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Living Room / Re: The Greatest Graphic Novel of All Time: Watchmen
« on: March 05, 2009, 08:40 PM »
ooh, havent been on this site for a while, not since the career change. But once i got the mailshot with Graphic Novel and Watchmen , my spidey sense tingled and i had to jump in. (it turned out it wasn't spidey sense, i'd just left my phone on vibrate.)

First of hall i hate the term "Graphic Novel", its comic. "Graphic Novel" was only invented by stuck up critics who refused to acknowedge comics as a platform for serious literature and just couldn't bring themselves to actually say the word "comic".

My opinion is that Watchmen is the most groundbreaking comic, it opened the floodgates so to speak. I personally liked V for Vendetta over watchmen, it had stonger narrative.

My personal favorite is the Sandman series, it was just so different and fresh at the time, and once Death made an appearance your just hooked. I just hope they dont try to make a film and ruin the images in my head.

Apart from that, do the Bash Steet Kids count.

Podcast Radio Show / Re: October Podcast
« on: October 05, 2006, 06:47 AM »
oh right , if theres an interview not a problem,  editing and tidying up no problem at all.

Depending on legnth of interview still would be nice to still have a nightmare or two

Id be more tempted if someone posted a picture of a skin that doesnt look so ugly and so Windows 95 looking.

Dont suppose you`ve ever considered setting up on Ebay and selling Nudones all natural candles

I think its time you upgraded Nudone, i think in version 2.4b they`ve put a thing called "cotton wool" on the tips.

And i hope you tell the person who`s hairclip it is, especially it its a lady, as ive observe they often put the hair clips in there mouth whilst adjusting there hair, and they may be wondering why there getting this tangy taste sensation.

I dont know of any "wrapper" programs that allow you to use an .mdb stand alone. But as long as the machine has MDAC components installed, you can use a program called MDB View to open access files, without having to have access.


But as Gerome said, its purely for reading the database, not going to have the full UI experiance.

Its just a SodaStream isnt it, i used to have one (well my parents used to have it) years ago. Problem them days was that you got these tiny bottles and really nasty syrup, in the end after faffing around with the syrup, trying to clean it from the rim of this minature  bottle that held about 3 eggcups worth of drink, and trying to delude yourself the actual resulting drink was fizzylicious, we just put the  damned think in the top cupboard to gather dust, along with the Toasted sandwhich machine and the Blender, oh them where the days.

Probably the ones you pointed out are better anyhow, as somehow britain in the 80`s usually got crap versions of american gadgets.

My favorite gadget is my IR remote control watch, as i just love annyoing the sales people at Dixons by turning all the T.V`s to full volume.

Podcast Radio Show / October Podcast
« on: October 03, 2006, 09:27 AM »
Arrgghh, due to Starting my brand spanking new job this month, the Podcast "thing" has sorta slipped past me, David Allen would be very disapointed in me.

I think ive got some time, anyhow as its Halloween this month (im pretty sure it is, i get so confused with dates recently), i was thinking of the knightmares that we have with our little silicon friends (im not talking breast augmentation here, im talking computers, although stories of the former can be posted in private to myself).

So send us in your vocal tales of woe, and i was wondering if Zridling would do as a review of the worst piece of software he`s had the misfortune to install.

So come on help us out, sent in your horror stories, now.

If it dont get anything , this month podcast of a teletype printing "all work and no play make jack a dull boy" over and over again

red rum , red rum

Over to you

General Software Discussion / Re: Best jukebox that is NOT iTunes?
« on: September 23, 2006, 11:58 AM »
um, well it integrates with the windows shell yes. Have you actually read what it does.

General Software Discussion / Re: idea for donation coder CD
« on: September 23, 2006, 11:53 AM »
Hum, well this has come so far around the houses from my original idea ive kinda lost intrest in it now.

I just wanted a disc to carry around that had all the tools necessary to make a virgin PC usefull, plus diagnostic stuff  "A swiss army knife", hence the reason it being an .ISO

I have to do one anyhow cos ive a new job starting next month, so when mines complete ill get post it to show the inner workings of my head.  The donation coder relevence for me was more a branding excersise, you know like when pharmaceuticals put there names on pens.

Anyhow, you show me yours and ill show you mine

General Software Discussion / Re: Best jukebox that is NOT iTunes?
« on: September 23, 2006, 11:30 AM »
Dont know what to say about the jukebox software because quite frankly havent found anything has a better interface than itunes, specially with large collections. Ive` got a creative ZEN and i use itunes to listen play on my machine and red chair softwares excellent notmad to deal with all the transfering and syncing.

General Software Discussion / Re: idea for donation coder CD
« on: September 19, 2006, 07:16 PM »
Well my thinking was actually full .ISO via torrent, and not so much a showcase of open source, more essential tools to keep handy and in a central source, plus  tools and apps that improve common tasks and help in troubleshooting. Kind off like the Hirem distro`s but with actual windows applications as well.

Basically a swiss army knife for tools and apps.

