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Physics Humour

Einstein, Newton, and Pascal are hanging out in heaven, feeling rather bored, so Pascal suggests a game of hide and seek. Einstein is chosen to be it, and he covers his eyes and counts as Newton and Pascal go to hide. Einstein reaches 60 and opens his eyes only to discover Newton standing right there out in the open. Einstein goes over to him and says, "What are you doing? You are supposed to hide. You made it too easy for me to find you, Isaac." Newton points to the ground at his feet, and Einstein looks down to see there is a square drawn on the ground, one meter to a side. Newton is standing inside this square. "You haven't found Newton," he says, and smiles smugly, confident in his victory.

Dannik

Dannik

 

Skinning Grid Cars

Here's how to skin your own BMW in GRID. Tools Required DxtBmp PSSG Pack of both files HERE. Extract dds files 1. Backup and keep safe the folder grid\cars\bmw 2. Start PSSG 3. Browse to \Codemasters\GRID\cars\bmw\livery_00\textures_high\bmw_tex_high_00.pssg and click extract. 4. Browse to \Codemasters\GRID\cars\bmw\livery_user\textures_high\bmw_tex_high_user.pssg This creates two new folders called bmw_tex_high_user_pssgfiles with all the dds files we need inside. Import 3 dds files 1. Start DXTbmp (MW Graphics in start folder) 2. Do Prefs > Select Editor and point this tool at your preferred image editor (i.e. photoshop or paintshop pro). 3. Open bmw_main.dds" (in the folder "bmw_tex_high_00_pssgfiles). You can drag that file into the editor if easier. 4. Select the "send to editor" icon in the bottom row. 5. Do the same for the bmw_main.dds from the livery_user folder 6. Do the same for the main_m1.dds alpha channel using the "send alpha to editor" option deom the drop down menu. Go to this image and resize it to exactly double the size. Depending on your setup you will either have 3 images in your paint editor, or 3 instances of your editor opened each holding one of the images. We need to get one image now, with each of those images as a seperate layer. So copy and paste two of theimages as new layers in the first image. You should now have one image, with three layers showing different parts of the cars design. Edit Your Design 1. Redesign your car as you like! 2. Save the design in a format that retains the layers, so you can re-edit it easily later. For example psp format for paint shop pro or psd for photoshop. 3.

Rocky

Rocky

 

Dvd Ripping

Here's an awesome addon for backing up your DVDs (assuming it's legal where you are ) Lifehacker have an article and link explaining it all, basically it's a set of macros someone came up with that when applied to DVD Shrink automatically make all the selections so that backing up your DVDs really is a one click process (after the first time, which needs settings defined). Very cool.

Rocky

Rocky

 

Wiifit To Be Tied.

Incredible luck abounds: I managed to get a WiiFit for an actual reasonable price. Popped into the nearby Zellers store to nose around the electronics section. Not finding anything of particular interest, I started heading for the exit. I was stopped by the clerk, who said, "I thought it was you. We have them." She didn't have to say what "they" were. I knew. She had a few cases, not even opened. Talk about timing.

Dannik

Dannik

 

Youtube Sucks

Youtube has revolutionized streaming media on the web and made sharing video something that the general public at large could never have done on such a large scale before. Why then does it suck so bad? It's usability is simply appalling. Here's my top 5 reasons why Youtube sucks and they should get their act together. 1. There's no flash player control other than play and pause! When it comes to flash players Youtube is trailing way behind any other streaming media site you care to mention. Not only is there a lack of fast forward and rewind, but you can't click on any point in the time line and expect it to play from that point, it jumps back to a predetermined point! In actuality, this is a very poor excuse for a flash movie player. 2. Layout. The layout is so bad it is hard to believe. The five basic items of information you want is (a) Summary (2) Views (3) Date uploaded (4) Uploaded by (5) rating. But they are not grouped together, some is under the video player, and some to the side. Worse still, the Summary Information is a further click away. This information should be length restricted and shown at the side without the need to click again. 3. Private Messaging. This feature is bust, every time I send a PM I get a message saying that there was an error, leaving me unsure whether the message got though or not. Maybe this is just me, I doubt it though. 4. Sound. Why is the sound out of synch on so many of the videos? Is it the source that's been poorly encoded, or is it Youtube's encoding that's doing it? Youtube is the only site I see this issue on, but without further testing the jury os out on this one admittedly. 5. Video quality. Although steps are being made to improve the quality, the resolution stays the same, that tiny window really isn't up to todays broadband capabilities. The option of a larger viewing area with better quality playback is long overdue.

Rocky

Rocky

 

Spam, the war begins.

I'm so mad about the amount of hastle spam is causing me that I am declaring war. If I am going to end up losing my primary website address because of low life spammers, damn straight I'm going to get some revenge. It starts by reading up on spam, how they do it, and understanding how e-mail works. This will be phase 1. And it starts now.

