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Finally: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB faster than a Velociraptor
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg De Santis Oct 23, 2009.

Breaking News: R2D2 struggling with video game addiction!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tan Aik Sam Sep 23, 2009.

Who here is interested in and looking foward to Intel's upcoming 6-core processor the Core i9
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg De Santis Nov 12, 2009.

Xbox 360 Overheating warning with the Mass Effect 2 Demo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by stephen barraclough Aug 23, 2009.

Finally we have our 1st USB 3.0 motherboard - the Asus P6X58 Premium
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg De Santis Jul 24, 2009.

You can now download a Google Android LiveCD
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Fled Jul 18, 2009.

VLC media player 1.0.0 - Goldeneye has been officially released.
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Greg De Santis replied to ZolidZero's discussion 'Video Card'
"If you can handle a $20.00 rebate, you can get an EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready for $129.99 at Tigerdirect, Newegg, Amazon, CircuitCity, and directly…"
Apr 2, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to tecman281's discussion 'What type of computer do you use ?'
"I have a home build Intel system that I built in 2007. My specs are not the best, or not the worst: 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Board: Intel Corporation D975XBX2 4GB Ram DDR2 PC2-6400 (400 MHz) NVIDIA PNY Verto GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3…"
Apr 2, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Joshua{XP}'s discussion 'What kind of keyboard do you own?'
"Hey, no problem - that's cool about the history lesson. It's rare that I run into someone who knows the difference, the years of the different hardware models and when they came out along with their origins. I got those keyboards brand new…"
Mar 12, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Joshua{XP}'s discussion 'What kind of keyboard do you own?'
"You are absolutely right about that. I do own both models of IBM keyboards, the KB-8923 and the model M. I just prefer the KB-8923, because it was the first one to incorporate the (at the time) the new Windows keyboard configuration with the…"
Mar 12, 2011
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Mar 6, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Sunny Rothfusz's discussion 'help me out here' in the group Caffeine
"This is probably the most up-to-date website about energy drinks that come across in a long time:http://www.screamingenergy.com/ This website gets extremely detailed reviews with video and user feedback, price breakdown, ingredients, and the…"
Mar 6, 2011
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Caffeine

Do you need a daily rush of Caffeine? The addictive psychoactive stimulant drug? Do you suffer migranes if you don't have it? Then join here. We don't care if it is pop, coffee, or energy drinks.
Mar 6, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on Scott Hart's blog post 'Should I install Windows 7 SP?'
"Sorry about multiple posts for one comment, but every time I post to a blog the second half of my blog post always disappears.     3) An HDMI patch: I have no idea why MS emphasizes this as one of the noteworthy changes in Win7…"
Feb 26, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on Scott Hart's blog post 'Should I install Windows 7 SP?'
"Yes, I would go ahead and apply service pack 1, from what I know it is frozen in time at 11/22/2010, and if you have kept up with the normal Windows update, then it would not be that much of a hassle.   Windows 7 Service Pack 1's most…"
Feb 26, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on bob3160's group 'Windows 7'
"Windows 7 Service Pack 1's most significant improvements just contain a handfull of minor releases. In short, this service pack adds surprisingly little to Windows 7. In this case "SP" stands for "Slim Pickings."   On…"
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Windows 7 Tips, Tricks, Shortcuts
Feb 26, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to JT's discussion 'Convert for Windows - An Easy To Use Application'
"Thanks for sharing JT. This is the perfect all-in-one conversion utility to work with my favorite stopwatch and countdown program: StopwatchYasukun…"
Feb 24, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to PJ's discussion 'What type of geek are you?'
"I am a technology / computer / gaming / reading geek."
Feb 22, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to PJ's discussion 'What type of geek are you?'
"I am a technology / computer / gaming / reading geek."
Feb 22, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Bryan's discussion 'wifi vs. ethernet When and Why?'
"Ethernet: speed, reliability, stability and security for larger computers/towers which are stationary. There is much less latency or lag when compared to WiFi. I use Ethernet for my servers, workstations, gaming PC's and Xbox 360. For those…"
Feb 13, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Lovely Sneha's discussion 'AMD vs Intel..!?'
"When considering CPU's for laptops, it all boils down to what is the most important to you. If you are cash strapped and a low price is the primary concern then an AMD CPU for a laptop is the choice. AMD CPU's generally run hotter in…"
Feb 11, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to JT's discussion 'Manufacturer's Printer Ink Cartridge Secret'
"JT, thanks for sharing that valuable tech tip. I remember occasionally using this tip, but it has been quite a few years since I've had to deal with DeskJet style printers that I had completely forgot about it. Resetting the inkjet cartridge…"
Feb 10, 2011
Greg De Santis commented on Joel Ellis's blog post 'My Top 5 FREE Programs.'
"I agree with your top five picks for free programs. Google Chrome and GIMP are definitely within in my top five. So without repeating any of the programs you have already mentioned, today my top five picks are: 1. OpenOffice…"
Feb 10, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Rory Mitchell's discussion 'What Tea's should I try?'
"As far as my three favorite teas go, the ones that I like the most are: green mint tea, mango, and peach. There are just so many teas to pick and choose from, so I try to follow my own personal rule of picking: Something strong, something sweet,…"
Jan 31, 2011
Greg De Santis replied to Michael Moore's discussion 'What Do Us Geeks Watch on TV?'
"I frequently watch these when I can: The Big Bang Theory Attack of the Show Pawn Stars Gold Rush Alaska American Pickers The Office Bones House NCIS Nikita Southland Royal Pains Modern Family Raising Hope The Middle I wonder if there will ever be a…"
Jan 30, 2011

