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4451  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 26, 2009, 01:36:50 PM
Why should the "...display list should immediately show the full list as soon as Esc is pressed"? Is this a feature listed somewhere? Or is this how your other bookmark application worked?

It doesn’t seem like you will be even a little bit happy with Linkman unless it becomes an exact clone of what you were previously using. True?
J-Mac, you totally misinterpreted my tone.  I'm not trying to bash the program.  If I didn't think it was a great program, I wouldn't spend all this effort coming up with suggestions.  I hope Outertech doesn't interpret my comments as such.

More so than Linkman becoming a clone of Powermarks, my comment addresses the proper (or what I think is proper) behavior of any search-as-you-type feature.  In this case, as each character is typed in the search box, the results list gets filtered accordingly.  So, when you press Esc, in essence, that is something that you type, so the list should also respond to that by showing the full list.  This is the way most search-as-you-type boxes behave, and I think it makes sense intuitively.
4452  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 26, 2009, 01:51:07 AM
launch count still does not import into Linkman in version 7.71.

Also, it seems as though I'm the only one having the problem with the Esc key not clearing the display list?  I just installed linkman on my brand new computer and it's doing the same thing.  Maybe I'm not explaining it correctly.  Let me try again.

Open the search window
Type something in the query...the display list should shorten as each letter is typed
Now, press Esc
the query box is cleared.  Yes, that is true.  But the display list still shows the shortened list from whatever query you had before pressing Esc.

The display list should immediately show the full list as soon as Esc is pressed.  So when Esc is pressed, the query box should be cleared (this works) AND the display should be expanded to full (this doesn't work).  I'm having this behavior on every computer I've tried.
4453  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 25, 2009, 09:54:07 PM
Actually, about that noise problem:
Turns out, I only get the noise when i plug my headphones into the convenience headphone jack on the front of  my Cosmos case.  If I plug into the actualy gigabyte motherboard, the sound is crispt quiet.  Very nice.  So, the problem is cooler master, I guess.  it's ok, once I install the big knob, I won't be plugging any headphones into the case.
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 25, 2009, 09:36:37 PM
where were the pictures we were promised?
The pictures are going to be in the website article I put up soon.  I still want to get a nice "after" shot, but I'm not ready yet.  I still have the old computer on the desk because I forget some files here and there while I setup the new one.  Also, I just bought my Big Knob mixer today, so the speaker setup isn't done yet.  There's still work to do.  I'm taking pics along the way, though.  Maybe I should post a couple of preview pics...

Check your mixer settings - I had this problem once and it turned out to be bad mixer settings!
I'll look into that.  Any suggestions specifically?
4455  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 25, 2009, 05:28:19 PM
Well, I am loving the rocking speed of this new pc.  It's been a long time since I've been able to do things so quickly.  Every click, every transfer is so responsive.  We'll see how long it takes for it to slow down.  It's a well-built machine.

There are only two problems so far:
--This monitor issue.  In extended desktop mode, only the secondary monitor comes out of standby with a key press or mouse movement.  The primary one needs to be turned off and back on.  I have submitted a ticket to ATI for it.

--The on board sound of the motherboard has a decent amount of static and noise to it.  I'm only able to use headphones for the time being, but it sounds like way too much static.  If I move the mouse, especially when I use the scroll wheel, there's this high static sound.  That's no good for me since I do a lot with audio and music.  I will probably use my pro sound card once I have my cables and speakers set up.  I wonder how others deal with that noise though.
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 24, 2009, 07:03:13 PM
You'd think I'd know a little something about speakers.  I don't really, and to be honest, it's a confusing market as far as trying to figure out what's good and what's hype.

But for $20-40, eesh, that's pretty low.  Try looking at Altec Lansing and see what they have.  Although, maybe AL is not the speaker company I think it is anymore...I may still be in 2001 mode.
4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadgets that make you look like a jerk on: January 23, 2009, 06:11:26 PM
neck beard is funny.
4458  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Mini-Review of BetaClock on: January 23, 2009, 12:32:22 PM
I just finished a little review about BetaClock, a system tray clock replacement:

No joke, besides the software itself, there's quite a story behind this little program.
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 23, 2009, 10:27:10 AM
I feel for you, tomos.  But you left-handed people have the advantage at sports!
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Logitech MX 1100 scroll wheel...LOVE IT!! on: January 22, 2009, 10:40:29 PM
Oh my...I am in love with that scroll wheel on the logitech mouse.  I've set it so it's free-spinning (no-click) and it is scroll wheel HEAVEN!  That is just beautiful design.
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 22, 2009, 10:45:05 AM
Yeah, Radeon...hopefully I can fix it tonight.
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 22, 2009, 10:26:25 AM
ayy...it happened again.

The problem I'm having is that I have two monitors, the diagnostic is shown on the primary monitor and the other monitor is blank (extended desktop mode).  When I move the mouse or press a key to turn the monitors back on from standby, only the secondary one turns on.  I have to physically turn the primary monitor off and on using the power button to have it appear again.  Why doesn't it act the same as the secondary monitor?
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Are screen savers necessary for flat panels? on: January 22, 2009, 12:29:56 AM
Ugh...I was running the western digital diagnostics on my new drives, and my monitors power off because of the energy saving options.  When i press a key, only one turns on, the secondary monitor with no windows in it.  So, I press enter again, which abort the diagnostic, which was about 2 hours in!

I've always hated energy saving.  Do I need it?  WIll my monitors be in danger if I set everything in the power saving options to "never"?

