DiscussionatorWE NEED NEW BLOOOOOOD!
      – Baslisks, 2009-07-21 at 04:25:12   (32 comments)

On 2009-07-21 at 04:25:54, Baslisks wrote...
Badly, horribly, and desperately. I do enjoy the chats but I believe we are getting to the point of being able to predict each others thoughts and stances.
On 2009-07-21 at 15:38:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You're welcome to do anything to promote the site, although advertising it won't necessarily make anyone stay. I'm of the opinion that visitors aren't impressed by the interface/design as much as I'd expected them to be. Admittedly it'd help if Microsoft users weren't turned away.
On 2009-07-23 at 02:08:53, BorgClown wrote...
I'm sorry for being out of touch for several days. My laptop died, and my other laptop has a faulty CD and a blank hard disk. It can be started from floppies (very old laptop) but no other computer has a floppy drive. I have and old iMac, incapable of reading my ext3fs backup hard disk. And it won't start Linux from CD. In the end, I had a brick on the shop, an old brick on my desk, and a useless iMac at my left. All my passwords are 10-20 strings of random gibberish, backed up on the external hard disk, which no computer could read. It was a crappy weekend, but now I have my laptop back. The sound card came back toasted, but the rest seems to work OK. I know It won't last much, though.
On 2009-07-23 at 02:10:21, BorgClown wrote...
Oh wait, I don't have any of that "new blood" thing, why am I apologizing?
On 2009-07-23 at 04:54:08, Baslisks wrote...
yeah.... blood be tasty.
On 2009-07-23 at 08:27:48, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: That's a real horror story - it's bad enough to lose your computer for a while but you hope that you don't lose your data too. My PC keeps freezing now - I don't really have anything backed-up and still don't have a high-capacity drive to copy stuff to.
On 2009-07-23 at 09:31:36, Thelevellers wrote...
We do need new blood, I was hoping my old house mate was gonna be more permanent (melchior), but he seems not to be too bothered... It is hard to prmote a site like this, as has been said before, you don't necessarily want to tell all your friends about it! I need to sort out a proper back-up system, I'm in danger of losing all my music to my 3-5 year old hard-drive! :O My only back-up atm is an equally old and smaller usb drive! DOH!
On 2009-07-24 at 01:01:18, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Boy, I'm glad someone's being sympathetic. My wife I was overreacting when I got mad that every course of action to get one of the machines usable was foiled somehow. The iMac would only boot a PowerPC Ubuntu CD, which I discarded months ago because it was discontinued. The old laptop was my best chance, I managed to find my old Debian Sarge floppies, and it started the net installer, but the changes in the Debian repositories structure since Sarge make it impossible to do a network install with Sarge, and the main site itself recommends booting Etch instead. So off I go without a browser hunting for Etch boot, root and pcmcia floppies (did I mention the old laptop has no built-in ethernet?). Oh, joy, I manage to make the Etch floppies, and they won't boot. The kernel is not compatible with my machine. Fuck. So off I go and hunt for Slackware install floppies, and oh joy, they do boot. But no PCMCIA, so no network install...
On 2009-07-24 at 01:06:53, BorgClown wrote...
*wheez* *wheez* OK, so I had to use my Sarge floppies to get the additional Slackware floppies, boot Slack and find that I could partition and see my hard disk, but no network would work. OK, hard drive partitioned, I though about using the Sarge floppies to download the whole Slackware distribution to the data partition, then boot Slackware and install from local disk. Fine, but the Sarge netinstall wouldn't access the hard disk until some packages were dowloaded... from the repositories... which it can't download because they have changed... Fortunately my laptop came back before I went insanely frustrated. I wonder what more things I would have tried in a week.
On 2009-07-24 at 01:09:48, BorgClown wrote...
This article got to the Slashdot front while my laptop was in the shop, it didn't help my mood at all: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/07/22/1514210/Undercover-Cameras-Catch-PC-Repair-Scams-Privacy-Violations At least I had the Blackberry.
On 2009-07-25 at 10:34:32, Thelevellers wrote...
