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4451  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 05, 2009, 10:55:42 AM
OK, Outertech said that it is not possible to open bookmarks in the current tab (as opposed to a new tab, or new window).  Is this really true?  I'm not saying it isn't, I just find it a little hard to believe it can't be done.  In the version history for TabMix (a firefox addon) they are able to open links in current tabs.
4452  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 05, 2009, 10:53:35 AM
Thanks for the sortiing tip, very helpful.  I'm close to committing to Linkman.
4453  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 02, 2009, 05:05:15 PM
Why does Overstock.com have the Logitech Wave keyboard available at two different prices?
$26
$54

Is overstock a good place to buy?
4454  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: December 31, 2008, 12:52:43 PM
Here are my thoughts on the latest version 7.70 (all related to Firefox integration):

First of all, in the "search in linkman" right-click, you can now use the up/down arrow to move from the query box into the results pane.  That is just fantastic.  Really, that's a big deal.  Thank you for that.  That makes the program just about perfect.  In fact, as far as that search box goes, it's everything I want it to be.  Also, the escape key works great in clearing/exiting.  These quick shortcuts mean everything to the Powermarks users.  In fact, in some ways, it's better.

Now, I am still looking for two more buttons to be added in Firefox.  You have the silently add button already, but we two more buttons for "search in linkman" and "add and edit".  Actually, in the right-click, you have 4 functions there.  It would be ideal if we could have all 4 functions available as buttons.
Since right-clicking on the Linkman Fox icon gives you all four possibilities, why would you want separate buttons?  Wouldn't that just add clutter? 
No, it would be better.  Of course, there should be the option of which buttons you want to show.  So everyone's happy.  In my case (and many others I'm guessing) when we're clicking around with the mouse, it's just easier to click a button, then click a bookmark and go.

This program is shaping up very nicely.  It's a replacement for Powermarks already in my book.  In fact, ever since trying out the latest version, I'm convinced that Outertech will further improve the program and help us forget about Powermarks.  So, I'm now going to FINALLY install Firefox 3 at home, since I now have a good bookmark manager to use with it.
4455  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: December 30, 2008, 05:32:16 PM
Feature requests:
--Add all 4 buttons to Firefox.  (Search in Linkman, Show Linkman, add to linkman, add to linkman and edit)

--Allow users to control which buttons appear or not.

--Import launch count from Powermarks.

--Allow secondary column sorting.  For example, if I want to sort by launch count, but the launch count is equal, then the secondary sort can be set to rating or description, etc.

--Allow batch assigning ratings.  If I select a bunch of bookmarks and want them all rated "2" then I should be able to do it.  Now, if I select them all and go to assign a rating, it only does one of them.
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This coming year, I am SOO looking forward to __________ . on: December 30, 2008, 04:33:15 PM
I can't wait to build my new computer.
I can't wait to start grad school (assuming I get in).
I look forward to doing some interesting things with my music, if I have time.
And, of course, continue to have unsuccessful relationships.  One of these has to hit!
4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommendations for good external hard drive solutions? on: December 30, 2008, 03:44:26 PM
Whoops!  You are correct.  I thought I wrote this, but couldn't find it on the other thread!
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 30, 2008, 11:02:42 AM
Since this was discussed earlier, I wanted to see exactly how much money was being "wasted" on this system.  So here's a very quick estimate of the spoiled factor in the cost:
ITEMPRICEEXCESS $$
Motherboard$140+$40
CPU$270+$70
Monitor$600+$300
Main Hard Drive$200+$30
Storage Hard Drive$130+$0
Backup Hard Drive #1$130+$0
Backup Hard Drive #2$130+$0
External HD Enclosure$70+$50
RAM$80+$0
Graphics Card$200+$100
Audio Mixing Board$300+$0
Pro Audio Card$0+$0
Case$190+$100
Mouse$70+$40
Keyboard$50+$30
DVD/CD Burner$0+$0
56k PCI Modem$0+$0
Power Supply$135+$30

