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Sunday, July 26th, 2009
12:09 am
I've been talking with a few people about organizing a bear gathering and trip out to SDCC next year--either traveling from an area as a group (shout out to my NC bears!) or coordinating a hotel block or just a few events.

I've got a Facebook group up to try and coordinate it, if anyone's interested in trying to make this work.
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
6:09 pm
Pleased to meet all of you!
Name: Alex
Computing platform and OS: IBM Lenevo R61, XP
Area(s) of geekery:
Video Games, Anime, Science Fiction/Fantasy novels and movies. Eventually, I'd like to branch into table-top gaming and board games. 
Favorite film(s):
Kill Bill, National Lampoon: Van Wilder, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and countless others I can't remember at the moment)
Favorite Television show (current):
Dollhouse, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Pandora Hearts
Favorite Television show (all-time):
Family Guy, Futurama, Top Chef, That 70's Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ouran High School Host Club 
Favorite Book:
Uhh.... tough question! The Book of the New Sun tetralogy by Gene Wolfe, Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, Harlan Ellison's short stories, The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (although it is slipping down the rankings to be honest), Nightwatch series by Sergei Lukyanenko
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
6:17 pm
First post!
Name:   Wayne
Age:    36
Computing platform and OS:   Windows XP
Area(s) of geekery:   Comic books, action figures, pop culture-ish stuff
Favorite film(s):  X2, Batman Begins, Star Wars (original trilogy), LOTR, new Star Trek, Harry Potters...
Favorite Television show (current):  True Blood, Lost, Wolverine & the X-Men, Weeds
Favorite Television show (all-time): Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seriously Joss Whedon is a God!)
Favorite Book:  Most anything by Neil Gaiman, Cue for Treason (book I read from school)

Current Mood: geeky
11:42 am
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
9:13 pm
New Guy
Hey guys... new here thought I'd say hi! :)

Name:  Levi
Age:  34
Computing platform and OS:  Windows Vista Business
Area(s) of geekery: Politics. Shakespeare.
Favorite film(s): LOTR, Star Wars IV, V, VI, History Boys, Beautiful Thing
Favorite Television show (current):  I never get to watch TV anymore... House, Law & Order: SVU, The Tudors, Rachel Maddow
Favorite Television show (all-time):  The West Wing
Favorite Book:  The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand  & Foucalt's Pendulum, Umberto Eco

**I need to buy a new digital camera this week, any ideas on what's best or what I should even be looking for? Cheers!**
Monday, December 8th, 2008
7:30 am
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
4:40 pm
Intro Post
Hello, all!!

Name: Leon
Age: 27
Computing platform and OS: Windows XP
Area(s) of geekery: Anime, cosplay, video games, British and Japanese jazz music
Favorite film(s): "Addams Family Values", "Carmen Jones"
Favorite Television show (current): "America's Next Top Model"
Favorite Television show (all-time): "Charlie's Angels"
Favorite Book: "The Joy Luck Club"

Oh yeah, photos under cut:

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Current Mood: con plague-y
Friday, May 16th, 2008
11:18 pm
I've been feeling nostalgic in my age..

My first experience with Computers and Online activity was in 1994 when I was introduced to BBSes.. and I fell in love with the online community. WHy? I could get software, pictures, and interaction out of hooking my computer up to a 2400 baud modem. (Yes.. 2400 baud.. do you remember those?!)..

My BBS "career" only lasted four years, but it felt like eternity..

In the beginning I ran WWIV 4.22 modded, and the board name was "The Forbidden City" out of the Lone Wolf Chronicles. Towards the end in late 97-early 98 I ran a BBS running ViSiON/2, named "Side Pocket" with a primary focus on trading iCE ansi packs.. assuming the handle of Special Ed.

Recently I've discovered telnet BBSes.. and i'm intrigued. So much I've decided to port some old BBS software from PASCAL over to C to run on *nix platforms..

Did you run a BBS? What software did you run? What was it's name? What was the main focus?
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
6:14 pm
Anyone out there have any experience running WebVPN on the Cisco 3000 series concentrators?...

Concentrator has been locking up since I enabled the WebVPN client service on the thing. It was fine for 4 years before that with the plain old application-based client (win/os x).



Current Mood: aggravated
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
12:51 am
So since it's easter...
In honor of dead philosophers who took a weekend-long nap and woke up, I've resurrected my X-Box 360. I need to wean off WoW for a while, I think.

If you want to catch up with me, the tag is "thegrumpybadger."

