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General Hardware / Well, half the wife's Christmas present showed up
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:30:23 PM »

LAN & General Gaming / Brink - What do you think?
« on: April 04, 2011, 10:26:53 PM »
I think this game looks great. 16 player co op, 8 vs 8 matches, environments that are actually usable, and xp that transfers from multi-player to single player.

anyone else thinking of playing this one? I am for sure.

Operating Systems & Software / Backup Schemes
« on: May 24, 2010, 10:00:27 PM »
I'm curious what everyone here does to backup and secure their important data. Post a quick overview of any software/services you use to backup your pictures, documents and/or code.

I'll start;

For files that I want everyday access to, I use Dropbox ( I use a Macbook Pro and switch back and forth between Windows 7 and OS X depending on what I am doing at the time, so this syncs the files that I am currently working on perfectly.

To back my pictures up I use Picasaweb. With a cost of $5 per year for 20 GB of storage, its really hard to go wrong.

When I archive web design projects, databases and documents (bills, receipts, tax info, etc) I use Amazon S3 with Jungledisk as an interface. I bought Jungledisk when it was $30 for the lifetime of the product, it now costs $3 per month, but that includes 5GB storage at Amazon. Cost above that is normal S3 rates of $0.15 per GB stored.   

To automatically back up my files to S3 I use Jungledisk to schedule automated backups every hour on all files in archival folders that have changed, and set it to never delete old files, even if they are no longer on my computer. I think my S3 bill is roughly $0.28 per month.

A huge mention goes out to the Windows only app Cobian Backup. I have used it for myself and clients for the last few years on different projects, and it never fails to impress.

General Hardware / Fire Safe Backups?
« on: May 24, 2010, 09:34:55 PM »
has anyone heard of these?

I came across them while looking for stock photography on flickr for a website I'm setting up for a new business I'm starting up here in Salmon Arm.

Apparently they work, but I'd love to get my hands on one or see you guys review it so we know for sure!

General Mayhem / [Frontpage News]$30,000 to Fill an iPod (Legally)
« on: May 12, 2009, 10:32:01 PM »

Microsoft has released a new commercial that has Apple fanboys whining and screaming.  The point of the commercial is that it costs $30,000 to fill the latest and largest iPod with music from the iTunes store.  I'm sure that most people steal music instead of pay for all of it though.  The point is that the Zunepass will cost you $15 a month and you can fill your Zune in a couple of months for much less than $30G.  I love the Zunepass and can honestly say that all of. . .

I dont know what they are talking about! I filled my iphone with iTunes and it didnt cost near 30k!

ok... well.. at least I used iTunes as the delivery method to put music onto my iphone. If apple doesnt come out with a subscription service at WWDC next month, I will be looking into a zune for my music. Not that piracy is hard, its just annoying. maybe Im getting old.

LAN & General Gaming / Spring LAN Party
« on: October 13, 2008, 04:39:43 PM »
What games are you guys looking forward to at the LAN this spring?

I'm hoping for some Starcraft II and maybe something oldschool for a FPS. Would anyone be up for counter-strike or maybe some Desert Combat? Just a thought, if we make the FPS an oldschool one, we could probably get a bunch of people just on the fact that everyones computers will be able to run the game! I know we ripped out some original UT the last time I was there (missed last year because of a ski trip), and it was a blast. We had just as many people playing UT as we did anything else.

Operating Systems & Software / VisualHub and iSquint - a sad day
« on: October 09, 2008, 09:00:58 PM »
Its a sad day today, I just found out that the writer of one of my favorite tools for the OS X operating system decided to pack it in and close up shop. Techspansion, the maker of the amazing video converter, VisualHub, has shut down all new purchases and downloads of all of the software he has created due to "personal reasons".

For those that didn't use VisualHub, it was a great little app that you could drag a video of any format (literally) onto, and tell it what format to spit it out in, walk away, and come back to a converted video. Have a WMV file that you want to convert to XViD, DiVX, M4V, iPod and PSP format? Go for it. It is the definition of drag, drop and walk away.

