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avatar rufee 9 comments | 6th October 2013, 15:38 PM

Hey peeps, ive been away some time and nobody missed me, just how it should be :)
Anyway Stojke wanted to see how my "datacenter" is holding up so here it is.
The new and improved shelf to house more old (and i mean really old) calculators:

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The famous car battery UPS with some overcharge on the battery :(

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Top of the line security:

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And the newest edition:

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(a dell GX270 or 280) custom mounted.
All running on the most reliable router ive ever had:

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avatar Dimbeak 12 comments | 6th October 2013, 04:01 AM

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This is me, and my girlfriend Amber. We had each others' first slow dance tonight at Homecoming.

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avatar Rimrook 15 comments | 4th October 2013, 23:23 PM

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avatar Suture 34 comments | 4th October 2013, 09:22 AM

Happy birthday to me!

avatar TJB 4 comments | 1st October 2013, 09:21 AM

I'm quite happy.
As I've mentioned before, I've been having some problems with my laptop where it crashes every few hours, which I've been unable to fix.

However since I need a functioning computer for the CAD aspects of my university course, they bought me a computer that I can use until I finish.
It's the same specifications as the one on the left on that page except it has a 250GB HDD.

I was surprised to learn that the only restrictions on use are that I have to give it back after I finish, and Windows Update stops working if I haven't connected to the university network in three months, but apart from that I have free reign.

This will certainly be a fairly big help, as I would almost certainly have ended up lagging behind on the CAD module - not so much the theory and practice, as I certainly have experience with that, but the coursework.

Not to mention, now that I have a laptop that can access the internet again I will be able to keep up with what's going on better.

avatar Urby 12 comments | 29th September 2013, 22:24 PM

I'm forever coming up with stories / concepts at the moment, for potential games or mods, but I don't have the time or know-how to action them. So... I figured I'd post them here so you guys can throw in your ideas and then maybe look into them in the future if I come up with a winner. :D

Random Source Mod idea #1

Multiplayer Mod - 2 teams compete throughout a large map to control a number of territories. The score for the team with the most territories under their control gradually increases and they win when the points reach a pre-determined amount (server settings)

Certain territories also grant access weapons or player buffs.

The maps also contain NPC spawners, throwing monsters and other enemies into the fray which can help or hinder your progress. For example, a player could lead a load of small enemy npcs into enemy territory while the rest of their team pushes a different area.

Players would likely be class based, such as your regular grunts with assault weapons, snipers, engineers to build defenses to prevent points being captured so easily, saboteurs to remove said defenses more efficiently and so on.

avatar zeeba-G 13 comments | 26th September 2013, 14:18 PM

Just about finished the tree deck. -vid

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Still needs custom shade, handrails and possibly a rope ladder and trap door.

avatar Tetsu0 18 comments | 26th September 2013, 11:20 AM

I turn 25 today. I'm a quarter-century old.
For my birthday, I would like one of you to name my new fish

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I was thinking "Archer" after the amazing spy, but I know you guys will think of something creative. Barney, Gordon and Alex are off the plate.

avatar Suture 3 comments | 25th September 2013, 23:25 PM

This is a song about a superhero named Tony, it's called Tony's Theme!

avatar Instant Mix 31 comments | 22nd September 2013, 18:23 PM

What I've learned from going to Archie's 22nd "bash"
1) Don't talk about TWHL
2) Do not trust anybody with a lambda tattoo
3) Stay away from vodka / bring change of clothes / never go to glasgow

avatar Dimbeak 15 comments | 20th September 2013, 00:01 AM


avatar Sir Red 20 comments | 19th September 2013, 16:47 PM

Day: 37 still lost in the orbit around the moon

avatar Archie 14 comments | 19th September 2013, 10:56 AM
avatar Tetsu0 16 comments | 17th September 2013, 02:26 AM

I learned a new trick today.
thought I'd share:

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avatar TJB 9 comments | 15th September 2013, 23:00 PM

I went to an airshow in Dublin today. It's late so I will put more up about it tomorrow but one of my girlfriend's friends was piloting this.

