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  2010-01-11 06:47:05 PM  
Where do you pc builders buy your hardware? Does newegg still have the best prices?
 
  2010-01-11 08:25:32 PM  
gayb: Where do you pc builders buy your hardware? Does newegg still have the best prices?

I dunno about best prices anywhere, but newegg is where I typically go, also xoxide.com or frozencpu.com. I used to have a beef with Newegg because when I first started shopping there, honestly, their service was garbage. Many people will likely agree that this is not the case. xoxide has always been solid for me, and I go to frozencpu for stuff that simply isn't available at either newegg or xoxide (though, it has been my experience that frozencpu parts are premium prices). I just checked tigerdirect out for the first time, I've heard nothing but good things about them and they seem to have a great selection.

Now, between all of them I still can't find an 8800 GTS 320mb EVGA card... though they all seem to sell 5200, 6200, 9200, 9400, 9600, and 9800 cards.

/only have one 8800 in my system, and if I can find one for less than $100, I can move up to SLI without breaking the bank, and considerably upgrade my system.
 
  2010-01-11 09:20:01 PM  
I usually trade off between Newegg and Provantage and sometimes Acmemicro depending on whether I'm getting desktop-class stuff (Newegg, Provantage) or server-class stuff (Provantage, Acmemicro)
 
  2010-01-12 01:46:14 PM  
gayb: Where do you pc builders buy your hardware? Does newegg still have the best prices?

As TehNacho said Newegg may not have the best prices however I use them exclusively.

/Only builds "normal" desktops, no gaming stuff.
 
  2010-01-12 02:07:11 PM  
Can anyone recommend me the best web browser for MAC OS 10.6.2, given the following tag cloud of what I'd like? (Size = importance) Options costing more than $0.00 USD will be considered if they're really awesome.

Speed Add-ons or widgets or whatever Saved passwords A master password for the saved passwords Private browsing
 
  2010-01-12 02:58:31 PM  
thanks fellas.
 
  2010-01-12 08:24:31 PM  
Benny_Hill: gayb: Where do you pc builders buy your hardware? Does newegg still have the best prices?

As TehNacho said Newegg may not have the best prices however I use them exclusively.

/Only builds "normal" desktops, no gaming stuff.


Even if I didn't game with my PC, I'd still be pleased that xoxide sold the Thermaltake Xray LONG before Newegg did (newegg sells it now, but before they sold this crappy plastic knockoff)... now, you can say, "I don't smoke, why would I need a cigarette lighter on my machine?"

Because it charges stuff when you've lost your USB charger or your wall charger.
 
  2010-01-12 08:34:56 PM  
Also, yes, I'm using Firefox right now. It seems to be getting sluggish, even after I uninstalled all the adds-on I weren't using.
 
  2010-01-13 08:13:51 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Also, yes, I'm using Firefox right now. It seems to be getting sluggish, even after I uninstalled all the adds-on I weren't using.

have you tried the memory fox add on?? that seems to take care of the memory bloat and sluggishness of FF
 
  2010-01-13 09:55:08 PM  
Hating Microsoft's retarded page numbering. Why can't they number pages like normal people? I crack open a book, and wonder which page 5 I'm looking at.
 
  2010-01-13 09:58:09 PM  
N. S. Radieaux: Can anyone recommend me the best web browser for MAC OS 10.6.2, given the following tag cloud of what I'd like? (Size = importance) Options costing more than $0.00 USD will be considered if they're really awesome.

Speed Add-ons or widgets or whatever Saved passwords A master password for the saved passwords Private browsing


I'd *probably* recommend Opera. Although admittedly things like add-ons are pretty light, you can use regular adblock lists with it. And it's faster than Firefox IMHO.
 
  2010-01-13 10:12:44 PM  
geekybroad: Hating Microsoft's retarded page numbering. Why can't they number pages like normal people? I crack open a book, and wonder which page 5 I'm looking at.

I second this. Used to annoy the hell out of our lecturer too.
"Turn to page 27. Now, see the diagram?"
"Um, no?"
"No, not THAT page 27..."
 
  2010-01-14 01:11:59 AM  
It's a textbook, not Tetris.
//falling asleep studying for CCNA right now...
 
