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  1. That price seems a bit excessive given that I pay less than $7 a month for hosting. Perhaps you might consider a change of host? I use iPower and have since 2002 when I set up my teaching site. Why not go take a look and see if they have what you need? It doesn't cost anything to look and it might just ease the pressure on your wallet. The only reason I can think of that you are paying so much is that you have set up a dedicated server. Why do that if you don't have to? I use the Pro Plan and pay every two years to get the cheapest rate. I still haven't used a fraction of the space available but then again, I only use the site for teaching.
  2. I finally have the demo up and running and find it to be similar to Galactic Civilizations in that it is a huge area with tiny little pieces that you have to zoom in on to work with. To make matters worse, once you learn the interface it moves glacially slow. I haven't played GalCiv in many months, I find I still prefer the simpler Masters of Orion II, primarily for the ease of the interface. The entire map fits on my screen and I can see everything of consequence readily. I was up until 6 in the morning playing the demo, so it does have its addictive qualities but I'm not sure I can justify $45 for a 2 dimensional GalCiv, no matter how well done. Of course, knowing how things have gone for me lately, now that I've gone on record like this, I will probably own it before the end of next month ...
  3. I am posting just to help increase my post count as I know so little compared to most in here. My experience goes back to circuits made from discrete components around 1965, mainframe user starting around 1974, and PCs around 1977. I don't think I built my first computer until the early 80's (an Apple ][ kit). After about '87 I was more into creating custom databases for a living than anything else and even that skill is woefully out of date now. For the last several years I have purchased custom made systems from brand name vendors (most recently, 3 from HP) as I find the build cost doesn't give enough margin to make a living at any more. I never got into building hardware just for the sake of saying I had the fastest machine because that will only be true for a very limited time. It would be nice if there were an easier way to quantify the existing information contained in the forum. I think perhaps a table of contents and an index would help immensely. As I said, I don't know any useful new information but would be happy to help test anything developed from the idiots point of view. I have found I can test a software package to destruction faster than many.
  4. That's simple economics. It takes better, more expensive equipment to give higher speeds. It's only fair that a company that provides the higher speed be allowed to recover its costs and a fair profit. What I object to is that (evidently) they will now limit the bandwidth I've paid for if the site I'm trying to connect to hasn't paid them extortion. I've started a discussion on my forum, perhaps someone could duplicate it here? [Added] Sorry for the necrotopic but I've just read about this though, I've been seeing it in action, and hadn't realized that is what was going on. Im not sure spock, you want the discussion copied in this post here? Krank
  5. How about a Spam Cookbook? http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=aOGGpxemhlcC&dq=spam
  6. Hmm, I wasn't aware that a shell was a forum requirement. I will have to see if I can find one large enough that I have a chance of getting into it just so I can "come out" periodically. Actually, under my philosophy of attempting to appear more intelligent by being silent (why prove how stupid I am by opening my mouth!?) I tend to lurk in many fora unless I actually have something to say. I usually make some attempt to make such comments useful or constructive but most often just show how little I actually know about anything. Time to go hide again ...
  7. I will probably get blasted for this post but so be it ... [RANT] It seems to me we have only heard a single side of this "daytime TV drama" and I am getting a bit tired of the whining. There are two sides to every story and all I can suggest is, "get over your sense of rejection and get on with life!" Quit wallowing in self pity, no one else really cares. The sooner you get over this and get on with your own life, the better things will turn out for you. I'm sure we all have our own stories of love gained and lost, some probably a lot worse than yours but you don't see anyone else crying in the forum do you? I almost married my high school girl friend because she had a baby ... until I found out it was actually someone else's! I finally found the right girl and we've been married over 40 years now. [/RANT] OK, I'm standing by waiting for the blast of angry idiots who think I was too harsh. Just remember everything posted in any forum is a personal opinion and opinions are like dummies, everyone has them and they ALL stink!
  8. I've been using it in my classroom to teach basic database and mail merge techniques for a couple of years now. Initially there were a few glitches until I rewrote my class handout to match the OpenOffice commands. It opens and operates on MS Office files with no problems that I've been able to determine and will even save back to the same format.
  9. One of the Add-Ons that doesn't work that I use a lot is Adblock Plus: Element Hiding Helper. I use it to hide ads and in-your-face graphics and animations that distract from the content of websites and fora I visit. Hope it gets updated soon!
  10. Firefox v3b5 is out and it solves a minor problem I was having in that the earlier version would not display smilies or some forum indicators for certain fora. It now works ... for that anyway. Release Notes Improvements
  11. How Insurance Works After Mrs. O'Toole's barn burned down, she called her insurance agent to file a claim. She told the insurance man, "We had that barn insured for fifty thousand bucks, and we need that money immediately!" "Just a minute there, Mrs. O'Toole," the agent replied. "Insurance doesn't work quite like that." "What do you mean?!" she said. "The policy here says $50,000!" "That's a maximum," the insurance man said. "What we do is will ascertain the value of what was insured, and then provide you with a new one of comparable worth." After a long pause, she replied "That's how insurance works?!" "Absolutely," the agent said. "Well then," she said, "I'd like to cancel the policy on my husband immediately!"
  12. Ref: 10 Ideas That Are Changing The World Interesting, and sometimes disturbing, ideas. Well worth a read even if you don't agree with them all.
  13. I remember you saying that but couldn't you glue some extra acrylic to the bottom to act as legs to help support it? After all, you use stand-offs for the MB, why not the fan controller? Of course, the only problem with that is that if the DVD drawer is open you won't be able to access the fan controls as easily ...
  14. Perhaps if you switched the locations of the DVD burner and the fan controller?
  15. Mack27's link would have worked but he somehow managed to post it on two separate lines. It needs to be reattached as a single line to work.
  16. I couldn't get it to work and had to use => this <= link.
  17. I know it's probably too late now but I would have scored a slot on the back of the plate that would be wide enough for the circuit board to fit in to a depth of about half the width of the plate. Then you wouldn't have had to counter sink the holes to accept the washers and nuts or could have made them shallower. Also, when drilling the holes, I would have clamped the plate to the wood so it wouldn't move from the rotational torque of the drill. A depth gage would have kept the holes from being too deep. I've heard that hind sight is 20-20 ...
  18. SpockST

