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721  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: there a point? on: May 14, 2008, 09:47:38 PM
I figured it's something new I ought to try at least once

j/k  icon_lol
722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 08:16:10 PM
Well, I just called their home but no one was home so I left a message to call me back to set up the best time I can come over.

I'm pretty sure that's a big giveaway.
723  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 07:13:25 PM
I've known her for almost 10 years and were good friends even before we dated.  Her family knows me as well as they always invited me over to their family gatherings.

I'll call her parents later today to try to schedule a time when I can come by when the both of them are home and ask.
724  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Asking her parents' permission on: May 14, 2008, 06:16:05 PM
So I'm gonna pop the question to my gf and I figured I'd ask here for some advice on how to ask her parents' permission.

How do I go about doing it?  What should I say?  What questions, if any, I should expect from the parents?

Any inputs are appreciated!

725  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Quicken work? on: May 13, 2008, 12:36:33 AM
Don't mean to derail but QuickBooks has a free version of their software called Simple Start

If you're just looking to keep track of your personal expenses, this is a pretty decent tool to use, very limited if you're using it for business though.
726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is there realistically something I can do about this situation? (poss. ripof on: May 11, 2008, 06:53:20 PM
Maybe you can report it as mail fraud to the post office.

Lesson for next time though, never deal with money orders or checks as you have very limited recourse to getting your money back.
727  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Audigy crackling really bad on: May 08, 2008, 12:15:45 AM
I already bought an X-FI extremegamer card and the problem disappeared.  I figured it's time to upgrade since the Audigy2 has gone through 2 computer upgrades.

I did strip out the drivers, didn't do the DirectX though.
728  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dell Inspiron Quad Core for $499 ... is it worth it? on: April 30, 2008, 05:27:15 PM
Dells are pretty solid machines and that's not a bad price.
729  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: April 29, 2008, 06:42:10 PM
+1 for ROTC1983 for the HTC Touch
730  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: April 29, 2008, 01:26:55 AM
Diego Guapo huh?  Mine is Georges Guynemer and my society is Nouvelle-France
731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Pc Version on: April 28, 2008, 06:48:07 PM
Started playing it Friday night and then more on Saturday.  So far, I'm liking it.  I passed Damascus and am just entering Acre.

I love throwing archers off their watch towers, lol.
732  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Audigy crackling really bad on: April 25, 2008, 09:35:31 PM
Yeah, looks like I may go that route and switch to the on-board.  I'll miss the EAX support though.

I was looking into the Azuntech and Asus Xonar cards but they're way pricey.
733  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Audigy crackling really bad on: April 25, 2008, 08:38:24 PM
I'm using headphones, always have. I've also read up on some fixes that I will try as well, like moving the card to the last PCI slot.

If all else fails, I'm going to try to use the on-board audio later tonight and maybe picking up an X-Fi XtremeGamer later on.

What other sound cards are comparable to the Audigy / X-Fi for gaming?
734  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Audigy crackling really bad on: April 25, 2008, 05:52:35 PM
I just got Assassin's Creed Director's Cut from GoGamer 48 hour madness sale and installed it last night but as soon as the game starts, my Audigy 2 would crackle so bad that I can barely hear anything from the game itself.

So far, I've tried moving the card to a different PCI slot, installing new drivers and adjusting the PCI latency but to no avail.  It actually got worse since now the crackling would start as soon as windows starts.

Anyone got any ideas on a fix?  Maybe it's time to replace the sound card with an X-Fi?
735  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: April 25, 2008, 05:45:40 PM
I used to use Nod32 on my home pc but it failed to catch and clean up a trojan, so I switched to Panda instead.

I moved the Nod32 on the laptop though since I have the subscription for it til the end of this year.
736  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Frontlines Fuel of War (PC) - $24.90 on: April 23, 2008, 11:31:41 PM
Just in case anyone's looking for this game, it's currently on sale at for $24.90 as part of their 48 hour madness sale.

