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  1. iTunes on my Macbook Pro and G5 tower definitely feels much lighter and faster than the same version on my Windows PC at work. The font rendering and menu location is different too (both inferior on the Windows version).
  2. The only Ultrasone I've spent any time with is the HFI 2200. I don't think they were outright bad, but the sound was very insipid. They were okay for some casual listening and didn't have any really grating flaws that would make me want to throw them off my head in disgust, but I don't think they're worth the asking price in any sense.
  3. Sure, I get what you're saying. As long as the efficiency is good though I'm always more than happy to overshoot power needs. I mean I wouldn't want to run one of these over 325W personally...
  4. I don't think that power supply is overkill by any means. You don't actually want to buy a supply that only barely matches up with your usage. Running a PSU well under it's rating means it stays cool, quiet and unstressed while providing stable voltages. When used that way efficiency is the most important aspect of the supply and those Corsairs are over 80% efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% load. They probably waste less power than many of the cheaper brands do with far lower wattage ratings. As if that wasn't enough reason, power supplies also degrade over time. I've yet to see actual measured numbers, but have seen "5% a year" thrown around as an estimate. Looks like a pretty great machine you've got there Billy.
  5. My Macbook Pro started doing that soon after it fell out of warranty and it just kept getting worse over time. I can still get it to read the occasional disc, but it just spits the majority of them back out now. I don't really care too much as I only ever use it for installing operating systems. It's one of those Matshushita drives.
  6. As an addendum to that, there are really only three distinct wifi channels that do not overlap with others. These are channels 1, 6 and 11. The lower channels work at lower frequencies and hence tend to be more reliable and have better range. Also the internal antenna will be tuned for one specific channel and as far as I'm aware this is usually channel 6. So other factors aside channel 6 is probably the best choice if you don't have other networks to worry about. Personally though I find my network performs best using channel 1 since the other networks nearby tend to use either 11 or 6. There's simply less interference for me on channel 1. YMMV.
  7. Is this with newer drivers or something? The two cards were pretty close in all the benchmarks I've seen and if anything favored the 4870 slightly. The 4870 can be pretty noisy with it's stock fan though which would make me think twice about it.
  8. Definitely looks impressive. I'm not going to go up to a 5870 just yet myself as I've got a 4890 which isn't really being stressed by any games currently. My card has a Vapor-X cooler so neither heat or noise are much of a problem. I've not seen any driver issues either with any of the games I play although I can understand people not liking the Catalyst Control Center. I think a lot of what gets classified as driver issues are actually bad Direct X installs. For those waiting NVidia does have a new GPU on the way soon too. I think it's due Oct/Nov. ATI has been beating them on price/performance for some time though.
  9. I think I must have had a mental lapse there or something. It really should have been obvious to me given the songs in the list. The dates were all over the article even. I'm reasonably fond of this decade's releases so far.
  10. *raises hand* I hate U2. I know a little under half the tracks on that list and there's definitely some good stuff in there. Doesn't change my opinion that the 90s was one of the poorer decades for music though.
  11. Happy Birthday! 40 eh? That's got to warrant more of a celebration than usual.
  12. mirumu

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    I liked this variant too...
  13. Happy birthday! Hope it's a good one!
  14. This is with firmware 3.1 or 3.1.1 I take it? That document I linked to was written around the time firmware 3.0 was released and supposedly applies to at least the iPod Touch so I guess it's possible they broke something with the new firmware or iTunes 9. If so I hope they fix it.
  15. Maybe I'm missing something here, but isn't configuring an iPod/iPhone to work with multiple computers simply a matter of setting it to manual mode? Using iPod with multiple computers It makes sense that you can't do it automatic mode since you're not syncing with one music library.
  16. The Dreamcast is still my favorite console. One of my nephews has been borrowing mine recently to play Shenmue 2. So many great games.
  17. No mention of screen improvements in the touch which disappoints me. There was never any suggestion there would be, but I still had some hope. The faster CPU/GPU and larger capacity is welcome though.
