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3121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: July 03, 2008, 05:46:04 PM
God help me. While getting cash at my Bank Of America ATM this morning, they had a little ad on it about how you can do your online banking with a neato new Iphone 3g. Now, I really, really, really want an Iphone 3g, and I've begun considering getting in line next Friday to get one. I should try and get the crazy idea out of my head. There's no way I'm camping out all night to get one. I'm driving out of town on that day for a mini-vacation, and I will need the shuteye... but it would be very nice to score one before heading out on the road. Maybe get up at 3am on that Friday and see how big the line is at my local ATT store? That I might consider.

Get out of my head, Iphone 3g.. Get out of my head!!
3122  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dead internet connection on: July 03, 2008, 04:52:05 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on July 02, 2008, 11:49:36 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 01, 2008, 02:35:45 PM

I took my router out of the equation this morning, and my net connection is working again. It turns out the modem is actually fine after all. I don't know if the router is dead,needs a reboot, or needs a firmware update; I'll get on that one tonight.

Twice now over the last year Iíve had my connection suddenly go dead with no activity showing on the modem.  Both times the router had stopped working and I had to reset the router to its default settings to get it going again.  Even rebooting/unplugging the thing would help.

The weird thing is that both times the router stopped working, I hadnít changed any settings in over a month.  Other then the network name and passwords, I leave most settings at their default.  Iím using a Linksys WRT54G (couldnít tell you what version since Iím away from home) with the latest official firmware.

Iím not sure if the hardware is somewhat faulty or thereís something I need to do with my settings.  Just strikes me as odd though since usually when my network dies itís because Iím playing around with the settings or trying out new software.

Yeah, the ultimate culprit of all my trouble was an unresponsive router; a Lynksys also, like yours, Win95. Last night, the PC ethernet problem resolved itself. I had left my PC connected to my router, and the router was rebooted on Tuesday(hard rebooted.. it had to be unplugged from electricity before it responded again). Last night, before I went to bed, I noticed my PC was automatically downloading updates. Sure enough, it's net connection was back on.

I'm glad I didn't waste an early morning trip to the Comcast lounge to return the modem. I've had that Lynksys router for over 5 years also. I think perhaps its time for a router upgrade; next one will be wireless, I think.
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 03, 2008, 02:54:38 PM
Got started on Week 2/Day one today. 36 on the last set. An improvement on my initial test of 33. Proabably could have squeezed out a couple of more but I was in a rush to get to work this morning.
3124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kenneth Bianchi on: July 02, 2008, 10:32:49 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 02, 2008, 09:34:29 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on July 02, 2008, 06:20:39 PM

It helps to strangle your dignity first.


 icon_lol icon_lol

Fed, that is well-observed and damn funny.
3125  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dead internet connection on: July 02, 2008, 03:09:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 01, 2008, 06:59:31 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 01, 2008, 02:35:45 PM

I'm thinking there might have been a thunderstorm this past Saturday night and it borked both the router and the PC net card (though I do have a surge protector.. and that's fine.. so I'm mystified). In any case, I do have net access back on at home.

Do you have a surge protector on where the data jack comes from the wall? I've heard of otherwise protected systems being blown because a surge came down the phone line into the PC.

No, I don't have one of those surge protectors. But the good news is that it looks like it wasn't a surge--I resurrected the router last night. It just needed to be unplugged from the wall and given a reboot by accessing it's setting thru my Macbook. My PC's ethernet card is going to be the last piece of the puzzle to solve. I'll get on that tonight.

I now think the reason why I thought the modem was dead was because on early reboots the blinking activity light didn't come on as a result of the router needing a hard reboot. Although the configuration seemed dead, it wasn't.

3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: July 02, 2008, 04:58:22 AM
That *does* look gooooood. I'm in for this in November.
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My kitty is dying [Update: He's gone :( ] on: July 02, 2008, 04:49:54 AM
As a fellow cat owner, you got my condolescences, Gratch. I've a four year old male kitty named Luis, and I tear up just thinking of the day his end will come. It's tough losing a pet when you're truly attached.
3128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 01, 2008, 02:54:33 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on July 01, 2008, 02:50:31 PM

Quote from: msteelers on July 01, 2008, 02:44:14 PM

Well, I found my motivation. My girlfriend of three years left me Sunday night. We have been living together for two years and was about to sign a new lease that was to take affect today actually.