General Software Discussion / idea for donation coder CD
« on: September 19, 2006, 11:48 AM »
Ive noticed a couple of  .iso`s going around the world of torrent that are usefull to carry around as there full of usefull tools when encountering virgin pc`s.

Just a thought that maybe we should compile a Donation Coder essential tools CD, to be distributed in the same way. Two good reasons would be there just damn handy to have and it`ll raise the profile of the site.

The compilation im thinking of would include the following.

1.Its a bootable cd (i.e freedos or any similar free OS to offer some recovery and set up tools)
2.All the software included is allowed to be re-distributed (of course)
3.System and Network tools (subnet calculators, file monitors and extended process exporers etc)
4.General productivity tools (open office, firefox, 7zip etc)
5.Anything else we can stick on that people cant live without (as long as it complies with part 2)

Good or Bad idea?

Thats an intresting point, there deffinitly lithium batteries, but the impression i got from the volitile memory SSD is that battery was there to keep it powered up long enough to shift the date to backupdisk, then shift it back to the SDRAM when power resumes (either flash or traditional disc). Oh apparently flash is at current yield, good for at least 250,000 hours and maximum 1,400,000 hours, bit of a gap there.

This reminds me of a conversation i was having last week about data storage, we get new, faster and bigger, but nothing has really been invented that  could store data for more than....lets say 40 years. So basically where in a state of perpetually backing up backups (im mostly referring to the digitisation of historical records , libraries , basically huge undertakings of digitisation that ironicaly are being stored on medium that doesnt last as long as the original).

I see in the original picture he`s using the laptop on the tube, sorry subway. What you dont see is the cable dangling from the window thats  touching the live rail to power the damn thing. 

Living Room / places to go, people to see
« on: September 19, 2006, 12:01 AM »
I remember there was a thread regarding place to meet up for a Donation Coder gathering, Id say here


We could also trial a new olympic sport called "Check Out Desk Sprint" , which basically involves on the day of check out , how far you can make it to the airport before the hotel calls the police for unpayed bills.

Living Room / Re: [Video] 4 year old drummer
« on: September 18, 2006, 08:22 AM »
Yeah pretty impressive, hope by the age of 12 his right leg hasnt developed totally out of proportion to his left from all that kick drum playing and the poor kid just constantly walks around in a circle :)

Now, really young guitar players, now there freaky.

General Review Discussion / Re: Desktop streamming review ?
« on: September 16, 2006, 09:08 AM »
As far as i can comprehend you just want to broadcast the desktop .

Windows Media Encoder can also do this, it`ll capture the desktop and create a media stream (of course it`ll be a WMV stream) to either push to a distribution sever, or be pulled from a remote viewer, or both. As it`s a encoder it can archive the live stream. The push method (using a distribution server) would work well if you had to broadcast to people on the LAN as well as more remote viewers.

Windows Media Encoder is also free.

Course this would fall flat on its face if the teachers using a non windows desktop.

Living Room / Re: Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century (so far)
« on: September 16, 2006, 06:46 AM »
Yeah looking at that list, and seeing some lackluster and downright appaling titles, franchise and licensed games (how the hell can a retro compilation containing Asteroids and pong be called 21st century). I think the list should be named

Top 100 PC title Advertising Budgets.

Living Room / Re: Monitor Display problem
« on: September 14, 2006, 11:15 AM »
When you say it turns on and theres no display, are you sure the actual monitor is on and not just the on button lighting up (i.e if you wack up the brighness to full , do you get a grey screen and a couple of retrace lines).

If its just the on button coming on your Power Supply Circutry is crow-bar `ing , nothing you can do unless you know how to read a circuit diagram and comfortable with working with high voltages.

Id also check the VGA cable.

There is still a chance that it may not be your monitor, i know first hand of a group of ASUS motherboards that have a similar problem to yours, specially when starting up in in the BIOS 640x480 @ 60hz

Try re-seating your graphics card (that is of course if your not using onboard graphics), give the connections a dust to. It could be a sync problem (which would explain the windoes login appearing and not the bios.

Also make sure your havent got the refresh rate overclocked in windows, thats a sure way of killing it faster.

Living Room / Zap reader
« on: August 17, 2006, 09:58 PM »

This is sooo simple, but so cool im actually using it to read T&C agreements at 835 WPM, with total comprehension (well as much comprehension you can get with a T&C agreement. (i think any faster my head will explode like the bloke in scanners).

Basically grab a load of text, past it in the browser, and instead of having your eyes have to scan left to right, it just plonks the text out on work at a time, fat speed.

It sounds crap i know, just try it.


ill try to put on some glen miller for some of you old people next time, i forgot how this new fangled electrickery music plays havock with the pace makers.


There is actually a technical reason why its louder in some places, masking.  im from the school of if you can`t clean it, mask it.

Living Room / Re: DC's "EVIL DEAD" Get Together
« on: August 17, 2006, 02:33 PM »
Who wants to do the counter-strike server?  :tellme: :tellme:
I also like the webcam idea :)

ooh, theres to many scary people on counter strike, i can imagine them sitting there in full combat gear hunched over there keyboards.

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