Past EED rants


Live leaderboard

Poker leaderboard

Voice of EED

Wednesday 12 April 2006

Corruption [Spiny]

This says it all.

Thursday 6 April 2006

Kember reunited with his friends [Beej]

The British military announced they had air-dropped former hostages Norman Kember, James Loony and Harmeet Singh Sooden into the Iraqi desert, two weeks after their rescue from a house west of Baghdad. The men had been held by insurgents for four months.
Since their release, the three Christian men had spoken with deep admiration and respect for their captors, while not offering any degree of gratitude to the British commandos who saved them.
"We realised we made a huge mistake," said Captain Ian Coates of the British Army, "and it was time to return these men to the people they love and respect."
Coates wistfully related the story of how the former hostages were told of the decision to reunite them with their Iraqi brethren.
"To keep it a surprise, we gathered the men in the middle of the night. They were so surprised and excited, we needed to duct tape their mouths and tie them up. But there was no doubt they were overjoyed to be returning to Iraq. Their eyes were as big as saucers, and Kember even wet his jammies!"
The men were flown by helicopter into Iraq at dawn. Coates struggled to keep his composure as he described the reunion.
"The air drop was a remarkable moment, something I was honoured to see," he said. "The men were writhing around, screaming and crying with joy. There wasn't a dry eye in the helicopter as we rolled them out."
The British military was concerned that the men would not be picked up quickly, leaving them to wander in the desert. So each man was given a bright red parachute emblazoned with one of the famed Danish Mohammed cartoons.
"The cartoons really did the trick," said Coates. "You could see insurgents gathering to welcome them. Some even set fires to guide them as they landed. We could hear chants of welcome even over the whir of the rotors. Did you ever see Born Free? It was like that, but better."
Coates would not comment on reports that the three men were wearing "Jesus Rules, Mohammed Drools" T-shirts.

Saturday 1 April 2006

up up upgrade and away! [shedir]

Oblivion. quite a game by all accounts, when I fired it up though it laughed at my pc.
I suppose 3 years out of a 9600pro is pretty good going in the gaming world. So I tapped into the crosshatches knowledge of all things techy. Slim and lurk agreed that the at x800GTO was my best bang for buck solution.
Main bugbear is that my creaking system wasn't PCI-E compliant of course, so it had to be an AGP card. Kelkoo etc.. wasn't flinging up much in the way of bargains, but had an AGP model which was spot on.
Was a bit surprised when the card needed hooked directly into the PSU mind you, but the 400w thing manages to handle OK.
£140 well spent.
My old 3dmark03 score was 3252 so tried the 3dmark06 and got 1395. But the thing was crawling, 9fps on first set of tests and last one didn't even register FPS's!
Still this score seems OK by the entered scores of other x800 owners, so I'm quite happy.
Nice to see oblivion noticed the new card and recommended "High" for all the settings. WoW looks much nicer too, but I'm looking forward to Ut2004/BF2 with it. The 9600pro really struggled on bf2 so I didn't really bother with it.
All in all chuffed to bits, big ta to Slim/Lurk on the advice. Sterling as always.