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Announcements / Hacked! (Or "Why I Hate People")
« on: October 04, 2005, 07:49:50 am »
Hey, Xepher, I just had an idea for preventing someone who's managed to hack the site from doing much damage - is there anything you could write that would prevent a user from changing a large amount of files within a short period of time (giving them an error if they try to edit more files than one would normally be able to edit in a short period of time - like 20 files in a minute, or something).  It's just an idea, and I'm sure there's probably some reason why you can't do it (I'm not very familiar with everything that Linux/Unix can do, nor am I familiar with servers in general), just figured I should at least suggest it.

General Chat / Star Wreck
« on: October 04, 2005, 07:42:56 am »
The CGI was so cool... It's really hard to believe it's a fan project, just because of the quality of the CGI.  The movie itself was amazingly funny (I kinda enjoyed how stupid Fukov was).  Now I just need to figure out how to lower the quality and stuff on it so I can fit it on my PDA and watch it at school (what else is French class for?)

General Chat / A Quake! A Quake!
« on: October 03, 2005, 01:17:25 am »
There was a quake here once... well, not here, up slightly north near Richmond (I live near Raleigh, North Carolina).  Couldn't exactly figure out what had happened (I was sitting in a tech class when it shook and a few mice fell off desks) until the news came on that night talking about the earthquake.

General Chat / Star Wreck
« on: October 03, 2005, 01:13:53 am »
I'll be watching it soon - Bittorent's giving me a 30 minute download time (High speed internet rocks).  Wonder what it'll be like.

Knowhow Trading Post / Ubuntu Linux - Grub Boot Error # 15
« on: September 30, 2005, 12:07:25 am »
Well, I KNOW how to fix it, assuming it's just the PSU and the entire motherboard isn't fried (in which case, I'm back at square one on having a working computer).  It's just I don't have the parts (believe me, a PSU that's been through a lightning strike isn't my first choice in PSUs, and neither is the 300mhz motherboard)

Knowhow Trading Post / Artica: Coders, Artists, Testers Needed
« on: September 29, 2005, 10:53:21 pm »
I can beta test, since I can crash just about any software that I want to (scared a friend of mine when I got his Mac to give him the chimes of Death.) (And no, this has absolutely nothing to do with that PC of mine that just died).

Knowhow Trading Post / Ubuntu Linux - Grub Boot Error # 15
« on: September 29, 2005, 10:47:08 pm »
It does nothing.  That's the problem.  No power's going to the motherboard (PSU fan doesn't even turn on).

Knowhow Trading Post / Ubuntu Linux - Grub Boot Error # 15
« on: September 29, 2005, 10:38:59 pm »
Well, I have ~ 20 Ubuntu CDs coming in the mail with the latest version, but I don't think having a good CD will help me turn my computer on.

Knowhow Trading Post / Ubuntu Linux - Grub Boot Error # 15
« on: September 29, 2005, 10:35:41 pm »
No, the thing is the computer doesn't even turn on anymore.  Like I said, the PSU may have gone (not all that surprising since it was salvaged from a computer struck by lightning).  And after triple checking the connections (first thing I do when a computer stops working), I'm sure something's seriously wrong.

Knowhow Trading Post / Ubuntu Linux - Grub Boot Error # 15
« on: September 29, 2005, 09:22:16 pm »
Well... this is kind of bad but.. you guys can pretty much ignore it.  The computer joined my ever growing graveyard of dead pcs.  The cause of it isn't known, but I think my PSU may have died and taken the motherboard with it.

Knowhow Trading Post / Ubuntu Linux - Grub Boot Error # 15
« on: September 29, 2005, 12:27:13 pm »
So... yesterday I got my long awaited Ubuntu Linux CDs in the mail.  After I backed up my important files to a Jump Drive, I installed it using the default settings (this is the first time I've installed Linux)

When my computer attempts to boot from the hard drive it tells me all the stuff about grub loading, then it gives me an error message, citing error number 15 (can't give the exact message now - I'm at school.  Fell asleep trying to fix it last night...)

What is error number 15, and how do I fix it?  This isn't really urgent (it boots from the LiveCD fine), but I'd like to have a Hard Disk based OS.

General Chat / You Know You're A Nerd When...
« on: September 15, 2005, 07:17:18 pm »
You know you're a nerd when you have two PalmPilots (yep, PalmPilots, if that indicates age to those of you who know your PDA history) trying to remove the RAM from one and put it into another so that it'll work with the one cradle you have.

You know you're a nerd when you can distinguish between a PalmPilot brand handheld and the modern Palm (or PalmOne) brand handhelds.

General Chat / Warning, Email Scam
« on: September 15, 2005, 07:11:29 pm »
One of those Nigerian bank scams... I get at least five a week through the spam filter.  I utilize the delete button in each case.

Knowhow Trading Post / Java references?
« on: September 14, 2005, 11:20:02 am »
Quote from: Gwyn
I think EVERYONE uses "hello world" in every example it can be used in.
No, I once read a c++ book that had a first program that printed out the text "Goodbye, cruel world.", because the author hated the idea of another Hello World program.

General Chat / Toys!
« on: September 14, 2005, 10:03:24 am »
Quote from: Xepher
There aren't many "tweaks" you can do to those boards. The chip is soldered in, and I don't think they overclock well. Like Will pointed out, some videos go down to 3fps in complex scenes. The only way around that is to reencode all the video into something easier to decode, and that's rarely worth the time/effort. Besides, that's way too much ram... go with 512 and spend the other cash on a faster CPU.

As for physical size... yeah, our rig is about a square foot in size. It's running in the box the MB came in.
You haven't seen me and computers then, Xepher.  I kinda run them as hard as I possibly can (so therefore the more RAM the better for me.  Processor speed (or the speed the computer takes to do the tasks I give it) isn't all that important to me.  That, and my 300mhz Pentium II (I wish it was an AMD processor...) seems to handle any videos I put on it (star trek, for example).

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