Add me. ;)
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
3:17 pm
Geeky Enough?
 Name: Nathan
Age: 30
Computing platform and OS: PC, Choose your Windows, just got a new PC with Vista
Area(s) of geekery: RPGs, Sci-Fi Tv, books
Favorite film(s): Hackers, Star Trek (pick one)
Favorite Television show (current): TV?  What's that?  I'm not a big TV watcher, I like alot of older stuff, haven't found anything really current that makes me want to watch every week.
Favorite Television show (all-time): Babylon 5, Quantam Leap
Favorite Book: I can't choose just one, I have litteraly a wall of book cases with books 3 deep.  I read several Sci Fi series, Star Trek, Bab 5, Quantam Leap...
Friday, January 25th, 2008
1:31 am
Crossposted - sorry to those who are in the affected communities!

My boyfriend is running Vista Home Premium without the SP1 beta/RC. He's always complaining about the way this/that works or doesn't work, or just acts funny.

Is the the beta/RC of Vista SP1 worth downloading and installing for my boyfriend?

Does it make a notable difference (for the better), or is it more trouble than it's worth?

Personally, I have an upgrade disc for Vista, but I'm sticking with XP Media Center until the Vista SP1 is final. However, I'd like to make his current PC experience better if I can.

Your advice is valued. Thank you in advance!
Friday, January 11th, 2008
12:42 pm
Mac Geeks may appreciate...
Over the past few months i've been getting more and more into management of my OS X clients. Sure coming up with an imaging solution and integrating them into our AD while using Apple policies via OD (ldap) was a great task, but what do you do after deployment? Management!

Apple offers Apple Remote Desktop to do most of the remote management features/needs one would want. Admittedly while this application is flakey it generally serves a very useful purpose.

Apple's package creator, however, isn't as user friendly and quite frankly kind of sucks. It's almost as useful as MS's default .msi creation tools. I'm sure it's perfect If you're creating a package for an application you've just coded yourself but trying to figure out what to put in it after a software installation is infuriating.

This is the area where I give serious props to JAMF Software for creating Composer. This inexpensive utility (I think it ran us 50 dollars??) has saved me countless hours making my management and deployment of third party updates and software packages/applications to Macs so much easier. It's your basic FS comparison program; You run the app before you install an Update/Application and it takes a snapshot of your hard drive. You install and configure your software, go back to the app, it runs another snapshot, compares them, and builds you a nice little Apple package of the files that were modified and installed.

Next using ARD you select the clients you want your packages installed onto, and BAM, minutes later your Updates/Applications are installed and ready to go.

If you have wireless clients that aren't always available, I suggest setting up a remote ARD Task server-- it will queue your package deployments and install them when the clients become available.

"Well what about Apple updates?" you say... For Apple-based product updates I have an automatic update script that runs on set intervals via cron on my clients to download and install Apple updates from my Software Update Server. While you can technically download the Packages from Apple and distribute them like your custom built packages made via Composer, its a whole lot easier to just have the clients retrieve the apple-based updates from the approved updates on my server.

So for anyone doing Management of Mac OS X clients spend the fifty dollars for Composer and save yourself hours of headache trying to get the default package maker to do what you want.


Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, December 21st, 2007
11:57 am
FX announcements
Just in case anyone is considering coming to the FX convention in Orlando in January, we just signed Daniel Brereton, Brian Azzarello, Gene Ha, and Jill Thompson.

On the media side we have George Takei, Erik Estrada, Charles Fleischer, Ellen Muth, Tara Strong, Jason David Frank, Ray Park and more!

Details at FXshow.com
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
6:58 am
PSP hacking

Hey all!

I've recently come to possess one of the new silver Daxter edition PSPs.  Anyone have experience downgrading it to run homebrew and .iso's?  I've done some reading, but there seems to be a lot of shenanigans about a pandora battery and some dodgy memory card files.  I'd prefer not to brick the gorram thing less than a week out of the box.  Any help?

Thursday, October 25th, 2007
10:42 am
My intro. Let me show you it.
Name: Mike
Age: 32
Computing platform and OS: PC: Vista,  XP, Server 2003 Enterprise & Standard, Ubuntu, Red Hat Mac OS: 9 & 10.4
Area(s) of geekery: Um, computer arena, sometimes a little online gaming, a little bit o' RPG goodness...
Favorite film(s): The Matrix series, the 5th element, Hackers, Star Trek First Contact (Oh hell, just throw in the entire movie series.)...
Favorite Television show (current): Heroes
Favorite Television show (all-time): Star Trek the Next Generation, followed up by Voyager, and a close third: Battlestar Galactica
Favorite Book: I, Robot, 1984, 2010

(Added cr@p):
Gaming Platform: xbox, pc, mac.
Favorite games: WoW, Halo 2, Secondlife (Yeah, I know.. not really a game, but it does kind of categorize itself that way.)

