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[#] Thu May 27 2010 08:01:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So let's say I'm sick of my landline, and I want a skype phone.
Does there exist any hardware that allows you to hook a real phone up

to the PC to use as a skype phone?

Mixed media not getting the job done for you anymore? I think the real trick for you is going to be getting your phone number ported out from under the FiOS without cancelling your service. And didn't you agree to a two year contract a few months ago?

Anyway, as Pulse mentioned there are several brands of Skype-to-POTS adapters available. Most of them seem to be USB attached, though, so it's likely you'll need a dedicated computer (or a VM with a USB connection passed through to it) for this purpose.

Does it have to be Skype? If you're just looking for any phone service, most other VoIP services will give you an Ethernet-attached adapter that you can plug directly into your local network.
Vonage is the best known one, but if you'd rather go with someone trustworthy and local, our friends at Ace Innovative offer an *excellent* SIP service.
I used it for years before I got FiOS.

And if you're looking to go super cheap, you should also check out Magic Jack.

[#] Fri Sep 10 2010 14:36:50 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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seems like the first few are only running android 1.x wouldn't it be wiser to wait until the market is flush with expandable equipment that can run 2.2 and later?

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 08:33:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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In my experience, the problem is not databases, but rather DBA's. I don't know why, but they tend to be extremely rigid thinkers. Everything has to be done "by the book" even if empirical evidence shows that some other way yields better performance, shorter development time, or whatever.

(And then they'll do something stupid like put a "select * from *" on every screen.)

[#] Wed Jun 09 2010 07:53:56 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I love how I only got the first 80 characters of that URL but it contained everything needed to get me to the page.

I've often thought about how these RFID chips are unsafe. I'm carrying in my wallet 4 individual RFID enabled cards that someone could probably very easily steal just by brushing up against me. When I pay for stuff using the contactless payment system thing, it doesn't ask you to sign it, enter your PIN, or anything at all. It's just ....... Approved!

[#] Thu Feb 04 2010 23:50:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's a need that could be eliminated, if only there were spoken news broadcasts on the radio.



[#] Tue Feb 16 2010 14:52:09 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I don't care what the number itself is, but I think it's useful to note it's normal operating temperature number, and the high range of numbers so I can see when it's getting too high.

[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:20:39 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored

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<blink> I had so much fun </blink> with this <blink>

way back </blink> when <blink> the net first </blink> showed up

<blink>but</blink> had <blink>forgotten</blink> all about it

after <blink>participating</blink> in <blink>far too many</blink> uber-professional

discourses wherein the </blink>recurring urge</blink> to accentuate things

<blink>in the absence OF INTENTIONALLY USING ALL-CAPS! WITH #PR0FUS3 PUNCTUAT!ON</blink>

to annoy people was buried.

-- 
TheOneLaw



[#] Fri Apr 02 2010 08:35:01 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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That is kind of interesting. It might come in handy, if I can ever get away from XP.

[#] Mon May 31 2010 10:09:01 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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so as a goof I hooked up ekiga to an ipkall number and in about 3 minutes is was working.
I played with asterisk for a few minutes when I realized how not trivial it is to set up and then thought about what I needed it for and realized it wasn't worth it.
I'll keep the ekiga thing around (hey it's free and easy) but what I really want is cheap phone and my 948 number so I'm going to see if the magic jack thing pans out.

[#] Thu Apr 22 2010 10:51:52 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Funny you should mention.  I noticed just last night on dr. horrible's sing-along blog that when there were large areas of flat surfaces that were dimly lit, there was a bit of pixelization (large blocks actually).  Still like it thoug as I am impatient and it is nice to have lots of options without having to mess around with a DVR.



[#] Thu May 13 2010 11:41:36 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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My thinkpad X31 is pretty rockin. It's really small and light and the battery lasts hours and hours and hours. It has no cd/dvd drive so you need some external drive to install the OS, but it runs xp swimmingly. It's my work-from-home-away-from-home machine. The screen is like 1024x768 and it's got a squished keyboard, but I've done devlopment on it, andit's quite useable.
I imagine you can pick up a used one pretty cheap nowadays.

[#] Mon Jun 14 2010 22:28:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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do hex editors read from block devices directly, as if I wanted to edit the MBR myself.
or are you saying mount the device as a file and do it that way...

[#] Tue Feb 08 2011 17:37:28 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Just had to interject a bit: great source for finding freeware: http://bit.ly/FWHome :)

[#] Mon Dec 13 2010 16:08:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Dunno whether this is useful for anyone, but it seems that Google has a text-to-speech API that anyone can use.

You go http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=text (where 'text' is the phrase you want it to say) and you get back an MP3. It works with any string up to 100 characters.

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 15:55:52 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I am just so used to the touchpoint now that I have no desire for a regular mouse. I do have a mac mini in the house with a regular mouse and I don't mind using the mouse at all.. but on a laptop the touchpoint feels so much better.

[#] Thu Feb 25 2010 15:15:19 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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oh, and here's the thing that makes them hard to find. I like headsets with two earphones, not just one. thins the herd of available options quite a bit.

[#] Thu Mar 25 2010 12:48:47 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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down-translating everything to ASCII and wrapping several layers of escaping around it seems to be a clear advance then!

there rather should be something like a corba interface to it instead, so you can query it using the commandline but can also work fast with it.

without all that wrap in/ out back and forth!



[#] Tue Aug 31 2010 23:16:07 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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That, and sleeping on a cot in the AI Lab...

[#] Sun Jan 17 2010 00:16:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The screen is b0rken on my beloved Toshiba 17" laptop. :(

The good news: I have a three year warranty on it, which is actually still in effect for another couple of weeks!

The bad news: I bought the laptop at CompUSA.

A little Googling reveals that the warranty is still going to be honored, but I'm expecting this is going to be one hell of a bumpy ride getting my laptop fixed.

[#] Thu May 27 2010 15:15:33 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Anybody know of any other cheap options? The thing is I almost never use the phone but when I do it can be for a long time, so I really want an all I can eat plan for really really cheap. :-)

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