Damn. That is ridiculous! Sounds like a comedy sketch from a safe distance (where your rage cannot touch me :P )
On 2009-07-25 at 18:01:10, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Indeed, I'd never want to take a computer to a repair centre even if I couldn't fix it myself. It's a horrible thought that your machine could stop working at any time and it's very stressful when you do have to try and figure out how to fix it. I actually went to PC World to get an external drive to back stuff onto today, but their web site lies about the in-store price so I went away empty-handed. I'll just have to wait for one from Amazon, I suppose. This one seems to have fewer negative reviews than most. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001GO9ERE/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p23_i1
On 2009-07-27 at 09:24:05, Thelevellers wrote...
Heheh, I love buying stuff by negative reviews... Works a treat usually! :)
On 2009-07-27 at 11:32:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: I assume you mean stuff without (many) negative reviews? Buying stuff with lots of negative reviews would be... um, crazy.
On 2009-07-28 at 05:29:29, BorgClown wrote...
Watch out, he's smiling!
On 2009-07-28 at 05:31:48, BorgClown wrote...
On a side note, somehow, a CompaQ Portable 3 mobile computer came into my hands. The beast weights 14 Kg and uses 5.25" floppies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_Portable Why the hell do I love collecting old IT stuff?
On 2009-07-30 at 09:37:44, Thelevellers wrote...
Not always Lee! Sometimes the negative reviews reveal themselves to be written be cretins... :) 'It wouldn't turn on out of the box!' - often means they didn;t try charging it up... ;)
On 2009-07-30 at 10:32:12, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, you do actually have to read the top/bottom reviews. Often people give bad ratings for shortcomings that won't affect you - e.g. compatibility issues.
On 2009-08-01 at 15:35:29, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
We DO need new people. Now that I have internet again, perhaps I can corral some!
On 2009-08-02 at 01:59:17, BorgClown wrote...
At work we only get to use approved software (Windows-only yuck yuck yuck) and even if I have local administrator acces, every non-approved software gets automatically uninstalled and reported in less than a day. So MSIE 7 FTW. Well, I shouldn't browse DNr at work anyway, someday a weird avatar would give me trouble.
On 2009-08-02 at 02:01:28, BorgClown wrote...
DTW, my previous comment was becuse DNR only works with Firefox. That limitation has made a good job on keeping the very noobs out, but it appears to have harmed its growth significantly.
On 2009-08-02 at 10:13:21, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: At least using Microsoft Windows means you'll more transferrable skills, even if you don't believe it now. And DNR resizes/re-creates all images uploaded before they get to your browser so you should be okay. I spent time getting the layout working in MS Internet Explorer, but how do I fix the JavaScript when the browser doesn't tell me what the problems are? It's easy if you test as you're writing, but impractical for 'completed' code.
On 2009-08-02 at 23:11:27, BorgClown wrote...
I meant weird like the Baslisks one: http://discussionator.com/i/115.jpg How could I explain that man in a red bikini?
On 2009-08-02 at 23:16:56, BorgClown wrote...
And I agree that Windows currently is used for more jobs than other OSs. Hopefully that'll change in the long-term future.
On 2009-08-03 at 10:06:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: Oh, I thought you were talking about image exploits. I forgot to mention that I helped my aunt install Ubuntu this week - I actually have a family member who's using Linux!
On 2009-08-04 at 00:13:41, Baslisks wrote...
I can change my avatar....
On 2009-08-04 at 01:39:26, BorgClown wrote...
@Baslisks: Don't change it, unless you're thinking of this one: http://discussionator.com/i/16.jpg
On 2009-08-04 at 01:55:28, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Good. Somehow older people embrace the friendly Linuxes of today easier. Youngsters just want to download warez and pirate games.
On 2009-08-04 at 12:38:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: I was looking at someone's Vista laptop last night because it's riddled with viruses and spyware. It needs backing up and re-installing, but I did point out that as she only uses it for Internet access then Linux ought to be considered.
On 2009-08-04 at 20:07:53, Baslisks wrote...
@BorgClown: I need to get my girlfriend to pose for a picture...
On 2009-08-05 at 02:43:14, BorgClown wrote...
When you got them bikini man avatar, a little voice told me "GOD IT CANNOT BE UNSEEN"
On 2009-08-05 at 06:59:58, Baslisks wrote...
Thine eye has seen what thine canst forget