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  2008-08-08 01:33:59 AM
We just got some HP laptops in with Vista Business licenses.

However, they also came with pre-activated XP Pro CDs, and a full set of XP drivers. Thanks HP!
 
  2008-08-08 01:45:36 AM
Here's a question from a compatriot

"what native application can I use in mac os 10 to do text editing with syntax highlighting (which has optionally an intergrated terminal)?
I have a programming competition to go to and,.. well... they putting us on mac os 10"


he's not allowed to install extra software.
 
  2008-08-08 01:50:22 AM
(it's 10.5.4 they're getting)
 
  2008-08-08 03:47:40 AM
No_47: Here's a question from a compatriot

"what native application can I use in mac os 10 to do text editing with syntax highlighting (which has optionally an intergrated terminal)?
I have a programming competition to go to and,.. well... they putting us on mac os 10"

he's not allowed to install extra software.


Terminal.app-vim and emacs. I don't know what else he could possibly need.
 
  2008-08-08 12:55:56 PM
Fenis-Wolf
Terminal.app-vim and emacs. I don't know what else he could possibly need.

A cheat sheet with the basic commands for them. Like:

ESC-:-Ctrl-Shift-AltGr-Meta-x-}-z-T-N-Enter - launches tactical nukes at each country whose TLD is highlighted in the current buffer
 
  2008-08-08 02:30:18 PM
I hope some one can point me in the right direction. I received a PSP as a gift. I am trying to hook it up to my wireless router (linksys wrt54g) but I keep getting "A connection error has occurred. The attempt to obtain the IP address timed out." error. I have googled this, but nothing I try does any good. Thanks.
 
  2008-08-08 05:19:23 PM
Snug Tight: I hope some one can point me in the right direction. I received a PSP as a gift. I am trying to hook it up to my wireless router (linksys wrt54g) but I keep getting "A connection error has occurred. The attempt to obtain the IP address timed out." error. I have googled this, but nothing I try does any good. Thanks.

are you sure you've got the settings right?

check the channel and security options.

you can probably check the router's log for information on why it won't let the psp connect
 
  2008-08-08 06:13:04 PM
No_47: We just got some HP laptops in with Vista Business licenses.

However, they also came with pre-activated XP Pro CDs, and a full set of XP drivers. Thanks HP!


And Microsoft will count them as Vista sales.
 
  2008-08-08 06:47:41 PM
Snug Tight: I hope some one can point me in the right direction. I received a PSP as a gift. I am trying to hook it up to my wireless router (linksys wrt54g) but I keep getting "A connection error has occurred. The attempt to obtain the IP address timed out." error. I have googled this, but nothing I try does any good. Thanks.

what kind of encryption (if any) do you have on the router? when i tried hooking my psp up to my netgear router with WEP encryption, i had to change it from shared key to open (or maybe it was the other way around, i'm not at home) before my psp could connect.
 
  2008-08-08 07:10:06 PM
FuturePastNow:
And Microsoft will count them as Vista sales.


Yeah, they will.
But the client will be all "Oh thank god we don't need to upgrade our entire software library" and will be extremely pleased with us.
 
  2008-08-08 08:59:34 PM
A couple more questions:

-- Is the Time Capsule worth the money if I'll only use it with one mac, and only use it for Time Machine?

-- Which firewalls and/or antivirus wares would you recommend for Windows XP (situated in a Boot Camp iMac)? Say -- none of them would be... free, by any chance, would they?
 
  2008-08-08 11:15:26 PM
N. S. Radieaux:
-- Is the Time Capsule worth the money if I'll only use it with one mac, and only use it for Time Machine?


No. Time machine works any any random external hard drive. You can't use the drive for anything else, though.

As far as Windows security:
AVG. Zonealarm.
 
  2008-08-09 01:53:38 AM
N. S. Radieaux: -- Is the Time Capsule worth the money if I'll only use it with one mac, and only use it for Time Machine?

The Time Capsule isn't worth the money under any circumstances.

