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Comment: Oh yes, envy me... (Score 1) 558 558

Motherboard: ASUS F2A85-V PRO
Processor: AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz FM2 Quad
Memory (part number): G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 4 x 8GB DDR3 1866
Display Chip: AMD A85X (Hudson D4) [Integrated graphics, not a gamer)
Display LCD: Monoprice 30" IPS CCFL Backlit LCD Panel
Hard Drive (System): SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA
Hard Drive (Storage): Hitachi HDS724040ALE640 (0S03355) 4TB
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 CPU Fan
Case: Antec-300 PC Case
Power Supply: Rosewill FORTRESS-450w 80 Plus Platinum
UPS: CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA
OS: Windows 7 (64-bit) Professional

Comment: Re:WoW? (Score 2) 277 277

Most people back then didn't go to arcades and had never even heard of Pac-Man.

Pac-Man was ubiquitous because the video game craze extended well beyond the arcade. You could find them at movie theaters, liquor stores, pizza parlors, bowling alleys, kiosk space in the mall, even just past the checkout lanes at the grocery store. I don't know anyone who hadn't heard of Pac-Man by 1981.

Comment: Re:Duh? (Score 1) 327 327

Depends, I'm still grandfathered under the "unlimited data" plan, so AT&T cannot legally cap the amount of data I am using.

Lucky for them (and for me?), I'm not one of the high bandwidth users who watch videos all day on my phone ... but if someday I need to use that much data off the 3G network, I did pay for it (have been for 2-3 years), and it should be readily available to me.

Comment: Re:Seagate reliability (Score 1) 467 467

I have about a dozen 1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm drives purchased intermittently over the past ~2 years from ~4 different vendors. The most recent purchase was at the end of Nov 2009.

So far, no problems (knock on wood). They tend to run 24/7, but don't necessarily see that much disc activity (media server).

I did have one Seagate drive die on me, but I think it was a 750GB drive ... and that was a couple of years ago. I have at least 8 of those drives, plus four older 300gb drives ... all are off-line now, but they were working fine when they were in use.

Never tried the 5900rpm drives...

Comment: Re:ISA slots (Score 1) 622 622

I also have a parallel-port EPROM burner that I use more frequently, the Xtronics Pocket Programmer ... however, it is not fully compatible with all of the older EPROM chips that I occasionally use.

At least their website is still active, and the latest Pocket Programmer runs off the USB port. Right now, I have no need for a $249.95 upgrade, but will keep it in mind.

Do you have a link to your preferred USB-to-ISA product?

For the record, I did find that the PB-10 would not necessarily run on newer (faster) computers. Maybe some of the internal timing has changed?

Comment: Re:Last sentence is stupid (Score 2) 369 369

Not to defend them, but the summary indicates GB caps not MB. 100GB is alot harder to pull down in a month, not that I haven't managed to do it on a crappy DSL line, thus making it even more likely someone with a nice fat cable pipe could do it.

I can easily do 100gb in a week, now that all these 1080p MKV files are out there.

You know, ummm ... backups for my BluRay discs. :-)

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