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1826  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / From the maker of Samorost... Questionaut! on: March 26, 2008, 01:32:22 PM
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Journey through strange worlds and test your knowledge of English, Maths and Science on this magical mission to recover your friend’s hat.



from Neatorama
1827  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 21, 2008, 12:56:34 PM
This is a constant topic among audiophiles...
Does type of cables really make a difference?
You are absolutely correct, Cuffy. With digital, the signal is there or it isn't. Period. Noise due to improper shielding or connections may cause artifacting, but a decent cable (not bottom-of-the-barrel) is more than adequate for most purposes.

On the analog side, I have seen wild arguments for gold-plated connectors, solid-core cabling, crystalline copper (?) and everything in-between, but the bottom line comes down to two things (especially for instrument cables that get moved around, stepped on, twisted, pulled, etc.), shielding and robustness of the connection.
Braided shielding is less vulnerable than wrapped, and connectors with strain relief boots tend to "hang on" longer.
For something that is going to hang behind your home stereo for months at a time, it's not so critical.

...And don't use coax for speaker cables...
1828  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What’s this "Linux" thing and why should i try it? on: March 21, 2008, 12:40:17 PM
Tip:
More often than not, I have found answers to many problems on the Gentoo Wiki. Very good documentation at that.

It's not just applicable to Gentoo, these answers apply to most distros, with the only thing to watch being whether yours uses /usr/local (Red Hat, Mandriva, etc.) or /usr (almost everybody else...) for user-installed apps.
1829  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Martian Headsets and the upcoming Browser War on: March 20, 2008, 06:14:56 PM
I agree.
Funny thing is, W3C's Amaya browser is so straight-html oriented that it doesn't take into account any other technologies that are now a de facto standard (as in, nobody wrote it down, but everybody does it... Java, php, Flash, etc.)
Yes, MS has shot themselves in the foot soooo many times, but I wonder how many folks notice when a 700-pound gorilla has a limp...
1830  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / I hate this game... on: March 20, 2008, 03:36:14 PM
Maybe you could try...

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Impossible, No. Infuriating, Yes!



from Weird Daily
1831  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The upside-down-ternet on: March 19, 2008, 11:49:27 AM
 Grin PMSROFLOL!!  Grin

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...and helped start a movement among teen girls, a culture of self-taught programmers and musicians, coding by day and rocking out by night-

RIOT PRRL

BBBWWWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAA!!!!!1!1111
1832  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The upside-down-ternet on: March 18, 2008, 06:03:10 PM
Got wireless working on your Linux box?
Neighbors stealing your bandwidth?
Feel like a little innocent revenge?
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My neighbours are stealing my wireless internet access. I could encrypt it or alternately I could have fun.



from Admit-one, I think
1833  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Martian Headsets and the upcoming Browser War on: March 18, 2008, 05:59:34 PM
I've kind of sensed this for a long time now, but Joel put it into just the right words...
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You’re about to see the mother of all flamewars on internet groups where web developers hang out. It’ll make the Battle of Stalingrad look like that time your sister-in-law stormed out of afternoon tea at your grandmother’s and wrapped the Mustang around a tree.



from teh unternets
1834  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Most Depressing Quotes from Orwell's 1984 on: March 18, 2008, 05:49:44 PM
How could I forget PKD?
Confessions of a Crap Artist depressed me for weeks, and now I'm going to go into a depressive coma over Alanis Morissette being given a lead role in the film version of Radio Free Albemuth :gag:

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As we know the best way to insure I remain ignorant and brainwashed is to read only books I know ahead of time I will agree with, and not challenge, my views.

Reading Robert Anton Wilson's books not only challenged me on many levels but strangely enough managed to help me critique my own position to the point of strengthening it.
1835  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Most Depressing Quotes from Orwell's 1984 on: March 18, 2008, 04:41:35 PM
Well put.
I preferred Huxley's vision over Orwell's anyway.
So long as you're mentioning Huxley, may I also mention Illuminatus and Slaughterhouse Five?
1836  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Favorite TV Episode??? on: March 17, 2008, 03:02:17 PM
CHiPs Episode 516: "Battle of the Bands"[attach=1]

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As the leader of "Pain" tries to escape, Ponch rides up causing the punk to spill. The punk threatens to blow them both up by holding a lighter near leaking gas. Ponch blows out the flame and saves the day.

Beat that, Chuck Norris.
1837  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 50 Dystopian movies on: March 14, 2008, 04:30:39 PM
Read the comments, too. Apparently there are a fair fistful of movies that got left out, but are worth checking out nonetheless.
...and some made the list that were, um... unwelcome.
1838  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top 50 Dystopian movies on: March 14, 2008, 01:50:41 PM
After reading Zaine's post about 1984, I remembered reading about this.
How many have you seen?