  18. I don't know why it's under "Applications" as I'd have thought it would have been a management console plug-in. I believe the purpose of it is to look after volumes composed of multiple partitions. The partitions can be on the same disc, but don't have to be. Once you convert a disc to be dynamic you can group partitions into large volumes or in various forms of software RAID. Drives configured that way tend to be rather slow, but if hardware RAID isn't an option the redundancy it offers can be useful. There's probably little reason to turn it off.
  19. I don't see how that setup would block access to the Airport network. The firewalls block unrequested traffic coming in the WAN port from reaching the LAN ports/Wireless clients. They generally won't stop anything going the other way so plugging a device into the Airport's LAN port gives it unadulterated access to any clients of the Airport network be they wired or wireless. If new hardware is an option and I was paranoid about the untrusted PC I'd do something like this... (assuming the cable modem has a valid subnet rather than expecting a single PPPoE client) Internet | Cable modem | | Cheap 100Mb switch | | | | (firewall) (firewall) Airport Cheap Wifi Router . | . . | . . LAN Untrusted Wireless PC . Wireless Client The firewalls on the two wifi routers would prevent unwelcome probes from the other side. If I felt like hacking into such a setup though I'd target the Airport wireless since cracking it over time would be quite feasible. Just the risk you take for wireless convenience. There's also nothing stopping the roommate from spilling a beer over the friend's computer, but you've got to draw the line somewhere.
  20. You might get away with larger partitions if the host is running Vista or Windows 7, but yeah, I still don't know how XP clients would behave. Sticking to 2TB partitions should keep everything happy.
  21. Server operating systems tend to provide many things you probably won't use, but are good at maintaining themselves. For a simple file/media server you may not gain a lot. I think your 4TB RAID5 partition will be too large for Windows XP though with it's 2TB limit. Windows and GPT FAQ: Version 1.1 Windows server 2008 will allow drives up to 256TB using GPT. I'm not sure how Windows XP client PCs will handle a network share over 2TB though. Vista and Windows 7 clients will be fine.
  22. If the data is encrypted sniffing is mostly pointless. Switches make sniffing harder too since by a host doesn't automatically see traffic between two other different hosts the way they did with a hub. It's still possible to trick switches though into passing on packets intended for other hosts. Short of probing the LAN for devices running in promiscuous mode though it's hard to tell if your traffic is being sniffed or not. Someone who knows how to manipulate switch behaviour though is probably going to get in anyway as you say. That guest mode option may well be the nicest way to achieve what you want if it works as described.
  23. I can't help much with Server 2008 questions unfortunately. We're still on server 2003. If you wanted something like Volume Shadow Copy then you ideally want Server 2003 R2 or newer, but otherwise XP is probably fine. As long as you're not hitting any disc size limitations that is. I think XP doesn't like NTFS discs larger than 2TB by default. Nebby: Certainly saved us a lot of time. Taking down essential servers to copy entire RAID arrays is never popular with the users.
  24. I wouldn't be comfortable without a firewall between the two sections of the LAN personally. I'm not familiar with the Apple routers though so can't offer many suggestions on how to implement that. It could certainly be done with some of those Linux-based routers. I guess the other option would be to have strong security on each and every PC on the LAN, but that would be a pain to maintain and wouldn't prevent packet snooping.
  25. Yeah, it works on XP with the files Nebby linked to. I think it's actually included with Robocopy GUI and that one is a newer version than the one in the Resource Kit. The things you saw about Vista and Server 2008 refer more to some enhancements to it they've made on more recent Windows versions. The main reason to favour a server OS would be when teaming Robocopy with Volume Shadow Copy to backup files that are currently in use. We've used it that way for a few server migrations of live fileshares/databases at work. We still do a final sync with all users disconnected at the last step, but it's very handy for minimizing the time the server needs to be down. VSC can be used with rsync too. That's how we do many of our backups at work.
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