SteveC

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    Fusion Hdtv3 Gold

    I just got the card, and installed it a little while ago. I'm just under 10 miles from the ESB, and am using a Silver Sensor indoor antenna. Some quick observations: If I run it in DxVA mode with the Catalyst 4.2 drivers, I get spontaneous reboots, but it runs fine in software mode. With the Silver Sensor, I pick up CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, 2 PBSs (1 does HD, and the other has 4 digital sub-channels), and Telefutura. I only get 20-25% signal on the WB and nothing on Univision. The analog tuner seems slightly better than my AIW, but not as good as using my VCR's tuner. Doing a search for QAM stations from cable, it finds a few, but it won't let me tune to them. I know that there are some unencrypted QAM stations on my cable system. More later...
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    Fusion Hdtv3 Gold

    I actually ordered one yesterday. On my XP1700 @ 2GHz with a AIW8500, the demos took 25-30% CPU utilization in DxVA mode, which is acceptable to me. They're supposed to start shipping tomorrow, so I'll let you know what I think of it when it arrives.
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    Incorrect Wep Key

    I got the same wireless adapter for my parents' laptop (running WinXP Home), and I've only been able to get it to work with their router when SSID broadcasting is turned on. If SSID broadcasting is turned off, it'll only work until the laptop is turned off or put in hibernate, then it won't be able to connect to the network. I wasn't sure if it was the adapter of the router, but now I'm thinking it's the adapter.
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    Beagle 2

    No one knows if there was or wasn't a major design flaw. What if it was the inability of Beagle 2 to do any course corrections once it was separated from Mars Express? If it was at slight the wrong tragectory, or wasn't spinning at the right rotation, they would have no way to correct it. That's something that can be easily fixed and still keep the weight under 100kg.
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    The best game you can name...

    I would've liked to, but it didn't air in the states.
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    Winter Has Arrived

    Don't remind me. That sucks badly enough in July or August. I'm really pissed off that it has to be that hot in November. Thankfully it was only a few days of that crap and we had more seasonable temperatures today. Something really needs to be done about global warming. I remember 30 years ago it would go into the 20s and 30s by November and pretty much stay there. A 50° day was a rarity, let alone an 80° one. Let it snow please. The average daily temperature for NYC in November disagrees with you. On Nov. 1, the average high is 59, low is 45. On Nov. 30, the average high is 49, low is 37. And I wouldn't call 80 being hot, especially not in July or August. It's actually a comfortable room temperature for me.
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    Winter Has Arrived

    It was 80F (~26.6C) here, yesterday.
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    The Curse

    As much as I'd like to see the Yankees lose, it's not over yet. Just ask Boston.
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    1980s

    Try here. They have the original Apple II version, which you can run through an emulator (which they also have). I wasted so many hours playing that.
  10. Was the size of the drive it's replacing a 4.3GB drive?
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    SR's D2OL Metacomputing Team

    Yep, that does it. And you can monitor it remotely, which is what I was hoping for. Thanks, C.
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    SR's D2OL Metacomputing Team

    Is there any way to monitor it, if you use FireDaemon to run it as a service?
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    Advice on Flat Panel TV

    Since the LCDs with a built-in tuner are overpriced, what about a regular LCD monitor with one of these or these.
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    Best Hard Drive Reliability?

    I agree, the times I've ordered drives from them, they did a very good job. I haven't been satisfied with the way Newegg has shipped drives to me - just some bubble wrap and peanuts, loosely in a box. And of course, Hypermicro does an excellent job.
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    Winter Has Arrived

    Today's weather was almost perfect. About 80°F, with little humidity, and no clouds in the sky. I had to go to South Jersey today, so I got to take a nice relaxing drive with the top down. It could have been a little warmer, but for mid-September, I won't complain.
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    Hydrogen fuel on its way

    When I was in California two years ago, one lane was supposed to be for "carpools only". It was really good, but I was seeing many cars that weren't supposed to be there. HOV lanes turned out to be a disaster when they tried them here, and they actually increased commuting time, and the expected traffic decrease didn't come at all. When they finally removed them about five years ago, commuting times decreased. The only HOV lane that actually works around here is the bus-only lane that heads into the Lincoln Tunnel during rush hour, since there are hundreds, if not thousands, of buses that pass through there every morning.
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    Hydrogen fuel on its way

    Yep, we're about the same distance away. If fits the definition of a surburb, and it certainly doesn't feel like part of the city. It's total time into midtown. To be fair, he does leave earlier than the peak rush hour, but it's still during normal commuting times. It's only 2 miles from the Lincoln to the Midtown, so it actually doesn't take that long to get cross-town, and EZ-Pass has cut down on the time it takes for the tolls. Maybe I have been very lucky all those times, however the part of the LIE you're seeing is the busiest, but it's only a small part of the highway, and once past that it usually goes smoothly. On the Cross-Bronx, on the other hand, I have been stuck in traffic far more often, sometimes for hours, and I would consider that the worst highway in the area.
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

