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    Help with the Google Calendar API

    made it happen, the google calendar API is about as woefully inadequate as all the reports I found during my research says so, most of the information you need is there, but it's rather lacking.
  2. I'm trying my hand at Tasker. In the morning, I want my phone to download my Google calendar appointments for the day, get the names and times and send my clients an SMS with that information. at the moment I can download the next appointment using " calendar/feeds/XXXX%40gmail.com/private-YYYY/full?singleevents=true&futureevents=true&orderby=starttime&sortorder=ascending&max-results=1 " (I got the path from this) and from that I can already get the name, time and comment contents (the comment is currently where I store the clients number, as tasker seems to have a problem accessing individual phone contacts, that will be my next thing to figure out) and send the SMS. but I can't figure out how to download more than that, what I'd really like is to be able to download all my appointments for a specific time period. say from 8am to 9pm does anyone here know the Google API well enough to help me? I've tried reading for what I'm after but nothing I've found seems to correlate with what I'm trying to do
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    Ubuntu for Media Centre

    hardware raid (afaik, according to the ubuntu wiki there are things called fakeraids) from my jmicron raid controller on the motherboard the gsata and esata chips are both configured to AHCI but the POST information says that an AHCI BIOS is NOT installed, my USB live install stick still has 10.xx, the install said it crashed, I'd have to do it again to give more details, I figured that there would be something obvious to do like with a windows install requiring preinstall drivers being uploaded via USB mid install, I didn't have to partition from the linux OS. I made a fresh raid partition from the POST screen pressing CTRL-I after unplugging all other HDD's (I've had problems with this before, boot information gets installed onto a non RAID platter hdd and I'm not asked or told about it) I then loaded up the live USB, and selected install linux, the only selection I could make was the raid partition I made, I selected it, and while it was loading it asked me about timezones, after I went into this option, it crashed. something similar happened later when I was just using the live OS, while I was downloading and installing VLC, I was checking and unchecking the extension options and the install also had the same crash. that's all I know at this point.
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    Ubuntu for Media Centre

    Also, can I control the fan speed on my graphics card in ubuntu? At 100% it's louder than I care for...
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    Ubuntu for Media Centre

    just tried installing from my live USB stick, I unplugged the other platter HDD's because I've had trouble with this configuation before, and I'd rather get a dozen failed attempts than have it done wrong but look right the first go. the install failed, the ubuntu wiki reckons: Ubuntu can be installed on its own raid array on a computer that is using FakeRaid for another operating system on another array. There are a few steps that need to be followed for this to work: Identify which drives are the existing operating system. You can do this by booting the Ubuntu Live CD, enabling the universe repository, installing dmraid, mounting the partitions, and poking around. You can see which devices were which mapped block device by running <code>dmraid -r</code>. Disable the fake raid support in the bios for the drives that Ubuntu will be installed onto. Many controllers, such as the Silicon Image 3114 controller, can either provide regular SATA drives or fakeraid, but not both at the same time; if this is your situation you'll need to move the drives for Ubuntu to a different SATA controller. Install Ubuntu onto the drives with raid as described in "Just md" above. Ubuntu will probably install Grub onto the first disk in your system. Once Ubuntu boots you'll want to install grub onto Ubuntu's drives and possibly restore the bootloader of another operating system if Ubuntu stepped on it. If your boot partitions are say, sdc1 and sdd1, installing Grub can be done with the following commands in grub (grub's numbers are one less than the letter): root (hd2,0) install (hd2) root (hd3,0) install (hd3,0)</pre> You can restore the boot record of a stepped on drive of another raid array in your system if you have a backup of the drive's master boot record. For some bootloaders and configurations, such as NT loader on RAID1, the master boot record of the other drive in the array can be used as the backup. and as a freshman to this, I went crosseyed, is this what I need to do?
  6. I'm thinking about going to ubuntu for my main box, I don't really game anymore it's really a glorified media PC, I don't care too much for the XBMC style setups because I still like to use the box for general computer needs, like editing music tags, transferring data, internet browsing and such... but I know that with my particular setup I have a dual SSD in RAID 0 fir the OS and my data stays on my several platter based HDD's, and I know that with windows it was a pain in the ass to install, I needed SSD drivers and preinstall drivers and windows took forever to tell me it failed and so on and so forth. I got it, eventually, but I would like to know what the experience would be like in Linux. also I'd like to know if there are any offerings I might like aswell, I've used the OS before, on a laptop and I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be, I was prepared for a little DIY and missing a few features, but in my experience, I wasn't prepared to do that much work for a lack of compatibility and extra thought going into having a non windows machine. but what I'm really sick of is a random windows update playing with some setting somewhere and all of a sudden my soundcard plays up and I have to swear at my box for a month untill it works again. also, I need scrolling wallpapers and no onscreen menu bar, absolutely nothing can stay the same colour on the screen for longer than a minute as my plasma screen is prone to burning. are these things ubuntu (or something else) will give me?
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    Dew Point Cooling

    here you go...
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    Dew Point Cooling

