Out of the Blue

On returning from dropping MrsBlue at the train today, Hudson the wonder dog, who was along for the ride, started going nuts. It turns out a little stray pug (not that there are big pugs) was wandering past our house. A little girl was chasing behind asking if I knew who he belonged to, but I did not, so we both gave chase, trying to catch the dog without spooking him into the street. Of course that's where he ended up, so I got to play traffic cop stopping cars for him until he was back on the sidewalk, at which point I caught up with him. He didn't have tags, just a flea collar, so I didn't know what to do with him, but I didn't want to leave him on the streets in the rain, so I tried to see if I could pick him up.... People familiar with this breed probably already know where this is going.... I now have four nicks on my hand where the ungrateful little bastard bit me. Of course, he was perfectly justified... it would never do for a dog of Hudson's size to go killing strangers for touching her, but if I had a dog that weighed all of five pounds, I'd probably want it biting at unknown people who tried to pick it up too.

Anyway, I suffered only minor wounds, but painful enough to distract me while the little guy escaped. I'm confident enough that he didn't have rabies to feel safe myself, but I am worried about the safety of the pooch... I hope he finds his way home.

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Thanks Guys
Aug 17, 2004, 15:06
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for all the imput consolidating a list now.






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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 12:01
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 12:01
Aug 17, 2004, 12:01
 Enahs
 
Money is tight so looking to spend about 400 bucks maybe 500 max, if anyone can post some suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

You can get a decent 64 bit motherboard and CPU at that price, as well as some good memory, and a new (cheap case).

Like right now at Newegg (http;//www.newegg.com
You can get a NFORCE3 mother board, and a Athlon 64 3200+ for $283. You will have to spend ~$20 more to get a decent heat sink and fan for the CPU. Then get as much memory you want to spend money on (but make it the faster your MB can support!). Cases are actually fairly cheap @ newegg and their shipping is not “too” bad, and you will want a extra case fan too probably.



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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 08:38
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 08:38
Aug 17, 2004, 08:38
 
Exact same thing here - according to my BMI, I'm significantly overweight...! 6'3 and 210lbs

Regarding your CPU, I'd think twice about getting another XP, especially if Doom3 is what is driving the upgrade. You might wanna check AnandTech's Doom3 CPU guide (http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2149).

I myself have just upgraded from an XP 1600 to a A64 3200+, with an ASUS K8N-E motherboard...

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Re: nope nope and um... no!
Aug 17, 2004, 08:15
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Re: nope nope and um... no! Aug 17, 2004, 08:15
Aug 17, 2004, 08:15
 
Do what? Fine, don't learn about things like the worshipping of all the Preadtors by humans of early in time.

I am not even going to mention how the Predators use computers and harness that control the Alien's prior queen.

Using much secret text,
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nope nope and um... no!
Aug 17, 2004, 07:59
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nope nope and um... no! Aug 17, 2004, 07:59
Aug 17, 2004, 07:59
 
not gonna do it..... nope

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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 07:48
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 07:48
Aug 17, 2004, 07:48
 
Well, that is just at the end - that is one of the (at least) two unresolved issues.

HIGHLIGHT ME AT YOUR OWN RISK: As you pan away from the hero Predator - did I mention we are on the Predator ship this time? Talk about a massive, massive ship full of hunter Predator, but I digress... - you see it pop out of the Predator's chest, mini-mandibles and all. This would obviously leave another Predator or AvP movie open to deal with this. You would think the hunter Predator clan could take out one Alien, but maybe that is just that much more fodder for potential facehuggers.

Er...I mean...secret text? Wuzzat?

It's not like I told you about the part with the big-ass Alien Queen tearing shit up in the town - as I said, screw the small Aliens, be afraid of the lethal, agile queen, did I?

Heh.

A total, total bastard :o,
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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 07:11
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 07:11
Aug 17, 2004, 07:11
 
DAMN YOU RAY!!! I cannot resist Super Secret Text on this forum even though I've seen maybe a half of a Soprano's episode!!

When I upgrade my video card I'm going to come and saw off your head with my old one!! AND BURY IT IN MY OLD NASTY UGLY CASE!!!

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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 05:54
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 05:54
Aug 17, 2004, 05:54
 
Well, that should not be a problem. Going with the normal version of the MB and getting any other type of memory can save you at leat $125 off of what I quoted before.

I just did a quickie "barebone" system over a Mwave and came to $394.50 for a Barton XP3200, 1GB generic memory, the low-end A7N8X, and a case:

Edit: URL did not work for me. However, this is a text description of what that basic barebone system had:
(X-BLADE-SL; ASUS A7N8X-X-MB; AMD XP 3200+(400Mhz); MWAVE 1GB (512MBX2); NO FDD / CARD READER; NO CDROM, CDRW OR DVD)

I think that was the cheapest case they had listed, but the higher ones are only about $30 to $40 more. I would not suggest this route, I think things are a bit too generic and Mwave is not a low cost leader, but use it as an example of how it easy it should be to hit that $400 total, pre-shipping. Just look around at what sites have for ordering seperately or what sites have for barebone systems, especially a case with the front USB panel. If you just want a newer case period, you can find them in the $50 to $100 range.

