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  1. I know (at least think) it's possible to run an Xbox or other game console through a TV tuner and then output the video to a monitor. Would there be much noticable lag by doing something like this? I know most tuners have a 5 second delay on all incoming signals in order to allow replays of live feeds, but once this is disabled, would it be possible to game? Has anyone done this before?
  2. Electricity is not a source of energy, it is a form of energy. Why would you want to have to go from a power plant -> electricity (storage, think batteries) -> powering the car when you can go straight from a mini-power plant -> powering the car? Batteries either weigh a hell of a lot (lead acid) or they have a very short life span (~ 2-3 years for LiPo) Hydrogen power cells can be made fairly light and compact, while putting out a good amount of energy. Plus, water can be found just about everywhere, and is relatively lightweight.
  3. Easy now...I can't even remember when I built this computer, but it would have had to have been 3 or 4 years ago. Got my 4400+ a month or two after they hit the market I think with 2 gigs of RAM (2x1gb), the 8800GTS 512mb, a couple nice harddrives, and a new 24" monitor, I won't be left with much to complain about
  4. Well I haven't been around for a while and my computer has been lagging behind lately. I'm currently looking to upgrade to either 2x1gb or 2x2gb of RAM, another HD or 2, as well as the Westinghouse 24" monitor (looks nice, and is on Newegg for about $360) I was curious if the nVidia 8800GTS 512mb would be compatible with my current DFI Infinity NF4 SLi motherboard. The new GFX card says that it is for a PCI-E 16x 2.0 slot while my motherboard is a standard (I think) 1.0 PCI-E 16x slot. Also, if the card will be compatible, will I have any problems or be bottlenecked by the 1.0 PCI-E 16x slot? 8800GTS 512mb old review of my DFI Infinity NF4 SLi Westinghouse 24" LCD Also, does anyone have any input on the monitor above? The thing I like about it is that it has standard A/V ports and has composite inputs....this is the only monitor (for a reasonable price) that I've found with all of these features. I saw the monitor in person and it looks pretty good. I'm going to be running my TV through my computer and into the monitor as well, so a 24" screen is much preferred. Any suggestions to a better monitor or alternative around the same price?
  5. Anyone have any numbers or ideas about the benefits to using open source software over proprietary? My English teacher told me to write on a topic that interests me, so I will! And hello again all, I haven't been around much lately...not a whole lot interesting going on in the computer world sadly.
  6. The Crossfire is bigger, heavier, more powerful, and most importantly, a lot more expensive. @Camaro, the 6 speed really comes into play with the turboed srt-4 engine. With 300hp and IIRC about 260 ft/lbs of torque it would be very nice to have all 6 gears. Plus, a smooth shifting 6spd is much more fun than a 5spd, and that's what these small cars are made for, fun. The current Miata either only comes with or mainly only comes with a 6spd manual and that is pushing about the same numbers as the base engine in this concept. Favorite quote of the day "Happiness is not what is around the corner, it is the corner." -random s2000 owner.
  7. Well lets hope that DCX can come up with something that will outperform the Miata sometime soon
  8. The latest I've seen put the 2 about equal for #3 (Depending on how many subsidaries are included, I'll admit I didn't look too into it though)...The Solstice/Sky were horrid cars that completely went against what they were supposed to be (small sports cars are for handling, not straight lines GM...although they do seem to be doing decent) and Mazda needs some good competition. The S2000 is too expensive to be in the same bracket (or was...I think 2006 or 07 may have been the last year) so hopefully this new Dodge (if it or something like it comes) will bring some direct competition to it. They dropped the ball on the Razor, but it did show their intent to break into the market that the Miata is dominating right now. I love that DCX has dropped the toy/girly look of the Miata though, they've taken something that was typically thought of as an old man/woman's car and added some aggressive styling to it.
  9. AutoBlog - Congrats to Dodge and the boys at DaimlerChrysler for keeping the Dodge Demon Concept completely under wraps until now. As of 12:01AM on 2/12, however, the embargo has lifted and we're allowed to tell you about this Dodge-branded MX-5 killa destined to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It's no accident that we've invoked the Mazda MX-5 so quickly as a comparison for the Demon Concept, as Dodge freely admits the Japanese roadster was its benchmark when designing the car. The Demon is a smidge shorter than the MX-5, though a bit wider, taller and heavier. Unlike the concept's shown by DaimlerChrysler so far this autoshow season like the Chrysler Nassau and Jeep Trailhawk, the Demon Concept has been built from the ground up and uses no existing platform. It does, however, use one of DCX's existing engines – the 2.4L four-cylinder World Engine that sends 172 horsepower and 165 ft-lbs. of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Dodge officials tell us a number of engines could be used in the Demon, including the 1.8 or 2.0L World Engine. A 300-hp motor, probably the one that powers the Caliber SRT-4, was also spoken of when we were initially introduced to the Demon by DCX. So what do you all think? Personally I'm glad to see even more competition for the Miata since I'm somewhat in the market for one. Hopefully they can pull things together on this and get something pushed to production...maybe DCX will find their way into the big 3 eventually? (or Ford will fall from the big 3, either way )
  10. Looks like a Toyota...can't think of the model name My girlfriend's parents used to drive one.
  11. All I see is a picture of a classic Windows start bar...must be something I'm missing here
  12. I've always just pulled my stuff out...the one time I did use the "Safely Remove Hardware" tool it corrupted my flash drive and I lost everything, lol.