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It was a fairly interesting day, although the traffic was a lot worse than we had anticipated, causing us to be late. We were within five hundred metres of the bus stop for about half an hour, but since we weren't at the stop we couldn't get off. Combined with the buses and trucks next to us on the road, we couldn't actually see any of the planes on the bus.
Other than that though, it was good. The majority of the planes didn't do anything other than just fly past, but there were a few different types.
Probably the one that I was most interested in seeing was the B-17 Flying Fortress, but there were also a few older small jet planes.
There were also a few airliners, including an A380, although since I have already flown on one of those I wasn't as excited to see it as I might have been.
Since I was on the bus I think I missed the C130, although it could sometimes be hard to tell which type of planes they were so I may have actually seen it.

The planes, combined with the fact that I managed to get a few rarely-seen-in-Ireland chocolate bars means that the day was quite good.

avatar Urby 15 comments | 13th September 2013, 18:40 PM

Hey guys. I don't usually peddle things on other sites, except the Core, but this NEEDS to happen.

avatar The_(c)Striker 7 comments | 12th September 2013, 07:53 AM

I'm interested in a data acquisition API that can transmit over Bluetooth the sensor output of an android device. I'm writing the code in C++ since it's the only programming language I know so-and-so.

Any advice is thoroughly appreciated.

avatar Mariowned 16 comments | 11th September 2013, 23:55 PM

I recently built my first computer and decided to build a custom desk to go with it. I drew up some funky designs and brought it to life. It is 7'x7' and completely blocks a huge closet in my room. My bedroom door doesn't open all the way anymore. I got a new sound system for it, different than the one in these pictures, which shakes my floor. Let me know what you all think.

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avatar Archie 9 comments | 11th September 2013, 00:59 AM

Hey, got asked to write a post for my ex-college's blog as a 'success story'. Please can I get some opinions? I'm worried it's too wanky.


avatar Elliot Lucak 32 comments | 8th September 2013, 08:30 AM

For those dealing with depression:
This is more of a quick tip to help understand some of what's happening. Depression is very complex and different people have it for different reasons. There is no easy guide for depression.

But if you're feeling hopeless, feeling like you can't take it anymore and it's just getting worse and worse and this is going to be your end...

Let's say that before you became depressed, you found yourself to be a strong person. You always found that insults don't get to you and figured [metaphorical] bullies wouldn't faze you like they do other people.
And you're right, the bullies probably didn't get to you, but what you don't realize is somewhere along the lines, it wasn't the bullies that were bullying you...
Somewhere along the lines your own mind became the bully.
Your own mind started telling you that you can't do this and you can't do that, and you believed it.
Because it's your mind, and your mind is always right.

Consider this: If somebody else told you "You're worthless, you're weak, go kill yourself", would you believe them? So why do you believe your mind when it tells you the same thing?

Your mind does not simply learn only good things, it learns everything. It starts taking in all the stress of life and the glorified media, everything everyone else says to you, and it starts to coherently construct it and make you believe it. But in the end, it's all bullshit.

The only person who knows your capabilities, the only person who knows what you can or can not take is YOU. Don't let ANYBODY OR ANYTHING EVER DICTATE TO YOU WHAT YOU ARE WORTH.

So when your brain tries to tell you that you can't handle this anymore, remember: Your brain has been telling you that for so long?
And yet every single day that felt like it was going to be your last, every time it felt like it was truly over... It wasn't... you're still here.

You're strong, and you know it. Don't let your own mind bullshit you otherwise.

avatar DiscoStu 10 comments | 7th September 2013, 06:59 AM

Does anybody here know how to use AutoCad? I've been learning from online material and I think I'm getting the hang of it but there's one thing I still can't get right: scale.

I start up a new drawing, set UNITS to use Metres. Draw everything in Model space by the premise that "1" means 1 metre. All looks good and pretty until I move over to Paper space, where it looks TINY. If I set it to 1:1, it seems to take up the space on paper I'd expect it to take if I set it to 1:100 or something. It would seem that what I used as "1" wasn't interpreted as 1m but maybe 1mm or something. Hence the drawing needs to be set to a much larger scale to take up about the space I expected it to take relative to the printable page.

I've looked online but it doesn't seem to be clear ANYWHERE. I've asked people but haven't gotten a straight answer. Does anybody here know how to get it right?