Or $500 if you want to get extreme with your case. Heh.

I just listed the on-board stuff for cutting corners. I have this MB, but I only use one of the two NICs - I still have a backup 56k inside along with my Audigy 2 ZS.

I enjoyed AvP as a fun monster movie. The Aliens are badass, the Predators are put in an even more jacked up light, you have at least two unresolved issues, and screw the regular Aliens - it's the queen you have to watch out for! Bishop/Lance H./Frank B. is my hero. At least we will finally have a movie version of the Predator Alien.

Going to see Collateral sometime this week,
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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 05:24
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 05:24
Aug 17, 2004, 05:24
 
Thanks Ray, right now the system is holding me back more so then the video card sides Xmas is coming up and i'll beg and pleed for a video card then heh.

Case wise I have a old ATX factor mid/small tower and 1) it's uglier then sin and 2) I'd really like to get something with more space in it for expansions like bay slots and also more fans and more room for air getting around.

I have a ethernet card but going to changing my network at home over to a wireless sytem, and have an Audigy 2 sound card so not worried about those. But Vid card wise I just can't mentally justify the money spent on the overall video quality right now, come Xmas then it will be another story but I gotta have the horsepower before I add a paint job to the ride Worst case I'll use my current system to start into case modding/water cooling etc as it will be a good guinea pig. And thanks again for the info I really do hate onboard stuff, for some reason it and I never get along. But looking at spending about 50 to 60 bucks for a case and something with 2 usb ports on the front and a mic/sound pluggin as I use headphones. (gotta know where the tango's are at all times in Rainbow Six ya know?)\

And hopefully seeing I-Robot and AvP tomorrow. Had to pratically put my entire Super Group on Ignore in COH cause they were talking about it and the only spoliers I like for movies are Star Wars Movies (anything to avoid Jar Jar Moments)

Again thanks for the quick reply.

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Re: what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 05:09
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Re: what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 05:09
Aug 17, 2004, 05:09
 
No doubt there are nicer things out now, I only look at the hardware when I am upgrading, but I have been using my Asus A7N8X Deluxe for some time - from the earlY XP models to my current Barton XP3200.

I think you can find it online for about $70 or so and it has all the usual things - 2 NICs, USB 2.0, something like 6 USB ports (4 on board, two via a front panel connector,) 2xSATA (RAID,) 2xATA133, dual-channel DDR400, AGP 3.0,IEEE 1394, on-board audio, etc.

If you do not want all those extras, I tink the normal version goes for $50 online.

Mind you, this is just looking at minimizing cost; there are newer boards out there and the A7N8X is only going to take you up to the XP3200.

Corsair is my current fave for memory. I am using two 512MB sticks and they are running with low timings at 200MHz (400MHz.) These are older sticks, though, so I have to nudge the timings a bit higher if I want to overclock. Again, this is all looking at cost - if you want to spend a bit more, you can buy some of the newer, faster memory and run it at these speeds while overclocking.

$110 - XP 3000 (400)
$ 75 - A7N8X Deluxe
$220 - 2x512 Corsair PC3200 sticks
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$405 - Total, before shipping

Ideally, you want to order out of state to avoid paying any sales tax.

As ever, you have a lot more options. If you already have a NIC and soundcard, save $25 going with the normal MB. Looking at pricewatch, the XP3200 (400) is $7 more than the XP3000 (400.) Hell, I will PayPal you $7 to suggest you go that route. As for the memory, I think you have a lot of room to save there. I have been burnt by memory so I do not really mind paying extra for Corsair's stuff. If you look around, you can find significantly cheaper prices.

As for the case...what is wrong with your current one? Unless you have some arcane form factor, you can use the same case for the new system. Looking solely at cost for performance, I would not worry about it. Otherwise, I guess you could order one of the all-in-one bundles that certain sites have and get a cheapo case tossed in. Any truly nice case will set you back quite a bit.

Again, I have not looked at the current hardware (come ask me in January - heh) so you may be able to slide in an A64 3000 if you juggle some things.

Of course, then you get to experience the joy of every game being held back by your Ti4400...

Thinking AvP was a total blast of monster fun,
Ray

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what a bunch of crap...
Aug 17, 2004, 04:31
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what a bunch of crap... Aug 17, 2004, 04:31
Aug 17, 2004, 04:31
 
I'm expected to live 77.9 years but being 6'3 and 210lbs and it says I'm obest is a joke, most people say I need to gain weight lol. And my family living far away from so they don't drop in should add 10 years to my mental health complete oposite of what the site says.

Ok folks gotta serious question for you all. Just got Doom3 and gotta say my favorite part of the game so far is the stuffed animal claw grabber thingie (works on the bodies too!!) Anyway I have a athlon 1800 system and I am looking to get a Athlon 3000+ XP and want to know what motherboard and ram I should get for it and Case. Money is tight so looking to spend about 400 bucks maybe 500 max, if anyone can post some suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. And actually got Doom3 to play nicely on a 1800 system with a ti4400 (but I am just ass sick of getting "jumped" from the sides or going through doors.)

