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Thanks for pointing RightNote out.  I am quickly liking what I am seeing.  It is absolutely out to replace the greatness that Keynote was, and doing so at a rapid pace. I am a couple simple features away from buying & recommending this to others.

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Living Room / Re: Building a Quiet PC
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:04 PM »
Yes, it does seem that way, but not necessarily for fact. Hopefully it will prove to be true.

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Living Room / Re: Building a Quiet PC
« on: March 16, 2009, 09:09 PM »
In continuing this old thread, any new PC isn't good enough without a quality solid state disk (SSD) main drive. Benefits include faster transfers (except with MANY smaller files), less heat, runs quieter, smaller size (Space!), better responsiveness (snappier application usage), longer life, less power consumption and much less of a failure rate compared to typical hard drives.  The main downfall is recovery, not an option that I know, so you would have to be sure to backup regularily.

So far, this one wins hands down...
Corsair CMFSSD-128GBG1D 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD), http://www.newegg.co...Item=N82E16820233075

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General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:49 PM »
foobar2000
Ad Muncher
SlickRun
Not to revise my list (as my previous three are still essential), but to add 3 more and possiblly rekindle this thread...

KeyNote
EmEditor
XYPlorer

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Just an update with a recent article... http://www.electroni...cables_on_the_cheap/

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Living Room / Re: What Sports Do You Participate In?
« on: October 08, 2008, 03:02 AM »
I used to partake in:  Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Kickball, Volleyball

I currently play for recreation:  Basketball, Racquetball, Tennis (learning)

Would like to do more of:  Baseball, Biking, Hiking/Climbing, Kickball, Soccer

Nothing competitive currently, unfortunately.  Ohh and don't forget to Just Say NO to GOLF!

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Thanks for the link, vegas.
"Fine, you want (monster) quality cables without paying the 800% markup.  www.MONOPRICE.com"
I just ordered from there. The old Radius monitor I mentioned in a previous post was sans a data cable and the ones at MONOPRICE solved my problem at an unbelievably low price. That's a good link to rat-hole for us old junk collectors

Also, building their own high quality, reliable cable at a reasonable price is Total Signal (http://www.totalsignal.com/).  I've used them in the past when Monoprice is out of stock or doesn't carry the exact length that I am looking for.  They are a tiny bit more expensive sometimes, but nothing compared to the raping from Monster or other snake oil cable sales companies.  I also like the exterior texture of their cables a bit more than Monoprice (in most cases).  If you need industrial strength custom cables I would recommend Blue Jeans Cable.  I have used them in the past, but the quality is a little over the top (unless it is a special application), yet only about 50-60% the cost of Monster Cables.

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This is a great deal for any fans out there.  PriceProtectr just notified me the price has dropped for a third time since I ordered less than 2 weeks ago.  Price is now $67.50.  So far, as usual Amazon has refunded me the previous two price drops in a timely manner.

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I didn't see any point in starting a new thread as the two are closely related.  The cousin to The Complete Calvin And Hobbes Collection (3 vol. set, which is still $94.50), The Far Side Collection (2 vol. set) has been steadily declining the last month, and is now down to $73.31 (less than half the retail price).  I bought it on Monday @ $77.16, but thanks to someones previous advice here, I started using PriceProtectr (www.priceprotectr.com), which is free, to track price drops on any Amazon purchases the days following any transaction, so in honoring their 30-day price change refund policy, Amazon refunded me $3.85 today. The set came very thoroughly packaged and looks fantastic.  Here's a link to the Far Side Collection @ Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0740721135

I also picked up the Pre-History of The Far Side (an in-depth look at the development and history of this cartoon panel), which is great as well.

On a side note, maybe if DC had a referrer link account on sites like Amazon.com, people could use that when they post links like this, IF THEY CHOSE to.  Would be a non-intrusive way of providing a little extra support to DC.

