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5201  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: February 2008 Software Drawing Winners on: February 18, 2008, 02:29:56 PM
Incidentally, who is that bird with the green spots and the top hat? Is that Cody's Uncle? I don't remember the green spots/vest on him before. But now that I look at my Rocket wallpaper nudone snapped a photo of and the original photo of Cody's Uncle, it seems he is wearing that vest.
5202  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: February 2008 Software Drawing Winners on: February 18, 2008, 02:19:49 PM
I didn't even realize it was time for the monthly drawing.  tellme

Congratulations to all those who won!
5203  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Interrupts" - killing my CPU! on: February 16, 2008, 01:08:19 PM
Right now I have 3 Windows Explorers, WhatPulse, Internet Explorer, Firefox (with 7 tabs open), Hamachi, Google Talk, uTorrent, WinAmp, Microsoft Groove, FileHamster, Active Desktop Calendar, PowerISO, UltraMon, and Symantec AntiVirus running or in the tray. With a total of 55 Processes running.

My System Idle Process is usually at 98 or 99% with an occasional dip down to the mid 80s for about a second.

I don't know how it's possible to get 20% CPU usage when you're not touching anything.

EDIT: My CPU is a single core AMD 64 3500+ 2.2Ghz running on WinXP SP2 (32-bit)
5204  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / More Dangerous Products for Children from China! on: February 15, 2008, 07:24:48 PM
A 10-year old boy finds a razor blade in a Pokemon themed Valentine's Day sucker.

I always thought the razor blade stories were urban legends for Halloween. This razor blade is embedded in the hardened candy and sealed in a wrapper!

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Read about it and watch the video here.
5205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Would anyone want a free DonationCoder.com bumper sticker? on: February 14, 2008, 12:41:59 AM
I've never been one to put a bumper sticker on my car, but since I bought it with one on it I don't think it would hurt to have one I actually care about.

My car would wear it.
5206  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Best Games You've Never Played on: February 09, 2008, 03:23:27 PM
Other games I thought were great but not enough people played (totally biased to the ones I played!)
Sacrifice
Magic Carpet 1 & 2

I loved Sacrifice! That was one of the most beautiful games I'd ever seen at the time of its release (2000). Plus it put a new twist on the RTS genre by having you play as an actual unit in the battles.

I intended on playing it through 5 times (one for each god) and my first pick was Charnel (Necromancy), but I couldn't even get past the 2nd or 3rd level following Charnel. After that I started a new one following James (Earth), and I got to the final battle but couldn't beat it. I never played any of the other story lines. Hmm...

* Deozaan installs Sacrifice.

I dont usually like scary-ish games but this is so well done! One of the few games to make me nearly fall off my chair in a surprise (the other is an old game called Skynet), tells you how immersed I was

I haven't ever played any of the survival-horror games like Resident Evil or Silent Hill before, but one in a similar style called Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem was amazing! First of all the story is incredibly intricate, flowing over thousands of years and multiple main characters who are all linked. It's a big puzzle and the fun part of playing the game is letting the story unfold. It's easy to understand, but it takes time to come out. Not only that, but the Sanity Effects are crazy! I cannot describe the horror of when I went to save my game and quickly bypassed all the "Are you sure you want to save" screens by just pressing buttons really fast then it said "Deleting all save files!" with a progress bar taking several seconds to fill up. I was just distraught about the idea of all the hours I'd put into the game and also the hours my brother had, too, all being deleted! Then it says "This can't be happening!" and all my files were there after all.

Or when you're playing the game and suddenly a screen pops up saying something of the effect of "Thanks for playing the demo, buy the full game to continue!" and you're thinking "What the heck? I thought this was the full game! Oh man I'm going to yell at the Gamestop employee who sold me a demo disc in the retail package!!

Also the Rune-Based Magic System is great! You mix an alignment, a verb, and a noun to create a spell.

