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    Budlight and pr0n

    http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/...porn-commercial "Make sure you have a safe word, and it shouldn't be 'more'"
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    Controlling network traffic

    A Linksys router loaded with the DD-WRT firmware is capable of providing QoS services for LAN and WAN, and would be able to perform traffic shaping for your individual IP...
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    Data recovery from failed drive

    I use Clonezilla for my home cloning solutions. I've never attempted to look inside the image though. It appears to be saved as a tar.gz, and there are plenty of options for what type of compression should be used when creating the image. It's linux based, and has a friendly wizard to walk you through the cloning process.
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    Data recovery from failed drive

    Sometimes the circuit board on the drive can crap out, and if replaced, data will still be intact. You may be able to find an IDENTICAL drive model and put the circuit board from the working drive, onto the failing drive. The process is not super technical, and anybody comfortable building a PC, can do it. I'm not talking about taking the drive/platters apart, just the circuit board on the outside of the drive. I've performed this operation once and was able to recover all data on the failed drive. If this works for you, be sure to recover your data to another drive, swap the parts back and RMA the failing drive.
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    Montana threatens to secede

    Here's an example of your average, ordinary college kid who was carrying a firearm at the right place, and right time, saving the lives of several others: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/19365762/detail.html
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    Montana threatens to secede

    Name one such study
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    Montana threatens to secede

    I believe you perfectly verbalized one of the main reasons for secession talks: the federal government taking $1.00, and giving you back $0.75 and telling you it's for your own good or it's a gift or that you just received a "stimulus". Why not just let us keep the $1.00, and let us decide how to spend it (or only take $0.25). "Us" being the individual, the city, the county, the state... What about the states who are refusing such funds? What is their carrot to continue giving up liberties to the federal government?
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    Montana threatens to secede

    I do not believe such an action, if ever to take place, would occur by a single state. I believe one state would gather support from other disenfranchised states and garner support for a common movement. I have a hard time believing that the Texas ego would tolerate NOT being the first state to secede, and would join in any such venture, especially considering the secession remarks from the Texas governor just last week!
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    Help with a possible computer.

    I've become sick of replacing over-utilized/under-powered PSUs, so I tend to get more power supply than I know I need. Your PSU looks adequate, but if it were my build I would get at least a 750. Everything looks good though!
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    Router dead?

    Like HT said, consumer/home routers are disposable. Since my first Linksys Broadband Router in about 2000, or 1999, I've gone through maybe half a dozen. Yeah, it sucks to have the router crap out and it really sucks to have my home network lose internet connection, but $50 every two or three years is worth it to me. If you don't like that, spend over a grand on a corporate router that will outlast your grandchildren. Heating and cooling is an issue with all electronic devices (as the members of this forum very well know), and I notice most router implementations are in the hottest, dirtiest corner of any given office or home. Making sure your router has access to cool air, or at the very least open airflow, will vastly improve the lifetime of the device.
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    Annoying file transfer issue

    Stupid crap like that happens on windows networks because SMB (windows networking) is bloated and runs with mucho overhead. For significant file transfer between any system in my home network, I try to use FTP. FTP is a more efficient network protocol, and your transfer speeds should be far greater and durable than SMB. Filezilla Server is free and easy to setup, and Filezilla Client is also free.
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    How do I hide My IP?

    A proxy server is a server you send all of your internet requests to, and the proxy server then does the actual request to the open net. So when you go to http://slashdot.org, you send a request to your proxy server, the proxy server pulls the content for http://slashdot.org, and then serves it to you. The proxy server knows what your IP is, but slashdot doesn't necessarily know it.
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    Excessive Memory Usage

    If you run Process Explorer from Sysinternals, are you able to get a better idea how each process is utilizing memory? Enabling the "working set memory" column may shine some light on this...
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    Arizona v Gant ruling

    http://www.flexyourrights.org/gant_ruling To summarize, the US Supreme Court ruled that it is a violation of the 4th Amendment, to perform an unwarranted search of a suspects vehicle after they've been arrested, or otherwise detained by police.
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    Buying a bike....this one a scam?

    There were no results for this name in criminal and professional record searches for California...
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    US Troops Ambush Taliban Patrol

    The NYTimes no less...great article!
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    RAID on UD3R

    I've always had problems using onboard (motherboard) RAID chipsets and linux. The Linux distribution will detect the chipset, load the appropriate drivers, but I've never had a linux distribution display my RAID setup, only the individual drives. I'm sure this is a driver issue, but my linux know-how and overall give-a-dookie has been far too minimal to successfully install linux on motherboard RAID. However, all linux distributions I've used love to install on LSI RAID volumes no problem!
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    Download OVERLOAD!

