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1976  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Survival Tricks for When the Zombie Apocalypse Hits :: Lifehacker on: August 08, 2011, 12:05:08 PM
Not really. I don't ever want there to be a zombie apocalypse.

I do, at least you always know where you stand with a zombie.

Unlike the current human population of this planet, all a zombie wants to do is rip your head off and eat you.

A good friend of mine suggests this as an alternative:
 (see attachment in previous post)
 Thmbsup

I've never thought that a chainsaw is a good choice, considering the amount of blood you'd end up with over you, you stand a good chance of contracting the zombification virus....plus 2-stroke engines have an annoying habit of not firing up just when you need them most.

I think a Atchisson Assault Shotgun with 32 round rotary mags would be a better choice.

[attach=1]

Also, never underestimate the effect of a well made molotov.
1977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Survival Tricks for When the Zombie Apocalypse Hits :: Lifehacker on: August 08, 2011, 05:37:06 AM
I use 'Danger! 50,000 Zombies!' as my bible when it comes to zombies.
1978  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why My Mom Bought an Android, Returned It, and Got an iPhone on: August 03, 2011, 04:57:01 AM
When it comes down to it, I mostly use my phone for reading books.  A few other things, but when you boil it down, all of that extra stuff to most people is just window dressing.  One, maybe two functions other than the basic.  But we get so caught up in all of that other stuff that we've done just find without before- and that's what they build their business model on.  huh

Same here, I think I've read close to a hundred books on mine over the last 4 months I've been in the UK.  I'm finding I can rip through them quite fast on the small screen, (320x240).

About the only other things I use it for are a couple of games and positioning, (not navigation).
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IDEA: cancel elevator music on: July 27, 2011, 05:24:41 AM
You know what, this could make neighbourly relations so much easier  Thmbsup

I'd prefer a Woofer Stopper1 connected to an LRAD-RX2 playing Celine Dion3 at full blast.

NOTES:
1. Noise, (usually dog bark), triggered ultrasonic dog whistle.
2. RX version gives you remote control via IP so you can use it from the safety of the other side of the planet.
3. Annoying high pitched noise known to shatter glass and eardrums....although puke-inducing subsonics would be more fun.
1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 25, 2011, 01:20:34 PM
Carrying it via the central handle, (not the rails on the side), the handle 'works' well - very strong - but the rectangular profile of it is uncomfortable in your hand.  The corners of the profile cut into your palm/fingers because it only has about a 3-4mm, (if that), radius on the edges.

Our definition of handle (I see that you classified the sides as 'rails') differs.  Using the center seems counter-intuitive, as you have to turn your hand to a weird angle to even use it.

Our knuckle-dragging primate ancestors would dispute that* cheesy

Not a weird angle at all - the hold is the same most people use to climb a ladder.

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To each his own, I guess, but I use the side handles depending on which side I'm carrying it on, and I don't have the problems that you enumerate.

The profile of the side rails is the same as the handle so it wouldn't make any difference.

I would prefer to carry it at the point where the load is evenly distributed amongst the mounting points rather than cause unnecessary stress on just two of them.

* Now there's an opening Wink
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 25, 2011, 05:46:22 AM
I was a little worried about the case and how noisy it is. Can you tell me if it was especially noisy or quiet? Or was it just average? I guess that may depend on what other parts your friend has inside, but I'd still like to know.

The case was quiet: 5 HDDs, AMD 555 with stock HSF, Radeon 5850, DVD-R/W and Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P, (IIRC).  (He's since gone to an AMD x6 1100 and ATI 6870.)

How were you carrying it?  I carry it by my side, using one handle or the other (not both), and it works quite well.

Carrying it via the central handle, (not the rails on the side), the handle 'works' well - very strong - but the rectangular profile of it is uncomfortable in your hand.  The corners of the profile cut into your palm/fingers because it only has about a 3-4mm, (if that), radius on the edges.

It would have been much better if they had used a more rounded stock profile or used a greater radius on the edges - ie. made the profile more ergonomic.

Bear in mind, you only have 2 HDDs, add another 3 or 4 and that's another 1.5-2kg cutting into your hand.  My friend is a dedicated gamer and is constantly carrying it around to friends' homes or LAN nights - the handle is the only bad thing he has to say about the case, (apart from the colour of the LEDs - he likes blue).
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 23, 2011, 07:31:28 AM
Wait.....you're saying that the Intel integrated GPU is an upgrade from your current GPU?

Yes, I think so. As I understand it, the CPU-integrated-GPU on these new 2nd Gen Core i5/7s are equivalent to Radeon HD 3000 series. Or am I misunderstanding that?

Apologies, I mistook the integrated GPU for the previous GMA3000 Intel graphics.....having just had a look at it's specs it seems quite impressive compared to Intels' previous attempts.


