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  2010-07-15 06:42:11 PM
funny that I haven't seen anything on the Seagate Pulsar since it was announced... what... last year?

the froogle it does nothing
 
  2010-07-15 09:13:35 PM
I don't think Seagate is doing very well. All those defective 1.5TB drives put them on a lot of peoples' "do not buy" lists. And it seems like every PC component maker is selling SSDs now.
 
  2010-07-16 10:57:09 AM
I ended up buying the OCZ Vertex II. here (new window)

It should be here on Tuesday. It had the best performance and bang for the buck out of all the SSDs I looked at. Thanks for the advice y'all. I'll put up some benchmark figures and screenshots after it comes in. Some folks are claiming to get sub 15 second boot times and 4 second shut-downs. We shall see.
 
  2010-07-17 10:42:19 AM
Well, aside from the gash on the head, that database server upgrade went pretty well.
 
  2010-07-17 10:43:27 AM
and there's time-lapse video of it (not safe for dialup)
 
  2010-07-17 11:00:48 AM
SQLcoatl, the Aztec God of Database Queries demands blood!
 
  2010-07-17 12:43:48 PM
Mike: Love the rubber chicken at the top of the rack :-)
 
  2010-07-17 01:07:59 PM
Maddogjew: I'll put up some benchmark figures and screenshots after it comes in. Some folks are claiming to get sub 15 second boot times and 4 second shut-downs. We shall see.

Sounds about right for me, though 15 second start up still seems a bit slow considering, but it's probably Window's fault not the amount of I/O.Turning off GUI boot oddly took me down from 20 seconds to 15 seconds, by my loose estimation. I wonder how fast Linux would start on an SSD.

Mike: Well, aside from the gash on the head, that database server upgrade went pretty well.

Have trouble with the server gremlins?
 
  2010-07-17 02:08:14 PM
Mike: and there's time-lapse video of it (not safe for dialup)

Needs moar Philip Glass.
 
  2010-07-17 11:05:35 PM
I have a tech question for anyone who cares to answer. My pc is liquid cooled. I have the Liquicool 2 or Cool Master fan/radiator configuration. The fan that is connected to the radiator became dirty and seized. I took the fan and radiator out and cleaned and oiled the fan and it is running fine now. Here's the problem. I forgot which way the fan was directed, blowing in or out. Which way do you think i should direct the air flow, in or out?

img3.imageshack.us

Thanks for your input ahead of time.
 
  2010-07-17 11:24:58 PM
I would expect it to blow outwards since
a) you want to get the radiator's heat out of the case
b) with a normal cooling system, a fan in that position (back, up) should support the PSU fan and blow outwards
 
  2010-07-17 11:40:39 PM
The Voice of Doom: I would expect it to blow outwards since
a) you want to get the radiator's heat out of the case
b) with a normal cooling system, a fan in that position (back, up) should support the PSU fan and blow outwards


Thanks TVOD

Damn it. I put it back in with the air blowing on the radiator. Oh well, not hard to turn it around. If anyone has a second opinion, please feel free.
 
  2010-07-18 11:10:29 AM
FREDIOHEAD: Which way do you think i should direct the air flow, in or out?

As The Voice of Doom said, I would expect it to be blowing out.
 
  2010-07-18 12:10:49 PM
Benny_Hill: FREDIOHEAD: Which way do you think i should direct the air flow, in or out?

As The Voice of Doom said, I would expect it to be blowing out.



Yeah, You guys are probably right. I downloaded "Speedfan" to keep an eye on my temps. It's a pretty cool free program if you've never heard of it. My temps are well within range of what they need to be so far. I'm going to contact the manufacturer on Monday so I can be sure of the direction.

Thanks for your replies.
 
  2010-07-18 01:23:01 PM
You want the fan to exhaust heat out of the case.
 
  2010-07-19 02:03:47 PM
I just discovered NTFS Junction points (new window), these things are great, like a pointer for folders. How did I never hear of these before? I can't even find how to make them from Windows 7, had to use a freeware tool.
Looks like I can install steam games I use less on an external HDD, I hated to waste all that space on my SSD.
 
  2010-07-19 07:45:21 PM
Junction points can cause problems for poorly written programs that walk the directory tree. You'll get interesting side effects like trying to back up both of the linked disks. If your backups are suddenly larger it'll probably be that.

