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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 19, 2009, 05:38:31 PM

Quote from: Toe on March 19, 2009, 12:58:04 PM

Anyone have any insight on wtf Blind Guy was talking about last night? When the judges were bashing him a little on song choice he mentioned something about have bad hat draws the last few weeks. What do they draw from a hat? I don't see how it could be actual songs because the judges were telling Lil how she should have picked something like Dolly Parton. Do they have a list of set songs (seems likely with the amount of Underwood songs that were sung) and they basically draw number to determine pick order off the list? Wonder how many songs are on the list if that is the case?



I've heard this before, If two singers want to use a very popular song then they draw for selection order.  Makes you wonder if there is a very limited number of song choices for them to use.  Perhaps Eye Mac is actually getting the high numbers but since he can't read the slip of paper the others are like "Awwww dude you pulled #6 out of the hat again!"
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 19, 2009, 05:34:14 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 19, 2009, 02:08:05 PM

Quote from: disarm on March 19, 2009, 01:41:31 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 18, 2009, 10:35:48 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 18, 2009, 02:42:32 AM

Adam's rendition of "Ring of Fire." Ummm.....at first I was like, "Oh no you don't fuck with Johnny Cash." But it went so far beyond Johnny Cash's version that I found myself strangely fascinated. Then I found myself frightened, like I was in the thrall of some homoerotic demon. No doubt about it, the guy has an *amazing* rock voice. Randy hit the nail on the head - it was like Nine Inch Nails doing a country song, maybe with Axl Rose on lead vocals getting his balls clawed by a cat in heat. I simultaneously thought it was the worst and the most utterly brilliant thing I've ever heard.

Get out of my head YK!?!?!?!  That description is perfect for my reaction as well.

he's lucky more people don't realize that the song has already been performed in a very similar way on another TV show a couple years ago...one that i wouldn't be at all surprised if he was watching at the time.  although he kicks it up with some high notes at the end, he pretty much ripped off Dilana's performance from Rockstar Supernova, and that aired back in 2006...

Wow.  I'd forgotten about that. I kinda dug her - much better than Adam IMHO.

You are correct, if it was a straight rip off of Dilana (or didn't Kara reference Jeff Buckley last night?) then Adam is very lucky and may have ended up in the bottom 3 had the voters realized it.
1123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 18, 2009, 10:56:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 18, 2009, 06:07:55 AM

Verrrrrry interesting night.  You never know what horrific sounds may arise from country night, but this one turned out to be full of surprises.  Based solely on this night, I might dump some of the favorites and move some of the fodder up.  The judges seemed particularly excessive in their praise to some of the non-faves, as if they were trying to even up the voting a bit so it's not as one sided as it might seem.  Hmmmm.

Sarver - same beefy cuteness, same oddball vocals.  Hard to hate him, but also hard to love him.  Country week definitely worked in his favor, and with no other real country contestant to rally behind, he should lock in his core voters and move to the next round
I'm saying Sarver goes tomorrow, that song didn't do enough to stand out from the others
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Allison - bleh, I can barely remember her performance.  She's cool for a 16yo, but I'm just not a fan.  I thought the song choice was poor and she isn't attractive enough to get away with it.  If it were based on this performance alone, I'd dump her this week.
I liked the start of the song, very unique low range but as the song went on it just petered out but overall I liked it
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Kris - sooooooo dreamy.  I actually thought the song and performance bordered on boring.  I was shocked Simon didn't call that but instead heaped him with praise.  Something seemed off about it.  Still, he is adorable and the singing was heartfelt.  I think he should be OK, particularly with the judges' praise and girl/gay vote.
Eh it was ok but he isn't my fav singer, should get through to next week
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Lil Rounds - I thought the first half of her singing was horribly boring, and the second was just good enough to be acceptable.  Overall I thought it was a stinker and based on this week I would consider dumping her.  Should be able to ride her voting block though.
Again just Ok but not bad either, enough to continue on
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Flaming Fruity - Oh.  My.  God.  Kind of similar impressions to YK, though not as favorable for me.  The absolute horridness was actually compelling in a bizarre way.  Still, I think he will scare middle America away eventually, it's just a matter of time.  Would be awesome if it were this week and the judges forced to play their immunity idol.

