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    #ComputerRepair

    Computers worldwide are all 12V, 5V, and 3.3V DC on the inside (different voltages for different components). The only difference is that components sold in Canada are more polite.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2011
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    #ComputerRepair

    Will the computer boot without the video card? Assuming that the motherboard has it's own VGA out.
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    #ComputerRepair

    Where in Canada are you visiting?
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    #ComputerRepair

    Okay, thanks all. I got it up and running by pulling the video card, cleaning all the shit out of the motherboard sockets and replacing the card.

    @Warped Savant: I live in Toronto, have done since September 2010. I'm the one who's been throwing the parties for Toronto Whitechapellers.
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    @GreaseMonkey -- I'm going to pretend I knew that... (I actually did... I was just sleepy and didn't remember for a quick flash.)
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    #ComputerRepair: It probably won't have any noticeable effect performance or stability wise, but you might want to pick up a new PSU, just so you're not having your PC pull its juice through a transformer.

    New Question: #Hostels

    I'm planning to go to New York around Christmas, and I've just gone and looked at packages on Expedia and find that my cheapest option for the amount of time I want to be there is a seedy as fuck looking hotel in the East Village, for $600. That doesn't really appeal to me, so now I'm looking at hostels. Anybody have any recommendations for hostels in New York, or experiences with hostelling in general, good or bad? This would be a first for me (I prefer to have my own room and own bathroom), so I'm not really sure what to expect/watch out for.
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    Yup, I've thought about buying a 110v power supply and swapping out the Australian one. Probably won't get around to it though, because the computer's old and I'll be buying a new one soon anyways.
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      CommentAuthorLabyrinthine
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011 edited
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    #Hostels

    The best way to do hostels is in a large group of friends, that way you can basically take over a whole room and not have trust issues. Otherwise, buy a sturdy padlock for your stuff just in case. Although, most hostels have a few smaller rooms that sleep threeish people - I have no idea how you go about guaranteeing one if they're busy, though. I've only hostelled a la group, it was pretty good both times (certainly beats camping). Not in the U.S. though. I think most people who use hostels are planning to spend their entire waking hours out at events etc, because there were never very many people around when I was chilling in the common area and making use of the sandwich toaster. They had free teabags and sugar, which was nice, and they had little labels you could put on any food you wanted to leave in the common fridge - like I said, it wasn't super crowded in the kitchen, so you could save money by purchasing groceries and making the majority of your meals there. My biggest recs for hostel life are to develop a habit of showering at unusual times, and make some sort of plan in re masturbation. Oh, and bring a good supply of torch batteries for reading/bathroom navigation because you don't want to switch on a room light when ten people are trying to sleep.
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    #Hostels

    Some hostels actualy have single rooms - and they're still way cheaper than hotels.

    If you do take a single, I'd stillrecommend you store your stuff somewhere more secure.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011
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    #Hostels -

    Quite a few hostels have a regular hotel safe behind the counter for the storage of essential items like passports and so on.
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    #Hostels

    Take a small torch and a concealed waist pouch for money/cards/&c which should never leave your body unless you're in a locked shower stall. Take nothing else other than cheap clothes, toiletries and a small backpack to put them in. Oh, and ear plugs. The snoring, man, the terrible snoring.

    If you want an actual hotel in New York though, try the Cosmopolitan. It makes me happy anyway, for whatever that's worth.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011 edited
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    #Hostels -

    By the way, I can vouch for the Holiday Inn Express- Madison Square Garden. The rooms are tiny but clean, and the location is perfect. I regularly see rooms here for as low as $125/night direct from Holiday Inn's website there.

    Closest thing to a hostel that is still an actual hotel in Manhattan.
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    #Hostels -

    Not just the snoring, the farting. Probably not much you can do about it though.
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    I don't know if it'd work in the US but I've known people who had a Eurail pass who took overnight train trips simply to have somewhere ot sleep.
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    #GodDamnHDMIFiddling

    Hi guys, bit of a tech problem.
    I have a Dell laptop, an HDMI port in it, a decent video card and (in the past) could plug it into an hdtv and run it like a second monitor (for watching movies).

    I've been using that function regularly over the last year, with at least two different tvs and HDMI cables and it's always just... worked.
    No settings, no fiddling. Plug in HDMI and *bing* there's my desktop on the tv.

    This no longer happens.

    I plug in the HDMI, my laptop plays the "something just got plugged in" tone but nothing happens. Display settings shows no new monitor detected.

    Have now tried it with 2 different HDMI cables on two different tvs. Nothing. So it's probably my (god damn) laptop.
    Tried Googling the problem and changing my screen resolution doesn't help.
    Makes me wonder what (fucking) setting I've messed up... but I'm pretty sure I haven't changed anything.

    Halp!
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    crisis over, figured it out after much fiddling :)
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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    @ TheEndsOfInvention:Hooray!!I like that!!
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    #stickynotfabric

    I'm back to making latex clothing (shit is expensive) my first off when i tried it I made a very complicated ball gown with a bustle it was hell. This was about three years ago
    I forgot how much I really hated working with the damn stuff, i much rather sew and/or work with vinyl. Tho i do love how latex looks and feels.
    i can't keep the edges from peeling under no matter what rubber cement I use. I do the edging a little bit at a time to make it manageable and the glue dries so fast.
    Any one else work with latex- any tips for working with the stuff?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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    #latex

    I've never tried myself (though it's on my to-do list), but this gal has a site about working with latex. I'm sure you've already seen it but I thought I'd throw it out just in case.
    http://makinglatexclothing.com/
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    #autobio

    I am considering writing (and/or possibly drawing?) a fictionalized version of my life. I imagine I would invent a new online persona for this. What pitfalls or issues should I consider that may not have occurred to me with a project like this? I should change everyone's names, I assume.