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  1. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    How big HD for MP3 music collection?

    The simple and short answer: Figure about 100MB per CD (using LAME's --r3mix setting). Since most CDs actually work out to about 70 - 90MB, that'll leave signifcant space for expansion, especially if you have a huge CD collection. As for backup, the ideal solution in my view would be to set up...
  2. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    'Reply to Topic' redundancy

    On the 'Reply To Topic' page, there is an IFRAME showing the thread you are replying to (so you can review the topic). Immediately below that is a 'topic review' section which shows you the last 30 posts in the thread you are replying to. That strikes me as redundant, and a waste of bandwidth...
  3. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    looking to buy complete Direct TV system, just a couple questions

    DirecTV has two HD channels; HBO-HD and HDNet. HDNet is a part-time sports-oriented channel. At night it gives way to HD-PPV movies. There is no other content in HD (except a demo HD channel). If you are looking for HD content, Dish Network may be a better choice. They have HBO-HD, SHO-HD, a...
  4. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Direct Tv Help?

    A home phone line is also required for certain sports subscriptions so they can verify your location. This is so that they can set the correct blackouts and such for your area.
  5. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    What is Dish Doing to Support Local into Local?

    On December 27, DirecTV will be adding several Local channels to fulfill their must-carry requirements (see below). If you get locals now, you won't have to do anything to get these new channels. They'll just appear. This is thanks to the new spot-beam satellite they launched last month. On...
  6. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    I'm having a problem running an old LucasArts game on my PC - can anyone help?

    "Bernard, float over here so I can punch you!" Classic stuff. It's easy to dual-boot Dos 6.2 and XP. Simply install Dos 6.2 first, then install XP on a different partition.
  7. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    WinXP - Difference between Full and Upgrade?

    It's important to note that you will not be able to install a Windows XP upgrade from scratch if you have one of those recovery CDs that companies like Compaq and HP supply with their PCs. This does not mean you can't do a clean installation - you can still do that. However, it means you must...
  8. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Any XP Horror Stories?

    Yes it does, but the only way to get that legally is to buy a minimum 5-pack Open License, which involves giving detailed information to Microsoft (such as your address, phone number, etc.) So if they see your product keys online or if they suspect, they can come after you. Plus it's really...
  9. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Windows XP vs. ME

    Oh, this is not even a valid question. XP all the way. In a heartbeat. Without even thinking about it. It's just so much more stable, feature-rich and easy to use. Windows Product Activation is overblown. I've detailed it in this thread. It's a two-minute operation to activate, and then you...
  10. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Any XP Horror Stories?

    That feature is called Windows Product Activation. When you first install Windows XP, you will be given a 30 day period in which you may use it without activating it. After that 30 days are up, you will be unable to log in without activating first. Activating involves Windows reading various...
  11. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    OS-X versus Windows XP

    I think both OSes are so good that you can't really go wrong with either. It all boils down to whether you want a Mac or a PC. I am a PC user predominantly, and I've been using Windows XP since the Release Candidate stage. Quite frankly, I think it's a dream OS. It simply does not crash. In...
  12. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    ZoneAlarm is one scary piece of software!

    One somewhat major disadvantage of hardware routers is they don't stop trojan horses from communicating with the outside world, something ZoneAlarm does. The optimal solution would be to have a hardware router, but also Zone Alarm on each machine set to Low security mode.
  13. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Buying software license used?

    It's all in the End User License Agreement your friend 'signed' when he installed the software or bought the license. Generally though, companies will let you transfer licenses as long as the part in question was not an OEM part. Of course, your friend would have to delete all copies of the...
  14. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Building a PC.. How do you choose?

    I'd really recommend going to various hardware sites like AnandTech, Tom's Hardware Guide, Link Removed and others, and just browse around and look at stuff for a couple of weeks. The choices out there may seem baffling at first, but once you determine what you want the PC to do, the range of...
  15. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Which portable MP3 player should I get?

    A week ago, I would have recommended a RioVolt, which is a CD-based MP3 player (it can play MP3 and WMA files on CDs). Now I am pretty much smitten by the Apple iPod (a hard-drive based MP3 player), which will be available in a Windows compatible version sometime early next year. The RioVolt...
  16. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    XP Home- NTFS or FAT32

    It also says "Access Control" is not in Home. That's what led me to believe that NTFS not in it.
  17. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    XP Home- NTFS or FAT32

    I stand corrected, but someone should tell Microsoft to update their http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/howtobuy/choosing2.asp [Edited last by Uchendu Nwachukwu on October 29, 2001 at 05:00 AM]
  18. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    XP Home- NTFS or FAT32

    To borrow the Microsoft XP slogan, yes you can. It's totally seamless, just drag and drop, as always. Unless you are a gamer, or you need every last shred of performance you can possibly wring out of your HD, there is very little reason to go with FAT32. Quick note: the Home version of XP does...
  19. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    This is what supposedly trips up product activation

    Yeah that basically sums it up. If the NIC card doesn't change, then you can change up to six different components from a list of 10. If the NIC card does change or there is no NIC card, then you can only change four different components. For notebooks, add three more components, so 9 with...
  20. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Make my own VCDs?

    VCDHelp is your friend. Homemade VCDs are more trouble than you would expect, simply because it's almost a crapshoot getting a DVD player that a)plays VCDs and b)reads CD-Rs and CD-RWs. If you've got a DVD player that does both, then you are good to go.
  21. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Fastest processor I could install?

    I believe you can run up to a 450MHz Pentium II or III without doing a motherboard upgrade.
  22. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Installing Win XP over Win ME

    Here's what I would do... Windows XP comes with a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (FSTW) on the CD, which can be run from within any other version of Windows. With that in mind, I would go ahead and install all the stuff you want, bearing in mind it is just for the short term. Once you...
  23. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Will Windows XP Home version support legacy Win95 drivers?

    No. WinXP runs on a completely different kernel than Windows 95. Chances are that your device will be supported natively in WinXP, though. To be certain, download the upgrade advisor from Microsoft's site. It will tell you if Windows XP will support your device.
  24. Uchendu Nwachukwu


    I dont want to go into the topic of illegal satellite reception (don't wanna get banned so soon...:crazy :) but this is usually indicative of DirecTV implementing Electronic Counter Measures to stop pirates. Very often, those ECMs do affect legitimate sibscribers, but to a much lesser extent...
  25. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    If YOU were going to build an AMD XP system...

    Here's some nForce articles at... AnandTech Link Removed And yeah, the nForce was designed for Athlon XP, and cooling fan support is standard with Athlon chipsets these days. [Edited last by Uchendu Nwachukwu on October 22, 2001 at 05:30 AM]
  26. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Cluless on Satellite TV

    DirecTV home page . DishNetwork home page . I believe Dish Network's basic package (America's Top 100 - $29.99/mo) is cheaper than DirecTV's basic package (Total Choice - $32.99)...
  27. Uchendu Nwachukwu

    Anyone doing RAID at home?

    DavidY: Yes, you will need to reformat your HD in order to add it to a RAID 0 array. Not too sure about RAID 1 though. Also, RAID 0 drives should partition just fine, if the RAID controller is doing its job. I have my RAID array partitioned into six.