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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: June 01, 2014, 02:58:31 AM
Is it just me, or does most of this stuff seem pretty obvious?  :?|

It might be more you. A lot of what gets discussed here is done for the benefit of those to whom the information may not be quite so obvious. smiley
I agree.  I have read and experimented a lot with this kind of stuff, and people think I'm an expert know it all, and I don't feel that way.  Reading the way other people think through such things, even when seemingly simple and obvious, is a great benefit to me.  It can confirm a lot of things, or give new ideas, and is just overall pleasurable embarassed
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 31, 2014, 06:14:48 PM
loving that cash dolla!  yo!
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Internet With a Human Face on: May 29, 2014, 02:36:46 AM
lo frreaking L at this:
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There was an ad for the new Pixies album. This was the one ad that was well targeted; I love the Pixies. I got the torrent right away.
I'm seriously dying, that was so funny.   Grin cheesy
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 28, 2014, 06:03:08 PM
you're referring to irukandji which are pretty much confined to the tropical north, ie there's an awful lot of coastline where you don't have to worry about stingers.  And for the most part the snakes and spiders aren't great beach goers Thmbsup Thmbsup

it's all relative - I don't know how people live in a place where carrying personal weapons is an accepted norm


omg.  that little thing is frightening and impressive.  damn!!

the main body is 5mm, and the tentacles are 1 meter!!

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The first of these jellyfish, Carukia barnesi, was identified in 1964 by Jack Barnes; in order to prove it was the cause of Irukandji syndrome, he captured the tiny jelly and allowed it to sting him while his son and a lifeguard observed the effects.
Now that's a real scientist!!  Reminds me of a sherlock holmes story crossed with the guy who discovered the ulcer bacteria (nobel prize!) by injesting it to prove it was caused by bacteria.

I just don't like small, dangerous things.  I feel the more dangerous you are, the bigger and slower you should be, thus allowing everyone to avoid you, and you will proceed to go extinct.  like dinosaurs.  and goliath.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 27, 2014, 06:59:56 PM
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Australians, being a hardy people, deal with the presence of the world's most dangerous marine animal with warning signs and vinegar. The vinegar helps deactivate any tentacles clinging to your skin so you can remove them without doing yourself more damage. The warning sign shows a picture of a swimmer in briefs being attacked by something out of H.P. Lovecraft, and cautions that ‘marine stingers are present in these waters during the summer months’. The committee in charge of creating the signs presumably considered adding words like "danger" or "no swimming", but found them over the top. They try not to coddle you in Australia.③

Really nicely done article. Read it here. (The rest of the stories on the site are equally good. Check it out!)
Fascinating.  I've been terrified of those box jellies since i was a kid.  i saw a video of these guys on a boat catching one in a pool-cleaner net (with the long pole).  The wind blew one tentacle that lightly brushed on his arm.  In no time, the arm looked like there was a red, throbbing vein the whole length of the arm about 3-4 inches in diameter.  crazy!

do not mess.  and even worse is this new one they found recently which is even more potent and so small you can't even see it!  it looks like a bubble!  i don't know how people live down there, just the fear is too much for me.  and what's going on there...all the animals are the "most venomous" in the world.  snakes, spiders, jellies.  is venom somehow attracted magnetically there or what?  good gawd.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 22, 2014, 06:03:01 PM
@SJ - a gigging computer is a PC that usually packs into a 4U fiberglass flight case and is trucked around to music gigs by a musician. Most are built in a ruggedized rack mount form factor which slots very nicely into these cases.

That Antec is nice. But it wouldn't last half a road trip tossed in the back of a band van with a ton of keyboards, amps, and guitars.

@SB - FWIW, Sweetwater has these PCs last I heard. Configured, tested and ready to roll.

But question: why not a laptop instead?  And more to the point, why not a Macbook or iPad? That's pretty much the defacto go-to platform for mobile/road use. Moog has even released  iPad-only based synths. And ProTools runs on Mac...so...

 What apps are you planning on running on it?
Ok ok!  As with most superboyac® builds, it is far too much overkill.  And I'm ok with that, to a point.  I overkill to a point. (or to a tee!)

It's more than a gigging computer.  It's primarily a gigging computer, but I will also use it for LAN-type parties, MAME parties (after I rig it with the music stuff, I'm going to set it up for MAME).  I also want to take advantage of windows 8 touch stuff, and see if i can incorporate a live recording setup with it.