The price has just dropped again, down to $69.64, free shipping ;)

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Fine, you want (monster) quality cables without paying the 800% markup.  www.MONOPRICE.com  That's all one needs to know. No one in the WORLD could tell the difference. NO ONE.

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I didn't see any point in starting a new thread as the two are closely related.  The cousin to The Complete Calvin And Hobbes Collection (3 vol. set, which is still $94.50), The Far Side Collection (2 vol. set) has been steadily declining the last month, and is now down to $73.31 (less than half the retail price).  I bought it on Monday @ $77.16, but thanks to someones previous advice here, I started using PriceProtectr (www.priceprotectr.com), which is free, to track price drops on any Amazon purchases the days following any transaction, so in honoring their 30-day price change refund policy, Amazon refunded me $3.85 today. The set came very thoroughly packaged and looks fantastic.  Here's a link to the Far Side Collection @ Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0740721135

I also picked up the Pre-History of The Far Side (an in-depth look at the development and history of this cartoon panel), which is great as well.

On a side note, maybe if DC had a referrer link account on sites like Amazon.com, people could use that when they post links like this, IF THEY CHOSE to.  Would be a non-intrusive way of providing a little extra support to DC.

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I like the idea, of polling from users here.  Maybe, agree, disagree and no experience with this company.  And if votes are changable later, and you do have an encounter with a company you could update your vote.

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Site/Forum Features / Re: Request: Show thread age
« on: February 27, 2008, 05:06 PM »
I too would love to see more information such as this in all thread viewing columns. Great idea.

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Living Room / Re: [Story]The Boy And The Apple Tree
« on: February 26, 2008, 09:58 PM »
This is just a condensed/modified version of The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein (http://www.amazon.co...detail/-/0060256656/).  If you don't know his scribblings, it would be well worth it check them out.  He was a brilliant man with a writing instrument, among other things.  http://en.wikipedia....iki/Shel_Silverstein . Thanks for the post, it made me dig out some of his old books, including one of my favorite books ever, Where The Sidewalk Ends.

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Unless you're suggesting to wait because these new lines of GPUs and CPUs will lower the price of the ones I'm looking at now, what's the real advantage of waiting for the new stuff, taking into consideration what I just wrote about my opinion on value?
-Deozaan
If you can wait, do so. The 45nm core2 CPUs enter the market priced about the same as the current breed, but with better performance and lower power consumption. Unfortunately, the available-in-shop dates for the Q9450 CPU keeps getting pushed here in .dk (start of April now >_<), so I'm off today (actually, right after posting this message) to buy a Q6600 :(

Definitely wait if you can (supposed to be out before April 1st), these chips will also run much cooler and reach a much higher overclock on a stock heatsink & fan.  It seems Intel is milking the current line of 65nm Quads for all it can before it releases the reasonably priced conterparts to the QX9650 45nm Quad Core (http://www.engadget....ield-launch-details/), this is the exception to the 45nm chips that aren't available, which was released in late November, but still retails for $1080 USD at NewEgg (http://www.newegg.co...Item=N82E16819115034). 

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General Software Discussion / Re: Process Tamer.. The Drink
« on: February 09, 2008, 10:01 PM »
While the subject of alcohol is up, I thought I'd recommend something a friend shared with me last weekend.  Glenfiddich, it is a scotch whiskey with quite the pleasant, relaxing, yet not tiring buzz.  It comes in variations from 12 up to 50 years old, but 12 worked fine for us.  Pour some into a low ball glass filled with ice, let it sit 20-30 minutes before sipping it.  Take it slow and don't have more than 2 glasses the first time, and never more than 3 after that.  We drank two each, over the course of 3-4 hours.  I'm not much for scotch or whiskey, and I normally get a migraine headache from drinking, but this was definitely a good experience.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Software licences
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:42 AM »
I too, do not buy Single machine license software, period.  The most recent softwares that lost my business due to their single machine licensing policies are CodeAero (Music Label 2008) & Babylon Translation Software.  Tis a shame they try to capitalize on situations where people have more than 1 pc at their disposal. What's even worse, as johnk has stated is getting the details of license policy off of a website or from a support email.  There are companies that have never responded to my request for that information in the past, even though their program(s) are actively developed.  I guess they figure you will buy anyways.