Other games in the sale:

Orange Box - $32.90
The Movies - $4.90
Battlestations: Midway - $4.90
SimCity Societies - $14.90
and a couple of other games.
737  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: April 21, 2008, 05:06:08 AM
Someone at OO bought one and posted impressions there.  IIRC, he loves it.

I'm planning to get one myself once I found a spare $400, lol.
738  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 19, 2008, 12:15:48 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 18, 2008, 06:39:05 PM

Quote from: Eightball on April 18, 2008, 12:50:17 PM

Quote from: Rip on April 18, 2008, 11:43:24 AM

Quote from: Arnir on April 18, 2008, 11:19:39 AM

Good luck and thanks, Rip.  I think for a lot of people it was surprising just how fragile the internet can be - at least it was for me.  Don't think that many of us don't appreciate your efforts, but keep in mind that it is hard to do so if there is little communication about what is happening.  Get some rest.

True and I appreciate that. I am just tired and relieved. Probably a little grumpy. Haven't had anything good to pass along in a few days and too tired to formulate any effectual communication. No time for rest yet, have a day full of hectic work ahead. Maybe tonight.

Rip, a lot of folks are very grateful to you for voluntarily hosting OO over the years.  You should never feel unappreciated.
+1 to the end of the zeroes above.
739  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea open stress test on: April 17, 2008, 07:53:11 PM
I'm still playing this game.  I joined a French society on Rackham and it's been pretty cool so far.  I moved my Pirate from Morgan over to Roberts but I haven't played him in a long time though.
740  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cell Phone Encyclopedia on: April 17, 2008, 05:44:25 PM
Next Question: Anyone recommend a good set of bluetooth headphones?

Aliph Jawbone is a good one, you can get them for $70-ish now.

Also, I've heard good reviews about BlueAnt's Z9, which is what I'm leaning towards purchasing.
741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 - Late to the Party on: April 16, 2008, 01:41:41 AM
I haven't played this game in ages, I may have to fire it back up and brush up my rusted to dust skills again with some OO/GT folks.

I loved hardcore mode better than the regular, sadly I can't remember my favorite weapon loadouts.  I think I liked the G3 for hardcore mode but not regular mode since the single shot can be a real disadvantage there (or maybe I just sucked).
742  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target clearance watch - 3/21 on: April 15, 2008, 04:57:53 AM
Saw a bunch of copies of LOTRO for $4.95 at my local Target today.
743  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost A Good Friend Today on: April 12, 2008, 10:59:40 PM
My condolences YK.  As a motorcycle rider myself, it's hard to hear of a fellow rider's passing but he did die doing what he loved to do.
744  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Games + HTC Touch + Hardware on: April 08, 2008, 08:01:18 AM
PM on the HTC Touch
745  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: April 08, 2008, 07:52:13 AM
So this is where everyone went.  icon_biggrin
746  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: April 27, 2005, 09:55:17 PM
A long belated +1 for Rage for mercenaries a while back.

Apologies for the long delay.
747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suzuki Katana '89 Anyone know a little about bikes? on: March 20, 2005, 08:01:35 AM
I don't claim I know much about motorcycles but I do own and ride one, just a little ninja 250.

Just curious, how long have you been riding?

Here're a few good websites to ask questions in:

I'm a beginner so those are the forums I visit but they have seasoned riders there too to answer your questions.
748  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / BIA and Mercenaries (XBOX) FS/FT on: March 16, 2005, 07:52:11 PM
749  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So any one else languishing at work today? on: November 26, 2004, 05:47:38 PM
I'm working both (yep, you read it right, both) jobs today, 9am-4pm at one and 6:30pm-12:30am at Disneyland.  Same schedule for tomorrow.

Oh yeah, I was also working an 8 hour shift yesterday on Triptophan day.
750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:26:38 PM
Quote from: "Demosthenes"
Quote from: "Tokek"
I wish I can zoom out of the sailing map more.

The mouse scroll wheel does control zoom, despite the mouse not being the preferred interface.  I haven't figured out what the keyboard shortcut it is, but the mouse wheel lets you pull pretty far back.

