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By dr k (Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 09:11:25 PM EST) Civilization IV, image tagging, PC hardware (all tags)
For some reason I can't install Alpha Centauri on my Athlon 64. Nor can you install The Neverhood on a windows box more recent than Win98. So I put together a new desktop made out of an old motherboard and other assorted hardware.


A good amount of time was spent by me in moving files from disk to disk (old 6GB, 20GB laptop drive with harness, 40GB "Windows" drive, and a 60GB external drive), then trying to find the right master/slave settings so that the BIOS would see something. Finally figured out I had to enable Logical Block Addressing (LBA) on IDE 0. Learned all sorts of fascinating stuff about PC hardware, and finally solved the mystery of what the difference is between an IDE cable and an ATA cable — which is none at all, "ATA" is just what the cool kids say.

Installed windows, blah blah blah. I need a better video card for the box, because the bios won't recognize my Savage 4 card.

What's the deal with PCI Express? Aside from upgrading the video card, almost every other component that used to require a PCI card now comes standard on the motherboard: sound, ethernet, USB. Does anybody even make PCI Express cards?

I needed a case fan, because it isn't a PC if it doesn't make a lot of fan noise, so I stopped by CompUSA to see what they had. While I was there I picked up an nVidia GeForce 5200 card for my Athlon box (a bargain card to replace the bargain card I put in a year ago).

This means I can now play Civilization IV.

What every junkie is looking for.

Boy is this game buggy. I have the latest patch, and there are just all sorts of little interface glitches. Units that walk onto ocean squares and disappear. Zoom keys that don't zoom. My cities getting attacked by barbarians, and the camera doesn't even bother to center on the event.

My Jaguars will cut you.

The one missing feature I'd like the most would be an improved "Religion" stats page, to display which cities have which temple/monastery/cathedral improvements for each religion. Instead of having this information in a handy reference, I have to go flipping through each city to figure out which city can build the req'd missionary.

Query: Does anyone know of a good image tagging application that I can use to sort through a bunch of photos? I'd like to be able to rank things like image quality and composition, plus tags for discrete elements.

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iPhoto? /nt by Idempotent (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 01:08:16 AM EST


And, as a bonus, by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 03:05:13 AM EST
if he gets an iPhoto compliant computer he won't have those pesky gaming problems he has now!


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Yeah! by Idempotent (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 07:04:53 AM EST
"iPhoto compliant computer" -- now that's a novel way to say "proprietary overpriced hardware"!

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iDon'tThinkSo by dr k (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 09:45:01 AM EST
Not crazy about iPhoto. I don't want to create albums, I want to tag images.

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On which platform? /nt by Idempotent (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 11:43:54 AM EST


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windows2k by dr k (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 12:19:33 PM EST
(My wife has an iMac and we use iPhoto to sort photos from our iKodak iCamera.)

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unlucky. by Idempotent (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 11:40:59 PM EST
But on the Mac, try SpotMeta.

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You might want to look at Photoshop Album by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 03:14:31 AM EST
I believe Adobe has cloned copied adapted independently developed an application similar to iPhoto, called "photoshop album" - and it has a free download.

Caveat: I have not tried it, so I can't comment on the indexing abilities. I'm assuming that they are at least as good as iPhoto - which uses the same kind of organizing model that iTunes uses, plus user-defined tags/keywords. Looking at Adobe's website it sounds like they may have turned it into more of a ultra-primative Photoshop, I dunno.


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