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[#] Tue Feb 08 2011 18:03:12 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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freeware? is that those things you need for windows?



[#] Mon Feb 14 2011 16:45:32 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Quick, question....

Are the solid state drives drop-in replacements for a standard hard drive?  (on my laptop).  That would probably rejuvenate and extend the life of my machine quite a bit.



[#] Mon Feb 14 2011 16:58:29 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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afaik they just have usual pata/sata interfaces. most probably sata interaces will be more common these days.

maybe a CF adaptor will suit your needs too?



[#] Tue Feb 15 2011 13:16:43 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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a good 90% (or above) of SSD drives available are SATA-II or better.

good old plug-and-play interface



[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 06:35:02 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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...rumors of dell bying amd?



[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 08:36:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That would be awesome ... take down chipzilla a few pegs.

[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 14:11:47 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Here's an article from The Register about it:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/16/dell_amd_acquisition_chatter/

[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 14:49:26 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Depends on how old your laptop is. Mine's too old for anybody to have made a flash drive for whatever goofy interface it has, but apparently newer laptops are whatever standard and you can drop 2.5 inch drives in.

[#] Thu Feb 17 2011 23:34:29 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Well...mine is old enough that it has a pata interface.  The ssd are either too small or outrageously expensive. Sooo....I'm kinda outta luck.  My job situation is such that it would be unwise to spend any money on new equipment at this time.  The laptop is just a luxury anyways.



[#] Fri Feb 18 2011 04:51:15 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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try putting an USB stick inside or such

some soldering, there you go.



[#] Sat Feb 19 2011 19:52:16 EST from mightb.me @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Not having read that article about Dell and AMD, I prefer AMD because I've read they don't support hardwiring DRM into PCs. But what if Dell does buy them?

[#] Tue Feb 22 2011 23:07:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Seems pretty obvious, but it's all true. Once you learn those commands you can quickly key them in forever.

[#] Fri Mar 04 2011 18:39:16 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Since the Telecom room is gone, and this doesn't quite fit in Mobile Madness, I'll post this here.

The company my wife works for decided that they needed an Internet connection.
After some searching and questioning of neighbors, they settled on DSL from a local provider. After some back'n'forth with the provider, the day finally arrives when the DSL is supposed to be turned on. The DSL modem had already been shipped and had arrived at the office. They go to plug in the modem and can't get it to lock onto the signal no matter which wall jack they try.
This is a very small company with only a part-time IT guy who only works third shift, and the DSL needs to be active ASAP. Thus, my wife asks if I could help.

I grab some tools that I think I'll need: punch tool, RJ11/RJ45 crimper, RJ45 line tester, tone generator, and a small bag of RJ45 connectors. I get there and, lo and behold, the modem definitely won't train no matter which jack I use. They have a "patch panel" in the adjoining garage, which is basically a mess.

Anyways, after sorting out what's what, I realize that I need to use the tone generator to tone out which pair is coming in from the junction box on the side of the building into the office, and which pair I can use inside the office to connect to a wall jack for the modem to plug into.

The problem: the tone generator I have only has an RJ11 jack. This is great as long as I have a another RJ11 jack to plug into, but leaves me with no way to connect to the punch blocks in the garage or the junction box outside.

The solution: A quick trip to Radio Shack to see what they have. I end up getting a modular telephone connector (one of those big plastic blocks with an RJ11 jack on one side, and four brass posts on the back) and a pack of test leads with alligator clips. Plug the tone generator into the modular connector, attach one end of the test leads onto the modular conector's posts, and the other end to the punch block. Voila!

The smack my forehead moment: After toning out everything I needed and punching down the right pairs, I go to put the tone generator back into its carrying case and, lo and behold, there's a pre-fabricated adapter with an RJ11 plug on one end and test leads with alligator clips on the other!!!

Let this be a lesson to all those who have never done this kind of work before.
Make sure to unpack everything first! You never know what you'll find that you may need!
Telco Binder

[#] Wed Feb 23 2011 15:16:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Emoticons in the Unicode character set. Hmm. I wonder how long it'll be before the various font foundries begin shipping them.

[#] Mon Feb 28 2011 17:42:31 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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well, they just command the local police via the usual whinings about copyright violations, but as that article points out, it seems to be working pretty well.



[#] Tue Feb 22 2011 20:25:50 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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good article.

[#] Sat Feb 19 2011 15:27:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The article in The Register does make a lot of sense. AMD could potentially be worth more to Dell on its own than as a subsidiary.

Some observers are also suggesting that there exists a clause in the AMD-Intel cross licensing agreement that would cause that agreement to terminate if AMD is acquired.

[#] Wed Feb 23 2011 07:35:45 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Mon Feb 28 2011 14:13:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sony police? I knew they were heavy-handed but they've got their own gestapo now?

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