By the way, yes mouser, having two huge monitors is like heaven.  It's like flying business class.  Nice suggestion, as usual.
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 21, 2009, 05:44:31 PM
Thanks.  I'll try to have a summary on my website soon.
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 21, 2009, 10:27:11 AM
well, i hooked everything up yesterday night and it works!  Now, I have to reorganize my office room...or basically my whole upstairs floor with all the boxes and mess.  Ugh.  I'll have pictures of it.  I know most people are expecting pictures of the system parts being put together, but there are already tons of hardware reviews out there better than anything I can do and with better pics.  This is a more personal look into what goes into a new computer purchase (at least for me).  It's a pain in the ass!
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 20, 2009, 12:47:10 PM
i put it on and off about 6 times.
Ummm... did it come with thermal grease or a thermal patch? Generally, taking your heatsink off is a bad idea if you don't reapply thermal material, but you can usually get away with it if it's thermal patch and the system is hasn't been powered on long enough for the thermal patch to melt.
Yeah, there's some kind of goo on it that smeared as i took it on and off.  But i never powered it on yet.
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 20, 2009, 10:57:06 AM
yeah, i logged in the irc chat when i was freaking out.  i put it on and off about 6 times.  i never got a good click, but i checked everything and it looked fine and sturdy.  i just hope i didn't damage anything.
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 20, 2009, 01:23:30 AM
OK!  Well, all the parts are installed in the case.  Tomorrow, I'll probably power everything up and try it for the first time.  Ugh, what a pain this is.  I freaked out a little when putting the cpu fan on because the click sounds when the fan is in place were not as I expected.  I hope there are no hardware defects/damages/etc.  Still haven't opened the monitor boxes yet, either.  So tomorrow!
4469  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: January 18, 2009, 07:47:56 PM
Cannot reproduce so far.

What I've tried:

Opened search window from IE
Entered query text
Closed window
Reopened Window
Pressed Esc
query text was cleared
It's doing it on both my work and home computer.  The only difference I can see is that I'm using Firefox instead of IE.
4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: does win XP 64-bit suck? on: January 16, 2009, 08:45:52 PM
You're probably not going to need 64bit - and you probably won't feel the difference between utilizing ~3.5GB of RAM vs. 4GB with Win64.

You could go for 32bit XP now, and switch to 64bit Win7 when it comes out smiley (while the driver situation is OK for XP64 these days, it seems to be somewhat better with Vista/Win7).
Good advice, will do.
4471  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: does win XP 64-bit suck? on: January 16, 2009, 04:54:56 PM
So, for my new computer, should I use 64 XP?  I have 4 GB of ram.  At the same time, I tend to think like mouser, where if the difference is negligible, I don't need it.  My computer usage, while extensive, is not really heavy duty in that I use a lot of power.  I just do mostly email, file-management, web stuff, some multimedia, pro music applications (very light, not like a studio), and business related software.
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 16, 2009, 04:08:44 PM
AFAIK there is very little difference between eSATA and SATA300 (same bandwidth and transfer speed of 3000Mbit/300Mbit for both). The only significant difference I am aware of is that eSATA allows for a 2-meter cable, whereas SATA only allows a 1-meter connecting cable.

If I understand what you're asking, the external eSATA drive can be plugged into any SATA connector on your mobo backpanel.

Note: some older mobos will only boot off an external drive if it is plugged into specific SATA connectors (usually #1 and/or #2) so check your docs to see if you need to do that. On a mobo as new as yours, it shouldn't be necessary.
ACtually, what I'm asking is this:  Why does Granite Digital make a portable external SATA enclosure with a SATA cable?  Wouldn't it make more sense to use an eSATA cable?  Then there's the unit that I bought, which is an external enclosure for SATA drives, but with hot-swap trays, and this uses an eSata connector.  I don't see the reasoning behind the two, unless it's just random.

(edit)
Just got a call from Granite Digital (great customer service by the way).  The external enclosure I linked to above is the older model, which was made before esata came out.  Now that esata is out, the enclosure I got is basically the newer model, along with the hot-swap.  So, I'm happy to stay with my enclosure.  Also, even though there's no locking mechanism, i tried sliding the tray in with the drive and once it's in place, it's pretty sturdy, even if you hold it upside down and shake it a little, the drive won't come out.  So forget what I said before.  Besides, I don't plan on treating my drive like that.
4473  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 16, 2009, 02:48:08 PM
What's the difference between an external enclosure with esata or sata?  Both cables are shielded.  I thought all external enclosures would use esata since that's what the "e" is for.  And where do you plug a sata cable to on your chassis if it's coming from an enclosure?  Like, on my Cosmos case, I have an esata connector on it, but the sata connectors or on the mobo.
4474  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 16, 2009, 02:39:29 PM
It is for hot-swapping.
Now that I think about it, I probably got the wrong type of enclosure.  I probably should have bought this:
http://www.granitedigital...um35casekitenclosure.aspx

Oh well.  Doh!
4475  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: January 15, 2009, 10:40:10 PM
Just received my Granite Digital external enclosure.  Initial thoughts:
--I like the simple design.  Two indestructible pieces of aluminum.  I like that it doesn't have fans or anything.
--There's no lock-in mechanism.  The tray just goes in and out.  Like, if you tilt it, the tray will start sliding out.  So the only thing holding it in is the sata connection between the drive and the enclosure.  Not a big deal, since everything's a tight fit.  I don't plan on tilting it and swinging it around anyway.
--No esata cable included.  Boo!
--Overall, I like it.  I like metal, and I like simplicity.
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