Profile Information

What kind of geek are you?
Technology Geek: I can't stop building networks. I can't stop building and upgrading computer systems. I can't stop assimilating technology.
Why do you consider yourself a geek?
When I turn on all my computers - the sun dims. I've been around technology so long my veins turned to wires and when I get cut I bleed computer chips.
How did you find out about our Geek community?
From Mr. Chris Pirillo himself via The Chris Pirillo Show podcast downloaded from Itunes.
What are your "geeky equipment" specs?
[Main System}
2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
Board: Intel Corporation D975XBX2
4GB Ram DDR2 PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
NVIDIA PNY Verto GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 [Display adapter]
NVIDIA XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB DDR3 [Display adapter]
ACR Acer P241W [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n LB4040014320, April 2008)
Gateway FPD1830 [Monitor] (18.2"vis, June 2003)
TV Card: Pinnacle Systems PCTV 800i PCI ATSC Hybrid TV + FM Radio
ST3500830AS c: (NTFS on drive 0) 500.10 GB
Maxtor 6 L300R0 f: (NTFS on drive 2) 300.08 GB
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-216D [CD-ROM drive]
TSSTcorp CDW/DVD TS-H492A [DVD/CDRW CD-ROM drive]
Samsung CLP-300 Series Printer on IP_192.168.1.100
Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Human Interface Device (5x)
Creative PC-CAM 600 (Still Image)
Creative PC-CAM 600 (Video) #2
HID Keyboard Device
Logitech PS/2 Keyboard
MonsterGecko PistolMouse FPS
Logitech HID-compliant G5 Laser Mouse
Logitech-TrackmanMarble Mouse PS/2
USB Root Hub (5x)
Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows (Used as a mouse)
Dual Boot
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1

[Secondary System]
Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit Service Pack 1
Processor: 2.60 GHZ AMD Dual Core FX60
Board: Nforce4 Asus A8N-SLI
TSSTcorp CDW/DVD TS-H492A [CD-ROM drive]
ST3500830AS [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 0
3028 Megabytes Installed Memory
SLI NVIDIA Dual GeForce 7900 GTS [Display adapters]
Pinnacle Systems PCTV 800i PCI ATSC Hybrid TV + FM
Modem Blaster USB DE5670
U.S. Robotics V.92 Fax Win Int [Modem]
1394 Net Adapter
Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL Network Connection