Focusing that emotion into the pushups made Week 2 Day 1 seem easy  mad ...  crybaby

Dude, I am sorry frown 

Yes, that's crappy news to get. Sorry,man.
3129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: July 01, 2008, 02:39:23 PM
Day 3/Week 1 on the can for me last night. I had to improvise on the routine because I had no internet access and couldn't look at the actual requirements for Day 3 at the onehundredpushups site. I did 14/14 14/14 12/12 14/14 then maxed at 26 again. Not bad. I'm taking a two day break and will start on week 2 this Thursday.
3130  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dead internet connection on: July 01, 2008, 02:35:45 PM
I took my router out of the equation this morning, and my net connection is working again. It turns out the modem is actually fine after all. I don't know if the router is dead,needs a reboot, or needs a firmware update; I'll get on that one tonight. I can access the net fine with my Macbook, but now my desktop's PC ethernet card seems to have developed a problem: It receives packets but doesn't send them. So, no online PC gaming for me until I can clear that one out. I'm thinking there might have been a thunderstorm this past Saturday night and it borked both the router and the PC net card (though I do have a surge protector.. and that's fine.. so I'm mystified). In any case, I do have net access back on at home.
3131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 30, 2008, 04:53:57 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 27, 2008, 11:06:30 PM

I cant help you. I just had to delete my whole gmail account due to something silly. In part I grabbed the new Firefox 3 when it came out. It removed my googlebar unknown to me. Im surfing the net and reading up on a EQ2 quest. My wife comes in and gives me a kiss. I tell her to sit down on my lap and look at this stuff. Its then that I see a popup with a porn name on it. I haven't had a popup in at least 5 years! Googlebar blocked them all! So I freak and try to hit it to close it real fast. I know my wife will shit if she sees it. So as she is turning to the screen I hit it..OOPS I open the page it links to full screen. theres a naked woman all bent over full on..SHIT. I close it but its too late. Damn thing. Wife was mad all damn day. Took me forever to explain popups and how they work. Worst luck in history. Doesn't help that all she has ever heard about the internet is cybersex and chat rooms.

 icon_lol icon_lol

YK, as for your wife, I think Mr Fed said it best. Women's emotional tides are unfathomable--Best to profusely apologize and move on.
3132  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dead internet connection on: June 30, 2008, 04:44:15 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on June 30, 2008, 04:21:32 PM

Is your modem connected to a router?  I've had issues where I've needed to give my router a reboot as well after an outage.

yes, it is. Though the modem is connected straight to the cable connection and the router comes after the modem and in between my two computers. I'm just concerned about the lack of activity in the modem. Even if the routher were to be borked, there should a flashing activity light on the modem when it is rebooted. I'll try taking the router out of the equation tonight and see if that improves anything.
3133  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dead internet connection on: June 30, 2008, 03:33:45 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this. My home Comcast high-speed internet connection mysteriously died on late Saturday night. The modem is on, it says the connection is active and that is both receiving and sending, but the flashing activity light is constantly off. I called Comcast last night and was told to give the modem a good reboot by unplugging it for 15 minutes. I did that--in fact, I've rebooted it several times in the past 24 hours--but no dice. As of this morning, it was still dead.

I'm wondering if Comcast upgraded something about their network that now the 5+ year old modem doesn't recognize their new carrier signal. I'm calling Comcast again when I get home from work tonight.
3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 29, 2008, 06:58:54 PM
I watched it yesterday, and I sincerely hope many of you have seen it or wil see it, because 'Wall-E' is yet another touching, astounding magical modern masterpiece from Pixar. The character work and level of animation in the film are phenomenal. Wall-E was such a fully-realized character brought to life without hardly any dialogue; by the end of the film I had that big fat tear in my eye during that climactic scene between him and Eve. I also very much liked the satirical speculation about the future of mankind as fat, consumeristic oblivious fools that needed to be woken up. The secondary robot character were also very likeable, specially that little robot that keep cleaning after Wall-E's tracks all through the movie. I loved, loved... loved this film, and will watch it again on the big screen next weekend. I highly recommend you go!
3135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 28, 2008, 06:21:58 PM

Quote from: kathode on June 28, 2008, 05:11:28 PM

Looks freakin' great.  I might have to get Diablo 2 and play through it now...

Same here. I gotta finally give D2 some love after seeing what's in store for D3.
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 28, 2008, 06:18:26 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 26, 2008, 02:39:59 PM

I also want to remind you folks that at the end of every week you need to do your test again (one-time test to see how many you can do).

It determines your intensity level for the next week.

Oh, I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for the reminder, Purge. Day 2 of week 1 in the can for me. Got to 26 on the last set. Good stuff.
3137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 28, 2008, 12:48:50 PM

Quote from: Booner on June 28, 2008, 12:33:20 PM

Yes! I just watched 10 minutes of that Barbarian demo video.. and it's pretty damn impressive. Typical Blizzard!
3138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: June 27, 2008, 04:11:51 PM
Peter Travers at has published the first review of 'The Dark Knight':

3.5 out of 4 stars

Heads up: a thunderbolt is about to rip into the blanket of bland we call summer movies. The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan's absolute stunner of a follow-up to 2005's Batman Begins, is a potent provocation decked out as a comic-book movie. Feverish action? Check. Dazzling spectacle? Check. Devilish fun? Check. But Nolan is just warming up. There's something raw and elemental at work in this artfully imagined universe. Striking out from his Batman origin story, Nolan cuts through to a deeper dimension. Huh? Wha? How can a conflicted guy in a bat suit and a villain with a cracked, painted-on clown smile speak to the essentials of the human condition? Just hang on for a shock to the system. The Dark Knight creates a place where good and evil ó expected to do battle ó decide instead to get it on and dance. "I don't want to kill you," Heath Ledger's psycho Joker tells Christian Bale's stalwart Batman. "You complete me." Don't buy the tease. He means it.


