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5201  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spore Creature Creator Released - Make Cody Creature Contest! on: July 08, 2008, 04:01:56 PM
Now that I now how to rotate the beak, I've fixed up my Cody creation a bit and shot some new videos of him dancing around and striking all the poses.


It split off after 2 minutes.

EDIT: Added thumbnail image and both parts of the video are now uploaded

Part 1
Part 2
5202  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: July 08, 2008, 02:35:19 PM
ps. once i get a 6400x1200 cody wallpaper ill have that on my desktop  smiley

All four of those monitors on one computer? What are you doing? Dual SLI video cards? I didn't think you liked games that much!
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does it make sense to disable the windows swap file? on: July 08, 2008, 02:18:25 PM
So I disabled my Pagefile a few days ago when I found this thread, but when I bring up the Task Manager and look at the Performance tab, it shows that my pagefile is at about 50% used (999MB).

Is this because I haven't manually deleted Pagefile.sys?
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Edit Middle 2: Firefox Addon for the AwesomeBar on: July 07, 2008, 11:01:37 AM
I just installed it. Looks very useful!
5205  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Diablo 3 announced! on: July 07, 2008, 10:59:45 AM
this is a crude hack, best played on SP as i don't think it is tolerated on MP servers. in fact, much hair was split over this hack when it first came into availability. Wink

I never play on B.Net servers. Just LAN (via Hamachi if necessary). It would be interesting to try it out with everybody using the higher resolution.

You don't happen to know of a similar hack for Starcraft do you? I looked all over for one of those about a year ago and the only thing I found was a hack to get it to play in Windowed mode.
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Simply Google on: July 06, 2008, 11:45:00 PM
A good example, from just two days ago:

My mother wanted to show me a video on YouTube but couldn't remember how to get back to it. I told her to type and she didn't know if she should do that in the address bar or in the Google Search bar (in Firefox). After I told her which area to type it into, she still didn't exactly know how to find the video. All she knew about it was that is featured a song called "The Man Song."

Naturally, a search for "The Man Song" brought up a multitude of various results, none were the one she was looking for. I asked her to tell me more about the video. Was it a music video? Was it a real song by a band? She said it had a puppet in it. I told her to add "puppet" to her search and she immediately found it by using a more specific search.

It's a pretty funny video: The Man Song.

But anyway, I agree wholeheartedly with Allen. I don't understand how people could use tools every day but never take the time to learn about them.
5207  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Diablo 3 announced! on: July 06, 2008, 11:20:22 PM
anwyay, there are patches that can provide resolution upto 1280x1024 (full screen).

Link please?

Might have to get some D3 DC 'meetings' setup so we can join forces.  Cooperative play is a big thing in D3, so they say.

Take a look in the DC Gamers section. We're always planning our DC "meetings" there. smiley And every once in a while in IRC someone will say "SAUERBRATEN TIME!" and everyone will join for a quick match.
5208  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Microsoft's XNA Game Studio Express on: July 06, 2008, 10:27:55 PM
No. I think that was the last time I touched XNA, though I have downloaded the later versions, I don't think I've ever installed them and given them a try.
5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stardock doesn't treat you like a criminal! on: July 04, 2008, 11:31:17 AM
Good points, J-Mac.

As I said in the beginning of the post, I don't know much about Stardock as a company and only used one of their products once. Perhaps it was the whole fiasco you just described that led them to change their point of view on anti-piracy methods.

All I really know is that the article I linked to said what it said, and that seemed like a refreshing idea in a world full of companies who assume you're a pirate first, then grudgingly accept that maybe you're a legitimate user later.
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Stardock doesn't treat you like a criminal! on: July 03, 2008, 11:17:09 AM
I just emailed Stardock to inquire about a DC discount on their programs.  I'll let you all know when I hear back from them.

Cool! I hope if they give us a discount it will include their games. smiley
5211  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Diablo 3 announced! on: July 02, 2008, 08:36:36 PM
I just took a look at some of the screen shots and I'm reminded a lot of Titan Quest
5212  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Diablo 3 announced! on: July 02, 2008, 08:32:50 PM
i agree - D1 was such a fun outing. also the graphics for D2 was a bit let-down as the max resolution was only 640*480 if i remember correctly.
Iirc it was 800x600 if you ran it in the 3D-accelerated version? Doesn't seem to be mentioned on wikipedia. Oh, and the Necromancer class was crippled, the skeletons just didn't scale up with level at all Sad

It was patched to handle 800x600 when the Expansion came out, I think.

I liked Diablo 2 a lot more than Diablo 1, but I agree that it was generally either way too easy or way too hard. I also agree that the Necromancer couldn't do anything at higher levels because his minions were way too weak. :-( He would have been my favorite class if not for that.

Thankfully the Druid came to take his place. Powerful familiars and powerful spells.

I can't wait for Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3! Hooray for Blizzard!
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / System Restore Trojan? on: June 27, 2008, 06:33:59 PM
How is this even possible? These are hidden, protected OS files/folders.


EDIT: Please note that D: is the new drive that has only had the contents of the old drive copied over to it. Though I suppose this quarantine was made before the old drive started failing, and it is just remembering the location the file used to be at.
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Accessing the contents of another computer's hard drive on: June 27, 2008, 05:23:31 PM
So if both computers are on the same network in the same house, and the computer you want to access has windows xp on it,

why can't you just open my computer, right click on the c drive, click sharing and security, and then share it, and check the box beside "allow network users to change my files"

I may be missing something here, but that is what I would do.

Because that doesn't always work. It should be that easy, but I always end up having to set up the hosts file, which means configuring my router for static IP addresses, and even then I'm still lucky if my computers can see each other and share files.

