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u810 down to $749!

5 February 2008

Fujtisu

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Sold out!
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The email that started it all.

30 January 2008

I think what I want to try next is to put your DSL modem in bridge mode.  This would completely turn of the router / firewall functions on the modem AND put you real ip address on the trendnet.  This is how I’m setup here.  Once we get the modem in bridge mode, I’d like to try the both trendnet and the Linksys.  I’d also like to revert back to port 1024.

If you get a change do a google search on wirespeed and bridge mode.  Also, find out if the trendnet has a place to enter DSL login information.  I think the setting is called PPPOE.

What do you think?

Canon SD1000 likely the best point and shoot ever!

25 January 2008

Canon debuts PowerShot SD1100 Digital ELPH fashioncam – Engadget

Maybe this is why the SD1000 is only $135 now. They are wildly popular.
http://www.flickr.com/cameras/ #1 point and shoot!
http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/?s=users#models

Cool parking permit. Too bad I wont have a vehicle in Iraq!

25 January 2008

I think I want one for my car anyway.

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throw out your headphones

11 January 2008

Some time ago I got to reading about headphones, probably on lifehacker.com .  Since then I have found goodcans.com and every so often I go there and read again.

If you have read this far you are interested enough in headphones that you should get up and throw out what you currently have.

OK, now what to buy…. this is easy and life changing.  Sennheiser PX100 link below.   I found that without spending much money you can make a big difference in your listening experience… and you will kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

I picked up circumaural open Sennheisers and I have never heard anything better.

Amazon is selling the link below for $27.  Yup, that is $27, not $270.  The sound compares to 2 or 3 times that price.
Amazon.com: Sennheiser PX 100 Collapsible Headphones: Electronics

For in canal the Sony, yup Sony Ex51LP rival  and actually sounded better than the Shures I had for awhile.  $2o for $120 sound.  (sometimes higher number isnt better, you can go ahead and by the 71s but they are the same parts).

If you want closed circumaural ‘sealed’ the Sennheiser HD280Pros you can get on Amazon at times for $69.99, they came out at $150 and compare with $250 cans.

The other amazing deal I found was Logitech Noise Canceling.  Originally $150 now at TigerDirect.com (or through Amazon), $39.99.  The reviews say they are about 90% of the $250-300 Bose noise canceling headphones.

Supra-aurals, I guess the Senn PX100s are supra-aurals, but really  supra aurals equal  Grado.  Just get the SR80s,  a little more expensive than the SR60s, but twice the headphones.  I want to find someone to give a pair of these to.  Apparently, they rival  $400 Sennheisers.

The last and most common category… ear buds.  I have a pair of $35 Sony’s I got at Fry’s in LA.  They have great sound but are uncomfortable.  I most have read a good review somewhere, but reviews and opinions of good ear buds are few and far between, so I wont recommend any.

Now, if nothing else, go and buy the Senn PX100s.  If your read this far, I will buy them for you.

If you want to get more sophisticated figure out how you will use them.  I have circumaural open for amazing sound that I can hear my kids through so the house doesnt burn down.  Ear bud for travel, they pop in and sound good.  In canal for in flight.  And Logitech noise canceling bec they come with hard shell case (good for sea bag) and I can always find a quiet spot in Iraq by turning them on.

Good listening!

Brian

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My new favorite site.

5 January 2008

Consumer Electronics Reviews, Product Manuals, Guides and Deals: Retrevo

I am always looking for online reviews and pretty much that means cnet.com and nothing else.  Until I found this website.  I am jonesing for some noise cancelling headphones, dont know if I need them, but my trip to Iraq is a good excuse and I couldnt find the reviews I wanted.

I used this site and sure enough for $150 they are comparable to the Bose’s at $300.  The catch is… tigerdirect.com is selling them for $39!

If I can clear $40 on ebay this week, they are mine!

