ArcticChicken

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    How hot does your hard disk get?

    Fans are cheap. Not likely to hurt, either, right? Especially given:
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    Plextor PX-708A: shipping?

    I will NEVER buy any product from Plextor ever again. They used to be the best you could buy when it came to optical drives, but my own experience has been that they are manufacturing TOTAL CRAP these days. Sure, the drives will work fine for a year or two. Then suddenly the unit will fail, and you'll be left with a piece of trash you were suckered into paying a premium for. With Plextor it's clear that you pay for the name, not any semblance of quality. Have I mentioned I will never buy from Plextor again? I foolishly bought one of their SCSI Ultrawide CD-ROM drives about 3 years ago. After only light usage and being handled with care (I wanted it to be the last CD-ROM drive I ever bought ... so I went with the "best" name, paid a premium for it, and treated it well) it died after 2 years. Occasionally it would start blinking an error code sequence, but more often than not it would just randomly start spinning up while making a seriously ill-sounding noise, then eventually just shutting itself off. I also bought a Plextor 12/4/32 SCSI CDRW drive around the same time (~3 years ago). And now, after about a year of seeing occasional quirks (and convincing myself that they were just flukes), this drive has died a miserable death also. This past week I could no longer access the drive, and it started displaying an error code of 9 flashes. I tried the two suggestions on the Plextor website (both variations on, "try turning it off") but neither helped. What a surprise. I can't believe I was suckered into paying so much extra for these two pieces of junk. Save your money - don't be suckered by the name. Plextor is living off a dying legacy.
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    Surveillance camera software for PC, anything?

    I suspect that depends upon the state you're recording in. Or country, for that matter.
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    Surveillance camera software for PC, anything?

    Yup, looks like it will do what you require. Despite the fact that the software is touted for its motion-detection abilities, according to the online manual, there is a setting titled "Save image periodically (WebCam) every x seconds." I believe it's "try before you buy" software. Download it and give it a try.
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    Surveillance camera software for PC, anything?

    We used to use a software package called "SupervisionCam" at a former place of employment to monitor a non-critical security camera. It will allow you to use any standard video source available on Windows (e.g. a TV card or webcam). http://www.supervisioncam.com/ It will probably do everything you require (and then some).
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    Questions about domain names and web hosting

    Wow, big thanks go to everyone! This is great! I think I'm all set to go. :-)
  7. I have a few basic questions about domain names and web hosting. It's actually embarrassing just how little I know about this stuff. Anyway, I'm sorry if this turns out to be a long post.... I want a few domain names. One is a .com, one is a .info, and another is a .name. I mention this because I know the last two are "new" TLDs ... which brings me to my first question: what does one call the people who look after these names? Domain name registrars? Or what? Anyway, given that two of these are "new" TLDs, are all registrars able to handle requests for them, or just some? What are my options for making this work? So I can get a domain name. Great. I need to associate that with an IP address somewhere. I assume that's one of the things the registrar takes care of when you first get the domain name, yes? Which leads me to my next question.... For now, I don't have the option of setting up my own server. How does web-hosting work (I assume that's what I'd need)? Are there some registrars that do both (i.e. register the domain name, _and_ give you somewhere to develop the site), or are there some situations where the registrar and the web-hosting company are totally different? Which is better? What about if my situation changes and suddenly I _am_ able to set up my own server? How would I go about changing things so that domain name points to my system instead of the hosting company's? Is making a switch any harder if I'm using a company that offers both registration _and_ hosting (i.e. would they just kill both sides of the deal and let my domain name expire as well, or would they be nice and just cancel the web hosting part)? What's all this I hear about some companies offering you the ability to "grab" domain names that are currently owned? How does the renewal process work exactly? Is that what these other companies do ... just wait for the instant the name "expires" and hope they get it first? If so, how do I make sure my domain name doesn't expire and get taken by someone else? How do I guarantee that? And finally, how the heck does web-hosting work? What do you get when you sign up for web-hosting? How do you make changes to the content of your website? A plain UNIX account would be great ... is that an option? Or do they make you use some awful web-interface to access your site? Do you get a dedicated box running in a rack somewhere? Or do you get one /home/bob directory on some massive box that serves 6000 other people? If so, how do they map my domain-name not only back to that server, but then to me specifically (one person out of 6000). Do they somehow map the domain name to my /home/bob/www directory or what? And finally, could I possibly have asked any more questions about this? If anyone can answer all this stuff, I'll owe you a donut.
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    Need a Laser Printer !

