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15041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 04, 2006, 04:06:14 PM
CAT5 is WAY cheap.

100foot CAT5 $11.25 x ?


keystone wall-plate $1.00 x 2


tool-less keystone RJ45 male adapter $2.00 x 2


Steps :
Cut off the ends of the 100ft cable
Run the cable through the walls / ceilings (you may need a drill and a wall-fish to do this).
Make sure each point at which the cable leaves the wall is asthetically pleasing. (or if you opt to only need ONE plate and the other is not being mounted in the plate then don't cut that end off, just plug it into the router)
Use wire-cutters to cut through JUST the outside sleeve on the cut end(s). Note: ANY nick or damage to the twisted pair means you cut back to behind the damage and try again).
separate enough of the twisted pairs to work with them.
Shove em in the color-coded toolless crowns. (or you could use the crunch-down type. You do NOT need to strip each of the 8 cables inside. (referred to as the 4 twisted pairs).
Finally, mount the keystones onto the plate(s), and fasten it to the wall over the hole.


Like I mentioned above, you may need wall fishing tools, such as fish tape.


The only reason you'd need crimping tools was if you were working with CAT5 without the male RJ45 ends. If this is the case, it's 9.15 from monoprice.com, and another couple of bucks for the ends.
15042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife's 30th. Wanna do 'Something' Special on: October 04, 2006, 03:33:24 PM
I would suggest a 6 hour spa appointment, hairdressing / mani-pedi thing-a-ma-bob, and when she gets back the entire house has been CLEANED from top to bottom. Oh, and a bunch of friends and family waiting to surprise her, or a romantic dinner prepared by vous with nothing that required "insta-devices" like microwaves.

Oh, and a cheesecake birthday cake.  nod

My callous remark was going to be "Divorce papers".  disgust Damn you and your scripture quotes.  :slywink:
15043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 03:28:39 PM
 eek I just read my disjointed post with the 3 scenarios. My brain must have been stuck on  retard mode. Hell, I wasn't even consistant with the google clip-art.

My apologies, LE.

Scene 1 - use the line-in on your soundcard (optional: use the optical in port if you have one)
Scene 2 - use a y-splitter to bypass your soundcard (optional: instead of getting splitter, just move the earphone jack from one to the other)
Scene 3 - get a switching box (note the yellow highlights) to select audio source. (optional: you can have a second output using this solution).

See above for the pics. I'd personally use Scene 3; it means you have one more port open for any other devices, such as your PS2.
15044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick, name a video-game franchise you dislike on: October 04, 2006, 03:18:49 PM
Sonic the Hedgehog
Megaman past megaman 3.
Starfox.
Metroid past the metriod II.
MGS (yawn).
KH
Tony hawk past THPS3.
DW addons (basically I have no use for the XL versions.) The Empires ones are a refreshing break, but DAMMIT LIVE co-op and versus multiplayer PLEASE!. Actually it's XXYYYYY for 4 and up as the most common combo. Samurai Warriors 2 is much better (combat-wise) IMHO.
GTA.
Splinter Cell
Pokemon
Golden Sun
Xenogears/saga
Star Ocean
Legacy of Kain / Soul Reaver   <--- I LOVED the first legacy of kan (3/4 top-down game). Since then, meh.
15045  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Just Cause [Xbox 360] for trade on: October 04, 2006, 03:13:38 PM
First of all, it was where I kept my spare sand-paper.  icon_wink No, seriously, If you had problems with a trade, please leave feedback so the rest of us don't have to go through the same thing.

if HR falls through, I'm next in line for the game. I have trades.
15046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Well, I'm back (with Pics) on: October 04, 2006, 03:11:28 PM
Best wishes man! (If you mail us all cake you might get presentation. slywink
15047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> on: October 04, 2006, 02:37:56 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 04, 2006, 06:38:21 AM

By the way... how the hell would I go about connecting the XBox 360's sound cables if I was going to use a computer monitor?  All I have are a set of headphones...

First of all, the Joytech VGA cable works for me with no problems. I'd recommend saving yourself some bucks AND it does optical out for audio (and comes with the cable too!). (it's the one depicted in the pics below). Also, I recommend www.monoprice.com as a first place to look for cables. (DVI and HDMI for teh cheep there!!)

Just get an el cheapo RCA> 1/8" (3.5mm) earphone jack converter. If you don't want to switch anything and you leave the PC on, run it into your PC's audio in port. You might pick up a little bit of PC noise (YMMV based on main and sound boards), and if you have stuff like MSN running you'll end up wanting to turn off the audible notifications. See scenario 1.

Or you could get a y splitter as well. See scenario 2.

Scenario 1 shows you using your PC soundcard and then you are running the sound from your 360 into the sound processor.
The option in scenario one shows that if you have an optical in jack you can connect the 360 to the PC using it instead.