Top 50 games all time and top games in categories to 85% rating (or capped at 25 games)

28 December 2007

Top 50 Games of all time:
1. The Orange Box  PC  EA Games  30  9.6 96.183%
2. Starcraft: Brood War  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  5  8.8 96.000%
3. Half-Life 2  PC  VU Games  93  8.9 95.538%
4. Out of the Park Baseball 2007  PC  Sports Interactive  5  7.0 95.400%
5. BioShock  PC  2K Games  42  8.3 94.964%
6. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City  PC  Rockstar Games  49  8.7 94.643%
7. Championship Manager 4  PC  Eidos Interactive  15  7.0 94.600%
8. Half-Life  PC  Sierra Entertainment  26  8.9 94.404%
9. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn  PC  Interplay  36  8.9 94.028%
10. Tomb Raider  PC  Eidos Interactive  5  7.4 94.000%
11. Company of Heroes  PC  THQ  63  7.9 93.949%
12. Unreal Tournament  PC  GT Interactive  22  8.8 93.636%
13. Quake  PC  id Software  8  8.2 93.625%
14. X-COM: UFO Defense  PC  Atari  5  8.5 93.600%
15. Grand Theft Auto III  PC  Rockstar Games  44  8.8 93.443%
16. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare  PC  Activision  33  9.0 93.364%
17. Championship Manager 3  PC  Eidos Interactive  6  7.7 93.333%
18. Civilization IV  PC  2K Games  64  8.6 93.187%
19. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion  PC  2K Games  64  8.9 93.187%
20. Starcraft  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  15  8.8 93.133%
21. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic  PC  LucasArts  56  8.8 93.130%
22. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  60  8.6 93.067%
23. Grim Fandango  PC  LucasArts  31  8.5 93.000%
24. Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar  PC  Stardock  24  7.9 92.917%
25. Team Fortress 2  PC  Valve Software  9  8.5 92.889%
26. The Sims Deluxe  PC  EA Games  6  7.0 92.833%
27. Unreal Tournament 2004  PC  Atari  54  8.8 92.676%
28. System Shock 2  PC  Looking Glass Studios  37  8.7 92.351%
29. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas  PC  Rockstar Games  60  8.5 92.242%
30. Dungeon Keeper  PC  Electronic Arts  5  7.9 92.200%
31. Baldur’s Gate  PC  Interplay  19  8.8 92.105%
32. World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International  PC  VU Games  10  8.3 92.000%
33. Pro Evolution Soccer 4  PC  Konami  8  7.9 92.000%
34. World of Warcraft  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  71  8.4 91.849%
35. Rome: Total War  PC  Activision  67  8.5 91.601%
36. Myst  PC  Broderbund  5  6.8 91.600%
37. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  39  8.6 91.590%
38. FreeSpace 2  PC  Interplay  19  8.0 91.579%
39. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri  PC  Electronic Arts  28  7.8 91.571%
40. Call of Duty  PC  Activision  71  8.9 91.544%
41. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory  PC  Ubisoft  37  8.5 91.527%
42. Civilization II  PC  MicroProse  7  8.8 91.286%
43. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  47  7.5 91.011%
44. Planescape: Torment  PC  Interplay  42  8.8 91.000%
45. Deus Ex  PC  Eidos Interactive  32  8.8 91.000%
46. Fallout  PC  Interplay  13  8.7 91.000%
47. Medal of Honor Allied Assault  PC  EA Games  50  8.6 90.910%
48. Command & Conquer Red Alert  PC  Westwood Studios  11  8.4 90.909%
49. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay  PC  VU Games  41  8.2 90.707%
50. Crysis  PC  EA Games  40  7.8 90.700%

Action Adventure
1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City  PC  Rockstar Games  49  8.7 94.643%
2. Tomb Raider  PC  Eidos Interactive  5  7.4 94.000%
3. Grand Theft Auto III  PC  Rockstar Games  44  8.8 93.443%
4. System Shock 2  PC  Looking Glass Studios  37  8.7 92.351%
5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas  PC  Rockstar Games  60  8.5 92.242%
6. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory  PC  Ubisoft  37  8.5 91.527%
7. Deus Ex  PC  Eidos Interactive  32  8.8 91.000%
8. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell  PC  Ubisoft  47  8.6 90.362%
9. Mafia  PC  Gathering  49  8.6 90.010%
10. Thief: The Dark Project  PC  Eidos Interactive  23  8.3 89.196%
11. Thief II: The Metal Age  PC  Eidos Interactive  35  8.2 89.043%
12. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time  PC  Ubisoft  30  8.6 88.600%
13. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy  PC  LucasArts  24  7.7 86.604%
14. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin  PC  Eidos Interactive  35  8.2 85.743%
15. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow  PC  Ubisoft  28  8.6 85.357%
16. Metal Gear Solid  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  20  8.6 85.050%
17. Thief: Deadly Shadows  PC  Eidos Interactive  49  7.9 85.031%

