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I have a couple of questions...

First one is how to boost my wifi signal. I am using my neighbor's internet signal, it's not stealing because he knows about it and gave me the password. I have only one bar in my home which is enough to connect and check email and facebook (surprisingly even enough to play words with friends), of course it's better on a clear day. I am willing to buy something to help boost my signal but I know there are ways to boost it using household items...I've seen tons of youtube videos and even tried a few (cell phone + eternet cord + bowl covered in aluminum foil = fail...).

The next question is reguarding wireless mouses (mice?). I want a new wireless mouse for my laptop, but I don't want the wrong one...let me elaborate....I had a wireless mouse once that had this receiver that looked like a wired mouse itself, and the wireless mouse wouldn't work unless the receiver was at the same level as the mouse (like if the receiver was higher or lower than the mouse it wouldn't work correctly). I want to plug the laptop into my tv and be able to sit on the couch and operate it with the wireless mouse (keyboard too...). My living room is the size of a shoebox, the couch is just a few feet away from the tv anyways (a wired mouse and keyboard reaches from tv stand to couch).

Thank you for your help, ask me any questions if it will

laptop battery :(

I have a few questions about my laptop, particularly the battery.  
Today my battery had a "fatal error" or something like that, and now says that I need to replace it.  First of all, can I still use my laptop while it's plugged in now?  If it's plugged in, will it still run from power from the cord instead of what little battery life it has left?  

A few questions about my borked battery:
I don't know a whole lot about computers (enough to use them and look like I know what I'm doing but not much more than that), so please don't yell at me if I made some stupid beginner error or something
Anyways, I recently replaced the charging cord.  Our puppy chewed through the first one, which was a three prong, and the second one I bought on amazon and it was only a two prong.  it worked really great, same as the other.
Since it was a two prong, I decided to use an extention cord.  not a heavy duty one...like I said, it was a two prong and I only had a two prong extention cord.  
I am wondering if the battery dying has been caused by my own stupidity...In which case I'd like to correct any retardation from occuring in the future, so if you think that something I did was the cause, please let me know, thanks
The laptop is a year and a half old, and it's a dell inspiron if that makes any difference.


laptop to tv question

I have a tv that has just about every connection you can have. I can hook up my laptop to the tv using a monitor cable and an audio cord, but I only have one of each so I have to borrow them off my desktop (or just hook the desktop to the tv). The tv has HDMI inputs, and I was browsing online to see if there was a cord I could use on my laptop with HDMI...my laptop doesn't have an hdmi outlet at all though, just the regulars (usb, monitor cable, etc).
So I found some cords that were usb to hdmi. (http://www.amazon.com/High-Quality-Black-DisplayPort-Cable/dp/B002CSRF9M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1295804342&sr=8-4)...hope that link works
anyways, I am wondering if I use that cable, will it work for sound as well as picture? What I'm trying to say is...will I need a separate cord for the audio?
thanks in advance!

They're Made of Meat!


SETI Fiction from Terry Bisson.

If you are not familiar with the various SETI programs and how they work, here are some links:




Aug. 10th, 2009

Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors. Behind one door is a car, behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say #1, and the host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, say #3, which has a goat. He says to you, "Do you want to pick door #2?" Is it to your advantage to switch your choice of doors?

BBS The Docmentary

this is a shrunken version of the full documentary.

Theism/Atheism Flap Cont'd...

I know I was terrible about posting and then getting too busy to respond. I did read all the comments and it was very interesting. Tonight has been the first night I have had time to think about  it in quite some time and thought I would post these links.

1. This guy makes my argument -- but presents it in a much more user friendly manner!  http://bruceraverant.blogspot.com/2006/02/why-gnostic-atheism-bothers-me.html

2. Greatest theistic mind on you tube! LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIKeC9k2-Jg

Who Dances Better, Snowball or Napoleon?


The article is fascinating, but the video is hilarious! I would embed it if I could.

cd drive

i really know nothing about computers...i mean, i know a little bit, but really not so much!! anyways, i have an emachines computer, and the cd drive has crapped out. it is still under warantee, but i would have to ship the damn thing off to california and then wait for it to come back for them to fix it. personally, i would rather just buy a cd drive myself and install it myself (i do know that much that i could probably install it myself). i don't want anything with tons of bells and whistles, just something that will read cds. i use the computer to play games mostly anyways....sims2, zoo tycoon, etc. so i found this, and i'm wondering if it will work: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9222101&st=cd+drive&lp=3&type=product&cp=1&id=1218062117221
my biggest concern would be that it wouldn't fit in the machine. any tips? should i just bite the bullet and lose my computer for weeks so they can fix it? should i attempt to do it myself? anybody have experience with sending their machine off? was it a good experience? a bad one?

thanks in advance!!

Evolution having troubles...

Michael Behe was vindicated today when his research study How the Human Thumbnail is Irreducibly Complex passed peer review. "I always knew I would find a way to prove my hypothesis," Behe told New York Times journalists. "I spent so many years focusing on the bacterial flagellum and blood clotting systems that I forgot about the much simpler yet far more telling mechanism that was in plain sight all along."

Richard Dawkins, one of the primary proponents of Evolutionary Theory, was humble in defeat. "Ultimately I am grateful to Behe for what he has done," he commented somberly. "It is truly incredible that he has managed to single-handedly disprove over 150 years of scientific research. I am obviously remiss as to what I should do next, but I am happy to be free of a life-long delusion. I suppose now it is time for me to adopt the mantel of Intelligent Design Theory, and promote the truth as I have always tried to do."

While biologists around the globe are left looking for a new direction today, others celebrate. Actor Kirk Cameron and his life partner Ray Comfort have already begun a fund to research the new prevailing Theory of Intelligent Design, and aim to prove that the god of Abraham, Yahweh, is said designer. "The world is headed to a brighter, happier place now," Cameron beamed. "Once we have the final proof of God, we will enter into a new age of enlightenment."

Cameron's predictions, it seems, are already coming true. Following the announcement of the defeat of Evolutionary Theory, local churches were flooded with so many converts church leaders hardly knew what to do with them all. Former violent gang members are now volunteering for community service in record numbers, abortion clinics have closed their doors forever, prominent members of the gay and lesbian movement have begun speaking out against the immoral lifestyle, and Fox News has been propelled to the forefront of journalistic excellence.

Michael Behe's study, which some are already calling the most important study of our age, will be published in the next edition of Nature.