How much I'm spoiling myself:  $790

That's almost $800, but the question to ask is where do I really draw the line?  $300 of it comes from just the extra monitor, but you know, I just want a luxurious amount of screen space, ok?  The rest is just the difference between solid, average hardware and really nice, functional hardware.  And if anyone knows me, they know I have to have quality.  So an extra $500-$800 isn't going to kill me.  Especially once every 7 years.  And if it weren't for the freaking hedge fund fiasco, I wouldn't even worry about it for a second, considering what I'd be doing in 7 years.  Anyway, I digress...this is fine for now.  I'm excited!
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 30, 2008, 10:30:07 AM
OK, first item to buy, the WD Raptor 300GB hard drive.  Why?  Because Newegg has a $30 rebate that expires soon (1/04/2009).  So I can currently get it for $200, which seems to be the cheapest price on the web so far.  Free shipping, whoo!
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2008 Cybernet Awards Are Out.. DonationCoder.com Wins Most Useful Forum!! on: December 30, 2008, 10:16:20 AM
Yeah, this place is great.  Great job mouser, you are the man.

I'm still amazed by how polite everyone is here...I have never seen that in a forum for this long a time.  It's just unheard of.
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 07:06:20 PM
Ah!!  I'll forget about it.  I don't even have any HD movies, nor do I plan on having any.  When the time comes, I'll get it then.
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 06:33:04 PM
What about the LG GGC-H20L?  It burns CD/DVD and plays BluRay?  It's only $100 if I go to Fry's tonight or tomorrow:
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Way cheaper than Pioneer.
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 05:35:59 PM
Wait...
How about a combo drive for recording DVD/CD, but also can playback BluRay?  At least I can watch the movies.
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 03:52:22 PM
I like the Hiper PSUs a lot - beautifully engineered.
Nice!  Good enough for me, then!
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommendations for good external hard drive solutions? on: December 29, 2008, 01:39:03 PM
Well, I think the first item to get is this WD Raptor drive.  Newegg has a rebate for it which makes the price $200 for the 300GB model.  In my list, I have the 150GB model for $170, so it makes sense to upgrade that to 300GB for only $30 more.  Unless I change my mind, I'll buy this in a couple of days.
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 01:13:44 PM
OK, no Bluray burner then.  I'll just reuse my existing NEC DVD/CD combo burner, it's fine.

I was reading this anandtech article about 650-680 W PSU's.  I'll go with it's recommendation and get the Hiper HPU-5B680 model.

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Well, it looks like my system is finished for the time being.  Now, I need to sit on it for a while.  I'll check out all the prices and the stores to see where the best deals are.  I'll add stuff if I've forgot anything.  Very cool!
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 12:59:22 PM
What is the point of an HD burner - the HD-DVD format is dead and gone.
Really, even blu ray?  OK, well, then forget about it.  So, what is all this I'm hearing about 50GB discs?
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 12:32:23 PM
OK, I did what I think is a fairly accurate power supply calculation (using this website).  I came up with 696 W.  So, I guess I need a PSU in the 700 W range.  Check it out:
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4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 12:19:48 PM
Last two items:  Power Supply and DVD burner.

Should I get a Blu-ray or HD burner?  I don't think I have to, since neither the discs or the burners are mainstream enough to be affordable yet.  If that's the case, I'll just reuse my current DVD burner.  I don't think the speeds of regular DVD/CD burning have changed much in the last 3 years.

Also, for PSU, I have to research more.  I want great quality and silent.  I really care about PSU.  Like I said before, I had a bad one last time and it cost me quite a bit.
4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 11:52:16 AM
i advise matching keyboard+mouse company: ie get mouse+keyboard both from MS or both from Logitech.  As for corded keyboard -- don't know why you would want anything else.
Yeah, I guess I'll get a corded keyboard.  I don't really move my keyboard, and the corded options are better.  I'll probably get this Logitech Wave keyboard.  It seems pretty cool.
4471  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 29, 2008, 12:53:19 AM
Ooh!  The Logitech Wave seems to be a good keyboard, even though it's corded.  But so what.  Let me check out the Microsoft offerings and see what they have...
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 28, 2008, 09:46:10 PM
OK, here's one cost-cutting move.  Since this fancy case I'm getting has these snazzy hard drive bays built-in, with removeable aluminum trays, I don't need to get the internal enclosure from Granite Digital.  So I'm taking it out.  That's a savings of $50.  Yay!

