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by felixalias
Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Router Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Re: Router Advice

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=17408 with http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato The firmware is what makes a difference. Current uptime of 160 days (power surge). It has never crashed or required a reset since I have had it. I actually use a WRT54GS, however mine is an older model (the model that...
by felixalias
Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: So, am I as safe using Windows as I could be?
Replies: 8
Views: 837

Re: So, am I as safe using Windows as I could be?

You are missing Noscript. A lot about security comes from NOT running certain programs (in this case, not letting unwanted flash/PDFs render). Another unpatched flash exploit could compromise a fully patched Firefox, and Noscript will prevent this. This said, a 0day Firefox exploit will still be a p...
by felixalias
Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows crashing
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Re: Windows crashing

Try using the WD Diagnostic Tools on your hard drives. I was getting BSODs from BAD_POOL_HEADER and PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA; the WD test failed within seconds during even the 'quick' test. Replaced the drive, not a crash since. As soon as you get into the more mysterious bugchecks of Windows, Mi...
by felixalias
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Video card oven solder! Edit- Toxic?
Replies: 25
Views: 2552

Re: Video card oven solder! Edit- Toxic?

I emailed this as sort of a joke to a friend, and they fixed their card with it oO. "I pulled the fan off the card, cleaned it up as best as I could, set the oven to 385 and baked my card for 8-10 minutes. I then pulled it out and let it cool under a fan for an hour ... It worked! blink.gif ohm...
by felixalias
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Video card oven solder! Edit- Toxic?
Replies: 25
Views: 2552

Re: Video card oven solder! Edit- Toxic?

alphawolf29 wrote:well my board has 16 screws attaching it to the heat sink, im just asking if thermel tape is a necessity?


Yeah. At least, in my personal experience, properly applied thermal paste can be the difference of >50 degrees (CPUs).
by felixalias
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: System crashing in Left 4 Dead
Replies: 6
Views: 847

Re: System crashing in Left 4 Dead

Ran a memtest86+ recently?
by felixalias
Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Alternative web server on Mac
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Alternative web server on Mac

For running CGIs, you might want to try using setuid:
http://www.xav.com/scripts/help/setuid.html
by felixalias
Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Another laptop recommendation: 12"-ish, light, mid-powered
Replies: 9
Views: 1448

Re: Another laptop recommendation: 12"-ish, light, mid-powered

Unless said CS major is working with Windows APIs (DirectX or MFC), or requires the functionality of the Linux kernel's hackability (raw sockets for example, also available on OS X though), no, they wouldn't. Also, why would Linux on a Toshiba be any better than Linux on a Mac? Macs are a good choic...
by felixalias
Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Reinstall grub [SOLVED (mostly)]
Replies: 1
Views: 470

Re: Reinstall grub [SOLVED (mostly)]

Installing Windows will overwrite the Grub bootloader, however it can afterwards be reinstalled by booting from an Ubuntu LiveCD: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351 Adding an entry for Windows is also fairly simple. You add these lines to the end of your /boot/grub/menu.lst (once you ha...
by felixalias
Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: PCI-E pin usage (for VGA cards)
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: PCI-E pin usage (for VGA cards)

Certain cards won't actually let you POST unless the power is connected properly (Radeon cards, or at least, they used to), and pop up a message telling you to connect the PCIE power connectors. I don't think NVIDIA cards prevent you from using it as a generic adapter without the power connected pro...
by felixalias
Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Are MacBooks worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 4018

Re: Are MacBooks worth it?

My Unibody Macbook keeps pretty cool, but I also wouldn't recommend putting it against bare skin after 3D gaming (under regular use it would be fine however, unlike the old Alu PPC Powerbooks). You almost never hear the fan except when it really, really needs to be on.
by felixalias
Sun May 31, 2009 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: iTunes Mac Keep music folder organized-auto-edit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Re: iTunes Mac Keep music folder organized-auto-edit?

Well, my preferences generally don't change every time I use iTunes. Just a thought, since it seems less of a kludge solution than running a defaults script every login.
by felixalias
Sun May 31, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: iTunes Mac Keep music folder organized-auto-edit?
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Re: iTunes Mac Keep music folder organized-auto-edit?

