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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: August 21, 2011, 08:39:17 PM
Finished The Terror of Living. Excellent first book. Now reading Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: August 11, 2011, 02:24:40 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 10, 2011, 07:46:49 PM

Got my hands on the newest Pendergast book Cold Vengeance from the library and starting it right now. 

Awesome. Didn't know there was a new one. Thanks for the tip!

I'm now reading a book called The Terror of Living by Urban Waite.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm leaving my wife for my bike, apparently... on: July 29, 2011, 04:13:01 PM
Looks like a girl's bike.

j/k and goodluck!
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 23, 2011, 12:12:36 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 22, 2011, 02:49:25 PM



I hate my cat. This is my life about 5 times a week.
85  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 04:13:22 AM
Houston, we have lift off! Disabled the on-board NIC, installed the wireless USB adapter and, BOOM, we're in.

Now to get XBMC running like a boss and we're all set.
86  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 03:20:54 AM
Yup. Pretty sure it's the onboard NIC. Tried again after all the other drivers were installed and KAPOW. Instant shutdown. Time to try the USB wireless adapter next.
87  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 03:08:56 AM
Again, the plot thickens. I downloaded drivers from Intel's page and started to install the network driver and, poof. Off it went.

Interesting. Maybe I'm getting closer?
88  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 02:53:48 AM
Very strange. WinXP is installed to the machine. I shut down and tried with the XBMC boot CD and it once again shuts down when booting. When I run XBMC in safe mode, it shuts down. When I try installing XBMC Live to the computer, it shuts down.

But it boots to WinXP fine.

Hmm.
89  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 02:34:33 AM
The mystery continues.

I am installing WXP right now and it appears to be taking. Yet it wouldn't boot off a boot CD that did work in another computer. All I want is to make this other rig a media server. We'll see what happens.
90  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 01:15:15 AM
Interestingly enough, I have a disc called miniPE which is a bootable desktop with utilities. That booted w/o drives attached. Now I'm trying it with the drives to see what happens.
91  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 17, 2011, 12:59:36 AM
Hmm. PUlling the CMOS battery didn't fix it. Still starts for about 30 secs then powers down.
92  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 16, 2011, 11:48:28 PM
Thanks for the reply.

There's no cards in the unit, simply the memory at this point. But resetting the BIOS is a great idea. I'll give that a shot.
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Computer starts, boots, shuts down. WTF?? on: July 16, 2011, 07:25:12 PM
Hey dudes, trying to turn an old server into a media server for my home. It's "old" in that it's been sitting around, but for all intents & purposes, it is new. Anyway, prior to me noodling around, I would boot it, it would start running W2K, then about 3/4ths of the way across the progress bar, poof, off it went.

It seemed to be ok when I would boot to safe mode. I could use the computer that way, but, obviously it was crippled. It was my old business computer and I decided to shelve it. Until now.

I downloaded a bootable version of XBMC and burned it to CD. When I start the computer now, it boots to that, but again, about 30 seconds in, the computer just turns off. I thought maybe it had something to do with the attached hard drives (4x 80gb SATA Western Digitals), which were attached in a mirrored RAID, I believe. So I unplugged all 4 HDs and tried and got the same result.

I tried pulling the memory and would get the same shut down. Right now I'm running a built in memory tester from the XBMC CD and it appears to be working ok.

It's been a few years since I've done the computer thing. What could be causing this thing to shut down with nothing but memory and a DVD drive plugged in?
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google+ on: July 15, 2011, 07:48:56 PM
Apparently I'm now on the Plus (thanks Wire). Now what?
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Gear [US] on: July 12, 2011, 02:59:04 AM
The M1 thing was sorta cool. It's the new GTI!
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 04, 2011, 03:58:19 PM
The Amazon commercials that do this (with that super cute singer) are cool. But this video by Coldplay takes the cake. Incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb9X5jMofEo
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok. I need help. How do I make friends? on: July 04, 2011, 03:00:11 AM
Hard to say, Ron. I worked for a year at Google on temp basis and basically came away with 2 friends, one of which is way too much drama to keep in touch with and the other, though super cool and a great guy to work with, is just too far away to really keep in touch with either. Though the wonders of IM/chat do help with those situations.

