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7881  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Web server needs? on: November 14, 2008, 09:37:49 PM
Check out http://colofind.net/ .  It's a search service that helps find data centers for colo near the requesting party.

As for the other questions, I'd say yes to the firewall.  An unprotected web server is just asking to be used as a bot for a spammer in this day and age.  Plus, the connection back to the database would also be at risk if someone compromised the front end web server (and trust me, that'll happen MUCH MUCH MUCH quicker than you 'd think). 

Also, you may want to ssl protect the web server (go to www.instantssl.com for cheap certificates and great "how to" information).  that way you can close off port 80 and just have everything come through port 443.  encrypted data is your friend.   icon_biggrin

when you say "sql" are you referring to MSSQL or something like postgresql or mysql? 

anyway, hope that helps out!
7882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 14, 2008, 09:25:46 PM
Down, down, down into a burning ring of fire...
7883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to begin filming pilot episode of A Game of Thrones on: November 14, 2008, 09:24:31 PM
I wonder if this will turn into HBO's response to Showtimes The Tudors?
7884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: November 14, 2008, 09:22:37 PM
Ditto on the sadness at hearing about Pushing Daisies.   icon_frown

Heroes develops into a show of untold suckitude and gets backing from its network, while a great show like PD dies a quiet death.  It ain't fair, folks...it ain't fair.
7885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 14, 2008, 07:22:05 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 14, 2008, 07:11:22 PM


Worst Week - I love that main guy, he's absolutely adorable, and haven't seen much of the show yet, but again - it's called Worst WEEK and isn't it based on the week before he gets married?

Look at 24.  It's actually 168 after 7 years.   icon_biggrin
7886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: November 14, 2008, 07:15:34 PM
My prediction? 

Rorschach is gonna be 2009's "Da Man"....
7887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: November 14, 2008, 03:02:41 PM
dang!  glad i went with impulse as i just went to vista 64 about a month ago.
7888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife lost her job, disability woes, unemployment - I need your advice?. on: November 14, 2008, 02:22:05 PM
We're all pullin' for ya, KD!

As for Christmas, don't get wrapped up in the materialism.  Money isn't the only way to express affection during the holidays.  I bet your family and friends would appreciate something heartfelt instead of expensive.  and if they don't, they weren't really friends to begin with.

...of course, you're friends with peterock, so just get a bottle of Aquanet at your local Walgreen, put a bow on it and wrap it up with a Heineken.  viola!  happy pete.
7889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: November 13, 2008, 07:47:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2008, 08:38:47 AM

I just re-watched the episode and was surprised to see it was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, the guy behind Super Troopers and the Dukes of Hazard remake (and apparently an episode of the new Knight Rider).

 icon_eek

wow, color me surprised.
7890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 13, 2008, 07:05:37 PM
Thanks Jimmy!  I'll probably netflix Sukiyaki Western Django based on your review.  Miike is definitely an acquired taste, I agree.  I love Ichi The Killer, but I wouldn't recommend it to another human being.  However, I would highly recommend The Great Yokai War and One Missed Call (HIS version, not the incredibly crappy american remake).
7891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: November 12, 2008, 09:46:01 PM
Personally, I believe that at the end of this chapter, we'll see Peter waking up in his bed from a dream and then Ted Sprague will walk out of the shower....
7892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: November 12, 2008, 09:21:08 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 12, 2008, 06:01:19 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on November 11, 2008, 11:10:09 PM


Why have a backstory on Claire's birth mother and her brother, who are minor characters?  I don't really give a crap about them. 


Maybe they're not so minor?  I see a good many of you in this thread making complaints about things when they haven't even finished the story of what you're complaining about.  I have also seen instances where you complain about something and then something happens in a later episode that negates your complaint (Hiro stabbing Ando, for one...guys in here complaining that Hiro would never kill Ando...and guess what?  He didn't). 

I wish that were true beyond the one instance you brought up.  Unfortunately, the writers aren't up to that challenge.
7893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 12, 2008, 09:10:21 PM
Jeebus, how did i miss that Night Gallery Season 2 was released this week!? icon_eek

thanks to the dvdplanet.com 25 percent off sale with free shipping, i got that and the 3 disc hellboy 2 for 53 bucks total.
7894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: November 12, 2008, 02:23:39 PM
I fourth the notion that PD should be kept at the expense of Heroes.  It's Darwinian:  let the weaker ones die off.
7895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year since I quit smoking! on: November 11, 2008, 06:38:10 PM
congrats leo!

quitting was tough for me, but at last count:


My Stats:
Your Quit Date is:  5/29/2007 12:00:00 PM email me my daily stats
Time Smoke-Free: 532 days, 1 hour, 37 minutes and 13 seconds    
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10641
Lifetime Saved:  2 months, 21 days, 6 hours
Money Saved: $3,458.00
7896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: November 11, 2008, 05:44:41 PM
Jeebus, at no point in season one did Sylar even show one shred of remorse for his actions.  They made it pretty damn clear he reveled in them, for cryin' out loud.  Now we're to just swallow the premise that he was simply misunderstood??

