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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #470 on: August 17, 2008, 07:12:18 pm
The avatar is humans best friend.

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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #471 on: August 17, 2008, 11:42:14 pm
The avatar is the human.

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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #472 on: August 18, 2008, 03:02:04 am
The avatar is the human.

If that's true, Helm is the furriest human I've seen in a while...Damn Greeks need to learn to shave once in a while.  :P
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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #473 on: August 18, 2008, 04:04:42 am
Hey all. I got a new avatar.

It was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done, computer-wise.

So I found a funny youtube video, and decided "I want an animated gif of that." I searched google, and found a free online one that looked awful (something like .5 FPS) and a few others that seemed promising: namely, "River Past Video Cleaner."

I researched it for a while, and it seemed perfect: I could load the .flv file, input some parameters such as size and resolution, and then bam, an animated gif. I downloaded the free trial, and found out that it didn't have .gif support. I needed the booster-pack for that.

I went back to the site, and got the animated gif booster pack for said software, and found out that when I converted, it left a watermark. It wouldn't be a big deal if it weren't for the fact that the watermark was gigantic in proportion to the video. I searched a torrent site for the program, and found one that seemed decent, but the keygen was a trojan. Luckily I realized this, and was able to delete it. The problem was, that means I don't have a key.

I decided to scour the internet for a serial for this program: BAD IDEA. I should know better than to go to serials sites. I really should. I slipped up, though.

I went to one, and it said that I needed a cracked .exe. It seemed legit, so I downloaded it and patched the program. I ran the program, expecting it to be like "Thank you for registering the program!" Instead, a browser window opens up and goes to www.google.com

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I run an AVG scan, but it detects no infections, so I really don't know what to think. I downloaded HijackThis, and ran a scan, then analyzed the log via. some German website that I use all the time. It detects a few nasty files, so I fix them, and think that's that. Fixing them only removed them from my startup list, however. They were still in the Windows directory just waiting to be run. I tried to delete them, but it said I didn't have permission. I figured I'd use File Shredder, but it says that the files are in use. I try to boot up in safe mode, but apparently that doesn't work either.

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I got this computer at the beginning of the summer for college, and almost ruined it before school started. No more torrents, no more cracks, no more serials. I'm buying my software legit.

Try to learn your lesson the easy way. The avatars aren't worth it.

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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #474 on: August 18, 2008, 05:21:11 am
I think the real lesson is you should hand pixel up some nice looking avatar. Bruce gives you a karma strike!
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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #475 on: August 18, 2008, 06:21:06 am
Adam, is that the Greenbelt? 

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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #476 on: August 18, 2008, 10:14:14 am
heheh, would've been easier to convert the .flv to an .avi or .mpg with one of the many converter programs, and then export a selection of frames and save them as a gif :D
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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #477 on: August 18, 2008, 01:39:49 pm
I wonder if anyone else has posted this already, but there's a game introducing Helm in person!




From what I understand, this game is actually based on Helm's real life escapades.
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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #478 on: August 18, 2008, 04:05:44 pm
I remember seeing a review for that game, and I coulda' swore the main character(the Helm look-alike) was "supposed" to be reference off of, and is a Native American, where Helm is a Native Greek. Two different cultures; one eats goats, the other eats buffalo.

*progresses to racist level 3*
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Re: Official Off-Topic Thread

Reply #479 on: August 18, 2008, 04:09:46 pm
Adam, is that the Greenbelt? 

It is  :crazy:  One of the 4 or 5 big walls down there anyways...