Rocky

Rocky

 

Photography Guides - Ideas and Outlines

As always, a nice storage place: Ideas: 01) Selecting and Buying a Camera
02) Photography 101: Terms, Definitions, Basic Principles - What Is a Camera and How Does It Work?
03) Intro to Composition
04) Intro to Lighting, Metering, Bracketing, Shadows, Exposure
05) Advanced Lighting: Studio and Indoor Lighting
06) Intro to Portraiture: Indoors
07) Advanced Portraiture: Outdoors
08) Shooting Landscapes and Nature
09) Shooting Architecture, Buildings, Cityscapes and the Urban Environment
10) Guidelines and Courtesies of Being a Street Photographer (not legal advice, just helpful hints)
11) Shooting Cars and Things with Reflections
12) Improvised Shooting Tools, Equipments and Gadgets - Help Save a Buck
13) Intro to Digital Editing: Color Balance, Brightness, Contrast, Going Grey
14) Advanced Digital Editing: Working with RAW, Your Camera's Software and Adobe Software
15) Making a Portfolio
16) Intro to Night Photography: Places, Things, Objects - Stuff That Doesn't Move
17) Advanced Night Photography: People, Animals, Cars - Stuff That Does Move
Thoughts: First: These are guides I'd like to see written, some I can write, some I can't. Others will need to step in in some places. Naturally, this will take some time, I'll do my best. These are in no particular order or preference, just how they first came to mind. 1) This guide would be very easy. Basically the help we gave Tinker a while ago. What's you're budget? What do you want? What do you shoot? etc. This would primarily be a guide on terms used, functions included, what they mean and what they do to help people sort through the techie language. This is geared more towards the entry-level user, not pro-amateur, as they should already understand the terms before buying a $1000+ camera. 2) What is F.Stop? How's it work? How is shutter-speed measured? What do I want to use when? How slow can I go hand-held? What's this button do? Your basic newbie questions asked and answered. 3) This is the more artistic end of thing. Not a "set in stone" guide, but more useful tips, suggestions and standard practices. This is the building block and foundation for newbie photographers - what makes a good picture? What are you trying to capture? How to do it. 4) Pretty self explanatory. What effects do my newly learned terms have on my images? Okay, so slowing my shutter-speed lets in more light, so what? What's that look like? Meter for the shadows? What? Bracketing? Huh? One step above what you meter? I'm lost. Easy enough I think. 5) Working outdoors tends to be easier than indoors in my opinion. Sunlight is bright, constant and everywhere. Studio Lighting and Indoor lighting is much more difficult. How should I work my flash? When should I use it? What about angled lighting? How about my shadows here? 6) This takes #5 and adds people. Advice for getting cooperative subjects and good candids. How to get honest, modest lighting on your son taking his first steps, etc. 7) Like #6, duh, but now with dynamic lighting. Watch out for shade, clouds, rain, etc. Using the sun to your advantage (without blinding your model), don't cast your own shadow. Simply, working outdoors with others - play nice. 8) Self explanatory. Some people have techniques on the technical end for shooting both. I was looking at making this more a matter of composition here. Shooting trees, plants and landscapes is a different beast. Basically getting more advanced comp. here. Also considering touching on macro-photography, maybe just calling it closeups and leaving macro for a whole other guide once I get a macro lens. 9) Exactly like #8, but for man made structures. The lines are different and do different things to you photos. 10) Some helpful hints and advice for professional courtesy. Basically, how not to be an ass and make photographers look bad. I'd like this to be a compilation of tips from forum photographers, maybe some stories about being chased by an enraged Red Hat Society lady because you took her pic holding that rediculous tie-dyed wrap that she just "loooved" and the shock of colors to the senses was too much to not take a pic of. Humph, we all have our experiences. Very important, this guide will NOT cover your ass legally. 11) I run in to serious problems trying to photograph my Vette. I try to get the red color, but get sky because it's so shiny. It poses a legitimate technical problem. This guide would be about combating reflections and shooting through them, or using them to your advantage. 12) DIY Photography - Gear on the cheap. Check out my $15 Studio light = Construction Lamps, White Cardboard and a mirror. Sweet. Oh yeah? Check out my PVC tripod. Advice to help your fellow photographers save a penny or 12000. Similar in style to #10. 13) This is the easy stuff. Not so much a tutorial on how to do it in PS, because just like my modding tutorials, I assume you have a basic knowledge of the program you're working with. This will be tips on key things to focus on in photos. Skin-tones, un-washing photos etc. Very basic, easy stuff, simple edits. 14) I'll be 100% honest, I've never done it. I can learn it, or someone else can do it. I don't mind either one. But, I know my D80 shoots in RAW and comes with RAW software for more advanced Digital Editing. A how-to guide on this. 15) Self Explanatory. Selecting your best, organization etc. Probably pretty short, but will include helpful links to printers (US and UK) etc. 16) My favorite subject. Self explanatory. Just like Nature and Architecture - looking at some more advanced comp but also advanced tech work too. 17) Like #16, but working with your subject, controlling your camera better and reducing nasty blur etc. ****** Phew, that was a lot of work. I could have written the first guide in this amount of time!

