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by tarkadal
Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD EMP Cannon - [Expert required; apply inside]
Replies: 87
Views: 9069

Re: XKCD EMP Cannon - [Expert required; apply inside]

I'll get in on this. I have a dusty old BE I'm not using stashed away somewhere that might be useful. Not to say that I know what I'm doing, but I guess I could whip out a few of my books and have a read. Taking apart microwaves is dangerous though, as per the previous example, so I'm not sure I'm u...
by tarkadal
Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Default selection for opening drives
Replies: 2
Views: 1968

I've seen it happen a few times on XP pro, don't really now the cause. A little registry hacking will fix it up. Open up regedit via Start -> run -> regedit Browse to the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Drive \ shell. Double-click the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and change its value fr...
by tarkadal
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Annoying things that happened to you today
Replies: 1053
Views: 143445

A stupid dog and presumably its stupider owner ran out onto the highway tonight, causing the car in front of me to brake suddenly and myself to brake not quite suddenly enough. Fortunately all that I have is a small tow ball shaped dent in the bumper of my car. *sigh* I wish I had a roo bar on my ca...
by tarkadal
Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Importance Of "Please" & "Thank You&q
Replies: 60
Views: 5207

PECK And may I see this storage facility? VENKMAN No, you may not. P And why not, Mr. Venkman? V Because you didn't say the magic word. P (sighs) And what is the magic word, Mr. Venkman? V The magic word is "please." If that isn't the greatest reason why please and thank you are important...
by tarkadal
Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Most rewarding gaming experiences?
Replies: 115
Views: 12794

I'm going to go all materialistic and say when I won a pokémon tournament last year and received, among other things, a black DS Lite. I guess it also gave me a sort of warm and fuzzy feeling that those thousands of hours paid off.
by tarkadal
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Convincing a school to switch to Linux
Replies: 51
Views: 4840

I have nothing really for, but if you can counter my against, you'll be in a sweet position! It's a bit of an insight in how the inner workings of a school work. Or rather, how the guys who will have to implement your scheme work. One of my pet peeves is people waltzing in and proclaiming "Micr...
by tarkadal
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Convincing a school to switch to Linux
Replies: 51
Views: 4840

Do the staff all use Windows machines too? What about them? You can't just up and switch an OS like that. Sure, you might be able to get a computer lab to run Linux, but you won't get the whole school to go Linux. a) Just because Linux is free, doesn't mean it costs nothing. Have you factored in the...
by tarkadal
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:34 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 471092

I do not photograph well. There are very few pictures of me or my face that are recent or even in digital format.

However, the point is now moot, as I regretfully can't make it. I just have far too much work piling up and I can't justify the time off. Oh well, next time.

*sad*
by tarkadal
Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier - King Of The World
Replies: 36
Views: 4990

The only one on that list I've played is Civilization. My friend and I used to play it together all through the night. Now I play FreeCiv when I get the chance.
by tarkadal
Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:20 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 471092

Toeofdoom wrote:Just research in the post your face thread damnit!


*hasn't posted in post your face thread*
by tarkadal
Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 471092

Shit, man, I only just looked at where you live. Perth?! That's a lot of freaking money just to hang out in a bar.


That's a little more like it, actually. I should check up on what a plane ticket is worth and flight times to see how much I really want to go.
by tarkadal
Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:12 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 471092

Yeah, one of my biggest fears about rocking up to this thing is getting hopelessly lost in Sydney and having to ask people if they are raptors or know where the xkcd meet is, as I have never been to Sydney. Well, technically I have had a stopover at the airport once, so unless we meet there I'm in n...
by tarkadal
Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 32702

I... I love this one. I can feel it on so many levels. I know exactly what that feels like. Any lesson that this comic might try to teach me I feel I already know all to well. It's just so sad, for me, anyway. The timing of this comic probably couldn't have been any better either. Damn you and your ...
by tarkadal
Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need good, free downloadable games
Replies: 31
Views: 4723

http://sc2.sourceforge.net/

The free version of StarControl 2. It is awesome. If you don't already have it, you should get it now so that you may *enjoy the sauce*.
by tarkadal
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Bring back the archives!
Replies: 3
Views: 1773