  2010-01-14 01:56:50 AM  
I was bad/lazy and let my CCNA lapse before I got around to finishing my CCNP. 'course it mighta had something to do with quitting my job at an ISP around then... :)

...never did get around to learning EIGRP anyway, we were never an all-Cisco shop so we ran OSPF instead...
 
  2010-01-14 11:34:56 AM  
beerspill.fark.com (new window) explains the outage we're having right now... well, by "we" I mean "our upstream", since I can still get here but nobody else can right now :)
 
  2010-01-14 05:04:04 PM  
Mike
beerspill.fark.com (new window) explains the outage we're having right now...

Random guess: someone forgot to patch that DOS-hole on their Juniper routers.
 
  2010-01-14 07:11:41 PM  
Random guess, comments about google & .cn
they did not like
 
  2010-01-14 07:14:43 PM  
Is there any good place to donate old technical books? I have boxes of textbooks and technical books in the garage that I need to get rid of and I don't like the idea of just throwing them away. A lot of it is obsolete: MS-DOS internals, reference books on mid-90s video cards, calculus text books that have long since been revised to better bolster Al Shenk's wallet. Are there any places that buy this stuff?
 
  2010-01-15 08:35:39 AM  
Foaming: Is there any good place to donate old technical books? I have boxes of textbooks and technical books in the garage that I need to get rid of and I don't like the idea of just throwing them away. A lot of it is obsolete: MS-DOS internals, reference books on mid-90s video cards, calculus text books that have long since been revised to better bolster Al Shenk's wallet. Are there any places that buy this stuff?

... bookstores?
 
  2010-01-15 03:01:23 PM  
wyrlss: ... bookstores?

Chain bookstores didn't seem interested. Neither did libraries. Most of the small used book stores have dried up. I found a technical bookstore that gave me a 'maybe' so I'm trying them.
 
  2010-01-15 04:32:03 PM  
Foaming: the small used book stores have dried up

Tell me where it is that you live, that I might add it to my "Circumnavigate" list. A place without small used bookstores is a place not worth being.
 
  2010-01-15 08:44:46 PM  
So in windows 7 every time I try to shut down/restart I get a message that background processes are preventing it from shutting down. When it hangs on an application like Word it tells me which ones are hanging, but there's no display of whatever background process is causing the delay. Is there some way to find out what process it is? Doesn't seem to be spyware.

Tangentially, is there a way to make Win 7 just close any applications or processes regardless when restarting? It keeps hanging due to Trillian and Firefox, even though neither bring up dialog boxes or have any reason to stop the restart.

Foaming: Is there any good place to donate old technical books? I have boxes of textbooks and technical books in the garage that I need to get rid of and I don't like the idea of just throwing them away. A lot of it is obsolete: MS-DOS internals, reference books on mid-90s video cards, calculus text books that have long since been revised to better bolster Al Shenk's wallet. Are there any places that buy this stuff?

My dad suggested finding some place to donate them, he donated a bunch of his books to Romania 20 years ago (not that we don't still have a few thousand books), I'm not sure who you would contact to donate though.
 
  2010-01-16 01:35:54 PM  
Barakku: Tangentially, is there a way to make Win 7 just close any applications or processes regardless when restarting? It keeps hanging due to Trillian and Firefox, even though neither bring up dialog boxes or have any reason to stop the restart.

That is what it is doing, trying to shut them down. I see the same message but it goes away after a few seconds. It checks running processes, sends out a shutdown message, then checks again.
If you leave it do they eventually close down and it restarts?

My Win7 won't wake up when it goes to sleep. I have it set to sleep after an hour, since I'm not usually away for that long. All lights come on, but no fan, screen or hard drive activity.
 
  2010-01-17 10:35:54 AM  
Quick question; googling DVD codecs will give me about 20 trillion results (I just did a reformat on my machine, so WMP pretty much cannot play anything), but the way I figure it, just downloading any of the first set I find on google is a good way of introducing a virus on my machine.

Do any of you know of a reputable site to download from? Something that will let me play DVDs again and Flash video in WMP (sometimes renaming the file extension from .flv to .mpeg works, sometimes it doesn't)?
 
  2010-01-17 11:42:06 AM  
TehNacho: Something that will let me play DVDs again...

