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3961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / let the harrassment of peyton manning begin! on: January 17, 2005, 02:33:21 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
Manning is a fraud.

It's nice to put up silly numbers against high school teams in a dome, on a rug. Come outside and play a real team and he'll lose EVERY TIME.

Same old story.

i would hardly say Manning was to blame for the Colts loss today...but i'm not going to waste my time trying to argue that point with you...
3962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 16, 2005, 09:47:45 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Iuy HL2, other than the...2-3 levels with those insanely fucking annoying antlion stupid ass creatures, its one of the best shooters of all time.

i thought the antlions were some of the coolest parts in the whole game...
3963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 16, 2005, 07:01:50 PM
unfortunately, it's been several years and i don't remember the site i used.  i'll see if i can come up with a link and will post it here if i figure it out.  it's not something i've used for quite a while, so free services may be hard to find now that people have started to charge for it.  the one i used was a website where you would enter the phone number you want to call...it made the connection, and you talked through a mic to the person using a phone on the other end.  i'll see what i can come up with now...
3964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 16, 2005, 05:36:26 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
OK, You guys all seem to miss one of the important anti-steam arguments that 'conspiracy nuts' like myself have.  I'm all for downloadable content delivery from the developer.  IF that's all steam was about (and On-line play), I wouldn't care about Steam.  However, I DON'T like having to install their personal ptp client software on my PC, doing god knows what, just so I can play a single player game (Which is all I wanted to do).

where do people come up with all the misconceptions that Steam is secretly performing other tasks in the background?  you install HL2 and Steam, authorize your copy, and download the latest updates...after that, Steam sits quietly in the background and does nothing until it validates your game again or grabs another update.  it isn't a piece of P2P software that is acting behind your back...
3965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / VoIP - Internet Phones on: January 15, 2005, 06:34:06 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Now, I have to say this - there are free communication services out there, but they require both ends to have a headset, programs, configurations, etc.

That's why you have to pay for this - it allows you to chat with anybody who has a standard phone via the internet.

there are also free internet-based phone services that let you make PC-phone calls.  the only catch is that the person with the PC has to initiate the call.  i used to do it all the time as a way to save money on long distance calls when i was away to college.
3966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 how far through am I? -- SPOILERS -- on: January 14, 2005, 11:30:26 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
Quote from: "jonsauce"
Quote
The bits between Ravenholm and the Buggy were my least favorite levels in the game.


There wasn't alot in there, but I really enjoyed the firefight right before getting the buggy.  I've shown that part to many people and each time I play through it it goes differently.


I had issues with all of the headcrabs underground.

there's actually a pretty simple way to make it past all those headcrabs in the mine without getting hurt.  don't expect to have an easy time if you just jump right in though...
3967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 14, 2005, 05:08:59 AM
actually, you could probably get it cheaper at this point by finding the boxed version on sale somewhere.  downloading it from Steam is convenient and the larger packages are a good deal if you're interested in the other games, but they have yet to drop the price on a barebones copy of HL2.  the Bronze package via Steam is essentially the same as what you get in the box...it goes for $49.99 through Steam, but some other stores now have it for less.  the HL2 Silver package is still a good deal though...if you're interested in Day of Defeat Source of HL1:Source...

if you decide to pick up a boxed copy, you can take some comfort in knowing that one of the patches has already removed the CD-check so you don't need a disc in the drive anymore Cool
3968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is a Flash iPod on the horizon? on: January 11, 2005, 04:09:51 AM
Quote from: "Fireball1244"
Then it appears you may prefer the iPod mini.