Action
1. The Orange Box  PC  EA Games  30  9.6 96.183%
2. Half-Life 2  PC  VU Games  93  8.9 95.538%
3. BioShock  PC  2K Games  42  8.3 94.964%
4. Half-Life  PC  Sierra Entertainment  26  8.9 94.404%
5. Unreal Tournament  PC  GT Interactive  22  8.8 93.636%
6. Quake  PC  id Software  8  8.2 93.625%
7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare  PC  Activision  33  9.0 93.364%
8. Team Fortress 2  PC  Valve Software  9  8.5 92.889%
9. Unreal Tournament 2004  PC  Atari  54  8.8 92.676%
10. Call of Duty  PC  Activision  71  8.9 91.544%
11. Medal of Honor Allied Assault  PC  EA Games  50  8.6 90.910%
12. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay  PC  VU Games  41  8.2 90.707%
13. Crysis  PC  EA Games  40  7.8 90.700%
14. Rayman 2: The Great Escape  PC  Ubisoft  15  7.1 90.700%
15. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way  PC  Sierra Entertainment  44  8.5 90.508%
16. Realms of the Haunting  PC  Interplay  7  7.4 90.429%
17. Portal  PC  Valve Software  19  10.0 90.368%
18. Battlefield 2  PC  EA Games  69  8.6 90.065%
19. Half-Life 2: Episode Two  PC  Valve Software  20  8.8 89.750%
20. Psychonauts  PC  Majesco Games  31  8.1 89.613%
21. Max Payne  PC  Gathering  47  8.7 89.585%
22. Far Cry  PC  Ubisoft  79  8.6 89.538%
23. Half-Life: Counter-Strike  PC  Sierra Entertainment  23  8.4 89.239%
24. MDK  PC  Playmates  5  7.4 89.200%
25. The Operative: No One Lives Forever  PC  Fox Interactive  29  8.4 89.017%
26. Unreal  PC  GT Interactive  25  8.1 88.780%
27. Battlefield 1942  PC  EA Games  46  8.5 88.746%
28. F.E.A.R.  PC  VU Games  64  8.7 88.656%
29. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne  PC  Rockstar Games  70  8.6 88.600%
30. Quake II  PC  Activision  16  8.2 88.563%
31. Duke Nukem 3D  PC  GT Interactive  6  8.2 88.500%
32. Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30  PC  Ubisoft  36  8.0 88.278%
33. Unreal Tournament 2003  PC  Atari  45  8.4 88.222%
34. Counter-Strike: Source  PC  VU Games  8  8.4 87.875%
35. Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory  PC  Activision  7  8.0 87.714%
36. Call of Duty 2  PC  Activision  77  8.6 87.636%
37. Gears of War  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  28  9.0 87.625%
38. Doom 3  PC  Activision  99  8.2 87.553%
39. Return to Castle Wolfenstein  PC  Activision  51  8.2 87.203%
40. Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus  PC  GT Interactive  16  7.3 86.750%

Adventure
1. Grim Fandango  PC  LucasArts  31  8.5 93.000%
2. Myst  PC  Broderbund  5  6.8 91.600%
3. The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery  PC  Sierra Entertainment  6  7.9 90.500%
4. The Curse of Monkey Island  PC  LucasArts  9  8.4 88.778%
5. The Longest Journey  PC  Funcom  26  8.5 88.385%
6. Sam & Max: Season 1  PC  The Adventure Company  14  10.0 88.000%
7. Amber: Journeys Beyond  PC  Graphic Simulations  6  6.9 87.333%
8. The Neverhood  PC  Dreamworks Interactive  8  7.0 86.125%
9. The Last Express  PC  Broderbund  8  8.0 86.125%
10. Riven: The Sequel to Myst  PC  Red Orb Entertainment  8  7.3 85.000%

Driving
1. Carmageddon  PC  Interplay  5  7.7 89.600%
2. GTR 2  PC  10tacle Studios  28  7.9 89.536%
3. NASCAR Racing 2003 Season  PC  Sierra Entertainment  20  7.5 89.250%
4. NASCAR Racing 4  PC  Sierra Entertainment  20  7.1 88.675%
5. Grand Prix 3  PC  Hasbro Interactive  20  7.3 87.550%
6. Superbike 2001  PC  EA Sports  18  6.6 87.417%
7. F1 2002  PC  EA Sports  14  7.4 86.929%
8. Motocross Madness  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  15  7.2 86.900%
9. Live for Speed  PC  LFS Team  7  8.5 86.857%
10. NASCAR Racing 2002 Season  PC  Sierra Entertainment  20  7.4 86.700%
11. Motocross Madness 2  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  39  7.0 86.667%
12. F1 Challenge ’99-’02  PC  Electronic Arts  14  6.2 86.571%
13. Superbike 2000  PC  EA Sports  22  6.4 86.432%
14. Colin McRae Rally 2.0  PC  Codemasters  19  8.2 86.211%
15. Colin McRae Rally 04  PC  Codemasters  9  7.0 85.778%
16. GTR FIA Racing  PC  10tacle Studios  31  7.5 85.581%
17. Midnight Club II  PC  Rockstar Games  28  7.4 85.429%
18. Mobil 1 Rally Championship  PC  Electronic Arts  15  6.6 85.233%
19. TOCA Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator  PC  Codemasters  15  7.3 85.133%