I've tried the laptop for years.  I've never been satisfied, even as they've gotten more powerful over the years.  I don't like the things I have to go through for cables, power, usb ports, other ports.  It's size is convenient for portability, but it's size is a hassle for using during the gig.  You can see me using a laptop here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNCSLEGyWA
(I have a freaking AMAZING story about the commenter in the comments there)

This is all somewhat of an experiment.  The last few months, I've been very happy with the state of sampled music stuff.  Now that SSDs have become the norm and with the huge amounts of RAM we can do, there are things possible that I couldn't really pull off by myself even 5 years ago.  Especially the things with the samples.  Huge samples have been available for years, but SSDs and RAM have made them playable live now.  So I now have great sounding acoustic bass, brush drums, piano, saxophone (breath controller).  So just recently, I've been putting together arrangements that I'll be able to play live with a backup band that I am satisfied with (me!).  I've effectively been able to clone myself for live music.  And that, my friend, is the narcissist's ultimate fantasy.

I don't know how effective this will be, so I want a full rig to lug around while i figure it out.  I considered a laptop, the REceptor Muse vst machine, etc.  but I want the big rig.  I'll totally overkill it, and if the music fails it will be another powerful pc for me to play with.

And next up will be my server "mini-me" build that I detailed in the other thread!
107  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes on BitsDuJour Fri. 5/23 for $12.50 on: May 22, 2014, 10:44:35 AM
The excellent CintaNotes will be on sale tomorrow for half-price. Also, the full price will soon increase from $25 to $39.
ah...don't need it.  but probably worth getting just cuz it's a good software.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: May 22, 2014, 10:08:43 AM

Thank you all. But I can't help thinking I post far too much. embarassed
mouser has them all saved in his email.  You have your own subfolder most likely.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Any tool to set/manage windows default directories? (program files, users, etc.) on: May 21, 2014, 12:15:34 PM
Let me know if there is any tool out there that can help set the different default directories for windows systems.  Normally I don't mess around with this stuff, but now that we have SSD's I am doing this.  Is there something that can easily manage and change these directories?  I swear I've come across one, but can't remember it.

I know the windows way of doing it, but am looking for something third-party.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: May 20, 2014, 10:34:48 PM
it seems my paranoia of watching my drive temperatures are still warranted
This is a good moment to enjoy.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ivy Bridge vs Haswell on: May 20, 2014, 05:36:02 PM
My approach is: get a decent CPU, a quality mobo, name-brand power supply and video card, max out the RAM, add a quality hard drive - and call it a day. And no matter what else, try not to let it make you crazy.
Brilliant!!  It's exactly the right way.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ivy Bridge vs Haswell on: May 20, 2014, 05:34:00 PM
lol, i was just putting together my notes for the gigging computer I'm building.  I went through this debate.  I'm not sure what is haswell or not, but the x97 chips JUST came out and they aren't that expensive, so I'm getting that.  And I know it doesn't really matter, lol.  Here are my notes:
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Motherboard:
MSI Z87-GD65
Source: Best motherboard: 9 top boards reviewed and rated: Verdict | News | TechRadar  (14 May 2014 1:52 PM)
http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16813130692
$200
LGA 1150
4th Generation Intel Core i7,Core i5,Core i3,Pentium,Celeron(LGA1150)
Intel Z87

The new Devil's Canyon Intel chips just came out, so maybe consider them since they are not necessarily that much more expensive.  THis will be the Core i7-4790K chip.
For Z97 motherboards, the following are good:
ASUS Maximus VII Ranger
Source: ASUS Maximus VII Ranger - Google Search  (14 May 2014 2:13 PM)
http://www.asus.com/Mothe...oards/MAXIMUS_VII_RANGER/
Hero is the flagship model, Ranger is the budget model, and Gene is the micro-ATX model.

wait for the devil's canyon chip to come out, it's the K-series chip.  A comparison of the chips to clear up the confusion:
http://thepcenthusiast.co...ls-canyon-specifications/
i7-4790K (Intel chip) should be around $300
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nice blog post on the parasitic software hosting sites bundling junkware on: May 20, 2014, 03:57:49 PM
To my mind, the real problem software developers have is that many got sucked into the "monetizing" game and started including "offers" with their installers. And then there were things like OpenCandy jumping through hoops to redefine the terms "adware" and "spyware." And indy devs went along with these sorts of things to "gain exposure" and minimize their hosting and bandwidth expenses. So aggregator sites and bundling became the norm. And now, many in the marketplace have become desensitized to the presence of bundling - and totally deaf to the words of software developers and distributors. So any protests by developers to the general public aren't likely to be heard. Because they're no longer listening to the industry.

It was only a matter of time before some enterprising crapware bundler put 2 and 2 together and completely cut the software developer from the equation.

You get what you pay for. And you pay for who you associate with.

And that sad new-age adage still remains true: If you're not the customer - you're the product."