Ruin

Ruin

 

Backing up Outlook Express Rules

Other Mail Rules 1. Click Start, and then click Run. 2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK. 3. Locate and click the following registry subkeys (save each key to a different file): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{Identity Number}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Rules\Mail 4. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File. 5. In the Save In box, change the location to your desktop. 6. In the File Name box, type mail rules.reg (for the mail rules key), and then click Save. 7. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

Rocky

Rocky

 

Accessing Region Locked Websites

I stumbled upon a really great, legal, website for watching TV shows today - hulu.com. The problem is, just as I settled down to watch the very first epsiode of The Rockford Files, it gave me a message saying that it was only available in the USA. Turns out the entire website is only streaming to US residents. Well, that just won't do. A quick google, first result and viola - http://www.hotspotshield.com. Download, install, run, job done. It gives you a different IP number that hulu will accept. Here I come Jim!

Rocky

Rocky

 

Ruin's Intro to Water Cooling - Continued

Getting Started: The Parts "Ruin, tell me what to buy!" Truth is, I can't. Each system must be designed for its needs. What I did was go to Performance PCs and started with my CPU and GPU blocks. I got two that matched, thanks Swiftech (finding a GPU block for an 8800GTX for under $100 was a challenge) and then the rest I bought for brand matching. I got the Swiftech 2 fan Quiet Power Rad, the Swiftech Micro Res, and a small Swiftech pump (that's small, sleek, and works great!) I then bought Fluid-XP's Blood Red fluid, some Tygon tubing, some hose clamps (red), and a wiring dress kit - that's for later. Bottom line, products are being discontinued and new ones released frequently. Get online, search them, read reviews and figure out what is best for your use. Remember to take reviews with a grain of salt though. Okay. Order your parts, and I'll see you in a week. Installation: Organize Back so soon? So, you've got your gear? Good deal. Here's Mine: First thing to do, clean them all out. This is done simply, and does not need to be as complicated as some places online make it seem. All you need to do is rinse each part with hot - not boiling - distilled water. That's it. Do not use vinegar, it can destroy the integrity of welds and cause very permanent leaks. Use distilled to keep the system clean. Do not separate the base of the blocks from their tops. There's a sealing gasket that can, possibly, not reseal when you put them back together. Just rinse it out. With my GPU block, I had to separate the base and the top to change out mounting brackets. This was inevitable, so I was very cautious reseating everything. Make sure when you're done your fittings are on nice and snug, don't forget their gaskets also! I have not tried it, but after a leak in my system a couple days ago, I'd consider using black silicone adhesive, if you have some, to help give extra protection in sealing the threads of the nozzles. So, rinse, rinse, rinse. Take a good half-hour to do this. Why? Manufacturing companies save time and money on parts by not cleaning them once their finished. This means they ship to you with chemicals used in the manufacturing process. These chemicals will dirty your system, wear on your pump, and cause oxidization of your tubing, making a not so cool looking setup. So, clean everything. Installation: Getting To It Alright, here, you're really on your own. Follow the instructions of each piece. If you're building a new rig, mount the blocks on their parts before you install them into the PC. Where you mount things depends on your case layout and space you have. The one thing I would have done differently is to wire my PC before plumbing my WCing - Note: Do not hook up your power cables until the testing is done! Leave the components powerless until the WCing is ready to go!. Doesn't seem to have mattered too much, but it made cable management later on rather hard. Some people are weary though about hooking up parts to an untested WCing system. I understand, that's why I did the WCing first, tested it, and then hooked everything else up. No sense in inviting trouble right? Filling is done by adding fluid to the res or T-line and letting gravity, and your pump, do the rest. Don't run the pump with no fluid though! Make sure fluid gets to it first! Here's the best I can do for you on this: Install the blocks, mount the pump, install the fans on the rad, mount the rad, mount the res, plumb, fill, test. Before you get carried away though, test fit everything before you start drilling holes and mounting things. Make sure your tubing has no kinks and has good flow. This comes with testing. After testing, secure everything. You can see the temporary placement of the Res to allow gravity to work in my favor: Installation: Testing Okay, it's all hooked up, the loop is full, now the moment of truth. Two ways to do this: 1) You have an AC pump. Easy, plug it in the wall, watch it go. 2) You have a DC pump (plugs into PSU). This is also easy. Grab the 24pin plug (that I know you didn't hook up to your Mobo yet, because I said not to), and grab a paper-clip. So, this defies logic and makes the heart skip some if you've never done it. I know, it did mine. This is easy. Make that paper-clip into a U-Shape and look for the green wire #4. Put one end in there, and the other end in the adjacent black pin #5. Make sure it's black! That means it's a ground wire. Connection should make the pump jump to life. Yay! It runs! Keep adding fluid until all the bubbles are out of the system, the air is out, and you have a nice continuous flow. Now, other sites recommend a 24 hour test period before you run it on your PC for the first time. This is up to you. I did not. I had no leaks to start, but some developed later on. I believe the first, and so far only major, leak was caused by pressure and heat, which there's no way to replicate without running your PC. Make sure your nozzles are on tight and clamps are on tight and making a tight seal around the nozzles. My second leak came from the GPU block, my mounting bracket came loose and that seal I talked about earlier began to leak. The most recent leak came from a nozzle off my CPU block. This was partly my fault. The nozzle was loose, and in moving my graphics card (to tighten the GPU block to stop leak number two) the hose twisted causing the nozzle to loosen some. This was a small drip, but enough to cause me to rip the power cable out of my PC when I saw a puddle on my 8800GTX. Anyway, assuming you encounter no leaks, the pump works, you've got good flow... you're done. Hook up the rest and be on your merry way! Completion: Tips and Tricks So this section will grow, but first: Dealing with Leaks Immediately disconnect power from the PC. Determine the severity of your leak. Have you just severed an artery, or did you just get a paper-cut? If it's the former, try to use gravity in your favor. I grabbed my rad and held it up in the air as best I could while I struggled, with one hand, to move my res so I could drain the fluid down into a bottle so I could fix the leak. Make sure once you find the leak, fix it, and re-plumb and refill, you clean up any fluid in your case, and you test run the system (unplug your components!) first. Make sure the leak is gone. If you drip on to the mobo, or other IC card of some sort, all I did was grab a paper-towel, ground myself, and dabbed the water off. I have no idea if this is safe, or orthodox, but it worked for me. Make sure the card is 100% dry before you return power to it though. Hose Clamps You can use any kind of clamp really. But, I would recommend staying away from the metal clamps that tighten with a screw-driver. Reason being, I have these on my Vette. After frustration with my fuel system and simple anger, I slight extra 1/4 turn on the screw made that thin sharp metal cut clean through my gas hose. While I've not used these with Tygon tubing, I would imagine a similar thing could happen. I used the plastic locking clamps on my system. They came in a cool red and just needed a pair of pliers to get them nice and tight. Additional Links Some sites that helped me get started and may have different information. Guide to Water Cooling and Leak Testing - MaxxxRacer @ XtremeSystems.org Water Cooled Case Gallery - scrible88 @ XtremeSystems.org | To get your creative juices flowing. I used this to look at cases, WCing parts and different setups. It's where I chose my case, and to go with a 2x 120mm rad over a 3x 120mm rad.

