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13921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:49:05 PM
Ok in chatting with my dad I think I have a solution (not necessarily due to his insights, but where they took me  Tongue).

I hope I can explain this:


Above the TV room is the classroom where we home school.  In this room there is a network jack (rarely used) and a tv jack.  When they wired the house originally, the forgot to put the tv jack in the tv room, so they spliced the cable from the classrom and ran it down into the tv room.

What I'm thinking is that I can repeat this same process with the network cable as follows:

I run the TVC (tv cat 5 cable) down into the wall of the classroom terminating one end there. 

I run the other end of the TVC next to where the pros ran the coax (will have to drill a bigger hole) and terminate the other end there into a network jack.

Back in the clasroom, I place my Netgear print server (which is currently not being used) and plug the TVC in there thus creating the following wiring scheme:


Cisco switch in Office <---direct line to---> Classroom <---direct line to ---> Print server <---TVC---> to TV room.

Questions:

Will the fact that it is a print server and not a switch result in what you described above (waiting for optimized 'traffic patterns'?)
Would I be better off with a switch in the classroom?  I'd only need 2 or 3 ports? Are they available that small/cheap?

Overall what you think?
 

13922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:18:19 PM
No basements in NC.

Blown Insulation.

I've added a bit of text to the 2nd paragraph re: gettnig through the floor above....

Where does what cable come out?
13923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:12:04 PM
I have absolutely no idea how to run a cable from the attic, through the wall of my master bedroom (which is directly above my office) and down into the wall of my office.  I can't see any existing cable, as I'm guessing they ran it through the floor before it was put in.

How do I determine where the heck I am in the attic in conjunction with where I want the cable to come down in my office?  After that, how do I burrow through the floor in the master bedroom (one can assume there is a layer of plywood or stud inbetween the floors) once I get there?
13924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to draw Female Comic Characters! on: October 05, 2006, 01:59:36 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 05, 2006, 01:50:06 PM

Or on breasts.

Become a rock star.
13925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mage Knight? (DS) on: October 05, 2006, 01:01:00 PM
As I am progressing through Battles of Prince of Persia, I'm finding that it is rather a good game.  There's strategy in spades as you have to not only plot your armies movements, but do so with the right card.

If you haven't played it and Mage Knight isn't up to snuff, BoPoP can be had for 10.00 at BB. It's a solid B title right now.
13926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Newsflash: Harry Potter responsible for the school shootings. on: October 05, 2006, 10:15:04 AM
If Harry Potter was a Christian, you'd have no problem with this motion.  Here's the crux of her argument:

Quote
Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday that the popular fiction series is an "evil" attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.



13927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300! on: October 05, 2006, 09:47:54 AM
Full Trailer is up.  Bootleg one is better.
13928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to draw Female Comic Characters! on: October 05, 2006, 09:40:31 AM
I wish I could draw.  Not as much as I wish I could play an instrument, but almost.
13929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a lot of fun on: October 05, 2006, 09:36:39 AM
<giggle> had to finish it, eh!

Can you explain to me the final boss? I cannot for the life of me remember what it was....oh wait: was it

Spoiler for Hiden:
where the pieces of the pillars are in the air and you have to jump and climb them to the guy and then jump over and stab him...yeah I think that's it.

I actually didn't find that battle too bad and thought it fit in rather fine.  I was actually let down by the ending though...
13930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: VOIP Thread on: October 04, 2006, 10:59:03 PM
Have Vonage. It's not so great.  It's more than 30 bucks a month cheaper than regular phone so that's why I keep it.

I"m interested in hearing great alternatives...
13931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick, name a video-game franchise you enjoy on: October 04, 2006, 10:37:32 PM
MGS

POP

are the two that pop into mind first.
13932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 04, 2006, 09:47:53 PM
george bush did it!
13933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 09:45:06 PM
as long as they honor mine all will be copasetic
13934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 07:14:28 PM
UPdate to the situation:

"Just got off the phone with Amazon: Here's the skinny.

Sales rep said I should go ahead and punch through the sale even though the total cost shows as 459.xx. Since they only charge the card once an item ships, she said that once Gears of War is released it will ship with no charge on the CC due to this promotion.

I asked what if it doesn't? There's no record of this promotion on the sales transaction.

She said that we can easily see what promotions were offered and when and we can refund the charge for the game if the charge appears...which it most likely won't.

Therefore, making the leap of faith I'm going to go ahead and order it.

Worst case, I have to call back and wrangle in November to get my money back.

Total outlay should still be 399.99."

13935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 05:57:40 PM
I have one PC that's hardwired at all times through a switch to the router.

I have two other laptops that are used periodically throughout the week (either wired also through the switch or are wireless).