Thanks for the great product over the years!

General Mayhem / [Frontpage News]Nerdiest Product Ever?
« on: October 05, 2008, 05:27:26 PM »

I couldn't pass up posting this next article about a new product called "Gamer Grub". Now basically "Gamer Grub" is your favorite snacks in a can that is supposed to "boost your core gaming
systems, such as visual input, cognitive processing, signal
transmission and muscle reflexes for maximum gaming performance." (Their words...not mine).

Now the theory behind it sounds like every game. . .

Their "science" page looks like something out of the movie Idiocracy:

Gamer Grub: Its what your BODY CRAVES!!!!!!!!!

Do they really think everyone who plays games are sheep, grazing on whatever crap they can afford to advertise to us? buy some trail mix and skip the sugar they add to this crap.

General Hardware / Which Camera?
« on: October 01, 2008, 06:57:55 PM »
I'm looking to pick up a new hobby this fall, and would like everyones input. The one thing I know for sure, is that it will involve a camera. I want to start documenting weekend outings and vacations a bit more than I have been (I haven't at all), but I am torn. Here are the 2 cameras I have my eye on;

Canon Vixia HF100 1080P (shoots 30P 24P and 60i @ 1920x1080)

Nikon D60 with a small budget ($200-$400) for lenses

So what to do? I have access to Final Cut Pro for video editing, and obviously Photoshop and Lightroom for photographs.

What are your thoughts? To get into it now, is it going to be better to hop in to the video side of things and learn all the fun that Final Cut has to offer, or pick up a D60 and start working on image composition and furthering my Photoshop skills?

General Mayhem / Ski Trip January 2009?
« on: September 30, 2008, 06:00:35 PM »
If I started to plan a ski trip for a day or two in say mid January to mid February, would anyone be interested? Just thinking it would be a great chance to get everyone together outside the tech world.

There are a few choices on how to do it, either a day trip where we all carpool to a central mountain, or if we wanted to do a weekend trip, runs a bus out on friday night, and back on sunday night. They do pick ups in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary on their way out to the mountains.

Post any interest in this thread, and it doesn't have to be just BCC forum members, bring family, friends, whoever!

For Sale/Trade / Selling my desktop
« on: September 16, 2008, 09:27:48 PM »
I'm looking to sell off my desktop.

Brief specs:

2x2GB DDR2 800
8800GTS 320MB
2x250GB Sata HDD
Antec P180 Case
500W modular PSU

Would also like to sell with a 19" widescreen LG monitor

Looking for about $700 for the whole package, but I will work with price.

Contests & Hot Deals / $5000 giveaway
« on: September 08, 2008, 07:29:49 PM »
You must live in Canada to qualify!

General Mayhem / 100 things challenge
« on: July 03, 2008, 07:56:01 PM »
I am about to embark on the 100 things challenge this month. it's a little late for spring cleaning, but I just moved, and having to life all those boxes that I havent opened since the last time I moved got me thinking, so now is the time to do it.

For those of you who do not know what the 100 things challenge is, the point of the exercise is to reduce all your worldly possessions to 100 items. Now obviously there have to be some exceptions, so here are the boundaries I set up for myself.

5 pairs of socks = 1 item
5 pairs of underwear = 1 item
3 pairs of work pants = 1 item
4 work shirts = 1 item
spindle of discs = 1 item
Pots/pans ( as long as they can be contained in 1 box) = 1 item
4 place settings of dishes/silverware = 1 item
kitchen knife set = 1 item
A/V cables and power adapters do not count as long as hooked up to something
pair of foot ware (shoes, sandals, skiis, etc)= 1 item
Consumable items (food, beer, etc) do not count
4 AA batteries = 1 item

Everything else counts as 1 item

So that's it. My goal is to have it 100% complete by August 1st. I'll make a post in the buy/sell forum for anything that I think is worth selling/trading/giving away once I get going on it. I think it will be an interesting experience, really make you decide what you need and what you want. Has anyone ever done anything like this before? how did it turn out?

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