I can't figure a way to get around the proxy that turns up whenever I hit "random comic" I assume from this you mean that your school has some sort of web proxy that blocks certain sites that they don't want you to get to. There are about a billion ways to get around proxies like that. No...
by tarkadal
Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:16 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 471092

I keep deciding to go, then deciding not to go, then deciding to go and so on and so forth. I've had an offer that I can crash at a friends place in Darlinghurst. Is that anywhere near this shindig? Either way, it's a lot of flying on a plane, and at least one day of missed work when we are already ...
by tarkadal
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tales of....
Replies: 38
Views: 5152

Gelsamel wrote:Sheena Vs Kratos in the OVA of Tales of Symphonia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUHmp53F ... ed&search=


Must... not... watch..., must... wait for... release. Any news on that by the way? A release in English that is. I've been internet deprived recently.
by tarkadal
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Spider Solitaire
Replies: 4
Views: 1573

I like a bit of Spider Solitaire. Mostly the four suit difficulty just yanks my crank, so I don't bother with it too much. I have got it out once or twice, but mostly I think it is just luck. Possibly also a bit of undo abuse helps. My current ongoing project in Spider is to get stuck on single suit...
by tarkadal
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: DVDs Appearing As CD-Rs?
Replies: 2
Views: 1431

It's possible that the drive itself is damaged if you have re-installed drivers etc. and still have no luck. Does it read CDs? Can you boot off a CD? Sometimes that isn't a good test, as it can still read CDs but not DVDs. Is the lens mechanism suck? Open the drive and very carefully check if the me...
by tarkadal
Mon Aug 20, 2007 10:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mousepad?
Replies: 38
Views: 5129

My mouse pad at home, where I am now, is the box for my old ADSL router. My mouse is a crappy old ball type mouse which gunks up after about two days after the last time I cleaned it. I think that has a lot to do with the box/mouse pad getting pretty dirty. If you are wondering why I use a box as a ...
by tarkadal
Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to get out of real work
Replies: 42
Views: 4479

evilbeanfiend wrote:did you test its ability to render pictures containing pink curved surfaces?


Most things pink and curved are blocked at work. Apparently they find it not suitable.
by tarkadal
Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to get out of real work
Replies: 42
Views: 4479

Hehe, I got the sweet job of testing Internet Explorer 7 when it first came out to see if it had any issues on our network! Yes, for a while part of my job was browsing the internet. Needless to say, I tested it thoroughly. Although I'm still not convinced, maybe it needs more testing.
by tarkadal
Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2814380

Confession : Yesterday I bought a digital camera because I was walking past a camera shop and thought, I should buy a digital camera. Well, I'd been thinking for a while I could probably use one, but I doubt I will use it much. Confession : After 13 years in the making, I have finally written a lett...
by tarkadal
Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Great Soda Can Controversy
Replies: 68
Views: 7257

I go one step further than all the way! I stick my little finger in and push the metal flap so it lies against the underside of the top of the can. It helps identify which can is mine in a crowd and prevents other people from wanting to steal it after they see me stick my finger in the can.
by tarkadal
Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Which real life feature would be most useful on a computer?
Replies: 27
Views: 2965

Surely we need a function that allows us to slap people over the internet. Or possibly stab, depending on how bloodthirsty you are.
by tarkadal
Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Juggling
Replies: 40
Views: 4746

I have some similar knives. I'm not sure exactly what they are, my parents bought them from a travelling hippy some time ago in Queensland. True story. They juggle quite well, and are quite good at hacking through a watermelon. Also a true story. I've never been bothered learning 5 balls, although I...
by tarkadal
Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tales of....
Replies: 38
Views: 5152

