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by blackworx
Wed May 27, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

With apologies to Mats... Seems to me the development of USB has been very well planned and executed. Was there a major headache, or even a noticeable hiccup, going from USB1 to USB2? Did swathes of non-techies suddenly find their gadgets stopped working and they didn't know why? No. Will there be a...
by blackworx
Tue May 26, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex, which version to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 3256

syrian_gamer wrote:why wouldn't you recommend me the 1600 rpm version? Just because it will probably be way to loud and unbearable and thus useless :D ?
Not really; but I would say you get a bigger "silent" range with the 1200 so unless you really need the higher CFM of the 1600 the 1200 is the logical choice.
by blackworx
Tue May 26, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: S-Flex, which version to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 3256

Yeah the 800 is a fit and forget solution for those wanting to use 12V and not bother with a controller. It's also an option for those wanting to undervolt it and have a ridiculously slow, essentially silent fan. Go for the 1200. Unless you have a PC made entirely of steaming hot magma you shouldn't...
by blackworx
Mon May 25, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

Another possible reason: ...Microsoft is keen on USB 3.0, and SuperSpeed will certainly be supported by Windows 7, though you may have to wait for Service Pack 1 for it. Support for Vista in due course is possible, but we suspect the drive to 7 will negate the need for it. We can't see XP getting US...
by blackworx
Mon May 25, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1706272

Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
by blackworx
Mon May 25, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Worst pimple EVER
Replies: 33
Views: 11219

Had one right in the middle of my chest that was so huge and hung around for so long that I seriously began to think I was sprouting a third nipple. Interesting fact: the nose is bar none THE most painful place to have a hair removed from. So much so that if you're ever slacking off of work for the ...
by blackworx
Mon May 18, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 91943

@Yukon: Reading your post got me thinking - how difficult would it be for Antec to offer options for the door, or even aftermarket replacement doors? It is after all an easily-removable part. Then they wouldn't have to try and "win with a single case for all people" as you say. For what it's worth I...
by blackworx
Mon May 18, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 91943

...this is the first time we've seen completely round standoffs. Antec used them before in the SX1040-II (at least they did on my one) although they were of steel and welded in place, rather than brass and preinstalled. Why a complete circle wasn't cut instead is a mystery — there is absolutely n...
by blackworx
Fri May 15, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

Re: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?

I don't know if it's so much to scare people away from netbooks, though. It seems to me like a way for MS to double dip -- A customer pays for a Win 7 Starter OEM license when they buy the netbook, then they have to pay later to upgrade to higher end version once they realize that Starter is crippl...
by blackworx
Thu May 14, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

Re: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?

Like I said earlier I'm kind of an MS hater, but I can give credit where it's due. You might want to give Win 7 a shot before dismissing it, seems to run much better than Vista did. I'm running Win 7 on a weak little netbook and performance is great. Much more responsive than Ubuntu, and maybe slig...
by blackworx
Thu May 14, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

Address bar - I'm not sure what you're missing here, but if you click in it you can edit the path, and if you click the small arrows you go to that folder which I guess you already knew. The "address" bar is anathema to anyone who is used to being able to glance up for the full path Sorry, I should...
by blackworx
Thu May 14, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

TBH, I don't feel that Windows explorer has changed all that much over the years. W7 seems to have scaled back some of the annoying things in Vista's explorer. Vista did have alot of extra crap such as the 'ratings' info, 'date taken' sometimes there instead of 'date modified', etc, but I haven't s...
by blackworx
Wed May 13, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

Re: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?

