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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: September 18, 2008, 03:30:24 PM
Photoshop will do just fine, as well as any image editor that will let you add text, like OpenOffice Draw.
That's how they did it back in the day...
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Microsoft & Cray Release $25,000 Supercomputer on: September 18, 2008, 03:10:55 PM
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Hey! Can the dream of World Domination!
OK, I'm game... Here's a label to get started:

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from MultiCherry.com
1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked! on: September 18, 2008, 10:46:16 AM
oh, 4chan got it?
And Fox news ran with it?  huh

Jeez, I know the american media is stupid, but this takes the cake.

Wait, it broke on 4chan? It MUST be on Encyclopedia Dramatica then...
Oh, hai guyz thar it iz...
wallbash
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Microsoft & Cray Release $25,000 Supercomputer on: September 17, 2008, 06:17:35 PM
Yeah...

Sometimes I look through the Best Buy ads or whatnot and see hardrives bigger than I can imagine and think "What the hell would I store on that thing that would justify a hard drive that large?"
Answer (sadly): Whatever the hell you want...


1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Microsoft & Cray Release $25,000 Supercomputer on: September 17, 2008, 05:26:03 PM
*edvard sheepishly raises hand*
Now about the 25 grand... Grin

Actually I can see how financial institutions or research laboratories might want an in-house data crunching monster in the basement. And if private sector space exploration ever takes off (pun intended), something like this might make for a nice mini-Houston.
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: September 17, 2008, 01:37:42 PM
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1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: News Article: Microsoft & Cray Release $25,000 Supercomputer on: September 17, 2008, 01:15:44 PM
Ballmer & friends just couldn't leave well enough alone, could they?
Admit it, you knew it was going to happen...
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flame Warriors on: September 16, 2008, 03:36:25 PM
I'd say I'm somewhere between Eagle Scout and Lamer, probably.

Not as good as the former, and not as bad as the latter, but...
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I can haz LOLMouser plz? on: September 16, 2008, 02:09:29 PM
hai guyz, dis iz phun!!
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=10688.0
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 Grin Grin
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flame Warriors on: September 16, 2008, 12:42:41 PM
Especially on the MMORPG forums, I've noticed.

More reads on "threadomancy":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_(internet)
 smiley
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flame Warriors on: September 16, 2008, 12:05:20 PM
Not that I know of. Apparently it's almost a meme in itself, with different versions.
See here, here and here, oh and here.
Apparently, some forums aren't exactly friendly to the necromancers.

Perhaps some Photoshoppers among us could do up a set? Might make for a lol or two.
1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a few good puns on: September 15, 2008, 11:05:12 AM
Whoa!
*edvard keels over*

Talk about punishment...

Thanks Fred!  Grin
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a few good puns on: September 11, 2008, 02:00:56 PM
Two snowmen are standing in a field. One turns to the other and says
"That's funny, I smell carrots too!"

 nono2

1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: G.ho.st - A Free Virtual PC/WebOS on: September 11, 2008, 09:40:39 AM
For the record, YouOS has been shut down as of July 30...
1840  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: IDEA: Sex Sells Spider on: September 10, 2008, 12:34:46 PM
here go:
http://images.google.com/...ce&btnG=Search+Images
or:
http://alltheweb.com/sear...e+headset+office&o=24
 
Well, almost... Wink
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flame Warriors on: September 10, 2008, 12:00:12 PM
How about http://redwing.hutman.net...ed/warriorshtm/bigcat.htm
 Grin Kiss
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Yet another Hotkey app! on: September 10, 2008, 11:46:07 AM
Continuing discussion hijack here.
 Grin
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flame Warriors on: September 10, 2008, 11:37:03 AM
After almost hijacking a hotkey app thread with a funny pic about resurrecting old threads, I happened upon a funny read while looking up the pic:

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Some years ago, a minor spat ignited a searing flame war that threatened to consume a once-placid discussion forum.
While the forum burned I amused myself by caricaturing the chief antagonists.
Confounded at seeing themselves thus revealed, the combatants fled the field in disarray.