Misc
1. The Sims Deluxe  PC  EA Games  6  7.0 92.833%
2. The Sims 2  PC  EA Games  59  8.3 90.517%
3. The Sims  PC  Maxis  47  7.9 89.798%
4. The Sims: Hot Date  PC  EA Games  24  7.7 85.542%
5. Virtual Pool 3  PC  Interplay  16  6.7 84.906%
6. Peggle Deluxe  PC  PopCap  7  — 84.857%
7. Chessmaster 10th Edition  PC  Ubisoft  10  7.3 84.200%

Role Playing
1. Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn  PC  Interplay  36  8.9 94.028%
2. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion  PC  2K Games  64  8.9 93.187%
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic  PC  LucasArts  56  8.8 93.130%
4. Baldur’s Gate  PC  Interplay  19  8.8 92.105%
5. World of Warcraft  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  71  8.4 91.849%
6. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  47  7.5 91.011%
7. Planescape: Torment  PC  Interplay  42  8.8 91.000%
8. Fallout  PC  Interplay  13  8.7 91.000%
9. EVE Online: Exodus  PC  CCP  8  8.2 89.625%
10. Diablo  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  14  8.5 89.286%
11. Guild Wars  PC  NCsoft  57  8.5 89.272%
12. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind  PC  Bethesda Softworks  59  8.8 88.904%
13. EverQuest: The Ruins of Kunark  PC  Sony Online Entertainment  19  7.0 88.816%
14. Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal  PC  Interplay  31  8.4 88.806%
15. Neverwinter Nights  PC  Atari  61  8.3 88.686%
16. Freedom Force  PC  Crave  38  7.9 88.601%
17. Diablo II  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  51  8.6 88.500%
18. Dark Age of Camelot  PC  Mythic Entertainment  26  7.0 87.462%
19. EverQuest  PC  Sony Online Entertainment  27  7.0 87.259%
20. The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar  PC  Midway  41  8.1 86.980%
21. Fallout 2  PC  Interplay  26  8.8 86.942%
22. Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast  PC  Interplay  6  8.1 86.500%
23. Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich  PC  Irrational Games  50  7.4 86.364%
24. The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles  PC  Bethesda Softworks  36  7.0 86.042%
25. Wizardry 8  PC  Sirtech  25  8.4 86.000%

Simulation
1. FreeSpace 2  PC  Interplay  19  8.0 91.579%
2. IL-2 Sturmovik  PC  Ubisoft  17  7.7 90.647%
3. FirePower for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3  PC  GMX Media  7  6.6 89.429%
4. Falcon 4.0: Allied Force  PC  Graphsim Entertainment  9  8.0 88.556%
5. Flight Unlimited III  PC  Electronic Arts  13  6.2 88.500%
6. F/A-18  PC  Electronic Arts  14  6.7 88.429%
7. Silent Hunter III  PC  Ubisoft  27  7.8 88.333%
8. Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche Versus Ka-52 Hokum  PC  Empire Interactive  14  6.1 88.321%
9. Wings of Power: WWII Heavy Bombers and Jets  PC  Tri Synergy  6  6.6 87.833%
10. IL-2 Sturmovik: The Forgotten Battles  PC  Ubisoft  19  7.2 87.632%
11. Steel Beasts  PC  Shrapnel Games  21  5.2 87.214%
12. Total Air War  PC  Atari  7  6.4 87.000%
13. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  30  7.4 86.967%
14. European Air War  PC  Atari  15  6.5 86.600%
15. MechWarrior 4: Vengeance  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  44  8.0 86.443%
16. MiG Alley  PC  Empire Interactive  19  6.4 86.158%
17. Independence War  PC  Atari  11  7.3 85.909%
18. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance  PC  LucasArts  12  7.5 85.250%