    Hah ... thanks Mercutio, that's very brave of you to offer. The last person who tried to move it didn't expect it to be so heavy and almost hurt their back. Fortunately the reason it's in the hallway is because I've been planning for weeks to take it to a local charity store that accepts computer equipment. Thanks though!
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    Need a Laser Printer !

    Mercutio, this is great news! When can you drop by to pick up the LaserJet II I have underneath the table in my hallway? ;-)
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    Funny map.

    Thanks! I will send it to him. :-)
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    Funny map.

    No "racist" comments intended anywhere. My younger brother did his degree at Howard, that's all.
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    Funny map.

    Yes. They also taught us about sentence fragments. ;-) Umm ... uh oh ... what year did you graduate? "Foul" will do nicely, thanks. :-)
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    Funny map.

    One of the (apparently) few that mentioned the Civil War.
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    Funny map.

    *ahem* And we here in America have never turned on each other? What school did you go to?
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    Need a Laser Printer !

    P.S. Would anyone like to hire a printer-support expert? :-)
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    Need a Laser Printer !

    If it's the HP LaserJet 4P you're referring to (and not one of the newer 4000, 4050, or 4100 series) then it's an older model. Take a look here to start: http://h200004.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Tech..._US&docId=33657 http://h200004.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Tech..._US&docId=32689 I believe the second URL is more accurate as far as per-page speed is concerned. If I remember correctly, the LaserJet 4P had a 16MHz Intel i960 RISC processor, which is actually a bit slower than the 4Plus (25 MHz) or even the plain 4 (20 MHz). I own an HP LaserJet 4 Plus, and a plain HP LaserJet 4. They are fantastic printers and were certainly not a waste of money. I bought them both for $25 (total for the pair) from a dot.com blowout auction. I knew they would need some care and attention. I spent about another $350 (again, total for the pair) refurbishing them, and that was to replace everything that was even remotely worn on them. Does that make them a good deal? Probably not to some, but for me it was a thrill to get these beauties and to put them back into top-notch shape. With the possible exception of the L's, V's, and P's (sorry!), the LaserJet 4 series printers are absolute workhorses. They are also so common that HP still sells a fair range of replacement parts (check out http://partsurfer.hp.com/ ) and the toner cartridges are cheap (~$50 to ~$70 and last for thousands of pages) and ubiquitous (even warehouse/club stores often have series 4 cartridges). In their now-refurbished condition, I expect both of these printers to last for at least another 100,000 pages. This page should help you get a rough age of the printers in the 4 series: http://h200004.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Tech...n_US&docId=1020 The other thing you'll want to do is run a Self Test from the control panel of the printer. Aside from checking its tiny brain a bit, this will print out 2 important things about the printer in question: 1) the total number of pages the printer has printed in its lifetime 2) how much RAM is installed It'll also tell you if an optional PostScript memory module has been installed, or if the printer just has the default PCL capability. (PCL suits me just fine, but some people need/like PostScript.) With that knowledge, here's a useful point: From those earlier links, you know that the 4P came with 2 MB of RAM installed at the factory. The printer is also rated for 600 DPI max resolution. However, if the 4P is like the others in the LaserJet 4 series, you'll need more than the original 2 MB RAM installed to take full advantage of that maximum resolution. I don't have information about the 4P or others in the series, but here's the deal for my HP LaserJet 4: OPTIONAL MEMORY REQUIREMENTS: Full-page (letter-sized) 150-dpi graphics None Half-page (letter-sized) 300-dpi graphics None Full-page (letter-sized) 300-dpi graphics None Full-page (legal-sized) 300-dpi graphics None Half-page (letter-sized) 600-dpi graphics See Note Below Full-page (letter-sized) 600-dpi graphics See Note Below Full-page (legal-sized) 600-dpi graphics See Note Below NOTE: The optional memory required for the HP LaserJet printers is directly influenced by the complexity of the graphics and soft fonts being used. SIMM specifications for the HP LaserJet 4 printer are 72-pin, 36-bit, and 80 nS. Presence detect must also be available on the SIMM. This was one of the sneaky things HP did back when it was a big deal that any printer could do "high" resolution graphics (i.e. they could get away with this back then). What this means is, if you want to be guaranteed the ability to print a half page or more of 600 DPI graphics, the memory that comes in the printer by default is not sufficient. You have to upgrade the RAM. So yes ... check to see how much memory is installed in the printer. If it's only the default amount, you probably won't be able to get the maximum resolution out of it - at least not with complex graphics. If you do wind up buying a LaserJet 4 of some type, and need some compatible RAM, let me know. I've still got some 4 MB SIMMs that will work in the 4 series that I could sell. It's hit or miss as to whether any old type of SIMM will work or not because it needs to be A) parity RAM, and support the evil "presence detect" function. Now that I've paused writing I'm not sure if anything I've said here is helpful or not. ;-) I mentioned that I don't think the 4P is quite as good as some of the other models in the 4 series, but other factors come into play there - like how old the printer is, how many pages it's printed in its lifetime, whether it has extra RAM, etc. Tough call really. If it were a plain 4, 4 Plus, 4MP, or 4Si, I'd say there's a strong reason to consider taking it. For a 4P, I'd really look strongly at how the price works in with the age, page count, RAM, whether it still has manuals, etc.. In case it's helpful, to understand some of the variant model names for the HP LaserJet 6's and earlier, here are some personal notes I came up with (very unofficial): A "P" in the name means "Personal" use (i.e. not industrial use). A "V" in the name means "Value" (i.e. not heavy use). An "M" in the name means "Macintosh" (i.e. it's got PostScript capability). An "L" in the name means ... well ... "Lemon" (eeww!). An "N" in the name means "Network" (i.e. has networking capability by default). An "Si" in the name means "Seriously Intense" (i.e. you could print enough paper to wallpaper a small town with this guy) The above descriptions I came up with for model numbers only work for the HP LaserJet Series 4, 5, and 6. They don't apply to the 2xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx Series, etc. or others. Final thought (I swear): Do NOT consider any HP LaserJet III or earlier. They are too old and slow (and heavy!) to be worth the trouble.
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    Questions about domain names and web hosting

