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  1. zzzz...please wake me up when it finally ends....
  2. Hehehe. Now I may be a bit biased, seeing how I use Solaris every day at work, since the place I work at sorta made it. Without trying to rant back at the Solaris sucks comments, here is some info based on my exeriences. I went to UCSD and most of our CS programming classes gave lab access to Solaris boxes. I got by fine using them, but never really got the most out of them. I can honestly say now that you are in a similar (though more disenchanted) spot to where I was, unhappy and struggling with your development environment for two reasons: 1.) You don't have a machine with root access, that you can play with, modify, customize, eventually hose, reinstall and learn to fix. You cannot be a power user without getting this at some point. 2.) You are not a power Unix user, especially so regarding Solaris. Developing in a default student account on Solaris running CDE...hehe...yeah that sucks yo. Having your own Sun development box...so much more productive than silly Windows. You are going to a school with an emphasis on engineering. In that world, Solaris has a much better reputation than Windows. Sun hardware is far more robust than x86 hardware. You can do more with older Sun Sparc hardware than you can with older x86 machines. If you *really* care, and don't just want to whine about the situation, buy an Ultra 10 off of Ebay. Put Solaris 9 on it, run gnome. Put Sun Studio 9 on it. Develop your class assignments. Laugh at your classmates complaining about the terrible Solaris environment they have to deal with. And for the record, I use Solaris, OS X, OpenBSD , and Windows regularly, and various Linux flavors and FreeBSD sporadically. Each have their place, but of the four main ones I use, Solaris = real work, OS X = personal, OpenBSD = home network, Windows = HaloPC until nov 9th.
  3. I bought the 2005 Mustang GT...it is amazing...I'll try and post some pics of it tomorrow.
  4. Damnit yo...I've been playing with the laptop and some sveasoft flashed wireless routers, and finally decided to turn on my desktop only to discover one of my drives died....RAID 1, so no data loss as of yet, but I moved teh desktop in a spot that is inconvenient to work with, and there is a huge rats nest of cables coming out of it right now...oh well time to end my rant and start unplugging... What are your crappy computer experiences as of late?
  5. LMAO the new corvette starts at $44K while the new mustang starts at $24K...a bit of a descrepency...and with $20K extra in mods you could push it past the specs of the vette. But I digress. The vettes are nice, but I am paying for my wedding right now as well (6 more months); definitely not affordable. And while the old ones are nice, they require constant maintenance and a garage full of tools...I don't have the time, resources, or patience for that right now. I committed to helping my little sister with some homework tonight, or I'd start the test driving this evening.
  6. Wow mad props for the 05...thx for the input all. I am gonna call the lot tonight or tomorrow and see where they are at; I went on Sunday and none were available yet. I think I will need to testdrive them, but am leaning towards the 05. The Mach 1 is indeed a collectors car but I should keep in mind that this is my commuter car-it definitely will not be sitting in garage only to be looked at! I was thinking about the Mach 1 as it has more power on paper, but the reviews I have found are saying that the 05 is faster stock than the 04 M1...and they probably cost the same. So after work on Wed hopefully I'll at least know what I want, and maybe will extend that test drive to my garage...in which case I'll post some pics.
  7. I have a 97 Mustang GT and have decide that the time is right to purchase a new one. If you are thinking OMFG TEH MUSTANG IS TEH SUCK AHAHAHAHA ROOFLES you may not be able to help, but to the rest of you... :-) Any thoughts on buying a 2004 now or a 2005 very soon or in a few months? 2004: P-End of year, end of model, get em off the lot for cheap P-I *really* like their styling C-Loses major value when you drive away, blue book is essentially 1 year old brand new C-Same torque less hp than '05, supposedly slower P-could still buy a couple of toys outside of the car after buying it 2005 P-Brand spanking new coolest toy on the block P-All new tech, all new chassis P-Styling is growing on me everytime I see it C-most anticipated car of '05; these are not gonna sell for good deals for months C-Styling has to grow on me...those fog lights? The console? P-Fastest production straight mustang GT ever P-Interior upgrade looks nice, minus the console C-fewer toys and then the kicker...2004 Mach 1 P-320 torque C-I just read a review that said the 05 is faster anyway C-Most expensive C-Few left, can only find red (no black) P-Shaker scoop P-Basically a cobra minus the supercharger, great base for upgrading P-Unique P-6 speed Those are the highlights of meh indecisiveness...please help...my fiancee and I are thinking about going looking after work on Wed, and I plan on test driving both (if the new ones are on the lot yet), and possibly driving o the dealership with the Mach 1s to test drive those as well.....while that will likely be the final decision maker, all advice is appreciated....
  8. Sorry I didn't read all of the replies, the first page covered alot of my thoughts except I think people are missing #4. I think the first time people smoke they are usaully a bit hesitant and don't really smoke enough or concentrate on getting high (hold your breath soldier), as well as being slightly parnaoid/anxious about the whole thing being a big buzz killer. I have absolutely *nothing* against people wanting to smoke weed, if you do it too much you're just likely to make yourself act a lot dumber, but I've rarley seen it hurt others. However, if you are not ready to smoke weed, and are doing it to be cool or because everyone else is, then you will likely not get high at first and really just shouldn't be doing it in the first place. That said, after figuring out it is time to try it, get some of your favorite stoner friend to pack the bong for you and go to town, and yes you will get high, even on the first time...