    When data is deleted, it is marked in the Master File Table (MFT) as "available". So, the data isn't necessarily removed, it's just marked as available so the next time you write to your disk, you may write over the area where your deleted data was located. Yes, each time you write and delete, you fragment your disk, but file systems are made to handle fragmentation. IMO, the only time you should start worrying about hefty fragmentation is when your fragments per file reach 1.50 or higher. NTFS shows 1 fragment per file when it is totally defragged. You can manage fragmentation by considering the size of data and type of data on your drive/partition, and create your cluster size accordingly. Generally, if you know you'll be storing large files (media files) on a drive, you can crank up the file system cluster size to help reduce fragmentation and improve disk read access. These improvements are marginal, but they're there. A common configuration that causes high fragmentation is allowing your page file to "grow". If your pagefile has min and max dimensions, it is always growing, and growing in fragments. To eliminate this, you can set your min and max pagefile size to be equal, and then use PageDefrag to defrag the pagefile. After performing these two steps, your pagefile will never fragment. PageDefrag will also defrag registry files (it's freely available from sysinternals.com) I defrag monthly, or when I notice a degradation in my write speeds (a ~20% or greater loss). I use the built in OS defrag tool, most of the commercial tools use the same native Windows defrag APIs, and IMO their marketing is what you're paying for, not their superior technology.
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    Dual Display Load?

    I don't believe adding a second monitor will increase CPU or memory usage, nor should you expect a hit on your overall system performance. The second monitor is strictly supported by the functionality of your video card and I also wouldn't expect it to impact your video quality or performance. Dual monitors just gives you more desktop area, which is great for opening multiple windows. The number of games that utilize multiple monitors is limited, and AFAIK none of the first person shooters or MMORPGs support stretching your desktop or multiple displays. I've only heard of Flight Simulator supporting multiple desktops. I would be surprised if you could run multiple games on each monitor. Each time I start a game in a multiple monitor environment, the game forces a new resolution on both monitors even though it only displays on one, OR the game mirrors the display on both monitors. The best I've been able to do is run a game, and display small windows on the additional monitor in the forced lower resolution which can be cool if you want to watch your resource utilization with process explorer, task manager, etc. Another challenge with running multiple games is resource utilization. I've never run a game, looked at my memory and CPU utilization and thought that I could run another game. One game will max your CPU and memory utilization regardless of how stout your config is. I suppose if you turned down various game features, you could pull this off.
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    Stupidest Thing You Have Done In Your Life.

    Drank my way out of commissioning as an Air Force Officer and a pilot slot
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    Hypervisor

    I've been planning my next system build around the idea of building a hypervisor, and running several VMs. My main goals are maintaining data integrity for my media library, as well as utilizing as much CPU as possible while running video conversion operations, in addition to general email, surfing, etc. I've already ruled out Hyper-V, as I'm not buying Server 2008 and I'm just not that impressed with the MS hypervisor implementation, and I'm mulling over Xen or ESXi. I'm curious about what hypervisor solutions the OCC community utilizes in their professional or personal lives and their general experiences.
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    Dell Tech Service

    I've found that in absence of the OEM warranty, the device manufacturer warranty usually takes up the slack. If a 1 year Dell/HP/OEM warranty expires on a desktop/laptop/server, you can usually replace the problematic device like the hdd/memory/processor through the device manufacturer (WesternDigital/Micron/AMD) well after the OEM warranty has expired. Enthusiasts have the advantage of isolating the failure without OEM support, and reporting to device manufacturers for replacement another 3-5 years after OEM standard warranty expires.
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    Dell Tech Service

    Great post, I'm always happy to see successful cases of businesses living up to their support claims, or even surpassing them. I recently had an issue with an HP laptop I purchased in December, and determined that I had a bad memory DIMM. I sent an email to HP support late on a Friday night, and received a reply in less than 30 minutes from a tech (not automated). Based on my initial message listing all of my troubleshooting steps and my conclusion, the tech agreed to replace the memory stick and I received it the next week. I was shocked to have a person reply to my message so late on a weekend, and was pleased to have the failing component promptly replace!
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    Why Is 64bit Better?

    If you run a 64-bit version of Windows on your new or current platform, you should be able to do the same things you do now, with the same software. 64bit Windows is designed to run with 32bit applications (like your games and bible software). Notable exceptions are drivers- anything that installs a device driver MUST be 64 bit, as 32bit device drivers do not install in 64bit operating systems. Your usage and the applications you named will probably *not* encounter this issue.
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    Anybody know any good Media Center programs

    You can enable media sharing in Windows Media Player (10 and later?) and you will be able to share media to console devices like XBox and PS3
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