    I got back their response, and this is what it said: Davin or Eugene, can you please update the article to warn buyers that retail version of the ST3160023A only has a one year warranty. I've looked through Seagate's website, and I couldn't find anything that would indicate they have two different warranties for the drive.
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    Hydrogen fuel on its way

    If you were just as familiar with the suburbs as you are with NYC, I can assure you, you would definately be able to distinguish the different neighborhoods very easily. And they certainly don't all look the same. Within five miles of where I live, there's everything from very poor neighborhoods to middle class homes to multi-million dollar mansions. There's small neighborhood family owned businesses to malls to large multi-national corporations. Every street in my town has sidewalks. You don't need to drive everywhere, and I could walk to the supermarket if I wanted to, but I would have to go every few days. With a car, I only have to go every two or three weeks. I also have the freedom to go where ever I want whenever I want, without having to be stuck to a bus or train schedule. So that's why half the cars in North Jersey malls have NY license plates on them. I'm very glad the house I grew up in had a decent size yard (1/2 acre). It's nice to have some place to play with just your friends, and it let me stay outside later (there are curfews at the parks in town). And it didn't stop be from biking, or going to the parks to play baseball. As for 13 years old not being able to get around, it certainly doesn't stop them from getting to the movies or the mall, around here. After all, who cares if NYC trucks its garbage through some vibrant, functioning NJ neighborhood if it means the city doesn't have to deal with the garbage it generates. The LIRR doesn't go anywhere near 100MPH. It take my uncle longer to take the train than it does to drive to/from the city.
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

    I sent an email to Seagate asking for clarification on the warranty status of the drive. It said I should get a response in 24-72 hours, and I'll report what they say when I get it.
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

    I just bought one of the 8MB PATA drives at CompUSA, and it also has a 1 year warranty. It's model ST3160023A-RK. On the product page, they list a three year warranty, but checking it in the warranty validator, it shows up as only one year.
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    Flirting @ 100+mph....

    I guess you've never driven on the LIE(i.e. the world's largest parking lot) when you drove in NYC. Admittedly, most of the traffic, especially in the outer boroughs, moves even during rush hour but some expressways are jammed 12 to 14 hours a day. The LIE is the worst of the bunch. Aptly named, traffic just seems to lie there for a good part of the day. As far as I've been able to tell this traffic consists mostly of Long Islanders who insist on driving in despite the availability of park-and-ride and superior overall travel times on the Long Island Rail Road. I'll never understand some people's logic. They prefer to take a means of transport which costs more and takes longer. Many of these commuters park their cars in Queens and then take the subway for the last 10 miles. The few that are stupid enough to drive all the way into Manhattan can count on paying $20 a day to park their cars and taking another hour(at least) to get from city limits to Midtown. As I said, I just don't get it. Monthly tickets on the LIRR, even from the farthest parts of Long Island, run less than just parking costs, and the trip into Manhattan is much faster than driving on traffic clogged roads. Most of Long Island is less than 5 miles from a train station, making that part of the trip relatively painless driving. I've driven on the LIE at all different times of the day, and it's hardly jammed up 12 hours a day. In my experience, it's moving about 95% of the time outside of rush hour if there's no construction, and it certainly doesn't take an hour to get from city limits to Manhattan. I can get to my aunt & uncle's house in Suffolk county (about 75 miles away) in about 90 minutes driving through midtown and onto the LIE. The longest it's ever taken is a little over two hours, and that includes going on holidays and grid-lock alert days.
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    Flirting @ 100+mph....

    most of the time it's a matter of a 1-2 minute phone call. i essentially have free legal services, so i get to see how easy their jobs really can be if they don't know the people in the county with which they're dealing (but they usually do), they have to make an appearance to ask in-person. It's a little different here. If you have a minor moving violation, you go to municipal court, where you meet with the DA. You tell them what happened, and they'll tell you they'll change the ticket to one count of "wreckless driving", which doesn't carry points. You then go in front of the judge, and depending on if you've had previous tickets, he'll give you a short lecture, and then ask how you plead. If you plead guilty, you pay a fine (what the actual ticket would have been) plus court fees. No points, and no need for a lawyer. Each point here is about $75-100 a year for three years, so a simple 2 point violation is a lot of money. Fortunately, I've only had one ticket.
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    newegg is growing

    If they have any operations in the state, they're supposed to collect NJ sales tax for state residents.
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    newegg is growing

    Damn. Now I'm going to have to pay sales tax.