  9. I may have some perspective....I graduated with a BS in Computer Science, while my fiancee graduated with a BS in pharmacology. First off, if you studied pharmacology, would you want to peddle drugs (pharmicist) or make drugs (researcher). :-) My fiancee works at a very large research corporation and plays scientist everyday. She likes it *alot*. She is able to do this with a BS. She has the opportunity to work hard and advance to anywhere in the company. However, most drug companies require higher education (i.e. phd) to do so; she is lucky to be at one that rewards hard work and education. They would also pay for her to go to school at night if that degree was desired. I work at one of the larger computer manufacturing companies in the US. Probably not your first couple of thoughts, but a large, well known one. I too could advance throughout the company with work and dedication...but this is the norm in this field. Some companies request higher degrees, but those are primarily related to more research oriented positions (think google labs). Coding positions favor experience over further education *typically*. In this market though, it rarely hurts. But then again, it can. It is typically easier to get over qualified (over educated) in CS than in Pharm (or science in general). How long do you want to be in school? Do you want to stay in academia? Do you want to go into industry? These can affect things. $$$...ahh money...I do better than she does currently as far as salary goes...but then she got a job immediately out of college, I spent a year looking. She is pretty much looking forward to lots of possiblitites, though she has no interest in leaving her group. I need to worry about possible layoffs. Both industries are all about money. Keep that in mind. YOU DO NOT MATTER. You think you do....and in some respect, you matter to your peers, and to your manager...but if you work for a corporation, its responsibility is to its share holders. Doing your job well does not always ensure retention. However, doing it poorly will see you out the door first. Smaller companies may value you more as you are more visible, but then they are often at least as financially unstable. The market right now favors pharm, though the computing industry is picking up agian (slightly). Finally...why decide now? Go in undeclared, take intro classes for both. Try and research it so that you: 1.) go to a school with decent programs for both pursuits 2.) can take several classes towards both pursuits, and can then use those credits towards GE requirments or a minor later on. With either of those majors at a decent school, you will have plenty of credits to graduate, so try and make each class count towards *something* if you ever want to graduate. Also, minors can be kinda neat but rarely add value to a degree unless you work to make it add value...I am sure you can figure out how to do that. 3.) double major...I wouldn't recommend this unless you're hella smart and hella dedicated. I did not study in highschool and did very well. I did not study enough in college and did good enough for what I wanted; though I regret slacking on some things, I absolutely kicked ass in what I wanted to excel at. But I would not have done well with a dbl major, I am not dedicated enough, and I had a hell of a good time at college outside of the classroom. You really should strive for that...in fact forget the dbl major thing, I am only suggesting it to say don't do it! :-) I remember being where you are, applying for schools is nerve wracking, but keep this in mind: --Hang out with *everyone* your final year of highschool. Get rid of the clicky shit groups and call up people you haven't 'played' with since gradeschool, and never turn anyone down to go hang out...it really is a kick ass experience and tons of fun. --I was dead set on being a lawyer, then bio engineering, then computer eng/science, progressing through highschool...I went into college as Computer Eng, loved it, hated it, thought about leaving that campus, though about chasing the $ in industry before graduating, thought about changing majors, and finally after two years buckled down and loved it. --When school is done and you have unique experiences that randomly tie into someone's random gd.net post or whatever, lend a hand. Then realize that the fun is over and you have to get ready for work the next day..i.e. sleep....then end the post and really just go play Halo. :-) Good luck yo and if you have specific questions not covered in this tome let me know.
  10. Did you install the driver in WinXP before plugging the XP drive into the RAID Array?
  11. I run a RAID 1 on an onboard promise chip...if memory serves, I unplugged the primary harddrive (OS only, not part of the RAID) and plugged the two disks for the RAID volume, then booted. The nice thing here is that you can't fly by the disks and get into the OS booting...yes, you could fly by the disks and get nothing, but at least you have eliminated your motherboard taking over for your primary bootdisk. Additionally, you *may* need to format the drive before hand, I am not sure without reading the docs on your card. Also, mine had a bios setting to check for RAID, and after the mainboard bios completes, I hit the RAID bios for a couple of seconds, giving me the option to enter it and do volume repair/setup/config/etc. Does your card's docs refer to any specific BIOS settings to enable the aminboard to detect the card pre-OS boot? HTH, and I hope this is a case of reading all the docs many times already (not just winging it...that doesn't work so good for many of the cheaper raid setups).
  12. Quote:Original post by mmca Does anyone know how to integrate it, or would it be easier getting NetBeans or Eclipse? Pony up for the pro edition.
  13. 1.4.2 released new collectors. There aer a variety of possibilities and they can be highly tuned based on type of application as well as type of hardware. Read the docs if you really want to know the different possibilities. 1.5 will likley introduce even more options as well as further optimizations. There are plenty of articles showing current Java apps to be faster than C++, and vice versa. The previous slowness of Java is gone. It is now much more a matter of the programmer's ability. A C++ programmer will write faster C++ than Java, a Java programmer will write faster Java than C++. Highly optimized applications compete with one another, each having strengths in different areas. There is a lot of information on this, and what it comes down to is: 1.) Yes, it is possible to write decent games in Java 2.) Examples exist 3.) You need to do some research and some tests to decide if it is suitable for your app or not.
  14. Use GooGone to remove the thermal pad/paste. Use Alcohol to clean the goo gone and the heatsink and proc. Use a small drop of silver based thermal paste. Spread the paste using a brand new, clean razor blade. There are numerous online articles covering this in excruciating detail.
  15. I would highly recommend Advanced PHP Programming if you have some background but want to brush up on more advanced topics as well as PHP 5.