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30Nov/040

Rejection Hotline

OK Guys, incase you are in a club and things are going well, and the girl gives you her your phone number.. make sure its not on this list.

*Boston
617-861-3962
**New York
212-660-2245
***Miami
305-241-0033
***Orlando
407-338-0036
Phoenix
602-230-4210
Las Vegas
702-386-5397
New Jersey
201-808-6011
Philadelpha
215-618-1505
San Diego
858-492-8002
New Hampshire
603-413-2340
Rhode Island
401-648-6543
Maine
207-376-0768
Atlanta
770-908-7383
San Francisco
415-356-9833
Denver
303-607-7527
Los Angeles
310-217-7638
Washington DC
202-452-7468
Chicago
773-509-5027
Seattle
206-376-9798
Baltimore
410-347-1488
Virginia
703-912-1725
Detroit
248-262-6861
Houston
713-866-6249
Dallas
972-504-6270
More Massachusets #s
617-861-3962
508-556-3549
781-654-2925
978-364-8939
413-351-2684
More New York #s
212-660-2245
718-971-5245
516-730-7245
914-269-4245
845-259-2245
518-935-4012
More Florida #s
305-241-0033
407-338-0036
321-844-0033
561-986-0035
954-287-0023

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29Nov/040

Mood Lighting for the Bedroom…

I have been looking for ways to set different color lights up in my room. When I start thinking about it, getting specific lights of a certain color mean I'm locked into that color till I go and change the bulbs. Luckly the following links provide some insight into LED based lightbulbs which offer a full spectrum of color from a single bulb.

Be sure to follow this link to find more information about these awsome lights, and use the Flash Demo that is on the page to see how to set the color changing to the mode you want. Very easy.

Color Kinetics - LightTro LED lights

You can buy them here for about $19.00 a piece.

http://www.color-lites.com/lighttro.html
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=color+kinetics+sauce+par

Other places that have a lot of color changing lights

http://paintwithlights.safeshopper.com/index.htm?990
http://paintwithlights.safeshopper.com/1502/3175.htm?844

Another neat project was the LED Bed... which inspired me to look around for the above lights.

https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/bkpeters/www/LEDBed/index.html

Other things to do with LED's, check out this guys site.

http://www.jamesclar.com/html/

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28Nov/040

Vintage IBM Keyboards

I have always been a fan of the old style IBM keyboards with the 'noisy' key clicks. I have several that I have collected over the years, and have hooked some friends up with them. In a pinch you can buy one from the manufacturer that has taken over maintaining and creating new ones. These are used heavily in POS (Point of Sales) applications. Its a nice keyboard.


http://www.pckeyboard.com/ibmlist.html

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23Nov/040

Jon Stewart on CrossFire

Jon Stewart on Crossfire (friday)

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2652831

Jon spins his appearance on Crossfire (monday)

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2653047

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23Nov/040

The Matrix DVD Box Set Reviewed

http://chud.com/dvd/495

Yes, this is just a link, but its a review of the entire box set. Talking a little bit about each of the stories (no spoiler), and what each of the DVD's that comes in the box set is about. Pretty good review, and the commentary under the screen shots is PRICELESS.

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18Nov/040

Discount GM Parts

I've been looking for a climate control for my car ever since the LED's went out in the head unit. Well the Chevrolet dealer wanted ~$600 to purchase and install this part. I found it for $187.00 at www.gmpartsdirect.com.

They also have the cross-drilled and slotted rotors from the Z-06... $40

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17Nov/040

XBOX Fitness and Exercise and Personal Trainer all in One

I was a little skeptical of this when I first heard about it. But I browsed through the web site and ended up getting it. The first 15 minutes of the program kicked my ass... but the program goes through and evaluates you on how well you can do certain exercises prior to getting you into a training program. So you put in your heart rate before doing a test, then after. Then it asks you to do as many push ups as you can and put it into the computer. After you are done it figures out at what level it should start you out at. Then sets up a schedule for your exercise. Pretty neat... but unlike a real trainer... I can leave this powered off and not have to be bothered by it. And since its the same system that has Halo 2 in it... do you really think it will win over a game? Time will tell.


Yourself!Fitness review


and some screen shots of the program.

Screenshoots

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17Nov/040

New computer system research

I am going to buy a new computer, I'm looking into a Dell or HP standard desktop system, then putting my nVidea TI-4600 videocard in it. Since the base card that comes in the system is pretty underpowered, and I just bought this one a year ago, and its mostly CPU bound.


Desktop Research

Oddly enough, the best deal I have found is a Pentium 4 2.8 GHz system at HP. Both HP and Dell allowed me to build a system. But HP's Pavilion line seemed to offer the best bang for the buck. HP system came in around $800, and the Dell around $1,300.


