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  1. i was never a fan of multi monitor gaming, the borders kill it mostly for me, seeing giant black lines between screens is to jarring for me.. and beyond that the cost of this setup is ridiculous.
  2. TKAM is an excellent story. My mother had me read it when I was about 10, to which I didnt appreciate it, then rereading it later I really saw it.. what a wonderful book (not the subject matter, clearly, but the writing).
  3. His writing gets more boring the further in we go, he has so many characters and so many doing relatively nothing it gets quite boring.. stop the character creep!
  4. Well hopefully it helps at least point you in the right direction. Its possible that securom unintentionally helped 'break' it. Weirder things have happened, like the first tech job i had where the vibrations from the computer would actually unseat video cards leading to 'dead like' systems. Sometimes freak stuff happens. I would say if issues/the issue follows the drive itself then that would be a decent indication, if its attached to a 'virgin' system and is still not working then there shouldn't be any registry keys or the like recording it as 'violated' or the like. So if you have an a
  5. True enough, be sure to check you local laws! Better safe than sorry
  6. It's basically never legally sound to suggest that a crack is legal unless there is specific evidence holding it up for the specific item in question. When you buy a piece of software, or a movie, etc you do not own the actual content/media. You may possess the physical item that holds the software or movie or item, but beyond that all you have is a license to view/use/display. Copyright/Intellectual Property law gets incredibly complex, let alone adding in EULAs which in the case of most software are implicit on install/use and there could be a lot of stuff in there. http://lifehacker
  7. Saw Pacific Rim earlier with the wife in IMAX, was surprised how not terrible the story actually was. It wasnt spectacular by any stretch, but it was consistent. Acting was good enough to get you through to the action. Overall, predictable but fun. Great action flick if you dont want to have to think much about it. IMAX with the rumble seats was great!
  8. Newer isn't always better... Insulation improvements aside, your average house built in 1801 is typically going to be standing a lot longer than the average house built in 2013 and will be more structurally sound in almost every way, even though the 2013 house will hold it's heat better and be more easily rewired for electricity than it's 1801 counterpart. With most things as time goes on there are improvements available. Not often enough these days however are those improvements incorporated without sacrificing something else, and often needlessly (housing construction is a good examp
  9. If it is actually stuck in PIO are you able to see that through device manager? The following walkthrough is for hard drives but applies equally to any device in PIO mode: http://techlogon.com/2011/03/28/how-to-fix-hard-drive-stuck-in-pio-mode/ If it is a PIO issue this should be able to tell us, and if so steps to 'force' it into DMA, seems to work for quite a few people so i hope this does the trick. If not it could be the worst coincidence of all time and just that the DVD drive is actually dying/broken. Not sure what the money situation is but good externals and internals are
  10. That sounds terrible terrible terrible.. I havent run into any real issues with securom stuff i did have in the past however this FAQ has some decent ways to fix a lot of the things you are talking about when it breaks. Most of it is duplicated in win7 so it should be able to fix that as well, beyond that if you install it on a system that wont change, and have nothing like poweriso or the like installed it should be ok. http://secusphere.com/smf/index.php?topic=6.0
  11. I think productivity becomes relative really. If you need to heavily use things like excel style sheets or word docs etc, your better off with either a netbook (if you need ultra portability) or one of the tablets running a more 'common' OS style that has a keyboard, or keyboard dock as others have mentioned. If you really only need something more like emails, and basic basic basic word processing, a real tablet could work fine, then its just a matter of finding one you like best and can utilize the fastest with an OSKB. Really the best option in that case is to, if possible, get to someth
  12. that sounds pretty cool, ill have to check that out
  13. That's just nutty. I can't fathom doing a prank like that, let alone it leading to someones death, and then saying woe is me twas unsafe conditions! I just can't wrap my head around that kind of non logic.
  14. Mmm first builds. Mine involved the p3 coppermine and a heatsink put on backwards back when lips on the bottoms of heatsinks were still a thing.. Damn box wouldnt get past the ram check before freezing. Thankfully no lasting damage! My friend on the other hand.. he built his at our computer shop at school where the teacher decided it would be funny to put his finger near the turned on computer's cpu.. not on it, but near.. one static discharge arc later, lots of swearing and finger holding, and a cloud of smoke later and my friend was out a computer..
  15. Reminds me of Fahrenheit 451... I need another screen! All my friends have another one! Oy *shudder*
  16. Been a while since I read any dragonlance stuff, but awesome writing maybe i will revisit that stuff soon.. That'd be really sweet, but somehow I dont think it shall be..
  17. I really don't believe they said that they were going to re-create BG/IWD. A game with the same style and type as those, the same story style and pacing, similar *but modern* mechanics, and a very intricate decision and conversation system... Sounds pretty right on. ... "supposed to be"... When someone makes a house from wood that they claim is a well-built house, and it falls over under its own weight, that doesn't get me doubting that someone else trying to construct a wooden house is somehow going to fail. True, but wooden houses are a dime a dozen, BG spiritual suc
  18. AP was a fantastic game actually. Mechanically it was ok bordering on really good. But we all know that. Story wise it was fantastic, and RPG mechanics were excellent. I loved the story and dialogue. We all know obsidian can write, but their range and skill really showed in this one. Clearly outside of their normal territory they crafted an immense diverse story that hooked me from go. If not a specific sequel I would love to see an RPG crafted in the spy thriller setting again. Heck make it in the style of an IE game, the story and setting would still rock and you could do some really
  19. Congrats on the build! The first is usually tough, but once you start its hard to go back! Typically you get a much higher quality system for less money too. Nice looking setup, how do you like that case?
  20. Recently caught up with the deadly hollows series, Kim Harrison is an excellent writer. I quite enjoy the alternate history melding fantasy to modern day. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys magic, vampires, werewolves, and demons (not really religious context at all). Its a fantastic series. Going to get the final WoT book soon, kept putting off reading it, but it should be fun! Recently re-read the extended version of the stand, every few years I go back to it, such a classic story. Up to date on my game of thrones, but it gets more and more tedius, he has fallen into character cre
  21. "Next Gen gaming/console/FPS" always makes me smile sadly and shake my head. Buzz words all.
  22. To cliche? haha, thank you!
  23. Technical FAQ Purpose: To help answer and diagnose simple technical issues you may run across and not yet know how to fix or understand. Always remember to be careful and cautious when doing any work with a computer or system, physically or logically. I/We are not responsible or liable for any issues/damage/problems/data loss that arise as a result of the use of this guide or comments therein. Any software or companies suggested as a utility or helpful resource are done so based on personal opinion and as a helpful starting point for making your own decisions regarding use. Above
  24. Star dates could work, or we can go with the insane metric time system, or simply abolish AM/PM and base time solely on a rotation scale of the earth on its axis, and crossed by the orbit around the sun! Or, just keep time as it is.. either way.
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