Scenario 2 shows you using a standard splitter from your 360 and the PC into the earphones.
The option shows that you could just move the earphone jacks from one to the other.

Scenario 3 uses a 29.95 switching unit (CVS880) that will do the same thing for you too.
The option shows that you can use the second parallel output in case you have a friend over who can listen as well. This requires a second RCA-3.5mm converter.


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15048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plasma Vs LCD Projection on: October 03, 2006, 06:53:00 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 03, 2006, 03:11:28 PM

The only problem you might run into is 'rainbows' but the newer projectors have faster color wheels that should prevent that, if you'd even see them at all.


 crybaby I see em, no DLP for me.
15049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Create your own Motivational Posters on: October 02, 2006, 08:12:49 PM
Here is the absence of picture.

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15050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Create your own Motivational Posters on: October 02, 2006, 07:31:44 PM
A couple more.

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15051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Create your own Motivational Posters on: October 02, 2006, 07:13:49 PM
TML at his best  icon_biggrin

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15052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: October 02, 2006, 07:05:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 02, 2006, 03:00:37 PM

TML, Is that a Carebear in the background ??!?

Indian chicks dig his carebear stare.

Just so we're clear... I've created a motivational poster inspired by the legend himself. slywink
15053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday! on: October 02, 2006, 02:52:00 PM
hoppy bee-day!
15054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: October 01, 2006, 02:30:24 PM
Arkon, you're not getting this one. icon_twisted
15055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: September 30, 2006, 07:41:01 PM
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15056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Samurai Warriors 2 First Impressions. on: September 29, 2006, 08:30:48 PM
I've put about 10 hours into the game, playing mostly Kotaro Fuma (bad-ass chaos ninja with flying sleeve attacks).

Here's my initial take on it :

If you like Dynasty Warriors games, this is a safe purchase. It is above the DW5: Empires game that came out, as there is actually some storyline.This is the best SAMURAI WARRIORS game YET. The indoors missions from SW1 were frustrating, and you were easily lost. Also, there was no integration between the inside and outside world. You could completely master the outer battle, and then it transitions indoors to have you fail due to time / getting lost / annoying traps. Thus far, the indoors scenes are part of the outdoors, and the maps are easily readable. The "traps" in the game are more ambush based rather than having tiger-traps indoors, volleys of ninjas and exploding jars.

UPGRADES
There is a shop you can go to between missions to upgrade your weapons (they use a slot system) as well as abilities (+dex, etc), learning skills(dex,life,attack increases more easily when you level, etc), as well as special abilities (like items have more effect, elemental attack upgrades etc). Sofar I've only noted that each of these can be upgraded to level 3, and as you go up, the cost increases. For example: Dex1 is ~400g, Dex2 is ~800g and Dex3 upgrade is ~1200g. The shop only has 6 at a time, and since theres about 12 different slots for each (ability, skills, special) you're not guaranteed to get 1,2,and then 3 right away. This makes your leveling up gradual as you can't put all your eggs in one basket. If I'm not mistaken, there is one more category; it escapes me at this moment ( I think it's a one-level skill column, like adding ability to see items / crates on the minimap). Since there is 4 columns of 12 plus your own characters "special ability" (Fuma can use dodge during an attack sequence) this gives you at least 49 skills to either learn (from defeating officers) or buy at the shop. And 3 levels for 3 of the 4 columns.

COMBAT
Your characters start off with the following moves : ( i changed my controls from defaults, moved the LB,LT, RB,RT and LB,RB around, these are how I have it set up)

X - light attack
Y - heavy attack
A - jump
B - musou (bullet-time-adrenaline-mode)
LT - block - recenter camera behind char
LB - evade
RT - special stance
RB - map mode change (zoom in / out)
Right joystick - ACTUALLY MOVES THE CAMERA!!!!

They actually let you see which combinations of moves you have during the game in a flowchart which helps take the "buttonmashing" away from it, should you want to actually CONTROL your fighter rather than having them spaz all over the battlefield.

The special stance lets you do special moves. With Fuma he can use his killer sleeves to grab an opponent (including officers!) and throw them away, bowling any enemies over in the process. He also has a summon fireball attack where he shoots forward 4 fireballs in a square config.

The evade is WAY handy, it lets you roll away from being cornered.
Jump is also a double-jump (for ninja chars like Fuma) so you can access "ninja paths" (secret passages in the map).

The moves now are based on character level, so as you advance your character will learn moves independant of weapon selection.

Your character can also have a horse as well as a bodyguard, and the skills and specials apply to them as well.

Mounted combat is much better; musou is actually useful (as opposed to the DW mounted musou attacks which were lame). I stole a horse from an officer who set people on fire as I charged through them! (damn I *want* that horse in my stable)

Your bodyguards are much more useful, as you can assist them in leveling up by letting them kill officers, or sharing a musou attack with them (red lightning will link you two when you can do it and you're close enough to each other).