Sports
1. Out of the Park Baseball 2007  PC  Sports Interactive  5  7.0 95.400%
2. Championship Manager 4  PC  Eidos Interactive  15  7.0 94.600%
3. Championship Manager 3  PC  Eidos Interactive  6  7.7 93.333%
4. World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International  PC  VU Games  10  8.3 92.000%
5. Pro Evolution Soccer 4  PC  Konami  8  7.9 92.000%
6. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3  PC  Activision  20  7.8 90.550%
7. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003  PC  Electronic Arts  18  7.9 89.833%
8. FIFA 99  PC  EA Sports  17  7.1 89.235%
9. Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006  PC  Sega  22  8.5 89.191%
10. NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager 2007  PC  Sega  5  6.4 88.800%
11. Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005  PC  Sega  19  7.8 88.684%
12. World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International  PC  Konami  6  7.1 88.500%
13. Madden NFL 2004  PC  EA Sports  15  7.9 88.400%
14. Out of the Park Baseball 6  PC  Out Of The Park Developments  5  4.9 88.400%
15. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005  PC  EA Sports  18  6.2 88.333%
16. Madden NFL 2003  PC  EA Sports  16  7.9 88.250%
17. Pro Evolution Soccer 5  PC  Konami  5  8.3 88.200%
18. NHL 99  PC  Electronic Arts  19  7.3 88.105%
19. NHL 2001  PC  EA Sports  28  7.7 87.821%
20. NBA Live 2000  PC  EA Sports  23  7.4 87.652%
21. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4  PC  Aspyr  11  7.3 87.636%
22. Madden NFL 99  PC  EA Sports  16  6.1 87.281%
23. PGA Championship Golf 2000  PC  Sierra Entertainment  22  6.3 87.068%
24. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004  PC  EA Sports  13  7.4 86.769%
25. High Heat Baseball 2000  PC  3DO  14  6.9 86.500%

Strategy
1. Starcraft: Brood War  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  5  8.8 96.000%
2. Company of Heroes  PC  THQ  63  7.9 93.949%
3. X-COM: UFO Defense  PC  Atari  5  8.5 93.600%
4. Civilization IV  PC  2K Games  64  8.6 93.187%
5. Starcraft  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  15  8.8 93.133%
6. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  60  8.6 93.067%
7. Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar  PC  Stardock  24  7.9 92.917%
8. Dungeon Keeper  PC  Electronic Arts  5  7.9 92.200%
9. Rome: Total War  PC  Activision  67  8.5 91.601%
10. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  39  8.6 91.590%
11. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri  PC  Electronic Arts  28  7.8 91.571%
12. Civilization II  PC  MicroProse  7  8.8 91.286%
13. Command & Conquer Red Alert  PC  Westwood Studios  11  8.4 90.909%
14. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne  PC  Blizzard Entertainment  42  8.7 90.476%
15. Sacrifice  PC  Interplay  38  7.5 89.974%
16. Black & White  PC  EA Games  43  7.2 89.698%
17. Battlezone  PC  Activision  18  7.8 89.639%
18. Civilization III  PC  Atari  40  8.4 89.275%
19. World in Conflict  PC  Sierra Entertainment  45  6.4 89.220%
20. Age of Mythology  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  44  8.3 89.076%
21. Rise of Nations  PC  Microsoft Game Studios  58  8.3 88.934%
22. Total Annihilation  PC  Humongous Entertainment  13  8.5 88.846%
23. Homeworld  PC  Sierra Entertainment  38  8.2 88.605%
24. Homeworld: Cataclysm  PC  Sierra Entertainment  42  8.1 88.583%
25. Medieval: Total War  PC  Activision  43  8.2 88.500%
28. Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord  PC  Battlefront.com  16  7.5 88.000%

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Tinseltown :: Firefox Add-ons

18 December 2007

Stop what you are doing, tis the season and it is time again to turn on my annual firefox theme… take a second to do it yourself, consider it my little Christmass present to you!

Tinseltown :: Firefox Add-ons

What do you install after a Windows re-format?

2 September 2007

p>ThemBid.com » Blog Archive » What do you install after a Windows re-format?

Good stuff here.  Of course I would image the drive.  Dont forget nLite to automate the install.  Great especially if you have kids.  They muck it up.  You pop your nLite CD in and they have a fresh system before they spill their dinner on the floor!

Ancient version of my current job in the IT world

8 August 2007

Someday they will look back at my job of teaching people to use computers like this documentary of teaching people how to use books.

This is a classic, enjoy.