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Off Topic / Techy USB question
« on: 12 January, 2005, 03:31:37 AM »
Righto, I have a computer with USB ports, my parents have a computer with USB ports.  We want to exchange info between them.  Currently they're about.....  measures 9 inches from each other.  Is there any special sort of USB lead I should be using or is the cheapo ?5 one going to work alright?  I'm not looking for hyper fast data transfer, just something that works.

Cheers techy board peeps!

General / Subbers & the lates EE
« on: 07 January, 2005, 05:55:44 PM »
Is there anyone else out there still waiting for the latest EE? Thankfully my prog finally arrived today, but I was looking forward to some dinotastic gore :(

and I'm still waiting for the one I missed too! Come on subs what's going on!

Website and Forum / Message Board ettiquete
« on: 16 December, 2004, 04:12:56 AM »
OK, I can see this isn't going to work but, I'll persevere.

Can we come up with a few simple "rules" for behavious on the board?  That way we can ask Wake to make people agree to them when registering and we won't have all this sc*j*/newbie hating stuff going on?

1. Irony is very difficult to identify from written text.
2. Please try and learn to spell/ use proper grammar, I'm sure English is most people heres first language
3. Spend a quick moment to check the content of your message before posting it.
4. Don't rattle Johnnyeyebrows' cage unless you want bitten
5. Don't mention the war.
6. Remember to consider the "subject" heading of your message before posting.
7. Don't randomly post pics/links/etc. without introducing yourself first.
8. etc....

Is this a good idea/bad idea?
Actually to be frank I don't care what you think so :P to you all! Especially Wils coz he smells of wee!

Off Topic / Seeking an edinbugger squaxx
« on: 13 December, 2004, 05:05:55 AM »
OK, me mammy was on the phone tonight and informed me that there's a new bloke in her work who's a squaxx.  Now the question is which one of you is it?  Are you male? do you work at South Gyle in edinburgh? Do you work with well known delivery company UPS? Do you work next to my mum?

I'm not planning to stalk you honest, I'm just curious.

Off Topic / Pantomime
« on: 12 December, 2004, 09:40:49 AM »
'lo all
I'm now pished, I'm still alive and have just returned from celebrating the success of a local amatuer panto.  I'm actually still here and have been watching your everymove.  I will now report all you perverts to the local police constabulary.

That is all
Your resident demon occupied fowl

General / Latest EE
« on: 16 November, 2004, 05:05:26 AM »
I don't want to sound daft, but has the latest EE come out yet?  The coverdate is early Nov and I need to know weather to check with the 'rents to see if it's arrived or not.

"prog-less" DC

Off Topic / Deadline
« on: 13 October, 2004, 03:45:03 AM »
OK, 3,000 word dissertation due in noon tomorrow, been "writing" it for 1 1/2 months, 2,700 words so far.  No pictures/diagrams/citations yet.  Need to get it bound, library closes at midnight.  Will I get the bloody thing finished in time?  Will I get any sleep tonight?  The clock is ticking, I'll let you know tomorrow afternoon fact-junkies.

"mildy stressed out" Chicken

General / Hitchhikers, Radio 4
« on: 21 September, 2004, 04:52:46 AM »
Attention all.

Hitchhikers Guide starts 21st September.  Radio 4 at 18:30pm

You have been warned!  There is also a repeat at 23:00 on Thursday.

Link: More hikers

Off Topic / Identifying mp3s
« on: 11 September, 2004, 12:06:40 AM »
Right, I've just been skimming through my mp3 collection and some of the files are wrongly identified.  Is there some sort of programe out there that lets me get the right titles/artist/info for all my mp3s easily?

General / Judges celibacy
« on: 05 September, 2004, 12:21:00 AM »
I was just thinking the other day.
We know MC1 judges aren't allowed relationships, but does this mean that they're celibate?
And then there was that Wally squad jusdge that's part of the council of 5, she was disguised as a slabwalker.

Any ideas?