There's a built-in and obscure command line utility in Win 7 for junctions. I'm not sure if Vista had it, but XP needed a 3rd party utility. I use the Link Shell Extension^ on Win 7 myself.
 
  2010-07-20 12:48:13 AM
Sounds like symlinks on Unix...
 
  2010-07-20 05:13:44 PM
HansensDisease: Junction points can cause problems for poorly written programs that walk the directory tree. You'll get interesting side effects like trying to back up both of the linked disks. If your backups are suddenly larger it'll probably be that.

There's a built-in and obscure command line utility in Win 7 for junctions. I'm not sure if Vista had it, but XP needed a 3rd party utility. I use the Link Shell Extension^ on Win 7 myself.


Hmm, I'll have to see if it does that on next backup. I noticed Win 7 itself or something I installed seems to be using these when I had 'hide system files' off the other day. There's a whole bunch of junctions to AppData, Program Data and my user folder, is there a point to those? Seems like they could just use the regular directories.
 
  2010-07-20 07:35:02 PM
 
  2010-07-20 07:38:24 PM
Barakku: There's a whole bunch of junctions to AppData, Program Data and my user folder, is there a point to those?

I'm not sure why they did that. It's vaguely annoying though.
 
  2010-07-20 09:24:19 PM
HansensDisease: Barakku: There's a whole bunch of junctions to AppData, Program Data and my user folder, is there a point to those?

I'm not sure why they did that. It's vaguely annoying though.


I can't keep hidden/system files visible because I always want to delete things. But I know that 'cleaning' the stupid things Windows does is never a good idea, stupid crap is always there for a reason, and things will break is you do anything to it.
 
  2010-07-21 01:02:51 PM
Wasn't it someone's b-day on the 19th?

I could swear I shared b-days with a fark geek...
 
  2010-07-23 12:04:40 PM
mine was the 18th...

Hm. Trying to decide on socket 1156 vs 1366 for the next single-socket server... but all the 32nm action seems to be on 1366.
 
  2010-07-27 05:07:30 PM
I have a question for Farkistan.

I have installed and can play the Collector's Edition of X-Wing on my Windows XP laptop. (Suck It!) The game plays just fine with a few graphical errors that are easily fixed.

When I go to play Tie Fighter though the game says I need to instal Direct 5.2x. I have unistalled the game and re-installed it multiple times. When I go to the system test option my system is more than powerful enough to work it. I have noticed that when I am done installing the game all parts of the graphics options are installed except the 3D part. I can't seem to figure out how to install just that one part.

I am getting mad because as much as I love X-Wing, I would much rather be blasting Rebel Scum in a TIE Interceptor.

I have tried DosBox as a solution but it is a no go because the Collector Edition's don't work in DOS mode.
 
  2010-07-27 10:01:29 PM
jedimk: I have a question for Farkistan.

I have installed and can play the Collector's Edition of X-Wing on my Windows XP laptop. (Suck It!) The game plays just fine with a few graphical errors that are easily fixed.

When I go to play Tie Fighter though the game says I need to instal Direct 5.2x. I have unistalled the game and re-installed it multiple times. When I go to the system test option my system is more than powerful enough to work it. I have noticed that when I am done installing the game all parts of the graphics options are installed except the 3D part. I can't seem to figure out how to install just that one part.

I am getting mad because as much as I love X-Wing, I would much rather be blasting Rebel Scum in a TIE Interceptor.

I have tried DosBox as a solution but it is a no go because the Collector Edition's don't work in DOS mode.


I'm sure that you've tried this, but, have you tried running in compatibility mode from within XP?

Have you tried manually running the direct x setup from the disc if you can find the files in explorer?

/just ideas
 
  2010-07-28 01:41:22 PM
TehNacho: jedimk: I have a question for Farkistan.

I have installed and can play the Collector's Edition of X-Wing on my Windows XP laptop. (Suck It!) The game plays just fine with a few graphical errors that are easily fixed.

When I go to play Tie Fighter though the game says I need to instal Direct 5.2x. I have unistalled the game and re-installed it multiple times. When I go to the system test option my system is more than powerful enough to work it. I have noticed that when I am done installing the game all parts of the graphics options are installed except the 3D part. I can't seem to figure out how to install just that one part.

