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Testing to see if my account works. I was able to log in fine with my old username and password, I didn't have to request a reset.August 26, 2009 at 1:58 am in reply to: Just fill me in quickly on the past four years of forum history #175634
Interesting that you should post this, right as I also happen to log in for the first time… in years, I think?
I'm open to the same questions.
Digsby isn't the only IM client that you can connect to Facebook with. If you're a Pidgin guy like me, you can acquire a plugin that integrates the facebook chat protocol right here. It's easy to install and works seamlessly.
My new computer is running quite fine right now. The only thing that bothers me is my current cooling system. It's a bit loud and my CPU temperature isn't good (It sits at around 43 celsius, until I play an intensive game like Crysis, then it goes to about 52). So basically right now I'm still on the lookout for more quiet and effective cooling solutions.
Alright, so I think I have the final specifications for my first computer building experience. I've been changing the components in my wishlist a lot over the past while, but I think it's going to stay the same from now on and I should have it as soon as next week. It can be viewed on Newegg right here. (FYI, Newegg has this funny problem where it may randomly delete things off my wishlist, and when I keep readding the same item over and over, it eventually shows up again in ridiculous quantities. There should only be one of everything.)
I'll transpose the basic specs for my new machine here:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz Processor
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 RAM
XFX GX260NADF9 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 graphics card
ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22″ 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 USB Keyboard Mouse
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW ATX case
There… that's pretty much covers everything, including outside of the actual PC.
Very nice choice of graphics card, Detn8r. The Nvidia 8800GT happens to remain a great performer for a great price. As far as I know, EVGA is a reliable brand as well.
I'm not sure what kind of cases you like, but perhaps you might want to consider the Coolermaster CAC-T05 Centurion. It's simplistic, but still very pleasing to the eye. It's a good size, and with only a couple fans and vents it has very good airflow as well. For $50 I don't think you can go wrong with it. It's the one I'm getting for my new machine, and it happens to be one of the top cases on Newegg as well.
Er… ignoring the last couple of posts.
It's true: Building a computer isn't necessarily worth it, unless you have a specific configuration in mind. Right now I'm getting ready to build a new computer in the next week or so, and I've spent what seems like forever looking at different parts and components online.
Keep in mind, it's going to be a gaming PC:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked)
Asus PQ5 ATX motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 1066 RAM
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 512MB DDR5 video card
Corsair 750-watt power supply
Seagate SATA 3.0 Gb/s 7200RPM 250GB hard drive, CD/DVD writer, etc etc…
As you can see, I usually try to study up hard on good parts that will effect my performance, as opposed to hard drives and optical drives, which are things that I only spend a few minutes looking for at a budget price because they don't usually effect graphics/processing performance. This strategy is ideal for me because I can spend more money on more vital components and then save more money on basic ones. Do I need a terabyte of hard drive space? No. 250GB will do.
I'm totally getting that same motherboard detn8r, except it's the regular PQ5 instead of the deluxe one or whatever. (I don't want crossfire or SLI or any of that tomfoolery anymore).
Again, it makes it somewhat difficult for me to help you because (a) You don't use Newegg in Canada and (b) prices are gonna be different where you are. My future setup I listed above though is about a thousand bucks on Newegg.com, although with a new Vista OS, monitor, and some other peripherals – including a seperate CPU fan – it's actually upwards of $1,500.
One big factor is: What are you going to be using this computer for? If it's anything that involves heavy graphics or multimedia, then you're gonna have to go for a more powerful machine. Otherwise you can save a lot of money by buying a basic machine that will do pretty much everything else.
So yeah.. do a LOT of looking. Look online for pieces of hardware that are very popular, with lots of positive reviews. This is what helps me know I'm getting a quality product that is very commonplace as well, e.g. I can quickly figure out if it will work with the rest of my setup.
Good luck man. Edit: Eh… should've added more info on hard drive and disc drive. Done though.David;231421 wrote:And if I'm really an OS fanboy, how come I like both Microsoft and Apple? (?!?!?)
Hmm.. that makes me feel a little bit better.
It's OK to be a fan.
It's not OK to be a fanboy.David;231401 wrote:Your OS still sucks. 😉
YES I AM A CHILD.
quit being a hater, OMG OS FANBOYTigerblade;231255 wrote:After being at a live show by The Crystal Method (my all-time favorite group) this week, I've been listening to their stuff almost exclusively.
The other thing, oddly enough, is this: SimplyNoise.com – The best free white noise generator on the Internet.
VERY nice website. You wouldn't think that white noise could be so helpful, but it is.
Also agreed that The Crystal Method is cool.David;231302 wrote:I didn't add genre's. I added around 40 artists, would you rather I listed them?
From your wording I had assumed that you had a station created from a genre rather than artists.
I'm also assuming that when you say “stuck” you mean that the Pandora player simply pauses in order to find the next track to play. Thanks.David;231284 wrote:I have a problem with it getting “stuck” on a certain genre. I have a mix of rock, techno and pop seeded, and it tends to get stuck on one type for hours.
I also use openpandora – OpenPandora 0.6.8, which lets me control the flash player with the keyboard media keys.
Creating stations by genre is NOT the best way to use Pandora. There was one day when Pandora even pointed this out to me. You should be perfectly fine if you enter in one of your favorite artists or tracks rather than a genre.
For example, I created a radio station from the “Trance” genre and it actually had quite a difficult time searching for songs to play. So instead, I created an artist radio station “Armin van Buuren” and it basically gave me all the electronic trance music I could ever listen to.
Just a small tip.detn8r;231005 wrote:It was also featured in the movie “Meet The Spartans” 😀
Oh geez. When I saw the previews for that movie, I died a little inside. (I usually always do when they take a brilliant, high-production-value cinema masterpiece and create a generic, uninspired comedy out of it).
Please don't tell me you went to that movie, and enjoyed it. 😉
Welcome to the internet, Sarah. I see you're new here. 🙂
Nah just kidding. But in all honesty, yes the video is considerably old and has made it's run in terms of parodies and memes. I guess it is kind of refreshing to watch the original video though.
I'm really starting to like the new address bar (a la “Autosuggest”). Very convenient for jumping to previously-visited addresses.David;230910 wrote:It's actually a “Site Identification Button”
I appreciate you pointing out this nice feature, otherwise it never would have gone across my radar. I like having that sense of security when logging onto Wells Fargo Bank or PayPal.
Edit: As I was writing this post, Firefox suddenly had an “Unexpected error”, which then forced me to exit. Fortunately I was able restore my session, including my forum reply. Wow, is this a good thing or a bad thing? They kind of cancel each other out. I'm gonna say it's the latter, because obviously it shouldn't have crashed in the first place.