No need to expand on YK's impressions, easy to make it to next week middle America isn't voting for him but the tween girls are
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Blindy - bleh on the song choice, I'd say he might be vulnerable based on the night and others stepping it up.  Wonder if judges would save him if he were on the bottom.  It might be a good time for him to go actually.  He may have a strong enough core fanbase to keep him going though.
I think he would be gone without the sight issue, maybe on the stage with Sarver but survives

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Gokey - first half of the song was boring but when he turned it on in the second part of the song, it was awesome.  Still the one to beat, though showed some weakness tonight.
Good performance and thank goodness we have derailed the dead wife (and all the single moms) this week even if it is horrible of me to say
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Pinky - OK rendition of her song but just seemed off to me.  Another one who if she wasn't an early favorite I could see being in the bottom 3 or even going.
Second week in a row she didn't sing up to par and maybe it's just me but the song was in a similar vein as her one last show.  Maybe near the botton
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Anoop - may just have saved himself with a heartfelt, well sung vocal.  Lot of judges praise should aid him as well.
Yep, pulled through nicely and good for him.  Should be interesting to watch in up coming themes
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My girl Megan - you either love her or hate her by now, what I love is she has her unique style as an artist and it's well defined.  I could see her landing a hit with a song like Duffy's Mercy or Adele's Chasing Pavements.  Oddly enough she's the only one whose songs I bought on iTunes, I just love the sound of her voice.  Judges were nice to her, she looked gorgeous (are her boobs huge or was it my imagination?), and she got extra sympathy votes for the flu (which seemed a bit unfair for the judges to interject).  I would have thought she'd be the one to go, but she had a lot of upside tonight.  Not to mention she still has the VFW crowd.
Suck it Megan haters, she was HOT!
Sorry about that but I really really like her this week and have all along.  She sings a different style and that is interesting for me.
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Matt - judges love him, me not so much.  Decent song and vocal but he doesn't do it for me.  If I want a soulful white boy I'll pick my cutie Kris.  I thought he was vulnerable but he got the last place slot and judges' praise which should keep him in it.

I'm not sure why the judges liked it so much, I thought it was good but not over the top outstanding
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After seeing the performanes, I'll go out on a limb and change my guess to Blindy for elimination tomorrow.  And some good drama as to whether or not to use the idol.  Worst case scenario: my beloved Megan and Kris in the bottom 2, and Megan goes.

I think they have a very strong top 11 so maybe the new system worked after all and like I said at the start Sarver is toast
1124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 18, 2009, 10:35:48 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 18, 2009, 02:42:32 AM

Adam's rendition of "Ring of Fire." Ummm.....at first I was like, "Oh no you don't fuck with Johnny Cash." But it went so far beyond Johnny Cash's version that I found myself strangely fascinated. Then I found myself frightened, like I was in the thrall of some homoerotic demon. No doubt about it, the guy has an *amazing* rock voice. Randy hit the nail on the head - it was like Nine Inch Nails doing a country song, maybe with Axl Rose on lead vocals getting his balls clawed by a cat in heat. I simultaneously thought it was the worst and the most utterly brilliant thing I've ever heard.





Get out of my head YK!?!?!?!  That description is perfect for my reaction as well.
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: March 16, 2009, 06:52:39 PM
According to my find feature the term "Friday Night Lights" hasn't been used so I'm going to add that show to the discussion.  I think this is a fantastic show even if the high school kids are like 26 years old.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 14, 2009, 07:04:51 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 14, 2009, 05:07:39 AM



- Never, ever, ever, ever, ever show us another fucking Ford commercial disguised as a "music video."



But Sarver had so much fun making that commercial!, didn't you hear him just before the commercial aired?  Don't be taking away so much fun from the contestants. 

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- Eliminate theme weeks. I could have sworn before this season started one of the big changes they said was coming was the elimination of theme weeks. And what do we get right off the bat? Michael Jackson week. If you want the contestants to stop singing so old-fashioned, stop forcing them to pick songs from the goddamn Barbra Streisand song book. If a video game like Rock Band can afford to license contemporary songs, surely to God one of the highest rated shows on TV can afford to shell out for artists from this decade.


I think I strained my eyes by excessive rolling after they announced last weeks theme, I hate their themes.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you use the Calendar Function at GT? on: March 13, 2009, 06:04:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 13, 2009, 02:21:25 PM

[  ] Yes
[  ] No
[√] Didn't know it existed / Forgot about it

This
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 12, 2009, 06:12:37 PM
No surprise PRG was sent off, Jasmine was a bit of one for me since the judges seemed to like her so much.  Stupid theme choice to go with Micheal Jackson songs, way to stay current AI!  I hope the upcoming themes are better than this weeks and that Megan can last a bit longer.  I'm wondering who the judges are going to "save" this season using the new rule.  My guess would be Gokey/Adam/Lil if any of those got voted off before the top 5.  It will also be interesting to see if they get to the top 5 and haven't used the save yet, will they keep a singer just because they can?