Ruin

Ruin

 

Ruin's Intro to Water Cooling

Introduction: The Journey After deciding to build big or go home, I knew I needed something out of the norm for my high end PC. I needed more than a clear window and some spiffy parts. I wanted... some bling. Well, not really. Ultimately my decision to water-cool (WC) my PC came down to two factors. 1) Over-clocking -herein referred to as OCing- my Q6600 and 2) Because I can. I'll be the first to admit, I knew nothing of water-cooling at the time other than it was complicated, expensive, impractical and all for show - it appealed to me immediately. But, boy, was I wrong. I immediately set off to do the first thing I do whenever I plan on dropping a large sum of money on something. I read. A lot. That's probably why you're reading this. To get the certifiably quick trimmed down version of WCing. Don't worry, I can help. The Disclaimer: After days and days of reading about loops, reservoirs, pumps, tygon, blocks, fluid, power, and high-flow; my brain thought it might too need some WCing. Fortunately, I just needed a beer. What I'm going to provide for you in this article is the basics of WCing. I will say right up front (you've read this far, you're interested) that I am not an expert at WCing. I've only ever WCed one system, and that's not been prefect (but at least without damage). The reason I say this is for a few reasons. WCing is a lot of fun, WCing is - relatively - cheap, I'm here to teach - not to sell, to let you learn from my experience, and to give you an unbiased look at the world of WCing from a complete WCing n00b who now runs a Q6600 at 3.6GHz 24/7 at 54*C - not bad (never more than 68*C under load). I'm honest because I don't want e-mails, PMs, TXT messages, phone calls, carrier pigeons or couriers from people asking me details about water-flow, tubing size, heat transfer rate and dissipation etc etc. I simply don't know. I can learn, but for now, I'm going to give you the same knowledge I feel is necessary to start at Ground Zero and build your way in to a working WC system for your beast of a PC. Getting Started: The Decision Is WCing right for you? "Oh yes Ruin! It is! I like cool colors, plastic hoses and water in my PC!" Really? While I will humbly admit that my PC is pretty pimp and matches the color of my Corvette quite nicely, I will say WCing is not for everyone! WCing is not even reccommended for the "above average" user, hell, not even the "daily gamer" needs it. WCing is for "Xtreme PCs." This seems like a term thrown loosley around the PC world, but I consider it it's own genre. First, let's start at the easy part - the cost. Weigh your options. Does the cost of a WC system match up with the cost of my PC? And by this, I don't mean "Yeah! $400 for my PC, $400 for my WC system!" No. Do be very blunt, I dropped $2000 on my tower alone. By that point, $350 for a WC system (CPU/GPU) wasn't much, it was pretty cheap given the benefits. Realize that to have a true WCing system you're going to spend no less than $250 (for cheap - CPU) and as much as $500 (CPU/GPU/SB/RAM) for good. Does your P4 with 1GB of RAM and 7600GT need WCing... probably not. Now, let's ask "Ruin, why should I WC? It looks bad ass, but does it work?" In my opinion, yes, it works VERY well. Water transfers heat much more effectively than air does. Take a look at Koolance's Article on Basics of Heat Transfer for a short, sweet explanation. As you can see, it's simple science. Water will move heat off of your core parts much more effectively than air does. This is an undeniable fact. So what are some other reasons to, or not to, WC my rig? Pros:
Highly Effective Means of Cooling
Low Noise - My system is silent.
Less clutter in your case - looks cleaner and takes the weight off of a big HS/Fan off of your motherboard and PSU.
High/Low Maintenance - Requires A More Rigorous Maintenance Schedule than an Air Cooled system, but Maintenance is fairly Painless
Low Temps = High OCs
Cons:
Expensive
Water Near Expensive PC Parts can be a Bad Mixture
High Frequency Maintenance Schedule
Really WCing is a good thing, if you can afford it and don't mind having water in your case, I've had my fair share of scares. The last thing I will add is a personal note. I'm not sure if it's a real reason for WCing or not, but it was a large part of my decision to WC. I ordered a pretty high end PC. I'm running some good stuff that I can only afford once. I decided that rather than gamble with heat and air cooling, I'd protect my investment by upgrading my cooling. If you happen upon some extra cash and decide to buy a PC (win the lotto, join the service, rob an old lady, whatever) and it's a one shot deal for you, the extra cooling from the WC system might not be a bad idea for some insurance. Heat wears down components, fast, the cooler they are, the longer they last. My goal when designing this rig was to have a PC that could run 4 cores at 