[Fun system]
Xbox 360 Elite
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Perfect - since that's impossible, looks like I'll have to keep growing and finding ways of getting better as time goes on. The long term goals are usually the best ones and the most appreciated.
What makes you laugh?
The Unexpected - animal antics, playful animals doing funny things.
What is the thing in life you treasure most?
My Memories and Experiences to help me keep focused and motivated for looking to the future.
What's the geekiest thing you've ever done?
I turned my house into one giant computer lab / bunker. Each room has a different purpose / theme such as: home office, testing center, wireless lab, repair bay, Windows Server environment, Novell environment, Gaming room, Laptop room, multimedia / T.V. / HD room, and tech manual / research / storage room. The next step is to turn it into a self sustained biosphere.
What do you do to entertain yourself?
PC Gaming, Xbox 360 Gaming, 3,000+ Technology Podcasts, Around the clock Internet surfing
Favorite music, movies, books, shows, artists, games, people, events, hobbies, etc.?
[My Windows Vista Tech Manuals:]
Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled Beta 2 (Sams), Windows Vista Secrets (Wiley), Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed (Sams), Microsoft Windows Vista Bible (Wiley), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Bible (Wiley), Using Microsoft Windows Vista Special Edition (Que), Windows Vista Resource Kit (Microsoft Press)

[My Windows Server 2003 Tech Manuals:]
Windows Server 2003 Bible (Wiley), Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period (Syngress), Windows Server 2003 The Complete Reference, Hacking Exposed Windows Server 2003 (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press) - Which includes: Windows Administrator's Automation Toolkit, Windows Security Resource Kit 2, Windows Internals 4, Windows Server 2003 Performance Guide, Windows Registry Guide 2, Windows Server 2003 Troubleshooting Guide, Windows Group Policy Guide

[My Network Security / Hacking Tech Manuals:]
Network Security Bible (Wiley), Security In Computing (Prentice Hall), Hacking Exposed Network Security Secrets & Solutions (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Hacking Exposed Computer Forensics Secrets & Solutions (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Hacking Exposed Windows Server 2003 (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Counter Hack Reloaded (Prentice Hall), Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hacker's Handbook (McGraw Hill / Osborne)

[My Windows XP Tech Manuals:]
Windows XP Professional Resource Kit Documentation (Microsoft Press), Windows XP Secrets (Hungry Minds), Upgrading And Repairing Windows XP (Que), Windows XP For Power Users Power Pack (Wiley), Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP (Que), Alan Simpson's Windows XP Bible (Hungry Minds), Windows XP Under The Hood (Que), Windows XP Registry (A-List), Windows XP Tips & Techniques (McGraw Hill / Osborne), Windows XP Killer Tips (New Riders)

[My Hardware Upgrading / Maintenance Tech Manuals:]
Upgrading And Repairing PCs Editions (Que): 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Upgrading And Repairing Laptops (Que), Upgrading And Repairing Networks 4th Edition (Que), Upgrading And Repairing Windows XP (Que), Upgrading And Maintaining Your PC (Abacus)

[My Linux Tech Manuals:]
Red Hat Linux 9 Bible (Wiley), Red Hat Linux 7 Bible (Wiley), Red Hat Linux Secrets (IDG Books), Parallel Operating Systems With Widows XP And Linux (Thomson), Linux Unleashed (Sams), Unix For Dummies (IDG Books), More Unix For Dummies (IDG Books), BSD Internet Super Server