    Ok ... let me see if I have all of this correct... There are basically 3 primary components in an actively functioning domain name: Components ========= 1) The domain name registrar 2) The DNS server provider (performs "domain hosting") 3) The webpage host Each one of these components is linked together. When you sign up for a domain with a registrar, assuming you're not just "parking" the name for future use (do all registrars give you this option?), you give the IP addresses of your DNS servers to the registrar. That DNS server information comes from your domain hosting company, and it is they who must know the IP addresses of the system(s) where your webpages actually reside. Each one of these 3 components can be handled in a host (hah) of different ways: Options ====== A) Components 1, 2, and 3 can be handled separately, by three different companies [This gives you: i. a hefty total cost because you're paying three different companies, ii. maximum flexibility as you can point any number of things anywhere, and iii. maxmium protection against failures because they become isolated to that one company/component] Components 1 and 2 can be handled by the same company, with Component 3 being handled by a separate company C) Components 2 and 3 can be handled by the same company, with Component 1 being handled by a separate company D) Components 1, 2, and 3 can be handled by the same company [Easy to set up, low cost choices are likely, but you have no other advantages and are at the mercy of one company] Am I there yet? If so, are there advantages/disadvantages to options B and C? I assume C would be most common with companies (they have their own DNS servers and control of their network), or individuals who have broadband internet service and a static IP address (and can get their ISP to configure their, the ISP's, DNS servers to associate the new name with their, the individual's, IP address). Any thoughts about option B?
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    Questions about domain names and web hosting

    Thanks for the replies. :-) Does anyone have some suggestions for trustworthy registrar/hosting companies? Fushigi, what service do you use?
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    US Inhumanities on Al Qaeda: Allied Sanction

