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General Chat / Re: Which SSD is better?
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:20:48 PM »
Ya this is going in a laptop that runs hot and currently has a 160GB hd. The laptop is really slow resuming from hibernation so I'm getting it to help that. Eventually I will get a boot ssd for the desktop as well. I ordered the Intel cuz of the 5 year warranty and because it was less $ than the Samsung. The total with tax came out to $149.71. Amazon has a warehouse 20 miles from here so I should have it this week.

General Chat / Which SSD is better?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:02:40 AM »
Pinako warned me that Slickdeals will make you buy stuff that you otherwise wouldn't but you know what? It's ok. I work now so I will spend some money and enjoy things LOL.
I am in the run to buy my first SSD and Slickdeals has one for sale that interests me.
Intel 530 Series 2.5" SATA III MLC SSD: 240GB $136

I was reading the comments on Slickdeals and someone mentioned that for a few $ more I can get the faster Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW

But here is my question. I went to newegg and Amazon and compared the reviews. It seems that The Samsung has higher score in reviews but has a 3 year warranty VS 5 year on the Intel. Does it make sense to buy the Samsung with the shorter warranty? Also, from the reviews seems that more people reported the Intel drive just die some time after use. Personally I always trust Intel with CPUs but am not so sure about SSDs eventhough the warranty is better than Samsung. Samsung is a solid company except I had some problems with their desktop Spinpoint harddrives.

Any ideas?

General Chat / Re: Recommendation on a database software?
« on: April 13, 2014, 01:25:55 AM »
I made a basic database from a blank one and it seems to be ok. I can check out the templates too.

General Chat / Re: Recommendation on a database software?
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:54:08 AM »
You know I never thought about Access. I just got Office Pro 2013 few months ago through DHS for $10 (legally HAHA) and it does have Access. Will see how that goes then I guess I can try excel. Thanks.

General Chat / Recommendation on a database software?
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:01:43 PM »
Can someone recommend a modern database software for offline use not necessarily needed to be shown online but it could be useful if it can output html interactive pages. I'm basically talking about something that I can catalog computer parts I have here and be able to sort the columns any way I want by type or speed or brand etc. Something oldskool I used to use centuries ago like Borland Paradox or on Mac Filemaker Pro. Something simple.  I know I can probably accomplish this in excel but excel is a little too complicated to use and I'm not sure about sorting columns. Thanks!

General Chat / Re: Small announcement.
« on: April 06, 2014, 01:56:24 AM »
Actually I found out that I make half of the 33K I posted in the first post earlier. The 33K is for full time employees. So I get sh*t pay now. Will hang on for a while then try to move to another federal position. I have to work 1 year before the doors open to other internal job announcements.

Ya it blows. I also noticed that sometimes if I want to switch the quality to HD and the video already fully buffered at another quality it wont let me do it unless I completely reload the video in a different browser window. Simply hitting reload will not do it in the current window. Also speaking of buffering, it is rare to see a video fully buffer now too. But I still see it some times.

To the user it appears normal until you try to download the video. I like many of you download youtube videos and lately been noticing that for some time videos stream with separate audio and video. The firefox plugin I use (flashgot) no longer is able to get the video with sound embedded most of the times I tried. I guess they are little by little converting everything in the background to make it harder for people to download videos. What I noticed on many videos is that the audio is in a .webm file and video in .mp4 or .flv.

General Chat / Re: Small announcement.
« on: January 10, 2014, 04:54:04 AM »

General Chat / Small announcement.
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:08:08 AM »
As of Dec 29 I am employed by the US government working for TSA (security at the airport)(the ones that get the bad press about touching people in the wrong places LOL). I got lucky as 1 out of 20 people who apply actually get hired (info from HR person). It's a part time job with plenty of overtime as I have been told. Benefits are good and the same as a full time US government employees. The yearly pay rate (almost 33K) isn't that good but it is good for the amount of hours I will be working which is 20h/w. My scheduled shift hours are sh*tty 5am-9am Wednesday to Sunday (and so is everyone elses that is brand new to the job). Will begin actual work toward the middle/end of February. I am in classroom training now till end of January then on the job training at the airport. Hopefully I can move up in the federal government and get higher paying and more interesting position later. At this time computer work is hard for me to get so I chose this.