    After discovering that my current, uber cooling solution won't actually help me get a performance goal I want, I've decidedthat what I need to do is throw another fist full-o dollars at my box. it's really all in the name of the build, some make cars faster, some buy exorbitant exotic pets, I like to build stuff, and sometimes I like to build stuff for my computer. So I sat down and looked at my options, a drop in unit would be easy and all, but by far the one that most intrigued me was a peltier chilled water setup. I have a beautiful kit designed, modifying a Koolance TNK-501 to take two 245w Peltiers covered by two CPU-370's in AMD Configuration and powered by a Thermaltake Toughpower Express 650w Auxiliry PSU, this can chill my CPU down to 3 or 4 degrees. that is ofcourse if I winterize my motherboard, with an arqtik control module, I can have the cooling in a duty cycle that won't go below the dew point. but this is queensland, and the dew point is like, 18 degrees. I'm not really asking for any particular answers here, but I'm guessing that even when peltier cooled, with a CPU at say, 15-20 degrees, the best I can expect is a stable -but high- overclock, numbers that would probably be no different than if I were to let the thing cook a little... right? so, what do you think? interesting?
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    overclocking with Mach Xtreme 2300

    Well that's annoying. I finally get around to watercooling, buy and eyebulging setup, and find that technology at the moment can be maxed out with decent air cooling... Now I'm depressed. Maybe gone are the days when performance was a matter of greater heat dissapation, they were probably gone at the same time the baseclock was moved from the chipset too...
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    overclocking with Mach Xtreme 2300

    Been into computers for quite a while, still thinking oldschool... no cooler on the chipset. Well, a peltier setup is a bit of a turn on, but it looks like people who do it just enjoy the creative aspect (I'm all for that btw, but I do believe in function AS WELL as form) I saw a guy with 4Ghz on his 750 running 4 sticks at 1600, but I think I'm going to have to go down the extreme rout to reach this 2500 mhz goal... I can see a peltier for my uses, but not a phase change, atleast nothing I've seen so far seems practical...
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    overclocking with Mach Xtreme 2300

    Stupid question, but the baseclock isn't on the chipset anymore is it?
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    overclocking with Mach Xtreme 2300

    I located the source of the OS instabilities, I don't believe it was OC based, objectdock was updated and seemed to play up. I had a pagefile issue, windows took a much longer time to load and I had a warning about a possibly enormous pagefile size. So I wiped and remade the file. My bet is on objectdock, it makes sense that powering down the system mid heavy pagefile writing could corrupt the data. I still need to do some testing, but I think that it boots slowly intermittantly. I haven't sat and watched it carefully too often yet, but when I do it seems to be fine. So, if we disregard the previous OS instabilities, I can't even POST at 220Mhz, but I can at 210, (with a CPU multiplier of 15 and a RAM multiplier of 6) I have it at 200Mhz (with the same multipliers) and both settings are prone to system hang when (I assume) the heat builds up. The thermal probe I have on the chipset comes in at 46° currently, i'd say ambient temp in the box is reaching 35° and with my experience with this probe in heatsinks I'd say that the chip is probably sitting at almost 60° The probe on the RAM says 27° so with the fact it's only at half speed, and it's triple heatsinks i'd put it's temp at box ambient. Research says that the chip is stable at 100°, but that's probably at 133Mhz, not 200+. Research also says people have trouble getting past 220Mhz (assumedly with stock cooling) I want to reach 250, or else everything else I've done so far is moot. The pagefile thing however can point at the dodgy RAM stick idea (or the IMC), however I haven't experienced anything else except the system hangs, and that's only when it's hot out. - still, I guess it can't hurt to pull them out and make sure, I was planning on changing the main fans power from the mobo to the pumps fan controller anyway... I'm inclined to believe that a chipset cooler and a waterchiller would help with both the chipset and IMC limitations, I have an idea about a 245W peltier based internal waterchiller wedged between two waterblocks i'd love to try, I even have a turbo timer in the plan to warm the cold side of the peltier so not to freeze the coolant. Also, I found something about the SLI thing in my research too, some people claim to get higher clocks when they increase their PCI-e transfer speeds from auto to something faster, no idea on that one, if anybody out there can shed some light maybe?
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    overclocking with Mach Xtreme 2300

    Well, I've been following the guide and every day or so I up the BCLK by 10Mhz, I got up to 210Mhz and start to get general OS instability. Even at 1.41v on the vtt. It takes a lot longer to POST and BOOT, and after a while the system hangs. I go all out on CPU cooling to find that it's the chipset that will let me down, I had 200Mhz and 20x miltiplier on the CPU on air cooling, but now because of the upgrade to the RAM I can't get a higher BCLK, so, I either press on further down this rabbithole or settle for a slower PC. Never! Am I right in thinking that The BCLK is letting me down, that it is in the intel P55 express chipset, and that the chipset will be more stable with a waterblock? If so, I have an expansion already planned out, the Koolance CHC-125 http://koolance.com/chc-125-motherboard-chipset-water-block Plus a few other goodies, but this block is the main feature of this proposed upgrade, if it's what's letting me down... So guys, am I on the right track?
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    Long USB cable

    All of these are good, but if I have unpowered usb devices at the other end, won't I still have the same problems?
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    Long USB cable

    I've been given orders, the big bright box with all the radiatory bits and buttons and blinkenlights has to be relegated to the office. however, the functionality of media server, lounge room internet, and other such convenience it brings to us must remain. so, I need to move the box 20m or so into another room but maintain contact with the keyboard and mouse and CD ROM and the flat screen and USB ports. I have the video and audio worked out (HDMI to CAT6 converters, audio feeding through the screen to the amp via optical output in back of the screen) I have an ultra long USB cable, however it doesn't work well, I'm assuming the signal is weakened by the length of the line, and non powered devices (such as wireless mouse and keyboard dongles) just wig out and work intermittently. so my question is this, do I simply need a USB HUB with power adapter, or do I require some kind of repeater? also, would a powered device plugged into the hub be enough? Like a portable HDD that requires a 240v outlet aswell?
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