Anyway, the game is just incredible. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who hasn't played it. But you'll need a GameCube or Wii to play it.
5207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How many germs are living on your keyboard? on: February 09, 2008, 02:35:43 PM
lol, deozaan. I don't think wiping your hands on the toilet seat would help much, the little cleaning brush beside the toilet works much better, and you even get a nice smelly after effect that reminds you to do it again the next time you sneeze.

Sounds like the sage advice of someone with experience.
5208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How many germs are living on your keyboard? on: February 09, 2008, 12:39:09 AM
2,381,820

Maybe if I wiped my hands on my toilet seat after sneezing or doing anything else the number would decrease.

But really, 2 million germs isn't that much, considering they're microscopic.
5209  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a dream PC for cheap (as possible) - help anyone? on: February 08, 2008, 10:50:23 PM
Well right now TigerDirect.com is selling a GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 for $80 after rebate.

I'm looking at Tom's Hardware VGA Charts at it looks like overall there is a big difference between the nVidia 8600 GT and the ATI 3850.

It looks like the price for an ATI 3850 is about $180. But I just saw this: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT Overclocked 512MB DDR3 for $210 after rebate. That's only $30 more and it has twice the RAM, and according to the Tom's Hardware charts, it performs a lot better!

One caveat though: If you're going to buy the computer now (in two weeks, for example), my recommendation still applies. If you're planning to get the machine in a month, then wait a bit more. nVidia is releasing a new line of cards in March-April, and Intel is going to update the entire Core 2 line by then as well (note that the new Core 2 Duos are available, though not in great quantities). So you may have to revise your choice of the Q6600 by then.

I'm not out to buy top of the line bleeding edge technology. Like I said, I'm concerned more about value than price. It doesn't seem worth it to me to spend $600 on something that in a year will be in the sub $200 range and not have any significant advantage over another product I could have gotten for $400 less at the same time.

Unless you're suggesting to wait because these new lines of GPUs and CPUs will lower the price of the ones I'm looking at now, what's the real advantage of waiting for the new stuff, taking into consideration what I just wrote about my opinion on value?
5210  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a dream PC for cheap (as possible) - help anyone? on: February 08, 2008, 07:46:06 PM
So what's the real story behind ATI vs nVidia? I see you guys talking about the 8800 GT, which is nVidia, but I've always gotten ATI myself. Not for any particular reason, other than perhaps the price.

I've been kind of stingy in the past when it comes to prices, but these days I would consider spending $100-$200 on a video card. I'm more concerned about value than price.
5211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a dream PC for cheap (as possible) - help anyone? on: February 08, 2008, 01:10:06 AM
256MB DDR3 I would assume - faster is (almost) always better, but that depends on if you need to load a little bit of things onto the GPU fast, or a lot at a slower rate.

Yeah but DDR3 would need to be twice as fast as DDR2 to make up for having only half the MB. At least that's my logic to it.
5212  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a dream PC for cheap (as possible) - help anyone? on: February 07, 2008, 09:44:54 PM
When it comes to video card ram, what's the better choice between 512MB DDR2 or 256MB DDR3?
5213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a dream PC for cheap (as possible) - help anyone? on: February 07, 2008, 09:20:22 PM
I want this:

SLI Motherboard, Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz, 4GB PC6400 DDR2 Ram (2x2GB) for $400

Of course, then I'd also need to buy:

Hard Drive: + ~$100
Video Card: + ~$100-$200
Case: + ~$100
Power Supply: + ~$60-$80

And add shipping and the thing would cost nearly $900 and still have no monitor, keyboard, or mouse.
5214  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: February 05, 2008, 09:15:09 PM
Hello!

Lime cat is not amused!

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5215  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Divshare shuts out most of Asia on: February 05, 2008, 09:07:22 PM
I'm American so I can arrogantly say that Asia doesn't matter anyway. tongue
5216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moving on: February 05, 2008, 01:58:35 AM
Does anyone smell a mouse? I think I do and he smells awful!