as the owner of a 20GB iPod, i still can't understand the appeal of the iPod Mini...unless you absolutely have to have a cute color.  it's not all that much smaller than an iPod, and you get a whole lot less for your money.  it's just my opinion, but i really don't think the very slight size difference and saving $50 makes up for losing 16GB of storage.  to each his own though...
3969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another Half-Life 2 question (AI allies) on: January 11, 2005, 01:58:00 AM
like stiffler said, you start to pick up allies quite a bit in the second half of the game.  the first time that i can remember is when you start to meet some resistance fighters at locations along the highway.  you get helpers quite a bit in the later half, although the term "allies" is sometimes not entirely fitting slywink
3970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 how far through am I? -- SPOILERS -- on: January 11, 2005, 01:51:26 AM
don't worry, you still have a ton of great gaming to go...you ain't seen nothin' yet slywink
3971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help burning cd's in itunes on: January 09, 2005, 09:39:51 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
thanks disarm for the help, got it solved

cool...good to know that worked Cool

just out of curiousity, what was the problem-causing program?
3972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What classic tv show car would you choose.... on: January 09, 2005, 07:59:23 PM
KITT...no question about it
3973  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / El-Producto wants a gamecube... lots of stuff for sale. on: January 09, 2005, 08:58:04 AM
i sent you a PM about Falcon 4...
3974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help burning cd's in itunes on: January 08, 2005, 10:53:08 PM
i just typed in "itunes error 4310" in Google and may have come up with an solution you can try...

there are a few reports of this happening to people who have other disc burning software running in the background/system tray.  close out any programs like that you may have running, then try burning with iTunes again.  apparently, the error may have something to do with multiple programs monitoring the drive at the same time.  in the explanation i found, the guy was running Roxio Drag to Disc and had to shut it down.  here is the link to what i found...look about halfway down the page (at the june 19th entry).  it's not much, but it's worth a shot if you have anything else running...
3975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Players on: January 08, 2005, 10:51:21 PM
i bought a Sony DVP-NS415 for a little over $100US a couple years ago and it's been a great.  it's never given me any trouble reading discs, and the picture/audio quality is great.  they've released new models since then, as well as dropped the price, but i'm sure the quality is just the same.  i quick search around the web comes up with a couple nice Sony players that should be in your price range...check out the Sony DVP-NS525 for one that should be right around the $100CAD range Cool
3976  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which DVD/CD Burning software do you use? on: January 08, 2005, 05:00:38 AM
Newegg has the NEC 3520A in an OEM version with software in three different colors...for an additional $3, they throw in a copy of Roxio EMC Basic.  just look for the ones listed as "OEM w/ software" and you can pick up the drive and Roxio for $67.99 (+$4 s/h).  they're available in beige, silver, and black.

i'm on the verge of buying one myself, but i'm holding off just a little bit longer to see some opinions on the 3520.  i'm sure NEC has made another great drive, but it does use different hardware than the 3500.  i'm waiting to read a few opinions/reviews just to make sure there aren't any kinks to work out.
3977  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 08, 2005, 04:06:23 AM
i just want to say thanks to everyone who showed up to play tonight...was awesome to see the gang back together and kickin' ass.  it's been far too long since we got a good crowd together, and it was great to be playing again.  great games from everyone!
3978  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Zax's UT2k4 Srvr - Fill server Ngt Fri 4/8! Torrent DVD! on: January 08, 2005, 12:11:13 AM
count me in...have been anxiously awaiting a chance to get back in the action Cool
3979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halftime Show sucked pure ass on: January 05, 2005, 11:14:11 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I purposely did not watch because i would rather eat hot coals than listen to Ashlee Simpson sing.  However, i did catch the last 30 seconds and did anyone else hear what i thought was boos from nearly the entire crowd when it was done?

i think you're right...that definitely sounded like massive booing when she finished.  the first two performers (kelly clarkson and trace adkins) were at least bearable, although the first girl seemed to be having some trouble with her monitor earpiece (after they finally got her a working mic)...it is quite a bit harder to sing in a situation like that when you can't hear your own voice, but that doesn't justify it all.  ashlee simpson was nothing short of horrible...her voice is awful, she couldn't keep time with her backing track, and her 'dancing' was ridiculous.  maybe the boos will teach them a lesson about either scaling back the show (which few care about anyway), or getting some real performers.
3980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your anticipated games of 2005 on: January 05, 2005, 11:03:19 PM
i'm anxiously awaiting the chance to play KotoR 2 and GTA:SA on the PC...and knowing that they're good already doesn't my patience any.  other than those, there's not a lot i'm really excited about.  Republic Commando could be fun, and STALKER has always had potential, but the anticipation for those is nothing like this year with Doom3, HL2, and VTM:BL.  i'll admit that i'm not really up on all the game releases expected for this year though...
3981  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Retail CPU question on: January 05, 2005, 10:46:30 PM
Quote from: "Zitterbacke"
You can get two versions: boxed (with cooler and therefore paste/pad applied), or tray (plain CPU without cooler and paste/pad)