[My Xbox 360 Games I Own:]
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand; Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth; Battlefield 2: Modern Combat; Battlefield: Bad Company; BioShock; BioShock 2; BlackSite: Area 51; Borderlands; Borderlands: Double Game Add-On Pack; Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot; Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx; Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned; Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway; Bullet Witch; Bully: Scholarship Edition; Burnout Paradise; Call of Duty 2; Call of Duty 3; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; Call of Duty: World at War; Clive Barker's Jericho; The Club; Condemned 2: Bloodshot; Crackdown; Dead Rising; Dead Rising 2; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game of the Year Edition; F.E.A.R.; F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin; F.E.A.R. Files; Fallout 3; Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack: Broken Steel and Point Lookout; Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack: The Pitt and Operation Anchorage; Fallout 3: Broken Steel; Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage; Fallout 3: Point Lookout; Fallout 3: The Pitt; Fallout: New Vegas; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; Far Cry 2; Forza Motorsport 2; Fracture; Frontlines: Fuel of War; Full Auto; GRID; Gears of War; Gears of War 2; The Godfather; Grand Theft Auto IV; Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City; Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned; Gun; Halo 3; Halo 3: ODST; Infernal: Hell's Vengeance; Just Cause; Left 4 Dead; Lost Planet: Extreme Condition; Lost: Via Domus; Marvel: Ultimate Alliance; Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2; Mass Effect; Mass Effect 2; Medal of Honor: Airborne; MotoGP'06; Need for Speed Carbon; Need for Speed ProStreet; The Orange Box; Perfect Dark Zero; Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie; Prey; Project Gotham Racing 3; Project Gotham Racing 4; Red Faction: Guerrilla; Ridge Racer 6; Sacred 2: Fallen Angel; Saints Row; Saints Row 2; Section 8; Spider-Man: Friend or Foe; Star Trek: Legacy; Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; Stranglehold; TMNT; Terminator Salvation; TimeShift; Tom Clancy's HAWX; Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas; Turning Point: Fall of Liberty; Unreal Tournament III; Viking: Battle for Asgard; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; X-Men: The Official Game; Destroy All Humans! 2; Destroy All Humans!; Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
What's your Web site / blog address?
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gregory-de-santis/1b/936/769

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A gamer's list of games just for the fun of it.

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

This is nothing more than a gamer’s list of collected games. This is just a way for me to keep track of them and compare them to others and to be viewed by anyone that has a general interest in gaming. Plus I compiled the list just for the fun of it. Even going through this as thorough as I can, I am still finding a few that missed the list, such as Descent: Freespace - Silent Threat.



Gaming has come a long way in some ways and significantly regressed in other ways. And SecuROM (and… Continue

Hard Drive Cheat Sheet from Fastest to Slowest

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

This list is not a complete list of hard drives, but as thorough as I could get it for now (the top 882 hard drives). This list is as accurate at I can get it for now, and it is updated when I either get additional hard drives specs / benchmarks, changes or when others assist with additional information.



This list is only meant to be a general comparative chart (my cheat sheet) to view and compare individual hard drives to each other, so when I get the frequent questions asked to me… Continue

List of Single Processors from Fastest to Slowest.

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 10:01pm 0 Comments

This list is not a complete list of processors, but as thorough as I could get it for now (the top 620 processors). This list is as accurate at I can get it for now, and it is updated when I either get additional processors / benchmarks, changes or when others assist with additional information.



This list is only meant to be a general comparative chart to view and compare individual processors to each other, so when I get the frequent questions asked to me - Which one is the fastest… Continue

Data and File Recovery Freeware List

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

This is my latest data recovery tool list that I just updated. These recovery tools are licensed as freeware. So a blog is just the place to consolidate them all for everyone's use and to keep track of them. There should be something here to meet most needs. Have fun, happy learning. :)



Recuva 1.27.419

Website: http://www.recuva.com/

Download link: http://www.recuva.com/download

Operating systems supported: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2k, XP,Vista (no 64-bit… Continue

Fastest Video Cards & Their Power Requirements

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

This is a combination list of the history of video cards from fastest to slowest and their power supply requirements for basic guidelines for building new systems or upgrading current computers. I made this list to help me keep track of what is out there, but looking on the forums and blogs about people needing help picking out video cards for new systems or upgrading their current systems and power requirements I thought I would put my personal list up for everyone to have a look at for a… Continue

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At 3:25pm on December 28, 2010, JT said…

Greg,

 

I installed 360Desktop (64bit) after you mentioned it in one of the discussions. I have 2 Windows 7 Ult 64 Bit machines and in both of them I have them configured to hide the 360desktop slider/menu bar. I found that the slider/menu bar has disappeared completely from my desktop machine. It works fine on my laptop.

