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    Gigabyte laptops, any good?

    Yeah, I have had one for ages. The hinges went after a year, but I have dropped it and I'm pretty unkind to my tech so it's probably not build quality. I really love that laptop. No overheating problems like you get in some cheaper laptops.
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    New laptop

    MSY have some nice laptops in your price range: https://www.msy.com.au/home.php I'm looking at the Gigabyte ones - though because I only have a grand to spend I'll have to settle for a lower specced screen, but the rest of the specs (video card, ram, etc) are nice. With the extra $500 I'd go for the Gigabyte P27K-4702H for a big screen (and even better specs), the Gigabyte U35F-4701H if you want to keep it even cheaper / smaller (15.6 inch) or perhaps the MSI GE40-2OC-205AU(Rev. 16GB) for ultralight. MSI have some other nice options around that price, but I haven't looked into them much, as I'm not a fan of their looks. If you can bring yourself to spend $1799 The Gigabyte P35K has pretty much the best of everything (sweet IPS screen, Nvidia 765M card, 256 GB SSD and 1 TB hard drive, as well as being light weight. *drools* http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/notebook.pdf
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    A book from childhood.

    Not the Belgariad?
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    Your thoughts on eReaders?

    For fiction reading ereaders are boss. For PDFs not so much, though it's doable. I love the Kindle Keyboard because it's so darn hackable (and I could, before I stuffed it up, play text adventures), but I didn't really use many of the other hack capabilities (besides keyboard shortcuts) very often. Calibre can convert EPUB to MOBI (in bulk or one by one) if that's all that's holding you back, but in the brief look I had at the KOBO the quality of the screen was as good as the Kindle. When I replace my ereader I'm probably going to go with a Kobo myself, though I'd prefer a less blue / white LED for reading because I've come to believe it keeps me awake.
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    Haven't Bought 'The Walking Dead' yet?

    Glad my last minute post helped a couple of gamers out. I'm still a massive point and click fan (ScummVM for the win!) so it was a good bundle for me. Especially since I've managed to get all of them running under Linux now. =) Wallace and Gromit is sadly underwhelming, so I may check out Back to the Future next. =)
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    Haven't Bought 'The Walking Dead' yet?

    https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly Sorry for the late notice. I only just thought of posting this here. Seriously - you can get all the things. I'm even more jazzed about 'Sam and Max' being remade, but the Walking Dead looks like it may be fun too.
  7. They're already working on it: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Dota-2-Conf...Of-333343.shtml With Portal (Yay!) and Left for Dead out of the way, it will have moved up the list a bit.
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    The Future of Star Wars Gaming

    I thought this thread would be about how these games have gone open source: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/04/afte...go-open-source/ So potentially more single player goodness for everyone. They've already made some headway. :)
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    Need help for an interview at a vet

    Sounds good. Hope the interview goes well. :)
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    Welcome To My Hometown.

    Sure there's homophobia in small country towns - I've been on the receiving end of it - but I have been pleasantly surprised by how rare it is. Don't tar everyone with the same brush. PS Chris G - I resent your comment about outback SA towns. None of the ones I've spent any time in are at all like you describe - not even Port Augusta, and that's about the most racist town in Oz.
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    best games for linux?

    Too many edits, and this is more specific (and on topic). Good news if you're a Half Life fan - Half Life 2 for Linux has been released, along with Episodes 1 and 2 and Lost Coast. Left 4 Dead 2 was released the other week too. I just bought Portal to give it a try on Linux. Super impressed with Valve - they're certainly putting their money where there mouth is in supporting Linux.
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    best games for linux?

    No, that'd be me. Haha, no wonder you have all the HB games installed on Steam (Humble Bundle FTW!). How's the Linux gaming Noskcaj? Glad the Halo Beta is working. Since there don't seem to be many answers I'll add my 2c. My first recommendation is to sign up for the emails from Humble Bundle - lots of great indie games of all genres (even a couple of FPSers from memory, though I've never played them, sorry). The current sale has Psychonauts which is a lot of fun and beautifully polished. For those into punishing games the retro rhythm game 'Beat Trip Runner' can be fun. Or if you really want to punish yourself try 'Super Hexagon.' My fave native Linux games are Psychonauts, Limbo, Machinarium, and Powder (basically Nethack - free in the repos). I'm really looking forward to giving 'Portal' a go. I also recommend installing Play on Linux if you want to be able to play your Windows Games. The most modern games I've tried are 'Dragon Age: Origins' and 'WOW: Panderia'. Mostly I use POL for the older RPGs I like to revisit. All of them installed fine, though Dragon Age was windowed until I changed one setting. POL makes installing Windows games on to Linux as easy as installing them on Windows. I've actually found Linux with POL is better than installing old games in Windows 7. :) I would guess you already have Steam installed? Goodluck! EDIT: World of Tanks installs under POL, and Minecraft installs natively - adding these as they seem to be popular with Atomicans. :) EDIT2: The Gaming on Linux website has news and reviews, as well as the ability to search for the kinds of games you like and seing what's on offer.
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    Humble Double Fine Bundle

    I got Psychonaughts in one of the other bundles, and love it. A lot of fun - sort of action-RPG-like. I haven't gotten far in but I'll return when *shudder* Acer issues are sorted. I must find out what's with those squirrels. In my opinion this bundle is worth it for that game alone. Despite owning one of the star games I bought the Double Fine bundle anyway. I'm really looking forward to 'Stacking.' <Off Topic / Yay Humble Bunde> I'm a huge fan of all of the Bundles I've grabbed so far. Limbo was probably my favourite - I love a good platform puzzler, and the dark humour is appealing. At least I hope it's not just me who giggles maniacally. Machinarium may just edge it out as my fave - especially since I replayed it on my phone. Contre Jour from the last Android bundle is my current (phone) time waster, and I've looked at the redone 'Out of This World' just today (it's awesome). If you are interested in trying out something different I really recommend getting on the Humble Bundle mailing list. Great Puzzle / Tower Defence / RPG / Adventure games aplenty. <Off Topic / Yay Humble Bunde> /Preaching to the choir :)
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    Essential Android Apps?

    Just thought it might be time for an update. I've just found a handy app called 'Twilight' and it works in the same was as f.lux for windows / mac and redshift for linux, slowly shifting the display to less blue / more red as it gets later in the evening. I've been using these apps on everything since I was introduced about a month ago, and I must admit to liking them a lot. How it works is that the brain understands bright white light (like sunlight / screens) as 'daytime' and reddish light as evening / night / sleep time. It may, at least partially, be placebo effect, but I have been getting drowsy earlier since using these apps, even when using my tech late in the evening. I'd probably do even better if I gave it up entirely after 9 pm or so, but... No, and this is the next best option. :) PS - http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/...as-a-dark-side/
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    what country will start ww3?

    WW3 is going to start on the internets.