I need to draw buildings, floor plans. This is one of the things I'm supposed to know if I intend to be an Architect :P

avatar satchmo 12 comments | 6th September 2013, 03:35 AM

My son started his own blog.

After all, he is a first grader now. He can spell, he can type, and he has his own ideas.

avatar ciba43 7 comments | 5th September 2013, 15:14 PM

I was always thinking... Why are we? Then I found out about thousands of planets like earth. Makes me think..... A lot.

avatar Rimrook 14 comments | 4th September 2013, 13:48 PM

You guys are gonna love this shit.

I donated $5 to the humble bundle to get some games, preferably Sims 3. To confirm my banking info, the ghost charge the amount on my account. Basically charging then cancelling. Today, they charged outright, which I didn't have $5 so I overdrawn and was charged $35 by my bank. Essentially I paid $40 for a $20 game. An EA game nonetheless.

I want to start a fire.

avatar bojidar4oto 12 comments | 2nd September 2013, 09:34 AM

I wanna ask you, guys, to point me to some big salary, online job. Real big salary. And the job MUST be real, not just a spam/scam or anything like this fake shit. Anyway, I may sound silly, but I want to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo. $166000 at best, you know what I'm sayin' now... Gotta get the cash quickly. I just don't wanna buy it when I'm too old to drive it!!!

avatar LaVolpe 31 comments | 2nd September 2013, 08:46 AM

The crap I do when I'm not doing commissions.

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Seriously, I should get these Comm's done... But I don't want too... They're all such Mary-Sue characters they make drawing them in shit styles not worth the money.


What inspires you guys to continue to do something that you don't want to do?

avatar Chill it BanG 2 comments | 1st September 2013, 17:04 PM

How does it comes, that maps with fullbright and terrible textures are more popular than mine, which is kinda brand-new map... #Fy_NewWorldOrder hope next map will be "louder" he he

avatar Dimbeak 6 comments | 1st September 2013, 17:01 PM

Whelp, I've had about a week or two of high school, so I figured I'd tell you all what I think. It's pretty damn boring. So, I figure'd I'd run through the classes I have to take, in the order that I take them.

1. Plane Geometry

Since I took Advanced Math in 7th grade, and actually got highschool credit for Algebra I in 8th grade, I'm already at Plane Geometry by Freshman year. My class is mostly inhabited by Sophomores and Juniors, and there's only one other Freshman in the class. The teacher, whose name wasn't interesting enough to remember, is the most boring woman alive who is totally fine with leaving the class for five minutes to do whatever.

2. CP Science

(CP stands for College Prep.)

Science is pretty simple . . . that's all there is to say about the class, really.

3. Art

Our art teacher is either the nicest and most creative woman alive, or a complete psychopath. The first day of art class, she strolled in with an inflated flamingo calling out, "Aloooha!"

We haven't even started working on any art, yet, in the class. Just bookwork and reading about the "fundamentals of art."

4. Software Apps

Horrible. Just a goddamn typing class.

We have a typing test to see who can type the most of a page in 30 seconds. I typed a whole paragraph, nobody else even finished a single line.

5. English

Meh, it's English. What all is there to say about it? We already got our first novel project; I'm reading Heart of Darkness.

6. World Studies

My World Studies teacher, Mr. Mehl, is probably one of the greatest history teachers I'll have ever had. He doesn't believe in textbook learning, and he's a hilarious guy. We took a pre-test in the class, and apparently, if that pre-test were the finals, I would've passed the class. Sadly, I still have to take it.

7. Marching Band

You've already heard enough about marching band.

High school is nothing like I expected it to be. I was expecting girls, explosions, girls, hardcore mathematics, girls, gutting open frogs, explosions, and sexy Philippine boys. And girls.

avatar Tetsu0 38 comments | 30th August 2013, 14:26 PM

Lets play a game.
Its called sentence; Here's how you play.
You form a sentence where each person adds a word to the previous persons sentence. So If i start with "The", the next person adds ONE WORD to the previous sentence. He/she would say "The Shotgun" and then someone else says "The Shotgun is"....
So you get the idea right?

I'll start.


avatar Jessie 15 comments | 29th August 2013, 06:17 AM

Uh... Why am I seeing this at the top of TWHL?

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EDIT: Aaand, it's gone now.