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  • Apple thinking ahead for Vista?


    I get confused with all the image hosting companies.

  • Apple thinking ahead for Vista?

    This came up when I opened up iTunes today after disabled my CD-ROM's Autorun.


    Notice the LUA icon next to the Yes button.

  • iTunes updated to look more like... WMP?

    Yeah, actually I'm starting to like it.

  • iTunes updated to look more like... WMP?

    Just downloaded iTunes 7.

    I love the ability to have this new view:


  • Contacts, calendar, and e-mail - why can't they be connected?

    So I've just installed RC1 of Vista and I'm at a crossroads. Where do I keep my personal information? I have the option of keeping it in Outlook (2007), Windows, or Windows Live Mail. They're all Microsoft products, but none of them work together.

    1. Contacts. Outlook has it's address book, Vista has it's Contacts folder which holds VCards, and Windows Live Mail has it's own area for contacts. Messenger integrates with Windows Live Mail's contact set.

    2. Calendar. Outlook has it's own one, Windows Calendar allows me to create them, and Windows Live Mail has it's own calendar (which you can't sync anymore... yay).

    3. E-mail. Luckily I can use IMAP for most of my e-mail accounts. Except Windows Live Mail. I can either hit the website or I can do it in outlook. Windows Mail does not support HTTP e-mail accounts.

    Anyway, here's my rant. I'm using 3 Microsoft products / technologies. Why aren't they helping me keep everything in sync?

  • www.icalx.​com and Vista's Windows Calendar

    Has anyone been able to publish Windows Calendar iCal files to www.icalx.com? I can publish them using Sunbird and I can subscribe to them in Windows Calendar. When I try to publish I get "Network path not found". Does Windows Calendar support HTTP authentication for publishing calendars?

  • Media Center + Dish Network + Extender

    So I've done a little research and it looks like most MCE PCs come with IR Blasters, which basically convert MCE remote commands to STB commands.

    So I'm assuming that hitting Channel Up on the Xbox remote while it is extending Media Center will send that command to the actual media center, which will convert it and "blast" it to the STB.

    I'll have to do a little more research on this.

  • Media Center + Dish Network + Extender

    I'm wondering about the ability to change channels while using a Media Center Extender (my XBox 360 in this case), when the actual Media Center / Dish Network STB is in a different room. I know that the STB is connected via Coaxial to my wall, and then my TV is connected to the STB. The TV always has to be on Channel 3, and the STB is the one which changes channel.

    The question is, I'm thinking about hooking the STB up to a Media Center PC in a different room and using my 360 as an extender. I'd watch TV basically through my extender. The question is, can the actual Media Center PC actually change the channel? If not, is there a solution to this (fairly common I would assume) problem?

  • Buying a student car on a new interest free credit card?

    Here are some things that I wanted to introduct / reiterate:

    1. Of that $700 montly net income, none of it goes towards rent, food, or utilities. I have already saved up enough for two years worth.

    2. I intend on paying off the entire balance before my introductory period expires.

    3. The minimum monthly payment on a $4000 balance is $160 (calculating at 4%). It goes down from there. It would be very easy to save that up each month, put it aside, and put other extra income towards it as well. When summer begins in May, my income will go from $700 to about $4000 per month. I have already saved up enough for the next school year, so all of that $4000 is expendable.

    4. I disagree with maintenence costs. I used to drive 200 miles + per week during the summer and would only have to fill up every 1.5 weeks. The driving to and from campus would be considerably less that 200 miles per week.

    5. I have a girlfriend who lives on campus. She doesn't care if I have a car or not, but I do like to go over there and back to my apartment every once in a while.

    6. Some of my work shifts could end as late as 3 in the morning. Walking back might not be so fun.

    7. I see that some of you are from Europe. I've lived in the UK and I know how easy it is to walk everywhere. In the US, most cities are not designed for walking. To get to campus, I have to cross a 5 lane highway with a light that's really out of the way.

    So I guess my question has become, do credit card companies have stipulations against doing something like this? Would they be angry that I would only put on one or two charges on the card and pay them off before the period ends?

  • Buying a student car on a new interest free credit card?

    Larsenal wrote:
    Arowin wrote:
    If you want to pay back a credit card at the minimum rate only, you'll end up paying it off still into retirement...

    I think he meant that he would only have to pay some minimum for a few months until he could pay down the entire balance with the better paying job.

    Right. I'd pay it off before the 0% interest period goes away. Even a $4000 car with 0% for 15 months (American Express Blue) would be about $267 per month, well within my net income.