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A dystopia is a fictional society that is the antithesis or complete opposite of a utopia, an ideal world with a perfect social, political and technological infrastructure. A world without chaos, strife or hunger. A world where the individual potential and freedom is celebrated and brought to the forefront.

In contrast, the dystopian world is undesirable with poverty and unequal domination by specific individuals over others. Dystopian films often construct a fictional universe and set it in a background which features scenarios such as dehumanizing technological advancements, man-made disasters or class-based revolutions.



from somewhere on teh intarwebz
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: History of DonationCoder.com on: March 13, 2008, 05:10:03 PM
I think I came in fairly early. I remember Mouser asking for submissions for a Donationcoder mascot and Zaine submitting the Budweiser girls with "Donationcoder" across their swimsuits (hey, you changed it Z, ??). Grin
I also remember the IRC weekend (can't find that post...), the drupal debate, lots of other topics that caused quite a stir at the time even though I may or may not have participated.
3 years seems such a short time, yet an eternity...
1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What’s this "Linux" thing and why should i try it? on: March 13, 2008, 02:50:52 PM
Geez folks, use Linux or don't. It's all a matter of personal taste and what you're willing to do to get work done.

Personally Linux does exactly what I want it to do when I need it done. Period. Windows fights me the whole way taking me from dialog to menu to check box with no results until I finally give up and Google it anyways, and 90% of the time I find NO answer for my Windows problem and I end up saying under my breath "If this was Linux I'd be DONE".

I'm taking my GNU and going home now...
 Angry
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suck An Egg RIAA on: March 12, 2008, 12:51:12 PM
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Do you know about any other sound codec that actually sounds good at low bitrates?

Ogg Vorbis.

Lossy, but I hear it can encode 5.1 surround at as good quality as stereo mp3 in the same space.
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minimize any window to tray on *nix on: March 11, 2008, 05:07:04 PM
 wallbash
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CCleaner 2.0 Beta Released - Clean the Crap off your Computer on: March 07, 2008, 06:52:06 PM
Lashiec: I use both. I have heard all the warnings about cleaning the registry and I've never been burned so far. I always inspect everything it finds before deleting it, and RegSeeker keeps backups, so it's even safer.
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minimize any window to tray on *nix on: March 07, 2008, 05:47:49 PM
Nice!
I've seen this in Synaptic's software list, but never bothered to try it. I don't know that I have any apps I need to stay open all the time, and if I do, I usually keep them on an out-of-the-way virtual window.

I just wish Fluxbox's tray/taskbar wasn't so tiny. It'd make trayed items easier to get at if the size was customizable (i've looked, couldn't find a config item for it...).
1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CCleaner 2.0 Beta Released - Clean the Crap off your Computer on: March 07, 2008, 05:41:24 PM
I've used CCleaner and RegSeeker side-by-side for a while now, and have had no troubles except for one time CCleaner really messed with my firefox's ability to parse CSS  huh

As soon as Beta settles down, I'll definitely upgrade.
1846  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The site is now back online (March 6th, 2008) - Come Say Hello! on: March 07, 2008, 10:14:06 AM
Great work folks, welcome back.


...Man, my family's gotten old...

j/k  Grin
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple ][ software on: February 22, 2008, 07:07:20 PM
Beagle Brothers!!  Kiss Kiss Kiss

Oh, man I remember their ads in some computing magazine WAAAAY back when that had insane one-line programs.

I think your best bet is to find an old 5-1/4 drive and some software that can burn the disk image.
Sorry I can't offer more help...
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: February 22, 2008, 05:13:48 PM
Customers who want to stand next to you and watch what you're doing
(if you stand closer, does the job get done faster? NO!!)

Being forced to use NT4.0 at work

Dial-up internet
1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for web based or book based help on Windows / Linux servers on: January 29, 2008, 04:47:22 PM
Don't forget the Linux Documentation Project:
For full-fledged books (html and pdf formats available) especially the Linux Network Administrators guide, if you're looking into networks and servers:
http://tldp.org/guides.html
For quick-and-dirty advice on specific subjects:
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html

Another one I like a lot, though it is showing it's age (especially in the chapters about X...) is the mighty Rute Book.
Google's cache of the html version (get it before it's gone):
http://72.14.205.104/sear...com/books/rute/+rute+book
or the PDF:
http://www.tech-geeks.org...ne/LinuxWorkshop/rute.pdf
or the hardcopy:
http://www.amazon.com/LIN...-Technology/dp/0130333514

Also, a quick-and-dirty tutorial on Using Ubuntu as a file server/internet gateway/etc using the wonderful Webmin to configure and manage it, look here:
http://linuxgazette.net/141/lazar.html

Hope this helps!
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Getting a Spamalanche Lately? on: January 28, 2008, 02:25:35 PM
Relevant?
http://www.linux.com/feature/125548
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