Done the Miracle Berry thing before. You can get them from ThinkGeek. They're trippy as hell. Just be warned: Eat a lemon, it tastes like lemonade, but you've still just eaten a raw lemon. Do that a few times in a short period with various foods and bits of your anatomy other than your tongue will be less than… »
"Can you do better than that?" leaves room for them to say "No", which is not what you want. "I'm sorry, but to close this deal you'll have to do better than that" is a bit nicer, but every bit as pointed and strong.
The other part that goes with this is: You have to be willing to walk away if they can't do better than… »
For those who use Android devices (not sure about iStuff), check out Warmly. It works great for me. Starts with birds gently chirping, and slowly builds to louder sounds which can't be ignored. Also turns on the screen with an orange glow, so there's some light stuff going on as well. Probably not as nice as the $60… »
"I guarantee that none of the white people who have read this story believe that this act is racist. "
White. Horrified by the racist act of these students. Frustrated at your racist response lumping all "white people" together. Some of us are actually trying to find equal ground and fight for equality. Are you? »
Warmly, a really great app: Much gentler alarm clock, starts with quiet sound, slowly builds to audio you can't ignore. Much better than beeps/buzzes/ringing/etc. »
Part of the reason it got responses, right here: If you're looking for casual sex, part of the point is to not have to deal with the personality. »
No, basic is NOT a good starting language any more. Its completely procedural, doesn't do things that people are actually interested in, and promotes poor programming behavior. »
1) Avoid e-bay on things that are easier to make frauds of or cheapen (Hand bags, perfume, some collector's items)
2) On Amazon, filter search results to items sold from and shipped by Amazon
3) If Amazon doesn't have it, try the manufacturer directly. Many will have a list of official resellers. For example: Wacom… »
Might not actually be a robot. Could be a human operator (Say... in India) clicking on a selection of MP3s. That way they can answer questions, stick to a script, have a "real" person to write things down, and avoid the dreaded foreign accent. »
If you're active, then running / swimming are good activities (though they can be fairly solo). You're already going to a bunch of new places: Perhaps photography / drawing / painting? »
You miss Gopher? Usenet? Lynx? Search engines that were crap? You miss Lycos?
Give me Google any day. »
Like any negotiation, you need to come in with good information, act on good faith, and make realistic requests. Not doing so will waste time and piss people off. Not sure what the consequence of pissing people off using this service is though. »
Have a desktop or laptop? Here's your speed boosts in order of cost:
1 or 2 gig ram? RAM to 4+ gig
HDD? Go SSD
Don't like gaming performance and have an old vid card? New vid card
CPU (Which may result in a new machine... which should have at least 4 gig of ram and an SSD) »
I wrote this spreadsheet probably a decade ago. I used it for estimating the audience for a site, and calculating the cost/value to include certain demographics or technologies in a site. Feel free to clone and fiddle with it.
If you're asking this question, then you likely don't do too many computer builds, which means that there may be a mistake or forgotten part in your future. I often will buy the more durable components (CPU, SSD, RAM) on-line for the better prices, but buy the more fragile bits (HDD, case) from a local store. That… »
Microsoft Security Essentials should absolutely be in this discussion: It's capable, free, and stays the hell out of your way. »