I am getting mad because as much as I love X-Wing, I would much rather be blasting Rebel Scum in a TIE Interceptor.

I have tried DosBox as a solution but it is a no go because the Collector Edition's don't work in DOS mode.

I'm sure that you've tried this, but, have you tried running in compatibility mode from within XP?

Have you tried manually running the direct x setup from the disc if you can find the files in explorer?

/just ideas


The bolded part worked. Thanks.....I thought I had thought of everything but I never did think of that.

Killing Rebel Scum as Fl. Cadet Nacho now.
 
  2010-07-28 07:19:42 PM
Speaking of old games, I can't afford $60 for the new one, so I've loaded up the original Starcraft for the fist time in years. Actually runs pretty well on Windows 7, with all the compatibility stuff checked.
 
  2010-07-28 08:12:19 PM
Speaking some more of old games, anyone remember some flash game from 8-10 years ago that was basically the adventures of college guys trying to get laid? It was a kind of choose-your-own-adventure type thing.

There were a number of different ones but the only one I can clearly remember was the guys were on vacation in Jamaica or something.
 
  2010-07-30 02:33:21 PM
So...are any of you Farkers going to attend the Chicago Comic-Con next month?
 
  2010-07-30 07:48:44 PM
Anyone got a fix for a PC controller being too sensitive (analog sticks)? I'm using an unofficial driver for my PS3 controller, and certain games and the Windows 7 game controller menu detect a little bit of movement when the sticks are at rest sometimes. I've tried the calibration in the windows controller menu, the min/max for both analog sticks comes out right, but some of the axes still 'twitch' or register a little below or above dead center.
 
  2010-07-31 07:16:55 PM
PS3 and Xbox's analog sticks have what you could call a dead zone to specifically counter act this slight movement when in the rest position. Mind you this is on the console.

Found this out while learning to use the XIM 360 (keyboard/mouse adapter for Xbox).

Dunno if there's a fix for it, or a way to create a dad zone for it. :/
 
  2010-08-01 08:09:20 PM
New Simpsons tonight? Crazy intro, anyone else catch it?
 
  2010-08-01 08:19:01 PM
Nevermind, its not new, but i don't remember ever seeing that intro.

/trippy
 
  2010-08-05 04:10:36 AM
It's official. I hate Moodle.

Slow, ponderous, sloth-like...

And much like a sloth, it's hard to interact with or make sense of.

sigh back to uploading content...
 
  2010-08-06 10:34:59 PM
Quick double check, does anyone know if this HDD would work in a PS3?Link (new window) I'm pretty sure any 2.5" SATA HDD is supposed to work...but I've never changed a PS3 HDD or a laptop HDD for that matter.
Also, does anyone know if the PS3 has any noticeable speed increase from a 7200rpm disc? Not sure it's worth the extra $24. I'm amazed I'm saying this, when I first got my PS3 I wondered if I would be paying several hundred $ for a couple hundred GB upgrade.

Dimmy: PS3 and Xbox's analog sticks have what you could call a dead zone to specifically counter act this slight movement when in the rest position. Mind you this is on the console.

Found this out while learning to use the XIM 360 (keyboard/mouse adapter for Xbox).

Dunno if there's a fix for it, or a way to create a dad zone for it. :/


Yeah, I've seen some games that let you set the deadzone, but the driver settings doesn't seem to have one.

Legios: It's official. I hate Moodle.

Slow, ponderous, sloth-like...

And much like a sloth, it's hard to interact with or make sense of.

sigh back to uploading content...


Sounds like a neat idea, but designing it for the end user can be an issue. Ironically it sounds like that's what you're supposed to be learning from them, though...too often design is approached as an art (which you hire the same guy you always hire for) rather than as a science. Efficiency is relevant.
 
  2010-08-07 01:59:33 AM
Any drive that's 9.5mm thick should work. I have no idea if you'll see a noticeable difference between 5400 and 7200 RPM with a PS3, though.
 
  2010-08-07 02:09:04 AM
what's the heat tolerance for PS3 HDD's? 7200's tend to run hotter. I run 7200's in my Macbooks anyway but given that my PS3's GPU dies when it gets even a little warm... thought it was worth asking. (Where does one get a 1st gen PS3 repaired? I don't feel comfortable reflowing the board myself.)
 
