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    Viper V550 or SiS 6326

    blakerwry: You're trying to be sarcastic and condescending, but it's not really working. Are you claiming to have compared the TNT's side-by-side with other cards? I have. I already said I doubt it would even be noticable on a 17" or smaller monitor running 1024x768. He wanted to know which card would be best. All other things being equal he should probably choose the SiS card because it runs cooler and has better image quality.
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    Disney to Begin Renting 'Self-Destructing' DVDs.

    I'm surprised there were so many posts before panfilo98 mentioned how easy it would be to just burn a copy. I mean, if these things are cheaper than your average Blockbuster rental, they'll be great. I can't believe you guys would even begin to discuss the environmental impact of disposable DVD's. That's ridiculous. We're talking about tiny little pieces of plastic. They're not radioactive. They don't contaminate the water supply. They don't kill fish. They barely take up any space. If you want to whine about the environment, there are so many more legitimate things you could talk about. I mean, honestly, that's the stupidest thing I've heard you otherwise intelligent people say. Disposable rental DVD's would actually be good for the environment, considering most people would end up driving at least a mile each direction to return a rental.
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    Viper V550 or SiS 6326

    Comparing the two chips some more, the TNT would actually have better 2D performance, but I don't know if that's something that would be an issue. The TNT is a newer chip than the SiS 6326, and it's certainly better in 3D, but it also puts out a ton of heat and might not put out the best text. A lot of those cards had really cheap RAMDAC's. Toms Hardware on the SiS 6326: This slow and pretty unknown graphic chip produces a quite nice image quality. Also, a Diamond Viper is the only card I've had just up and die on me, and I've heard of it happening to other people, too.
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    Viper V550 or SiS 6326

    Viper V330 = Riva 128 4MB or 8MB Viper V550 = TNT 8MB or 16MB Viper V770 = TNT2 16MB or 32MB Viper V770 Ultra = TNT2 Ultra 32MB So, I'm assuming you've got the regular TNT. I have had a lot of experience with all these video cards: Viper V330 Riva 128 4MB Creative Graphics Blaster Riva TNT 16MB Viper V770 Ultra TNT2 Ultra 32MB Stealth III S540 Savage4 32MB Gainward GeForce 2 GTS 32MB Gainward GeForce 4 Ti 64MB I have to say that the Vipers have by far the worst 2D image quality of any of them. As a matter of fact, for two years I had identical Hitachi 19" monitors on my system. One was hooked up to a V770 AGP, the other to a Stealth III PCI. The Viper had 2D text so much blurrier I found myself using the secondary screen for everything except games. Now I've got a 22" NEC hooked up to two machines through a KVM switch. For a year, I had my main machine with a GeForce 2 and the other machine with the Viper. Switching machines was very noticable as it made the screen go slightly blurry. I'm not saying it's horrible image quality. I doubt it would even be noticable on a 17" or smaller monitor running 1024x768. But I always left my desktop in 1600x1200. Image quality was OK, but the Vipers had noticably worse 2D than any other video card.
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    LCD monitor suggestions

    Again I have to point out that 17" LCD's (and most 19" ones) use the bastardized resolution of 1280x1024. This is a 1.25:1 aspect, and it squishes everything a little horizontally unless you actually have it specifically resize things anamorphically (only possible in some video editing packages). Just something to keep in mind. LCD's are absolutely the best for text, but like others have said, I would question using one for your primary display in color-sensative work.
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    DVD Burners

    You should check out this thread from a few weeks ago: Best DVD burner? I would still say go with the Pioneer drive. DVD+R is still a little more expensive and a lot less popular. DVD-R is not going to die, so there's no reason to spend the extra $90 on the Sony that does DVD+R as well. There's no reason you need compatability with both, because anything can already play both formats. The only reason to spend the extra cash for something that burns DVD+R is if you live in some alternate universe where DVD-R is hard to get and more expensive. And, in your case, if you're talking about recording two DVD's simultaneously, I know that Prassi Primo DVD supports all the Pioneer DVD burners. It's very easy to use and does an excellent job of letting you burn two DVD's simultaneously.
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    Hot swap SCSI drives.

