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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: November 21, 2009, 08:29:50 AM »
I like the extra functionality available from the hundreds of Firefox extensions.

In my opinion, if you have a good internet connection and a reasonably contemporary processor, the difference in speed will not be terribly noticeable.

And if you value the ability to add functionality to the browser, module by module, FF is the best.

I use the following extensions:

Google toolbar
Delicious bookmarks (web-based bookmark storage)
DownThemAll! (download all the links on a page)
LastPass (web-based password manager - I couldn't do without a password manager http://lastpass.com)
Better Gmail 2 (adds features to Google mail)

Jim

np: 40 songs by Celer

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 19, 2009, 04:15:18 AM »
Hi.

...don't get me started on this thread ;)

I'm still ripping music into my Squeezebox music server.  I currently have over 67,000 files on the server.  My experience with a few CD-Rs has been bad, but also a few pressed CDs have not held up to the test of time.  The CD-Rs that were bad were mainly from one artist/label.  So in terms of durability, I don't see a big difference between pressed CDs and CD-Rs.

I also download FLAC files and lately due to space limitations for storage of physical media, I am increasingly in favor of downloaded files.  Naturally they need to be redundantly backed up.  I store them on the music server's hard drive, my main computer's hard drive, and I burn them to DVD-R.

Based on my experiences over the last couple of years as I assemble and use my music server (which in my opinion is the best way to listen to music in the 21st century), the transport medium for music is not important.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Prisoner - remake
« on: November 19, 2009, 03:56:46 AM »
The original series is now available on Blu-Ray.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: VISTA
« on: October 25, 2009, 06:47:47 AM »
It's on a need-to-upgrade basis only.

My current XP system is running very smoothly on a quad-core processor that's a year old.

So far I haven't had any needs to move to Vista or Windows 7, either the 32-bit or 64-bit flavors.

However, I am intrigued by Windows 7 64-bit and its ability to handle lots of RAM.  I can see where in the future if I edit huge photos or do video editing, running a 64-bit application might have an advantage.   Some of you may need this for music editing?

I have a good old scanner and printer.  I'm sure I would have some difficulties with them if I moved to Windows 7.

Right now, for me, Windows 7 would be eyecandy with a rotten center.  I'll let it mature a bit and buy a new PC in 2010 with it to try it out.  Perhaps I will get a netbook for travel, and it may have Win 7.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 20, 2009, 04:00:30 AM »
I count myself as fortunate for knowing Jim through this forum and his music.

Via the latter, Jim & Rigel Orionis will live on.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:28:26 PM »
Great news, Jim.  Glad you made it back from the Land of Code Blue.

Everyone step up to the bar.  I'll pay for a round of Crestor and aspirin.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:21:10 PM »
I'm a big fan of Sylvian AND Manafon.

It's Sylvian crooning over almost classical instrumentation with found sounds in a jazzy context (if that makes sense).

I like his ambient stuff too.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 25, 2009, 03:39:22 AM »
Jim, you are in my thoughts.

Get well soon.

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Everything and Nothing / The Public Option
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:39:14 AM »
http://www.StandwithDrDean.com

As a physician practicing public health for the last 22 years, I have seen countless folks who have lost their lives or health, and prosperity due to

1.  pre-existing illness
2.  losing their job
3.  inadequate coverage via their insurance
4.  and, of course, not being able to afford insurance.

A government-managed option like Medicare, Medicaid, or Veterans Administration benefits is very, very important in the new healthcare plan.

Please don't let the proponents of scare tactics and misinformation win this one and deprive Americans of a government option for insurance.

Remember the insurance and pharmaceutical industry are heavily funding the hatchet job on the public option.  The reason is, of course, money.

There are no death panels, no threats to existing programs, no loss of choice of physician, and no rationing of healthcare.

Sign the petition and consider a contribution to the effort.  As you know, I never, ever send out solicitation emails, but I feel like this is a critical time for a crucial issue with which I am all too familiar.

http://www.StandwithDrDean.com

If you have any questions, let me know.

Please consider asking your friends to sign the petition also.

Happy Labor Day.

Jim Zachary MD

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Another alternative is to use a docking station for SATA hard drives.

You can find the exact SATA hard drive that you prefer and can afford.

Fill it up via the docking station and then insert another one, just like a cartridge.

I have one by Masscool from NewEgg but there are many others.

http://www.masscool.com/products.php?pid=156

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817388022&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-External+Enclosure-_-MASSCOOL-_-17388022

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In case you need a quick fix mp3 or lossless download:

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=174262

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Kombucha tea
« on: August 15, 2009, 08:47:09 AM »
The kombucha tea has been around for a long time.

In the early 90s it was supposed to help with HIV infection.

Sadly, the devotees of the tea have now gone on to a better place.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dani of Celer has passed away
« on: July 11, 2009, 03:25:44 PM »
She will live on in the music of Celer.

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If you want it quick and lossless (or MP3),

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=207683

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Andy Hughes of Orb
« on: June 24, 2009, 06:13:18 PM »
The Orb probably turned more (young) people on to electronic music than most other groups combined.

RIP.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy (and relieved) to be alive
« on: June 08, 2009, 04:48:27 PM »
Forrest: I hope you recover soon.

Everyone needs to take this diet, exercise, medication thing to heart.

1.  Reduce your risk factors as much as possible: stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise, keep your blood pressure under control (watch sodium intake)

2.  Take a statin like pravastatin (generic, cheap) or Crestor if your cholesterol is high and you have risk factors (all of the above plus being a male, or over 50, and most importantly, have a family history of heart problems).  These drugs even reduce risk if your cholesterol isn't high.

Everyone says "I'll just do what I want, enjoy life, and if I die, I die.  Hasta la vista."  However, it's not so simple, ask Forrest or Jim.  Plus these cardiac things are expensive and painful.  And many times you don't die...you're just maimed or a veggie (stroke).

Plus as you approach death, you realize how much you like to live in many cases.

Long live Crestor.

PS An LDL of 150 is pretty high in someone with a family history and who is a smoker.  The goal should be less than 100-110 is someone with those risk factors.

...and in my medical career of 21 years, I've only seen one or two folks with a cholesterol over 400 and both had had heart problems.

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Everything and Nothing / Photo Thread
« on: May 24, 2009, 02:35:05 PM »
Hey.

Almost everyone has digital cameras and some sort of way of posting their pix (Flickr, Picasa, etc.)

I would really like to vew some pictures that you talented and not-so-talented guys are taking.

Here's some of my amateur ones to get it started:

http://zzzone.net/gallery/

Jim
Austin TX

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Everything and Nothing / last.fm
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:56:44 AM »
I have recently discovered last.fm.

I'm not much of a social networker, but I like the idea of being able to set up a playlist which then generates a "radio station" that then plays to my tastes.

Whenever I play my Squeezebox, the information is fed to last.fm.  Additionally I can play my last.fm radio station via my Squeezebox.

I'm curious how last.fm gets the rights to artists' stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last.fm

Very cool.

http://www.last.fm/user/zzzoneDOTnet

or

http://zzzone.net/lastfm.html

Anyone else have a page?

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I'm really looking forward to the movie.  I may go see it at the Imax.

The reviews are in and they are very good:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star_trek_11/

PS I had Star Trek pajamas as a child.

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