But I'd still go for a Radeon 6850  smiley

On another note, good choice with the case - I've been looking at getting the Scout for a while.  My friend has one, the LEDs are quite subdued and can all be turned off via one switch on the top panel.
The only bad thing I'd have to say about it is that the carry handle is not designed for human hands - its cross-section is equivalent to a piece steel rectangular tube and the corners dig into your hand.  You'll find it a lot more comfortable to wrap a bit a high-density foam, (1/8" thick), around it as I did with my friends.  But if you don't envision carrying it around, or only infrequently, then no problem.
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 23, 2011, 05:41:07 AM
Yep, that's right. No GPU. After looking into the Z68 mobo and realizing that the CPU-integrated-GPU would be an upgrade from my current GPU, and also that I can use my current GPU in the new system, I decided to forego a new, expensive GPU for now.

Wait.....you're saying that the Intel integrated GPU is an upgrade from you're current GPU?

Dumb question, but what is your current GPU?

It would have to be something really old for Intel integrated to be better.

FWIW, I've used nVidia and ATI GPUs in the past and these days wouldn't consider using nVidia for the GPU or the chipset - they're drivers were crap compared to the stability I've had with ATI.
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 19, 2011, 12:17:14 PM
XPMode is standard XP 32-Bit OS running in VirtualPC

With USB support.

I'm not sure on the graphics, but I'm thinking XPMode also gives better access to the real native graphics hardware.

VirtualBox also gives you USB access, (at least storage, not sure about printers, etc), and DirectX access, (although Serious Sam ran very slowly smiley ).

It's also faster than XPMode, (as is every other VM software IIRC).

I think about the only useful situation where XPMode could be considered 'better' than the alternatives is in a business environment where it possibly saves the IT guys some work.
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to see impressive numbers? on: July 19, 2011, 04:16:55 AM
Those numbers aren't that scary really, the US National debt is currently balanced by the GDP - as reflected on the World Debt page with a pretty much no net gain/loss ratio of ~100%.

However, if you look at the EU countries........ Wink

I think you are reading that wrong...

You're probably right, I wish they'd give an example when they throw around statistics like that.

Am I interpreting these numbers correctly?

US Families: 82 million
Food stamp recipients: 45 million

Over 1/2 of the families in the USA are on Food Stamps?

I don't think the number of recipients directly equates to families on a one-to-one basis.

Do they consider a single person with no dependants a family (eg. homeless persons) ?

Do they count a family of four as four individual recipients or just the parents if the children are under age ?
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to see impressive numbers? on: July 18, 2011, 02:13:50 PM
Those numbers aren't that scary really, the US National debt is currently balanced by the GDP - as reflected on the World Debt page with a pretty much no net gain/loss ratio of ~100%.

However, if you look at the EU countries........ Wink
1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 13, 2011, 04:11:56 AM
Years ago I worked soldering/stuffing board for a local manufacturer. It amazed me to no end that the completed boards were run through what amounted to a small car-wash. The liquid (mostly water) didn't hurt the board in the slightest. It's only an issue if the board is wet and energized at the same time (It's a potential problem...).

Years later I had to completely disassemble a server, and scrub it down with baking soda, water, and a tooth brush. to get the surprisingly corrosive insecticide out of it after the bug guy sprayed it to death.

Sun dried and reassembled it booted and ran just fine for another 3 years.

I've also put small circuit boards through a cycle in the dishwasher with no ill effects, I don't recommend doing this for all boards - some board components aren't sealed against liquid - but it worked OK after being dried off.

WRT, the compressed air, (not trying to pick a fight SJ, just a different perspective smiley ), I still use a vacuum cleaner mainly because I prefer to pull dust away from pins rather than push dust toward them.  Side benefit: it's cheaper  Thmbsup

But I suspect it's more a case of six of one, half-dozen of the other.

With the fan argument, I consider it's more the point of turning the fan into a wind generator than causing it damage - putting a fingertip just inside the fan frame will stop them turning without having to exert pressure on the hub/blades themselves.  If you don't want to do that, unplug the fan from the motherboard before blasting it with an airflow, (either compressed or vacuum).

EDIT: And now what I really meant to say undecided

My netbook has just started doing the same thing, ie. reboot after hibernate or at machine start.

However, it's only when the 3G dongle is plugged in - so it seems to be a driver/software conflict in my case.
1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 12, 2011, 05:28:24 AM
Do you know if you have sata set to ahci mode?

I have no idea (!) any tips how I might check?

According to the specs on MSIs site, (MSI P35 Neo*), it doesn't have AHCI, (it's only the ICH9 chipset not the ICH9R which includes RAID/AHCI).

Otherwise, if you go into the BIOS and look under Integrated Peripherals->SATA Mode, (IIRC), it will give you the option of IDE, RAID, AHCI - if any of or all those modes are available.

