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  1. Thanks, I do still lurk in the RSS feed regularly, but hadn't actually posted in ...awhile. It's nice to know I haven't been forgotten though, wish life would allow me more time though, but for most of the topics you guys cover here I wouldn't often have much of worth to contribute anyway. As for the problem itself, it seems to have resolved for me too, so I'm chalking it up to a glitch in Opera's last upgrade that required an extra browser restart unless it happens to someone else too. It was just very odd being told that I can't do something because I needed to be logged in even though I was clearly logged in.
  2. When I click the mark this forum read link or the big green dot next to a forum, instead of anything being marked as read, I get redirected to an error page informing me that I don't have permission to do that... I'm logged in and if I go "read" each of the individual unread topics they do mark themselves as read, but I shouldn't have to go into each one and I've never had to do so in the past.
  3. Actually, I'm not a modder. (unless you count programming on a MUD as the same thing? ) ...can't speak for any one else, but I like to imagine that I'm not the only non-modder who visits this site.. maybe even not the only one who's registered at this site.
  4. So, the vacation ended up even longer than planned by almost two weeks for a total of almost five weeks... now we get to play catch up for a week or so to restabilize things.. if that's even possible. *sigh*

  5. For what it's worth, I only tried the first link at about 2:10 CDT, but it went right through for me with no problems, even on my super slow satellite connection.
  6. Last weekend before the next "vacation", things are as hectic as they can be.. don't expect to hear from me much... until I get back in all likelikhood.

    1. Hana


      Have a great, and safe, vacation!

    2. Conner


      Thanks, I hope it'll be great, it's certainly going to be long...