Ok nin, Halsey and the rest of you forum regulars... work some magic so i can truely enjoy Doom3

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Completely OT
Aug 17, 2004, 00:43
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I was looking around on the site for one of those standard 83x31 link banners for Blues News but couldn't find one. I'd like to put one on the site I am making. I believe there was one around before the redesign. Anybody got one?

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Re: Advertisement on Blue's News.
Aug 17, 2004, 00:11
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<grumble>

Polo shirts.

Oversized coffee mugs.

<grumble>

Thinking I need to see an ad a good fifty times; really liking that,
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Re: Advertisement on Blue's News.
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Step 1) Download Firefox - http://www.mozilla.org/

Step 2) Set up a HOSTS file - http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

Step 3) Buy a Blue's News T-Shirt - http://www.bluesnews.com/shirtpromo.shtml

I would not mind if Blue's had ads similar to HardOCP (NewEgg, Abit/Asus/Shuttle/etc.) but UGO must serve up Honda, Tickle, Hidalgo, and other crap.

... like I'd EVER buy a Honda.

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healthspan calculator
Aug 16, 2004, 23:11
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It says I'll live to 73.5, which I think is BS. Nutritional science is so divided that there really is no way to tell whether your diet is healthy or not (except for the obvious unhealthy stuff). I just turned 19 and I'm quite thin, but my appetite is healthy (not too big, not too small). It says I eat too much meat, but I could use the protein. It also screams at me for not getting my cholesterol tested (I'm 19 for crying out loud), and that I don't go to doctors. I've been very healthy my whole life, the worst illness I had was a 5 day long case of pink eye. Personally I don't trust doctors in the US... they tend to be more shills for pharmaceutical companies and try to put you on pills that you might not even need.


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Aug 16, 2004, 21:08
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Aug 16, 2004, 21:08
 
86 - which is nice
Cool discussions about diets and workouts guys! i'm now suitably guilted into upping my gym attendance from 2 to 3 days a week.

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Advertisement on Blue's News.
Aug 16, 2004, 20:42
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I'd like to pay money in order to skip advertisment on Blue's News upon entering and browsing the web site.

Why not make that a possibility? I hate advertisments and I love Blue's News. I'm willing to pay for the one thing I come for; the news by Stephen.

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Re: Hax0r Check...
Aug 16, 2004, 20:18
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Elder implies being influential and possibly even having some wisdom.

Poor Matthew, your memory is going already.

The words you are looking for are "old geezer."

Guessing "crazy 'ol coot" would work as well,
Ray

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Re: Hax0r Check...
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I got 77, but it nails you for the strangest things.

My mother obviously died young, but her pancreatic cancer was anything but the norm (being 45 when diagnosed.) This is not viewed as hereditary disease and, though she was labeled diabetic, this was due to the issues with her pancreas having cancer and having liver disease from the initial cancer-related blockage of the bile duct.

I floss at least every other day and my dentists are amazed by my gums, but not flossing daily cost me twenty-two health points.

I could not say what some of my physical results were since I never paid them much attention - they were all normal or better than.

My body type always screws up these surveys. I am fairly muscular and ridiculously broad shouldered - I can wear shirts that come down to my thighs or even knees, yet barely fit my upper chest area. I do definitely need to lose weight, I have been dieting and workout out for the past month, but losing twenty-five pounds would make me quite fit. Being just over six feet tall, though, those generic BMI standards always kill me.

Giving Matthew one more month ;Þ,
Ray

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Re: So much effort & the dog still got away!
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I'm not enjoying Doom 3. My 9800 pro seems to have issues with it but besides that I've come a cropper to all the negatives others have posting here that I hoped I would avoid being an Id fanboy. The repetative gameplay does not really engage me, the same goddam rooms again and again syndrome grates after a while, the weapons sound/feel weak etc. Half way through a gaming session I find myself wanting to play Far Cry to enter in some more intense firefights against a dozen mercs, or drive a buggy/handglider/boat through an amazing tropical forest, or go outside/inside during the day/night and sneak around so's to snipe some guy from a mile away (coming at him from any direction I want, mind). Far Cry was repetative in places (and didn't have as classy monsters) but the repetition here takes it to another dimension.
I want to see the person I shoot get blown away and lie in a pool of blood, but all the monsters disintegrate or jump off their bones most comically.
The graphics being 'the best yet' seem a little 'emperors new clothes' to me as everything is so goddam dark. Perhaps they are the best but not by much. AI is rudimentary, which is kinda ok for this kind of game but still meh. The torch switch thing is annoying. Reading emails is dull.

I'd have throttled the blasphemer (space captain) who'd said all this about Doom 3 before I'd played it, but here we are Loads of people are loving it and good luck to them but I'm not in their numbers any more.

Just watched Kill Bill vol 2 and thought it wasn't up to much. He really should have edited both volumes down into one kickass film.

I cannot think of any more sacred cows to kill right now but if I can I'll get right back.

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