boxed = retail
tray = OEM/white box
3982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Vanity Fair Spread - Everyone on: January 05, 2005, 03:43:52 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Where's the ghost of Alec Guiness?

he's over on the left, right by lucas...they just made him look more like ewan mcgregor to improve the continuity.
3983  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Retail CPU question on: January 05, 2005, 03:35:09 AM
a "retail" Intel CPU comes with everything you need for the install.  the chip and the heatsink/fan are separate, and the heatsink has a pre-applied thermal pad.  all you have to do is drop the CPU into its socket, lock it down, then clip the HSF into place on top.  the whole process is very simple and you don't need anything that isn't included in the retail box.
3984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your background?<desktop> on: January 04, 2005, 04:09:37 AM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Hey disarm, what skin is that you're using for windows and what program is it in? It's nice and clean, and I haven't found anything that looks that nice yet. I use windowblinds, as I find stylexp borks several things on my PC for some reason.

bad news for you then...that's a theme for StyleXP slywink
i've been using StyleXP for almost two years now without any trouble and think it's a great program (and it doesn't hurt that i won a free registration key).  what version have you tried in the past?  they released v2.0 about a year ago, and they've had several updates since then...maybe the latest one would work.

as for the skin, it's just one that i stumbled across a long time ago at this site.  the one i'm using is called Chrome4[XP] 2nd Generation and can be downloaded here.  i really like the theme because it's very compact, clean, and the dark color looks great.  when you download the style, it also comes with several other versions in different colors than black that look pretty good.  finally, it didn't hurt that the same guy made a matching theme for Trillian Pro that i use as well Cool

i took another screenshot with the Start menu open, my Trillian contact list up, and an open window to show the full theme.  you can check it out here
3985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your background?<desktop> on: January 04, 2005, 12:27:58 AM
i switched my desktop for the first time in about 9 months when HL2 was released.  here's what i'm looking at right now...

(click the pic for a full size image)
3986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 03, 2005, 04:20:13 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Xmann"

any that don't require a monthly fee?

iTunes

not only is iTunes completely free (until you buy something), but they also do not require any personal info for registration to the iTunes Store until you're actually making a purchase.  you can download the software and browse to your hearts content without giving up an info (with the possible exception of an e-mail address...i can't remember anymore).  even if you don't buy anything from iTunes, it's still a great music player and even has quite a few good internet radio stations built in Cool
3987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 02, 2005, 06:09:26 PM
Quote from: "dangerballs"
Avoid Sony Connect at all costs.  The software is buggy and the format will only play on Sony products.

i loaded up the Sony Connect software to take advantage of a few free downloads that i had received...i'll agree that it does indeed suck.  their proprietary format will only play with the Sony Connect player or a Sony device, although you can burn the tracks to an audio CD then re-rip them in whatever format you choose.  it's definitely not the best service available though.
3988  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best music download site on: January 02, 2005, 06:08:46 AM
personally, i really like the iTunes service from Apple.  you can download individual songs for $0.99, and you can usually save a little on full albums...most are $9.99 even if they have more than ten songs, but some are more.  they also have 30-second clips of every song available for purchase, and they're the same quality as what you buy (no low-quality samples).  i've been using iTunes to preview a lot of albums before i buy them in the store...being able to hear high-quality 30-second clips of every track on an album is very nice.  to top it all off, the selection is pretty impressive...there are obviously going to be things they don't have, but Apple has done a very good job of getting labels to participate.  i've only gotten a few songs from them, but the quality has always been very good.  it is worth noting that iTunes does use Apple's proprietary AAC format for purchased music, but the iTunes software can burn those (as well as other formats) straight to disc.  if you need mp3s instead of AAC for some reason, you can always burn the AAC files to an audio CD, then rip them back into mp3 format.

