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bio website bongart.us
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I repair desktops and laptops. I'm not just talking about re-installing Windows. I'm talking about taking a Weller 40P with a customized split tip and replacing blown capacitors, power adapter ports, etc. I'm the guy the other technicians call to fix the stuff they can't or won't. There was this one stretch of repairing a local school system's aging Dell Optiplex GX270's when Dell stopped replacing motherboards suffering from the capacitor plague... I almost swore off using my soldering iron after that... almost.

I'm a hardware geek, as anyone who reads the majority of my answers will pick up on. I've got more running computers in my home than I should (heat generation, electricity usage, promoted laziness for all the occupants, etc). Essentially, there's no computer in the bathroom (yet), but every other room has at least one that is used daily. No, it's not that I go out and buy BUY BUY ... I recycle machines for customers that upgrade, and I'm always on the lookout for something to put back into service... and I have a use for all of them.

I have to remember that people here ask questions and seek answers. I, on the other hand, solve problems. This means that there will be time where solving the problem doesn't answer the question, and I'm not being asked to solve the problem. I do this in real space, every day. People ask questions, and it is my job to be able to determine when I need to answer, and when I need to overlook and solve the underlying problems. I have to remember that here, on the net, it is only my place to answer. It kills me sometimes to let people continue with their problems, just for the sake of giving them an answer that is technically within guidelines, but that's MY problem.


Aug
14
comment Not getting pass code email from Steam support
Why can't you access your email? Why can't you make that your first priority, to then get your Steam password?
Aug
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
9
comment PS Vita Internet Connection not connecting
Is your router set to operate at 5ghz? If so, change it to operate at 2.4ghz. The Vita only operates at 2.4ghz for WLAN.
Jul
25
comment Bought two games from Steam while abroad
@Bora Yes, but DID you purchase and install them in Turkey, and does Steam still give you the option to play them once you are back in Germany... in the Library menu of Steam itself?
Jul
25
comment Bought two games from Steam while abroad
@Bora Actually there aren't any Banned games in Turkey or South Africa... so your testing actually didn't test anything.
Jul
21
answered Bought two games from Steam while abroad
Jul
16
comment How can I automate the hacking minigame?
@badp no need to attempt to rewrite history, you most certainly did NOT say that you did not want a solution "through stats/cheating". You said nothing at all about stats, and you said nothing at all about console commands. But you'd better be downvoting the other two answers since neither of them automate the process either, and you wouldn't want to be an elitist hypocrite pr1ck, would you?
Jul
16
comment How can I automate the hacking minigame?
-1 not automated. As per the OPs comments in my answer, this answer does not provide an "automated" solution to solving the hacking puzzle. And as per the OP's comments, this answer thus deserves a downvote. Sorry.
Jul
16
comment How can I automate the hacking minigame?
-1 not automated. OP spefically states he didn't want to do it by hand, and this answer still requires the process to be coded and handled by hand (and edited as you enter guesses). So, it's not automated, and by the OP's comments in my answer, it deserves downvotes. Sorry.
Jul
16
comment How can I automate the hacking minigame?
@ChargingPun I like how he says he didn't ask how to do it by hand... yet the programming answer STILL has to be done by hand (typing in all the passwords, entering a choice in the game, editing the data in the program based on the guess and response, etc). And even though all three answers are not automated, and require doing the game by hand, I'm the only one he comments against? Pretty Elitist, I'd say.
Jul
16
comment How can I automate the hacking minigame?
@ChargingPun I'm not surprised though. I mean, the solution that requires a second computer got upvotes. The solution that STILL notes to do it by hand, but to look for a trick for assistance got upvotes (so badp actually looks more the fool for not downvoting that answer as well, since it also advocates doing it by hand). It shouldn't require automation. However, for something he says is "fairly easy" to implement, he appears to have quite a bit of trouble with it.
Jul
16
answered How can I automate the hacking minigame?
Jul
14
comment Do starcraft 2 professional players play with minimal visual settings
@Volkanİlbeyli At that stage of things, you might be talking 1 to 5 FPS difference between what you might notice, and what a "professional" or competition gamer might notice. It might not even be noticeable, but an assumed difference. That gamer, believing he's got a frame or two over the competition's speed, might only need that for the confidence boost. All that said, back in the day, I saw some Quake players dominate the field using the mediocre cafe hardware, when there were players bringing their own superior gear.
Jul
14
comment Do starcraft 2 professional players play with minimal visual settings
@Volkanİlbeyli It's not about what you define as a performance loss. It is about what the hard core gamer with the Uber-PC defines a performance loss as. That was my point. What you see as a motion blur, that HCGamer might obsess over as something he/she can clear. Would you consider bringing your own mouse and keyboard into a internet/gaming cafe? These guys would. Empathy is one thing... but you'd really need to be able to obsess over these details to understand why. It's like being able to actually be autistic, to understand an autistic individual.
Jul
12
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Jul
12
comment Do starcraft 2 professional players play with minimal visual settings
@Volkanİlbeyli Fearing lag with an uber-PC might not be a convincing answer to you, but all that proves is that you don't take this particular game as seriously as some others do. No insult there. You need to be able to step out of your mind, and into the head of the kinds of players who would agonize over building the perfect machine for this one game, regardless of the expense, and THEN kill all the visual appealing aspects of the game just to eek out tiny spurts of performance. Since some people do actually do this, the mindset does exist.
Jul
11
comment What color is Icon 117
I'm sorry the more generic "color gradient" term confused you. In point of fact, "Gray Scale" is not the gradual shifting from one gray to another. "Gray Scale is a term that describes a palette of different shades of Gray en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayscale so that fading, or color shift, is not called Gray Scale. You could use Gray Scale to describe the entire image (the picture before you pick a color is in gray scale), but not that fading effect. And maybe you aren't supposed to color the sword, but the object it is against... the black thing.
Jul
11
comment What color is Icon 117
From what I see, the darker gray section of the image that looks like a blade, is divided at the top. That division fades on the right side of the division. Here.... img199.imageshack.us/img199/104/hrob.jpg see?
Jul
11
comment What color is Icon 117
You realize there is a color gradient in there? And a color gradient isn't a single color. I see at least two different shades of gray, and black. Are you leaving out any details? How about a link to the game maker's site? Or instructions on how to play the game? The image looks like a sword on a sharpening stone.
Jul
9
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