Are you saying mouser isn't being a very good mouser?  Grin
5217  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mini-HowTo: Handling Cookie Privacy the Right Way on: February 05, 2008, 01:51:56 AM
How does mouser have 4GB of ram unless...  ohmy

Is mouser running Vista x64?  ohmy ohmy ohmy ohmy tellme

EDIT: Okay, I'm not very observant. It says right there Windows XP 64bit SP2.
5218  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Psychonauts on: February 05, 2008, 01:49:10 AM
Deozaan: since you're more informed about it, could you make a post here on DC about it? smiley

I don't know that much about GameTap. I just downloaded it when I heard it was offering Psychonauts for free, since I never got a chance to play it on PS2. Sadly, I haven't even played Psychonauts yet even though I downloaded it from GameTap some months ago.

I'm not fond of the idea of installing a game download service that has to be installed and running to play my PC games. I'd rather just buy the game. I haven't yet bought into the idea of a subscription format for movies or games as I'm very stingy when it comes to spending money.
5219  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Endless Zombie Rampage on: February 04, 2008, 12:16:34 AM
It's hypnotically mindless. It's fun, but too easy and now I'm growing bored. The gun you'd think would be the best in the game (costs the most to buy) is actually quite a downgrade from the FN Scar. The FN scar does more damage and reloads in a split second, so the significantly lower magazine capacity is hardly noticeable as it only requires the occasional "unclick, reclick" of the mouse button.

After you get the FN Scar (which shouldn't be hard if you keep your expenses to a minimal) then you're basically invincible. The only "skill" involved at that point is making sure you have the dexterity to wave your cursor back and forth as you literally mow them down.

I give it a thumbs up for the short term, but thumb down in the long term.

I hate to say this, because I think if it was this way I would totally hate the game, but the unlimited ammo makes it way too easy. If ammo management were a part of the game then it might add a little more reason to have all those weapons, etc.
5220  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Psychonauts on: February 03, 2008, 09:36:32 PM
And just an FYI, last I checked, Psychonauts is free from GameTap. Anyone who is interested can try it out.
5221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Run for your life! on: February 03, 2008, 09:27:27 PM
I'm very thin, and don't engage in any "risky" behavior (i.e. tobacco or alcohol use, etc.) and I'm definitely not healthy. It's a weird kind of stigma--people think that if you're not fat you must be "in shape" when the truth is that I get winded pretty easily too doing exercise.
5222  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How much email do you keep…and why? on: February 01, 2008, 02:40:30 PM
Maybe I should also clarify that my description of my e-mail retention behaviors are for my personal e-mails, not business correspondence.
5223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Another cody spotting? CAPTION THIS PICTURE CONTEST on: February 01, 2008, 02:38:24 PM
probably a pigeon that got sick of being chased by little kids...

He was definitely sick of something. He's got the runs!
5224  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 01, 2008, 02:34:28 PM
there is just no way taking notes with a pen on a tablet is going to be used over taking notes by typing on a keyboard, unless all he does is draw diagrams.


Or unless he writes faster than he types. Which is sadly still quite common these days.
5225  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How much email do you keep…and why? on: February 01, 2008, 02:30:26 PM
I used to keep a lot of e-mail but also delete a lot. Then I got Gmail. Now I archive everything except spam and the occasional stupid chain e-mail that comes my way.

I have two Gmail accounts now, but the one I've had the longest (back when invites were still rare) is only at 19% storage capacity. The one I use most often these days is only at 1% of capacity.

My inbox is tidy because I only keep a few in the inbox, but nearly everything else goes to the archive.

EDIT: As to why? Um... Not really sure. Most of it I could do without, but I have to tell you it has been very helpful when a year and a half later I vaguely remember an e-mail conversation I had with someone about some topic (such as coding) that I'm suddenly very interested in remembering. A quick Gmail search or two and I've found it. It's very, very useful when you need it.
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