The 360 would be the new edition in the TV room.

I'll get up in the attic and see if I have access to the cables from the office. I'm guessing I would have to be able to see them...I'll chime back in a bit.
13936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 05:05:48 PM
I'm trying to run a line from my router in the office on the first floor to the tv room on the otherside of the house on the first floor.

i have the entire second floor wired, so ideally i could just splice into one of those lines (via the attic) and run just one line down the wall into the tv room.

So I guess a non-powered hub would be the way to go as my son is less than a year and won't be internetting any time soon. Is there one on monoprice or elsewhere? Linky? Typical cost?  And I'm guessing since I won't be running a long line, I don't need 100 ft.

So given that, tips/tricks/knowledge?
13937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 04:15:43 PM
Thanks Gents-

Is there such thing as a splitter? That way I could run the line to both the upstairs and downstairs on the same line.
13938  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Group wants us to boycott Dunkin Donuts and Applebees for not hiring illegals? on: October 04, 2006, 03:55:33 PM
The solution is obviously machine guns and pinpoint bombing!
13939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 03:29:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 04, 2006, 03:08:05 PM

I would guess your order got canned because you put both GoW and Viva Pinata in your basket.  When it comes up again, stick with just GoW. 

Instead of 'canned' shouldn't you have said 'torpedoed'?  Tsk Tsk.
13940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wife's 30th. Wanna do 'Something' Special on: October 04, 2006, 03:28:25 PM
What should it be?

Ideas?

Any callous or insensitive remakrs will be met with the overpowering use of scripture verses.

Parameters:
  • No trips. We're heading to DC at the end of October and to Disney in Jan 07.
  • Think outside the box...not flowers, cards or trinkets
  • She pretty much has everything she needs for her hobbies.  I could get her a pink DS, but she's not into gaming at all slywink
  • I want it to be an 'event' but not such an 'event' as to jeopardize our fiscal solvency.
13941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 03:05:24 PM
Okay so when I had our house built i neglected to have an Internet jack placed where my tv is.  (When I called just a few hours later to correct the problem, I was rejected- jerks!).

So now I must tap into one of my hardlines that are wired into the rooms upstairs and run a line down to my tv (I'd prefer not to go wireless as it just doesn't seem to be nearly as fast).

So: How hard is it to terminate cat 5 cable?  I'm guessing you don't have to polish it as it's not fiber, but....what unthought issues with the wiring am I missing?

Is cat 5 relatively cheap? I'm thinkgin I'll need 50 feet or so. 

What tools are required. etc. etc.
13942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 04, 2006, 03:01:25 PM

Quote from: warning on October 04, 2006, 02:13:52 PM

I was losing weight like a mad fiend last week.  Occasionally I can drop 6-8 pounds in a week but then I get scared and decide that's too quick (which it is) so I end up eating more to slow things down.  So that's what I did and of course I ended up gaining it all back.  Weird.

Anyway I'm down to 236 this morning.  A couple years ago I decided to lose some weight (using the Atkins program - ugh) and started it when I weighed 237 so anytime I'm under that number I'm feeling like I'm on the right track.

Well, if you're really overweight, losing 8 lbs in a week isn't too dangerous as it will taper off pretty quickly. However, if you're just a few lbs overweight that's way too much too soon.
13943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 02:48:30 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 04, 2006, 02:22:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 04, 2006, 10:03:11 AM

My order was cancelled.  I'm both pleased and dismayed at the same time.  If they put it back up i might do it again, but might not.
From CAG:

Quote from: Maddgief
Just got off the phone with amazon and they've said the deal should be back in 2-4 hrs.


Yes I am one confused little man. My wife has actually sweetened the deal in that she's letting me 'sell' my best buy gift certs to the house and letting me put the cash towards the 360.  So my out of pocket costs will be about 220....and with the 125.00 bonus i'm getting from work, final out of pocket will be south of 100.00.  Can't beat that with a stick.
13944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 04, 2006, 12:32:55 PM
6.9 miles today. Shin hurts a bit so I probably won't run again till the weekend.
13945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 04, 2006, 12:31:42 PM
Quote
Loved the log speeding towards the waterfall segment. Fun! Fun! FUN!

I too just finished the dungeon with the
Spoiler for Hiden:
spider queen
.  However, i don't know what log speeding toward the water fall segment you're referring to.

Splain.
13946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Shares fall fron news of PS3 overheating on: October 04, 2006, 12:29:57 PM
There's an article in last month's Wired asking 'Can the PS3 Save Sony?' 