What's wrong with setting the permissions of the file as such:
chmod ugo-w ~/Library/Preferences/iTunes.plist
A single time?
by felixalias
Sat May 23, 2009 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Need a new router
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: Need a new router

I have a Linksys WRT54GS v4 (sadly, newer revisions of the router are pretty much trash). This is largely the same as the WRT54GL. With the use of custom firmware, I've never had a problem with it (was on about a year of uptime but power went out). Reliable, speedy, the wireless link never drops eve...
by felixalias
Sat May 23, 2009 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bypass OS on I/O
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Re: Bypass OS on I/O

Sounds like you're going to need to learn device drivers. This depends on the OS, which you haven't listed, but in any case it'll take quite a bit of learning to be able to do anything faster than the OS (and a lot more trouble than its worth, plus some stability). If you are on Windows, you'll want...
by felixalias
Tue May 19, 2009 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: did you download four THOUSAND viruses?...
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

Re: did you download four THOUSAND viruses?...

If it's got so many problems, no reason to do anything but nuke and reinstall.
by felixalias
Mon May 18, 2009 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Hosting
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Hosting

filefront.com?
by felixalias
Thu May 14, 2009 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Are 120Hz Monitors Worth It?
Replies: 16
Views: 4311

Re: Are 120Hz Monitors Worth It?

Has anyone seen a 1080p LCD that's at 120Hz that is under 30"?

I've been looking at http://www.viewsonic.com/products/deskt ... bbox_specs but after seeing 120Hz displays, might be nice to have.
by felixalias
Thu May 14, 2009 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Speeding up boot times.
Replies: 8
Views: 1582

Re: Speeding up boot times.

You can likely RAID0 it. The easiest way to do this is if your chipset is new enough to have Intel Matrix Storage, which I believe allows the RAID configuration to be transparent to the OS; that is, Windows would only see one physical drive (I might be wrong on that, though, so don't do anything wit...
by felixalias
Fri May 01, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding Competition Number 4 and a bit.
Replies: 20
Views: 1999

Re: Coding Competition Number 4 and a bit.

Does the program HAVE to run in steps (taking turns)? Are multiple passes on a puzzle allowed (providing they fit within the time constraint)?
by felixalias
Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bluetooth adapter for Ubuntu
Replies: 15
Views: 5517

Re: Bluetooth adapter for Ubuntu

The rocketfish adaptor worked out of the box with Ubuntu 8.10 for me. Most devices need to go into a pairing mode (usually by pressing and holding a button on it) before you can 'discover' and pair them. If it asks for a code and you are unsure of it, try 0000 (usually the default for bluetooth devi...
by felixalias
Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: A cute little puppy massacred my headset!
Replies: 4
Views: 911

Re: A cute little puppy massacred my headset!

I love my Sony DR220DP headset. Used to be on the online Sony store, but it isn't there anymore :( It is normally 29$ with pretty decent audio quality and quite excellent voice quality for the price (not tinny/scratchy/low or loud).
by felixalias
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Touble with wifi under linux
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: Touble with wifi under linux

Looks like wlan0 is your wireless card. Doesn't necessarily show up as ath0.
Try:

iwlist wlan0 scan

If that works, your wireless is fine.
by felixalias
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Managing network data in C++
Replies: 4
Views: 886

Re: Managing network data in C++

I recently went through the same decision myself. What I decided to go with: - My own UDP layer with a layer of reliability on any non-movement data So, movement and certain state data (like direction) that won't have any special triggers upon arriving is just sent every time my timer hits a certain...
by felixalias
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++/OpenGL Debugger?
Replies: 10
Views: 1677

Re: C++/OpenGL Debugger?

No suggestions for a debugger, but I've experienced these same weird types of errors in Visual C++, debugging a game no less. Actually, a part of it was broken in Release mode too if certain optimizations weren't turned off (VERY weird bugs, as in keyboard input didn't work properly and my AI code w...
by felixalias
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The BEST custom-built PC.
Replies: 37
Views: 5158

Re: The BEST custom-built PC.

Um, yeah, I meant 275. And of course the GTX295 is two 275. But: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3520&p=12 two 4870 X2s are consistently better than two GTX295s according to Anandtech, because Crossfire has better scaling to 4 GPUs than SLI. So 4 4890s should be completely above 2...
by felixalias
Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Are MacBooks worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 4018

Re: Are MacBooks worth it?

Love my new Macbook 13". Replaced a Dell e6400 (sick of the lolbatterylife/missed many Mac-only applications). Actually, the screen is really a matter of opinion. It really is 50-50, and don't think for a moment that the split is between graphic designers and average users. Some prefer the glos...
by felixalias
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:45 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How necessary is anti-virus software?
Replies: 33
Views: 3787

Re: How necessary is anti-virus software?