Cool, thanks!  Kinda gotten used to not using the mouse for ship sailing at all, so didn't play with the wheel at all.   I should re-read the manual again and see what else I'm missing.
751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates Impressions? on: November 24, 2004, 08:11:02 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
-   I think there are a few quest bugs.  Nothing I’ve encountered that’s a game breaker, but I’ve hunted and defeated the same baron who supposedly knows where my family is 4 times now.  Each time I defeat him I get a new piece of the find my sister map.  It’s weird though because the folks giving me the tips on his whereabouts act like I’ve never heard of him, even though I’ve sent him to the ocean floor 4 times.

That happened to me too, I was told of a guy who knows the whereabouts of my sister and hunted him down, but before I ran into him, a barmaid told me that the same ship carries a lot of gold with in its hull, so I figured, cool, 2 birds with 1 stone.  Found the ship, captured it, got the gold but never got the guy.  Now everytime I go to a tavern, they keep saying that that guy's going to Havana and been on the ocean for 900+ days, lol.

The game is awesome tho, loved it, was up till 4 am playing it and I had to be up for work by 6:30am.  I wish I can zoom out of the sailing map more.
752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need book recommendations on: November 17, 2004, 04:20:17 AM
A friend of mine turned me on to "Death Be Not Proud" so that's what I picked up today at borders.  It's fairly short from the thickness standpoint so I might need a new one in a week or so.

Thanks for the recommendations so far.

I did read Ender's game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets, so those are off my list.  Might try the Assassin's trilogy.
753  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need book recommendations on: November 16, 2004, 05:11:32 AM
Ok, so I'm craving for a "heavy" reading at the moment, for a book that can make me think and go "wow."  Since GG was good for books/movie recommendations, I figure I'd start here at CG as well.

The last few books I read were (in chronological order):
- Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin
- The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
- Ghost Rider by Neil Peart
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Any book recommendations?  Both non-fiction or fiction are ok.

754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Buell- anyone own one or have an opinion? on: November 09, 2004, 05:06:13 AM
Post your question at They'll be able to answer it there.  There're quite a few Buell riders there on the board.
755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Disneyland on the Cheap? on: November 09, 2004, 04:51:24 AM
lildrgn, you have PM.

Right now, Disneyland park hours are 10am-8pm mon-thurs, 9am-11pm friday and sunday and 8am-12am on saturdays.  California adventure park hours are 10am-6pm monday-thursday, 10am-8pm friday and 10am-9pm on saturday-sunday.  Granted these are subject to change as the holidays get closer.

Holiday decors are up, haunted mansion is decorated to Nightmare Before Christmas theme and small world has its holiday decor up as well.  Fireworks are on nightly (used to be on weekends only).  The holiday lights are up and the christmas tree is there already.  Space Mountain is still not open and won't be until next year, matterhorn is down until 11/24.  The castle is already reopened (was scheduled to reopen on 11/25).

I went there last saturday and the lines weren't bad at all, longest line in Disneyland was around 15 minutes, we pretty much got through most of the rides in about 6 hours (2 adults pacing).  Sunday wasn't bad at all either but I didn't wait in any lines since I worked that night.

Hope this info helps.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
756  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Eddie Izzard on: November 03, 2004, 04:10:58 AM
Love Eddie Izzard, he's hilarious!

My favorite is his Flag routine.  Watched it with my best friend a while back and her current bf's name is Steve, so the line "I was on the moon, with Steve" fits perfectly.
757  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 16, 2004, 05:41:02 AM
I'm just glad I saw the little blurb at bluesnews today or else I'm still lost without my daily dose of GG forums.

Glad I found this again, although I haven't really been posting much lately due to work, but that's another post, lol

758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Found it!! on: October 16, 2004, 05:38:15 AM
So this is where everyone went to.  I was wondering what happened to GG.

While it's sad to see GG go poof, I respect Rich's decision and thank him for the site, without it I would've never have met a bunch of great people.
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