No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan ó a world-class filmmaker, be it Memento, Insomnia or The Prestige ó brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art. It's enough to watch Bale chillingly render Batman as a lost warrior, evoking Al Pacino in The Godfather II in his delusion and desolation. It's enough to see Ledger conjure up the anarchy of the Sex Pistols and A Clockwork Orange as he creates a Joker for the ages. Go ahead, bitch about the movie being too long, at two and a half hours, for short attention spans (it is), too somber for the Hulk crowd (it is), too smart for its own good (it isn't). The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination. It's full of surprises you don't see coming. And just try to get it out of your dreams.

July 18 seems so far away! Bring it! 

3139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 27, 2008, 03:01:50 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on June 27, 2008, 11:43:48 AM

Sorry CeeKay!

And that looks more like a Protoss now...

That does look like a Protoss. What if it's World Of Starcraft?
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 27, 2008, 02:56:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 27, 2008, 01:20:47 PM

I can't understand you morning exercisers.  I can barely get myself to walk to the subway let alone get in a run or do 60 push-ups.

You should try it. A good workout releases endorphins... which put you on a good mood for the rest of the day. I tend to feel really good when I pump some iron in the morning.
3141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 27, 2008, 04:34:32 AM
Just started tonight. Day 1 for me. Having a busy week. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do all 6 weeks, but let me see how far I can get.
3142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [100 pushups] Results Tracker Thread. on: June 27, 2008, 04:33:10 AM
Initial test: 33
Level of intensity: 4

threeone25/2517/1717/1715/1518/25 buzzzzzz

3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 26, 2008, 03:25:20 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on June 26, 2008, 03:21:41 PM

You know, when Wanted had only 17 reviews earlier this week, it was tracking at 100%...

And it's now tracking at 73%. 'Wanted' looks to me as cartoony as 'Shoot Em Up' was... and 'Shoot Em Up', though it was fun, flopped badly at the box office. I'm just sayin'...
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: June 26, 2008, 03:06:34 PM
I am pumped up! Wall-E is finally here. I'm debating whether to go to a midnight screening tonight as I really have to be a good boy and finish a project before engaging in some Pixar magic dust. Rotten Tomatoes is currently tracking it at a whooping 94%!
3145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 26, 2008, 02:51:13 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on June 26, 2008, 02:29:43 PM

Now there is a bigger hole and some glowing eyes in the middle. Looks a little like Demon eyes...

And another rune, this one looks like several circles in orbit... is it the symbol Archimonde drew at the ending of the Undead Campaign in WC3?


I gotta give it to Blizzard. These mofo's know how to unveil something. I'm looking forward to Saturday.
3146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Teaser? on: June 25, 2008, 08:01:59 PM
I'm hoping it'll be a new game not in their established franchises. I didn't get into Diablo. I own Diablo II and played it an hour tops before moving onto the next game. But, I think all signs are pointing to Diablo III.
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tales from the Crypt on: June 23, 2008, 03:03:00 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 14, 2008, 11:04:51 PM

They've just started a new anthology called "Fear Itself" Thursdays on NBC (10pm EST). Two episodes so far. I haven't been overly impressed with it yet, but it's a horror anthology on primetime network TV so I've been supporting it.

We've been reviewing the 'Feat Itself' episodes every week at Horror-101. So far, they've been pretty good. Thursdays at 10pm. Check it out, folks.
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP George Carlin on: June 23, 2008, 02:46:50 PM
Just got in to work and was notified of his passing. He was one of my favorite comedians. He managed to elevate cuss words into social commentary and insightful comedy. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Mr. Carlin.

edited to add: shit. fuck. death sucks.
3149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car accident on: June 21, 2008, 05:39:09 PM
You pretty much did everything right. You filed a police report and exchanged info with her. Make sure to get the estimate ASAP. Are you going thru insurance for the repair? If so, great. If not, the moment she fails to respond to your call for her to foot the repair bill, call your insurance and get everything handled that way.
3150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 20, 2008, 02:56:57 PM

Quote from: Austin on June 20, 2008, 12:42:24 PM

Going to get my wife on board too.  We'll take the initial test tonight.

You're trying to give your wife muscular arms?  icon_razz

Quote from: YK
Well my initial test results are in. A whopping 7!

