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15441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 06:45:10 PM
Those photo's can't prove a thing... that coulda been ANYONE'S ass!  nod
15442  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW Burning Crusade Beta Key Contest on: October 13, 2006, 06:43:23 PM
Naw. MS Paint. biggrin

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15443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 06:27:09 PM
I was helping ATB wire his TV room for the new 360 coming in a few weeks.
It was all remote; I'm nowhere near there. biggrin
15444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 04:02:03 PM
 thumbsup jk.. thanks man!  thumbsup
15445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pssst: I've got a secret. on: October 13, 2006, 03:59:36 PM
I don't care how many smilies you use; I'm NOT forgiving you for sleeping with my sister.  mad
15446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Halloween on: October 13, 2006, 03:14:37 PM
Artist: Shivaree
Song: Goodnight Moon

There's a nail in the door
And there's glass on the lawn
Tacks on the floor
And the TV is on
And I always sleep with my guns when you're gone

There's a blade by the bed
And a phone in my hand
A dog on the floor
And some cash on the nightstand
When I'm all alone the dreaming stops
And I just can't stand

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out
And maybe and then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home

So goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won?t be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon

There's a shark in the pool
And a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbor and he's been watching me
And there's footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something's under the bed
Now it's out in the hedge
There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall

What should I do I'm just a little baby
What if the lights go out
And maybe and then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
So goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it's not here soon
I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon
15447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star Universe on: October 13, 2006, 01:50:53 PM
Note: it's only 950MB
15448  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What LCD to upgrade to? on: October 13, 2006, 01:49:11 PM
They've added a lot to the newer dell 2007FWP over the 2005FPW (both are 20" widescreen). I had the 2005FPW and upgraded to the 2405FPW (24" widescreen). I've loved the two older models; I hear the the newer ones are even better. My dad has the Viewsonic 20" widescreen and it's pretty good too, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, like being able to turn your monitor to portrait view (there is no swivel on the Viewsonics; Dell has a stand designed by Ergotron).
15449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone play on Live without the headset? on: October 13, 2006, 01:42:57 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on October 12, 2006, 08:46:47 PM

One thing I do have to say: GRAW with the crew would not be .0000001 as much fun without the voice chat.

So much fun to hear someone say 'oops..' and know from the tone of voice that I need to run as far away from them as possible before the grenade goes off.

Or be able to talk to everyone ELSE who's died at the end of some maniac's 400round.p.minute rifle. (I'm looking at YOU, MM.  icon_wink )

It would be boring just watching everyone otherwise. Especially since MM would go on for another 10 minutes to finish the map anyways.
In Co-op it's a must. If I go play marble madness or something I generally take it off. I use mute and feedback for offensive/annoying people who go too far with trashtalk and ignore warnings.
15450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 VGA Cable: F-ing Audio cables are too short! on: October 13, 2006, 01:21:21 PM
Oh, and here's where I clarify what I was saying as it was a disjointed mess.,15307.msg191766.html#msg191766

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).

Note that the "optional" is displayed in teal, and yeah, those pics are budget.  nod

I'd personally use Scene 3; it means you have one more port open for any other devices, such as your PS2. You also have the option of getting a second headset or sound output (such as speakers you may eventually pick up) and don't have to do any cable swapping. The CVS880 will run you about 30bux online; you might be able to get it cheaper on ebay or a  local R/S.

If you don't go with that one, you can just get a female to female adapter for each channel and another RCA cable to extend it.

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15451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star Universe on: October 13, 2006, 11:14:09 AM
Its up!
15452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 VGA Cable: F-ing Audio cables are too short! on: October 13, 2006, 10:37:26 AM
I answered your question here.,15307.msg191744.html#msg191744

Clearly you love my diagrams. I can feel the love.
15453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: October 11, 2006, 09:22:55 PM
I don't see what a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks has to do with this thread.  saywhat
15454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: October 11, 2006, 05:47:58 PM
Man, I can't wait for Arkon's computer to go faulty like his 360.  nod
15455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The wife: I am sick of missing my shows, fix it. on: October 10, 2006, 09:05:41 PM
See, at Shaw we don't need to have Digital cable to have the tuner. It goes for ~400 CAD (360 US). It records analog just as well, but its an HD reciever too.
The HD channels (network channels) are all free so there's no extra cost. If I wanted HD movies etc then those channels have subscription cost.