I love Tales of Symphonia, it's a great game. Has anyone played much multiplayer wise? I started a game with a friend a while back and it was great fun, but we didn't get very far and haven't gone back to it since.
by tarkadal
Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Must-Play Nintendo DS Games
Replies: 36
Views: 7839

Am I the only one who doesn't really like Mario Kart? Everytime I end up playing it, everybody but me starts squirreling like a motherfucker, and me, barely able to powerslide, ends up in last. A DS version of something like Initial D would be way more fun, I think. I didn't particularly like it. I...
by tarkadal
Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:49 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1677
Views: 471092

Sydney is a long way away, but that's what I get for living in the most awesome city in the world. I need more information, so that's what I voted. Getting time off work to meet people from the internet might be problematic though.
by tarkadal
Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hardcover or Paperback
Replies: 56
Views: 10232

Hmm, this is tough. I went paperback, but I much prefer the large format paperbacks. Sure, they are a bit unwieldy, but I find them better to read. The hardness of the hardcovers just doesn't sit right, especially if you are trying to curl up in odd positions to read in bed. Dust jackets too are dec...
by tarkadal
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Card games?
Replies: 46
Views: 12267

I'm quite partial to a game of cards. Euchre, 500, 21 (vingt et un or pontoon) and Canasta are my favourites. Mao and Oh Hell are quite good. Sevens was a fun game from my childhood. There's some snap type game that we play, but I forget what it is called. Plus various forms of patience.
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Donation
Replies: 135
Views: 16291

No, I'm not particularly fond of this sack of organs that I drag around with me. Frankly, I find it annoying and hideous. I want my sack of organs burnt to nothingness once I'm done with it, purging its foul travesty from the face of this planet. I'm still wondering why you care. If other people wa...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 140230

Arbitrary is more correct than random but random can be respelled "randumb" for much more amusement, so it wins unless someone thinks of a funny play on the word arbitrary. It's not about being correct, it's about using the word "random". Also, it confuses people. It can also me...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Donation
Replies: 135
Views: 16291

I'm guessing his position stems from a belief that a human body is more than a sack of organs; a top-down approach instead of a bottom-up one. And since carving up his body to turn it into a sack of organs to be handed out would be something like desecration, he isn't interested in having that happ...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Donation
Replies: 135
Views: 16291

People can disagree all they like, I like a good, well thought out discussion as much as the next person. No party here is ever going to change the mind of the other, but it is good to thrash out point and counterpoint. It's just some of the arguments are seeming to become less of why organ donation...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Donation
Replies: 135
Views: 16291

Expenditure of effort, no, compromise of my beliefs, yes Your belief is just "I don't want to help people, even if it costs me nothing and requires me to do nothing". That's...possibly the worst belief ever. It's more of a 0 on the good/evil scale, I'm not saving anyone, but I'm not activ...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Donation
Replies: 135
Views: 16291

How can you accept the stance of 'life shouldn't be prolonged', when in doing so, you make choices about others peoples life? If they want their life prolonged, then how can you justify taking that away from them, when you lose nothing yourself as a result? I can accept it, because I don't particul...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:02 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Okay, need a little Windows help.
Replies: 9
Views: 4386

A simple google search for "double taskbar" nets this as a result, with vbs script as a fix http://forum.tweakxp.com/forum/Topic187450-1-1.aspx I use that XP taskbar fixall, and it works a treat on random taskbar problems. I've never seen a double taskbar, so I'm not sure how it goes for ...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 140230

Arbitrary is more correct than random but random can be respelled "randumb" for much more amusement, so it wins unless someone thinks of a funny play on the word arbitrary. It's not about being correct, it's about using the word "random". Also, it confuses people. It can also me...
by tarkadal
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 140230

Arcane I try to throw in where appropriate.
Random is great, but I use it to mean odd, strange or weird a lot of the time.
Spleen because it is humourous.

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