3.6GHz 24/7 over the next 3 years - at least. Getting Started: The Preparation So, I've not talked you out of WCing yet? Good. Charlie Mike. Alright, I hope you're ready for a very crash course in WCing. I'm going to throw out a lot of information and do the best I can to "break it down Barney style." Learning terminology is going to be very important and knowing the parts to the system and understanding their function is key to a good WC loop. Dr. Cox, if you please: "The not-so-hidden message being, of course, that if you screw up today, I'm gonna hit ya hard! I'm gonna hit ya fast!" First, analyze the parts for your PC. Decide what you've got and what's worth WCing. Remember, each block will cost you anywhere from $45 to $100 for each part. So, the more you cool, the costlier it gets. Also, the more you cool, the larger the system you need, the larger the radiator (rad), the more fans, the more power draw off your PSU. It makes sense: Bigger = Costly = Resource Consuming. For the sheer ease of use, I'm going to use the specs from my build to aid in the process with this write-up. Asus P5K Deluxe Mobo Intel Q6600 Quad 2.4GHz stock 4GB G.Skill RAM EVGA 8800GTX X-Fi Fatality Soundcard 2x ASUS DVD Burners 3x Seagate HD (totaling 820GB) 880W Hiper PSU Cooler Master Stacker case Cool red lights and extra fans Alright, so based on my parts I see that I need a CPU block and a GPU block. Deciding on the CPU is a personal thing. No sense in ignoring it, and if one of the reasons you WC is for quiet, why leave on that cheap EVGA HS/fan? Note: Make sure your case is big enough for all of your parts! If you can't fit the rad inside the case, you need external mounting options! Now, we're going to determine a loop for my system. My case is large enough for everything to mount internally, even if it does present challenges - what's with the hump in the middle of the floor? To design a loop, you must first learn your parts, so, take notes: Water-Block: A block is nothing without a WC system, and a WC system is nothing without a block. This is what draws heat away from your CPU/GPU/Whatever. You need one of these for every part you plan to WC. Read up on mounting compatibility before you buy. If you can, buy blocks that are already lapped - for you car guys, lapping a block is like cutting and buffing a clear-coat. You take any machining defects out of the block's base, so that it achieves optimal surface contact. Since this is your first WCing build, I'd recommend NOT lapping a block on your own, let the pros do it. Pump: D'uh. Need I say more? This is what pushes the water through the tubing, through the blocks, through, well, everything. Reservoir: A reservoir is optional. Personally, I bought one because it was $20 (Swiftech-MCRES) and looks a lot smoother than a T-Line. Reservoirs hold additional fluid and make filling and emptying a snap. T-Line: Acts like a res. but is simply tubing that extends from your main loop above it, allowing gravity to do the work. Shaped like a T, makes sense right? You can do this, but you run the risk of restricting water flow with a T-fitting for the T-Line. Radiator: This is not optional. Without this, you'll get about 10 seconds of life out of your PC before it melts. Get a rad. Rads come in various sizes. I've got a 2 fan Swiftech that works great for my CPU/GPU loop. Tubing: Also not optional, something has to contain that fluid! You can get basic Masterkleer PVC tubing, or get Tygon. Pay attention to ID/OD (Inner/Outer Diameter) all of your fittings for your other parts need to be the same size so it all fits and there's no leak! I went with the Tygon, why? It flexes better, doesn't fog up as easily, and is a bit thicker. I like it. Fluid: This is what makes it all worth it. You can use any after-market fluid found on any website. Be weary of claims of non-conductivity, low algae etc. Some guys just clean their parts real good and used colored distilled water. We'll touch on this later. Fans: Up to you really. You can go cheap, go LED, or go silent. I chose Silent - Scythe 120mm fans on my rad are dead quiet. The only noise coming from my PC (even with two stock case fans - 1x 120mm and 1x 80mm) is from an Apevia red LED fan I bought for the rear exhaust, and the hard-drives when they're spinning. Nothing else makes noise, it's amazing. Okay, so we're ready to plan our loop. Because it's a circle, you can start anywhere, but the best place to start, is at the pump. There are only two rules: 1) The pump's inlet must draw from the Rad 2) The pump's outlet must go to a T-Line/Res Even these rules are flexible depending on your setup, but try to make them happen. So, the loop for my PC is: Pump > Res > CPU > GPU > Rad > Pump Pretty easy right? My original plan was: Pump > Res > CPU > SB > GPU > Rad > Pump But the P5K's SB chip already has a HS on it. Ooops. Maybe some day I'll take the HS off and mount the block I bought, who knows.