Especially when somebody else is picking up your distribution expenses. Just ask Walmart. 
dammit 40!!
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 19, 2014, 04:16:48 PM
You're saying it just places the call, but the rest is using the cell service?

Yup. 

As Deozaan mentioned there were other apps that provided a VOIP integration with GV (in my limited tests, they didn't work all that well), but it seems Google cut them off recently.

What I use GV for is to have a single phone number that gets forwarded to several different phones (my home phone land line, a cell phone at work that I keep at my desk, and my actual cell phone).  I get rings to all those phones when someone dials my GV number. Also, when I dial out of my cell phones, I can have things set up to dial out as my GV number (or not - you can configure it to ask on each call).

This works OK, but I'm not entirely convinced that the complexity is worth the small value I get out of it.

The thing I do like about GV is that I have a phone number that I can use with whatever cell phone and whatever plan - I can change phones or SIMs on a whim and never have to worry about making sure the porting process will go smoothly.

All this time I've been thinking it's possible to make calls using wifi.  Now I find out it's practically impossible!
SKype doesn't really count, but it's ok I guess.

I'm still pissed about this.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 19, 2014, 03:49:16 PM
I made a few calls using Google Voice while connected to the Hotel's free wifi.  I even checked the wifi statusbar symbol to see that the data was going through there and not the cell service.  Well, I come back home and all those calls were charged.  How do you figure?

Did you get charged for data or for voice?  Google Voice sets up the call through TCP/IP (whether WiFi or mobile data), but the call is connected through the cellular carrier.  It's not VOIP. 

I assume that Google Voice does this specifically to avoid a conflict with the phone companies. Or it might be because VOIP over whatever data network a phone might have available is still pretty iffy.
oh really?!  I got charged for voice.  I was always under the impression that google voice would allow you to make calls thru wifi, as in the data gets charged through wifi.  You're saying it just places the call, but the rest is using the cell service?  Big deal!  I'm so underwhelmed now, I always thought gv was amazing.
116  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: May 18, 2014, 11:16:55 PM
Note Frog's look is distractingly busy-looking and hard on the eyes. I couldn't see myself willingly spending a lot of time in it because of that. The interface isn't XP...or even Win98. It looks closer to an early Delphi app under Windows for Workgroups, or possibly something written for a Commodore 64. At least to my tired eyes.

A pretty interface won't make a bad app into good one. But it can certainly make a very good app look like a bad app. And with all the competition in this category of product, a dev might not get a second chance if the interface is a turn-off.
it's so true, lol!!  it was the first thought i had when i used it the first time!
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 17, 2014, 08:59:54 PM
None of the telco's are your friend. And the behavior you describe was rampant in Europe. Now there are laws in place to should prevent this...and all that the governments sacrificed was their customers net neutrality.

You (as customer) will pay going left or going right. And now the telco's have made it so that you (as customer) pay for both ways while only using one nowadays.

The only way to be sure is pulling the sim from the phone and then call through WiFi. My stock Lumia allows for this, at least.
piece of s--- companies, whoever is responsible for this.  I did a quick search and didn't find anything, but somebody's gotta make an app that is a simple button on/off for preventing roaming charges somehow.  None of this figuring out which toggle does what...data sync, cell mobile data, data roaming, data wifi, etc.  very clear one button.

like this:
Charge me for data roaming: on/off.

I don't give a damn crap which service doesn't work.  I just don't want to get charged.  And it shouldn't have to take removing the damn sim card out.  just a toggle.  man, it makes me so angry how much money they've gotten out of this shit.  if someone who knows as much about computers got it like this, they must have made billions off of this nonsense by now.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC/Indie/coder/startup house/condo/etc on: May 17, 2014, 05:33:29 PM
I know I've said this half jokingly before, but in all seriousness if we could find a multi-family property where 10 of us like-minded individuals/families that work from home could each put up our share of a mortgage -- a place with some retail ground floor space where we could have a little board game shop or maker space or teaching space or something, a place that could be improved and developed over the course of a few years.. maybe a shared car or two, i'm ready to put in my share and labor. Seriously.  Anyone?

Someplace near upstate ny would work best for me but i'm open to literally anywhere.

Wow! Talk about reviving memories! I was involved in a music/art living arrangement like that many years ago (back in the late commune days - although this was more an art-focused voluntary community rather than a commune) and it worked out amazingly well for everyone involved. As people got older, and started families or found employment elsewhere, it gradually faded away - but with a group of about 10 people who already knew where they wanted to put some roots down - and the admittedly more realistic and diverse mindset of today - you could probably make a go of it.

Suggestion: make sure the finances are all worked out well in advance. The thing that made it work for us was that money never became an issue because it was all mapped out - and with as many possible contingencies as possible planned for.