Current Mood: nerdy
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
6:52 pm
Looking for Table Top RPG in Maryland
I'd like to join a RPG. My first choice is for a paper-and-pencil tabletop game but I'm also interested in gaming something online. I had some success before with one through IRC and I'd be willing to that again.

If it were a tabletop game, it'd need to be in the Maryland/DC metro area. I live in Laurel, MD and if I were to travel a long distance I'd want to be able to play enough hours in one sitting to make it worth it. If it works out, I might be willing to run a game in the future if I found a good gaming group, but for now I just to play.

So if you know of any games in progress or just starting that need a new player, in either the MD/DC area or through teh interwebs, please let me know. I'm not too picky about genre at this point either, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, comedy, modern... although I do lean towards magic/psionic using characters.

Games I've enjoyed: GUPRS, AD&D, Teenagers from Outer Space, Elfquest, Champions/Marvel and White Wolf stuff to a lesser extent. I've always wanted to play an Amber Diceless Game. I'm also totally willing to learn a new game system, as long as the rules have been play-tested. I've been burned on "home grown" rules "systems" before.

Games I don't enjoy: Big Gun Games, like ShadowRun. I don't really care for high-tech characters, and I found the magic system difficult to use effectively. I don't care for games that are all about collecting the newest piece of hardware on the market for shooting people in the head, or games without any ROLE-playing.

If you need any other information, just comment here. Thanks for any help you can provide!

X-Posted to my journal, rpg_bears, geekbears and gaygeeks so I'm sorry to the people that have to read this four times.
Monday, October 1st, 2007
11:59 am
Hello All
Name: Bruce enigmacub Valentin
Age: 29
Computing platform and OS: Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Area(s) of geekery: Drawing, Anime, LARP, Computers, Gadgets, Useless Trivia, and much much more
Favorite film(s): Matrix, Resident Evil, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Dune
Favorite Television show (current): Heroes, Naruto: Shippuden, Bleach, Weeds, Dexter, Code Monkeys
Favorite Television show (all-time): Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Dead Like Me
Favorite Book: Dune, American Psycho, History books

Current Mood: happy
Monday, September 24th, 2007
1:41 pm
It looks like I'm going with a legit copy of XP Media Center Edition. Now all I need is the TV card and remote. I'm pretty sure THIS is what I need, I just need to find the cash! Does anyone have any Future Shop gift certificates kicking around that they don't want? LOL

Thank you for everyone's help and suggestions!
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
9:37 pm
Crossposted to gay_geeks, gaygeeks, geekbears, geekygays

We are on a search for a geeky (plus cheap or free!) solution to replace our PVR/DVR box. We have been enjoying a PVR/DVR for 2 years for free, as part of a sign up / bonus deal, but the 2 years will be up just before Christmas and to subscribe monthly is just too pricey.

HOWEVER, working the hours that I do, and having lived with a PVR/DVR for the last 2 years, understandably, I cannot live without one now. Who watches TV live any more anyway? LOL

I have a spare computer currently collecting dust in storage. It's 6 years old but has had a few upgrades over the years - I just replaced it with a new system. I would like to put it use as some sort of home media server/center if possible ... but I'm not quite sure how to go about doing that.

One solution that looks promising is MEDIA PORTAL.

Has anyone heard of this, or uses it? Do you have any other suggestions?

Ideally what I'm looking for in software would allow the computer:

* Acts as a PVR/DVR
* On screen guide for whats on TV
* Plays DVDs (though we have an actual DVD player if needed)

... basically everything that is described on Media Portal's website.

I guess I'm just looking for advice on whether something like that is worthwhile, or if anyone has any suggestions.

I know I'd need to learn the software, and all programs have settings to be tweaked - I'm fine with that. However, when it comes to hardware I don't have a clue.

I think the only thing I need would be a TV card for the computer, right? Even with that I'm not sure what to do!

Suggestions? Thank-You!

EDIT/UPDATE ... I'm looking for a Windows solution if possible. I know nothing about Linux and I don't have a Mac
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