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  1.  (10882.1)
    #ComputerGhost

    My BIOS doesn't have a "wake-on-LAN" option... in fact, there's no power options in there... I'm so confused.
    Make and Model: Asus / U43F
    BIOS: Aptio Setup Utility (c) 2008 American Megatrends V. 1.27.1118

    I've updated it to see if that changes it but it appears that I had the most up to date one anyways. The computer is a few years old and had never done it, it started a week or two ago? (Didn't really pay attention, just thought I had left it on and thought nothing of it.) Can only seem to find things about changing the "wake-on-LAN" but nothing saying that it can be done in the BIOS I have.
    But hey, at least it's not the issue that a lot of people seem to have with their machines suddenly shutting off...
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2013
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    #Computerghost

    If it's a relatively new problem, why not do a system restore to a point before it started?

    There may well be good reasons for not doing this, of course. I know nuzzing of computers.
  2.  (10882.3)
    #ComputerGhost

    If it's starting from powered-off, it isn't an operating system problem. (Windows is not running at that point.) It has to be at either the firmware (BIOS) or hardware level.
  3.  (10882.4)
    #website/sellingstuffs/etsy?

    So, I have started working on the website, this time with wordpress. (Yay!) And while wordpress is really a blogging platform, I know it can be used to make a fairly decent website. However there is still the matter of selling the art. I am now finding that setting up pages for selling stuff is hard and/or expensive (fancier, more expensive plans). Or maybe I just don't know much of anything. So here I am asking the clever people who actually have experience doing this sort of stuff. Are there tools or versions of wordpress that don't require coding smarts to create pages that people can buy things on? Would I be better off directing links that say "buy me" or something to that sort to an etsy page? Or other ways to to sell stuff (preferably with less effort instead of more) that I don't know about/haven't thought of/etc?
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2013
     (10882.5)
    #sellingstuffs

    There are store front plugins you can use to set up shop pages in wordpress. eShop was the one highly recommended to us but there are plenty of others. I found these highly annoying from a UI standpoint because it seems like it works better for sites that will be dedicated storefronts instead as a small part of the overarching site of blog entries and galleries and whatnots.

    With my boss, we eventually shifted over to Etsy. Etsy has also been providing amazing shipping tools combined with the USPS - you can basically print an international label complete with customs form and dump that into a mailbox, no standing in lines to get it stamped for approval. Life is amazing now. There are also a bunch of softwares available that work with Etsy to keep track of supplies inventory and expenses and whatnots if you look into 3rd party stuff. I know people have had their issues with them, but they're doing a really good job at this point.

    We basically have a page link for Shop on her site now and that just goes direct to the Etsy store.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2013
     (10882.6)
    #ComputerGhost

    I seem to recall that WoL stuff is set by the OS. There could be a BIOS option but ultimately it has to be enabled at OS level so if it supports it and the BIOS has no option to turn it off you can still disable it in Windows. Not that I can remember how, though...

    Also WoL seems moderately unlikely. It requires a specially formatted packet to be sent explicitly to that PC. It's not something that's likely to happen by accident. Unless your PC's directly connected to your internet connection (no router) and your ISP does some weird stuff. Which is possible.

    The only time I had this happening it was a scheduled task, but you've already ruled that out. Make sure you've checked the default windows scheduled tasks (one level deeper than the user ones, iirc) and have a look at your virus checker, make sure it's not scheduled for an over-night scan or something.

    Perhaps your power is fluctuating and the PC's set in the BIOS to return to power on when power comes back on? That used to be the default quite often and was really annoying when you were moving PCs about as they'd turn on as soon as you plugged them in.
  4.  (10882.7)
    #sellingstuffs

    I'll second just using Etsy for your shopfront. No technical issues, nothing to build, an in-built large audience and it'll save you a good wodge of time, all for a measly three cents in the dollar. A few years ago I had a DIY website made from personalised wordpress with Paypal buttons stitched in, and while I'm very proud of that site, I shudder to think how much time I spent just trying to out-stare those bloody CSS pages. I also sold a lot less because a lot of people are just too damn paranoid to trust a small website unless they know you personally.
  5.  (10882.8)
    #ComputerGhost

    Any chance it's some kind of netbot that's compromised the system?
  6.  (10882.9)
    #ComputerGhost

    Wake-on-Lan doesn't seem to be an option due to me using a wireless router instead of it being hardwired in.
    I had the computer turned off, I unplugged it for a little while then plugged it back in to see if that had it turn on, but it doesn't so I don't think it's the power thing that Fixzr thought of.
    It doesn't appear to be the virus scanner. Which I have ran to see if it's a netbot but it's not finding anything...

    Maybe I'll pick up an external hard drive, back everything up and try a fresh start... It is a few years old now so hey, why not, right?
  7.  (10882.10)
    #NoYouTubeOnFirefox

    When I try to play a YouTube video on Firefox, all I get is a blank black space. Apparently this is a common difficulty with the Firefox browser. Mozilla support suggests deleting cookies and cache, but it hasn't helped.

    Anyone have any experience with this?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013
     (10882.11)
    @Greasemonkey

    #NoYouTubeOnFireFOx

    Let me ask my wife, who works at Mozilla.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013
     (10882.12)
    And she's gone from chat. If I hear anything I'll post.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013
     (10882.13)
    #MagicalDisappearingOilcap

    Something very strange has happened with my car. A few days ago, I started hearing an odd clicking sound from my car's engine while it was running. It seemed to be perfectly matched to the RPMs I was running, so I had to be hearing something going on with the engine, but no dashboard lights were on. I pop the hood and take a look. There is a thin layer of oil splattered on top of the engine block and, inexplicably, the oil cap was missing. Turns out the sound I'm hearing is the chain that runs through the oil tank.

    So, car folks, any idea what could cause an oil cap to pop off or crack? I'm planning on getting a replacement, but I want to know if this is the sort of thing that could happen again. My car is a 2010 Ford Escape, with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder inline engine.
  8.  (10882.14)
    #NoYouTubeOnFirefox

    Mine does the same thing. I haven't been able to find any way to fix it. Mind you, I didn't try too hard.
    I'll be sure to watch here for a solution, however, because it has been inconvenient at times.
  9.  (10882.15)
    #earlymidlifecrisis

    Sorry to go back to this, but I was wondering if y'all had any advice specifically about drawing kids. The characters in our planned webcomic are mostly going to be ages 9-15, and I'm finding it surprisingly difficult not to draw them as small adults. Y'all know of any good books or tutorials on the subject?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013
     (10882.16)
    #earlymidlifecrisis

    When it doubt,ask Andrew Loomis. All of the books on that site are fantastic, but the one that's probably the most germane to your question is Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, specifically the ideal age proportions chart on page 29.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013
     (10882.17)
    #earlymidlifecrisis

    Whatever you do, do not reference early to mid-Renaissance paintings. Those babies are SO CREEPY.

    What not to do, brought to you by the internet.
  10.  (10882.18)
    #NoYouTubeOnFirefox

    I've been hit with this in the past, and found that uninstalling Flash, then reinstalling it from scratch fixed it.

    Of course, I'm happy having Flash on my machine. Others may not be so sanguine :)
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013 edited
     (10882.19)
    @dork AAAAAHHHHHHH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH OH MY GOD KILL THEM

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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013 edited
     (10882.20)
    "Yes Mother, now that Father is dead and his riches are ours, we are truly free!"