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  1. Don Giro

    Wish me luck...

    After 25 years as a PC owner (first was an IBM 486, most recent an Alienware Aurora R5), I've decided it's high time that I built my own. It's a little on the "high end" side, and rest assured that I do NOT have "deep pockets," I just like to get three or four years where my PC can run whatever...
  2. Don Giro

    Laser Printer with Built-In Barcoding Fonts

    We have a HP LaserJet 3015n printer at my job that we use to print worksheets on standard 8 1/2 by 11" paper. The page contains a mix of text and a barcode, so a standalone barcode printer (i.e. Zebra) won't do the job. The barcoding software is a on a USB stick manufactured by HP called...
  3. Don Giro

    Steam Sale (goes through Nov. 29)!

    I was pleasantly surprised to find out yesterday that there's a new Steam Sale lasting until November 29, and so far, this one is a doozy! I just picked up the new DOOM for $19.79 (67% off, but beware that it's a 71GB DOWNLOAD!, Yes, you read that right; 71 Gigabytes!). They've also got my tow...
  4. Don Giro

    Sad about forum member Jeff Ulmer

    I don't know if this had been posted anywhere, or if this is the right place to post it... I just found out on Blabbermouth (heavy metal news feed site) that longtime Home Theater Forum member Jeff Ulmer passed away on March 22, reportedly after a stroke. I "spoke" with Jeff quite often here...
  5. Don Giro

    HDMI "Splitter" confusion

    I've been following some of the threads here about HDMI "splitters" and "switches," but I always end up confused about what I need to get. All I'm looking to do is be able to attach my PS3 and a Blu-Ray player to the sole available HDMI input on my receiver, hopefully something that will not...
  6. Don Giro

    Silent Film Buffs: Could someone help me identify a "silent film"?

    I remember a silent film that used to be shown ad nauseum on public television in my early youth (I'd say about 1970), and I've been plagued throughout my entire life as to its title. What I remember is that the film revolved around a man who sort of looked like a cowboy. A key scene I remember...
  7. Don Giro

    R.I.P. Peter Steele

    Peter Steele, legendary founder of NYC "goth metal" band Type O-Negative has died of heart failure. He was 49 years old. Although he had faked his own death once as a publicity stunt back in 2005, sources close to home (whose opinions I completely trust) confirm his actual passing. Pete was an...
  8. Don Giro

    The Runaways

    Anybody interested in this? www.youtube.com/watch I was a big fan of this terrible, terrible band in my youth (pictures all over my bedroom wall). It's the band where Joan Jett and Lita Ford got their start, and their story is quite dark. There are a lot of folks out there on the web who...
  9. Don Giro

    ICED EARTH "Alive in Athens" -- The DVD

    I just picked this up yesterday. Founding member/mainstay Jon Schaffer has warned IE's fans that this DVD is just a "cash in" on the part of his former record label, but if you're a fan like me, you NEED this DVD. It's nice to have the visual accompaniment to what I surprisingly consider one of...
  10. Don Giro

    Unholy Alliance Tour (SLAYER, et al.)

    I caught the Unholy Alliance tour (SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and THINE EYES BLEED), at "The Theater" at Continental Airlines Arena last Friday night. It was one of the most intense, memorable experiences of my old-ass life. First, hats off to the arena staff for the...
  11. Don Giro

    FatKid Cake

    My friend Adam was inspired to concoct the following recipe from the lyrics of a 50 Cent rap that goes something like "I like you like a fat kid like cake." He walked around for months saying he wanted FatKid Cake. When anyone asked "What the hell is FatKid Cake?," his initial idea was to...
  12. Don Giro

    Perfect "family" casting

    As I was watching "First Daughter" about a week ago, I was awestruck at how much Katie Holmes resembles Margaret Colin, the actress who played her mother in the film (Michael Keaton as her presidential dad...eh...not so much). While it's rather easy to point out miscast "family members," (I'm...
  13. Don Giro

    "Superman: The Movie" science question

    I was revisiting "Superman: The Movie" the other day, and I'd like something explained to me, if anyone has any scientific insight. When the Fortress of Solitude is created and Clark "meets" Jor-El, his father tells him (I'm paraphrasing here) "By now, you will have reached your eighteenth...
  14. Don Giro

    After Forever

    I posted some comments here a few weeks ago to a thread where someone (I THINK it was Mike Broadman) needed help identifying a metal vid he's seen, which turned out to be DIMMU BORGIR. Somewhere in the thread, I mentioned how much I like LACUNA COIL, and I was advised to check out a Dutch...
  15. Don Giro

    Identifying songs from commercials/trailers/etc.

    Can anyone recommend a website, database engine, or any other medium where I can identify the uncredited songs I hear in TV commercials, film trailers, etc.? Amazon used to keep a pretty up-to-date list, but I haven't been able to find it in years.
  16. Don Giro

    Actors who failed to live up to their potential

    I've been thinking of all the backlash I've been reading about Halle Berry's career "downslide" after her Oscar win. A number of reviews I've read about "Gothika" compare Berry's career choices to Cuba Gooding, Jr., who seems to have been prominently featured in clunker after clunker since...
  17. Don Giro

    Alternative DVD Packaging

    I've been reading the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" packaging thread, and I'm curious about what people think about the different types of packaging we're seeing these days. I like the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" slide-out packaging, but as a novelty. I wouldn't want to see this become the norm. I'm...
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