There's ~25 characters in the game; I'm looking forward to the rest of it.
15057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sonic the Hedgehog demo available via Marketplace on: September 29, 2006, 12:30:34 PM
The camera needs to be back about another 50ft, and you shouldn't be able to fall off ledges. I mean cripes man, it took 3 lives to get to the save point first go-round. It turns me off to trying to collect rings; now it's all about the survival.
15058  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hey PUNKS!! LOOK INSIDE. 60GB ipod (stolen from warning) on: September 28, 2006, 02:03:43 PM
SOLD it locally. Punks.  icon_evil
15059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm taking some time for myself on: September 28, 2006, 02:01:02 PM
 icon_cry Sorry to hear that buddy. Take your time. Mikagami lost his pooch last year to cancer; I was there when he died, and had to take him to the animal hospital post-mortem.  crybaby At least he knew why his pup died.
15060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 28, 2006, 01:50:59 PM
first of all, it's not "slipping up" watching porn or being comfortable with your sexuality.
Our western world shuns nudity and ignores violence. It's a really  retard system we've got going. It fucks people up when they're told that masturbation, intimacy and sexual contexts are BAD, BAD, BAD but the blowing off of someone's head can be funny (Pulp Fiction, for example). It's not that violence needs to be shut out, but it needs to be used, just as sexual contexts, where appropriate. The balance is way off, IMHO.

You look at countries like Germany where violent games are sometimes banned (as the violence is just for the sake of it) but where nudity is more commonplace. Hell, there are a ton of european countries that run stuff like Page 3 girls (topless models) in the daily paper.

Back on track here, though ... V for Vendetta is an awesome movie about the ruling class using fear as a control mechanism for the masses. Although the director maintains that he's not talking about the US and terrorism, it IS a very scathing view of why we allow freedoms to be hampered.

Of the list of movies I put up top, I would suggest V for Vendetta first. It would be RIGHT up your alley, with very little swearing, not a whole lot of violence and no nudity that I can recall. And it makes you think.

There's a line from Dogma that struck a note with me :
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He said that faith is like a glass of water. When you're young, the glass is small, and it's easy to fill up. But the older you get, the bigger the glass gets, and the same amount of liquid doesn't fill it anymore. Periodically, the glass has to be refilled.

You have to question your faith, test it, question it, analyze it to truly grow spiritually. I don't follow any organized religion, or any denomination. I don't need a group of people telling me what I should or should not do. I know inside me what is right and wrong; I don't need some phantom "guilt" spurned by a bunch of people telling me what's right or wrong.

So here's some homework, Arkon :

1 - go get a working 360 so I can join the chromehounds gang.
2 - watch V for Vendetta
3 - watch Dogma
4 - watch Boondock Saints

 nod
15061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Rumble....No Problem? on: September 28, 2006, 01:35:56 PM

Quote from: Wolves on September 28, 2006, 06:06:06 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 27, 2006, 04:56:05 PM

Force feedback, on the other hand, is important.

Hmm....I wasn't aware there was a difference.
Please explain to the uneducated...i.e. me. retard

if your joystick were to have resistance rather than having the controller vibrate. If you were playing a flight sim and as you pulled back on the controller and it resisted due to the "forces" on your plane, that would be force feedback.

Rumble *can be* force feedback. Look at splinter cell's lockpick as an example.
15062  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 27, 2006, 10:37:48 PM
Boondock saints has almost no nudity. ( I think there's one scene in a strip club that has a dancers boob, other than that, nada.

It's a pretty good movie; it makes you think. Kinda like V for Vendetta.
15063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 27, 2006, 12:31:25 PM
Arkon, I've enjoyed every movie you mentioned there. I even enjoyed the Princess Bride, Coccoon, Batteries Not Included and Krull.

BUT, the following movies are something you're missing out on (from that list) :

Casino 1995 - an amazing story about the fall of the Kingpin dynasties that ruled Las Vegas. VERY gritty.
Goodfellas 1990 - a classic mob movie.
Reservoir Dogs 1992 - Another action/suspense movie from Tarentino.
Pulp Fiction 1994 - A terrific blend of colorful characters and how they connect. Kinda like an anger-based "Love Actually".
The Boondock Saints 1999 - Story of religious-born vigilantism against mobs. Excellent stuff, lots of humour.
Suicide Kings 1997 - A terrific who-dun-it.
Monster 2003 - A different perspective of a killer. It allows you to empathize with her, even though your judgement dictates that what she's doing is wrong.
Platoon 1986 - Ugly side of war.
Trainspotting 1996 - The street-life of junkies, and how transitional life is.
Training Day 2001 - Terrific movie. I don't want to say anything about it. Just see it.
Sexy Beast 2000 - A movie where a retired bank-robber is brow-beaten to do one last job. Turn on the subtitles.
Dogma 1999  - The point of this flick is the religious message that has all the humour wrapped around it.