I didn't listen to much of the Kayne West song, it seemed a bit electronic and screechy but I did get a laugh out of what the band costumes were.  Kelly's song was decent (I know it has been out awhile but I never listen to radio stations that would play it) but the title sucked (hehe) and it seemed disconnected every time she sang the title refrain, way too long IMHO.
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol: The Final 13 on: March 11, 2009, 06:00:58 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on March 11, 2009, 12:23:25 PM

This week only confirmed my initial impressions: Megan is an awkward mess and Adam is an utter douche. I was pleasantly surprised by Matt (the piano guy who can see), and the 16 year old gumby-face seemed pretty good again, but other than that, the show waws a big serving of meh. I'm guessing Jasmine goes home, but I'm not sure about the 2nd. I'll pull a shocker and predict Megan bites it.

Can't see two girls going home, that would leave 3 girls and 8 guys for the top 11.  Anoop probably should be gone with that performance but the judges are pimping him up so he may survive.  Megan sang better than Jasmine IMHO but again the judges hit her for song choice and didn't really comment on the same issues for Jasmine.  Much as I hate Adam, he did provide the best act last night and I really didn't like Pinky Tuscadero in the pimp slot singing Dirty Diana, maybe it is the song itself but the staccato rhythm really didn't work for me dawg!

Predictions?  Man I just don't know..... sigh Megan due to judge hatin' (and yeah the song was a bad choice) and jeeze I don't know, Kris Allen or PRG.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 10, 2009, 08:25:43 AM
Hmm not liking some of the new release prices.  Joker One (story about a platoon in Iraq) is getting very good reviews and was just released today.  Hard cover price= $15.60  Kindle price= $14.30,  while I don't like extra books cluttering up my shelves Amazon needs to have a better enticement than saving $1.30 for me to get this on the Kindle and not go for the hardback edition.
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Off Season on: March 09, 2009, 05:26:04 AM

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1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 06, 2009, 07:49:19 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on March 06, 2009, 04:36:36 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on March 06, 2009, 02:31:00 PM

I might be abnormal, but I totally don't get Megan (the girl with the tatooed arm). Sure she's pretty, but her voice seems rather plain, her movements are awkward, and she really doesn't seem to be all that interesting.

My wife says she dances like a two year old. She just stands there and moves her upper body back and forth occasionally. She is very cute, but cute only gets you so far on this show. I find her tattoo very distracting.