Sorry I don't know anything about Windows Media Player (I'm a Linux guy) but what about VLC?
 
  2010-01-17 11:55:10 AM  
TehNacho
Something that will let me play DVDs again

Do you still have some DVD player software, maybe an OEM version that came with a PC or a DVD drive?
If so, install that.
WMP should be able to decrypt DVDs afterwards.
 
  2010-01-17 01:11:55 PM  
Benny_Hill: TehNacho: Something that will let me play DVDs again...

Sorry I don't know anything about Windows Media Player (I'm a Linux guy) but what about VLC?


I'm so used to WMP that I find myself disliking anything else. VLC was the closest I got to using a new media player, but it just never got familiar.

The Voice of Doom: TehNacho
Something that will let me play DVDs again

Do you still have some DVD player software, maybe an OEM version that came with a PC or a DVD drive?
If so, install that.
WMP should be able to decrypt DVDs afterwards.


Going to go check on this- it's a home built computer but maybe I have the discs from the DVD drives I got for it... unlikely though, seems to me I would have put those in a safe place meaning I'll never find them again.
 
  2010-01-17 01:38:46 PM  
Can't find any of the software for my DVD burner drives.

I guess I also need to find out what recommendations you guys have for burning utilities. Free is preferred but I'd like something that doesn't run unless I'm using it, doesn't sap my connection by constantly searching for updates, and, works.
 
  2010-01-17 08:47:32 PM  
TehNacho: Can't find any of the software for my DVD burner drives.

I guess I also need to find out what recommendations you guys have for burning utilities. Free is preferred but I'd like something that doesn't run unless I'm using it, doesn't sap my connection by constantly searching for updates, and, works.


I recommend http://infrarecorder.org/
Also, for DVD playback, I recommend installing Media Player Classic (I normally install it via CCCP - Combined Community Codec Pack - which can be gotten from http://www.cccp-project.net/)
 
  2010-01-17 09:02:42 PM  
Vista and 7 have DVD codecs as standard, right? Only XP should need a 3rd party one, and even then, I'd second the VLC suggestion.

That said, I've got the same problem, but with Blu-Ray, since 7 doesn't have that as standard yet. And I too have misplaced the PowerDVD stuff that came with my BD-RW drive... and VLC doesn't do Blu-Ray.
 
  2010-01-18 01:34:39 AM  
Mike: VLC doesn't do Blu-Ray.

Yet. Hopefully.
 
  2010-01-18 02:34:36 AM  
Mike: Vista and 7 have DVD codecs as standard, right?

Vista Basic doesn't.
 
  2010-01-18 07:34:36 AM  
TehNacho: Do any of you know of a reputable site to download from? Something that will let me play DVDs again and Flash video in WMP (sometimes renaming the file extension from .flv to .mpeg works, sometimes it doesn't)?

I've always used the k-lite mega codec pack with media player classic.

Link (new window)
 
  2010-01-18 07:48:34 AM  
No_47: Mike: Vista and 7 have DVD codecs as standard, right?

Vista Basic doesn't.


Nor Vista Business.

Microsoft gave up and put all the media stuff back into 7 Pro. I just use VLC, anyway, or Media Player Classic Home Cinema which has a user interface similar to ancient versions of WMP.
 
  2010-01-18 08:19:11 AM  
Ended up going with VLC, thanks guys. I'll just get used to the interface. If that is my biggest problem I'll consider myself lucky ;)

Legios:

I recommend http://infrarecorder.org/


I'll look into it.
 
  2010-01-19 01:08:16 AM  
Legios:

I recommend http://infrarecorder.org/

// Cool
i48.tinypic.com
downloaded..
 
  2010-01-19 12:26:45 PM  
RabidDog: Barakku: Tangentially, is there a way to make Win 7 just close any applications or processes regardless when restarting? It keeps hanging due to Trillian and Firefox, even though neither bring up dialog boxes or have any reason to stop the restart.

That is what it is doing, trying to shut them down. I see the same message but it goes away after a few seconds. It checks running processes, sends out a shutdown message, then checks again.
If you leave it do they eventually close down and it restarts?


I'm not sure, it takes at least a couple minutes once it hits that screen, long enough that I should have put it away and carried it off. Does it not actually know what process is clogging it up then? I guess I'll try just letting it sit if it will eventually go. Annoyingly it's my laptop that does this, on battery, and not my plugged in desktop.
 