epic fail
7897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 11, 2008, 05:40:06 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 11, 2008, 08:20:59 AM

Hellboy 2 had the same problem for me that Hellboy 1 had, very odd pacing decisions that kept taking me out of the story.  Not just story pacing, but also things like the timing of the shots.  It's just weird since I liked his other movies, like The Orphanage.

he had nothing to do with the actual making of The Orphanage.  He was a producer.
7898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 11, 2008, 01:25:02 AM

Quote from: Shkspr on November 11, 2008, 12:51:44 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 10, 2008, 07:13:09 PM

I recently saw a clip of the "gay Hutt" from Clone Wars on youtube.  What in god's name were they taking when they decided to create an alien crime lord so obviously based on Truman Capote????


Andy Warhol had moved into the realm of cliche?

wait...are you trying to tell me Warhol was...

naaaaaahhhhh
7899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wizards First Rule dated (Legend of the Seeker for you illiterate cretins :p ) on: November 10, 2008, 09:12:30 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 10, 2008, 09:10:40 PM


The one thing that bothers me or makes me laugh I should say is that it constantly seems like someone (generally Kahlan) is running, running, running, running.  Why is she always running?  Where is she running to?  Who knows, but let's show some more running!  It reminds me of a lot of old Chinese martial arts TV shows.  There were limited locations to film at, so often midpoint scenes were just running around the same few spots again and again.

sounds like she's got herself a Mohican Master 2000
7900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 10, 2008, 09:05:38 PM
Has anyone seen Sukiyaki Western Django?  for some strange reason, i'm a fan of Miike.  i haven't seen this film, though. 
7901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock? on: November 10, 2008, 08:38:15 PM
No, this is

7902  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW gearing up for Lich King on: November 10, 2008, 08:33:04 PM
They're on Eldre'Thalas
7903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 10, 2008, 07:29:59 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 10, 2008, 07:26:43 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 10, 2008, 07:15:41 PM

As for Hellboy II, the local papers panned it and the two people I know who saw it in the theaters thought it was not very good. I am tempted to give it a go. Ah, why not? At least the Blu-Ray edition will look good. Reviews are such an imprecise science.  icon_biggrin

I think you just have to be into the universe.  The first time I saw Hellboy in the theater I enjoyed it but didn't think it was anything noteworthy.  But when I watched it again with the wife on DVD we really enjoyed it a lot more.  While we haven't seen Hellboy II yet, she really wants it for our collection and based on reviews I've read and word of mouth I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.  I just enjoy the various characters and imagery.


Check out the animated movies that Del Toro produced using the voices of the movie's cast.  They're quite fun.
7904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 10, 2008, 07:13:09 PM
I recently saw a clip of the "gay Hutt" from Clone Wars on youtube.  What in god's name were they taking when they decided to create an alien crime lord so obviously based on Truman Capote????

edit:  by the way, while were talkin' dvd's, I was in target yesterday and they had the SNL box sets for season 1 and 2 at 17.99 apiece.  I picked up season 2. 
7905  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW gearing up for Lich King on: November 10, 2008, 07:10:23 PM
 icon_lol

Hey bro, use a buff on the warrior...oh wait, excuse me, someone's placed their testicles on my table...hold on while I get rid of them.
7906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 10, 2008, 07:01:00 PM
Well, now we know who Jimmy calls for movie reviews.   icon_lol
7907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/11: How to kill the Star Wars franchise in one easy step on: November 10, 2008, 06:57:15 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 10, 2008, 06:41:56 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 10, 2008, 06:36:23 PM

Hellboy II- I loved the first one but never saw the sequel as the bad reviews and word of mouth turned me off on it. You have been warned. Maybe a rental at best.

 saywhat  Bad Reviews?  It got an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and most people I know who saw it said it was better than the first. 

Yeah, I'm not sure where that came from.  It was pretty well received by many, many critics and fans alike.  I loved it.  The only thing holding me back from buying this version is the fact that the LAST time a Hellboy movie came out on DVD, an extended version followed it by about a year.  I may wait and see if this happens again.
7908  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW gearing up for Lich King on: November 10, 2008, 06:48:48 PM
So I rejoined WoW Friday.  Not so much because of the upcoming expansion (although I'll get it, I'm sure), but because my little brother is eager to play since finding out a bunch of his friends are avid WoW players.  I bought him the base game and a 2 month time card for his birthday last week and I'm going to create a character on the server he's going to be on in order for me to play with him.

The only thing that might make this all somewhat awkward?

He's gay and so is the guild he's joining. 