I like her because she sings different types of songs so I may change my mind once they all have to sing one style in the up comming weeks.  And no I don't like her on stage movements at all.
1133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 06, 2009, 11:05:14 AM
Thank you Jeebus Tatiana is gone, that was pathetic whore mongering of the highest caliber.  Megan picked a great song to sing and it paid off, I didn't think Jasmine did that well but it seemed obvious that the judges were pimping her up from day one.  I jumped in my chair when they showed Jasmine's mom (?), scary spice indeed. Quite a mismatch of guys (Cool to girls (5) so I would expect a few casualties for the guys in the next weeks.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 05, 2009, 07:13:28 PM
I have the M-case cover for my first gen Kindle and it works great.  The wider shelf on the left side makes a great thumb rest when holding the device in my left hand (which is my preferred way).  I actually had to use the Amazon customer service for the Kindle, I turned it on one day and the upper right of the screen was smeared, like an etchasketch that had had the screen pressed real hard  icon_evil.  I don't know why it happened but Amazon was quick to ship me a (brand new) replacement using next day shipping and just had me swap out the damaged unit with the new one.  Return shipping was also free and the CS reps were very helpful and quick to answer the phone (located in the US as well), no hassle at all which was much appreciated since I love to read with my Kindle so much.  The CS reps also set up the new Kindle to download my books that I had already bought so I still have all of those.
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 05, 2009, 10:56:45 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!?!?!?!?!?  Not Tatiana again  finger .  She stands a good chance of getting past the wild card too, I just can't see them taking more than one guy and even that will leave a top 12 of 7 guys to 5 girls.  At least they took Megan and Red Hot Redhead and I admit I was hoping for a reprise of Nick/Norman  ninja.  I wonder if they will change this format in upcoming seasons, it's pretty clear the guys have a big advantage when it goes down this way.  Jasmine and Megan are my guesses along with Anoop for the guys.
1136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 04, 2009, 07:54:35 PM
Pretty forgettable night but agree with Lil Rounds in the pimp spot going into the top 12.  Blindy (I call him Eye-Mac btw) didn't do as well as I expected and the rest sorta were meh for me dawg!  And I'm not sure AI needed another Randy which is how I view Kara most of the time, very similar in their comments.  DVR is a must for me with this show, I cannot listen to Paula's comments and hey producers I've already seen the clips of the performers like 4 times already.
1137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the best game you own? on: March 01, 2009, 11:29:54 PM
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: February 27, 2009, 06:48:58 PM
Seems to me the new format favors the guys more than the girls,  and I base this solely on the assumption that the largest base of voters are tween/teenage girls who vote for guys more than girls.  It would be interesting to see the voting results if they only took the 3 highest vote getters and see how many gals would make the cut.  I do hate the new format as well, I'd have liked to see Drops of Jupiter and Bette Davis Eyes girls get in there for more chances.  Oh well I suppose the wild card may allow for that.
1139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone play Eschalon: Book 1 ? on: February 23, 2009, 08:57:48 AM
Finished up just a moment ago,  really enjoyed the game.  I played an assassin character up to level 15 and total play time was 24.4 hours.  I did get off track on the main story line at some point and had to take my powerful guy back to some lower level areas to pick up a missing item.  Plenty of fun though, I rarely finish this type of game but this one had me hooked.  I would like to see a larger loot table for the next version, I don't know how many gloves of skullduggery I found and sold but it was a lot and I never ran across much else for magical leather gloves.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: February 18, 2009, 08:42:16 PM
I really dislike Noxious Attention Whore Tatiania  or NAWT, can't wait until she is gone.  Alexis was ok and Gokey in the pimp spot did fine as well, the others all seemed very very poor and I couldn't watch their entire performances.  I agree that the format seems contrived but it will be interesting to see how the last chance round goes.
1141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal (keep it updated!) on: February 15, 2009, 08:21:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 15, 2009, 09:01:14 AM

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I am all over this one.  one helluva deal for $1.99.

Downloading it now! 
1142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 02, 2009, 06:35:51 PM
I picked up Eschalon last night and played for a few hours, I love it so far.
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 19, 2009, 05:43:58 AM

Quote from: Devil on January 19, 2009, 03:37:12 AM

You guys are great - I thought the game was pretty damn boring.

If I was Dick LeBeau, I would have loved it.

36 yards a quarter isn't all that interesting to me.

Sorry if I offended the football Gods in here again.

I have to agree here, too many 1 yard and a cloud of dust (snow) plays.  Both defenses were great but I'd like to see creative offense go against a stout defense not boring stuff like we saw in the AFC game here.  I hope the Cardinals can continue with some intricate plays to go against the Steelers D.
1144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC's coverage for the Super Bowl on: January 08, 2009, 10:30:33 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on January 07, 2009, 11:07:50 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 07, 2009, 09:58:05 PM

Wasn't Napoleon exiled to Elba the first time and St Helena the second?  No need to curse Corsica with Matt Millen but I do agree WTF is he doing back on TV?  I would like to know what skeletons are buried where that he has the goods on, the only reason I can see for him having a job.
You're right.  He was born on Corsica.  My apologies to all islanders for mixing up the order of his stays.  And thank you for being the only one to get into the spirit of Millen bashing. 

Obviously I failed my colorful language check.  I've gotten people arguing about exile and pride and HD quality when we should be arguing about how much worse Millen makes the NBC broadcast.  How many years until NBC is at the bottom of the heap?