The best advice anybody ever gave us when we were setting up was to make sure the money questions were addressed and settled before anyone said "I do." This guy had organized several voluntary communities and said they were just like marriages - because more marriages break up over money problems than anything else. And from what I've seen, he was right.

Damn! If I wasn't locked in where I am right now (with major caretaker responsibilities for some elderly parents) I'd definitely be interested. Unfortunately, I'm not going anywhere for at least a few years. And where I am is not the type place (i.e. cost of living way too expensive) where you'd want to attempt a living arrangement like that.


I love ideas like this.  And it's great to hear of an actual experience that really worked, 40.  Because sometimes you toss these ideas around and they are so wild sounding that they don't even get the proper consideration or debate necessary.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 17, 2014, 05:19:07 PM
I'm super pissed.  Went to Italy, turned off every possible toggle that could result in data or voice charges on ATT.  Here is the recap...

My phone:
nexus 5
Android, Dirty Unicorn custom ROM
ATT service

settings:
Mobile Data toggle was OFF
Mobile networks--> Data Roaming setting was UNCHECKED (meaning off, not allowed)

I made a few calls using Google Voice while connected to the Hotel's free wifi.  I even checked the wifi statusbar symbol to see that the data was going through there and not the cell service.  Well, I come back home and all those calls were charged.  How do you figure?

I'm so pissed about this.  I want to blame ATT.  But technically speaking, it looks to me like it might be a Google/Android problem because my suspicion is either those toggles don't work or there's something very tricky about what those toggles actually do...like maybe it turns off web browsing but not voice calling or something idiotic like that.

I also just tried this back at home, I turned off Wifi, data mobile, everything and made a call...and the call went through!  WTF!?
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 03:01:42 PM
Good point.  I'll save me the money.  I'll use it for the monitor mixer unit instead, which is going to cost a pretty penny.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 12:43:09 PM
Nice, I found one there.  For $100 I get a case with 90mm fans.  For $250, I get a case with 120mm fans.  worth $150 for larger fans?  hmm...
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 11:46:20 AM
Short of finding one on EBay, I don't know where else to suggest. 6U is an awfully specialized chassis size, so there aren't going to be that many choices (new or used) to begin with.

If you're willing to come down to 4U or smaller, places like Directron offer very affordable cases you might want to look at. These won't all be from top-shelf makers (or built to data center specs) but for something like a large home server that's mostly  going to stay put and not be constantly ditzed with, they'll work just fine.

Maybe Stoic has some recommendations for this one since he gets involved in more hardware purchases than I do?

Luck! Thmbsup
Thanks.  Yes I am willing to go to 4U because they are so much cheaper!  I was just trying to avoid noise issues.  This is for a gigging computer.  I'm finally satisfied with the technology we have available and am ready to play keyboard through the computer rather than onboard sounds.  After all 32-128 MB onboard can't compete with a desktop running multi-GB samples.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 11:03:04 AM
Can any of you recommend an affordable 6U chassis to house an atx computer?  I don't need a lot of space for hard drives, I'll be using only a couple of SSDs.  But I want a lot of room for big fans.  Also, it seems these kinds of cases are really expensive >$500, so if any of you have cheaper alternatives, that would be great.
Is there a used market where I may be able to get it cheaper?
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 14, 2014, 03:19:57 PM
You might also want to consider Dark City. There is a groundhog loop - admittedly engineered every 24-hrs by an alien social experiment where everyone gets "reset" each night - but to the humans who are subject to it, it adds up to the same thing.
I saw Dark City in college and it blew me away.  Great looking movie.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 13, 2014, 11:52:03 AM
Anyway, I've never found a good client option.  I hate Outlook.  i don't much like thunderbird. What else is there?  the other options seem to either be really old and unsupported or too new and overly simple.

If you're still looking for a client option have you looked at Sylpheed ?

It's been my major choice for a long time - there's also Claws of course which is a version/fork of Sylpheed.
Ha!  Thanks.
I don't have much motivation at the moment to find another email client.  It already caused me much anxiety years ago when mouser convinced me to switch to the Bat from Pegasus, lol!  Now it's all set up, backed up, no real issues.  All the filters and colors and interface tweaks, ugh.

http://www.pmail.com/
Pegasus is still going strong!  Damn!  I used Pegasus for such a long time, must have been 12 years.  Top notch program.  Man, that's a trip down memory lane.  One of the first pieces of software I used intentionally as a power user.  I was in college and got one of those gigantic computer review magazines.  THere was an email client roundup, I was using Eudora at the time.  It talked about all the powerful and free features of Pegasus, I tried it and was hooked.  Now look at me...I'm a crazy software nut.  Addiction is a sad thing.
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