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Living Room / Re: Run for your life!
« on: February 06, 2008, 03:41 AM »
Exercise (activity in any form you can think of, cardio preferably within the first 3 hours of waking for the day) and lots of fresh fruit and/or fruit juices (when 100% and not from concentrate) also dark green vegetables, and throw in a small but consistent amount of nuts, almonds, walnuts, filbers. That about sums a good core of a healthy lifestyle.  I have dabbled much in diets the last 5 years.  Avoid as much fake sugars as possible (Splenda/Sucralose, Sorbitol, Maltitol), don't avoid carbohydrates like Atkins suggests, rather be smart about how much & when you consume pastas, breads, etc...  As much as some replacement ingredients may be okay for the body, they screw the body up more often than not, as we have evolved with our bodies expecting naturally occuring sugars, grains, organicly grown plants.  Don't eat the last 3 hours before you lie down for the night.   It really is becoming so much more clear to me the last month or two as I have followed this path more strictly (without deviating and my body has never felt better since age 22 - when I didn't have to worry about anything I ate, or so it seemed at the time).  I am 32 now and this is the field I have been studying on a leisurely basis the last 6 months. Oh yeah, I also subscribe to New Scientist magazine, excellent publication (online edition included), a college student discount is available if you check a box ;)  I would also like to recommend a magazine called OnFitness, good stuff.  By the way Lashiec, perfect use of the inline image mod.  :Thmbsup:

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Maxthon 2.0 has been very disappointing, up until the November & December releases of last year (2007).  I still barely prefer the classic version, BUT 2.0 is making great strides, considering how bad it seemed at one point.

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Another reason to switch to FLAC or Wavpack, is for integrity checking of the file, which is built in and it will report errors within, or you can use an external utility to scan a drive (which could always go bad) for corrupted sound files.  I believe both formats have such a utility available for mass checking.

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I have owned DVD Profiler for some time now, its nice, but not very customizable outside the realm of DVD movies.  But if it isn't as you like it, you will have a hard time ever getting a request fullfilled for a feature addition.  All the people that have been around the program & the forums for some time tend to quash all nice newer ideas I have seen requested.

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Official Announcements / Re: January 2008 Software Drawing Winners
« on: January 27, 2008, 04:06 AM »
Congrats all, wish I would have known there were 2 copies of Beyond Compare, I wouldn't have put all my eggs in that basket, hehe.  Lets do it again Next Month!

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Not a big deal, but when someone does that (post about their product into anothers thread one time and leave, not introducing themselves or their company) I instantly dismiss that product in my head, permanently.  To me it's a warning sign from all the softwares I've bought in the past.  It's indicitive of the kind of support you will get more times than not.  Take people like the developer of WebsiteWatcher or Surfulater or SQLNotes or EmEditor, you know they care, because they take the time to start their own thread introducing themselves and/or respond to people.  That is how you do your product some good, what ashiswa has done, does more bad than good on influencing me.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Plain text editor for writers
« on: January 23, 2008, 05:35 AM »
Just stumbled across this blogged mini-roundup of:

The 5 best damned text editors for Windows
http://roachfiend.co...editors-for-windows/

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The 45nm "Penryn" series from Intel that's just arriving (a bit incorrect to call it Penryn I guess, since that's the 'extreme' CPUs, the dualcores called Wolfdale and Quadcores called Yorkfield) are the "tock" of the development cycle. The next "tick" is supposed to bring the memory controller into the CPU, and that might require a new socket interface.

OK, I am a little confused from your post.  Are you saying that Penryn is the series that will incorporate the memory controller on the CPU, and that is due when?  Or that Penryn is the quad-core type due at the end of January, or are they one in the same.

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