 slywink

No idea on how long it will take but I'm sure we'll know when the bottom has been reached when NBC replaces the peacock with a Detroit Lions symbol. 
1145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a new computer on: January 07, 2009, 10:09:38 PM
I'm very happy with the computer I built as listed here http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=29415.0  .  I can't remember final cost but somewhere around $2300 without the monitor.
1146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC's coverage for the Super Bowl on: January 07, 2009, 09:58:05 PM
Wasn't Napoleon exiled to Elba the first time and St Helena the second?  No need to curse Corsica with Matt Millen but I do agree WTF is he doing back on TV?  I would like to know what skeletons are buried where that he has the goods on, the only reason I can see for him having a job.
1147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 05, 2009, 06:17:14 PM
I might get Saints Row 2 for the PC, undecided yet so I think I'll go read up on how the 360 version was received.
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are you a theater goer? on: December 31, 2008, 04:57:38 PM
The wife doesn't like going to the movies and I'm not a big fan either so usually I'll go with my friend when there is a big action flick like Batman or Iron Man so that makes it like 2-3 times a year at most.  And I hate having to sit though commercials in the movie theater now!  I payed lots of money for the show and I don't want commercials  icon_evil
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How did you choose your Gamertag or Forum name? on: December 30, 2008, 09:40:18 PM
Contrary to the name, I don't enjoy Zinfandel wines, the name stems like many others from a game.  Jump into the way back machine to the date September 25th 1997 where in Ultima Online launched and I joined the Napa server.  Deciding to name my archer Zinfan Dale (didn't like Del for some reason or I just couldn't speel) was a quick choice and that name as been my forum moniker ever since except for one other board where I chose Otter.  Otter was my first Xbox Live handle but I let the sub lapse and at the time you couldn't get your name back once it "expired" so I needed to come up with another one that suited my playing style,  Otter Chaos fit pretty well and was available so there you have it. 
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need some photography advice on: December 29, 2008, 05:04:14 PM
Ken Rockwell has a guide on how he sets up his D40.  I used similar settings for my D50 and really liked the results.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40/users-guide/index.htm
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Legends Impressions (all platforms!) on: December 28, 2008, 05:42:53 AM
I'm stuck on the final battle and don't see any real way I'll ever get past it, too bad since I've enjoyed the game so far.  I just don't have enough health packs to take the boss down.  I'll take a break and then maybe try Anniversary next and move to Underground after that.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Pet Photos] Happy holidays from the pets of the community... on: December 28, 2008, 05:39:39 AM
Star wonders why I'm taking so many pics, had to try out some settings for my D50.

1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Accomplishment on: December 28, 2008, 12:44:20 AM
I need to get back into this game, the Wii has just been sitting there for quite a long time now.  I liked SMG and I probably have 4 stars  icon_biggrin
1154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fu Panda on: December 27, 2008, 05:01:19 AM
I've got DirectTV recording the HD version off of PPV right now, probably will watch with the wife this weekend.  The other tuner is picking up Tropical Thunder so plenty of choices to watch.
1155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ollie's retired and moving in. on: December 27, 2008, 02:07:56 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 27, 2008, 01:41:27 AM

w00t!  grats!  are you going to change his name to Santa's Little Helper?

I believe in these times of credit card crunch the name should be Santos M Halper!
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Mistwalker's Cry On Cancelled on: December 26, 2008, 05:56:51 PM

Quote from: warning on December 26, 2008, 12:22:50 PM

Cry off?

Crysis?
1157  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help with Vista choices for a new system build... on: December 26, 2008, 05:53:41 PM
I used the OEM "system builder" version of 64 bit Vista on my build earlier this year and there were no issues at all.  If you read the package it states this version can only be installed using the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) but some searching on the interwebs showed me that that isn't the case and I just put the disc in the optical drive and it installed Vista.  I've no idea about Microsoft support issues, the computer does all the automatic or manual system updates like normal.  I'd say go for the system builder version if it saves a few dollars, I'm not sure what the retail version of the OS comes with in the box.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new toy (and a chance to say "I told you so")... on: December 24, 2008, 05:49:11 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on December 23, 2008, 04:58:14 PM

Ah, men discussing the best vacuum cleaner and how to use it.....


I must be on the wrong forum, pardon me................

Damn and I was just about to start a thread extolling the virtues of my new gas range  crybaby
1159  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which pc case would you buy... on: December 20, 2008, 06:32:30 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on December 16, 2008, 08:43:19 PM


The CM HAF932 is my new favorite cheap case.

I have this case and it is great except that I had to unplug the leads for the power LED, that thing is a frigging laser!  I think I could get a blue suntan if I was exposed to it's light for a short period of time.  Other than that I love the case, plenty of room and lots of cooling.  Just a bit outside the price range though for this thread.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a Christmas gift for my wife... on: December 18, 2008, 01:43:26 AM
If she wants an outdoor swing seat, maybe you could add one of those outdoor propane heaters so you can sit outside in colder weather?  Some thing like this costco one? http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11308603&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US&s=1
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