-- Which firewalls and/or antivirus wares would you recommend for Windows XP (situated in a Boot Camp iMac)? Say -- none of them would be... free, by any chance, would they?

AVG Free antivirus. Don't bother with a firewall, the one built into Windows is good enough. ZoneAlarm is a pain in the ass.
 
  2008-08-09 04:41:20 AM
FuturePastNow: Don't bother with a firewall, the one built into Windows is good enough. ZoneAlarm is a pain in the ass.

for the record, I agree with this completely
 
  2008-08-09 12:00:28 PM
No_47

I think I have the settings correct. It should be simple to set up. I have tried a few different ways, but still get the same error. I will check out the router log. Thanks.

AesopRock_00

I am using WEP. I will play around with different encryptions it in the next few days.

I guess I really don't need to get on line with it at home. I just thought it would be fun to play around with. They gave me the PSP to do someting during chemo treatments. I go back to Barnes-Jewish next Wed. and they have a unsecured network so I will try it there to see what happens.
 
  2008-08-09 02:00:44 PM
No_47: for the record, I agree with this completely

Especially if you've got a router that cost more than $40.
 
  2008-08-09 05:01:00 PM
thinking of upgrading some of the electronics at the house, any suggestions?

already had to replace the tv, but any suggestions on a dvd player? one that has hdmi out? or do ya think i should just go for the media center pc instead?

what about for the home theater system? I need to replace the receiver from an all in one, with something else. The existing speakers are just bare wire end plug ins, no connectors
 
  2008-08-09 07:07:02 PM
Snug Tight: I go back to Barnes-Jewish next Wed. and they have a unsecured network so I will try it there to see what happens.

you shouldn't have any problems connecting to an unsecure network with the PSP

/hope the chemo goes quickly
 
  2008-08-09 09:04:45 PM
Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: or do ya think i should just go for the media center pc instead?

Yes. With a fanless video card that has DVI- or HDMI-out, you'll be able to make DVDs look and play as good it gets, plus you'll be ready to go to Blue Ray by putting in a BR optical drive whenever you get around to it (if you want to).

I set up an home theatre PC last year, and suddenly our dvd player never got used again. Eventually we got rid of it, and have never looked back. And using VLC with a mouse (or rumble pad!!!) is a trillion googol times better than stumbling around with a DVD remote and laggy firmware.

Found a good sound card which we coupled with a receiver to give us high definition sound. Love it.
 
  2008-08-10 12:03:10 AM
Hmm..

I hate that there's only one television carrier for the Olympics in the US.

I don't have a TV, so there's the internet.

Microsoft is in bed with NBC. You can't even watch the videos without using XP, Vista or a Mac. I have none of the above. User Agent Switcher was built for just such an emergency.

IE as XP or Vista try to stream WMP. When I set my user agent to Safari 3 or Firefox on Windows I'm told that I have to download MS' ass-tastic Silverlight program.

All I wanted was to watch the Judo competitions :/

Screw it, it'll be on YouTube before morning...

Still though, this monopoly bullshiat is obnoxious.
 
  2008-08-10 12:15:18 AM
gayb: Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: or do ya think i should just go for the media center pc instead?

Yes. With a fanless video card that has DVI- or HDMI-out, you'll be able to make DVDs look and play as good it gets, plus you'll be ready to go to Blue Ray by putting in a BR optical drive whenever you get around to it (if you want to).

I set up an home theatre PC last year, and suddenly our dvd player never got used again. Eventually we got rid of it, and have never looked back. And using VLC with a mouse (or rumble pad!!!) is a trillion googol times better than stumbling around with a DVD remote and laggy firmware.

Found a good sound card which we coupled with a receiver to give us high definition sound. Love it.


any vendors to recomend, or should i just build it myself?
 
  2008-08-10 02:01:36 AM
Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: any vendors to recomend, or should i just build it myself?

I'd just build it myself. A 780G mobo would work well for this, HDMI out and no need for a separate video card (unless you want to play games on your HDTV).
 
  2008-08-10 05:51:00 AM
FuturePastNow: I'd just build it myself. A 780G mobo would work well for this, HDMI out and no need for a separate video card (unless you want to play games on your HDTV).

