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About Serryl

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  • Birthday 12/07/1984

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    Pennsylvania, USA
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    Anime, Manga, Aikido, Music, Architecture, Engineering

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  1. <Serryl> I tried to join #NSA on Rizon <Serryl> "YOU (Serryl) have been booted from #NSA by |Glorious_Failure| (You are not permitted to be on this channel.)" <Azaelya> hahahahaha <Kevvles> Lawl <Kevvles> I got banned <Serryl> dat security clearance <Azaelya> amazing
  2. So you need something right now, but you're on a tight budget. Personally, I consider a tight budget to be $500 or less when it comes to portable computing. Even that's a bit high nowadays, but lets roll with it. I'm mostly going to address new products. Refurbished are an option, but my experience with them has been hit or miss. I will say that I've tended to notice any serious issues within the warranty period. I'll also note that I've never paid for a laptop. People tend to just give me old or broken ones for free, which I then fix up and use. It's old tech, but if it works, it works ^_^ For $499 you could get: A new Retina iPad A new Core i5 Windows laptop Now obviously that's an apples to oranges comparison (no pun intended), because an iOS tablet and a Windows laptop are different devices meant to be used in different ways. Still, the dollar figure is the same, and that's how you should look at it; be brutal in your assessment. In my work, I've handled dozen of Lenovo's G series laptops, and I've seen how they perform in the field. No, they aren't bullet proof. Yes, they will hold up for years with even basic care, eg. not eating or drinking over them and transporting them in a padded case. The exception are the G570's, which have a poorly designed hinge that breaks way too often; stay away from those. I'm not endorsing Lenovo, by the way. I just have the most experience with that brand and the lower-end HP's. The point is that most laptops you buy at this price point will be good machines. I get the argument about the durability of all-metal construction, but reinforced plastic chassis will last several years with proper care. Let's move on. For $399 you could get: A new iPad2 A new Core i3 Windows laptop Again, same story as above but at a different price point. For the cost of an (admittedly nice) tablet, you could get a full blown laptop. Lets delve even further into budget-land. For $199 you could get: A new Nexus 7 A new Chromebook And so we arrive at our final destination. You might argue that a 7 inch tablet (certainly a good device for web browsing and media consumption) is not suited for text heavy document creation. I would argue that (as with the iPad) it depends on what sort of documents you need to make. If it's limited to essays, a bluetooth keyboard should suffice. The only trick is printing, and that's true of most tablets. Chromebooks are highly limited, to the extent that it makes more sense to look at them as tablets with a keyboard. There's limited file system access, application support, and printing support. They don't even support some basic web plugins. Still, you've got your internet, a keyboard, and your google docs for $200, and it makes a nice secondary machine to keep around when you do eventually land a high-paying job and buy that retina macbook pro ;) I'm sure you're already aware of the sorts of products sold at these price points. I just wanted to lay them out, since I'm seeing are a number of helpful forum members suggesting macbooks. I don't feel like that makes a lot of sense for you if you need something right now and you're on a budget. Even if you like the design of apple products or the feel of OS X, those should be secondary considerations. I think if you can put up with the tradeoffs a $200 tablet or chromebook could work. Otherwise budget for $300-$400 and just get a well-review budget laptop. If you hate windows, throw linux on it. It won't be the same as a macbook, but my assumption is you'll appreciate the extra cash.
  3. First, I rarely carry any cash on me (for better or worse). Second, if I had something of value and it wasn't...say...hidden in my shoe, then I'd certainly hand it over before risking my life. I'd only risk my life if my safety or the safety of those I was with was put in danger.
  4. Happy birthday, old man.

  5. <Serryl-Work> Hey....I'm just tired is all <Missile> you always reply with that face when I greet you with a snarky comment <Serryl-Work> you just bring out the best in me <Fyorl> s/e/ea/ <Elusial> Fyorl thought Serryl-Work meant: you just bring out thea best in me <Fyorl> dammit <Serryl-Work> lol <Missile> fyorl making a mistake using his own coded stuff <Missile> well that's a rare sight Background Info: Elusial is Fyorl's incredibly syntax-obsessed IRC bot. Normally the rest of us enter incorrectly formatted commands, while Fyorl laughs and poops out expertly crafted regex. BUT NOT TODAY! Edit: Alice does bring out the beast in me though. Rawr ;)
  6. <Inoku> Serryl <Erin> ruggur hungry <Serryl> ruggur come visit <Inoku> You sent me to a site that said "Select a Language" at the top <Inoku> and what followed was COMPUTER LANGUAGES <Serryl> SWEET REVENGE <Kevvles> lol =-= YOU (Serryl) have been booted from #impsvillage by Inoku (HULK SMASH)
  7. Ode To Oren Ishii by The RZA Bon Appetite Boy revenge is so sweet Especially when it's served on a cold dish But she has no wish But to cut yo day short Like the winter solstice Seven by Army of the Pharaohs From the days of slaves To hurricanes in Orleans See my people's grapes floatin' amongst the waves It's hell to pay, what? The devil don't take cheques I tried to send a message to God His phone don't take texts Yesterday by Atmosphere I'm sorry, it's official I was a fist-full, I didn't keep it simple Chip on the shoulder, anger in my veins Had so much hate, now it brings me shame Never thought about the world without you And I promise that I'll never say another bad word about you I thought I saw you yesterday But I know it wasn't you, 'cause you passed away, dad
  8. A man with a dark past.. (and everything else)

  9. <rugger> I'll be in your porn <rugger> I love Calvin and Hobbes
  10. <Robbeh> teaspoon is a measurement used in cooking <Robbeh> it's about 10 mils <Pete> a tablespoon is one of those bigass <Pete> tablespoons <Robbeh> sorry <Pete> er <Robbeh> 5 mils <Pete> what's the smaller ones called <Pete> I dunno <Robbeh> teaspoon <Serryl> teaspoon? <Robbeh> tea <Robbeh> spoon <Serryl> xD <Robbeh> FUCKING <Pete> nah bigger than that <Robbeh> TEASPOON YOU STUPID FUCKING CUNT <Tentacles1> even smaller than a teaspoon is <Serryl> soup spoon? <Pete> maybe <Pete> soup spoon sized <Robbeh> NO <Tentacles1> maybe a coffee spoon or something <Robbeh> FUCK YOU YOU IGNORANT BEARDED PIECE OF SHIT <Pete> or maybe I'm just confused with the giant tablespoons we have for serving stuff <Tentacles1> we have spoons that are like 2-3 ml probably <Robbeh> EVERYONE IS FUCKING BANNED <Serryl> rofl <Tentacles1> which I always used <Tentacles1> and I use teaspoons for dessert <Serryl> I love the aussie rage <Robbeh> !mode +m =-= Mode #impsvillage +m by Imp
  11. Thanks Roll! I've been wanting DEFCON since it came out years ago, and I was planning on donating to Child's Play anyway. This worked out very nicely for me ^_^
  12. Here's my zombie album Like Kevin, I'll decide on a pic once we have more submissions. For now, browse away ^_^ Annnnnd that was fast! I've made my selection and chosen one that was edited slightly by rugger.
  13. <Tentacles> it's ok I like dicks <Roll> a bit is broken off
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