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  1. Um, 312 guests online at 7:45?!

    My numbers are a bit lower than that, but I don't let the bots into my forums (and a few other sections of my site)... MSN definitely kicked up big time, with the preparation & release of their updated search engine.. I'm thinking I should send Mr. Gates a bill for his bots bandwidth usage.. Bill
  2. Um, 312 guests online at 7:45?!

    Doesn't that drive you nuts? Google used to be good, but now somehow there are a TON of sites that are selling a devils item that somehow manage to get better search position than a number of useful fan sites. Bill
  3. Calling anybody that knows computers...

    Yes, laptops definitely use less power than TVs and regular desktop computers.. I believe computers on the whole are more sensitive to "bad" electricity due to cheaper components (I've seen several reports of motherboards dying prematurely due to cheap capacitors [like they saved less than 1 cent per capacitor on a cheap one vs a decent one]). People on the whole expect their TVs to last much longer than their computers.. And, many people opt to buy *cheap* computers (What's Dell advertise on TV -- their cheap/crappy systems). Laptops have issues, because they have to have smaller components and are crammed into a smaller space, with less ventilation. Many laptops use slightly better components than desktops, because they have to handle more abuse. Laptops also have additional circuitry to switch from AC to battery power & back... All computers need to have the dust cleaned out of them occasionally -- some people do clean out their desktops, but with laptops, it's not so "easy".. Bill
  4. Calling anybody that knows computers...

    (Edited to include only parts I will comment on) When were you last home? If it was 4+ months ago, the same thing may happen at home again now.. something could have "gone wrong" since you were last home. If the majority of the time it's shutting off is only when it's idle, let's check the simplest thing first -- Do you have power-saving enabled? (Control Panel / Power Options). (you should also check the BIOS).. Now onto the more realistic reasons for this problem... It definitely sounds like a hardware issue. With laptops, as others have said, overheating would be the most common cause of this problem. Propping it up (make sure you don't cover any ventilation points) is an easy option. There are utilities that will check the temperature sensors -- assuming your motherboard supports it. If it is an overheating issue, there are devices you can buy specifically for this purpose.. they fit under your laptop & have several small fans. Excess dust in the motherboard & fans will definitely cause additional heat. Anything that you know of happen with you're idle? Do you use a screen saver? Anything that runs when you're idle could be the cause. Could also be a hard drive issue. XP has an option to "Optimize Hard Disk When Idle". Try to scandisk your hard drive, then try to defrag it -- though if it is a hard disk issue, that could cause more problems, only do this once you've backed up everything that's important to you. As for testing power, you could get a digital multimeter to see how your power is. Another option that I recommend for all computers is to use a UPS. A UPS will "condition" the power against spikes/surges/sags/etc.. It's widely believed that "bad power" causes a variety of mysterious computer problems. Bill
  5. Devil sitings and signings

    Thanks You can also search (for anything) on my site. I should add something to my main pictures page for easy searches, but for now... http://www.devilsrule.com/pic.php?search= Just add whatever you want (try a players last name, "mask", "goal", etc) to search for to the end of the above URL.. Bill
  6. In need of Elias pic...

    Shameless Plug: I don't have *the* pic you are referring to, but My Elias Pics Bill
  7. really off the wall question

    I don't have the answer to your question, but I must comment that I liked the Canadian version better as well.. possibly due to the higher alcohol content. Bill
  8. Question for computer people

    Check device manager (right-click "My Computer", select "Properties", click "Hardware", click "Device Manager") to see if your modem has drivers properly installed. If it does not, it would show up with a yellow question mark icon.. A red X through the icon would mean the device is disabled. If the modem does have drivers installed, check "Phone and Modem Options" in "Control Panel" to see if the modem is actually responding to commands from the OS. Bill
  9. mmmmm...curious

    I've got a Samsung I-500 and have no trouble at all with battery life.. I don't know exactly how long it lasts (of course it depends on your usage, if you ever lose a digital signal, etc), but the I-500 comes with 2 batteries (slim and extended use), and both get quite some time. I hardly ever lose the digital signal though.. Bill

    For those who have hopes of seeing Parise, rumor has it that's he's back at UND. (Souce: Someone from my site 'siouxhockey' claims he's been spotted on campus as of last week). Bill
  11. Serious question

    In 31 Devils Playoff Series, the Devils have never been swept. There worst first round exit was a 4 games to 1 series loss to Pittsburgh in 1993. Bill
  12. Just found these funny Pics

    Sorry, but I don't allow direct linking of images from my site (it may show up as working for the original poster and anyone who has looked at the images on my site recently, because the images are in your browser cache -- but for most people those are showing as broken links). You can use these links to see the images halfsharkalligatorhalfman linked. image 1 image 2 image 3 If the original author of that post (or a moderator) could edit that post, I'd appreciate it, since I get 3 lines of errors in my log files every time someone loads this page Thanks, Bill
  13. Devils Blank Rangers

    Why does it seem that it's always the fault of the Ranger goaltender? I don't mean to call you out Derek - I've seen/heard it numerous times before (including Sam & JD). I find it hard to believe that I'm the only one that feels the Ranger defense is a bit weak in assisting their netminders.. Bill
  14. Your name in...

    You Forgot an important one, your Hockey Name! Bill
  15. Thank You Lou!

    I would smash my radio into pieces if that's what it played.. Bill