The way these ebay scammers win is that they offer you money back and erase the transaction from their account so even if you leave them a negative feedback that will disappear once the refund is made. I had that happen in the past when I ordered a 50 foot long cat5e cable which at that length should be able to link at gigabit speed but didnt. the company sent me 2 cables and neither one worked and after I got the second cable I didn't even contact them I just wrote my negative rating comment and a few days later they offered a refund so I took it. I currently use one of the cables on my 100mbit computer. and still don't have a gigabit capable one.

Over 3 weeks ago I ordered 5 sets of 2 NiMh 1800mAh capacity batteries from ebay for a total of 10 batteries. I bought the batteries to replace the aging ones in my friends cordless phones which the old ones were rated 550mAh and turned out to be about 300mAh. These new ones came in 3 days ago and I tested them with my computerized charger by doing several discharge/charge cycles and then measure the capacity using the test function.  The actual capacity came out to be averaging 200 mAh and I'm not even sure if these are NiMh either. Here is the listing, and these thieves raised the price to $1.55 and I paid $.99 so I guess they are expecting to have people ask for refunds as I did.

I knew these were fake capacity ratings but I actually thought that the 1800mAh would be at least half of the advertised capacity which would be better than the 300 mAh that the original batteries have that I tried to replace by buying these.

General Chat / Re: I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 25, 2013, 05:44:02 AM »
Im ok with Ubuntu boot menu. I would like to fix the OSX bootloader though. will look into doing that in the near future.

General Chat / Re: I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 23, 2013, 05:40:50 AM »
Nice.... Windows 8 is pretty bad.

I've got it and 8.1 in VMs for testing stuff at work, and in a VMware window it's friggin impossible to get the sidebar with the shut down option to come up... So I just have shutdown -t 1 -h saved in a batch script on my desktop :).

I just thought of something. you can install "Classic Start" from and it will give you a Windows xp/7 start menu.

General Chat / Re: I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:20:32 PM »
the way i partially fixed this is to make my ubuntu drive the boot drive and now everything loads except OSX. I guess I need to reinstall the bootloader that comes with the hackintosh.

General Chat / Re: Anyone here tried Google TV?
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:18:39 PM »
If anyone is interested I just bought this for 40$

General Chat / Re: I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 19, 2013, 09:18:21 AM »
Ubuntu and XP work. Seems like only OSX and Win7 got screwed.

General Chat / Re: I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:03:48 AM »
Oh I know about choosing a boot drive during POST. On my Asus board it' F8. That's how I found out that the boot loaders in both OSX and 7 got fukt during Win 8 updates. I haven't had time yet to check the other drives which have XP and Ubuntu.

General Chat / I give windows 8 the Ahole award.
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:28:34 AM »
I have Windows 8 installed on one of my 5 drives in my PC and for what I believe is the second time it managed to totally take over the boot sectors of my other drives. Yesterday I decided to boot up Windows 8 to do updates as I don't use it as my main OS and it had I think 11 updates to do. Some were office and some other ones. So I do them and then reboot and now my OSX drive no longer loads the bootloader and also my Windows 7 drive has some kind of a boot error. I'm typing this post in 8 as I haven't fixed the other drives yet. This crap happened in the past but it makes me wonder how assholish is Micro$oft getting to basically eliminate its competition by handicapping those other OS boot code. There is no logical reason for M$ to touch the other drives boot sections during routine updates.

Looks like this may happen as you say.

 "Beginning in January, the Windows version of Chrome will no longer be able to add extensions from any site other than Google's own Chrome Web Store. In fact, for the most part it will even refuse to install them from the local drive."

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