There are others there worth watching; I am not saying they are bad at all, they just didn't "do it" for me as much as these did.
15064  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anna is a bot! on: September 27, 2006, 12:09:56 PM
it's actually quite catchy... and it brings me back to the golden age of IRC... :misty_eyed_stare_into_the_past:
15065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 01:37:53 AM
Frankly, getting a PS2 ain't a bad option since you're totally new to the console world.
15066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 12:27:06 AM

Quote from: Kobra on September 26, 2006, 12:12:40 AM

PS2 sounds interesting, we've never had one, but I do hear the games are fantastic.  What about HDTV?  We have no intention of going to HDTV for awhile, will my Xbox360 experience be soured?  The best I can do right now is a 800line 35" CRT w/Component Cables.   tear

Since you have component cables at least you'll get some awesome SD picture.

As to HD, games still look awesome. Since you don't have HD, you're not spoiled either. Don't fret that.
15067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: What'd You Play? 25/Sep/06 on: September 25, 2006, 07:27:17 PM
Chromehounds single player. Finished all up to scout missions, and have level 4-7 left in commander and Heavy Artillery.
15068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 25, 2006, 03:53:29 PM
nod TGAT was 1650 pages. *It* was a bit much.
15069  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 25, 2006, 03:40:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 20, 2006, 03:00:06 PM

Quote from: Jag on September 20, 2006, 02:56:54 PM

I couldn't get into the first book of William's Memory, etc. Maybe i should give it second shot.

Takes a good 200 pages or so to get going.  I love those first 200 pages, but it turns a lot of people off. 

I loved the insanity that Simon "Mooncalf" goes through while trying to find his way out of the catacombs... it adds personality to a staple of a cliche'd fantasy setting.
15070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 games to cost $75 to $85 bucks?? on: September 25, 2006, 01:50:21 PM
I'm thinking the cost of media will drive ps3 prices higher than 360 games; BR disks will undoubtedly cost more (factoring in both % failure as well as the media being less plentiful than the standard DVD disks ... there's also the factory upgrade losses that companies have to account for etc. etc. etc.).

That's not to say I won't buy a PS3 come launch day. Whether it stays in my home beyond a day or gets ebay'd has yet to be seen.
15071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 25, 2006, 01:40:01 PM
I'd be concerned with "overheating".
15072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 25, 2006, 01:34:43 PM
Nada
15073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Myth Busters:Kari Byron NSFW!!! on: September 25, 2006, 11:54:34 AM
but the labcoat and panties are a step up from her normal attire.  nod
15074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Help on: September 23, 2006, 11:58:15 AM
try a different set.
15075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 07:46:08 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 22, 2006, 07:00:07 PM

I'd rock the pink.

* gellar is secure in his masculinity and also has a larger wang than most.

Gellar should totally start talking about the one he grew, not the one in his hand.
15076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 07:42:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 22, 2006, 01:27:49 PM

Given that I already push the line by playing Ouendan in public on the subway at the highest difficulty, making cheerleaders dance so that a secretary will be able to go on a date with her hunky boss, I think having a pink DS on top of that would not only turn me gay, but would gayify everyone in a 20 meter radius.

You'd be throwing off Ellen Degeneres homo rays like Liberace throwing of feather boas!
15077  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "You have already made a post." on: September 22, 2006, 12:35:01 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 22, 2006, 12:26:14 PM

I'm getting the same damn thing. I'm trying to insult Kelly Clarkson and AMerican Idol, but I can't because of this darn feature.

It's not technology stopping you; that's called "karma". As in, "My karma ran over your dogma."
15078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it gay for a straight, white male to own a pink DS? on: September 22, 2006, 12:32:35 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 22, 2006, 12:27:32 PM

Oh and you're F...L.A.MING if you like  Kelly Clarkson.

I'd hit it. Not my taste in music, but she's hot. It's important for men and women to have different tastes... we like tuna, they like sausage. It's natural for us to be attracted to pink things. Ooo, a double-en-tendre! I am so witty.  disgust
15079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The ups and downs of schlong swapping (sorta SFW) on: September 22, 2006, 12:26:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 21, 2006, 03:48:23 AM

... wouldn't any schlong be better than no schlong?

I dare you to say THAT in a greek bath-house!
15080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The ups and downs of schlong swapping (sorta SFW) on: September 22, 2006, 12:23:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2006, 02:31:01 PM

I never want to hear you use the phrase 'The ups and downs of schlong swapping' ever again.....

Better than the In's and Outs though.  icon_wink
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