The one occasion I have ever been hit with a browser trojan was because I still had an ancient version of Java on my system. Until recently installing a new version of Java would still leave the old one hanging around on your system, you see. But of course Symantec Antivirus completely failed to de...
by felixalias
Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Best forum software
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: Best forum software

I've had good experience with phpbb3 when combined with a recaptcha for spam. It is pretty awful to administrate, though; I get the sense it has the power needed for administering a VERY large amount of people with a wide variety of groups and permissions, but for anything less, it is absolutely a p...
by felixalias
Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Solid State Drives.. Love em? Hate em?
Replies: 34
Views: 3361

Re: Solid State Drives.. Love em? Hate em?

Wow, that's.. very odd oO my WinSxS directory is something along the lines of 30mb (all VC redists/DX redists/other random .NET shit installed). I'll have to find a Vista computer for comparison, but that seems pretty high.
by felixalias
Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Solid State Drives.. Love em? Hate em?
Replies: 34
Views: 3361

Re: Solid State Drives.. Love em? Hate em?

\Windows is 18.5GB \Users\Nathan\Music is 10.1GB (small, but still large for a 16GB SSD) \Users\Nathan\Documents is 5.81GB (no idea why that's so big) 64GB SSD minimum /bin + /lib + /etc + /opt + /sbin + /usr (roughly equivalent to \Windows and \Program Files): 6 GB Yay for sane operating systems. ...
by felixalias
Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:07 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Needed: Sandboxie-type program that works on 64-bit Vista
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: Needed: Sandboxie-type program that works on 64-bit Vista

I'd strongly suggest a separate VM for your needs.

Might give this a try:
http://www.joebox.org/

Good luck. If you feel up to it, using a program to extract the strings from a file might be helpful for analysis (ex, if it has registry paths that it shouldn't or shifty web addresses etc).
by felixalias
Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Recommendation for Free Anti-virus?
Replies: 27
Views: 2211

Re: Recommendation for Free Anti-virus?

I absolutely stand by that. If you care about optimizing your computer's performance, and are able to practice safe computer use techniques, there is little need for one anti-virus, let alone two. The anti-virus won't do a thing to stop the root of the problem. Don't get me wrong, scanning unknown a...
by felixalias
Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How necessary is anti-virus software?
Replies: 33
Views: 3787

Re: How necessary is anti-virus software?

Hey, I'd just like to ask: how necessary is a firewall, if I've got Windows Firewall running? Or, how reliable is Windows Firewall? I use a Vista with Windows Defender, Avast and Windows Firewall, and have a router (if that helps...?). I tried installing Comodo and Zonealarm's free firewalls, but C...
by felixalias
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Recommendation for Free Anti-virus?
Replies: 27
Views: 2211

Re: Recommendation for Free Anti-virus?

As for the original question. Just try AVG and Avast!, see which you like better. Don't use them at the same time though. It's like crossing the streams. I've been running them simultaneously for a long time. Why is it bad? Because there will be all sorts of conflicts with other applications, and m...
by felixalias
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Do you shut your computer down at night?
Replies: 45
Views: 4268

Re: Do you shut your computer down at night?

Needs a hibernate-when-not-used option. =P Because that's what I do. Been trying to shut it down instead as of late, though . Is leaving it on the entire time really any better for it? I really doubt you'd ever run into an instance of a broken computer/component where you'd have someone tell you, &...
by felixalias
Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Using TOR at work: Just how anonymous am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 14870

Re: Using TOR at work: Just how anonymous am I?

Using TOR for Bittorrent will also likely be magnitudes slower than not (to the point where it isn't really worth trying to download anything at all).
by felixalias
Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: good opengl book
Replies: 12
Views: 2244

Re: good opengl book

I'll admit that the majority of it feels more like a reference than a tutorial, so it might be in that respect. I found myself re-reading a lot of sections.
by felixalias
Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: good opengl book
Replies: 12
Views: 2244

Re: good opengl book

I'd second the Red Book. Reading through it right now. Honestly, with GL books, as long as they are reasonably recent they hardly need to be updated each version of OpenGL if you are mostly interested in the basics.
by felixalias
Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: GIMP vs. Photoshop Elements, Which Should I Use?
Replies: 11
Views: 3666

Re: GIMP vs. Photoshop Elements, Which Should I Use?

if you try to create a new image with an image in the clipboard, it won't automatically change the dimensions of the new image to match clipboard data. really? it works fine for me... just shift + ctrl + v (or " F ile" -> "Create" -> "From C lipboard"), and the new ima...

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