    My immediate thought about the masks was that they were to prevent the prisoners from spitting on their American captors. I get the impression a lot people think the prisoners there are actually nice, quiet country folk who are sad and scared about being so far away from home, and all they really need right now is a big hug from their mommy and daddy - and maybe a stuffed teddy bear - and they'll feel much, much better. Give me a break. These people are not like your nextdoor neighbors (and I don't care how bad a neighborhood you live in). Even after being captured, they have promised to take the lives of more Americans - i.e. their military captors. These guys are, as far as I can tell, dedicated to their "cause" in a FAR greater fashion than I think any of us here can understand. I think the treatment they are getting (which I don't think is bad) is entirely appropriate. That said, I think the USA is going to have to accept the terms of the Geneva convention with respect to the prisoners. They've been calling it a war all along, until now when they have some prisoners. That's just not right.
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    Buy American

    No prob. :-) I guess for the sake of the people wondering about that last link of mine, who want to know why it's so bad, but don't want to read it: it's a police report, documenting a total psycho who telephoned women, and - over the phone - got them to mutilate themselves. How did he do this? By telling them he was a doctor. Scary isn't it? Attach "CNN has said that this is a very real threat," or "The Center for Disease Control just released this information," to the start of any email message, and you'll have a good chance of convincing people it's for real, at least for a while. It goes back to this remarkable thing about human nature my friend was telling me about ... scary stuff. I wish I'd done psychology at school now ...
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    Buy American

    The bottom line is, that email is false. I was able to confirm donations from the following: Ford GM Harley-Davidson DaimlerChrysler Volkswagen I couldn't find anything about donations from Hyundai. Frankly, if there automobiles are as badly designed as their webpages, there is no way I will EVER purchase a car from them. Here's where things fall apart: First, DaimlerChrysler owns 37% of Mitsubishi automotive division. Secondly, Mitsubishi is enormous. They have divisions in everything. Case in point: Mistubishi Electric made donations. This just highlights the fact that it's hard to say what these massive multi-national corporations are doing on any topic, including donations. Donations from companies that email said donated "nothing"... Toyota Honda BMW Porsche (admittedly small donations, but not "nothing" like you say) I was still going ... looking for yet more press releases, when I found a site that was doing basically the thing I started here. That is, looking for real proof: http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/au...automakers.html The last paragraph is overly harsh, but it will entertain the non-Americans reading this thread: "Unfortunately, this letter propagates the image of American arrogance that many other cultures perceive - an image that may have precipitated the attacks of September 11. The U.S. is seen by many societies (including those that harbor terrorist groups) as a spoiled child that expects everybody else to think and behave as he wants them to and is quick to punish those who don't - often without getting the facts. This letter illustrates this to a frightening degree. Break this Chain." They include information about yet more car companies that made donations. So jehh, looks like you were taken by this one. Sorry dude. As a Texan, I'm surprised you weren't willing to question the authority of this message (not that I'm stereotyping you or anything :wink: ). I actually talked about this sort of thing with a psychology major friend of mine for a couple of hours (she was hot :-) ) a few weeks ago. Anyway, the point is, everyone has this tendency to initially accept authority without stopping to think about it first. Apparently this is a well-documented psychological phenomenon (not just related to email). If you want to see this phenomenon taken to the extreme, not more than a week after that discussion, I read this article: WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!! DO *NOT* FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING LINK IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 21, OR ARE EASILY MADE ILL BY GRAPHIC STORIES! Umm yeah ... I stopped reading the following after the first couple of pages. It just made me ill. It's the police report at the bottom of the page (11 pages in total length): http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/phonefreak1.html
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    Buy American

    "CNN Headline News did a short news listing ..." Do you have a link? Sorry to be skeptical, but someone has to be. ;-) You have to understand, I myself get e-mail messages similar to this type all the time, and almost all of them turn out to be bogus. It's like those stupid "new virus" messages you get all the time ... you know the ones, they always include the line, "IBM/Microsoft/CNN/The Mormons (whatever) have announced that this is a very dangerous virus that will erase your hard drive 7 times and destablize your relationships" etc. etc. etc.
  23. Exactly. For example, in French, I'm sure "Voulez vous une enclume?" could be considered a romantic question under some circumstances.
  24. Thanks, but it's the "half width" Panaflos I was looking for (10mm [15?] width instead of the normal 25mm). I will start looking around again for them - I was just saddened that DigiKey (who I trust completely) stopped selling them.
  25. That's really useful info! Thanks! I was truly disappointed to find that DigiKey no longer sells Panaflo fans. :-( I had considered buying a bunch this past summer, but decided to wait. Oops.