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by nick705
Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Looking for an interesting 5.25 bay device
Replies: 7
Views: 3868

Re: Looking for an interesting 5.25 bay device

How about a useful cigarette lighter/beverage tray? http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-A2021-Beverage-Cigarette-Lighter/dp/B0002F8WLM As one of the customer reviews says: "Can you imagine! Being able to drink coffee and smoke at your computer without having to look for a lighter or a place to set you...
by nick705
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Why do the French have so many Strikes.?
Replies: 35
Views: 6568

Re: Why do the French have so many Strikes.?

First, research Tim Berners-Lee - creator of the internet, born: London (that's in England), nationality: British. [pedant] Tim Berners-Lee is usually credited with inventing the World Wide Web, which is not quite the same thing, although it's arguably what most people mean by "the Internet" nowada...
by nick705
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Pope's visit to an unreligious country
Replies: 40
Views: 5895

I have yet to see Christians bashing other faiths, such as atheists, attacking them in media and basically persecuting them. sigh... I see what you did there, but if you want to describe a non-belief in something for which there's no evidence of existence as "faith", by all means knock yourself out...
by nick705
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Pope's visit to an unreligious country
Replies: 40
Views: 5895

Darth Santa Fe wrote:snip
I don't subscribe to the Christian (or any other faith-based) dogma, but if all religious folk had your general outlook I don't think we non-believers would have too much to complain about.
by nick705
Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:10 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Pope's visit to an unreligious country
Replies: 40
Views: 5895

There's been some pretty famous atheists too - Hitler, Mao, Stalin - all resulting in the deaths of millions to tens of millions. It's not like "religion" as you call it is the only place you can find people that have made mistakes. It seems to me that there's been as many or more atheists who aren...
by nick705
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Eaarth
Replies: 123
Views: 33365

Fayd wrote: so if you're gonna make a blanket assumption about unknown people online, if you're gonna pick a country for them, it's most likely gonna be USA.
Or alternatively, you could avoid making blanket assumptions in the first place.
by nick705
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Eaarth
Replies: 123
Views: 33365

You may find it provincial of me to default to North America but it is where I live and all my google/pricegrabber searches default to US dollars. I don't think anyone would question your motives or your willingness to help, and members stating their location in their profile is obviously a good id...
by nick705
Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 8 gigs beats 4 gigs [thread on probabtion]
Replies: 44
Views: 8554

This is quite interesting (from the ever-useful Sysinternals) if you're curious about how your RAM is being used. There's heaps more information than Task Manager or Process Monitor provide (eg the "File Summary" tab shows exactly what's in the cache). http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals...
by nick705
Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Recommend a case...
Replies: 19
Views: 3729

the bigger question is where the fluid inside the coolers flows when they are turned in a non-standard direction, and whether that could effect the cooling???? I don't think it matters too much - heat pipes in current coolers are designed to work by means of capillary action in the internal wicking...
by nick705
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Online Radio without Vuvuzela's
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

by nick705
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Online Radio without Vuvuzela's
Replies: 9
Views: 2146

Twitter feed for anyone who wants to keep up with latest developments: https://twitter.com/livevuvuzela

:D
by nick705
Wed May 12, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Lowest RPM large hard drive
Replies: 11
Views: 5764

Rather ironically, a quick Google seems to indicate that a "couple" when referring to a "small indefinite number" is in fact primarily an Americanism. It *can* be used in this manner in the UK (the OED flags the usage as "informal"), but it would generally be regarded as a rather sloppy and vague us...
by nick705
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bullfighter survives goring, what a shame
Replies: 76
Views: 18161

You've got your view and I've got mine. You say you've got your view, but I'm not entirely clear what it is yet. Given that deliberately inflicting a slow, drawn-out, painful death on an animal for entertainment doesn't constitute "torturing" it in your book, can we take it that you believe bullfig...
by nick705
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bullfighter survives goring, what a shame
Replies: 76
Views: 18161

Yes I think it is barbaric. Not sick though - what I would consider sick is for an individual to torture an animal in private for their own pleasure. So just to be clear, it's acceptable to torture an animal as long as it's in public for the entertainment of others, rather than in private for one's...
by nick705
Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bullfighter survives goring, what a shame
Replies: 76
Views: 18161

Bullfighting is a huge sport in Spain, virtually as popular as soccer. It is part of the national culture. I've been to several bullfights, the atmosphere is tremendous and the Spanish people revere their top matadors in the way that David Beckham or Wayne Rooney are revered in the UK - probably mo...
by nick705
Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:17 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Bullfighter survives goring, what a shame
Replies: 76
Views: 18161