Mats wrote:It's highly unlikely that the final product will look like the RC.
Not so - MS have stated that RC1 is the one and only release candidate, and the final release before they start boxing it up for retail and sending the code to OEMs.
by blackworx
Wed May 13, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1706272

Florence & The Machine
by blackworx
Tue May 12, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Alternate dual exhaust case fan idea for better silencing
Replies: 6
Views: 2736

You're right about the top/rear "competition" thing, but why replace that with 2 rear fans in series when 1 will do? I don't think static pressure brings about a need for 2 fans in series. Besides, by placing them in series you'll get all sorts of audible intermodulation effects because the 2 fans w...
by blackworx
Tue May 12, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Win 7, what compels you to upgrade?
Replies: 112
Views: 25350

The things that would compel me to upgrade to 7 are simple UI things like taskbar pinning and improved window control (the new docking feature is handy). But... I had a brief play with 7 earlier this week and for me neither these small improvements nor the added gloss are worth it. As with Vista it'...
by blackworx
Mon May 11, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: A perfectionist HTPC build, The PITA of Media
Replies: 32
Views: 19548

Looks really well done, although I don't know if it's my monitor or your post-processing but all I can really see is inky blackness interspersed with shiny heatsinks!
by blackworx
Sun May 10, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Troubleshooting: Win XP boot sequence oddities
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

Does anyone know what might cause ram *slots* to go bad? If you have a magnifying glass or lupe, check the contacts - could be damaged or dirty. Even if you can't check them, a piece of thin card folded over and dipped in IPA is good for cleaning them out. Only other thing I can think of is a power...
by blackworx
Sun May 10, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silencing an iPod?
Replies: 5
Views: 4994

Isn't the clickwheel silent anyway? I know it emits a software "click", but that can be switched off.
by blackworx
Sun May 10, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Psychic Batman!
Replies: 4
Views: 2965

I can totally see them getting sued for that :twisted:
by blackworx
Sun May 10, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Troubleshooting: Win XP boot sequence oddities
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

+1

With such a plethora of symptoms I'd tend to suspect the RAM and try to eliminate it first. If you're not already on a single stick, do that, clear CMOS, reboot, disable "Quick POST" in BIOS, reboot and take it from there.

Ideally, run Memtest - http://www.memtest.org/#downiso
by blackworx
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: DIAMOND-based heat transfer compound
Replies: 48
Views: 37562

After my posts a fortnight ago I decided to email Electrospell to ask them directly about their product. Hi, I am interested in your product but worried it might be "snake oil". Just reading all the information on your website, with the seemingly home made PDF flyers containing unattributed microsco...
by blackworx
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 132586

Ignore me Calculus, I've been feeling somewhat sarcastic lately.
by blackworx
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 132586

Heres a thought... what if YOU are wrong. Ive heard the saying; 'Far better to be Christian and wrong than to be Aethist and right.' A simple analysis of this statement might go as follows; Lets pretend that you believe in a God, and that this God has supplied a way into heaven and/or hell. If you ...
by blackworx
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 132586

I'm going to show my age by recalling an episode of "Night Gallery." In it a hippie dies and ends up in a locked room with some old people. They are looking at slides of a vacation, they are talking but can't hear each other so good, so the conversation is hysterical or obnoxious, depending on how ...
by blackworx
Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:08 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1706272

that Linux guy wrote:Anything by NOFX.
You heard them with Marilyn Manson doing Kids of the K-Hole? Excellent version :)
by blackworx
Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Don't Like Noise? Don't Listen!
Replies: 16
Views: 7953

But then again, how can you not listen? Especially higher frequency whines which remind one of the screams or cries of women and children. Funny that, I was just thinking the other day as I sat at a noisy PC, how it sounded so much like my woman whining for, oh I don't know, new shoes or baskets of...
by blackworx
Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: If you could ask God one question ...
Replies: 357
Views: 132586

This is a UK-only link, apologies to international folks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00jv90c/Stewart_Lees_Comedy_Vehicle_Religion/ Well observed and bone dry standup about religion from Stewart Lee. I highly recommend watching it and the rest of the series, where each show is dedicated to...
by blackworx
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:13 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Tacens Ventus Pro
Replies: 11
Views: 4430

Learn something new every day, cheers Neil!
by blackworx
Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers
Replies: 23
Views: 4665

I'd be curious to see an overlay of the data against STD rates. I saw a news story last year that 26% of New Yorkers have herpes versus 19% nationally. I'm curious if it works something like this: Higher usage of porn = less real sex = fewer STD's or perhaps higher population concentration => highe...