 

Anyway, I thought that I would look to see if they had come out with an update or patch. To my dismay their Web Site does not seem to exist any longer.

The last version that I found is: 8.5.2084 (64 bit)

 

Any suggestions?

At 1:12pm on December 15, 2010, JT said…

Hey Greg, Happy Holidays to you.

 

I didn't want you to miss this Post that I put up. I figured that you would appreciate it.

 

JT

 

A U.S. Sailor's Night Before Christmas

At 2:09pm on November 14, 2010, Ivona7 gave Greg De Santis a gift
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this is for liking HD2 :)
At 1:39pm on August 1, 2010, JT said…
At 7:39am on May 16, 2010, JT said…
Just a little bit of history from WWII.

Yesterday was the 61st Armed Forces Day.

360 inside tour of a WW2 submarine...and then some.

This is very well done..Just hold down the left mouse button and move it very slowly..

http://www.nonplused.org/panos/uss_pampanito/html/01.html
At 5:53pm on April 8, 2010, JT said…

At 9:04am on April 6, 2010, JT said…
Some guys get all the breaks

An old Sailor and an old Marine were sitting at the VFW arguing about who'd had the tougher career.

"I did 30 years in the Corps," the Marine declared proudly, "and fought in three of my country's wars. Fresh out of boot camp, I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade. As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General MacArthur. We pushed back the enemy inch by bloody inch, all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire. Finally, as a Gunny Sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. We humped through the mud and razor grass for 14 hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire all day, and mortar fire all night. In a firefight, we'd fire until our arms ached and our guns were empty, then we'd charge the enemy with bayonets!"

"Ah," said the Sailor with a dismissive wave of his hand, "lucky bastard! All shore duty, huh?"
At 1:00pm on November 14, 2009, JT said…
I came across this and thought that you would like it:

Submarine Poem

Here's to us, one and all
Who heard the message and answered the call
To break away from the old mainstream

And live our lives on a submarine
Sub School gave us the chance to pass the test
To declare that we were The Best of the Best.
When we left New London with orders in hand
We all headed out on different courses for distant, faraway lands.
Some went East coast some went West
But no matter where you ended up, your first boat's the best.
You reported on board not knowing what to think
But now you're known to all as a nub and a dink.

You learn about Tradition and learn about Pride,
You learn about Honor and the men who have died,
You learn about the heritage that's been passed on to you
Because now you're considered one of the crew.
You study that boat from bow to stern
From the conning tower to the bilges, it's your duty to learn
Where and what makes that boat go, how it operates and in what direction it flows
How to charge those batteries and keep them alive or how to rig the boat for dive
Draw those systems fore and aft, blow the shitters, Check the draft
These are duties that you must glean when you live your life on a submarine
When you've learned all there is to know about your boat
You show 'em you know it, by your walk through vote
You go before the Qual Board, card in hand
Where they question and grill you to beat the band
And when you think you can take no more
They tell you to wait just outside the door.
For what seems like eons, Time stands still
And when they call you in, you feel quite ill!
But they congratulate you for doing so good
And welcome you into their Brotherhood.
Right of passage declares that you must drink your "fish".
And the tacking on process is not something you wish
But you wear those dolphins on your chest with pride
Because down deep in your heart, you know you're Qualified.

It seems like yesterday, it seems like a dream
That I truly lived on a submarine
Most Boats are gone, a memory of time
I wonder what happened to that crew of mine?
The Old Boats that are left, are all museums
And even if you rode 'em, you have to pay admission to see 'em.
So here's to us, those that remember
Who rode the boats out in all kinds of weather
To those past, present and even the future
To those young, hardy lads who still love adventure
So let's lift our glasses and have a toast
To the memory of those daring young sailors and their undersea boats.
At 9:51pm on October 25, 2009, SassySweetBren said…
Hi Greg, I am thrilled to hear about you going to college. You can apply for a Pell Grant that should take care of all of your fees plus, leave some money to live on. I did that when I went back to school in my late thirties. Here I had been working as an aircraft mechanic and when I lost my job, I had to do something. So, I went into interior design. It was great for me.