Ruin

Ruin

 

PC Build: Parts List

After, no joke, months of research and study, I think I have finally compiled the parts list for me new PC. I thought I'd post it here first and get prepared for my Worklog that will go in the main forums. Project History: The Beginning I've been long overdue for a new PC for quite some time. Those who have been here at GR.net for a while probably remember me struggling to run GRAW (and even some [GR] mods) on my old Athalon 6400+ / Radeon 9500Pro desktop. Yeah, it sucks. I had a couple PSUs blow out on it, lost a few hard-drives, and now the thing finally quit. I bought a laptop before I left for school in Washington DC in July of 2006. After one too many nights on the town, going to clubs, and hosting parties... my laptop became a raging alcoholic. To this day, the signs of its troubled past are evident in its wacked out keyboard - the left arrow is always going. Good luck typing a sentence with the cursor forever moving backwards. Don't laugh, it sucks. Well, since its alcoholism, we've had issues. Big issues. To the point I packed up the music, pictures, and important memories and moved them into a new place (external hard-drive). I left for Ft. Knox Sept 10, 2007 hoping that some time apart would solve some problems. Upon my return, I found nothing had improved. In fact, the problems have worsened. Fed up and tired of living with a drunkard suffering withdrawals, I decided it was time to find someone new in my life - to the shegrin of my girlfriend. Well, I did some serious shopping around. Found out the best places to go, and have come up with a computer to rival some of the best PCs found here at GR.net and even around the web for under $3000 (parts only, not to include shipping) with a new Monitor, Mouse, and Software. Really, the actual tower comes out to $1,771 with about $350 in the cooling. Now add the aforementioned parts and some games, we get a grand total of almost exactly $3000 before S/H. Objective: The Future I needed a hard-hitter. A go to, go anywhere, do anything, do everything, all-go, no quit PC that would last me at least a couple years on the high-end spectrum. I wanted a PC that was so well rounded a baseball envied it for its shape. Mind you, this was no small task. I demanded a gaming PC capable of burning DVDs, a Digital Photo Editing powerhouse that could entertain 14+ drunken college students, a Web-Browser that could render in 3D. This is where the research started. In a later post I will explore every piece of hardware and software I bought and delve into why I bought them. This will come later. Ultimately, I had a challenge. Given that I had taken a 4 year hiatus from building PCs, catching up to the technology was a big slap in the face. "Whoah, we have dual cores now? Quad cores!? Holy ######!" You get the idea. I had a LOT of reading to do. So, in good old fashioned bullet format: Objectives Be able to play the latest and hottest games at godly FPS rates - on a large format wide screen monitor.
Be able to load up multiple digital pictures taken at 10.2MP, and edit them all in a matter of seconds to clean up dirty images (heh) and prepare for image processing in CS3 or Lightroom.
Be able to watch and create DVDs without frustrating pauses, lags, and general annoyances.
Be able to run 3D Studios efficiently and create large renders.
Be able to play music - loud.
Be able to do this all simultaneously.
The Build: The Present: Without further ado, and the ramblings of a giddy twenty year old, I give you... THE LIST! NewEgg.com ------------------- Cooler Master Stacker ASUS P5K Deluxe Motherboard Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 @ PC2 6400 EVGA 768MB GeForce 8800GTX Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Hiper 880w PSU Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA HD Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA HD (2) ASUS 20x DVD+R DVD Burner SATA (2) Samsung 226Bw 22" WS LCD Monitor Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Windows XP SP2 Logisys 12" Red CC (2) Logisys 4" Red CC (2) APEVIA 120mm Red LED Fan (2) OKGEAR 80mm Case Fan Scythe USA Mineba 120mm Case Fan (2) OKGEAR 18" Red SATA II Cable (6) OKGEAR 8" Molex>SATA Power Cable Razer Copperhead Tempest Razer Pro|Solutions Pro Mouse-Pad -World In Conflict, Crysis, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Call of Duty 4, GRAW2 {It's a start} Performance-PCs.com --------------------------------- Swiftech Apogee GT Extreme CPU Block Swiftech MCW60 GPU Block Swiftech MCW30 NB Block Swiftech MCR220 Quiet Power Series Dual 120mm Radiator Swiftech MCP355 Pump Swiftech MCRES-Micro Reservoir Clamps (14) Tygon Tubing (16ft) Fluid-XP Coolant CM Stacker Side Panel *Numbers inside of parentheses "( )" denote quantity The story about my laptop being drunk is not a story. It's the absolute truth, I'm not kidding. Think about it. Oh, for you other "shutter-bugs" who are curious about the toys my camera (Nikon D80) is getting... lens, and flash. ENVY ME!