* I know it doesn't say specifically P35 Neo-F but from what I've read on the forums, they are one and the same.  Compare this to the P35 Neo2-FR which does list AHCI function.
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 11, 2011, 04:06:27 PM
Buried in there was one thing in it I didn't know. This note:

...


The top bit is interesting too:

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STOP 0x0000008E errors are usually caused by memory hardware failures and more rarely by device driver issues, viruses, or hardware failures other than your RAM.

You could try reseating the RAM or running memtest from a bootable flash drive.
1990  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win XP reboots sometimes *after* startup [Any Ideas?] on: July 11, 2011, 03:54:10 PM
If it helps, I have all the above installed except for the following on my XP Pro netbook and the Hibernate works fine:

pdfforge Toolbar v4.4
Adobe Reader 8.3.0

The XP Pro system on the netbook has been nlited a bit to remove things I don't use/need.
1991  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: USB Drive shows Write Delay error on: July 11, 2011, 03:25:38 PM
What's the OS?

Does it also happen with his internal HDDs?

Delayed Write Fails are also caused by hardware faults, ie. cabling and connectors.

With USB ports, it can be:
a) For motherboard mounted rear ports, generally the contacts in the ports have lost sufficient contact tension.
b) For front mounted ports on the case, it can be the contacts in the port itself, the cable to the motherboard, or the contacts in the motherboard connector.

Have you tried another port?

The USB driver can also be playing up or conflict between USB devices, (I have the same problem between a 3G dongle and any USB storage device).

Does it happen with any of his USB storage devices, (assuming he has any)?

And 40hz beat me to mentioning GhostBuster.

@40hz: not too sure about the malware side, I'd expect the internal HDD to get hit quite often if that was the case.
1992  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monitor folder, print and then archive document? on: July 11, 2011, 06:26:55 AM
Because I'm currently existing outside of my normal environ, (12000km outside), I can't check into it all but you should be able to knock something out using the same basic ideas I used here using FileNotify or FileNotify2.
1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: smartphones and (lack of) security on: June 04, 2011, 11:21:01 AM
Yep. Using ALYac on my Android.

http://global.alyac.com/

smiley

Bah!  WVGA+ only Sad
1994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 21, 2011, 07:55:34 AM
Coat Hanger Uses I've Seen:

Replace Coat Hanger with fencing wire and it's welcome to Australia smiley

A lot tougher than coat hangers and ubiquitous anywhere not in a suburb.
1995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Droid Texting - Fail! on: May 11, 2011, 02:10:49 PM
Same here, SMS on the Huawei IDEOS 8150, (Android 2.2.1), works fine.

However, I enter all my contact numbers as full international numbers, eg: +441234123456
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 06, 2011, 12:17:31 PM
Ah hm, thanks.

And can I disable that "styled" context menu? I always have to scroll.

Nudel might have to answer that since I'm only running on my XP netbook for the next 3.5 months.

The install just picked up my existing v9 settings and I didn't really do anything other than select the toolbars I wanted and deselect the default ones.
1997  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Shortcut transformation on: May 06, 2011, 11:51:24 AM
A feature request for you:  Would it be possible to have it convert shortcuts to symlinks?

Should be easy enough, (FLW), as I said above, I'm currently in the UK but I have the source on the netbook so I should be able to mod it.

Just don't expect it to happen in the next few days - I'm technically kind of on holiday smiley

Just to clarify, do you want symlinks, hardlinks or both (hardlinks are the easiest to do) ?

Symlinks are restricted to NT6+, (Vista and above).
1998  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Shortcut transformation on: May 04, 2011, 04:01:28 PM
I'm currently hiding from the tax people in the UK at the moment, (not too far from a certain DC member in Yorkshire Wink ), but to answer some of the above:

  • It only works on shortcuts.  I could add in copying of actual files/folders but it would be slow compared to some programs out there.  If you want to copy all files/folders excluding shortcuts, try:
    xcopy source destination /E /EXCLUDE:.lnk
    This will duplicate the folder structure, (including empty folders), and copy all files/folders except shortcuts.
  • It doesn't run in the background, the progressbar is updated as each shortcut is processed and the results are displayed when all processing is finished.
  • You can refresh the Short2Real directory display by pressing F5.
  • You'll need to refresh explorers' file view by pressing F5.
1999  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 04, 2011, 03:30:08 PM
Right-click on a blank spot of the toolbars and go to the Toolbars item or Settings->Customise->Toolbars.
2000  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 04, 2011, 03:20:59 PM
Is there any way to make its look&feel more DOpus-9-like? Less giant bars, less context menu bloat design, less everything?

Load whatever toolbars you had set up from v9 and close the default ones - that's what I've done and it looks pretty much the same as v9 did.
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