  2010-08-07 09:44:35 AM
Mike: what's the heat tolerance for PS3 HDD's? 7200's tend to run hotter. I run 7200's in my Macbooks anyway but given that my PS3's GPU dies when it gets even a little warm... thought it was worth asking. (Where does one get a 1st gen PS3 repaired? I don't feel comfortable reflowing the board myself.)

The Play N' Trade out here does it, but I dunno if you have any where you're at or if they would... otherwise you might have to trust some dood on Craigslist to do it, or send it to Sorny.
 
  2010-08-07 01:28:31 PM
Droid 2 release date august 12th according to best buy leak on droid life. I'm stricly on mobile and not clever enough for a fark submission but would love to see it on the front page. Appearently, it has something to do with aug 12 being coroalally to R2D2. Dying for the front page.... longtime reader weak submitor.
 
  2010-08-07 11:05:20 PM
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No you're not.

weak submitor.

That, that you are. Are you SURE you're not a shill for their marketing doods?
 
  2010-08-07 11:43:31 PM
Found some speed tests comparing the diff RPMs, looks like you get a few hundred ms at best, when dealing with 10+ second load times. Not worth $25 extra.

Mike: what's the heat tolerance for PS3 HDD's? 7200's tend to run hotter. I run 7200's in my Macbooks anyway but given that my PS3's GPU dies when it gets even a little warm... thought it was worth asking. (Where does one get a 1st gen PS3 repaired? I don't feel comfortable reflowing the board myself.)

Note you'll have to use the backup/transfer if you have many digital games (or some data for certain disc games), some data is linked to the specific PS3, if you care about keeping it.

And I've never had a heat problem, first gen PS3 too. Sure the fans/vents aren't just messed up somehow?

Also, I just found out my backup drives were never recognized by my PS3 because it apparently requires FAT32, arg. I suppose there's not much reason to use NTFS on an external, but I usually use it out of habit.
 
  2010-08-09 01:17:55 PM
Best. 404. Evar!!1!

http://blippy.com/404

Copy & paste, link throws a 404 on Fark :)
 
  2010-08-09 09:30:55 PM
That is pretty cool...

I now present you with a cool and pointless website:
Link (pops)
 
  2010-08-11 07:35:23 PM
Firefox Beta 4.3 adds multitouch support! Does anyone know...what the commands are that it supports? It still works like it did before with the typical win 7 commands. Is it actually used for anything in the browser for normal pages, or is it just future-proofing so html 5 can use multitouch? That's what their tech demo looked like...

Searching for commands is surprisingly hard, all I get are news posts using multitouch as a buzzword.

/I need mutlitouch to synergize my proactive apps in a top down manner
 
  2010-08-11 09:12:49 PM
try this link it shows commands and links to the blog of the developer Link (new window)
 
  2010-08-12 02:54:29 AM
Barakku:
Sounds like a neat idea, but designing it for the end user can be an issue. Ironically it sounds like that's what you're supposed to be learning from them, though...too often design is approached as an art (which you hire the same guy you always hire for) rather than as a science. Efficiency is relevant.


I come from a tech background and was helping out with the content developers because of a stupid deadline the Director of the company gave us "Sure! We can do that by Friday!"...
*grumble grumble*

I find it's amazingly over-engineered. I've got some LMS experience and personally found ATutor to be the best UI-wise, and it too is open-source. But Moodle seems to have the death grip in the cheap markets (Blackboard/WebCT in the expensive ones)
 
  2010-08-12 08:37:06 PM
paleryder69: try this link it shows commands and links to the blog of the developer Link (new window)

Yup, that's the video I saw, looks like it's just to allow web development FOR multitouch, doesn't seem to be any interface for it. With Fennec being made for smart phones I had hoped they would have an interface too.
 
  2010-08-13 08:19:58 PM
Can anyone recommend a good workstation-esque dual CPU motherboard?
I'm currently entertaining the thought of possibly considering to maybe invest in a workstation for home use to mess around with virtualization (and gaming).

I managed to find this (new window).

Of course any input or hardware suggestions are welcomed.
 
  2010-08-13 09:36:10 PM
Supermicro

though you don't necessarily need dual socket to play with virtualization, any recent dual/quad core single socket thingie will do fine
 
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