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1826  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

1827  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...
1828  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
1829  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
1830  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
1831  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
1832  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

1833  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"
[attach=1]
 Grin Grin

Nice touch, Sol Dowdal! (maker of the ff3 theme)
1834  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
1835  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:

[attach=1]

 Grin Grin Grin

1836  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...
1837  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!



from Neatorama
1838  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?
1839  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open DNS is s***ware on: September 09, 2008, 10:59:53 AM
I use OpenDNS for a few reasons:
1- Speed. I am still on dial-up at home, so squeezing every ounce of speed out of my 33.6 connection is vital. OpenDNS servers are 5x faster than the ISP's. Why dial-up? It's free and I just cannot squeeze an extra 30-50 bucks out of my paycheck for decent high speed access.
2- Filtering. Bandwidth being precious, I block as many ads as I can. I understand people still need to make money and ad revenue runs quite a bit of the internet, but when the ads load before the content, I get a little testy...

1840  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive electrical failure... trash it? on: September 08, 2008, 06:08:17 PM
...
I have a question --> Could a hard drive's bad circuit board (ie : short circuit) burn an external AC adapter ?
Yes. If the adapter gets hot with nothing plugged into it, it is definitely toasted. If not, get a voltmeter and test that it's pumping the juice it should.

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I could follow 4wd's suggestion and bypass the diode... Is the diode what I "circled" in the picture?
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It is most likely a diode.
As far as 4wd's suggestion, it worked for his friend, but I'm not that brave.
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...As above, that diode is only there to sacrifice itself if you happen to reverse connect the power...
That may be true, (I used to do that all the time with stuff I built) but it's not all that diodes do. They also rectify AC voltage and introduce a 0.6V voltage drop (unless it's a zener) and your electronics downstream can sometimes depend on that. I would NEVER bypass a diode, unless I knew exactly what it was there for and could make a solid call that it didn't matter.

If you really want to get your hands dirty and hack this thing, check your adapter first and if it's alright, try soldering in a replacement diode. It's got a high chance of not working, it'll probably involve a magnifying glass and a steady hand, but the experience may well be worth it. I bet you got a spare diode around somewhere, maybe even cannibalize one from a really dead drive.
 Cool
1841  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vista suffering from FUD? on: September 05, 2008, 03:02:56 PM
Grin

Trust me, I'm firmly in Zaine's camp, I'm just trying to be a fair sport. The OS business is obviously a tough one, and I find little joy in seeing the enemy take a sucker punch from behind.

Feels kind of like shouting "Are you guys OK over there?" after the cannon smoke clears...

Just forgot something: also, if you have a tablet pc, it has HUGE improvements over XP, it's a breeze to work with.
That's what I've heard. Another case where I'd happily accept Vista... tellme
1842  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome -- a new browser coming (in beta) in a few hours on: September 05, 2008, 02:09:33 PM
I stand corrected.
As far as Firefox, I don't think there is an extension to do it (I just checked...) but it may be configurable somewhere.

It still seems like undesirable behavior, no matter what you're browsing with.
1843  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vista suffering from FUD? on: September 05, 2008, 01:52:57 PM
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Honestly, I don't think that blog post acomplishes anything other providing more pointers (and thus contributing) to the mentioned vista FUD. (but I guess that was the whole idea, right?)
Also, anyone who has as moto "Microsoft can go format themselves" obviously doesn't really have an idea of how the world works.

jgpaiva, I agree that his tagline is definitely anti-Microsoft but to be fair, I have seen much worse (>don't click here!!<), and I doubt that the writer in any way thinks that Microsoft will go slink under a rock anytime soon.

I don't think his points are actually adding to the FUD, but simply pointing out that Linux doesn't have a corner market on it. The tactic known as FUD is deceptive and inflammatory in any context and his perception is that maybe Vista isn't as bad as the headlines make it out to be, due to the nature of the attacks against it.
I tend to agree, and If I ever acquired a 64-bit box I wouldn't be averse to having Vista on it. That I install myself from a physical install disk, of course.

I'm not asking for a comparison to Linux or even to previous versions of Windows.
My question was because, although I won't be using in a personal capacity anytime soon, I'm curious as to whether the Vista experience is (at this point) Microsoft 'business as usual' (install, pull hair out, update drivers, download service pack, grow hair back) and if all the bad press is mostly hot air, or if Microsoft really did drop a stinker, which I am beginning to doubt.

Thanks Stoic Joker, that's exactly the kind of report I was hoping for...
1844  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Vista suffering from FUD? on: September 05, 2008, 12:07:33 PM
Usually over at the LinuxFUD blog, the tactics of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt over Linux are dissected and left pinned to the examination tray, but this time he's looking at FUD from the other side of the hill...

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Fear.
...IE8 is drawing criticism from advertisers that claim that the enhanced privacy feature “InPrivate” could seriously affect advertising revenues that ultimately fund many (”free”) Web services. This could have a ripple-effect on the economy, some say...
Uncertainty.
...The [mentioned article] goes on to note that both Microsoft’s market share and raw customer base are at stake, and that the next release of Windows will be pivotal to retaining both...
Doubt.
Reportedly, Seinfeld will become the new spokesman for Microsoft, a move that some view as a risky measure...Fitting that his “much ado about nothing” shtick will probably be leveraged to resurrect Vista sales...


Vista's been out for some time now, the hype has settled down, and I know we've got some Vista users on this forum.
What is your assessment of Vista and it's future as it affects you personally?

1845  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome -- a new browser coming (in beta) in a few hours on: September 05, 2008, 11:07:33 AM
I was tempted to start another topic for this, but I'll restrain myself; there are too many already. There are details of the carpet-bombing attack that affects Chrome here and here.

Ehtyar.
Yeah, I thought it was weird that Chrome just went ahead and downloaded whatever you clicked on without so much as a "how ya doin'?".
NO browser does that, why does Chrome?

1846  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive electrical failure... trash it? on: September 05, 2008, 10:59:53 AM
uh-oh.

Hot adapter means a short. Bad.
Does it get hot when nothing's plugged in? (adapter plugged into wall, nothing plugged into adapter)
Do you have a voltmeter to check what power it's putting out?

In any case, I wouldn't plug anything into it until you get a new one.
1847  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos? on: September 04, 2008, 07:24:42 PM
I hate AC Adapters so I'm a big fan of "Power Liberators."
...
Wow! And those are cheap too!
I've made close to 20 or so of those things out of dead appliance cords and replacement plugs from the hardware store. The heavy duty plugs cost more than one of those little gadgets you mentioned.
Thanks for the link! Thmbsup
1848  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Self-destructing web message on: September 04, 2008, 07:17:44 PM
You'd think they'd disable selecting, copying and pasting. Never mind print screen and the like.
I think that's the point. Allowing you to have the message (copy, paste, print screen, etc.) and then erase all traces (in web-cache terms) of who or where it might have come from.

So I guess this is more like giving you the message and then killing the postman...
1849  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive electrical failure... trash it? on: September 04, 2008, 07:09:58 PM
 Grin Grin Grin
Guilty as charged...

i have a whole shelf full "I think it's dead, Jim" drives, thinking that one day I'm going to be in need of a backup drive and I'll plug one of them in and it will miraculously spring to life.
So stick it in a drawer with a dated post-it stuck on the top and if you pass a year without any regrets, chuck it.
1850  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Crazy modem/router on the rebound on: September 04, 2008, 10:17:47 AM
a man after my own heart  Kiss

I used to be quite the solder-jockey in my day, sounds like I need to brush up on some skillz...
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