You will not be sorry. I took some of my classes online too and you can do that when you are motivated to do your own work. You know that I wish you only the best.

Yep, that is one of the last blooms of the season before the frost hits my plants. Just today, I planted some lilies and a couple of other plants that a dear friend from California sent to me. She is a darling.

Anyway, the baby is still here with me but now, I have her in daycare and that has helped me so much. I was just about to come unglued. ha ha...for real. You would have had to get in touch with me at the shrink hospital. All is good now but today she came down sick. ....bless her heart.

Love you kiddo and wish the best for you and your mom.

Hugs,
At 3:59am on October 21, 2009, SassySweetBren said…
Hey Greg. Long time. I have been busy with the little one.

Hey, I fixed everything just by doing Google. The weird part to me about getting my sound back is they furnished a CD with the driver but I had to find an updated version to get it to work.

And on my network card , now, I don't even have a card in. Unless the old one is working again, I just don't know. Weird to me. I took it out one day just to see if I could load the Chip set driver first and get things straight. I didn't have to put it back in. I will keep it in case.

Don't ever under estimate the power of a woman's brain. I know that when I am determined, I can fix anything. ha ha

I would ask about if you are working but seeing you on here tells me and it would just break my heart anyway.
I took this photo a few days ago in my yard. Thought you might enjoy it.
Just know that I miss you. You are my buddy....well, in my mind.

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Mattel Issues Apology for Book Depicting Barbie as an Incompetent Computer Engineer

Barbie Computer Internet backlash prompts Mattel to apologize for a book published in 2010

Toy company Mattel apologized on Facebook this week for a controversial book portraying Barbie's failed attempt at becoming a computer engineer. The book received intense criticism on the web after comedian Pamela Ribbon stumbled upon the title at a friend's house and wrote a scathing review of it on her blog. At issue is the depiction of the iconic doll as being incompetent and needing to rely on men to save the day after she screws things up.

In the book, Barbie has aspirations of making a game that teaches kids how computers work. So far, so good -- time to break down gender stereotypes. However, Barbie quickly clarifies to her sister Skipper that she's "only creating the design ideas...I'll need Steven and Brian's help to turn it into a real game!"

From there, things go downhill like Clark Griswold on a sled in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. She fails at trying to email her design to Steven and, with the help of Skipper, manages to reboot her laptop before determining it has a virus. Turns out the virus was on her heart-shaped USB drive that she wears as a necklace, and Skipper subsequently loses all of her homework assignments and music files, which weren't backed up. Instead of being overly upset by this, Skipper "playfully" hits Barbie with a pillow.

"Skipper has just lost her homework, all her music files and her laptop, but all she’s moved to is STATUS: PILLOW FIGHT," Ribbon writes on her blog.

There's quite a bit of reading between the lines and extrapolation that goes into the criticism, though the main issue people have with the book is Barbie's overall incompetence. Rather than promote Barbie as a woman capable of being a computer engineer, she screws things up -- badly -- and turns to a couple of males to save the day.

"The Barbie I Can Be A Computer Engineer book was published in 2010. Since that time we have reworked our Barbie books. The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the Brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for," Mattel explained in a Facebook post. "We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits. We apologize that this book didn’t reflect that belief. All Barbie titles moving forward will be written to inspire girl's imaginations and portray an empowered Barbie character."

Barbie Rewritten

That's all well and fine, but it didn't stop the Internet from doing what it does best. Trending on Twitter is #FeministHackerBarbie, in which you'll find hilariously rewritten entries like the one above. Some of the better ones have been collected by Gizmodo, if you're need of a good laugh.

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Eizo's 31-Inch ColorEdge 4K Monitor Calibrates Itself

Eizo CG318-4K Built-in sensor enables self-calibration

Following up on its funky square-shaped monitor announcement earlier this week, Eizo has introduced a self-calibrating DCI 4K (4096x2160) display for media and entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting. The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31.1-inch monitor featuring a built-in sensor to enable self-calibration if you'd rather not muck around with settings. Should you need or want to manually fine tune the settings, it comes with ColorNavigator 6 calibration software.