13947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 10:03:11 AM
My order was cancelled.  I'm both pleased and dismayed at the same time.  If they put it back up i might do it again, but might not.
13948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> on: October 03, 2006, 11:21:42 PM
Does it really ask that question? This'll be my first year paying taxes in NC.  What's the dilio?
13949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: October 03, 2006, 09:49:20 PM
Classic!

Ike is my hero.
13950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma on: October 03, 2006, 09:47:53 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 03, 2006, 09:05:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 03, 2006, 07:41:42 PM

<breaths into paper sack>

399.00
49.99
59.99

totals 508.98 x .08 sales tax = 40.71  for grand total of total =549.70

So that means I saved 150.00 right? RIGHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?  saywhat

<breaths in paper sack>

I'm going to look for loose change in my cushions...

Not quite - I think you saved ~ $118 (you still had to pay tax on the $399, right?). Still, that's a great deal.

I think you'll be happy with the 360 and the Wii doesn't come out for another month and a half - plenty of time to scrounge up an extra $250.  icon_wink

Nope! No tax! Huzzah!
13951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> on: October 03, 2006, 09:47:27 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 03, 2006, 09:40:11 PM

Well , I'm seriously considering buying this too.  Even if it's non-Costco.

How did you wrangle it to get both games free, ATB?  Even if it's going to be fixed I want to give it a shot.

Just put em both in the cart. Discount shows at checkout.  Will you be my first online gaming buddy!?!?!?!  nod
13952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> on: October 03, 2006, 07:59:25 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 03, 2006, 07:55:52 PM

Getting both games free is likely a glitch.  Amazon will probably disallow it and you'll just get GoW, which is still a great deal.

Yeah. most likely.
13953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma on: October 03, 2006, 07:45:08 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 03, 2006, 07:43:27 PM

Hope you like Viva Pinata....

Free are 3 of my favorite letters...
13954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma on: October 03, 2006, 07:41:42 PM
<breaths into paper sack>

399.00
49.99
59.99

totals 508.98 x .08 sales tax = 40.71  for grand total of total =549.70

So that means I saved 150.00 right? RIGHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?  saywhat

<breaths in paper sack>

I'm going to look for loose change in my cushions...
13955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma on: October 03, 2006, 07:33:50 PM
Actually it now looks like you can get both games for free with the console. Total price 399.99.

I just pulled the trigger.

OMG. Where will I get 400.00 !?!?!?!?!?!? LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLROROROROROZ   saywhat  retard retard retard retard retard
13956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma on: October 03, 2006, 07:17:09 PM
Almost forgot: the thing holding me back most on 360 is all the problems people are having with the hardware...
13957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 03, 2006, 07:16:39 PM
I try not to do general advice threads, but here we are and what the heck.

Okay, the 399.00 shipped 360 premium with free Gears of War has me like this:  saywhat  and I'm ready to pull the trigger on it as that's about 100.00 in savings.

however, if I buy the 360, I won't be able to afford the Wii.

I want the Wii very badly as if you've been reading here you've seen and I'm anticipating it greatly.  But, admittedly, there are several games upcoming (next 6+ months starting with GoW) that I'd very much like to play on the 360.  I figured I'd get one eventually, but not this soon.

However, the deal is making me  saywhat. Wait did I say that?

So all things being equal- I will like both consoles and the games available for each...., what should I do?

Oh, what should I do?
13958  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 w/ Gears of War for 399.99 on: October 03, 2006, 04:53:06 PM
whoa whoa whoa.

So you get this: Awesome Bundle for 424 dollars?  Except I don't really care about PGR...

Argh.
13959  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBOX 360 w/ Gears of War for 399.99 on: October 03, 2006, 04:16:13 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 03, 2006, 03:57:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 03, 2006, 02:45:22 PM

There have been a lot of 360 deals lately. I wonder if this is a sign of an impending price drop.

Microsoft already officially said "No price drop".   However that is their "Official" line, I have been seeing instant rebates, package deals, free game deals popping up.  Costco started with $20 off instantly, then moved to $50 off instantly as an example.

So unofficial price drop yes.. Microsoft acknowledged - no.

So is that 50.00 off of their 499.00 bundle?
13960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How Many Games Have You Finished This Year? on: October 03, 2006, 03:04:13 PM
I know there's a horribly neglected sticky thread about this (which I and a few other faithfully keep updated), but as we enter deeper into the 10th month of the year, I'm curious as to how productive everyone's year has been from a finishing a game perspective.

I guess the criteria is as follows:

You played the game all the way through to the end or you've played a never ending game (brain training, sports titles,WoW) enough that you are 'finished' with it having gotten good value for your $ on it.

I've actually completed 11 full games with another 4 that I would say fall into the second category.


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