More recently, I started a new job and after about 2 weeks, feel quite comfy there and get along with most. Not sure if I'd necessarily hang with them on a regular basis outside of work, but I think the potential would be there more than with the friends I made at Google.

I can't say I've made any super close friends in the past few years. I think the friends I have are mainly ones I went to school with or grew up with. More recently, with bands I play with, I have met some people. As well as at church. But I find as I get older, I'm happy hanging with my family and seeing those folks every once in a while, as opposed to wanting to go out all the time and hang.

Anyway, I'd say if you have a connection with some people that you hit it off with, call/email and just go hang out. When I got into photography, I found that it was a great ice breaker and met some people that way as well.

Good luck and I'd say that it is great to have friends, but it's not all there is.

And by the way, happy birthday!
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: June 28, 2011, 01:17:03 AM
Just finished Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

saywhat

Started off interesting, I suppose. But then it was sort of like a mystery that had no end. It was all about feelings and missed opportunities and by the end, I was feeling gypped. I thought it was highly recommended but either I missed something or it was just lacking.

Now reading Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales. Already more interesting.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 25, 2011, 05:07:39 AM

I love the Rock.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Playing Music - What's giving you GAS? & Current Gear on: June 21, 2011, 03:34:59 AM
PURTY!
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 17, 2011, 03:50:13 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 16, 2011, 03:12:40 PM



How to almost be hit by a car like a BOSS.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: June 12, 2011, 04:09:56 AM
I really enjoyed those books, Eco. And I have to thank my local library for introducing Neville, Nesbo, and others to me on their "Recommended Reads" shelf. I have a bunch yet to go through, including a series about, what else, a detective, in Sweden, I think. A bit trendy, but I love 'em!
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New JJ Abrams movie: Super 8 on: June 10, 2011, 05:20:43 PM
Hey, Coach Taylor is in it (Kyle Chandler). Want to watch!
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: June 07, 2011, 04:34:17 AM
Just finished Collusion by Stuart Neville, the follow up to his excellent The Ghosts of Belfast (aka The Twelve in the UK).

These two books were violent, intense, emotional and pretty brutal. Do read Ghosts/12 first, as they are definitely sequential.

Highly recommended.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2011: Let It Begin! on: June 07, 2011, 01:55:49 AM

Quote from: Turtle on June 07, 2011, 01:45:26 AM

And yeah, the gamer belly doesn't help.

 icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is your favourite X-File Episode? on: May 30, 2011, 05:14:26 AM
Just remembered the name:

War of the Coprophages

I seem to remember enjoying this one quite a bit. Along with many of the others already mentioned.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 26, 2011, 10:13:24 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 26, 2011, 05:06:21 PM

Very excited for this, picked up Forza 3 today for $12 just to get my driving fix

$12?? Where??
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Music on: May 26, 2011, 08:39:07 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on May 26, 2011, 06:06:24 PM

Quote from: lildrgn on May 26, 2011, 05:52:00 PM

I am interested in trying (if I get an invite) but I am in love with free wifi xfer by Winamp, as well as hard button controls when my screen is locked. Don't know if GM will do that, but the cloud access seems cool.

It does has options to use wifi in the settings and when you say 'hard button controls' do you mean the physical buttons? My 4 droid buttons don't do anything with music when the screen is locked, menu unlocks, the other three do nothing at all, but music puts three new buttons on the touchscreen, rew, play/pause and ffwd.

I have my G2 rooted and though Winamp does put touch buttons on screen for pause/play/ff/rew, etc, with Cyanogenmod, I'm able to control the phone w/o looking at it. I use my camera button as pause/unpause, and my volume buttons as, well, volume, as well as advance/rewind. With the screen controls, I have to touch, then look, then press.