Over time the roster of online belligerents expanded and eventually congealed into the netizen's guide to Flame Warriors.
My own bad internet behavior would certainly have provided sufficient material to populate an extensive rogue's gallery, but suggestions and comments from astute observers continue to enrich the Flame Warriors collection...


Which ones can you identify with?  Grin Grin
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive electrical failure... trash it? on: September 10, 2008, 10:35:52 AM
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Hmm... Good point. I wonder what would be required for a dummy loaded test rig?
Normally a HDD   Come on, you should be able to find an old HDD.
Well, sure, but I'm talking a rig, like with test point lugs and places to clip to, etc. *sigh*. I guess the old-school dies hard.
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Actually, the only way to eliminate line noise is to use capacitance or inductance.
Good gravy, I've gotten rusty... Yes, you're right. I've always added an extra rectification stage for insurance and I don't mind the extra voltage drop as I've found the voltage out of most wall-warts to be on the high side anyways.

Regarding the diodes, you are right again. I clean forgot about HDD's having 2 voltage supplies.
Geez, I better heat up the old soldering iron before I shoot my mouth off again.

Armando, listen to 4wd. Apparently I've forgotten almost all things hardware since I took up Linux  embarassed

1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome -- a new browser coming (in beta) in a few hours on: September 09, 2008, 04:44:07 PM
So I just tried the "Firefox 3" theme for Chrome.
I went to incognito mode, and guess who was "seein wut i did thar"
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 Grin Grin

Nice touch, Sol Dowdal! (maker of the ff3 theme)
1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome -- a new browser coming (in beta) in a few hours on: September 09, 2008, 02:32:53 PM
Still no shortcut for "open in Incognito mode"  Sad
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Yet another Hotkey app! on: September 09, 2008, 12:05:53 PM
Darwin- I got busted for the same thing on the ls-universe forums, and was handed a trump card:

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 Grin Grin Grin

1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What Microsoft does right on: September 09, 2008, 11:55:22 AM
1- Games
There are probably a thousand reasons why Windows is the platform of choice for pc gaming proper, but none of it really matters. Windows owns the pc game platform, period.
2- Hardware Compatibility
Aside from the fact that early driver releases tend to suck, Windows is the first platform that new hardware will have drivers done and working for. I think that has as much to do with the stableness of the API as much as with market share. Speaking of which...
3- Development
Love it or hate it, when you want to write software for Windows, everything you need is right there in the developer's kit. Yes, things sometimes break as more advanced tools come out, but for the most part if it compiles on one Windows box, it'll run on another. As much as I love Linux, I would not be caught dead without a package management system that automatically maintains the amorphous blob of libraries that different software packages require. Freedom of choice can get pretty weird sometimes...
1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cyber-Crime Hall-of-Fame on: September 09, 2008, 11:38:16 AM
They forgot one!

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MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson isn’t just everybody’s “friend.” He is also a 1980s teenage “WarGames” style computer hacker!



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1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive electrical failure... trash it? on: September 09, 2008, 11:22:01 AM
@4wd:
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Switchmode PSUs really require a load in order to regulate correctly - therefore you'll need to plug it into a HDD before you can accurately measure the voltage.
Hmm... Good point. I wonder what would be required for a dummy loaded test rig?
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We are talking about a HDD.

A normal HDD doesn't run on AC, (and one diode is not sufficient to fully rectify it anyway), and a HDD doesn't need a 0.6V voltage drop, which is only relevant for generic silicon diodes - it could be from approx. 0.2-0.7V depending on diode type, (discounting zener diodes).
Right. I noticed there appeared to be two diodes there, which is not very efficient nor effective, but I have seen setups like that whose duty was to rectify one last time to eliminate as much PS line noise as possible. I have also done this for wall-wart powered audio gear, as those things tend to be noisier than they need to.
Then again, you are correct, this is a HDD, not medical equipment or hi-fi audio.
Also correct on the diode type: Germanium diodes run in the lower .3v range (touchy little devils, those...) and LED's can run from .7 to .11v depending on color and power.
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But personally, I wouldn't bother replacing the diode.  Remove it, power it up on a real ATX PSU, get your data off and then toss it if you don't want to live with it like that.
I agree. But wouldn't you want to bridge the diode pads after removing?
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