I've even tried connecting two machines together with a crossover ethernet cable and still have problems.

And trying to connect a Vista box to an XP box is even more complicated.

This is something that should "just work" but it doesn't always.  mad
5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NewEgg on: June 27, 2008, 05:10:14 PM
That sounds pretty strange, Deozaan! Perhaps your filesystem became slightly corrupted? Your old disk is dying, right? Never seen something like that happen, though.

Yeah, it's on it's last legs. Occasionally making clicking noises, etc.

Have you transferred your current harddrive from another windows install? Re-installing windows without exporting + importing the crypto keys will leave encrypted files inaccessible.

I believe this disc was new or formatted for this particular Windows install. And I've never even had a password on my user account (I know, shame on me embarassed ) for any previous OS install. And besides all that, I've never used NTFS encryption before. I just barely learned of it from the DC forum very recently. I've never seen green text in Windows Explorer before.

Like I said, they're just some php scripts for a theme/skin, so they're not critical files I need to read or copy. I'm just trying to figure out how/why they got encrypted and how to remove the encryption. Windows doesn't seem to complain when I move them to the recycle bin, so if all else fails I can delete them and get them back from my web host or by downloading the latest Vanilla package.
5216  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Gizmo gives us Titan Backup for free on: June 27, 2008, 04:52:26 PM
Cool. I just installed and activated it. This should be useful especially with a drive that could go at any time!
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NewEgg on: June 27, 2008, 03:41:43 AM
Well it arrived today (the 26th). After a few hours of messing with it I finally managed to get it to work. That in itself was such a hassle that I'm mostly just left bitter about the whole thing.

Currently copying data over. I hope my failing drive lasts long enough to make it. smiley

Still, shipping on the 20th and arriving on the 26th is 7 days. Even if you subtract a day for Sunday and another day for the delivery day that's still nearly twice as long as 3-day shipping that was promised. thumb down

f0dder (or any others with the knowledge): While copying data over I found out that somehow some files got flagged as "Encrypt data to protect its contents" and I can't copy the files or open them or anything. They show up green in Windows Explorer. Any idea how to decrypt these files? I have no idea how they became encrypted and they're just the stupid default themes (php) for the Vanilla forum software.

I don't have any other user accounts on this system, and I have no idea how that checkbox got ticked for all the files in there...
5218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Bill Gates email rant on: June 27, 2008, 03:32:45 AM
Interesting read.

I've done a few critiques like that on things for people I know. Most notable one I can remember is feedback on a few chapters of a book someone I know wrote.
5219  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Sauerbraten Server Updates and DonationCoder map - Sauerbraten FPS fun on: June 26, 2008, 01:07:12 AM
When the video mentioned audio problems I put on my headphones so I could hear. When the music first started up I was ready to take off the earphones because I don't particularly care for the hard rock music that comes with Sauerbraten. Then I realized it was Hell March from Red Alert and I enjoyed the audio thenceforth.

smiley Looks good!

And yes I was there when somebody started working on the water tower, but I left before it was finalized. It turned out pretty neat.
5220  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NewEgg on: June 26, 2008, 12:57:48 AM
Okay this experience is starting to head toward the negative again.

I ordered the hard drive on Jun 4th because my important Documents hard drive started making clicking sounds. This means I've basically been unable to work on anything for nearly a month now because a working hard drive still has not arrived!

I got an e-mail last Friday (20th) saying the new drive shipped, using 3-Day shipping. Tracking information says it should have arrived today (the 25th). Funny how when it gets close to midnight and still no package has arrived the Estimated Arrival date just sort of disappears from the Track Order page.


To make matters worse, I'm in the process of packing everything up so I can move about 150 miles this Saturday. While I will likely have it by Friday at the latest, it would have been nice to have all this taken care of last week or even today when the tracking information said it would be arriving.

I really should have gone with TigerDirect this time. mad thumb down Angry
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Proprietary media formats — time to get rid of them! on: June 25, 2008, 07:09:32 PM
Codetrucker: There's something terribly broken with your Flight Simulator link.
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Stardock doesn't treat you like a criminal! on: June 25, 2008, 07:01:22 PM
To be honest, the only thing I've used by Stardock is the Object Dock, but I just found out from reading this Joystiq article that Stardock doesn't use copy protection measures in any of its games.

In fact, reading that article goes to show you how awesome they are!

As Stardock CEO Brad Wardell explains it, piracy is an issue that "has to be kept in perspective," and in a recent Big Download interview he further played the common sense card, stating that "the people who actually buy games don't want to be inconvenienced or treated like a criminal." Wardell adds that while Sins "definitely" would have sold more had piracy not been an issue, "everyone who buys games knows they could easily have gone out and stolen it if they wanted to."

Just reading that right there makes me want to support the company! And I've been hearing some mighty fine things about their game Sins of a Solar Empire. I may have to get it soon. smiley

 thumbs up thumbs up
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos? on: June 25, 2008, 03:55:56 PM
Oh, and my philips QG3080:
This one has made my life way easier smiley

Those are some scary looking headphones!  tongue
5224  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Interesting is Your IP Address? on: June 25, 2008, 03:32:54 PM
My IP:

This reminds me somewhat of those birds from Joust.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Poll: Did you install Windows or was it pre-installed? on: June 25, 2008, 03:27:15 PM
Even if it came pre-installed I would have voted for "installed myself" if I had formatted and installed it.

After all, I think the intention of the question is: When you get a new computer do you use the "preinstalled" Windows or do you install it yourself (including formatting preinstalled Windows first)?
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