Key things I'm hoping to have in the system.


  • P4 or AMD processor, about 6 months old
  • 1-2Gig of RAM
  • Ability to upgrade video card
  • Complete system. I don't want a frankenstein system.
  • 2 CDROM slots
  • Network Card, USB 2.0, and optionally Firewire
  • An Article on Hyper Threading


Video Card Research
Tom's Hardware Video Card shootout - Very awsome review of all the cards.

Didn't do much more research here. I would like a card that does good gaming 3D graphics, and has DVI out to power my monitor.


Monitor
I'm looking to get the Apple 23" LCD display!

23" diagonal viewable image size

1920 x 1200 optimal resolution

16.7 million colors

19.2 x 24.2 x7.3-11.1 inches

25.3 pounds

Two USB ports

Apple Display Connector


What I finally bought


FuturPowerPC - Free Shipping No TAX


ASUS P4P800 - Delux $134.00
Intel P4 2.6Ghz w/ Hyperthreading $179.00
2Gig Kingston 5129MB PC3200 CL3 RAM $284.00
Giga-byte nVidea geForce FX 5200 $ 72.00
Drive Cable $ 10.00

Axion Technologies (axiontech.com)

Floppy - Black $ 9.00
Zalman CNPS7000 CU $ 31.95
Seasonic Super Silencer 400W $ 94.95

PC Club - walk up

DVD-ROM - Black - 16x DVD 40x CD $ 32.95
120Gig 7200RPM 8MB Cache ATA133 $115.00
Chenbro Gaming Bomb Case no PS $ 59.95


Recommendations for Silent PC

HeatSink

http://www.silentpcreview.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=30&page=1


Zalman 7000 cu - http://www.zalman.co.kr/english/product/cnps7000cu.htm


Case Powersupply

Update:: Fan-Less Case Power supply - Thermaltake's Silent Power Supply - ~ 120-150$ each

Seasonic Super Silencer 400W
http://www.siliconacoustics.com/seasonicsupersilencer400watt.html

SilentX 400W - http://www.ocmodshop.com/default.aspx?a=173


Big Guys

HP a450y

$861.79 P4 2.6 1Gig Ram 120gig 7200 MX440 (kb/mouse/speakers/XPHome)


HP a400y

$834.99 p4 2.6 1gig 120gig 7200 Integrated (kb/mouse/speakers/XPHome)


Dimension 4600 Series

$1,138 P4 2.6 1gig 120gig SATA, FX 5200 , CDRW (kb/mouse/speakers/XPhome)

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15Nov/040

DVD Burning Software and Media

I use a Pioneer A05, which does DVD-R, and CDR's. I really like how compatible the DVD-R's are that this burner makes. I have made several of my own DVD's using TiVo streams. 🙂


UPDATE: 11/2004 Prices are down to about 0.46$ a DVD-R from Ritek on - http://store.yahoo.com/cdrdvdrmedia/

UPDATE: 09/2003 I just bought some of this media (dvdPro 4x) (4x media), and really like it. I just burned 2 hours of TV onto a DVD in 9 minutes!.



There are 3 types that I have found, Matrix, LEDA, Ritek, and Princo. You seemed to know the most about what each of the medias was good for, it seems like the Leda's look alot like the ones I bought. But you can't base it on that alone.


Leda - $81/100 - http://www.shop4tech.com/user.htm?go=view_item&id=1295&cata=&s_cata=


- $78/100 - http://www.shop4tech.com/user.htm?go=view_item&id=1580&cata=&s_cata=


Ritek - $120/100 - http://www.shop4tech.com/user.htm?go=view_item&id=84&cata=&s_cata=


Matrix - $89/100 - http://www.shop4tech.com/item1600.html


Sky - $64/100 - http://www.yesbuy.net/2xdv47gb10.html


Princo - $70/100 - http://www.yesbuy.net/prin1xdvwoca.html


Search Shop4Tech.com for words "dvd-r 4.7GB"


Also, here is additional links: http://www.supermediastore.com/dvdr-4x.html Check out the Ritek G04 certified as White top or Silver.


Or perhaps this link http://store.yahoo.com/cdrdvdrmedia/ I just bought from this link Media http://store.yahoo.com/cdrdvdrmedia/nedv1dv4forg.html


Comments from a friend on software packages



DVDXCopy Xpress 3.02 -> is very good

DVDClone 1.2.84 with AnyDVD 1.6.33 -> both works together to bypass the copy protection -> I like this software a lot

Nero 6 - For Data and Backing up home made movies

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14Nov/040

Virtual Bartender

http://www.virtualbartender.beer.com/beer_usa.htm

Try some of these commands:

kiss, bath, beer, strip, surf, sing, giggle, rub, dance, jump, aerobic, ass

More available if you email me, or goto...

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