Ruin

Ruin

 

365+1!

Wow... that's how long since my last blog entry. Hmmn. I have a lot to say. For those who are blind and can't read the forums... story of Ruin's life since last post: -Came home and worked for the summer. -Tore up the Transmission in my Jeep. -Got my 69 'Vette running. -Enlisted in the Army National Guard -Broke the Vette -Went to Ft. Knox and trained as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. -Left Ft. Knox and got home just over a week ago. -Fixed Transmission in the Jeep. -Waiting on Signing Bonus to buy a new PC. -Still with the same wonderful young lady. Two year anniversary in May. Meh, thought I'd share. I'm going to use my blog to keep track of my PC build too before I take it to the forums. So, if you read this, you'll get a sneak peek before everyone else.

Ruin

Ruin

 

Adding a mp3 ringtone to a Palm Device.

Adding a mp3 ringtone to a Palm Device, an aid memoir. * Use file encoding tool Super to re-encode the mp3 in mono at a constant bitrate. * Start RealPlayer on PC * Connect Palm to PC * Start Realplayer on Palm * On Realplayer on PC, click on Media Library Tab * Click on PalmOne Device. * Drag mp3 from file manager to RealPlayer and click Transfer * On Palm, open Minitunes and select the mp3 * Click ADD * In Contacts, edit contact to use new Ringtone. That's it.

Rocky

Rocky

 

2nd Dan.

I've been doing a fair bit of training for the last few weeks. I always train a minimum of 4 nights a week anyway, but for the last six weeks it's been more like every night. That's because today was my 2nd Dan grading, and I've been preparing for it like mad. It's been 12 years since I passed my 1st dan, and I've never stopped training since, so the thought of going for a grading after all that time was a tad stressful to say the least. Chief Instructors from Europe were over for a 3 day course this weekend, Fri - Sun, culminating in the dan gradings. Today was a killer, a 3 hour course with no break, getting tiny errors pointed out so we could correct them prior to the grading, hopefully. Then 2 hours later back to the honbu for the grading. Five sitting 2nd Dan and 2 sitting 3rd dan. A few pounds of sweat and a thick lip later, I was left with the others for what seeemed about 45 minutes during the deliberations. Then we were called back in and given the news - all passed, apart from one. I passed and was awarded my 2nd Dan certificate, so at long last my stress levels can return to normal

Rocky

Rocky

 

3AM---what am I doing up this early?

Ok, ever since my wife started doing 12-hrs shift, I find myself, free from her reign of watching celebrity shows and food network channel---sorry Rachel Ray, hasn't been the same since you left me for another man. So it's 3AM again, and I'm once again lurking the forums here and BFS...trying to catch SnowFella's early release on whatever he's working on---both here and BFS. Yep, check the porn sites---nothing new ....back to BFS...no new image---wait...there is one! Can't see it? Join the Donator's Domain---so worth it. So, my http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWr-hHkD7Y0in Hawaii are finally having a baby sometimes in Dec. I can't believe they had a baby before me It seems everyone is having a baby except me. I bothered ZJJ before about getting a dog, then a rabbit (forgot which order ) but no pet at this time. I want a baby, so I got someone else to watch with. Watching Wildboyz without anyone is not the same. I want a baby dammit! Parents say watching a baby sleep is hypnotic and helps you sleep. Unless your building their character by feeding them My Video Jar seems to be on a stand still...$35 and some change. Dyson still hasn't dropped their price, so I'm still using the beat up Eureka. Now I got my eye on the Roomba 500 series to replace my 1st Gen Roomba. Still does an awesome job cleaning the kitchen and hardwood-floor areas. I gotta work tomorrow at 3pm and I'm wide awake at 3am, waiting for my iPod to recharge so I can load my Jame Brown Greatest Hits so I can play it at work tomorrow to pep me up. This is sad. I'd hate to break out the Bacardi just so I can sleep.

Cpl Ledanek

Cpl Ledanek

 

Moving on..

Well, what's new? Been single (yet again) for at least a month now.. For once it doesn't involve constant pain - I actually feel pretty good. Buying a new PC helped.. Finally I'm able to play high-end games again! Although I spend most of my gaming time on World of Warcraft (Undead Rogue FTW) and Titan Quest.. And I'm completely hooked on the GRAW2 PC demo, so I'll be adding that to my collection as soon as payday comes. If I get enough cash rolling in, I'll even invest in some paintball gear.. It's the new "big thing" among my friends. Can't wait to unload entire mags in their faces ^^ Other than that, not much has happened I guess.. Is anyone even reading these tings? Hello..? Anybody out there...?

