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[#] Sun Jul 18 2010 22:12:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ah yes, the <marquee> tag ... designed when the Internet Exploder team decided they had to one-up Netscape and build something even *more* obnoxious than the <blink> tag.

[#] Sun Mar 28 2010 21:50:27 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm kinda with pete on this one. Everybody in the world has been roped into the idea that you either use sybase oracle or mssql and you just keep paying more if you need it to scale.
I realize that no self respecting company would be caught dead not paying a forklift to a database company, but from down here in the trenches it looks like a really really stupid idea.



[#] Fri May 14 2010 16:44:42 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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The older thinkpads rock, I still have a T30 and a T43 (which is my full time machine.. except at the day job where I have a Dell E6400 with a docking station).


I thought about getting an older 12 inch instead of a netbook but decided no. Here is what I am looking for in a netbook:

- 10-11 inch screen, ideally not 12.
- Longest battery life possible within reason. 7-8 hours or more ideally.

- Would love more than the usual 1024x600, if possible.
- Matte screen if possible.
- 2+ gigs RAM
- 250G hard disk, would accept less if everything else was what I want.

- Trackpoint?? Only on the Lenovo.. would like it tho.
- Bluetooth would be nice.

And.. I would like to spend under $400. But if something was perfect, I would spend a bit more.

Right now the most tempting option is the Asus 1005PE.. it does not have everything I want.. 1024x600, glossy screen, tiny trackpad. But it does have 2G RAM, 250G disk, one of the better feeling keyboards, bluetooth, and a 6 cell battery with promised FOURTEEN hour battery life. Even if it turns out to be a real 9-10 hours that's awesome. All for only $367.

The Sony VPCW211AX is a more expensive one.. $439.. but it has higher resolution and in every way very lovely machine with a nice keyboard. But the battery life is I think 6-7 hours. And it's still glossy. Tempting, but I think it is too much to pay for a computer that I plan to tote to parties and whatnot (plan to use to run my sound system and to DJ).


Sony has a lower model VPCM111AX.. again very lovely all around.. with a MATTE SCREEN :) But specs wise it is similar or less than the ASUS, and the battery life is half the ASUS. For $379. So basically for the same price I would be trading half my battery life for a matte screen. It is tempting but I think I would rather have the battery.

The Toshiba NB205 was my top pick until I started looking around and realized that although it is a nice machine and gets great reviews, so does the ASUS, and I like the ASUS keyboard better. In short it is a good machine but doesn't really stand out enough to win over the ASUS.

So those are the ones I took a really close look at. The others that I need to explore more are the Lenovo and the HP Mini. The HP Mini has the higher resolution and a great keyboard, but moderate battery life. If I was not on foot or public transport so often I think I would get it though.

The Lenovo initially did not look worth it for the money especially as they don't include the trackpoint on all models. But now I see they have a few models some with trackpoint and I am seeing some decent prices, I have to give them another look before I decide.

I'm gonna definitely make a purchase in the next 3 weeks...

[#] Wed Mar 09 2011 22:03:57 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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I have one of these on order:  http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10173

 

Looks fun.  Just what I need, another hobby.



[#] Mon Jan 31 2011 21:41:19 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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train fall down go boom.

[#] Thu May 13 2010 11:42:23 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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erm to clarify: I can do development on it by remoting somewhere, I don't think you'd have a great time if you installed one of the commonplace huge IDEs on it.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 02:26:49 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I got this free MSI motherboard with an Athlon 64 processor on it.

It works fine but when you turn it on it instantly starts making this high/low octave alarm and doesn't stop.

Thankfully I found the problem. There was this piezo electric buzzer soldered on the board. Now that I've broken that, everything is functioning normally.

[#] Wed Feb 17 2010 23:06:12 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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mounted inside a PC case made of transparent plexiglas.

Transparent aluminum... duh!

[#] Thu Mar 18 2010 18:45:02 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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So what? RAM is cheepo.

[#] Tue Aug 31 2010 15:27:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Notice that LS said "free software" and not "open source." I believe this was deliberate, as it refers to Richard Stallman and his hippie belief that no one should ever make any money from anything.

(Stallman joined the hacker set quite late in the game and resorts to extremism to make up for it.)

[#] Mon Apr 26 2010 20:31:07 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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http://mightyohm.com/blog/2009/04/diy-tivo-ir-blaster/
I want to build that. I can swipe an ir led from any remote, right?

[#] Wed Jun 30 2010 11:09:36 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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the8088er: Re: HP 8150 N printer.

I pulled up the user-guide on HP's web site and it says the interface conforms to IEEE-1284. The guide lists the following cables:

3 meter, part # C2946A
10 meter, part # C2947A

Here's the URL if you'd like to download it:

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/bpl08658/bpl086 58.pdf

And the info about the cables is on page 48.
HP Binder

[#] Wed Feb 10 2010 19:38:21 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I will amend my position: today I found out the the usb management in vbox is better than vmware.
But let's also point out we're comparing apples to oranges.
vbox is like vmware desktop, those two you can compare, and I think vbox is a close second, but vbox isn't even in the same category as the other vmware products (whatever they call esx and gsx nowadays)

[#] 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

[#] Sun Jan 30 2011 14:07:35 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew. now this is a bad thing. coincidence?

yesterday late nite such a talend alike train collided with a freight train.

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-64094.html

this is the freight engine:

http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,3560261,00.jpg

its even older than the 218 pictures i've posted before.



[#] Wed Jun 02 2010 15:28:52 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yes but i never thought of that as being enough money for a business model.
Which is why I'm not rich. :( And the SIP thing makes sense too. Somewhere someone must have written a simple SIP gateway, easier than asterisk, so that you can use your wifi sip handset behind NAT...

[#] Mon Mar 15 2010 10:42:20 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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dothebart - If IG had one of those I wouldn't sabotage it. But I might steal it.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 15:58:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Ahhh cascade delete how I miss thee.
Speaking of our genius DBA, I was somewhat surprised that sybase didn't have cascade delete, and because of some reason I forget I wanted to delete stuff in the cascade delete order, but the foreign key constraints the DBAs put on my tables didn't allow for that.
So my sprightly (spritely?) dba told me he'd write a trigger to implement cascade delete
.
Scratching my head I wondered how this was going to work without removing the fk constraints. After much banging his head, he let it drop, as in gave up, and I still have to delete my stuff backwards.

Shouldn't be that hard. But it is, it always is.

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 12:54:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sure, once you've got it working, it's a great little hypervisor. At the moment it's missing a lot of the bells and whistles though. I'm sure it'll be killer once the ecosystem around it matures a bit.

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