Seconded. I bought a midrange 8-series card for about $40 that can handle a whole pile of (mostly older) games, even though it's not that important to me.

It's pretty quiet now, with no fans except for the power supply, but if I could do anything over it would be to get a case made to be extra-quiet. But a HTPC can be made cheaply.

By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.
 
  2008-08-10 12:19:20 PM
gayb: By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.

The Antec Sonata is great, very quiet although to make it truly silent its fan and power supply would need to be replaced (you can buy scratch-and-dent cases without power supplies really cheap from Antec's online store).
 
  2008-08-10 12:56:29 PM
FuturePastNow: gayb: By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.

The Antec Sonata is great, very quiet although to make it truly silent its fan and power supply would need to be replaced (you can buy scratch-and-dent cases without power supplies really cheap from Antec's online store).


35 bucks, not too bad

Link (new window)
 
  2008-08-10 03:02:09 PM
Open_Mouth_Inert_Foot: 35 bucks, not too bad

That's the original Sonata, which isn't as quiet as the current model, but is very good.

Add a PSU w/ a 120mm fan, a quiet CPU fan, and a passive video card, and you'll have a computer that can't be heard over the background.
 
  2008-08-10 07:37:39 PM
FuturePastNow: The Antec Sonata is great, very quiet although to make it truly silent its fan and power supply would need to be replaced (you can buy scratch-and-dent cases without power supplies really cheap from Antec's online store).

thanks.
 
  2008-08-11 06:08:13 PM
anyone getting a lot of Gmail server errors lately?
 
  2008-08-12 09:15:58 AM
I'm having a bit of a nuisance with some Java programming. There are some websites I'd like to be able to connect to to gather statistics and data with a program, but unfortunately they read my program as something like an email-crawler, or other bad program. I'm assuming its because I'm not sending any browser-specific headers along with my connection. Would anyone happen to know how to send those headers?

I'm connecting by using an URL object in an URLConnection object that is read by an InputStreamReader which is utilized by a BufferedReader, but I think the only pertinent part is the URLConnection. Any ideas or advice given would be greatly appreciated, as this is a hole I've been stuck in for awhile.

Thanks
 
  2008-08-12 02:21:53 PM
tehhunter: I'm having a bit of a nuisance with some Java programming. There are some websites I'd like to be able to connect to to gather statistics and data with a program, but unfortunately they read my program as something like an email-crawler, or other bad program. I'm assuming its because I'm not sending any browser-specific headers along with my connection. Would anyone happen to know how to send those headers?

I'm connecting by using an URL object in an URLConnection object that is read by an InputStreamReader which is utilized by a BufferedReader, but I think the only pertinent part is the URLConnection. Any ideas or advice given would be greatly appreciated, as this is a hole I've been stuck in for awhile. Thanks


You want to use Jakarta HttpClient (new window) instead as the UrlConnection doesn't seem to implement that functionality. Here's (new window) a link to a tutorial on working with Java URL Classes.
 
  2008-08-12 02:58:47 PM
AesopRock_00: anyone getting a lot of Gmail server errors lately?

I had a few "page can't be displayed" yesterday but has been working ok today.
 
  2008-08-12 04:48:04 PM
gayb: By the way, can anyone actually recommend a good, especially quiet pc box? Regular ATX form factor, nothing small or shaped funny.

FuturePastNow: The Antec Sonata is great...

The Sonata cases are very nice looking. The quietest case I own though is an Enermax Chakra. The 250mm fan moves a lot of air but is very quiet.
 
  2008-08-12 08:17:21 PM
Benny_Hill: The Sonata cases are very nice looking. The quietest case I own though is an Enermax Chakra. The 250mm fan moves a lot of air but is very quiet.

According the newegg overview, I should be examining the case with my penis...? Well, that's what I do with all my cases, so no problem then. hahaha
 
  2008-08-13 04:08:54 PM
So I've been looking at buying a new digital camera. So far I like the look of Canon's PowerShot A650. (I definitely want a camera that runs off AA batteries)

This Canon will take either an SD or MMC card. What kind of trade offs am I looking at choosing one over the other? Which is faster?