Call me lazy. smile
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google Music on: May 26, 2011, 05:52:00 PM
I am interested in trying (if I get an invite) but I am in love with free wifi xfer by Winamp, as well as hard button controls when my screen is locked. Don't know if GM will do that, but the cloud access seems cool.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Android App/Game Recommendations Thread on: May 22, 2011, 02:43:44 AM
I am hooked on Home Run Battle 3D. Lots of fun.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Voice on: May 12, 2011, 05:43:53 AM
Just caught up with this tonight and found it really excellent. The "battles" are really intriguing and the talent was darn good too.

I was rooting for Tyler and I'm glad Adam didn't choose "Mr. Almost," though the girl didn't do too much for me (vocally, anyway) either.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 12, 2011, 03:18:19 AM

Quote from: Jag on May 11, 2011, 01:50:23 PM



Must forward to brother.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rush is not in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? on: May 10, 2011, 05:02:33 PM

Quote from: Jag on May 09, 2011, 09:55:05 PM


Awesome. Will watch on lunch break.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [cat] Dilemma on: May 09, 2011, 04:38:58 AM
WRT Rowdy: we went through a phase last summer where my son's room had pee in it seemingly several times a week. He's 6 and potty trained, but prone to accidents every once in a while. However, this pee thing was out of control. We figured it wasn't the dog as she's never had an accident inside and some of the places where we found pee were not medium dog sized places. And we figured it wasn't the cat as it would've smelled way worse.

Apparently it was my son after all, possibly waking in the middle of the night and just peeing somewhere (under bed, corner, in his Lite Brite). We never confirmed it, and it has gone away, but man, it was lame at the time.

Good luck with your cat. I feel your pain, though your pain seems much worse than mine at this time.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [cat] Dilemma on: May 09, 2011, 02:43:56 AM
I'm not reusing the mats, but throwing them out once they're peed on. I think she just hates me.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [cat] Dilemma on: May 09, 2011, 01:46:07 AM
We have a cat and I can't stand her.

She's probably about 17 years old now. For the past several months, every couple weeks, she'd pee on the floor by her litter box. Sometimes she'd drop the kids off there too.

Many times, it's even when the box is clean. Most times, the pee would run under our laundry dryer and I'd have to first slide a paper towel under to sop up the excess, then move the whole dryer to properly get the rest and clean. Big pain.

We found some mattress pads in our garage recently. They're designed for kid's small (crib) beds to go beneath the sheet and soak up any accidental bed wetting episodes. I started putting them on the floor next to the dryer to help with the problem. We also got her a lower litter box, thinking she's getting older and doesn't want to jump in this big box we had for her.

Anyway, it worked in that she'd go in the box with an occasional pee on the mat, which was easy enough to clean and no pee under the dryer. Trouble is, the past 3 days or so, she's been using the mat exclusively. Pee, poop, it doesn't matter, and all the while, the box is untouched.

So, long story longer, the dilemma is, am I training her to not use the box because of the mats? I gotta admit, it's gross, but it's easier to clean than a litter box. Plus, I can just flush the poop. Now that I think about it, maybe that's the way to go... put mats out, no more litter, no more dust/litter everywhere, fairly quick clean up.

Hmm. Quite the dilemma.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT digital photography thread. on: May 08, 2011, 09:41:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 07, 2011, 04:09:31 PM

Hey gang, does anyone have an add on flash for their SLR?  I was wondering if even the basic Canon Speedlite would be worth it (Ex: Speedlite 270EX II), or do you really need to spend a little more to get something that will make a difference?

Someone gave me a Speedlite 420EX last year. It works, in that it's a flash, but it is pretty weak. Unfortunately, to get a big boy flash, you're gonna have to spend $300+, I think. But, then again, it is better than the pop up flash.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rush is not in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? on: May 08, 2011, 02:13:59 AM
I have half a mind to report CK as it is FACT that KD is a huge Rush fan.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2011 on: May 06, 2011, 04:18:58 PM
Just finished The King of Plagues last night. Was a quick read, but I found some of the main elements to be a little... off.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Specifically the Seven Kings and their "all-in" attitude with the Goddess. Just didn't seem authentic to me. Stuff like, "TO THE GODDESS!" just seemed weird.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 05, 2011, 06:51:58 AM
You are all motherfathers. I was just about to go to bed and Jag had to SPOIL it for me!!!! crybaby
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