Eizo also offers ColorNavigator Network, a secure, cloud-based web hosting solution for administrators to perform quality control tasks on client ColorEdge monitors with ColorNavigator NX (a free color calibration download) installed.

"Used together, ColorNavigator Network and ColorNavigator NX allow an administrator to take advantage of the self-calibration capabilities of the ColorEdge monitors by automating calibration and other QC tasks on ColorEdge monitors located in a single or multiple locations," Eizo says. "This potentially saves hundreds or thousands of hours annually in maintenance downtime while ensuring the color accuracy of all ColorEdge monitors."

The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 10-bit display with a 16-bit lookup tablet (LUT). It sports an IPS panel that reproduces 98 percent of the DCI-P3 and 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color spaces. Other ratings include 178-degree viewing angles, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 1,500:1 contrast ratio, and 9ms response time.

It has a three-port USB 3.0 hub, ergonomic stand with height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, two HDMI ports, and two DisplayPort connectors.

The ColorEdge CG318-RK will begin shipping in April of next year. No word yet on price.

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GameStop Blames Third Quarter Sales Decline on Delayed Assassin's Creed Unity Launch

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New and used games retailer GameStop reported its third quarter financial results this week, which fell below what analysts were expecting. GameStop's total global sales for Q3 came to $2.09 billion, a drop of 0.7 percent compared to the $2.11 billion in the same quarter a year ago and below the $2.2 billion analysts on average were predicting. As a result, GameStop's stock went into free-fall mode.

Shares of GameStop are down more than 14 percent today with several hours still to go in the trading day. With today's plunge, GameStop's stock is down by around 25 percent since the beginning of the year when it was valued just shy of $50 per share.

GameStop pointed the finger at the delayed release of Assassin's Creed Unity as the reason why topline and comparable store sales were negatively impacted.

"Overall, most of our major product categories performed very well, but our third quarter results were impacted by Assassin’s Creed Unity moving out of October," stated Paul Raines, chief executive officer. "As we look at the holiday quarter, we are focused on relentlessly applying our competitive advantages: convenience, strong CRM, knowledgeable associates and value through our unique forms of currency, which include buy-sell-trade and the new PowerUp Rewards credit card, to deliver a successful quarter."

In a post-earnings call with analysts and media, GameStop president Tony Bartel added that he'd like to see Microsoft and Sony issue price cuts for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, respectively.

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Newegg Daily Deals: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core, WD Black Series 1TB HDD, and More!

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Sometimes we like to sit around and reminisce about the early days of computing. You know, back in the era of single-core computing. And then the nightmares begin. That's when we snap out of it and thank the computer gods for multi-core processors, such as today's top deal for an AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core Socket AM3+ CPU for $150 with free shipping. It's clocked at 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) and has 8MB of L3 cache. Slap a sufficient cooler on this puppy and you might be able to make it bark at 5GHz (no promises, of course).

Other Deals:

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor for $120 with free shipping

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Black Steel SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case for $170 with free shipping

WD Black Series WD1003FZEX 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive for $70 with free shipping

Intel 530 Series 2.5-inch 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive for $70 with free shipping

Corsair Introduces Quiet Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Case

Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders

There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition to the list of quiet computing enclosures.

Corsair says the 330R makes it easy to build an "extremely quiet" PC, part of which is due to the noise damping material found on the top panel, side panels, and front door. It also boasts a 3-speed fan controller and a Direct Airflow Path layout that provides an unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU.

The other included fan is a 120mm exhaust unit, though there's room for two more 120mm or 140mm fans up top and another 120mm or 140mm fan up front. If you prefer liquid cooling, the 330R can accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator up top and is specifically compatible with Corsair's H55, H60, H75, H80i, and H100i liquid coolers.

Other amenities include four hard drive trays supporting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch installs, tool-free 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive installation, built-in cable routing coutouts, and a USB 3.0 port on the front panel.

Corsair's Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition PC case is available now for $100 MSRP.

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