Atta boy!
3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 19, 2008, 11:47:27 PM

Just did the test and got up to 33 pushups. I work out regularly, but I would like to improve that number.
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking to Blog on: June 19, 2008, 10:26:22 PM

Quote from: Tareeq on June 19, 2008, 09:47:52 PM

I'll second Wordpress on the current version.  The earlier version we used at Popehat was so difficult to interface with that sometimes I just wrote my entries in html, but the 2.5 version currently out isn't much more difficult to learn and use than a typical bulletin board control.  In fact it shares many of the same features, so learning it should be a snap.

Blogger is also very easy to use, perfect if you just want to write whenever, but there are just too many nice things it won't do.  It is to blogging what AOL was to the internet.  Easy training wheels.  So it may be a great introduction, but you'll move on if you stick with the hobby.

I second Tareeq's comments. We use Wordpress at and it works like a charm. I used Blogger at my own personal website, and basically it's good as long as you're not doing anything much than just writing and posting the occasional picture. I say.. go to and download the latest version.
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Our favorite, once-in-a-while guilty pleasures... on: June 19, 2008, 05:07:25 PM
Quote from: PeteRock
Within moments the welcoming aroma released by the toasting treat wafted through our kitchen.  As a child my culinary skills began their development as I learned to determine when a Pop Tart was toasted to perfection simply by smell.  There is a very specific moment when a Pop Tart reaches its ideal toasting temperature, but any longer and it begins to burn.  It is a very delicate balance between risk and reward.  But once you cross that apex into burning sugars a perfect Pop Tart is quickly destroyed.  The closer you are able to come to that apex without going beyond the closer your Pop Tart comes to toasted perfection.  But as you near perfection the danger of inedible charred remains becomes more and more risky.  One must refine their senses to be able to identify that perfect moment merely by scent.

Nice--Your Pop Tart heating description serves as a metaphor for the process of many things in life.
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: June 19, 2008, 02:51:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2008, 02:36:43 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 19, 2008, 01:44:50 PM

I want to stop for ice creams. I want a cornetto!

I had to look that up to find out what it was supposed to be like and found this bit of info:

Cornetto is mentioned in the motion picture Shaun of the Dead. In one scene, Shaun (Simon Pegg) asks Ed (Nick Frost) if he needs anything from the shop. Ed responds, "Cornetto." This scene is repeated with the same actors in Hot Fuzz, and is a reference to co-writer and director Edgar Wright, whose preferred hangover cure is a Cornetto. In Shaun of the Dead, the flavour used was strawberry, which has red packaging to signify blood, and in Hot Fuzz, the flavour was classico (vanilla), which has blue packaging to signify police colours. A third film in the 'Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy' has been announced by Pegg and Wright, and the flavour will be mint. The film will be called The World's End.

oh, Coolness! I didn't know about the cornetto's link to Ed Wright's films. Any new movie by Ed Wright is great news to me. I loved 'Shaun' and 'Fuzz'.
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: June 19, 2008, 01:44:50 PM
I want to stop for ice creams. I want a cornetto!
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Those crazy, cooky Japanese! on: June 18, 2008, 11:58:49 PM
Canuck, will you track down a copy of 'Forbidden Elderly Care' for me? Since you live in Japan.

3157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Those crazy, cooky Japanese! on: June 18, 2008, 06:27:16 PM
First, they brought us hentai--tentacle anime porn aimed at young folks. Now get ready for the next wave of Japanese erotica: Japanese Elder Porn!!!  eek  retard smoke

With such titles like 'Forbidden Elderly Care' (that's gotta be the *best* porn title I've heard in my entire life!), Elder porn is taking Japan by storm. 80-year old retired salaryman Shigeo Tokuda is an on-demand star that gets more poon than an entire convention of Magic The Gathering-playing nerds. This is coming at us from Time magazine, of all places.

Where's Bea Arthur when you need her?

I'm right there, you stud. And I would like to announce that I will be making my stellar adult film debut in 'Miami Nursing Home Bango, No. 1'. Be on the lookout!
3158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 18, 2008, 04:35:55 PM posts a 'nightmare gallery' of Spore creations. Some pretty freaky stuff in there to check out.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 18, 2008, 04:24:49 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 18, 2008, 04:07:50 PM

Quote from: Montag on June 18, 2008, 04:04:10 PM

Something's happening!  I get a 404 error now.

Still the same for me.  Text URL goes to the "just resting" page, goes to the new forum.

I think I'll be staying out of OO until it starts remembering my login.  Such a pain to keep reentering.  Hopefully that'll be fixed soon.  ...perhaps "soon" isn't the best choice of words anymore. slywink

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

I just tried the site. No 404 error here. It's up for me.
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 18, 2008, 02:37:33 PM
Will upgrade to it sometime this weekend. I love Firefox.
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