aside from the music store features, i've been using the iTunes software to organize my music collection for more than six months now, and organizing a large library of music couldn't be easier.  the ripping features also work well if you want to load up some of your own CDs, and burning audio CDs is quick and easy...create a playlist, click 'Burn,' and you're all set in just a few minutes.  the iTunes software is a free download and is great for playing back music even if you don't buy from them.  i highly recommend checking it out Cool
3989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where is the traffic? on: January 02, 2005, 05:46:52 AM
i think sites like this also tend to draw in a lot of college students that are away from their high-speed campus connections right now...
3990  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 98 or Windows XP? on: January 01, 2005, 10:39:38 AM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
On one hand, the system only has 256 MB of RAM, so XP will probably run like a dog on it.

it actually won't run that bad with 256MB of RAM...unless you have an really slow processor to go with it.  i ran WinXP on a P3-733 with 256MB for about a year before i got my new rig and it wasn't bad at all...not noticeably slower than Win2K that was on before i switched to XP, and a hell of a lot more stable than Win98/Me that i was using before that.  when i first switched to XP, i only had 128MB of RAM and performance was still reasonable...the increase to 256 did make a noticeable difference though...
3991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's with so many games having "paper sleeves" a on: December 23, 2004, 06:11:12 AM
while i'm definitely a supporter of cd cases over sleeves (even slim cases are good), i don't like the idea of a complete switch over to DVD cases.  as it stands right now, there are a few games that still give you a decent manual or a few other extras in the box.  once every company switches over to DVD-style cases, i think we'd have to officially say goodbye to any kind of significant printed manual.  i'd be perfectly happy with the current small boxes as long as we start getting some kind of case for the CD/DVD inside.
3992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA2 now free on: December 22, 2004, 06:12:30 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
300 + megs thougH?  Yow.

well, you are downloading a full game...and a fun one at that Cool
3993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What the deal with the OEM Software Business Model? on: December 21, 2004, 05:01:02 PM
the biggest advantage to an OEM agreement is the exposure that a developer gains for their product.  think of Windows as the ultimate example.  MS entered into OEM provider agreements for their OS many years ago and it was distributed with virtually every PC sold.  as a result, Windows became the dominant OS in the world.  now people spend money to buy the new version of Windows for their old PC when one is released.  

the same thing also happens on a smaller scale as well.  another example...i received an OEM copy of PowerDVD with my first DVD-ROM drive.  i installed it and really liked the program...now i've been loyal to them for the last 5 years and have paid for upgrades several times.  this also holds true for some games.  you get an OEM game with your soundcard, it generates interest in a developer or series, and they then sell more copies of the game, its sequels, or other projects the company has made.  the system is all about gaining exposure in the marketplace.

it's like Sepiche said as well...some companies will actually greatly discount OEM software for the average user, then make their profits in the corporate market.  by giving software to the average user cheaply, they increase their market share and make it more likely that those same people will use their product again in the future.
3994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GOAT of the Year Voting: PC edition on: December 21, 2004, 06:45:01 AM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Oh, but wait! Can I play in offline mode while still having an active internet connection?  (I believe the answer is 'no'.)  Oh, so Steam is now dictating to me my computer usage?  So their software operates/accesses based on their choice, not mine?

Ball back at you.

