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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ergonomic mouse and keyboard on: April 29, 2010, 10:57:32 AM
One option you can do is eliminate the need to move your mouse at all, and get a trackball mouse. That is what I use now, and I love it.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is better windows mobile or android os or iphone os? on: March 29, 2010, 06:45:00 PM
Multitasking they seem fine at. How exactly does the Palm Pre/Pixi beat Android there?

the pre and pixi has a card system where each app you open up gets it's own card, and then you just slide your finger up and it reveals all the current apps you have open, and you can scroll through them and close any that you are done with. You can also switch between the apps very easily. there are tons of youtube videos about the pre/pixi that demonstrate it.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is better windows mobile or android os or iphone os? on: March 28, 2010, 01:30:11 PM
I guess I am too late since Musubi seems to be set on the iphone. But for the other people who may still be looking at phones to buy, I give you my input.

In my opinion, a "good" phone is one that you can customize to make your own (not talking about the billion and one accessories the iphone has). You should be able to change the background on it, customize the ringtone, and the txt tone.

If you have to jailbreak the iphone just to make it a "good" phone, then I have to ask, why do you want the iphone? Because it is fast and stable? Sure, that is a good reason to buy the iphone. But let me say this: the reason the iphone is so fast and stable, is because it is the only one of it's kind. Apple is the only one who makes the os that it uses, and they are the only one who makes the phone itself. Google and MS just make the os that their phones use. That is why android and winmo phones are not as stable.

Now going to the original topic of what phone to buy, I wouldn't go with the hd2, since MS is about to royally screw over the windows phone experience with their new OS (that in my opinion is NOT windows mobile). I also wouldn't go with the iphone, since it isn't (based on my definition) a "good" phone(out of the box). I would however go with either an android phone (it is a "good" phone right out of the box) or maybe the palm pre/pixi. Though, the only reason I would go with the pre/pixi is if you planned on doing a ton of multi tasking. That is what the pre/pixi's os is best at. If major multi tasking isn't what you are looking for, the android is better.

Now before you go off and say that I am biased towards the android phone, I would just like to point this out: I currently use the LG Incite which runs windows mobile 6.1 (6.5 upgradable via COOKED roms only). I will however say that yes, I am indeed biased against the iphone because I don't want a phone that I can't customize unless I have to do something major to it first. Also from what my brother said, (he used to have an iphone, until he ditched it because he hated it also) everytime you update the iphone, you have to reload everything you put on it.( I am not 100% sure on that, so don't quote me or my brother on that part)

So in the end, I wouldn't go with a windows phone right now, because MS is fixing to release a completely new os  which will make all current winmo phones outdated and useless.(though in my opinion MS' new os is not windows mobile at all)
If you DON'T want to do much customizing, and have someone else do all your major choices for you, you can go with the iphone.
If you wan't a slightly less stable and speedy phone, but with a large app database and ten times more customizing capabilities, then go with an android phone.
Or last, but not least if you want a phone that you can still customize, still has a fairly decent amount of apps on it, and you can multi task the crap out of it, go with the Palm pre/pixi.

I hope what I have said has helped someone out in their phone buying choice.
Though I would like to state that before someone decides to complain at me for anything that I have said, know that you don't have to listen to anything I have just said. I am not the one that is going to be using the phone.
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a new sound card( non Creative) on: March 26, 2010, 07:35:33 PM
I guess I just can't tell the difference then. I used to have a fairly decent creative sound card until it died, but now I am using the onboard audio and it sounds just as good.
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Open Source Uninstaller Windows 7? on: March 01, 2010, 01:06:48 PM
to me it is ten times faster than xp. I dont use a third party uninstaller
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / screen saver causes computer to think non stop on: February 21, 2010, 11:37:56 PM
Yay, more computer problems...  thumb down
I have my computer set to turn the screensaver on after 10 minutes, and turn the monitors off after 20 minutes.
Recently (don't remember when it started), the hard drive activity light on the front of my computer stays on and the hard drive stays on non stop (like when you are doing something with the drive such as copying files to or from it) as soon as the computer turns the monitors off. Normally this wouldn't bother me much, but in this case, there is two reasons why it does bother me.
1. My hard drive is very noisy when it is being used.
2. I had scuedualled windows media center to record a tv show, and since the screensaver came on, and the monitors turned off, the computer started to think non stop, and my recording messed up about 15 minutes through.

