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Lol, with that it's even worse because by the time a technical book is translated, the technology that it covers is already old news. For example I entered a library not long ago and asked if they had anything about .NET. There were less than 5 books which all covered .NET 1.0 and .NET 1.1 and were at premium prices. I walked out with a bitter taste. Thank God internet is ridiculously cheap here compared to the general cost of living, so we have at least access to online resources.
Overall though can you live a good lifestyle on a senior programmer salary there?
Yes, yes you can. Only PITA is getting electronics and paying for online services. Even PayPal didn't use to work for South Africans. As a web techy that really annoyed me. I don't think there is an iTunes store yet either (I use iTunes, works for me.)
I have an ATI 4870 in my full time internet connected computer with Vista, Does anyone know if Can I install a second graphic card and deactivate the 4870 when I want? to reduce consumption, I mean, to put the 4870 OFF?
Or with only one graphic card to set it off in Vista, or Linux?
Depends on wheter they are connected in SLI or not, if SLI is engaged only 1 card can have a monitor but both will be working.
Ofcourse this is probably not the case for him, so you would be right but I'v found in the past that it sometimes gives problems, such as when booting one card is used and in windows the other (I know strange but it happend), so I would still recommend to at least disable it in the hardware
The 4870 will consume about 60-70 watts when idle. It won't matter if you have a monitor connected or not.
There might be a tool around that could put the card into "deep sleep", I don't know. Google is your friend.
There are laptops which support transition from dedicated video card to the one integrated into chipset to reduce power consumption. So yes, Vista support this, but I don't know whether you need additional software or that video card has to have hardware support for that feature.
In Vista I would start by disabling the ATI card from Device Manager and making sure that "PCI Operating System" or similar is enabled in the BIOS.
I would test the power consumption with the device enabled and with it disabled using UPS software or the Power Options in Control Panel to see if it makes any difference.
Alas, some BIOSes always initialize every PCI device attached to the system, even with the PCI OS option enabled, only to have the OS put those devices into power-saving mode or disable them.
Some work-shy, thieving, good-for-nothing bastard has smashed my sister's car window in an attempt to steal it or the contents of it.
Not content with having done the damage, there was nothing in the car to steal, and a botched crap attempt to hotwire it has left the steering lock broken and the wires a-dangling. She is "annoyed" to say the least, and upset, and has to try to explain to her four year old son that that there are aresholes with nothing who resent someone with anything.
I would string the bastards up for this kind of thing, or at the least, nail their hands to a fence and put a sign round their necks saying "Thieving Tosser".
There, cathartic release over!
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I've often considered this, but wouldn't it cause problems with the insurance.
A policeman friend of my dads used to recommend buying one of those steering wheel locks (the big yellow ones) and putting it on, but leaving it unlocked. It's a good visual deterrent, but if a thief sees the lock and still breaks in, they are going to cause more damage trying to get it off.
Well you could resort to the way Mr. Bean did it.
Just put a card in the front window with the milages, insurance cost, tax cost, gas cost,... on it (and make them really costly)
That one made me laugh out loud when I saw it
I remember hearing something a couple of years ago about a guy who wired his car up to the mains. kept frying the thieves
What a great idea.
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but in the end he was prosecuted, not them!
I would imagine if you took the appropriate precautions you would be all right. You would have to have plenty of "danger of death - high voltage" warning signs. You would probably have to put an appropriate fence around the car, (Like at a sub station). But I suppose if you tell them about it, it makes it easier for them to disable the connections.
I kind of agree it's bad, but I can also see how a 240v electrified car sitting on a open driveway is a bit of a hazard. In a garage though, that's fine.
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