...Oh well, I love my little brother and welcome the chance to spend time with him (he lives 400 miles away).  I guess I'll have to just live with some of the humor I'm sure to encounter.   icon_wink
7909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 10, 2008, 05:48:16 PM
Man, I'm TRYING to follow a rule of buying FPS games only after they've dropped in price (due to the inherent short single player stories they contain and my overall suckness at MP), but that zombie mode is just makin' me drool for some reason.   icon_frown
7910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 10, 2008, 05:14:28 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on November 10, 2008, 03:50:19 PM

DS:
My Stop Smoking Coach with Allen Carr

My 10 year old smokes like a chimney and her younger step sister is starting to pick it up too. Save us, Allen Carr!

 icon_lol
7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 05:05:59 PM
20 hours, level 10.  I've easily got another 20 hours to go on the main quest, however I keep getting sidetracked.  My only worry is the level cap hitting before I get to all the quests I wanted to experience.  I could start a new character, I suppose (and I probably will eventually).  Or I could start again from a save game prior to completing the main quest.  However, both those are, to me, work arounds to the level cap.

Oh well, still lovin' the game.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a blast yesterday afternoon making a run through the National Archives for a quest.  The Missile shooting Super Mutants forced me to approach combat with far more tactical reasoning than any previous Bethesda game has ever held for me.  It was great fun setting traps and using methane leaks in order make my way through these punks.
7912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Name is Earl's Catalina knows what the net is for..nsfw on: November 10, 2008, 02:28:37 PM
For a while there they were sort of pushing her character to the background.  I think she had a grand total of about 12 minutes of air time last season.  I was seriously jonesin' for Catalina. icon_evil  She is one of the hottest women on television.
7913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 08, 2008, 03:26:43 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on November 08, 2008, 01:21:38 AM

Leather daddies are pretty tough.... I bet they could hold their own.

I'll dress as the construction worker, you be the Indian.  We'll go in icognito and scope the situation out. 
7914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 07, 2008, 07:21:55 PM
You actually believed me???

 icon_lol
7915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 07, 2008, 06:56:19 PM
challenge taken...

...

....


.....

....safe...it's an ad site for a chicago based search engine.  they just happen to have an unfortunate name when viewed in this context.
7916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This can only end in tears...or leather chaps all over the street on: November 07, 2008, 06:37:05 PM
This place just opened a few blocks from my apartment...and about 2 doors down from a bar frequented almost solely by The Latin Kings....
7917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rhona Mitra does Underworld 3 Rise of the Lycans on: November 07, 2008, 03:28:24 PM

Quote from: spigot on November 07, 2008, 07:25:47 AM

Maybe it's just me, but Rhona looks kinda of ..... mannish  saywhat

the mind sees what the mind wants...

 icon_twisted
7918  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Combat & Careers patch, 1.05 on: November 06, 2008, 02:59:24 PM
I'm talking a break for a few months to give the Lich King expansion a go in WoW.  Plus, my little brother is gung ho to play WoW since finding out some friends of his are players.  This gives me a chance to actually spend some time with him (albeit online) since we live almost 400 miles apart.

However, I fully intend to come back in the spring for a few months (at least).
7919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Celebrate Good Obama [South Park] on: November 06, 2008, 02:56:23 PM
That episode was NOT what I expected.  It was actually non-confrontational, for the most part.  I loved the whole "Ocean's 11" theme behind it.

...and yes, Randy Marsh IS the man.
7920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Dinner With Eddie X on: November 06, 2008, 02:20:19 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on November 05, 2008, 04:15:56 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 05, 2008, 02:23:52 AM

I can't stand the politics of it, but I do seriously have a crush on that city. It's got the coolest vibe and there is tons to see and do. I think it bears mentioning that "The Blues Brothers" is one of my favorite movies. icon_cool
I sincerely hope there aren't too many people who CAN stand the politics of Chicago.
Oddly, it's one of the three things that allow me to consider leaving at some point.

The others are the HORRIBLE weather and the overbearing size of the city.

growing up in a small town in ohio, i was frankly shocked when I opened my first Tribune and saw a piece on some major corruption in nearby Cicero...buried about 20 pages back.  it still amazes me how this city accepts graft, nepotism and union corruption as the norm.  it barely raises an eyebrow.  where i grew up, this stuff would all be front page news in the cleveland plain dealer on a daily basis.

as for the size of the city, i don't feel that it's really oppressive.  the city itself really only has one area that really FEELS like a big city, and that's the loop area.  however, chicago does sprawl much further than most cities. the rest of chicago is comprised almost entirely of small neighborhoods.  many of them ethnic based.  i actually like those area MUCH more than the "downtown".  if you come to chicago (not talking to you ed, i know you live here...but for out of towners) i highly suggest only spending one day in chicago downtown proper.  the rest of your time would better be spent checking out these neighborhoods. 

Quote
Brooklyn style is alright when you're on the go. No doubt about that. But sitting down and enjoying some serious Chicago-style in Giovanni's is pure bliss.

I prefer Lou Malnati's   icon_wink
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