    IE8 Beta 1

    How many Add-ons are you running? The more installed and active, the longer it takes FF to finish booting.
  19. SpockST

    IE8 Beta 1

    That's really a matter of opinion. Some users like it, others like IE. My opinion? I prefer FF but I'm not blinded to the fact that some people just like IE better. There is no way you will know until you've tried both. In fact, I had two systems side-by-side and used FF on one and IE on the other .... ... I now use FF v2.x.x on one and FF v3bx on the other. Not a bad idea, but not just for security. Why not start a new topic asking which Add-ons others use and why? That way you should get a head start with what will probably help you the most.
  20. I wasn't necessarily looking for SP campaigns, just the ability to play solo against the AI(s) on my own machine without being required to do so on the Internet. From the impression I get from your post, what I want to be able to do is possible.
  21. I've played Stardock games for some time and got GalCivII because I enjoy playing Master of Orion II so much. I see NewEgg is offering Sins of a Solar Empire for $37 but from everything I've read this is a LAN game only. Is there no Single Player mode that would allow you to play on your local system against the AI?
  22. SpockST

    IE8 Beta 1

    The only problem is that IE Tab doesn't work with FF v3b. :sad: Hope they get the Add-On working soon.
  23. After I got burned out working 80+ hour weeks as a Senior Systems Analyst in Washington, DC, I quit the computer field completely and worked for Circuit city until I got my sanity back. Unfortunately it took me 3 years. I worked as a Customer Service Representative because I just didn't want to try to be in sales. Fortunately, I learned a lot about what retail Customer Service goes through and will never look at those poor people the same way again. Circuit City used to have one of the most enlightened customer service policies I had ever heard of and I was enthusiastic about helping their customers. They required their sales people to go to continual classes to actually learn about the products they sold. They have abandoned their customer service policy now, have stripped all commissions from their sales people, and have fired a lot of the people I knew to be great salesmen and support people simply because the earned a few cents more than some new artificial maximum wage they had generated to help them trim their expenses and earn more profits for the corporate drones. At least one of those salesmen was only a few years from retirement and was suffering from a back injury (non-job related) that would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for him to get medical coverage on his own. I used to recommend Circuit City to everyone and never went to Best Buy as their sales people didn't know much about anything. Now I am personally boycotting Circuit City and find myself forced to shop at Best Buy for everything that cannot wait for an Internet purchase. I hope Circuit City either reverts back to its common sense policies or goes out of business soon. In the mean time, I will search out more Mom and Pop type establishments, though I also have a horror story to share about a Mom and Pop type franchise ... buyer beware.
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