I ask because one of my biggest complaints about the Kodak camera I have now is that I can't take multiple pictures very quickly. I'm assuming one of the things that affects that is how fast the flash media is. (My biggest complaint is the Kodak sucks batteries dry very, very quickly)

Looking around at NewEgg I noticed that one of the SD cards mentioned it doesn't require any power - do SD and/or MMC cards normally require power?
 
  2008-08-13 04:40:27 PM
Benny_Hill: This Canon will take either an SD or MMC card.

SD cards are better. Bigger, faster, more secure. The cards look identical and go in the same slot, anything that takes one will take the other.
 
  2008-08-13 05:16:40 PM
I'm actually not too bad at system repair, but this issue has me stumped. I mean really stumped. I can't use DVI mode on my computer anymore. Just VGA. How annoying.

This means that I have to do weird things like unplug then replug in my monitor when my system restarts or all I see is total blackness, and the fact that I can no longer run a second output (a projector) from the computer, and web pages scroll VERY VERY slowly. Irritating.

Is it the monitor? The video card? Windows XP pro? I have no idea.

I have these things: another HD Spectre monitor. Another video card. A brand new driver from ATI which, when installed, causes complete blackout of monitor while system apparently starts fine (in darkness). I uninstall it, and the computer starts (in darkness, until I unplug it and plug it in again), but then identifies TWO new pieces of hardware and asks if I want to install drivers, which I cancel out of for reasons above.

I don't have: a copy of Win XP Pro on disk - just a directory on the computer that supposedly allows me to reinstall windows from scratch. I can't figure out how to use the damn thing. It's a legal copy.

I just want to work in DVI mode again, and don't know how to fix the problem. Any suggestions? Reinstall system? How? Driver problems? How can I tell the problem? This is damn frustrating.
 
  2008-08-13 07:07:20 PM
Yes! The PSP works at hospital. Slow as shiat, but I am Farking.
 
  2008-08-13 07:57:14 PM
FuturePastNow: SD cards are better. Bigger, faster, more secure.

Ah, thanks :-)
 
  2008-08-13 08:03:56 PM
tehhunterI'm assuming its because I'm not sending any browser-specific headers along with my connection. Would anyone happen to know how to send those headers?

I'm not quite sure whether it was SUN's API or the Jakarta HttpClient, but one or both of them will send a default User-Agent in the header identifying the request as being made by a Java program - which some websites might consider to be a bot, blocking the requests automatically.

If you are not using the Jakarta HttpClient, you might want to look at URLConnection.setRequestProperty(String,String) to set a (different) value for "user-agent".
 
  2008-08-13 08:44:55 PM
Snug Tight: Yes! The PSP works at hospital. Slow as shiat, but I am Farking.

glad to hear it

Does the psp have flash playing yet?
 
  2008-08-13 08:57:12 PM
I am going to be rebuilding Honestjuans.com in Dreamweaver- I built it initially about 3 years ago with the help of a guide and then finally after 6 months live I hired someone to build it for me. I ended up keeping the domain name but stopped getting it hosted because of money problems, but plan to re-open with a better layout within the next year.

Long story shorter though- the guide said that XML was the "wave of the future" and that all that we build would be XML soon. Is this the case or is there another language to be used now? PHP was getting popular for forum building when I finalized my site but I'm not sure if it's ever used for a regular site anymore. I know a lot of folks are designing sites mostly with Flash but I can't afford a copy and couldn't figure out how to get Swift (a flash copy) to work.

Of course I'm working with Dreamweaver 2004...
 
  2008-08-13 09:12:05 PM
no. it is a pain in the ass to use. Wish I would have brought the laptop.
 
  2008-08-13 09:31:16 PM
CLIFF NOTES:
Say, has anyone here experience with virtual private server hosting plans?
I'm a bit confused why entry level VPS plans seem to be cheaper than "normal hosting" plans with limit databases and an option for a private or even a shared Tomcat - after all, if I have a vserver, I should be able to install all the databases or Tomcats I want.