Double-check with them, they may let you own your own reciever. Digital cable isn't required for the DVR to work as long as the menu contents are sent.
15456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My townhome was broken into this morning. 360 and other items stolen. on: October 10, 2006, 02:41:07 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on October 10, 2006, 02:09:35 PM

Geez, I'm about to leave for a week long trip.  I think I'll stop by Home Depot tonight and pick up some safety items for my windows and doors.  Sorry to hear about all this Dante.

what was your address again?

* Purge  uses third person text to describe getting a pen and paper ready
15457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming words on: October 10, 2006, 02:37:49 PM
15458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The wife: I am sick of missing my shows, fix it. on: October 10, 2006, 12:39:03 PM
I have a Shaw HD PVR, and I love it. Even the GF can use it; she hates electronic anything. It's a dual tuner which means you can record shows while you're watching another show... and the show you're watching is being cached so you can rewind your tv or pause it anytime.

I tend to pause a show right when it starts (if it's not pre-recorded) and go do stuff (bathroom break, make popcorn etc) and then come back 10 minutes later. Then I have 10 min cached and I can fastforward through commercials on "live" tv. Also, if I decide to keep the show so I can watch it later, the PVR lets me transfer that cache into a saved recording.

The scheduler works beautiful; I can flag shows or even search on the next 3-4 days to find shows I want to set a schedule up for.

Apparently the TIVO thing is better, but if I were you I'd try the HD PVR from your cable company first (see if they have trial offer). Hell even if they don't, tell em that you're trying to decide between tivo and their service. They should bend over backwards for you. If they don't, fuckem.

Also, there are now multi-TV satellite PVRs (my buddy has one through Bell ExpressVu) where you have one reciever, 2 remotes (1 is radio so it works even if walls are between them). It is essentially 2 HD PVRS where you can simultaneously:
(for example)
Watch channel 2 on TV1
Watch channel 3 on TV2
record channel 4 on PVR1
record channel 5 on PVR2

And all four can be HD with no problems.
15459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My townhome was broken into this morning. 360 and other items stolen. on: October 10, 2006, 12:28:37 PM
In Canada we don't have the "murder" rates you guys have; we also don't have the right to kill someone. We can be exonerated of killing someone, but it ain't a "RIGHT" to do it.

If someone breaks into your residence, you can use "reasonable force" to detain them. Cutting their hamstring or killing them may or may not be seen as reasonable. Also, the tools you use to accomplish this are also scrutinized after the fact. If they are unarmed and you have a gun and shoot them with lethal intent, this could be seen as unreasonable.

Now, Dante, as to your GF being the target, I'm not sure about that. If there were 2 people in your home I'd suspect they'd both be there. There is a likelyhood that he was looking for the things associated with women (jewelry, etc). It also sounds like he was checking the house to see if they could be loud or not; they may have been planning a clean-sweep of the home.

One other thing... this thief was RUNNING FROM A MAN WITH A SWORD. Now he may not have been terrified, but I'm sure there was some fear there. I don't think he :

A) expected a male to be there, although given the electronics and the decorations I would have immediately expected it.
B) would want to return or even be seen in that part of town, given that his face wasn't hidden and he KNOWS if he took the tour that he'd be suspect.
C) looking to do violence in a robbery. That is generally not the intent. Violence against your girlfriend wouldn't have been planned inside a townhouse (Where I assume you have neighbors adjacent). It *is* possible, and for her safety and yours it should be considered. That doesn't mean it is the truth though; don't let that eat away at you.

As it stands, there is a thief who was chased by a man with a sword. What do you think his comfort level is about going for another visit? The "repeat visits" don't happen with foiled robbery attempts, to the best of my knowledge. It's usually after a fully successful robbery where they can rip out the so-so stuff to get the insurance replacements they'd be looking for.
15460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies I wish had made it to DVD format on: October 09, 2006, 02:06:51 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 07, 2006, 02:11:16 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 06, 2006, 05:32:28 PM

Rats of Nimh (WS)

I think that was called The Secret of NIMH, and funnily enough I was just thinking about this movie earlier in the week!  I haven't seen it in ages but would love to see it again.  Apparently it was released on DVD and can be had on Amazon for only 8 bucks. 

