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So my sister has complained since the beginning of the year that her computer hates her. Computers don't hate people, I explain, 0s and 1s do not hate. I get the computer in, Dave and I replace the video card and NIC, I format and partition the hard drive again (third time this year!) and re-install windows 98 SE. I put it on SpacefemNet and get things configured, download recent service packs and critical updates, insure the most recent drivers, get mozilla, get IE 6, surf on the internet for about a half hour with no problems. Then my sister comes up and asked to check her e-mail on my computer and I'm like, "Here! Use your computer, it's fixed!" She tells me again that it hates her, I assure her that it doesn't. I point the mozilla towards her e-mail login page, she keys in the first two letters of her user name, and mozilla performs an illegal operation and must be shut down. IE gets her to like three sites then performs an illegal operation, too. I get on and surf and it's fine.

So yeah, I guess my sister's computer really does hate her. I just had to see it with my own eyes.

In other news, Dad wants a 5-disk CD/DVD changer. Issue: the 5 disk players don't seem to have progressive scanning yet. Does he need progressive scanning? I don't even know what it is. I thought I might go into circuit city or something and ask, but you can get some funny blank stares from those people if you go on the wrong day or something.

Other other news: Sister had a job interview today so she borrowed my brand-new job interview outfit (I haven't worn it yet) and got the job. Uh, guess it works. Now gimme back my new clothes! It's like the first sip out of a soda, you know? It's yours!


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May. 28th, 2002 10:09 pm (UTC)
progressive scanning....
May. 28th, 2002 10:15 pm (UTC)
Funny about the sis. Maybe her electromagnetic emanations screw w/ her stuf. *shrugs* She's just got a magnetic personality (literally.)

As for the DVD player, Progressive Scan is what you're looking for. And if you find a fool that doesn't know what it is, then do NOT buy anything from that person.

If you really want to do research, check this site out: http://www.hometheaterspot.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi

Progressive scan is basically for widescreen tvs. If your dad doesn't have a great tv/widescreen tv, then if I rememeber correctly, he's wasting his money. Although it probably wouldn't hurt. I think the price of Progressives has come down. I'm sure you could do a Google search for Progressive Scan and DVD changer and come up with something. My friend recently looked for one. I think the only one he found was a Kenwood. Seems like he was whining to the tune o' $1000 or so. But I think that was a 100+ disc unit, not a 5 disc unit.

Give me a holler if you want more help w/ that.
May. 28th, 2002 10:17 pm (UTC)
Progressive Scan is for HDTVs, if you don't have one and don't plan to get one, you can safely forgo that feature ;)
May. 28th, 2002 10:59 pm (UTC)
Not true by a long shot. While HDTV does use progressive scanning there are numerous high-end non-HD tvs out there that do use progressive scanning. Case in point is the Sony WEGA sitting downstairs that does progressive with ease, but isn't HDTV nor even 16x9 (only a 16x9 emulation mode)
May. 29th, 2002 07:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, looking at Crutchfield, I do see some Sonys which claim to do some weird sounding games for 480p. "16:9 Enhanced mode slightly compresses the height of each line, concentrating the full 480 scanning lines in the 16:9 window." Which, sounds quite odd really =)

I guess it needs to be 720p and up to really be HDTV, so I stand corrected. But still, TVs like this aren't standard definition either - maybe M(edium)DTV? =) I don't think that 16x9 enters into the equation at all though.
May. 28th, 2002 10:57 pm (UTC)
induced by potent circumstances
i do believe that you are my enemy

just kidding u seem kool ;p
May. 28th, 2002 11:10 pm (UTC)
It does depend on whether the tv supports progressive input so check on the tv or rattle off the model to me sometime and I'll check up on it. Assuming it's a relatively recent upper-mid to high-end tv (think Sony's WEGA line) go with progressive and don't look back. Otherwise probably get the progressive scan anyway and wait around until HDTV really becomes standard and everyone support progressive. The higher picture quality is definately better than the 5-disc feature and a dedicated cd player will almost always sound better than a dvd player being used to do cds.

Personally I suggest the Sony DVP NS700P (expect to pay around $300 or so for it), we have one at my parent's house and it's quite excellent. Sony is definately going to be my first suggestion in DVD players anyways as they tend to put in a rather good feature set combined with excellent picture quality even at the entry and mid-range models.

Whatever you decide on http://www.audioreview.com tends to be an excellent resource for getting to the bottom what to buy.
May. 29th, 2002 04:20 am (UTC)
Our JVC is a 7-disc model and has progressive scan. I can look up the model number for you if you like.
May. 29th, 2002 04:36 am (UTC)
Computers don't hate people...
It's people who hate computers. The computers get the vibe and decide that if this person won't like them, then they won't work for them.

Principle also applies to other types of electrical equipment.

(one of my old co-workers would come and get me first thing in the morning and just had me "stand there" while she pushed the button to start up an instrument. It would always work while I was there, but never would if I wasn't...)

May. 29th, 2002 06:46 am (UTC)
There are a lot of stories of people who have a tendancy to make computers crash, cause problems with television and so on. Similar to the sort of people who cause streelight interference consistantly ;)
May. 30th, 2002 12:50 am (UTC)
There's a rumor that wering rings, earrings, and bracelets help some of these people to keep from causing interference with electronics.
May. 29th, 2002 09:32 am (UTC)
You should try and track down kurros. He gave me great advice when i was looking to buy a dvd player for mneptok. he works fixing electronic equipment so he knows which brands are good quality and which ones are not. he actually talked me out of the multi-dvd changer. he said moving parts like that tend to break down more often. i ended up buying a toshiba 2 dvd player. it's not a carousel but two separate drawers. he used to hang out in #beos but i'm not sure if he's still there.
May. 31st, 2002 02:18 pm (UTC)
yes, computers do hate people...

just FYI

oh and hi by the way...


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