  7. Bet it felt good getting the stitches out, glad to hear that the cold's getting better and that your recovery is going well.
  8. I'll third the glad to hear it motion, so, unless there is a compelling opinion to the contrary to be heard, I'd say it passes. Hope the recovery goes well too.
  9. Does anyone actually know any details of the specific circumstances? Like, maybe, why the cops were chasing him to begin with? Without that sort of info, it really is pretty hard to gain much sympathy, on the other hand, my sympathy does go out to those this fellow left behind. @Ysne58: I haven't heard that term, "suicide by cop", in a few years now.. but I can tell you that it's very likely most cops' very least favorite topic. I disagree, PrinceShroob. My own experience so far is that Windows 8 seems to have much more difficulty with software written for prior versions of Windows than Windows 7 did and seems to bog down much more easily than Windows 7 did from simple things like "too many" windows open, even with double the ram running on the box. It may well be better coded, but I don't buy that it's less resource-heavy by any reasonable measure. So far, comparing side-by-side a Windows 7 box with a Windows 8 box that has twice the RAM and comparable CPU, Windows 8 insists on having much more running processes to accomplish the same things and seems to stay much higher in CPU, RAM, DISK, and Network usage on a constant basis. (This is with 8 GB of RAM in the Windows 8 box and 4 in the Windows 7 box which, over the past month, when tasked with exactly the same extra processes, has shown, to me, that Windows 7 handles resources/load quite a bit better.) As for UI/DRM, I definitely agree that Windows 8 spends way more effort to not only connect you to Microsoft, but then also does all it can to ensure that you stay connected to them too. I also agree that the transition to the Windows 8 interface is awkward and clumsy, at best, but once you do figure it out (which anyone who can accidentally right click can eventually do) the aesthetics aren't bad and there are some coolnesses to it, though if we really needed to make the original start menu graphical like a secondary desktop (image wall, maybe?), we really could've used a few more organizational options and the ability to more easily rename "tiles". Once you figure out how to get to the desktop, yes, the desktop itself looks basically the same as it did in Windows 7 with the glaring exception of the Start button that Microsoft spent so many years getting us all comfortable with. I would say that calling it taking a little bit to navigate to find things like the control panel is a bit of an understatement, but, yes, once you do find things you can pin most of them to the task bar or create desktop shortcuts to them easily enough. Of course, doing so creates a cluttered desktop fairly quickly too. This second sentiment is my primary issue. I can't imagine what idiot came up with the idea of turning everyone's desktop computers and laptops into tablets/cell phones, let alone what the head people must've been thinking when they approved it. Even the notion of trying to drive the market to buy touch screen monitors shouldn't have been enough to drive them to release the OS without first vastly improving the keyboard/mouse interactivity during the expected transitory period. To each his own, and there are parts of Windows 8 that I think are pretty cool. For example, I really like being able to choose whether to log in via password, pin, or image coding, though I really dislike that in order to change my Windows logon password, I have to change my hotmail/live/outlook email account password unless I opt to maintain a local Windows account which then causes me to lose some of the other primary Windows 8 "features". If I had a touch screen monitor, Windows 8 would be really cool in that it definitely takes far better advantage of that sort of interface than any of it's predecessors, but since I don't have one and am not about to reduce my screen real estate drastically just to spend a LOT of money on a new touch screen monitor.. well, the benefits don't really outweigh the costs to me. Unfortunately, being a computer professional, I need to be familiar with the new OS and being that it's particularly difficult to find new computers with the older OS, I'm stuck with the situation of dealing with Windows 8 via mouse/keyboard on my newest computer. Yes, if one has a touch screen monitor, or an all in one with touch screen computer, Windows 8 is a very nice OS with some really nice, if not so intuitive, features. Actually, for the average Joe, the learning curve isn't that bad, but it does exist. Windows 8 takes some willingness to experiment a bit and even the helpfiles are a typical of Microsoft in that they tend to try to explain things to an idiot level (thus boring most people into not being willing to read them) while insisting on using technical jargon that's often exclusive to Microsoft and their new OS version so that the average Joe would have trouble following even though it's all broken down to steps that most would take for granted. As for the Start Screen, it's actually the old start menu that's been iconized, basically with the specific option of picking and choosing which items from the "tree" you want displayed, but it lacks a means to organize those tiles beyond rough grouping in specific preset sized column blocks. Yes, this is a significant issue. There is much more that you can do much more easily in Windows 8 with a touch screen interface than with a mouse/keyboard interface. Using the somewhat buggy built-in speech recognition does help, and there are third party add-ons (I'm looking at you, StarDock!) that can further help immensely, but even with those a touch screen will get you far better mileage. @Dwip: Good to see you posting again, Dwip. Apparently there is a limit here to how many quote blocks one can include in a given post.. but you can select for multiquote more than that number and the editor won't bother mentioning this limit until you are done responding to each of said blocks and go to actually post your novella.
  10. Are you serious? Skyrim really won't play on Windows 8 at all? What about Oblivion, that's the bigger concern for him (and me) by far? :shocked: Though it is amazing what I'm finding as I reinstall my old games onto my new computer is and isn't incompatible with Windows 8. Some of the older games that had issues with Vista/Windows 7 seem okay with Windows 8's compatibility mode while some of the fairly new games that were written for Windows 7 and are okay with Vista, in other words that shouldn't even need compatibility mode, seem to have issues with Windows 8 even with compatibility mode.. I'm fairly floored by it and am having to literally install everything I've got and wait to see for each one. :throw: Congrats on the new school. I found that myself at most four+ year schools here too, the first week is basically intended to be orientation so the teachers expect students to have trouble finding classes/books/etc and go really light while administration does everything they can to convince you that you didn't waste your money choosing their school, and the other students do what they can to take advantage of all of it. Enjoy it while it lasts.
  11. Oh, I was thinking it was like today or yesterday.. in that case, just be sure to let us know how it went once it happens. Hey, on another topic, I can't seem to find it, but hadn't y'all complained awhile back about some issue with Oblivion/Skyrim not playing nicely under Windows 8? Anyone got a link to what the solution was, or just recall what it was in fairly simple terms? My son's asking me and I can't recall mainly because it didn't matter so much to me as the game I played Oblivion on at the time has Windows 7, though it might matter to me shortly because my new box that I'll be installing all my games to soonish has Windows 8 on it too. :sigh: He apparently is in the middle of reinstalling Oblivion completely because the game was CTDing if he tried to enter a new area and he couldn't save if he'd walked/run a few steps because he could no longer access the menu, so he's asking me to find out how to drastically reduce the number of CTDs he experiences and how to make saving/loading speeds faster.. anyone? I can play go between if y'all need other info via email or something.
  12. You're more than welcome.. but, more importantly.. how'd it go??
  13. @Ysne58: Well, I think I can safely say that we're all hoping you won't encounter any of those sort of complications this visit and that you'll be essentially in and out as scheduled. Best of luck with the procedure itself. @Leonardo: Ah, now I understand completely. We don't have that sort of thing going on here and I had no idea where you were. I think our country could stand to adopt a few ideas other countries use like that, but at the same time, I don't really want our country going quite as socialistic as it'd probably take to get the small perks like that into effect. I still think that family should've been willing to try to help you out, but in their absence, at least the doctors were willing to let you have a break from the hospital ahead of time and the cabs weren't too expensive.
  14. I'm sure Arthmoor and Dwip would have no trouble keeping pace with you on that one, I've only played Oblivion and I mentioned it because when this forum started initially, it was all about Oblivion and mods for it. In any event, in the name of self-moderation, I think we've gone quite a bit off-topic at this point, and having not actually tried out the gallery myself here or at DC, I'll simply concede that perhaps including a link is likely to be easier, or at least faster, than uploading an image to the gallery, fiddling with it in whatever ways the gallery offers, and then returning to a given thread to make a post that will include that picture. On the other hand, I would honestly think that, if we're talking about a screen shot, unless you're running your own web server, in order to provide a link to the picture you'd still have to upload it to a gallery of some form somewhere internet accessible and do whatever fiddling you were going to before you could provide the link if you're not using the local gallery too. Either way, as regards the specific issue you've reported, all I can say is that it sounds like this is something Hana and Arthmoor already knew about, if not the extent of the hampering it was causing, and are working on trying to figure out how to resolve. Hopefully they will have some measure of success at it shortly.
  15. I can certainly understand if you didn't have any friends who had cars and your family wasn't nearby enough to help, but to me friends and family are people who are supposed to help anyway they can when you need them, and vice versa. :sigh: Cabs for hospital transportation is financially sanctioned? :confused: I'm going to assume you're not in the same country as I am, because I really don't know what that actually means.
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