Quote from: wonderpug on October 06, 2006, 05:42:31 PM

Star Wars

Umm, what?  You are aware that they have been released on DVD, right? 

You missed the WS beside my original post. I OWN it with the 4:3 ratio. Yuck. (and yeah, you're right about the title).

Also, the Star Wars 4,5,6 have not been released on DVD in their original.. you know, when greedo DOESN'T shoot first?
15461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Business Idea on: October 08, 2006, 12:21:52 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on October 08, 2006, 12:17:45 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 08, 2006, 04:08:29 AM

Yup, caught me.. You figured it all out.. It's me, not Michigan

 retard retard

All I'm saying is that things are easier when you have former coworkers, bosses and the like looking out for you.  That's how I got my current job - former boss recommended me for it.  Leaving such as you did probably isn't doing you any favors.

Most companies will do that anyways. Here in Canada we have a privacy act that completely justifies such an action. If he were to say to his boss :

I R KILLIN UR LAPTOP LOLZ U SUX and did it that is one thing, but protecting yourself is something completely different.

Back on topic: you could also do the mailing thing. Advertise in the paper with dropoff locations and mail location. Get a website set up with online billing, and they pay the repair and postage (included in the price). Kinda like GameFly, but call it DiskFix. biggrin
15462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movies I wish had made it to DVD format on: October 06, 2006, 05:32:28 PM
Grendel, Grendel, Grendel
Rats of Nimh (WS)
15463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ask the Devil on: October 06, 2006, 05:28:45 PM
Purge has disagreed with the devil.

Sally back in the early days of "All in the Family" otherwise you can let mankind rot.  nod
15464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ask the Devil on: October 06, 2006, 02:48:19 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 06, 2006, 01:22:56 PM

Purge - 6 pounds. Did I leave the oven on? KZJ is a fan of the old school and is now trying to get at her father-in-law. They are all winners in my book, Doug Fluite is the biggest loser.

#2 should actually read "it's Ass"
15465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you the destroyer of threads? [Possibly NSFW] on: October 06, 2006, 12:48:23 PM
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cant prove it was me. People cant tell us apart.and higher, and two red spots burned in her cheeks. You know as wellthe experienceas I do that theres no happiness for any woman that goes wrong. That   &nbsp
pill Caspak harbored goat   doll will keep her; but uncle the he must  depart." butterfly ten bee       
its obtain terrors.     &nbsp
15466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demos questions on: October 06, 2006, 12:24:26 PM
The reason the demo isn't going to be on live until november is because the official xbox mag gets THAT demo first.
The disc is one of the only reasons I used to buy that rag (now that whats-his-face headed off to Bungie).
15467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ask the Devil on: October 06, 2006, 12:15:22 PM

Quote from: depward on October 06, 2006, 12:05:59 AM

What's your position on homosexuality?
I bet he says the bottom. I mean, that's the good seat right?
Oh my goodness, I think I may have laid down a double-entendre.  paranoid

Devil May Tell:

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
What is the last thing to go through a bugs mind when it hits a windshield?
Katherine Zeta Jones ; does she REALLY love the old-man balls, or is she head over heels for anything smelling like Old Spice?
Who is the biggest loser in a "Worlds Biggest Loser" competition... the person voted as the biggest loser, or the runner-up?
15468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sappy poem on: October 06, 2006, 12:06:31 PM
Shortest poem ever :

Adam had'em.
15469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 06, 2006, 12:03:03 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 05, 2006, 09:47:33 PM

Sorry, there were too many bullets for me to read, so I didn't read any.

Yeah, TML is hardcore. Hardcore people don't read bullet points. Hardcore people EAT bullet-points for breakfast.

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15470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 06, 2006, 11:58:43 AM
So what did you order?
15471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 07:23:49 PM
ATB, ygpm.
15472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sonic the Hedgehog demo available via Marketplace on: October 05, 2006, 02:59:19 PM
You CAN change your prefs to have newer posts go either above or below the previous.

Just sozya know.
15473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:28:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 02:18:19 PM

No basements in NC.

sux. Is there crawlspace or is it on a concrete pad with floor joicts? (spelling on that word is questionable)

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 02:18:19 PM

Blown Insulation.
Yuck. Not my favorite. Cheap to put in, messy to work around. the 2nd story office network cable might go up and through that; you'd have to dig to find it.