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4473  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 28, 2008, 03:21:15 PM
Actually I am not sure you would need to buy two licenses for Windows to run a dual boot system. As you say you are running only one copy of Windows at a time on the same hardware so you should be covered by the EULA anyway. It isn't as if you have multple VMs running concurrently.
You're absolutely right.  On my laptop, I do a dual boot; one for just audio applications.  Such a great idea.  Those audio apps need all the power they can get, so the audio boot is as minimal as I can get it, and it really helps.  Hopefully, with this computer, I won't have to do that.  And with Windows 7, I hope OS efficiency will be even better.
4474  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 28, 2008, 03:16:49 PM
Am I the only one who looks at the first post and thinks this machine is complete overkill for superboyac's needs? Seems to me like everyone is building their own dream computer vicariously for superboyac instead of helping him buy what suits his purposes
Ha!  Thanks Deozaan for your concern.  But everyone's right, I am mostly to blame for the cost so far.  I have definitely been asking for it.  I know I don't "need" most of this stuff.  At the end of all this, I am going to go through a fat-trimming, cost-cutting phase where I truly decide if I want to buy these parts or not.

On the other hand, if you look closely, it's not like I've chosen things that are a huge waste of money.  Like 40hz said, a lot of this stuff is the right choice when you look at it from a bang-for-the-buck perspective.  That being said, the truth still may be that I don't need half of whatever is banged for the buck, but I'll decide that definitely later on.  And if I really wanted to be budget-conscious about it, how much could I really save?  Let's think about it:
I'm not skimping on any of the audio equipment or the hard drive, no way.  That's $560 right there.  That's already approaching the cost of many budget Dell desktops that people get.  The graphics card is definitely a luxury for me, but again, with 2xDVI, how much will I save, $100?  That's no big deal.  I can cut out $300 if I don't get two monitors.  My case is also quite a luxury, so a normal case would easily be $100 cheaper.  The Mobo/CPU combo is about $400, but I don't like skimping there knowing I'll use this thing for years and years.

All things said, I could probably easily cut out $500 of stuff right now.  But $500 is really no big deal in the grand perspective.  I can afford it...really.  I'm not rich or anything, but I know I spend a lot of time with my computer and I make a good living.  It's really not a big deal.  More importantly, I don't think I'm being careless with the parts...just a tad on the premium quality side.  It's an impressive computer, no doubt, but it's not just eye candy...it will be a workhorse, and I'll be thankful when it's 2015 and still going strong.

Also, even on my last computer which I didn't spend nearly this much attention to, and I'm using it over 7 years later, it wasn't all that cheap.  First of all, I had to add a whole bunch of hardware to it as it went along, and I wouldn't be surprised if over the course of the 7 years if I spend over $2000 on it.  Actually, I'm pretty sure I did.  I had to replace an IBM DeathStar.  Then I bought two more hard drives for backup purposes to ensure nothing like that ever happened again.  I bought the pro soundcard.  My PSU died, and took my graphics card with it, so I had to replace those.  I bought a DVD burner.  A couple of hard disk trays and a cooler unit.  A new monitor the same time the PSU died (don't know if they were related).  So there you go...easily $2000.  I'm just doing it all up front now.
4475  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: December 28, 2008, 01:48:24 AM
Question:
Is there any reason why I would want a wired keyboard?  I'm not a gamer, and from my initial research, it seems that all the premium keyboards are targeted to gamers and they are wired.  I love wireless keyboards, but I'm not finding many choices besides one or two from Logitech and Microsoft.

What's a nice, upper-class quality wireless keyboard?
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