  2010-01-19 01:43:59 PM  
Using shutdown.exe from the command line or Run box with the -f switch will force all open apps to close.

shutdown -r -f -t 10 will tell the computer to restart, force apps to close, and wait ten seconds before restarting.
 
  2010-01-20 09:04:40 PM  
Barakku: RabidDog: Barakku: Tangentially, is there a way to make Win 7 just close any applications or processes regardless when restarting? It keeps hanging due to Trillian and Firefox, even though neither bring up dialog boxes or have any reason to stop the restart.

That is what it is doing, trying to shut them down. I see the same message but it goes away after a few seconds. It checks running processes, sends out a shutdown message, then checks again.
If you leave it do they eventually close down and it restarts?

I'm not sure, it takes at least a couple minutes once it hits that screen, long enough that I should have put it away and carried it off. Does it not actually know what process is clogging it up then? I guess I'll try just letting it sit if it will eventually go. Annoyingly it's my laptop that does this, on battery, and not my plugged in desktop.


I believe (and someone else can correct me if I'm wrong because I haven't tried this in Win7) you can force this in the group policy editor. You can change the timeout period etc. and whether it forces the applications to shut down or waits.

Win+R and type mmc in the run prompt, then go to file -> add/remove snap-in, click add and double-click on Group Policy Object Editor. You'll have to search around for the specific setting from there.


/Apologies for the italics, but I don't like using quotation marks because people tend to include them when they copy'n'paste...
 
  2010-01-22 10:35:52 AM  
Can someone tell me where I can get a working torrent of all ADD2ed books?

/geek or nerd?
 
  2010-01-22 08:16:55 PM  
img1.fark.net
 
  2010-01-22 08:46:43 PM  
GeorgeBurns: Can someone tell me where I can get a working torrent of all ADD2ed books?

/geek or nerd?


No.
 
  2010-01-24 08:52:56 PM  
TehNacho: Ended up going with VLC, thanks guys. I'll just get used to the interface. If that is my biggest problem I'll consider myself lucky ;)

I use the KM player for flash, I think it does bluray but the built in dvd player from toshiba for sure will do bluray.
Link (new window)
 
  2010-01-25 04:40:45 PM  
Anyone know where I can get large-ish free databases to experiment with? (Doing some php and sql stuff)
 
  2010-01-25 10:26:01 PM  
MySQL is the first thing that comes to mind... it's actually used in industry, too.

If you were feeling especially ambitious, you could always set up a box with LAMP. Especially helpful if you're just farting around and don't want to fight with your ISP too much as a lot of ISPs have minimal services for home users. If you don't have a corporate account, having your own box to practice on is the way to go.
 
  2010-01-26 03:00:29 AM  
MySQL or PostgreSQL would be the two big open-source databases. Or SQLite if you want to start reeeeal simple.
 
  2010-01-26 09:49:31 AM  
ty, but I was imprecise. (perhaps this is why my googling fails)

Im looking for actual tables and rows all filled out. For instance a ginormic table of financial data or astronomic data or something. Im using php5 and apache2 and mysql on my ubuntu box, and a book Im reading has turned me on to data mining, and so far all my googly attempts have led me to 'free' online databases that are 1)boring and b)small and 3)not free or available past a web ui.
 
  2010-01-26 10:54:46 AM  
Is there any reason you can't create your own ginormous datasets? Just write a little PHP code that loops 1,000,000 times and puts bogus data in some tables?
 
  2010-01-26 11:18:49 AM  
Yeah i considered that, but the purpose is to 'divine' something out of a data set.

Ferinstance : Supermarkets that offer 'loyalty cards' track customer buying habits. They discovered a correlation between beer sales and diaper sales. The thinking is that once a family has a baby, the parents are less likely to go out and drink, so they drink at home.
 
  2010-01-26 12:13:44 PM  
How about census data? It's available for free from the U.S. government and there is a LOT of data available.

I downloaded a lot of it last year when a business partner and I were considering trying to get a hold of some of the $7bn earmarked for expanding broadband into rural areas of the U.S. Just part of the data for 6 or 7 counties in my state gave me about 250,000 records each in several tables.
 
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