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 02:18:19 PM

Where does what cable come out?

The network cables for router -> wall for 2nd story jack ... this is the cable I'm referring to.

Also, you may have more than one stack.
Do any of your rooms use suspended ceilings?
15474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:24:22 PM
here's the other option : use wireless networking. slywink 54Mbps is pretty damned fast.  nod

joking aside, if they ran it through the floor then there should be space that you can get a cable through.

Also, most houses that use indoor plumbing have a stack that goes up for the sewer vent on the top of the house as there has to be an "open-air" vent above any drains and water faucets. THAT stack will have some opening that cables get run up. The interior space in there should be at least a 6 inch thick wall if not hidden behind some closet with a 2ft x 2ft kind of shaft.

Go into your attic and look for that stack. figure out if it's feasible to run it there.

Honestly though, if this seems daunting, plan EVERYTHING out and then get a cabling company to give you a price quote first. I'd hate for you to get into this and then curse my name for all ages.
15475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 02:17:31 PM
Do you have a basement? I'd suggest running it there before going all the way up and then back down.

Also, where does the cable come out ? what kind of insulation does your house have (blown in, or the pink shit?).

if you've got a digital camera, take some pics of the existing cable (where it goes into walls, and then where it comes out) as well as any places it's exposed in the attic.
15476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 10:37:38 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on October 05, 2006, 03:17:36 AM

I've been looking into wiring every room in the house for a gigabit network, but that gets pretty expensive when you get into the hardware required to do it. I'd end up spending more than $100 on the switch alone, and I'd need several hundred feet of cable :|

Not really. Cabling is cheap (twisted pair) and using links above, it's 3 bux a room for the wallplates. You don't have to worry about distances and don't join any network segment before your switch. You've got ~300ft before you need to worry about signal attenuation. Go with the solid core cable for the walls, and use weaved patch cables from the jacks to devices.

Also, use ebay to cut down on the cost of your switch.
15477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Shares fall fron news of PS3 overheating on: October 04, 2006, 07:53:22 PM
that's old news... if HD-DVD falls flat, MS is willing to go BR for movies (only). They didn't want to tie themselves to a format war with their own drive, which explains the decision to stick with DVD-9.
15478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma <In which ATB implodes> (then doesn't) on: October 04, 2006, 07:47:12 PM
and 12 bux for the ethernet cable. You've got 3-4 business days to get that shit online. biggrin

Oh, don't bother going with the Live GOLD unless you're a big multiplayer kinda guy.
Get the silver account set up, and use the "free month" card to try it out when GoW arrives.
15479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plasma Vs LCD Projection on: October 04, 2006, 07:43:51 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 03, 2006, 07:42:03 PM

I always kinda viewed the DLP's as the poor mans HD, no offense but I haven't seen a DLP yet that impressed me with the picture when compared to a nice Plasma or LCD TV.
I went 5 years without a bulb replacement on my Sharp LCD projector. Every 5 years for a bulb is a small pice to pay for a picture as big as you want for a 'tv' that was less expensive to begin with.

I HATE paying small pice. Hell, even the medium pices are bastards to deal with... damn bastards shot up my ride.  :slywink:

As to the sets, the Sharp Aquos 34" LCD my parents got is A-freekin-mazing, but the seating is close. I totally agree with "don't use the showroom to decide your set" mentality. I would suggest looking at the feature set, go for the top-rated mfgrs (including westinghouse, they've really climbed to the top of the pile in the last 2 years).

I can tell you one important difference with plasma vs Projection LCD... the brightness of the image drops sharper after 10 hours of use on the LCD over the plasma (it has a 5% decrease; LCDs are at ~11%, RPLCDs are at 17% IIRC).

I would stick with plasma, personally. I would also find one that has all the creature comforts I want before going with which set looked better in the store. Menus, remotes, wireless earphones that play the PIP/POP/PBP (VVegas used to do this back in the day). The bigger brands also have an advantage; their controls are going to be compatible with every multi-function remote out there as opposed to the SORNY and MAGNETBOX products.

I love the Aquos light-sensing auto-brightness adjuster and FULL backlit remote with a touch of the button. The menus are slick and the viewing angles are excellent.
15480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ad on: October 04, 2006, 07:26:21 PM
that is, IMHO, laugh out loud funny.
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