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I find Last.FM very useful, not for playing music, but for finding similar artists to my favourite bands. For instance, in searching Deathstars I came across Turmion Kätilöt. Sometimes it can be quite accurate in their relevance to the 'host' band, other times it can lead to... interesting results.

Anyone who's used Last.FM might be familiar with this feature, if you're not, I highly recommend it.

oh it feels so good knowing I am not the only Deathstars fan on the forums here.

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At $80 I couldnt say no :D

EDIT: So does pdn have pressure sensitivity?

wow thats a lot. You got the same one I got and I got him from NCIX for $50 last year. Make sure you update to the new drivers.

In XP there no pressure sensitivity for Paint.NET. I wish there was as I would use mine more then.

Just listened to Deathstars, might be something I'd listen to if it wasn't for the synths and singing...

What album you listening to. I like there 2nd one more. Try songs like Blitzkrieg Boom, The Last Ammunition, or there 1st album Synthetic Generation, Modern Death.

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Oh gosh, the things I have to do to make sure the Paint.NET v4 installer works in all the right scenarios ...

So I need to test that it works on a 'fresh' 64-bit system that doesn't have the Visual C++ 2008 runtimes installed, as I'm using some private SxS assembly stuff for the installer (don't ask). Virtual PC doesn't support 64-bit guest OS's so I dug up an Athlon 64 3200 ... just for kicks I wanted to take the CPU out, which involved removing the heatsink/fan. Except that when I remove the heatsink/fan, there was no CPU in the socket. I was confused ...

... It's was stuck to the bottom of the heatsink! (yes, the CPU came out even with the socket's lever in the "down" position...) It was basically glued there because of the thermal paste that was used. And it would NOT come off, no matter how much twisting or leverage I applied to it -- bear in mind the amount of leverage I tried was relatively minimal because I didn't want to bend or break any pins.

There I am trying to use a knife and contact cleaner (basically alcohol in a spray can) to unstick this thing, when I vaguely remember some properties I read about thermal goop. Something about when it gets hot, it turns to a liquid form, and then it dries back up when settling back to room/cold temperature. This is what a lot of thermal goop relies on so that it can correctly fill in all the microscopic holes and gaps between the CPU's heat spreader and the heatsink.

So ... I found a lighter and fired it up on the heatsink for all of 5 seconds. Then I twisted the CPU and it popped right off.

So the next time you have a CPU that's practically glued to a heatsink, just find a lighter and use it for a few seconds on the heatsink. Then twist the CPU off.

Goes back to installing Vista x64 so he can test the darned installer...

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