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Flashlight Components / Re: Personal Battery Caddy Review
« on: June 01, 2007, 08:42:45 PM »
Thanks for the great review, Don  :thumbup:.  I'd taken a look at these myself and found myself in the same position where nothing was really exactly what I was looking for but it still looks pretty good.  Good job.

General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Lumapower MRV
« on: June 01, 2007, 08:04:56 AM »
Man, you're killing me--I really want to buy one of these...

Other Gear / I need to build me a new PC...
« on: May 28, 2007, 08:42:04 PM »
I'm having some issues with my current build and not real sure where the problems are coming from.  I had originally planned to just reformat and reinstall everything but now I'm considering a new build.  My current build is an AMD Athlon 64 3200 with an MSI mobo and 1 GB of RAM.  I'm running an ATI All-In-Wonder PCI-E card and a single 300GB SATA HD and an Ultra 500w X-Connect power supply.  My issues right now are startup time--sometimes it'll take 10 minutes to startup (just sits at a black screen before the Windows screen comes up), but more recently it will just freeze on me (locks up completely and I have to do a hard shutdown) and I have trouble starting it back up.  This morning it took me about twenty restarts to get it to boot and it'll get stuck at a point where it's "locating IDE drives" of which I only have one--a DVDRW--and then it'll just stick.  Last night it also just shut down on me completely and the power light on the computer was just slowly blinking and wouldn't restart until this morning.  I'm picking up an external HD to back everything up (yeah, I know I should've been better with it).  I actually had tried to get one earlier this week but Best Buy screwed me--online inventory said they had it in stock and then told me they didn't so they'd have to ship it.  Now it looks like I'll be buying one today just in case and then getting the other one through the mail.

Basically I'm looking for case/mobo combo suggestions.  I'm likely to keep my video card, but I may just go buy a new one in.  I'm also looking for good, solid case suggestions--I like the plain Lian-Li ones, but the ones I want are all $200+.  I want all aluminum and it can be mid or full--preferably mid but will go full if necessary.  I'm likely buying two 500GB hd's--one for backup in addition to the 500GB external backup--but I doubt I'll be doing RAID.  I don't have a surplus of money right now but my PC is important to me and I can't afford to have these constant problems so it's worth it for me to start rebuilding.  Just looking for suggestions right now.  Also, I'm not completely sold on my Ultra X-connect so other power supply recommendations might be helpful.  I'm not convinced that the PS is working properly since the internal UV light no longer works.

Thanks in advance.  :thumbup:

[edited to add]:  By the way, I'm not a gamer so that's not an issue.  Main functions are web surfing but I intend to do photo editing (photoshop) and video editing along with general office apps and web design stuff.  Cost is definitely an issue but I won't skimp if it means getting a crappy machine.

Talk Story / Re: Grief in the supermarket...
« on: May 28, 2007, 08:26:49 PM »
Living in a society means that citizens have a responsibilty to help in an emergency in whatever way they can contribute.  People who do not have the skills should stay out of the way.

Some people have 1st Aid skills, language skills, firefighting skills, skills dealing with children, etc
I agree--it's like if someone was having a heart attack and you were an EMT or someone similar who knew CPR, you'd feel compelled to act because it's what you do.  And what if you stood by and the situation escalated to the point where someone got hurt knowing that you could have prevented it?  You probably wouldn't have felt too good about that.  You recognized a need and you did what you felt was right--nothing wrong with that.  Good job. :thumbup:

Talk Story / Re: Coupon for Battery Junction?
« on: May 28, 2007, 11:17:35 AM »

Talk Story / Re: Coupon for Battery Junction?
« on: May 27, 2007, 07:46:07 PM »
How much is the discount?  I've been looking real hard at the Lumapower line--really tempted to buy some stuff.

Other Gear / Re: Sling box
« on: May 27, 2007, 07:15:08 AM »
Note that the WM5 client is NOT free, but all other clients are free.
Yeah, I forgot to mention that--the software for your PDA is $30 with a 30 day free trial, but if you're running it on a pc then the software is free.  It's also $99 for the wireless attachment for the sling (it needs to be connected to your router as well as your cable).

Other Gear / Re: Sling box
« on: May 26, 2007, 08:58:13 PM »
Very interesting.

The things you learn jumping into random threads!

Very cool stuff, this Slingbox!

It would make for some good viewing on my Ming.

I'm wondering about the quality of the video with my wireless data rate what it is, there must be a lot of buffering going on... how does that work out on "live" TV broadcasts.  Is channel surfing a possibility from a remote location? 

Interesting ...
Channel surfing is possible but if someone is watching the TV that you have your sling connected to, the channel will change for you as well (and vice versa).  With the pro version I believe you can also control your DVR as well, which is pretty cool even though I don't have one.  Not sure about the buffering yet--I figure once Cingular goes to 3G in my area or when I'm using WiFi on my phone it'll be fine, but with my current data rate it may not work that great.

LED Mods / Re: MODAMAG Draco
« on: May 26, 2007, 07:45:34 PM »
That is a sweet looking light--too bad I ain't got the money right now  :'(

Nice comparison.  I've just recently been looking at the P1D and P2D CE--do you like the twisty switch? 

Other Gear / Re: Sling box
« on: May 26, 2007, 07:00:58 PM »
I've been thinking about getting one too--want to watch some TV on my phone.  One of my coworkers just bought one but I haven't talked to him since he got it.

Other Gear / Re: Knife Collections - Folders
« on: April 17, 2007, 01:57:49 AM »
Damn it, this is a conspiracy. Last week I meet AWTYD and get tempted by a case full of Ti. Then Chris brings along a CR Sebenza and I'm hooked. Now I surf the entirety of this thread and realize I'm simply doomed.

All I've got are:

- A Ken Onion Kershaw
- A Phrobis M9 (hiking knife)
- An old Gerber MKI that I picked up back in the early '80s
- A Case XXX kabar (old hiking knife)
- A CRKT M14 Ti

Now I'm jonesing for a Strider, a CR Sebenza, maybe damascus steel... crap.
Reviewing this thread made my list waaaaaaay longer than yours so count yerself lucky so far   ;)

Other Gear / Re: Knife Collections - Folders
« on: April 05, 2007, 07:21:26 PM »
I like the ZDP.  I have one of the burgundy Calys and just recently picked up a couple of the black handled Calys (which are a nice deal).  I like the CF handled one, but it's too expensive.  Kershaw also has been increasing its use of the ZDP after the introduction of the ZDP Leek (although I can't remember what knife they just recently put it in).

Other Gear / Re: Knife Collections - Folders
« on: April 03, 2007, 03:17:02 AM »
That's a beauty of a Marlowe, Reg--and the mini Dobie is sweet too.  I remember before Marlowe got popular I was trying to get him to design me a wharnie folder but then his popularity exploded so there's very little chance of that now.  My Marlowe bali is still the sharpest knife I own.

Talk Story / Re: Cool Phone
« on: April 02, 2007, 10:21:05 PM »
So what are the cool new phones these days?  I'm likely to go with the 8525 and switch to Cingular (from Nextel) in the next couple of days or so but I'm getting overwhelmed by the different phones and calling plans and data plans, etc.  Initially I liked the iPhone and thought about waiting until June, but I'm hearing that it's not all that great. 

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