General / End to Russian seige
« on: 03 September, 2004, 09:19:00 PM »
Don't know if everyone's hear the new yet, but appears Russian troops have stormed the building.  Suffice to say, it appears most news at the moment isn't great.

Link: Head over here for more info.

General / Target market for 2000AD
« on: 29 August, 2004, 10:39:56 PM »
I was thinking the other day, who are Rebellion marketing 2k at?  I suppose the most obvious answer would be "the fans", but when we look at it, how many "hardcore" fans are there?  What about when this readership gets older and slowly dies out?  Then we come to the Meg, at the moment a much better stand alone comic that is not 2k, but has links with it.  Then EEs which as the latest Meg tells us, going to be used for reprint material.
Now surely for either 2k or the Meg to survive, they have to increase their readership outside of the "hardcore" fan base, but personally I don't see how this is going to happen if they keep returning to "old" characters and, without wanting to stir a hornets nest, have the readership complain about the majority of "new" concepts that are introduced and argue for the return of old strips, SD & Robohunter for example.  The Meg on the other hand seems to iduce much less complaints which the introduction of relativly new material, aside from the obvious complaints about "too much reprint material", recently we've seen the introduction of articles in the Meg which I think strengthens it's independant nature allowing it to stop hanging onto the shirt tails of the weekly.
I suppose what I'm trying to get at here is which should be used to tempt in new readers?  Obviously 2k is the "brand", but unfortunately has a very limited market due to it's clique-ness(sp?) and the fact that it serialises stories.  One suggestion that's been put forward before would be to have more pages and more strips or less strips same pages etc.  Surely a much simpler solution would be to stagger the stories a bit more allowing for more points to jump on rather than the start of spring/summer/etc assault?  The Meg seems to avoid this by having the larger page count and so having the ability to have shorter stories mixed in with longer ones.
Then there's the old argument about nudity/sexual content and swearing.  If the 2k "brand" wants to appeal to the teen/adult market that's ok, but surely some thought should be towards the kids market where, as has been said, there are only about 3/4 comics that are not tied in to TV shows/movies/toys.  I'm sure someone said on the board at some point that they let their kids read the prog but not the Meg because of the difference in "adult" content.  If we look back at the history of the whole of 2k we see that earlier stories managed to avoid these things since they were aimed at kids, more recently more adult themes crep in as society changed and the readership grew up.  Now all this is fair and well, but to the parents out there would you like a 7/8/9 year old kid to read a comic that has a picture of a fully naked woman in it, as we saw in 13 a few years back?  Then we move on to other more kid friendly stories like Bek & Kawl with their cartoon-y art.

Sorry if I come across as prudish/mad/rambling here I'm just putting forward some ideas that have been kicking about in my head for a while.

It might be nice if we had some sort of "mission statement" of what sort of comic 2k & the Meg were trying to be as sometimes it seems like they're trying to appeal to both the adult & kids markets but never really succeding at either.  Once they have a specified direction maybe then it would be easier to increase the readership have a specific demographic to aim the advertising at?

Obviously I have far too much time on my hands to come up with this stuff.  However, thoughts/comments would eb appreciated.

Off Topic / Getting rid of Windows XP
« on: 29 August, 2004, 01:55:14 AM »
Well, not actualy "getting rid" of it, rather I'm getting fed up with it and Micro$oft's bullshit.  I'm thinking about partitioning my hard drive (or possibly getting a whole new one depending on finances) and I was wondering what would be the best OS to use?
It seems the OS of chocie at the moment is Linux, but I know next to nothing about computer programming so I don't know if this would be any good for me.
Hive mind, your suggestions are welcome.


General / The Jot of the Tate
« on: 27 August, 2004, 10:18:38 PM »
Now this one was just asking for it!

Link: Cleaners we salute you!

Off Topic / Wish me luck
« on: 23 August, 2004, 02:51:42 AM »
Going back to Durham tommorrow to resit 2 exams.  Just ever so slightly stressed at the prospect.  Not that there's much pressure really, I only failed them by about 20% last time.


*Nips of to try and find some valium*

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