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Comment Re:ATRAC = Pain in the ass (Score 1) 263 263

Found this thread.. People offer a couple of solutions, plus a link to a program that is supposed to strip it out. Haven't tried it myself.


Another thought, is it possible to recreate the specs of the old computer using VMware Player?

Comment Sony Cassette Walkman (Score 1) 338 338

Still have my Sony Cassette Walkman I bought for myself as a graduation present from Basic Training back in 1993. I dug it out of the closet a few months ago to show the kids what cassettes look like.

The hard drive stack has several under 20GB drives. Smallest drive I have is 6.4Gb

Have an old Gateway Pentium computer with Windows 3.1 siting under the work bench. Has a Voodoo3 card in it, and uses my logitech Digital Extreme joystick. The F-16 game "Multi-Role-Fighter" takes full advantage of the voodoo card.

I don't have the computer anymore, but I still have the CPU from my old 486 SX25 computer. I've thought about turning it into a keychain or something.

Comment Librarything.com (Score 3, Informative) 230 230

I have over 750 books in my library, and I use Librarything.com. $10 per year, or $25 for life.

Best way to add books is to type in the ISBN, then the website searches online databases, to include Amazon.

You can also add tags to your books, like fiction, non-fiction, read, not read, etc.

Every book I read this year gets a "2012" tag, so I'll always know how many books I read in a given year.

Comment Re:What's available for Bitttorrent clients nowada (Score 1) 399 399

You're correct, I'm using Astraweb. What I liked about them when I first signed up was no expiration of the GB purchased. It took me about six months to burn through the 25Gb purchased. I recently renewed for another 25 GB, and I figure when this finally runs out I'll go the 180GB route.

binsearch.info & nzbmatrix? I've not heard of these. I used to frequent newzbin, but haven’t used it for quite a while. I'll have to take at look at the sites you suggested.

Comment Re:What's available for Bitttorrent clients nowada (Score 1) 399 399

Usenet is great for just browsing the various binaries if you are not sure what you looking for. I've found more obscure albums because of usenet. The news provider I use is $10 for 25GB, and I have as much time as I want to burn through the 25 GB. Works for me. Some weeks I'll burn through it, other times a month will go by without downloading anything. I run newsrover (windows program) using WINE on Kubuntu & opensuse. That way I can take advantage of SSH encryption, and still take advantage of the built in graphics viewer.

Comment Re:What's available for Bitttorrent clients nowada (Score 1) 399 399

I use kTorrent in Kubuntu. A couple of my favorite features incudes bandwidth scheduling, automatic updating of my blocklist, and no crapware or installing of other programs.

I've run into a couple of private torrent sites that didn't work with kTorrent, so I switched over to Transmission for those. Everything else I run kTorrent.

Comment librarything.com (Score 5, Interesting) 188 188

I set up an account with Librarything.com, and we're going through the process of adding all of the books to the website.

The main advantage of this is that anybody can browse the library's collection anytime they want. On Sunday mornings they flash the URL up on the stage.

We're still using the paper checkout process though. The old ladies that run the library are 80+ years old, and are former librarians back when Eisenhower was in office. I figure one tech upgrade at a time is all they can handle.

Comment Linux Most of the time (Score 1) 1880 1880

About two years ago I switched to using Kubuntu most of the time. I still dual boot on both the desktop and notebook, but a majority of the time is spent on the Linux side.

I wouldn't have enough money to buy licenses for all the old boxes we have in the house, but with Linux they are all up and running, and each kid has their own Linux computer.

My hardware is too old to play the latest and greatest games, and with lack of free time, I like to fire up Civilization 4 for the occasional gaming bug. get Civ 4 to work under WINE, and I'd ditch Windows all together.

Libreoffice is good enough for me, and I like the feature that can print straight to pdf.

My Creative Zen is recognized under Kubuntu, and so is our ancient laser printer.

The kids computers run Linux (this month's flavor is Lubuntu) and they love it.

Comment Kubuntu at home, Win7 at work (Score 1) 417 417

Air National Guard computers at work, so it's Windows 7, locked down with a virus scanner that does a FULL SCAN of EVERY DAMN FILE everyday! Our only option is to "postpone for one hour". Takes about 15 minutes from once it's turned on to being able to work. Everything else is locked down, even forbidden to adjust the clock if we wanted to. Home is Kubuntu computers (11.04) and a Win7 box for various games that I'm too lazy to get working under Kubuntu. Kid's box is a dual-boot of Vista and Kubuntu 11.04. They spend a overwhelmingly amount of time on the Kubuntu side.

Comment Re:Ah, shades of the year 2000 (and 2005) (Score 1) 189 189

So in 2009, the industry takes a new approach: owning your cellphone.
This is already happening with some of the new cell phones out there. My daughter (had) the Sidekick, and it was basically a rented cell phone. You had to sign up for the $25 monthly data plan to get any functionality out of the phone. All contacts were stored on the server, along with ring tones and texts. Take away the $25 a month, and every time the phone is turned off, it returns to factory default and loses everything.
You were not allowed to import your own ring tones, but had to download from their list.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"