Is that confusion just due to me as a geek valuing the flexibility/independence of a VPS plan higher (e.g. cherry-picking the software versions I want to run) than the "convenience" of not bothering with server administration and living within some pre-configured software package?

Anyone know some good/cheap plans NOT in Germany?

TOLSTOY
About a year ago I wrote some Java webapp (free imagehost load balancer, mainly for Fark photoshoppers -> see profile) and found a nice entry level hosting plan with a comparatively cheap Tomcat option:
~$12.50/month for:
one .de domain, private Tomcat on a (shared) Tomcat cluster, 200MB storage, 20GB traffic, one MySQL DB (80MB size limit IIRC) and email/subdomains/pre-installed software yaddayadda not really relevant to my interests.

Since that webapp isn't really used (okay, I didn't pimp it that much) and my pre-paid Tomcat plan is running out, I'm thinking about terminating it entirely.
But then again, it looks like for about $2 more I can get a vserver with a lot more bang for those two bucks (e.g. 10GB storage, 300GB traffic, own IP address, maybe even more RAM and - if I understand vserver hosting correctly - all the Tomcats, databases and whatnot I want to install).
That's somewhat tempting.

It would be even more tempting if I were able to get a vserver in a different country than Germany as I might then add some features into that webapp that might get people to use it more.
(In Germany, the ambulance chasers have found the internet and are busy sending out very costly blackmail C&D letters to German websites for various ridiculous reasons)
 
  2008-08-14 02:47:43 AM
TehNacho: Words

The PHP and MySQL combination is still fine for most sites. I am sure someone has a really strong opinion of Ruby on Rails, too. XML is an excellent format for text/info/whatever but ultimately you'd most likely be using server side scripting language (PERL, PHP, .net) to integrate it with your site unless you go for one of those offbeat languages that sound like an Irish separatist group. Keep it simple.

If you are looking to add a forum, try googling phpBBB. It's decent, easy to use and isn't the most unsecure thing out there (but stay on top of security updates at your peril!)

Flash still sucks for anything not entertainment related and is still a great way to stop people from visiting your site unless you have video and then it's great.

If you are designing a simple site with some pages with info and pics and all, you want a book called CSS: The Missing Manual (new window). Spend a week or so on it, dick around with the examples and fly little bird, fly!
 
  2008-08-14 08:46:06 AM
TehNacho: Long story shorter though- the guide said that XML was the "wave of the future" and that all that we build would be XML soon. Is this the case or is there another language to be used now? PHP was getting popular for forum building when I finalized my site but I'm not sure if it's ever used for a regular site anymore. I know a lot of folks are designing sites mostly with Flash but I can't afford a copy and couldn't figure out how to get Swift (a flash copy) to work.

Of course I'm working with Dreamweaver 2004...


PHP is still extremely popular. Flash only sites are almost always a Bad Idea ™

Tell Dreamweaver you want to create a XHTML 1.0 strict site.

In other words, I second everything SockMonkeyHolocaust said.
 
  2008-08-14 12:07:18 PM
Brodan: I'm actually not too bad at system repair, but this issue has me stumped. I mean really stumped. I can't use DVI mode on my computer anymore. Just VGA. How annoying.

Probably video driver. The trick is to find some way to completely blow out all of just the ATI stuff and reinstall it from scratch. Or if your other spare card is nVidia, that's worth a shot.
 
  2008-08-14 02:10:34 PM
test post. please ignore.

/this testing is ISO 99001:01 compliant
 
  2008-08-14 02:21:43 PM
trapped-in-CH: please ignore.

That's pretty much impossible. Test out this link.
 
  2008-08-14 09:18:41 PM
gayb: trapped-in-CH: please ignore.

That's pretty much impossible. Test out this link.


it's almost like people don't read the farq

at all
 
  2008-08-14 09:43:04 PM
trapped-in-CH: please ignore.

I refuse!
 
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