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    WiFi Enabled Light Bulbs and other household stuff

    I have a few of the TP-Link 50w bulbs ($20 on Amazon), they're WiFi enabled so you don't need any sort of Z-Wave hub to get them working and they're Alexa compatible Very happy with them, mine only dim but I think TP has a color one too Depending how you're setup, a smart switch could be a...
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    Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Powerbeats2 / Jaybirds / etc. for Gym and such)

    I have the JayBirds, they sucked staying in the ear with the stock tips, but if you replace the tips, they stay in MUCH better Grab these...
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    Windows 8 odd mouse behavior

    You guys are right, it was the mouse... surprised.. never had that happen before..
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    Windows 8 odd mouse behavior

    no damage to the mouse I have not tried another yet system has been rebooted several times can't think of anything that would have damaged the cord between when it worked & failed, curious if anyone else had seen this problem... I'll grab another mouse from work to test with tomorrow though
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    Windows 8 odd mouse behavior

    I've been running into an odd issue with Windows 8, whenever I go to select text, or move a window around (any behavior where left-click is held down and I move the mouse) it seems to lose and then re-gain the left-click input. i.e. I'll hold left-click and start moving a window, the system...
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    Budget 2.0/2.1 speakers

    I just got the Swan M10's to replace Swan D1080's (moving the 1080s elsewhere) The M10's seem to have a better range of sound than the 1080's did (I'd attribute that to having tweeter, mid, and woofer, vs. just tweeter and woofer), definitely a bit less punch but I don't find it nearly as...
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    The Great Sound Card Debate

    Creative, last I heard, had moved away from doing much via the DAC and was mostly a software solution. Also as many games go Dolby (per console partnerships) the soundcard "game processing" matters much less. A good soundcard needs to have a good DAC and, for headphones, good AMP(s) Your...
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    New SSD Win7/Steam install - can I port my installs from old HDD?

    alright, I'm a bit of an idiot... this method seems to work OK for far cry 2, (I tested portal 2 before) so I'm thinking it might just be something special with Valve games... there were a few 'orange box' and other more general Valve files I'm guessing are related...
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    New SSD Win7/Steam install - can I port my installs from old HDD?

    I finally got an SSD and re-installed Win7, however I still have my HDD with all my steam games downloaded and installed connected to the system. What I'd like to do is just setup sym-links to the old installs and get my NEW steam install to recognize them... - just adding the symbolic...
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    Question for anyone that has a FiOS DVR

    Yes, she should have analog output, here's the latest FiOS DVR gear (Cisco sourced) http://www22.verizon.com/residentialhelp/fiostv/receivers/equipment+issues/questionsone/128391.htm RCA wiring diagram...
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    Android in my car

    details? that's pretty sweet... are you paying data for it?
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    Thinking about going legit on a few games and have some questions.

    @the OP, If you buy a game on Steam, you can play it on any computer so long as you're logged in with your Steam account. I've run my Steam on friends PCs to demo games at their houses, and also re-formatted and re-installed enough that I'm pretty sure I would have encountered any "you've...
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    PS3 vs Computer

    The best argument for a PC is that it permits you to do much more than just a console. With a console, you get games & media streaming, they do both tasks very well and relatively easily. With a PC you get that plus massive tools for content creation and learning. You can't write a program...
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    PC Gaming is too much work.

    To get a PC to run a game at 720p (console standard), you could easily continue using the same gear that came out when consoles came out. So at launch: $400 console vs. $300 graphics card Then over time: $10 premium for console games + (maybe) $50-60 year for Live! The rest of my PC I use &...
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    How to reduce interference noise?

    You can get EMI shielding plastics and construct a bit of a barricade. Easier way would be to route your cabling so it avoids as much as possible (pretty much anything in the case can cause EMI). Are you using a mini to mini connector, or are you connecting to the front-panel pins on the sound...
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    Sound options on the Mac Pro

    Yes. Optical I/O passes uncompressed, raw digital data, so whatever form it's encoded in is what will be passed to whatever is on the other end of the optical line (some sort of digital-analog converter (DAC) in either stand-alone or receiver form). MKV is just a container folder (audio...
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    Sound options on the Mac Pro

    No internal cards that I know of. The integrated should be the Intel HD audio (Realtek 889HD I think?) If you're just running a basic headset or PC speakers, that will be fine. If you've invested in higher quality gear then an external DAC & AMP are the way to go. Also remember that if you're...
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    Swan M10 vs Swan D1080MkII08

    The sub on the M10's is the midrange driver on the D1080's The 1080's will drive a bit louder and project better. the M10's will be a bit crisper on the highs & mids due to having tweeters and 3" mid's in the 'speakers', the sole 5" in the woofer won't really hit the lows as well but for...
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    The Best Froyo Rom for Droid1?

    Bugless Beast has been great. On Cyanogen (current rev seems okay) now mostly because I've been too lazy to get Bugless back on...
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    Trying to piece together awesome Sandy Bridge Eyefinity Gaming Rig. Any help?

    - Corsair HX 1000w (around $200-230) - HD6950's can be flashed to 6970's guru3d howto - I'd get DDR3-1600 not 1333, minor price delta and a bit more speed... - For bang for the buck, get a sandy bridges 2500k, save $100 over the 2600... - the new Sandforce 2000 and Crucial C400 SATA-6gbps...
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    iPod Touch 4g - Music importing

    It's Apple, if you follow their rules it works all nice and fluffy like... Personally I'd stick with 192 kbps or better mp3's. Seem to be the most widely used format and 192 is roughly where I can notice a delta in quality. For album art... it's finicky (IMO), if you match the metadata with...
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    Buying a new Verizon phone tomorrow - any last minute suggestions?