  13. Wow....someone needs to get himself a girlfriend Pretty amazing though...I wonder how long that took and if it was just the one person working on it?
  14. What do you think of the University of Manchester? It seems to be a good school, and maybe down the road I could work something out with my college here or just transfer over. Where did/do any of you Brits go to school and if you could be at any school, which one would it be?
  15. These are the only ones offered directly through my school...but I may be able to work something out with another school if you or someone else has a better suggestion. This is all still a couple years out, but I just want to start planning as early as I can.
  16. Hey all...I've finally decided on my college of choice for next year (Southern IL @ Edwardsville) and have been looking at studying abroad later. They offer programs at Lancaster Uni, Sheffield Hallam Uni, and U of Northumbria in Newcastle. I was wondering if anyone of my English friends here could give me a litte insight into what you all know about any of these Unis. The last two would probably be preffered, as they offer a more specialized program for my major (Business Administration) but either of the three would be fine with me. So anything you can all tell me about the University, city surrounding it, etc would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  17. Hopefully (but doubtfully) they will be able to push something out by 3Q of 2007...I wouldn't mind a 45nm chip in my next laptop But ehh...a price drop on a Conroe chip wouldn't be passed up either.
  18. I've been the proud owner of a Wii for about a month and a half now...I love it! I've played the 360 and PS3, but the Wii is definitely my favorite. IMO, it is the best for party games (which is mainly what the big N is known for) and that is the only real use I have for a console in the first place...so...Wii FTW! I own LoZ: TP, Red Steel, Rayman: Raving Rabbids, and Wii Sports, all of which are great. The controls in Red Steel are awkward to start, but after a while it is great.
  19. I know in IL, if you aren't passing a car within 1 minute of getting in the left lane it is illegal, I think it should be this way everywhere. IMO the reason people feel the need to drive fast on the city streets is because of a lack of inexpensive places to drive fast otherwise. I know around me, there is no track within 2 hours...and the ones that are nearby (Chicago/St. Louis) either don't have open track days or when they do it can be $300+ for 3 hours. (which is why I would like to open up a track near where I live right now and open it up to the public for a reasonable price)
  20. I too wear contacts and order just the standard 2 week disposables. I never keep track of how long they've been in, just replace them when I can't see anymore. I change the solution in my container maybe once or twice a week and my contacts last me 2-3 months. I'm sure if I changed the solution more often they would last longer, but I think I'm about maxing them out right now because I'm constantly getting lake water/sweat/all kinds of other things in my eyes and ruining them. My eyes must be a lot more resiliant (sp?) than yours Unforgivin, I can keep mine in for 3+ days at a time and never have any problem with them, only time I've ever had a problem was when I woke up with something in my (thinking it was just sleep or something) and put my contact on over it...messed my eye up for a couple of days, but I've never had any problem besides that. @Andrew, I use the Acuvue (sp? again) lenses and I never have a problem with the curvature of them changing enough to affect my vision...it's always because they get cloudy after a while from so much use and abuse. If the curvature does change a bit, once I put them in and blink a bit they still suction right down on my eye and I can see like normal. Why do most people skimp on their contacts? My mom works as a nurse and has pretty good health insurance, and it is still about $175 for a year worth of medium-grade contacts, anyone with just bare minimum health insurance or those with none at all could end up paying quite a bit more. (with Bush's new healthcare plan hopefully this will change...I just wish that our healthcare was like that of Canada and some other nations...instead of being fighting with Africa in terms of coverage) Edit: I think mine are about -4.5...all I know is that I can't distinguish the big E at all w/o my contacts or glasses.
  21. I wonder what the topmost one would look like with the font slightly italicized...
  22. No...just cut the fan wires from wherever they go and resolder them directly to the 12v rail and ground...I did this on mine and it definitely turns it into a whole 'nother PSU. My 12v is now steady around 12.0x load and idle, whereas before it would be all over from 12.1x to 11.8x.
  23. I think fueler combined 4 or 5 PSUs one time to make a very powerful single PSU...my reccomendation would be to do that only if you have multiple PSUs lying around, otherwise I would buy a nice commercial PSU since it does not need to fit in a standard case. For 8 mobos and CPUs I would say that you could probably get away with around 1200-1500w. You may just want to get a decent 200-250w mini-PSU for each mobo if you don't already have a mass of spare PSUs laying around.
  24. If you really want to mod it, the only thing I would do is a short shifter...I drove a 99 GT with a new shifter and it was like driving a completely different car...still a crappy t-45 tranny, but much nicer none the less.
  25. Tried it way back in the day when it was still Longhorn and it was mehh....I'm waiting to get a new laptop this spring/summer for college so I could have Vista loaded on it. To me, Vista doesn't really offer anything that you can't already have in XP...sure a few things are faster/more efficient, but would anyone here pay the $200ish to upgrade when you can simply apply the Vista GUI package on top of XP and have basically the same thing?
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