We all depend on many other people we do not often think about; many of whom risk their lives for our convenience. I'm thinking of the coal miners, some of whom were recently killed, and also of the people who work on oil rigs, who died when it exploded and sank. Do we blame them for taking risks? ...
by nick705
Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Recommend FTP Backup Software
Replies: 9
Views: 3103

Thanks Nick, its useful to know that there are other ways of shunting data across the net, again this seems to be lacking encryption (not read everything yet). Andy You can use SSH tunnelling for security, should do the trick. I have to admit it's not the simplest solution - I remember fiddling wit...
by nick705
Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Recommend FTP Backup Software
Replies: 9
Views: 3103

Is there any reason it has to be FTP? You might also want to look at running an rsync daemon on the server, and have the Windows clients connect using Deltacopy over SSH - it only copies the file deltas during an incremental backup, which could be a big advantage if you're copying large data files o...
by nick705
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Planeless skies and now the volcanic ash begins to fall
Replies: 13
Views: 2877

What sucks worse is how the EU did jack shit to help these people get home FREE. What a great "union". This was a national emergency. It was hardly an "emergency" - yes, a lot of people were inconvenienced, and there's no excuse for some of the profiteering which took place (although I guess it was...
by nick705
Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:50 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: iPad??? WTF, Are the Apple execs complete idiots?
Replies: 70
Views: 40098

So what ? A Mercedes will get you to work just as any old (still functional car) will..Why do ppl buy them instead of Nissan Micras and other el cheapo cars out there ? Answer is because they CAN afford them and they know that Micra ppl look up to them. They envy them and their money just like you ...
by nick705
Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: American-English speakers question
Replies: 64
Views: 11943

Interestingly, we Strayans (Australians) have deviated from the standard English place name pronunciations. For example, our cities Rockingham and Derby are pronounced phonetically here (there is a pub in RockingHAM called "The Swinging Pig"), while in England they would be said more like "Rockingu...
by nick705
Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define R2 ATX Tower Case
Replies: 41
Views: 17065

We've never reviewed a case with more than one or 2 drives. It seems too obvious why: With more than a couple of drives, there's hardly any case which will stay SPCR-quiet. I'm a bit puzzled by this - have you forgotten the P180 you reviewed? "The SPL measurements make clear the difference between ...
by nick705
Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fractal Design Define R2 ATX Tower Case
Replies: 41
Views: 17065

Looks a nice case, thanks for the review. You mentioned a couple of times that the HDD trays were a loose fit, and the grommets were too hard, but did this actually manifest itself audibly in terms of HDD noise? Also, given that the case seems ideally suited to a home server, did you run any tests w...
by nick705
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Using Autopatcher to update and tweak XP and Vista
Replies: 4
Views: 2629

if i am actually doing XP installs, i just use nlite. my XP disk is SP1, so i integrate the two new service packs and just install at that. works well enough for me. That's rather missing the point, unless you don't bother with any updates published after 6th May 2008. I have a complete Autopatcher...
by nick705
Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When it IS moral to copy software
Replies: 56
Views: 6484

But if they do get erased by accident, your only real choice is to get an illegal copy. Sorry, but the moral choice is to not break the law, and to pay for a new copy. That, or to find some way of retrieving your old key or a new key legally. I think you're confusing what suits you with what's mora...
by nick705
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When it IS moral to copy software
Replies: 56
Views: 6484

Fair point, I had forgotten about the existance of "Retail" copies, as they are few and far between. Well, the MSDN image you linked to at TPB is a retail disc, so it occurred to me that if the guy tries to use it with the key on the COA sticker on his case after formatting his HDD, there are likel...
by nick705
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: When it IS moral to copy software
Replies: 56
Views: 6484

I need to find a copy of XP Home too since my install CD for that is way too scratched up. Do the same thing for "XP Home", make sure it is the right language and has SP3 - they are all the same regardless of what MS says. http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4406197/Windows_XP_Home_Edition_with_Service...
by nick705
Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 16435

The big issue with 64-bit is drivers for older hardware. If your system doesn't have anything older than about 3 years attached, you're good to go; x64 will not only address more memory, it also has some new instructions that speed up general code a few percent. If you have an old scanner, printer,...
by nick705
Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need rec for backup software
Replies: 6
Views: 1973

Syncback SE and Syncback Pro have a "fast copy" mode designed for slow networks, where a database is used to track changes in local folders rather than re-scanning and comparing the remote folder each time. Very capable programs, if perhaps a little pricey for what they do (I wouldn't recommend the...
by nick705
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Wanted: Command line m3u creator
Replies: 6
Views: 1839

Vicotnik wrote:Thank you ascl. I think I finally got a batch script together that does what I need it to do.
Sorry I didn't see this thread a bit earlier, I might have saved you a bit of bother: http://www.synthetic-soul.co.uk/tag/

tag --playlist *.flac should give you what you want. :)