    The drives should sync at 320-meg whether you're using an U-320 SCA rack or regular U-320 drives on an LVD cable. Either way and there should be no difference that I'm aware of, provided there are no other differences between the SCA vs. LVD drives you're talking about.
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    Question for Dual Monitor Users

    phoenix seems to have said most of what I would say. LCD's aren't the best thing for video editing, because they don't have good color like the better CRT's. I would definitely say get a nice expensive CRT, then get a secondary LCD if you want more space. One thing nobody mentioned is that 1280x1024 LCD's like the ones you mentioned (which is true for most 17" and 19" LCD's) have a weird native resolution, which gives a screwy aspect ratio for video editing. All your standard resolutions are 1.33:1: 2048x1536 1920x1440 1600x1200 1280x960 1152x864 1024x768 800x600 But for some reason they make a lot of LCD's in 1280x1024 (1.25:1). This means that when you're editing video, you either get the wrong aspect or else your picture has to be resized anamorphicaly, both of which aren't ideal. Another problem with LCD's is that the larger ones have many more pixels and therefore much higher rates of dead pixels. I have four 15" LCD's that are all two years old, and there is one dead pixel and one off-color pixel among the lot of them. I have a friend, on the other hand, who has a 22" Apple Cinema Display that has three bright dead pixels right in the center, which will drive you insane, and more dead pixels in other spots. I've got a 22" CRT as my primary display then a 15" rotated LCD on either side. I like the LCD's for reading things and for photoshop tools, but CRT's are just better for most of your main apps. The simple fact is that you can get a really good 22" CRT that does up to 2048x1536 for $750 (although you'll probably just use 1600x1200). Not only is an LCD that size twice as much, but it just doesn't look as good.
  9. Huh? I thought putting an Ultra-320 drive on a 2940 would just slow it down to 80 MB sync... Are you sure you can only have one drive on the channel?
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    2.5" drive recomendations

    Just posting some random company's product numbers for those drives isn't going to help. 4200 RPM drives are getting pretty outdated, though. Everything new is 5400 RPM, and Hitachi just released 7200 RPM laptop drives. Really, all the modern drives have very similar shock resistance. IBM seem to be both the quietest and the fastest, although Toshiba has 5400 RPM drives that are just as fast as 5400 RPM IBM's (although they're much louder). All IBM drives I've seen still have 3-year warranties, too. If you really don't care about performance (and you probably don't, since you're talking about a portable storage system where your interface will be much slower than the hard drive anyway), I don't think you have anything to worry about. Just get the cheapest thing with a 3-year warranty. As long as it's a somewhat-modern model, you'll be fine.
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    Laptop hard drive reviews

    I haven't read the whole thread, but I saw a lot of people questioning how much of a need there is for performance laptops, or however they put it. It's a simple fact that a 4200RPM laptop drive is insanely slow. Most people don't play games or do much at all on their laptops besides email, web browsing, and office apps. This is not software that requires a 3D card or anything faster than the slowest P2. What it comes down to is that for most people's purposes, the only difference in laptops is the amount of RAM and the speed of the hard drive. I love using my laptop with a Wi-Fi connection, and I wouldn't say that I really care about getting killer performance, but I'm used to using a good system at home, and it's really torture trying to just surf the web on a laptop when it's constnatly hitting the swapfile on a slow hard drive. I have an ancient HP OmniBook P2-300. I upgraded it to 256MB and put an IBM/Hitachi 40GNX in it, and now the thing feels faster than last year's P4 laptops. I emailed Eugene a month ago when I was trying to figure out what hard drive to get, since I thought laptop reviews would be something people would really like. Never got any reply, but I did find a review on Tweak3D.net of the Toshiba & Hitachi/IBM 5400RPM drives.
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    15k.3 obsolete expectancy?

    I think most people would recommend going with Adaptec. Hypermicro has the AHA-19160 for $150, which is a great card. I don't know any real reason to get the $180 AHA-29160 unless you've got 64-bit PCI slots. Adaptec cards are overpriced (I think $150 is what I paid for the 19160 almost two years ago), but they're the best and they have good support. I got a $40 Diamond FirePort 40 (now they're $1 on eBay) that I used for a long time, though, and never had any big problems. Everybody's going to have a different opinion, but SCSI is already unreasonably expensive from a performance standpoint. You're paying to get something that's the best and will last, so I'd get an Adaptec card. The adapter is the one thing you're really not going to have to worry about upgrading for several years. To answer your main question, a new 15k drive won't be obsolete for a long time. If you get a Raptor, it'll be obsolete a little sooner, but by that time you'll be able to get a cheap motherboard with SATA and the Raptor will still make a good drive for a secondary machine.
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    Anyone Know What This Film Is Called?

    Well, a google search for +movie +"sex with a watermelon" returns nothing relevant other than that Me Myself & Irene had one such scene deleted.
  14. OMG he called Milosevic a patriot. Didn't even see that. I think I'm gonna be sick.
  15. That's a lovely idea. Thank God nobody listened to that general in 1933! The USA is certainly not 100% responsible for winning WWII, but without the USA entering the war and fighting proactively, we would probably all be dead or speaking German right now. Beyond that, it's not worth getting into speculation about what the USSR would've done. As long as there are people like Saddam in the world, war will be necessary, and people will die. People like you would just stand there smiliing while Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam, or who-the-hell-ever just walked up and raped your kids and shot you in the face.