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So I've never seen Die Hard (I know, right?) and am just watching it now. Die Hard was on the roof, but he's since got down and is now in the air ducts. This movie seems to be more about the terrorists than Die Hard himself. 

It's got Alan Rickman in it, who I'm convinced, plays Snape in every movie, but to varying degrees. He's got that cocky, Snapey attitude that we all know and love.

No word on whether or not he or Die Hard knows Mad Max, but I'm guessing that's explained in the sequel, Die Hard 2: Die Even More Harderer
1) Ask a question, such as "How do I fix this error in Product X"?
2) Have three people jump in and question why you're even using Product X, when Product Y is SO much better
3) Tell them the reason (not that it matters) and ask again for help
4) Be ignored
5) Wait 3 years, then have the thread dredged up with "me too" posts by users who signed up just to ask the same question
6) Have a mod close the thread due to age.

Happens every time. When you ask a question, you're looking for an answer, not an opinion. If I'm writing an application and want to use Feature X, I expect help with adding Feature X, with perhaps a suggestion to try out Feature Y instead.

What I don't want, is people telling me I'm a moron for even using Feature X in the first place, then running off. I don't answer "where are my car keys?" with "Why do you even need your keys?"

If you can't forums good, then don't even internet in the first place!
I'm looking at buying a new car very soon and have been reading reviews of cars online. Half of the users I come across love to badmouth the car, but don't say why:

:bulletred: "1 star crap car dont buy"
:bulletred: "Literally the worst car I have ever driven"
:bulletred: "Malibu? More like MaliPOO. This car stinks!"

If you're going to complain about a product, at least have the decency to say why. Otherwise you're the jerk at a restaurant:

"How was your meal, sir?"
"Terrible. I hated it"
"Sorry to hear sir, what was wrong with it?"
"The fact that I've said it was terrible should be enough information for you"
People need to learn to build and number things correctly.

I'm trying to find out if the graphics card on my home PC has HDMI or not. I'm at work and I can't physically check, so I remotely access my PC and look at device manager.

It tells me I have an AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series card. Not a specific number, just "6700 series". I punch that into Google Images and get a ton of different pictures, many with HDMI, but many angled so I can't see properly.

I go into Catalyst Control Center and look. It tells me the same thing, but gives me a device ID. I look up that device ID on Google and what do I get?

Google tells me this is actually a 5700 series, not a 6700 series. According to my Dell papers, it's actually a 6770, so I Google THAT and get at least 5 different sorts of photos, all with the label Radeon HD 6770. So I'm no closer to knowing.

To add to the confusion, the AMD Radeon HD 6770 was released in April 2011. The Radeon HD 6850 which has a higher model number was released in 2010 and the Radeon HD 6350 which has a lower number than both, was released almost two weeks BEFORE the HD 6770. And to make matters worse, sometimes they slap some new features on an existing card and release it as a new card with a new number.

They should just call them Radeon 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. and if they slap new features in an old card, call it the "Special Edition" (like Windows 98 SE) or at least make it clear that it's and old dog with new tricks.

I. Really. Hate. Hardware.
I did the right thing today and bought (sorry, RENTED) a copy of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Laugh if you like, business, legalities blah blah blah but for $10 a month, it's a bearable price for software I use all the time.

Let me be clear here. I love Photoshop, I love Lightroom and I do like Dreamweaver's code view. I've also learned to tolerate other apps like InDesign and Illustrator, but Adobe are stone cold dicks. Let's begin:

:bulletred: Called up support for an account issue (I picked Austria instead of Australia, wanted to change that). Got told to make a new account, but then the guy tried to pressure me into buying the stuff over the phone because he told me the website was experiencing technical issues and signing up again would lead to the same issue. I signed up tonight and my account is fine. Adobe lied to me about their website being broken to get me to create a new account over the phone and buy the subscription then and there. The guy was really pushy about it too, cutting me off to sternly insist that the process would take two minutes only. I was moments away from losing my temper and slamming down the phone, but I was at work.

:bulletred: CS6 was $3174 in Australia. In the US, $1820 (both AUD). $1,354 markup because of location. And this is for software you could download online once you paid. An almost 75% increase in price. They got called up to a government pricing inquiry to explain their actions (and couldn't), but shortly after ditched CS in favour of Creative Cloud so they went from one form of screwing you over, to another.

:bulletred: Users of CS5 were told that if they wanted protection against a product flaw that could let attackers take over their computer, they'd have to buy CS6. They soon backflipped after public outcry but the fact that they did that (even Microsoft issued patches for XP, after they said support was ending) is rather dickish.

:bulletred: Basically this whole section of Wikipedia

So I need to use PS and LR for legality purposes. I like the products, but I just want it to be known that Adobe are cunts.
It's that time of year where I submit a journal. So, this is it. Hi!



D. Gray
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I am David Gray. Photographer, website designer and graphic artist. I also like consuming lighbulbs.

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birthdays Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014

:woohoo: :iconcakelickplz: :iconballoonsplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconballoonsplz2: :iconcakelickplz: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologise that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome birthday on July 8th, with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Happy birthday! :D
KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
How's life? :D
Grayda Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Didn't even realise you were still on dA! Life is good, wife is good, cat is good, work is good too. How 'bout you and yours?
KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Things are good! You're rarely on FB, which i understand, but it'd make it easier to see how things are :P

OMG, we're like ADULTS now.
Grayda Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
I still read lots of stuff on Facebook, but don't actually post. Part of my plan to get away from the site due to privacy issues I have with them.

I know! I was just sitting at my desk the other day, thinking that I've been at my current job for 6 and a half years, and that I've been with Holly for even longer than that. It's also strange to think that in 3 years, I'll be 30. But I counteract that feeling by watching Adventure Time..
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kparks Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
A very late Thank You for the Watch! :-)
flarethekitty Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student
birthdays Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's July 8th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :la:
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