(You have me short-handed because of my ignorance.  As I refuse to install Steam on my PC, I have no first-hand knowledge, only what I pick up in forums and FAQ's on Steampowered, here,etc)

yes, you can play in offline mode with an active internet connection.  all you have to do is set your firewall to block Steam's access to the internet...same effect as disabling your internet connection, but all other programs will still have net access.

be careful what you're reading...there are a lot of anti-Steam people out there that write things that aren't necessarily true...
3995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadowman on xp? on: December 20, 2004, 11:12:06 PM
i can't help you get the game running, but i will say that i played it on my N64 and it was a pretty good game at the time...good atmosphere, lots of crazy people, and plenty of killing :twisted:
3996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Holy Crap! Half-Life 2 Done Quick! on: December 20, 2004, 11:07:46 PM
Quote from: "Console Games Best Player"
Well, I'm pretty good. I can rocket jump so "grav jumping" can't be hard. If I bought it and it took me 3 hours I would scream. Hahaha. But I would go after the other monsters so maybe 10 hours.

some of the shortcuts those guys are taking with grav jumps aren't something you would even know about if you hadn't played the game already to have a clue which direction to go for the exit.  if you play the game as intended, i think it would still be extremely difficult to finish in 10 hours.  i really have no idea how long it lasted me, but i took my time and cleared every area...didn't leave a single Combine trooper, zombie or headcrab alive on way through, and i'd say i spent at least 15-20 hours on the game.
3997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow.. what a haircut on: December 20, 2004, 09:56:00 PM
that really makes me think i need to go somewhere else for my haircuts.  all i get are overweight women who barely look like they know what to do with their own hair, let alone someone elses.  they usually do a decent job though...and they're cheap...

i used to have a great barber that i went to when i was a college undergrad though.  the guy was an ex-military motorcycle enthusiast and worked on bikes when he wasn't cutting hair, and the walls inside his shop were always covered with swimsuit calendars and military pictures.  i walked in for a haircut one day when it was pouring down rain outside, and he told me one of the best things about his job was being able to look out the window of his shop on a rainy day and see all the college girls who forgot to take a umbrella for the walk to class...lots of wet shirts.  he also knew every dive bar and strip club in the area and could tell you which were best.  you just don't get that kind of service from women in a hair salon... Cool
3998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GMail Invite search on: December 20, 2004, 09:34:11 PM
it looks like gMail has just decided to send out more invitations again...i got six more today, bringing me to a total of 16 now up for grabs.  if anyone is interested, just send me an e-mail and one of them is yours!
3999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Home Theatre help needed! Updated 12/23 with purchases! on: December 20, 2004, 09:30:44 PM
Quote from: "ericb"
If you do have to shop the big box then do yourself a favor and avoid Sony and the weird off brands (Technics, etc).  At least go with something like a nicely rated Yamaha.

i wanted a HT setup but was on a tight budget about a year and half ago and picked up a Kenwood HTiB  system (HTB-505) from BB that is great for what i paid ($500 system clearanced down to $350).  could i have done better with separate components?  yes...but not for <$500.  i think it's a much better quality system than most HTiB sets because it's actually a collection of Kenwood components that can all be bought separately...no compact space-saver speakers or combined Receiver/DVD player to ruin things.  unfortunately, a quick look a Kenwood's website makes it look like their HTiB setups are now custom gear just for the set...and quality has probably taken a hit.  i'm extremely pleased with my purchase though, and i think it's very possible to get a decent HT system without spending a fortune.  just stay away from the $200 or less systems you see at every chain store these days...

for what it's worth, Onkyo also makes good HTiB sets...probably some of the best you can get without putting together your own.  my brother spent about $800 on an Onkyo 6.1 set and it's amazing.  it can be done Cool

one last comment...listening to a system in-store is damn near useless unless you go to a high-end shop that actually has a decent listening room.  listening to speakers sitting on a shelf in the middle of a noisy store is completely different than hearing them in your home.  wherever you choose to buy, make sure they have a return policy that will allow you to bring anything back if you're not happy with how it sounds when you get home.
4000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone have doubts of EA's intent to corner/destroy pcgaming on: December 20, 2004, 09:10:43 PM
Quote from: "jpinard"
Fuzzballx - EA woudl NEVER had allowed the go ahead developement of those simulation games becasue there's not enough profit in it.  GUARENTEED.

for what it's worth, EA was the publisher for the Jane's series of military sims back in the day.  those were without a doubt the best sims of their time and their gameplay still holds up very well today (although they look pretty dated).
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