    CES this week, Verizon has some 'big event' the 18th or 20th of this month... I'd suck it up and wait till those come & pass and see what they bring. But, if you're fine with the $35 restocking fee (really peanuts compared to what you're going to pay over the life of the contract) then just...
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    How important do you think the 2600k's extra 2MB cache be over the 2500K?

    It's L3 cache not 2,1, or their new L0... I'd say maybe 1-2% clock for clock? As always I'm sure some apps will make a bigger use of the cache, but I doubt it'll be huge
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    Realtek ALC892 vs. Sound Blaster Live 24-bit

    Versus an old SB 24-bit? I'd stick with the Realtek... The newer Realtek's, after ALC880, have been pretty good. The DAC's are solid (for value lines) and realistically they're as good as the cheap add-in cards. The Xonar should yield a small gain though, what speakers / headphones are you...
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    How do I losslessly rip a dvd then stream it to my PS3?

    the PS3 does not (natively anyways) support mkv. You want h.264 / mpeg-4 based .mp4 or .mpeg files. I've been using Handbrake to make h.264 mp4's of everything and the streaming has been working quite well! if you have mkv's, there an app called mkv2vob http://www.videohelp.com/tools/mkv2vob...
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    150$ 2.1 or 2.0 setup

    M-Audio or Swan D1080's Klipsch 2.1's are pretty good too...
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    Upcoming Verizon phones?

    Just wondering if there's anything due out for Verizon in the next month or two that's worth waiting for. And yes, I'm aware the iPhone could be coming, not what I'm wondering about... Any new Blackberries? BBOS 6 would be the main feature of interest. Also if there's a Verizon Torch...
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    Are Beyer velour pads more comfy than AD700/AD900?

    I have the DT 770's, pretty similar to the 880's I believe. They are 100% closed headphones, block out a helluva lot of outside noise. The GF's desk is 5 feet from mine and when I have these cans on I cannot hear her speak :evil: Also, IMO, they are pretty damn comfy!
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    Dell has U2711 for 749$ today , Anyone have x3 thses?

    wait, Dell U3011 for $749? Link? I'm not seeing it...
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    VZW users: who else is jumping ship when iphone comes to us?

    And I'd assume that since Apple and AT&T are still under contract, there'd be some stiff penalties for anything leaking...
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    VZW users: who else is jumping ship when iphone comes to us?

    Ehh, I went iPhone for 3 months, canceled due to crap coverage, bought a Droid. I'll cast a vote for 'slightly worried about iPhone user mass migration hurting Verizon's network', however my issue with AT&T was a general lack of coverage more than speed. Plus Verizon has been so damn faster...
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    Build me a Setup

    Well, a single core Mac Pro is pretty much the same i7 that's in the 27" iMac i7... (imo lga1366 i7 vs lga1156 i7 is moot, if anything the 1156 i7 seems a bit better, but that's from a desktop PC viewpoint). With an education discount the BASE dual-cpu Mac Pro is $3200. If your budget is...
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    Ipad Question

    We got one for my mom for her birthday, fits her needs perfectly: e-mail, a few fun apps, music, and web browsing. I've contemplated getting one myself, what I keep coming to is that it would be great for lounging around the house reading & travel entertainment, basically a better form factor...
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    ipad and programming

    Remote desktop / VM clients for iPad (I'm not making this up, they exist, right?) are probably your best bet. It's pretty much as the others have said, you can't compile on the pad so you're offloading 99% of the work. Not that there's anything wrong with that though... just don't expect the...
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    Post some of your favorite gaming moments!

    - playing through Doom2 and Duke 3D co-op over a lan with friends for hours on end - Doom DM and CoD:2 over the lan on the terminals at my highschool, graphics cranked to nothing but 8-15 of us in a cramped room having an absolute blast - getting lost in EverQuest... first MMO, got it right with...
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    Itunes is becoming unusable.

    I'd also re-set your iPod, pretty quick & easy and it might help the sync issue. Are you experiencing any other issues with your computer?
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    Itunes is becoming unusable.

    appData is Windows-only. follow this guide: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1451 but skip the last step as you're abandoning your old data, keep backups of the 'iTunes Library' and any *.xml files just in case...
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    Itunes is becoming unusable.

    I'm a little unsure of the specifics, but it sounds like it could be a database corruption issue. Not sure if iTunes removes it's DB when you un-install it but I don't think so... Try to track down that file (appData on PC, buried in Libraries or the Music folder on Mac I believe) and delete it...
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    Beats by Dre

    I listened to some of the upper Beats range in BestBuy the other day and they sounded pretty poor IMO... They were loud and a bit boomy but they had little range and didn't sound nearly as crisp as I expected. Actually they sounded exactly like when you set the EQ to a hip-hop preset or anything...
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    Possibly thinking of going back to iPhone over Android ?

    Eh, Verizon iPhone rumors seem stronger than ever but then again, we go through this every year. I've worked my rooted Droid 1 pretty heavily and still managed to have life at the end of the day. Pre-Root & SetCPU I could burn in out in 5-6 hours, Post-Root the same workload lasts about 10-12...
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