Daywanderer

Daywanderer

 

Life, death and religion

As a preface, I was born and raised a Catholic, but I have not been a practicing Catholic for many years. There are many doctrines of this faith I don't believe in, but that isn't what this post is about. On Sunday, I was working one of my many jobs. It was business as usual. The work was the same, the coworkers were the same, etc. Go home that evening thinking that I would be doing this all again tomorrow. Get to work the next day only to find out that a coworker (JC) passed away the night before. Makes you sit think about how quickly life changes. Here I was working with this guy a mere 24 hours ago and now he is gone. There is a memorial that was set up in the store that everyone can see when you walk in. I was able to look at that memorial and hold my emotions in check until they added his picture. That made it more real that he was gone instead of just not scheduled to work. Thursday night was the wake. I knew this would be tough for me when I finally see his body. However, that wasn't the tough part. The tough part was when the prayer service started. All the rituals from my upbringing came back to me. I had this "awakening" that I realized I missed, or maybe needed, these rituals. I cried through the service, but felt more at peace with myself when it was over. In a way I was dreading the next day when the funeral service would be. That is when all my other coworkers would find out I am Catholic. It's not something I'm ashamed of, but not something that is often discussed in small southern towns. So there I was Friday morning, in the middle of a group of people from my work. The conflicting emotions were traveling through me. I felt awkward amongst the coworkers who didn't know the rituals, but yet, I was able to feel the healing powers of the prayers and rituals. I considered finding a church to go to. To do something I felt wasn't needed if I believed in One God. I wanted to discuss these feelings with a friend who has a closer relationship to God than I. When I mentioned this week briefly to him, his response was "death is hard .... especially when you believe in a false doctrine." What happened to "love thy neighbor"? Why do some feel as if there is only one religion and those that follow a different religion are heathens? Doesn't that go against all that is taught in one's religion? Why can't we unite as believers in One God no matter what religion we believe in? "Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only said the word and I shall be healed."

ZJJ

ZJJ

 

Bye Bye X360, Hello Wii!

So I eventually got around to getting rid of my disapointing X360. Nobody wanted to buy it, so I traded it in for a new Wii - and after a day playing the Wii I wish I had done it a long time ago. The games I got were 2 family type games where the kids could playing bowling and boxing etc, and two for me I just went for two of the highest rated games, RE4 and the latest Zelda game. I have never played Zelda in my life, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about, because I understand the game is HUGE. Off the bat it reminded my of Final Fantasy, back in the day. It looks pretty easy going so far, so it might provide a welcome respite from the horrors of Bioshock on the PC. RE4 looks very promising. I loved the very first one, I think that was a PS1 release? Surprisingly, the whole aim and shoot process is a bit easier than with a joypad, I seem to find, so that's a bonus. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised with the quality of graphics too, I didn't expect much, so to find them more than adeqaute was another bonus. They do look a little "washed out" I suppose, but it's kind of atmospheric, so it's all good. I can see many afternoons of hilarity playing bowling with the kids though, neat stuff. The controller is VERY accurate. I have to admit when I initially saw the idea behind the controller when the Wii was released, I was in the "sounds great but I bet it won't work worth a dime" crowd, well, it does work, very very well. I'd love to find a game like the arcade shooters, where you reload by shaking the gun off screen, and take on a house of zombies etc, I don't think I saw anything like that in the top rated Wii games though. Impressive piece of kit though.

Rocky

Rocky

 

Monthly Update?

Hello, and welcome to yet another edition of "Day's Life". Quit my current job - just two more nights this weekend to go - so next week I'll start strolling around a nearby mall instead. I'll miss all the 'action' I get into by working night shifts in Oslo, but it's well worth it for the more social hours and reduced weekend-working. Got my Supra running again after getting a new turbo again, luckily covered by the warranty, then decided to sell it. It's proving more difficult than I expected (who wouldn't want a 300hp+ version of Toyota's old flagship?), but I've been in contact with a couple of guys who are willing to trade cars for it. One guy is very eager to trade his 200hp '96 Audi A4 1.8 Turbo. A nice car indeed, and decked with cool stuff, but a little too plain for a guy like me. I like seeing people widen their eyes and turn their heads after me when I cruise by Another guy has exactly what I'm looking for: A 225hp '92 Toyota MR2 Turbo. I really miss my old MR2 - the Supra is awesome and flooring it down the highway produces a feeling unlike any other, but it's big, heavy and a real pain to drive in medium/heavy traffic. Unfortunately, this guy's on holiday and won't be back for another two weeks. Fingers crossed he'll still be interested after seeing/trying the Supra. I'm itching for a new car.. Bought the '91 Subaru Legacy. I don't think I've ever had a car in such a poor condition (except my old Toyota Camry), but it works and is pretty comfy. Not sure how long I'll keep it though, I keep seeing a lot of cars for sale that could easily replace it as my work/winter-car. Bought a 32" LCD TV! Not the biggest or the best model, but very good and very affordable, and a huge step up from the mid-nineties relic we used to have. Finally I can play games in hi-def widescreen glory Got Forza Motorsport 2 and Colin McRae Dirt - both excellent games, and the latter is the only X360 game my girlfriend actually likes to play Bonus points to Forza for including a Supra almost identical to mine in the starting car line-up - mine's got the 3.0 single-turbo engine, not the 2.5 twin-turbo (incorrectly listed as 2.0 in Forza, unless there's yet another "racing edition" twin-turbo which I've never heard of). Well, guess I should go sleep some - been up for 36-37 hours now I think. I'll end it by heeding Rocky's request for a photo of my beloved 'Till next time!

Daywanderer

Daywanderer

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