13, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A wider audience for TR?
Replies: 5
Views: 712

I've used Newegg several times and never even knew about that page so I doubt it'd make a noticable difference in visitors. Of course, it can't hurt either :) Almost every tech site I know of I found via article links from other tech sites rather than "here's a list of sites" lists. TR has no shorta...
by anand
Thu May 12, 2005 12:37 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Which s754 k8t800 motherboard should I get ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2257

If you don't mind used items, you can pick up DFI Lanparty NF3 250Gb boards off of ebay for around $80. This board was/is probably the best 754 board when it comes to overclocking and has some nice features (like onboard firewire). I actually picked one up on Ebay a week or two ago. It's been sittin...
by anand
Wed May 11, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: Gentoo
Replies: 19
Views: 4017

Gentoo's package management system is actually based heavily off of FreeBSD's. With FreeBSD, most of the base packages are available in binary form but you also have the option of usinge the 'ports' system (hence Gentoo's 'portage') to automaticall download and build from source.
by anand
Tue May 10, 2005 4:13 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing thread
Replies: 2607
Views: 416965

Got my meat too, thanks Gandolf!
by anand
Tue May 10, 2005 3:49 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: NBA MVP?
Replies: 21
Views: 6266

Whoever decided to put Barkley up on TV should be shot. The guy sounds like a robot and has almost zero personality on screen.

Anyway, I'm thrilled Nash won. He, IMO, symbolizes all the good stuff to the game. He's the main reason I got into watching the NBA during his stint at the Mavs.
by anand
Tue May 10, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing thread
Replies: 2607
Views: 416965

Just sent my money beg-o-gram too :)
by anand
Mon May 09, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Monitor Testing Software
Replies: 4
Views: 1942

Not sure exactly what you're looking for either. If you go to http://www.monitorsdirect.com/ somewhere there is a little web application you can run that displays various test patterns that can show possible problems as well as help you adjust your brightness and contrast. I've used this a few times...
by anand
Mon May 09, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: where is your money going?
Replies: 54
Views: 17475

If I was building a machine just for regular work and web surfing, I'd go Intel in a heart beat. The price difference is just too big to ignore. It's the cheapest way to get that 'creamy goodness' people like to rave about :) I've got an A64 3200 right now which is another reason I'd be comfortable ...
by anand
Mon May 09, 2005 2:46 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing thread
Replies: 2607
Views: 416965

I still login and burn up my turns 2 or 3 times a week but I didn't enter the contest since I think people who play the game for real would get better use out of the prizes :)

Of course if someone wants to send me money for my shore trip vacation fund feel free ;)
by anand
Mon May 09, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Slahdotted again
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

You guys need to write a scathing anti-Mac article, make the page automatically install a Dashboard widget that contains an embedded [email protected] client, then make sure the article gets posted to Slashdot and the Mac news sites. Voila, instant folding boost! :lol:
by anand
Sun May 08, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 6)
Replies: 18
Views: 1557

I'm at 223 which is -1 for me this week.
by anand
Thu May 05, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Yahoo says 64-bit procs twice as powerful as 32bit
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Saying Yahoo said this is a bit misleading. Yahoo is just reprinting an article from the San Jose Mercury News.
by anand
Wed May 04, 2005 9:30 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Overclocking with cool 'n' quiet...
Replies: 11
Views: 5671

My CPU is mildly overclocked and I have no problems with CnQ. I saw a review a while back that did benchmarks with CnQ enabled and disabled and the performance impact of turning on CnQ was negligable, so that's not it.
by anand
Wed May 04, 2005 9:21 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: modems
Replies: 14
Views: 3367

Modems are one of those things which some how have managed to defy the conventional rules of technology. Instead of faster and cheaper they've gotten slower and stayed the same price. How the heck can I get name brand, fully hardware driven 54Mb 802.11g and gigabit ethernet cards for $20 from Fry's ...
by anand
Wed May 04, 2005 9:03 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: USA now has a 15 pound burger
Replies: 36
Views: 4926

Places have been offering these mega sized burgers for years, not sure why it's considered news. They are more of a novelty than anything else and popular for gatherings/parties/etc. (since, at least at the places nearby I've heard of, it's considerably cheaper buying a megaburger than the equivalen...
by anand
Tue May 03, 2005 11:57 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: When buying a PSU...
Replies: 5
Views: 1252

On Newegg, the newer 24 pin ones usually list two 12V lines under the Output section. For example, an Antec Phantom 350 lists "[email protected], [email protected]". An older 20 pin one will list only a single 12V line, for example "[email protected]". Not sure if this is an 100% accurate way to tell or not. I think the old...
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