Does anyone know of a way to fix this? Otherwise I may have to just kill the screensaver all together, and just use the power button on my monitors when I am not using my computer.
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 10, 2010, 11:07:07 AM
yeah, I'm still waiting for it to be rolled out to my account... Though I would like to know if it will be rolled out to google apps accounts also, because I don't use my gmail account anymore since I have my apps email.
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Just discovered a HUGE annoyance in Windows 7 on: January 17, 2010, 03:00:58 PM
Don't you just love window's awesome dual monitor capabilities? (end sarcasm)
I ended up disabling the UAC all together on my desktop and laptop, because the popup gets annoying, and it freezes up windows media center for about a second after I hit the allow button. so while I am watching tv on my computer, I get interrupted. Haven't missed the UAC one bit since disabling it.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 16, 2010, 05:13:00 PM
Maybe try another slot if you want to keep it otherwise just dump it
lol, that could be kind of difficult, because my only other pci port is hidden under my behemoth video card. But unless the current pci port the card was plugged into could cause the card to stop sending sound to my speakers, I think the card has died on me.
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 13, 2010, 07:32:58 AM
yeah, I will agree, the card doesn't add any real value to my computer, but the fact that I didn't have to pay for it was the reason that I was using it, and those are the reasons why I don't plan to replace it.
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 12, 2010, 05:19:09 PM
It was a fairly high end card... though it's main purpose was for music producers.
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 12, 2010, 10:34:44 AM
lol, well it was a free card(for me, not for my brother) and it was better than my onboard sound, so I figured why not use it, but then it died on me, so I will just stick with onboard now.
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 12, 2010, 10:05:31 AM
You are not gonna believe this, but I am pretty sure I may have found the culprit that was causing my computer to mess up. I was watching a bunch of youtube videos, and my computer started to freeze up every few seconds. Which is kind of a pattern. If I watch to many videos, my computer starts to freeze. And then what convinced me that this is the problem, is the sound just completely stopped coming out of my computer all together. Then I switched from my pci sound card(the one that just died on me) and I went to my onboard sound card, and my computer pretty much instantly stopped freezing up, because it was still doing the freeze every couple of seconds thing right up until I switched over to my onboard audio. So I believe that the problem was my pci soundcard. I won't be replacing it though, because the card was just an extra that my brother had, and he wasn't using it, so he gave it to me to use.
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 05, 2010, 11:43:16 PM
My main drive (which might be the culprit) is by hitachi
My backup drive (which I have no problems with that I know of) is a WD
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 04, 2010, 07:21:55 PM
lol, still hijacking My thread I see. Luckily it seems my problem has pretty much disapeared. Not sure what I did either

edit:nvm it started doing it again.
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: January 01, 2010, 01:06:49 AM
lol, I learned about various things I didn't know through all of this. I also learned taht it is a good thing I use chrome and not firefox
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 11:52:35 PM
lol, I can rule out FF and TB, I use chrome and the web version of gmail. I'm going to run sophos and see what happens, after that I will replace the sata cable... but first, it is about 6 minutes until 2010, so I have other things I need to do.
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy new year! on: December 31, 2009, 11:44:34 PM
I still have about 20 more minutes to go...
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 04:50:36 PM
I never replaced the cable, I might go ahead and use the cable that came with it. I'm fixing to leave for dinner right now though, so I will have to change it when I get back.
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 01:14:21 PM
well I mean that is only when it first started. It has also started when I was watching a video, and it wasn't even an hd video at that.
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 12:38:47 PM
It was a hard drive getting ready to fail.  Replaced it and all has been well since.
Well I haven't fully ruled out my new hard drive. I guess it is possible that I just got a bum drive.
Though the problem only started 2 days ago.
I was playing batman arkham asylum, because I just bought it and it finally got fully downloaded. My system more than meets the system requirements, and for an hour or two, the game ran fine, but all of a sudden, the freezing every couple of seconds started. So if it is the hard drive, then the drive must have just started to go bad about two days ago.
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 10:15:46 AM
I've never heard of dma mode or pio mode, so I don't know for sure if my hard drive is running in dma or pio, but I did run across something that I thought looked like something useful.
[attachthumb=1]
That is the closest thing I got to any dma/pio settings
[attachthumb=2]
those are the only devices under the ide ata controllers, and I attempted to update all of them through the windows update, but they were all up to date.
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Something on computer is fubar on: December 31, 2009, 04:12:11 AM
I'm not sure what the problem is, but either some hardware on my computer is about to go out, or something.
For some reason, my computer randomly starts to freeze for about half a second, and it does this every 2 or 3 seconds. Also, the task manager and the cpumeter gadget built into windows 7 both say that the cpu is at 30-76% even though the system idle process is at 92-97%.
This makes watching videos, and playing games very difficult.
When I started this post, all of the above was happening, but right now, the system has stopped freezing every couple of seconds, but it still says the cpu is at 30-76% and the idle process it at around 90-92%.
I am pretty sure I can rule out the hard drive, because I just replaced it about a week before Christmas. So if anyone could help me out here, that would be awesome.
If you need anymore information, just let me know, and I will see what I can do.

edit:after further inspection, I ran across the resource monitor tool, and found out "System Interrupts" is what is taking up around 30% of the cpu
174  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Get Stubbs the Zombie for free! on: December 04, 2009, 10:38:04 AM
Hmmm, the licensing terms are very restrictive, so be sure to backup the game and do not install it too much cheesy

Restricted to 10 activations between 2 computers. Yeah...if I hadn't gotten it free I'd be demanding a refund.

It's still a very good game for those with warped senses of humor.
Hope people aren't like me and have to reinstall windows periodically because I install to much crap and it starts to slow down my computer. I can only do that 10 times, and then I have to buy a new licence to keep playing the game. I hate how game manufacturers do that.
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Notepad Fun on: December 04, 2009, 10:05:58 AM
That is pretty cool. I would have never been able to come up with that on my own.
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